Michigan State Police: Woman used fake pregnant belly to hide a handgun

Michigan State Police: Woman used fake pregnant belly to
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INKSTER, MI- Authorities with the Michigan State Police stated that a traffic stop on Tuesday, June 29th, led to the arrest of a woman after police discovered the woman was concealing a handgun in her fake pregnant belly. 

According to reports, state troopers pulled the woman over in Inkster for a traffic violation. Once pulled over, the woman admitted to driving on a suspended license and advised troopers that she was pregnant. 

A female trooper was called to the scene to perform a search of the woman, which is when police discovered the alleged pregnant woman was actually wearing a stuffed pouch under her shirt, making it appear as though she was pregnant. 

The Detroit News reported that the state troopers stated they found a semi-automatic pistol inside of the stuffed pouch. The woman was immediately taking into custody. The male passenger of the vehicle admitted to being in possession of oxycodone and was also arrested.

Both suspects were booked at the Inkster Police Department on carrying a concealed weapon and drug possession charges. Police are now waiting for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to take up the case. 

In a separate incident during a traffic stop on Saturday, June 19th, officers with the Lincoln Police Department in Nebraska found a stolen handgun from three years ago. The handgun was found in a 2006 black Toyota Camry. 

Authorities stated that the officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. There was a strong smell of burnt marijuana coming from the car, prompting the officer to ask the 19-year-old woman to get out of the car.

Officers said that a probable cause search of the car was conducted and during the search they found a loaded 9mm handgun under the driver’s seat. Officers also found 23.2 grams of marijuana, almost $1,100 in cash, and items used for selling narcotics in a backpack.

According to police, another $370 in cash was found on the driver as well. When the officer checked the status of the handgun, it came back that it had been stolen in 2018. 

The 19-year-old driver was arrested and was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during a drug law violation, possession of money during a drug law violation, carrying a concealed weapon, and failure to display license plates. 

In another recent incident in Lincoln, Nebraska, police arrested two individuals after drugs and a loaded gun were found during a traffic stop. On Monday, June 28th, Lincoln police stopped a vehicle that failed to signal a turn and did not have valid license plates.

The officer stated that there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and that there was an open bottle of beer inside. Police stated that a search of the vehicle turned up 488.4 grams of marijuana, THC wax, and a loaded revolver. 

The driver, identified as 20-year-old Ketara Ferguson and the passenger, identified as 19-year-old Leul Howell, were both arrested on numerous charges. According to authorities, the estimated street value of the marijuana was $9,000.

On June 27th, the Ocala Police Department reported that a woman was pulled over for a blown-out headlight and during the traffic stop, police found drugs and a pistol. When the officer confronted the driver and passenger, he stated he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car.

The officer reported he also observed a white plastic bag in the floorboard with the writing “THC” on it. A vehicle search revealed a white powdery substance, a semi-automatic pistol, and one magazine. 

37-year-old Nicky Vanover admitted she owned the pistol, but denied knowledge of the substances found, which field tested positive for methamphetamine. Vanover was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail with a bond set at $7,000.

She was released on June 27th and charged with drug possession of meth and possession of a concealed firearm while committing a felony. 

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Democrat senators introduce gun control legislation, limits handgun purchases to one per month

April 18th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to reports, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both Democrats, have introduced federal gun control legislation that mirrors some of the laws that just recently passed in their home state of Virginia. 

The policy reportedly includes expanding background checks, limiting handgun purchases, and enacting red flag laws at a national level. The proposed legislation is being called the Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act.

The legislation also plans to implement a “one-handgun-a-month” policy. On Thursday, April 15th, Kaine said in a statement:

“We’ve introduced the same package of legislation here in the United States Congress and we look forward to working together with our colleagues to finally quit being bystanders in Congress and do something about gun violence.”

The legislation would expand federal authority over gun policies in areas that are currently left up to the states to regulate. Risk protection orders, which are based on red flag laws adopted in Virginia and other states, would allow a magistrate or judge to order the temporary seizure of a firearm from a person if there is evidence that they could be a risk to themself or others.

