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Oconomowoc Gun Ban Demonstrates Importance Of Knowing Gun Laws

Speaking of Wisconsin this morning, I’ve been following an interesting story in Oconomowoc (Waukesha County) which highlights the importance of keeping on top of applicable firearm laws.

(Editor’s note: According to the latest version of Gun Facts (6.2), there are more than 22,000 gun laws at the city, county, state, and federal level)

AWR Hawkins reported on the Breitbart website yesterday:

Following complaints by an Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, mother that a father violated a gun ban by being armed while playing with his children at a public park, Oconomowoc Police Chief David R. Beguhn said he will not enforce the ban.

According to local NBC affliate TMJ4, the mother, Heather Karenz, reported the armed father. She said, “There’s a lot of debate. There are people saying that’s his right, and I agree, 100 percent. But when it’s illegal for it to be on city property, everybody needs to obey that.”

An Oconomowoc city ordinance “does not allow firearms on city property.”

However, Chief Beguhn reviewed the local ordinance after Karenz’s complaint and found that the ordinance is no longer valid

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Why’s that? State of Wisconsin preemption statute. Dean Weingarten wrote on The Truth About Guns website yesterday:

Outraged Second Amendment supporters flooded the station and the city with emails and tweets, citing state law. Yesterday afternoon the police chief finally took the time to read the relevant statutes… and admitted that under Wisconsin’s preemption statute, the local law was unenforceable. Nik Clark of WisconsinCarry sent an email that the Chief had called him, and is in the process of correcting the error:

I’m pleased to relay that I received a call from the Oconomowoc Police Chief today who let me know that he has reviewed their local ordinance banning open carry in parks and realized it no longer fell within state law. He said he will be asking the city council to remove the ordinance at the next meeting. In the meantime, it will not be enforced

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Weingarten added:

Perhaps other police officials around the nation will learn from his example, and take the time to check the relevant statutes when asked a simple question about the laws they’re charged with enforcing…

One might hope so.

Hat tip to Chief Beguhn and other City of Oconomowoc officials/staff for looking into and doing something about the matter when they realized the conflict with the state statute.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Hawkins, AWR. “Wisconsin Police Chief Will Not Enforce Concealed Carry Ban.” Breitbart.com. 8 May 2014. (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/08/Wisconsin-Police-Chief-Will-Not-Enforce-Ban-On-Concealed-Carry). 9 May 2014.

Weingarten, Dean. “Second Amendment Supporters Win in Oconomowoc.” The Truth About Guns. 8 May 2014. (http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/05/dean-weingarten/second-amendment-supporters-win-oconomowoc/). 9 May 2014.

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Cook County Implementing Gun Registration?

Taking to heart Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s opinion about letting no crisis go to waste, both the City of Chicago and Cook County are joining together to push more gun “control” on their law-abiding residents in the aftermath of Newtown, Connecticut. From the Ward Room blog on the website of Chicago NBC affiliate Channel 5 yesterday:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking to broaden a requirement for gun owners to report the loss, theft or sale of firearms to include all of Cook County

For the first time, similar reporting requirements would be expanded to all of Cook County under companion legislation that’s been drawn up.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to introduce that legislation at a county board meeting on Wednesday.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“To report the loss, theft or sale of firearms to include all of Cook County.”

“Report… sale of firearms.”

Should the proposed legislation pass, when a firearm is sold in Cook County, would information about the gun, seller, and purchaser, now be provided to County officials?

Sounds like this could be a new gun registry in the works.

Back on November 23, 2012, I blogged about Cook County’s recently-adopted $25 per gun “violence tax” on firearm purchases in the county also being a possible gun registration scheme.

Gun registration often leads to confiscation. From the latest edition of Gun Facts, a popular firearm reference book:

Myth: Registration does not lead to confiscation

Fact: It did in Canada. The handgun registration law of 1934 was the source used to identify and confiscate (without compensation) over half of the registered handguns in 2001.

Fact: It did in Germany. The 1928 Law on Firearms and Ammunition (before the Nazis came into power) required all firearms to be registered. When Hitler came into power, the existing lists were used for confiscating weapons.

