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Bail Set At $50,000 For Chautauqua Co. Man In Illegal Weapon Case

FREDONIA, NY - Bail was set at $50,000 cash/ $100,000 bond on Tuesday morning for a Dunkirk man accused of having an illegal assault rifle.

Dennis A. Wallace, 36, of Van Buren Road appeared before Pomfret Town Judge Judge David Prince, where he pleaded not guilty. Wallace is due to appear back in court on May 2 for a preliminary hearing.

Wallace had previously been charged with Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd degree regarding an incident with his wife, for which an order of protection had been filed in Fredonia Village Court.

According to court documents, during a follow up investigation by Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies and Fredonia Police on Sunday, Wallace was allegedly found to have been in possession of what court papers describe as a loaded, unregistered, self manufactured semi-automatic assault rifle,

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu May 1, 2014, 11:48 AM (6 replies)

Gun ban in restraining-order cases gains ground

A bill that requires domestic abusers subject to a restraining order to give up firearms and that expands weapons restrictions for those convicted of domestic assault or stalking overwhelmingly passed the Minnesota House on Wednesday.

"I know this bill will not save every life, but this is an action that I believe will save lives," said Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, sponsor of the bill and a police officer in Cottage Grove.

Even die-hard Second Amendment defenders signed on.

"I find myself in a position to actually vote for a bill that has the word 'gun' in it," said Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake. "Domestic violence is not acceptable in any place, particularly in the state of Minnesota."

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu May 1, 2014, 11:46 AM (2 replies)

Episcopal churches ban weapons after expansion of Georgia’s gun laws

Episcopal churches in Middle and North Georgia have banned firearms from their sanctuaries following Gov. Nathan Deal’s approval of legislation that widely expands the state’s gun laws.

Bishop Robert Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta issued the directive Monday, telling church leaders and parishioners that the only exception to the policy will be on-duty law enforcement officers.

“My judgment and this policy are based on the normative understanding of the teachings of Jesus as the Episcopal Church has received them,” Wright wrote in a letter about House Bill 60, which takes effect July 1. “This matter and I hope this policy afford us yet another opportunity to live the words we pray each week.”

Dubbed the “guns everywhere” legislation by opponents, HB 60 passed on the final day of this year’s state legislative session and expands where Georgians may legally carry firearms, including schools, bars and government buildings.

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu May 1, 2014, 11:44 AM (14 replies)

America exceptional? Not when it comes to guns

While Americans typically laud our national "exceptionalism" -- a sense that the trajectory of history has bestowed greatness upon the United States -- there are a few of our distinctive characteristics that don't deserve celebration.

On the subject of firearms, for example, the United States is exceptionally irrational. No other nation has set guns aside as an object of worship.

We have let a blood-soaked gun lobby dictate our laws and regulations on firearms; we have passed "stand your ground" laws that allow violent and angry men to murder unarmed people; we have given the mentally unstable the ability to buy military-style assault weapons with which they wreak havoc on crowds.

Last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that would allow denizens of his state to carry firearms into government buildings, bars and, God help us, churches.

Posted by SecularMotion | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 06:02 AM (12 replies)

Vermonters support concealed carry permit for guns

Vermont should require permits to carry a concealed weapon, according to more than half of voting Vermonters surveyed in a VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll.

The poll found 57 percent of voters support changing Vermont’s concealed carry gun law. Thirty-nine percent do not and 4 percent declined to answer.

In Vermont, it is legal to carry a firearm openly or concealed without a permit. That law is one of several state statutes that make Vermont one of the most permissive states in the U.S. with respect to firearms.

Burlington voters earlier this year passed three local laws that restrict firearms ownership. The state Legislature opted not to approve those local laws this session.


‘Smart’ Firearm Draws Wrath of the Gun Lobby

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts. A few fuming-mad voice mail messages and heavy breathers were all it took.

Then someone snapped pictures of the address where she has a P.O. box and put those online, too. In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame. “Belinda?” the person wrote. “Is that you?”

