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  • California Anti-Gun State Senator Leland Yee Is A Gun Trafficker & Scumbag

    Criminal charges, including conspiracy to traffic firearms, have been brought against CA anti-gun State Senator Leland Yee.

    If these allegations are true, Sen. Yee is easily the biggest hypocrite on gun control to walk the halls of the capitol in Sacramento, if not the entire United States.

    Hypocrisy and lies are nothing new to the anti-gun crowd. We’ve seen similar cases against members of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns but nothing as major as these allegations.

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    Yee is charged with conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms, as well as six counts of scheming to defraud citizens of honest services. Each corruption count is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, while the gun-trafficking count is punishable by up to five years and $250,000.

    According to the Associated Press Yee was to receive campaign donations in exchange for various favors, including working through a Muslim rebel group. The people with whom the deals were made turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

    Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles, through a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bring them to the United States, according to the affidavit by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.

    This is the same man that voted “yea” for the proposed California assault weapons ban (SB 374) in 2013. He also voted “yea” for the ban on lead hunting ammunition and “yea” for background checks for ammunition purchases.

    The 137-page complaint is simply staggering. Here’s a prominent anti-gun Democrat state senator allegedly involved in a gun trafficking scheme, among other alleged crimes that include wire fraud and dealing firearms without a license. And this guy has spent a considerable amount of energy in the California legislature trying to deny law-abiding Californians of their gun rights.

    The gun trafficking scheme allegedly involved activities in the Philippines, with the cash to be broken up into “legitimate campaign donations,” according to the court documents.

    It is hard to fathom this kind of activity on a scale as massive as these court documents allege. If Sen. Yee and his fellow defendants are convicted, they’re going to wind up in one of the biggest gun-free zones in the country, a federal prison.

     


  • Connecticut law requiring permit or certificate for sale, transfer of long guns takes effect

    Starting Tuesday, April 1, long guns may not be sold or transferred in Connecticut without a permit to carry pistols or revolvers or an eligibility certificate for pistols or revolvers or a long gun eligibility certificate, according to the state police.

    The law is part of the package of gun control legislation passed by the General Assembly last year after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Other parts of the law had already taken effect.

    The law required owners of assault weapons that were banned under the law to register their guns by Jan. 1, 2014. That was also the deadline for the registration of large capacity magazines. The law also put in place universal background checks, barred the sales of ammunition to anyone under 18 and created a dangerous weapon offender registry.

    The state police said as of Tuesday, that the permits can also be used for the purchase of ammunition. Anyone intending to purchase only ammunition and not any further firearms will be required only to obtain an ammunition certificate.

    According to the state police, sales authorization numbers will be required for all firearm sales, retail or private, and must be submitted to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit using form DPS-3-C (sale or transfer of all firearms). A DPS-67-C form (application to purchase firearms) must be filled out and retained by the seller. The forms are available at the state DESPP website…

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  • The Media Won’t Cover Leland Yee’s Alleged Gun-Running Because They’re Democrat Operatives with By-Lines

    The only thing I can do with this Glenn Reynolds column is endorse every single word of it. It is absolutely right.

    Yee told an FBI agent that, in exchange for $2 million in cash, he’d fill a shopping list of weapons, which he took personal responsibility for delivering, according to the indictment. He also allegedly “masterminded” a complex scheme bring illegal weapons into the country, agreeing to “facilitate” a meeting with an illegal arms dealer to arrange for the weapons to be imported via Newark, N.J. In arranging all of this, the indictment said, Yee relied on connections with Filipino terrorist groups who could supply “heavy” weapons, including the Muslim terrorists of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Yee allegedly noted that the Muslim terrorists had no reservations about kidnapping, extortion and murder.

    This all sounds like news. You’ve got charges of huge bribes, rampant hypocrisy, illegal weapons and even a connection with foreign terrorists — and from a leading politician in an important state.

    But — and here’s the part Hollywood would miss — outside of local media like San Francisco magazine, the coverage was surprisingly muted.The New York Timesburied the story as a one-paragraph Associated Press report on page A21, with the bland dog-bites-man headline, “California: State Senator Accused of Corruption.” This even though Yee was suspended, along with two others, from the California state senate in light of the indictment.

    CNN, home (also until last week) of Piers Morgan, whom Yee had praised for his anti-gun activism, didn’t report the story at all. When prodded by viewers, the networksnarked that it doesn’t do state senators. Which is odd, because searching the name of my own state senator, Stacey Campfield, turns up a page of results, involving criticisms of him for saying something “extreme”. Meanwhile, CNN found time to bashWisconsin state senator and supporter of Gov. Scott Walker, Randy Hopper over marital problems.

