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Write a letter to the editor, win a Deep Conceal holster
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The contest rules are simple: Get a pro-gun rights letter to the editor published by a newspaper or an online news website that features a letters section. It does not include simply posting comments, but rather, should be something selected by the editors for standalone attributed publication. The letter can be a response to something previously published or it can introduce the readership to something new." ...
 

OMG! Guns! In Holsters! The CHILDREN! OMG!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"KillAllGuns has posted a video on YouTube entitled SEMI AUTO MACHINE GUNS ARE OKAY IN STARBUCKS but non-lethal CAMERAS aren't (sorry for shouting, but it's KAG's title, not mine). With so many things wrong in just that one sentence I hardly know where to begin! Begin at the beginning is what Mom always said, so . . ." ...
 

Beginning a week of NRA bashing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"As the National Rifle Association prepares to convene its annual members' meetings and exhibits this weekend in St. Louis, Missouri – from whence this column will be reporting later in the week – an annual orgy of media mayhem is about to unfold, wrapping up with an anti-gun demonstration outside the convention center, this one dedicated to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin."

"For the next six days at least, NRA members from Seattle to Sarasota who are headed to St. Louis will be slandered, smeared and demonized for the sin of defending a constitutionally-protected, fundamental civil right. Just take it from Brady Campaign President Dan Gross, who blames the NRA for Martin’s death:" ...
 

Why I Am A Gun Owner And You Should Be Too
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I spent my Easter at a shooting range about an hour west of my home. My wife had to work and I did not have plans to see family, so had some extra time ..."

"While on my way to and from the range is a drive down a Mississippi country highway that takes me through mostly timberland and cattle country. While on that drive I got to thinking why I love guns so much. Was it because I liked the sensation and the sounds and smells of an explosion? If it was, I can get that thrill by using fireworks and I don’t buy fireworks. While I do enjoy shooting, the enjoyment alone obviously can’t be the reason why. I’m also not a hunter, so obviously that’s not why I own guns. The reason why I own firearms is simply because I can." ...
 

Gun Owners Seek End to State Barriers to Concealed Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Ryan Jerome took his .45-caliber Ruger with him to Manhattan last September and thought he understood the city's weapons laws when he carried his loaded handgun on a side trip to the Empire State Building."

"But Jerome, who is from Indiana, soon found himself in a legal tangle that he said illustrates the confusing array of gun laws in the U.S. and the need for uniformity." ...

"Jerome, who has had a burglary at his store since returning from New York, said his experience has convinced him 'this is something that needs to be addressed on a federal level. The cops can't always be there to protect you. You have to be prepared to protect yourself.'"
 

Gun and Ammo Shortage Coming?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"We’ve all heard that amusingly hypocritical line, 'Lay in a big supply before the hoarders get it all!' Indeed, we shooters all lived through that in 2008 and for a good time after. People who feared the Obama administration would make good on the new President’s previously declared wishes to ban assault rifles bought up every AR15 and AK47 clone in sight, and ammo was so scarce people were waiting in line to buy the six measly boxes that WalMart allowed per customer. Some of those folks in line were gun dealers, who took the six boxes back to their own shops to sell for inflated prices." ...
 

Gun Review: JLD Enterprises PTR-91 .308 Win
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"When HK seized[sic[ production of its G3 rifle, numerous poor imitations popped up, which people bought them because, hey, they wanted a G3. And unfortunately they bought something far from the real thing. Eventually it made some people tired to see such a fine design ruined, so they grouped together and put together the finest specimen they could and result was the JLD PTR-91." ...
 

Gun Review: Sphinx 3000: “Built like a fine Swiss watch”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"There are many poorly made CZ 75 clones out on the market today. Many made by companies you will never hear about. But every once in a while you come across one that’s a bit obscure, but outstanding. One that is almost an improvement on the original pistol-design and today we look at one. The Sphinx 3000 in .40 S&W." ...
 

Free Guns!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Aaron at the Weapon-Blog has released his monthly updates of contests in which you can win free guns." ...
 

