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Domestic Violence, Felonies and Gun Rights


Whether you are facing criminal charges, protection orders or have questions about an old conviction, we hope to raise some issues and find out about the issues that you are facing. Remember that blogs are public so don't divulge confidential information in this or any other blog. You should make an appointment with an attorney for advice related to specific legal issues. Mark Knapp is licensed to give advice and represent you in federal matters and to practice law in Washington State.

07/16/15

05:56:51 pm Permalink Warrior Values vs. the Culture of Therapy   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 502 words

Everybody claims to honor our veterans. The anti-war activists that despised President Bush “supported” the troops. Such support is often expressed as concern about the levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome experienced by returning veterans.

Veterans often deal with high levels of stress. The public’s perception that veterans may harm themselves and others can contribute to stress. The perception is fostered by mainstream media outlets like the New York Times.

A spokesperson for a mental health provider that works with the VA and veterans told me that veteran’s gun rights are not important. Her main concern was ensuring that vets did not blow their brains out- supposedly it is a small price to pay if vets lose their gun rights. Why should a veteran trust such professionals who regard Constitutional rights with such a cavalier attitude?

Returning veterans are justifiably upset. Legislation has already been enacted by which the Veterans Administration reports mental health concern to other agencies. There is now a procedure for depriving a veteran of the right to possess firearms without a finding of mental illness by a judge. There is little due process and getting the rights restored is very difficult.

Medical providers may already be required to disclose mental health records to government bureaucrats. Remember- disgruntled veterans with guns are the people that Homeland Security told us fit the profile for lone-wolf terrorists. The healthcare system, including the private sector, is on its way to uniform record-keeping that will interface electronically with the federal healthcare system.

Many doctors (especially within the public health sector) are already asking patients questions dealing with whether the patient has guns in the home, how guns are stored and whether trigger locks are utilized.

Although there are HIPAA laws that keep medical records confidential, the federal government has passed many laws that are buried in thousands of pages of legislation already enacted. The sponsors of such laws often have no idea what is contained in these laws!

We advise veterans and others not to seek counseling from mental health professionals where the federal government can gain access to any records- now or in the future.

Studies indicate that a returning combat veteran experiences stress at least partly due to reactions from family and friends that imagine a propensity for violence on the part of a veteran. Thus, the perceptions of others toward the vet are often more devastating than the stress of combat.

Ironically, our modern repugnance to any armed force is at least partly due to complacency bred by peace and freedom for which our warriors fought, killed and died. One antidote to PTSD is deep religious faith that recognizes and honors the values demonstrated by warriors on the battlefield. There have been studies showing that soldiers, sailors and law enforcement officers deal better with violent experiences when they are connected to a faith community that honors warrior values as a highly regarded calling and held in high esteem. There is a strong basis in Scripture for such Warrior values.

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06/07/15

02:20:37 pm Permalink Action Shooting for New Shooters: New Mountlake Terrace Chapter of Armed Defense Training Association   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 472 words

The ADTA,which started in Federal Way, Washington presented a New Shooters’ Clinic at a church in Everett over a year ago. The level of interest in a new chapter of the shooting group was high but we were unable to identify shooters with enough time to lead the group. The Armed Defense Training Association’s board of directors is now working with about 35 new members in Mountlake Terrace and the new chapter has already had at least one live fire shoot!

There is a need for an all volunteer chapter of the ADTA in Spokane and surrounding areas.

A New Shooters’ Clinic is held to prepare new shooters who wish to become participants in a live-fire shoot or just for people thinking about buying a pistol for the first time! The recent ADTA live-fire event in Snohomish County must have been at the West Coast Armory near Everett. I was the founding president of the original Federal way group but moved to North Idaho so don’t keep informed of all the new developments. Many people around the state know Jeff Coder who is presently leading the new Mountlake terrace group. We will be getting additional information from him as soon as he gives me a report.