    But there’s a difference. They’re Republicans. When Republicans do things that embarrass their party, the national media are happy to take note, even if they’re mere state senators. But when Democrats like Yee get busted for actual felonies, and pretty dramatic ones at that, the press suddenly isn’t interested.

    Read the rest.

    If he hadn’t been forced out of the race by being arrested, what would Leland Yee have done with the California secretary of state post? There’s a question that no one in the media will even think of pursuing.

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  • Article 5 Constitutional Convention is Almost a Reality (Mark Levin Victory)

    Rep. Duncan Hunter on Tuesday asked Congress to evaluate whether enough states have officially called for a constitutional convention to propose a balanced budget amendment — marking the next step toward what could be an historic gathering.

    Mr. Hunter, California Republican, said Congress should take stock of where things stand after Michigan last week approved an official call for a balanced budget amendment convention. According to some analysts, Michigan’s move makes it the 34th state to request a convention.

    “It is my belief that the House should lead an effort to ascertain whether 34 states have voted affirmatively,” Mr. Hunter said in a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner.

    “A balanced budget amendment is long overdue and remains an effective tool to address runaway spending and deficits,” he wrote. “With the recent decision by Michigan lawmakers, it is important that the House — and those of us who support a balanced budget amendment — determine whether the necessary number of states have acted and the appropriate role of Congress should this be the case.”

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  • SAF WINS PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST NEW MEXICO’S CITIZEN-ONLY CCW LAW

    The chief U.S. District Court judge in New Mexico granted a permanent injunction yesterday against the State of New Mexico’s “citizens only” concealed carry law that unfairly discriminated against permanent legal resident aliens in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation.

    Chief Judge M. Christina Armijo issued an order yesterday that says the New Mexico statute “violates the Equal Protection Clause” of the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment.

    “This is a victory not only for our plaintiff, John W. Jackson, but for all permanent legal resident aliens who are otherwise qualified to obtain a concealed handgun license,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.

    Jackson is an Australian citizen, but resides in Rio Rancho, N.M.

    “One of the more significant notations in the ruling,” Gottlieb said, “is that the court found New Mexico’s statute discriminates on the basis of alienage, and as a result, was subject to strict scrutiny.”

    The ruling does not declare the state’s concealed carry law unconstitutional, but it does conclude that the remedy for violating the equal protection clause is to sever the citizenship provision from the statute. This can be done, the judge said, “without impairing the remainder” of the state’s concealed carry law, which still requires an applicant to meet all of the state’s remaining requirements.

    “This is one more example of how SAF is winning firearms rights one lawsuit at a time,” Gottlieb said. “Mr. Jackson has demonstrated that he is a productive member of the community and certainly did not give up any right to personal protection by moving from his country to our country.”


  • Colorado’s 2012 Gun Ban Go to Trial AT LAST!

    Sheriff John Cooke addresses Northern Colorado Law Enforcement and residents at the grand opening of the Northern Colorado Regional Forensic Laboratory.

    ERIC DUNCAN For the Tribune

    Sheriff John Cooke addresses Northern Colorado Law Enforcement and residents at the grand opening of the Northern Colorado Regional Forensic Laboratory.

     

    Colorado’s new gun restrictions went on trial Monday as Second Amendment advocates seek to overturn the laws on grounds that they violate constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.

    An attorney for the state defended the ammunition magazine limits and expanded background checks, saying the measures were a suitable response to high-profile shooting rampages.

    In his opening statement, Deputy Attorney General Matthew Grove noted Colorado’s tortured history with mass shootings, from the Columbine High School attack in 1999 to the Aurora movie theater massacre in 2012. He also mentioned the shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012.

    Responding to such events last year, “Colorado’s elected representatives made a policy decision to pass two pieces of legislation that appropriately balances the state public’s safety concerns with the respect of the Second Amendment rights of citizens,” Grove said.

    Attorney Richard Westfall, representing gun rights advocates, countered by saying the laws “were passed with almost no evidence or data” that they would make people safer, and he criticized lawmakers as trying “to legislate for the sake of legislating in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting.”

    The arguments in Denver federal court kicked off a two-week trial on an issue that’s been among Colorado’s most politically contentious in recent memory.

