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Bureaucrats Reject Professor’s Bid for a Concealed Carry Permit to Protect His Daughter from

Reeves’ arguments were bolstered by ex-Los Angeles policeman William Skiles, who said Reeves’ ability to carry a concealed weapon is a right guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Glendora resident Matthew Russell agreed and accused the chief and council of violating Reeves’ civil rights.

Councilwoman Donna Redman took exception to the accusation. She said the council wasn’t denying anyone the right to own guns and keep them in their home to protect themselves and their families.

“You just can’t conceal and carry it without a permit,” Redman said.

After the meeting, Pickwith said four conditions must be met to get the permit: good cause, good moral character, a city or county resident and 16 to 24 hours of training.

Other residents voiced concerns about folks walking around town with concealed guns loaded and ready to fire and agreed with the council’s support of the chief’s decision.

“The thought of people carrying concealed weapons in La Verne sends a chill down my spine,” said Mark Ramos.

He suggested residents become more vigilant and attentive to what’s happening in their neighborhoods, establish neighborhood watch groups and call the police when they see strangers acting strangely.

“A gun doesn’t make me safer. Me looking out for my neighbors and my neighbors looking out for me is better safety. If you want to own and keep a gun in your house, that’s your right,” Ramos said.

La Verne resident Cathie Rojas said she and her husband have guns in their home, but their first thought during a crime is not to grab them. Police officers are better trained in protecting citizens, she said.

Why the Controversy Over CCW Technology?

The core concept behind concealed carry is to keep the firearm hidden until it is needed. The means of carry, or how it is concealed is secondary to having it on/near you and readily accessible when it is needed.

Keeping the core concept of concealed carry in the front of ones mind, whatever configuration the firearm is, the carrier is under no obligation to make their own true lethality known to those who may wish them harm.

With the numbers of carriers ever growing, it is only natural that those technologies which will serve to help concealed carriers better conceal their weapons and blend into their surrounding environments – will inevitably and thankfully – proliferate.

In light of the new technology boom, it is only logical that CCW holders find transformer guns such as the herein mentioned “Ideal Conceal” as invaluable alternatives when traditional carries may be less practical due to bulk, discomfort, or otherwise less desirable for whatever reason.

In the end, let the carriers make the decision of when and to what extent they want to gear down, it is their lives on the line and no one should make the decision for them.

The two dominant conversations surrounding Ideal Conceal are pretty polar opposite: glowingly optimistic or severely pessimistic. Some people view Ideal Conceal for its curb appeal of convenient to deploy, easy to conceal, and its level of comfort or basically not requiring a holster. The other mindset is that Ideal Conceal creates a horrifying new concern for law enforcement. All cellphones could now be possible weapons used against our men and women in blue. As if their jobs aren’t difficult enough in the heat of the moment they must now decipher and identify if a small object is a possible threat or just another Samsung cellphone.

Source: The Firearm Blog

Can Illinoisinans Wrestle More Concealed Carry Rights From the Hoplophobic Bureaucrats?

The Pekin Daily Times (Pekin, IL) ran the article Proposed bill would expand concealed carry, which maintains that concealed carry laws may become less restrictive – provided of course that common sense and hard work once again prevail over growing minority of the hoplophobic, security challenged, and economic illiterate bureaucrats of Illinois.

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Poll: North Carolinians back gun rights over protection from gun violence

A false dichotomy: Gun control doesn’t “protect citizens against gun violence.”

As most of the readers of this blog know, the police will not be there to protect you from violence of any sort, nor do criminals don’t follow laws.

It appears that at least 57% of North Carolinians may understand that gun rights and personal security are intimately intertwined and not in opposition to each other.

High Point University said Wednesday that its latest poll shows the majority of North Carolina residents would rather protect the right to own guns than protect citizens against gun violence.

Fifty seven percent favored protecting the constitutional right of citizens to own guns, while 35 percent though protecting citizens from gun violence was more important.

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Record Breaking Gun Sales Continue Through February

Record breaking gun sales continued once again in the month of February.

