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Ex-cop: NYPD gun license division was a bribery machine

They might as well have a had a hotline: 1-800-GIFTS4GUNS.

A former city cop spilled his guts Tuesday, telling Manhattan jurors about years worth of bribes he and his fellow officers received for doling out gun permits — everything from cash, prostitutes and expensive watches to baseball memorabilia and exotic vacations.
David Villanueva, an ex-supervisor in the NYPD’s License Division, said he and other cops — including officers Richard Ochetel and Robert Espinel and Lt. Paul Dean — were on the take for years from so-called gun expeditors.
In exchange, the officers doled out pistol permits like candy — even to people who should not have had them, Villanueva said.
One expeditor, he said, may have had ties to organized crime. Another got help with 100 gun permits over the years — “none” of which should have been approved.

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Villanueva gave the testimony at the Manhattan federal court trial of John Chambers, a self-described gun lawyer to the stars accused of plying Villanueva with lavish gifts, including an $8,500 diamond-studded watch and tickets to Broadway shows, in exchange for gun permits.
Villanueva, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the feds, walked the jury through each expeditor.
Frank Soohoo, who pleaded guilty in 2016, plied Villanueva and Ochetel with trips to the Bahamas, Mexico and Hawaii, the ex-police sergeant said. Soohoo also threw lavish parties at his Queens gun store for the officers and occasionally hired hookers to attend, Villanueva said.
In exchange, Soohoo got help getting permits, including advice on how to help a client who was “federally barred” from legally owning a gun, Villanueva said.
Expeditor Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, who has also pleaded guilty, paid $1,000 per gun permit, Villanueva said. In exchange, he was granted at least 100 of them between 2012 and 2015 — none of which should have been approved because paperwork was missing, Villanueva said.

Chambers provided Villanueva with dinners, tickets to Broadway shows, clothes, watches and baseball memorabilia, the ex-sergeant said, including autographed photos of Alex Rodriguez and Mickey Mantle and a signed Willie Randolph baseball.
Prosecutors also passed around the $8,500 watch they say Chambers gave Villanueva in exchange for his helping a client whose licenses were at risk because he failed to report multiple domestic violence incidents.
Villanueva said he was able to help the man — accused of beating his wife — keep two of his four gun licenses, including one for his residence.
Officers Dean and Espinel have denied the government’s bribe allegations and are awaiting trial. Ochetel has pleaded guilty.
Villanueva will take the stand again on Wednesday.

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Harvard Poll: 58 Percent of Americans Under 30 Support Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ by S.H. BLANNELBERRY

(Photo: Teens for Gun Reform)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maybe we can chalk this up to post-Parkland hysteria or maybe we can’t. But a new poll indicates that 64 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 support tougher gun laws.
As it specifically relates to black rifles, what gun-grabbers call “assault weapons,” 58 percent of voters under 30 support a ban, according to a survey conducted by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.
Only five years ago, support for a black rifle ban amongst that same demographic was at 41 percent. And that was in 2013, on the heels of the high-profile mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“For several years, the opinions of young Democrats, Republicans and independents have been steadily shifting toward greater support for gun control measures,” said John Della Volpe, the institute’s polling director, in an interview with the Washington Post.
“The difference today is that the Parkland students have created an environment where the lack of progress on reducing gun violence is now symbolic of all the ills plaguing Washington, D.C.,” he continued.
The poll was conducted back in March. Over 2,600 young adults were surveyed and the results are said to have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

SEE ALSO: Support Gun Control You Child Hating Bigot!!

I checked Gallup to see if it had similar findings. But the last time it polled the public on the question of “assault weapons” was back in October. Days after a psycho shot up a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more.

The trend as it relates to banning black rifles.  This is all age groups, not just youngsters. (Photo: Gallup)

Gallup’s results indicated a 50/50 split. Approximately half support the ban and half opposed. But that metric reflects all respondents, not just those under 30. Still, one would think that it might be higher given the wave of anti-gun sentiment that pervades the airwaves following a national tragedy like Vegas.

