Friday, December 19, 2014

WI: Armed Defense against Armed Robber Justified

A 42-year-old man fatally shot a man who was trying to rob him last weekend, Milwaukee police said Thursday.

The Milwaukee County district attorney's office reviewed the case on Wednesday and determined the shooting was in self-defense, Milwaukee police spokesman Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said in an email.

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Beaver Attacks are Serious

I had missed this article when it came out in June of 2014.   It was particularly startling because there is no mention of the beaver having rabies.  The animal literally jumped out of the water, grabbed the kayaker by the arm, and pulled him from the boat.  From
“It’s just a freak thing. This beaver was upset about something and went after him,” kayaking trainer Nate Reynolds said. “I heard him yell my name, so I come running out. As soon as I came out, I see the boat flip over, so the beaver had actually jumped up, grabbed his arm, and pulled him right out of his kayak.”

The beaver was still attached to Mike’s arm after it flipped him out of the kayak. That’s when Nate came down with the paddle. He hit the beaver with so much force it knocked the blade off the shaft.
The beaver, presumably the one who attacked, was later found, dead in the water.  Humans are much deadlier than beavers.  But as I started looking to see if there were any other beaver attacks on record, it became clear that there were several in the last three years.  In April, 2013 a man was reported killed by a beaver in Belarus.  From USAtoday:
A fisherman in Belarus was bitten to death by a beaver, and all he was doing was trying to take its picture, Sky News reports. The man spotted the beaver while fishing with friends at Lake Shestakov, but as he approached to take a photograph, the beaver bit him on the thigh. The animal managed to sever an artery, and his friends couldn't stop the blood flow.
 2012 was a banner year for beaver attacks.   Two young girls were attacked in Lake Anna by a rabid beaver in July.   The bites were severe.

The 8-year-old girl is shown above.   From
Alyssa received around 15 stitches on her upper thigh and Annabella sustained three wounds just above her knee, Wendy Radnovich told

The Spotsylvania County girls have since been released from the hospital.

The girls’ uncle shot the beaver with a BB gun, then killed it with a knife, the mother told

This is the only attack where  a gun (another report says it was a pellet gun, not a BB gun;  I find the pellet gun more likely) was used in defense against the beaver.   The beaver pictured was rabid and weighed 65 pounds, a large specimen.   It seems likely that most of the victims would have been well served with a personal defensive firearm.

In August, 2012, Boy Scouts resorted to rocks to defend their scoutmaster.  From
After initially throwing the animal from his body, it returned to continue the attack, biting Brousseau in the leg, buttocks, arm, hand and torso before he managed to grab it and hold its jaw closed.

Brousseau threw the beaver ashore while Scouts helped him out of the water. After being momentarily stunned, the beaver began attacking a pool noodle.
It was a rabid animal.  The scouts killed it with thrown rocks.

An 83-Year-Old Woman, Lillian Peterson, was attacked by a beaver in September of  2012.  From
A 35-pound, 24-inch rabid beaver had bitten her on the back of the leg and would not let go, sparking an ordeal that lasted more than 20 minutes Tuesday evening. The Falls Church woman and a friend battled the animal with canoe paddles, a stick and bare hands as it came at them again and again. Peterson was seriously injured.

Lillian credits her friend with saving her life.  She believes that the beaver would have killed her if she were the only one fighting it.

While I do not normally think of beavers as dangerous, it is clear that they sometimes are;  normally the dangerous ones turn out to be rabid, but that only makes them more dangerous, not less. 

It appears that the attacks are less frequent than dog attacks, but more frequent than attacks by mountain lions.  There are simply a lot more beaver than there are mountain lions.  The world is a bit more dangerous than I thought.

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AL: Use of Force Likely Justified by Man who shot Neighbor and Son

 Throwing cinder blocks through windows is a good indication that your intentions are not freindly.

ANNISTON, Ala. - Anniston police said a man who shot and killed his next door neighbor Friday is not likely to face charges.


George said Larry Johnson locked himself inside his Wilmer Avenue home Friday evening after getting in an argument with his neighbor, Randall Dale Gaddy.

Police said Gaddy used a cinder block to break windows at the house and came to the front porch. Johnson fired several shots through the front door, killing Gaddy.

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CA: Drunk Man Breaks into Wrong House is Justifiably Shot

A drunk man who thought he was breaking into his own home was shot and wounded early Wednesday by the actual homeowner, police said


Hatch didn’t leave and instead shattered the sliding door and entering the home, police said.

The homeowner continued to yell at the suspect to leave, Greene said. As the suspect walked further into the home, the resident, fearing for his safety and that of his wife, shot Hatch once in the torso, police said.


No criminal charges are expected against the homeowner, whose name wasn’t released, authorities said.
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IL: Tresspass Shooting involved Self Defense, was Justifiable

This shooting was initially characterized as a shooting over trespass.  Now it comes out that it was a defensive shooting.  The following includes a statement by the State Attorney, Jim Devine.

It is my belief on the facts presented to me that the homeowner had a justifiable right to protect himself, his wife and his property," Devine said today in an email. "Mr. Williams had ample opportunity to leave the homeowner's premises. When Williams did not leave and then subsequently moved in an aggressive manner toward the homeowner, the justifiable right of self-defense came into play.

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FL: Victim Disarms Robber

The victim said a man approached him and tried to rob him at gunpoint, but after a brief struggle, the victim managed to grab the gun, and the robber took off running. The gun was taken into evidence by police.

No money was taken and no injuries were reported from the incident.

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MT: Man who Said he wanted to kill Burglar Convicted

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.

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NM: No Charges for Armed Neighbor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say no charges will be sought against a man who shot and killed an intruder who'd broken into the man's home.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

PBS Gun Poll Gets Pummeled

Internet polls measure the ratio of people who have enough interest to participate in the given poll. has put up an Internet poll with the responses noted above.   You can see that the poll is getting hammered by second amendment supporters.   The message, loud and clear, is that of people who are interested enough to answer the poll, second amendment supporters outnumber disarmists by  24 to 1.   This is one of largest differentials that I have seen in second amendment related Internet polls.  A couple of weeks ago, we had one in Florida that was 15 to 1.  Maybe this is the start of a trend.

