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Is call to investigate New Black Panthers doomed from the start?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "To which the ... readership weighed in, in column comments and on social media sites where the link was shared, with a not unexpected reaction: Basically, don’t hold my breath—nothing will come of it. It will be ignored." ...
 

Brady Campaign reaches new low exploiting Trayvon Martin case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The anti-gun Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence has launched a new effort to derail national concealed carry reciprocity legislation by dubbing two Senate bills the 'George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Acts' after the man who fatally shot Florida teen Trayvon Martin."

"The Brady Campaign’s website is now trumpeting the allegation that Zimmerman 'is the NRA’s vision of America.'" ...
 

The Second Amendment: the linchpin of the Bill of Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a linchpin as a pin 'that serves to hold together parts or elements that exist or function as a unit.' Such pins are quite common on axles of automobiles and other vehicles, where they literally hold a nut in place behind the hub and thereby keep the wheels from flying off."

"... Suffice it to say, linchpins are important."

"Not surprisingly, it has been said that the Second Amendment is the linchpin of the Bill of Rights. In other words, if removed, the remaining amendments might stand for a time or they might fall suddenly beside it: either way, they certainly will fall." ...
 

A post-election Obama will 'have more flexibility' on guns, too
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "The only reason, of course, that Obama would need the 'flexibility' of not being held accountable at the polls for negotiating away the American people's missile defense security is that he is fully aware that doing so when he can be held accountable would be disastrous for his personal ambitions. And come to think of it, missile defense is almost certainly not the only issue on which he looks forward to such flexibility." ...
 

Truth About “Stand Your Ground” Self-Defense Laws
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"In recent days a great deal of ill-informed commentary has appeared about the 'stand your ground' self-defense law enacted in Florida and many other states since 2005 (earlier) and how if at all it applies to the February 26 confrontation between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. The Orlando Sentinel invited me to sort things out for readers and the resulting op-ed is here."

"Much of the piece is devoted to clearing away myths:" ...
 

Why Lots Of People Think The Media Is Wrong About The Trayvon Martin Case
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"Increasingly the outrage over the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida is turning into a debate about what really happened."

"A lot of people think there is something (or many things) wrong with the conventional story of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was shot in Florida by a man named George Zimmerman, and the national drama that has followed it."

"Some people don't believe the original telling of the story in which Martin was innocently strolling home from a 7-11 back to his father's house, when a paranoid racist neighborhood watchman profiled him, called the cops on him, and chased him before shooting and killing him, only to be let go by bumbling or racist cops."

"Why don't they believe it?" ...
 

A Hotter Hornet: The Savage Model 25 Review
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The .17 caliber is hardly new. It probably first achieved popularity among Australian fox hunters more than 50 years ago. The Down Under rabbit infestation is well known, but for the boom in foxes that followed, the little .17 seemed just the ticket. The bullet would enter, do its work, but not exit, thus minimizing pelt damage. In the 1960s good old American wildcatters started necking various small centerfire cases (including the .22 Hornet) down to .17, and the caliber found favor with quite a few serious stateside varminters." ...
 

Find Shooting Ranges with "Where2Shoot" iPhone App
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"NSSF has announced the launch of 'Where2Shoot,' a mobile app now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch."

"The app — available for free in the iTunes App Store — puts North America’s most comprehensive directory of shooting ranges in the palm of your hand. It also includes video tips for shooters, news and firearm safety information." ...
 

Most Popular Guns in United States (slideshow)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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Advice On Carry Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sometimes you are the go-to guy or girl. You are the one in your peer group or social network that appears to know the most about firearms. This is a more weighty responsibility than one might think. In our office, I imagine more so than some places of employment, we talk about guns … a lot. ... But we assume certain knowledge, a certain level of experience and a certain physiognomy that affect how we discuss firearms."

"I am often asked advice outside the office, and I have been confronted with questions about firearms from less-experienced new shooters and women more and more in recent months. Those questions and some recent range time have given me some new insight on the advice I give. ..." ...
 