The Live-Fire events are an important part of what the ADTA does on a regular basis. The approach is to remind folks that the most important tool for staying safe is mental preparation. If you think this is something you would like to discuss and learn more about, contact the ADTA or Mark Knapp at www.firearmslawyer.net.

Topics discussed at new Shooter Clinics including hands-on segments:

… The Four Basic Rules of Gun Safety
… Semiautomatic Handguns
… Revolvers
… Shotguns
… Rifles

The West Coast Armory range in Factoria-Bellevue area was the venue for several initial live fire action drill events the ADTA presented for the Federal Way club. The group now regularly presents Live-Fire action drills at an indoor range in Federal Way.

We have discovered that many churches and church members are enthusiastic about what the ADTA has to offer. Many women and new shooters have become very involved in the ADTA. The meetings are open to the public and we present speakers that focus on practical aspects of self defense, not religious or political topics. Church members, including pastors, have gotten involved in our group. We welcome people of every ethnic and political background, provided that you do not advocate unlawful violence.

And we do much more than just basic safety fundamentals. We have hosted seminars on Firearms Law & Use of Force, edged weapons, martial arts and more. Many women are also getting involved in all levels of the ADTA.

Inquiries can be directed to membership@armeddefense.org.

If you are in Spokane or North Idaho, you can reach me at (253) 202-2081.

Email: mark@firearmslawyer.net

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04/21/15

02:43:11 pm Permalink Gonzaga's Bulldog Battalion Honors Fallen Hero 1st Lt. Forrest P. Ewens   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 364 words

On Saturday, April 18, Inland Northwest Action Shooters hosted the 8th annual 1st Lt. Forrest P. Ewens Memorial Match. Forrest Ewens was killed in action on June 16, 2006 during combat operations in Afghanistan. His all-terrain vehicle struck an IED in the Pech River Valley. Sgt. Ian T. Sanchez was also killed.

1st Lt. Ewens, of Chewelah, Washington was 25 years old and had attended Whitworth University in Spokane. There were men present at the match, including a returned Ranger veteran, who knew him and spoke of how energetic and committed to his country Forrest was.

There were at least 14 volunteers that helped set up and serve as range officers for the match. Will Woodbury organized 20 cadets from the Gonzaga Bulldog Battalion to honor their fallen friend and soldier.

The Bulldog Battalion is Gonzaga University’s Army ROTC and the men and women that participated demonstrated the highest example of our nation’s greatest hope for the future. INAS raised $400 to contribute to the Forrest P. Ewens fund that will go directly to a Gonzaga cadet upon commissioning!

Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost Gear sent their representative named GW with great prizes and gifts for the cadets and volunteers. Frank De Soma of POF- USA (Patriot Ordinance Factory) provided the sponsored rifle for match winner, Anthony Novak. It was a P415 piston rifle with a MSRP of over $2000. POF has now sponsored four such matches.

After the cadets and volunteers shot the three Courses of Fire, Will Parks brought out a Squad Automatic Rifle (SAW) and let several cadets and a few volunteers shoot at exploding targets. Everyone in attendance learned a great deal and the weather was perfect.

The Spokane Valley Rifle Pistol Club has been the primary range for INAS matches for eight years. SVRPC also hosts other shooting groups. The range, outside Mica, Washington, surrounded by rolling farmland, is being sued by Tim Hunt of Huntwood Industries for alleged shooting on his property over one mile away.

SVRPC is defending the suit and needs support. Consider joining the SVRPC club for only $65 per year. Or donate to the defense fund. If Hunt succeeds he is calling for closing the range. INAS is committing $500 towards the defense fund.

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04/11/15

01:45:21 am Permalink BATF Attorney Warns About Poorly Written NFA Gun Trusts   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 496 words

David Goldman attended the NRA Firearms Law Seminar in Nashville. David pioneered the NFA Gun Trust. He tells us that BATF ‘s attorney, William Ryan, made some interesting comments about the ATF, NFA, Gun Control Act and Gun Trusts:

1.A trust can be a beneficiary of a will or other trust and obtain a tax free transfer using a Form 5 if the trust or will is drafted correctly.