New Smith & Wesson M&P 9 “Shield”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A photo of Smith and Wesson’s new M&P Shield that’s set to be announced on April 12th was leaked to the Internet on the 5th of April. I found this particular example on Reddit. ..."
 

Classic Gun Question: What put the 'plus' in the .38 Special +P (and will it hurt my gun)?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The .38 Special is now a bona fide centurion (and then some) but back in 1974, it got a well needed kick in the pants when SAAMI gave a +P rating to any load over 17,000 PSI but under 20,000 PSI. Forever since, the question 'Can my revolver handle +P ammunition?' has been posted on gun forums and eliciting responses of derision, speculation, precise wisdom and even downright hilarity. So what about the .38 Special +P? Is it really as hot as advertised and how does it compare to the .38 Special of old? " ...
 

Kalashnikov Rifle Maker Goes Belly-Up; AK12 Is a “Bluff”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Pravda reports that the Court of Arbitration of the Udmurtia Republic has declared JSC Izhmash—manufacturers of the legendary Kalishnikov rifle—bankrupt. Old news? Apparently so. 'In 2011, JSC Izhmash and Russian Technologies state-run corporation developed the concept for restructurization[ness]. A new company called Scientific and Industrial Association Izhmash (NPO Izhmash), a branch company of Russian Technologies, appeared as a result of the work. All contractual obligations and personnel were re-registered with the new company. The basic activities will be delivered to NPO Izhmash before the end of the first quarter of 2012.' Yes, well, just because some papers have been shuffled doesn’t mean that Izhmash is alive and well ..." ...
 

Bargain Hunting: the Zastava M88
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Zastava M88 is an interesting little pistol, with a short-lived history as a military sidearm. It's a derivative of the Russian Tokarev pistol design, which itself drew a great deal from Colt and Browning designs of its day. But it's a modern handgun designed in 1987 and chambered in 9mm. As in, Parabellum, not Makarov."

"The M88 was intended to replace the aging Tokarevs issued to the Yugoslavian police but was quickly replaced by the Zastava CZ 99, which gets a story of its own another day. But it continued to see manufacture due to its popularity in Europe as a slender, compact and comfortable single-stack 9mm." ...
 

FFLGuard Applauds Efforts to Aid Firearms Retailers with Legal & Regulatory Compliance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"FFLGuard, the firearms industry’s premier legal compliance services program ('the Program'), has been educating and protecting federal firearms licensees since 2008."

"FFLGuard delivers its clients access to firearms-specific professionals, subject matter experts and counsel, and conveys cost-effective legal compliance solutions to over 300 Federal Firearms Licensees ('FFLs') in 36 states ..." ...
 

Magpul Dynamics Hires Duane Liptak Jr. as New Directo (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Magpul Dynamics is the training arm of Magpul, the company that makes the nifty magazines and AR-15 furniture that seems to be on every single AR-15 these days. They’re responsible for coming up with and testing all of the cool designs that have made Magpul famous, and in recent years they’ve suffered as first Travis Haley and then Chris Costa left the company for greener pastures. Today comes word from Drew at Magpul that they’ve hired someone to try and take the reins of Magpul Dynamics: Duane Liptak Jr. Presser after the jump…" ...
 

Four NYC Cops Recovering from Gunshots, But Why?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"That's Detective Kenneth Ayala headed home from the hospital yesterday. He was one of four of New York’s finest who were shot by Nakwon Foxworth when the NYPD Emergency Service Unit stormed his apartment. They were called after the Brooklyn resident had waved a gun at some movers and threatened his girlfriend and child. It looks like all of the cops will recover and gladder of that we could not be. Our only question is why the hell were they shot in the first place?" ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Think Fast, Draw Faster (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Twenty-one feet is the anecdotal distance that separates self-defense from murder. It’s based on work done by Sergeant Dennis Tueller. Tueller timed volunteers to see how quickly a determined attacker could cover 21 feet (about 1.5 seconds). In doing so, he identified a dilemma for anyone involved in a potential DGU. If you use a firearm to defend yourself at too great a range, you are at risk for being charged with murder. However, as Tueller demonstrated, 21 feet of separation can disappear in a flash . . ." ...
 

