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ATF trivializing Fast and Furious with Ziegler defense
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "So we can all just go on about our business now? There’s nothing to see here? No retaliations against whistleblowers? No chronic Justice Department stonewalling? No U.S. Attorney (a Criminal Division chief, no less) taking the Fifth? No other agencies involved, or FBI snitches, or that O’Reilly guy from NSA who held meetings at the White House? No..." ...
 

"Saving Us From Worse" Fill-In-The-Blank
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I'm sure we have all heard the plaintive cry from the 'practical' weak-kneed compromise apologists: I know XYZ isn't the best bill/ law/candidate but if we don't support it/him/her we'll get something/someone even worse! You hard-liners/gun-nuts are so unreasonable! A-yup; unreasonable is a pretty darned good way to describe me. Indeed I have written on this subject before and I undoubtedly will again and again until the Second Amendment (and the rest of the Bill of Rights) is treated as if it were actually the law of the land instead of a laundry-list of items the police state has to tiptoe around ..." ...
 

The Blooming Idiot Strikes Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I know, I know, I shouldn't make ad hominem attacks since they usually indicate that I have nothing substantive to back up my arguments. But jeez Louise, what else can you say about the Mayor of the largest city in the U.S. who thinks the Constitution, state and federal laws don't apply to him and his minions? We know from his 'gun show stings' that sending his Geheime Staatspolizei agents across state lines to commit felonies in support of his anti-Second Amendment agenda is old hat to Hizzonner; so why would anyone believe that he would respect any sort of jurisdictional boundaries when it comes to sending out his agents to violate the First and Fourth amendment rights of New Jerseyites?" ...
 

Maryland ruling: State AG will appeal, antis demonize decision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Monday’s big win for gun rights in Maryland – courtesy a lawsuit filed by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation on behalf of Maryland resident Raymond Woollard – is already being demonized by anti-gunners, and will likely be appealed by the State Attorney General." ...
 

Fear, firearms and politics: Across U.S., guns are in demand
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Enthusiasts are stocking up on guns and ammunition, and some in the industry are wondering whether sales are spiking as they did after Democrat Obama won the presidency in 2008."

"That rush created a nationwide shortage."

"'We're at the top of the roller coaster and we're about to plummet down the side,' said DeWayne Irwin, owner of the Cheaper Than Dirt gun store in Fort Worth, which set a sales record for the month of February. 'It's fixing to happen again. I don't know if it will be to the same extent it was before, but I see it coming.'" ...
 

Archive for the ‘US Constitution Amendment II’ Category (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"To an overwhelming percentage of Americans, the constitutional question over DC’s and Chicago’s gun bans seemed simple enough. The plain meaning of the amendment was clear, and the Supreme Court agreed. In 2008 and 2010, Supreme Court decisions struck down gun bans and gunlock laws and decided that Americans have a right to self-defense. These were contested decisions, both being decided by close 5 to 4 votes. The four dissenting liberals claimed that there exists no individual right to 'self-defense,' and even if such a right existed, it could be overridden by the public interest of reducing gun crimes and suicides." ...
 

Two Great RKBA Legal Cases Receive Rulings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In Maryland, a federal judge declared that Maryland’s arbitrary denial of firearm permits was unconstitutional ... Other than a great win for MD gun owners (thanks SAF), there are two significant balls in play in this case:"

"1) that the Second Amendment is not limited to the confines of one’s home, an issue not resolved in D.C. v.Heller or McDonald v. Chicago, and"

"2) the standard of review to be used by courts when considering Second Amendment restrictions. Justice Scalia said in D.C. v. Heller that the old, low standard of 'rational basis' was no longer a sufficient bar for governmental curtailment of this (now) fundamental right." ...
 

Nothing is inalienable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Monday, a U.S. District Court judge struck down a Maryland gun law with a remarkably worded ruling, as related by the Baltimore Sun:" ...
"'A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,' Legg wrote. 'The right's existence is all the reason he needs.'"
"Wow, is this guy ever out-of-step with the times! What is this crazy talk of God-given inalienable rights, which the government is absolutely forbidden to transgress? Everyone knows that all rights are gifts of the State, to be redistributed or rescinded as the ruling class sees fit." ...
 