A closer look at the breakdown.  (Photo: Gallup)

So, what gives?  Why was Parkland more impactful?  Well, it certainly had more staying power in the public consciousness when compared to other tragedies.  No doubt that was a result of non-stop media coverage and protests funded by Michael Bloomberg and other elites.
The CNN graph below shows Google searches of gun control after mass killings.  You’ll notice that the Parkland peaks (in purple) are higher than many of the others listed.

Google searches after mass killings. (Photo: Google/CNN)

Are we seeing a real shift in opinion on modern sporting rifles, particularly amongst millennials?  Probably too early to tell.  We’ll need more data from other reputable pollsters to make a real determination.  Yet, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t unnerved by the results of the Harvard poll.

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CMMG MkG45 Guard Rifle – PCC in .45 ACP

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CMMG GUARD
Pistol caliber AR carbines have become very popular in recent years. In the majority of circumstances, “pistol caliber AR” has been synonymous with “straight blowback 9mm carbine.” CMMG is now offering an alternative platform that changes this paradigm. It is called the MkG45 Guard.
The MkG45 Guard is a new line of AR-style firearms chambered in .45 ACP. These guns use a delayed blowback system that is said to be better suited for pistol cartridges than straight blowback.

Called Radial Delayed Blowback, the system causes the bolt to rotate during recoil.
This system reduces the velocity of the bolt so that powerful pistol cartridges can be used without the need of a heavy buffer system. In fact, CMMG states that these .45 guns use a buffer that is lighter than a standard 9mm buffer from a straight blowback system.
For the end user this results in two things: a lighter gun and less felt recoil. Some people are surprised by the amount of recoil that a pistol caliber carbine can produce – especially in something like a Kel-Tec Sub-2000. This system should tame the rearward force of the bolt.
One potential issue that I am concerned about is that the company offers a bolt weight kit for “…those who wish to fine-tune the Guard for +P ammunition…” I would hope that the gun would run reliably with standard pressure and +P ammo.
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There is only 2,000 PSI difference between the maximum average pressure of standard .45 ACP (21,000 PSI) and .45 ACP +P (23,000 PSI.)
However, that is an increase of about 9.5%, which could be enough to throw off the delayed blowback system. Once these get into the hands of reviewers, I hope people take a close look at this and see how the gun runs with both pressures.
CMMG designed the MkG45 to feed from Glock 21 magazines. The guns ship with 13-round Glock factorymagazines, and the company recommends Glock manufactured magazines for best reliability.
CMMG will offer this gun in five versions including carbine, PDW and pistol models. The base “T” model will have a 16.1” threaded barrel with brake, M4-style stock, A2-style pistol grip and a KeyMod handguard. Unloaded, the gun weighs only 5.6 pounds. It has a MSRP of $1,299.95.

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Payback can be a B*tch!

UC Berkeley must face lawsuit alleging bias against conservative speakers

By Jonathan Stempel

Reuters

By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) – A federal judge rejected the University of California at Berkeley’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it discriminated against conservative speakers like Ann Coulter by imposing unreasonable restrictions and fees on their appearances.

In a decision late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco said two conservative groups could pursue claims that the school applied its “high-profile speaker” and “major events” policies in a manner that unfairly suppressed conservative speech.

But the judge also said she was “unpersuaded” by claims that the school engaged in intentional viewpoint discrimination, and said the plaintiffs could not seek punitive damages.

The Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America’s Foundation, a Tennessee group, had sued after the university canceled Coulter’s scheduled speech last April 27, citing security concerns.

UC Berkeley is known as the birthplace of the student-led Free Speech Movement of the 1960s. Like other schools, it has tried to welcome different views without jeopardizing safety or its educational mission.

Spokespeople and lawyers for the school did not immediately respond on Thursday to requests for comment. University of California President Janet Napolitano is also a defendant.

The major events policy was adopted in July, and gave school officials discretion to take various steps to ensure security.