2.A Trust can be a beneficiary of a will if there is an order from the probate court directing the distribution to a trust, otherwise one might have to transfer to an individual on a Form 5 and then pay $200 to transfer items to a trust.

3.ATF is still reviewing the 9500+ comments filed on 41P.

4.ATF is not concerned about an executor being a prohibited person. (This seems to conflict with the original reason for 41P in the first place.)

5.ATF likes lawyer drafted trusts, most trust problems are from gun store trusts, free trusts, or trust form that individuals try to create themselves.

6.ATF examiners do not know the law, and have often made mistakes that can be cleared up by having your lawyer contact their legal department.

7.ATF has seen many trusts which name the same individual as the beneficiary. It would appear that all of those people are just copying the trust from someone else. They believe that one day this random person could inherit thousands of NFA firearms.

8.Between 2003 and 2012 trust applications increased 80,000 %.

9.ATF stated that Gun Trusts can purchase and own both Title I and Title II firearms (those under the GCA and NFA).

BATF feels there will be a big business in fixing poorly written trusts like Easytrust promoted by Silencerco.

One of the worst examples of an online trust we have seen is the Easytrust. Those who have unknowingly received the free or fill in the blank trusts may have problems in the future. There may be many people who have already received these trusts which contain numerous problems. Some even have more problems than a gun trust drafted from Quicken. The list of problems is huge, but the biggest problems include:

•The trust permits NFA violations throughout the document.

•The trust permits any trustee to sell your guns without your consent.

•The Trust permits trustees to take away your gun rights if in their opinion you can’t handle your own affairs.

•The trust directs distribution to beneficiaries upon your death without any written permission (a violation of the NFA.

•The instructions incorrectly state that the trust needs to be registered in many states where it does not (seems to be similar to the problem we reported with the quicken trust).

•Directs you to obtain an EIN number for their trust when it is not necessary.

Do some research on Gun Trusts and learn why you would want a Gun trust for all your firearms and not one limited to NFA Guns like Easytrust. You need a lawyer watching your back!

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03/10/15

01:33:52 pm Permalink The Merovingian Bloodline   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 912 words

The “Merovingian Bloodline” is an esoteric doctrine and network of secret societies that have a pedigree purporting to relate back to a time before Charlemagne. King Dagobert II and his descendants used such fables to perpetuate the succession of their royal bloodline. They insinuated that the dynasty’s claim to the Frankish throne was bolstered by a genetic connection to Christ via Mary Magdalene.

There are powerful political and ancient family interests in Europe prepared to make such claims for which they may have been laying a groundwork for many years. Expect to soon hear rumors and suggestions, perhaps with signs or concocted miracles, that certain leaders have a connection to extra-terrestrial civilzations. Supernatural claims are essential for the European Union to achieve its dream of embracing a future European strongman.

It seems unlikely that a European Union leader would directly make a claim to be descended from Christ. Insinuating a connection to an extra-terrestrial race is not that different than the European monarchies’ historical tradition of claiming quasi-divine status. The so called history book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, has already created a predisposition in the popular imagination toward the idea that there are old families in Europe that are descended from Christ himself.

The authors of the book even suggest that those descendants might be intentionally creating clues to their own existence after remaining secret for many years. The claim is that the past secrecy is due to Catholic persecution of the Priory of Sion and the divine Merovingian bloodline for disclosing the alleged fact that Christ did not die on the cross!

Holy Blood, Holy Grail” is a based on a pseudo-historical hoax. Written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, the supposed facts actually mine a wide vein of deceptions pertaining to the “Priory of Sion” in France that have allegedly been part and parcel of the European darkside for centuries. The exact origin of many of these fables is hard to determine because of the long time prevalence of secret societies in Europe that promulgate all kinds of disinformation!

