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Texas Police To Take 700 Guns Away From Citizens

Texas Police To Take 700 Guns Away From Citizens

Deep in the heart of Texas, where there are more firearms in homes than people, Dallas County will start taking guns away from a specific group of individuals as early as this week. As an avid supporter of American’s right the bear arms, I also support the county’s move to do this, but the method has me a bit puzzled.

Dallas County will be the first in the nation to collect weapons from domestic violence offenders as a preventative measure to keep victims safe. Statistics prove that women are 500 times more likely to lose their life in an argument with a violent offender if there is a gun in the home. But before anyone gets up in arms about government overreach into someone’s armory, understand that there are no rights being taken away here. The way it works does not mean officials are knocking down offender’s doors, raiding homes, and seizing what’s not theirs. In fact, the rule operates on an honor system with criminals.

According to WFAA, this rule is not new, but the execution of it is. Federal and state law forbids anyone with a domestic violence conviction or an emergency protective order against them from possessing firearms, but until now, Dallas didn’t have a way to collect and store relinquished guns.

County Criminal Court Judge Roberto Cañas, who is one of two judges who handle misdemeanor domestic violence cases, devised a plan called “Firearm Surrender Project,” in collaboration with a local Dallas Fort Worth area gun range, where criminals can go and safely surrender and store their guns until they are legally able to have them back.

Texas To Take 700 Guns Away Starting NOW, But That's Not The REAL Issue

Although officials expect to collect around 700 guns each year under this plan, that’s giving criminals far too much credit in assuming they are going to be honest about what weaponry they have at home.

More than it being an ineffective project, considering it relies on the unreliable word of a criminal, it’s going to cost taxpayers in the area a lot of money. Cañas’ collection idea includes having a deputy on staff at the private gun rage to run the operation of signing in and out offenders’ firearms.

Taxes will be used to cover that salary, along with start-up costs to get the project rolling. So far, $37,000 has already been dumped into this, through a grant given to the country from the governor’s office. Cañas and crew will need double that amount over the next year to keep the project going.

The way the rule works is that offenders are simply asked at conviction if they have a gun. IF they are honest and admit they do, they are ordered to surrender that gun at the range and get it signed off that they did. They are also given the option to give it to a third-party instead, to someone who is legally able to own a gun. That looks a lot like, “Here friend, take my gun, say I gave it to you, then give it back.”

“There’s no doubt that the intersection of firearms and domestic violence is a very lethal one,” Cañas said. “If we can take a step that will even prevent one homicide, this project will be worth it.”

Texas To Take 700 Guns Away Starting NOW, But That's Not The REAL Issue

Criminals can’t buy guns if they’re convicted of violent crimes and they shouldn’t be able to keep guns they have after conviction if they are a proven threat to people’s lives. But the fact is, felons will always have firearms because they don’t buy them through legal means, and they aren’t going to be honest in giving them up.

For this reason alone, everyone needs to own firearms to defend themselves against the unknown. It’s the bad guy with a gun that gives the good guys with guns a bad rap with gun-grabbers. Effort and money would be better spent in empowering women to know how to use a firearm and prevent themselves from becoming a victim in the first place, or again if they already are one.

99% Of Names On Secret Federal Gun Ban List Are US Military Veterans

99% Of Names On Secret Federal Gun Ban List Are US Military Veterans

With as busy as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was walking guns across the border to murderous Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to stem the flow of firearms into Mexico, Barack Obama’s most loyal minion still found the time to come up with ways to prevent American citizens from legally owning firearms.

Although Obama’s executive orders successfully kept roughly 64,000 incriminating documents from being released, the U.S. Department of Justice was soon ordered to hand them over, and since then, the revelations just keep on coming, including one that would be too ridiculous to believe if it wasn’t for the Obama administration.

FrontPage Magazine’s Daniel Greenfield captured the Obama administration’s sentiment towards our veterans when he wrote that if the Japanese had conquered American in WW2, we would still probably have a more pro-veteran government than we do now.

This claim was backed up when veterans’ healthcare and U.S. soldiers’ meals were significantly cut to spend on other failed liberal programs, but a recently exposed list has gone too far at targeting our vets, especially with the dangers they face by Islamic jihadists here in the U.S.

According to The Washington Times, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee wants Holder to explain why the DOJ gun ban list has a “mental defective” category, consisting almost entirely of veterans and their dependents.

