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SAF collects on another lawsuit, this time from Omaha, Neb.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation has banked another check to cover legal fees in a federal gun rights lawsuit, this one for $12,000 from the City of Omaha, NE."

"While the amount is a fraction of the $399,950 payment received last week from the City of Chicago and anti-gun mayor Rahm Emanuel, it represents an equally-important victory to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. ..." ...
 

Is John Boehner impeding Fast and Furious investigation?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'I am not responsible for others who take my stories and rewrite them with their own spin. I am responsible for what I write. As I told Workman, I stand by my sources. I still do,' Vanderboegh responded in a post this morning." ...
 

Tristine Skyler’s Irrelevant Solution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tristine Skyler has written a piece for HuffPo looking back on the Tucson shooting of more than a year ago. She hoists the bloody shirts of the victims and waves them enthusiastically, attempting to capitalize on the empathy we all have for people who have suffered a loss and then asks. . ."
"So what does 'after' look like? And what is the progress of the crucially important Fix Gun Checks movement sponsored by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition as we enter into 2012, with a recent second shooting at Virginia Tech bringing back only too fresh memories of a massacre there that still haunts a community?"
 

Shooting Holes in Uncivil Journalism
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rekha Basu of the Des Moines Register is awfully concerned about a proposed change to Iowa’s use of force statute. ..." ...

"Ms. Basu believes that I, and gun owners like me, am a sociopath. She seems to think that I am a seething cauldron of homicidal rage and hate, so morally bankrupt that my burning desire to slap leather and gun someone down is only held in check by possible legal consequences. If I had my way I would joyfully murder people left and right. Bump into me at the mall? BLAM! You’re toast. Walk on my lawn and I’ll fertilize it with your blood. Throw a plate of spaghetti at me and I’ll blow you away." ...
 

January sees 17.3% increase in firearms sales checks over same month last year; 20th straight month over month increase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The January 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 920,840 is an increase of 17.3 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 784,856 in January 2011. For comparison, the unadjusted January 2012 NICS figure of 1,368,816 reflects a 4.3 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,312,544 in January 2011." ...
 

The Guns of Top Shot: Season 4 Episode 1
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Top Shot Season 4 kicked off tonight, and while RF and crew are covering the competition aspect of the show I’ll be talking a little bit about the firearms used in this episode. Because I’m a gigantic nerd for guns, and that’s what we do. Let’s start with the first gun the contestants used…" ...
 

Is the U.S. Military Pistol Dead?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TTAG Commentator SFC Jose A. Garcia offered the following analysis under the post Gun Review: Beretta 92A1 (Civilian M9A1):"

"I'd like to reply to Mr. Carpenter and anyone else out there that might be hazarding a guess as to what the next US Military sidearm will be. I doubt very much that the Army and the Marines will adopt any other pistol besides the M9 or M9A1 for a very long time (20 years or so). My reasoning is this . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Duracoat EasyWay ACU Camo Kit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I blame Nutnfancy. Or maybe Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare. Either way, I’ve had a jones to pimp out a rifle with a Duracoat camo job for a while now, and my Century AK-74 seemed like a the perfect volunteer for my experiment. It’s a cheap rifle with a plain-jane black finish, and if I somehow managed to make it uglier I could always just paint it black again. Why camouflage? For the hell of it. Why Duracoat? Because Krylon is useless on guns, and I’m not enough of a gunsmith to attempt using more exotic (and expensive) bake-on gun finishes . . ." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: What Does it Mean to “Bottom Out” a Scope?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tim asks:"
"Nick, I need to aks a question…"

"I have a scope mounted to my AK47, but it appears I have 'bottomed out' the zero adjustments of the scope."

"Can you advise on what this means? I have a friend who has a SOCOM with the same problem."
"This is a common problem, actually. I’ve done it with too many scopes to remember. And when it happens, thankfully there are some solutions." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Can you Fire .22LR Ammunition Through a .22 WMR Chamber?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Brice asks:"
"Why does a revolver need a .22 and .22 mag cylinder? The Ruger Single Six, Taurus Tracker, etc all come with two cylinders. Why?"
"Short answer is because otherwise the thing might explode. Here’s the long answer:" ...
 