A hat tip to David Workman for the link.

Link to the Poll:

Definition of  disarmist 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dave Workman: WA State Second Amendment Supportes Focusing on 15 Jan

With last Saturday’s “I Will Not Comply” event now history, Evergreen State Second Amendment activists are shifting their focus to an event one month from today on the Capitol steps that will have some heavy-duty backing by two locally-based national gun rights organizations, and the grassroots group that has grown out of the battle against Initiative 594, which took effect earlier this month.

Incidentally, today is Bill of Rights Day. Contrary to what anti-gunners might believe, there are ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, as those attending Saturday's rally could attest because they exercised two of them at the same time.

The Thursday, Jan. 15 gun rights rally in Olympia is being organized by the Gun Rights Coalition (GRC), Protect Our Gun Rights Washington (POGR, the local Pink Pistols and the Washington Firearms Leadership and Advocacy Group (WAFLAG). Supporting the event, which could easily be called an educational effort, are the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and its sister organization, the Second Amendment Foundation.

Saturday’s rally, held to openly defy provisions of I-594 – the voter-approved 18-page gun control measure – went off well, though it did not attract the numbers that had been predicted by some, or reflected in the number of people who reportedly promised to attend. As Examiner reported over the weekend, crowd size estimates ranged from about 800 to about 1,800, there were lots of firearms present and exchanged, and nobody suffered a scratch.

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FL: Armed Robber Picks Armed Victim, Leaves Gun Behind

The victim ran to a security guard and said a man, later identified as Ben-Belarrio Ulysse, 28, of Lantana, pointed a gun at him. The victim said he then pulled out his own gun because he was in fear for his life, according to the report.

The victim told deputies Ulysse initially got on the ground, but jumped up and ran, leaving the gun, a .38-caliber revolver, behind.

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PA: Officer Murders Woman, Husband, also Officer, Fights back, Wounds Attacking Officer

THEY SAY a protection-from-abuse order is just a piece of a paper. For Valerie Morrow, it might as well have been her death certificate.

Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she'd feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities said.

NC: 14-year-old Protects Grandmother, Shoots, Kills Intruder

This was the third break in at the house in four months.

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the second man involved in a home break-in that turned deadly near the Charlotte/Mint Hill border has been arrested. Another suspected intruder was killed when a 14-year-old inside the house shot and killed him Tuesday night.

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IL: Homeowner Shoots Trespasser

Little information on this story, no arrests yet.

They say the homeowner asked this person to leave, thinking he was drunk, and asked him to return. "The individual became belligerent and approached the homeowner in an aggressive manner, at which time he was shot," the report said.

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FL: Two Pit Bulls Attack Mans Dog: He Shoots Them

A Davie man shot two pit bulls, killing one, after he witnessed them attacking his dog, police say.

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NM: Burglary Suspect Shot, Killed, at Second House

The man inside the first home didn’t want to talk on camera but said his dog woke him up when the burglar was trying to break in. Police said he gave up on that house.

Instead of getting away with some loot, the would-be burglar was shot and killed by the homeowner in the second house.

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MI: Man shot in chest after trying to kill estranged wife

Officers say a 33-year-old female victim told them her estranged husband tried to shoot her, then ran.

Police found several shell casings in the area that appear to have come from two different guns.

Officers were able to track down a 29-year-old male suspect in the first block of Oaklawn Avenue. He had a gunshot wound to the chest, but is expected to be okay.

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PA: Homeowner calls 911; Shoots Suspect when Attacked

Police believe White was trying to steal the aluminum downspouts from the house. The homeowner saw the suspect and called 911.

White allegedly went after the 62-year-old homeowner, who pulled out a gun and shot him.

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PA: Woman Shoots Boyfriend in Domestic Fight

MONTOURSVILLE – A Lycoming County woman said she fatally shot her boyfriend as she was driving him home but claims she did so after he repeatedly struck and tried to choke her.

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CA: More Burglars Shot, Less Burglaries. Who Knew?

Who would suspect that when burglars are shot, the burglary rate would go down?

I have seen the sentiment before, but never in quite such a succinct way.  The article was about a third burglar suspect being shot and killed in Richmond, California, this year.  From
Terrell Ruben, 42, became the third person shot and killed in an attempted burglary in Richmond this year. A Richmond homeowner shot Ruben in the chest after he discovered Ruben and another man attempting to steal property from his backyard last Saturday
I think most people would see a clear connection between more burglars being shot, and fewer burglaries being committed, but it seems to escape the writer of the article.  This bit of journalistic word-twisting is in the article.  It shows a peculiar view of reality: 
Despite the unusually high number people shot in burglary attempts, residential burglaries have gone down 28 percent compared to last year in the period between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30.
To most people, this would seem to be a reversal of causation.  If you shoot more burglars, you will get less burglaries, and certainly less home invasions, where people who want to steal your stuff are willing to do it when you are there.   There is a reason why criminological research shows that places where guns are highly restricted, such as in England, have much higher levels of home invasions. 

I have seen this weird reversal of causality with the restoration of the right to bear arms and to defend oneself and others, as shall issue concealed carry, castle doctrine, and stand your ground laws have been implemented across the nation.

That version goes something like this:

In spite of higher numbers of self defense shootings, the overall murder rate is down.

Again, most people would assume that most of those who are justifiably shot are violent criminals, and they would be correct.   If more violent criminals are removed from society, then it makes sense that the murder rate would drop.

The old "progressive elite" model of murder, where the average murderer is an ordinary Joe who just got upset that day, and a gun was handy, has been discredited.  The modern model of murder is that most murders are committed by a tiny segment of violent criminals.   If those violent criminals are in jail or dead, they are not committing crimes.

Most people can easily understand that logic.   But most reporters seem to be stuck in the old discredited "progressive elite" model of murder, and are surprised that when you make crime less attractive, you get less of it.

