H/T Tell Me Now
H/T Tell Me Now
Almost makes the TSA look competent (key word there is “almost”).
Via Daily Mail:
A three-year-old boy learnt the harsh reality of airport security after having his Minion toy gun confiscated because officials said it posed ‘a threat’.
Toddler Leo Fitzpatrick was left distraught after being told he could not take the toy with him while trying to board a flight from Dublin Airport with his family on Saturday.
The airport said toy guns – especially those with a trigger mechanism – are on the prohibited items list.
Leo was travelling home from a trip to see his mother’s family in Dublin when his Minion Fart Blaster toy showed up on the airport’s x-ray machine.
Officials asked his mother Daire, 25, to empty his backpack and revealed the plastic megaphone toy, which lights up and makes rude noises when the trigger is pulled.
The family, from Nottingham, were then left bemused when security officials said it posed a risk and had to be seized under rules governing replica weapons.
I bought one of these for my kids when they first came out and I have to admit, ended up regretting that decision.
A White House staffer was arrested and placed on unpaid leave after allegedly grabbing her boyfriend’s gun and shooting at him during a tense argument, police said Monday.
Barvetta Singletary, 37 – a special assistant to the President and the House legislative affairs liaison – was arrested on Friday after the alleged incident.
She reportedly confronted her boyfriend, a Capitol Hill police officer, about another woman he was seeing before grabbing his two cellphones and his .40 caliber Glock 23 service weapon, NBC reported.
When the officer refused to give Singletary his cellphone passwords, she took the gun and pointed it at him, saying: ‘You taught me how to use this. Don’t think I won’t use it,’ according to the arrest warrant.
Police said she pointed the duty weapon in his direction and fired one round.
The incident unfolded on Friday when Singletary summoned her boyfriend, who has not been identified, via text, asking him to come to her home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland for sex, according to charging documents.
Afterwards Singletary asked her boyfriend about another woman he was dating, CNN reports.
She then asked him to step outside and they both went to his car, investigators said.
While inside the car, she asked to see his two cellphones. When he refused, she grabbed them and his duty weapon out of a bag and ran back inside her home as he followed, according to the charging documents.
She fired one round and the officer fled her house and called police. Singletary was arrested without incident, authorities said.
Singletary, who was released from jail on Monday after posting a $75,000 bond, was charged with domestic violence and also had her access to the White House revoked, according to CNN.
‘We are aware of the matter and have temporarily placed the employee in question on unpaid leave and revoked her access to the complex until we have more information, a White House spokesman said on Monday.
‘We will take additional actions as needed.’
Before moving to the White House in 2014, Singletary served as deputy chief of staff to Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, where she made $125,000 annually, CNN reported.
A Mississippi man was putting things into his truck at his house near Jackson just before 7 a.m. Saturday when two armed men approached him, forced him into his house and took his wallet, police told WABT-TV.
Then they ordered him to drive them to an ATM, WLBT-TV reported.
But after one of the kidnappers talked of kicking the victim out of his Toyota truck so the pair could return to his house and harm his wife, the man did something they likely didn’t expect.
He grabbed his own gun from his truck and fatally shot one of the kidnappers, police told WLBT.
The other kidnapper got away on foot and was still at large Saturday night, police told WLBT. Authorities described him as a black male with a bandana and dark shirt possibly driving a tan SUV with no tags, the station said.
Police were calling the victim’s actions a justifiable homicide but said it will go to a grand jury, WABT noted.
Many residents in the neighborhood told WLBT the kidnapped man is a doctor, but police didn’t confirm that information.
Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.
The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.
A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said.
The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported.
Custodio was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the shin, thigh and lower back, authorities said.
Custodio, of the 2900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue, was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges. He was denied bond during the Sunday court hearing.
The Uber driver, a 47-year-old resident of Little Italy, provided police with a valid concealed-carry permit and a firearm owner’s identification card, Quinn said.
