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Guns Stolen from Home of Los Angeles Democrat Mayoral Candidate Karen Bass

Guns Stolen from Home of Los Angeles Democrat Mayoral Candidate Karen Bass

Los Angeles Mayor candidate Karen Bass (D) announced that she came home Friday night to find that her home had been broken into and two firearms stolen.

FOX 5 noted that the two firearms that were stolen were “safely and securely stored.”

The guns were also registered, per California law.

FOX News reported Bass’s announcement, which said, in part, “Last night, I came home and discovered that my house had been broken into and burglarized. LAPD was called, and I appreciate their assistance. At this time, it appears that only two firearms, despite being safely and securely stored, were stolen. Cash, electronics and other valuables were not. It’s unnerving and, unfortunately, it’s something that far too many Angelenos have faced.”

Earlier in 2022, during a mayoral debate sponsored by FOX 5, Bass was asked to rank, on a scale of one to ten, how safe she feels when walking in L.A.

She responded, “I do feel safe. I would say a ten. I do feel safe, but I understand some other people around the city do not feel safe.”

This was during the spring primary debate.

Today’s news is someone stealing 2 firearms from her home. https://t.co/q1ItesCu4E

— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) September 10, 2022

On July 16, 2022, the LAPD issued a warning urging L.A. shoppers to “be cautious of displaying high-value property in public: such as purses, watches, and jewelry.”

A Los Angeles Times database showed that 715 people were killed in LA County during the 12 month period ending around mid-August 2022.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.


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Visa to apply new code identifying sales at U.S. gun stores

Visa to apply new code identifying sales at U.S. gun stores

Visa credit and debit cards are seen in this picture illustration taken August 2, 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

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Sept 10 (Reuters) - Visa Inc (V.N), the world's largest payments processor, said on Saturday it will implement a new merchant category code for U.S. gun retailers, which will identify transactions at firearms stores.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved creation of the merchant code on Friday following pressure from gun-control activists who say it will help track suspicious weapons purchases. read more

"Following ISO's decision to establish a new merchant category code, Visa will proceed with next steps, while ensuring we protect all legal commerce on the Visa network in accordance with our long-standing rules," Visa said in a statement.

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Mastercard Inc(MA.N)said on Friday that following ISO's approval, "we now turn our focus to how it will be implemented by merchants and their banks as we continue to support lawful purchases on our network while protecting the privacy and decisions of individual cardholders."

American Express Co (AXP.N) said when ISO develops a new code, the company will work with third-party processors and partners on implementation.

The code will show where an individual spends money but not what items were purchased.

Several top U.S. pension funds including those for government workers in New York City and California had submitted shareholder resolutions asking payment companies to weigh in on the issue.

Some gun-rights activists have worried the new code could lead to unauthorized surveillance.

Mass shootings this year, including at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 children and two teachers, have added to the long-running U.S. debate over gun control.

U.S. President Joe Biden has called for Congress to pass an assault weapons ban as well as $37 billion for crime prevention programs, with $13 billion to hire and train an additional 100,000 police officers over the next five years.

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Reporting by Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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Two Firearms Stolen from LA Mayoral Candidate Karen Bass’ Home

Two Firearms Stolen from LA Mayoral Candidate Karen Bass’ Home

In a story that even by California politics standards makes little sense, Democrat Congresswoman Karen Bass, presently running for mayor of Los Angeles, reported Saturday that a burglary occurred at her house the previous Friday, September 9th. However, the only items taken were two guns that, according to Bass, were securely stored. From FOX News:

“Last night, I came home and discovered that my house had been broken into and burglarized,” the Bass campaign said in a statement. “LAPD was called, and I appreciate their assistance. At this time, it appears that only two firearms, despite being safely and securely stored, were stolen. Cash, electronics and other valuables were not. It’s unnerving and, unfortunately, it’s something that far too many Angelenos have faced.”

The Los Angeles Police department has yet to comment on the matter.

Bass’ stance as a gun owner appears to be, at least in part, in opposition to her stated policies. From her mayoral candidacy website:

The pandemic has undermined long-standing initiatives to stem violence over the last 15 years. Los Angeles experienced nearly 400 killings due to gun violence in 2021. We need immediate interventions and sustainable solutions to address gun violence.

Bass will fund programs for Angelenos who are at serious risk of being either the perpetrator or victim of gun violence, provide non-law enforcement-led services – including job training and placement assistance, education and assistance covering basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation.

Elsewhere on the website Bass declares:

Research tells us that what people harmed by crimes want most is to ensure that they are not harmed again and that no one else will be harmed either. By a significant margin, crime survivors prefer fairer prison sentences, greater investments in crime prevention, rehabilitation, schools and education, and mental health and drug treatment.

Los Angeles cannot arrest its way out of crime. Historically, law enforcement’s approach has been to apprehend, adjudicate, and punish — Bass believes this is a reactive model that levels too much focus on the individual wrongdoer and not enough on the conditions underlying crime and violence. It’s not law enforcement’s role to focus on the root causes of crime and violence – community organizations and trained experts can and should be given the resources to do just that.