The NRA Aims at Lugar, Hits Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The National Rifle Association has won so many impressive political victories in recent years–encouraging states to loosen laws on carrying firearms and discouraging Congress from passing any new form of gun control–the group has had to stake out increasingly extreme positions just to find something to keep its constituents fired up. The latest illustration: the NRA’s online, television, and radio campaign to defeat Indiana’s senior Republican senator, Richard Lugar." ...
 

Protestors Targeting NRA Convention (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The [NRA] Convention could bring a record crowd to St. Louis. With more than 60,000 people expected to attend, Italian restaurant owner Joe Sanfilippo couldn't be happier.
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"The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission estimate the NRA Convention will boost the local economy by more than $36 million."

"However, state representative Jamilah Nasheed says she’s more concerned about the social impact. She's planning to attend a protest rally against the NRA Saturday afternoon ..."

"'We're having it because of the reckless policies the NRA pushes throughout this country. When you have mothers crying and youth dying in the streets because of their reckless policies we feel there's a need to speak out,' said Nasheed." ...
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Submitter's Note: Say, Jamilah, I don't suppose you have any, you know, actual facts to back up your pious mouthings?
 

New York City: Out-of-state guns are not the problem
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly both came out swinging in the sympathetic New York media yesterday after four police officers were injured by a violent ex-con in Brooklyn on Sunday."

"Quoting Kelly, the headline on the cover of the Daily News screamed 'I'm tired of this!' But a closer read of the article shows that it is not criminals roaming the street that Kelly is tired of. Rather, it is the fact that citizens in states where Kelly cannot stop and frisk them at gunpoint any time he wants are able to purchase guns as if they were real people." ...

"What neither Bloomberg nor Kelly will admit is that the problem isn’t out-of-state guns but in-state criminals and the system that creates those criminals. ..." ...
 

Bloomberg Anti-Gun Group Spending A Clue On Microstamping’s Future
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Hidden in the depths of NYPIRG’s report last week on the record-breaking $220 million spent on lobbying in 2011 is the following eyebrow-raising fact:"

"Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization founded and funded by Mayor Bloomberg, dropped a whopping $325,895 on lobbying in 2010, ranking it 73rd on the list of top spenders in that year. But last year, the group spent absolutely nothing. And, according to records on file with JCOPE, it’s on track to spend $0 this year, too." ...
 

Michael Bloomberg's gun-control guy dreams of building a rival to the N.R.A., some day
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"John Feinblatt, a 60-year-old West Village father of two, is that exceedingly rare gun-control advocate who feels that his side can play offense."

"This may have something to do with the nature of his employment: He is Michael Bloomberg's chief policy adviser and he oversees Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition that, enabled by the mayor's money, continues to press a fight that the Democratic Party has long since abandoned." ...
 

Regulating Nation’s Firearms Ain’t No Shot In The Dark
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"After the January 2011 Arizona shooting spree when six were killed, including a 9-year-old girl, and more than a dozen injured, most notably U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, gun violence in America again became the focus of debate for several weeks."

"Despite the predictable healthy dose of rhetoric in the aftermath of such tragedies, no remedies have ever resulted, nor has a damn thing ever been done, to change gun laws." ...
 

Even as Violent Crime Falls, Killing of Officers Rises
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: rising numbers of police officers are being killed."

"According to statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 72 officers were killed by perpetrators in 2011, a 25 percent increase from the previous year and a 75 percent increase from 2008." ...
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KABA Note: So according to the NYT's own graphic, after 2 relatively low years ('08,'09) '10 was a more average year and '11 was somewhat higher than average. And . . . ?
 

Project Sentry Gun: Build Your Own Autonomous Paintball Turrets (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Programmer, engineer, and paintball enthusiast Bob Rudolph has developed an open-source targeting and tracking program to work with readily-available microcontrollers, servos and paintball guns to make an automated paintball sentry gun. It is called Project Sentry Gun."

