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Hung jury in Rite Aid deadly shooting trial

The jury was trying to decide whether or not Bernell Benn was guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of 42-year-old Ramon Colorado inside the drug store at Tidewater Drive and Cromwell Road in August 2012.

Benn claimed self-defense. Both men had guns.

After continuing deliberations, the jury came back and said they couldn’t come to a consensus. A new court date has not been set.

“Talk to my lawyer, everything’s good,” Benn told WAVY.com after the mistrial was declared. “Talk to my lawyer. God bless you.”

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 06:17 AM (13 replies)

Guns Everywhere

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu Feb 27, 2014, 04:18 PM (11 replies)

Marin Co. officials seize cache of illegal guns

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Marin County officials said Wednesday that they seized a cache of weapons during a special operation targeting illegal gun owners.

According to the California Department of Justice, currently more than 21,000 Californians are in possession of more than 40,000 guns illegally.

Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian decided to put his team to work to try to reduce the backlog.

"We want to make sure we get these weapons out of the hands of people that aren't supposed to have them," Berberian said.

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu Feb 27, 2014, 03:42 PM (11 replies)

Ready access to guns makes killing way too easy

It has been a year since my assistant, Jennifer Mascia, and I started publishing The Gun Report, an effort to use my blog to aggregate daily gun violence in America.

Our methodology is pretty simple: We do a Google News search each weekday morning for the previous day's shootings and then list them. Most days, we have been finding between 20 and 30 shootings; on Mondays, when we also add the weekend's violence, the number is usually well over 100.

From the start, we knew we were missing a lot more incidents than we found. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after all, says that nearly 32,000 people are killed by guns each year. Slate, the online magazine, which tried to tally every gun death in the year after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., arrived at a number of 12,042, far higher than ours. (We include gun injuries as well as gun deaths.)

Part of the issue, as Slate has noted, is that it is almost impossible to track suicides using news media accounts — and suicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control, account for some 60 per cent of gun deaths. But it was also obvious that a Google News search was bound to miss plenty of examples; that's just the nature of the beast. Comprehensiveness was never really the point, though. Mostly we were trying to get a feel for the scale and scope of gun violence in America. A year later, it seems like a good time to take stock.

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu Feb 27, 2014, 06:40 AM (18 replies)

‘Screw Canada’: Arrest of gun-toting American at Canadian border enrages U.S. firearms community

“Screw Canada.” “Another reason not to venture to the dark north.”

Gun-related message boards lit up this week over news of the arrest of an American man at the Canadian border.

Retired U.S. Army sergeant major Louis DiNatale and his wife were on a romantic getaway from Kentucky to Vermont when they say their GPS led them astray to the border.

When DiNatale failed to declare a loaded handgun in the centre console — he says he simply forgot it was there — he was detained for four days and now faces gun-smuggling charges that could land him in prison for three years.

Posted by SecularMotion | Tue Feb 25, 2014, 01:21 PM (19 replies)

Q&A With a Deep Web Arms Dealer

We spoke to a spokesperson for The Armory, one of the dark web's most notorious weapons marketplaces, and his answers were...interesting

If you know two things about the deep web (perhaps based on new knowledge from House of Cards), then you know that it’s full of (A) shady characters and (B) illegal stuff for sale. You can browse the online aisles for drugs, child porn or the services of hitmen, or even tool up to do the task yourself by buying guns from a darknet arms dealer.

In the past, hunters, survivalists and criminals had to source guns from legitimate dealers, obtain them through gun conventions, or seek out a connection of some kind on the street if they wanted to remain outside the legal system. Now the middleman has been almost entirely removed for that last group, who can avail of click-to-buy convenience for untraceable firearms.

Transactions take place at varying levels of anonymity. Facebook is unindexed but remains largely in the open; it boasts more than 1,500 pages, groups and networks by which traders can make firearm transactions. Facebook’s own rules do not allow sponsored ads to promote the sale of firearms or ammo, but that does not prevent the sale or advertising of guns from taking place on the platform.

Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Feb 24, 2014, 01:55 PM (6 replies)

Talks With Gun Control Advocates Seeking To Ban Gun Sales On Social Sites

Two of the country’s most influential gun control groups are in talks with Facebook’s legal team in an effort to see gun sales banned on the world’s largest social network and its sister site Instagram.

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America has partnered with Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns to put pressure on Facebook to prohibit the private selling or trading of guns on its platforms — a practice that’s as widespread as it is unregulated.

“Facebook and Instagram are enabling people to sell weapons, often with no questions asked and no background checks required,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ spokesperson Erika Soto Lamb.

Lamb cited a recent sting operation in Storm Lake, Iowa, where a convicted felon tried to exchange an assault rifle for a handgun via Facebook. In this case, the gun dealer was an undercover officer, and the 21-year-old felon was arrested and jailed.


Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Feb 24, 2014, 08:59 AM (5 replies)

Bangor Woman Sentenced For Illegal Gun Deals

A Bangor woman will spend a year and a half in prison after conspiring to make false statements in firearms application forms.

Court documents say Brynn McLeod bought 5 handguns in Brewer in 2012 using money provided by co-conspirators.

She said she was the actual buyer on the forms.

Posted by SecularMotion | Sat Feb 22, 2014, 07:47 PM (14 replies)

Judge denies protective order against Utah gun lobbyist Aposhian

Utah’s foremost gun advocate and his ex-wife had a contentious divorce wrought with conflict, emotional distress and pain.

At times, Clark Aposhian may have been annoying and intimidating but, a judge ruled last week, he wasn’t dangerous.

Third District Judge Andrew Stone denied a protective order request from Aposhian’s ex-wife, Natalie Meyer, last Tuesday and ruled the woman has no reason to fear the gun lobbyist.

It’s a long-awaited victory for Aposhian, who has been embroiled in several legal disputes stemming from a Memorial Day incident in which he was accused of driving a 2.5-ton military vehicle onto his ex-wife’s driveway and threatening to run over her new husband and his car.

Posted by SecularMotion | Sat Feb 22, 2014, 07:10 PM (5 replies)

Bill proposes a safe system for getting weapons out of abuser’s hands

RACINE COUNTY – Alleged abusers under court injunction are required by law to surrender all of their firearms, but there is no statewide policy to help ensure it happens, said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

It’s what Schmaling sees as a loophole in the law, a gap that had him pushing for a fix in Madison on Thursday.

“The loophole is that no one is following up with the surrendering of the firearms. It’s perfectly acceptable for a person who has been ordered by the judge to turn over their firearms to say I’ll take care of that. It’s sort of on the honor system and there is no follow through,” Schmaling said.

Schmaling has worked with officials in Racine County to put a system in place to help ensure abusers’ guns are handed over to authorities. That system includes cooperation with judges and the creation of a domestic violence specialist position within the sheriff’s office, whose job is to serve injunctions and confiscate guns.

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Feb 21, 2014, 01:29 PM (1 replies)
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