The mark of deceptive religion is often not only denying Christ but an emphasis on feelings and Spiritualist practices. I have not seen any Evangelical churches that try to communicate with the dead but an emphasis on inner peace often compromises the call for believers to actively contend with evil forces in the world around us. The Book of Proverbs states:

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked; those who uphold the law contend with them!

Churches that refuse to speak to the life and death issues of the day, like abortion, often also avoid taking strong positions on Bible doctrine. Germany was full of Christians who acquiesced as the racial theories of the German National Socialist Worker’s Party became part of the German National Church, a Lutheran organization that traditionally had legal ties to the German government.

At first glance, churches in the United States are not entangled with the government. Neverthless, the threat of losing tax exemptions and other pressures and influences are compromising the call for our churches to take a prophetic stand regarding the issues of our day.

Traditional concepts of rights and duties, checks and balances and the original meaning of the U.S. Constitution protect our ability to spread the Gospel. The American Church has reached across the globe to bring the Gospel message of deliverance in most places. Are we now to acquiesce in a New World Order managed by false prophets and leaders that promise to perform miracles? Any suggestions that a leader has ties to divinity or a superior race lead us back to the time when aristocrats claimed a Divine Rights of Kings. With reinforcement from the Church in Rome, Charlemagne, Dagobert and their offspring claimed a Holy Roman Empire which was neither holy nor Roman!

Our forefathers staked their lives, their fortunes and sacred honor on the premise that ordinary men and women could govern themselves if we would just remain submitted to Biblical morality and eschew any religion not revealed in the Scripture.

Now the history books are being rewritten. But the ancient landmarks cannot be removed because many Americans are presently in the same state of mind that existed in the 13 colonies right before the American Revolutionary War. British soldiers attempted to dragoon the colonials into giving up American arms stored in local armories around cities like Boston. But the new breed of colonists had decided that their ancient rights trumped the claims of kings, those with aristocratic pedigrees and even Acts of Parliament!

Racism goes hand in hand with claims of aristocratic genealogy because genetics is always close to the heart of elitists. Even in America we are starting to see families like the Bush family and the Clintons achieving influence that could become the basis for a new aristocracy.

The U.S. Progressive, Margaret Sanger, founded Planned Parenthood, and advocated improvement of the human race by genetic engineering called Eugenics. She was an influential thinker who successfully advocated forced sterilization for poor blacks and other groups of “defectives“); Sanger was a forerunner to the racial theorists of the Third Reich- in fact, the Nazis quoted Sanger profusely.


We should shun anything that has to do with such deceptions and be very careful about subscribing to conspiracy theories. Nevertheless, the Scripture instructs us to expose the works of darkness and to be vigilant because the devil is constantly seeking to deceive the very elect.

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01/11/15

01:01:09 am Permalink Philippine President Supports Pinoy Guns   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 979 words

A few years back, the Philippine National Police decided not to ban Filipino citizens from carrying pistols in public. The PNP issued and enforced a six-month ban during the last presidential election with a proposal to make the ban permanent. President Benigno Aquino took office on June 30, 2010 and very diplomatically pointed out why the ban was not an answer to crime in the Philippines. The previous president, an anti-gun advocate, was severely discredited when the Ampatuans, her political machine in the Maguindanoa area of Mindanoa, allegedly committed a massacre against the Ampatuan dynasty’s political opponents. The trial commenced September 8, 2010 and is till gearing up for some trials in 2015! Many of the victims were journalists.

President Aquino, the Supreme Court chief justice and other influential figures have been frequent visitors to gun shows in recent years, according to Philippine gun rights activists. Experts at the gun shows lecture on legal aspects of gun ownership, sports shooting and how to maintain a firearm.

In the Philippines, any citizen that can afford the relatively expemsive fees can get a license to own a conventional gun, subject to a police clearance and other security checks. The law allows people to carry guns outside their homes if they can prove to police they may need to use it in self-defence. Lawyers, judges, businessmen and even journalists walk the streets with guns.

