Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Toronto police have seized 400 guns from law-abiding owners whose licences had expired or been revoked.
Project Safe City saw police seize unlicensed guns within Toronto. Owners were given the option to pay to renew their licences and pick them up again, or to forfeit the weapon. The 400 guns shown yesterday were forfeited. None of the owners were charged.
"This is a crime-prevention initiative," said Superintendent Greg Getty of Toronto's guns and gangs unit.
California confiscated SKS Carbines from citizens who had "registered" them...Now we again see "registration" lists being used to confiscate guns from non-criminal owners...This is an abomination! Abuse of the gun registration lists is major, plus cowardly cops won't go gun to gun with armed gang-bangers to take their guns, but go after peaceable citizens instead, in a move echoing the WW2 Nuremburg war-crimes trials, where the Nazis excuse was "Just following orders", what's the Toronto PD's excuse?...So...Who's next?...You, Victim?...(S9)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
South Korea has come up with a novel way to boost its defence budget - by selling a vast stockpile of old Korean-war rifles to collectors in the US.
The guns were originally sent to Korea as military aid, and some were also used during the war in Vietnam.
For more than five decades, they have been kept mothballed in warehouses.
Most of those on offer are M1 rifles - a weapon once described by US General George S Patton as "the greatest battle-implement ever devised".
The rifles and carbines were originally sent by the Americans to help during the Korean war.
Since then they have occasionally glimpsed daylight, in training exercises for reserve forces, according to the BBC's correspondent in Seoul, John Sudworth.
But for the most part these weapons have been quietly gathering value as collector's items, our correspondent says.
A total of 86,000 M1 rifles will be sold, and another 22,000 carbines - although these have a more patchy reputation.
In the Korean war they had a reputation for jamming in extreme cold weather conditions, and complaints were recorded from US troops that they often failed to stop heavily clothed North Korean or Chinese soldiers at short range.
That bit about M1 Carbines is misleading. First, those guns were M2 Carbines, the full-automatic version, and yes, there were some reports that enemy troops with wet/frozen quilted uniforms absorbed .30 carbine ball, much like a wet phone book will slow down/stop a round. Much of this had to do more with the extreme cold conditions and the bullet shape of military ball than the carbine per se. Also: All firearms, including Garands and Browning machineguns functioned poorly in the cold in both Korea and WW2 europe, hence those stories about troops urinating on the actions to get them functioning again. At least we will get these weapons back in the hands of collectors, unlike the M-1's and M-14's that Bill "Ban em" Clinton ordered smelted and destroyed by Presidential order! You did hear about that, right?...I'll have a carbine or two myself, how to make it California legal is the question, because I want it with the "Paratrooper" stock /;-) I wonder if the NFA types will be able to get any M2 full-auto Carbines? -S9
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"Anti-organized crime teams with the Mardin police department have stopped and searched the truck upon the suspicious behaviour of the driver, and found 29 AK-47 rifles and 110 cartridges"
You can bet these are not semi-automatic AK-47 clones, but actual machine-gun capable Kalashnikovs...(S-9)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Video of interest, via Codrea Blog. See links list below to access him...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
(WARNING:This is a biased anti-gun & racist propaganda report on criminal activity used to smear lawful gun owners by comparative implication to armed anti-social elements. These are the same do-gooding fools who lie about semi-auto "AK-47's" in the US, equating them with the full-auto machineguns discussed in this article, seeking to destroy the 2nd Amendment. Wayne LaPierre has written a book about these propagandist gun grabbers, get it at www.NRA.org)...
The UN reckons there are some 500m small arms in circulation around the world. At least 70m are Kalashnikovs. The Soviet-designed automatic assault rifle, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, was first manufactured in 1947 (hence its commonest version, the AK-47). Its compactness and durability have made it Africa’s killing weapon of choice since the 1980s, despite its inaccuracy. These days, the continent has all of the score of Kalashnikov variants, including the AKM, the Chinese Type 56, and the Serbian Zastava M70.
Only a small share of the thousands of hapless Africans killed every year by Kalashnikovs (Note: "killed by kalashnikovs" NOT "killed by someone ARMED with a Kalashnikov"! Weasel mind-control words, Reader! - S9) die in war. Most are victims of the police, robbers, cattle raiders and tribal skirmishes. In an attempt to make it harder for organised criminals to arm themselves, and in a nod to global counter-terrorist efforts, a group of ten eastern and central African countries, including Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda, which owe their liberation movements partly to the Kalashnikov, has agreed to harmonise gun laws. It has promised longer sentences for people who carry guns illegally and new electronic marking of state-owned weapons in the hope of cutting the number of Kalashnikovs seeping into the black market, where they are bought more cheaply than anywhere else in the world. The going rate in Somalia and Sudan is around $400, much cheaper than in Asia.
Police chiefs from this new African club of countries paraded their claimed success in curbing the small-arms trade by inviting journalists to watch piles of confiscated rifles being burnt. But that is unlikely to hurt the shadowy, highly profitable illegal trade. New Kalashnikovs keep flowing into Africa. Only a fraction gets confiscated.
Last year a hijacked Ukrainian ship with a cargo of tanks bound for South Sudan was also carrying 10,000 AKs and ammunition, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss-based pressure group. British intelligence last month flagged up what may have been another Ukrainian attempt to export Kalashnikovs to Africa from its Soviet-era stockpiles. It is easy to sell the weapons once they reach Africa. Borders are porous. Corruption eases the flow. Arms dealers can readily buy forged licences and paperwork from officials.
The Kalashnikovs’ popularity puts a premium on the 7.62 x 39mm calibre bullets, which often cost more than those used in rifles such as the German G3 and the old British Lee-Enfield. African policemen and soldiers are often tempted to sell the bullets illegally, since they can each fetch as much as $1 or more. Tracking the ammo is tricky. It is seldom stamped, its provenance often even murkier than that of the guns.
In the harsh Turkana region of northern Kenya a British small-arms specialist, James Bevan, found Kalashnikov cartridges from 25 countries and 51 factories. Half of them, he reckons, had been bought or pilfered from state armouries.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
"They reveal that goal in their legislation. These bills aren’t just about “AK-47s and Uzis” anymore. Legislation to require a federal license to possess any detachable-magazine, semi-automatic rifle or shotgun, or any handgun, has been introduced in Congress. Legislation to reimpose the federal “assault weapon” and “large capacity” magazine ban of 1994, or an even broader ban--both introduced in the last two congresses--is sure to follow. And legislation to ban all semi-automatic and pump-action firearms, starting with those that use detachable magazines, has been pro-posed in the past and may not be far behind...legislation to ban all semi-automatics and pump-actions, will become law may depend in part on whether the 1994 ban is reimposed, a position supported by President Obama...that will ultimately force gun control supporters to push for a ban on all detachable-magazine firearms: Any firearm that uses a detachable magazine can use one of any size...
Full story @:http://www.nraila.org/Issues/Articles/Read.aspx?id=352&issue=019