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INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.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.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.

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Rattlesnake Standoff

OFF-ROAD OUTDOORS.COM From the Archives – It was early September, hot and Dove season in Northern Nevada, home of the Great Basin Rattler. During the season I often went for evening Dove hunts on the Hermann ranch in Dayton valley where I lived. Most of my hunts were uneventful, until one week when it all changed….

And You Thought Headless Chickens Were Scary

GRUNGE.COM From the Archives – What should you do if you encounter a rattlesnake in your backyard? Well, you can keep your distance and hope it goes on to live a life of peace and harmony and it never bites your children. Or, you can decapitate it with a shovel. According to CNN, that’s what Milo Sutcliffe…

NAT’L – TRAINING – National Train a Teacher Day

This weekend hundreds of teachers across the country will be getting training to carry concealed handguns at school. July 20th is National Train a Teacher Day with free training being offered for teachers by 239 instructors in 42 states. The training is being offered even in states that don’t yet allow teachers to carry at school. “Even if folks aren’t allowed to have guns on campus, maybe they’ll…

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Levi Strauss Sticking with Gun Control Push Whether Customers Agree or Not

Levi Strauss joined hands with the gun control lobby in the Fall of 2018 and is sticking to their guns whether customers agree or not. On September 4, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Levi Strauss was launching a million dollar gun control campaign. This also entailed teaming up with Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control Everytown for Gun Safety, going so far as to provide jeans for actors who appeared in Everytown PSAs….

INT’L – MILITARY – Marine Anti-Drone Buggies On USS Boxer Knocked Down “Threatening” Iranian Drone (Updated)

The Pentagon says that personnel on the Wasp class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer knocked down an Iranian drone that came within a “threatening range” as the ship sailed through the volatile Strait of Hormuz. Subsequent reports said that a U.S. Marine Corps all-terrain vehicle with an anti-drone detection and jamming system sitting on the ship’s flight deck brought down the unmanned aircraft with an electronic…

VA – NRA – The NRA Ends Its Carry Guard Insurance Program

After two years of state investigations and numerous lawsuits, the National Rifle Association has stopped offering its Carry Guard self-defense insurance products. The Carry Guard website has been stripped of all mentions of insurance. Contacted by The Trace, a representative confirmed that no new policies would be issued through Carry Guard, but said the NRA planned to launch a new insurance product in the future. In addition to insurance,…

Needles, A Town Stuck Between Two Worlds

GAZETTES.COM THE GRUNION July 19, 2019 – The whole business began with a backyard barbecue. Tim Terral, a 50-year-old cable company worker recently elected city councilman in Needles, on the rural eastern edge of California, planned a cookout for some buddies who live just over the state line in Arizona. Nobody wanted to come. Under California law, they couldn’t bring their loaded…

INT’L – OPINION – What Happened When New Zealand Paid People While Confiscating Their Guns

New Zealand’s government wants you to know that their first pass at gun confiscation was a great success, but a look at the facts may tell you otherwise. Exactly how these measures succeed or fail in New Zealand will illustrate the problem with the gun control plans of politicians both there and in the United States. It also signals that the gentle words of gun controllers must…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Did GOP fall for Northam trap?

Virginia Democrats were beside themselves with rage last week, blasting Republicans in the legislature for doing nothing during what ended up being a very brief special session that the governor had called on gun control. Of course, they were crocodile tears – Republicans did exactly what Democrats hoped they would do: nothing. (It’s not really a surprise that the same e-mails from Democrats flooding into in-boxes not…

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…

VA – NRA – NRA Reformers Confront a Board Built to Protect the Boss

Alarmed by reports of mismanagement and worried over the future of the National Rifle Association, a loose faction of the group’s members, directors, and donors have pushed for dramatic changes, including the resignation of its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre. But their campaign has run smack into the organization’s own board, which has been structured to shield insiders from challenges to the status quo. “Wayne loyalists control the…

VA – NRA – Leaked Email Shows the NRA Is Punishing Wayne LaPierre’s Critics on the Board of Directors

The country’s most powerful gun lobby may have a commanding grip on American politics, but it continues to face revolt from within. The National Rifle Association has been embroiled in a bitter, public civil war for several months following a probe of its finances, and a recently leaked email may have just thrown fuel on the fire. Over the weekend, former NRA President Marion Hammer sent a…

WI – GUN SAFETY – Sen. Schachtner, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Bill To Grant Gun Safe Sales Tax Exemption

A bipartisan coalition of legislators including Sen. Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) introduced a bill to provide a sales and use tax exemption for the purchase of gun safes. Additional bill authors include Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago), and Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison). “As a medical examiner and former school employee, I know that every suicide is tragic and community-altering,” said Sen. Schachtner. “Safe gun storage…

NAT’L – GUN CRIME – How Criminals Get Guns: Thieves go to Prison for Stealing 654 Guns from UPS Trucks, only 73 firearms Found

Anyone thinking that passing more restrictive gun laws aimed at law-abiding gun owners and businesses should stop to consider that criminals—aside from breaking firearms-licensing laws—are often prepared break through fences, locks and doors to get their hands on guns. Recently, a group of six men received jail time in federal prison for hijacking a shipment of 654 guns en route from Maryland to Missouri. Unlike law-abiding citizens who…

INT’L – GUN NEWS – The AK-47 Is Old News: Russia Now Has the Deadly AK-203

From air defense systems to nuclear submarines, the Soviet Union has enjoyed a longstanding, profitable defense export relationship with India. However, both the USSR and its Russian successor state have historically struggled to break into the Indian small arms market. After decades of impasse, it appears that the Kremlin has found a solution in the form of Kalashnikov’s new AK-203 rifle. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian…

VA – MILITARY – ‘Wars aren’t fought in perfect weather’: Soldiers training for combat also battle Virginia heatwave (VIDEO)

Virginia National Guard soldiers are training for combat all while battling this heatwave. At Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia, nearly 3,000 soldiers are in the midst of three weeks of ‘eXportable Combat Training Capability’ — or ‘XCTC.’ “It’s been hot, I can tell you that much,” said Captain Matthew Perham. Perham, of Falls Church, is a Troop Commander for the Virginia National Guard. On Thursday, he and…

UT – GUN CONTROL – The Legislature Should Increase the Consequences for Firearm Serial Number Violations

Last month, Utah state legislators and stakeholders held this year’s first meeting of the Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force. The purpose of this group is to study and make recommended changes to criminal penalties in the Utah Code related to aggravated murder, tax fraud and other crimes. These interim meetings that happen outside of the yearly general legislative session are critical to follow because they are commonly…

Top NRA Comms Staffer Leaves Gun Lobby As Turmoil Escalates

TALKING POINTS MEMO.COM July 18, 2019 – Another top National Rifle Association official, Jennifer Baker, is out at the organization amid ongoing inner tumult. Baker was the director of public affairs for the NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action.

In a statement to TPM, the NRA downplayed the departure as part of “a reorganization of its public…

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BREAKING :
INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.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.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.