Monday, February 28, 2011

Accidental Shooting At A Bloomington Gun Show

There was what appears to be a shooting accident on Saturday at a gun show in Bloomington, Illinois. A rifle went off as a person attending the show put it down on a vendor’s table. The bullet hit wood and two persons were hit by flying wood. One person had small wounds from the flying wood and refused medical treatment. But, another man was hit by the flying wood and what is believed to be a .223 round. The bullet went through his arm and then struck another person.

One of the victims was reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital. Tests will be done to determine if the bullet came from the rifle. The bullet was recovered.

The show resumed after the injured left the building. At least one state has criminal penalties for accidental discharge of firearms at gun shows. There's an explanation of Arizona's law below. A visitor at the gun show turned on his cell phone camera right after the shooting. Here’s the video...

Here's what one state's Attorney general had to say after an accidental discharge at a gun show in Arizona and the penalty for guns being fired at gun shows.

Bill Lockyer, Attorney General
California Department of Justice
Randy Rossi, Director
Gun Show Safety and Security Responsibilities
No.: For further information contact:
2004 FD-02 Firearms Division
Date: 5/26/04 (916) 263-4887
5/5/19/04 19/04

A recent accidental discharge of a firearm at a gun show dramatically emphasizes the
importance for strict gun show producer and vendor adherence to the provisions of Penal Code
sections 12071.1 and 12071.4.
Penal Code section 12071.4, subdivision (a) (5):
states that all gun show vendors shall certify in writing to the gun show producer that they, “Will verify that all firearms in their possession at the show or event will be unloaded, and that the firearms will be secured in a manner that prevents them from being operated except for brief periods when the mechanical condition of a firearm is being demonstrated to a prospective buyer.”

While this mandate permits the vendor to briefly unsecure a firearm in order to demonstrate its mechanical condition, vendor firearms must remain unloaded at all times during the gun show.
Penal Code section 12071.1, subdivision (j) states that the gun show producer shall be
responsible for informing prospective gun show vendors of the requirements of Penal Code sections 12071.1 and 12071.4 that apply to vendors.

Moreover, Penal Code section 12071.1, subdivision
(l) states that if a licensed firearms dealer fails to cooperate with a producer or fails to comply with
the applicable requirements of Sections 12071.1 and 12071.4, the gun show producer shall not
allow that person to participate in the gun show.
The gun show producer must also ensure that members of the general public comply with
important security mandates imposed by Penal Code section 12071.4. The gun show producer
must provide sufficient oversight to ensure that each member of the general public bringing a
firearm into the gun show does not also possess ammunition for that firearm.

The gun show producer must also ensure that all weapons brought to the show by the public are checked, cleared of any ammunition, and secured in a manner that prevents them from being operated. The gun show producer must also ensure that each individual bringing firearms to the gun show completes and signs an identification tag or sticker and attaches it to the firearm.

A violation of the responsibilities mandated by Penal Code section 12071.4 is a crime,
punishable by a fine. Knowing violations, or second, or subsequent violations can be punished by a fine and up to one year in jail. (Penal Code section 12071.4, subdivision l).

For the purpose of Penal Code section 12071.4, “secured in a manner that prevents them
from being operated” means a firearm must be secured in such a manner to ensure than it cannot
be readily operated by any person at the gun show. The fastening of a hard plastic strap through the action of the firearm preventing the firearm’s operation will meet this requirement.

Merely tying the hammer back with a string would fail this requirement. All Gun Show Producers and All California Firearms Dealers Gun Show Safety and Security Responsibilities

In order to ensure the safety of all gun show participants, it is essential that gun show
producers and gun show vendors fully adhere to all the requirements of Penal Code sections
12071.1 and 12071.4. DOJ enforcement personnel will vigorously enforce firearms safety and
security requirements at gun shows.

If you have any questions, please contact the Firearms Division at (916) 263-4887.
Firearms Division
Attorney General

Friday, February 25, 2011

Rep. Sterns Offers National Right To Carry Reciprocity Act

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Although a similar bill failed not long ago, A Florida Republican
and a North Carolina Congressman are gearing up for another try.
Here's Florida Representative Sterns announcement.