MidwayUSA Celebrates 20 Years of Friends of NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"What started as a conversation between two business acquaintances 20 years ago at the 1992 National Rifle Association (NRA) Show, has now turned into a lifelong friendship and a nationally recognized program that produces over $20 million annually in donations."

"Every year for the past 20 years, community members and business owners in Mid-Missouri have come together to raise money to defend one thing – Second Amendment rights – thanks to a program started by Columbia business owners Larry & Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA." ...
 

Logic and Reason and Guns on Campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"My daughter just turned 14. That’s a happy thing. She’s growing from a beautiful child into an amazing young lady. It won't be long before she’s driving ... and in the not too distant future, heading off for the college of her our choice. And that brings me to the horns of a dilemma. Used to be, you’d pick a school based on just a few factors: the quality of the education, what it offered in the way of classes for a particular area of study, the cost of a 4-year degree, and the reputation for hard-partying (or lack thereof). But now, you have to add to that the relatively related concerns of the campus’s social bias and their attitude towards guns. I’ve got four years to figure this out. And that may not be enough time…" ...
 

Guns are only property Constitution protects
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"'Employee Safe Commute' laws exist in about 17 states. They require balancing of rights. Opponents claim that it impairs property rights. That is a shallow objection. The real issue is how to balance apparently competing rights."

"Historically, there was no right to absolute ownership of real property. Real property rights were absolute only in the government. It is a modern secular belief that citizens have 'rights' to individual ownership and control of real property. Even now, there is no constitutional provision declaring that citizens’ rights in real property 'shall not be infringed.' Juxtapose rights in real property to the instinctive, fundamental right of self-defense, which exists in all sentient beings." ...
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Submitter's Note: I have ranted written about this false dichotomy before.
 

Gun Review: Kahr PM45
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I told my wife: when you finally make the decision to start carrying I will support you 100 percent. When she decided that 2012 was her year of the gun, I was ecstatic. Until I found out that my beloved Ruger LCR wasn’t really 'mine' in the strict sense of the word. With my backup gun having abandoned me for two X chromosomes, I looked around for a replacement. For the sake of ammo compatibility with my main gun I decided to investigate sub compact .45s. After days of research and fondling at the local gun stores, a dealer offered me a Kahr PM45 for a price I couldn’t refuse . . ." ...
 

The Gun(s) of Top Shot: Season 4 Episode 4
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Once or twice a season, the producers of Top Shot stray from the entire reason I watch the show: guns. They ignore all of the amazingly awesome firearms that the contestants could be shooting and instead have them use something dumb, and usually in a dumb way. Throwing rocks at windows and bouncing an arrow off a slope spring to mind. This week it’s crossbows, but thankfully that wasn’t the only weapon on the menu." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: The Three Rules of a 911 Call (audio available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"... This series has long argued that there are two parts to armed self-defense. Defending yourself against a lethal threat and defending yourself against prosecution for defending yourself against a lethal threat. Just as the first rule of a gunfight is have a gun, the first rule for staying out of jail and/or losing everything you own due to defensive gun use is STFU (Shut The F Up). That rule starts from the moment you call the cavalry. Here’s the 411 on 911 . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Glock 19 Gen4 9X19mm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"When Gaston Glock introduced his Austrian duty pistol into the U.S. market, American gun-buying habits were transformed. Despite (or because of) the furore surrounding Glock's 'plastic' pistol—supposedly invisible to airport metal detectors—consumers and police departments were fascinated by the 'wonder nine.' When they shot a Glock the resulting revelation spurred sales to unimaginable heights. The original G17 was lighter than all-metal pistols of comparable size, held more ammo and proved to be as trusty as a canine companion. As Gen4 enters circulation, the question looms: has time been kind to the Black Labrador of pistols?" ...
 

Training Tip: How to Survive a Public Range Session
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When I first started shooting I began on a public indoor range. I wasn’t a member of a club. I didn’t have any guns of my own to shoot. So I practiced with rented firearms, shooting in a lane alongside lots of other shooters. ... to convince my parents to let me store a gun or two in the house ... I spent a significant period of time at the public range. After I bought my first guns I continued to shoot at the public range out of convenience. It was a great facility but I enjoyed shooting there. Except . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: I used to hunt public land until I was checking the surroundings with my binox and saw someone looking at me . . . through his scope. I walked out to my car and never went back.
 

