Fighting to free Zach Witman

For fifteen years, Zach Witman has been serving a life sentence, without the chance of parole for the murder of his brother Greg. Today, Zach’s parents announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the release of their son, and introduced the team they hope will turn this case around.

The Witman family and team holds a press conference Wednesday March 27, 2013.

The Witman family and team holds a press conference Wednesday March 27, 2013.

For six years, I’ve been working with George Matheis, owner of Modern Combative Systems LLC, first as a photographer, then as a student. We’ve become close friends and I was not surprised in the least when I heard that George had been contacted by the Witman family to help with the case.

130327 Whitman-6

George has offered unique insight into the case, not only with his edged weapons expertise, but with his very pointed critique of the investigating police department. IF the Witman team can convince the District Attorney or the Supreme Court to hear the case on appeal, I believe there is a very good chance that Zach, now 29, will be a free man.

130327 Witman-2

130327 Witman-3

130327 Witman-8

Gear Review – Vigilance Tactical appendix belt clip holster

The Appendix Carry belt clamp holster

and

Quicktuck magazine holder

by

Vigilance Tactical

Vigitac Appendix-2

Several months ago a friend showed me his new kydex holster from Vigilance Tactical while on a range trip. The holster looked very well made and Mark was real happy with it so I touched base owner Chris Moon about having some work done. I’ve been carrying my Kahr CW9 in a Galco leather holster, and while well made, the holster didn’t do a very good job of concealing my tiny 9mm.

After a bunch of missed attempts to drive over to Manheim to meet with Chris, I finally got to visit Vigilance Tactical about two weeks ago. Located in a beautifully remodeled barn, the shop is small but neat, and very well stocked with enough nylon to excite a gear whore like me. Chris showed me some of his recent work, and we talked in detail about my holster design. I decided to go with an appendix carry, inside the pants rig because it just seemed to offer the best concealment available. I also ordered a holster for a spare mag.

I was lucky to hit Chris up between projects and since I left him my daily carry gun to wrap, he made extremely quick work of putting together a quality holster for me. A few days later I was back at the shop and picking up the new kydex gear.

Vigitac Appendix-1

The appendix carry belt clamp holster is made of a single piece of kydex, this one being .60 in thickness. Chris usually uses .80 or .93 thickness kydex, but since this is an inside-the-pants design, the thinner material is perfect. The first thing I noticed about the holster was the lack of “extra” kydex that a lot of makers include. The holster is cut very exactly to the shape of the gun and the front of the holster is cut down to the ejection port. The trigger mechanism is completely covered, a feature that is required for a holster that carries my firearm so close to the “family jewels,” and there is a full-length slot for the front sight, which will reduce wear on the little plastic front sight that Kahr uses on the CW9.

A single belt “clamp” is located directly behind the trigger guard. The way the clamp is designed, the holster is held in place by looping over the top of the pants, and behind the belt. Instead of a solid belt loop, the clamp is “C” shaped when viewed from the side, and while having plenty of purchase to hold the gun in place during wear and draw, it is very discreet, showing only the tiniest amount of black plastic above and below the belt. With a black belt, this would blend right in and by utilizing the built-in slot, you can actually tuck your shirt in and be concealed.

Vigitac Appendix-3

Using an appendix carry rig is a bit of a pain, literally, at first. If you are not used to it, which I wasn’t, the first few days of wearing it will cause a bit of discomfort. I’ve been wearing my daily for the past week and am getting used to it. This is not a problem with the design of the holster, it’s a problem with body shape. If you have flat, six-pack abs, you will no doubt, take to carrying an appendix rig quickly. I’ve got a touch of the 40 plus year old gut, and while I don’t overhang my belt, it’s enough to put added pressure on the top of the gun, pushing it into my groin.

Concealing the holster and gun is amazingly simple with the Vigilance Tactical appendix rig. A t-shirt or polo will conceal the gun easily and unlike a traditional inside-the-pants holster behind the hip, your gun will not print while bending over or stretching above your head. Matter of fact, the only way I can print with the appendix rig is to do a near back-bend, and I guarantee you, I won’t be doing that out where the public can see me!

