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‘Authorized Journalist’ mindset misses core principle behind right to arms
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "In other words, that which we grant we can withhold. Or just never recognize in the first place." ...
 

Finding the Second Amendment That The New Yorker Lost
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Over at the New Yorker, Jill Lepore seems to think that struggle for gun rights began in the 1960s. 'The debate over the Second Amendment has been fierce and terrible, with bad arguments on both sides, and bad will all around. It began in the nineteen-sixties, when there was a great deal of violence, and much concern about it. It took another turn on Friday when, at the N.R.A.’s annual meeting, in St. Louis, Newt Gingrich said, 'The Second Amendment is an amendment for all mankind.' I’m not sure how big a 'turn' it took when Newt pointed out that self-defense is a human right . . ." ...
 

Second Amendment Justice League – Winning in the Courts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Alan Gottlieb, founder and Executive Vice-President of the Second Amendment Foundation, or SAF, likes to say that he and his team are 'winning back firearms freedoms one lawsuit at a time,' and they’ve been doing a bang-up job of it."

"In the wake of the critical victory in the Supreme Court in the Heller case, Gottlieb teamed up with Heller lead attorney Alan Gura to bring cases against the City of Chicago and several city suburbs over their outright bans on handgun possession, and a suit against a handgun ban by the city of San Francisco."

"Since then SAF ... and Gura have ramped up their efforts filing dozens of court challenges to restrictive gun laws nationwide." ...
 

Response to New Yorker Article on Guns: ‘Battleground America’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I want to make three quick points about Jill Lepore's article – 'Battleground America' - in the New Yorker magazine that discusses, among other things, the so-called 'evolution' of the Second Amendment." ...
 

Constitution allows self-defense gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I watched George Stephanopoulus’ political pundits on ABC. At one point the topic being discussed was the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Fla. Florida’s 'Stand Your Ground' law came under fire from one of the 'experts' and was termed 'nothing more than something dreamed up by the NRA.'"

"As a National Rife Association member and also an American who believes in freedom and the right to self-defense, I take offense at this statement. ..." ...
 

Remington Targets NBC’s “Expert Witness” Tom Butters (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I don’t know about you but I’m beginning to get the idea that Remington is seriously pissed at NBC. The gunmaker’s PR mavens are producing a stream of videos (so to speak) kicking and re-kicking the network’s rear end for its scurrilous reporting on 30 Rock. ..."
 

Customer Disservice: The Dark Side of the Gun Boom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"There is a lot to celebrate these days if you are pro-gun. Restrictive firearms laws are dropping across the country, gun manufacturers are so busy that some are freezing new orders to work through their backlog and the average person on the street is less likely to run screaming to the nearest cop if you accidentally flash your concealed carry piece (depending, of course, on what state you live in). Unfortunately, the gun boom has a dark side, too . . ." ...
 

Is it Illegal to Rent (or Borrow) a Class III NFA Item?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"As he was editing my post yesterday, our esteemed, heavily overworked and vastly underpaid editor, Dan Zimmerman noted my comment about how loaning an NFA item might be considered a constructive transfer that the ATF could prosecute should they choose to. He asked me to elaborate on the topic. This particular issue regularly rears its head on the various firearms board and quite frankly there is no really good answer. I was made aware of the issue by the attorney who set up my NFA trust and the question of bias in the matter is certainly a good one. ..." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Reloading for Dummies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Ken asks:"
"Over the last several months, I've had trouble finding ammunition at my usual carriers. I use popular calibers (.45acp and .223rem) and live in the SF Bay area, so it could be due to small market/high demand forces. In either case, I've recently started thinking about reloading–not just to potentially save money, but limit my dependency on the supply chain. I think this might be of interest to other readers, too. Could we see a 'Fundamentals of Reloading' installment?"
"With apologies to the dozens of other Ask Foghorn articles waiting for response, let’s talk about rolling your own . . ." ...
 

Question of the Day: Do You Talk About Carrying a Gun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"One of the sports columnists who writes for the local fishwrap newspaper here also has a daily radio show. Besides commenting on the urgent sporting news of the day, he’ll occasionally ramble on about personal matters. And one of the tidbits he’s shared with the local population of 2.5 million is the fact that he has a concealed carry license. He’s even blabbed about where and when he chooses to carry. As far as I’m concerned, just like Fight Club, the first rule of concealed carry is . . ." ...
 

