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OIG sharing information with DOJ over Wide Receiver CI's objections
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"The 'rationale' used here, that OIG is required to make disclosures, is one we’ve seen in the unfolding Fast and Furious story, along with DOJ misusing the disclosed information, so this is neither a new, nor an unfounded concern."
 

ND: Revolutionary endeavor: Bottineau’s Jonathan Bartlett teaches Project Appleseed
Submitted by: Bob Anderson

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It wouldn't be surprising if Jonathan Bartlett bleeds red, white and blue. The Bottineau resident has a deepening appreciation for this nation's founding fathers and early citizens and citizen soldiers.
 

Gun Owners of America: Must Stop Obama's Second Term
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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The race for the Republican nomination for President is neck and neck. The four remaining candidates are spending millions of dollars tearing each other apart for the chance to take on President Obama in November. But while all eyes are on the Republican presidential primary, GOA also has to prepare for something that American gun owners don’t even want to think about; the possibility of a second Obama term. Think about it. A second term for Obama means he will be unencumbered with thoughts about reelection. His political appointees are already radical gun haters. His future picks will be even worse. Executive actions, such as illegally requiring gun dealers along southwest border states to report multiple long gun sales, will increase.
 

FL: Police roll out video surveillance truck called The Peacemaker
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... "Warning: You are under video surveillance," reads the bold message on the side of the truck.
From the front bumper of the menacing vehicle, another sign taunts: "Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?"
The truck is a new weapon for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in the fight against drugs and neighborhood nuisances, and it looks like a Winnebago on steroids. They call it "The Peacemaker," and it may be a first in South Florida.
Mixing high tech with simplicity, the in-your-face strategy is straightforward: load an out-of-service armored truck with some of the latest surveillance equipment available and decorate it with police emblems. Then, simply leave it parked in front of trouble spots.
 

UT: Utah Legislature bill would allow open carry of guns
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"Simply carrying a weapon out in the open wouldn’t be enough for a local municipality to charge a person with disorderly conduct, according to a bill that passed out of a House Committee Monday afternoon.

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, sponsored HB49 and said it was a way to ensure a uniform approach to protect gun rights and avoid confusion among law enforcement and local governments that are unclear as to what could be charged as disorderly conduct.

“Just because I’m carrying the gun, they can’t give me a disorderly conduct [charge],” Ray said. “If I’m acting in a threatening way, they certainly can.”

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Submitter's note: PLEASE REGISTER AND LEAVE A COMMENT to counteract the clueless leftists who infest that news website.
 

TX: Here's a Tip: Don't Bring Guns to Jury Duty
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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A woman was arrested and charged with bringing a loaded handgun into the county courthouse when she arrived for jury duty. Dayna Kay Purtee, 59, of Burleson, allegedly brought a loaded .32-caliber handgun with her when she reported for jury duty at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center in Fort Worth. Security screeners saw the gun on the screening machine. Purtee was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon in a prohibited place. A Tarrant County Sheriff's Department spokesman told the Star-Telegram newspapers that he had no information on whether Purtee had ill intent.
 

CA: Cops Kill One of their Own; Albert Covarrubias was Sex Abuse Suspect
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The family of a California police officer shot and killed by fellow cops as they tried to arrest him on sexual misconduct charges are questioning the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Police in Santa Maria, California have yet to identify the officer, but his family told KCOY-TV that his name was Albert Covarrubias, Jr. Early Saturday morning officers arrived at the DUI checkpoint at which Covarrubias was working to arrest him on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Police say Covarrubias would not go without a fight. "He chose to resist, he drew his weapon, a fight ensued, he fired his weapon," said Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni.
 

Now Pro-Gun Judges Won't Even Listen to NRA
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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It is hard to find a federal judge more friendly to “gun rights” than Judge Sam Cummings of Lubbock, Texas. Yet even Judge Cummings refuses to follow the NRA off the cliff of Second Amendment extremism. Judge Cummings achieved iconic status in the “gun rights” community in 1999 when, in U.S. v. Emerson, he became the first federal judge to rule that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to possess guns for private purposes. That ruling, literally, was unprecedented.
 

UT : Lawmaker wants to prevent 'open-carry' gun owners from facing charges
Submitted by: Mark Jensen

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Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, wants to ensure people aren't charged with crimes while carrying guns in a non-threatening manner.
 

WV: U.S. attorney calls Lincoln County voter scheme 'deja vu'
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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The Lincoln County sheriff and county clerk will plead guilty to felonies following a ballot box stuffing scheme in the 2010 Democratic primary, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office announced Monday.

According to federal prosecutors, Sheriff Jerry Bowman admitted to falsifying more than 100 applications for absentee ballots for people who were not eligible to vote that way.

Democrat Bowman also arrived at voters' homes, told them who he was planning to vote for and, at last a half dozen times, marked the absentee ballots himself.
 

