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New Product Spotlight: “The Five Most Dangerous Guns”
Submitted by: Suzanne
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By now, I am sure you have read Rolling Stone’s July 2014 article titled, “The Five Most Dangerous Guns in America.” If not, Rolling Stone contributor Kristen Gwynne apparently researched—I use the term loosely—which guns were the most “dangerous” in America. Cheaper Than Dirt just so happens to have these guns! Read on to see what's new.
 

Third-World Justice in New Jersey: Ray Rice versus Shaneen Allen
Submitted by: Robert Morse
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There are one set of laws for the rich and famous, and another set of laws for the poor and anonymous. That is particularly true in Atlantic County, New Jersey. The prosecutor allowed a violent multi-millionaire to clear his record but prosecuted a single mom working two jobs.. because she owned a gun.
 

Judge Orders DOJ to Release Fast and Furious Documents Withheld From Congress Under Obama Executive Privilege Claim
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Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit pursued against the Department of Justice by government watchdog Judicial Watch, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled documents being withheld from Congress under President Obama's claim of executive privilege must be turned over. Obama made the claim on the same day Attorney General Eric Holder was voted in criminal and civil contempt of Congress in June 2012.
"This order forces the Obama DOJ, for the first time, to provide a detailed listing of all documents that it has withheld from Congress and the American people for years about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal," Judicial Watch released in a statement.
 

NY: Brooklyn prosecutors identify 14 more cases handled by disgraced former NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella
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Brooklyn prosecutors have identified 14 additional cases handled by a now-tainted detective, expanding their unprecedented convictions review, the borough’s top lawman said Tuesday.
The new discovery put the number of re-examined cases tied to retired detective Louis Scarcella at 71, district attorney Kenneth Thompson told the Daily News Editorial Board.
They comprise the majority of over 100 cases being looked at by a Conviction Review Unit, which has already cleared seven wrongfully convicted murder defendants this year, four of whom were brought down by Scarcella.
 

NE: Gun Owners Open-Carry at Local Eatery
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A South Lincoln restaurant gave dozens of gun owners the chance to exercise their right to open-carry a hand gun while grabbing a bite to eat.

It's all part of a group called Nebraska Open Carry. Their goal is to make it easier to carry weapons in Nebraska.

They say guns and gun owners have a bad reputation nationally and they're working to improve those perceptions locally. They hope being out in the public eye shows others that gun owners aren't a threat.
 

MA: Gun bill compromise a distinction without a difference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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THE BOSTON GLOBE reported this morning that compromise legislative language on the discretionary issuance of Firearms Identification Cards (FIDs) probably has enough votes to make it into Massachusetts law.

It gives police departments the ability to petition a district court to revoke a citizen’s firearms license. Under the compromise language, the Globe reports, that a court would have to base such a decision on “reliable, articulable, and credible information” that suggests one “could potentially create a risk to public safety.”

The NRA, which in its response to the compromise language sees no difference between a judge’s discretion and the police chief’s discretion, has called for its local members to oppose the bill.
 

MT: Ruling: Montana felons can't own firearms after serving time, probation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But most of the felons who attempt to purchase guns from him have received deferred sentences and their convictions have been quashed, Ochsner explained.

This ruling wouldn’t affect those people because their felony conviction wouldn’t appear on their record, but Ochsner is concerned about people who have been convicted of nonviolent felonies.

“What would the felony be?” he asked. “If it’s a felony DUI, should that person be a restricted person because they are driving drunk?”

“I know the law and until it’s overturned, I am not going to sell them a gun,” he added.
 

D.C. circling wagons on guns; Spokane’s Robin Ball safety efforts lauded
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But most of the felons who attempt to purchase guns from him have received deferred sentences and their convictions have been quashed, Ochsner explained.

This ruling wouldn’t affect those people because their felony conviction wouldn’t appear on their record, but Ochsner is concerned about people who have been convicted of nonviolent felonies.

“What would the felony be?” he asked. “If it’s a felony DUI, should that person be a restricted person because they are driving drunk?”

“I know the law and until it’s overturned, I am not going to sell them a gun,” he added.
 

“No. You’re Not!” A Pump-Action Response To Everytown
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Liberty PA nails it:

STOP GUN CONTROL AGAINST WOMEN
A video recently released showing that women are more likely to be victims if they are not armed for self defense. Hope you enjoy this video to educate everyone on the importance of responsible gun ownership.
 

CO: Colorado sheriffs again join suit against gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gunrights advocates, including most of Colorado's sheriffs, are renewing their fight against the state's two new gun-control laws.

They filed a court notice Monday stating they are appealing a judge's decision that the laws comply with the U.S. Constitution.

One law bans firearms magazines, acquired after July 1, 2013, of more than 15 rounds. The other expands background checks to include transfer of guns from one person to another.
 

DC: Tough under fire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You wouldn’t know it from all the emotionally charged rhetoric, media bias and rabid liberal theatrics, but the Second Amendment is making a comeback. For now.
 

TX: Man shot, killed in Universal City
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police say two men driving through the city in two different cars had a confrontation there. They said one man shot the other in the chest, killing him.

The shooter -- who has a concealed handgun license -- called 911 to report the incident.

Police released the shooter after questioning him Thursday morning and no charges have been filed. They say it appears the shooter acted in self-defense.
 