According to recent reports, a measure outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder hoped would restrict Americans’ access to certain firearms was struck down by a federal judge.
A Washington gun rights organization, the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, petitioned the court to overturn a nearly 50-year-old law prohibiting individuals from purchasing certain guns across state lines. Holder argued against repealing the Gun Control Act of 1968, which was reportedly passed in the wake of the high-profile assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
The act targeted only handgun sales, allowing the interstate purchase of shotguns and rifles. The purported impetus behind the restriction was an effort to make obtaining firearms more difficult for potential assassins or rioters.
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor disagreed with its premise, though, explaining in his ruling that the interstate ban violates both the second and fifth amendments to the Constitution.
Judging from the response of readers, the news of this federal court ruling is widely seen as a positive step toward protecting individual gun rights.
“Hopefully this will have wide ranging effects on our right to bear arms,” one Breitbart commenter wrote. “California narrows our selection of legal firearms every year. I would gladly give my business to some Arizona gun retailers.”
For others, this decision is just one of many needed to adequately restore the founders’ ideals as contained within the Second Amendment.
“Now we need a court to rule that a concealed license from one state allows the holder to carry nationwide with no local override,” one reader opined. “It should be no different than a driver’s license.”
Andrew Clyde, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq, started his small firearms store in Athens, Ga., in the 1990s.
Over the years, he watched his business grow.
And then, on April 12, 2013, two IRS agents swooped in and seized nearly a million dollars from his company’s bank account.
Clyde was on the wrong end of a murky federal program that allows agencies to seize assets they suspect could be tied to criminal activity – even without actual criminal activity.
The soft-spoken small businessman joined others in recalling their ordeals before a House hearing on Wednesday, where IRS Commissioner John Koskinen also testified.
Koskinen, who apologized to those snared by the IRS practice, assured that the agency stopped seizing assets without clear wrongdoing in October.
But the law that allowed Clyde and others to be targeted is still on the books.
“I did not serve three combat tours in Iraq only to come home and be extorted” by the government, Clyde testified Wednesday. He urged Congress to change the law.
The law in question falls under the Bank Secrecy Act. Under the law, financial companies must report cash deposits more than $10,000. But since terrorists and other criminals know this rule, banks also must report patterns of deposits slightly below the $10,000 threshold.
Clyde was accused of what’s known as “structuring” – that is, making deposits deliberately calculated to skirt reporting requirements – because he made frequent deposits just under $10,000.
But Clyde says he only did that because of his insurance policy.
While most transactions at Clyde Armory are not in cash, the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the potential for new firearms laws, drove sales. Clyde’s business made millions of dollars, about 15 percent of it in cash transactions. Clyde’s business manager made daily deposits, and based on the dollar value of his insurance policy – capped at $10,000 – the company policy was to not ever hold more than $10,000 cash.
The total cost of the IRS ordeal for Clyde ran over $150,000 – including legal fees and a $50,000 settlement with the IRS to get the rest of his money back.
He pleaded Wednesday for Congress to change the law so that no one else would be hurt like he has.
“You’ve been violated by your government,” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., thundered at Wednesday’s House Ways and Means Committee’s oversight subcommittee hearing.
Clyde wasn’t the only one. Maryland creamery owner Randy Sowers and Jeff Hirsch, a tobacco and candy distributor in New York, also run legitimate businesses. Yet the IRS seized their assets anyway, creating massive legal bills and hurting their businesses.
Hirsch and Sowers lost at least $60,000 each when the IRS seized their assets for making suspicious-looking deposits. They also suffered embarrassment.
In a recent statement, Koskinen defended current IRS practices. “The IRS pursue seizures only when there is probable cause that the money is subject to forfeiture – and only after seizure affidavits have been reviewed by a federal prosecutor and authorized by a federal judge,” he said
The Institute for Justice, a Washington-based public interest law firm, is demanding reform. The institute found that in one-third of the IRS cases it examined, there was no claim of any criminal activity – just the allegation of “structuring.” It took an average of one year to get the money back, and only half of it was returned, according to the study. The firm’s analysis showed the median amount seized was $34,000.