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Neighbor Hears Screams, Shoots Attacking Dogs

Chesterfield County police said the homeowner was attacked by one of the  two dogs in his yard. Both dogs belonged to one of his relatives.
A neighbor who heard the attack shot both dogs, and killed one.The victim has serious but non-life threatening injuries.

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PA: Sledge Hammer to a Gunfight

There are some 9mm revolvers.  I have had a couple.  It is highly likely that it was one of the very common 9mm semi-autos, instead of the uncommon 9mm revolvers.

When confronted by the homeowner, an unidentified 63-year-old man, one of the burglars threatened him with his sledgehammer. But little did they know, they were bringing a hammer to a gun fight. One of the suspects was shot in the leg by the homeowner’s 9 milimeter revolver.

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NM: Smoke Shop Employee Shoots Armed Man

LAS CRUCES >> Las Cruces Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a south Solano Drive smoke shop. Police are reporting the man was shot by a store employee.

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GA: 67-Year-Old in Walker Shoots Drunk Home Invader

...Neal was intoxicated when he arrived at the residence, was told twice to leave and kicked in the door while threatening a 67-year-old man who uses a walker. The elder man shot Neal in his hand, Miller said.

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MA: Liquor Store Owner fires at Fleeing Armed Robber

LOWELL -- Police say the owner of a Central Street liquor store fired two gunshots at a man who had just robbed his store at gunpoint late Saturday night, but that both shots missed as the suspect escaped.

CO: Home Invasion Shooting Unusual

It is unusual for a 52-year-old man to be shot invading a home.  When I see it, it usually is a career criminal, someone who is drunk and mistakes the home, is in the middle of a bad domestic situation, or someone who had a long brewing feud with a neighbor.  In the case of Garry Lieberth of North Platte, Nebraska, I have not been able to find any evidence of those things.  Perhaps we will learn more when the toxicology report comes in.  From the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Colorado:
The adult male homeowner was asleep on Friday morning when he was awoken by the sounds of a dog barking in his yard. As the homeowner came down the staircase to investigate further, he observed a stranger-intruder crawling through the “doggie door” into his house. The homeowner yelled at the intruder but the man continued to enter the house. The homeowner ran to his bedroom where he retrieved a firearm for protection. The intruder advanced up the staircase and confronted the homeowner. The homeowner pointed his weapon at the man and told him to leave. The intruder did not comply. A physical altercation ensued between the two and the suspect tackled the victim to the ground. The victim was able to fire his weapon at the suspect, striking him in the leg and head. The victim then ran to a neighbor’s house where he called 911.

Liebreth is a resident of Nebraska and has some immediate family in the Denver area. Liebreth was not known to the victim and it is not clear why the suspect picked that home or entered the residence.

The Jeffco Coroner’s Office will complete a drug screen to determine if Liebreth was under the influence of any substance.

Gary Liebreth appears to have a daughter and grandchild in the Denver area about 20 miles away from the shooting, so that makes the "drunk and mistaken house" excuse seem unlikely.  Liebreth's vehicle was found at the scene, which seems to be a fairly prosperous and semi-rural area of Colorado, only a little way off of I-70 on a dead end street.

I will be watching for updates, but the reason for the home invasion remains a mystery at this time.

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IN:Gun Beats Protective Order

A protective order can be effective.  Especially if it is backed up with a gun.  Protective orders are meant to be backed with armed force.  The problem is that in many cases, armed agents of the state either arrive too late to be of help, or they cannot stay around long enough to provide effective protection.  But when the armed force is in the form of the person who asked for the protective order, the protection is multiplied many times.  In this case out of Indiana, the suspect, Jeffrey Frakes, had been released from jail the day before.
According to the caller, Frakes had just been released from the Clay County Jail on December 14th, where he was serving a sentence for domestic violence against the 911 caller.

The resident of the home said Frakes entered the home and threatened to kill them. That is when the 911 caller began firing shots at Frakes with a handgun.


Police found Franks at his mother’s home in Hymera, Ind. with two gun shot wounds.

Franks was taken to the Sullivan County hospital.

A Probable Cause Affidavit was signed, which charged Frakes with Invasion of Privacy, a violation of the protective order.
The protective order by itself was not enough.  An armed resident stopped the intrusion; the protective order was then effective as a means of legal protection, to put the offender back in jail.

It has become a truism that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.  This is true, but it does not mean that police are ineffective at fighting crime.   They are necessary to provide backup for the armed citizen, and to enforce the results of due process of law.    If we had no legal system to back up an armed citizenry, our lives would be far more difficult and dangerous.  An armed citizenry and police are natural allies, inspite of disarmists attempts to drive a wedge between the two groups.

Most police support armed citizens; as more and more citizens routinely exercise their right to be armed, the support has grown and solidified.

People in domestic situations do stupid things, both men and women.  In this case, a violation of a protective order after just being left out of jail, is particularly stupid.  I pray that both parties in this tragic circumstance are able to learn from their mistakes and are able to put their lives back in order.  It is especially hard to do that from a hospital and with a felony conviction.

Definition of  disarmist 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sydney siege

Some notes about the Sydney siege by a now dead Muslim nut on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS

Focus on Gun Color is Farcical

Someone painted this Cobra FS 380 for unknown purposes.  The police claim that it was to make it appear to be a toy, but people have been customizing and adorning the appearance of weapons for centuries.  From
Orlando Lowery was in court this weekend for allegedly painting his .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun to look like a toy.
It is only in recent times that firearms could easily be made in many different colors.  As the capability to do so has emerged, more and more people are taking advantage of it.  Here are some pistols in different colors.

This Pink Glock is fully functional.  One advantage of brightly colored handguns is that they are highly visible.   It is hard for a gun to be a credible deterrent if it cannot be seen.   I have read of more than one incident where a person armed with a mini-revolver was forced to fire it to prove that it was real.

