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CA – GUN CONTROL – California slow to adopt gun violence measure intended to prevent mass shootings

California passed a law in the aftermath of the 2014 Isla Vista mass shootings that allow judges to remove guns from the possession of people deemed at extreme risk of using them to harm themselves or others. Now, after examining the initial four years of state data on these extreme risk protection orders, researchers at UC Davis Health reported that California has been slower to utilize the measures compared with other states that have similar laws.

IL – SELF-PROTECTION – ‘Guns are flying off the shelf.’ Illinois permit applications up more than 500%

More than 40,000 Illinoisans applied for a gun permit in a little more than two weeks this month, more than 500% over this time last year, according to Illinois State Police. The firearms services bureau of the Illinois State Police is taking an average of 94 business hours — not counting holidays, weekends, the day the gun is purchased, or the day the sale is approved or denied –…

NAT’L – GUN NEWS – Meet the “Potato Digger” Machine Gun

the John Browning-designed Colt-Browning M1895 machine gun has the distinction of being the first truly automatic weapon adopted by the U.S. military and the first to be used in combat by American forces. The M1895 was small and light enough that a team of two soldiers could effectively handle the weapon. Yet the gas-operated, lever-actuated weapon still packed quite a punch.

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – New Zealand Gun Buyback Program Plagued By Failures

Despite a New Zealand Police estimate on April 2, 2019, that there were as many as 240,000 firearms in the country that fall under the terms of the country’s mandatory gun buyback, only 61,332 were collected or modified as of Feb. 13, 2020—nearly three months after the deadline for compliance. A report from the nation’s Auditor-General also found cost of administering the controversial program was nearly double the original…

LA – HOME DEFENSE – Sister pulls out gun and saves her brother from would-be robbers (VIDEO)

An attempted home invasion and robbery is thwarted by a sister with a gun who’s quick reaction helped to save her brother. It was early Sunday morning when a Shreveport homeowner said he was working on his Jeep in his garage along with his sister when two men with guns rushed up to him shouting “where’s the money?” “I was leaning into my Jeep and two boys came up behind…

NC – GUN POLITICS – Bloomberg-funded gun-control group to launch ad blitz against Trump, Republicans in N.C. (VIDEO)

A deep-pocketed group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning a major ad blitz against GOP candidates running in North Carolina this year, arguing that they are unfit for office because they oppose increasing restrictions on access to firearms. The effort from Everytown for Gun Safety, dubbed “Gun Sense Majority: North Carolina,” will involve at least $5 million in ad spending opposing Republicans up and down the…

VA – RETAILERS – Maryland Handgun Background Check System Crashes, Leaving Gun Buyers in Limbo

FREE BEACON.COM June 25, 2020 – Maryland’s background check system has crashed, creating new hurdles for residents who are already subject to one of the strictest gun-control regimes in the country.

Maryland State Police confirmed on Tuesday night that the system they use to process background checks for handgun-purchase permits crashed on Sunday and remains down. The state police are…

DC – OPINION – U.S. Supreme Court muffs its gun moment

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT LAST WEEK ISSUED A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT RULINGS THAT WERE MADE MORE CONTROVERSIAL BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SIDE DIDN’T GET THE BACKING OF SUPPOSEDLY CONSERVATIVE JUDGES. THOSE RULINGS OVERSHADOWED THE COURT’S DECISION IN THE SAME WEEK TO SHOVE ASIDE SECOND AMENDMENT CASES AND NOT HEAR EVEN ONE OF THE TEN CASES PRESENTED TO IT. THE DECISION UNDERSTANDABLY ANGERED GUN ACTIVISTS WHO ARE RIGHTLY SEEING A PATTERN OF INACTION BY THE COURT ON CASES THAT COULD REFINE GUN RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY.

CA – RETAILERS – Gun and ammunition sales soar as defund-the-police movement grows

CORONAVIRUS-FUELED FEARS OF SOCIAL UNREST ALREADY HAD AMERICANS PANIC-BUYING GUNS AND BULLETS AT RECORD RATES EARLIER THIS YEAR. THAT WAS BEFORE THE POLICE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD CAUSED AN INTERNATIONAL UPROAR, LEADING TO PROTESTS THAT, AT TIMES, DESCENDED INTO RIOTS, ARSON AND LOOTING IN CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE RISE OF THE DEFUND THE POLICE MOVEMENT CHAMPIONED BY BLACK LIVES MATTER ACTIVISTS HAVE LED TO HIGHER SALES FOR FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION DEALERS.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun store robberies alarm law enforcement officials

A RASH OF GUN STORE BURGLARIES HAS ALARMED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND COMES AMID WIDESPREAD PROTESTS THAT HAVE BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY INCIDENTS OF LOOTING AND VANDALISM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN THE LAST DAYS OF MAY AND FIRST WEEK OF JUNE, THERE WERE MORE THAN 90 ATTEMPTED OR SUCCESSFUL BURGLARIES OF GUN STORES, ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES. MORE THAN 1,000 GUNS WERE STOLEN IN THAT WINDOW OF TIME, THE BUREAU’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FIELD OPERATIONS, TOM CHITTUM, TOLD POLITICO. “IT’S A LOT OF GUNS,” CHITTUM SAID IN AN INTERVIEW. “IT’S THE BIGGEST SPIKE I HAVE EVER SEEN OF GUN STORE BURGLARIES.”