Beer Budget 1911s
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reader Steven Dimino asked we take a look at some of the lower-priced 1911s out there. Easier said than done! We put this together at the end of the giant gun buying frenzy not long ago, so it was like asking for blood out of that proverbial turnip from some of the makers. We did the best we could, but if we deincluded your favorite, we’ll try again later ..."

"I really appreciate highly customized 1911s just like anyone else does; however, like most folks I’m on a budget, and more often than not, my budget is a beer budget — not a champagne one. I like to get more for my money when I’m out gun shopping, as do most folks. Honestly, though, I was really impressed with all these 'economy' 1911s we tested. ..." ...
 

Gun Review: Pietta Puma PPS/50 .22 LR
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Pietta of Italy is known for making reproductions of a variety of cowboy action guns, but a few years ago they came out with something with a wider market appeal: a .22 LR based on the design of the classic Soviet PPSh-41 from World War II called the Puma PPS .22 LR."

"BallisticsByTheInch.com was able to borrow an almost-new one of these for the .22 tests last summer. And as far as similarities between the two, the Pietta Puma PPS has the wooden stock, long heat shield covering the majority of the barrel, and even had a 50-round drum magazine. As you can imagine the replica looked just as mean, but then we started the tests." ...
 

From the Remington Model 95 to the Heizer DoubleTap: the Case for the Derringer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Recently, I asked some gun owners I know their feelings about carrying a derringer in this day and age of polymer frame whiz bangs, deep concealed carry pocket pistols and snub nosed revolvers. Most perked up at the mention of the name and said that derringers intrigued them but few responded that they would actively carry one, usually stating something like they thought there were better self defense options out there, so what’s the point? Well, considering that Henry Deringer’s original palm pistol concept has sold continuously since 1852 and been copied more times than calculus homework, I had to wonder why?" ...
 

Shooting Tip: Use Stripper Clips
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Every range I have ever been to I see the exact same thing going on. Shooters spend somewhere near 70% of their time loading magazines and less than 30% of their time actually pulling the trigger. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but think about your last range trip and how much time you spent reloading. Don’t you wish there was something to make that go quicker? Turns out it was invented a little over 150 years ago…" ...
 

Crimson Trace Announces Lightguard for 1911 Platform Pistols
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Crimson Trace announced today that in May they will be shipping a powerful, 100-lumen light for the 1911 handgun platform."

"The light will be designed off of Crimson Trace's innovative Lightguard™ platform that has proven popular for polymer handguns. ..." ...
 

Bargain Hunting: the Bersa BP9 Concealed Carry (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Bersa has a large and cult-like following of gun owners who are absolutely smitten by these Argentinian handguns. Known best for their low cost, Bersa firearms are widely considered to be reliable and dependable, if not the prettiest guns behind the counter. When they announced the BP series of single-stack, polymer-framed concealed-carry pistols chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W, the fans cheered."

"That was in 2010. It took nearly two years for Bersa to get them approved by the ATF and into the US. Even photos were scarce. But starting in the last weeks of 2011, BP9s started showing up in stores." ...
 

Why do Americans love their guns? (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There are more guns legally held per person in the US than in any other developed nation. And despite a string of high-profile shootings in recent years guns are embedded in the American culture."

"The right of individuals to carry arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the US constitution, written in 1791. And today, it is one of the most cherished of American rights." ...
 

Pistol was the trigger: Trayvon Martin is just another notch for the gun lobby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., by a neighborhood watch guy with a gun may yet turn out to be a race-based crime, even as we keep hearing that the shooter, George Zimmerman, has a Hispanic mother."

"We may never know everything that happened between Zimmerman and Martin ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: Which is proof that Mike Lupica doesn't know everything that happened now, but he still presumes to dictate we all be like "New York, which has the toughest and best gun laws in the country."
 

Sen. Schumer calls for federal intervention against 'stand your ground' laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "With anti-gun politicians like Schumer and Boxer, the only consistency to be found is their consistent hostility to the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right to keep and bear arms."
 