Fact: It did in Australia. In 1996, the Australian government confiscated over 660,000 previously legal weapons from their citizens.

Fact: It did in California. The 1989 Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act required registration. Due to shifting definitions of “assault weapons,” many legal firearms are now being confiscated by the California government.

Fact: It did in New York City. In 1967, New York City passed an ordinance requiring a citizen to obtain a permit to own a rifle or shotgun, which would then be registered. In 1991, the city passed a ban on the private possession of some semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, and “registered” owners were told that those firearms had to be surrendered, rendered inoperable, or taken out of the city.

Fact: It did in Bermuda, Cuba, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, and Soviet Georgia as well.

Nothing on the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) website about this. Not surprising, considering how active the gun “control” supporters are these days.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“Chicago Gun Rules Could Extend to All Cook County.” Ward Room. 13 Jan. 2013. (http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Chicago-Gun-Rules-Could-Extend-to-All-Cook-County-186728431.html). 14 Jan. 2013.

Smith, Guy. Gun Facts Version 6.1. Guy Smith, 2012.

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Too Much Uninformed Chatter About Firearms, Gun ‘Control’

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name.”

-Ancient Chinese proverb

On Saturday, I was watching FOX News when one of their liberal contributors, while talking about gun “control,” mentioned ammunition clips and magazines. She proceeded to complain about people making such a big deal regarding the differences between the two, displaying an attitude of “it doesn’t really matter.”

At which point I changed the TV channel.

Her ignorance regarding firearms is representative of what I’ve been witnessing in the gun “control” conversation after the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting. While this lack of knowledge about guns and their so-called “control” existed before, never have I’ve seen it so magnified to the degree it’s being displayed these days by politicians, journalists, bloggers, activists, Main Street, what have you.

Granted, a lot less Americans have grown up around guns than previous generations.

Still, pushing uniformed opinion as fact is inexcusable.

Which is why I’m going to suggest everyone who wishes to participate in the ongoing discussion about guns gets informed.

At risk of sounding like that talking head.

And subsequently getting tuned out by your audience.

This is what I recommend. First, learn as much as you can about firearms. There’s a lot of free, quality introductory material on these personal safety tools out there on the Internet. Query “gun basics” in a search engine and see what turns up.

Second, download and read Gun Facts, a free firearm reference book by Guy Smith I first blogged about back in December 2010. Regularly-updated, it’s now on version 6.1. From their website:

Gun Facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment.

Gun Facts has 112 pages of information. Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.), finding information is quick and easy.

Any doubts over what’s presented in Gun Facts? Try and debunk what’s been claimed.

I wrote in that December 2010 post:

While researching personal safety issues, it’s amazing how often I see people put forth arguments about guns without knowing the facts (now that I think about it, this just doesn’t apply to firearms). I learned a long time ago that if you want others to take you seriously- you’ve got to know what you’re talking about.”

I still feel the same way more than two years later. It’s time to get serious and learn the facts if you haven’t done so already.

Being an uninformed fool is one thing. However, pulling stuff out of one’s butt doesn’t cut it in a discussion about firearms and gun “control” where the implications of widely-disseminated misinformation can lead to future restrictions on a Constitutional right.

Gun Facts version 6.1 can be downloaded for free here.

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New Book Alert: Gun Facts 6.1

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.

-Jawaharlal Nehru (1st Prime Minister of independent India. 1889-1964)

Speaking of firearms and “Resources Of The Week,” the ROTW I named back on August 4, 2011- Gun Facts- was recently updated. Author Guy Smith has now released version 6.1 of the well-known free firearms reference e-book. From the Gun Facts website:

Gun Facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment.

Gun Facts has 112 pages of information. Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.), finding information is quick and easy.

Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts (with nearly 500 detailed footnotes). Thus when a neighbor, editor or politician repeats some sound bite about firearm control policy, you can quickly find that myth then rebuke with real information.