Mounted Shooting Sports: a horse of a different color
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"One of the fastest growing and most unique sports for equestrians is mounted shooting and it is currently gaining in popularity across the country. For the most part, riders use .45 caliber single-action western revolvers that fire black powder blanks, and, in its own right, the sport has proven to be one of the most challenging for both riders and Cowboy action shooters." ...
 

Continued Lack of Gun Control Means No End to Tragic Campus Shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Early this month, seven people were killed at Oikos University in Oakland, Calif. A former nursing student, upset that he had been expelled, entered a classroom, told the students to line up against the wall and opened fire. Each of the seven deaths from that day is tragic. But just as tragic is the fact that thousands of Americans are killed each year by guns and nothing is being done about it. This must change."

"The Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, and Americans have taken full advantage of this right. There are currently around 270 million guns in America, nearly one for every person in this country. That is despite the fact that guns are created for only one purpose: to kill." ...
 

Petition to Gov. Rick Scott - The Battle for Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The state of Florida is ground zero in the battle to protect your right to defend yourself with a firearm inside of and outside of your home."

"Florida Governor Rick Scott established a 'task force' to look at the state's Stand Your Ground law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, even though all the facts of the case are not yet known."

"The anti-gun voices within the taskforce are certain to call at least for a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, the Castle Doctrine law, and maybe even the state’s concealed carry law." ...

"Even if you don’t live in Florida, please sign the petition below. If we can hold off the attacks on our gun rights there, we may avert battles in other states."
 

NY: Rob Pincus: A Gun Wouldn’t Help a New York City Cabbie
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I’m totally in favor of people having the right to carry a defensive firearm regardless of job or jurisdiction. But I’m not sure how much a firearm would help a cabby in NYC when they have a gun to their head or a knife to their throat. Going for a pistol is a recipe for a really bad tie. At best. ..." ...
 

NRA Wrap-Up: Bruce W. Krafft Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Here's one post-convention thought: A 10 hour drive followed by 10 hour days, intensive blogging and lots of kewel stuff on a 340,000 ft2 floor ... does not go well with OFWG-ism and crappy hotel beds. ... So, there it is, my excuses for not finishing up my NRA Annual Meeting posts until, like, a week later."

"So, with the lame-ass excuses out of the way, what was my take on the festivities? Well I have said it before; I am not really a gun guy, I am a gun rights guy, so my take-away from the Con is less about the gun pron and more about the politics. From that point of view we are screwed." ...
 

2012 NRA Annual Meetings Interview with Gov. Rick Perry (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "At the 2012 NRA Annual Meetings in St. Louis, Cameron Gray talks to Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) for NRA News." ...
 

'Fast & Furious' suspect arrested and released 3 times (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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H/t to David Codrea who observes: There was something that made them not want to keep this hooked fish besides its size...
 

Katie Pavlich on Her New Book About Fast and Furious (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Cam Edwards talks to Katie Pavlich from Townhall about her new book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up." ...
 

Obama Scandals Grip Nation (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A series of government scandals demonstrates Obama’s incompetence. Hopefully voters will dismiss him in the November elections. www.GunRightsPolicies.org" ...
 

OK: Those seeking mental health treatment would be much better served with budgets, not bullets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As we’ve recently stated editorially, we strongly support the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms."

"However, an amended gun bill co-written by a local lawmaker is making headlines. The proposal penned by state Rep. John Enns, R-Enid, and two senators would allow people who have voluntarily sought mental health treatment to get a permit to carry a concealed gun."

"Enns claims it’s not fair to exclude everyone treated for a mental issue from having the permit. Under the proposal, only people who have been found by a mental health provider to be a threat to themselves or others would be denied a concealed-carry permit." ...
 

Reid, Heller Spar over Judicial Nominee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nevada's U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller are in a standoff over the nomination of Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish to the federal bench."

"Heller met with Cadish and issued a statement Friday reiterating his concerns over her answer on a 2008 questionnaire about gun rights."

"Heller says he 'cannot in good conscience support a nominee whose commitment to the Constitution's Second Amendment is in doubt.'" ...
 

California police officer arrested in Virginia pot bust
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A police officer and a former officer from California have been charged with trying to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in Virginia."

"Alexandria police said 34-year-old Frederick Sayles, 38-year-old Gabriel Sepeda and 34-year-old David Flowers were arrested when they showed up to a drug transaction with 27 pounds of marijuana in their car. The drugs had a street value of about $635,000, authorities said." ...
 

