Biden’s 6 executive orders on gun control

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd speaks on Biden’s gun control actions . . .

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd on Biden’s gun control actions.

Things to note in Biden’s gun control measures contained in the article below:

  • “a public health crisis”
  • “epidemic of gun violence”
  • “homemade guns”
  • “ghost guns”
  • “pistol-stabilizing braces”
  • “red flag” laws
  • David Chipman” adviser at the gun control group Giffords

Biden announces 6 executive orders on gun control

Thursday, April 8, 2021 :: By Alexandra Jaffe, Aamer Madhani and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment.”

“It is actually a public health crisis,” Biden said during remarks at the White House.

Greeting the families of gun violence victims and activists, he assured them: “We’re absolutely determined to make change.”

His Thursday announcement delivers on a pledge Biden made last month to take what he termed immediate “common-sense steps” to address gun violence, after a series of mass shootings drew renewed attention to the issue. His announcement came the same day as yet another shooting, this one in South Carolina, where five people were killed.

But Thursday’s announcement underscores the limitations of Biden’s executive power to act on guns. They include moves to tighten regulations on homemade guns and provide more resources for gun-violence prevention, but fall far short of the sweeping gun-control agenda Biden laid out on the campaign trail.

Indeed, the White House has repeatedly emphasized the need for legislative action to tackle the issue. But while the House passed a background-check bill last month, gun control measures face slim prospects in an evenly divided Senate, where Republicans remain near-unified against most proposals.

Biden is tightening regulations of buyers of “ghost guns” – homemade firearms that usually are assembled from parts and milled with a metal-cutting machine and often lack serial numbers used to trace them. It’s legal to build a gun in a home or a workshop and there is no federal requirement for a background check. The goal is to “help stop the proliferation of these firearms,” according to the White House.

The Justice Department will issue a proposed rule aimed at reining in ghost guns within 30 days, though details of the rule weren’t immediately issued.

A second proposed rule, expected within 60 days, will tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces, like the one used by the Boulder, Colorado, shooter in a rampage last month that left 10 dead. The rule will designate pistols used with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles, which require a federal license to own and are subject to a more thorough application process and a $200 tax.

The department also is publishing model legislation within 60 days that is intended to make it easier for states to adopt their own “red flag” laws. Such laws allow for individuals to petition a court to allow the police to confiscate weapons from a person deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

The department also will begin to provide more data on firearms trafficking, starting with a new comprehensive report on the issue. The administration says that hasn’t been done in more than two decades.

Biden is also nominating David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Biden administration will also make investments in community violence intervention programs, which are aimed at reducing gun violence in urban communities, across five federal agencies.

Officials said the executive actions were “initial steps” completed during Garland’s first weeks on the job and more may be coming.

The ATF is currently run by an acting director, Regina Lombardo. Gun-control advocates have emphasized the significance of this position in enforcing gun laws, and Chipman is certain to win praise from this group. During his time as a senior policy adviser with Giffords, he spent considerable effort pushing for greater regulation and enforcement on ghost guns, changes to the background check system and measures to reduce the trafficking of illegal firearms.

Chipman spent 25 years as an agent at the ATF, where he worked on stopping a trafficking ring that sent illegal firearms from Virginia to New York, and served on the ATF’s SWAT team. Chipman is a gun owner.

He is an explosives expert and was among the team involved in investigating the Oklahoma City bombing and the first World Trade Center bombing. He also was involved in investigating a series of church bombings in Alabama in the 1990s. He retired from the ATF in 2012.

During his campaign, Biden promised to prioritize new gun control measures as president, including enacting universal background check legislation, banning online sales of firearms and the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. But gun-control advocates have said that while they were heartened by signs from the White House that they took the issue seriously, they’ve been disappointed by the lack of early action.

With the announcement of the new measures, however, advocates lauded Biden’s first moves to combat gun violence.

“Each of these executive actions will start to address the epidemic of gun violence that has raged throughout the pandemic, and begin to make good on President Biden’s promise to be the strongest gun safety president in history,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Boulder Colorado Supermarket Shooting – Sitting Ducks

One trained, good guy with a gun could have stopped the one bad guy with a gun.

FACTS – What is known . . .

