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Access, Denied: More Gun Sellers Blocked From Financial Sector

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Published on: March 20, 2015

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After serving multiple deployments overseas with the U.S. Army Special Forces, Josh Burns began building his own rifles at home.

In Sept. 2013, he and his wife Felicia, who also served in the military, decided they would make a business out of selling guns.

“This is his hobby that [Josh] masks as a business so he can play with guns,” Felicia told The Daily Signal recently while setting up their stand at the New Orleans Area Gun and Knife Show.

But starting their small business, Apocalypse Sports in Ponchatoula, La., wasn’t so easy.

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Bloomturd’s Anti-Gun Group Worries What Your Drunk College-Age Daughter Might Do with a Gun

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Published on: March 20, 2015

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Last night, gun-grabbing group “Everytown for Gun Safety” shared its concern on Twitter about what your drunk college-age daughters might do with a gun.

“You think your drunk college-age daughters are bad with their phones? Imagine them with guns” http://every.tw/1H779Wi

The link goes to an opinion piece with a title similar to the the tweet: “You think your drunk college-age daughters are bad with their iPhones? Imagine them with guns.” Author Anne Skomorowsky writes about her fears concerning her college-aged daughter, who left for college last year at age 17. Specifically, she is worried her daughter will be raped in college.

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Larry Pratt: “Gun Owners of America Is A Muslim Brotherhood-Free Zone”

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Published on: March 20, 2015

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Glenn Beck is not happy with the National Rifle Association. On his radio show, he actually threatened to quit the organization if its board member, Grover Norquist, was re-elected, calling Norquist a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer.

According to Beck, Norquist has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is closely related to the terrorist group Hamas. “I mean I just, I am that concerned that he is a very bad influence and a very bad man that if this is who the NRA decides to put on their board of directors I don’t think I can be associated with them,” Beck said.

“I think Glenn Beck is right to be concerned,” said Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America’s executive director. “And we just hope that he might be comfortable over at the Gun Owners of America someday.” Pratt said that his organization has a strong anti-Muslim Brotherhood stance.

“Muslims, when they’re in power, don’t like you having guns. They disarm the populace and certainly anyone opposed to them won’t have a gun,” he explained.

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After Scrapping AR-15 Ammo Ban, ATF Director B. Todd Jones Resigning

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Published on: March 20, 2015

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Jones confirmed in a statement sent to ATF employees and agents that he will be returning to the private sector and said he never planned to stay longer than 18 months in the position. His last day at the Bureau will be March 31.

“On March 31, 2015, I will be leaving ATF and Federal government service and returning to the private sector. I am pleased to tell you that Deputy Director Tom Brandon will serve as Acting Director upon my departure.
When I came to ATF in August 2011 to serve as the Acting Director, I only expected to stay about 18 months; I was fortunate to stay more than three years, part of that as a Senate-confirmed Director. During that time, as a result of your efforts, ATF has continued – efficiently and effectively – to protect the public and make a difference in the communities it serves,” Jones said.

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Obama Ignites a Backlash by Taking Iran’s Side Over US Allies

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Published on: March 20, 2015

On Thursday, the White House, despite clarification about election comments from the reelected Israeli prime minister, kept up its war of words on the Jewish state.

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The president’s behavior seems to have induced a backlash.

I spoke by phone with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who seemed incredulous that the president would behave this way. But he suggested the president is alienating Democrats and convincing Congress he is irrational and untrustworthy when it comes to Israel and Iran. “It’s been unnerving seeing the president show his open hostility,” Graham said. “It’s immature and over the top and has made people suspicious.” He observed, “He makes it hard for Democrats to trust him.”

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thumbNYC ‘gun shop’ appears as ruse to preach anti-firearm message

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Published on: March 20, 2015

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A “gun shop” that suddenly appeared in the heart of Manhattan last week only to close its doors after two days was actually an elaborate ruse by a pro-gun control group that sought to lure potential customers in order to make their anti-firearms case.

States United to Prevent Gun Violence set up the “Guns with History Gun Shop” on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and pretended to offer for sale guns used in high-profile crimes. The phony sales pitches were really part of a “social experiment” — pretexts for telling customers about the dangers of gun proliferation in unconsummated transactions recorded by hidden cameras, according to the group. In one such conversation, the bogus clerk shows a replica Bushmaster assault rifle like the one Connecticut State Police said Adam Lanza used in the Sandy Hook school massacre.