Here are a couple of colorful Glock pistols that are not functional.  If a criminal wanted to have police believe his gun was not "real", training blue might be a better color.   Blue is the traditional color for training munitions that are inert.   This is a Glock 17 T FX,

 Another colorful Glock that cannot fire, a Glock 22 P

This Taurus PT 738 has an excellent reputation for reliability.  It is small, light, easy to carry, and is said to have one of the better triggers of the tiny, composite framed .380 pistols.   It comes in a variety of colors.

In the article about the painted Cobra FS, a Democrat legislator wants to require non-firearm guns to be brightly colored:
 Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) introduced legislation to require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio to be brightly colored or have prominent florescent strips.
It seems a nonsensical solution to a non-problem.  A 12-year-old who was acting irresponsibly with an airsoft gun was shot and killed in Ohio.  The orange tip required to be on the gun by law had been removed.  From
A boy brandishing a replica gun died Sunday after being shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call about a person waving a gun in a park.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon -- which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually on the muzzle -- from his waistband.
An officer should never assume that a realistic looking item is not real if it is colored, so requiring non-guns to be colored is silly.  

The proposed law seems an emotional response that burdens everyone else for the sake of extremely dubious benefit.  It costs time, money, manpower, and incrementally reduces liberty to implement these regulations and laws.   The old "if it saves one life" mantra is irrational.   A great many things might "save one life".   In the example above, you can easily argue that the "coloring" regulation  was partly responsible for the shooting.  There was no orange tip, so the officer was more likely to believe the gun was a real threat.

One may also ask, what if it costs a single officer's life, because they assumed a gun was a toy when it was not?   Hypothetical's can be easily constructed for both sides.

In half serious mien, it would be better to pass a law requiring all 12-year-olds to be responsible young men with strong moral values.    If followed (not easy, but done in much of the country by custom and culture), it would save many more lives. 

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Weapons Discovered by TSA Last Week

Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT).
Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT).
56 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 56 firearms, 43 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.
Inert Hand Grenade (LAS) & Explosives Training Kit (RDU)
Inert Hand Grenade (LAS) & Explosives Training Kit (RDU)

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft.  Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  •  An inert military explosives training kit was discovered in a checked bag at Raleigh-Durham (RDU).
  • Four inert grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered in separate incidents at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL) and Salt lake City (SLC).

Belt Buckle Knives (OAK), Lipstick Knife (TPA), Sword Cane (FLL)
Belt Buckle Knives (OAK), Lipstick Knife (TPA), Sword Cane (FLL)
Knife taped to handle mechanism under lining of bag at PHX
Knife taped to handle mechanism under lining of bag at PHX
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure you are not carrying any prohibited items. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found by our officers in strange places.

  • A knife was found concealed to the pull handle mechanism under the lining of a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX).
  • Two belt buckle knives were discovered in separate incidents at Oakland (OAK).
  • A sword cane was discovered at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
  • A lipstick knife was discovered at Tampa (TPA).

(L-R) Knives discovered at LAS, FAY, NRT & ONT
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Stun Guns – Ten stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Allentown (ABE), Billings (BIL), Chicago Midway (MDW), Dallas Love (DAL), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Lake Charles (LCH), Las Vegas (LAS), Oklahoma City (OKC), Pueblo (PUB), and San Francisco (SFO). 
Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at JFK.
Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at JFK.
Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

Loaded firearms
Clockwise from top left: Firearms discovered at PHX, PIT, SAT, BUF, AUS, CLT & SEA
Loaded firearms
Clockwise from top left: Firearms discovered at PHX, BTV, PHX, ATL, PDX & MSY
56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms, 43 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.
*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

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OH:Concealed Carry Fail; Rapist Disarms Realtor

No discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of open and concealed carry used to be complete without the obligatory theory that open carry was more dangerous.  It was asserted that a criminal will target the open carrier because they are armed.   Here is an example from freerepublic:
Why would anyone want the bad guy to shoot him first?
Fortunately, the gun culture is becoming educated in the matter.   People now realize that open carry promotes tactical deterrence.  There have been two known instances where open carriers have been targeted, but they are very rare.  The other side of the coin also occurs.  Concealed carriers are targeted because their attacker does *not* know they are armed, and the attacker sometimes wins.   In this case in Ohio, it is doubtful that the woman would have been attacked if the attacker knew that she was armed.

As is most common in rape cases, the assailant did not use a weapon other than his own body.  It, and the element of surprise, were enough to overcome the victim's defenses.  From the
As she was struggling face down on the floor, the victim reached for her 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun. Her attacker knocked the weapon out of her hand, causing the weapon to discharge. Each time she'd try to turn and fight back, her head was smashed against the floor.
The attacker probably did not know that she had a gun.  He came very close to being shot and/or killed.  A half second of inattention on his part, or a half second faster response by the victim, and he would have been.   A shot over the back of the neck and above your own buttocks is hard to miss, if you practice just a little bit.

It seems that the attacker was unnerved enough by his close call not to abscond with the victim's gun, which was worth considerably more than the money in her purse, that he did take.   Or, possibly, she managed to reach the gun and he fled, but she does not remember:
 "I don't remember how I got there, but I remember crouching in the corner with my back against the wall and my gun in my hand," she said. "The door was open. I didn't know if he was coming back."
In both circumstances, either an open or concealed carrier being targeted, the best solution is situational awareness.  The woman who was attacked acknowledges this:
"I'm a survivor," she said. "I haven't been back to work yet, but I will be. ... I thought I was invincible. I'm not. But the best tool's not a gun; it's the knowledge of your surroundings."
Everyone who studies self defense says the same thing.  An awareness of your surroundings is more important than having a weapon.   Most attacks can be avoided if you see them coming.  Open carry allows the attacker to avoid the open carrier; concealed carry gives the defender more of an element of surprise.

Open and concealed carry each have their advantages and disadvantages.  The best situation is to be able to use either or both methods when you find them appropriate.

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FL: Students back Second Amendment Rights on Campus

A new bill proposed for the upcoming session would allow people who are licensed to carry concealed weapons on campus. According to Erek Culbreath, Students for Concealed Carry at FSU is backing the Bill.

