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Gunwalker documentary producer introduces project to national radio audience
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Of note, there are currently 152 project backers yet over 800 Facebook 'likes.' Sticking with the analogy for a moment, imagine Captain Parker and only a handful of men turning to see 'supporters,' vitally needed if any kind of stand were to be made, but unwilling to do more than look out their windows at them and give them a 'thumbs up.' Imagine yet more unwilling to do even that, and instead drawing shut the curtains." ...
 

Why I Carry A Full-Sized Hand Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The purpose of this article is not to knock on compact , subcompact, or pocket pistols. In fact, I have quite a few compact and subcompacts that I really like. I have had a lot of inquiries as to why I go to all the trouble of carrying my full-sized Springfield XD and XD(M)s as opposed to something like the Ruger LC9. The reason I am writing this is simply to explain my thought process behind why I carry full-sized handgun." ...
 

Brady Campaign asks Examiner’s opinion about guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"'How important do you think it is for our political leaders to take action to prevent senseless gun deaths like Tryvon Martin's?'"

"That and five other questions came to the Gun Rights Examiner’s office today from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. They want my opinion. (My opinion? Are they nuts?) And my money, too. ..." ...
 

Not so surprising reactions to firearms safety, in Seattle Times or Puyallup
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Wednesday morning’s Seattle Times column from Danny Westneat offers some not-so-surprising insights, into the thinking of anti-gunners, reacting to this columnist’s suggestion – as quoted days ago by Westneat – that perhaps it’s time to include firearms safety in the public school curriculum." ...
 

Ruger Has Stellar Quarter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The gun prohibitionists are desperate to promote the meme that the growth in NICS checks do not accurately reflect the growth in firearm sales. Unfortunately, they just cannot ignore financial statement releases from public companies such as Sturm, Ruger & Co. Financial statement releases from public companies are not only released to the public but filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. They must be accurate unlike any statement made by the likes of CSGV and other gun prohibitionists." ...
 

NRA counters op-ed in New York Times
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "A recent op-ed piece in The New York Times ('I Hunt, but the NRA Isn't for Me,' by Lily Raff McCaulou) virtually damns NRA for supporting candidates based on their voting records on gun issues--in her view at the expense of hunting. She even states, 'The NRA has never had much to do with hunting' and says NRA does not represent most hunters or gun owners." ...

"First, since Americans join NRA to ensure their gun rights are protected, maybe it is actually logical for the NRA to examine how candidates vote on gun rights issues. Defending the Second Amendment is what we are here for, so we--and the candidates we support--are part of the reason McCaulou is able to own a gun herself." ...
 

Statement from the NRA on Self-Defense Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The National Rifle Association always has and always will advocate the passage and preservation of self-defense laws."

"The alternative leaves the innocent in danger."

"The vast majority of states do not impose a 'duty to retreat' and most Americans support laws that clarify that Common Law, common-sense right. It empowers lawful people to defend themselves, and deters would-be murderers, rapists and robbers." ...
 

Prototype Aluminum Frame Rifles at SIG Academy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Waiting to pack his head with more active shooter strategery lessons up in Epping, it looks like RF’s killing time before class this morning in the SIG Academy pro shop. And looky looky what he’s found there – a couple of aluminum-framed prototype rifles. The intimidating one in basic black with the fluted barrel is a Blaser TAC2 chambered in .338 Lapua. Wearing the more comforting earth tone is the SSG3000 in .308. Unfortunately, neither is for sale yet. The only question is, will RF be tempted enough to bust out the Amex Black Card and make an offer anyway before he departs for home? Stay tuned to find out. More pics after the jump . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Mauser HSc-80: A decent gun except for the 9mm Ultra cartridge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Mauser HSc-80 is a pre-WWII German design and was originally designed to compete with the Walther PP guns. In look it is similar to the Walther and it’s also about the same weight and overall size as the Walther PPK model."

"It is double action, blowback-operated and became a fairly common sidearm during the war and after because Mauser continued to produce them after WWII and even up until the late 1970s. Subsequently the HSc-80 was produced under license by Renato Gamba SpA in Italy, in .32 ACP, .380 ACP and 9mm Ultra. The one the Ballistics By The Inch crew had for testing was chambered in the 9mm Ultra cartridge. " ...
 

UTS-15 Production Starting in US: The 14+1 Bullpup Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The UTS-15 12-gauge shotgun has been in production for a little over a year now although many people have never heard of it. Manufactured by UTAS Makina (manufacturer for Kimber, Savage and Smith & Wesson) the UTS-15 is a dual-magazine-fed pump bullpup shotgun with an 18.5 inch barrel with an overall length of 29 inches and a dry weight of under 7 pounds."