Deployment from the Vigilance Tactical appendix holster is fast, like really fast! I haven’t had a chance to do a range trip but I have run a bunch of dry-fire drills wearing it and I can attest to the fact that an appendix carry holster is a much faster draw, at least for me, than a traditional hip holster. Chris knew I was concerned with having the ability to get my fingers around the small grip of the CW9. Most inside-the-pants holsters hold the CW9 way to deep to be able to get a secure grip on the draw. He designed my holster to hold the gun a bit higher from the belt enabling me to get three full fingers around the grip on the draw. Removing the gun is smooth and the holster stays put on even the most rapid draw strokes. Re-holstering is just as quick and easy once I remembered that my holster was now in the front of my pants instead of behind my hip bone (did I mention I never used an appendix rig before?)

Vigitac Appendix-5

Vigitac Appendix-4

The Quicktuck magazine holster is just as well thought-out and made as the appendix rig. While designed to be used inside-the-pants, Chris suggested I place the mag holster between my belt and my pants, it is just as secure and it’s one less thing taking up space inside my waistband. The suggestion is a sound one and after fiddling around a bit with placement, the mag holster is just as concealing as the appendix rig.

 Vigitac Appendix-6

Vigitac Appendix-7

After a week or so of use, I have to say that the Vigilance Tactical appendix holster with the belt clamp is by far my favorite concealment holster I’ve tried. It is a well thought-out, well made holster that complements the concealablity of my Kahr CW9. Of course, after seeing how well Chris constructed the appendix rig and mag holster, I dumped my Olight T25 and Leatherman tool on his desk for him to wrap and I have plans for him to build a custom holster for my grand-dad’s S&W Highway Patrolman .357.

If you are looking for a quality holster or have an idea for a custom rig, give Chris at Vigilance Tactical a ring!

Vigilance Tactical

info@viitac.com

717-917-5090

RIP Chris Kyle, US Navy SEAL

Seal Memorial

 

US Navy SEAL and author of American Sniper , Chris Kyle was murdered today while working with fellow veterans.

Please say a prayer for the Kyle family and close friends in this sad time.

RIP Mr. Kyle

chris-kyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few short weeks, and now the NRA was right.

A few weeks ago the Main Stream Media blasted the National Rifle Association for the recommendation of putting armed guards in every school. The idea was scorned, ridiculed and flat out laughed at by CNN, MSNBC, Piers Morgan and Joe Biden.

But quietly, at least in the national media’s view, schools around the country started reviewing their security and some schools, Texas and California come to mind, decided the idea was a good one.  In Atlanta this week, an armed guard disarmed and took into custody a young man who shot a fellow student.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/55742445-68/police-shooting-parents-students.html.csp

And yesterday it was announced, again very quietly, that the school district in Newtown CT, the site of the most recent mass shooting incident, has voted to have “two eyes and ears — one armed, one unarmed — at each Newtown school,’ reports Bronxville Patch’s Davis Dunavin.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/01/Newtown-Votes-To-Put-Armed-Guards-In-Schools

I know in many school districts, having a full-time school resource officer is a burden on the district budget. Having an armed officer at every school in the district would probably mean the loss of a teacher or staff member at each of the buildings.  While I applaud school boards for realizing that having armed guards is a good start to keeping our children safe, I question why our teachers, who have to undergo a State Police background check just to be employed, can’t be trusted to defend the students?

I know for a fact that there are more than a handful of teachers and administrators in our school district that have their License to Carry Firearms. For less than $200 per teacher (that was already licensed and chose to do so) a bio-metric gun safe could be installed in their classroom for their firearm to be secured. Teachers who volunteer could be provided with additional, low-cost training, and a policy could be developed for transportation of firearms to and from school to ensure that our children are never accidentally exposed to a gun in school or have access to them. Of course, the National Safe Schools Act (Gun Free School Zones) would have to be changed but I fully support our teachers who chose to legally arm and defend themselves.

We all knew it was coming…..

The wicked witch of the west finally dropped her big, bad gun ban bill on the Senate this week calling for an “assault weapons” ban.  Senator Feinstein (D-CA if anyone didn’t know) has been waiting for her 15 minutes of fame but I really think she is off the deep-end on this.

The highlights of Feinstein’s bill are as follows:

~ Ban the sale, transfer, importation or manufacturing of about 150 named firearms, plus certain rifles, handguns and shotguns fitted for detachable magazines and having at least one military characteristic.