This order would apply even if the gun owner did not commit a crime or if they are suspected of committing a crime. Handgun purchases would be restricted in the legislation and would prohibit a person from purchasing more than one gun a month. 

Universal background checks are also included. They would require background checks on private sales with an exception for certain family members, law enforcement, hunting, and self-defense.

The legislation sets requirement for reporting lost and stolen firearms, preventing firearm access to minors, and a prohibition on a person possessing a firearm if they are subject to a protection order.

Kaine and Warner released a join statement, saying:

“Virginia knows all too well the heartbreaking consequences of gun violence. We’ve seen it in the tragedies of Virginia Tech and Virginia Beach and the countless drive- by shootings, domestic violence, and suicides by firearm across the country.

We’re proud of the Commonwealth for leading the way to advance gun reform; now it’s time for Congress to save lives.”

The Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act comes at the same time as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is pushing a ban on ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

The ban includes a buyback plan whereby the federal government would purchase all magazines with greater than 10 round capacity which are currently in private hands.

Menendez, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and other Democrats are also pushing a band on the possession of firearm suppressors.

Their gun control push comes even as Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) is working to do away with federal regulation on suppressors. Good said in a statement:

“The Second Amendment is the guarantor or protector of all other rights. If our Second Amendment right is not safe, no rights are safe. Democrats continue to fear-monger and spread misinformation as a justification to undermine our constitutional rights.”

He added:

“I am pleased to introduce legislation that will remove regulatory burdens from purchasing accessories that protect hearing and promote safety.”

At the federal level, President Joe Biden has signaled support for additional gun control policies and has received support from the majority of the party.

A significant roadblock in the Senate will come from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin from West Virginia who has opposed most the of the Democrats’ gun control plans.

He also refused to end the filibuster, which requires most bills to pass a 60-vote threshold. The Senate is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republics with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie breaker. 

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What Second Amendment? Psaki confirms that Biden intends to sign executive orders on gun control

March 28th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Friday, March 26th, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that President Joe Biden intends to sign executive orders on instituting increased gun control. 

In a response to a question on the subject during Friday’s press briefing, Psaki flatly stated:

“Yes. I can’t give you an exact time frame in part because they have to go through a review process, which is something that we do from here.”

She added:

“I will note that when we, when the president was the vice president in the Obama-Biden administration, he helped put in place twenty-three executive actions to combat gun violence.

It’s one of the levers that we can use that any federal government, any president, can use to help address the prevalence of gun violence and address community safety around the country.”

The new gun control push by Democrats follows the murders on Monday, March 22nd of 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store. The week prior, a gunman killed eight at an Atlanta-area massage parlor. 

Biden hinted at enacting gun reforms through executive action at his press conference on Thursday, March 25th, but he also stated he needed to “wait another minute” to first pursue other priorities, primarily his “Build Back Better” economic recovery package.

Reportedly, the New York Times stated that gun control advocates felt betrayed by Biden’s comments during his press conference. Brady: United Against Gun Violence Vice President Marsha Fields said in a statement:

“I’m disappointed he has the nerve and audacity to say he’s going to do things in sequential order. It’s out of order to have to bury your child. It’s out of order to be shopping for eggs and to have your life disrupted.”

According to recent reports, the White House is considering orders to require background checks for “ghost guns” that can be manufactured at home without serial numbers and a requirement that local cops be notified if someone fails an FBI background check to buy a gun from a registered dealer.

However, the reported orders under consideration are not necessarily applicable to the recent mass shootings.

Suspected Atlanta gunman, 21-year-old Robert Long, reportedly bought a semi-automatic firearm from a dealer after passing a background check on the day of the killings.

Suspected Boulder gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, also 21-years-old, bought a Ruger AR0556 pistol after passing a background check six days before the supermarket massacre. On Tuesday, March 23rd, Biden called for gun control legislation.

However, significant reforms are unlikely to pass the evenly divided Senate where 60 votes generally are needed to pass bills. Just this month alone, 35 Senate Democrats introduced legislation to ban “assault weapons,” including popular semi-automatic guns such as AR-15 style rifles.