“According to the Congressional Research Service, as of June 1, 2012, 99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list’s ‘mental defective’ category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies,” wrote Sen. Chuch Grassley (R-IA) in a letter addressed to Holder.

“It’s disturbing to think that the men and women who dedicated themselves to defending our freedom and values face undue threats to their fundamental Second Amendment rights from the very agency established to serve them,” Grassley continued in his statement Wednesday. “A veteran or dependent shouldn’t lose their constitutional rights because they need help with bookkeeping.”

Federal agencies are required to report names of individuals who are considered a danger to themselves or others to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s “mental defective” category so that they may be prevented from obtaining a firearm.

This means that veterans “are particularly singled out,” Grassley argued, adding that veterans should not be forced by the Department of Veterans Affairs “to prove that they have the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

“Instead VA reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits. Although the VA process is not designed to regulate firearm ownership, it results in veterans and their loved ones being barred from exercising their fundamental, Constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights,” he explained.

Only in the West are we so tolerant that we are quick to criminalize the very individuals who protect from the truly intolerant. We have imams preaching hundreds of violent verses of the Quran that incite hate and violence against us, yet they are free to warmonger completely unmonitored for fear of offending them.

Our men and women return from defending Western democracy only to be met with less pay and benefits than illegal drug runners and criminals who sneak across our borders.

We have Muslims returning from slaughtering unbelievers with the Islamic State in Syria, and they are welcomed back into the welfare system with open arms, yet the soldiers who’ve risked everything and sacrificed much return to find that the weapons they were worthy enough to fight with for our nation’s benefit, but not worthy enough to protect themselves and their own families.

Texas Has A New Outlook On Firearms

Texas Has A New Outlook On Firearms

The state of Texas has a new outlook on firearms that gun activists may be quite pleased with. Apparently, there are distinct changes being made to the gun laws that will allow citizens to openly carry handguns in public.

According to the Washington Times, the turning point came on Friday, April 17, when the Texas House of Representatives voted 96-35 in favor of the open carry bill, HB910. The new bill will make it permissible for citizens to carry handguns in holsters.

Currently, citizens are required to have a license to carry firearms and must keep weapons concealed. With the approval of the new bill, such stipulations will be deemed null and void. However, citizens still would not be allowed to bring weapons into facilities where concealed carry is currently barred. So, weapons still will not be allowed inside schools, places of business, bars, and nightclubs

“It’s time to go ahead and take this next step,” said Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, the bill’s primary author. “It’s time to join the ranks of states like Massachusetts … and allow our citizens to have this right.”

“Supporters said they were upholding constitutional rights and allowing greater liberty for gun owners that was long overdue. Though Texans can already openly carry long guns, such as rifles, the state has long banned the practice for handguns,” reports Dallas News. “The bill would align Texas with 44 other states that allow some open carry of handguns.” Currently, nearly 850,000 Texans have a concealed gun license.”

Gun activists, who serve as powerful constituents with the Texas Republican Party, have been working diligently for quite sometime to surpass legislation controlled by the GOP. After a staggering number of delays, it appears the law will finally be approved.

Needless to say, the new bill has sparked quite a controversy. Of course, gun activists are thrilled but there are a number of concerns about potential issues the bill may cause, if approved. A number of Texas police chiefs have expressed opposition toward the changes. With the staggering number of shootings involving unarmed victims, many police chiefs argue changes in open carry laws will only make it more difficult to tell who should and should not be carrying a weapon.

Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix, with the Legislative Committee Chair of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, recently voiced his concerns about the possible changes to come during an interview with KXAN-TV.

“It is going to be difficult for the beat cop to know who should have a gun, who shouldn’t have a gun, and frankly there are people out there who shouldn’t own guns,” Mannix said.

Woman’s Violent Ex Tried To Kill Her, But Police Ended Up Shooting Her Instead

Woman’s Violent Ex Tried To Kill Her, But Police Ended Up Shooting Her Instead

A woman in Alabama just used a shotgun to defend herself against a violent attacker … but in a bizarre turn of events police ended up pulling the trigger on her.

Lisa Skinner had been in fear for her life for many weeks. The 52-year-old had filed restraining orders against a man she knew very well — her estranged husband.

