Guns Criminals Actually Use: Fresno, CA 28MAY2013

Today we have two firearms found in possession of criminals in the fair city of Fresno.

First we have this beauty:

Smith & Wesson Revolver

Smith & Wesson Revolver (686?)

Here is the information we have from the post:

On May 28, 2013, at about 8:00 p.m., North Bureau Impact Team officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn at 4141 N. Blackstone. Officers contacted the occupant of the vehicle and found him to be in possession of a loaded/concealed handgun. Rudy Romero, 32 years, was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm/ammunition and for having a loaded/concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Posted by: Sgt. Doug Goertzen, North Bureau Impact Team.

Notice the speed loader that was also recovered.

Crimes: Felon in possession, carrying concealed in a vehicle without CCW.

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No.

Next we get some foreshadowing of the things to come from this little experiment:

Ruger 10/22

Ruger 10/22

Here is the information we have from the post:


On Tuesday May 28, 2013 just before 8:00 p.m., Motor Officer Tom Hardin was patrolling in the area of Balch and Waverly avenues when he noticed a vehicle traveling on Balch ave. The vehicle had no front license plate and the rear passenger was not wearing his seatbelt. Officer Hardin initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for the violations. The vehicle stopped in an apartment complex parking lot in the area of Beck and Phillips ave. When the vehicle came to a stop the passenger in the rear seat immediately jumped out of the vehicle and ran from the scene. The passenger was holding the waistband of his pants appearing to conceal something while running from Officer Hardin. Officer Hardin gave foot chase but had to return to the vehicle which contained other occupants. Assisting officers arrived on scene to assist Officer Hardin. Officer Hardin noticed a subject matching the description of the passenger who ran away, was ducking behind a large bush nearby. Officer Hardin advised nearby Officers to contact the subject who was near the bush while he stood by the vehicle. Officers Jason Peterson and Angelica Alvarado-Risco contacted the subject and found him to be in possession of a concealed loaded firearm. Through investigation officers discovered the subject to be Javonni Lavender, 20 year old resident of Fresno. Lavender was arrested for being a Felon in possession of a concealed loaded firearm, and ammunition.

Posted by Officer Mark Gacayan
Fresno Police Department Traffic Bureau 621-5050

Notice the Butler Creek 25 round .22lr magazine.

Look at that poor old plinker. I’m pretty sure that this was a rifle stock that someone cut down, and then screwed a pistol grip onto. I’m also fair certain that the silver stud you see on the rear of the stock is a sling attachment point (looks like a swivel stud screwed into the side of the stock).

Magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds are legal in California, if legally possessed prior to 1/1/2000. Since our criminal is 20 he could not legally possess that magazine (I know, well maybe his dad gave it to him when he was 6! Yeah… do you want to be that test case?). The magazine issue is a “wobbler” (could be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony). I’m thinking they should go felony here.

So we had a guy running around with this shoved down his pants who initially eluded pursuit, and then was spotted in his attempt at ninja like stealth while trying to hide behind a bush in line of sight of the initial crime scene. Genius.

Crimes: Felon in possession, concealed carry without CCW, unregistered SBR, unregistered “Assault Weapon” as defined by California law (length and pistol grip with a magazine outside of the pistol grip), unlawfully possessed magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Do we need more gun laws to cover this: No. Pretty much everything about that firearm is illegal to possess in California already.



Guns Criminals Actually Use: Fresno, California

We’ve been hearing a lot about evil criminal guns in the media lately (especially here in good old Kalifornia), but we know from the UCR data that rifles of any kind are not used in many shootings. So what are criminals actually using?

I subscribed to my local PD’s Facebook page, and have been kicking this idea around for a while now. I am going to start posting the actual firearm photos that they confiscate from criminals, along with as much information as I can get. I wish I could get all information for every single gun seized from criminals in this city (unfortunately not happening), but I can share what they post.

Get ready, some of this stuff is WILD.