Her offense? Trying to market and sell a new .22-caliber handgun that uses a radio frequency-enabled stopwatch to identify the authorized user so no one else can fire it. Ms. Padilla and the manufacturer she works for, Armatix, intended to make the weapon the first “smart gun” for sale in the United States.

But shortly after Armatix went public with its plans to start selling in Southern California, Ms. Padilla, a fast-talking, hard-charging Beverly Hills businesswoman who leads the company’s fledgling American division, encountered the same uproar that has stopped gun control advocates, Congress, President Obama and lawmakers across the country as they seek to pass tougher laws and promote new technologies they contend will lead to fewer firearms deaths.

Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Apr 28, 2014, 01:24 PM (17 replies)

How to Mislead With Charts: Stand Your Ground Laws and Gun Deaths in Florida


The original figure is on the left. It counts the number of gun deaths in Florida. A line rises, bounces a little, reaches a second highest peak labeled “2005, Florida enacted its ‘Stand Your Ground’ law,” and falls precipitously.

What do you see?

Most people see a huge fall-off in the number of gun deaths after Stand Your Ground was passed. But that’s not what the graph shows. A quick look at the vertical axis reveals that the gun deaths are counted from top (0) to bottom (800). The highest peaks are the fewest gun deaths and the lowest ones are the most. A rise in the line, in other words, reveals a reduction in gun deaths. The graph on the right—flipped both horizontally and vertically—is more intuitive to most: A rising line reflects a rise in the number of gun deaths and a dropping a drop.

The proper conclusion, then, is that gun deaths skyrocketed after Stand Your Ground was enacted.

Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Apr 28, 2014, 09:07 AM (14 replies)

NRA surprisingly credited with crafting new anti-gun laws

The tides may be turning within the National Rifle Association: according to a new report, America’s largest gun-lobbying group has helped advance three bills recently that limit firearm ownership, and more could soon be added to that list.

On Tuesday this week, reporters Laura Bassett and Christina Wilkie wrote for the Huffington Post that the NRA has all but abandoned earlier efforts by the group to halt state legislation that attempt to impose restrictions on legally owning guns. Instead, the HuffPost reporters wrote, the organization’s lobbyists have worked directly with lawmakers in order to craft rules agreeable by both sides that force gun owners with domestic violence records to surrender their weapons.

After nearly a decade, Bassett and Wilkie wrote, the NRA has only recently “changed its tune” in February the group helped advance a bill in Washington state that aims to guns out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers. Similar bills have already recently been advanced or approved in the states of Louisiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota, the journalists added, and the NRA is unexpectedly the one that deserves credit.

For practically ten years before that, the NRA took seemingly every action possible to keep HB 1840 from being signed into law in Washington. Initially, the bill was written so that anyone alleged to be a domestic abuser would have to hand over their weapons after being served with a protective order, but the NRA — largely known for staunchly opposing attempts to infringe on the right to own firearms — has opposed that language since it was first considered by local lawmakers.

Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Apr 28, 2014, 05:01 AM (17 replies)

Not Our Words

Posted by SecularMotion | Sat Apr 26, 2014, 01:05 PM (6 replies)

Weber County’s training teachers to use guns a bad idea

Some Weber County officials have come up with a new program to train teachers in how to do the county's job in a two-hour class. County officials say that essentially the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good teacher with a gun. When you have to follow moron Congressman Louie Gomer Gohmert's lead, you've lost the argument already.

There are so many things wrong with this approach that it's difficult for me to know where to begin. Strategy, planning, execution and outcome are all flawed.

1. Strategy: "Weber County officials are responding (to how best to protect school kids) by inviting teachers to participate in CWP classes with extra training in how to confront an 'active shooter' in the school."

My response: Two hours of training in handling a gun and responding to a shooter are totally inadequate for the task. I know a person who went through the CWP class and didn't know how to line up the sights on their new pistol. In the state of Utah, an educator only needs the CWP course in order to carry a gun while teaching our kids. They can't "put it in the closet," as Gohmert suggests. They must have it on their person.

Posted by SecularMotion | Sat Apr 26, 2014, 06:50 AM (6 replies)
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