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Data Divulges Racial Disparity in Chicago’s Issuance of Gun Permits

 WASHINGTON TIMES,  Sept. 29, 2014 – In Chicago’s South Side earlier this month, a 16-year-old boy was shot dead, the seventh person killed this year in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The boy was able to give his name and reportedly pleaded with the responding police officers, “Please don’t let me die.”  If you live in 60624, the ZIP code where the shooting took place, you don’t expect your streets to be safe. In the last 30 days, that neighborhood has recorded more homicides, robberies, assaults, thefts and narcotics charges combined than any other ZIP code in Cook County when measured on a per capita basis. Its population is 98 percent black and averages a median income just above the poverty line.  [full article]

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The Racial Component of Conceal Carry

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 -- In the contest to see which city has the most gun crime violence, Chicago, New York City or Washington, D.C., it is no secret that all three are within – or contiguous to, in the case of D.C. – states with strict gun control laws. In those same cases, the majority gun crime is black-on-black related. Similarly, all three cities make it difficult for people who live there to obtain a concealed carry license. Especially, if you’re black.

Today’s top story illustrates clearly that black Americans are still relegated to “back of the bus” treatment if they want a permit to carry a gun for self defense. The Washington Times makes the case.  And Chicago clearly makes it tough for black Americans who have the same 2A rights as white Americans or any other ethnic Americans to apply for a permit. But even constitutional rights come with a price. In Chicago, CCP (CCW or any similar acronym) will cost about $650 for a permit plus 16 hours of required range training.  Chicago’s South Side is predominately black and economically imperiled.

In 2010, 76-year old Otis McDonald, tired of gangs and drug dealers in his South Side Morgan Park neighborhood, sued the city so that he could own a gun for protection. He won the case but didn’t solve the problem because Chicago officials, starting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, made getting a permit too expensive, especially for south side residents. Their only current recourse? The South Side black market.

Emanuel will be up for re-election next February.

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NEWS/SELF-PROTECTION: Mobile self-defense: Protecting yourself on the go (VIDEO)

WAFF TV MEMPHIS (WMC), Sept. 30, 2014 - The WMC Action News 5 Investigative team found five self-defense gadgets that are cheap and affordable. WMC spoke with Mid-South women to find out which of the following items had their seal of approval: a gun holster that packs a pistol where a thief would least expect it, a fashionable bracelet with built in pepper spray, a key chain that can gouge an eye out, a water bottle disguised to hold valuables or a pen strong enough to break through glass or put dents into wood. The Little Viper Pepper Spray Bracelet immediately grabbed attention.  [full article]

NEWS/SELF-PROTECTION: Don’t Pass Go: How a Legal Gun-Carry Permit Can Land You in Jail
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Gun laws can be confusing – but is ignorance an excuse? Not for Shaneen Allen. Image by drummerboy.

DECODED SCIENCE.COM, Sept. 30, 2014 - Ignorance of the law is no excuse,  but should criminal law give a pass to citizens who make an honest mistake? Innocent people have been entangled in the criminal justice system for honest mistakes made, or due to their ignorance of out of state laws. This can result in felony convictions and jail time, even though they are licensed gun owners with no criminal history. In all 50 states, you can legally carry a concealed handgun in public. Some states require residents to get a permit for their weapon, while other states have “restricted carry” rules. Due to the state-by-state rule differences, people who carry guns must conform to all state laws to avoid a criminal charge – even if they’re not a resident of that state.  [full article]

NEWS/LE-MILITARY: Police Want to Get Rid of Their Pentagon-Issued Combat Gear. Here’s Why They Can’t.

MOTHER JONES, Sept. 30, 2014 - An officer with the Chelan County Sheriff's Department in central Washington is offering me a tank. Three of them, actually. "We really want to get rid of these," Undersheriff John Wisemore says. "We've been trying to get the military to take them back since 2004." The tanks came from a vast Defense Department grant program that has furnished American police arsenals, at no charge, with $4.3 billion worth of combat equipment leftover from two foreign wars. The tanks are amphibious, capable of firing 107-mm mortars—and not remotely useful to Wisemore's rural police department. But the county can't seem to unload them. Back in June, Wisemore got an email from a Defense Department liaison promising to explain how Chelan County can get rid of the tanks. Then, nothing. Until further notice, Wisemore says, "they're just going to sit there."  [full article]30Sep14 BigTank

NEWS/SELF-PROTECTION: Realtors concealing guns to show homes (VIDEO)

