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ATF agents put careers on line to report management abuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"'It is our intention to assist in restoring integrity, accountability and responsibility of ATF management and employee confidence in ATF and Main Justice,' Special Agent Vince Cefalu and a coalition of current and retired agency employees wrote in an initiative proposal sent—at his own expense—to the [ATF's] Acting Director, to the Attorney General and to the entire Senate Judiciary Committee, before Fast and Furious 'gunwalking' allegations became widely known, and before the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. This is one of the documents Cefalu provided to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reported yesterday by Gun Rights Examiner." ...
 

Mask coming off coordinated administration deception on guns
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... "Still, the deceivers--including 'Authorized Journalist,' entertainment media and public education co-conspirators--have done an unintentional service for proponents of the right to keep and bear arms: By their own words they have discredited citizen disarmament proponents who do their bidding." ...
 

Dancing In The Blood of Fallen Children
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Friday March 16th's Seattle Times had four letters to the editor, all of which were about the tragedy of 3 child shootings in the past few weeks, but the first and last of which were especially egregious in their gleeful exploitation of the terrible shootings. The first writer, a Bob Geary from Seattle wrote:" ...
 

On Being a Gun Rights Fanatic
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"MikeB302000 has fingered me as a gun-rights fanatic. I presume this is because I believe that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I presume this is because I oppose 'reasonable' measures such as background checks on all gun sales. I presume this is because I don't think a person ought to have to take a class or fill out paperwork for the state to exercise their right to self defense. I presume this is because I believe individuals should have the right to defend themselves against both criminals and the state . . ." ...
 

NSSF Issues Warning to SHOT Show Exhibitors About Directory Scam
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Every year the [NSSF] hosts the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) for industry representatives, it is the world's largest trade show and this year the NSSF has issued a warning to its exhibitors regarding trade show directory scams."

"NSSF has released a statement warning exhibitors against releasing information to trade show directories. The scams in question ask companies to update their information, as if it is already existing, but by signing and returning the solicitation form companies are inadvertently agreeing to a three-year, irrevocable agreement that would not only require them to pay a significant amount of money with no foreseeable benefits, but also automatically renews." ...
 

Safer Streets 2012: There is no such thing as right wing extremism in this country, Part II: Shared values, including being armed.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As more Americans get on the same page, politically, the mainstream moves to the right on the political spectrum and crowds no-government extremism off the scale entirely. This is the trend which backs my thesis that there is no such thing as a right wing extremism in this country. The only possible way this mainstream values system could be 'extreme' is where the spectrum ends with it with nothing to the right of that." ...
 

Gun Review: SIG Sauer P220
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I once read somewhere that no one finds their perfect gun right away. Inevitably we end up trying new ones ... I thought I was done with this disease; I thought the days of my wife rolling her eyes over my long-winded explanations of why gun A should be traded for gun B were a thing of the past. If you can’t tell by now, I was wrong. The catalyst happened a few weeks ago when I taught a concealed weapons class where one of the students was utilizing a new SIG-Sauer P220. Upon taking the weapon from him to explain how the decocker worked, something clicked in my mind. At the range he let me shoot a magazine through it and I knew I was in serious trouble. Two weeks later I became a first-time SIG owner . . ." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip of the Day: STFU
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I’m on vacation. Obviously. Flying down to West Palm via Washington, D.C. I met a prominent conservative TV personality who shall remain nameless. He mentioned Emily Miller’s Washington Times series on exercising her Second Amendment rights in the nation’s capital. 'Registering guns is crazy,' he said, dissing and dismissing the registration requirements stipulated by the the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975. 'None of my guns are registered.' My reply to the conservative curmudgeon was straight to the point: 'You shouldn’t say that to anyone.' ..." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Onions Have Layers. So Should Your Home Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Whenever a newbie asks me what firearm they should buy for home protection I respond with a simple question: do you have a burglar alarm? I find it incredible that someone, anyone is willing to go to all the trouble and expense of acquiring, mastering and (potentially) deploying deadly force without first considering the option of scaring the bad guy or guys away. And many of the people who do have a burglar alarm don’t use it. The internal sensors ring false a few times ... so they just forget about the whole thing. And most of the people with alarms don’t have panic buttons. Or use the system during the day. Anyway, it’s not all about deterrence. ... It’s also about creating an early warning system. For example . . ." ...
 