As reported here on RedState in July 2022, Bass is a steadfast supporter of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. Her stated policies mostly mirror Gascón’s regarding mollycoddling criminals. Apparently, Bass’ belief in the matter ends where her home begins.

The burglary raises multiple questions. Why didn’t the thief or thieves steal anything other than the two guns? What kind(s) of guns are they? What is Bass’ definition of “safely and securely stored?” How did the thief or thieves get past these safeguards? Was it obvious that the guns’ location contained firearms?

One strongly suspects this matter is far from concluded, although given the Los Angeles media’s legendary curiosity void whenever Democrat politicians are involved, good luck finding any further information.


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Payments giants to apply new code identifying sales at U.S. gun stores

Payments giants to apply new code identifying sales at U.S. gun stores

By Mrinmay Dey

(Reuters) -Visa Inc, the world’s largest payments processor, said on Saturday it will implement a new merchant category code for U.S. gun retailers, which will identify transactions at firearms stores.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved creation of the merchant code on Friday following pressure from gun-control activists who say it will help track suspicious weapons purchases.

“Following ISO’s decision to establish a new merchant category code, Visa will proceed with next steps, while ensuring we protect all legal commerce on the Visa network in accordance with our long-standing rules,” Visa said in a statement.

Mastercard Inc said on Friday that following ISO’s approval, “we now turn our focus to how it will be implemented by merchants and their banks as we continue to support lawful purchases on our network while protecting the privacy and decisions of individual cardholders.”

American Express Co said when ISO develops a new code, the company will work with third-party processors and partners on implementation.

The code will show where an individual spends money but not what items were purchased.

Several top U.S. pension funds including those for government workers in New York City and California had submitted shareholder resolutions asking payment companies to weigh in on the issue.

Some gun-rights activists have worried the new code could lead to unauthorized surveillance.

Mass shootings this year, including at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 children and two teachers, have added to the long-running U.S. debate over gun control.

U.S. President Joe Biden has called for Congress to pass an assault weapons ban as well as $37 billion for crime prevention programs, with $13 billion to hire and train an additional 100,000 police officers over the next five years.

(Reporting by Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Raju Gopalakrishnan)


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MANITOBA GOVERNMENT TARGETS GUNS USED IN CRIME

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT TARGETS GUNS USED IN CRIME

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Providing Equipment and Training to Assist Winnipeg Police Firearms Investigators: Goertzen




The Manitoba government is providing more than $17,000 through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund (CPF) to the Winnipeg Police Service to purchase equipment and, undergo training that will allow investigators working with seized firearms to better track and restore their serial numbers, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“The ability to restore serial numbers from seized firearms will provide valuable, timely information to officers investigating firearm-related crimes including shootings and firearm trafficking,” said Goertzen. “This funding will help investigators trace the origin of firearms, identify suspects and determine how criminals are illegally acquiring firearms. This important work will lead to the removal of firearms from the streets of Winnipeg, and to the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators, which will make our city safer.”

The minister noted the funding will be used to purchase workstations to provide a safe environment to conduct firearms investigations and will allow Winnipeg Police Service’s Firearms Investigative Analysis Section to complete more advanced training. Four members of the Winnipeg Police Service’s Firearms Investigative Analysis Section recently completed certification training through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“Any firearm with its serial number obliterated is a crime gun and is a trademark of a smuggled or trafficked firearm that is used for a criminal purpose,” said Insp. Elton Hall, officer-in-charge of the Organized Crime Division, Winnipeg Police Service. “Removing the serial number is done in order to prevent tracing of the firearm, and allows smuggling and trafficking groups to remain active.”

Serial number restoration is a long-term program with the Winnipeg Police Service. The Firearms Investigative Analysis Section (FIAS) started as a pilot project in 2010 and began as an official unit within the Winnipeg Police Service in 2011. CPF funding will allow WPS to grow the program and continue to work with agencies like Firearms Tracing Enforcement (FATE), Canada Border Services Agency, ATF and National Weapons Enforcement Support Team to combat organized crime groups, which traffic illegal firearms.

In 2021, FIAS recovered 859seized crime guns, surpassing 2020, in which 721 crime guns were seized. Of these 859 firearms seized in 2021, FIAS was able to complete serial number restoration work on approximately 89 firearms.

The demand for and the use of illegal firearms by individuals and organized crime groups continues to increase in Winnipeg, the minister said, adding  without a restoration attempt, crime-gun sources will remain anonymous. 

Since its inception in 2009, the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund has distributed more than $20 million back to communities throughout the province. The program seizes and liquidates criminal assets, and redirects funding to projects and initiatives designed to protect Manitobans and enhance public safety. The funds are provided to organizations across Manitoba whose important initiatives continue to build community, invest in youth and support victims of crime, noted the minister.

