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Black Friday Gun Buys Test Background Check System
ABC NEWS Nov. 26, 2014 – Black Friday isn’t just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It’s also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases. In the U.S., there are nine guns for every 10 people. Someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. And every minute, gun shops make about 40 new requests for criminal background checks on people wanting weapons. On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly two checks a second, testing the limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. “We have a perfect storm coming,” says Kimberly Del Greco, a manager in the FBI division that helps run the system, known as NICS. [full article]
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- If you thought most Black Friday shoppers were women screeching and screaming and going to battle over a piece of fabric which was once a dress before the female tug-of-war to see who ends up with a torn glob of woven thread, you’d be gun-barrel wrong. Lots of women will invade gun stores on Friday to get the best deals on things that don’t require background checks. In truth, both men and women will check out guns for themselves while they gift shop for husbands, wives and others.
But not this HedSpace. Na da, no way. Just thinking about becoming one of a thousand sheep trying to enter the frenzy of the Black Friday shopping corral is a repugnant thought. Yet, this modern phenomena created by merchant organizations to get a rush up on Christmas shopping has now hit just about every product category except billionaire’s yachts and personal jet aircraft.
And the poor NICS system nearly vomits the tons of gun-buyer info with which its administrators must deal. After clamoring crowds broke doors and stampeded over other shoppers in a Walmart a couple Black Friday seasons ago, the retail giant has allowed some stores to not participate in the Black Friday retail wars by trying to cater to the changing tastes of shoppers who no longer find it appealing to camp out in the middle of the night in hopes of snagging a steal,” cites the Wall Street Journal. Instead, Walmart urges shoppers to enjoy their Thanksgiving turkey, THEN shop their aisles.
Only in America, thanks.
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While retailers such as Target have taken measures to prohibit firearms in their stores, Walmart continues to allow guns in accordance with local laws. But, despite pressure from gun control advocates such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the incident didn’t sway the retailer. "Our policy is to comply with all state, federal, and local laws as it pertains to carrying firearms. We're not considering any changes at this time." Walmart Stores Inc. spokesman Brian Nick told The Huffington Post. Gun sales are significant to the retailer, which had stopped selling firearms at a third of its stores in 2006 but reinstated them after the recession hit and the retailer grappled with declining sales, according to Time. Walmart is thought to be the largest seller of firearms and ammunition in the United States. [full article]
POLICE ONE.COM, Nov. 25, 2014 - FERGUSON, Mo. — With buildings burning in the background, video captured the intense gunfire that opened up at the Ferguson riots last night. PoliceOne video producer, Ray Kemp, and his second camera operator, Matt Markivee, were filming behind the St. Louis County Police line during the rioting when a barrage of gunfire forced them to take cover. [full article]
MYNEWSLA.COM, Nov. 25, 2014 - Ammunition sales would be tracked electronically in Los Angeles under a measure tentatively approved Tuesday by the City Council, which also directed staff to draft an ordinance to require gun owners to store firearms in locked containers or use trigger locks to disable them when not in use. The City Council voted 11-0 in favor of a proposed ordinance that would require licensed ammunition dealers to transmit sales records to the city via an online form, doing away with what one councilman described as the city’s “draconian” method of requesting physical records. If given final approval by the council on second reading and signed by the mayor, the measure would make it a misdemeanor crime if retailers fail to comply with the reporting requirements. [full article]
NEWSMAX.COM, Nov. 25, 2014 - When you are shopping for used guns, there are several legal ways to purchase. Here are 5 places to shop for a previously owned firearm: 1. From someone you know: Probably the easiest way to buy a used gun is from someone you know well. These kinds of private sale purchases are not highly regulated as long as you live in the same state as the person selling the gun. They do not require a background check and the seller does not have to be a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL). However, the person selling you the gun must be reasonably certain you do not fall into a category that would make you unable to pass a background check. These sales are subject to any applicable state laws. [full article]
SEATTLEPI.COM, Nov. 25, 2014 - The National Rifle Association is promising supporters it will carry on the fight against Initiative 594, using its “philosophically supportive majority” in the Washington Legislature when it convenes in January. “We are already discussing legislative remedies to the most onerous provisions,” the NRA said in a letter to supporters. The Gun Lobby’s big gun defends the effort it made in opposing I-594, which requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and over the Internet. It blames billionaires the measure’s landslide passage. “Please bear in mind that, in our fight to defeat I-594, NRA faced unprecedented spending by a handful of billionaires and wealthy elitists, who gave the anti-gun lobby over $10 million to spend in support of I-594,” the NRA’s letter argues. Not to despair, however. The NRA claims it drew a bead on other targets. [full article]
NY POST Nov. 25, 2014 - A Rutgers student who was killed by a bear while hiking in New Jersey snapped photos of the 300-pound beast before it chased him, mauled him — and even gouged the phone the victim used to take his last pics. Darsh Patel was walking with four friends through the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford in September when the black bear attacked. The 22-year-old student became the first person to be killed by a bear in New Jersey. [full article]
The Ignorance of Need
SHELBY MURDOC, Nov. 21, 2014 -- We’ve all heard it a million times. There’s no need for so many guns. What do people need with guns in their home? Why would someone need a 30-round magazine? Who needs a .50 caliber rifle? The people asking these questions will rarely be swayed by counter-questions like "who needs a car that goes 150 miles per hour," "who needs 64 gigabyte smartphones," or "who needs a five dollar cup of coffee." And that’s fine. Most of the people asking about the need for guns have already decided. Convincing them to change their mind is, in most cases, a complete waste of time. The best response is usually to ignore them and their questions.
When it comes to the laws of this land and the rights of America’s citizens, however, the proper response is to point out, politely and civilly, that it’s not the burden of the citizen to prove a need for gun ownership. And if the polite correction doesn’t work, the justice system should be utilized. [full story]
Everyone In America Is a Target
BOB ROGERS, Nov. 8, 2014 -- Years from now, gun rights and gun control politicians will look back on the 2014 midterm election as a template for winning. Both sides have claims for victory, though most of the celebrating can logically be claimed by pro-gun advocates. They, in fact, had a strong hand in seeing the election of generally pro-gun Republicans re-shape Congress by adding to their numbers in the House and by taking away the Senate from the mostly anti-gun Democrats while outnumbering state houses with governors, 32 to 18 with Republicans in the majority.
So what now? We saw the first of what will no doubt be a series of volleys from the gun control artillery; a more than $10 million effort in Washington state to by-pass the legislature and put on the general election ballot an initiative in favor of universal background checks, I-594. The billionaires won that battle convincingly. [full story]