Korth Semi-Auto 9mm Review: Almost too nice to touch
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Korth handguns, like the semi-automatic 9mm and Korth Combat revolver, are made with the utmost quality and care. That’s not promotional talk, that’s the truth. However, with such high quality craftsmanship comes a price. We’re not just talking monetary value, we’re talking about fear of breaking it."

"Try and wrap your head around a semi-auto handgun whose base price—with no frills and just one magazine—starts somewhere around $6,000 and can easily climb to $10,000 or more with a few ‘standard’ options. Go ahead. Try." ...
 

How to Reload Reduced Length 12-gauge Shotshells (and Why) (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I am not a high volume handloader. Turning my reloading bench into a miniature manufacturing facility where I spend endless hours performing the repetitive tasks needed to churn out hundreds of cartridges or shotshells strikes me more as a kind of punishment than as a relaxing hobby. For me, the appeal of handloading is not the potential to save money on ammo but the fact that I can create custom loads not commonly available on store shelves tailored to my specific shooting purposes." ...
 

Gear Review: Trijicon Accupoint 1-4x Riflescope
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Those of you who have been around these parts for a while may remember a little review I did not too long ago about the Swarovski BRT 1-6x scope. Swarovski makes what many consider to be 'THE' 3-gun scope, and we had the temerity to disagree. Needless to say, Swarovski was none too pleased, and they've only just started talking to us again. After that review, I started angling for Trijicon to send me their 1x+ variable scope, the direct competition to the Swarovski, to see if at 1/3 the price it was 1/3 as good. It took a couple of months but the scope finally arrived on my doorstep this week, and thanks to a range trip with Tyler (and a subsequent range trip for some fine tuning) I was able to put it through its paces . . ." ...
 

Israeli Weapon Industries Taking their New UZI PRO on Tour
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Israeli Weapon Industries (IWI), manufacturer of the iconic UZI, developed an updated version of their submachine gun for the 21st century. The UZI PRO shares some of the family resemblance but is a whole lot different, not just on the outside, but on the inside. The construction uses new materials and the operation is significantly altered." ...
 

Texas Retailers Report Ammo Shortages: Price Increases as Supply Dwindles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Retailers of firearms and ammunition in and around Killeen, TX, reported that ammo is in short supply these days."

"To explain the cause of the ammo shortage, some retailers cited greedy suppliers looking to exploit the market by hoarding inventory, while others pointed to the growing unease that President Obama will be reelected to a second term this Fall, one in which he will have free reign to implement draconian gun control policies. This, they argue, keeps demand at a high." ...
 

Heizer DoubleTap Gearing up for Shipping
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Heizer Defense's recently-announced DoubleTap has been creating a lot of excitement in the world of derringers and concealed-carry. This twin-barreled pocket pistol has been turning heads left and right with its original looks and modern construction. Heizer is now prepping the DoubleTap for shipping to vendors at the end of this month and through April." ...
 

Logical thought escapes too many
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "But my favorite argument and attempt at logic ... came from a gun afficionado[sic] and conspiracy theorist in Central Florida who figures we need to control cars more than we need to control guns."

"He said there are many more guns in the U.S. than there are cars, yet there are more car accidents than gun incidents. Cars kill more people than guns, he said. Guns thus aren't as dangerous as cars, he said." ...

"Because I am a nice guy and I don't want to make this too complicated for the gun lovers out there, I will keep this real simple." ...

"The purpose of cars is to make life a little easier and more bearable for people, despite the accidents ..."

"Guns, on the other hand, have one purpose. To hurt people. Or to kill people." ...
 

Shooting of Florida Teen Shows Danger of Maryland Judge's Renegade Ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Recently Judge Benson Everett Legg of Maryland became the first federal judge to hold there is a Second Amendment right to carry a gun outside the home. Only days before, Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager, lay dead from a shooting that dramatically illustrates the price in lives we will pay if Judge Legg's renegade ruling becomes the law across the United States." ...
 