While saying the policy was not too vague, Chesney said the plaintiffs may pursue an equal protection claim over a security fee charged for an appearance by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro that was well above a fee at the same venue for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, part of the court’s liberal bloc.

“It is good news that the case is going forward,” Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a phone interview on Thursday. “The First Amendment is a core constitutional principle, and every government policy that restricts, censors or bars otherwise legal speech is unconstitutional.”

The case is Young America’s Foundation et al v Napolitano et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 17-02255.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Stevens Model 258a Bolt Action Shotgun Chamber 20 Gauge 2-3/4

A good solid and relatively cheap shotgun for the Shotgun rookie in the family to start out with! All it really needs is a good recoil pad & you are good to go!

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Want to help some Good Kids in NY? Then take a Gander at this please

Dear League Parent/Student Athlete
The League has been made aware of pending legislation that will have significant impact on the thousands of student athletes, parents, coaches, and volunteers that participate in the New York State High School Clay Target League.
Bill A10428 has been introduced to the New York Assembly. The intention of the bill is to prohibit all New York schools from offering any type of shooting program. The relevant text from the bill is quoted below.
“S 809-B. PROHIBITION OF MARKSMANSHIP AND/OR SHOOTING PROGRAMS.

1. NO PUBLIC SCHOOL SHALL OFFER MARKSMANSHIP AND/OR SHOOTING PROGRAMS.
2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, MARKSMANSHIP AND/OR SHOOTING PROGRAMS SHALL INCLUDE ANY COMPETITIVE AND RECREATIONAL SPORTING ACTIVITIES INVOLVING PROFICIENCY TESTS OF ACCURACY, PRECISION AND SPEED IN USING VARIOUS TYPES OF RANGED WEAPONS, SUCH AS FIREARMS AND AIR GUNS, IN FORMS SUCH AS HANDGUNS, RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS AND/OR BOWS OR CROSSBOWS.”
What Can You Do?
The League encourages everyone who may be impacted to express their opinions on NY State Assembly Bill A10428 at  THIS LINK.
You can also express your opinions on A10428 by contacting your respective State Senators and Members of Assembly.

  • You can learn who your Member of Assembly is HERE.
  • You can learn who your State Senator is HERE.

Key points for your conversations:

  1. The League has never had a reported injury or accident.
  2. No cost to the schools or taxpayers.
  3. Thousands of student athletes, parents, coaches, and volunteers are participating in the League this spring.
  4. The League is fully Title IX compliant and gender neutral.
  5. All teams are 100% School-Approved.
  6. League participation supports local economies along with generating state tax funding for conservation and habitat management.
  7. Shooting sports are Olympic sports.
  8. Participation can lead to scholarships and other educational opportunities.
Safety, Fun, & Marksmanship.
Keep New York’s safest sport safe!
The New York State High School Clay Target League has never had a reported injury. Please make sure coaches, student athletes, shooting facilities and spectators clearly understand all team, facility and League safety policies and procedures. Thank you!

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Grenade Launchers

MY FATHER INVENTED A HAND-CRANKED MULTIPLE GRENADE LAUNCHER

My late father was an inventor and tool & die maker. In the late 1940s, he built stamping dies and tooling for a company that manufactured fishing lures. During his tenure with this company, he invented a fishing lure used for Walleye Pike.
In the late 1950s, he worked for a machine shop where he invented a machine used to remove tree bark off logs for the lumber industry. In 1960, he father went to work for Honeywell Corporation Aeronautical Products Division, Hopkins, Minnesota.
One evening, while still a small boy, I was sitting with my father on the sofa watching a Western movie on television. In the movie, the cavalry was using a Gatling Gun. Unbeknownst to me, my father had an epiphany. It later became the Honeywell MK 18 Hand-Cranked Multiple Grenade Launcher.

The Backstory

During the Vietnam War, the United States military used the M79 Grenade Launcher. The boop gun, as the soldiers in the field called it, was a simple single shot weapon that fired a 40mm grenade.