AZ: Phoenix Doctor Vindicated; No Charges for Open Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Long after these images are shown, I suspect that Dr. Steinmetz will be found not guilty. His arrest will have been just another attempt by the establishment to suppress the first and second amendments.

Update:

The good doctor did not have to wait so very long after all. He was represented by Marc Victor. From Alan Korwin just minutes ago, quoting Dr. Steinmetz:

“No charges have been filed and my two hearings have been vacated.”

Now the question will be: How does Doctor Steinmetz get his good name back?
 

SC: Deputies: Homeowner shoots man in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Investigators with the Oconee County Sheriff's Office say they have determined a shooting that happened on Tuesday was self-defense.

Deputies said the shooting happened on Burrell Drive.

They said according to witnesses, Bradley Payne was standing outside a home threatening the homeowner.

According to deputies, the homeowner got a gun and yelled at Payne to not enter the home.

They said Payne jerked open the screen door and entered the home and the homeowner shot Payne in the hip.
 

Bloomberg and Buffett's 'Everytown for Gun Safety' Proves Why People Need Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Michael Bloomberg's and Warren Buffett's “Everytown for Gun Safety” posted a series of YouTube videos in which an estranged husband smashes his way into a woman's house, seizes her child, and then points a gun at her head. The organization then tells its stakeholders that domestic abusers can buy guns over the Internet. When last I heard, it's illegal to buy a gun across state lines unless the transaction goes through a licensed gun dealer, who must perform a background check. Even if the transaction does not cross state lines, it is illegal to sell a firearm to somebody who is prohibited from owning one.
 

CA: California battle over concealed-weapon rights could be headed for Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Judge Sidney Thomas, considered in 2010 by President Obama for a seat on the Supreme Court, issued a strongly worded dissent saying his colleagues went too far. "Carrying concealed weapons in public by definition does not inherently involve defense of hearth and home, so the core of the Second Amendment is not implicated."

Laxson's case is still pending before the Ninth Circuit as Harris has asked for a larger panel of judges to rehear arguments. A decision from the court on whether that happens hasn't been announced.
 

WI: Help Re-Elect Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ordinarily a County Sheriff’s election wouldn’t be notable for the larger state. In this case however, I’d like to share what is going on in Milwaukee County because the Sheriff’s race here has drastic implications for the entire state and country.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke rocked the boat here in SE Wisconsin and nationally when he issued public service announcements in 2013 that encouraged people to take responsibility for their own safety including training to use a firearm in self defense. His public service announcements went viral because while self-defense is only common sense, its extremely rare to get a Law Enforcement official to publicly advocate for the 2nd Amendment and citizens right to carry.
 

NJ: Second Amendment Women Shooting Club Invites Shooters to Try IDPA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So you have taken a first step or intro to pistol class, you have been shooting at paper at the range for some time and you may be thinking what’s next?

There aren’t many opportunities in this area to practice shooting from a holster or doing much more than standing in a port, but one outlet that is available to shooters of all skill levels, beginner through advanced, are matches run by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

IDPA is a shooting sport that was founded in 1996 and simulates self-defense and real life encounters.
 

OK: Guns in school lots: Fear, favor over recent law change
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A change in Oklahoma law allowing licensed, permit-holding gun owners to leave their weapons locked in cars on school property has split public opinion.

The issue was debated in Oklahoma’s 54th Legislature, where House Bill 2329 passed as the state’s most recent example of gun-related legislation.

Representative Sally Kern (R - Oklahoma City) authored the bill, which for the first time allows a person licensed according to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act to keep a weapon locked in a vehicle on a school parking lot.
 

PA: Mercy Fitzgerald psychiatrist to keep job after shootout with patient
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The psychiatrist who shot his patient in self-defense at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on July 24 will see no immediate repercussions despite breaking hospital rules that prohibit firearms on its campus.

A statement released by the hospital said Dr. Lee Silverman will remain a full member of the Mercy Health System medical staff after shooting his patient, Richard Plotts, in his third floor office of the hospital’s Sister Marie Lanahan Wellness Center.

“We are praying for his speedy recovery and return to practice,” said the statement, which also addressed reviewing security policies.
 

IN: Home Invader With Hammer Loses To Homeowner’s Son With Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Michael Samuel Stokes allegedly shattered a window in the home, alerting the homeowner, who walked into the room to encounter shattered glass. The homeowner alerted her son, who grabbed his .45 ACP pistol and went outside to confront an approaching Stokes, who had gone to his car to collect a hammer.

Stokes then ran back to the car he was driving, and attempted to run over the armed son in his escape, prompting the son to fire several times in self-defense.
 

Second Amendment Foundation’s Biggest Victory Yet
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After a long fought battle, the Second Amendment Foundation has won its case in Palmer vs. District of Columbia!

The city will now be forced to allow residents from D.C and other states to conceal carry firearms within its boundaries!

Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr ruled, “…there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”
 

MO: Too many questions on No. 5
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Strict scrutiny is the most rigorous review. For a law to be upheld under strict scrutiny, it has to pass a three-part test: It must meet a compelling governmental interest, be narrowly tailored and be the least restrictive means of achieving that interest.

Our big concern about this amendment is the unanswered question of how Missouri gun laws could be affected by the change to strict scrutiny. We don’t think that question has been adequately answered or explained for the public, and we’d like to hear more on it.

Nor do we even see this amendment as being necessary to protecting the rights of Missourians. We still look to our nation’s Second Amendment to do that for us.
 

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