Small Mobile Payment Business Fills the Void Left by Square’s New Anti-Gun TOS

Earlier this week, gun owners looking to use mobile payments for their gun purchases got some depressing news.  The mobile payment company, Square, recently altered their TOS (Terms of Service) purposefully to prohibit anyone from using their service for a gun purchase of any kind.  Their new TOS specifically forbids the sales of firearms, firearm hardware, ammunition and parts, and also blocks the sale of weapons in general.  Here’s the new add-on to their TOS,

“(23) sales of (i) firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or (ii) weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury”

This is just another example of a long string of companies who discriminate against firearms and their owners/vendors in the current polarized political environment.  This obviously created a small void for vendors and consumers looking to facilitate a firearm product purchase using a mobile payment.  Square is one of the larger options in that market, and now that it is gone, it makes it tougher to purchase guns using mobile payments.  Luckily, the spirit of free enterprise is alive and well in the world and this created an opportunity for small business to step up and fill that void.  A new company called OurPhoneSwipe.com has answered that call.

OurPhoneSwipe noticed how much extra business they suddenly started getting after Square changed their TOS. The company wisely made the move to double down on this opportunity.  They immediately reached out to gun merchants and websites in an effort to get the word out that they will not abandon gun vendors and owners.  OurPhoneSwipe even signed up as a supporting vendor on a number of gun related fan websites including XDTalk.com, DefensiveCarry.com & NationalGunForums.com.  OurPhoneSwipe also has better rates than most of their competitors, so that is a big extra plus.

Interestingly, this at first caused a bit of confusion on many of these sites.  Some folks (including forum moderators) assumed they were spam and promptly called out to ban them because they are not directly firearm related.  This was before they had a chance to read their introductions.  Luckily, things were worked out and now that everyone knows who they are and why they are there, they have received a warm welcome.  It’s great to see companies like OurPhoneSwipe step up to the plate and support the exchange of legitimate products in the free enterprise system.

 

Disclosure: OurPhoneSwipe.com is a paid supporting vendor on some of our sites. They did not pay for this article. We felt it was news worthy and that all gun owners should know the companies who choose not to do business with them (Square).

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WRAL-TV Misfires

WRAL-TV Misfires

One of the joys of writing for GunBlog is that every now and then I get to share something of importance you might not have heard of. In this particular case it’s an article over at ammoland reporting on a NC news outlet, WRAL-TV, that published addresses of concealed carry permit holders.

As the character Walter says in The Big Lebowski, “This effects all of us Dude!”

I would ask that any of you who are also concealed carry permit holders stand up in support of those in NC whose information was made easily accessible to criminals. The link provided below goes to the full story and offers suggestions as to how you can help.

Does this type of topic matter to you? Let me know for future blogging purposes.

http://www.ammoland.com/2012/07/17/north-carolinas-wral-tv-publishes-identifying-info-of-nc-concealed-carry-holders/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ammoland+%28ammoland%29#axzz20zB9X200

 

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‘Guns Save Life’ Uses Chicago Buyback to Send Kids to NRA Gun Camp

‘Guns Save Life’ Uses Chicago Buyback to Send Kids to NRA Gun Camp

A buddy of mine, we’ll call him “Mike,” sent me a link to a recent article by John Boch about a pro-gun group using gun buyback programs to actually make our nation’s kids safer. I enjoyed it so much that I felt compelled to share it with all of you. I hope this story of double purposed intent makes you as warm and fuzzy as it did for me. When you get done with it in a few moments, let me know what you think about it.

By John Boch

On Saturday, June 23, three of Guns Save Life’s intrepid members, Chris Betley, John Sutter and Steve Fuller drove to Chicago to participate in the city’s annual gun “turn in” event titled, “Don’t Kill A Dream Save A Life.” In short, the sum real-world value of the guns we took up to the Windy City would have been calculated by most people – ourselves included – solely on their scrap metal value. To the gun-hating do-gooders up there, though, they were worth big dollars; $100 for each firearm and $10 for BB-guns and replicas. No questions asked. So, to take advantage of this artificial market for accumulated rust and machined parts, we sent our three members up north with sixty “guns” and four pellet pistols . . .

This was a larger and more organized endeavor than our 2007 trip where Guns Save Life sold $2300 worth of rusty scrap metal to these same do-gooders who live by the lake. In more recent years, Mayor Daley was only offering $50 for guns, so GSL sat those events out.