"Project Sentry Gun uses a computer or laptop to process data taken from a webcam mounted on the sentry gun and analyzes it to spot motion. The microcontroller takes that tracking data and operates the sentry by controlling the servos that track and aim and fire. It even leads targets to compensate for paintball travel." ...
 

NRA Life of Duty – Choosing Honor Sneak Peek (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"In this exclusive sneak peek, Sergeant Ed Eaton recounts the night the USS Westchester was attacked by enemy forces." ...
 

Sons of Guns Exposed! Tooth in Pistol Episode A Complete Fake!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'The show depicted [Natchez dentist Dr Bruce] Scarborough [above] as the owner of a Moore .32-caliber Civil War era revolver,' natchezdemocract.com reports. 'He was bringing his gun down to Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge, the gun shop on which the TV show centers, to see why it would not fire. When Scarborough came back to pick up his pistol, ironically, the gunsmiths discovered a tooth was jammed inside the gun. 'I know what that is, I'm a dentist and I would recognize a tooth,' Scarborough said when they showed him the tooth on the show. 'I have a hard enough time pulling these things out, I can't imagine trying to get that in there.' Looks like the Doc has a lousy imagination . . ." ...
 

I Just Want To Say One Word to You, Just One Word… (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Plastics."
 

MI: Detroit, MI Woman Shoots and Kills Armed Teenage Home Invader
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 38 year old woman armed herself when she heard someone break into her home around 10:00PM. The woman confronted the armed 19 year old home invader and fired shots at the intruder, which struck and killed him." ...
 

OH: Homeowner Shoots Suspected Burglar as His Family Sleeps Nearby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Ohio homeowner heard glass breaking in the middle of the night. After arming himself he confronted the suspected burglar, Victor Stubblefield Jr, in the hallway where he shot the intruder. The intruder is listed in serious condition at an area hospital and is being charged with aggravated burglary." ...
 

TX: Dallas, TX Homeowner Shoots 1 of 3 Teens Kicking In His Door In Broad Daylight (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Dallas homeowner, who was at home with his adult son, shot and killed 1 of 3 teenagers who kicked in his back door in the middle of the day. The teens had apparently skipped school and were looking for homes to burglarize. A neighbor and HOA member said this incident should send a strong message to the youth in the area." ...
 

WA: Five months, 12K new licenses; WA at front end of CCW surge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In the five months between early November and early April, the Washington Department of Licensing logged nearly 12,000 new concealed pistol licenses, putting the Evergreen State definitely on the front end of a national surge that is seeing record numbers of private citizens 'arming up.'" ...
 

NY: Pit Bull Shot in Head While Trying To Protect Owner
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"A 12-year-old pit bull named 'Kilo' survived after taking a bullet for his owner, Justin Becker.

"Becker told CBS New York: 'He’s a hero. He saved my life. He went to protect me and he did his job.'" ...
 

TX: Jim Landtroop Receives Two Endorsements in his Re-election Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"State Representative Jim Landtroop (R- Plainview) today received two endorsements in his race for the GOP nomination for the reconfigured Texas House District 88."

"The endorsements came from the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association endorses Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Buckeye Firearms Association is proud to endorse Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate. Mandel has been a strong and consistent supporter of Second Amendment rights. His opponent has been graded "F" by the NRA-ILA."

"'I've known Josh Mandel since he was a city councilman,' said Jim Irvine. 'His principles remain unchanged. He is a true leader, who is proud to support our Second Amendment rights. This is one of the easiest endorsements our PAC has ever made, and should be one of the easiest votes for anyone who values their right to keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

Protect Your Rights! Act Now to Support Legal Transportation of Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When Congress passed the Firearms Owners' Protection Act (FOPA) in 1986, one of the key provisions of the bill was intended to protect the rights of gun owners to legally transport their firearms between locations where they are legally allowed to possess them."

"Unfortunately, some local jurisdictions have chosen to ignore federal law and the courts have upheld these infringements on Second Amendment rights." ...
 