FL: Homeowner Shoots Sword Wielding Home Invader
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"A FL homeowner has shot and killed a man who was forcefully trying to gain access to the home around midnight. The would be intruder was armed with a sword. Police are still investigating, but as of now they say it appears to be a case of self defense."

"The incident happened in the Solano Grove Condominiums in Jacksonville, FL. The man who was wielding the sword has had run ins with the police in the past and may have mental issues which contributed to his actions." ...
 

NM: Homeowner Shoots Intruder in His Home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A NM homeowner found an intruder in his home. The homeowner grabbed a gun and fired at the intruder. The homeowner stated that he did not know the intruder and he did not know how he got into the home. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition." ...
 

TX: Montgomery County man kills alleged home invader
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A man shot and killed a suspected burglar who forced entry into his parents' Montgomery County home Saturday morning ..."

"Homeowners told investigators that their adult son was home alone asleep around 7:50 a.m. when he heard what sounded like someone trying to force their way into a side door ..."

"He then got out of bed, retrieved a handgun and pressed the panic button of the alarm system. When he walk toward the living room, he was confronted by 29-year-old Claude Lowell Woodard. The homeowners' son fired his pistol three times in Woodard's direction ..."

"Woodard fled outside toward the driveway, where he collapsed and later died. Authorities found that he was in possession of at least two knives and a replica BB gun ..." ...
 

CA: Police: Attempted Robbery Suspect Shot By Shop Owner (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A man who tried to hold up a taco shop in San Carlos was shot by the shop's owner, police said Saturday."

"The shooting at Cotija Taco Shop on Navajo Road near Golfcrest Drive was reported shortly before 9 p.m. Friday."

"Police said the attempted robbery suspect entered the taco shop carrying a handgun. He approached the clerk at the counter and demanded cash. The taco shop's owner – who was in the shop at the time – heard the commotion, armed himself and confronted the man, according to police. Police said when the man pointed his gun at the owner, the owner shot him." ...
 

PA: Robber killed, owner hurt in mini-mart heist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A shoot-out during an attempted convenience store robbery in North Philadelphia on Sunday night left one of the suspects dead on the street and the store owner in critical condition at Temple University Hospital."

"At around 8 p.m., according to a Philadelphia Police report, four males entered La Familia Latina, a mini-mart at Westmoreland and N. Fifth Streets, attempting to rob it."

"A robber about 26 years old, according to police, shot the male store owner once in the right side of the stomach."

"The store owner shot back, striking one man twice in the chest." ...
 

IL: Store clerk fires shot, scares off would-be robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A convenience-store clerk stopped an armed robbery in his store Thursday night by firing a gun from behind the counter to scare off the intruder, police said."

"It’s the second time in less than a year that such a scenario has played out at Hometown Pantry, 201 South Grand Ave. W."

"Officers were sent to the store about 10:40 p.m. Thursday for a shots-fired report. Two employees told police they were standing behind the counter when a man entered the business, walked up to them and demanded all their money. He was holding a white T-shirt with a gun barrel sticking out of it and pointed it at the victims." ...
 

FL: Police say witness shoots way out of encounter with suspects
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A witness helping sheriff's deputies find stolen trucks and cars had to shoot his way out when the people being investigated cornered him at a stoplight, police said."

"Ricardo Mohammed, 30, Sanford, told Orange City detectives he was in fear for his life when Christopher DeFronzo, 26, and Shawn Mahabir, 34, and a third person boxed him in with three cars at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rhode Island and South Volusia avenues, reports show." ...

"'Officers who arrived at the scene believe he fired in self-defense,' said Orange City police detective Sherif El-Shami. 'The defendants were charged with intimidating a witness.'" ...
 

NYC Makes Meredith Graves Gun Case Go Away
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Maybe the most widely known of the out-of-towners recently snagged by NYC’s web of anti-gun laws, Meredith Graves took a misdemeanor plea deal this morning, paid a $200 fine and, do doubt, got the hell out of Dodge. ..."
 