VA: Roanoke ordinance may run afoul of state preemption statute
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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... "Although the preemption statute has been in existence since 1987, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) still receives several reports per year of local ordinances that are in violation of the preemption statute."

"Generally, these ordinances are on the books but are not being enforced. In many cases, local government officials are not even aware of their existence. ..."

"However, there are occasions where local officials are all too aware of what they are doing. They have enacted the ordinance in question in direct defiance of the preemption statute. And while such ordinances are void and unenforcable, they do serve the purpose for which they are intended. They make citizens afraid to engage in conduct that is both legal and affirmatively protected by state law. ..." ...
 

TX: Boss: Driver took wrong turn into Juarez with load of ammo
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The U.S. truck driver detained by Mexican authorities Tuesday with 268,000 rounds of ammunition was transporting a legal cargo to Phoenix but mistakenly exited to Juarez, the man's employer said on Wednesday."

"Dennis Mekenye, owner of Demco Transportation Inc. in Arlington, Texas, said Bogan Jabin Akeem, 27, left Dallas on Monday with a trailer with nine pallets containing the ammunition."

"The cargo was being taken from Tennessee to an ammunition retailer in Phoenix called United Nations Ammo Co. as part of a legitimate transaction, Mekenye said." ...
 

Zimmerman Injury Photo Released (Graphic Photo)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"From ABC News: A new photograph obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman’s head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, gives possible credence to his claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete as Zimmerman fought for his life. This certainly appears to support Zimmerman’s claim that he was getting a beat-down . . ." ...
 

Zimmerman Addresses Trayvon Martin's Parents at Hearing: "I Am Sorry"
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Florida judge has granted a bond of $150,000 to George Zimmerman, who was charged with second degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. In what became an unexpected preview of the high-profile trial, Zimmerman, wearing a gray suit and handcuffs, made a brief statement in court - a statement directed not at the court but to Trayvon Martin's parents."

"'I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,'ť Zimmerman said softly. 'I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not.'" ...
 

Game-changer bombshell: Bloody photo of Zimmerman released
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a game-changing development Friday, a photo obtained by ABC News of Florida murder suspect George Zimmerman – who has acknowledged fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – clearly shows the back of Zimmerman’s head leaking blood from what appear to be two separate gashes." ...
 

Clinton tells Obama to not 'waste a minute' to use Trayvon Martin for gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before he became mayor of Chicago, and even before he became President Obama's White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. Although it was not until just after Obama's election in November, 2008 that Emanuel famously told the Wall Street Journal that, 'You never want a serious crisis go to waste,' one cannot help but wonder if he had instructed Clinton in that same philosophy as his adviser. Then again, perhaps exploiting crisis and tragedy for personal and political gain comes naturally to people like Bill Clinton." ...
 

NY: Q&A with Tom King, President of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association, NRA Affiliate
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"The Gadfly Press: You were at the National Rifle Association conference [held in St. Louis March 13 – 15], so just tell me a little bit about the national sentiment revolving around guns, gun ownership, and the protection of gun rights."

"Tom King: Well there were 74,380 people that attended the annual NRA meeting in St. Louis. I don't think that there is a bigger annual meeting or show for a not-for-profit group in the United States. National sentiment is, if you look at the USA poll, if you look at any of the Zogby polls, a vast majority of the people in the United States support the individual ownership of guns." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin Issues 100,000th Concealed Carry License
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Friday morning marked a milestone for a new Wisconsin law. The 100,000th Concealed Carry License was printed fewer than six months after 2011 Wisconsin Act 35 took effect." ...
 

WA: Washingtonians ‘arming up’ at stunning pace
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Since last Dec. 19, a whopping 10,682 additional Washington residents have obtained concealed pistol licenses, pushing the number as of Friday morning to 359,342 active CPLs in circulation, Gun Rights Examiner has learned." ...
 

NY: Student arrested on weapon charge
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"State Police arrested an 18-year-old student for bringing a shotgun and 150 rounds of ammunition to Ballston Spa High School, but they say the public was never in danger." ...

"Thomas was cooperative, according to police. He had taken the firearm to target practice days earlier and forgot it was still in his truck, Thomas said." ...
 

AZ: Response to Arizona Article Complaining About Lax Concealed Carry Issuance Standards
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Kellie Mejdrich of the Arizona-Sonora News Service wrote an article for the Tucson Sentinel in which she describes how easy it is for an Arizona resident to obtain a concealed carry permit and then implies the state needs tougher CCW issuance standards." ...
 

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