  • Incident duration: >58 minutes
  • Fatalities: 10
  • Victims:
    • Ages: 20 – 65
    • Genders:
      • Male: 4
      • Female: 6
    • First victims: 2 victims (1st victim – Neven Stanisic and 2nd victim – Kevin Mahoney) shot in parking lot outside King Soopers
  • Gun used: Ruger AR-556 pistol
  • First shots fired: 2:30 PM 
  • 911 calls received: 2:33 PM
  • Scene secured: 3:28 PM

Suspect Assailant:

Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa

  • Age: 21
  • Marital status: Single
  • Nationality: Syrian
  • Immigrated to the U.S. in 2002
  • Residence: Arvada, Colorado

The assailant went on a 9 minute, unopposed shooting spree.

Officer Eric Talley was the last fatality.

The terrifying hour as employees and shoppers hid when a gunman went on a shooting spree at a Colorado grocery store

BOULDER, Colo. — A gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., on Monday afternoon, killing 10 people, including a police officer, the authorities in Boulder said.

The police said that they had taken a suspect into custody after the shooting. That person was injured, the authorities said. Videos showed a handcuffed man being escorted from the building by officers, shirtless and with his right leg appearing to be covered in blood.

People inside the grocery, King Soopers, described a harrowing and chaotic scene inside the store.

“I thought I was going to die,” said Alex Arellano, 35, who was working in the meat department at King Soopers, in the South Boulder area, when he heard a series of gunshots, then saw people running toward an exit near his department.

The authorities identified the officer who died as Eric Talley, a 51-year-old who joined the department in 2010. Officer Talley was the first to respond to the scene when reports of a gunman came in, the police said.

“He was, by all accounts, one of the outstanding officers at the Boulder Police Department and his life was cut far too short,” said the Boulder County district attorney, Michael Dougherty.

Dean Schiller, who posted a live video from the scene shortly after the shooting began, said he heard about a dozen shots and saw three people who appeared to be wounded — two in the parking lot and one inside the supermarket.

As officers secured the building, more than a dozen people were led out of the supermarket, a King Soopers in a residential area a couple of miles south of the campus of the University of Colorado. The grocery store usually draws a mix of families and college students.

In Mr. Schiller’s video, gunshots could be heard coming from inside the store, with officers gathering at the entrance.

Over a loudspeaker, police officers called to the scene could be heard saying, “The entire building is surrounded, you need to surrender.”

“Come out with your hands up,” the officers said. Dozens of police officers and dozens of vehicles descended on the scene.

Newlyweds Quinlyn and Neven Sloan, both 21, had stopped into the store to pick up supplies for beef stroganoff when they heard the shooting. Ms. Sloan, a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, said that at first she didn’t know what the noise was.

The couple had split up in the store — he was in produce, she said, and she was standing in front of the dairy case — when customers began running.

“It was muffled at first,” she said, “and I thought maybe someone had dropped something, but then it went again, probably about 15 to 20 shots, really fast. My husband came up and shoved me out the door, and yelled, ‘Call 911!’ Then he ran back in to make sure a couple of older ladies who were in the aisles got out OK.”

Sprinting across the parking lot, she said, she took cover behind a building, to be joined minutes later by her husband. Only then, she added, did they look down and realize that, because they hadn’t bothered to use a cart, they had fled with their arms full of the meat, noodles and sherry they had intended to buy.

“These were people going about their day, doing their food shopping, and their lives were cut abruptly and tragically short,” Mr. Dougherty said. “I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice.”

— Bryan Pietsch, Will Wright, Neil Vigdor, Erik Vance and Shawn Hubler
‘The shots are getting closer.’ Witnesses recounted moments of terror, inside and outside the store.

Alex Arellano, 35, was working in the meat department at King Soopers when he heard a series of gunshots, and then saw people running toward an exit near his department.

“The shots are getting closer,” he recalled. “I’m thinking of my parents, and I was freaking out.” For a while, Mr. Arellano said he and two other men hid in the department. He did not see the assailant but could hear the gunfire.

“We were scared cause, you know, there’s entry points where that individual could show up,” he said. “I thought I was going to die.”

Mr. Arellano and the other men eventually escaped through an exit in the back of the building, he said.