Your intentions don’t matter; what matters is the consequences of your actions


This is mostly addressed to the people conducting a coordinated “shaming” campaign against the Congressional Representatives who voted against the latest Federal Gun Control legislation (but the rest of you gun grabbers can learn a thing or two here so pay attention). You people should be ashamed of yourselves, and you’d do well to pay attention to the truths behind this rant. If you push this nation into a bloody revolution, you will be held to account for your actions.

As the man once said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

In light of everything that has gone on since the Sandy Hook shooting it’s patently obvious that the people who are pushing gun bans and restrictions in the US have no idea what they are fucking with.

For the last four years guns shops have been doing brisk business, selling tens of thousands of firearms a month (to law abiding citizens), with frequent ammo shortages in all of the major calibers. For the past 12 months one of the maybe 10-12 guns shops in my city of ~600,000 people has had a stack of 4473’s (this is the paperwork for buying a firearm from a dealer) that is 10-12″ thick sitting behind their counter (this is only 10 days worth of purchases where I live).

For the past three months that stack of 4473’s has been two 14-18″ stacks. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds are pretty much gone as soon as the boxes are opened. Magazine rebuild kits are gone as soon as the box is opened. Ammo is gone for pretty much all calibers. There are maybe 10-15 rifles of any kind or caliber in stock at any given time (18 months ago this was more like 150-250).

That’s one gun shop, in one city, in one State. I’ve talked to a lot of people in different places in this country, and from what I can tell this is the rule rather than the exception in nearly all of the US right now.

This is not a country stocking up on things that may get banned. This is a country preparing for war.

If these fuckers keep pushing it, the unintended consequences will be thousands (if not hundreds of thousands or millions) of dead Americans, and a completely different US than the one that we all know today.

It will be a sad day when Americans are shooting Americans, and I’ll shed tears for it. But I won’t shed any tears for the fuckheads who started this bullshit.

Let’s see if any of those aforementioned fuckheads have gamed this scenario out at all. Let’s say that one of the literally dozens (if not hundreds) of proposed pieces of firearm restriction legislation pisses off enough people to the point where we see the shooting start. It’ll take a while to get started, and once started (which I fear is a very real possibility for the first time in my life), it will not stop until the people who started this shit (the gun grabbers pushing their agenda) are held accountable for it, or gun owners are exterminated.

By my best estimates there are about 800,000 law enforcement officers in this country. At best (every reserve active) we have maybe 2 million soldiers in our armed forces. Let’s call that 3 million (which isn’t accurate, because there is literally no possible way to get all of them in the US at the same time without just pulling out all the stops and leaving the rest of the world to fend for themselves).

There are 600,000 people with hunting licenses in Wisconsin alone. Every one of those 600,000 have experience stalking and ambushing live targets. I’m not saying they’d all be on the same side (no more than all LEO’s and soldiers would) in a second civil war, which is what we’re actually talking about here.

Aside from the large number of LEO’s and soldiers who will never fire a shot at a US civilian over this shit (which should be pretty plain in light of the dozens of Sheriffs and Sheriff’s associations who have sent in letters to our “legislators” flat out telling them that they will not be enforcing any new gun bans), and many of who will defect taking their “military grade” weapons with them, plain old US citizens can field a force estimated to be between 3 and 6 million at any given time.

That’s only three to six percent of the estimated 100 million gun owners in the US. Let’s go low and call it 3 percent. 3 million insurgents without uniforms or identifiers.

Looking at those raw numbers, it seems like it would be pretty even, but it wouldn’t be. The vast majority of soldiers and LEO’s would not side with the government. Even if they didn’t side with the rebels, that’s still gonna be a huge blow to the gun grabbers. Let’s be pessimistic and say that only 25% of soldiers and LEO’s would refuse to side with the governement. That leaves about 2.3 million government forces.

That three percent number I used for the rebels wasn’t just pulled from thin air; three percent is the number most often quoted when discussing the number of colonial combatants fielded during the American revolution. But that was 3 percent of the total population. If we use that number we’re talking 9+ million rebels against at most 3 million government troops.

If an armed rebellion were to happen here, it’d be months (best case scenario) before things start to normal out.