When I first talked about this book back in December 2010, version 5.1 consisted of 98 pages of data debunking gun “control” myths.

Myths addressed in the new release include:

• Gun Shows
• Assault Weapons
• Sniping Rifles – Sniper Rifles
• Handguns For Women Handgun Sales
• Violence and Violent Crime
• 2nd Amendment Issue
• “Pocket Rockets” and “Saturday Night Specials”
• Concealed Carry and Concealed Weapons Permits
• Licensing and Registration
• Firearm Deaths (Homicide, Accidents)
• Social Costs of Guns
• Children and Guns
• Automatic Weapons
• 50 Caliber Rifles
• Microstamping
• Ballistic Fingerprinting
• Assault Weapons Ban
• Crime Gun Traces
• International Gun Ownership and Crime
• Gun Dealers
• Gun Control Statistics
• Deadly Force Encounters
• Guns, Crime, Criminology and Crime Prevention (Self Defense)
• Firearm Availability
• Guns and Police (Law Enforcement/LEO)

Glad to see Guy Smith is keeping this resource up-to-date.

You can download the free e-book from the Gun Facts website here.

(Editor’s note: Link updated on “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: Gun Facts Version 6.0

This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border.

-U.S. President Barack Obama, in a joint press conference with Mexican president Felipe Calderon, Los Pinos, Mexico City, Mexico, April 16, 2009

We have to recognize and accept that the demand for drugs from the United States drives them north, and the guns that are used by the drug cartels against the police and the military, 90 percent of them come from America.

-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CBS’ Early Show, March 26, 2009

According to ATF [the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives], more than 90 percent of the guns seized after raids or shootings in Mexico have been traced right here to the United States of America.

-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), at a congressional hearing, March 17, 2009

It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico used to shoot judges, police officers, mayors, kidnap innocent people and do terrible things come from the United States, and I think we must put a stop to that.

-U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), at a congressional hearing, March 17, 2009

Ninety percent of all weapons we are seizing in Mexico, Bob, are coming from across the United States.

– Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, on CBS’ Face the Nation, April 12, 2009

Hearing statements like these from such “distinguished” individuals might make one think what they’re saying is true.

However, the facts show otherwise.

According to Guy Smith’s latest update to his firearm reference book Gun Facts:

The original 90% number was derived from the number of firearms successfully traced, not the total number of firearms criminally used. For 2007-2008, Mexican officials recovered approximately 29,000 firearms from crime scenes and asked for BATFE traces of 11,000. Of those, the BATFE could trace roughly 6,000 of which 5,114 were confirmed to have come from the United States. Thus, 83% of the crime guns recovered in Mexico have not been or cannot be traced to America and the real number is most likely 17%.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Way back on December 10 I talked about this free gun facts e-book. At that time, version 5.1 of the reference guide consisted of 98 pages of data debunking gun control myths. Since then, it’s been updated and 14 pages have been added to the recently-released version 6.0. From the Gun Facts website this morning:

Gun Facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment.

Gun Facts has 112 pages of information. Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.), finding information is quick and easy.

Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts (with nearly 500 detailed footnotes). Thus when a neighbor, editor or politician repeats some sound bite about firearm control policy, you can quickly find that myth then rebuke with real information.

To give you an idea just how popular this resource is becoming, author Guy Smith shared the following tidbits on the site:

Gun Facts Data

Downloaded into more than 165 countries including China, U.K., Japan, Iran, Viet Nam, Mongolia and Cuba

Last major version downloaded more than 376,000 times with 24,000 downloads from 58 countries in the first week.

Most frequently downloaded in Washington D.C.

People talk a lot crap these days- especially those determined to take away such an effective personal safety tool as the gun, as I’m increasingly finding out. Do yourself a favor and arm yourself- with the facts. Gun Facts Version 6.0. I highly-recommend it.

You can download the free e-book from the Gun Facts website here.

