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From the Dallas Star Telegram: Montana store resists RadioShack’s demand to stop gun giveaway

An independent RadioShack store in Montana is standing firm, refusing RadioShack Corp. headquarters’ demand to stop giving away a firearm with each satellite dish sale — a 5-month-old promotion that has proved widely popular and garnered national attention.

Now before anyone starts with howls of indignation directed at Radio Shack, let’s consider that this is an educational opportunity. I doubt that many of the MBAs running The Shack have any direct experience with firearms. In fact, their perceptions are probably limited to what they’ve seen at the movies and on TV. If that version of gun ownership were anything close to accurate, then their reaction to Mr. Levy’s sales promotion would be understandable. We gun owners need to educate Radio Shack’s management about gun ownership is really like. They need to understand that there are firearms in half of all US households. They also need to know that approximately one third of the US population owns guns, and thus a sizable portion of their customer base, owns guns. The vast majority of these guns are owned without incident. They provide many Radio Shack customers with security and enjoyment.

So before you fire off a nasty-gram to Radio Shack, consider that they are simply ignorant of the realities of American gun ownership.

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NRA News’ Cam Edwards talks to Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy.com. PETA and the other animal rights whack jobs have their knickers in a twist because Mr. Parsons went to Africa to help control problem elephants…

http://nranews.com/#/nranews/VideoModule/4256

The elephant that Mr. Parsons shot was destroying the crops of subsistence farmers in Zimbabwe. There are people in Africa who have food to eat tonight thanks to Mr. Parsons’ hunt.

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Michelle Malkin demonstrates the link between Obama’s “stimulus” package and “Project Gunrunner”. All that money, and all that anti-gun fervor… It was just a disaster waiting to happen.

Buried in Barack Obama’s failed trillion-dollar stimulus program was a $10 million bloody border racket that has now cost American lives. This goes far beyond the usual waste, fraud and abuse underwritten by progressive profligacy. It’s bloodstained government malfeasance overseen by anti-gun ideologues — and now anti-gun ideologue Attorney General Eric Holder will “investigate.”

Welcome to Project Gunrunner. Prepare for another Justice Department whitewash.

Can there be any doubt now that “Project Gunrunner” was nothing more than a scheme to generate support for more gun control in the US? Every day brings out new information about this corrupt operation. Wikileaks has now released US State Department cables showing that Hillary Clinton’s minions know that the weaponry used by Mexican drug gangs comes across that nation’s Southern border. One memo recounts a visit to the Guatemalan border: “One of the most memorable images of the day was the steady flow of rafts transporting people and goods across the river illegally within sight of the legal border crossing.” Another traces grenades used in several attacks. Some of these were American made devices smuggled into Mexico from El Salvador. Still others were of South Korean origin. Note that none were sold by Wal-Mart or Cabela’s! Also note that Hillary Clinton is one who cannot resist the allure of the “90% Myth”; the claim nine gun out of ten used in Mexico’s drug wars come from the US. Dig deeper and one sees that the 90% is more like 10%. What it would be without the ATF smuggling guns into Mexico has yet to be calculated.

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Wikileaks strikes again! Howard Nemerov writes at The PJ Tatler that the U.S. admits that Mexican cartels get military weaponry from Central America

Why would cartels spend over $1,000–plus a background check and smuggling risks–for a decent American semi-automatic rifle, when they can buy 4-5 fully automatic AK-47s for the same price on the black market?

The “Iron River of guns” myth makes the assumption that Mexican drug lords can’t do math. One wonders, however, about the math skills of the average ATF supervisor.

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From NRA-ILA:


California: State Assembly Committee to Hear Bill to Ban Open Carry

Monday, March 28, 2011

Please contact members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee!

In an effort for further stifle law-abiding gun owners from exercising their right to keep and bear arms, anti-gun state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-44) has introduced legislation that would change the state’s gun laws and prohibit law-abiding citizens from carring an unloaded handgun openly. Assembly Bill 144 will be heard by the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m. in room 126 on the first floor of the capitol.

It is currently legal to carry an unloaded handgun into most public places within the state, including restaurants and malls, but if approved, AB 144 would make it a misdemeanor to carry an unloaded handgun in public under most circumstances.

Please contact members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee to and urge them to stand up for the law-abiding gun owners of California and oppose AB 144.

 

Assembly Public Safety Committee

Tom Ammiano (D-13) – Chairman

(916) 319-2013

Assemblymember.Ammiano@assembly.ca.gov

Steve Knight (R-36) – Vice Chairman

(916) 319-2036

Assemblymember.Knight@assembly.ca.gov

Gilbert Cedillo (D-45)

(916) 319-2045

Assemblymember.Cedillo@assembly.ca.gov

Curt Hagman (D-60)

(916) 319-2060

Assemblymember.Hagman@assembly.ca.gov

Jerry Hill (D-19)

(916) 319-2019

Assemblymember.Hill@assembly.ca.gov

Holly J. Mitchell (D-47)

(916) 319-2047

Assemblymember.Mitchell@assembly.ca.gov

Nancy Skinner (D-14)

(916) 319-2014

Assemblymember.Skinner@assembly.ca.gov

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Chuck Norris has written a new op-ed on how Obama triangulates on gun control. Here’s an excerpt…

Up until now, the Obama White House has given a wide berth to the gun-control debate, abandoning campaign promises to pursue new restrictions on our gun rights. This avoidance does not reflect any shift in position; it is merely recognition of the political reality that most members of his party have no interest in yet another political loser of an issue being crammed down their throats.