Right-to-carry lowers violent crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Tricia Bishop misrepresented my research as well as the debate over concealed-carry laws ('Gun laws' sketchy effect,' March 11). She makes it appear that I am only 'one economist' who claims to find that right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime."

"By now, a vast body of research supports my results. Among peer-reviewed national studies by criminologists and economists, 18 find that right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime, 10 claim no effect, and just one claims one type of crime temporarily increases slightly. The possibility that permit holders might lead to more crime is easily evaluated by looking at how incredibly law-abiding they are ..." ...
 

Plea Deal for Meredith Graves; Brought Gun to 9/11 Memorial
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"The Tennessee woman who accidentally brought a gun to the 9/11 memorial in New York City has struck a deal that will keep her out of prison."

"As Opposing Views reported last December, Meredith Graves was visiting the memorial around Christmastime when she realized she had her legally registered gun in her bag. When she asked a guard where she could check it, she was arrested." ...
 

FL: Packing heat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Is it legal to carry a concealed weapon at the Highlands County Fair?"

"'It's never come up,' said George White, president of the Highlands County Fair Board. 'If it did, it would go to the board for a vote, but we've never had an issue.'"

"The Highlands County Fair Association owns the fairgrounds, White said. 'It's not public property like the Florida State Fair, so if we wanted to, we could ban any weapons."
 

IL: Editors Roundtable: Concealed carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Question: The Illinois House of Representatives will debate legislation that would make it legal for licensed gun owners to carry firearms. Would you support such a measure?" ...
 

ATF Death Watch 140: The Non-Retail Connection
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"You have to take your little victories where you get get ‘em. We’re not sure this actually constitutes a win, but it’s a new week, spring has sprung and we’re feeling more half full than half empty. A recent dispatch from Reuters (we’re not really sure if this is a news report or and op ed piece) highlights what TTAG and other Fast and Furious watchers have been saying for a long time now. Whatever the ostensible motivations for F&F were, making a significant dent in the number of guns running south wasn’t one of them. Why? Because retail-sourced guns via straw purchasers is a tiny fraction of the southbound firepower. The vast majority of the guns that arm the cartels are purchased legally by the Mexican military . . ." ...
 

Good Report From AC360 On The Murder Of Jaime Zapata (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"CNN's AC360 does a very good job of covering the murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata. It is thorough and discusses the failures of ATF with regard to the weapons sold in Texas within the context of Operation Fast and Furious."
 

Grassley, Issa want more answers about F&F suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following Monday’s revelation by the Los Angeles Times that a chief suspect in the Operation Fast and Furious investigation was detained in May 2010 on the Arizona-Mexico border, but subsequently released, Sen. Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa want some answers." ...
 

Another F&F ‘doc dump’ as interest renewed in probe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The late Friday document dump — presumably so it will get lost in the weekend — has become a habit of Eric Holder’s Justice Department in the on-going Congressional probe of Operation Fast and Furious, so yesterday’s reported delivery should be nothing new."

"The controversial [ATF] gun running sting has been under scrutiny for more than one year."

"Both CNN and The Daily Caller are reporting on the document dump, describing it as 'hundreds of pages' of material. That hardly comes to the tens of thousands of pages that have been requested by Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley." ...
 

'Gunwalker': The culmination of AG Holder's anti-gun 'brainwashing' scheme
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "There, of course, he was referring specifically to 'brainwashing' America's youth, but elsewhere in the address he made clear that while youth was his focus, his aim was changing attitudes throughout society in general ..."

"Fast forward 15 or so years, and imagine needing a 'really innovative, creative' way to sell Americans on the notion that the drug war carnage in Mexico is in large part facilitated by the commercial, civilian firearms market in the U.S. ... 'I have an idea,' someone ... might have said. 'We could pressure gun shops into selling to obvious cartel gun traffickers, and when the dead bodies pile up, with guns from U.S. gun shops right next to them, the brainwashing is in high gear. ...'" ...
 

Holder anti-gun video: Is this the ‘smoking gun’ of Fast & Furious?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun rights activists all over the landscape, including right here in the Northwest, are talking about the weekend revelation from Breitbart.com of a 1995 video of then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder telling a Democrat women’s group that the public must be “brainwashed” against guns." ...

