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How The Bad Guys Get Guns

(from TFB, in part)

Over 100 Ruger Pistols Stolen From Chicago Train Yard

It appears that over 100 Ruger pistols were stolen from a Chicago train yard by gangs in a one-time heist. Apparently, this is becoming a large problem in a city that prides itself on its strict gun control measures with over 150 firearms reported stolen from Chicago train yards since 2013. City leadership seems rather clueless about the root cause of the problem, one alderwomen was quoted as saying “How in the world are these kids getting these guns? I see them on Facebook. Everybody got guns. They can’t go purchase a gun, so where are they getting them from?”

It appears that train cars containing firearms are being specifically targeted somehow and is being looked into by the Chicago Police Department. The only way a firearm can be shipped by rail is through the United States Postal Service, most likely by Federal Firearms License holders due to shipping regulations.

You can read more about the theft over at the Fox News website where they covered it in much greater detail (with a political slant as you might imagine.) Even though the story smacks of political overtones, it is interesting to see what happens when a larger problem goes unnoticed while blaming the tool for actions.

Obviously, ‘they’ are ignoring the fact that they are purchasing guns through FFL-licensed dealers (after they obtain their Illinois FOIA card), and that the only way to curtail these purchases is further, more intrusive background checks!/(snark)MAROONS!

Bittersweet

It’s February 8th.

Regular readers might remember this is my daughter Molly’s birthday.  In this case her 34th.  Sadly, she only made it to her 12th.  😦

(The twenty-second anniversary of the accident that took her from us is in about five weeks.)

Molly 1986 2

I try to remember happier birthdays.

Last year, another element was added to this date.

Bob Hall, my dear friend whom I met when were worked as private investigators together, who before had attended junior high and high school with my then wife-to-be, and later managed the Legendary Gun gun store (where I worked part time, for a while) in 2016 passed into eternity.  Complications from cancer.

See, I told you this time of year sucked for me.

People we care about love, passing way before their time is a travesty!

Please take the opportunity today to hug those close to you, and tell them you love them.

You never know…

 

He Has A Pen And A Phone!

Remember?

(from Wirecutter, in part)

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”)

Hi Kenny,

I have been a long time viewer of your site and I would like to get the word out on President Obama’s July 22nd 2016 Executive Order Applicability of the ITAR Registration Requirement to Firearms Manufacturers and Gunsmiths.
This order will do nothing for the safety of our country and all it is going to do is force a small Gunsmithing Business’s like myself to either close their doors or raise prices 50% to cover the cost which will drive our customers away and I will end up having to close my doors. I have spent the last 5 years putting all my spare money and time building my business now I might be forced to close it. This executive order must be stopped it is infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights. Below are the links to the Executive Order and the break down of them. I hope you are willing to post this on your site you have a lot of traffic and this word needs to get out so this can be stopped. Thank you for your time.

http://pmddtc.state.gov/compliance/Applicability%20of%20the%20ITAR%20Registration%20Requirement%20to%20Firearms%20Manufacturers%20(Publish).pdf

https://blog.princelaw.com/2016/07/25/ddtc-issues-guidance-on-itar-registration/

This information was sent to me via email – the address indicates a gun shop owner, but because the email was unsigned I’m not going to name the sender.

*****

Me and Dennis were discussing this when I visited with him last week. Once again, it’s an underhanded move to restrict our Rights guaranteed us under the US Constitution and as such is a direct violation by entering into a treaty that violates or compromises our Rights.
This will, among other things, eliminate home builds and any modifications that require any machining by a shop unless they can pay the exorbitant fees to register. Also, check out the part about automated reloading – while one section says reloading anything under a 50 caliber is permissible, another says that automated reloading will be affected.
This is going to drive a huge number of gunshops and self employed gunsmiths out of business due to the fees and regulations required by this Executive Order.

Funny.  I remember reading somewhere long ago that Executive Orders were only to regulate folks in the executive purview, as in federal employees(?) (e.g. Truman ordering the military to desegregate with all deliberate speed) The fact this clown  The President continues act all monarchical by waving his sceptre (or his pen) speaks volumes.

When Is A Gun Store NOT A Gun Store?

GUN STORE

NOT the Glendale store!

Of course, there’s that store in Glendale, Arizona, (in)famous for allowing straw purchasers to buy quantities of guns for them to smuggle South-of-the-Border, at the behest of the federal government.

The end-recipients were cartels, who used them to murder their own people, and some Americans, and more recently (it’s been reported) some Europeans.

I’ve heard tales of stores who sell to private citizens, pretending they don’t know they are selling to straw buyers, who ultimately sell to unknown folks this side of the border.  As little attention is paid to smuggling into Mexico, it’s possible sales are to individuals (including Mexican police officers) who are simply flaunting U.S. and Mexican gun laws to try to protect themselves from the cartels!  And, being the capitalists they are, the gun dealers are looking the other way, knowing if they don’t do the sale, the store up the street will!