That man, Bradley Skinner, had previously been arrested on charges of harassment and domestic violence. Over the last several days, his behavior became more and more erratic.

“He began talking about dying and had often mentioned that he wanted to ‘take out all of his enemies and die by PoPo,’” wrote Lisa before the fateful attack occurred.

“[He] wished the police would kill him after he had killed his enemies. I am certainly now an enemy,” the woman explained.

The restraining order against Bradley was supposed to keep him away. It didn’t.

On Sunday evening, Bradley Skinner broke into the house where Lisa was staying with her mother. He was carrying a pistol and a large knife … and he was definitely not there to chat.

Lisa armed herself with a shotgun and tried to get away through the garage, but the armed man followed her.

That’s when Lisa fired her shotgun and hit her estranged husband in the chest.

It should have been over — but then things took a turn for the worst.

Police officers arrived on scene just in time to hear the shotgun blasts. They came around the corner to the garage and saw the woman holding the shotgun.

The cops ordered her to drop the weapon. Instead — possibly still in shock — Lisa turned toward the police with the shotgun.

At least one of the responding officers fired at the woman. She was struck by at least one police bullet.

Officers quickly realized what was happening and gave medical attention to both Lisa and her husband-turned-attacker.

It could have been a fatal night for both the husband and wife, but Lisa was reportedly in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Bradley, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. He sustained life threatening injuries and his condition was unclear.

Concealed Carrying “Uber” Driver Stopped MASS MURDER in Chicago

Concealed Carrying “Uber” Driver Stopped MASS MURDER in Chicago

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

That quote usually causes smoke to pour out of liberals’ heads … but a recent incident in Chicago proves just how true it is.

Over the past weekend, a criminal named Everardo Custodio tried to commit mass murder.

Police say he pointed an illegal handgun at a sidewalk full of people in Logan Square andopened fire on the crowd.

That incident could have been another deadly tragedy in one of the country’s most dangerous cities.

This time, however, things were different.

A 47-year-old Uber taxi service driver had just dropped off a passenger when he saw Custodio open fire on innocent people.

Instead of taking cover, he took action.

The anonymous Uber driver decided that he wasn’t going to stand by while innocent people died. He pulled out a concealed shotgun from his car and dropped the rampaging criminal with several well-placed shots.

According to authorities, the heroic driver has a concealed carry permit and was carrying his firearm legally in his vehicle.

There were no charges filed against the armed Good Samaritan, and the man “was acting in self-defense and in the defense of others,” according to Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn.

The criminal, meanwhile, was taken to a hospital where he was put under arrest. He’s facing charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm.

For many years, Chicago has had some of the most draconian gun laws in the nation. Incidents like this, however, are showing us exactly why people need the right to defend themselves — and in this case, defend an entire crowd.

Criminals bent on murder don’t follow laws. Unarmed, innocent people are a crowd of just victims. When responsible citizens can be armed, however, they have a fighting chance to defend their lives.

Homeland Security steps up screening of aviation employees

Homeland Security steps up screening of aviation employees

By KATHRYN A. WOLFE

A TSA agent is shown. | Getty

The Department of Homeland Security tightened screening requirements for airport and airline employees today, following a three-month review triggered by allegations of gun-smuggling by airline employees last year.

The changes mean that all airport and airline employees traveling as passengers will have to go through TSA security screening. Aviation workers will also have to submit to a “fingerprint-based criminal history records check” every two years, until TSA can create a real-time system for criminal background checks.

In addition, airports will have to reduce the number of ways to access secure areas to an “operational minimum.” Aviation employees will also be screened more often, including randomly throughout the workday.

Two Senate Democrats were quick to praise the action. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the new steps a “prompt response and a significant first step,” but also said “more is needed.”

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the top ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the TSA, said it’s a “decent first step. But we need to continue to look at the long-term picture and see how we can broaden this in a cost-effective way.”

This additional screening won’t be “100 percent physical,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement, because it would “not completely eliminate potential risks, but would divert critical resources from other critical security functions to mitigate other risks.”

In the gun-smuggling case, authorities said four men including a Delta Air Lines baggage handler were able to smuggle guns from Atlanta to New York on board airplanes, including getting the guns through security. One of the defendants was traveling using the “Buddy Pass” privileges of his mother, a retired Delta gate agent, ABC News reported at the time.