Billionaire Bloomy begs for $20 hr. out-of-work lawyers to attack SYG
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As if the dark comedy of publicity hounds jumping in front of every available television camera regarding the Trayvon Martin case wasn’t bad enough, anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is apparently looking for really cut-rate out-of-work attorneys to do some digging on behalf of Mayors Against Illegal Guns regarding 'Castle Doctrine' – and presumably 'Stand-Your-Ground' – laws." ...
 

Brady Campaign President: Zimmerman Embodies the Gun Lobby's Dark Vision for America
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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... "My name is Dan Gross. I am President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Thank you for inviting me to speak at this important briefing."

"Our country must address the issue of hate crimes, of why one look at Trayvon Martin convinced George Zimmerman that Trayvon should be followed, and ultimately shot and killed."

"We also must address the question of why George Zimmerman remains free and uncharged with any crime a month after Trayvon Martin's killing. Why he is, to this day, still allowed to carry a loaded, hidden handgun on our streets."

"But I think the most important questions are 'why is Trayvon Martin dead?' And 'what are we going to do to prevent more tragedies like Trayvon's?'" ...
 

Unarmed and dangerous?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"In 2005, when Florida was considering its insane stand-your-ground-or-perhaps-chase-down-an-innocent-black-teenager-and-shoot-him law, state senator Dan Gelber was a voice of reason. Gelber, when asked what he thought of legislation that would transmogrify many a heat-packing Floridian into a juiced-up Judge Dredd, posed some questions of his own."

"When you think someone 'looks at your wife' the wrong way or 'spills coffee on you', should the message be 'to walk away, or do we tell them that you're supposed to stand your ground and fight to the death?' ..." ...
 

Mike Bloomberg: Having An Illegal Gun In New York Isn't Quite As Bad If You're From Out Of State. Sorry, Plaxico
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"Last week, we told you about a former United States marine who was sentenced to 10 hours of community service for possessing a gun that wasn't registered in New York state."

"We noted that Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who's led the charge in calling for stricter gun laws across the country (despite his jurisdiction extending no further than the five boroughs, the mayor's taken it upon himself to investigate gun shows...in Arizona), hadn't made a peep about the seemingly light sentence for the marine -- which seemed a little strange considering how vocal he was about wanting to throw the book at former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress when he was busted with an illegal gun." ...
 

Video: Man Disfigured in Gun Accident Gets New Face (video story)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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A Record. (cartoon of the day)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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SC: Conceal Carry Permit Holder Stops Shooter at Church
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Jesse Gates, an attendee at Boiling Springs' South Side Freewill Baptist Church was acting like he was having a heart attack on Sunday morning, according to Rev. Henry Guyton. Gates was cleared by EMS and left the premises, only to return later that morning and pull at shotgun out of the trunk of his car. Rev. Guyton's grandson, Aaron Guyton, saw Gates pull the shotgun out and immediately went into the main building of the church and locked the doors. Gates kicked in the side door. Aaron Guyton, a concealed weapons permit holder, held Gates at gunpoint while church member Jesse Smith and Leland Powers held him to the floor waiting for deputies to arrive." ...
 

MI: Michigan Homeowner Fires Shotgun at Would be Thief (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A MI homeowner fired a shotgun at a burglar he found inside of his home. It appears there were 2 burglars involved and the homeowner recognized the man he shot at as someone who lived in the area. When police arrived the homeowner directed them to the home of the would be thief." ...
 

IL: Neighbors: Drop charges against man, 80, in shooting of burglar
Submitted by: Bob Devour

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"An 80-year-old tavern owner in Englewood believes it's 'unjust' that he is facing charges after shooting a burglar, but believes he will prevail in court."

"'It's wrong,' Homer 'Tank' Wright said as he walked into his bar after being released from jail this afternoon. 'Unjust that I can't protect me.'"

"Awakened by his 75-year-old wife, Wright confronted a 19-year-old burglar who had broken through some plywood over a bathroom window ... Wright grabbed his 38.caliber pistol, loaded with four rounds, and shot the intruder in the leg."

"... Because of prior weapons convictions, Wright was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, sparking calls by his family and neighbors for prosecutors to back down." ...
 