In the interim, what do you suppose daily life is going to look like in this country? Hell ONE ex cop kills three people in LA (only two were cops), and LAPD starts shooting up any vehicle that vaguely matches the description without even bothering to identify that there were two elderly women in one of them.

Two guys set off a couple of bombs and shot one cop in Boston, and the police lock down the entire town (4 towns actually), shred the 4th Amendment, and start doing door to door raids to find the remaining bomber. Think about that for just a second, two guys completely shut down a major US city for days with a couple of IEDs and one gun.

Can you imagine what it will be like if hundreds or even thousands of people started putting down the politicians, media talking heads, and LEO’s pushing this shit?

You know cops aren’t going to be responding to jack shit after the first couple of emergency calls that turn into ambushes.

In just my tiny little city of ~600,000 people, law enforcement estimates that there are approximately 35,000 active gang members. Expand that to the entire county of just about a million people and they estimate there are 70,000 active gang members. We have (and I’m being really generous here) maybe 5,000 Law Enforcement Officers in the area. That’s 15:1 odds against the police.

You think those gang members are just gonna sit around when they see that cops aren’t responding to calls? What do you suppose will happen once some of them start to figure out that “Warlord” has a nicer ring to it than Gang Leader? Now add to that the proliferation of Mexican Drug Cartels operating in the US right now. A sincere heartfelt thanks to the ATF and Eric Holder for handing them 2000+ rifles (the semiautomatic “weapon of war” variety rifles that the gun grabbers are trying so hard to ban).

So suddenly we’re living in a Mad Max movie.

By the time we get that mess cleaned up, our economy is going to be in a shambles (not that it’s real healthy just now anyway). So the US is going to look quite a bit different than it does today. You think North Korea (or any of a dozen other despot run shitholes) won’t take the opportunity to start some shit while we’re busy in our own backyard? You think some jihadists won’t figure out that it would be a good time to play their little games?

If you don’t see how easily that could happen, you don’t know enough about the situation. Look at what happened in New Orleans after Katrina, and that was just one city with the undivided attention of the entire government.

Is this what you want? Is this what you had in mind when you set out to “save the children” by banning firearms Ms. Feinstein?

I’m not prescient, so I can’t predict how it will happen in detail, but I know (with the limited intel that I have access to) that all of those things are likely. Not just possible, probable.

Not something I want to see in my lifetime. So how about this; let’s just stop trying to punish law abiding citizens for the actions of criminals? Seems much simpler to me.


Police State USA

Last week’s bombings in Boston were a terrible thing. It took me a week to write this, as I had to get my head on straight. Yes it is terrible that a couple of asshats decided to kill and maim a bunch of innocent people. My heart goes out to everyone who has a family member, close friend, or were themselves injured.

I am heartened by the response of the citizens of this country, but at the same time terribly saddened at the actions taken by Law Enforcement in trying to locate the remaining suspect.



…is completely disgusting. We have Janet Napolitano yammering that there are absolutely no connections between these two bombers and any terrorist organizations, but police responding like Al Qaeda invaded the East Coast. Yes we needed to bring the people who committed the act of terrorism to justice, but not at the price of shredding the Constitution.

The actions of Law Enforcement here are nothing short of those of a police state, but it’s ok because it is all being done in the name of protecting the public safety, right?

Here is a video of one of the “voluntary” house to house searches that were conducted in Watertown:

Now I could understand that if maybe there were some credible evidence that the suspect was hiding in an unidentified house on that street, or even in that neighborhood. But there wasn’t. They just knew that he was somewhere in “the area”, and so they decided to door to door everything, despite the 4th Amendment and about 100 years of case law clearly precluding that.

This should shock you. No? How about these:


Well it looks like these guys are pretty serious, just wait until they find that bomber. Just the SWAT team, no big deal…


Well ok, maybe they have two SWAT teams…




Oh come on!







Uh, do you at least have some intel that the badguy is in there? No?


This is disturbing…
proxy.storify.comYes those are up armored hummers.

Watertown Manhunt6

Police Converge Mass

Yes, that pistol was just pointing at you ma’am.


Wait a tick, there is something about that last image… what is that? Let’s take a closer peek shall we?


