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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYS THAT IN THE WAKE OF TWO MASS SHOOTINGS IN OHIO AND TEXAS THIS MONTH THAT HE WANTS TO FOCUS ON MENTAL ILLNESS TO PREVENT MASS GUN VIOLENCE, NOT GUN CONTROL. TRUMP TOLD SUPPORTERS AT A RALLY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT HE WANTS TO RE-OPEN MENTAL INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT DID NOT PROVIDE DETAILS ON HIS PROPOSAL.GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES IN MARYLAND EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION AT BEING LEFT OFF OF A COUNTY TASK FORCE THAT IS STUDYING WAYS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE DURING A MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT, AS SUPPORTERS OF STRONGER GUN-CONTROL MEASURES THANKED MEMBERS FOR THEIR WORK. EXECUTIVE SECURITY CONCEPTS TEAMED UP WITH FIREPOWER TACTICAL TO OFFER AN ACTIVE SHOOTER ELIMINATION TRAINING CLASS TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO USE A CONCEALED HANDGUN TO TAKE DOWN THAT SHOOTER. “I JUST FELT LIKE IF THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS THAT WANT TO GET MORE TRAINING,” EXECUTIVE SECURITY CONCEPTS OWNER CHRIS RAGONE SAID, “AND IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE IN A SITUATION WHERE ONE OF THESE ACTIVE SHOOTERS SHOW UP, WE ALL KNOW THAT SECONDS COUNT.”THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLE THAT AUTHORITIES SAY AN EX-CON USED TO SHOOT THREE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICERS MONDAY — ONE FATALLY — WAS A HOMEMADE "GHOST GUN" DESIGNED TO SKIRT THE STATE'S STRICT BAN ON SUCH WEAPONS, MULTIPLE LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES TOLD NBC NEWS. IT IS AT LEAST THE THIRD SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLE ASSEMBLED FROM PARTS USED IN A HIGH-PROFILE SHOOTING IN CALIFORNIA SINCE 2013.THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION’S INTERNAL TURMOIL IS PREVENTING THE ONCE-MIGHTY ORGANIZATION FROM CRAFTING A PLAN TO BLUNT THE LATEST GUN CONTROL PUSH, HIGHLIGHTING THE GROUP’S WEAKNESS AT A CRUCIAL POLITICAL MOMENT. THE DISARRAY AT THE NRA IS ALARMING ALLIES WHO SAY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND CONGRESS APPEAR TO HAVE A BRIEF OPENING TO PASS LEGISLATION WHILE THE GROUP IS SO POLITICALLY FEEBLE THAT IT ISN’T ABLE TO AGGRESSIVELY LOBBY LAWMAKERS AGAINST PROPOSALS OR HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR VOTES, ACCORDING TO A HALF-DOZEN REPUBLICANS FAMILIAR WITH THE SITUATION.

4473: Gun form liars may go on to commit gun crimes, internal ATF research suggests

Last year, thousands of people trying to buy guns from dealers made false statements about their past on the required federal form, then went on to fail the background check due to a serious criminal record or other disqualifier. Lying to a licensed gun dealer is a felony punishable by a fine or up to 10 years in prison. Breaking that law might seem risky. But in September, a Government Accountability Office studymade it clear why those who “lie and try” would take their chances. Regional offices at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received 12,710 cases of firearm background check denials for further investigation in fiscal year 2017, the GAO found, but the government prosecuted only 12 people. More than 99.9% of those who were investigated escaped with nothing more than a warning.  [full article]

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BREAKING :
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYS THAT IN THE WAKE OF TWO MASS SHOOTINGS IN OHIO AND TEXAS THIS MONTH THAT HE WANTS TO FOCUS ON MENTAL ILLNESS TO PREVENT MASS GUN VIOLENCE, NOT GUN CONTROL. TRUMP TOLD SUPPORTERS AT A RALLY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT HE WANTS TO RE-OPEN MENTAL INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT DID NOT PROVIDE DETAILS ON HIS PROPOSAL.GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES IN MARYLAND EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION AT BEING LEFT OFF OF A COUNTY TASK FORCE THAT IS STUDYING WAYS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE DURING A MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT, AS SUPPORTERS OF STRONGER GUN-CONTROL MEASURES THANKED MEMBERS FOR THEIR WORK. EXECUTIVE SECURITY CONCEPTS TEAMED UP WITH FIREPOWER TACTICAL TO OFFER AN ACTIVE SHOOTER ELIMINATION TRAINING CLASS TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO USE A CONCEALED HANDGUN TO TAKE DOWN THAT SHOOTER. “I JUST FELT LIKE IF THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS THAT WANT TO GET MORE TRAINING,” EXECUTIVE SECURITY CONCEPTS OWNER CHRIS RAGONE SAID, “AND IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE IN A SITUATION WHERE ONE OF THESE ACTIVE SHOOTERS SHOW UP, WE ALL KNOW THAT SECONDS COUNT.”THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLE THAT AUTHORITIES SAY AN EX-CON USED TO SHOOT THREE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICERS MONDAY — ONE FATALLY — WAS A HOMEMADE "GHOST GUN" DESIGNED TO SKIRT THE STATE'S STRICT BAN ON SUCH WEAPONS, MULTIPLE LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES TOLD NBC NEWS. IT IS AT LEAST THE THIRD SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLE ASSEMBLED FROM PARTS USED IN A HIGH-PROFILE SHOOTING IN CALIFORNIA SINCE 2013.THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION’S INTERNAL TURMOIL IS PREVENTING THE ONCE-MIGHTY ORGANIZATION FROM CRAFTING A PLAN TO BLUNT THE LATEST GUN CONTROL PUSH, HIGHLIGHTING THE GROUP’S WEAKNESS AT A CRUCIAL POLITICAL MOMENT. THE DISARRAY AT THE NRA IS ALARMING ALLIES WHO SAY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND CONGRESS APPEAR TO HAVE A BRIEF OPENING TO PASS LEGISLATION WHILE THE GROUP IS SO POLITICALLY FEEBLE THAT IT ISN’T ABLE TO AGGRESSIVELY LOBBY LAWMAKERS AGAINST PROPOSALS OR HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR VOTES, ACCORDING TO A HALF-DOZEN REPUBLICANS FAMILIAR WITH THE SITUATION.