FL: BSO: Man shot dead in Pompano Beach appears to be case of self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A father fatally shot a man in Pompano Beach after the man threatened his family, swinging a piece of wood at his wife and kids, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said."

"The shooting was still under investigation Monday."

"'At this point, all indications so far point to this man defending his family and defending himself,' BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said." ...
 

Trayvon Martin case: Martin was the aggressor, police sources say
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"As Florida braced itself for what could be the biggest day of protest yet in the Trayvon Martin case, police revealed new details that depict the slain 17-year-old as the aggressor and appear to support George Zimmerman's claim that he was acting in self-defense when he shot the teenager." ...
 

Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charges Against George Zimmerman
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... "But even if we believe everything Zimmerman said, it is still possible that Martin was responding to what he perceived as a potentially deadly threat from Zimmerman. ABC News says Chris Serino, "the lead homicide investigator," did not buy Zimmerman's story and wanted to charge him with manslaughter but was overruled by the state attorney's office."
 

Emerging reports about Trayvon Martin distract from attack on SYG
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Emerging details about dead Florida teen Trayvon Martin, whose cousin is a Tacoma resident and participated in a vigil for Martin Monday evening, may not be relevant to the incident that cost Martin his life, same as it is still questionable whether the state’s Stand-Your-Ground law is really applicable." ...
 

2 Million Sign Petition for George Zimmerman's Arrest
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"Civil rights leaders and elected officials Monday night asked the Sanford City Commission to order the arrest of the man who shot to death 17-year-old Trayvon Martin one month ago."

"Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, presented commissioners with a petition signed by more than two million people who want Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman arrested." ...
 

FL: Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head
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"With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered, law-enforcement authorities told the Orlando Sentinel."

"That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say. There have been no reports that a witness saw the initial punch Zimmerman told police about." ...
 

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin: What We Don't Know
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "As I’ve said earlier in this blog, in answer to reader query, we don’t know enough about what happened to rush to judgment yet, whether that judgment is justified self-defense, murder, or manslaughter. ... Some issues:"

"The autopsy results, including toxicology screen, have not yet been released. ... (Reportedly, Zimmerman was not tested, and police indicate that he showed no signs of drug or alcohol impairment.) My advice to YOU if YOU’RE ever involved in a shooting: request to be taken to a hospital to have a blood sample and toxicology screen taken. A 'negative for everything' result will prevent false allegations later that you were drunk or drugged-up when you pulled the trigger." ...
 

Question Of The Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Joe Huffman says there is only one question he wants answered about the Trayvon Martin case. And depending on the answer, that will be all he needs to know about the case." ...
 

Obama "Acting Stupidly" in Comments on Trayvon Martin Shooting
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"... President Barack Obama also weighed in on the [Trayvon Martin] case, calling it a tragedy ... and declaring that 'some soul searching' was needed throughout the country. ... Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND Action, proclaimed that the president was 'acting stupidly' with his remarks."

"'President Obama is acting stupidly by making remarks prematurely without knowing all the facts,' said Rev. Peterson. 'Obama's comments support what the race hustling black leaders have claimed, which is that Trayvon Martin was gunned down because of his race, but new evidence contradicts this theory. And by saying that Americans need to do 'some soul searching' Barack Obama is implying that we're a nation of racists. ...'" ...
 

WI: Ted Nugent endorses Tommy Thompson for Senate
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"Wisconsin candidate for U.S. Senate Tommy Thompson got an endorsement from rocker Ted Nugent." ...

"Nugent is a big backer of gun-owner rights, and points to Thompson’s similar views on second amendment rights." ...
 

NY: Senate Dems Ask Maziarz To Withdraw ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"Senate Democrats have written a letter to WNY Senator George Maziarz asking him to withdraw his 'stand your ground' bill that is similar to the law that Florida, and 30 other states have." ...
 