House oversight subcommittee members showed sympathy to the panelists on Wednesday and appeared to voice bipartisan support for reworking the law.
Police say a man fatally shot a pellet gun-wielding suspect during an attempted robbery in Upper Darby.
The incident occurred around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in Cobbs Creek Park near the 6700 block of Church Lane.
Sources say the suspected robber has been identified as 18-year-old Tyler Williams of West Philadelphia.
Investigators say a 67-year-old man was walking on a path when the suspect ran up and demanded cash.
“He hears somebody running behind him. As he turns around, he sees a masked man with a gun pointed at him saying, ‘Give it up, give me all you got,” said Supt. Michael Chitwood, Upper Darby Township Police.
However the intended victim grabbed the suspect’s gun.
During the struggle, police say the victim pulled out his own weapon and fired one shot striking the attempted robber in the head, killing him.
The victim does have a concealed weapons permit.
“He was really shook up – really upset. And I told him point blank. I said, ‘You did what you had to do and as far as I’m concerned I don’t see any criminal charges forthcoming,'” said Supt. Chitwood.
Police say the suspect had a half dozen cell phones, a mask and the weapon he had was actually a pellet gun.
“It’s a shame somebody had to die. At the end of the day but the bad guy pulling the stick up – lost,” said Supt. Chitwood.
After the shooting, the 67-year-old victim, who lives in the Cobbs Creek area, walked out of the park to call 911.
Chitwood says the victim was rushed to Delaware County Memorial Hospital with chest pains. He is expected to be okay.
Saul Cohen who ran over and saw the suspect dead says the park has been a problem.
“Happened to my neighbor next door about two months ago – they tried to rob him in the park and almost killed him. This should all be cleaned out over here and it’s just really dangerous,” said Cohen.
The victim told police he saw a second man hiding in the bushes that took off after the shooting. No word if that person’s involvement.
Look no further for a textbook example of what passes for logic from a liberal.
If there’s one thing leftist radio host Mike Malloy really hates, or so he claims, it is suffering from the improper use of firearms. Being a gun owner, he doesn’t hate guns themselves or want them banned, based on what he’s said on his show. More accurately, the thing he seems to hate most is when conservatives own guns. (Audio after the jump)
Malloy, a former CNN news writer and Air America Radio host, seldom lets an hour pass without complaining about a new law in Georgia that allows concealed carry permit holders to bring guns to bars, supermarkets, municipal buildings and some parts of airports.
Those who hold open carry permits and brandish their guns in public are another target of Malloy’s ire, to the point that Malloy recently made this bizarre threat (audio) –
I guess what I’ll do if I’m ever in that situation and I see one of these half-witted yahoos walking in with a weapon, high-caliber rifle like that, I’ll just put on a berserk act. I will just start screaming Gun! Gun! Gun! Watch out, everybody hit the deck! Guns! Guns! Everybody! And then dial 911 and I will say, shots fired, which will bring every g**-damned cop within 15 miles. And then the half-wits with the long guns are going to panic and they’re going to run out of the store and if that rifle isn’t shouldered properly, the cop is going to take a look at that and put a bullet right in their forehead.
And Mike Malloy’s day will be complete.
In his brave, tireless efforts to stop senseless injuries and deaths from firearms, Malloy vows to start a panic in a public area – which would easily result in injuries and possibly fatalities. Clearly it has not crossed Malloy’s fevered mind that if he was actually opposed to senseless injuries and deaths, the last thing he would do is suggest what he did. Guess who goes to jail if you shout fire when there is none in a crowded theater, Mike? Diverting police with bogus 911 calls might prevent them from helping those in genuine distress. You really ought to think these things through.