~ Strengthen the 1994 ban by moving from a two- to a one-characteristic test to determine what constitutes an assault weapon.

~ Ban firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons.”

~ Ban the importation of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

~ Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

The bill would grandfather in weapons legally owned on the day of enactment and exempts over 900 specific weapons “used for hunting or sporting purposes.”

I’m assuming that the grandfathering clause would not cover high capacity magazines.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/01/23/feinstein-assault-weapons-ban/1856613/

We all knew it was coming. Hopefully, during the past month or so, we have been writing and calling our representatives in Washington, taking part in peaceful Second Amendment rallies and making our voices heard. I know we are doing it here in Pennsylvania. The sad tale of demise of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor show is proof that our passion to keep the Second Amendment is strong.

But why “assault weapons?”  The liberal paranoia over modern sporting rifles is an entirely emotional response to their fear. The facts PROVE without a shadow of doubt that modern sporting rifles are used in a very small percentage of homicides and other firearm related crimes. Even in Sen. Feinstein’s home state of California the statistics prove the such firearms just are not used in very many crimes (2011 report)Cali Gun Crime

FBI statistics show that in 2011 there were just 323 homicides by rifles of all types (that is everything from a single shot 22 rifle to battle rifles), less deaths than by hammers. Here in PA, we had TWO murders last year with a rifle that falls into Feinstein’s ban list.

Mr. Obama and that goofy VP of his have said in the past few weeks that no one “needs” an AR-15 or AK-47 for self defense or hunting. But twice in so many weeks, responsible citizens of this country used ban-list firearms to defend not only their own lives, but the lives of their friends and siblings.

In Harris County Texas a 15 year old boy grabbed his fathers AR-15 to shoot at two men who tried to break into his family’s home. The boy feared for the safety of his sister and opened fire on the men, hitting one three times.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/09/15-Year-Old-Boy-Uses-AR-15-To-Defend-House-Against-Burglars

And just yesterday a RIT student came to the rescue when two intruders, one with a gun, confronted his roommate after they broke into the basement of their apartment. The student grabbed his AR-15 rifle and caused the would be robbers to flee before anyone was hurt.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/24/Student-Uses-AR-15-To-Stop-Home-Invasion

Of course we won’t see these kinds of news stories on CNN or NBC of splashed on the front pages of  USA Today.

Long story short, the Obama Administration and their supporters will continue their attack on our rights, but if I were a betting man, I’d say there is a snowball’s chance in Hell that Feinstein’s bill will ever make it off the Senate floor let alone to Congress where it will most surely die. Yea, there is still that list of 23 executive actions that Mr. Obama wants to unleash, and I have to admit, there are one or two that I support (dealing with mental health). His universal background checks would not be of issue to me IF the federal government actually was doing their job with the current gun laws. But since VP Biden admitted that the feds don’t “have time” to charge and prosecute every person who lies on their background check, what is the point of more?

I’m close with a humorous interview with VP Biden. I’d love to know where he, a liberal politician from upstate PA who has only ever fired a shotgun a few times and has 24/7 armed protection, came to be a subject matter expert on defensive firearms.

In an online Google+ discussion on gun violence, a blogger asked Biden how the rights of those who prepare for extreme emergencies aren’t being trampled on with his gun safety legislation. The vice president responded that shotguns would be the weapon of choice.

“Guess what? A shotgun will keep you a lot safer – a double-barrel shotgun – than the assault weapon somebody’s hands who doesn’t know how to use it,” Biden said. “You know, it’s harder to use an assault weapon and hit something than it is to use a shotgun, ok? So if you want to keep people away in an earthquake, buy some shotgun shells.”

http://www.newsmax.com/US/biden-shotguns-assault-weapons/2013/01/24/id/472878?s=al&promo_code=122D0-1

LMFAO!!!!

Aside

The Warbonnet Outdoors Ridgerunner Hammock

a first look

Article and photography

by John Pavoncello/pho-tac.com

           Image

Back in October my buddy George and I took off to the mountains for a few days. It was my first real experience camping with a hammock. I’d had an Eno Singlerest for about a year, but only used it in the yard and on family camping trips as a place to take a nap or read.