CO: Sign Sen. Udall's pro-gun petition (poll)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun owners, help Sen. Mark Udall in his effort to help you. The senator needs your support for a bill that would make the heavy taxation on firearms and ammunition more fair, by signing his online petition."

"Hunters and other Second Amendment advocates typically count on Republicans, but few in Congress have been more supportive than Udall. The Colorado Democrat, from Boulder, continues to fight an uphill battle in an effort to solve a problem that has directly affected gun owners in Colorado Springs and the rest of the country." ...
 

Gun Group Thanks EPA for Denying Petition to Ban Traditional Ammunition
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday denied yet another frivolous petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) — an established anti-hunting group — calling for a ban on the traditional ammunition (containing lead-core components) for hunting and shooting." ...
 

SC: Anderson Senator Wants SC Residents To Carry Guns Openly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Republican senator wants residents to be able to carry a gun openly."

"Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson introduced legislation Tuesday revising the state's concealed carry law, saying the Second Amendment doesn't use the words concealed permit."

"His introduction at the podium prompted a back-and-forth with a fellow Republican." ...
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Submitter's Note: The never-ending debate: Strategic vs. Tactical
 

OK: Committee votes to protect Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Members of a state House committee have voted to increase the legal protection of citizens’ constitutional rights."

"Senate Bill 1760, by state Sen. Anthony Sykes and state Rep. T.W. Shannon, would specify that Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights cannot be taken away during a declared state of emergency." ...
 

LA: Firearms Proposal Wins Senate Approval (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A controversial firearms proposal has won senate approval at the state capitol in Baton Rouge. Bill 303 would rewrite Louisiana constitutional protections for the right to bear arms."

"This bill could affect college campus throughout Louisiana. Supporters say bill 303 will only strengthen our second amendment which is the right to keep and bear arms. " ...
 

Voters approve concealed carry ordinance in Pike County, Illinois: Now What?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Recently, I made a big deal out of the fact that on Tuesday, March 21, 2012, Pike County, Illinois passed a voter initiative that rejected the concealed carry restrictions of state law-in Pike County. When that story ran, several readers - including a some very irritated Illinois attorneys, were quick to point out that a voter initiative had no force of law."

"Until today, their point hasn't been addressed. That's because we couldn't get any insight into the whole state/local law point." ...
 

Sen. Harry Reid not backing off support of judicial nominee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen. Harry Reid isn't backing off his support of Elissa Cadish, his nominee for the federal bench, despite opposition from Sen. Dean Heller, Sun columnist Jon Ralston reports this morning."

"'I will not ask Elissa Cadish to withdraw her nomination,' Reid said. 'She is supremely qualified and one of the most highly respected jurists in the state of Nevada. She deserves a hearing to defend herself. ...'" ...

"Heller has said little publicly about his opposition to Cadish, who was nominated by Reid and President Barack Obama on Feb. 16. But Ralston has reported that the sticking point is her past statements on gun rights." ...
 

NC: NC Judge Rules Emergency Not an Opportunity to Restrict Constitutional Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"State and local governments cannot arbitrarily suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights during an "emergency" by issuing a selective ban against citizens exercising one or more of their fundamental rights."

"That, in essence, was Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard's ruling on April 2, when he determined North Carolina's state ban on buying guns and ammunition during 'emergencies' is unconstitutional." ...
 

MA: Gun conviction not in violation of 2d Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A defendant’s right to bear arms under the Second Amendment was not violated when the commonwealth — without offering proof that he lacked a gun license — convicted him of unlawful possession of a firearm, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled." ...
 

MA: SJC: License is ‘affirmative defense’ in illegal gun possession charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Massachusetts prosecutors who charge people with unlawful possession of a firearm don’t have to prove that the person doesn’t have a gun license. Rather, the person charged can present the license as a defense, if they have one, the state’s highest court ruled today."

"The Supreme Judicial Court said it had long held that the absence of a license was not an element of the crime that prosecutors had to prove but having a license was an 'affirmative defense.' The court said the burden was on the defendant to come forward with the evidence and, if evidence of a license is presented, the burden would be on the prosecution to persuade the judge or jury that the defense did not exist." ...
 