Anti-Gun Group Begins "Brew Not Bullets" Starbucks Boycott
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"As promised, an anti-gun group began a boycott of Starbucks on Valentine's Day over the chain's gun policy -- or rather, its lack of a gun policy."

"The CEO of the National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC) said he tried to avoid the 'Brew Not Bullets' boycott, but Starbucks would not budge on its stance." ...

"Starbucks' gun policy is simply that is abides by local laws ..." ...
 

Pennsylvania Leads Nation in "Missing" Guns
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"Newly released data show that Pennsylvania ranks #1 in the nation for the most guns 'missing' from licensed gun shops with no record of sale, with more than 6,000 guns missing from Pennsylvania gun shops over three years. Pennsylvania gun dealers alone accounted for 10% of all guns reported 'missing' from the nation’s gun shops from 2008 to 2010." ...
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KABA Note: 10% of the total means 60,000 guns over three years which sounds like an awful lot until you realize that there were something in excess of 27 million guns sold in that period. So, 0.22% of guns sold were lost. Also keep in mind that the ATF considers a gun "lost" if inventory shows a serial number of 1191 and the actual number is 1911.
 

NC: YouTube dad says authorities pay visit; Daughter gets job offer
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"A local father who captured worldwide attention after posting a YouTube rant about his daughter is now responding to all the attention." ...

"In the video, titled 'Facebook Parenting for the troubled teen' shows Jordan pull out a gun and shoots his daughter’s laptop." ...

"'Pay you for chores?' Jordan said in the video. 'Are you out of your mind?'" ...

"'The police by the way said 'Kudos, sir,' Jordan wrote. 'I actually had a 'thank you' from an entire detectives squad. And another police officer is using it in a positive manner in his presentation for the school system. How’s about those apples? Didn’t expect THAT when you called the cops did you?'" ...
 

Book Review: Beating the Reaper: Trauma Medicine for the CCW Operator
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Do you have any clue what to do to treat yourself or others if someone is shot? Could you stop your own or someone else’s bleeding quickly enough to save a life? Are you familiar with the priority of treatment of various injuries? Those of us in the CCW/gun community place great value on self reliance. We believe that when seconds count, police are only minutes away. If you take that seriously, you should feel the same way about medical help. Most of us don’t treat this issue with the gravity it deserves. Beating the Reaper: Trauma Medicine for the CCW Operator by Dr. John Meade and 'Sua Sponte' ($25 from One Source Tactical) is a great first step in educating yourself in lifesaving first aid. ..." ...
 

Movie Review: Act of Valor (videos available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Act of Valor is coming out in ten days. Your intrepid TTAG writers got to see the whole enchilada at SHOT Show earlier this year. I thought you might be interested to hear what we thought about the movie before you decide if you want to spend your hard earned cash on some tickets. [Warning! There may be a spoiler or two embedded within the text.] I’m going to chunk this article into four categories, each of which I’ll examine and use as the criteria to rate the movie: production values, storyline, acting and visual effects . . ." ...
 

PA: Girlfriend charged in escape
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... "On Wednesday, police said, Emmel drove Edwards to Cherry Tree in Indiana County, where he was shot twice during a burglary attempt."

"He allegedly fled to Armstrong County, where he was arrested by state police after another burglary."

"Edwards was treated at a Pittsburgh hospital for bullet wounds and is being housed at Armstrong County Jail." ...
 

KY: Couple Fight Off Armed Burglar Who Was Supposed to Be On House Arrest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A KY woman began fighting with a masked man, armed with a handgun, who tried to enter her home. She grabbed at the man’s masked, kicked him and tried to push him out. The woman’s boyfriend realized what was going on, armed himself and confronted the would be burglar. The suspect fled, wrecked the 4 wheeler he was riding, burned his mask and went back to the home where he was supposed to be on house arrest for another crime. ..." ...
 