ATF Decided Banning Ammo A Mistake, Now Democrats Want To Buy Back Guns With Federal Money

ATF Decided Banning Ammo A Mistake, Now Democrats Want To Buy Back Guns With Federal Money

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Since the ATF decided it was a mistake to ban certain ammo, U.S. House Democrats have once again come up with a scheme to come after certain guns. This time, they want to pay you to turn them in.

The director of the ATF quietly resigned on March 31 amid the controversy of the failed “back door ammo ban” for certain AR-15 ammunition. The proposed ban of M855 ammunition validated the NRA’s claim that the administration was willing to even go behind the back of the U.S. Congress to impose gun control on the American people. When the ATF failed, certain Democrats from both the Senate and the House of Representatives proposed legislation that would restart the ammo ban. So far, all those measures have failed.

Now, Democrat Representatives have a new plan to get the “scary looking guns” off the street.

The Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act will be re-introduced next week by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn). This act works with the IRS to provide monetary incentives for gun owners to turn their firearms in to their local police departments.

“Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on Earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield.  These weapons were used in Newtown, Aurora and countless other mass shootings across America.  And they have been disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers in the line of duty.  They have no place on the streets or in our homes.” (Rep. Rosa DeLauro)

While DeLauro is not above admitting she favors strict gun laws and weapons bans, she states this measure should be passed because it doesn’t “force” gun owners to turn in their weapons. This bill instead provides up to a $2000 tax credit — $1000 a year for two years — for anyone willing to surrender their “assault weapons” to local police.

She originally proposed this bill in January 2013, just one month after the Newtown tragedy. The legislation fell short of the votes needed to pass, as the Republicans gained control of the House that same month. Still upset her measures didn’t pass, she plans on re-introducing the same bill next week when Congress returns from recess.

“Just days after the Newtown tragedy, President Obama asked ‘Are we doing enough to protect our children?’ And he admitted the answer is no.  That must change.” (Rep. Rosa DeLauro)

Her announcement of this legislation was in conjunction with the beginning of National Public Health Week.

The definition of the term “assault rifle” is not the same thing used by the military or law enforcement as the term used by Democrats in Congress. Automatic weapons are already banned and have been for many years. The high capacity magazines used in Newtown and Aurora were already banned in Connecticut and Colorado. In fact, the Pentagon defines assault rifles very different from Congress.

As the United States Defense Department’s Defense Intelligence Agency book Small Arms Identification and Operation Guide explains, “assault rifles” are “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges.” In other words, assault rifles are battlefield rifles which can fire automatically. (Journal of Contemporary Law)

While the .223 round is similar to the U.S. Military ammunition and used by the most popular “assault rifle” targeted by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Rosa DeLauro, it is not exclusive to the AR-15. Many hunting rifles use this type of ammunition. If you were to use a magazine, put a hand hold, or customize the stock on any of these classic rifles, they become targeted by legislation such as this. These laws are not after “assault rifles,” but “military style” or “scary looking” guns.

She is not alone in wanting to pay you to hand over your weapons voluntarily. The co-sponsors include Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).

Obama gun control push backfires as industry sees unprecedented surge

Obama gun control push backfires as industry sees unprecedented surge

Dimitry Lazar fires his 9mm pistol at targets at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. The massacre inside a crowded Colorado movie theater has prompted a sudden increase in gun sales and firearms training. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times 

The American firearms industry is as healthy as ever, seeing an unprecedented surge that has sent production of guns soaring to more than 10.8 million manufactured in 2013 alone — double the total of just three years earlier.

The 2013 surge — the latest for which the government has figures — came in the first full year after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, signaling that the push for stricter gun controls, strongly backed by President Obama, did little to chill the industry despite the passage of stricter laws in states such as New York, Maryland, Connecticut and California.

Indeed, interest in guns appears to be at an all-time high in California, which shattered its previous record for gun-purchase background checks last month, with nearly 200,000 processed, suggesting a vibrant firearms market in the country’s largest state.

Industry backers say they aren’t surprised firearms buyers and manufacturers alike have responded to the national gun control debate by making and purchasing more.

“The surge in firearms sales in 2013 reflects both a long-term upward trend in shooting sports participation and [a] particular concern that year that law-abiding gun owners and those interested in purchasing a firearm for the first time could face tougher restrictions affecting access to and selection of firearms,” said Mike Bazinet, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry group.