"There has been no official reaction from either Congressman Darrell Issa or Senator Charles Grassley about this seemingly damning video, but it appears to have convinced a lot of people that Operation Fast and Furious was more than just a 'botched gun trafficking scheme.' ..." ...
 

Romney is wrong for true Republicans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I see Rep. Patrick McHenry’s Facebook ad where he supports repeal of Obamacare. I see on national TV where my congressman, McHenry, supports that Massachusetts liberal, Mitt Romney, for president. Has McHenry lost his mind?"

"Romney is one of the worst RINOs out there. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a Republican In Name Only!"

"I read an article that gave 10 reasons why Romney is wrong for Republicans, among them were these! Romney forced homosexual marriage upon Massachusetts! Romney is pro-abortion (he has flip-flopped now that he runs for president)! RomneyCare is the reason we have ObamaCare!"

"Romney opposes our Second Amendment rights by supporting the Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Bill. ..." ...
 

OR: Tootie Smith, former state legislator, raffles 9mm Glock pistol to raise funds for Clackamas County race
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"Gun-toting Tootie Smith, a Republican former state representative, is raffling off a 9 mm Glock pistol to raise money for her campaign for a Clackamas County commission seat."

"Tickets are $5 each, and each supporter can buy an unlimited number of tickets. So far, Smith has raised $1,000 and hopes to bring in $5,000. She plans to draw the winning ticket on the night of the May 15 primary." ...
 

Conceal carry laws may see changes on Federal, state levels
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There’s a growing movement sweeping the nation that centers on the notion that responsible Americans do not want the government infringing on individuals’ right to defend themselves. Concealed-carry laws first started gaining prominence in the 1980s and have since grown significantly."

"Recently, changes have funneled through both the state and federal pipelines that could benefit concealed carry participants."

"On the federal level, Senate Bill 2188 ... was recently introduced by Democrat Senators Mark Begich (Alaska) and Joe Manchin (West Virginia). ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: There's also the Thune-Vitter bill which protects Constitutional Carry state residents not just "Mother-may-I" state residents.
 

Gun nation: 250 million weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is sponsoring the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which would let 65,000 West Virginians with pistol permits wear their hidden guns in other states -- and let millions of other American pistol-packers carry their concealed weapons here. The bill would remove state barriers, enabling nationwide pistol-carrying from sea to shining sea."

"Will you feel safer when more people around you have loaded guns hidden in their pockets? It hardly matters how you feel, because the pistol stampede is snowballing everywhere." ...
 

Vintage Eric Holder Video: "Brainwash" People Against Guns (video available)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Video of Attorney General Eric Holder has emerged in which he calls on the 'creative community" to 'brainwash' people against guns."

"Speaking to a Democratic women's group in 1995, Holder, then the U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, said:" ...
 

Holder Outlines How To Change Public Opinion On Guns (Video)
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Submitters note: It's not a change for better.
 

Urge your Senator to support the Thune-Vitter firearms reciprocity bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Begich-Manchin Has One Purpose:
To keep the Senate Gavel in the hands of Harry Reid
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"Your e-mails have turned the Senate around in the battle to protect 'constitutional carry' states in federal reciprocity legislation."

"First of all, please realize the reason we’re fighting so strenuously for the Thune-Vitter language. At stake in this fight is the right of Americans to carry concealed weapons from state to state WITHOUT being registered … WITHOUT getting a permit or license … and WITHOUT being registered like sex offenders."

"The Thune-Vitter language will guarantee your right — if you live in a 'constitutional carry' state — to freely carry firearms as protected by the Second Amendment." ...
 

IL: Illinois abandons gun rights, empowers criminals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Plan on purchasing, owning, transporting and/or operating a firearm in your lifetime? Do not relocate to the state of Illinois. The state has one of the worst gun laws in the country and the Illinois Police and the Illinois Attorney General really need to stop pursuing innocent gun owners, sellers, and users, and pursue those who actually commit crimes that injure or harm others."

"... Illinois implemented a law in 1968 that says a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card must be issued by the Illinois State Police before a resident can possess or purchase firearms or ammunition. Whether this initiative has been successful in providing safety to the public is a story where the evidence ... leaves much to be desired." ...
 

