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Just what you want to see in the hands of your abusive husband.
The NRA has an appropriate representative working in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut: a man temporarily barred from having guns after he pled guilty to harassment stemming from what his now-former wife describes as domestic violence. Richard D'Alauro was initially charged with misdemeanor assault and endangering the welfare of a child as well as noncriminal harassment.
The NRA official pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to the harassment charge, admitting to Suffolk County Court Judge Toni Bean that he intended to “harass, annoy or alarm” his wife “by subjecting her to physical contact,” a transcript of the proceedings show.

The judge continued an order of protection against D’Alauro for one year, banning him from owning or purchasing firearms until Oct. 3, 2013. At that time, D’Alauro, who is 62, will be allowed to rearm, and the police will be required to return his guns—a prospect his former wife says she finds terrifying.

Maureen D'Alauro says that assault "is an accurate description" of the incident that led to her then-husband's arrest and the confiscation of his 39 or more guns; she experienced "years of domestic violence," she says, and:
She called her ex-husband a “bully” who acted at home with the same confrontational behavior that NRA leaders use in politics.

“They are cut from the same cloth,” she said.

The NRA isn't commenting on the fact that its employee is legally barred from owning guns for domestic violence. But this could be an opportunity for the gun lobby group: "The NRA: America's abusive husband" is a slogan that might well appeal to many of its members.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:56 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos, Shut Down the NRA, and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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  •  like i keep saying (17+ / 0-)

    the ones who are screaming the loudest about the government taking away their weapons, are usually the ones who really SHOULD have their weapons taken away.

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:07:30 AM PST

  •  39 guns? (9+ / 0-)

    I mean, can we agree that part of the abuse is his former wife's knowledge that he had those guns and fear he might use them?  
    39 guns.
    I hope something is done before October 2013 and he isn't allowed to "rearm."

    So much for the VAWA

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:09:52 AM PST

  •  This is great. Society should have the right (6+ / 0-)

    to keep people who have a violent history from having guns.  Ban for this particular individual should be permanent.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:10:14 AM PST

  •  He automatically gets guns back? (12+ / 0-)

    Shouldn't he have to petition the court to allow him to have guns rather then just getting them back? I just don't get it. We allow the courts to strip felons of their constitutional protected right to vote - in some state permanently. Many state require that a former felon petition the court in order to get back their constitutional right to vote and yet somehow the right to be armed is seen as a more sacrosanct than the right to vote.

  •  Bullys are all the same eom (no eom) (1+ / 0-)
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    I fucking hate them

    Those who quote Santayana are condemned to repeat him. Me

    by Mark B on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:19:50 AM PST

  •  But, but, but,... (8+ / 0-)

    ...the solution would be to arm the wife.  /snark

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:20:48 AM PST

  •  Good news (1+ / 0-)
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    Why in the world do yo need a gun.  Are you looking to kill someone/thing.  If the answer is no, then a gun is not needed.  We democrats as a party need to unite and stand up and repeal the 2nd Amendment once and for all there is no longer a fear that the queen of England will invade the USA.  Guns kill plain and simple, times to end all guns, and remove each weapon from the hands of the citizens.  

    •  Careful - don't rile up the pro 2nd amendment (1+ / 0-)
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      group here... Also, a conservative coworker of mine says that any day now an overthrow of our tyrannical government may be necessary, dontcha know...

      "In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch; Tact is the clever footwork. Wilson Mizner -7.25/-5.64

      by mikejay611 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:52:25 AM PST

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  •  Curious, though... (2+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, LilithGardener

    ...just what official office this clown holds in the NRA? Would love to know how far one can advance in the NRA while having these sort of... issues.

    Perhaps I shouldn't wonder, though; the public pronouncements of their head honcho give a pretty good indication that being bat guano, bug f*** insane is something of an NRA requirement for advancement!

    "Cause 5 in every 4 just don't amount to nothin' more, so watch the rats go 'cross the floor, and make up songs ' bout bein' poor." F Zappa

    by GearRatio on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:26:54 AM PST

  •  More discussion (4+ / 0-)

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:33:51 AM PST

  •  I wonder how many of these NRA types could (1+ / 0-)
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    pass a background check.  I bet a lot of their opposition to it is because they know the majority of their base couldn't pass the background check.

  •  The NRA's Response (1+ / 0-)
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    Should have been to fire this guy back in 2010. That he's still employed speaks volumes to just how out-of-whack the NRA's leadership is.

    Also, I am rather surprised that New York state doesn't have any provision against someone with a history of domestic abuse owning firearms. For all the many gun restrictions Cuomo forced the legislature to vote on, it seems a pretty big thing to forget to throw into the mix.

  •  Know who is prohibited from possessing guns (0+ / 0-)

    Under current law "private party sales" are legal for the seller unless they know or have a reason to believe that a potential buyer is one of the following persons. Current law gives a "don't ask/don't tell" cover to unethical sellers and buyers.

    Universal Background Checks will take many more gun transfers out of that gray "don't find out" zone and into the realm of higher accountability for both sellers and buyers.

    Ethical sellers and FFLs will be able to compete on a more level playing field.

    Federal Firearms Licensee Quick Reference and Best Practices Guide
    (A few excerpts)

    Prohibited Transfers

    You MAY NOT sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition to any person you know or have reasonable cause to believe is prohibited from possessing or receiving a  firearm. Do not sell or otherwise transfer a firearm and do not contact NICS if you have reason to believe that a person seeking to obtain a firearm is prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm.

    Note: If a person answers “No” to Item 11.a or 12 of Form 4473, or answers “Yes” to one or more questions in Items 11.b through 11.l of Form 4473, that person has given you reason to believe he or she is prohibited and the transaction must be stopped.