Hennigan on Chardon Shooting: Gun Access Isn’t Everything. It’s the Only Thing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Writing for huffingtonpost.com on the recent school shooting in Chardon Ohio, Denis Hennigan is full of what's commonly called common sense. Well, at the beginning. 'The 'Why?' question is certainly important,' The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Veep acknowledges. 'If we are ever able to offer meaningful help to troubled kids, we must better understand the factors that cause teens to be so alienated and enraged that they would engage in violence.' Wait for it . . ."
"But the dominant focus on 'Why?' often obscures the nature of the problem posed by tragedies like Chardon." ...
 

University of Colorado Gun Ruling "Dangerous"
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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... "'This is a dangerous ruling. Lives have the potential to be lost as a result. We urge parents, students, and faculty to demand that the University do all it can to keep guns off campus and prevail on their elected officials to reverse this ruling. The University of Oregon has reinstated its gun ban despite a similar court ruling. The Brady Center will help the University of Colorado work to keep young people safe from guns. As last week's tragedy in Ohio reminded us all, nothing is more important.'"
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KABA Note: Sung to the tune of "Dancin' in the Bathtub":

Dancin' in the bloodstains, Dancin' in the bloodstains
Dancin' in the bloodstains, Bradys and the VPC
Celebrate the killin', Celebrate the killin'
Celebrate the killin' and we'll all be on TV
Pushin' our agenda, Pushin' our agenda
Pushin' our agenda, a world gone all gun free!

We don't care what the facts are, As long as blood is spilled
Give us a nice big corpse count, or children who've been killed
Then we can blame the gun-nuts, our cries will be so shrill
"We need to save the child'ren, so please pass our new bill"
Laws may not stop some nut-job, from killing folks that day
But one more law will do it, believe in what we say

(Chorus)

It won't affect the lawful, we will not ban their gun
But if it saves just one child, our work is well begun
We must now close this loophole, to end another threat
Oh here's another bill now, we are not finished yet
We'll keep on passing new laws, we will not take a rest
Until there are NO guns left, and we will all be blessed.
 

IA: Sire, The Peasants Are Revolting!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Ames Iowa Patch's Lynn Campbell is 'viewing with alarm' the possibility that treating peoples' Second Amendment rights as if they were, you know, actual rights could wind up allowing weapons in schools:" ...
 

WA: New bus ads draw the ire of 2nd Amendment advocates (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"New ads asking you to think twice about gun ownership are showing up on Metro buses, and some people say the ads violate everyone's Second Amendment rights."

"Local buses are full of ads for everything from necklaces to web search engines. But a new ad campaign from Washington Cease Fire has stirred controversy."

"'When you have a gun in the home, you are 22 times more likely to kill a family member or a friend than you are an intruder,' said Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Cease Fire."

"Whatever the statistics, Second Amendment advocates aren't happy with the ads." ...
 

MD: Legislative committee chairs weigh in on Md. handgun permit ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A ruling by a federal judge loosening handgun restrictions in Maryland has drawn different reactions from the chairmen of the two General Assembly committees that take up gun-related bills, with one of the legislators blasting the decision and the other reconsidering his position on a restriction that gun rights advocates have long sought to repeal."

"The ruling by U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg allows Maryland residents to obtain a handgun permit without first showing they have a good reason to carry a handgun outside their home."

"Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said Tuesday that the decision is 'dangerous.'" ...
 

SD: Litigating for loopholes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I loved our Constitution when the First Amendment meant you could say or write what you believed in without lying, being profane, or making threats against another person or organization. When peacefully assemble didn’t mean you could pitch tents in public plazas and pillage and burn private property. When you could address the government for grievance with out hiring a lobbyist or a lawyer."

"I loved the Constitution when the Second Amendment meant private citizens could own and bear arms for hunting or self-protection but it didn’t mean you could own AK47’s or 50-caliber handguns that have no purpose but to kill people. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually the S&W .50 was developed specifically for hunting.
 