There were 2,613,074 firearms-related background checks performed by the FBI over the 29 days in February, a record for the month. February is now the ninth month in a row that has seen a record number of checks. The month saw fewer checks than the single-month record set in December 2015, but also saw an increase in checks over last month.

This February’s numbers bested the previous record, set in 2013, by more than 300,000 checks. In the first two months of 2016, there were 5,158,876 checks run through the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. That’s more than half the 10,036,933 checks run in all of 2006, just a decade ago.

This year is a continuation of a record-setting trend, which began in 2015. February 2016 is the tenth month in a row to set a record. 2015 also holds the all-time record for background checks in a single year.

FBI background checks are considered a reliable gauge of how many guns have been sold in a given period of time. All gun sales made through federally licensed gun dealers must include a background check. Some states also require all sales between private parties to include a background check.

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Recent Illinois Gun Sales are Breaking State Records

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Recent Illinois gun sales are breaking state records. The jump in the sale of firearms reflects a national trend.

Illinois State Police did 418,000 background checks last year. The actual number of guns sold could be higher because some transactions involved multiple guns.

Some retailers say recent mass shootings and the state’s concealed carry law are the reasons for the increase.


Clarence Thomas Breaks Decade of Silence, Asks – Under What Circumstances Can the State Deny Rights?

Yesterday Thomas seized on that point and expanded it during an exchange with Assistant Solicitor General Ilana Eisentein. “You’re saying that recklessness is sufficient to trigger a ­ misdemeanor violation of domestic [assault] that results in a lifetime ban on possession of a gun, which, at least as of now, is still a constitutional right,” he said. “Can you think of another constitutional right that can be suspended based upon a misdemeanor violation of a state law?” Eisenstein could not.

Thomas noted that Voisine and Armstrong, assuming they’re covered by 18 USC 922, would permanently lose their Second Amendment rights, even though their crimes did not involve guns or any other weapons. Then he posed a hypothetical: Imagine that a publisher commits a misdemeanor by violating a ban on using children in certain kinds of advertising. “Could you suspend that publisher’s right to ever publish again?” he asked. Eisenstein thought not.”

So how is that different from suspending your Second Amendment right?” Thomas asked. Eisenstein replied that Congress had “the compelling purpose” of preventing escalating domestic violence by people with a demonstrated propensity to commit such crimes. She also noted that misdemeanants can seek to recover their Second Amendment rights by petitioning for a pardon or expungement.

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Concealed Weapons Permits on the rise in Sacramento County

For the record, with 7,478 permits issued and only 1 homicide by an authorized CCW holders (.013%), you seem to be much safer when more good citizens armed.

While we would disagree with Sheriff Jone’s assessment that personal protection is a privilege, we do hope he keeps doing the right thing and issues more permits to everyone who wants to take responsibility for their own security.

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SACRAMENTO – Six years ago when Scott Jones became Sheriff of Sacramento County he promised to make it easier for people to get a concealed weapons permit. So far, he has lived up to that promise.

Since August of 2011, the number of concealed weapons permits, or CCWs, has soared from 887 to 7,478 in January of 2016.

When asked if Jones believes more people should carry, he simply answered, “Yes.”

“People face the same dangers that I do. They have a desire to protect themselves and their family,” said Sheriff Jones. “The flavor of the country has changed over the last year or two, and it is not so much about being a victim of a mugging or getting money out of the ATM. Now, you have the real threat of terrorism.”

Dr. Garen Wintemute is an emergency room doctor at UC Davis and a researcher on gun violence. He says the country changed in 2012 beginning with Aurora and then Sandy Hook and San Bernardino where “public mass shootings” have become more frequent.

But he says while those shootings create fear, the fear is more perception than reality.

“Mass shootings are uncommon, they account for less than 1-percent of all firearm deaths in the United States,” said Dr. Wintemute. “But mass shootings have the potential of changing the character of American public life.”

Change is exactly what is happening to the makeup of Sacramento County under Sheriff Jones where 90 percent of all CCW applications are approved by his office.

“I wish it was more,” said Jones.

