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CONTINUING HIS RESPONSE TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, GOV. GREG ABBOTT RELEASED AN ACTION PLAN THURSDAY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS GUN-RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE BUT REJECTED CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR LIMITS ON MILITARY-STYLE FIREARMS. THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN WHAT WAS OUTLINED IN HIS 15-PAGE TEXAS SAFETY ACTION REPORT, ABBOTT SAID.A NEBRASKA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR PATIENTS BATTLING CANCER FROM THE SALE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST BULLETS. THE UNLIKELY PAIRING UNDERSCORES THAT, WHILE GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. FACE MOUNTING PUSHBACK FOR THEIR ROLE IN A STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MAKERS OF THE AMMUNITION THAT GOES INTO THOSE GUNS HAVE LARGELY ESCAPED SCRUTINY.GUN OWNERSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF A CENTURIES-OLD DOCUMENT IS STILL BEING ANALYZED FOR MEANING. WHAT WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A SUBJECT SAVED FOR JUST THE MEN OF THE WORLD, THOUGH, IS NOW BECOMING A UNISEX INTEREST, OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE FIREARM CARRIERS. DATA FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN OWNED A GUN IN 2017, THE YEAR WITH THE MOST RECENT OWNERSHIP FIGURES, AND THAT THIS PERCENTAGE HAS SLOWLY GONE UP OVER THE YEAR.DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL MEASURES ARE AN EFFORT TO "CHIP AWAY" GRADUALLY AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FOX NATION HOST TOMI LAHREN ARGUED FRIDAY ON "FOX & FRIENDS." LAHREN WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE DECLARING AT THURSDAY NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, “HELL YES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOUR AR-15, AK-47.” THE LINE FROM THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS RECEIVED LOUD APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE AT THE THIRD-ROUND DEBATE IN HOUSTON, AS HE PROPOSED A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, THEN WAVERED. HE WAS CONSIDERING A “RED FLAG” BILL TO LET AUTHORITIES TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT HAS NOW “COOLED” ON THE PROSPECT, ACCORDING TO THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS. THE WHOLE TIME, THE GUN RIGHTS LOBBY WAS THERE TO NUDGE THE PRESIDENT ALONG. ADVOCATES BOMBARDED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CALLS AND PETITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES SCORED MEETINGS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS. AND THE INDUSTRY EVEN HAS A FORMER STAFFER WORKING IN THE WEST WING ON LEGISLATION. MEANWHILE, GROUPS PUSHING FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON GUN PURCHASES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THE DOOR.

CA – GUN CRIME – Port customs officer pleads guilty to illegally dealing firearms including machine guns

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection watch commander at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal criminal charges for running an illegal gun-selling business. Wei Xu, 56, of Santa Fe Springs, pleaded guilty to four felonies: unlawfully engaging in the business of dealing in firearms, unlawfully possessing unregistered firearms, making materially false statements to a federal agency, and tax evasion, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities said Wu had more than 40 machine guns and other illegal firearms. They said he also failed to disclose his foreign financial interests and contacts in China in order to obtain a secret-level security clearance. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner scheduled a Jan. 14 sentencing hearing in downtown Los Angeles. Xu, who face up to 25 years in federal prison, has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 5. Xu admitted in his plea agreement and in open court that he sold at least 99 firearms without the required federal license between the late 1990s and his arrest. To increase the profit margin of his unlawful firearms-selling business, Xu exploited his status as a law enforcement officer to purchase and then transfer “off-roster” handguns that cannot be sold to the general public, according to the plea agreement.  [full article]

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BREAKING :
CONTINUING HIS RESPONSE TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, GOV. GREG ABBOTT RELEASED AN ACTION PLAN THURSDAY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS GUN-RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE BUT REJECTED CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR LIMITS ON MILITARY-STYLE FIREARMS. THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN WHAT WAS OUTLINED IN HIS 15-PAGE TEXAS SAFETY ACTION REPORT, ABBOTT SAID.A NEBRASKA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR PATIENTS BATTLING CANCER FROM THE SALE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST BULLETS. THE UNLIKELY PAIRING UNDERSCORES THAT, WHILE GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. FACE MOUNTING PUSHBACK FOR THEIR ROLE IN A STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MAKERS OF THE AMMUNITION THAT GOES INTO THOSE GUNS HAVE LARGELY ESCAPED SCRUTINY.GUN OWNERSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF A CENTURIES-OLD DOCUMENT IS STILL BEING ANALYZED FOR MEANING. WHAT WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A SUBJECT SAVED FOR JUST THE MEN OF THE WORLD, THOUGH, IS NOW BECOMING A UNISEX INTEREST, OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE FIREARM CARRIERS. DATA FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN OWNED A GUN IN 2017, THE YEAR WITH THE MOST RECENT OWNERSHIP FIGURES, AND THAT THIS PERCENTAGE HAS SLOWLY GONE UP OVER THE YEAR.DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL MEASURES ARE AN EFFORT TO "CHIP AWAY" GRADUALLY AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FOX NATION HOST TOMI LAHREN ARGUED FRIDAY ON "FOX & FRIENDS." LAHREN WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE DECLARING AT THURSDAY NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, “HELL YES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOUR AR-15, AK-47.” THE LINE FROM THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS RECEIVED LOUD APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE AT THE THIRD-ROUND DEBATE IN HOUSTON, AS HE PROPOSED A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, THEN WAVERED. HE WAS CONSIDERING A “RED FLAG” BILL TO LET AUTHORITIES TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT HAS NOW “COOLED” ON THE PROSPECT, ACCORDING TO THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS. THE WHOLE TIME, THE GUN RIGHTS LOBBY WAS THERE TO NUDGE THE PRESIDENT ALONG. ADVOCATES BOMBARDED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CALLS AND PETITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES SCORED MEETINGS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS. AND THE INDUSTRY EVEN HAS A FORMER STAFFER WORKING IN THE WEST WING ON LEGISLATION. MEANWHILE, GROUPS PUSHING FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON GUN PURCHASES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THE DOOR.