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Kroger does not bow to Bloomberg pressure to ban guns in stores
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“The safety of our customers and associates is one of our most important company values,” Kroger responded on its website and to online inquiries. “Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don't want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun. That is why our long - standing policy on this issue is to follow state and local laws and to ask customers to be respectful of others while shopping. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”
 

Where Did ‘Military-Style’ Police Gear in Ferguson Come From? Hint: It’s Not Necessarily the Pentagon
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Much of the weaponry and apparel on display during police action to quell riots and looting in Ferguson, Mo., doesn’t look like surplus equipment supplied by the Pentagon but rather hardware purchased elsewhere, a Heritage Foundation expert says.
“The ‘cool guy,’ load-bearing gear is frankly a lot better than we give soldiers,” Steven Bucci, director of Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, told The Daily Signal.
 

How Military Guns Make the Civilian Market
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This week, the U.S. Army will brief arms manufacturers on the design requirements for a new standard-issue handgun. Several gun makers will compete for the lucrative contract, developing weapons that are more reliable and more powerful than those currently in service. Officials say the upgrade is overdue—it’s been nearly 30 years since the Army adopted the Beretta M9. But the last time the military challenged the industry to make a better handgun, all the innovations intended for the battlefield also ended up in the consumer market, and the severity of civilian shootings soared.
 

DC: Mendelson says he will appeal D.C. gun carry ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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D.C. is in the cross hairs of a Second Amendment fight. The city is the only place in the country that has a complete ban on carrying guns outside the home. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin ruled in the Palmer case that the law was unconstitutional and D.C. had to allow people to carry guns.

In an exclusive interview, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told FOX 5 on Thursday that he will appeal the gun carry ruling, making the information public for the first time.
 

SC: "Pull!" Clays beware, the ladies are coming
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Numerous studies show that women are taking up guns for a lot of reasons -- many for self-defense. But there's another group who see it more as a sport, CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford reports.

It starts with a simple but decisive command: "pull."

The voices calling the shots, like the shooters, all are women. Just don't mistake their support and encouragement for a lack of competition.

Annette Mueller first picked up a gun at age 55.
 

ME: Council revises local gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The amendment approved by the council at the Aug. 19 meeting provides exceptions to the city ordinance by allowing the firing of weapons in approved indoor firearms ranges, for military funerals or reviews, for memorial events, by law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties, and in the destruction of a dangerous animal as authorized by law. The amendment also specifies that the ordinance does not “infringe upon the statutory right of a person to act in self-defense as set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes.”
 

Kroger is standing up for its customers in the face of intimidation from a Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A spokesman for Kroger, which also owns chains including Harris Teeter and Fred Meyer, said corporate policies abiding by state and local laws are sufficient to protect customers. “Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don’t want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun,” said Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey. “We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”
 

Butt Out: State Legislatures Move to Nullify Federal Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State lawmakers around the nation are increasingly attempting to defy federal control over firearms through so-called “nullification” laws, with more than 200 such bills introduced over the last decade, a News21 investigation found.

Particularly in Western and Southern states, firearms are increasingly the weapon of choice for a political movement that aims to enshrine states’ rights and void U.S. gun laws within their borders.
 

TN: City Council in 5-2 vote keeps gun ban on greenway
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The City Council in a 5-2 vote Thursday night killed a proposal to allow guns on the greenway .

Councilman Eddie Smotherman called for the vote that asked the staff to craft a resolution that would allow gun permit holders to carry firearms on portions of the greenway and its trailheads, excluding sections that go by Kids Castle playground at Old Fort Park, Cannonsburgh Village and other areas that would be considered inappropriate.
 

CA: Pleasant Hill wants judge to toss out firearms lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The city wants a lawsuit challenging its firearms ordinance tossed out, arguing that the plaintiffs' lack standing to sue and that the City Council followed the law when it approved the measure.

"We believe all of the legal claims and arguments levied by the plaintiffs are without merit," City Attorney Janet Coleson wrote in an email Thursday.

A hearing on the city's motion to dismiss the lawsuit is scheduled for Sept. 12 in Contra Costa Superior Court.
 

GA: Judge won’t temporarily allow guns at Lake Allatoona
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal judge has denied a request by a Georgia gun rights group to temporarily allow weapons on property controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the popular Lake Allatoona recreation area in northwest Georgia.

The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy does not stop a lawsuit brought by Georgia Carry in June to permanently strike the Corps’ gun ban on its Georgia properties.
 

ME: Sportsman's Alliance of Maine releases grades for governor candidates
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The state's top advocacy group for those who hunt and fish released its letter grades Thursday for the candidates hoping to be Maine's next governor.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage received the Sportman's Alliance of Maine's highest grade with an A, but close behind him with an A- is his Democratic challenger, 2nd District Congressman Mike Michaud. Independent Eliot Cutler received a B from the group.
 