(Editor’s note: Link updated on “Resources” page)

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Iowa Congressman, Shotgun Thwart Home Invasion

Here’s one story from this weekend the anti-gun crowd and their supporters in government and the mainstream media would rather you not know about. From the Associated Press yesterday:

A home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell’s Iowa farm ended when his 22-year-old grandson fetched a shotgun and aimed it at the intruder, according to a statement from the congressman’s office. No one was seriously injured.

The incident started about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when an armed man came in through the front door, attacked Boswell’s daughter, Cindy Brown, and demanded money, the statement said. Boswell, 77, heard his daughter’s screams, came into the entryway and attempted to disarm the intruder.

As they struggled, Boswell’s grandson, Mitchell Brown, got a shotgun from another room. When he pointed the shotgun at the intruder, the man fled into the fields around the house outside Lamoni.

Boswell’s wife, Dody Boswell, 75, also was home during the attack. His spokesman Grant Woodard said the whole family is safe and unhurt, aside from some scrapes and bruises…

Boswell, a Democrat, has represented Iowa’s 3rd District for eight terms in Congress.

According to the well-known compilation of firearm facts entitled Gun Facts, of the 2.5 million times a day (6,500 people a day, or once every 13 seconds) citizens use guns to defend themselves, 92% merely brandish their firearm or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Guy Smith, the editor of this free resource, notes:

Firearms are used 60 times more often to protect lives than to take lives.

Despite this, I have to wonder if a number of his colleagues won’t be silently-chastising Congressman Boswell for not having called 911 and waiting until the police arrived before taking action to protect himself and his loved ones. Here’s hoping a few “see the light” as the result of this incident.

Sources:

“Iowa congressman, family safe after home invasion.” Associated Press. 17 July 2011. (http://news.yahoo.com/iowa-congressman-family-safe-home-invasion-131923099.html). 18 July 2011.

Smith, Guy. Gun Facts Version 5.1. Guy Smith, 2009.

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Anti-Gun Group Claims Fewer Than 1 Out Of 3 U.S. Households Has A Gun

Earlier today I came across a press release issued by the Violence Policy Center with the headline, “Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low – Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun.” From the PR Newswire site yesterday:

Household gun ownership in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since it peaked in 1977 according to a report issued today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) analyzing new data from the General Social Survey (GSS) conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago…

Household gun ownership peaked in 1977, when more than half (54 percent) of American households reported having any guns. By 2010, this number had dropped more than 20 percentage points to 32.3 percent of American households reporting having any guns in the home–the lowest level ever recorded by the GSS. In 2010, fewer than a third of American households reported having a gun in the home.

Personal gun ownership peaked in 1985, when 30.7 percent of Americans reported personally owning a gun. By 2010, this number had dropped nearly 10 percentage points to 20.8 percent–the lowest level ever recorded by the GSS. In 2010, slightly more than one out of five Americans reported personally owning a gun.

These numbers conflict with other studies of household and personal firearm ownership in the United States. Gallup conducted a poll on gun ownership back in October 2005, with Gallup Poll assistant editor Joseph Carroll writing on November 22:

The poll, conducted Oct. 13-16, finds that 4 in 10 Americans report they have a gun in their homes, including 30% who say they personally own a gun and 12% who say another member of their household owns it. These results show essentially no change since this question was last asked in 2000. At that time, 27% of Americans said they personally owned a gun and 14% said another household member owned one.

Compare this to data used in the Violence Policy Center report showing household gun ownership at 37.3% in 2004 and 34.5% in 2006 (there was no survey data for 2005), and personal gun ownership at 25.5% in 2004 and 21.6% in 2006. The Gallup numbers are higher for both categories.

Now, here’s something interesting I found with the General Social Survey data utilized by the VPC. In 2008, household gun ownership jumped to 36.0% from 34.5% two years prior, then dropped significantly to 32.3% by 2010. In 2008, personal gun ownership also jumped to 23.6% from 21.6% in 2006, before falling to 20.8% in 2010. Seeing that gun sales went through the roof beginning in 2008 out of fears that a Democratic-controlled White House and Congress might enact tough new gun control measures or even confiscation- but GSS data doesn’t reflect ownership of all these additional firearms- is it possible a number of survey respondents weren’t telling the truth about household and personal firearm ownership?