MO: Homeowner Chases Off Burglar With Handgun (video story)
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"A MO homeowner was at home when a man tried to break into his home. The homeowner grabbed a gun and held it at the suspect, telling him not to move while he called police. At some point the burglar made a move, the homeowner opened fire and the suspect escaped. The suspect is still at large, is described as a black male with a medium build, and braided hair. The suspect drove off in a blue sedan. ..." ...
 

OH: Concealed carry laws trigger protests
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns and coffee collided today outside as Ohio State students from the student group Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus spent part of their Valentine's Day advocating for the right to carry a weapon on campus."

"The group protested outside Starbucks on 14th Avenue and High Street in a response to a nationwide boycott against Starbucks for its neutral position on concealed carry." ...
 

MI: Mich. gun advocates support Starbucks' open-carry policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sheri Donofrio took the steps necessary to carry a weapon where allowed by law."

"So when the Roseville resident learned a national group was boycotting Starbucks locations nationwide on Valentine's Day because the coffee chain welcomes customers who open-carry their weapons, she joined other gun advocates at a Roseville Starbucks on Tuesday to support the chain."

"'It's your right,' she said Tuesday night, sitting with a beverage in a Starbucks on Gratiot. It wasn't clear how many open-carry supporters were carrying weapons." ...
 

Most of an alphabet of federal agencies knew about 'Gunwalker'--Holder didn't?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, Michel Marizco, writing for Fronteras, revealed what those of us who demand that the government be held accountable for its crimes have been saying all along. Operation Fast and Furious was not, contrary to what the administration and its apologists would like us to believe, a 'rogue operation,' conducted by an out-of-control Phoenix Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) field office, along with the U.S. Attorneys Office in Phoenix, without knowledge of those higher in the Department of Justice. It was instead a large, multi-agency operation--and indeed involved multiple cabinet-level departments. From the article:" ...
 

Huge Issue Looming Under the Surface of Presidential Politics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While most people would rate the economy and jobs as the most important issues in the 2012 Presidential campaign, another issue of overwhelming importance would be the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty."

"Many Americans have never heard of this treaty. But President Obama and Hillary Clinton reversed the position of President Bush and are pushing a UN treaty that could ban large classes of firearms (such as semi-automatic firearms) and license everything else." ...
 

Lest we forget. Romney never met an "Assault Weapons Ban" he didn't like.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban." ...
 

Shooting Group: Federal Budget is Good for Hunters
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Reduced access to federal lands is cited as a primary reason that hunters, anglers and target shooters stop participating in these traditional sports. Given this, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – is pleased that the Fiscal Year 2013 budget includes a total of $7.5 million for improving hunting and shooting access to federal lands administered by the Departments of Agriculture and Interior. Securing this funding is a priority for NSSF." ...
 

IA: HJR 2005 and HF 2114 watered down in committee
Submitted by: Sean McClanahan
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"HJR 2005 and HF 2114 were debated in the House Public Safety Committee (PSC) today. Unfortunately for gun owners in Iowa, the true intent of both of these pieces of legislation was evidently lost on the Chairman of the committee. Representative Clel Baudler[(R)] sided with the Democrat members of the committee, and both bills were watered down to the point of being useless." ...
 

NY: Law enforcement leaders push for microstamping
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Law enforcement leaders from the area joined Democratic legislators Tuesday to push for detailed identification of bullet shell casings."

"It's called microstamping. A specific identification sequence can be put on each bullet as it is fired." ...
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KABA Note: Aren't these the exact same promises they made before wasting $44+ million on CoBIS?
 

NY: Gun Violence Victims, Advocates, Law Enforcement, Electeds Urge Microstamping In Budget
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"Today, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence, along with advocates and law enforcement joined Senators and Assemblymembers at the State Capitol to urge the State Senate to include microstamping in its budget proposal. Microstamping, which connects shell casings from crime scenes to the first purchaser of a weapon, would provide law enforcement with a critical tool to solve gun crimes. Microstamping has passed the Assembly several times, but so far the Senate has been unwilling to approve it." ...
 