“Collectors love this one,” the actor states in a video the anti-gun group posted on YouTube. “Adam Lanza’s mom had this in her collection, too, until he took this and several other guns and killed her and then went down to Sandy Hook and killed 6 teachers and 20 innocent children. Twenty little kids…Gone like that.”

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The Conversation That Made Veteran Cop Change His Views on Concealed Carry: ‘They Schooled Me’

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Published on: March 19, 2015

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Speaking before the Maryland Senate last week, a retired Maryland State Police officer and former commander of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division admitted that he once thought the prospect of many residents having concealed carry permits was “scary.” However, as he educated himself about gun owners, his opinion on concealed carry changed.

As the head of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division, Jack McCauley decided what would qualify as a “good and substantial” reason to obtain a handgun permit on a case by case basis. Maryland is a “may issue” state — meaning the ultimate decision on whether to issue a concealed carry permit is left to a government official.

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Hey De Blasio – Get tough on crime — not cops

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Published on: March 19, 2015

Showing he’s more concerned with public relations than reality, Mayor Bill de Blasio is fighting the image he’s soft on crime. New Yorkers can only wish he had the same zeal for fighting crime.

One page of his playbook involves top cop Bill Bratton waging a letter-writing campaign to newspapers critical of confusing policies on marijuana enforcement. The Post and Times both published letters from Bratton Tuesday that push back against reports that he and the mayor didn’t like.

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Back to Firing Squads? Thank Death-Penalty Foes

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Published on: March 19, 2015

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FOR A NATION that almost never puts murderers to death — there were 14,196 homicides in 2013, but only 39 executions — Americans spend an awful lot of time debating whether and how to do it.

The Utah legislature last week passed a bill reinstating the firing squad to execute death row inmates, as a back-up in case lethal-injection drugs aren’t available. It was in Utah five years ago that the last death by firing squad in the United States took place, when Ronnie Lee Gardner paid with his life for the courthouse murder of attorney Michael Burdell in 1985. Utah’s governor hasn’t said yet if he will sign the bill into law — but his isn’t the only state grappling with the question of how capital punishment should be carried out.

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Gun groups rally against Obama’s Anti-Gun Attorney General Pick Loretta Lynch

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Published on: March 19, 2015

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Gun rights groups are making a vigorous push to stop the Senate from confirming Loretta Lynch as President Obama’s next attorney general.

Advocates are organizing petitions, drawing up letters and hitting the phones to urge Senate Republicans to oppose Lynch in a floor vote that could take place as early as next week.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has sent an alert to its members warning that Obama’s nominee would put gun rights at risk.

“As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Lynch would almost certainly have an impact on our Second Amendment rights,” the NRA’s lobbying arm said in the alert.

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“Jonesing” for a Showdown: BATFE Director’s Comments Show Fight Isn’t Over

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Published on: March 19, 2015

Only two days after NRA and our members forced the Obama administration to table its ban on M855-type ammunition, BATFE gave gun owners notice that the battle over popular AR-15 ammunition isn’t over. On Thursday, BATFE Director B. Todd Jones testified before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, during which he alluded to BATFE’s continuing interest in reevaluating the legal status of a broad range of common ammunition.

In a leading question, the reliably anti-gun Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) asked the BATFE director, why the agency reviewed the status of M855 and other steel-component bullets. Jones’s response included this ominous assertion: “But as we see more and more of the firearms that could be classified as pistols, being able to use not just this M855 round, but any 5.56 round, it’s a challenge for officer safety, public safety” (emphasis added).

Jones’s remarks suggest that it isn’t just M855-type ammunition that is on BATFE’s regulatory radar, but all 5.56-caliber ammunition. These comments could also signal that the administration would like to use innovation in the firearms industry as justification for an ever-widening ammunition ban.