Is that…? Closer…


Yeah, that’s the most disturbing photo I’ve seen come out of Boston yet. That is (presumably) a cop in an up armored hummer pointing an AR at someone taking a picture of him.

That photo was taken with an iPhone, and at that distance there is absolutely zero reason for Ramjet the Rookie there to be pointing an AR at the person taking it. Just because you’ve got a hardon does not mean that you can just trample the Constitution. This isn’t the sandbox, this is a US city.

But officer safety!

NO. It’s a dangerous job, and you’ve got armor.

Is anybody paying attention here?


90% or 49% who cares?

So the favorite trope of “90% of people support background checks” (which is like saying “90% of people support police” or something equally silly) has been debunked again, this time by USA Today.

While I’m sure the gun grabbers will still continue to use the 90% myth, I say; so what? It doesn’t change anything.

If 4 out of 10 or 9 out of 10 people want me to never say another word, it doesn’t change (even slightly) the fact that I have a constitutionally protected right to tell them to go pound sand.

My wife resorts to this crap when she knows that she can’t win an argument based on logic or reason; “…well Jenny and Tammy think that you’re wrong.”

I don’t care that there are three of you with the same wrong opinion, it doesn’t change facts.

100% of the people I encounter today could tell me that if I shaved my goatee I’d look like Brad Pitt, it wouldn’t change the fact that I look absolutely nothing like Brad Pitt.

Wrong is wrong, and background checks don’t stop crime. Want proof?

Adam Lanza failed a background check and was denied the opportunity to purchase a rifle right before he shot up Sandy Hook. The background check system worked (which is amazing considering how flawed it is), and it still didn’t stop the crime.

But this is a little different. They’re using the statistic lie that 90% of people support background checks to say that it is “the will of the people”.

Still doesn’t make it Constitutional, or even a good idea.

I know that better than 90% of the people who pay income taxes want to pay less income tax (wonder if I can get a grant to conduct a study on that one?).

When that is grounds for abolishing income tax, then we can talk about background checks, ok sparky?


FEDERAL: H.R.65 — Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013


  • Raises the age for legal handgun possession to 21
  • Prohibits anyone under 21 from possessing “semiautomatic assault weapons” or “high capacity ammunition feeding devices”
  • Enhanced penalties for youth in possession of the above
  • Enhanced penalties for transferring the above to youth under 21
  • Requires all buyers to have a “secure gun storage safety device” before receiving a firearm from an FFL
  • Establishes penalties for gun owners if a child obtains their firearm
  • Requires that anyone under 18 be accompanies by an adult while attending a gun show, required parent or guardian consent.
  • Establishes grants for law enforcement gun safety programs for parents and children.
  • Recommends (but does not mandate) that each school district should provide or participate in a firearm safety program for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

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FEDERAL: H.R.138 — Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act


  •  Bans transfer or possession of any magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or “similar device’ capable of holding  (or readily restored or converted to accept) more than 10 rounds of ammunition
  • Requires a “large capacity ammunition feeding device” manufactured after the date of enactment be marked with a serial number clearly showing that the magazine was manufactured after the ban.
  • 10 year imprisonment for violation.


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FEDERAL: H.R.226 — Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act


  •  Provides a split over two year $2000 tax credit for anyone turning in a legally owned “assault weapon” (read the text for the definitions, I think they meant “semiautomatic weapon”).


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FEDERAL: H.R.133 — Citizens Protection Act of 2013


  • Repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and amendments to that Act


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FEDERAL: S.150 — Assault Weapons Ban of 2013


  • Bans pretty much all semiautomatic firearms (virtually anything with a magazine, you’ll have to read the text – good luck)
  • Mandatory national registration of all grandfathered “assault weapons”
  • Mandatory national licensing for possession of all grandfathered “assault weapons”
  • Amends Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to allow for grants for “assault weapon” buybacks
  • Bans magazines over 10 round capacity
  • Requires mandatory forfeiture (confiscation) magazines over 10 round capacity
  • Requires that grandfathered “assault weapons” be kept “locked by a secure gun storage or safety device”


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