Little more than two years after the Sandy Hook shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 schoolchildren and six faculty at the school, the staying power of the industry is striking.

Despite Mr. Obama’s personal appeal for stricter laws, efforts to impose new background checks and to ban military-style rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines failed at the federal level in 2013. The Democratic-led Senate blocked those changes in a filibuster, and the GOP-controlled House never even took up any legislation.

Mr. Obama was left to move ahead on his own, signing more than two dozen executive orders and memos tweaking federal enforcement priorities, urging safe gun ownership and boosting the focus on mental health. He also nominated B. Todd Jones to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) — but two years later, Mr. Jones has quit the agency after a bungled effort to ban a popular type of rifle ammunition.

Some states did move forward in the wake of Newtown, including Connecticut, where Sandy Hook was located. Colorado, Maryland, New York and California also enacted restrictions.

Still to be seen is what effect those tougher state laws will have on manufacturers. Several companies signaled they would flee states where they no longer felt welcome and shift production to states that are seen as more gun-friendly, but those moves came too late to be reflected in the 2013 data, which is the most recent available. ATF releases data after a one-year gap.

Beretta, which produced nearly 350,000 firearms at its Accokeek, Maryland, plant in 2013, said last year it is moving to Tennessee.

A spokeswoman for the company didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Several gun control groups also didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on the manufacturing statistics and what they mean for the state of the debate.

Surging under Obama

The biggest change in production has come under President Obama. From 2001 to 2007, gun production held steady at between 3 million and 4 million units a year. It topped 4 million in 2008 but shot to 5.6 million in 2009, held steady in 2010 and then spiked to 8.6 million guns in 2012 and a record 10.8 million in 2013, according to ATF data.

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‘Gun Letter’ Informs Pawn And Gun Shop Owner His Bank Accounts Are Being Closed

‘Gun Letter’ Informs Pawn And Gun Shop Owner His Bank Accounts Are Being Closed

Andy Raymond, gun store owner
Andy Raymond, gun store owner

A gun and pawn shop owner in Florida received what he was told is “one of the gun letters” from his bank last month informing him that his business is no longer welcome.

Steve Champion, who opened American Gun & Pawn in Brooksville last year, received a letter from SunTrust on March 20, stating that he’ll have to close his accounts by April 20.

“At first I thought it must be a hoax,” Champion told WFLA. “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” he wrote on his Facebook account, where he also posted the SunTrust letter.

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The letter matches others sent to pawn shops and gun store owners across the country. Though banks and the federal government have remained tight-lipped about the closures, they are believed to be related to Operation Choke Point, a Department of Justice initiative ostensibly aimed at ending bank fraud. Choke Point has identified nearly 30 types of businesses as being at “high-risk” for fraudulent and illegal activities. The “high-risk” list includes gun shops, pawn shops, coin dealers and payday lenders.

“SunTrust continuously reviews its products, markets, and client relationships to ensure that we are able to provide the best possible client services,” reads SunTrust’s letter to Champion.

“As a result of a recent account review, we regret to inform you that SunTrust is no longer able to provide some of the financial services you require. We respectfully request that you immediately begin closing all of your SunTrust deposit accounts, safe deposit boxes and credit cards by 4/20/2015,” the letter continues, noting that the decision cannot be reversed.

While Operation Choke Point does not explicitly force banks to end relationships with “high-risk” companies, it is believed that maintaining those relationships opens banks up to more scrutiny. Rather than deal with more oversight, some banks seem to have chosen to stop doing business with such companies altogether.

Naturally, Champion is not happy with the decision and has vowed to spread word of SunTrust’s actions.

“I’ve worked my whole life to open a business,” he told WFLA. “I have a near-perfect credit score. I have zero debt.”

“There is no reason other than they don’t want to do business either with a gun store or a pawn shop, period,” he said. “So they’re discriminating.”

“We’re a legitimate business that’s licensed through the federal government so why am I being singled out and why is my account being canceled?” he continued. “It’s just unacceptable, and I told them I will tell everyone that wants to listen.”

A spokesman for SunTrust told WFLA that the bank began severing relationships with pawn shops last year. He said that gun stores are not being targeted. Many pawn shops across the U.S. also sell guns.

But Champion questions the accuracy of that statement, given what a SunTrust customer service representative told him.