AZ: Arizona Legislature Sends Pro-Hunting Bill to Gov. Jan Brewer
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"The Arizona Senate passed an important pro-hunting bill this afternoon by a 20 to 9 vote. House Bill 2728, which would allow hunters in Arizona to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting, passed in the state House on February 28 by a 42 to 14 vote. HB 2728 now goes to Governor Jan Brewer for her approval." ...
 

OH: Representative Terry Johnson introduces HB495 (Reciprocity & Concealed Carry Modernization)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) has introduced HB495, a bill designed to reform Ohio concealed carry law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and continue a trend toward making Ohio law similar to other states."

"Currently, the gun laws in the Ohio Revised Code contain a number of ambiguities ... that have created confusion for law-abiding Ohioans, law enforcement agencies and the courts. Nine years ago, Governor Robert Taft refused to sign Ohio's concealed carry legislation unless it contained language to address so-called 'safety concerns' of anti-gun activists. None of these provisions have proven helpful in protecting public safety, nor is there any evidence they have reduced gun-related crime." ...
 

KY: Senate approves bill to arm retired prosecutors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Retired prosecutors could carry concealed weapons to protect themselves even in restricted locations, including courthouses, under a bill approved by the Senate on Monday."

"The measure now goes back to the House for final passage." ...
 

GA: The Cutting Edge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"March 26, 2012: Knife Rights' Georgia Knife Preemption Bill SB432 must be scheduled for a vote in the next three days or it will not become law."

"It is critical for you to take a moment and call the office of Georgia's Speaker of the House David Ralston ..." ...
 

NY: NRA News interviews Michelle Schimel (video)
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"Raw footage of NRA News visiting New York Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel in her LOB office on March 20, 2012."
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KABA Note: Assemblywoman Schimel is one of the legislators pushing for microstamping legislation.
 

IL: An ISRA Alert On Senate Bill That Would Establish A Tax Per Handgun Owned
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Illinois State Rifle Association sent out this alert this evening about an attempt to tax each handgun owned. If you live in Illinois, I'd suggest you contact your legislator even if you know that they are anti-gun. That way they can't say they only got pro-gun control mail." ...
 

NY: NY Deletes Microstamping and CoBIS from State Budget
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reports that a joint New York state budget committee voted yesterday on a revised budget (AB 9055D) that deleted a provision in the bill that would have mandated microstamping throughout the state. This after The Freedom Group (owners of Iliona-based Remington) fired a warning shot over the legislature’s bow, threatening to abandon gun grabber Senator Chuck Schumer‘s patch if microstamping became the law of the land. Bonus! The Empire State bean counters also shot down funding for CoBIS. For the acronym averse . . ." ...
 

Document Drop: NYC Gun Fees Constitutional (court ruling)
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"This just came down a short time ago, but since we've been talking a lot about guns today (although I think it's fair to say this would be tangential), here's a late decision in Bloomberg v. Kwong, a suit which sought to knock down NYC's $340 residential handgun permit fee. The argument of the objectors -- as supported by the NYS Rifle And Pistol Association and the Second Amendment Foundation and rejected by the court -- was that the fee was so high as to be violative of the Constitutional right to bear arms."
 

OR: Strange Portland Law About Carrying Loaded Gun
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Last week’s State v. Christian (Ore. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2012) considered a Portland, Oregon law that provides,"

"It is unlawful for any person to knowingly possess or carry a firearm, in or upon a public place, including while in a vehicle in a public place, recklessly having failed to remove all the ammunition from the firearm [with a bunch of exceptions, including for people with concealed carry licenses -- Oregon is a shall-issue state]."

"Jonathan Christian, who was prosecuted for violating the ordinance, challenged it on overbreadth grounds, arguing that it covered a substantial amount of constitutionally protected conduct. ..." ...
 

US Soldiers Kevin Corley & Samuel Walker Helped Mexican Drug Cartel
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"The Mexican drug war continues to rage south of the border, and it's drawing in some unlikely participants."

"Two U.S. Army soldiers were among three American men busted this week in a drug trafficking sting that targeted one of Mexico's most violent and notorious cartels - the Zetas."