NY: Rapper Cory Gunz busted for carrying unregistered Taurus .9mm handgun, police say -- Performer faces mandatory minimum sentence of three and 1/2 years
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He's a rapper named Gunz, and police say he had a gun in his backpack.
Rapper Cory Gunz - born Peter Pankey Jr. - was arrested in the Bronx Saturday when cops found he was carrying an unregistered Taurus .9mm handgun, police said.
He was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court Sunday night on charges of criminal possession of a loaded firearm.
His father, rapper Peter Gunz, posted the $30,000 bail. ...
If convicted, Gunz - a father of two young girls - faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three and 1/2 years. ...
Cory Gunz and his dad recently started a campaign called "Gunz Against Guns" where they speak at schools across the Bronx to steer kids away from the deadly weapons, Peter Gunz said.
 

VA: Bell's home intruder bill advances
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sometimes, it pays not to baby-sit your legislation.

On Monday night, Del. Richard P. "Dickie" Bell's bill that states it is OK to use deadly force against an intruder sailed out of a key House of Delegates subcommittee — the same group that put a similar bill of Bell's on ice last week.

But it did so after Bell left the Criminal Law subcommittee hearing to hurry to another legislative meeting.

"I was joking with my wife, I've been doing this all wrong," Bell, R-Staunton, said. "I was at the subcommittee last week and my bill didn't go; I have to leave tonight, and it gets reported out."
 

Crossbreed Holsters Becomes Bronze Sponsor In SAF Sponsorship Program
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation today announced that Crossbreed Holsters has joined SAF’s new corporate sponsorship program at the Bronze level.

Crossbreed Holsters shows their sincere support of our Second Amendment rights in joining the Second Amendment Foundation in our battle to restore firearms civil rights one lawsuit at a time.
 

KS: Voters should know Republican candidates views on gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Without a doubt, the candidate with the strongest record of defending the Second Amendment is Congressman Ron Paul. Paul is the only candidate to receive an A+ from the Gun Owners of America. The group says Paul has opposed all gun control legislation that has crossed his path since 1968, and even introduced legislation to repeal the Gun Free School Zone act. In a 2008 essay, Paul pointed out that "the worst shootings happen in gun free zones, like schools" and has urged Americans to be "ever vigilant against any attempts to disarm the people."
 

NJ: New Jersey Gun Owners Beat Back Ammo Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After a massive outcry from the Second Amendment community against A588 (backdoor ammo ban) and A1013 (defacing firearms – unintended consequences), the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee “held” A588 and amended A1013 in response to gun owner concerns.

The effect of holding A588 is to send it back to the drawing board for further review and amendment, and this legislation that would have opened the door to a sweeping ammunition ban will not advance in its present form.
 

AZ: Arizona Committee Members Need To Hear From You On Pro Rights Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Your help is needed to get these pro-rights bills heard in committee. Letters have been prepared and are waiting to be sent by you at AzCDL’s Action Center:

HB 2095: http://capwiz.com/azcdl/issues/alert/?alertid=60874501 .
SB 1077: http://capwiz.com/azcdl/issues/alert/?alertid=60877501 .

Last week, two bills protecting your right to bear arms were scheduled for committee hearings but were “held” without being heard. It’s time to shine some light on those committees and let them know these bills need to heard and voted on favorably.
 

ME: Maine lawmakers consider bill to loosen gun laws on state grounds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers on Monday began reviewing a bill that would allow state employees to leave guns locked in their cars as long as they have a concealed weapons permit.

The bill is designed to amend a hotly debated bill passed last year. That bill, LD 35, allowed private workers to keeps guns stowed in their vehicle. This proposal, LD 1603, sponsored by Rep. Dale Crafts, R-Lisbon Falls, would broaden the law to include state employees.
 

NC: Raquel Okyay Anti Second Amendment forces do not stop their incessant attack on our freedom to keep and bear arms.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Their latest move is a proposed law being circulated and discussed in Forsyth County, NC which would make firearms illegal to carry in local parks. Supporting the measure, the editorial pages of the Winston-Salem Journal make an argument that County officials should “curb, not promote, guns in parks,” because visitors will not feel safe and will be discouraged from visiting.
 

Anti-Gun Protestors Target Starbucks for Upholding the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A nationwide boycott of Starbucks stores and its products will be launched on Valentine's Day to eliminate "the risk of guns in public places and ultimately to bring sane gun laws to the U.S."

This boycott is being called by the National Gun Victim's Action Council (NGAC), a network of 14 million gun victims, and is targeting Starbucks because it allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores in 43 states, and concealed and carried in its stores in 49 states.
 

North American Arms Becomes Bronze Level Sponsor In New SAF Program
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation today announced that North American Arms joined the SAF’s new corporate sponsorship program at the Bronze level.