"It is ludicrous, the way we have it now, where if you are an adult, a law-abiding citizen, and you decide to pursue higher education, somehow you lose your fundamental right to be able to protect yourself and the people around you."

Culbreath says, two members of the group could have stopped last month's attack at Strozier Library had they been armed.

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AL:Burglary Victims Catch Suspects Coming from Another Break-in, Hold them at Gun Point

There are numerous pictures in this UK MailOnline article:

The victims of a burglary captured their alleged intruders after spotting them in the street - on the way back from another break-in.

The Wyatt family's surveillance system filmed the moment a woman and two men took two TVs and numerous Christmas presents from their home in Warrior, Alabama, last Friday.

Just two days later, Chris Wyatt spotted the suspects' Ford Ranger pickup truck driving down a road and swerved to block them into a corner.

The case is the latest of vigilante justice in Alabama, where home surveillance systems have soared in popularity over the past two years.

After realizing they had been burglarized on Friday, the Wyatts watched the security reel which showed a woman knocking on the door.

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NJ: Hiker Snapped Photos of the 300-pound Bear That Killed Him

The state of New Jersey has never had a fatal bear attack in the 150 years since officials started keeping records, but that changed in September when a 22-year-old hiker was brutally mauled by a black bear near West Milford. As it turns out, the college student and his friends actually photographed the bear shortly before being attacked, and those photos were released recently by the West Milford Police Department.

“The group began to take photographs of the bear with their cellphones and the bear began walking towards them,” read a report from Lt. Steven Sutton of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, who interviewed the surviving witnesses of the attack. “Once the bear approached within approximately 100 feet, the group began to back away.”

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Monday, December 15, 2014

MO: Iraq Vet uses Handgun to stop Shotgun Attack

Newt Wilson says he's an Iraq War veteran who's lived in the neighborhood for about a year and a half. Wilson says he was in his house when he heard the first shot coming from the street right in front of his home.

"Was that a shotgun?" Wilson recalls, "and I come out, and I see two guys over here wrestling."

Wilson says when he came outside, he had his handgun with him.


"[The gun was] pointed, pumped, at me... and that's when I shot three shots. Bam, bam, bam," says Wilson.

Wilson says it was a split second decision.

"I surprised him," says Wilson, "He dropped the gun, and they fled."

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LA: Man Wins Gunfight over Girlfreind, is Wounded

Edler ordered Collins out of bed at gunpoint. He led her to the front door, at which point Esteves grabbed a shotgun and fired at least two rounds at the intruder. One of the shots proved fatal.

Edler returned fire, hitting Esteves in the arm, before collapsing.

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Dave Workman: Second Amendment Supporters Crowd Olympia, Puyallup

Depending upon whose estimate one accepts, anywhere from 1,000 to perhaps 1,800 Second Amendment activists turned out for a midday rally opposing Initiative 594 in Olympia Saturday, while the Washington Arms Collectors’ monthly gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds drew a couple of thousand more looking for pre-Christmas deals, and answers to questions about the state's new, and confusing, gun law.

In neither location did anybody stop traffic, smash windows or clash with police. Nobody was arrested. Nobody got hurt. A handful of people in Olympia burned their concealed pistol licenses at the end of the event. Protest organizer Gavin Seim posted a video of the event online.

The Olympia gathering was covered by local television. As an example of the fallout, more than 825 comments had been made on the KOMO website reacting to its coverage.

As scheduled, Mike Vanderboegh of Alabama, founder of the so-called "Three Percent" movement and author of the "Sipsey Street Irregulars" blog, spoke to the crowd. However, Nevada rancher Ammon Bundy was a no-show. But national radio talk host Mike Siegel, did appear.

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OH: Unlucky? Clerk Shoots 2nd Robber in Three Years

Grayson Matthews, above, has bad luck.  He has had to defend the family convenience store twice.  Once, back in 2011, he shot a robber who was pretending to have a shotgun.  That guy was wearing a plastic bag over his head with eye holes cut in it.  It must have been hard to see out of.   From
Matthews told the suspect he kept more money in his front right pocket of his pants. He showed Wright the money, switched it from his right to his left hand, and when Wright’s eyes followed, Matthews told him he kept $200 more under the counter.

That’s when he grabbed a .38-caliber revolver, fired three shots, at least one striking Wright in the left shoulder. Wright raced out of the neighborhood store, ran to a nearby residence and dropped the plastic bag and his weapon — later identified as a piece of aluminum — on the back porch.
Matthews seems quick thinking, and has tactical sense, but his luck changed yesterday,  13 December, when two other men attempted to rob the store.  Matthews got into a gunfight with them.  He almost certainly hit one in the head, while the other has not been arrested.   No description of the suspects has been released.

Matthews was wounded, under the arm, which could be deadly or slight.  He is reported to be in the hospital so it appears to be more than  a "treat and release" type of wound. From
Sgt. Ed Buns, spokesman for the Hamilton Police Department, said two men entered the store and tried to rob it.

Grayson Matthews, 53, was the clerk on duty when the suspects entered the store. Matthews told police several gunshots were exchanged between himself and at least one of the men.
In early 2012, Matthew's father used a handgun to chase a robber, who had stabbed him, out of the store.

Matthew's used a .38 revolver in the 2011 incident.  It is not clear what type of firearm he used yesterday.

Luck plays an important part in gun fights, more than many would like to believe.   Get in enough gunfights and your luck will run out.   Training, good tactics, and good equipment can expand and extend your luck, but they cannot make you invincible and your luck infinite. 

I pray that Grayson Matthew's luck comes back, that his wound is not too serious, and that he completely recovers.

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Small Child Shoots Father at Wedding in Egypt (video)

In the video, we see the man, stated as the father, shoot a celebratory shot into the air.  He briefly examines the pistol, which appears to be a Browning type single action of some kind.  He may have put on the safety, but it is not clear.  He then places the pistol down, probably on a chair.   We can see the young child moving toward the pistol as it is put down.  