At the same time, Obama’s liberal base has grown restless and rancorous over the first two years in office, because he hasn’t done everything they wanted, at least regarding more restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. They resent the president’s avoidance of fulfilling his campaign rhetoric.

Gun-control groups have thrown tantrums for months that Obama wouldn’t champion their agenda, with one group resentfully awarding him a grade of “F.” And so only now is Obama sticking his toes into the swirling currents of the Second Amendment debate.

The Obamanistas are taking a queue from their Clintonista forebears; when in doubt, triangulate. It’s better to move part way to the goal line than to not move at all. Sure, your true-believing crazies will be upset, but the end result is the same. Move a little now, then a little more later… Eventually you get to where you and the crazies wanted to be; just not in the single leap they wanted.

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From NRAILA.org: H.R. 1093 The “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act of 2011”


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H.R. 1093 The “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act of 2011”
Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) have introduced H.R. 1093, the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act of 2011.” The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena. These bipartisan bills are a vital step to modernize and improve BATFE operations.

Of highest importance, H.R. 1093 totally rewrites the system of administrative penalties for licensed dealers, manufacturers and importers of firearms. Today, for most violations, BATFE can only give a federal firearms license (FFL) holder a warning, or totally revoke his license.

H.R. 1093 would allow fines or license suspensions for less serious violations, while still allowing license revocation for the kind of serious violations that would block an investigation or put guns in the hands of criminals. This prevents the all-too-common situations where BATFE has revoked licenses for insignificant technical violations—such as improper use of abbreviations, or filing records in the wrong order.

Among its other provisions, H.R. 1093 would:

  • Clarify the standard for “willful” violations—allowing penalties for intentional, purposeful violations of the law, but not for simple paperwork mistakes.
  • Improve the process for imposing penalties, notably by allowing FFLs to appeal BATFE penalties to a neutral administrative law judge, rather than to an employee of BATFE itself.
  • Allow a licensee a period of time to liquidate inventory when he goes out of business. During this period, all firearms sold would be subject to a background check by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
  • Allow a grace period for people taking over an existing firearms business to correct problems in the business`s records—so if a person inherited a family gun store (for example), the new owner couldn`t be punished for the previous owner`s recordkeeping violations.
  • Reform the procedures for consideration of federal firearms license applications. Under H.R. 1093, denial of an application would require notification to the applicant, complete with reasons for the denial. Additionally, an applicant would be allowed to provide supplemental information and to have a hearing on the application.
  • Require BATFE to establish clear investigative guidelines.
  • Clarify the licensing requirement for gunsmiths, distinguishing between repair and other gunsmith work and manufacture of a firearm. This would stop BATFE from arguing that minor gunsmithing or refinishing activities require a manufacturers` license.
  • Eliminate a provision of the Youth Handgun Safety Act that requires those under 18 to have written permission to use a handgun for lawful purposes (such as competitive shooting or safety training)—even when the parent or guardian is present.
  • Permanently ban creation of a centralized electronic index of out of business dealers` records—a threat to gun owners` privacy that Congress has barred through appropriations riders for more than a decade.
  • Allow importation and transfer of new machineguns by firearm and ammunition manufacturers for use in developing or testing firearms and ammunition, and training customers. In particular, ammunition manufacturers fulfilling government contracts need to ensure that their ammunition works reliably. H.R. 1093 would also provide for the transfer and possession of new machineguns by professional film and theatrical organizations.
  • Repeal the Brady Act`s “interim” waiting period provisions, which expired in 1998.
  • Give BATFE sole responsibility for receiving reports of multiple handgun sales. (Currently, dealers also have to report multiple sales to state or local agencies, a requirement that has shown little or no law enforcement value.) State and local agencies could receive these reports upon request to BATFE, but would have to comply strictly with current requirements to destroy these records after 20 days, unless the person buying the guns turns out to be prohibited from receiving firearms.
  • Restore a policy that allowed importation of barrels, frames and receivers for non-importable firearms, when they can be used as repair or replacement parts.
  • Prohibit BATFE from requiring multiple sales reports on the sale of long guns by limiting BATFE`s authority to collect data that is not specifically allowed by statute.
  • Provide greater protection of gun owners` privacy by strengthening the ban on creation of any complete or partial gun registration system.
  • Authorize payment of attorneys’ fees to licensees who prevail before an administrative law judge.
  • Restrict the use of “demand letters” by BATFE to compel FFLs to turn over information outside what is allowed by statute.

The House passed similar legislation (H.R. 5092) in the 109th Congress, by a 277-131 vote. Supporters included 63 Democrats. In the 111th Congress, a majority of the House — 243 congressmen, including 63 Democrats –cosponsored H.R. 2296. Similar BATFE reform legislation was introduced in the Senate for the first time in the 111th Congress.

For more information go to:

Know Your Rights

BATFE Hearings Lead To Reform Bills

Time To Stop BATFE Abuses: Congress Pursues Firearm Law Reforms

BATFE Raids Wallingford Mobile Home

Courts Clarify Standards for Dealer Violations

H.R. 4900: The “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007”

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