George has been using Warbonnet Outdoors hammocks for years, and when he got a call from the company asking if he knew someone who would be interested in trying out a new hammock, George told them he had just the guy.

Unfortunately, the Warbonnet didn’t arrive until the day we got home from our three day adventure and with the holidays, work, and just plain lousy weather, I haven’t had a chance to camp with the new system. I have, however, been able to set up the hammock and get a first impression.

John A. Pavoncello photo

The Warbonnet Outdoors Ridgerunner Hammock is what they call a ‘bridge’ style hammock. Unlike most hammocks that just gather material at the ends and create sort of a banana shape, the Ridgerunner has two expansion poles that, when placed in position at the head and foot ends of the hammock, square up the shape, creating a lot more room on the inside of the hammock space. These poles come at a cost in weight, the two add about 9.9 oz to the 27 oz hammock system for a total of 36.9 oz. (2.3lbs). Certain hiking poles can be substituted for the expansion poles,which reduces the overall weight.

John A. Pavoncello photo

Using the expansion poles also causes the system to be a bit more unstable than a traditional gathered-end hammock. Getting into and out of the Ridgerunner can be a trick, especially if you don’t remember to grab both sides while climbing in. The traditional, turn-around-and-sit-down method just doesn’t work with the Ridgerunner, and you may just end up on your backside under the hammock, as I learned the first time I tried to climb in. Once you’re in, the hammock is quite comfortable, and people who don’t care for the cocoon feeling of a traditional hammock will appreciate the open space inside. There is a bit more sway than I’m used to, and I haven’t played around with getting into and out of a sleeping bag while in the hammock yet, but I’m sure that with use, I’ll get the hang of it.

One of my favorite features of the Ridgerunner is the integrated bug net. In the northern woods of Pennsylvania, the mosquitoes can be downright horrifying on some humid summer nights, but I hate the feeling of netting hanging loosely around me. The Ridgerunner’s bug net is well thought out. It has two shock cords, one at the foot and one at the head, to keep the net up and secure, and has a three-sided zipper that allows the user to unzip and store the net in a pouch on those bug-free spring and fall evenings.

The Ridgerunner is available in both single and double layers. The one provided to me is a double layer and features an opening at the head end to insert a sleeping pad or under-quilt – a big plus in my book. I tend to wiggle around a lot when I sleep and I’ve found that I tend to slide around even more if I put a sleeping pad under my sleeping bag. While a lot more comfortable and warmer, I haven’t been using a pad because of problems with sliding. The new Ridgerunner’s double layer will keep your sleeping pad right where you put it.

Other features include two external storage pouches on each side, called ‘saddlebags’ by Warbonnet, that are accessible from the inside when the netting is zipped closed. These spacious pouches have plenty of room to store your flashlight, keys, knife, etc. that you may want close at hand at night time. I tried putting my 1000L Nalgene in one of the pockets, and while it fit fine, the weight really made the hammock off-balanced so I would avoid putting heavy objects in them. The hammock also features built-in head and neck support, so a pillow really isn’t needed.

John A. Pavoncello photo

According to the Warbonnet Outdoors website, the Ridgerunner is designed for people 6’6” and shorter. I’m 5’9” or so and had plenty of length with room to spare around my feet. The hammock is available with two different suspension types  – an adjustable strap system, or a line and strap system.

Mine came with the adjustable strap system, and setting up the hammock couldn’t be easier. Each end of the hammock has a 14-foot piece of webbing attached via cinch-buckle with a loop at one end of the strap. Attach a carabiner to the loop, go around the tree and clip the carabiner back onto the strap. It’s that easy. Go to the other tree and repeat.

The slack, or lack there of, can be adjusted on either end via the cinch-buckles. Warbonnet includes a nifty stuff sack for the hammock that opens on both ends, which allows you to keep the hammock off the ground while hooking up the first end.

Overall, I am very impressed by the quality and design of the Warbonnet Outdoors Ridgerunner hammock. I’m sure that after a few overnight outings, I can make an honest assessment, but on a first look, the Ridgerunner is a winner.

John A. Pavoncello photo

Second Amendment supporters gather at PA Capitol

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

This is a resurrection, not only of my long-quiet blog, but of a call to arms, so to speak, as citizens of our country come together to use their First Amendment rights to protect the Second.

