Bank of America – Anti Gun – Drops McMillan Group International

Bank of America has sparked outrage from gun lovers after telling McMillan Group International that they could no longer do business because they manufacture firearms.

 

McMillan Group was quick to post on their Facebook to all their customers what had just happened:

 

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, McMillan Group International have been collectively banking with Bank of America for 12 years. Today Mr. Ray Fox, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Business Banking, Global Commercial Banking came to my office. He scheduled the meeting as an “account analysis” meeting in order to evaluate the two lines of credit we have with them. H…e spent 5 minutes talking about how McMillan has changed in the last 5 years and have become more of a firearms manufacturer than a supplier of accessories. At this point I interrupted him and asked “Can I possible save you some time so that you don’t waste your breath? What you are going to tell me is that because we are in the firearms manufacturing business you no longer what my business.” “That is correct” he says. I replied “That is okay, we will move our accounts as soon as possible. We can find a 2nd Amendment friendly bank that will be glad to have our business. You won’t mind if I tell the NRA, SCI and everyone one I know that BofA is not firearms industry friendly?” “You have to do what you must” he said. “So you are telling me this is a politically motivated decision, is that right?” Mr Fox confirmed that it was. At which point I told him that the meeting was over and there was nothing let for him to say. I think it is import for all Americans who believe in and support our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms should know when a business does not support these rights. What you do with that knowledge is up to you. When I don’t agree with a business’ political position I can not in good conscience support them. We will soon no longer be accepting Bank of America credit cards as payment for our products. Kelly D McMillan Director of Operations McMillan Group International, LLC 623-582-9635 www.mcmillanusa.com

 

 

Bank of America started seeing hundreds of customers posting nasty comments on their page. Customers are stating “We are dropping you”.

 

Bank of America Released this:

 

We want to let you know that we hear your comments and questions regarding one of our customers. While we cannot discuss the details of any individual client we work with, we can assure you the allegations being made here are completely false. Bank of America does not have a policy that prohibits us from banking clients in this industry. In fact, we have numerous, longstanding customers in the industry. We are also extremely proud of our support of the US military and reject any assertion to the contrary. We count as clients many companies that provide for our nation’s defense. We employ thousands of veterans, Guardsmen, and Reservists, and plan to increase our hiring this year.

I wouldnt be too suprised to see thousands of customers taking their money out of BOA’s banks around the country. They have simply pissed off every single gun owner in the country. This is not my “Bank of America”. We here at USA Gun Blog beleive in one simple thing. The right to bear arms. Anyone trying to take action to change that is NOT someone we will support.

We fully back McMillan Group International and hope to see everyone make their profile picture the Bank Of America with a X through it.

Bank of America, you have one thing to do and I think everyone knows what that is….. A public announcment on your views, WITH an apology.

Shooting suspect thought cop was criminal

 

On a day where almost everything went wrong, Atibi Thomas and Keith Roach were lucky about one thing when they met nearly two years ago: Roach wore his bulletproof vest.

After becoming a crime victim, Atibi Thomas shot a cop in uniform.  He says he was confused.

After becoming a crime victim, Atibi Thomas shot a cop in uniform. He says he was confused.

If Roach had removed the vest when he ended his shift as an Atlanta police officer at 
3 p.m. on May 29, 2010, he would be dead and Thomas would be facing a life sentence in prison — if not the death penalty — instead of the 25 years he faces this week.

Thomas shot Roach three times when the officer was in full uniform, fracturing Roach’s rib, piercing both arms and shattering a cellphone in a pocket above the officer’s heart. Why? He said he thought the officer was a crook.

Thomas, a DeKalb County merchant who at that moment was a victim of crime, said he believed the officer to be part of a robbing crew with which he had just exchanged gunfire. Roach, who had just left work in his Chevy Tahoe, heard the gunfire and drew his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson on a fleeing Thomas, the only man he saw with a gun.

It was a moment that altered the lives of two longtime solid citizens. This week, both are looking for closure in Fulton Superior Court, where the case is scheduled to be heard. Thomas, who has refused all plea bargains, wants his record cleared. Roach believes Thomas needs substantial time in prison.

“This guy was shooting in broad daylight, and all I could do was react,” Roach said. “I was in full uniform. There is no way he could look at me and not believe I was a police officer.”

Thomas had steered clear of trouble for his 31 years and held a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with hopes of becoming an actuary. He contends he only sought to protect himself but made a horrible mistake prompted by fear, confusion and adrenaline.

“I hope the jury can understand that I am not a criminal,” he said.

District Attorney Paul Howard said Thomas originally started to surrender to Roach before shooting him. That doesn’t warrant a free pass, the prosecutor said.

“He says, ‘I shot him, let me apologize and go,’ ” Howard said. “He needs to accept responsibility.”

‘You got rims?’