"At a glance similar to Kel-Tec's KSG, functionally the UTS-15 is a very unconventional shotgun. First up is the use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymers in its construction to keep the strength up and the weight down. ... It's[sic] capacity is 14+1 with 2-3/4-inch shells and 12+1 with 3-inch magnums." ...
 

M1 Garand: Our New Service Rifle (Original 1938 Review)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"From the August, 1938 issue of American Rifleman By Maj. G.H. Drewry" ...

"The new rifle, with which our troops are to be equipped, is officially known as the 'U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1,' and popularly as the 'Garand Semi-Automatic Rifle.' It is of the gas-operated type and employs an en-bloc type of clip holding eight rounds. It varies somewhat from the conventional type of gas-operated weapon in that there is no hole drilled in the barrel is provided with a sleeve and just as the base clears the muzzle, a small amount of gas is diverted through a port at the muzzle into a cylinder where it impinges upon the piston of the operating rod, driving it to the rear. ..." ...
 

Personally, I Prefer the Winchester
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"'The Winchester stocked and sighted to suit myself is by all odds the best weapon I ever had, and I now use it almost exclusively … .'—Theodore Roosevelt, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman"

"He was a human dynamo. He was the 26th and youngest President of the United States. He was an avid hunter, a Nobel Prize winner, a wildlife conservationist, a war hero, a Life member of the National Rifle Association, the author of 39 books, a father of six and the most gun-savvy man to ever occupy The White House. When it came to gun knowledge or shooting skill, no chief executive, now or then, was his peer." ...
 

Gear Review: Bore-Tips Cleaning Swabs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"If you’re like me you’ve got at least two dozen bore brushes, jags and swabs rattling around in your cleaning kit, along with at least one partially shredded pillow case that you cut up for cleaning patches. This can lead to some confusion and delay at cleaning time, especially after my jumbo shooting tackle box has spent the day tumbling around in the back of my truck, tossing my carefully sorted cleaning supplies into a metallic salad liberally doused with Hoppe’s No. 9 Vinaigrette. If you feel my pain, the Swab-Its company would like to help simplify your life, or at least your cleaning kit, with their line of Bore-Tips reusable cleaning rod swabs . . ." ...
 

SIG SAUER Academy Active Shooter SPEAR System Drill (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The above kerfuffle is a drill from today’s festivities at the SIG SAUER Academy’s Active Shooter training course. The three rifle-clad cops coming towards the camera push through the crowd of pretend citizens fleeing an equally fantastic active shooter. The gunmen are 'swimming upstream' to get to the shooter ..."
 

Question of the Day: You. Africa. Hunting. One Gun. Which One?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"According to rifleshootermag.com‘s article PH Rifle Suggestions For 10 Popular African Hunts, selecting an appropriate rifle for shooting African animals isn’t as easy as all that. “Not only do you have to match your rifle to the animals you are hunting, you also have to have a rifle that suits the terrain and cover found in that hunting area.” Eleven click throughs later we learn that a .40 caliber rifle is ideal for a buffalo soldiers, elephant will remember a .416, Rhino ride the .470 nitro express (straight to hell) and Springbok back away from the 7×64 Brenneke. Commentator Benny ain’t buying the whole rifle diversity deal. ..."
 

Shooting the Bull: For Pure Shooting Fun, Blast Some Reactive Targets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Regardless of how much political wrangling goes on in Washington, I truly believe that the future of the Second Amendment and recreational shooting rests in the hands of today’s young people. ..."

"Is there anything that we can do to ensure that these birthrights of American citizenship survive into the foreseeable future? The good folks at the National Shooting Sports Foundation recommend that you introduce someone new to the shooting sports this year. So that’s what I did."

"I invited my daughter Samantha and two of her college friends out for an afternoon of plinking at the local gun range. Rather than slipping a package of conventional paper targets into the range bag, I stuffed it with some really cool reactive targets ..." ...
 

Response to “Sons With Guns” Photos in Huffington Post
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Call me politically incorrect, but I don’t see the significance in Hans Proppe’s new 'Sons With Guns' project in the Huffington Post."

"For those unfamiliar with Hans Proppe, he is a German-born photographer and television producer, responsible for such made-for-TV sensations as Sole Survivor (2000), Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), The Path to 9/11 (2006)."