Everyone in this country is aware of the tragedies in Aurora, Colorado, and Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Those horrible acts of cowardly men have not only devastated families, but are tearing a seam between those who think that gun control is the solution and those who know that no gun control will keep a violent person from doing harm.

I’m not going to get into the whole debate over gun control. The country is pretty much divided into two camps now. There is the ban, ban, ban to save the children camp who base their entire agenda on emotional responses to an issue that is not about an inanimate object, but their own fears. The other is the group who, regardless of their portrayal in the media, is trying to use fact and reason to come up with true “common sense” solutions to the violence in our country.

Within hours of the last breaths of more than twenty children, the familiar anti-gun faces were on TV calling for more gun control. Within a day, the main stream media filled the airways with those same faces as they cried for a renewed ban on “assault weapons,” high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons. We heard from one polished face after another about the high-powered assault rifle with 30 round “clips” and the dreaded pistol grip. And we heard from politicians who have been waiting, patiently I might add, for just such a tragedy.

All of that has past, and now our future gun rights are in the hands of a president who has long been a supporter of an assault weapons ban – and gun control in general, a Senate made up of a strong group of anti-gun democrats, and a Congress that may be the final line in the sand.

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Today, Saturday, January 19, 2013 was the first of what I believe will be many gatherings of like-minded individuals who came together to support our Second Amendment rights. Organized by Guns Across America and held in conjunction with events in almost every state capitol in the country, the rally drew more than 500 people from all walks of life – black and white, male and female, young and old – a mostly conservative crowd with a few gun-toting liberals in there too. One thing I noticed right away is that this was a family event. Parents brought their children, and those children weren’t just there to hold signs. I spoke to a few who “got it,” and knew that what happens now will affect their rights when they grow up.

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Several speakers took to the podium including a pastor, an NRA representative and others. Overall, the speakers were articulate and knew the facts concerning the current gun rights debate and gun control in general. There were a few things that bothered me, one being the use of the F-bomb a couple times by one of the speakers. (Did I mention there were lots of kids there?) The second was when the same speaker made a call for violence, and several people in the crowd yelled, “off with his head,” referring to the President. I cringed when I heard it, and I prayed that the local television stations weren’t rolling when it happened. Actions like these will be used by our opponents to further the idea that we are maniacs preparing for blood-letting.

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Aside from that awkward moment, the entire event was a peaceful, positive rally. One speaker asked who, aside from the dozen or so citizens openly armed, was carrying a firearm, and nearly 250 hands raised in the air. “I never felt safer,” he then said. There were a few people who, regardless of the request not to open-carry, decided to fully represent their Constitutional right and had their pistols openly displayed in hip holsters or thigh rigs. About a half-dozen decided to open-carry their rifles, and to my surprise, the vast majority with AR-15’s slung over their shoulders were women. Contrary to what the paranoid anti-gunners would have you believe, none of the evil black rifles sprayed hundreds of bullets into the crowd, and the Capitol Police officers let them be. Honestly, I was happy to see the folks openly armed, as I know from experience that rallies like today’s are often targeted by anarchists. Thankfully there was only one lonely voice of discontent at the rally, and she shut her yap pretty quickly when everyone turned their backs and ignored her. Following the rally, hundreds of people lined up to sign  a petition to protect gun rights.

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Overall I’d say the rally was a great success. My only hope is that future speeches from the podium do not include foul language or a call for violence. Through all of this, we are trying to prove that the actions of a few do not represent the whole, so please, don’t say stupid things that misrepresent our cause. Now is a time for action, for calling and writing our elected officials. It is a time for making our voices heard that we will not stand for more laws, especially when the Vice President says that they don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute those breaking the current laws. The Vice President has suggested to President Obama that background checks need strengthened, yet only 60 or so people out of more than 80,000 individuals who failed a background check to purchase a firearm last year were investigated, and only twenty or so of those were prosecuted.

The politicians, with the help of the main-stream media, have convinced a portion of the public that the answer to the gun violence problem is to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.  The facts, provided by the FBI, show the contrary – that more people were killed last year with hammers and knives than by rifles of any type. And if they truly wanted to use “common sense” to curb violence, they would see that the facts prove that gun-free zones only effect law-abiding citizens, and provide a safe killing zone for criminals. The fact is that gun ownership in this country has risen dramatically in the past decade, but violent crime has fallen, in every city except those with strict gun control. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that gun control doesn’t work.

