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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.

MD – GUN CONTROL – One year after June 28: Failed background checks rarely result in perjury prosecutions

Thousands of people each year try to buy guns nationwide even though they are prohibited by federal or state law, but rarely are those cases elevated to a prosecutor’s desk for charges. The federal government referred 23,777 federal background check denials for investigation but only 95 of those were referred for prosecution and even fewer — 25 — resulted in prosecutions, according to fiscal 2016 and 2017 federal data. In fiscal 2016, the federal government put 9.5 million through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Maryland doesn’t fare much better. From 2016 to June 18, Maryland State Police conducted 501 enforcement actions on failed applications for qualification licenses and purchases, state data shows. Of those, only nine individuals were prosecuted in that same time frame. Five of those prosecutions were announced in 2018 by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. In 2018, the state processed 75,231 license and registration applications. [full article]

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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.