"Kevin Corley, 29 (left in photo), and Samuel Walker, 28 (right in photo), both of Colorado Springs, Colorado, were arrested by federal Drug Enforcement agents after a firefight that resulted in the fatal shooting of a third American ..."

"According to the Daily News, a DEA agent shot Jerome Corley on Saturday in Laredo, Texas, where he was working alongside Kevin Corley and Samuel Walker as the Zetas' hired killers." ...
 

Simon Glik Wins $170,000 Settlement From Unlawful Arrest Recording Police
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"Simon Glik, the attorney who last year forced the First Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm that recording police in public is not a crime, will receive a $170,000 settlement from the City of Boston, stemming from his 2007 arrest for recording police in a public park."

"Even though criminal charges against Glik were quickly dismissed, it took five years to settle the case because police were seeking qualified immunity in making unlawful arrests, which would have protected them from such lawsuits."

"Obviously, they were under the impression that the long-standing legal principle of ignorance of the law excuses no one did not apply to them." ...
 

NY: NYPD Officer Guilty of Sexual Assault, Jury Deadlocked on Rape Counts
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"A jury has found an off-duty NYPD officer guilty of sexual assault after he grabbed a schoolteacher off the street and attacked her, but is deadlocked on the rape counts against him."

"Michael Pena was convicted on six counts, including predatory sexual assault, but the jury could not agree on the two charges of first-degree rape. They will continue to deliberate on those charges." ...
 

PA: Student Charged After Taking Cop Photos
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"The National Press Photographers Association is fighting charges filed against a college student who took pictures of a police traffic stop in Philadelphia."

"Police Lt. Raymond Evers said Monday that the Temple University photojournalism student was arrested for other offenses, not for taking pictures." ...
 

IL: East Moline police officer arrested
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"East Moline Police arrested one of their own officers Monday on misconduct charges, Chief Victor Moreno said."

"Officer Joseph DeCap, 46, was taken into custody and charged with five felony counts of official misconduct and one felony count of financial exploitation of the elderly or disabled, Moreno said." ...
 

CA: Officer engaged in racial profiling, LAPD probe finds
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"A white police officer targeted Latino drivers for traffic stops because of their race, a Los Angeles Police Department investigation concluded -- marking the first time the agency has found one of its officers guilty of racial profiling."

"For decades, the question of racial profiling -- 'biased policing,' in LAPD jargon -- has bedeviled the LAPD. Accusations that the practice was commonplace in minority neighborhoods throughout the 1970s and '80s helped earn the LAPD a reputation for bias and abuse of power."

"And, despite dramatic reforms that have boosted the department’s image over the last 10 years, the persistence of profiling claims has prevented the agency from shaking its dark past altogether. ..." ...
 

PA: Former Kennett Square officer pleads guilty to rape
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"A former Kennett Square police officer Monday admitted he had raped and sexually abused four young girls over a period of several years in a case that included allegations he dominated them by invoking a folk spirit who needed sex."

"Jose Manuel Santiago, 55, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and one count of aggravated indecent assault as his victims looked on in President Judge James P. MacElree II’s courtroom." ...
 

LA: NOLA cop suspended for Trayvon Martin post
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"A New Orleans police officer placed on desk duty following a deadly shooting incident was suspended for posting a comment on a local TV station's website calling Trayvon Martin a thug who deserved to die."

"Jason Giroir identified himself as a New Orleans Police Department employee when he posted a comment over the weekend on the WWVTV.com website in response to an article about a rally supporting Martin. He wrote, 'Act like a thug die like one!'" ...
 

MI: Mich. militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against government
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"A federal judge on Tuesday gutted the government’s case against seven members of a Michigan militia, dismissing the most serious charges in an extraordinary defeat for federal authorities who insisted they had captured homegrown rural extremists poised for war."

"U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the members’ expressed hatred of law enforcement didn’t amount to a conspiracy to rebel against the government. ..."

"'The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise to that level,' the judge said on the second anniversary of raids and arrests that broke up the group." ...
 

