Background checks on ammunition purchase begin next month in California

“Reed said the system would check to see if each buyer is a felon and if they are a registered gun owner of the model gun they are buying ammo for. If they are not, they can’t buy the ammo.

“If you have a gun and your wife has a gun and she’s registered with that gun, you can’t buy her ammo for her,” Reed said.”

Political Misfire, Debt Load Bankrupt Gun Seller United Sporting – Bloomberg

Firearms distributor United Sporting Cos. loaded up on guns ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, expecting a surge in sales that would likely follow the election of a Democrat. Then Hillary Clinton lost.

The miscalculation sparked a multi-year decline that has reached the courthouse steps in Delaware, where United filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday.

Source: Political Misfire, Debt Load Bankrupt Gun Seller United Sporting – Bloomberg

Man posing as Beto O’Rourke campaign worker arrested for breaking into South Austin home, affidavit says -Austin American-Statesman – Austin, TX

A man who said he was campaigning for Beto O’Rourke was arrested Tuesday after breaking into a South Austin home and stealing a Popsicle, according to an arrest affidavit.

James Bradford Gibbon II, 28, has been charged with burglary of a residence, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. He was being held Wednesday at the Travis County Jail on $12,000 bail, online jail records show.

Source: Man posing as Beto O’Rourke campaign worker arrested for breaking into South Austin home, affidavit says – News – Austin American-Statesman – Austin, TX

White House Launches Online Tool to Report Social Media ‘Political Bias’

“The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online,” the official White House account tweeted Wednesday while unveiling the new reporting tool, which also asks people to sign up to receive Trump’s email newsletters so they can stay up to date on his “fight for free speech.” “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!”

CIA Enlisted by William Barr to Investigate Russia Probe Origins | National Review

My generation and the one before mine fought a Cold War and we are now increasingly finding that men who supported our enemies are leading our government. Our intelligence community has largely lost the confidence of the American people…. mistakes happen…. but Brennan’s CIA hacking the computer systems of the Congress investigating them…. NSA’s Clapper lying to Congress about illegal mass surveillance of US citizens, FBI operatives running rogue operations against an opposition candidate and then continuing when he became their Commander in Chief…. those are not mistakes.

The intelligence agencies are not equal to, or above, the Executive, Judicial, or Legislative branches… they must be held accountable for their illegal actions.

Colorado students walk out of school shooting vigil after politicians take the mic | Fox News

About 2,000 people packed a high school gym Wednesday night to remember 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who was shot and killed trying to tackle one of the shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday.

Authorities have credited Castillo and two classmates with stopping the attack. Eight others were injured in the shooting.

According to the Denver Post, some of the students who walked out of the vigil on Wednesday night were chanting “mental health.”

Meanwhile in Connecticut: School custodian posts picture of his legally owned firearms…gets suspended from job and his Instagram deleted account

On Tuesday, Wilson posted a photo on his Instagram account of five guns with the caption, “Pick one……” Police escorted Wilson off school property later that morning.

“Posting pictures of legally owned firearms on social media is 100% legal and extremely common. ‘Pick one’ clearly means ‘which one do you like most?’ and no rational person could perceive that as a threat,” Urso wrote in an email to The Stamford Advocate

Many of the posts on Wilson’s account were sexual and racist in nature, including one of two cartoon apes fighting with the headline, “When the black kids start fighting at school.”

“If you troll through anyone’s page, you are bound to find something offensive that they passed along. Jeff is anything but a racist,” Urso wrote. In a phone conversation with the Advocate, Urso said the First Amendment is subject to reasonable restrictions but the police response to Wilson’s post, “owes to the general hysteria today over legal firearm ownership.”

Stamford police Capt. Susan Bretthauer said Wilson was escorted out of the building because of safety concerns.

The social media posts that prompted concern at the school are no longer online.

Wilson was unable to log into his Instagram account Thursday morning and discovered the account had been deleted, Urso said.

Gun Control Became an Instrument of Tyranny in Venezuela

In 2002, the Venezuelan government passed the first version of the Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law, reinforcing the state’s iron grip on firearms in Venezuela. A decade later, the law was modified to enhance the scope of gun control and gave the Venezuelan Armed Forces exclusive power to control, register, and potentially confiscate firearms.

Under the banner of fighting crime, Venezuela implemented a ban on the sale of firearms and ammo in 2012. Like other gun bans, this proved futile in fighting crime. According to the Venezuelan Violence Observatory’s statistics, Venezuela’s murder rate increased from 73 murders per 100,000 people in 2012 to 91.8 murders per 100,000 people in 2016.