Anchorage gun shop raises alarms over ATF records request
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The [NRA] Convention could bring a record crowd to St. Louis. With more than 60,000 people expected to attend, Italian restaurant owner Joe Sanfilippo couldn't be happier.
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"The operators of an Anchorage gun shop have ignited a small tempest in the wake of a request by an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to make a copy of their bound volumes dating back to 2007."

"It appears the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation may get involved. SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb has been in contact with the gun store."

"As Frank Caiazza at Great Northern Guns told this column Tuesday about the ATF agent's request, 'I said 'No,' you don't have the legal right to do that.'" ...
 

IL: Video: Darrin Hanna Begs for Life in Confrontation with Police, Later Dies
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"On Monday, family members of Chicago resident Darrin Hanna played a recording of the 45-year-old man pleading for his life to police officers: 'They're killing me.'" ...
 

VA: Ex-Albemarle County Deputy Pleads Guilty to Assault
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"A former reserve deputy with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an alleged rape that occurred last November."

"As part of the plea deal reached Monday morning in Albemarle County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Sean Horn admitted to assault and battery of a family member. His entire 12 month jail sentenced was suspended by the judge, so Horn will not spend any more time behind bars." ...
 

KS: KC police pay $1 million settlement in shooting
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"The Kansas City Police Department has paid a $1 million settlement to a truck driver accidently wounded by an officer who was having a diabetic reaction." ...
 

MO: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Pontoon Beach bar shooting
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"An out-of-court settlement has been reached in the lawsuit of a Granite City man who was shot by an intoxicated, off-duty St. Louis police officer he tried to help in a 2008 altercation outside a bar in Pontoon Beach."

"Jeffrey Bladdick sued for money damages from former officer Bryan Pour, the city of St. Louis, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and Mac and Mick's Sports Bar & Grill Inc. The complaint alleged negligence and inappropriate use of force." ...
 

IL: Family of trucker who rammed Chinatown CTA station gets $1 million from city
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"A federal jury on Tuesday awarded more than $1 million to the family of a Michigan truck driver who crashed his semitrailer into the Chinatown Red Line station in 2008, killing two people and injuring many others before he also died more than a month later."

"Relatives of Donald Wells argued in a lawsuit that Wells was detained by Chicago police even though he needed medical attention from injuries he sustained in the crash." ...
 

OH: Campus Police Detain and Draw Weapons on Student Activist for Wearing Empty Holster to Trayvon Martin Vigil
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"Ohio State University Police detained and drew their weapons on student-activist Mike Newbern for demonstrating his support for gun rights by wearing an empty holster to a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin on Wednesday."

"Newbern, the president of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, was taken forcibly into police custody just after 8:30 p.m., while he was standing at the front of the crowd wearing an empty holster, which was clearly visible on his belt, and with his hands crossed in front of his chest." ...
 

TX: Police Officer Accused of Coercing a Teen for Sex
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"Federal prosecutors say Corpus Christi police officer Robert McChester Jr., 25, has been arrested on charges he used the internet to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity." ...
 

NAACP wants to shoot the messenger at NRA convention
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... "But why is that wrong? What do 'acres of guns,' to be seen by scores of thousands of America's scores of millions of peaceable gun owners, have to do with the one gun that a teenager tragically chose to threaten police with?

"The answer, perhaps, is that Reverend Rice is very much on board with a 17-year-old campaign by Attorney General (then U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia) Eric Holder to 'brainwash' the people--particularly young people, and especially particularly young, black males--against guns. ..." ...
 

Race war would benefit 'gun control' advocates
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"Controversy over the February 26 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shows no sign of abating. Perhaps the most alarming aspect of that controversy is the growing racial tension that has followed in its wake." ...
 

Special Prosecutor Dimisses Zimmerman Grand Jury
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... "Look, if Corey wanted Zimmerman’s charges kicked, it would have been easy. She could have made a lousy presentation to the Grand Jury, gotten 'no-billed,' blamed the jurors and be Tallahassee’s fair haired lawyer."

