If they did this with cigarettes, you know they’ve done it with guns, too. Time to RICO the ATF? . . . I Smell Cash’: How the A.T.F. Spent Millions Unchecked
When The New York Times revealed the existence of the secret account in February, publicly available documents made it seem like the work of a few agents run amok. But thousands of pages of newly unsealed records reveal a widespread scheme — a highly unorthodox merger of an undercover law enforcement operation and a legitimate business. What began as a way to catch black-market cigarette dealers quickly transformed into a nearly untraceable A.T.F. slush fund that agents from around the country could tap.
The spending was not limited to investigative expenses. Two informants made $6 million each. One agent steered hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate, electronics and money to his church and his children’s sports teams, records show.
Know your target and what’s beyond it . . . Upstate man killed in apparent hunting accident
The victim has been identified as Kenneth Jason Young, 40, of Starr.
Boseman said Young lived on Good Hope Church Road and was hunting in a nearby field. Boseman said a man and woman were also hunting hogs. They were not hunting with Young, nor did they know him, according to Boseman.
He said the woman was using a heat sensor scope and fired a shot – not realizing she was shooting at a person, Boseman said.
Wonder how much the average South Side gang banger would pay for a Ruger Charger . . . Former NBA player given prison for selling guns stolen in train heist
Just days after Nathan Driggers bought a load of brand-new Ruger pistols stolen from a South Side rail yard and resold them, weapons taken in the heist started showing up at crime scenes across the city, federal prosecutors say.
The first gun was found in April 2015 concealed in a vehicle during a traffic stop; the driver claimed the weapon was for protection from the city’s onslaught of gun violence, according to prosecutors. A second, loaded with six live rounds, was recovered two days later lying on a porch in the crime-ridden Englewood neighborhood.
Zinke’s been impressive so far . . . Interior Sec. Zinke Signs Order to Expand Access to Public Lands for Sportsmen
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, praised Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for his decisive leadership today in signing a secretarial order that will expand access to public lands and increase opportunities for hunting and outdoor recreation nationwide. The action follows Sec. Zinke’s announcement at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation annual dinner Wednesday that he would soon sign such a secretarial order addressing longtime priorities for hunters, recreational shooters and outdoorsmen and women.
“Secretary Zinke’s action today follows in the great tradition of President Teddy Roosevelt and recognizes the central role that hunters play in conservation and successful wildlife management,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “The National Shooting Sports Foundation is deeply grateful to Secretary Zinke for this historic secretarial order. NSSF has worked closely with and in support of Interior Department officials on these priorities and the other positive steps announced today, which will serve to benefit current and future generations for years to come.”
A bullied, suicidal kid who threw up hundreds of warning flags had the combination to his father’s gun safe, but . . . Spokane County Sheriff Blames Everything But Guns For School Shooting
But when a reporter asked Knezovich how the shooter had access to the firearms used to kill classmate Sam Strahan and injure three others, the sheriff was reluctant to discuss gun control issues.
“Minors are not supposed to be in possession of a handgun until they’re 21,” he said. “You never know how people get ahold of weapons. Those are things we’ll be digging into in trying to figure out what exactly happened here.”
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What passes for progress in progressive San Francisco . . . S.F.’s lone gun store can reopen for business
San Francisco’s only gun store can resume selling firearms as early as November after the Police Department approved a conditional permit Wednesday, first requiring the store to beef up security measures before it reopens.
Sgt. William Coggan, who presided over the three-member panel that approved the retail permit, said opponents of High Bridge Arms on Mission Street near Valencia Street had failed to offer evidence backing their assertion that the store brought crime to the neighborhood.
“High Bridge appears to be a reasonably well-run business,” Coggan said of the shop, which opened in the late 1950s. “And even with all the restrictions and limits San Francisco puts on the store, High Bridge has the legal right to sell guns.”
There is a lot of merit in a shoot having a pre-season safety and etiquette lecture. Another way is for all youngsters to be examined and passed by the shoot captain or committee before they are allowed to shoot. That is particularly beneficial as most youngsters see this as a rite of passage, admitting them into the “tribe”. Someone who brings a child to shoot who is unsafe and behaves badly should be banned from bringing that child again until he has learned how to conduct himself. Ultimately, it is for the shoot captain to get a grip on the members of his shoot and enforce discipline.
We need more gun control even if it doesn’t work . . . Listen Up Americans: We Need To Address The School Shooting Problem In This Country
I’ve done all the research and I know this is a complex issue that no one knows how to adequately solve. I understand the arguments about how gun control laws wouldn’t prevent these kinds of shootings from happening. And maybe that’s true. Maybe the U.S. has so many guns that it’s impossible to keep them out of the wrong hands. Maybe it happens so often here because the media unintentionally glorifies the shooters. Maybe it’s a failure of our mental health system as much as it is a failure of our country’s gun culture.
But even if all of those things are true, we still need reasonable, responsible gun legislation. And now is exactly the right time to talk about it.
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The New York Police Department on Thursday released bodycam footage of a chaotic scene in which officers shot and killed a man brandishing a knife and a fake gun, the first fatal police encounter captured on the devices since officers started wearing them earlier this year.
The 16-minute compilation video shows the September 6 slaying of 31-year-old Miguel Richards, a college student studying information technology, which took place after a tense, hour-long standoff.
Officers were called to his Bronx studio apartment after his landlord reported he hadn’t seen him for a few days and requested a welfare check.
When you don’t have the facts on your side . . . Anti-Gun Politicians: Blocking Out The Facts About Suppressors
In that classic jump-the-shark moment, Giffords’ group claimed that suppressors were silencers, but that silencers did not protect hearing even though they allegedly muffled the sound to a point that would avoid police detection. That gun-ban group lost any credibility they might have had in the argument at that point.
In other words, cold, hard facts are the most difficult and unforgiving elements against which Hearing Protection Act opponents must fight. Realistically speaking, suppressors muffle the sound of gunshots without eliminating them. Through this process, they protect hearing, and the research group Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO) has explained that the level of protection suppressors offer is superior to ear plugs and/or muffs.