WA – SELF-PROTECTION – It’s legal to wear a mask and conceal carry in Washington, sheriff’s office says

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public that it is still legal for citizens with concealed carry permits to have their firearm during the COVID-19 pandemic, even if they are covering their face with a mask. The county notes that other states do have a regulation that prevents those with a face covering from carrying a firearm, but Washington state does not have such a law. Gov. Inslee…

DC – GUN CONTROL – DC sues ‘ghost gun’ maker Polymer80

D.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL KARL A. RACINE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST GUN MANUFACTURER POLYMER80 INC., WHICH SELLS UNTRACEABLE PARTIALLY-ASSEMBLED SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLES AND HANDGUNS, FOR ADVERTISING AND SELLING ILLEGAL GUNS TO DISTRICT CONSUMERS. THE CIVIL LAWSUIT, FILED IN D.C. SUPERIOR COURT, ALLEGES THE NEVADA-BASED COMPANY VIOLATES D.C. LAW BY FALSELY REPRESENTING THAT ITS WEAPONS ARE LEGAL IN THE DISTRICT AND BY SELLING ILLEGAL FIREARMS. THE FIREARMS COMPANY SELLS ITEMS ONLINE THAT ARE COMMONLY CALLED “GHOST GUNS” BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, SUCH AS SERIAL NUMBERS, AND ARE UNTRACEABLE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, ACCORDING TO D.C.’S OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

GA – OPINION – As Black Vigilance Becomes Armed Vigilantism, Accountability Is Lost in Atlanta’s Streets

ON SATURDAY NIGHT, BARRICADES BLOCKED THE STREET ON ONE SIDE OF THE CHARRED RUINS OF THE WENDY’S DRIVE-THRU WHERE AN ATLANTA POLICE OFFICER KILLED RAYSHARD BROOKS A WEEK AGO, ON JUNE 12. CARS CORDONED OFF THE OTHER SIDE. THERE, A BLACK MAN WITH AN AR-15 WAS STANDING GUARD, STOPPING WHITE PEOPLE FROM ENTERING THE SITE. WHAT BEGAN LAST WEEK AS A VIGIL FOR BROOKS HAD TRANSFORMED INTO SOMETHING MORE MILITANT. AMID THE SELFIE-TAKING TEENAGERS AND PEOPLE HAWKING BLACK LIVES MATTER T-SHIRTS AT THE CROWDED CONVENIENCE STORE NEARBY, A BAND OF ARMED YOUNG BLACK MEN MILLED ABOUT. THEY BORE PISTOLS AND LONG GUNS, WITH GAUDY ACCESSORIES REDOLENT OF MODERN MILITIA EQUIPAGE: AN EXTENDED PISTOL MAGAZINE HERE, A CHEAP SCOPE THERE.

NYC – GUN CRIME – Gun Violence in New York and Other Cities Reaching Levels Not Seen in Decades

As multiple American cities debate “defunding” the police, violent crimes are already on the rise. This should have been as predictable as the rising sun, yet some media outlets seem surprised. Ashley Southall and Neil MacFarquhar write at the New York Times: It has been nearly a quarter century since New York City experienced as much gun violence in the month of June as it has seen this year. The…

CA – SELF-PROTECTION – Los Angeles County sheriff expects to expand concealed carry permits by as much as 400%

The sheriff of Los Angeles County is reportedly planning to increase the number of concealed carry gun permits in his city by a significant amount. “NEW: In a live stream just now, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he expects to begin increasing the amount of concealed carry permits he issues by as much as 400%. CCWs are notoriously difficult to obtain in LA. @FOXLA” Fox 11 Los Angeles reporter…

WA – SELF-PROTECTION – Security Guard Disarms Seattle Protester With AR-15 (VIDEO)

Dramatic video from a Saturday night protest in downtown Seattle showed a news station’s security guard disarming a masked protester carrying an AR-15 assault rifle and ripping the magazine from it, averting a potentially fatal interaction in an already tense and violent atmosphere. KOMO News, the Seattle station which recorded the footage, pulled away after the confrontation. Reporter Brandi Kruse with local station Q13Fox tweeted that the protester had taken the…

MA – SELF-PROTECTION – Large crowd gathers, dumps water on officers arresting suspect carrying illegal gun

A large crowd gathered around officers and began dumping water on them Tuesday as they attempted to take a Mattapan man into custody on a weapons charge. Officers responding to a radio call for a person with a gun near the intersection of Maple and Cheney streets around 5:40 p.m. stopped 44-year-old Jermaine Thomas, who was carrying a fanny pack over his shoulder, according to a release issued by…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – The Brothers Behind an Extreme Gun-Rights Network That Republicans Call a Big Scam

THE TRACE.COM JUNE 23, 2020 – Matt Windschitl had one more chance to address colleagues in the Iowa House of Representatives before they voted on his pro-gun bill, the culmination of a yearslong effort to produce what one supporter hailed as “the most monumental and sweeping piece of gun legislation in Iowa’s history.” The veteran Republican lawmaker walked up…

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