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

Guns Across America Rally, Harrisburg PA, January 19, 2013

YDR Opinion: City Council should be able to ban guns at meetings

I’ve been wanting to revive the Gun Toting Journalist blog since the first of the year but decided to hold off until the emotional fury over the tragic events in Arizona calmed down.  The resulting drive for more gun control was just to be expected out of the anti-gun crowd, with their ever senseless idea that more gun control is going to stop criminals from obtaining and using firearms.

Anyway,  the shooting in Arizona has resulted in a hysteria around the country that has elected officials of all levels of government concerned about their safety. At a recent MLK event, a local mayor had a police presence. I won’t go so far to say the uniformed officer was her body guard, but the said officer stood within a few feet of the Mayor for the entire event.

The hysteria in doesn’t end here. A local councilwoman is trying to buck the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act by calling for a ban firearms from City Council meetings  (See the York Daily Record Opinion article here:  http://www.ydr.com/ci_17187426).

Aside from isolated incidents like the Florida school board shooting,  city council, school board and other ‘public’ meetings are peaceful.  These meeting have the same risk of having an crazed gunman as does any public event, but statistically, the threat of a serious incident is next to nothing.

From a legal and financial standpoint, trying to pass such laws are a waste of taxpayer money.  According to the UFA, only the Commonwealth of PA has the right to create gun laws. We’ve seen cities and municipalities all over the state try to overstep this law by introducing “Lost or Stolen” firearms laws in the past few years and all end with a big cost to taxpayers due to court costs and attorney fees. York City even considered trying to implement a similar law but realized that it was fruitless.  And even if they could pass a law banning firearms from City government property, where is the money going to come from for metal detectors, extra personnel to man the detectors, gun lockers for law-abiding citizens to store their weapons? Are we going to take even more law enforcement officers off the streets to “protect” our local officials?

The best solution for this problem would be for elected officials to provide for their own safety and security if they are so inclined. City council can hire security if they feel the need, but it shouldn’t come at a cost to the taxpayers they serve.  Or, they can decide to defend themselves as  at least two local mayors,  several state reps and other law-makers I’ve know through the years who entrust their safety in their own Second Amendment right.

Report: 10 states sell half of imported crime guns

Report: 10 states sell half of imported crime guns

(AP) – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON — Nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states, according to a report being released Monday by a mayors’ group.

Those states accounted for nearly 21,000 guns connected to crimes in other states, said the survey by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an association of more than 500 mayors led by New York’s Michael Bloomberg and Boston’s Thomas Menino.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced more than 145,000 guns used in crimes in 2009 and found that more than 43,000 of those weapons were sold in other states.

Forty-nine percent of those guns were sold in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California or Arizona.

States were also ranked by the number of crime guns exported per 100,000 inhabitants. Mississippi led that list, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Nevada and Georgia.

Those states, the report said, have more relaxed gun laws, suggesting that “criminals and gun traffickers may favor certain states as the sources of guns.”

For example, in states that do not require background checks for handgun sales at gun shows, the crime-gun export rate was two-and-a-half times as much as the rate in states that do require such checks.

___

Online:

http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/

The accuracy of this “report” comes into question right away when you look at the source, what reporter in their right mind would use an anti-gun organization like “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” to base their information? And why does it seem that these ‘reports’ never have a by-line?

The first thing that struck me was that California was one of the states on the ’10’ list. How can a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country be one of the biggest suppliers of illegal guns?

The other tidbit of info left out is how many of the so-called imported guns were acquired by illegal means. And while all their numbers may look impressive, think about this. 43,000 guns were originally sold in outside states. Of that 21,000 (49%) were sold in one of ten states. That averages out to 2100 per state.

In 2009 almost 500,000 firearms were sold in Pennsylvania, so even if all 2100 guns that were used in crimes in other states came from PA in one year, that is less than 1/2 of 1%. If you consider that a good percentage of these firearms may have been originally sold in PA anytime since the 1938 Federal Firearms Act, that makes this report even more worthless.

All this report proves it that the anti-gun movement, and more importantly the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization, continue to change or distort the facts to suit their purpose.