This is what you can expect from a man who has also threatened to shoot an unnamed National Rifle Association board member – another example of Malloy’s meager efforts to cut down on violence.
A 58-year-old store clerk and Vietnam War veteran was “suspended” from his job at Mac’s Convenience Store in Rutland, Vermont, after using a gun on June 15 to stop a knife-wielding man from robbing the business.
According to the Rutland Herald, clerk Don Pitaniello was getting ready “to close up” the business at about 9:30 p.m. “when a man wearing a hoodie and a bandana over his face entered the store and threatened him with a roughly 5-inch blade.”
Pitaniello said he has carried a gun “all his life,” so he was ready when the robber entered. He said the man in the hoodie showed the knife, asked him to “empty the register,” then began waving the knife in his face. Pitaniello responded by drawing his .380 handgun and “pointing it at the [robber’s] face.” He told robber to “get the (expletive) out of” the store and the robber complied.
Pitaniello has since been suspended and says he may lose his job but “[he] doesn’t care.” He said: “I’m a firm believer in having a gun and not needing it rather than the other way around. I can always find a new job.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two bills into law Friday (May 23) that will expand gun rights for Louisiana residents after they received overwhelming support from the state Legislature. The new statutes will go into effect Aug. 1.
The more sweeping of the two gun rights measures will allow people with concealed handgun permits to carry their weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol, but make most of their money from food sales.
Present law does not allow citizens to carry guns into establishments that serve alcohol. And while people with concealed handgun permits will be able to go into a restaurant serving alcohol soon, they still wouldn’t be able to drink alcohol while packing heat.
The soon-to-be law also gives current and retired law enforcement officers as well as district attorneys and judges even more flexibility than the general public when it comes to concealed weapons. Those in law enforcement would be allowed to carry guns into bars, though they also couldn’t drink while carrying a weapon.
In present law, law enforcement officers are only allowed to have their guns in a bar if they are acting in an official capacity. Even under the new law, local sheriffs will still be able to prohibit their own officers from carrying guns into bars if they didn’t think it was a good idea.
The second bill signed by Jindal will expand the “stand your ground” law in Louisiana. Under current law, a person who kills an intruder coming into his car or house is given the benefit of the doubt and can use self-defense as a lawful reason for the killing. But the same self-defense argument could not be legally applied to situations where a person hurt, but didn’t kill, the intruder.
Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto, the sponsor of the legislation, said he wanted to close that loophole. People who end up harming – but not killing – an intruder or a carjacker should not be charged with murder if those who kill those people don’t face those consequences, he said.
“Stand your ground” laws are controversial, particularly after it was thought Florida resident George Zimmerman would use such a statute to defend his high-profile shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin.
There has also been a controversial “stand your ground” case in New Orleans, where a 33-year-old Marigny homeowner shot an unarmed 14-year-old. Lopinto said his legislation would not apply to this particular case because the shooting took place outdoors.
In an unusual move for Louisiana, the Legislature and Jindal have agreed to enact one new gun restriction. Domestic abusers under a legal protective order will be prevented from owning a gun for 10 years under a new law that will go into effect Aug. 1.
The National Rifle Association – which usually fights gun restrictions – remained neutral on the domestic abuser provision, which is probably one of the reasons the pro-gun Legislature and Jindal agreed to pass it.
When presenting the restriction, state Sen. J.P. Morrell said Louisiana has a particularly high rate of fatalities related to domestic abuse. ”We lead the nation in spouses murdering spouses with firearms,” he said.
After thieves broke into their house about two weeks ago, a Detroit couple installed outdoor security cameras.
Little did they know the cameras – and a loaded rifle – would come in handy so quickly.
The woman was home with her two children Monday night when she heard one of her doors being kicked in.
As three teenagers rushed into the house, Mom “didn’t have time to get scared,” she told WXYZ-TV in Detroit.
She warned the intruders she had a gun. Upon hearing their “no you don’t” reply, Mom figured they needed some convincing… and opened fire.