North American Arms, a longtime supporter of both the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms with this new offer of support again shows their solid support of the Second Amendment Foundation and SAF’s on-going efforts in defense of firearms civil rights.
 

CA: Oakland prosecutors want to drop murder charge against woman who killed her boyfriend, now say stabbing was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In an unusual move, prosecutors Monday sought to dismiss a murder charge against an Oakland woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend at her apartment Nov. 22.

Alameda County Senior Deputy District Attorney Kim Hunter said prosecutors now think "this very sad event was justifiable self-defense" based on an extensive review of evidence that wasn't available immediately after 20-year-old Geneva Dixon killed 28-year-old Norris Lewis in the 3500 block of Galindo Street.
 

NY: Grand jury refuses to indict Paul Kubrich in fatal stabbing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A grand jury has refused to indict a Rochester man accused of manslaughter in a fatal November stabbing.

The grand jury determined that the killing was a justifiable act of self-defense by Paul D. Kubrich, said Kubrich’s attorney, James Nobles.
 

IN: Police entry bill approved by Senate, heads to House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A state bill aiming to give residents limited rights to resist police officers who enter their homes illegally has been passed by the Senate and will appear before the full House of Representatives in the next few weeks.

If enacted, SB 1 would allow residents to use whatever force is necessary to remove officers who do not properly identify themselves as police or are not on duty.
 

NH: Gun-free refuges? Wildlife & self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New Hampshire has fish and wildlife refuges. In them, it is illegal to carry firearms. Should it be?

The sponsors of House Bill 1555, which has a public hearing at 10:15 this morning, say no. That bill would replace the ban on carrying firearms in state fish and wildlife refuges with a ban on discharging firearms “for the purpose of taking wildlife.” The argument is that people have a right to bear arms, and they should be able to do so in wildlife refuges.
 

OK: Talk of expanding 'Make My Day' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 'Make My Day' law is in place to save lives; allowing victims to fire back in self-defense. Now, some legislative leaders are pushing to strengthen the law to make sure victims are fully covered.

Miles Hall, owner of H & H Gun Range says, "The original 'Make My Day' law allowed you to be able to defend yourself anytime it was a life threatening situation, as long as you were in the confines of your own home."
 

HI: Mayor Wright stabbing suspect released without charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Honolulu police released a 33-year-old man arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing Friday night at the Mayor Wright housing project.

Police arrested the man Friday night after a fight involving several people that left one man dead and three others wounded, one critically.

Prosecutors declined to file charges because of self-defense issues, said Dave Koga, a spokesman for the Honolulu Prosecutor's Office.
 

IL: Illinois “Assault Weapons Ban” is Back & the Fight Is On
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Chicago legislators once again are trying to rule over gun owners statewide.

The outrageous “Assault Weapons Ban” is back via State Rep. Eddie Acevedo who represents District 2 in Chicago. HB1294 is a repeat effort to ban just about every sporting and self-defense gun owned in Illinois, along with magazines holding more than 10 rounds, unless of course you still have the receipt from when you bought the gun or magazine some 15-20-30 years ago.
 

VA: House subcommittee backs Va. legislation allowing use of deadly force against intruders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Virginians already have the right to defend themselves from intruders under common law. The so-called "castle doctrine" bills would add that right to the state code. The Courts of Justice criminal subcommittee recommended the legislation on a voice vote Monday.
 

FL: Hendry County man released under Stand Your Ground law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It's been two years since Lestina Rumph hugged her son Timothy.

Today a judge signed paperwork to release him, saying the murder he committed was justified. Our cameras were there for the emotional reunion.

It's been a long road for the Rumph family after Timothy killed Gee Gee Gary in December 2010.

"I'm sorry it happened the way it happened. I wish I could take back the hands of time," said Rumph.

Ed.: When it takes two years in jail before a stand your ground determination can be made, clearly the law needs to be tweaked.
 

IA: Iowa Firearms Coalition Needs Your Help on Stand Your Ground Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Iowa Firearms Coalition and the NRA have been working hard with Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-56) on a bill that will come up for a vote as early as next Tuesday in the House Public Safety Committee.

HF 573 is the current version of “stand your ground” legislation that Rep. Windschitl has been running since 2007. This year Iowa Firearms Coalition and the NRA are hoping to make significant progress in Iowa helping pass this much needed self-defense legislation that we’ve been working on.
 

FL: Florida man sues Montana deputies over gun arrest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Florida man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Lincoln County sheriff's deputies violated his Second Amendment rights by arresting him while repeatedly asking him whether he was carrying a handgun.

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Pierson claims in the lawsuit that Deputies Corry Bassett and Rob Andazola handcuffed him for 45 minutes while they repeatedly asked him if he had a gun. Pierson states he was released only after the deputies' supervisor arrived.

Gary Ferguson, a South Jordan, Utah, lawyer who represents Pierson, said Pierson is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and has hundreds of combat helicopter missions in Afghanistan.
 

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