The Guns of U.S. Presidents – “In this, an election year, the candidates’ positions on Second Amendment issues are being debated at many levels. New Executive Orders and legislation have placed the White House at the center of the never-ending discussion on a citizen’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms. However, it wasn’t that long ago when firearms were not only welcome in the executive mansion, but at least eight of our Chief Executives* were proud of their NRA Life member status. One Commander in Chief, Ulysses S. Grant, even served as President of the NRA following his tenure in the White House.” Hell, even President Obama has at least shot a gun. If elected, what gun would President Hillary shoot?
On the heels of it acquisition spree and diversification efforts, S&W wants a new moniker . . . Smith & Wesson Wants to Change Its Name – “Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., maker of handguns carried by Civil War soldiers and Clint Eastwood’s 1970s police character Dirty Harry, is looking to change its name. The board already approved a new moniker for the 164-year-old company starting Jan. 1: American Outdoor Brands Corp. Investors will vote on the change at a Dec. 13 meeting, Smith & Wesson said in a statement Monday. The change only affects the holding company, not the brand name of its guns.”
Man who video-recorded police from parked car — stocked with guns — gets probation – “A 39-year-old man who video-recorded Portland police while sitting in a parked SUV stocked with guns and ammunition avoided trial Monday by agreeing to a misdemeanor conviction. Eric Eugene Crowl pleaded no contest Friday to unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to three years of probation. He must not take videos of police or watch them during that time. Crowl also can’t call or talk to police for three years unless it’s for a legitimate purpose — if he needs their help, for example.”
Not that Hillary and her minions aren’t going to give it the ol’ college try . . . It’s already too late for gun control to work – “There are already 300 million guns in circulation, and more than 12 million enter the market each year. With 3-D metal printers, more people will be able to make weapons that are indistinguishable from those purchased in stores. It would be almost impossible to remove those weapons from circulation. Getting rid of these weapons would require a door-to-door campaign by law enforcement officials, and even that would be of only limited effectiveness.”
Another one of those situations that never happens in which someone with a gun saves lives . . . Cedar Falls stabbing suspect was stopped by citizen with gun permit – A man with a permit to carry a firearm detained a Cedar Falls man when he started stabbing people at his apartment building last month, according to authorities. According to police, Adam Scott Jacobsen had stabbed fellow tenant Jeffrey Miller 24 times and apartment manager Denice Bennett eight times at University Avenue Studios apartments before Daniel Williams drew his firearm. ‘He pulled the gun and ordered him to lie on the ground,’ said Chief Jeff Olson with the Cedar Falls Police Department. He said Jacobsen complied and remained there until police arrived.”
The triumph of hope over experience? . . . Improved access to ATF database may help police more quickly make cases via casings – “The ATF is working with local law enforcement agencies to encourage them to use the network. The agency says the system can give local law enforcement an advantage in preventing street violence by identifying the small number of people behind a disproportionate number of shootings. But police have to pursue all gun offenses similarly in order to build a ‘comprehensive collection’ to find matches, said James Ferguson, chief of the Firearms Operation Division at ATF. If police only submit casings from homicides or injuries, they miss out on tracking other shootings or those carrying firearms and are prohibited from doing so. ‘The more you put into it, the more you get out of it,’ Ferguson said.”
Well, it depends . . . Can you bring your gun to vote? – “(T)he restrictions on firearms around polling places in most battleground states are a messy patchwork of state and local regulations — with some banning guns completely and others only restricting firearms around schools or government buildings. So, before you head to the polls on Election Day with your gun, know the rules in these key states…”
Seattle won’t release its gun tax revenue; here’s why – In the spring, (Dave) Workman sought the city’s tax revenue from the gun violence tax, but the city government declined to divulge the information, claiming that such records could compromise the identities of the people who have paid the tax. Even though Workman, editor of TheGunMag.com, clarified his request to indicate that he wasn’t interested in taxpayer information, just an aggregate figure, the city maintained its stance. Its logic: When the tax base is so small, release of the aggregate data could reveal the identity of individual taxpayers and how much they paid, which is protected information by state law. Furthermore, only some businesses file taxes quarterly, while others do so annually. Seattlepi.com filed the same public records request at the end of September and received the same response.