Washington, Feb 23 -
“The right to self defense is unquestionable 
and the right to carry a firearm is recognized 
in our Constitution,” said Rep. Cliff 
Stearns (R-FL).  “Today, 48 states 
have laws permitting concealed carry of a 
firearm in some circumstances, and this 
legislation would allow any person with
a valid state-issued concealed firearm 
carry permit or license to carry a concealed 
handgun in any other state.”
Stearns, joined by Rep. Health Shuler (D-NC), 
offered H.R. 822, the National Right-To-Carry 
Reciprocity Act.  Noted Stearns, “It is important 
to note this bill would not create a federal 
licensing system.  It would merely require states 
to recognize each other’s carry permits, 
just as they recognize drivers` licenses and 
carry permits held by armored car guards.”
Forty states, accounting for two-thirds 
of the U.S. population, have right-to-carry 
laws. Thirty-six have "shall issue" permit 
laws (including Alaska, which also allows 
carrying without a permit), three have 
fairly administered "discretionary issue" 
permit laws, and Vermont allows carrying 
without a permit. (Eight states have restrictive 
discretionary issue laws.) Most right-to-carry 
states have adopted their laws in the last decade.

Added Stearns, “Citizens with carry permits

 are more law-abiding than the general public. 
In my home state of Florida, only 0.01% 
of nearly 1.2 million permits issued have 
been revoked because of firearm crimes by 
permit holders. States with right-to-carry 
laws have lower violent crime rates.  
According to FBI figures, on average the 
rate is 22% lower for total violent crime, 
30% lower for murder, 46% lower for 
robbery, and 12% lower for aggravated 
assault, compared to the rest of the country.”      


Richardo Arzate
Richardo Arzate
Roger Desravines
Roger Desravines*
Gary T. Dunn
Gary T. Dunn
Ralston Edwards
Ralston Edwards
Jean Marie Jean Francois
Jean Marie Jean Francois
Kareem Jobbar Lightbourne
Kareem Jobbar Lightbourne
Jorge Antonio Mayorga
Jorge Antonio Mayorga
Nicholas Morales
Nicholas Morales*
Francisco Rubio Nunez
Francisco Rubio Nunez*
Dexter Pierre
Dexter Pierre
Cesar Rodriguez
Cesar Rodriguez
Dobby Cato Rundel
Dobby Cato Rundel

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Schumer Joins Bloomberg and Introduces New Legislation To Close "Gun Show Loophole"

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Here's his press release from yesterday:

NEW YORK, NY - United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, announced today the introduction of legislation that would provide greater reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for individuals with mental illness, domestic violence records, and drug abusers, by increasing the penalties for states that fail to adequately turn over records for those who are prohibited from owning a gun. The legislation will also require that all gun sales, including those by private sellers, be subject to a background check, effectively ending the gun show loophole.

The legislation, based on a proposal put forward by the coalition of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns is designed to help prevent the next mass shooting.  The Senator made the announcement one week into the coalition’s Nationwide Drive to Fix Gun Checks, a campaign featuring a mobile billboard truck that tolls the tragic count of Americans that have been murdered with guns since the Tucson shooting.

“Two of the most heinous acts of gun violence in the last four years were perpetrated by individuals, who under the law, should have absolutely no access to a gun,” said Schumer. “Despite this fact, lax reporting by states and federal agencies has allowed guns to get into the hands of dangerous individuals with consequences that have been tragic and deadly. This legislation does nothing to impinge upon gun owners’ rights, but it does provide greater incentive for reporting individuals who should not have access to guns to the national do-not-sell list, helping better protect innocent Americans from senseless gun violence.”

“Americans want their government to take basic, common sense steps to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “To do that, we need leadership from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Senator Schumer’s bill would save lives and protect communities all across the nation – and mayors all across the nation will be its biggest supporters.”

“Senator Schumer’s legislation makes eminent good sense, and one day, I hope, we will all look back and marvel that we didn’t enact these safeguards sooner.” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is designed to conduct background checks on prospective gun owners to ensure that individuals who pose a threat to society are unable to get legal access to deadly weapons. Federal law requires that drug abusers, the mentally ill, domestic violence perpetrators, and others who are prohibited by state and federal law from having guns, be included in a national do-not-sell list, to help keep the guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. The NICS database, however, is missing millions of records due to lax reporting among the states and in some instances, federal agencies.

Specifically, the legislation being introduced by Senator Schumer and backed by Mayor Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns would establish greater penalties for states that do not comply with reporting laws by cutting a greater amount of their Justice Department grant funding for noncompliance. Currently, states that fail to report 50% or more of the records they have on individuals not be allowed to buy a gun to the NICS database could face penalties of up to a 3% cut in their Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding. Schumer’s legislation would increase the reporting requirement to 75% by FY2013 and 90% by FY2018, with JAG funding penalties increased to 15% and 25%, respectively. Under the Schumer legislation, federal agencies, like the military, would be required to certify to the US Attorney General, twice per year, that they have submitted all relevant records to the NICS database. Additionally, the legislation closes the gun show loophole that exempts private sellers of guns from having to verify that the person they are selling to is not on the NICS database. The legislation would require private sellers to verify, either with local law enforcement, or through certified gun dealers, that the person who they are selling the gun to is not on the national NICS list.