"Now, in looking at the photos, I understand the underlying message Proppe is trying to impart to the viewer, but for me the whole exposé falls flat." ...
 

Free speech and guns are very different
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"In their disquisitions about gun laws (April 25), letter writers Phil Surgent ('More Laws Won't Deter Those Who Choose Crime') and Walter Gibson ('Hands Off My Rights') both attempt to conflate the 'right' to own guns (according to the most recent Supreme Court interpretation of the ambiguously worded Second Amendment) with the right to publish opinions (protected under the unambiguous First Amendment). Any objective person, regardless of his posture on guns, would realize that guns and speech are very different." ...
 

Michigan Reports 38 Deaths, Including the Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer--VPC Concealed Carry Killers April Update
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, 38 lives were ended by Michigan concealed handgun permit holders in non-self defense deaths according to the April update of the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource ... The Michigan concealed handgun permit deaths are comprised of: five pending criminal homicides (including the murder of a law enforcement officer); four criminal homicide convictions; and 29 suicides. .." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: Well shoot, gun-free Chi-Town had over three times that many in just the first three month's of Emperor Rahm's reign.
 

NY: Assemblymember Rhoda Jacobs Speaks out Against Gun Violence
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Assemblymember Rhoda Jacobs joined Assemblymembers Michelle Schimel, Karim Camara, Brian Kavanagh, community activists and others this past Tuesday to take a stand against gun violence in New York City. The event in Crown Heights, Brooklyn took place in front of the 'Piece Out/Peace In' gun prevention mural and drew legislators from across New York City. Those in attendance repeated a common theme: gun violence in our communities must be stopped and the gun lobby’s influence on legislation must end." ...
 

Andy Garcia and For Greater Glory (videos available)
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"Yesterday on my show, I had the opportunity to interview actor Andy Garcia, whose new film For Greater Glory opens on June 1st nationwide. It has already opened in Mexico to large crowds, and for good reason. The film tells the story of the Cristiada, also known as the Cristero Wars, which erupted when the socialist Mexican government of President Plutarco Calles attempted to forcibly suppress the Catholic Church. ..." ...
 

Glock with the Gunny (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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IL: Cops: Robber shot after grabbing necklace of shop owner's granddaughter, 4
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"The robber fired two shots inside the small jewelry shop in West Rogers Park as he threatened Georgi Layous and terrorized Layous' wife and two young grandchildren, even snatching a butterfly necklace and a purse from the 4-year-old granddaughter."

"Before leaving, the robber turned his back and began fiddling with a computer to get at surveillance video. The 66-year-old Layous -- paralyzed on his right side from a stroke years ago -- said he saw his chance."

"Turning to his wife, he told her in Arabic, 'Give me the gun.' As his grandchildren cried on a couch behind him, Layous said he took the .380-caliber pistol in his left hand and shot the robber in the leg." ...
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Submitter's Note: Why Chicagoans need guns.
 

FL: 62 Year Old FL Man Opens Fire With .22 Rifle On Two Shed Thieves
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A 62 year old man in Deland, FL saw two men breaking into his shed around 2:30am. The homeowner opened fire on the pair with a .22 rifle. One of the men was struck and injured. The injured intruder was caught be police and is being treated for his injuries. Police say they believe they know the identity of the second intruder based on conversations with the man who was caught." ...
 

AR: 14 Year Old Trap Shooter Scares Off Two Armed Home Invaders With Shotgun (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A 14 year old boy in Conway, AR grabbed his shotgun when he heard someone break into his home around midnight. When he confronted the armed home invaders they both pointed guns at him, and he did the same to them. After a brief standoff the pair took off running. The boy, while young, is a trained competition trap shooter and was raised around guns."

"Boy says, 'It’s pretty scary to be looking death in the face.'" ...
 

Congressman Gosar on Potential Contempt Charges Against AG Eric Holder (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "Ginny Simone talks to Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) on Potential Contempt Charges Against AG Eric Holder ..." ...
 

Holder, Fast and Furious and the double standard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Attorney General Eric Holder has been the subject of vicious partisan personal attacks on his integrity over the failed “gun walking” operation, 'Fast and Furious.' The hypocrisy of the double standard by congressional Republicans is obvious."

"The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has abandoned a legitimate bipartisan critique of the misguided and dangerous Fast and Furious ... Instead, he is apparently trying to ... hold Holder in contempt of Congress for doing what Republican administrations have done over the years — resisting encroachments by Congress in document demands that violate the separation of powers and might compromise ongoing criminal investigations. ..." ...
 