Link to video:

In the video, the young boy picks up the pistol and seems to be trying to emulate his father.  The boys hands are placed such that even if the pistol safety was on, and there was a grip safety (not clear from the video), both could have been defeated by the child, and probably were, as the pistol clearly fired.

What is not clear is where the father was hit, if at all.  No hole  is visible in his shirt, and the angle of the shot makes it clear the the shot might have hit his shoulder, but would have missed his head.  He might have fallen down simply in response to the shot going off.

This child appears to be about 3-4 years old.  The case illustrates the necessity of close observation of young children around firearms, and the need to set a good example.   The child is merely doing what he saw his father do.  Firing a pistol into the air in a crowded urban setting is not a good safety practice.

Th date of the event is unclear.   The video was posted on 14 December, 2014, but the date is uncertain.   The location is listed as Egypt, but that is not verified in any way.  The man and child are described as father and son, but there is no verification.  If anyone has a more definite date and location, please let us know.

Update: a source in Turkey says that they believe this was in the news a few months back.  They say that the music is definitely Egyptian.

Found:  The incident occurred in Allepo, Syria, six years ago, and the father of the child died.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

OH: Homeowner Fatally Shoots Intruder

Columbus Police say a man is dead after trying to break into a home in the 500 block of Station Road on the city's west side.

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AZ: No Charges for Armed Good Samaritan

As she fled, the woman knocked on doors and yelled for help. When a 40-year-old man came out of his apartment to help the woman, her ex-boyfriend attacked him, Watts said.

A brawl ensued inside the 40-year-old man's apartment, where Watts said the neighbor eventually shot the ex-boyfriend with a handgun.

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Alan Gura's reply to Palmer v. D.C. Contempt Defense

On Thursday, 11 December, Alan Gura replied to the D.C. government arguments that they should not be held in contempt in the case of Palmer v. D.C.   The reply is 24 pages of double spaced legal argument.  It is well organized and clearly argued.  As GTOGUNNER noted on the
In reality, win or lose this case, surely from my POV, it won't be do to
a sucky Attorney.
To give you the flavor of Alan Gura's reply, I have quoted a small selection of his points.  Here is a link to Gura's entire reply in a pdf file .

Below, Gura explains why the D.C. government cannot simply make minor, technical changes in the law, and continue doing essentially the same thing it has for decades:

Section 22-4504(a) has not materially changed from what the Court enjoined. The Court enjoined the provision not because the city cannot maintain a licensing system—as the Complaint acknowledged, it can. The Court enjoined the provision because no adequate licensing system was in place. The City cannot respond by enacting a licensing system that does not treat the carrying of handguns as a right, that facially and specifically precludes the general community from applying, and thereupon claim total compliance. Why not a licensing system limited to vegans, or ambidextrous people, or requiring the payment of a billion dollar fee? All of these would be different in the sense that some people could apply and obtain licenses. But the Court must necessarily have the ability to determine whether the “new” system is materially different in satisfying the condition previously found wanting. As the Supreme Court long ago explained,
It does not lie in their mouths to say that they have an immunity from civil contempt because the plan or scheme which they adopted was not specifically enjoined. Such a rule would give tremendous impetus to the program of experimentation with disobedience of the law which we [previously] condemned . . . . The instant case is an excellent illustration of how it could operate to prevent accountability for persistent contumacy. Civil contempt is avoided today by showing that the specific plan adopted by respondents was not enjoined. Hence a new decree is entered enjoining that particular plan. Thereafter the defendants work out a plan that was not specifically enjoined. Immunity is once more obtained because the new plan was not specifically enjoined. And so a whole series of wrongs is perpetrated and a decree of enforcement goes for naught.
McComb v. Jacksonville Paper Co., 336 U.S. 187, 192-93 (1949) (citation omitted).
Here is Gura's argument that exercise of a right cannot itself be grounds for deprivation of the right:

Finally, Defendants’ argument regarding the constitutionality of their “new” old licensing regime proves too much. This claim is nothing more than an assertion that carrying a handgun for self-defense, which this Court recognized as a constitutional right, is harmful to society, and therefore, the Defendants have an interest in limiting its exercise per se. No constitutional right could survive this sort of claim. The Fourth Amendment, without question, imposes severe restrictions upon the police’s ability to detect and prevent crime. Does that mean that only a select few, as opposed to the community at large, might have “good reason” to be secured against unreasonable searches and seizures? Were Defendants correct in their views regarding the public safety implications of handgun carrying, that would prove, at most, that the Framers made a terrible decision in ratifying the Second Amendment. What Defendants fail to do is show how their laws target the misuse of guns in a way that respects the fundamental right at issue. A law that deliberately targets the right’s exercise cannot be constitutional, under intermediate or any other form of scrutiny, because the government cannot have an interest in eliminating a fundamental right, and targeting a right cannot be proper tailoring.
Gura shows that the D.C. licensing scheme is illusory, and not adequate for the exercise of a constitutional right:

This Court, like Plaintiffs, was likely aware of Defendants’ past conduct with respect to illusory licensing schemes. See Complaint, ¶ 19; Bsharah v. United States, 646 A.2d 993, 996 n.12 (D.C. 1994). This Court’s language requiring an adequate licensing system was not accidental. Plaintiffs requested that form of relief because they are not completely naive. As the Court’s opinion describes, the right can and has been destroyed by improper licensing schemes. This city maintained a completely illusory licensing scheme for decades. Defendants’ response to this decision was predictable as far back as August, 2009, and they have met that expectation.

He takes apart the contention of the D.C. government that exercise of the right is itself harmful, by empirical measures:

Plaintiffs do, however, take this opportunity to reply to Defendants’ new arguments, rooted in alleged empiricism. Defendants assert that they may ration the right to bear arms to a select few; they need not deign to allow the “right” to all who may have it, but only to those whom Defendants believe have an exceptional case for enjoying their “right.” And it can do this, allegedly, because the right itself is harmful. In other words, where a court, applying means-ends scrutiny, would expect to see the governmental interest being claimed as public safety, with the regulation carefully tailored to avoid trenching on the right, Defendants instead offer that the governmental interest is the suppression of the right itself, and they measure success by the degree to which they stifle, not preserve, the right’s exercise.