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Is the Worm Turning as Europeans Discover Virtues of Armed Self-defense while EU Bureaucrats Seek New Gun Controls?

Further, the New York Post pointed out in an article titled “Europeans stocking up on guns after mass sex attacks,” actual firearms are also in great demand.

More recently, German state news agency Deutsche Welle noted this trend. According to the article, “most customers want a pistol that can fit easily into a handbag or a small drawer in the night table.” Moreover, a “social media expert” told the news outlet, “There has been an increase of at least 1,000 percent or more in Google search queries for gun permits since January.”

To their credit, rank and file German police officers appear to support the decision many Germans are taking to arm themselves. German Police Union Chief Rainer Wendt told Deutsche Welle that the police do not intend to obstruct citizens in their attempts to lawfully arm and that he does not support new laws that would make it more difficult for the public to obtain self-defense products.

As we pointed out back in November and December, this all comes at a time when the EU is seeking to crack down on firearm ownership in its member states. Pursuant to the European Firearms Directive, EU nations are already required to adopt a minimum threshold of gun restrictions. However, on November 18, in the wake of terrorist shootings and bombings in Paris, the European Commission announced that it was expediting previously contemplated gun control legislation. An extensive overview of current EU firearms law can be found at Library of Congress’ website.

Under EU legislative procedure, typically the transnational government’s executive branch, the European Commission, drafts and proposes legislation. The proposed legislation must then be approved by the European Parliament, which consists of members of parliament (MEPs) elected by the citizens of member states, and the European Council, which consists of the leaders of the various member states, in order to be adopted. These entities may also provide amendments to the proposed legislation.

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Soviet Style “Mental Health,” saying goodbye to your 2nd Amendment rights?

In order to ensure that the screening mandate is being properly implemented, the government will need to create a database containing the results of the screenings. Those anti-gun politicians who want to forbid anyone labeled “mentally ill” from owning a firearm will no doubt want to use this database as a tool to deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights.

If the preventive task force has its way, Americans could lose their Second Amendment, and possibly other, rights simply because they happened to undergo their mandatory depression screening when they were coping with a loved one’s passing or a divorce, or simply having a bad day. As anyone who has been mistakenly placed on the terrorist watch list can attest, it is very difficult to get off a government database even when the government clearly is in error. Thus, anyone mistakenly labeled as depressed will have to spend a great deal of time and money in what may be a futile attempt to get his rights back.

Mandatory depression screening will endanger people’s health by increasing the use of psychotropic drugs. These drugs often have dangerous side effects. Their use has even been linked to suicide. The fact that almost every mass shooter was on psychotropic drugs is another good reason to oppose any policy that will increase reliance on these medicines.

Source: Read more at Lew Rockwell

Largest ‘Enhanced Concealed Weapons Permit’ class ever taught at the Idaho State University Law Enforcement building

Instructors tell KPVI that the class enrollment was so large, they had to split it up into two classes, with a total of 70 participants wanting to be armed with a ‘Enhanced Concealed Weapons Permit,’ unlike Idaho’s basic concealed carry permit, the enhanced version requires eight hours of classroom time and 98 rounds shot down a range.Cheryl Simpson says she already has the basic concealed carry permit, but decided now was the right time to take the enhanced course.“The class we took this morning helped me, it showed me how to handle a gun, how to hold it, how to stand,” says Cheryl Simpson, Class Participant.

Source: KPVI News 6 – Pocatello, ID  <—Read more here

Indiana lawmakers considering a more Constitutional Carry

No license needed to carry: House Bill 1056, authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from Seymour, would repeal the law requiring concealed-carry licenses to carry handguns in public in Indiana.

In other words, gun owners would no longer have to get a special permit to carry their weapons outside their homes.”This is geared toward the innocent person. I want to remove one more obstacle in their path where they can defend themselves,” Lucas told WRTV-TV in Indianapolis.

Erich Pratt of Springfield, Va.-based Gun Owners of America, a gun advocacy group, says eight states don’t require special permits to carry guns — Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana (at least most of it), Kansas, Maine and Vermont.