TN: Aldermen drop opposition to gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Franklin aldermen took a stand as a city against 14 bills in the General Assembly, all in various stages of discussion by state lawmakers, that limit cities’ abilities to regulate everything from zoning laws to the sale of fireworks. Franklin aldermen unanimously approved a resolution that called the bills “vague, undefined and broad reaching” because they could ultimately hurt the city’s economy since the city would no longer have control."

"The list of resolutions was one longer until aldermen dropped their opposition to Senate Bill 2941/House Bill 3479, which would allow employees with valid handgun carry permits to store firearms in employers’ parking lots." ...
 

SD: GOP South Dakota Governor Vetos Bill Allowing Concealed Carry of Firearms Without A Permit
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"The South Dakota legislature recently passed a bill which would have allowed most people to carry a concealed firearm without first obtaining a permit. To his credit, the state’s Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed this bill on Friday:"
"[T]he more he studied House Bill 1248, the more the governor had doubts. And by Friday, he had seen enough to veto the bill." ...
 

OK: Putting Guns Out in the Open
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"Gun owners in this state could walk down the street openly packing their pistols under legislation passed by lawmakers that would make Oklahoma the first state in seven years to allow residents to openly display their handguns in public."

"Advocates of 'open carry' laws have been pushing for several years to make it legal for gun owners to display their handguns in public places, arguing the practice would increase public safety and is protected under the Second Amendment." ...
 

IL: Members of Carmi Rifle Club and Pistol League participate in historical event!
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"Several members of the Carmi Rifle Club and Pistol League were on hand for this year's Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, known as IGOLD 2012. An estimated 7,500+ Second Amendment supporters turned the event into the largest Second Amendment rally ever held in the history of the state. They marched down Capitol Avenue in Springfield to the State Capitol to lobby for a Right to Carry law in Illinois. Illinois is the only state left without such a law." ...
 

SD: House fails to override gun bill veto
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"South Dakotans will still need permits to carry concealed handguns."

"A bill passed by the South Dakota Legislature would have removed that requirement for South Dakotans with a valid driver’s license."

"But Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed the bill, and on Monday morning the South Dakota House of Representatives failed to override that veto." ...
 

Why Does The Brady Campaign Want To Keep Gays Defenseless?
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"The oral arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Peterson v. Garcia et al are being held this afternoon in Denver. The case involves the attempt by Gray Peterson to obtain a concealed carry permit in Colorado as that state does not recognize his Washington State permit. For those that are unaware of Mr. Peterson and this case, he is gay and is a strong advocate of Second Amendment rights." ...
 

Solution to Alameda County fair gun show ban?
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"A 12-year battle over gun shows at the Alameda County fair took a new twist Monday when a county lawyer told a federal appeals court that gun sales would be allowed if the weapon were secured to a table - and a gun-rights advocate reluctantly agreed that the idea was a possible solution." ...
 

Federal court to hear WA man’s challenge of CO gun law
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"Washington State gun rights activist Gray Peterson will have another day in court Monday afternoon when a panel for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, in a challenge of that state’s concealed carry statute that will see arguments from attorneys for both the National Rifle Association and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence." ...
 

Appeals Court Takes Up California Gun Show Ban
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"An appeals court in California on Monday took up a case that gun advocates on both side of the argument are watching closely -- whether counties can ban gun shows on government property."

"Several Bay Area counties have laws that prohibited the sale or possession of guns on government property, thus banning gun shows at some of the best spots in town." ...
 

CO: Brady Center, NRA Face Off In Federal Appeals Court Over Concealed Guns on the Streets
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"Attorneys for the Brady Center and the NRA (National Rifle Association) will face off in a first-in-the-nation case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, Colorado Monday, March 19. The case, Peterson v. Garcia, will decide whether the Constitution allows Colorado to protect public safety by continuing its policy of regulating who can carry loaded and concealable guns in public." ...
 