The United Sates Navy had expressed an interest in rapid-fire weapon that would fire the 40 mm grenade for use on gunboats in Vietnam.
My father presented his concept of a hand cranked rapid-fire grenade launcher to a colleague named Wilford Martwick. Martwick was a brilliant engineer who had previously worked for Boeing. He got the project approved, and he signed off on it.

Initially, the director of marketing expressed his disapproval of the MK 18. He said in a meeting that the MK 18 would never sell, and if it did, he would eat his hat.
The design the two men came up with was a rotary split breech that used straight through feeding of ammunition. This eliminated the need for a reciprocating bolt, extraction of ammunition from a belt, and extraction of ammunition from a chamber. The weapon would fire at a variable rate of up to 250 rounds per minute at ranges from 300 yards to 2,000 yards. Two rounds were fired per each full crank revolution, and the weapon loaded at the three and nine o’clock positions.
The firing sequence was at the six and twelve o’clock positions. A three-position knob was located at the rear of the gun for fire, safe and load. It used a 48 round ammunition box. The ammunition belt was Dacron impregnated with Mylar, and then heat-sealed. A metal fork located the belt, a shuttle spread the belt apart, and metal fingers opened the pocket in the belt to receive the round. This was accomplished in a fraction of a second. The empty shell casings remained in the expended belt.
My father, and Martwick, built the first model on their own time, and used spare parts. I remember my father spending many late nights in his basement workshop. I often fell asleep listening to banging and clacking as my father ran dummy rounds through the launcher.
Between 1965-1968, Honeywell manufactured 1,200 of the MK 18s. Typically mounted on top of the dual .50 caliber M2 Browning machine guns on the stern of the gunboats, the weapon proved to be deadly against the Viet Cong. The pivoting motion of the MK 18 allowed rapid-fire and maximum coverage area with 40 mm fragmentation grenades. It could also be mounted on a standard tripod for use at firebases and bunkers.

Yet Another Invention

In 1965, my father and Martwick had lunch in the company cafeteria to discuss ideas. My father proposed a single shot grenade launcher mounted on the M16 rifle. They went to work developing the weapon. Both men’s names appeared on the patent. Honeywell then sold the patent to Colt Industries. In 1969, the M203 Grenade Launcher was born.

In 1968, my father decided to leave Honeywell. He saw the Vietnam War winding down. The MK 19, a fully automatic grenade launcher, replaced the MK 18.

My father, with his invention

Years later, I met a Vietnam War veteran who served as a River Rat in the Brown Water Navy in 1967. He asked me if I was a relative of the man who had invented the MK 18. When I told him that that man was my father, the veteran told me of the times he used the MK18 in firefights against the Viet Cong while patrolling the Mekong River.
My father died in 2009. Prior to his death, I had the opportunity to learn his story of the MK 18. And what became of the director of marketing who said the MK 18 would never sell? The day the United States Navy awarded the contract to Honeywell, they had a party. A cake shaped like a hat was presented. The director of marketing had to cut the first piece and eat it. I guess he did have to eat his hat after all.
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A Georgia sheriff, whose politically incorrect welcome sign went viral in 2015, has a new, bold message for visitors to his county.

“Our citizens have concealed weapons,” the welcome sign reads in part. “If you kill someone, we might kill you back.”

But it doesn’t stop there.

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Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley’s new concealed carry sign went viral.  (WTVM)

“Enjoy your stay!” the sign added. “We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries.”
Jolley’s previous sign in 2015 defended the American flag and Christmas. He paid $553 for the sign out of his own pocket.
The text read: “WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you…LEAVE!”
At the time, Jolley told “FOX & Friends” he was “humbled” after receiving so much support, especially in his community, where he said people made supportive yard signs and t-shirts.

Harris County's Mike Jolley explains on 'Fox & Friends' the statement he's making about his department's patriotism

The politically incorrect sheriff didn’t shy away from talking about those who disagree with him, either.
“I spent 20 years in the army to give everyone the right to disagree with me or anyone else,” Jolley said. “Hopefully, if they disagree, they can voice that opinion. But if it offends them, truly offends them, maybe they’re in the wrong country.”