Report: Guns used in Mexico lawyer's murder traced to Operation Fast and Furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Firearms connected to Operation Fast and Furious were used in the 2010 slaying of the brother of the former Chihuahua state attorney general, according to a U.S. congressional report."

"The report said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced two of the weapons suspected in the murder of lawyer Mario González Rodríguez, but did not report this fact to the Mexican government until eight months after the tracing." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: What stonewalling and cover-up?

And just an fyi, William LaJeunesse reported on the connection almost a year ago.
 

CCRKBA rips Tampa mayor, lauds FL governor over CCW flap
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today lauded Florida Gov. Rick Scott for defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners by turning down a request from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to ban the carrying of firearms during the August Republican National Convention." ...
 

FL: Gun rights under fire in Tampa
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The gun-control crybabies are blubbering again. Tampa officials are urging Gov. Rick Scott to ignore Florida’s relaxed gun laws and issue an executive order preventing people with concealed-weapon permits from carrying guns downtown in their fair city. The ban will be temporary, they say, just while the Republican National Convention is held there Aug. 27-30."

"After the convention, city officials promise, everything will go back to the way it was. Law-abiding citizens will be allowed to carry guns again. People’s Second Amendment rights will be restored."

"Sure." ...
 

FL: Scott denies gun ban at RNC; Buckhorn 'disappointed'
Submitted by: Stephen Cutler

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"Gov. Rick Scott will allow guns at the Republican National Convention this August."

"Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn had asked the governor to prohibit the carrying of guns during the convention."

"Buckhorn said because Florida law bans cities from passing any local laws pertaining to firearms, he wrote a letter to Scott, asking the state to temporarily suspend that law during the convention."

"The mayor said city officials believe it's necessary to ban guns, including those carried with a state concealed weapons permit."

"In the letter, Buckhorn said '...in the potentially contentious environment surrounding the RNC, a firearm unnecessarily increases the threat of imminent harm and injury ...'" ...
 

FL: Water Guns Banned, Handguns Allowed at GOP Convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"In the politically-charged and likely protest-filled streets of Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention in August, water guns will be strictly prohibited. Concealed handguns, on the other hand, will be perfectly legal."

"Florida Gov. Rick Scott said this week that banning handguns from downtown Tampa during the convention, as the city’s Mayor Bob Buckhorn requested, 'would surely violate the Second Amendment.'"

"'It is unclear how disarming law-abiding citizens would better protect them from the dangers and threats posed by those who would flout the law,' Scott said in a letter to Buckhorn Tuesday, emphasizing the words 'law-abiding.' ..." ...
 

FL: Florida governor rejects Republican convention gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Florida Governor Rick Scott has rejected a request by Tampa's mayor to allow local authorities to ban guns from the city's downtown during the Republican National Convention in August."

"Citing Second Amendment protections in the U.S. Constitution, Scott told Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn conventions and guns have co-existed since the nation's birth and would continue to do so during the four-day event beginning August 27." ...
 

FL: Gun sense and nonsense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"It's an easy laugh line. Carrying lumber, glass bottles and water pistols probably will be banned in downtown Tampa and nearby neighborhoods during the Republican National Convention — but carrying handguns will be just fine. To update the old Florida promotional slogan, the rules are still different here. But safety during the convention is a serious issue, and political maneuvering by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Gov. Rick Scott has trumped common sense." ...
 

Gun in campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Interestingly, the forthcoming U.S. presidential election has revived a debate that had become somewhat muted over the past few years. This gives a clear indication of the politics that clouds the whole issue. Incidentally, the present lowering of decibel levels by contending parties does not square with the fact that there have been several incidents in the past few years in which a firearm had been blatantly misused to take innocent lives." ...
 

FL: Reject party politics, favor Libertarian ideals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Hello, my name is Franklin Perez, and I'm running in year 2012 as the Libertarian Candidate for the Florida State House of Representatives (District 28). This is my fourth time running for the Florida State House."

"I'd very much like the honor and privilege of representing you in Tallahassee."

"My campaign slogan is: 'Libertarian and Independent! Not Beholden to Party Politics!'"

"Some of my campaign issues are:" ...

"5. Preserve and strengthen Second Amendment rights by removing concealed carry license requirement similar to Alaska and Arizona and allowing for more places to legally carry firearms." ...
 

MA: Fall River dentist David Steinhof enters race for 4th Congressional District
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The 4th Congressional District race will have a local flavor to it."

"Fall River dentist David Steinhof announced Wednesday he is seeking the Republican nomination in the newly redrawn district that stretches from Fall River to the Boston suburbs of Brookline and Newton." ...