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Mike Rowe Blasts Celebs Echoing Obama’s Gun Control Talking Points

“Mike Rowe has long been a favorite of mine. He’s highly and intelligent and down-to-earth, and he pulls no punches. He proved it again in his reaction to hearing that the Obama Administration send out gun control talking points to celebrities, whom being good mindless progressives, dutifully parroted the lines they were given.

Mike had a slightly different response.

Hello Friends I’ve just received a request from The White House! On behalf of The President, I’ve been asked to share some talking points directly with each one of you, regarding the need to expand background checks on those citizens who wish to purchase a gun!

Just kidding.

For some reason, I was not among those celebrities selected to assist The White House in this endeavor. I’ve since recovered from my initial disappointment, and identified three possible explanations for the oversight.

1. The White House did not ask for my assistance, because they do not believe I’m famous enough to persuade anyone of anything.

2. The White House did not ask for my assistance, because they do not believe I would tweet out someone else’s words and claim them as my own.

3. The White House did not ask for my assistance, because they do not believe I support background checks.

Rowe then went on to provide a a very detailed list of the problems with the executive actions being pushed by President Obama that utterly guts the Administration’s talking points. Please, go read what Mr. Rowe has to say (at the link), because he’s entirely correct.”

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Kansans seek concealed carry training despite relaxing of laws

“As President Obama continues to push for tighter gun control, many consumers aren’t taking the chance of waiting to purchase one.

‘I think there are concerns that there might be further restrictions on guns so people are starting to buy them now,’ said concealed carry permit holder Ron Pope.

As of July 2015, the concealed carry of a firearm without a license is legal in the state of Kansas. Gun owners are still piling into concealed carry classes despite the law change.

Ron Pope received his concealed carry license two years before the law changed.

‘I’ve always enjoyed shooting, ever since I was young. As my children got older, I wanted them to have experience shooting and I thought the additional education I’d get with a concealed carry class would be important,’ explained Pope.”

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Concealed weapons permit requests soar in wake of San Bernardino terror attack

“SAN BERNARDINO>> Applications for permits to carry a concealed weapon have soared 750 percent in San Bernardino County following the Dec. 2 terrorism attack, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, officials said this week.

Typically the department processes 10 permits a week, but since the attack at the Inland Regional Center, which killed 14 and wounded 22, the number has soared to 75, said Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department spokesman.

The ripple of fear rolling out from the unlikely strike location, in what one BBC radio newsman called ‘a sleepy part of Southern California,’ has been far-ranging.

The week of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack applications for the CCW permit increased 600 percent in Orange County, said Lt. Jim Hallock, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. But after that week, levels returned to 20 permit requests per week, he said.

In Riverside County, there was a sharp spike as well. Deputy Michael Vasquez said the department has noticed a spike in interest since Dec. 2, which seems to be continuing. As a result of that increase, the process will be slowed down for new applicants, although just how much lengthier has not been determined.

Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department officials could not be reached for comment.

Bachman said in San Bernardino County that appointments for a mandated interview on the request, which have run about four months out, are now booked through June.

‘It doesn’t concern me that law-abiding, mentally sound people are getting concealed weapons permits,’ said Jarrod Burguan, San Bernardino police chief.

‘I will say from having a gun, pretty much my whole adult life, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with it,’ Burguan said.

It’s one thing to be wearing a gun, stuck in your waistband when you are wearing a jacket. It’s another to be carrying a gun wearing workout clothes.”

(Via.) The Sun <—Read more here

You Know Less Than You Think About Guns

“‘There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America,’ President Barack Obama proclaimed after the October mass shooting that killed 10 at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. ‘So how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer? We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work—or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns—is not borne out by the evidence.’

n this single brief statement, Obama tidily listed the major questions bedeviling social science research about guns—while also embodying the biggest problem with the way we process and apply that research. The president’s ironclad confidence in the conclusiveness of the science, and therefore the desirability of “common-sense gun safety laws,” is echoed widely with every new mass shooting, from academia to the popular press to that guy you knew from high school on Facebook.