Schumer and Bloomberg noted that both Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner and Virginia Tech Shooter Seung Hoi-Cho were not reported to the NICS database, despite the fact that Loughner was rejected by the Army for excessive drug use and Hoi-Cho was prohibited from owning a gun because of mental illness.

Ohio Poll Results
Mayors Against Illegal Guns today also announced the results of a new statewide Ohio poll conducted by Momentum Analysis. The poll reveals that Ohioans and Ohio gun owners strongly support a sensible approach to gun laws that protects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans while also keeping criminals and other dangerous people from accessing firearms. The poll also shows 85% of Ohioans and 80% of Ohio gun owners support background checks for all gun sales. The survey of 600 registered voters was conducted between February 11 through February 13, 2011 and the margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

“The United States Congress has an opportunity today to respond to the clear call Americans are making for tougher laws that will help keep illegal guns out of dangerous hands,” said coalition co-chair and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. “We can support the rights of responsible, law-abiding people to own guns while preventing criminals, drug abusers, the mentally ill and other dangerous people from getting a gun they could use to take an innocent life. Our Fix Gun Checks Tour is currently in Ohio, and today’s new poll shows that Ohioans are on board. I urge every member of Congress to join with Senator Schumer to reform our gun laws once and for all.”

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its inception in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 mayors to over 550. Mayors Against Illegal Guns has united the nation’s mayors around these common goals: protecting their communities by holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable, demanding access to trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat illegal gun trafficking, and working with legislators to fix gaps, weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Police Officer Jumped and Kicked By Two Men- Attack Recorded On Dash Video

An Ohio policeman is recovering from an attack and injuries inflicted by a motorist and his brother. The attack was captured on the police car’s dash camera. Sgt. Jason Davis and an officer in another unit were responding to an unsafe driving call for the motorist’s truck. Davis turned on his overheads and his video camera and the driver pulled into a speedway station. The other officer went on to answer another call. The motorist’s brother also pulled into the gas station.

Based on his observations of the driver, Davis tried to administer a roadside sobriety test and the driver refused.  The officer called for a back-up, but the call did not go through. The man’s brother, who arrived, initially tried to calm the man being questioned. The officer concentrated on the argumentative driver.
The officer believed he was in danger by the man’s actions and he used his stun gun on him. The brother grabbed the officer from the back around the neck and threw him to the ground. Both brothers hit and stomped the policeman until two good Samaritans arrived and stopped the attack.

Both men are charged with felonious assault and have a $100,000 bond. See the video below.

Meanwhile, in Detroit:

A pizza delivery driver was approached by three men and one pulled a handgun Sunday night. The driver pulled his own handgun and killed the armed robber. The other two men ran away. The driver had a concealed handgun carry permit.

And, in Louisiana:

Two men tried to rob a jewelry store, but the owner shot and seriously wounded the masked man who was trying to rob him. The men entered the store and smashed display cases. A man checked into a hospital shortly after the shooting with a gunshot wound. He is believed to be the robber who was shot.
The other robber has not been captured yet. 


Hazel L. Head
Status: Active
DOB 12-19-1949
Wanted for: First-degree murder

Randall S. Spicer
Status: Active
DOB 05-22-1962
Wanted for: Forgery and unauthorized use of an access device.

Jason Lewis
Status: Active
Last known address: 2400 block of Hoyer St. Bossier City, LA Wanted for Failure to Complete Sex Offender Registration

Robert M. Smith
Status: Active
Last known address: 2600 block of Horacek Rd. Haughton, La. Wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Billy J. Huckaby
Status: Active
Last known address: 409 Riverside Bossier City, LA Wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Here’s The Latest British Police Advice On How To Stop Burglars

Monty Python would have been proud of the advice given to a Surrey resident about how to stop potential burglars. Englishman, David Bishop, is a former British Broadcasting Corporation engineer, and he has thousands invested in electronic equipment at his home. He went to a community meeting with police about a rash of home burglaries in his neighborhood recently. He told officers that he was concerned that his property could be stolen.

Police had usually told homeowners in the area  that has been hard hit by burglaries to not use homemade deterrents such as putting wire mesh around windows because burglars could hurt themselves and sue for         damages. They advised to use strong locks. 

But, Bishop was given the following advice about to keep it safe from burglars. He should create a sign telling burglars that they could be accidentally electrocuted if they stole the equipment or tried to use it in the storage area at the home. Some of the equipment carries up to 30,000 volts. He was specifically advised to put up a fluorescent sign that warned burglars that they could be “In danger.” According to the Telegraph, he was counseled by the Bobbies to use a yellow sign that said, “Warning, Electrical Tools,” and for those who couldn’t read, add a lightning bolt to the sign. The sign should be fluorescent because most burglaries are nighttime jobs.