He makes a good case that D.C's is attempting to undo the settled Heller and McDonald decisions, based on the "danger" argument:
Apart from their claim that the right itself is dangerous, Defendants do not attempt to show that their “good reason” requirements target any specifically dangerous people or behavior. And since Defendants admit that they are targeting the right itself, it is difficult to see how they might prove that the measure is properly tailored under any level of scrutiny. In sum, Defendants are merely trying to do again what they failed to do in Heller: “prove” that a fundamental Second Amendment right harms society, and thereby justify its violation. Even were Defendants able to prove their point, it would not legally justify their conduct.
It is difficult to estimate how long it will take for Judge Scullin to rule on the question of contempt.   Nonetheless, krucam on the takes a stab at it.  From krucam:
I would anticipate a few weeks, perhaps into early Jan for a ruling on the 2 Motions still outstanding in the District Court (Permanent Injunction, Contempt). The Holiday will have an impact as well.

The Circuit Court has certainly gotten the message of there being unfinished business at District, and this surely hasn't escaped Judge Scullin.
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AZ: Open Carry in Tacna

In Tacna, Arizona, I saw this fellow openly carrying what appears to be a stainless Colt Mustang in .380.  I asked, and he said that he had served in the Marine Corps, as indicated by the tattoo.  He was driving the four-wheeler, which can be licensed for dual use, on and off road, in Arizona, a capability not available in many Eastern states. 

Notice the folding, lockback pocket knife clipped in his front right pocket for ease of access, one handed opening, and safe use while the blade is locked.

It is a snapshot of freedom that has been chipped away in much of America.  Only two generations ago, the idea that carrying a pocket knife would be illegal would have been considered absurd.   Fortunately, Arizona is one of a handful of states that have eliminated most of the niggling little local ordinances that made carrying a pocket knife legally dangerous.  

New York City, on the other hand, is suffering under an extortion racket by their Attorney General to extract money from anyone who dares to carry a pocket knife, and in virtually every state school children are forbidden from carrying pocket knives.

The pistol seems to be retained by an indent in the holster trigger guard, rather like that used in the Fobus holsters.  I have not identified the brand of holster.  Perhaps an alert reader can do so.

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David Codrea: Republicans Leave Anti-Freedom Provision in Cromnibus

Despite a big win in November, Republicans are ceding to the wishes of Barack Obama while alienating their conservative base, political commentator James Simpson noted in a Thursday American Thinker analysis of the 2015 spending bill being negotiated at this writing. Among the dangers he lists include a provision that will allow for changes after the vote, along with continued funding for executive amnesty and Obamacare, with a special notation that “Provisions supporting gun rights were removed.”

“[B]etween 40 and 50 Republican representatives have already jumped ship and are opposing the Republican leadership,” Gun Owners of America told members in a Tuesday alert describing rank and file push-back against what is being widely perceived as a GOP betrayal and sell-out. “This means that at least a fifth -- and maybe more -- of [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi’s minions will have to be ordered to support [House Speaker John] Boehner for it to pass. And Pelosi has made it clear to the press that the bill will have to be altered to be satisfactory to her in order for her to provide those votes.

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NM: Threats Complicate Defense of Self and Others

In this case out of New Mexico, a man was found not guilty, but only after the prosecution did everything they could to convict him.  It would have been a straightforward case of defense of self and others if he had refrained from making frivolous threats before the incident.  From
AZTEC — After six hours of deliberation Friday, a jury found David Markham not guilty on all criminal charges, including first-degree murder, in the 2011 fatal shooting of Christopher Lucero.

Following a weeklong trial, the jury determined Markham, 60, acted in defense of himself and Leandra Tafoya when he shot Lucero on Dec. 12, 2011, at Tafoya's house, located at 11 County Road 3958 in Crouch Mesa.
Lucero and Tafoya had a long history of domestic abuse.  Lucero had a restraining order against him when he started to beat and kick Tafoya.  Their four year old son asked Markham to help his mother.   Lucero was 34 at the time of his death.  Markham was in the backyard repairing a vehicle when Lucero arrived and told him to leave.  Markham told Lucero that Lucero should leave because he had a restraining order against him.  Markham had known both Lucero and Tafoya since they were children.

It sounds clear cut, but the major problem was that there had been a dispute over a cell phone, which it appears that Lucero stole from Markham.   Over several weeks, Markham told people at least six times that he wanted to kill Lucero.  The jury did not find that this equaled premeditation, but the prosecution used the threats to base their case on.

They even charged Markham with "child abuse" for firing his pistol to defend himself and Tafoya from Lucero.     Lucero's current girlfriend, who was at the scene shortly after the shooting, made an initial statement that the door had knocked her off balance and she had fallen off the step of the residence.  Later, she  changed her story, and claimed that Markham had pointed a gun at her and had pushed her.     The Prosecution added assault and aggravated assault charges based on her changed testimony.  It is likely that the additional charges were added to give the prosecution something to use in a plea bargain.  It is worth noting that the prosecution did not charge Markham with making threats, which is a criminal offense in most states.

In the end, the jury found for Markham, but it was after three years and considerable expense.

There is a lesson hear for anyone who considers the possibility of self defense.   Do not make threats.   They can come back to haunt you in court.   Do not play the Internet commando who says that "It is better to make sure that they are dead, so that there will only be one story".   Do not type "if I pull out my gun, I will always shoot".   Such remarks are easily found by prosecutors searching your history on the Internet.  Simple screen names and passwords are of little protection from a professional and legally sanctioned search.

Consider what Markham's angry words cost him when he was forced to act.

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FL: Campus Carry Considered

Last month there was a shooting at Florida State University where three students were shot by a mentally disturbed man before the police arrived.  One of the students had a concealed carry permit, but was not allowed to have his defensive firearm with him.  Another witness was a combat veteran who said that he had a clear shot at the attacker, but was also prevented from having his firearm with him by current law.