Sarah Moonshadow was at the checkout with her son, when she, too, heard shots fired.

“We ducked and I just started counting in between shots, and by the fourth shot I told my son, we have to run,” she said. As they were running, two shots were fired in their direction, she said.

When they made it outside, they saw a body lying in the road.

“I can tell that he wasn’t moving,” she said. “And so, I’m pretty sure he was gone. And I just broke down across the street. I just couldn’t believe we were able to make it across.”

Ms. Moonshadow moved back to Boulder, her hometown, from Denver after she became concerned about Denver becoming unsafe. “This isn’t how Boulder is, you know,” she said. “This isn’t what happens here.”

Taylor Shaver, who works at Art Cleaners, a dry cleaning and laundry business near the supermarket, said that she heard at least 10 gunshots and saw people running from the grocery store.

“I’m in the bathroom hiding,” Ms. Shaver said. “I heard this loud boom. I instantly knew. There was a ton of shots. My stomach dropped.”

Ms. Shaver, 18, added that it was particularly unnerving because it was her first day working alone at the dry cleaning business. She said she had left the bathroom to see what was going outside the business.

“Oh my gosh, you can see all these people walking with their hands up,” she said. “I’ve never seen this many police officers in my life.”

Jordan Crumby, a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was about to get a tattoo with the word “warning” on her hip at Auspicious Tattoo, a shop across from the grocery store, when the shooting began.

Ms. Crumby, 31, said she stepped outside to record a video of the scene for her Instagram feed, when the police waved her away. Officers with tactical gear and rifles could be seen swarming the shopping center. People from the grocery store, she said, were being evacuated.

“They had their hands over their heads and they’re getting escorted out,” she said. “I said, ‘We should probably go inside.’”

Kevin Daly, who owns a restaurant and brewery in the shopping center, said he was inside, readying his business for reopening after the pandemic when his manager, in a bank across the parking lot, heard the gunshots.

“Someone saw the livestream, so we pulled it up and locked ourselves in the office,” he said, the start of an hourslong ordeal in which he and his employees periodically opened the door to shelter traumatized witnesses to the shooting.

“The guy just went in there and started shooting,” he said. “People were just in shock. A lot of them had seen bodies and carnage.”

Mr. Daly said he didn’t know who the victims were “and I don’t know what happened in the grocery store, but I do know that it is easier to get a gun in this state than it is to get a driver’s license or to vote.”

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Currently, the earliest available date for concealed carry weapons license application processing, with the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office, is MARCH 3rd, 2021.

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There is only one Polk County concealed carry class provider that provides official NRA firearms training and advanced concealed carry weapons classes.

When you conduct more concealed carry classes and graduate more students than nearly all other ‘concealed carry’ class providers combined, attempts are made to copy your process. Attempts are even made to copy class materials. But, our instructional quality and dynamic content development can never be duplicated. Not all ‘concealed carry’ classes are the same.

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms training. 

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

Class registrations are done online. Look for us represented at:

  • Gander RV & Outdoors – Bartow
  • Rural King – Lake Wales
  • The Gun Room – Winter Haven
  • Brian’s Outdoor World – Lake Wales
  • West Coast Pawn & Gun – Davenport

No other firearms training (concealed carry class) provider is represented at more locations in Polk County.

We encourage you to call around and check with local gun shops or other concealed carry class providers. Check their class cost. Check their class content. Check their on-range, live-fire time.

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After you get your answers, call us and compare ours.

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The is NO standard for concealed carry classes. Anyone can conduct a class and call it ‘concealed carry’ training.

In-Gauge of Polk County is proudly partnered with:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA
  • Florida Sports Shooting Association
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program
  • Polk Senior Games

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

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You Took A Concealed Carry Class. Now what?

Taking a concealed carry class and getting a license is not the end of your training. It is the beginning.

So, you took a concealed carry class.

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

  • Don’t settle for 20 – 30 minutes of “I’ll show you how to do that” training at some gun shop, by an employee whose job is selling guns.
  • Don’t rely on that neighbor down the street who will show you how he does it.
  • Don’t depend on the uncle who owns a couple guns and will take you to the range to show you how to do it.

Get official NRA firearms training that is recognized as the ‘standard‘ worldwide.