These proposed legislations are not likely to pass as bipartisan legislation previously failed to expand mandatory background checks to cover private gun transfers among non-dealers.

Reuters reported that Biden is also looking to take action on 3D printer guns and imported firearms. Biden said in a statement:

“We’re looking at what kind of authority I have relative to imported weapons as well as whether or not I have the authority.”

He added:

“These new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren’t registered as guns at all. There may be some latitude there as well.”

Biden is urging the Senate to approve two bills passed by the Democratic-led House of Representatives on March 11th that would broaden background checks on gun buyers. Biden also called for a national ban on “assault-style” weapons, which previously expired back in 2004.

On Wednesday, March 24th, Psaki objected to the notion of President Biden potentially eliminating or altering the Second Amendment if Congress fails to pass “common sense” gun control reforms. She said in a statement:

“No one is talking about overturning or changing the Second Amendment. What our focus is on is putting in place common sense measures that will make our community safer, make families safer, make kids safer.”

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Report: Most of Biden’s ‘gun control’ policies already in place in CA, which has seen a string of mass shootings

February 2nd, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The state of California has many of the most prominent aspects of President Joe Biden’s gun control plan, yet the state has been plagued by a steady flow of mass shootings. 

According to AWR Hawkins, an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the string of California mass shootings in 2019 led the Mercury News to ask, “Does gun control work?”

Back in November 2019, California saw three mass shootings in four days and four within three weeks. 

Two of Biden’s chief gun control proposals are universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban. UC Davis noted that California adopted “comprehensive background check” policies back in 1991.

Southern California Public Radio reported that the state’s “Robert-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 became law on January 1, 1990.” Hawkins noted:

“Democrats such as Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) described universal background checks as the ‘North Star’ for gun controllers; the crème de la crème of all gun controls.”

Hawkins added that similar talk is heard about “assault weapon” bans, as Democrats employ “weapons of war” phraseology in an effort to convince Americans to give up entire categories of guns.

In both cases, Americans are promised that the implementation of such controls will “keep them safer.” According to Hawkins, these promises flow especially free after a highly publicized mass shooting. 

Everytown for Gun Safety’s Rob Wilcox now focuses on the word “safety” when talking about Biden’s intent to secure universal background checks. He told The Hill:

“A Biden presidency is the gun lobby’s worst nightmare, but it’s a dream come true for anyone who case about gun safety in America.”

Biden’s platform includes banning the sale of “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines and requiring background checks for all gun sales. Gun safety advocacy groups have praised his platform as one of the “toughest of any presidential candidate.”

Nico Bocour, governmental affairs director for gun reform advocacy group Giffords, predicts that America will see some gun reform measures within Biden’s first 100 days in office. Bocour said:

“We believe that, you know, within the first 100 days, there is going to be a background checks bill that you will see passed. There is widespread support for universal background checks, this is something that the public has shown tremendous amount of support for over the years and that support is increasing.”

However, Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, predicts that Biden’s platform will drive more people to buy guns simply out of fear. He said:

“If suddenly they said well you’re not going to be able to buy more cereal while everybody would run out and clean out all the cereal out of the stores, and get theirs before it disappeared.”

He added:

“Same thing with guns, every time they threatened to take them away people decide it’s time to buy one and those that have one decide maybe to buy another one.”

However, Hawkins asked:

“But, what has happened in California, where universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban have been the law of the land for 30 years?”