When outlining this post, another example came to my memory.  Not far from the now-defunct Royal Bookstore (as recounted in these pages), a small gun shop appeared.  The ubiquitous U-shaped glass display case, containing perhaps 40 handguns, and some long guns on the wall.

With a staff of eight or nine guys, all visibly armed!

SERIOUSLY – how can they afford to pay that many clerks?

I’d stopped by to check out their wares a couple of times, and the last time found them to be closed.  I then went to the nearby bookstore to see if they knew what had occurred.  It seems the gun store had been a front for a bookmaking operation!  This explains the large number of staff!

Hopefully, with Gunwalker (Fast & Furious) having made the front pages through the death of federal agents, legitimate gun stores have tightened up their procedures and are no longer allowing straw purchases!

Interestingly, the Glendale store remains in business!  :-0

 

It’s A Black Guy With A Gun!

Well, TWO of them, in fact!  One, who was doing the same job as me, the second, our department’s boss.

Being a firearms trainer certified by the NRA and AZ DPS CCW trainers, I always felt that the more people I could train, the better!

Guy #1 was a Big, Black Man.  He’d been a football player in college and a weight lifter.  While he no longer played ball, he continued to lift. Often and well.  We became friends over discussions of political conspiracies.

When I knew him, he’d complain about walking through the mall (our offices were then above a shopping mall) and folks parting like the Red Sea in front of him.  He referred to himself (and others like him) as BBMs – Big, Black Males.  And said BBMs had problems, as people viewed them as Big, Angry, Black Men.

Which he wasn’t.

ANYWAY, we met one day with a couple other (White) guys from work at a local, indoor range for familiarization and fun.  I brought a bunch of guns and ammo (this was when I had such) and spent most of my time instructing versus shooting.  Which was okay.

My BBM friend shot about 20 minutes, then left.  I’d given him rudimentary instruction, but he just wasn’t into it.  It seemed he’d been partying the night before, got home late, and was somewhat hung-over.  He mumbled something about liking to get a Tek-9 and left.

I’m guessing the concussive sounds of gunfire were a bit much for him. 🙂

I never did find out if he bought a firearm.

Guy #2 was our boss, in charge of our department.  He was NOT a BBM.  (A SBM – Slight Black Male?) He’d been in the Army, and had some familiarity with firearms.  He lived alone, was smaller, and had a small dog.  I knew little more of his personal life, but if one could label him, he might be metrosexual(?)

And he wanted a handgun for self-protection.  Seems he’d had a few run-ins with Angry, White bigots.

So, Guy#2 and I met for familiarization and lessons, probably 12 sessions, at the same indoor range. After he’d tried a few of my handguns, he settled on purchasing a Glock 26. And became quite accurate @ 15 yards!  And I arranged a deal for him at the gun store where I had worked part time.

Sadly, my pain levels were increasing, particularly when standing.  (This was before I was diagnosed a diabetic.) And I had to beg off giving more lessons.

At least he paid for the ammo and range time!

Race never entered into it (for me, anyway).

I’ve trained Black guys, White guys, women, children…I think one guy was Latino(?)  No Asians as of yet…

EVERYONE should know how to defend themselves, and have the means.

It is our Right.  ALL of ours!

More Fast And Really Furious

Just in case you missed coverage of this on the news…

(As posted by David Hardy in his blog, with attached commentary, in full…)

Plea in murder of BP Agent Terry, with Fast & Furious gun

POSTED BY DAVID HARDY · 11 AUGUST 2015 07:05 PM

Another perp involved has taken a plea to 30 years’ imprisonment. Another perp also got 30 years, and the guy who bought the guns got under five years.

These are all quite lenient. The gunmen faced the death penalty, and the gun buyer could probably have, too (aiding and abetting the murder makes him guilty of murder). If prosecuted under Arizona law (and they still could be, since the offense broke both State and Federal law), they’d be very likely to get death, and at the very least to get life without parole (“natural life”). I’ve seen killers get the latter for a single murder and one not committed in the course of a plan for violent criminal acts.

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Why should those who authorised the sale get away with it?

The FFL lodged a NICS check,and probably committed no crime since the check came back “proceed”, but the LEO that cleared the sale was apparently fully aware of the intent of the purchaser.

Surely that approval in the face of evidence of likely criminality is illegal, especially given that there was no attempt to “follow the guns” as was later claimed as justification.

As pointed out on other blogs, taking a plea deal means there won’t be any embarrassing discovery phase that would occur if a trial was held. Another win in the “Move Along, Nothing to See” column for this “most transparent ever ” administration.

I have highlighted salient points in red. (Guffaw)

If indeed there is a thin blue line between us and murdering smugglers, and one (or more) of them falls, the perpetrator should obtain the maximum.

This is a travesty, not only for the family of Brian Terry, but for all others killed or maimed by ‘government-sponsored’ smuggling.  In both countries.

And, of course, the reasoning stated above says it all.

Good Thoughts, Please!

Bob (my former PI boss and favorite gun shop manager), recovering handsomely from having part of his leg amputated, is facing another challenge.