For more information about criminal property forfeiture, visit:  https://gov.mb.ca/justice/commsafe/cpf/index.html .

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Firearms Expert Reacts To Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Guns

Firearms Expert Reacts To Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Guns

Jonathan Ferguson, a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries, breaks down the weaponry of the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, including the Remington ACR, the Accuracy International AS50, and the H&K XM25.

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In the latest video in the Firearm Expert Reacts series, Jonathan Ferguson--a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries--breaks down more of the guns of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and compares them to their real-life counterparts.

Firearms Expert Reacts playlist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4T78VQoWUs&list=PLpg6WLs8kxGMgYb13XjPgOKbm5O-CDq7R

If you're interested in seeing more of Jonathan's work, you can check out more from the Royal Armouries right here. - https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalArmouries

If you would like to support the Royal Armouries, you can make a charitable donation to the museum here. - https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/donations/

And if you would like to become a member of the Royal Armouries, you can get a membership here. - https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/membership/

You can either purchase Jonathan's book here. - https://www.headstamppublishing.com/bullpup-rifle-book

Or at the Royal Armouries shop here. - https://shop.royalarmouries.org/collections/thorneycroft-to-sa80-british-bullpup-firearms-1901-2020


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Texans are paying for state’s ban on business when firms stop investing in firearms

Texans are paying for state’s ban on business when firms stop investing in firearms

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Firearms Expert Reacts To Destiny 2’s Exotic Guns

Firearms Expert Reacts To Destiny 2’s Exotic Guns

Jonathan Ferguson, a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries, breaks down the Exotic guns from Destiny 2, including the universe-harnessing Graviton Lance, the Fighting Lion grenade launcher, and the infamous Rat King sidearm.

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In the latest video in the Firearm Expert Reacts series, Jonathan Ferguson--a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries--breaks down the Exotic guns from Destiny 2 and compares them to their potential real-life counterparts.

Firearms Expert Reacts playlist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4T78VQoWUs&list=PLpg6WLs8kxGMgYb13XjPgOKbm5O-CDq7R

If you're interested in seeing more of Jonathan's work, you can check out more from the Royal Armouries right here. - https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalArmouries

If you would like to support the Royal Armouries, you can make a charitable donation to the museum here. - https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/donations/

And if you would like to become a member of the Royal Armouries, you can get a membership here. - https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/membership/

You can either purchase Jonathan's book here. - https://www.headstamppublishing.com/bullpup-rifle-book

Or at the Royal Armouries shop here. - https://shop.royalarmouries.org/collections/thorneycroft-to-sa80-british-bullpup-firearms-1901-2020

You can subscribe to the Armax Journal that Jonathan Associate Edited here: https://www.armaxjournal.org/


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Texas judge overturns state ban on young adults carrying guns

Texas judge overturns state ban on young adults carrying guns

A federal judge in Texas has thrown out the state’s ban on people aged 18 to 20 carrying handguns in what appears to be the first major judicial decision since a landmark ruling on weapons rights by the US supreme court in June.

The challenge to the Texas statute that bans young adults not in active military service from having handguns in public was filed in 2021 by the Firearms Policy Coalition, a gun owners’ rights group. The group said the ban violated the US constitution’s second amendment, which says states can organize militias and that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.

In June, the US supreme court ruled for the first time that the second amendment guaranteed an individual right to carry weapons in public for self-defense. The decision also ordered the federal judiciary to apply a “history-only” test when considering challenges to weapons regulations, saying a regulation was constitutional only if it was similar to those around in the 18th century when the second amendment was ratified.

Judge Mark Pittman of the US district court in Fort Worth ruled on Thursday that there was no historical tradition of stopping young adults from carrying guns in public in an opinion that repeatedly cited the new supreme court ruling.

The judge suspended his ruling for 30 days to allow Texas to file an appeal.

In finding the ban unconstitutional, Pittman wrote that “the undisputed historical evidence establishes that 18-to-20-year-olds were understood to be a part of the militia in the founding era”.

Lawyers from the Texas attorney general’s office had unsuccessfully argued that there was a historical basis for determining who could carry guns based on age.

The age restriction applied only to the carrying of handguns; long guns can be bought in Texas once a person turns 18, as was the case with the 18-year-old shooter who used a semi-automatic rifle to attack a school in Uvalde, Texas, in May, killing 19 children and two teachers.

There was no immediate comment from the office of the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, or the state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, both Republicans.

Last year, Abbott signed a law that meant Texans aged over 21 no longer had to get a license or undergo a background check or training to carry a handgun.

Democratic leaders across the US have decried the supreme court ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen for making it much more difficult to regulate guns in a country where mass shootings are recurrent.

The Firearms Policy Coalition said it was challenging similar restrictions on young adults carrying guns in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, California and Georgia.

Cody Wisniewski, a senior attorney for the group, said in a statement: “This decision is a significant victory for the rights of young adults in Texas and demonstrates for the rest of the nation that similar bans cannot withstand constitutional challenges grounded in history.”


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