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San Antonio Drops ShotSpotters, System not Cost Effective

The technological costs of systems such as ShotSpotters are likely to go down; but the personnel costs are likely to increase. While the system sounds plausible in theory, in San  Antonio it has not been cost effective in practice.

Australian Gun Culture: Prohibited Weapons in Australia

What exactly were prohibited weapons under Australian law? The list of prohibited weapons is extensive and, from an American perspective, bizarre.

61-Year-Old Musician with Carry Permit, Stops Big Teen Robber (Video)

On July 30, 2017, a 61-Year-Old, mild mannered musician, Darius Summers, walked down to the local gas station for a cup of coffee. He had recently obtained a concealed carry permit. Darius is not a large man.

Hey Idiots, What Goes Up Must Come Down – Falling Bullet Injuries: Pakistan v. U.S.

Celebratory gunfire is dangerous. Those who engage in it may not consider where their bullets will land.  Thirteen year old Noa Inman in Hammond, Indiana, was struck by a bullet on July 1st, 2017.

Bringing Black Youth into Mainstream Gun Culture

For years, I have been writing the urban black community is a natural place to recruit Second Amendment activists. The people there are those most in need of guns for self defense. Integrating responsible gun ownership and Second Amendment rights into urban black culture destroys the racist roots of gun control.

Firearms Safety Course Opposed by Wisconsin Political Group

A leftist Wisconsin group, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) is opposing teaching children gun safety in schools. They prefer that children not be taught about gun safety, because if they learn about guns, they may decide that guns can be fun and useful.

Maryland “Assault Weapon” Ban Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban on so called “Assault Weapons” (commonly owned semi-automatic rifles) and on standard capacity magazines that hold over 10 rounds of ammunition. The petitioners in that case, Stephen V. Kolbe v. Lawrence J. Hogan, JR., have decided to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

D.C. Court of Appeals Strikes Down restrictive “may issue” Concealed Carry Law

A three judge panel on the D.C. Court of Appeals has struck down the District of Columbia “may issue” concealed carry law. The District of Columbia bans the open carry of firearms. With its law banning the concealed carry of firearms except in exceptionally rare cases, it has effectively banned the carry of weapons outside the home.

How to Shoot Kangaroos in Australia

The shooting of Kangaroos, on the other hand, is highly regulated, and requires numerous different types of permits and licenses. Kangaroos maintain high populations and are agricultural pests in large areas of Australia. In New South Wales, near Quirindi, road killed Eastern Grey Kangaroos are about as common as road killed deer in Wisconsin.

Truck Open Carry Case offers Chance to Validate Wisconsin Constitution

In Wisconsin, a truck driver, Guy A. Smith, is contesting an arrest for carrying a concealed weapon. The handgun was on the floor of his truck, and was visible to an outside camera. Smith made no attempt to hide the firearm when the truck was inspected by a Wisconsin State Trooper.

Australian Gun Culture Climate of Fear

One of my hosts in Australia gave me a lead for a story. They knew someone with an extensive gun collection. Directions were given; the collector had been called and was waiting. A local who was known to the collector would drive me there and make introductions.

Anti-Second Amendment Academics Shot Down in Texas Campus Carry Case

A number of frivolous claims were offered in an attempt to stop the Texas statute allowing exercise of the Second Amendment on Campus from going into effect.

PA: State Law Allows Guns and Knives in School for Lawful Purposes

(c) Defense.–It shall be a defense that the weapon is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose

In Rural Australia “Sensible Gun Laws” not so “Sensible”

In the morning of July first, the day after I arrived in Australia, I packed up and pulled my wheeled luggage to the Central railway station in Sydney. The staff at the station were very helpful. They printed out a ticket I had purchased over the Internet.

Arrival of a Gun Blogger in Australia

Australia has very strict gun laws. Some would say they are more restrictive than most of the rest of the world. For example, toy guns that look like a real gun have the same penalties attached, and the same restrictions applied, as real guns.

MI: Reform of Antiquated Knives Law Goes to Governor Snyder

Michigan is on the verge of repealing its antique ban on automatic knives. Michigan was the first state to ban switchblades. It was an early test of the power of the post-war media to push emotional, irrational, legislation. The law, which had an exemption for one-armed people, was passed in 1952.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Peruta Case on Second Amendment

On Monday, 26 June, the Supreme Court officially denied the petition for a write of certiorari. The Ninth Circuit denial of Second Amendment rights outside the home will stand.

U.S. Surveillance State Leads to Gun Arrests in Australia

Australia has no Second Amendment, no Fourth Amendment, no Fifth Amendment, no First Amendment. There is strong tradition and law that searches shall require warrants, and that people will not be forced to testify against themselves.