Jones’ contention that .223 or 5.56-caliber ammunition fired from pistols poses a “challenge for officer safety” is not borne out by the facts. For 38 years, the FBI has compiled nationwide data on the characteristics of firearms used in fatal attacks on law enforcement officers acting in the line of duty. These data fail to document even a single instance in which a perpetrator killed an officer using a .223-caliber handgun. Contrary to the false statements of various gun proponents, moreover, .223 caliber handguns – including semiautomatics and derringers – have been commercially available since at least the early 1980s. As the Executive Director of the National Legislative Office of the Fraternal Order of Police recently stated, “Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round [i.e., M855] has historically not posed a law enforcement problem.

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With favorable numbers of pro-gun senators and representatives in Congress, gun controllers have been reduced to using regulatory agencies to bypass lawmakers with contorted interpretations of existing statutes in order to pursue their federal agenda. In the remaining years of the Obama administration it is important that gun owners remain alert and mobilized to meet all attacks of this type. As the BATFE made clear with its initial framework for reclassifying M855-type ammunition, and again on Thursday, the Obama administration has every intention of pushing federal law to – and past – its limits in order to curb gun rights.

One of Bloomturd’s Mayors Expresses Antigun Bigotry in a Lecherous Dance IN FRONT OF CHILDREN

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Published on: March 19, 2015

Despite major efforts by firearm prohibitionists to refine their marketing, gun control messaging reached a new low last Saturday in Charleston, W.V. The city’s incumbent mayor, and Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns member, Danny Jones segued from prohibitionist to exhibitionist with a bizarre and utterly tasteless display of crass comments and lewd pantomime.

A video posted to YouTube captures the mayor stating, “God knows what gun rights groups [unintelligible]. These People look at guns like sex objects. They oil them up and rub them.” While making the latter portion of the statement, Jones proceeded to … well, we’ll let you see for yourself, if you have the stomach for it. Warning: It is not a pretty sight.

Worse, a description posted with the video claims that children were present for the mayor’s revolting display. Even more disturbingly, “his honor” the mayor can then be heard apologizing to a parent, asking how old a nearby girl is, and then asking her directly, “Where do you go to school?”

While obscene pro-gun control dancing might be new for the mayor, the anti-gun ideology expressed in his comments is not. In 2013, Jones was vocal in opposing state legislation that strengthened West Virginia’s firearms preemption law. Under the previous preemption regime, some local ordinances were grandfathered. Charleston’s local laws were particularly problematic and included a three-day handgun waiting period and a one-gun-a-month rationing scheme.

In 2014, following the passage of state legislation that expanded the places which concealed carry permit holders may exercise their rights, Jones lamented that it was “absolutely disgraceful” that the West Virginia legislature had passed the NRA supported bill. Of course, the West Virginia state legislature should be congratulated rather than criticized for their efforts to provide more recognition to a constitutional right.

With regard to Jones’s latest antics, “absolutely disgraceful” just about says it all.

Common Ground at Last? Finger-gun Wielding Obama Provides Lesson for America’s Schools

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Published on: March 19, 2015

Attention overbearing public school administrators: you might want to remove any portraits of the 44th U.S. president hanging on your walls. In a recent Affordable Care Act promotional video produced for the website Buzzfeed, President Barack Obama uses his index finger and thumb to form a finger gun and aim it at the viewer. Apparently, the commander-in-chief has not been briefed on the supposedly anti-social, threatening, and disruptive nature of this gesture, so we are here to help.

The video, entitled, “Things Everybody Does But Doesn’t Talk About,” features Obama engaging in various silly activities aimed at portraying him as a regular person, in order to promote his healthcare program. At the beginning of the video, the president is positioned in front of a mirror. After some prolonged mugging, he dons a pair of sunglasses and wields a finger gun at the camera, as if showing off his best secret agent impression.

Unfortunately, the harmless fun the President of the United States is having in the video is, when indulged in by elementary school students, all too often treated by oppressive school officials as a violent offense demanding punishment. Mere weeks after the video’s premiere, a Colorado first-grader was suspended from school for a similar gesture. “Of course I think he was playing,” his father told a reporter. “What six-year-old doesn’t play cops and robbers, or cowboys and Indians?” Indeed, the White House would surely agree, what guy of any age?

Back in November, 10-year-old Nickolas Taylor of Milford, Mass. was suspended for two days from his fifth grade class at Stacy Middle School after he cut a line in the cafeteria at lunch while brandishing an imaginary finger “ray gun.” The incident prompted the Taylor family to explore home schooling.