AR: Arkansas Carry held open carry walk in Monticello last Saturday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group of several dozen people gathered in Monticello Saturday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Act 746, more commonly known as the Arkansas Carry Law.

The event began with a photograph and a little trivia on Constitutional Carry.

Following a short safety briefing, the participants walked to north on Highway 425 to Walmart while carrying their weapons.
 

Federal Judge Orders Holder’s DOJ to Hand Fast and Furious Doc to Congress
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.

In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure.
 

TX: Huey P. Newton Gun Club stages open carry rally through Dallas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group of some 30 African-American gun rights advocates marched in South Dallas Wednesday evening to promote self-defense and protest police shootings.

The newly formed group, calling themselves the Huey P. Newton Gun Club after one of the founders of the 1960s Black Panther party, open-carried rifles and shotguns on their evening walk along Malcom X and Martin Luther King boulevards. The peaceful activists, clad in black, according to the Dallas Morning News, chanted “Black Power” and “Justice for Michael Brown” along their route.
 

NJ: No Victim, No Crime, Shaneen Allen – Billboard Project
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As you are probably already aware, the Atlantic County Prosecutor, James P. McClain, has decided to prosecute Shaneen Allen to the fullest extent of the law.

This is in spite of the fact that, when she entered New Jersey with her legally owned, defensive firearm in her purse, she was unaware that her Pennsylvania carry permit was not valid in NJ.

While it can be argued that she should have known, her alleged crime most definitely does NOT rise to the level of a Second Degree felony, carrying a maximum sentence of *TEN* years in prison. With no prior record and no criminal intent, this young mother of two was a prime candidate for pre-trial intervention (PTI).
 

Case of ‘jihadist’ murder suspect shows another gun law failure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today’s Seattle Times report about the self-styled “jihadist” murder suspect in killings that occurred in Seattle and New Jersey carries tidbits that most people might overlook, but serve as more proof that gun laws, including a proposal for a so-called “universal background check,” are inherently doomed to failure.

Ali Muhammad Brown, whom the Times describes as “a self-proclaimed Muslim jihadist,” is the suspect in three Seattle-area homicides earlier this year and the killing of a New Jersey man on June 25. The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that he “took responsibility for each shooting.” He is currently being held in lieu of $5 million bail.
 

AZ: Brothers finally cleared in case dogged by misconduct
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After almost seven years of claiming self-defense and their attorneys tussling with prosecutors over 911 calls, half-brothers Jonathon Mena Cobian and John Mitchell Mena were finally cleared of all charges Wednesday in the shooting deaths of three gang members who attacked them in 2007.

Four times, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office tried to charge the brothers with first-degree murder, and four times judges said no. One judge found the prosecutor had committed misconduct.
 

MT: Youth group learns to shoot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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August is Teach-A-Teen-To-Shoot month and one local youth group took the opportunity to participate in a program that compliments their own goal of instilling confidence, raising self-esteem and creating a sense of accomplishment.

The local chapter of the H.E.R.O. Club, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities and activities for area youth that discourage the use of alcohol and/or drugs, came to the shooting range at Black Dog Tactical on Saturday, Aug. 16 about 10 miles north of St. Regis to learn about firearm safety.
 

TX: Resident shoots suspect during home invasion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A home invasion ended in gunfire in a east Harris County apartment Thursday morning.

Deputies were called to a shooting at the Saddle Ridge Apartments on Woodforest just before 7am. When they arrived, they found out it was a home invasion.

Sgt. Gary Harrison says during that home invasion, the man who lives inside the apartment shot one of the suspects in self-defense. That young man was airlifted to Ben Taub Hospital.
 

MO: Video undercuts police story in shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But in a newly released cell-phone video taken by an eyewitness at the scene and distributed by the St. Louis police, Powell is seen lumbering – not lunging. As he walks toward police officers, in broad daylight and on a relatively quiet street, he doesn’t seem to be the one threatening. In fact, he can be heard telling the officers, “Shoot me now, kill me now.” It is not possible to discern in the video whether Powell is armed though police can be heard warning him to “drop the knife.” They then opened fire, shooting at him at least eight times.
 

MN: Minnesota State Representative Allegedly Threatens to Shoot Second Amendment Advocate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rep. Erhardt responded, yelling, “Give me a double F! No more surveys! You come near me, and I’ll blow your head off!” Rep. Erhardt then disconnected the phone call. The call’s duration was 78 seconds.
 

Increasingly, guns are common in public places
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More Americans can carry guns in more places than ever before. In the majority of states, law-abiding gun owners can walk into bars, restaurants, and churches with their guns without fear of legal ramifications, a News21 review of all 50 states found.

"It's a situation just like getting up in the morning and putting your shoes on or your boots on. For me it's putting [my gun] onto my side," said Lee Bird, owner of Twin Birds Saddlery in Wickenburg, 60 miles northwest of Phoenix. Bird openly carries a .38 Smith & Wesson Special revolver on his hip every day.
 

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