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by Jesse Hathaway
Derrick J. Washington of Cleveland has spent nearly nine months fighting city law enforcement officials to retrieve his legally licensed and registered firearm, which is being held as evidence following his arrest after he reported a potential crime in progress.
Washington is suing the City of Cleveland in federal court, alleging that the city's policy of requiring citizens to pay a fee to retrieve private property from evidence is "intentionally and maliciously designed to expropriate firearms legally owned" by citizens — ultimately resulting in a violation of his Second Amendment rights.
According to Cleveland Division of Police records obtained by Media Trackers, Washington called emergency responders to report having heard gunshots in the area of a nearby traffic accident.
When police arrived on the scene to investigate, they arrested the witness as well as the individuals involved in the two-vehicle collision.
Incorrectly believing there was an outstanding warrant for Washington's arrest, Cleveland police searched his car, confiscating his pistol and concealed handgun license without a search warrant.
Chairman Mike Dovilla has announced that the Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will be hearing proponent and opponent testimony on Representative Terry Johnson's (R-McDermott) HB 203 this Wednesday, November 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Statehouse Room 115. This will be the third hearing for this important bill.
Any persons who are interested in testifying are welcome to contact Jim Irvine ([email protected]) for help in preparing and coordinating your testimony.
Buckeye Firearms Association has previously testified in support of the bill.
HB 203 seeks to make many improvements to Ohio's concealed carry laws.
Guns & Ammo editor apologizes, fires writer and resigns after publishing column advocating gun controlSubmitted by cbaus on November 11, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
The editor of Guns & Ammo magazine apologized to readers and resigned after he published a column advocating gun control.
In his apology, Editor Jim Bequette admitted that he intended to "generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights" when he published a commentary by Dick Metcalf, who wrote that he supported regulations on firearms.
Metcalf's editorial had a different effect altogether. In his apology, Bequette wrote that the editorial in the December issue "aroused unprecedented controversy" among readers who began "questioning 'Guns & Ammo's commitment to the Second Amendment."
Bequette announced that, in addition to his own early resignation (he had planned to turn over the reigns in January), he had also fired Metcalf.
Bequette's entire letter follows:
The following letter was posted on November 6, 2013:
Our Response to the December 2013 Backpage Column
From Jim Bequette, editor, "Guns & Ammo" Magazine:
by C. D. Michel
When reporters panic about gun control, it is time for perspective. Some panicky-sounding reporters portray the loss and thefts of guns from licensed gun dealers ("FFLs" in the trade) as a huge problem, one that leads to violent crimes committed with those stolen guns. But how big is this lost or stolen gun crime problem?
Guns do get lost and guns do get stolen. Criminals confess to stealing them whenever possible, and some local gun stores – the place with the big safes and locked storage rooms – occasionally do get robbed by determined criminals, usually employing heavy machinery.
by Chad D. Baus
Law-abiding Ohio citizens continue to exercise their Ohio constitutional "right to bear arms for their defense and security" in incidents around the state.
In Toledo, a clerk and a robbery suspect were both shot in what police call a "robbery gone bad" at a local Stop & Go convenience store. One might be prompted to ask the police - is there ever "a robbery gone good?"
From the article:
It all started around 9:20 p.m. on Saturday. Police say a male suspect tried to hold up a female clerk, both exchanged gunfire, both were struck.
Toledo police say the suspect is dead and the clerk is in serious condition at a local hospital.
"He went in with the intent to rob the place," says Sgt. Bill Wauford with the Toledo Police Department. "Apparently she was able at some point to get a gun, he fired at her, shots exchanged between the two and both of them were struck."
The suspect was transported to a hospital where he died a short time later.
Editor's Note: Given the discomfort I have been made aware of regarding HB 234 (Allow Noise Suppressors While Hunting), even among at least one certain supposedly pro-hunting/ pro gun Ohio interest group, it seems many American gun owners and hunters need to be made aware of the wool that has been pulled over their eyes.
by Jim Dickson
One of the best examples of the effectiveness of brainwashing in this country is the transformation of an innocuous safety and noise reduction device to a sinister assassin's tool in the public's mind. While other countries may virtually ban guns, they tend to regard silencers as being in the category of automobile mufflers, a device to protect the hearing and prevent the disturbing the peace.
NRANews.com's Cam & Company has been nominated for this year's Sportsman Channel "Sportsman Choice Awards" in four categories:
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Voting is open between now and December 1.
Questions 3, 6, 7 and 8 are the ones that pertain to host Cam Edwards or NRA News.
by Robert Farago
Click here to download a pdf of Guns & Ammo's column "Let's Talk Limits." Technical Editor Dick Metcalf penned the editorial for the December issue. Metcalf, a writer whose technical knowledge (or lack thereof) has earned him brickbats before, bases his editorial on a distinction between "infringement" and "regulation."
"I bring this up," Metcalf writes, "because way too many gun owners still believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement. The fact is that all Constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be." That, dear reader, is a major WTF moment. One of many...
The organization Humane Watch is taking its ever-expanding case against the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to the Metro station serving Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill with provocative posters and banners that point out that the organization that advertises as if its funds go to support animal shelters across the country, in fact, only spends 1 percent of its intake on these activities.
Humane Watch has also posted a video of person-on-the-street interviews to show reactions to this deceptive practice.
NSSF long ago called out HSUS for the hidden and duplicitous anti-hunting agenda of its leadership, and we have squared off against it on many occasions. For more information on Humane Watch, visit the organization's website.
Gallup's most recent poll on public attitudes toward gun laws shows that anti-gun activists and their friends in elected office and in the media have lost considerable ground over the years, and in the months since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut in December last year. However, it also shows that both sides in the gun control debate have their work cut out for them in the days ahead.
The poll found that 74% of respondents--an all-time high--oppose banning handguns, up from only 36% in 1959. Compounded with the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to have handguns and that it does so nationwide, that's bad news for the Brady Campaign, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Violence Policy Center, all formed by handgun prohibition activists in the 1970s and 1980s.