In 2013, 8-year-old Jordan Bennett was suspended from Harmony Community School in Harmony, Fla. for forming a finger gun during a game of cops and robbers with a friend. In an interview with local ABC-affiliate WFTV, Jordan’s mother, Bonnie Bennett, told a reporter, “He had nothing in his hand. It was a finger gun, a pretend gun… He didn’t threaten violence. He didn’t utter words that were inappropriate. He made a sound and used his fingers and that was it.”

Perhaps most appalling, in 2012, the parents of a 3-year-old deaf preschooler named Hunter Spanjer were told by school officials in Grand Island, Neb., that Hunter’s sign language name was inappropriate for school. Hunter signs his name by extending and crossing his index and middle fingers, which produces an appearance akin to that of a finger gun. The school system eventually backed down after media coverage of the incident provoked a public outcry, and the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of the Deaf got involved.

It is incidents like these that have prompted NRA to endorse state legislation protecting children from the overwrought enforcement of zero-tolerance “safe school” policies. In 2014, Florida was the first state to pass legislation some referred to as “The Right to Be a Kid Act” or the “Pop-tart Bill” (after an incident where a Maryland student was punished for chewing a breakfast pastry into the shape his teacher thought resembled a gun). The law makes clear that students are not to face disciplinary action for harmless behavior “[s]imulating a firearm or weapon while playing” or for “wearing clothing or accessories that depict a firearm or weapon or express an opinion regarding … the Second Amendment ….” The bill outlines a list of specific non-punishable conduct, including, “[u]sing a finger or hand to simulate a firearm or weapon.” Since becoming law in Florida, lawmakers in Oklahoma, Texas, and Nevada have pursued similar legislation.

It’s not often that the NRA and this president find common ground. We apparently agree, however, that imaginary gun gestures made in good fun or during imaginative play are perfectly normal and acceptable behavior, even for the leader of the free world in a video he uses to promote his public policies. Hopefully, the president’s example will prompt overzealous school administrators to think twice before needlessly punishing a child who follows his lead.

Libs at WAPO Slams Obama’s “Odd Series of Exaggerated Gun Claims”

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Published on: March 19, 2015

For the second time in as many years, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker has given President Barack Obama “Three Pinocchios” for false claims in support of gun control.

In 2013, the newspaper faulted the president for claiming that 40 percent of firearms are sold without a background check. Now, it questions the truthfulness of three claims Obama made in a speech to students at Benedict College, in Columbia, South Carolina, last Friday.

First, the president implied that the United States has the highest homicide rate, “by a mile,” among industrialized countries. In fact, as the Post reports, America’s homicide rate is one-fifth those of Brazil and Mexico, and nearly one-third that of Russia.

Next, Obama claimed that in some neighborhoods it is easier to buy a handgun than a vegetable. That, the Post concluded, is ludicrous, given that you don’t need a background check to buy a vegetable.

And finally, Obama claimed that people advocate firearms in kindergartens and machine guns in bars. As the Post noted, however, legislation concerning the possession of firearms while on school grounds is not specific to kindergartens and the right to carry firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol relates to firearms generally, not machine guns.

In conclusion, the Post says “The president was playing fast and loose with his language here—to a group of college students no less. . . . The gun debate is serious enough that it should not be poisoned by exaggerated claims and faux statistics.”

Poachers are shooting deer on Staten Island, leading state to make first-ever arrest in NYC

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A bow-and-arrow wielding Staten Island man allegedly used a Travis park as his personal big game stalking ground, in what’s believed to be the first illegal deer poaching case in New York City history.

And he’s not the only alleged poacher out there.

Since the borough’s deer population exploded in recent years, residents have reported roughly two dozen dead deer — many with their heads and antlers cut off as trophies — according to sources familiar with the investigation.

The practice has become so common that the state Department of Environmental Conservation has tasked a three-officer team to finding the poachers, sources say.

In one instance, someone used a shotgun to kill two deer near the Church of St. Andrew in Richmond, sources said. But most often, poachers use bows or crossbows to make the kills.

The law currently prohibits hunting within the five boroughs, while bow-hunting only is permitted in Suffolk and Westchester counties.

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