"On the other hand, if Corey wanted an indictment and a runaway GJ 'no billed' the case, she’d look like a fool to her superiors for no political gain. By dismissing the GJ, the prosecutor has told us that she believes that the state’s case against Zimmerman—any case—is too weak to trust to a Grand Jury of honest citizens." ...
 

Reparations? Utter Nonsense From The UN
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"The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has now weighed in on the Trayvon Martin cases and says reparations are due. Excuse me? Reparations? You have to wonder how an organization such as the UN was allowed to fall so low over the years." ...
 

George Zimmerman Creates Website to Raise Legal Funds
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"George Zimmerman, who claims to have shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February in self-defense, launched his own website on Sunday to raise money to cover his legal expenses."

"Many suspected the website to be fake, but Zimmerman’s attorneys confirmed the website’s authenticity to NBC News on Monday." ...
 

George Zimmerman's Attorneys Quit
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... "'It's no so much that we are resigning. It's that we cannot continue to represent him until he comes forward,' said Sonner. 'He’s not returning my messages, not returning my texts, not returning my emails. He won’t even give me a collect call.'" ...
 

FL: One significant factor
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"I read a letter to the editor from a Palm Coast reader wondering how the middle class continues to vote for Republicans, often against their best financial interests. I wondered if he ever considered whether the left's position on the Second Amendment has had anything to do with the results." ...
 

NH: The formula is really pretty simple: more guns = less crime
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"The N.R.A. IS right, thank God. Law makers are constantly trying to take away your gun rights. Our founding fathers spent eight years defeating the greatest army on earth at the time. There's a reasons it's the SECOND amendment."

"No one was shot at a school with an automatic weapon. No one bought an automatic weapon and sent it to Mexico. ..." ...
 

CA: Gun control
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"Re: Margaret Morris' April 5 letter, 'School shooting':"

"Yet another individual treats guns in today's day and age as the reason behind all major crimes."

"The National Rifle Association is not trying to stretch the Second Amendment but protect it from being destroyed. In the past half-century, the Second Amendment has been attacked like never before. For good or for ill, it is an individual right necessary for the freedom of this nation." ...
 

SD: Old west re-enactor sent to prison
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"The Old West re-enactor who fired four bullets into a crowd of tourists in downtown Hill City in June 2011 was sentenced Monday to 7-1/2 years in federal prison."

"Paul F. Doering had earlier signed a plea agreement where he admitted that he concealed evidence after a June 17 Old West re-enactment of a gun fight on a Hill City side street in which three out-of-state visitors were injured, two seriously." ...

"A six-time convicted felon, Doering was arrested last summer after authorities learned that one of two guns he fired during a Dakota Wild Bunch Reinactors'[sic] performance held live ammunition." ...
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KABA Note: Safety, safety, safety! My first question was why in Hades did he even have live ammo for his re-enactment weapons?
 

MO: Concealed Carry On Buses And Trains In Missouri
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"Concealed carry on the St. Louis light rail system, MetroLink, is not only prohibited but a felony. Moreover, as noted in the comments in my post on concealed carry at the NRA Annual Meeting, carry on buses is specifically prohibited."

"Things may be changing on this. Missouri Rep. Ed Schieffer (D-Troy) has introduced a bill, HB 1483, which would forbid any local government from prohibiting concealed carry on trains or public buses. ..." ...
 

OH: GOP event features gun rights attorney
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"The public is invited to join the Marion County Republican Club on April 16 at 7 p.m. as they will host Second Amendment Attorney Ken Hanson."

"Hanson champions Second Amendment and gun rights, according to a press release."

"Seating is limited for the event being held at GOP headquarters, 114 S. Main St."

"He will present information onlegislation pending in the Ohio General Assembly, areas where Ohio's firearm laws are still lagging, the history of Second Amendment litigation in the federal courts and the current status of Second Amendment litigation and the likely road ahead." ...
 

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