But we didn’t take those years off. We’ve been busy collecting non-firing junk donated by our GSL members almost non-stop, earmarking the rusty, broken-down clunkers for the self-defense eschewing gun-haters in Chicago. And it’s all for a good cause: the children.

Keep in mind that for this event, we use the term “firearms” loosely as these guns were, by and large, non-functioning scrap. Even the guns that didn’t look like they’d spent the last twenty years at the bottom of Lake Erie were frequently missing trigger groups or other significant parts. Many were little more than barreled receivers, including ten pre-1898 Mausers. Out of the sixty guns we collected, maybe a dozen would actually manage to shoot a round or two. But some of those would probably have been pretty exciting (in a dangerous way) to fire.

When our boys arrived in the big city with their truckload o’ guns that no self-respecting criminal would dare to be caught dead with, our members found plenty of po-po on hand. “There was a heavy police presence at all the turn-in locations,” Betley said in describing his experience.

“If you were a criminal, there’s no way you’d go to one of these,” Betley said. “There were police everywhere, including detectives that were sizing up people as they came in. They knew what we were up to. Most of them didn’t care,” Betley noted, “but some of the younger detectives acted pissed off about it.”

At the second location they visited, our members ran into what they all agreed was a tenacious, bordering on obnoxious detective. The detective hit our three guys up with a series of rapid-fire questions and pointed remarks. “Where in the hell did you dig these up? Out of a grave site?” the detective asked. “Who are you with? What’s your affiliation?” he continued. So much for that “no questions asked” policy.

Betley said he told those who asked, including the rude detective, that we’d been collecting old clunkers as a fundraiser for our youth camp. “I didn’t mention that it was a youth camp with guns,” Betley laughed heartily. Another detective there also gave them some grief. “Hey, next time, get some guns from this century, will ya?”

One CPD officer “broke” one of our guns by beating it against a metal door frame trying to open the action to ensure it was unloaded. It was an old muzzle-loading double-barreled shotgun that was missing a stock and much of its receiver. That made opening the action to check for shotgun shells an understandably difficult proposition.

After breaking the rusty barrels open, the cop then refused to give us credit for turning it in as he said it wasn’t a gun. In a moment of poetic justice, though, a paperwork snafu at the next location netted us two cards that our members told them we weren’t entitled to, but the sponsors insisted we take them. In the end, we brought back $6140 worth of gift cards.

At the third location, one of the detectives was much friendlier and said that he saw an old Civil War-era revolver come through and thought it really sad. “And it wasn’t a replica,” the detective said, apparently knowing his stuff. We reckon any moron selling a $10,000 gun for $100 gets exactly what he deserves. Mostly though, what they got was junk turned in by predominately older folks.

John Sutter talked about his experience, saying he was a little nervous at first but really enjoyed participating in what he termed “a big adventure. Yeah, we were out of place,” he said. “But it was fun.”

Sutter said there was no parking at their third stop so they just parked in the street and began unloading the uncased rifles and shotguns out of the back of the truck. Then they carried them towards the church where they thought buyback was being held. That’ss when some nearby cops hollered at them, “Boys! You’re on the wrong side of the street!”

They then carried their rusted iron (or loot, depending on your perspective) back across a busy street to the proper church. They laugh about it now. “Where else could you walk across a busy street with an armload of uncased guns in Chicago?”

In the end, Guns Save Life netted about $5000 to be used for upcoming youth shooting events, thanks to the hard work and donations from dozens of our members. We’ll be using most of the proceeds to buy ammunition for the annual Darnall’s NRA Youth Shooting Camp held each summer in Bloomington, IL at Darnall’s GunWorks and Ranges, and to buy some of the guns they give away to participants.

The camp – the longest running NRA Youth Shooting Camp in the nation – hosts about 100 kids ages 9-16 each year over four days and three nights. The kids who attend learn basic firearm safety along with shooting fundamentals and get some practical experience with a variety of disciplines including rifles, pistols, black powder, cowboy action, air rifle, trap, archery, hunting safety and education and more. Instruction, often at an Olympic level of quality, is provided by long-time experienced NRA certified instructors and shooting coaches.

At the conclusion of the camp, awards are presented and as many as twenty guns are given away to the young participants.