He has been having difficulty eating and drinking.  So much so he has lost a lot of weight.  Today, he is being scoped (a camera down the throat, as was done to me a while back) to determine if the problem is related to acid-reflux.  He does have an apparent esophageal stricture.

Or perhaps CANCER! 

He is a good man, is a father of two fine daughters, and has a terrific wife.  He is 61(?)

Please keep him in your thoughts, and if you pray, please do so.

This Just In – Bob informs me he does have some variety of throat cancer!  No other information at this time.

Life Is Loss, Part Two – A Lesson Learned

I posted a few days ago regarding losses – specifically the loss of my daughter, and a good friend’s loss of most of his lower left leg and foot.

Hardly an upbeat read.

However, Life is not just loss.  Life also gives us lessons!

Since I heard from my good friend Bob regarding his diabetic amputation surgery, I’ve tried to contact him.  We exchanged texts initially a couple of times, and he advise me he would call.

Nothing.

I feared the worst.

So, I took it upon myself to call him.  Not to incessantly badger him (thinking he was busy enough) but once a week, just to check-in on him and his condition.  And attitude.

And I ended up leaving messages.  And this concerned me.

Bob returned yesterday’s message last night.  I needn’t have been concerned.

Bob – (my former PI and gun store boss) was in great spirits!  YES, he did lose his left foot and about 12″ of lower leg.  And yes, he has a long, painful recovery and rehab ahead.

But he was not only doing physically well – he was doing well emotionally and spiritually, too!

Now, Bob would be the first to tell you he is not a religious guy.  And not the most spiritual.  But he almost lost his life to sepsis, and took his survival to mean he is supposed to remain here a while longer.

And not wallow in his losses.

He is fortunate to have the great support of his wife and two daughters.  And his brother.  And he reminded of previous losses and near-death experiences he has suffered.

AND HE SEES THIS AS YET ANOTHER CHANCE TO REDEEM HIMSELF!

Or, in the words of his parents (both deceased), “Put on your big boy panties and get on with it!”

And his is and has.

And, he reminded me (indirectly) that I have similar lessons.  I, too, have had losses, and near-death experiences.  And I have wallowed.  Or more specifically whined.

I might lose some benefits.  So what?  Big boy panties are available for the wearing.

Bob has set an example for me to try and emulate.

Starting now.

Residency Requirements Struck Down!

Go Rick Go!“We” score a Victory – and Alan too!
Civil Rights UpdateOpinion in PDF via InstaPundit

From the CONCLUSION:

Accordingly, the Court DECLARES that 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(3), 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(3), and 27 C.F.R. § 478.99(a) are UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and Defendants are ENJOINED from enforcing these provisions. The Court will issue its final judgment separately.

SO ORDERED on this 11th day of February, 2015.

[Emphasis in the original]

Related:

Civil Right Victory in Federal CourtShall Not Be Questioned
Win in Court!, Breaking NewsMaddened Fowl
Ban on FFL handguns sales to nonresidents struck down!Of Arms & the Law

Courtesy of Not Clauswitz et al

In English  – Non-residents may now purchase firearms in Texas, and presumably anywhere else it is legal.

Could removal of ridiculous restrictions on citizens BE any cooler?  – Chandler Bing

Of course, this was from a federal district court.  And as the bloggers above suspect, until there is an edict from the BATFE, I don’t see much of this kind of activity.

I see a Supreme Court battle in our future.

A ROBBERY At A Gun Shop!

Officer involved shooting near Phoenix gun shop

By Jim Cross
Originally published: Mar 3, 2014 – 6:31 am
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Officer involved shooting near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road after an attempted robbery at a gun shop. (Jim Cross/KTAR)

PHOENIX — A robbery at a gun shop in Phoenix led to an officer involved shooting early Monday.

Officers and a SWAT team were searching for one suspect in the area of 19th Avenue and Camelback Road shortly after 6 a.m. while two others had been detained.

One suspect may have been shot in the hand. No officers were hurt.

Traffic was stopped between Camelback and Missouri roads on 19th Avenue for a couple of hours but have since been re-opened.

As of 7 a.m. police had conducted the residential search and all side streets were re-opened.

The residential area search on 19th Ave. (OIS) is complete, side streets are open. Clearing the gun store and adjacent buildings now.

— Phoenix Police (@phoenixpolice) March 3, 2014

The light rail was also affected, with passengers being asked to get off and a bus will take them to the next station.

By 8 a.m. it was back to running on normal schedule.

Jim Cross, Reporter

Well, THIS got my blood pumping this morning!  This was the gun store where I used to hang out (and allegedly ‘worked’ part-time) a few years back!  And I saw the headline and the location and freaked out!

Of course, reporters are not lawyers.  Or cops, or even have a clue about most things, apparently (excluding Biff, of course!).

You see, it was an attempted BURGLARY of a closed store, NOT a robbery!  No store personnel were present.  It was dark out, before breakfast Monday morning!  The store opens @ 10:00 A.M.  I’m guessing crack reporter Mr. Cross doesn’t understand that robbery and burglary are NOT synonymous!

Maroon reporters!

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…