The teens’ entrance – and mighty swift exit – was all caught on the newly installed security cameras.
But wouldn’t you know that one of the teens, who dropped his pistol on the way out actually picked it up and tried walking back into the house?
No matter. His tenacity was rewarded with a second shotgun blast, and he took off again into the night. None of the suspects were hit by any gunfire.
And not only did this mother protect herself and her kids and their property, Detroit police arrested all three suspects shortly after their ill-advised home invasion. Police got the pistol, too, the woman said.
“I wasn’t feeling anything at the moment,” she told WXYZ of the confrontation. “I got scared afterward.”
Her daughter, after all, had a lot riding on her mom’s bravery, saying: “Oh no mommy, I don’t want them to take my piggy bank or my toys.”
Tennessee State Senator Mae Beavers (R – Mt. Juliet) is on a roll this week. Along with 10 co-sponsors, she introduced “The Health Care Freedom and Affordable Care Act Noncompliance Act” to effectively nullify ObamaCare in her state. Now, she’s taking aim at federal gun-control laws.
Beavers has introduced Senate Bill 1607 to effectively nullify federal gun laws in The Volunteer State. Under the proposed law:
* Any federal enactment or enforcement actions relating to firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition would be void in the state
* Any federal enactment or enforcement action impacting or infringing upon the rights of an individual or entity relative to firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition would be void
* Agents, employees and public officials in the state and its political subdivisions would be prohibited from carrying out federal gun laws
* Any attempt to enforce federal gun laws would be considered a misdemeanor and subsequent attempts would qualify as a felony
The law, if passed, is set to take effect on July 1. Thus, residents of The Volunteer State could see their Second Amendment rights significantly strengthened in less than six months.
Other states, including Missouri, Virginia and Wyoming, have recently considered similar legislation. And Alaska and Kansas have already signed their own Second Amendment protections into law. However, Tennessee’s proposed law appears to be among the strongest out there with the potential for violators to be charged with a felony.
It seems an increasing number of states are fed up with the Obama administration’s gun-grabbing policies. Will Tennessee be the next one to successfully tell the federal government to back off?
The NSSF’sSHOT Business magazineis reporting that SIG Sauer is getting ready to introduce a brand new product line called theP320 Modular Pistol. The new SIG P320 will be astriker-fired, polymer framed handgun that is designed to easily change configurations to match the shooter’s hand and use.
A shooter can change the SIG P320 to different frame sizes, different hand sizes and even different calibers. Essentially, a single serial numbered fire control unit serves as the basis for the pistol. Different sized barrels, frames and magazines can then all be used with the pistol to make a semi-custom gun to match the shooter’s need.
Currently, the company has a modular pistol in the catalog: the P250. The P250 is a hammer-fired gun, while the new P320 is striker fired. While comparisons between the two guns will inevitably happen, a comparison of the new gun to Glock, Smith & Wesson’s M&P and Springfield Armory’s XD(M) is likely a better one.
I posted last week about the four guns I was considering for my next purchase. Well, while looking around, I came across this little gem. A Walther PPQ with it’s 4 inch barrel and 15 shot magazine. Looks pretty sweet, and the trigger everyone says, is amazing.
I really need to find a range that rents different types of guns, so I can try all of my options out.
Simply put, they are trying to make you afraid of guns. Saying gun violence over and over and over puts the notion into people’s heads that ALL violence is committed by bad guys with guns. In truth gun control laws are not, and never have been successful in curbing violence. In fact, the gun “control” movement is about control, of you. In fact, Liberals pushing for gun control also lie when they spout their “gun deaths” propaganda. In those numbers, they include criminals killed by police officers, concealed license holders, and by Americans who kill home invaders in self-defense.