CO: Let each college decide on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Is it really a good idea for college students to be packing heat on campus?"

"We don't think so, and we also think rules governing guns on college grounds should be made by each school's board of regents." ...
 

Laser Blasters: Not Just Science Fiction? Maybe. Someday.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Joe Grine, Nick Leghorn and myself are amped up to cover the Joint Small Arms Conference of the National Defense Industry Association in May. I’m a complete noob when it comes to this kind of military-grade hardware, and I’m having trouble sleeping just thinking about shooting anything belt-fed, crew-served or rocket-propelled. Laser guns weren’t on the menu, or so I thought…" ...
 

"Guns Don't Kill People" a Load of Nonsense; They Certainly Do
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"Once again, the nation’s attention has been captured by a horrific act of violence. Gunfire in a high school. A teenager killing teenagers. Any family’s worst nightmare. Chardon, Ohio will never be quite the same."

"Inevitably, the question on most people’s minds is 'Why?' What possibly could have caused 17-year-old [X.X. Xxx] to turn a gun on his fellow students, killing three and wounding two more? There is talk of bullying. Of an abusive father. After all, he was attending a school for kids who have had trouble in traditional schools." ...
 

PA: 71 Year Old PA Man Pistol Whips 29 Year Old Street Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 71 year old man drew a gun on a 29 year old armed robber after he tried to rob him in a bar parking lot. A struggle ensued which led to the elderly man pistol whipping the younger robber several times. The victim got into his vehicle and drove a short distance away to call police. When police arrived they captured the robber who is being treated for numerous injuries. The older victim was unharmed and was not treated." ...
 

AR: Homeowner Shoots Knife Wielding Burglar Several Times
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An AR homeowner shot a burlgar breaking into his home several times in the stomach. The suspect fled and was driven by a cousin to a regional hospital. The suspect is recovering and both the suspected burglar and the cousin who drove him to the hospital are being interviewed by police." ...
 

PA: Auto Store Owner Uses Taurus Judge Pistol To Scare Off Armed Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The owner of a PA auto parts store drew a Taurus Judge from under the counter of his shop after an armed man barged in and demanded money. The owner said he exchanged some words with the robber who then fled. The owner said the reason the man fled was that his gun was much smaller than the shop owner’s." ...
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Submitter's Note: Size matters . . .
 

UT: Off-duty deputy shoots two dogs for allegedly attacking turkeys
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"Two dogs were shot and killed over the weekend in a rural farming area of Utah County after wandering onto a neighbor's property."

"The man who shot the dogs, an off-duty Utah County Sheriff's deputy, told investigators the dogs were attacking one of his turkeys and about to kill it. The dog owner, however, doesn't believe her animals would have seriously harmed the bird and questions whether the use of deadly force was necessary." ...
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Submitter's note: I hate the phrase "off duty cop/officer." Just say "CITIZEN shoots dogs for allegedly attacking turkeys."
 

NC: Woman Shoots and Kills Home Invader
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A NC woman shot and killed a home invader sometime after 1am. The woman confronted the intruder after he entered her home and shot him. The woman was not injured and the intruder was pronounced dead on the scene." ...
 

Sometimes the Numbers Just Don’t Bear Up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There’s an old saw that pokes fun at those who operate and theorize from ivory towers and their penchant for, at times, failing to see the forest for the trees as it were. It works in practice, but will it work in theory? An sltrib.com report touts the latest findings of 'longtime bear biologist Tom Smith' whose theory is that during a bear attack, those with guns are statistically no safer than those without them. '…Smith and (his) colleagues analyzed 269 incidents of close-quarter bear-human conflict ... in which a firearm was involved. They found the gun made no statistical difference in the outcome of these encounters, which resulted in 151 human injuries and 172 bear fatalities.' About those 172 dead bears, though . . ." ...
 

AK: Alaska Republicans Vote for Presidential Pick
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Alaska Republicans turned out at polling locations across the state to select their pick for the presidential candidate to go up against President Barack Obama in November, before polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday." ...

"Others say they couldn't possibly vote for Romney."