Guns Save Life has been a strong supporter of this youth camp for over ten years now, and is frequently the event’s single largest sponsor. GSL purchases most, if not all of the ammo used each year – tens of thousands of rimfire rounds and thousands of shot shells. And to help things run smoothly, dozens of our active members donate their time either as instructors or volunteers.

I’m proud to be president of this fine organization and couldn’t be happier about what our members accomplished in Chicago on Saturday. We collected these guns in anticipation of this foolish event orchestrated by big city gun bigots, executed our plan to sell them and used the gift cards to help teach tomorrow’s gun owners safe and responsible use of firearms.

So thank you Mayor Emanuel. We hope you’ll do it again next year. For the children, of course.

 

 

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Microstamping, What’s the Point?

Microstamping, What’s the Point?

Microstamping, What’s the Point?

Microstamping is a crime stopping idea that won’t stop crime. For those of you who don’t know what microstamping is in relation to gun control, it’s the process in which a bullet casing is stamped with a unique identifier which is located at the tip of a firing pin. When the pin hits the primer, a small stamp (like the one seen in the photo) is imprinted onto the primer.

Various gun control groups and those who are supported by them argue that this process, which is claimed to only cost $0.50 – $6.00 per firing pin, will help investigators at crime scenes. What they fail to take into account is that even the dumbest of criminals can pick up their own brass or put a device on a firearm to collect the brass as it ejects. The smarter criminals could always change out the firing pin for another should the authorities be closing in on them. But of course, if the criminal is using a stolen gun to begin with, they just bought themselves some extra time as the authorities track down someone else.

If it is truly to catch criminals, then it’s about as well thought out as the whole Fast and Furious debacle. What is the point then of microstamping?

 

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Australia’s Anti-Gun Bias

Australia’s Anti-Gun Bias

I’ll start by saying that in general, I’m a big fan of Australia; beautiful beaches and geography, friendly people and culture, and the fact that Australians step up and help out with military matters are all reasons I like Australia so much. One thing I don’t like about Australia, however, is their overzealous political anti-gun bias.

Case and point, Australia’s Olympic swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk recently visited the U.S. and now find themselves in trouble with Swimming Australia for having posed for pictures (and posted) with firearms. Swimming Australia issued a statement saying it became aware of “inappropriate photos” and “instantly contacted the athletes involved to ask for them to be removed.”

The Australian Olympic Committee said it would wait for the Swimming Australia investigation into the latest episode before considering sanctions for what it described as “foolish and clearly inappropriate for members of the 2012 Australian Olympic team.”

“This incident serves as a warning to all athletes … about the dangers of social media,” Nick Green, Australia’s chef de Mission for the London team said in a statement. “We say again to our athletes, do not put anything up on social media that you would not share with your mother or your grandmother.

The only thing I find to be troubling with the above photo is where the firearms are pointing and that fingers appear to be on triggers. Short of that, the pictures are fine and what I would expect to see from people who live in a culture that heavily restricts firearm access. What is of far more concern to me, and should be for the Australian public, is the past brushes with the law both of these two young men have. If you want to have a public image black eye, you need go no further than that. To make a big deal out of posing with guns just looks silly in retrospect.

 

 

 

 

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Firearms, Children, and Birthday Parties

Firearms, Children, and Birthday Parties

I read a short article about Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, TX that is offering birthday parties for kids. The owner, David Prince, is marketing the state-of-the-art, air conditioned, and indoor 24 lane gun range as a place for family-friendly fun. The requirements for allowing your kid(s) to shoot there consist of them being at least eight years old, tall enough to get over the shooting table, and that each child shooting have an adult present, either a parent or a safety officer.

I can see how some folks would be immediately alarmed at the notion of having a bunch of excited children at a gun range, but once the overly sensationalized media headlines fade from your imagination, it actually seems like it could be a really cool way to further teach kids how to safely handle and shoot guns; the most important lesson being to never touch a gun without an adult being with them. It will be interesting to see if Mr. Prince’s business model takes off and we see a trend of other ranges offering similar family fun.

I’m not sure about a birthday party setting (though already having hearing protection on hand would be nice), but I know I would definitely take my daughter to a gun range at eight years old if it were available to us and she had an interest. Who else thinks this is a good idea, or who thinks it’s a bad idea and why?

 

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