There are about 1.3 million licensed firearms in the Philippines, with 600,000 in the hands of private citizens and the rest held by the military, police and other law-enforcement agencies, according to police estimates.

There is roughly one firearm in circulation for every 40 Filipinos when you count all the weapons for which there are no permits.

Every time there is an election a ban gets imposed but after the last election the PNP proposed a permanent ban- at least on “Away From Home” permits.

Noynoy” said that he was not in favor of a total gun ban in the Philippines because it might not be the answer to the crime situation.

Away From Home” permits are so expensive that only the rich can afford them and permits to keep firearms in the home are renewed annually for about $100.00 for each weapon! “Away From Home” permits are much like concealed carry licenses in the U.S. but cost about $200.00 per year on top of the annual fees required just to own each firearm! Keeping a gun in your home requires a psychological examination and enough red tape to choke a caribow- the Philippine water buffalo that still accomplishes much of the work done by tractors in more industrialized nations.

There are also limits on how many weapons of different calibers Pinoys can own. One small caliber pistol- e.g. .22 caliber- one small caliber rifle and one high power pistol and one high power rifle. If you don’t have an Away From Home permit, you have to make arrangements with the police in advance just to transport your unloaded weapons to the range!

Almost every time there is an election the national police and/or the President (by executive order) temporarily bans weapons outside the home and roadblocks go up with inspections to enforce the bans. Sometimes the ban is short lived and other times the temporary ban goes on indefinitely! If you have friends in high places, however, it probably just isn’t a big deal!

The country only has 250,000 security forces to protect some 100 million Filipinos, according to Aquino. In Southern Mindanao, Islamic rebels have recently invaded villages and taken local people hostage during battles with the AFP. Additionally, Communist NPA rebels are still active in the mountains and many provincial and rural areas. Given this situation, Aquino said the response time would be much slower.

He said that if laws are rigidly enforced, good police work can solve crimes committed by outlaws. Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel, on the other hand, advocated banning guns on the streets “to ensure peace”.

The NPA assassins, or “Sparrows“, reportedly deploy 1911 style .45 pistols with grip safeties taped down. The Sparrow team approaches a vehicle that is stopped in traffic. The weapon is worn inside the wasteband under the belly. One hand inside the pants pocket pushes the weapon upward into the other hand and the executions occur with a well-practiced outward snap of the arms in traffic at busy times of the day.

Some local governments support citizen paramilitary forces such as the Civilian Home Defense Force and its successor, the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Units.

Extra-judicial killings promote rumors that government forces paticipate in terrorist attacks. Accusations are also rampant that the leftists attack their own sympathizers and then blame attacks on government troops!

The Peaceful, Responsible (pro-gun) Owners of Guns thought the proposals were “impractical and unrealistic”. But Malacañang (the counterpart to our White House) directed PNP Director Gen. Jesus Versoza to make sure that all sides were heard and all opinions weighed.

Certain lawyers’ and judges’ groups pressed Gen. Versoza to lift the total gun ban.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said. “In my experience, the issue is really equally divided on both sides. The decision is not easy to make.” He claimed to see merit in the argument of legal gun owners that a total ban would only benefit criminals who do not care about regulations.

Do the police actually make the laws in the Philippines? Some Filipinos threatened to file suit against the PNP if it insisted on a gun ban extending beyond June 9, 2010.

We are not only fighting to allow us to carry our firearms but to protect our lives,” said lawyer Banjo Navarro III, A2S5 Coalition interim spokesman. Indeed, Philippine journalists have been assassinated in numbers that compare with countries like Iraq and Russia. On Nov. 23, 2009, 31 journalists were killed at one time in the above referenced massacre in Mindanao. Sadly, political assassination will remain a way of life in the Philippines.

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11/06/14

11:48:17 am Permalink I-594 and NFA Gun Trusts   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 224 words

It is too early to know whether a gun trust will provide any protection from charges of violating I-594. The initiative does not provide any exception for temporary sharing of firearms with trustees names in an NFA Gun Trust. The federal exception for temporary transfers of NFA restricted items to trustees has been promulgated administratively by the BATF and is not binding on Washington State.

