Supreme Court turns away California gun case — state limits on concealed weapons stands

❝ The Supreme Court has rejected a major 2nd Amendment challenge to California’s strict limits on carrying concealed guns in public.

The justices by a 7-2 vote turned away an appeal from gun rights advocates who contended that most law-abiding gun owners in San Diego, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area were being wrongly denied permits to carry a weapon when they leave home.

The justices let stand a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which held last year that the “2nd Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.”…

Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch earned their love from the NRA lobby.

❝ It is the latest of several actions by the court that suggest that although the Constitution protects an individual right to “bear arms,” the scope of that right is quite limited.

RTFA for the gory details. In truth, most gun owners – and that includes me – agree with rulings like this one and support gun safety over the nutballism of Trump types and pimps for the gun industry like the NRA.

3-year-old finds dad’s gun and you know what happened next


Same as it ever was

The 3-year-old was sitting on a stool behind the counter near the cash register while his father, the owner of a small convenience store in North Carolina, chatted with a customer on Sunday.

Suddenly a shot rang out, and the owner, Manal Abdelaziz, 56, turned and saw his son, Manal, lying on the floor.

Manal, who was nicknamed Cash, had found a 9-millimeter handgun that was kept in the store for protection, and fatally shot himself.

“All we heard is something happening, and I look: Oh my God, my son is on the floor,” Mr. Abdelaziz told a local television station, WMBF. They called 911. “Help comes, but it was late,” the store owner said. “It happened quick…”

The shooting took place at the Brother’s Minit Store in Lumberton, N.C., a small city of more than 21,000 people about 95 miles south of Raleigh. Brother’s Minit is the kind of store where customers are known by name and can stop in for everything from cellphone covers to tobacco and snacks.

But the events that unfolded there just before 11 a.m. Sunday touched a nerve far beyond the region, reflecting a growing concern around the country about gun violence, particularly involving children. Many of the shootings happen when young people pick up and play with guns they find in stores, cars or residences…

The Trace, a website that compiles national statistics in its Gun Violence Archive, said there were 692 incidents of children age 11 years or younger killed or injured by gunfire in 2015, up from 628 in 2014.<

RTFA for the sad comments we know too well. All part of a culture that considers the anarchy of self-righteousness more important than the safety of children.

Guns with history

Overdue. And the gun nutballs, the NRA, the folks who absolve themselves of any responsibility about gun safety – are crapping their tidy whities.

The folks who produced this PSA had a representative of the NYPD on the scene for the whole production, they used prop guns. They also told the truth about gun deaths that could have been prevented if paranoids didn’t have a lobby big enough to scare admittedly chicken-hearted politicians.

Speaking as someone who has been a gun owner for 60 years – Go get ’em, folks! Gun sense starts with gun safety, human safety – not rightwing paranoia.

How’s that NRA gun safety program working out for you?

A three-year-old American boy has shot his mother and father with the same bullet after pulling a gun from her handbag…

The incident took place in a motel room on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque in the state of New Mexico…

The bullet passed through his father’s buttock and hit his mother, who is eight months pregnant, in the arm. Both parents are said to be recovering.

The boy’s two-year-old sister, who was also in the room at the America’s Best Value Inn, was unhurt.

Justin Reynolds told NBC News station KOB he and his girlfriend Monique Villescas were about to order a pizza when he heard the shot.

“The next minute I realised my girlfriend was bleeding. Then I sat down and realised I was shot too.”

He called emergency services and tried to staunch Ms Villescas’s bleeding with towels.

He said: “I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son because I didn’t know if he had shot himself or not. He was shocked and crying. It was traumatising.”

Mr Reynolds has been released from hospital and Ms Villescas is in a stable condition.

Albuquerque police said the district attorney’s office would decide whether the parents would face negligence charges. The children have been taken into care.

No doubt the couple will receive defense at no cost from the NRA if they are charged for their negligence. As far as the NRA is concerned even accidentally shooting your family is covered by the 2nd Amendment.

Fearing for his store, defying death threats, embattled gun dealer sleeps there


Brutus – and Andy Raymond

After word spread that his Rockville store would sell the nation’s first smart gun — infuriating gun rights activists who fear more regulation — Andy Raymond’s phone and e-mail inbox went absolutely berserk…

That’s because gun rights advocates think the guns will be mandated. Electronic chips in the Armatix iP1 can communicate with a watch that can be bought separately. Then the gun cannot be fired without the watch.

Somebody told one of Raymond’s workers that the store, Engage Armament, wouldn’t be selling the gun because there wouldn’t be a store — it will burn down.

Followed by death threats.

Even the store’s dog Brutus did not escape the vitriol.

Raymond was clearly shaken, and late Thursday night, he released a video saying he wouldn’t sell the gun and apologized for messing up. He also wrote a message on his Facebook page: “You call me and email me and threaten my life? You come at me, my girlfriend, or my god damned DOG I will put one in your dome. I promise you.”

And then he decided to sleep at the store. He stayed til 3 a.m., then went home, and then came back at 6 a.m. to stand guard….

…“I can’t have my shop burned down. I don’t think somebody is gonna come shoot me, but somebody could burn down my shop while I’m not here.”

The dementia of gun nuts vs ordinary lifelong gun owners, hunters, hobbyists, etc. is now out in the open.

I come from a family where three generations worked in the firearms industry – from managing one of the largest firearms factories in the United States to lead prototype gunsmithing for both civilian and military design for decades. No one in my family would advocate the violence of these nutballs threatening Mr. Raymond.

I’ve owned handguns, rifles and shotguns for over sixty years – and I’m embarrassed because someone might count me in alongside these paranoid fools.

They deserve nothing less than contempt – and maybe institutional care.

ATF bureau director confirmed – only took Republicans 7 years to stop saying NO

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed a director for the federal agency that regulates firearms, fulfilling one of the demands President Barack Obama made after the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting.

After a delay while lawmakers awaited the return of a colleague who was flying in from North Dakota, senators voted 53-42 to install prosecutor Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The troubled bureau, which gun-rights activists often criticize as too aggressive, has experienced stagnant funding and had lacked a permanent director since 2006.

In January, a month after a gunman opened fire at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and six adults, Obama asked the Senate to confirm an ATF director as part of his plan to prevent future mass killings.

Many of Obama’s other demands, such as an expansion of federal background checks, have failed to win the necessary support in Congress.

For the firearms bureau, Senate Democrats echoed Obama’s frustrations.

“It is time for the Senate to do its job and confirm an ATF director for the first time in seven years,” Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said on Wednesday.

Jones has run the ATF as part-time acting director since September 2011, while remaining the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, the state’s chief federal prosecutor.

Iowa’s Chuck Grassley tried a little extra foot-dragging at the end. Ot was it knuckle-dragging?

Led by Republicans, a significant chunk of senators wouldn’t vote until the NRA said they were “neutral” on Jones. More of the usual crappola that’s been going on for seven years. Republicans hate the ATF so much they tried what has become a standard act of corruption for Congressional conservatives, e.g., stop affirmation, stop funding, so the vote they lost can’t be implemented.

Our right-wing’s view of democracy.