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  • SWAT Targets Family for Drinking Tea (Police State Follies)

    In 21st-century America, the most innocent of activities could have a SWAT team busting down your door. Reason profiles the Harte family, who were the victims of a SWAT home invasion after police raided their garbage cans (h/t Ben Domench). An unreliable field test falsely identified Addie Harte’s trashed teabags as marijuana, and SWAT leapt into action. The Hartes didn’t just suffer the trauma of the raid—they had to spend $25,000 just to find out why they were targeted.

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  • Democrat NY City Coucilwoman Gets on Ballot & Wins Election with 81% Fraudulent Signatures

    Council Member Maria Del Carmen Arroyo asking pointed questions of Eva Moskowitz (out of frame), executive director of the Harlem Success Academy charter schools, at a hearing on charter schools at the Education Committee in the City Council chamber on Monday, April 6, 2009.

    Three former campaign workers for Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo were officially charged with fraud Wednesday.

    Betty Julien, Elbin Lopez and Luis Vargas were quietly arrested Tuesday night — eight months after being accused by the elected official of forging signatures for her reelection petitions.

    The trio of hired staffers were fingered by the Councilwoman after volunteers for her primary challenger, Julio Pabon, noticed names such as Derek Jeter Jr. and Kate Moss on the rolls.

    “I thought this was all behind me,” said Lopez, 49, looking dazed as he left the courtroom.

    Arroyo, who went on to win both the primary and general elections, was nearly booted from the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures.

    A staggering 81% of the 3,339 signatures filed by the campaign were deemed invalid.

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  • Why We Won’t Yield To Unconstitutional CT Gun Bans

    Gun Rally

    A year ago this coming Friday, the Connecticut General Assembly passed and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Child Safety.” This bill, which requires owners of semiautomatic rifles defined as assault weapons to register them and includes other restrictions on guns and standard-capacity magazines, was placed into law using emergency certification, which means it had no public comment or input.

    If hearings on the bill had been held, the legislature would have heard from the thousands of law-abiding gun owners who see this law as unconstitutional and continue to support its repeal.

    The law neither prevents violence nor protects children. It has, however, far reaching effects. It converts law-abiding citizens into potential felons by the tens of thousands, by making criminals of those of us who choose not to comply with the registration requirements. This despite our having legally and safely owned guns and ammunition for years. It has been reported conservatively that there are more than 50,000 unregistered assault weapons in Connecticut. Their owners can be charged with a Class D felony.

    This law, passed in the aftermath of the tragic killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, emerged from the bowels of the Capitol in the dead of night. It is just the most current example of the mistaken ideological crusade that is “gun control.” Requiring legislation on an object will not slow those with malicious intent. Further, history has proven that gun control laws lead to confiscation. It happened in England. It happened in Australia. It happened in Canada. Now it will happen in America.

    Neither school safety nor proven real issues that lead to gun violence are addressed in this law. How does registration dissuade a person bent on violence?

    Those who are willing to see the awful truth of our current situation realize that the law has been perverted to serve ideology and political leaning over equal and exact justice founded on the protection of individual rights. Can there be any safety to property or individual rights with this model at its core?

    The Connecticut Constitution is very clear, beginning with a Declaration of Rights. Article 1 Section 15: “Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.”

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  • NYSRPA’s Tom King: New York 7-Round Limit for 10-Round Magazine Unconstitutional (Video)

    The New York State Police NY SAFE Act Guide has been revised. It instructs its members not to enforce the 7-round magazine limit created by the Act. It comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association in U.S. District Court for Western New York. Tom King, president of the NYSRPA, discusses the revision, and the lawsuit that brought about the change.


  • Gun Grabber Keith Farnham’s Office Raided By Feds Searching For Child Porn!

    This is becoming one hell of a week! The “gun-grabbers” are falling finally, and it all started with Rhode Island State Senator (“Go F%#K Yourself”) Joshua Miller. Next was Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox when his house was raided by the “Feds,” then Democratic gun-grabbing CA Senator Leland Yee who’s charged with illegally trafficking machine guns and rocket launchers, and who’s in the hot seat now? None other than Illinois Democratic State Representative Keith Farnham.

    How could things possibly get any worse for the Democratic party? We’ve already got cheating, bribery, extortion, money laundering, illegal weapons trafficking, and murder for hire (Leland Yee) plots! Now we can add child pornography to that list. That’s right, “kiddie porn!”

    Illinois State Representative Keith Farnham resigned last week, allegedly due to health concerns. However just a few days ago, the F.B.I. had probable cause to be granted a search warrant, and served it to Representative Farnham at his office looking for child pornography. Several items were seized including computers, hard drives, etc. Representative Farnham has yet to be arrested, but this is still an active and ongoing investigation, and charges could be filed at any time.