Police refused comment about the sign when approached by local news media.

Why not just put up a sign saying valuable goods are stored inside, just be careful if you take them. This sign should be as effective as keeping criminals with guns out of "Gun Free Brady Zones" nanny progressive britain burglars sue homeowners suffer injury committing burglary
     WARNING! This Screen Mesh is Extremely Dangerous to Burglars

However, In Chicago:

A Chicago area woman didn’t depend on a sign to stop a burglar who entered her south side home. She heard breaking glass, grabbed her gun, and confronted two burglars inside the home. Her shots wounded one man and the other died. An autopsy is scheduled. She won’t be charged for the killing because the man who was wounded threatened the woman with a tire iron. But, it is not known if she possessed the proper permit to have a gun in her home. 


Cook County Sheriff's Most Wanted

Name: Jaun Mendoza-Ayvar
Date of Birth: Dec. 27, 1969
Charge: First Degree Murder
Last Known Address:
4354 W. Belden Ave. CHICAGO, IL

Name: Cherilyn Isom
Date of Birth: Apr 1, 1975
Charge: Aggravated Arson
Last Known Address:
1035 Lexington Circle
Ford Heights, IL
Captured 12/15/2008
Jesse Taylor
Name: Jesse Taylor
Date of Birth: Aug 31, 1971
Charge: Sex Offenses
Last Known Address:
305 W. 145th St. Harvey, IL

Christopher Debernardis
Date of Birth: Sep 4, 1985
Charge: Resist,
Obstruct Disarm an Officer
Charge: Armed Robbery
Last Known Address:
12742 Spencer Alsip, IL
The Cook County Sheriff's Policevalues and recognizes the need for public assistance in tracking fugitives.
If you have information on the whereabouts or activities of any person on the list, call 708-865-4902
Do not attempt to apprehend or detain any of these individuals-Contact: 708-865-4902

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fifty Three Killed In Juarez In Three Days And There's No End In Sight

Are El Paso residents in denial about the daily war and slaughter going on just across the river?
And, just why is Obama ignoring the war just across the river from the United States? It is past time to seal off our borders. Juarez Mexico morgues literally ran out of room for the bodies last week, and violence is creeping across our border.  

The Juarez  and the Sinaloa cartels are behind the slaughter.
In one of the deadliest three days on record, fifty three people were killed in possible narco related murders. Fourteen people, including a police officer were killed Thursday. Twenty people were killed Friday, including an assassinated policeman and a state police investigator
On Saturday, a highway policeman was shot ten times. Eighteen others were also murdered in separate shootings. Juarez averages eight murders a day, and twenty four women have been killed in the last twenty days.

And, parents should think twice before funding their college student’s spring break in Acapulco.  Acapulco might not be the best place for spring breakers to be as violence escalates after thirteen cab drivers have been killed there since Friday. Drug traffickers are suspected.

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photo of Avila AVILA, Victor
Baeza-Olivas photo BAEZA-Olivas, Abraham
BORDIER  photoBELVEAL, Karlie S.
BORDIER  photoBORDIER, Roberto
Bustillos, Jose Luis BUSTILLOS, Jose Luis
Calvillo photoCALVILLO, OMAR
photo of DiazDIAZ, Alfredo-Herrera
FLORES photoFLORES, Otoniel Porras
Galaviz-Galindo, Sandra AndrianaGALAVIZ-GALINDO, Sandra Andriana
Galindo-Villa photoGALINDO-Villa, Jose Antonio
Gandara photoGANDARA, Bernabie
Garcia photoGARCIA, Sulema Aranda
Garcia-Sanchez photoGARCIA-Sanchez, Sergio
photo of GonzalezGONZALES Joshua
no photoGONZALEZ-Hernandez, Rogelio
Hasson photoHASSON, Keith Alan
photo of Hernandez-SalasHERNANDEZ-Salas, Adalberto
HOLGUIN Ronquillo, Oscar HOLGUIN Ronquillo, Oscar
HUERTA photoHUERTA, Alberto
LARES-Valenzuela, Elizabeth photoLARES-Valenzuela, Elizabeth
LOPEZ, VicenteLOPEZ, Vicente
MACIAS-SANCHEZ, Andres Gilberto photoMACIAS-SANCHEZ, Andres Gilberto
photo of MontoyaMONTOYA, Gaspar
MOSS, Jim BrianMOSS, Jim Brian
Munoz Talavera photoMUNOZ TALAVERA, Eduardo
Munoz-Talavera photoMUNOZ-TALAVERA, Raul Miguel
NEGRETE, Jose Alfredo NEGRETE, Jose Alfredo
photo of OlivasOLIVAS, Normando Tavarez
Ontiveros Lucero photoONTIVEROS LUCERO, Gilberto