And then there’s Guy Smith, who points out in his most recent edition of the firearms reference guide Gun Facts:

Myth: Gun owners are a tiny minority

Fact: The Federal government estimated that there were over 65 million gun owners in the U.S. and more than 50% were handgun owners.390 This number is generally considered low due to the reluctance of many to admit to a government agency that they own a gun. Other estimates indicate that between 41% and 49% of U.S. households are gun-owning households.

Fact: 43% of Americans claim that they own a gun.391

390 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 1997.

391 Americans by Slight Margin Say Gun in the Home Makes It Safer, Gallup Poll, October 20, 2006.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Does the reluctance to admit gun ownership to governmental entities extend to other parties as well? Like those conducting the General Social Survey? It probably doesn’t help that the survey is conducted face-to-face through an in-person interview. From the GSS website:

6 How is the GSS administered?

The vast majority of GSS data is obtained in face-to-face interviews. Computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) began in the 2002 GSS. Under some conditions when it has proved difficult to arrange an in-person interview with a sampled respondent, GSS interviews may be conducted by telephone.

Ask yourself this. If you were a gun owner, would you be open to sharing information about your firearms with a complete stranger, face-to-face no less, considering the stigma placed on gun ownership these days and other concerns such as theft and potential confiscation that come from broadcasting such ownership, or just take the easy way out, answer “no,” and move on to the next question? While it’s a University of Chicago project, it’s not like survey participants are being graded, after all. Therefore, I have a feeling a number of survey-takers may have opted for that second choice.

Sources:

“Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low – Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun.” Violence Policy Center (Press Release). 26 Apr. 2011. (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/household-gun-ownership-hits-new-low—fewer-than-one-out-of-three-american-households-has-a-gun-120702544.html). 27 Apr. 2011.

Smith, Guy. Gun Facts Version 5.1. Guy Smith, 2009.

Carroll, Joseph. “Gun Ownership and Use in America.” Gallup. 22 Nov. 2005. (http://www.gallup.com/poll/20098/gun-ownership-use-america.aspx) 27 Apr. 2011.

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Just The Gun Facts, Ma’am

While researching personal safety issues, it’s amazing how often I see people put forth arguments about guns without knowing the facts (now that I think about it, this just doesn’t apply to firearms). I learned a long time ago that if you want others to take you seriously- you’ve got to know what you’re talking about. Thankfully, last year I discovered an excellent, free resource for firearm facts that exists out on the Internet- Gun Facts, “Freedom for the rest of the world.” From the site:

Gun Facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment.

Gun Facts has 98 pages of information. Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.), finding information is quick and easy.

Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts (with nearly 500 detailed footnotes). Thus when a neighbor, editor or politician repeats some sound bite about firearm control policy, you can quickly find that myth then rebuke with real information.

Created by writer Guy Smith, Gun Facts is now on version 5.1 and talks about the following topics:

• Gun Shows
• Assault Weapons
• Sniping Rifles- Sniper Rifles
• Handguns For Women Handgun Sales
• Violence and Violent Crime
• 2nd Amendment Issue
• “Pocket Rockets” and “Saturday Night Specials”
• Concealed Carry and Concealed Weapons Permits
• Licensing and Registration
• Firearm Deaths (Homicide, Accidents)
• Social Costs of Guns
• Children and Guns
• Automatic Weapons
• 50 Caliber Rifles
• Microstamping
• Ballistic Fingerprinting
• Assault Weapons Ban
• Crime Gun Traces
• International Gun Ownership and Crime
• Gun Dealers
• Gun Control Statistics
• Deadly Force Encounters
• Guns, Crime, Criminology, and Crime Prevention (Self-Defense)
• Firearm Availability
• Guns and Police (Law Enforcement/LEO)

While Smith may be an unabashed supporter of gun rights, his work is indispensable to anyone talking about gun issues as it deals with firearm facts, rather than opinion.

(Editor’s note: Link to Gun Facts added to “Resources” page)

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