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NJ father jailed, stripped of parental rights for transporting legal guns to new home

You can own guns in New Jersey, but all your allowed to do is look at them.  :

Three unloaded, legally owned guns locked in the car trunk of a man moving from Colorado to New Jersey is keeping a man from watching his son grow up.

In New Jersey, they call that the rule of law.

Now, Brian Aitken is traveling the country, using the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise money and hoping to write a book about a travesty of justice that’s keeping him from his son.

Aitken was arrested in 2009 while returning to live in New Jersey to be near his son who lived with his ex-wife, . He had stopped at his mother’s home with a vehicle full of his belongings and she called 911 because she was concerned he was so distraught he might harm himself.

She hung up before the call was complete, but police responded anyway. By the time they did, Aitken had left, so police called him on his cell phone and — with a combination of threats and persuasion — convinced him to return to the scene.

Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Rifle Ban, Signs Lead Ammo Ban Into Law


Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed gun-control bills Friday — including a controversial effort to deem all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines as illegal assault weapons — but signed many more gun bills, including a controversial ban on using lead ammunition in hunting.

The governor also nixed efforts to let Oakland draft its own, stricter gun regulations and to give San Francisco and San Mateo County supervisors authority to ban gun shows from the Cow Palace.

Brown vetoed SB374 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, which would have added all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines to the state’s list of banned assault weapons. California already has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, Brown noted in his veto message, and other bills he signed Friday will make them even stronger.

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Pay attention

It can save your life.  Or someone else's.  :

I was once walking through Costco pushing a loaded buggy that had a large box across the top that put it about head high. Some 20 something kid staring at his phone and walking is walking right toward me. I could have said “hey, moron, pay attention”. I didn’t. I just stopped. And watched the kid walk head first into it. He looked embarrassed, then apologized. I said to him something to the effect of “life is easier if you pay attention”. So, :

A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol.

He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side. He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose. Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away – but none reacts.

Their eyes, focused on smartphones and tablets, don’t lift until the gunman fires a bullet into the back of a San Francisco State student getting off the train.

Situational awareness is not just for gun nuts.

No, you may not dismiss the Fast & Furious case just because you feel like it

Update on Fast & Furious.  Seen at :

The last time we checked in on Operation Fast and Furious, the bloody and not-”botched” gunrunning scandal in which the ATF pressed American gun dealers into funneling at least 2,000 weapons to cartels across the Mexican border with no serious efforts to trace them, more of the trafficked weapons were still as recently as this past August. Since President Obama asserted his executive privilege over Congress’s subpoenas for the Fast & Furious documents that the Department of Justice has patently refused to hand over (despite their ongoing insistence in no deliberate wrongdoing) and Congress subsequently held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt last year, the Justice Department has been trying to argue that federal courts have no basis for interfering because it would mean that all document fights between Congress and the executive branch could end up going to court rather than being resolved through negotiation.

Credit card firm cuts off nation's No. 1 gun store --- for selling guns

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A subsidiary of Visa, a key Obama campaign donor, that specializes in credit card transactions has abruptly stopped servicing the nation’s largest gun store after four years because the store sells guns, a fact the owners never hid.

of Charlotte, N.C., told Secrets that the subsidiary,, simply sent an email to owner Larry Hyatt to announce that it was suddenly breaking off the business relationship. The reason: “The sale of firearms or any similar product.”

The company email said that gun sales violated a section of the service agreement the two signed over four years ago and after Hyatt went into detail about its sales and products -- and name.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Justin Anderson, Hyatt’s marketing director. He said it took a week and thousands of dollars to line up a “gun friendly” credit card processor for online sales.

N. Idaho school mulls training, arming teachers

It will be interesting to see not only how this turns out, but whether other schools catch on.  :

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- A school board in northern Idaho is considering a new school security policy that includes training and arming district staff and teachers.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the proposed policy has emerged after months of study by the Lake Pend Oreille School Board.

Board chairman Steve Youngdahl presented the proposal this week, saying unguarded schools are more attractive targets for mass shootings.

Under the proposal, the district would strategically select and train staff to carry concealed weapons in school and integrate firearms into a broader emergency response and lock-down procedure. Law enforcement would also be notified of the teachers and staff carrying firearms.

Board officials vow to be open and deliberate with the public and parents. The board has scheduled a public forum on the policy next month.

Suspended or expelled for playing airsoft at home

I would consider this harrassment by the school.  They have no legal right to suspend or expell a student for playing at home, on private property. Angry From :

A suspended seventh-grade student in Virginia Beach, Va., could be expelled for the rest of the school year for shooting an airsoft gun with a friend in his yard as they waited for the bus to come.

Khalid Caraballo, 12, and his friend, Aidan, were suspended for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” because they “shot two other friends who were with them while playing” with the airsoft guns, .

Caraballo answered “no, sir,” when asked if he took the toy gun to the bus stop or to school.

“We were in our yard. This had nothing to do with school,” the student said.

Caraballo’s mother, Angel, said being punished for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” was “pretty harsh” for a toy that she bought for $25.

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