In fact, there could be an issue as to whether even the temporary sharing of an NFA restricted item with another trustee named in your NFA gun trust violates I-594. I-594 defines a transfer as follows:

(25) “Transfer” means the intended delivery of a firearm to another person without consideration of payment or promise of payment including, but not limited to, gifts and loans.

The Initiative defines a person as follows:

(17) “Person” means any individual, corporation, company, association, firm, partnership, club, organization, society, joint stock company, or other legal entity.

Trusts are not listed as persons under the definition above but might qualify. If a trust is deemed to be a person and the trust owns the item, a transfer between co-trustees might be legal without a background check.

We are continuing to assess these and other issues regarding the new law. Please check this website and the NFA Gun Trust site.

See also Law Office of Mark Knapp PLLC.

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11/02/14

12:11:36 pm Permalink NICS Reverses Stand on Gun Rights for Domestic Violence Convictions in Washington   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 415 words

We will represent you in petitioning the court to restore your right to own firearms. At the present time, the federal government no longer considers a Washington State Fourth Degree Assault (DV) to be a prohibiting conviction. This a complete reversal because, up until a few months ago, the NICS would not recognize restoration of rights for non-felony domestic violence convictions entered in Washington State!

If you have a conviction in Washington, however, you still need to get your rights restored because you are prohibited from possessing firearms under state law. Nevertheless, this is very good news and applies even to people that have been previously denied for Assault 4 convictions in the past. The requirement is to have at least three years from the date the conviction was entered for domestic violence cases and five years for felony convictions.

There is a great deal of safety in relying on the advice of an experienced attorney. We can restore your rights in most cases provided that there is not Class A felony- such as kidnapping- and provided that the prior conviction was not for a sex offense. Your attorney needs to focus in the area of firearms rights in order to understand the complexities and conflicts between the various laws and jurisdictions.

Note well: When answering the questions for a NICS background check: Question 11i on Form 4473 should be answered with strict accuracy: answer “yes” if, and only if, you have a conviction for an offense that meets the federal Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence definition pursuant to 18 USC 922(g)(9); i.e., “use or attempted use of physical force or threatened use of a deadly weapon“.

Thus, you should state no regarding convictions for domestic violence if you only have a Fourth Degree Assault conviction that was entered in Washington State. All of those offenses listed in 9.41.040(2)(a)(i) fall outside the federal definition of Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence.

Assault in the Fourth Degree, Coercion,
Stalking, Reckless Endangerment,
Criminal Trespass in the First Degree,
Violation of the provisions of a protection order or no-contact order restraining the person or excluding the person from a residence.

See RCW 9.41.040

On the other hand, when applying for a Washington State Concealed Pistol License the answer would be yes to the offenses listed above but not necessarily for every conviction identified as DV on your criminal history. Thus, you will need legal advice from an attorney with very technical expertise if you have a domestic violence conviction in Washington.

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10/15/14

12:19:30 am Permalink I-594: Beware of Wolves in Billionaire's Clothing   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 552 words

Initiative 594 is a proposed measure that its proponents claim will prevent mentally ill and other prohibited persons from obtaining firearms.

The campaign is being financed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Nick Hanauer, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer along with other leftist Billionaires. The anti-gun Bloomberg’s “grassroots” organization Everytown For Gun Safety filings with the Public Disclosure Commission reveal a $50 million action fund to support I-594.

The initiative, sponsored by the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, is thus being promoted by Bloomberg and other out-of-state interests that seek to destroy the freedom that has made Washington a state where there is less crime than other states.

Unfortunately, we also have people like Bill Gates living in Washington State that fail to respect the many gun owners participating in all kinds of shooting activities who do so very safely and in a law abiding manner.

Initiative 594 contains language that demonstrates an agenda less to do with universal background checks and more to do with creating difficulties for those of us that own and train others in the use of firearms.