According to interviews, court documents and police records, the case began when Leland Cortez Sims and Darrlin Vernard Warner walked into the Autotron in Lithonia on the Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend. They wanted to buy four tires with 26-inch rims, which Thomas, a manager at the store, had advertised on Craigslist.

The deal was quickly clinched. The men paid Thomas $2,000 in cash, which included a fee to deliver the wheels to the West End in Atlanta.

Thomas loaded the tires into a truck, but before leaving to follow the customers to their residence, he handed the $2,000 to his father.

He became nervous when he saw the men’s Honda Accord peel off I-20 at Flat Shoals Road, seven exits before West End. But instead of turning around, Thomas exited at Lee Street in West End and pulled into the Shell station to phone Sims and Warner. They told him they had to stop for gas and they would be there soon.

Thomas didn’t like it. His instinct was right. Sims and Warner had already called Dontavious Marquess Berry, a then 21-year-old with a long arrest record who three weeks earlier he had gotten out of prison. Unaware the $2,000 was in Lithonia, Sims said Thomas represented “an easy lick for you.” Sims and Warner quickly picked up Berry and dropped him at the West End Mall behind the Shell station.

When Sims and Warner arrived at the station, Thomas prepared for trouble. He put his Glock .357 semi-automatic pistol, which he was licensed to carry, into his side pocket. He balked at their request to make the trade-off on a side street and instructed them to unload the rims. In moments, he said he was confronted by Berry’s revolver.

Thomas fired first, hitting Berry in the leg. He then fled toward a Popeye’s restaurant across Oak Street, firing back at the men he feared were pursuing him.

Sims drove Berry to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he left the Honda, according to the police investigation. The car was quickly connected to Warner, who then contacted police and confirmed the robbery attempt.

Sims and Berry were charged with attempted armed robbery. Thomas and Warner, who faces no charges, are the key witnesses against them.

He is the police’

But the situation quickly deteriorated at Popeye’s. Keith Roach, then 31, was sitting in his black Tahoe at an Oak Street stoplight when he heard the gunfire and saw Thomas, gun in hand, running toward the fast food restaurant. The officer got out of the SUV.

Thomas said he heard Roach tell him to halt, but despite the officer’s uniform and pointed gun, he ignored the command and ran up to the clerk at the restaurant’s window.

“I said, ‘Ma’am, I’ve been robbed. Call the police,’ ” Thomas said.

Roach again shouted for Thomas to get down on the ground, and while Thomas this time got on his stomach, he said he kept squirming to watch Roach approach, still not sure he was a lawman. He had noted Roach got out of a Tahoe with tinted windows, not a squad car.

Suddenly he felt Roach’s knee in his back, and when the officer grabbed his wrist to handcuff him, Thomas saw tattoos on the officer’s forearms.

“I’m like, this is not an officer. And that is when the struggle ensued,” Thomas said.

Who fired first is a matter of contention, but Roach’s pistol malfunctioned after one shot and ejected the clip. Thomas emptied his final three shots into Roach, who was able to hit Thomas with his pistol and wrestle him back to the ground.

“I was just fighting for my life, and I was just struggling to get his gun,” Roach said. “An officer’s worst nightmare is to draw a weapon and it doesn’t fire.”

The larger Thomas soon was atop Roach, who was trying to turn the muzzle of Thomas’ gun away from his face.

“I said, ‘Don’t move or I will kill you,’ ” Thomas said.

Donald Melvin, a 64-year-old Decatur contractor, and his wife watched the struggle from their car across the street. He feared that Roach was about to be killed and thought of his own son, a DeKalb County police officer.

A Vietnam War veteran, Melvin stepped on the gas and drove his Pathfinder’s bumper into Thomas’ back. But not even that could stop the struggle. Melvin said he next tried to pull Thomas off the officer.

“He started telling me [Roach] is not a police officer, and I told him he was a police officer … don’t you see that shirt?” Melvin said.

While Melvin’s wife, Paulette, called 911 — the dispatcher placed her on hold — it was Melvin who reacted. He recovered Roach’s pistol, pointed it at Thomas and pulled the trigger.

Misfire. He cocked the gun and pulled the trigger again. Again nothing. He then began pistol-whipping Thomas.

As more people joined in to help, Melvin saw the pistol’s magazine was ejected. He slammed it in tight and chambered a round.

“I told [Thomas] you need to get down this time because I will kill you,” Melvin said.

A small crowd helped Roach get Thomas handcuffed, and the wounded officer lay across him until patrol cars arrived minutes later. Thomas was quickly placed under arrest, even as he explained that he was the victim.

“Once I saw the police cars pull up, I felt safe,” Thomas said.

Sending a message

Thomas, who is out on bail, believes he has a 50-50 chance of staying a free man. For that to happen, the jury will have to believe he made an honest mistake while acting in self-defense.