A bill has been filed in the Florida Senate to restore the ability of permit holders to carry their firearms on campus, as they can off campus  From
“We have seen that the current “Gun-Free Zone” policies have done nothing to curb violence, both in our state and nationwide,” Culbreath wrote in a Nov. 24 news release. “As criminals don’t abide by these policies, they only serve to prevent victims from having the ability to defend themselves and their peers.”
 In 2013, the courts ruled that Florida Universities cannot ban guns from student's vehicles that are on campus. 

Identical bills have been filed by Senator Greg Evers (R) and Representative Greg  Steube (R).

Several states have restored the ability of people to legally carry firearms on campus.   No increase in crime has resulted.

This helps explain why the poll taken in Florida after the shooting was so completely one-sided.   It was 15-1 in favor of more freedom on campus. 

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

NC: Man Found not Guilty after nearly three years in jail

A jury found Weldon Teasley not guilty Thursday of murder in the 2012 shooting death of his girlfriend’s son.


The situation could have been diffused at 1:14 a.m., Stockdale said, when officers arrived on scene and told Cynthelia Quick, in order to have her son removed from the home, she would need to go to the magistrate’s office to swear out a warrant.

The situation again could have been diffused at 1:40 a.m. when officers were dispatched a second time, he said. Teasley left the bedroom where he had been sleeping and walked outside to talk to police, who advised him of the warrant process.

“Mr. Teasley could have said, ‘Cynthelia, come on. Let’s get in the car. We’re going to the magistrate’s office,’” Stockdale said. But, instead, the man asked an officer, ‘‘If I shoot him with my shotgun, what will you do?”

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TX: Man Attacks Armed Citizen, is Shot

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man who picked a fight with someone at his ex-wife's house was shot in the foot early Friday morning according to Corpus Christi Police.


Police said they plan to file criminal charges against the man who was shot for initiating the fight. They said that the man who shot him was acting in self defense.

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PA: Jury Acquits man in Self Defense Trial

Ronald A. Kozak went home Thursday a free man, as a Schuylkill County jury decided he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his neighbor in January.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated less than 1½ hours before finding Kozak, 67, of Shenandoah Heights, not guilty of first- and third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, criminal trespass, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and two counts of aggravated assault in the death of Joseph Boris.

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TX: Armed Guard Kills Would be Armored Car Robber

guard shot and killed a would-be robber Friday morning during an armored-truck heist outside a Bank of America in north Houston.

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CO: Homeowner Kills Intruder

A homeowner in Genesee shot and killed a man who had broken into his home in a neighborhood off Interstate 70 on Friday morning, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

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AK: Girls just like to have Guns

Tia and pistols near Yuma, AZ

In Alaska, a couple is not content with teen age girls learning how to shoot .22 rifles and pellet guns.   Not that there is anything wrong with that.  Air rifles and .22 rifles are excellent tools for teaching beginners to shoot, and for target practice and hunting small game.   But this course goes further and involves a wider variety of firearms.   From
In addition to safety, the course includes trigger technique, accuracy practice, shooting from a full range of positions, and a chance to gain experience with a variety of guns. Ted Spraker said that the class begins with shotgun trap-shooting, then progresses to rifles and handguns, and finishes with a course in the AR-50 assault rifle, which Ted Spraker said the girls are “not bashful about shooting.”
This sounds like an excellent program to emulate all around the country.  I could easily see Texas as the next state to do so.   Texas has never been loathe to one up Alaska.  Elaine Spraker, one the founders of the Alaskan program has this to say:
 “The true value of this program is female empowerment,” said Elaina Spraker. “You take an adolescent girl, and something very positive happens when they learn the power of firearms.”
Around the country, women are becoming gun owners and concealed carry permit holders.  Good habits are best started when young.

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OH: Gun Reform Bill goes to Governor Kasich (R)

H.B. 234  is an 18 page reform of Ohio's firearms laws, though most of the 18 pages are existing law.  The reforms are simple commonsense reforms of provisions of state law that were unduly restrictive and made no sense.  This was reflected by the large vote margins for passage of the bill; 24-6 in the Senate, 69-16 in the House. 

The bill now goes to Governor Kasich, who has not indicated if he will sign it or not.   Disarmists are already lobbying the Governor in an attempt to have him veto the bill.  Governor Kasich has 10 days from receipt of the bill to either veto or sign it.  If he takes no action, the bill becomes law without his signature.  In general, laws go into effect in Ohio 90 days after final action by the Governor.

Some of the major provisions of the bill are:

  • Creates reciprocity to recognize concealed handgun permits from other states, much as drivers licenses are recognized.
  • Eliminates a provision in the law that equated semi-automatics firearms that could accept magazines with a capacity of more than 30 rounds as automatic weapons.
  • States that the Ohio CHL will meet the requirements of the national instant check system.  This should allow CHL holders to purchase firearms by presenting their CHL to firearms dealers.
  • Allows for training certification by any "national gun advocacy organization" instead of the National Rifle Association specifically.
  • Allows for partial training online, but requires two hours of in person range time for CHL permit training.
  • Extends Ohio CHL permit expiration to the date of expiration on the permit, instead of upon change of residency.
  • Provides that entry into parking lots with a CHL shall not be considered criminal trespass.
  • Allows people in the Military, Peace Corps, and Service to America six months grace to renew an Ohio concealed handgun license.
  • Creates as "Shall Sign" provision for chief law enforcement officers who process National Firearms Act (NFA) forms.
  • Allows people with legal gun mufflers to use them for hunting game.

These common sense reforms have been sought in Ohio for many years. 

Lost in the legislative shuffle was a reform to bring Ohio in step with the other 49 states on self defense law.   Ohio is the only state that places the burden of proof on a person who claims self defense.  In the other 49 states, it is the burden of the state to prove that the person *was not* acting in self defense, once the self defense claim is made.   In Ohio, the accused is required to prove that they *did* act in self defense.  Many believe that this is a violation of the "innocent until proven guilty" principle of American law.

 Definition of  disarmist 

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