The measure will criminalize, with few exceptions, all temporary transfers of firearms that do not involve purchases, such as for safekeeping, hunting, loan, recreational sharing, safety training, coaching, transport, etc.

The Federal Way based Armed Defense Training Association is a good example of how the law may impact local gun owners. Founded in 2010, the non-profit group provides opportunities for education, training and gun safety. Many of the public service presentations involve members teaching gun safety to new gun owners and those who may be thinking of becoming first time gun owners.

The fact that the association’s members volunteer to let folks handle unloaded firearms in very closely supervised settings, often in a church, library or similar setting, raises the issue of whether we could be prosecuted for a crime just by letting someone handle a firearm.

It sounds ridiculous but the I-594 definition of transfer includes temporary handling of firearms. The Armed Defense Training Association is not a political group but many of the members have become concerned about how the law will be applied to our training activities.

But it is not just armed citizens like us that are concerned. The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs voted to oppose I-594 and support I-591. Initiative 591 is a proposal that prevents government gun confiscation without due process and requires that background checks in Washington comply with a uniform national standard.

If the Legislature were dealing with such issues, I-594 would never even be reported out of committee. Legislators know what happened in Colorado when lawmakers were recalled for infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Voters should be clear and vote for I-591 to keep a clear national standard in place.

On the other hand, I-594 is deceptive and seems to be intentionally confusing. Bad legislation always has unintended consequences. The gun ban lobby wants Washington to believe that the NRA does not represent the large numbers of us that own firearms. The truth is that we should all be offended when Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and others pour millions into the radically deceptive agenda of the gun banners, saying and doing anything to turn the rest of us into helpless sheep.

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10/12/14

10:46:51 pm Permalink Islamic State Forging Links With Mexican Cartels?   English (US)

Categories: Announcements [B], 433 words

About five years ago the new was that the cartels just across the border from El Paso, Texas had erupted in violence. According to the Wall Street Journal Ciudad Juárez was ground zero in Mexico’s war against drug cartels.

Now the news that is starting to leak out but still denied by the Obama Administration and ignored by the mainstream media is that Islamic terrorists are joining their operations with the cartels and may be targeting Fort Bliss. The reports of terrorists from the Middle East crossing the border from Mexico are not new. Nevertheless, the Islamic State’s control of huge quantities of money and vast amounts of oil rich real estate means that they have to invest their money somewhere.

Drugs, kidnapping, extortion and beheadings are the stock in trade for the cartels and ISIS. reaching out and touching U.S. personnel in the United States accomplishes several objectives shared by both the cartels and Islamic terrorists. Hitting U.S. interests sends a potent message to their enemies but it also sends a message to their friends. Thus, recruiting in which ISIS seems to be doing very well, will get even better. ISIS may even recruit cartel members (or form its own cartel) for financing operations near the Southern border) and joint operations bring new skills and increased firepower to both organizations.

Juárez’s approximately 165 deaths per 100,000 residents several years ago made it the murder capital of the world. That compared with 48 violent deaths per 100,000 residents of Baghdad.

The citizens in Michoacán province of Mexico are now in a more powerful position because they have armed vigilantes that have acquired full automatic weapons. Some of them lived in the United States and learned their skills in the street gangs of LA. But bearing arms makes citizens disciplined, vigilant and alert to danger whether it is from domestic political factions, criminal organizations or foreign terrorists. Every Mexican American should be in favor of making guns available to law abiding Mexican citizens.

Mexico’s government waged war with the drug cartels by militarily occupying many areas within Mexico. Mexico might have done more to fight drugs and violence in Ciudad Juárez than any other place in Mexico. The drug gangs have diversified and extortion has provided a new motivation to increase the body counts.

The extortion wave that is very familiar in Mexico is almost identical to the Islamic State’s operations in Syria and Iraq. Fasten your seat belts and discuss these developments with your neighbors. These things may not be as far from your town or city as you think!

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