Federal Investigations to Proceed on Operation Choke Point

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DOJ-Investigation-Large As we reported last month, a coalition of congressional representatives led by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer  (R-Mo.) had requested internal investigators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to conduct formal inquiries into Operation Choke Point, as well as any officials and staff involved in the program.  Rep. Luetkemeyer is now reporting that those requests have been granted.  According to his press release announcing the decisions, “The correspondence I received from the FDIC and DOJ is a great first step in ensuring that those responsible for Operation Choke Point are held accountable and that Congress and the American people receive details and answers they deserve.” Over the past year, we have reported at length on the abuses of Operation Choke Point, an enforcement program involving DOJ and FDIC (among other agencies) that claims to target financial fraud, but in reality is being used to choke off banking services to legitimate, although politically-disfavored, businesses.  These businesses include retailers of firearms and ammunition, a number of which have found their banking relationships abruptly severed with little or no explanation and without reference to anything the individual businesses did or did not do.  Earlier this year, a congressional report based on examination of nearly 900 internal DOJ documents found that the operation’s adverse effect on legitimate businesses was not merely an unintended side-effect but the outcome of a deliberate attempt to target entire business sectors that, while legal, were deemed objectionable by regulators. Many questions about the program remain, including who decided which business sectors should be targeted, the extent of coordination between the agencies involved, and who within the Obama administration knew of or encouraged the activity.  The forthcoming investigations should hopefully shed light on these and other important issues.  What is clear is that DOJ and FDIC have a lot of explaining to do. Continue reading

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Terra-Firma Tactics – Hunting Whitetails from the Ground

It was prime-time for rattling so I proceeded to impersonate my best rendition of “two bucks fighting over a hot doe.” Glancing left, I noticed a wary doe and her fawn that I hadn’t seen and all I had done was alerted them to my position. Since she was only twenty yards away, I immediately stopped and became a “statue” of some goofy dude with a bow. She started doing that high-step walk in my direction (which I think in the whitetails’ world means, “I know something is awry but I’m going to play along anyhow) to gain the advantage of the wind. She came within inches (literally) of the blind and stood behind it. I could hear her breathing, but wanted to see.

I stretched one of the windows open a quarter inch to peak out and see whether I’d blown the whole deal or if she would calm down and go about her business. I was paying too much attention to the doe because when I turned around, thirty yards away stood possibly the largest whitetail I have ever seen (body size) standing in the tall grass with his head down. It was one of the moments when you say to yourself “Holy cow!” I slowly picked up my bow and the buck picked up his head. I was expecting to see huge “headgear” but this buck was strange. He had a weird, high 4×4 “crown” and the main beams almost touched in front. Obviously this was a mature buck so I was going to shoot despite the “antler air-shrinkage.” A double-lung hit toppled the buck within sight. Continue reading

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DNR reminder: Snowmobile use permissible now, but state trails on private property remain closed until Dec. 1

With heavy snow on the ground in the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula, the Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers that while state trails on private property remain closed to riding until Monday, Dec. 1, other areas are currently open for snowmobile use.


“We’re hearing from hunters and snowmobilers, wondering if they can legally use snowmobiles to reach their hunting camps or to just get out and ride earlier than normal,” said DNR District 1 law supervisor Lt. Peter Wright. “There are many areas where riding is allowed before Dec. 1, with additional exceptions in place for hunters trying to reach their camps.” Continue reading

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Unpacking the HSUS Gravy Train (2014 Edition)

The 2013 tax return of the deceptively named Humane Society of the United States, which was just filed this week, tells a familiar story: While dogs and cats fill up HSUS’s ads, the organization gives little money to pet shelters while wasting a pretty penny.

Only about 1%—one penny on the dollar—of HSUS’s $120 million budget is grants going to support pet sheltering. Local humane societies, despite having a similar name to HSUS, are not affiliated with HSUS, a common misconception among the public and HSUS donors.

Some good news is that HSUS’s contributions from the public were essentially stagnant. Based on HSUS’s annual report—which was released in May—it appears that general contributions to HSUS are down, but this is offset by an increase in bequests. Do your parents or grandparents have HSUS in their will by accident?

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The $3,000 Walther Arms Great Guns Giveaway

Walther Arms, Inc. is giving you 17 different chances to win by giving away guns & ammo prizes totaling $3,000 between now & Christmas! Continue reading

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MidwayUSA Black Friday 8 Days of Deals – Starts 11/24

Black Friday deals come early at MidwayUSA, and the countdown starts now! Beginning Monday, November 24th MidwayUSA will kick off 8 Days of Deals on popular Shooting, Reloading, Gunsmithing and Hunting products. Select products will also be eligible for FREE SHIPPING! Continue reading

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Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense – This Week on Gun Talk® Radio

Mandeville, LA – It’s a new book from famed trainer Massad Ayoob, building a customized AR, and more, this week on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Massad Ayoob has authored more than a dozen books on firearms and self-defense topics, including Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection. He visits Gun Talk on Sunday to discuss the very latest book, Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense, which discusses the legal, ethical, social and psychological issues of using lethal force in self-defense. Purchase a copy at Amazon, http://amzn.to/1vtH27k, and find out more at http://massadayoobgroup.com/. Continue reading

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FMG Online Takes A First Look At The Taurus Curve

In a GUNS Magazine online-only article, Mark Kakkuri reviews Taurus’ new Curve, a pistol with a curved frame to enhance concealed carry.

“Taurus Manufacturing has officially released the Curve, a small, polymer .380 pistol with a distinct curved frame, meant to comfortably wrap around your hip or thigh when carrying inside the waistband or in a pocket, respectively,” writes Kakkuri. “We always talked of ‘dressing around your gun.’ Now we have a gun that’s wrapping around you.” The article can be found at www.gunsmagazine.com/exclusive-curve-ahead. Continue reading

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UTG’s new Monopod – a Companion for All Occasions

The traditional Monopod has always been a niche product, employed by hunters for long forays into the wilderness to make accurate shot placement easier. While the new UTG TL-MP150Q Monopod stays true to this initial purpose, it can do much more. It’s one product with an ingenious design, usable in 3 ways. Actually, you can find a lot more ways to use this product once you have it in your possession!

UTG incorporates its patented quick-detach lever lock mount into the monopod to give it the needed versatility. It can be mounted directly to any 1913 Picatinny rail. A cushioned V-rest accessory with rubber strap is included to allow easy resting of almost any type of firearm. But, why limit it to guns? It can stabilize a crossbow or spotting scope equally well. Just attach the V-Rest with its mounting slot to the monopod QD base and you’re ready to go. A second accessory is a camera adapter that can be installed to a camera and mounted to the monopod for nature lovers to enjoy and capture wonders of nature. Continue reading

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Hunting and Outfitter Guide Sentenced for Illegally Killing and Transporting Wildlife

DENVER- Hunting outfitter and guide Christopher W. Loncarich, 56, of Mack, Colorado was sentenced to 27 months in prison, and 3 years probation for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, a federal wildlife protection law. During his probation he is prohibited from hunting or fishing. The conspiracy involved felony interstate transportation and sale of unlawfully taken wildlife, and felony creation of false records concerning wildlife that was sold in interstate commerce. The sentence was the result of a joint investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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