CT: The Waterbury police department has been refusing permits against the clear intent of the state legislature.
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"Connecticut Carry has received numerous complaints that the Waterbury Police Department continues to demand additional and invasive requirements before they allow their citizens to apply for a permit to carry pistols and revolvers. Further, the Waterbury Police Department refuses those applications if a citizen rightfully refuses the demand."

"The lack of legal authority for a local police department in the State of Connecticut to invent their own requirements and supplemental forms in the application process has been established in legal opinions dating back to at least 1968 in a published opinion by then Attorney General Robert Killian." ...
 

WI: Milwaukee woman claims female MPD officer performed illegal strip searches (video story)
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"The first female accusing Milwaukee police of illegal strip searches is sharing her story to TODAY'S TMJ4."

"The 22-year-old Milwaukee woman didn't want to show her face on camera, but claims she was a subject of strip searches by officers from Milwaukee's 5th District."

"'My illegal searches happened at least three times,' said the woman." ...
 

OR: Clark pleads in charges stemming from cell phone photos from underage girl
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"Aaron Clark, a former Rockaway Beach Police officer, pleaded guilty to Hindering Prosecution and Tampering with physical evidence in court March 26. Clark was sentenced to 36 months of probation for the charges."

"Clark was originally charged with using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and encouraging child sex abuse, over allegations that while a varsity softball coach at Neah-Kah-Nie High School he encouraged a 14-year-old female player to send him sexually explicit photos of herself." ...
 

Three Stocks Already Gaining From Election Year Politics
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"Here's an odd indicator concerning the level of anxiety some Americans are feeling about the upcoming presidential election: Gun sales are way up." ...
 

AZ: AZ sees spike in gun sales
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"Gun and ammunition sales in Arizona are surging as several factors, including the upcoming presidential election, combine to spur buyers on."

"It's the second major spike in sales since President Obama was elected in November 2008."

"At that time, some types of ammunition ran out in Tucson and customers stocked up on high-powered rifles they suspected Obama would try to ban." ...
 

IA: America drifts closer to being 'a welfare state'
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"Kudos to the writer of a well-worded Letter to the Editor in Friday's Journal regarding contraception ('Contraception isn't a constitutional right')."

"The writer correctly points out that contraception is not a constitutional right and a person is not entitled to free contraception medicines or devices. I like the comparison to NRA members demanding free firearms because the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment is a clear constitutional provision whereas the court-created right-to-privacy (a penumbra of the Constitution) is not. Yet, no NRA members endorse free firearms or ammunition." ...
 

MA: More people getting gun permits across South Shore
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"In 32 communities south of Boston a total of more than 29,700 people hold licenses to carry a gun."

"But that doesn’t mean they all carry."

"Mirroring a statewide trend, the number of people who hold Class A licenses to carry – the only one of four firearm-license types in Massachusetts that allows someone to carry a concealed, loaded handgun in public – has increased steadily over the last two years in the region from Quincy south to Plymouth and west to Easton, according to data from the state’s Firearms Records Bureau." ...
 

WA: Thieves target guns, registration can help (video available)
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... "All firearms bought from a dealer must be registered, which can come in handy if you're burglarized."

"Officials say if you have that serial number, within 30 minutes they have it in their system and they can track it if it's pawned the next day."

"Guns purchased from private sellers are not required to be registered. So, if it's stolen, chances are police will never be able to track it down." ...
 

Illegal gun trade: Toulouse gunman highlights the problem in France
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"As the prosecutor listed the weapons gunman Mohamed Merah amassed before going on a shooting rampage in Toulouse, French citizens received a stark reminder that gun trafficking doesn’t only affect unstable countries. It's happening in France, too – a nation that is anything but gun-friendly."

"France has no equivalent of the United States’ Second Amendment’s right to 'keep and bear arms.' Only a small minority of the population, such as hunters and sport shooters, can get authorization to own firearms." ...
 

UK: Drive-By Shootings Never Happen In Gun-Free UK. Except When They Do (video available)
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"Interestingly, it’s a “bicycle-by” shooting. If you’ve ever considered the price of motoring in the UK you’ll know why. ..." ...
 

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