Below is a short look at just a few of the high profile California shootings during the past decade:

ABC7 reported that “seven people were killed and three were wounded when a 43-year-old former student opened fire at Oikos University in Oakland, California,” on April 2, 2021;

22-year-old Elliot Roger, “killed six people and wounded 13 in a shooting and stabbing attacks in the area near the University of California, Santa Barbara,” on May 13, 2014;

Breitbart News highlighted that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire in a San Bernardino, California, Health Department Christmas party on December 2, 2015, killing 14 people;

The Associated Press wrote that 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad shot and killed three people in downtown Fresno, California, on April 18, 2017;

ABC7 noted that 38-year-old Jimmy Lam “opened fire inside a San Francisco package facility, killing three people and injuring several others,” on June 14, 2017;

12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the Borderlin Bar & Grill, in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018;

Breitbart News covered a shooting that left three killed and 12 injured on July 28, 2019, at the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival;

The New York Times reported an October 31, 2019 shooting that left five dead in Orinda, California and;

On November 18, 2019, the Guardian ran a column title “Ten Dead After California Sees Three Mass Shootings in Four Days.” Those shootings included the Santa Clarita shooting at Saugus High School and the killing of four individuals during a “family party” in Fresno.

The above-listed shootings and various others occurred despite California’s universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban. Yet, Democrats continue to push such checks and such bans as a means to keep America safe.

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Hawkins: Biden’s ‘war on guns’ may soon include a national gun registry – and that’s only the beginning

January 26th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Critics of President Joe Biden’s gun control plan do not like it and fear he will create a national firearms registry, which will record the serial number of each gun an owner has and include his or her name and address in the government’s file.

Awr Hawkins is a political analyst and columnist who focuses on Second Amendment issues. In a column he wrote for Breitbart, Hawkins said he believed that Biden would add more restrictive measures for gun ownership.

For example, Hawkins noted that universal background checks have been performed on potential U.S. gun owners since 1993, but he said Biden wants to expand them to include private gun sales. On Biden’s campaign website, it states:

“Require background checks for all gun sales. Today, an estimated 1 in 5 firearms are sold or transferred without a background check.

“Biden will enact universal background check legislation, requiring a background check for all gun sales with very limited exceptions, such as gifts between close family members.

“This will close the so-called ‘gun show and online sales loophole’ that the Obama-Biden Administration narrowed, but which cannot be fully closed by executive action alone.”

Hawkins suggests this expansion of background checks would prepare for the creation of a national firearms registry on each citizen:

“Background checks for retail gun sales have been in place in the United States since 1993. When Biden talks about universal checks he is intimating an expansion of those checks, so as to cover private gun sales well.

“In other words, every gun sale, even between lifelong neighbors or decades old co-workers, will require a background check.

“Now, how can the government know that guns are not being sold on the side, apart from the background checks?

“The only way to know is to put a registration process in place whereby the government keeps a record of the serial number of every gun Americans currently possess, as well as the name and address of the citizen who possesses it.

“To put it another way, the government has to know where every gun is at all times in order to ensure that firearms do not change hands without a background check.”

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The Obama administration used the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to push for new gun controls, including a firearms registry. Three weeks later, National Institute of Justice Deputy Director Greg Ridgeway submitted his “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies” on Jan. 4, 2013.

In his report, Ridgeway pushed for monitoring of gun owners and the creation of a national gun registry:

“Universal checks are insufficient for ensuring that firearm owners remain eligible. Convictions, mental health issues, and restraining orders can develop after the background checks.”

Ridgeway noted most states do not have a registry of firearm ownership and that it would be a “challenge” to implement new restrictions:

“Currently NICS background checks are destroyed within 24 hours. Some states maintain registration of all firearms. Gun registration aims to 1) increase owner responsibility by directly connecting an owner with a gun, 2) improve law enforcement’s ability to retrieve guns from owners prohibited from possessing firearms.

“Gun registration also allows for the monitoring of multiple gun purchases in a short period of time.”

Hawkins also noted that Biden wants to limit gun purchases by citizens to only one per month. Biden’s campaign website states:

“Reduce stockpiling of weapons. In order to reduce the stockpiling of firearms, Biden supports legislation restricting the number of firearms an individual may purchase per month to one.”

There is disagreement on the constitutionality of requiring firearms registration. Don Kilmer, an attorney in San Jose, California, told BPR News:

Registration is probably not unconstitutional. There’s a difference between registration as a permissible regulation and registration as good policy.”

Kilmer has sued counties in the state for denying otherwise law-abiding citizens permits to carry concealed firearms, according to BPR News.