Obama Judicial Appointee: ‘We have Right to Keep Arms, but Not to Bear Them'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Mr. Hawkins stated, 'And anyone who wonders what this assault on the Second Amendment might look like need look no further than Illinois, where a judge that President Obama appointed has just ruled that we have the right to keep arms, but not to bear them.'" ...
 

Justice Breyer robbed by machete-wielding intruder at West Indies vacation home
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"Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home in the West Indies, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Monday."

"The 73-year-old Breyer, wife Joanna and guests were confronted by the robber around 9 p.m. EST Thursday in the home Breyer owns on the Caribbean island of Nevis, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. The intruder took about $1,000 in cash and no one was hurt, Arberg said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Victims of violent crime usually become more conservative.

KABA Note: We can hope . . .
 

HI: Brady Campaign: Don't Change Hawaii's Strong Gun Laws
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"The Brady Center filed a brief Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii urging the court to dismiss a challenge to Hawaii’s strong gun laws restricting the carrying of loaded guns in public." ...
 

NY: NYPD "Stop and Frisks" Hit All-Time High
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"The number of so-called 'stop and frisks' is rising."

"City police officers stopped and questioned 684,330 people on the street last year, a record since the NYPD began yearly tallies of the tactic in 2002 and a 14 percent increase over 2010." ...

"Civil-rights advocates claim the practice unfairly targets innocent blacks and other people of color, and that many stops are made without proper cause." ...
 

NY: Fourth NYPD suicide
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"A cop killed himself yesterday on his way home after finishing his shift in Queens — becoming the fourth NYPD officer to die by his own hand in less than a month, sources told The Post."

"Matthew Schindler, 39, a 14-year veteran and married father of three kids, pulled his car over at about 4:30 p.m. on the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway near Exit 40 in Jericho and shot himself under the chin, the sources said." ...

"It was the fourth suicide to hit the NYPD in 2012 and the second in eight days." ...
 

PA: Philadelphia Man Files Civil Rights Suit Against Police Over Open Carry
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"Philadelphia area resident Mark Fiorino has filed a Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia and its Police Department over an incident that occurred almost exactly a year ago."

"Its February 13th 2011 and the Delaware Valley resident is in Philadelphia visiting a relative. While in the area he took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to walk to a local Auto Parts store to pick something up. It was during this walk that Fiorino was attacked and held at gun point." ...
 

OH: Attorney General announces Fourth Quarter 2011 CHL statistics; Record-setting quarter caps second-best year ever
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has released the concealed handgun license (CHL) statistics for the fourth quarter of 2011. Ohio sheriffs set a new record issuing almost 12,000 CHLs for the busiest fourth quarter in the program's eight year history. Demand was up 12% compared to the same period a year earlier. At the end of the year, we set another all-time record of approximately 265,083 Ohio residents licensed to carry concealed firearms. The total of persons with Ohio concealed handgun licenses continues to climb above the quarter of a million mark set in the third quarter of last year and will likely approach 300,000 by the end of this year. (See chart)" ...
 

OH: Final Numbers are in for Ohio's 2011-12 White-tailed Deer Season
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"The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife announced that 219,698 deer were taken during Ohio's 2011-12 hunting season, compared to 239,379 in the 2010-11 season. The top three counties with the highest number of deer taken this season were: Coshocton, Licking and Tuscarawas." ...
 

VA: New Gun Law Will Help Dealers And Buyers
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"A limit on how many handguns you can buy in Virginia will soon be lifted. That means people will be able to buy more than one per month."

"We wondered just who that law would impact; we asked William Sanders who owns Hunter's Paradise in Chilhowie."

"He gave one example of how the new law will help him and his customers. 'Say if you have an antique set of guns, before with the law in effect you could only buy one of them,' he said. 'You would have to come back in another 30 days and buy the other one.'" ...
 

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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? [...] The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" —Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (Chapter 1 "Arrest")

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