NRA firearms training teaches you more than just how to pull a trigger.

NRA basic handgun training teaches you:

  • How to correctly hold, handle and shoot your gun.
  • How to correctly load and unload your gun.
  • How to acquire a sight picture and correct sight alignment.
  • How to correctly manage and correct firearm and ammunition malfunctions.
  • How to correctly clean and store your gun.

NRA advanced handgun training teaches you:

  • How to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.
  • How to correctly draw, present and fire your firearm in defense of your life.
  • How to correctly draw while wearing a cover garment.
  • How to correctly draw from a concealed carry purse or pocketbook.
  • How to engage single and multiple assailants.
  • How to use cover and concealment.
  • How to correctly move between cover and concealment.
  • How to fire and engage an assailant utilizing cover and concealment.
  • How to manage firearm and ammunition malfunctions while engaging an assailant.

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Americans Buy 17 Million Guns In 2020

Americans have bought record 17m guns in year of unrest, analysis finds

The Guardian – October, 28, 2020

Americans have bought nearly 17m guns so far in 2020, more than in any other single year, according to estimates from a firearms analytics company.

Gun sales across the United States first jumped in the spring, driven by fears about the coronavirus pandemic, and spiked even higher in the summer, during massive racial justice protests across the country, prompted by police killings of black Americans.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/29/coronavirus-pandemic-americans-gun-sales

All our firearms training qualifies you to apply for a Florida concealed carry license if you do not already have one.

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

  • Don’t settle for 20 – 30 minutes of “I’ll show you how to do that” training at some gun shop, by an employee whose job is selling guns.
  • Don’t rely on that neighbor down the street who will show you how he does it.
  • Don’t depend on the uncle who owns a couple guns and will take you to the range to show you how he shoots.

Get official NRA firearms training that is recognized as the ‘standard‘ around the world.

NRA firearms training teaches you more than just how to pull a trigger.

NRA basic handgun training teaches you:

  • How to correctly hold, handle and shoot your gun.
  • How to correctly load and unload your gun.
  • How to acquire a sight picture and correct sight alignment.
  • How to correctly manage and correct firearm and ammunition malfunctions.
  • How to correctly clean and store your gun.
In-Gauge of Polk County provides training that prepares you defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

NRA advanced handgun training teaches you:

  • How to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.
  • How to correctly draw, present and fire your firearm in defense of your life.
  • How to correctly draw while wearing a cover garment.
  • How to correctly draw from a concealed carry purse or pocketbook.
  • How to engage single and multiple assailants.
  • How to use cover and concealment.
  • How to correctly move between cover and concealment.
  • How to fire and engage an assailant utilizing cover and concealment.
  • How to manage firearm and ammunition malfunctions while engaging an assailant.

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$30 Concealed Carry Class at GANDER OUTDOORS – Bartow

This is NOT a hotel conducted concealed carry class. Nothing has been cut or abbreviated from this class. Range, live-fire, hands-on, handgun performance evaluation included as part of this class.

Cost: $30 All materials provided.

No other training or class is required in order to apply for a Florida concealed carry weapons / firearms license.

Nothing has been cut or abbreviated from this class. Range, live-fire, hands-on, handgun performance evaluation included as part of this class.

Our current October and November class schedule can be viewed at: https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/register-for-a-class/

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms safety training.  In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

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BLM Leader Urges Gun Training

“We need to be armed, we need to be safe, we are citizens here, we have equal rights here, the second amendment is our right too.”

‘We Need To Be Armed, We Need To Be Safe’

Black Lives Matter Tanya Faison

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Black Lives Matter Sacramento is taking new aim in their efforts to keep their community safe. The group is looking for sponsorships to get black community members trained in gun safety.

They are calling it a harsh realization in a world that fails to protect black people.

“We need to be armed. There is nothing wrong with it,” said Black Lives Matter Sacramento founder Tanya Faison.

For months, protests, calls for police accountability and concerns over white supremacy have been a top priority for Faison. Now she is making a new call to the public.

“Get protection in these times when we know we cannot call the police for help and where we know that we need to stay safe because it is a really volatile time right now,” she explained.