"'The second amendment is a big issue for me,' said voter Michael Phillips. 'I believe in the Second Amendment, and one of the reasons I can't vote for Mitt Romney is he's pretty soft on the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

St. Gabriel Possenti, Patron Saint of Guns
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), left, received a special St. Gabriel Possenti Society award here from John M. Snyder, Society President."

"The Society named Sen. Johanns, a practicing Catholic, Man of the Year for his support of the right to self-defense."

"On February 27, Snyder presented the plaque to Sen. Johanns during a ceremony on the 150th anniversary Feast Day of St. Gabriel Possenti. Snyder also presented Sen. Johanns with a boxed medallion featuring a profile of St. Gabriel Possenti custom designed for the Society in Rome, Italy." ...
 

TN: Haslam hopes for common ground in debate over gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he has hopes for common ground in the guns in parking lots debate, but said recent words by a gun-rights group's leader could make compromise more difficult."

"Haslam didn't directly mention the controversial bill while addressing several local business leaders, including some who oppose the measure that would allow employees to bring guns closer to their workplaces."

"But he told reporters after his appearance that he's still hopeful legislators can strike a balance between what he sees as competing rights."

"'This is one area where Republicans believe in property rights and they believe in Second Amendment rights,' he said. 'Getting the balance right is important.'" ...
 

IL: Pike County, Illinois residents up in arms over conceal and carry (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Voters in Pike County, Ill. will have the chance to take up a Second Amendment issue in the upcoming election."

"Residents there will vote on a conceal and carry issue on March 20."

"The issue includes an ordinance to the Constitution Carry of Arms, which references guns and other weapons. The subject of the Firearms Owner's ID, or FOID card, is also a part of the ordinance."

"Dan Mefford and Rick Rodhouse say they are tired of waiting for state legislators to make a move on these issues, so they're going around them." ...
 

IN: Indiana bill would restore teeth to Fourth Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last Thursday, the Indiana House passed Senate Bill 1, which allows homeowners to forcibly resist illegal home invasions by anyone (including police), by an overwhelming 72-14 margin. From the Evansville Courier & Press:"
"Hoosiers could legally defend themselves against police officers who enter their home under a measure that the Indiana House approved on a 74-24 vote, moving it another step toward becoming law, on Thursday."
"The Senate's margin of approval, at 45-5, was also overwhelming, but the bill will not go to Governor Mitch Daniels quite yet, due to some revisions made in the House, necessitating reconciliation of the two chambers' different versions." ...
 

IA: Guns prompt biggest stir at Iowa Statehouse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This year’s legislative session was supposed to be focused on taxes, education and job creation, but it was the issue of guns that caused what likely will be the biggest stir at the Statehouse this year."

"Two measures in the House last Wednesday prompted a walkout by Democrats, claims about a 'wild west' mentality and a lawmaker near tears on the House floor." ...
 

IA: Gun laws bring big change to Iowa
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Twenty-two bills pertaining to weapons and firearms have been introduced to the Iowa Legislature."

"The bills introduce legislation involving everything from allowing citizens who feel threatened to defend themselves to a house joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Iowa Constitution ensuring Iowans the right to bear arms."

"The Iowa 'stand your ground' act will allow individuals who feel threatened to defend themselves, where the law previously requires them to flee the situation if possible. This act also will keep individuals who are not found criminally liable after defending themselves from facing civil lawsuits." ...
 

IA: HJR 2009 and HF 2215 - A Follow Up
Submitted by: Sean McClanahan
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"As a follow up to my post on Wednesday regarding HJR 2009 and HF 2215, I decided to take a look at how the votes were cast on the legislation and amendments. While the votes were almost along party lines, there were some exceptions." ...
 

IA: The fall of the Iowa Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Iowa House experienced a strange phenomenon last Wednesday. During the afternoon debate, 40 percent of its members were absent. This absence was due to the fact that House Democrats had left the Capitol in protest of the matters to be debated."

"Democrats claim they were told two bills on Second Amendment gun rights would not be debated Wednesday and they were left unprepared and unable to present amendments."