    You MAY NOT sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition to any of the following prohibited persons or in the following circumstances:

    1. Straw Purchaser: A “straw purchaser” is a person who is not the “actual buyer” of the firearm; that is, a person who obtains a firearm for another person. Straw purchases are a primary source of firearms used in crime. If you suspect that a transaction is a straw purchase or there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the potential sale—such as one person picking out the firearm, handling the firearm, and providing the payment for the firearm while another person completes the Form 4473—you should not sell the firearm. Similarly, if one person attempts to purchase a firearm, NICS denies or delays the attempted purchase, and another person with him or her attempts to buy the same firearm, you must not complete this sale.

    2.  Person Under Indictment: A person “under indictment” includes any person who has been charged by indictment or information in any court with a crime for which he or she may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year.

    3.  Person Convicted of a Crime Punishable by Imprisonment for a Term Exceeding 1 Year: This prohibited person category includes any person who has been convicted of a felony or other crime for which the person could have been sentenced to imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year—EVEN if the court actually placed the person on probation or sentenced the person to a term of imprisonment for 1 year or less.

    4.  Fugitive from Justice: A fugitive from justice is a person who has fled from any State to avoid prosecution for a crime (felony or misdemeanor) or to avoid giving testimony in any criminal proceeding.

    5.  Unlawful Drug User or Drug Addict: This prohibited person category includes any person who unlawfully uses—or is addicted to—marijuana, depressants, stimulants, narcotic drugs, or other controlled substances. Alcohol is NOT considered a controlled substance.

    6.  Adjudicated Mental Defective or Person Involuntarily Committed to a Mental Institution: This prohibited person category includes any person who has EVER been adjudicated by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority to be, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease, a danger to himself or herself or to others or to lack the mental capacity to contract or to manage his/or her own affairs. This category also includes any person who has been subject to a finding of insanity in a criminal case, including a finding that he or she is incompetent to stand trial. Also included is any person who has EVER been formally committed to a mental institution by a court or other lawful authority. This category does NOT include a person committed to a mental institution solely for observation or a person who was voluntarily admitted to a mental institution.

    7.  Person Dishonorably Discharged from the Military: A person is considered dishonorably discharged only if he or she was separated from the Armed Forces of the United States as a result of a dishonorable discharge or a dismissal adjudged by a general court-martial. This prohibition does NOT include persons with a bad conduct discharge or any other less than honorable discharge.

    8. Person Subject to a Restraining Order: This prohibited person category includes any person who is currently subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner, child of the person, or child of the intimate partner OR engaging in other conduct that would place the intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the intimate partner or child. The court order must meet the specific requirements of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8) to be prohibiting.

    9. Person Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: This prohibited person category includes any person who has EVER been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence regardless of the title of the offense. The offense must meet the definition of “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” in 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(33). Note: Unlike other prohibited person categories, law enforcement officers purchasing firearms for official use are NOT exempt from this prohibited person category.

    10. Person who has Renounced U.S. Citizenship: A person has renounced his or her United States citizenship if he or she takes formal steps to renounce her/his citizenship before a diplomatic or consular officer or before an officer designated by the Attorney General during a time of war.

    11. Aliens Illegally or Unlawfully in the United States: This prohibited person category includes any person who unlawfully entered the United States or who illegally remains in the United States after his or her authorized period of stay has expired.

    11a. Nonimmigrant Aliens: A nonimmigrant alien is an alien who is lawfully in the United States on a temporary basis for purposes of travel, business, study, etc. The term does NOT include a permanent resident alien (someone who possesses a “green card.”) A nonimmigrant alien may only purchase or receive a firearm if he or she: (a) was admitted to the United States for lawful hunting or sporting purposes or presents a valid hunting license or permit issued by a State; (b) qualifies as a foreign diplomat, official, or law enforcement officer as defined at 18 U.S.C. § 922(y)(2); or (c) has received a waiver of the prohibition from the Attorney General.

    12. Sale of a Firearm or Ammunition to a Person Under Age 18: You may not sell or deliver a firearm or ammunition to a person you know or have reasonable cause to believe is less than 18 years old.

    13. Sale of a Handgun or Handgun Ammunition to a Person Under Age 21: You may not sell or deliver a firearm other than a rifle or a shotgun—or ammunition other than rifle or shotgun ammunition—to a person who you know or have reasonable cause to believe is less than 21 years old. A firearm frame or receiver is not a rifle or shotgun and may not be sold to a person under 21 years old.

    14. Sale in Violation of State Law or Published Ordinance: You may not sell or deliver a firearm to any person in any State where the purchase or possession would be in violation of a State law or published ordinance.

    Age Restrictions

    As noted above, under Federal law, the minimum age to purchase firearms and ammunition from an FFL is 18. If the firearm is other than a rifle or a shotgun—or ammunition for other than a rifle or a shotgun—the minimum age is 21 [18 U.S.C. 922(b)(1)]. However:

    1. You may sell ammunition that is interchangeable between rifles and handguns to a buyer who is at least 18 years of age if you are satisfied that he or she will use the ammunition in a rifle.

    2. Regardless of less restrictive State and local age requirements for firearms and ammunition purchases, you must adhere to the above Federal mininum age

    For a further discussion, visit my diary Background Check 101 - "What is a Straw Buyer?"Background Check 101 - "What is a Straw Buyer?"

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 02:46:51 PM PST

  •  ZING! (0+ / 0-)

    Love it.

    Obama, Emanuel, Geithner, Summers, Holder, Breuer. With pragmatism stacked that deep is it any wonder that justice on Wall St., the 99% and the just Wall demise of supply-side economics had a chance? We were robbed, and not just by the banksters.

    by Words In Action on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:04:33 PM PST

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