If you are an advocate for gun control ask yourself why you should believe people who must lie, and lie deliberately to further their cause. Also look at what banning guns does to violent crime rates vs allowing people to own and in many states carry guns Gun control proponents love to point to the UK and say “see, their gun violence rate is so low. We should follow their example”. Yet, the truth is that disarming the people does not lower violent crime rates. Do not believe the lies folks.
Yes, I have been absent the last two days. No, I was not abducted by a gang of hot women, although I could go for that. I have had some family business to tend to, and deal with the past couple of days, but, hopefully that is behind me now, so here I am raring to give Liberals all the heck I can. Given that Liberals hate guns, I figured I would pose a question that will bug Liberals and, at the same time, possibly give me an answer to a burning question.
That question is what will my next gun be? I do not own a 9mm at the moment, I own a .357 Sig (Smith and Wesson) a sub compact .40 S&W (Taurus) and two .45’s a Colt 1911, and my newest gun, a Sig P250 compact. So, I am looking for a 9mm with a “high capacity magazine”, a meaningless term the Left throws around to scare ignorant people. Of course, the Left has deemed that we only need seven bullets, no more, and anything with a bigger magazine is therefore an evil “high capacity magazine”. Of course, in a few years, they will decide that seven bullets is too many, and they will seek to redefine their own definition of “high capacity magazine”, that is how the Left operates. But, I have narrowed my choices down to four options.
A Taurus PT 24/7 G2 9mm with a 3.5 inch barrel, and a 17 round mag, the gun also comes with a 13 round mag.
This is the least expensive of my choices, which is a plus, and I really like the two Taurus guns I own. It feels great in my hand, and I like the looks of it, the weak point is the sights, it does not have a 3 dot sight, which I really prefer.
Next is a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm with a 4.25 inch barrel, 3 dot sights, and three 17-round mags. I like the feel of the gun, the sights are very good, but it might be a hair big for carry.
Then there is the one I am leaning towards right now. The Springfield XDM 9mm, with a 3.8 inch barrel, and two mags, a 19 round, and a 13 round. Love the feel of this gun, love the look, love the sights.
Then there is the Sig P250 9mm, with a 15-round magazine. I have written about how much I love my .45 P250, so I know the feel, and accuracy will be second to none. The only drawback? It only comes with one magazine, and Sig mags are not cheap.
Then there is this one, which is out of my price range. A Sig Sauer P226 tactical operations, complete with 4 20-round mags. It is only about 1,300 bucks though. I could get a P226 MK25, which is the sidearm SEALs carry for about $1,150, but, I just cannot afford right now, but one day I will splurge and get possibly the best handgun ever made
So, any thoughts? Anyone own any of these? Anyone have some advice?
Bearing Arms brings us the sad tale of the Washington Post’s attempt to push the “guns are bad” line
The facts are conclusive.
Gun ownership is up tremendously. Young, urban, and female shooters are the fastest growing segments, ensuring that the next generation of gun rights advocates is not only expanding in numbers, but in spreading in geography and influence. Shooting is now an increasingly popular recreational and social pastime among family and friends.
The most popular firearms? Semi-automatic pistols, particularly those models of pistols most useful for concealed carry, are the fastest growing handgun segment. Modern sporting rifles—which are now available in more calibers, configurations, and price points than ever before—are the most popular rifles in the market. The AR-15 is the most common and popular centerfire rifle sold in the United States, year after year.
As gun ownership grows and spreads, violence crimes are down across the board. Rape, murder, armed robbery, assault and other violent crimes are on a decades-long decline. Gun accidents are down as well. Despite the endless dramatizations from the citizen control groups, you’re twice as likely to be killed by Bambi than a mass shooter.
And so perhaps it is very, very telling that on the eve of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the desperate citizen control cultists of the Washington Post are reduced to casting about for sob stories instead of making a scientific, mathematical, economic, or otherwise rational argument for citizen disarmament.
Go share your story of how you, or a friend used a gun to defend yourself, or how much fun you have at the range, let the Post have facts, they hate that!