CO: Arguments scheduled in challenge to Colo gun law
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"A challenge to Colorado's law allowing concealed gun permits for residents only is going before a federal appeals court.:

"Arguments are scheduled Monday afternoon before a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving Washington resident Gray Peterson. A federal judge last year tossed out Peterson's lawsuit filed against Denver and the state's Department of Public Safety. Peterson claims that being denied a concealed weapons permit because he's not a Colorado resident violates his Second Amendment rights to bear firearms." ...
 

CA: Appeals court to hear long-running Alameda County gun show case
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"A 13-year-old legal battle over gun shows at the Alameda County fairgrounds in Pleasanton went before an 11-judge panel of a federal appeals court in San Francisco Monday."

"The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge by gun show promoters Russell and Sally Nordyke to a 1999 Alameda County law that prohibits bringing firearms to or possessing them on county property."

"The measure was enacted in response to a 1998 shooting at the annual county fair that in which eight people were injured. It has the effect of excluding gun shows on the fairgrounds." ...
 

AZ: Defensive Gun Use of the Day: LEO Support Edition (video story)
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"Here’s the quote from Sgt. Ferris Simmons via koat.com who responded after an unidentified Albuquerque area homeowner fired multiple shot and successfully fought off a home invader yesterday: 'No one ever wants to take another person’s life in a situation like this. However, we expect homeowners to defend their families and defend themselves within their home.' Kinda says it all, no?"
 

IL: Chicago journalists arrested outside hospital (video story)
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"While covering a story about the shooting death of a young Little Village girl, two Chicago journalists were taken into police custody."

"The incident began after a Chicago police officer barred the news media from the public sidewalk in front of Mt. Sinai Hospital. Other officers also arrived. Then, police detained a reporter from WGN and a photographer from NBC5."

"'Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you're creating a scene or whatever,' a police officer was heard telling the journalists." ...
 

FL: Investigation Finds Officer Used Excessive Force (video available)
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"An officer accused of throwing a woman to the ground, knocking her teeth out, did use excessive force, according to an internal investigation by the Orlando Police Department."

"OPD Internal Affairs said in a news conference on Thursday that Officer Livio Beccaccio will face consequences for the incident involving 20-year-old Lisa Wareham."

"Beccaccio was suspended without pay. Officers said that was the stiffest punishment they could give Beccaccio with current union labor agreements." ...
 

WA: City refuses to turn over investigation into officer misconduct
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"A Yakima police officer is accused of misconduct and put on paid leave. City officials won’t turn over reports explaining why."

"After learning earlier this month that Sgt. Erik Hildebrand had been placed on leave, the Yakima Herald-Republic filed a public records request March 9 seeking a copy of the police department’s internal investigation ..."

"But city officials refuse to release it, saying an exemption in the state Public Records Act allows them to retain records in an active investigation."

"Police say their investigation is done and the allegations have been substantiated. But city attorneys say an investigation isn’t complete until the acting city manager decides what kind of disciplinary action will be imposed." ...
 

MO: 2 Seneca police officers fired last fall
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"The Daily News received an anonymous tip Friday afternoon that two officers with the Seneca Police Department were released from their duties last fall after it was discovered that the two did not hold the required certification."

"After following up with Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland, it was confirmed that the two officers, whose names were not disclosed, had been commissioned by the Seneca Police Department, while each lacked state certification, and one of the two was a convicted felon." ...
 

OK: Passenger speaks on chase, shooting (video available)
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... "'After the crash, Scott got out of the car and ran. The officer slammed him down on the ground and he got back up. Then the officer opened fire as he was running towards the gate. Dane stopped and that's when the officer shot him again. Dane fell to the ground and died,' Lockett said."

"Several witnesses told us they heard the loud crash then turned to see what was happened."

"Many say they saw an officer shoot the teen while his hands were in the air, his back facing the officer and no gun in sight."

"On the other side, police said Scott did have a gun in his hand and the officer was forced to shoot."

"Del City Police Capt. Jody Suit said officers only shoot when their life or the lives of others are threatened." ...
 

FL: Autopsy Concludes Police Restraints Killed Winter Haven Man
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"A Winter Haven man died because of the way Orlando police officers subdued him — including with repeated jolts from a Taser — on the sidewalk at Universal CityWalk, according to the recently released results of a 10-month inquiry into his death."