"Republicans claim that Democrats were aware of the schedule of debates and had no reason to stage the protest. House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer accused the Democrats of simply wanting to cause a political scene."

"A political scene? When did our Legislature become a reality TV show out to stir up drama? ..." ...
 

WA: Kitsap County authorities take action under existing law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Kitsap County authorities have taken action against the mother of a 9-year-old boy who brought a gun to Armin Jahr Elementary near Bremerton several days ago; the gun that accidentally discharged and seriously wounded a 8-year-old girl." ...
 

Huge Victory for Guns: Maryland Carry Law Ruled Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"A huge victory for gun advocates -- a federal judge ruled that Maryland's restrictive gun-carrying law is unconstitutional."

"The state has a rule that said that anyone who applies for a permit to carry a gun has to have a 'good and substantial reason' to be allowed to carry a weapon."

"The Baltimore Sun reported that in a ruling made public on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Benson E. Legg said the requirement 'impermissibly infringes the right to keep and bear arms,' as guaranteed by the Second Amendment."

"'A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,' Legg wrote. 'The right's existence is all the reason he needs.'" ...
 

MD: Lawmakers: Gun-law ruling 'a big step'
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"As they praise a court ruling that dubbed a Maryland gun law provision unconstitutional, some local legislators are asking for immediate changes to the firearm permitting process."

"Requiring handgun permit applicants to show a 'good and substantial reason' for carrying a weapon clashes with the constitutional right to bear arms because the standard lacks definition, the judge decided." ...
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Submitter's Note: No, it's not "a big step". This ruling is "A good first step."
 

MD: Lawyers say gun ruling likely to withstand appeal
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"Constitutional lawyers said Tuesday that a recent federal court decision overturning a portion of Maryland's gun-control law will likely be upheld on appeal and called the ruling groundbreaking given the liberalism of the state from which it came."

"The decision, made public Monday, relaxed state requirements for carrying a gun and broadly interpreted the Second Amendment's 'right to bear arms' as extending beyond the home. The analysis surprised some, who were used to seeing states like Maryland, which has a restrictive approach to gun rights, limit firearm use and possession." ...
 

CO: Court: University of Colorado Students Can Carry Guns on Campus
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"The University of Colorado cannot prevent students from carrying concealed handguns in motor vehicles on campus, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled."

"Three University of Colorado students sued the college in 2008, claiming a university policy banning firearms violated the state's Concealed Carry Act and the state constitution's right to bear arms." ...
 

Loot confiscated by TSA turns into revenue for states
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..."And despite cynical suggestions from angry travelers that security officers keep the items for themselves, the TSA turns over the property to state agencies and commercial vendors, which cart it away to sell. Although public auctions yield a fraction of retail prices, dozens of states have found some revenue in the contraband."

"'It's kind of amazing what people will try to take on board,' says Troy Thompson, spokesman for Pennsylvania's Department of General Services, which takes some of the contraband. 'To them (passengers), it's an item that's not threatening, but in these days and times it is threatening.'" ...
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KABA Note: And fuzzy handcuffs are threatening . . . how? If it's because they can be used as restraints, when are they going to start taking peoples' belts, removable purse straps and headphones?
 

NJ: New Jersey Second Amendment Society President’s Letter – March, 5th 2012
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"SCOTT BACH WILL ADDRESS THE NJ2AS AT THE MEETING ON MARCH 14, 2012"

"Please remember to promote and attend the NJ2AS meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening March 14, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Gun For Hire Main Campus on 75 Rutgers Street in Belleville, NJ."

"Attorney, NRA board member, Executive Director of the ANJRPC and LONG TIME 2A/RKBA advocate Scott Bach will be the featured speaker. ..." ...
 

Australia: Government to look at imposing gun limits
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"The Attorney General, Christian Porter, says he will support a limit on the number of guns a licence holder can have after police found 14 guns and a big cache of ammunition in a family home, south of Perth."

"Police raided the Port Kennedy home on Sunday and say they found rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, batons, knives and drugs."

"Two young children have been staying in the house and their 36-year-old father has been charged with 23 firearm and drug related offences." ...
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Submitter's Note: So if the guns were illegal, you want to pass more laws making them illegal-er?
 

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