30Sep14 RealtorViolenceVideoPicKVOA.COM TUCSON, AZ Sept. 30, 2014 - After an Arkansas realtor vanished on the job, real estate agents in Tucson are planning safety seminars. Violence against realtors is on the rise in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2011, 11 realtors were killed and 940 reported being assaulted. Many realtors are known to carry pepper spray and some are now carrying guns while showing homes. News 4 Tucson's Rebecca Taylor met a female real estate agent who owns four. Mary Higgins is with M&M real estate at Keller Williams of Southern Arizona. She often wears pantsuits to hide her ankle holster.  [full article]

UPDATE: Missing Arkansas Realtor Found Dead 

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NEWS/RETAILERS: After a year, state gun law called tough on business
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Cory Brown, United Gun Shop

GAZETTE.NET, Sept. 29, 2014 - When Cory Brown opened United Gun Shop in Rockville in August 2013, Maryland’s sweeping gun-control law was about to go into effect, placing major restrictions on what he could sell and who could buy it. But business has been growing steadily, Brown said in an interview. “It’s been on an upward trend since we began,” he said. The law, which took effect Oct. 1, 2013, requires those purchasing handguns to have a license and bans certain semiautomatic rifles deemed to be “assault weapons” as well as magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Brown said he opened his store because he felt he could compete on prices. But he didn’t have all of the necessary permits to sell handguns until January.  [full article]

NEWS/SELF-PROTECTION: Outspoken Gun Range Owner Bans Muslims From Her Business

30Sep14 BlondeAtRangeOPPOSING VIEWS.COM, Sept. 29, 2014 - A conservative blogger and second amendment advocate has announced that she will no longer allow Muslims to come to her business, The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Jan Morgan is outspoken in her conservative beliefs, and according to her recent blog post, she is no longer letting Muslim people inside of the gun range that she owns. Morgan lists ten reasons why people of Islamic faith won’t be allowed in her range, with most of the reasons having something to do with her belief that all Muslims want to kill non-Muslims. “Not all muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists in the world right now are Muslim,” writes Morgan. “  [full article]

NEWS: Ammo Prices: 09/19/2014

THE FIREARM BLOG, Sept. 19, 2014 - Week 25. Next will be the quarterly trending and summary! Interesting ammo news this week too… The Brady Center announced that they will be filing a lawsuit against online ammo retailers that they claim supplied the Aurora theater shooter with ammo (among other things). It will interesting to see if that does anything to prices/availability in the next few weeks.  [full article]

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Abandoning California

Jim Matthews, September 22, 2014 -- The ammunition manufacturing industry in the United States effectively said it is going to abandon California hunters, help reduce hunter opportunity and sound wildlife management, and assist in driving more hunters from the sport. This will make it much easier for the anti-hunters in this state to accomplish their goal and simply ban hunting entirely.

To explain that requires some background: The anti-hunters have more influence in Sacramento politics than the hunting community. It was the pressure from those anti-hunters that pushed the California legislature to ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting (AB 711) by 2019. The antis were able to convince the liberal legislature, which is profoundly anti-gun, that lead ammunition shot by hunters was a danger to the state’s wildlife resources. It doesn’t matter that that’s a profound lie. With an emasculated Department of Fish and Wildlife that was muzzled from refuting those claims and a pro-hunting lobby that is largely ignored in Sacramento, the legislation passed easily. [full article]

The Yellow Tape

Bob Rogers, September 18, 2014 -- It has become a cliche’. "The world is a dangerous place." We use it to justify the need for a gun to those in the populace who may face danger at any moment, anywhere, any time. The grocery. The place of employment. A lunch counter. At a party. On the golf course. At a football game. During your anniversary dinner at a restaurant where you’ve enjoyed many celebratory dinners. At the gun store where you’ve finally gotten the courage to enter and to explain that you’ve never before owned a gun and you don’t know what to buy.

Uncertainty. Nervousness. Embarrassment. "Will the guy behind the counter think I’m a dork for asking so many stupid questions?"

"I’d like to buy a gun." "What kind of a gun? I don’t know." "What do I want to use it for?" "Uh, in case somebody breaks into my house?" "Maybe a handgun. One I could carry with me in my car." "Revolver or pistol? What’s the difference?" "No, I don’t hunt." "Maybe a shotgun. Do you have any of those?" "Oh, yeah. I probably couldn’t put it anywhere in my car where it would fit." [full article]  More Features

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