In April 2015, the Harvard gun-violence researcher David Hemenway took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times to declare in a headline: “There’s scientific consensus on guns—and the NRA won’t like it.” Hemenway insisted that researchers have definitively established “that a gun in the home makes it a more dangerous place to be…that guns are not used in self-defense far more often than they are used in crime…and that the change to more permissive gun carrying laws has not reduced crime rates.” He concludes: “There is consensus that strong gun laws reduce homicide”

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2015: The year of guns –

There’s a pervasive belief that any attempt to tighten gun laws would be futile because too many politicians are afraid to defy the NRA. But CNN’s John Blake points out that there are at least four examples from American history — including two snatched from recent headlines — in which ordinary people and unforeseen events defeated a seemingly invincible lobbying group, and hardly anyone saw it coming.

Source: 2015: The year of guns –

Poll suggests Americans would arm themselves for protection – My News 4 – KRNV, Reno, NV

“WASHINGTON (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) — A Twitter poll conducted by Sinclair stations across the country found that 74 percent of respondents would arm themselves for protection.

More than 5,000 people responded to the poll, which was posted by 44 Sinclair stations across the country.

A total of 26 percent of those responding said they would not arm themselves for protection.

The polling comes amid heightened concerns over terrorism in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

Attempting to quell the public’s fear, President Barack Obama said in an interview this weekend that ISIS ‘is not an organization that can destroy the United States.’

Obama validated the concerns of many Americans, saying he understand why people are worried, but he noted that the most damage ISIS can do ‘is if they start changing how we live and what our values are.’

He expressed that part of his last year in office will be spent making sure Americans remember, ‘who we are and make sure that our resilience, our values, our unity are maintained.’

‘If we do that, then ISIL will be defeated.’

Asked which was a better way to respond to terrorism in this country, enacting stricter gun control laws or encouraging more people to carry guns legally, a Washington Post/ABC poll found 47 percent of respondents felt more people carrying guns was a better response.

In that same Washington Post/ABC poll, 42 percent of respondents said stricter guns laws were a better response.

That poll was conducted by phone in December of 2015, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. A random sample of 1,002 adults were questioned.

By comparison, a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year found 56 percent of respondents said more concealed weapons would make the country safer.

‘A majority of Americans, 56%, believe that if more Americans carried concealed weapons after passing a criminal background check and training course, the country would be safer,’ the poll concluded. Of those asked, 41 percent said the United States would be less safe.

The results were a part of Gallup’s annual crime poll, conducted in October.”


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Democrats Say Guns Owned by Millions of Americans Are Good Only for Mass Murder

“Why does the Times understand percentages when it comes to people with psychiatric diagnoses but not when it comes to people with guns? Probably because fear and loathing of firearms prevent its editorialists from thinking straight. But in light of these numbers, it seems quite unlikely that a ban on so-called assault weapons—even if it somehow eliminated the millions of ‘assault weapons’ already in circulation, and even if murderers did not simply switch to other, equally lethal guns—would have a noticeable impact on gun violence, let alone that it would ‘end the gun epidemic in America.’

Undaunted by that reality, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), joined by 123 cosponsors, this week announced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which would ‘prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of…semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine.’ Cicilline did not explain what he means by ‘a military-style feature,’ and so far I have had no luck locating the actual text of his bill. But assuming it resembles the ‘assault weapon’ ban that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) proposed in 2013, the prohibited features are things like pistol grips, barrel shrouds, threaded barrels, and folding stocks.”

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Obama meets Bloomberg as he prepares order on guns

“As his administration prepares an executive order tightening access to guns, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a proponent of new gun laws who has become the chief enemy of the National Rifle Association.

Obama has met with a series of gun control advocates in recent weeks as his aides complete work on a potential order expected to expand background checks on gun sales by closing the so-called ‘gun show loophole.’

A timeline on the order — which has been tangled in legal and administrative questions — is still unknown. The President met with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was gravely wounded during a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on December 4 to discuss gun control.

But even as he works to tighten access to firearms, a new survey shows dwindling support for an outright ban on assault weapons, which both Obama and Bloomberg have advocated as a means to prevent gun deaths.”