    Representative Farnham was one of the “ringleaders” in Springfield opposing a concealed carry bill. Fortunately, the bill did pass, and now Illinois has become the 50th state to allow concealed carry.

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  • Man Found “Guilty” by Judge of “Possessing” Antique Muzzleloader Bullets in D.C.

    Mark Witaschek holds his Knight Revolution .50 caliber muzzleloader. This is a 2005 model that is based on the centuries-old technology.

    In a surprising twist at the end of a long trial, a District of Columbia judge found Mark Witaschek guilty of “attempted possession of unlawful ammunition” for antique replica muzzleloader bullets.

    Judge Robert Morin sentenced Mr. Witaschek to time served, a $50 fine and required him to enroll with the Metropolitan Police Department’s firearm offenders’ registry within 48 hours.

    Outside the courtroom, I asked Mr. Witaschek how he felt about the verdict. “I’m completely outraged by it,” he said. “This is just a continuation of the nightmare. Just to sit there. I could not believe it.”

    Shaking his head, he added, “None of these people know anything about gun issues, including the judge.”

    His wife Bonnie Witaschek was crying. “It’s just so scary,” she said. “You never think you’ll end up in a situation like this, but here we are.”


  • CA Appeals court upholds strict San Francisco gun laws (NRA Appeals)

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld two San Francisco gun laws challenged by the National Rifle Association and gun owners who live in the city.

    San Francisco requires handgun owners to secure weapons in their homes by storing them in a locker, keeping them on their bodies or applying trigger locks. The city also bans the sale of ammunition that expands on impact, has “no sporting purpose” and is commonly referred to as hollow-point bullets.

    The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the requirements are reasonable attempts to increase public safety without trampling on Second Amendment rights.

    Judge Sandra Ikuta, writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, said modern gun lockers can be opened quickly and “may be readily accessed in case of an emergency.” She also said that gun owners concerned about safety can carry them around the home as well.

    As for the ammunition ban, Ikuta said San Francisco residents were free to buy the banned bullets outside city limits. That limitation “imposes only modest burdens on the Second Amendment right,” she said.

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  • Idaho Governor Makes It ILLEGAL For Cops to Enforce Federal Gun Bans!

    On Wednesday, March 19, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a powerful protection against the federal gun grab into law in the Gem State.

    The bill, SB 1332, came to Otter’s desk after being passed unanimously (with three abstentions) by the state House and Senate.

    The published purpose of SB 1332, the Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, makes clear the intent of state lawmakers:

    This legislation is to protect Idaho law enforcement officers from being directed, through federal orders, laws, rules, or regulations enacted or promulgated on or after January 1, 2014, to violate their oath of office and Idaho citizens’ rights under the Idaho Constitution, Article 1, Section 11. This Constitutional provision disallows confiscation of firearms except those actually used in commission of a felony, and disallows other restrictions on a lawful citizen’s right to own firearms and ammunition.

    The State Affairs Committee,the listed author of the bill, was right to point out the state’s right to refuse to execute unconstitutional demands of the federal government. The authors understood that states are constitutionally, legally, and historically on solid ground when they hold these usurpations as null, void, and of no legal effect. That state governments have the power to take this tack with regard to unconstitutional acts of the federal government, the Founders were universally agreed, as I have explained in earlier articles.

    Nullification is a concept of constitutional law that recognizes the authority of each state to nullify, or invalidate, any federal measure that exceeds the few and defined powers allowed the federal government as enumerated in the Constitution.

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  • Another anti-gun California lawmaker in legal trouble today

    California State Sen. Leland Yee, an anti-gun Democrat, has reportedly been indicted on corruption charges.

    Anti-gun California State Sen. Leland Yee was reportedly arrested Wednesday morning by federal authorities on suspicion of public corruption, according to breaking stories in the San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee and other news agencies, making him the second high-profile Golden State gun control proponent to wind up in trouble in the past month.

    Story updates from several California news agencies now use the term “arrested” or “detained” in coverage of the allegations against Yee, and the Sacramento Bee’s blog update reports that the arrest is “on suspicion of corruption” while the Mercury News headline says Sen. Yee was indicted. “State Sen. Leland Yee indicted for public corruption in major FBI operation,” was that newspaper’s headline.

    The Mercury News report also noted that Yee’s arrest “highlights a string of multiple arrests that also includes infamous Chinatown gangster Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, connected to a variety of charges including racketeering and drug crimes,” according to unnamed law enforcement sources.

    Yee is reportedly a candidate for the office of California secretary of state.

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