Howard, the district attorney, said he believes that Thomas shot Roach out of anger, not error. “For whatever reason, his emotions got the best of him and he almost killed a good man,” Howard said.

Melvin said the case is a no-win situation. He said letting Thomas walk free would send the message to thugs that they can escape prison if they shoot a cop. He understands Thomas had a clean record and was on the verge of starting a second profession when his world turned upside down.

“It is a hard case for that young man, and I hate to see it be that way,” Melvin said. “You can’t say how scared he was or why he couldn’t understand the guy was a police officer. But if he doesn’t go to jail, it will look like he can shoot a police officer and get away with it.”

Shooting suspect thought cop was criminal  | ajc.com.

Gun Enthusiast of The Week

We have announced her gun enthusiast of the week because of her true desire to protect herself.

 

 

Week 01/27/2012 I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on MN State Highway at Mile Marker 197 just East of Mcgregor, MN. I asked for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to me. In with the cards I was somewhat suprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and asked if she had a weapon in her possession at this time. She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box. Something….body language, or the way she said it made me want to ask if she gad any other firearms. She did admit to also haviung a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what was she so afraid of.

She looked me right in the eye and said, “Not a f—ing thing!”

Virginia: 2012 General Assembly Session Officially Convened Today!

 

Today, the Virginia General Assembly convened its 2012 legislative session and NRA members can expect an active session with many bills relating to our Second Amendment rights.  As of today, the following legislation has been introduced:

House Bill 20: Drafted by the NRA and sponsored by Delegate Tony Wilt (R-25), HB 20 would update Virginia’s Emergency Powers statute by adding lawful carrying and transportation to the list of actions that cannot be prohibited during a declaration of emergency.

House Bill 22: Drafted by the NRA in 2009 and sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), HB 22 would establish that no locality or entity may participate in a gun “buyback” program where individuals are given anything of value or money in exchange for surrendering a firearm to the locality unless the governing body first passes an ordinance authorizing the gun “buyback.”  This legislation would also require that any locality holding gun “buybacks” sell the firearms to a federally licensed dealer “or be disposed of in any appropriate manner” if they could not be sold.

House Bill 25: Sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), HB 25 would prohibit the Clerk of the Court from disclosing information contained on a concealed handgun permit application or on an order issuing a concealed handgun permit.

House Bill 26: Sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), HB 26 would allow a court to waive a $25 dollar fine upon presentation of the permit to the court, if a person fails to display his concealed handgun permit when requested by a law enforcement officer.

House Bill 91: Sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13), HB 91 seeks to allow full-time faculty members of public institutions of higher education who possess a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

House Bill 139: Sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), HB 139 would provide that any person who may lawfully possess a firearm in Virginia may carry it hidden from common observation. This bill retains the procedures to obtain a permit that authorizes a person to carry a concealed handgun for those who wish to carry a concealed handgun in other states with reciprocal agreements with the Commonwealth. HB 139 creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for carrying concealed handguns during the commission of certain drug-related crimes and makes carrying a concealed handgun during the commission of certain felonies a separate felony.  This bill also contains technical amendments.

House Bill 237: Drafted by the NRA and sponsored by Delegate John Cosgrove (R-78), HB 237 seeks to transfer the duties of firearm background checks from the Commonwealth to the National Instant Check System (NICS).  This legislation will streamline the process and help reduce the time it takes to approve a firearms transaction.  Its introduction is in response to the increasing delays on sales by the Virginia Firearm Transaction Program.

House Bill 288: Sponsored by Delegate Beverly Sherwood (R-29), HB 288 would provide an exception from the prohibition against carrying a weapon into courthouses in the Commonwealth for city and county treasurers.

House Bill 364: Sponsored by Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71), HB 364 would prohibit the private sales of firearms at gun shows by requiring that all sales conducted at a gun show go through a federally licensed dealer.  Make no mistake, if passed, supporters of this legislation will soon be calling for a ban on all private sales in Virginia, unless they go through a background check.

House Bill 375: Sponsored by Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96), HB 375 would prohibit localities from adopting a workplace rule that prevents an employee from storing a lawfully possessed firearm and ammunition in his locked motor vehicle.  The firearm must be in a secured container or compartment in the vehicle.

Senate Bill 67: Sponsored by state Senator Bill Stanley (R-20), SB 67 would remove the option for a locality to require that an applicant for a concealed handgun permit submit fingerprints as part of the application.

New Hampshire – House approves allowing guns on campus

Boston.com – Reports:

CONCORD, N.H.—Ignoring a threatened veto, New Hampshire’s House voted Wednesday to strip colleges of their right to prohibit guns on their campuses.

The Republican-controlled House voted 180-144 to send the bill to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain

The bill would end colleges’ ability to prohibit guns on campuses, including in classrooms. The bill would give the Legislature authority to regulate guns on any public land or in publicly owned or financed buildings, except the courts.

Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, said Tuesday he would veto the bill if it reaches his desk. He said the bill could mean private companies leasing state-owned office space at Pease International Tradeport would not be able to bar people from bringing weapons into their businesses.

Pease is an industrial and business park with locations in Newington and in Portsmouth.

Opponents argued Wednesday that allowing guns on campuses, in classrooms and in state-owned buildings is dangerous.

State Rep. Stephen Shurtleff, D-Concord, said the bill would mean people could bring guns into theVerizonWireless Arena and Fisher Cats baseball stadium in Manchester. The arena is the site of concerts, hockey games and other events.

“Imagine if there is a hip-hop concert at the Verizon arena,” he said.

State Rep. Rick Watrous, D-Concord, said he teaches at a community college and teachers don’t want to deal with students carrying guns.

“We have enough classroom management issues without wondering if our students are armed and dangerous,” he said.

But supporters said students have every right to carry guns to protect themselves.

State Rep. Mark Warden, R-Goffstown, called it a commonsense bill that will eliminate inconsistency in how guns are regulated. Warden also said it was a move in the right direction to allow students to carry guns on college campuses.

The House has yet to vote on two other gun bills that Lynch also promised to veto. One would eliminate the need for a license to carry concealed, loaded weapons anyplace where gun possession is legal. It also would increase from four to five years the length of time a permit is valid. The bill also would make it legal to transport unlicensed guns.

The House passed a similar bill last session, but the Senate postponed action on it until this year. Neither the latest House bill nor the one passed last year would relax federal prohibitions such as banning felons from carrying weapons. Vermont, Arizona and Alaska don’t require a permit.

The second bill would loosen a 74-year-old ban on loaded rifles and shotguns in vehicles. Weapons inside vehicles would be allowed to contain clips of ammunition as along as no bullets were loaded into the firing chamber.

The House could vote on them as early as Thursday

New Hampshire is becoming a fast growing second amendment state. They were in the news a week ago. New Hampshire could become the fourth state to eliminate the need for a carry permit. They are currently waiting on the senate to pass the bill and they will be well on their way.

 

Obama on the Second Amendment


Any American citizen who honors the Second Amendment cannot support the re-election of President Barack Obama 2012.
Any American citizen who honors the Second Amendment truly understands that we are entitled to sell, possess and operate firearms as a means of sport under the constraints of local ordinances or as a means of protection whether against criminal forces or government oppression.
Today, we have an American President​ with a long and shocking history of suppressing gun rights, yet claims to be a Second Amendment hero.  He does this for one reason and one reason only: Obama wants to win re-election. After all, suppressing gun rights is not a popular stance among the average American, particularly now when government largesse has tripled and people are becoming more and more dubious that excess controls is the solution to a bad economy.  In fact, there is an undercurrent of Americans who are sick and tired of politicians turning their backs on the Constitution in their attempts to manage our lives and money, and are calling, no screaming, for a return of Constitutional principles of governing.
Now if those same politicians who turn a blind eye to the constraints placed upon them in the Constitution are successful in taking our guns away, we will find an America vulnerable to tyrannical government; a situation that will mark the beginning of the end of our Republic.
Here are the black and white facts revealed in Obama’s public record on gun control (Source: OnTheIssues.org):

•    During a primary debate in 2008, Obama confirms his support for the D.C. law prohibiting ownership of handguns, and then contradicts himself by saying “I never favored an all-out ban of handguns,” even though a 1996 signed document says he does.
•    At a fundraiser in 2008, Obama explains why some people are not supportive of his candidacy, saying they “get bitter” and “they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
•    At a 2008 Democrat debate, Obama erroneously asserts that placing restraints on gun owners will reduce the rate of shooting in Chicago public schools.
•    In 2007, Obama voted for a bill that permits concealed carry for retired law enforcement officials, but is adamantly opposed to concealed carry permits for American citizens.
•    At a 2007 Presidential primary forum Obama blames gun manufacturers for “dumping guns in our communities.”
•    In The Audacity of Hope​, Obama writes that keeping guns out of inner cities is a moral responsibility.
•     In 2005, Obama voted no on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
•    At a 2004 Senate debate, Obama says the failure of Bush to not authorize a renewal of the assault weapons ban is scandalous and that “assault weapons have only one purpose, to kill people.”
•    In 2004, Obama acts against a bill that protects property owners from home invasions.
•    In 2000, Obama unsuccessfully sought to limit gun purchases to one per month.
Indeed the President has two strikes against him.  First, he misleads the public for political purposes by pretending to support the Second Amendment; and second, the public record shows a President that clearly does not honor the Second Amendment.

 

Spread the word:  President Obama is anti-Second Amendment and undeserving of re-election.

Source: Human Events -