In the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Second Amendment case D.C. v. Heller, the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion that registration may be constitutional:

“Reasonable restrictions also might be thought consistent with a ‘well regulated militia.’ The registration of firearms gives the government information as to how many people would be armed for militia service if called up.”

Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon pointed out that Biden will make gun ownership very expensive:

“Biden wants to ban new sales of AR-15 rifles and similar firearms as well as any ammunition magazine holding more than 10 rounds—sizes that come standard on most modern rifles and handguns.

“He would pay some owners to surrender the affected guns they legally own and force everyone else to register the guns under the National Firearms Act. The proposal would require owners to pay a $200 tax stamp for each item.”

Revenue from gun owners would mean billions of dollars for the government, according to Gutowski:

“American gun owners could face tens of billions of dollars in new taxes to keep the guns they already own under Democrat Joe Biden’s gun ban and tax plan.

“At least 20 million rifles and 150 million ammunition magazines would be caught up in the sales ban and registration scheme Biden touted on the campaign trail, according to a National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) report. The new taxes would cost Americans more than $34 billion.”

Kim Kelly wrote in The Washington Post that Biden’s gun control plan was terrible for working class gun owners:

“Regardless of one’s opinion on guns and gun control, it is obvious that this proposal will disproportionately impact poor and working-class communities.

“Those within those communities who already own firearms would be robbed of their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones, while their wealthier counterparts would skate by on their ready piles of cash.

“Stephen Paddock perpetrated one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history and could afford dozens of high-powered weapons and a plush Las Vegas hotel suite; this plan would have no effect on someone like him.

“In effect, Biden’s plan sets in motion a ‘war on guns,’ the same way his predecessors declared wars on ‘poverty,’ ‘crime’ and ‘terror’ — wars in which it was inevitably black and brown people who were the real targets.”

Kelly also noted:

“Though acknowledging the fact may be uncomfortable for Biden, millions of people in this country own firearms, and not all of them fit into the stereotype of the right-wing gun nut.

“Armed community defense is a timeworn activist tradition that has once again entered the spotlight as the Black Lives Matter movement has continued to build across the nation.”

Kelly also said community defenders and working people want to protect themselves from others who may threaten them:

“Whether anyone ‘needs’ an AR-15 is besides the point; simply put, heavily armed right-wing militia members have threatened protesters, and others on the right have even shot at them.

“With that in mind, some folks don’t want to be left empty-handed when self-proclaimed white supremacists or other right-wing extremists come marching into their community.

“And it is those community defenders and other regular working people who will bear the brunt of this proposed legislative switch.”

According to Kelly, Biden’s plan is not equitable and falls into a long line of government efforts to disarm the working class while keeping things open for the privileged who can afford whatever legal curveballs are tossed their way.

As an example, she references Mark McCloskey, the lawyer who brandished his AR-15 at Black Lives Matter protesters as they walked past his St. Louis mansion last year. Kelly said wealthy people like him would be able to pay “whatever fees Biden throws at them” and still hold onto as many weapons as they like:

“But territorial weekend warriors who feel no accountability to the community, and show little regard for gun safety, are exactly the kind of people who shouldn’t have guns.

“By contrast, leftist community firearm clubs invest serious time into training and safety education, carefully vet their memberships and work arm-in-arm with the marginalized communities they are invited to protect.

“And yet under Biden’s plan, the former are who will be able to afford to hold onto as much firepower as they so desire, while the people they want to hurt will be left high and dry.

“Simply depriving poorer people access to firearms will not rectify the structural issues such as poverty, inequality and lack of economic mobility that are correlated with gun violence.”

Kelly says to the dismay of firearm enthusiasts on the left, Biden is coming for some people’s guns, but that it is a question of who gets to keep them and who gets theirs confiscated: She notes:

“Gun sales have already skyrocketed during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, and political tensions throughout the country are incredibly high.

“This divisive plan will do little to curb gun violence, and will instead hammer home the vast inequalities still dividing this nation.”

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