The Founder of BLM Sacramento put a message out on the group’s Facebook page asking for sponsors to pay for 10 people to get firearm training. The money would go towards anyone in the black community that is looking to sign up to learn about gun safety. The course would cover teaching everything from how to hold, clean, safely store and shoot a gun.

“I want us to be independent from the system and I want us to be educated and informed on what we are doing,” she explained.

Faison says gun education has nothing to do with their protest efforts, but she feels a necessary step for protection in situations including someone breaking into your home or attacks from white supremacists, for those who choose to apply for a concealed carry license.

“We need to be armed, we need to be safe, we are citizens here, we have equal rights here, the second amendment is our right too,” she said.

Retired New York homicide detective Dr. Alfred Titus Jr. said the group’s push is part of a growing trend.

“Gun sales are up 95 percent in the first six months of the year and 58 percent in African-Americans in gun sales,” he said. “What I’m seeing here is the community feels like they are pretty much on their own.”

The Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice believes more people arming themselves does not mean a safer community.

“In the beginning, there is going to be a lot of testing and trying people out. It’s going to lead to an increased amount of violence,” he said. “Two people have a gun, they may end up shooting it out when they would have normally called the police and no shots may have been.”

Titus said he understands the mindset but feels the pursuit of safety could bring the opposite reaction.

“It’s a sad state, it’s definitely a sign of the times,” he said.

BLM Sacramento said their focus is on safety and being responsible gun owners. The group is continuing to take donations and say there are already a large number of people in the community interested in signing up for classes.

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Contact us: info.ingauge@gmail.com – http://www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com
  • In-Gauge of Polk County conducts authentic concealed carry and unequaled official NRA firearms training.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County never conducts classes in rented hotel rooms.
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Indictments show St. Louis prosecutors allege McCloskeys altered gun to ‘obstruct’ prosecution

October 9, 2020

Prosecutors allege Mark and Patricia McCloskey altered the pistol she pointed at protesters, according to court documents obtained exclusively by 5 On Your Side

ST. LOUIS — Mark and Patricia McCloskey altered the pistol she pointed at protesters during a now-infamous confrontation in front of their Central West End home to “impair and obstruct” her prosecution, prosecutors alleged in court documents obtained exclusively by 5 On Your Side.

Prosecutors with Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office made the allegation against the couple in grand jury indictments.

Prosecutors allege Mark and Patricia McCloskey “altered a Bryco Arms semi-automatic pistol with the purpose to impair its verity in the investigation of an unlawful use of a weapon that occurred on June 28 on Portland Place, an official investigation, and thereby impaired the obstructed the prosecution of Patricia McCloskey for the crime of unlawful use of a weapon,” according to the indictment.

Patricia McCloskey’s pistol has been a source of controversy surrounding the evidence in this case.

Missouri law requires prosecutors to prove the gun was operable and “readily capable of lethal use,” when it was used during the commission of an alleged crime. 

5 On Your Side

The McCloskeys — who are attorneys — told police the pistol was inoperable when officers seized it because Patricia McCloskey had used it as a prop at a trial against a gun manufacturer.

Crime lab workers wrote that the gun was inoperable when it arrived at the lab, and Gardner’s Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered them to fix the gun so it could fire, according to documents obtained by 5 On Your Side in July.

McCloskeys’ attorney, Joel Schwartz, said: “The only entity that can be proven to have tampered with the evidence is the state through the Circuit Attorney’s Office.” 

Mark and Patricia McCloskey have become household names ever since photos and videos of them during a June 28 confrontation in front of their house went viral.

Gardner’s office charged each of the McCloskeys with unlawful use of a weapon — felonies — and presented the case to a grand jury.

That jury indicted the McCloskeys on the weapon charges but added tampering with evidence — another felony — Tuesday after determining prosecutors have enough evidence on both charges to proceed to a trial. 

Both charges are class E felonies — the least serious felony classification — but are punishable by up to four years in prison. 

The grand jury’s indictments were suppressed Tuesday — an unusual move experts say is typically reserved for flight risks or dangerous fugitives — without explanation.

Until now.

For the complete story, go to . . . https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/crime/indictments-show-st-louis-prosecutors-allege-mccloskeys-altered-gun-to-obstruct-prosecution/63-7eb9928d-1ff5-4033-86e2-c8ce387792f2