"A medical examiner determined the death was a homicide. Prosecutors ruled Orlando police officers didn't use excessive force and won't face charges in the April 22, 2011, death of Adam Spencer Johnson ..." ...

"During the altercation with police, he was shocked four times with a Taser, in bursts 31, 5, 4 and 5 seconds long."

"'Thirty-one seconds? That's way too much,' said Andrew J. Scott, a Taser expert and former Boca Raton police chief ..."

"Scott said five-second shock cycles are recommended by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and no more than three shocks should be administered." ...
 

NY: Tenn. woman gets no-jail deal after trying to check gun at 9/11 Memorial
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"A registered nurse and fourth-year med student got a no-jail, misdemeanor deal today for the Tennessee-registered gun she tried to check at the 9/11 Memorial in December."

"Manhattan prosecutors this morning dropped the felony gun possession charges Meredith Graves had originally been slammed with -- charges carrying a mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years prison."

"Graves pleaded guilty instead to a misdemeanor weapons possession charge, a move that she hopes will save both her gun license and pending medical license, said her lawyer, Daniel Horwitz."
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IL: Chicago Cops Shoot Dog, Assault Kid with Bible
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"Three federal complaints of excessive force accuse Chicago police officers of shooting a dog while its owner begged for its life, assaulting a child with a Bible, and running into a man with a squad car, breaking his leg."

"In the dog story, Jerome Anderson sued three Chicago police officers and the City of Chicago."

"Anderson says that his girlfriend called police for an escort home after she and Anderson had an argument."

"'She did not state that plaintiff had gotten physical with her,' according to the complaint."

"But Anderson says police officers entered the house, handcuffed him and shot his dog, Rocco." ...
 

Ohio and Kansas Sign Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreements
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"Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have signed an agreement permitting reciprocity between their states for citizens who have valid concealed carry permits." ...
 

Another accidental firearm fatality prompts question yet again: Who is to blame when children have accidents with guns?
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"As the editor of news content at BuckeyeFirearms.org, I peruse a great deal of gun-related news each and every day, and am usually among the first to learn of incidents involving accidental shootings."

"While nationwide statistics prove that at the same time gun ownership in America is at an all-time high, and firearm accident fatalities are at an all-time low (it is 3 times more likely that a child will be struck by lightning than die from a firearm accident), ANY accidental death is tragic." ...
 

'Gun Rights For All' New Website Launched
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"The Gun Rights For All website has just been launched and is ready to help visitors learn about gun safety and the sports often associated with gun ownership. The website is dedicated to providing information about the Second Amendment rights and all that they entail."

"In a recent interview, site owner Patrick Harris said: 'Gun Rights For All was developed as the go to source for firearm news, safety, reviews, reloading, products, and product reviews. Our main focus however, is in the preservation and protection of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. ...'" ...
 

OH: Ohioans For Concealed Carry would like to invite our members to join OFCC leadership at the Eighth Annual OFCC Fun 'n Gun!
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"This fun event will be hosted this year by the Tactical Defense Institute!"

"Join instructors from both OFCC and TDI as we kick off spring with a bang!"

"This event will be a combination of basic tactical training and IDPA type scenario shoots. Geared for both beginning and advanced shooters, it promises to be a day of fun shooting for all!" ...
 

CO: New store targets campus safety
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"With the Colorado Supreme Court recently overturning a University of Colorado ban on concealed weapons, a new Centennial gun store aims to teach safe concealed-carry practices."

"The Gun Store at Centennial, 6649 S. Paris Street, is opening March 21 and will immediately offer Prepare U campus safety courses." ...
 

France: Rabbi, 3 Children Shot & Killed at Jewish School in France
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"A man on a motorcycle opened fire on a Jewish school in France on Monday, killing a rabbi, and three children. And now it appears this same gunman may be responsible for two other shootings last week that left three people dead."

"In this latest incident in the French city of Toulouse, the man killed a 30-year-old rabbi, the rabbi's three-and-six-year-old sons and the eight-year-old daughter of the school principal. A 17-year-old boy was also seriously wounded." ...
 

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