"Steinhof’s website states that he 'is a strong supporter of our Second Amendment and has been a member of the (National Rifle Association) since 1994. His beliefs are guided by our Constitution.'" ...
 

NY: McDonald likes guns (lawful ones, that is)
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"He may be known as one of the four Republican Senators who voted for gay marriage last year (along with Stephen Saland, Mark Grisanti and James Alesi) but Saratoga and Rensselaer county’s Roy McDonald wants his rural and suburban constituents to know that he’s also a staunch Second Amendment supporter as well as a sportsman, according to this four-color mailer that recently went out." ...
 

Rehberg Amendment Protects Gun Owners from Unauthorized Obama Admin Tracking Policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, successfully offered an Amendment to fight an attempt by the Obama Administration to use an obscure regulatory process to track the purchases of firearms in four border states."

"Rehberg’s amendment to the FY13 Commerce, Justice and Science House Appropriations Bill would prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) from using federal funds to track the purchases of gun owners who buy multiple rifles within a certain time period." ...
 

Obama administration wants easier route to export guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The article reports that the State Department wants to relax the rules on exporting "semi-automatic firearms of up to .50 caliber." Now that's funny--this is the same administration that has claimed that firearms (the very same types of firearms) leaving the United States are wreaking horrifying carnage in other countries, such as Mexico. Then again, this is also the same administration that dramatically escalated weapons exports to Mexico, and then made the numbers a secret." ...
 

OH: Democrats attack State Rep. Margaret Conditt for supporting our Constitutional right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Some time ago I was approached concerning a fundraiser for my friend, and my Ohio State Representative, Margy Conditt. I came up with an idea that I thought would be a great one. Have a ... Shooting Sports Fundraiser!" ...

"Now my idea of supporting a sport enjoyed at the Olympic, college, and high school level, inviting people to share in a past time enjoyed by millions upon millions of Americans, and supporting the Constitution of the United States by encouraging people to participate in a legal activity and bring their guns to a shooting range, is being called 'distasteful and irresponsible in the wake of a school shooting that killed three Ohio students.'" ...
 

TN: Gun bill stored away for year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The recent House vote to shelve the guns-in-trunks bill for a year was taken against the backdrop of a controversial email from the head of the Tennessee Firearms Association that called for the crucifixion of the career of State Rep. Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville), one of the bill’s opponents."

"The bill, HB 3560, would allow employees to bring a firearm or ammunition to work, so long as it is securely locked inside their car ..."

"The Democratic opponent in this year’s 45th House District race also opposes the bill but said she worries in a year’s time people will have forgotten about the email and the bill will have an easier time of passing." ...
 

LA: NRA-Backed Proposal To Expand Constitutional Gun Rights Passes Louisiana House Committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A controversial bill that would amend Louisiana's constitution to broaden gun rights moved a step closer toward passage on Wednesday, when it was approved by a 9-5 vote in the state's House Administration of Criminal Justice committee."

"The proposal, which is backed by the National Rifle Association, would remove constitutional language specifically allowing the state to regulate concealed weaponry. Restrictions imposed by the state would be 'subject to strict scrutiny.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Having an enumerated right subjected to "strict scrutiny"? Oh the horror!
 

TN: Guns in Parking Lots Bites the Bullet
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Tennessee 'Guns in Parking Lots' bill ate some hot lead, legislatively speaking. Lawmakers decided not to send the bill to a floor vote. Instead they sent it to the Summer Study Committee, basically killing the measure until next year at the earliest." ...
 

CA: Pinole council adopts ban on home gun sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Pinole City Council this week formally adopted an ordinance banning the sale of firearms and ammunition from home businesses and restricting them to commercial areas, bringing to a close an often-heated debate centering on Second Amendment rights that dragged on for months." ...
 

IA: Stand Your Ground dies in Iowa Senate
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"A last ditch effort failed to get a strengthened 'Stand Your Ground' law through the Iowa Senate on Tuesday. Senator Kent Sorenson (R-37) attached the language from HF 2215 to the 'Standings Bill' (S-5236) in the form of S-5252. However, the Senate deemed the move to be 'not germane' so it was never brought up for a vote." ...
 

LA: Stronger protections for rights of gun owners clears House panel
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"A proposed change in the state Constitution to strengthen gun owners' rights cleared a House committee Wednesday on a 9-5 vote. Senate Bill 303 by Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, took on substantial changes in the Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice as it heads to the full House." ...

"The measure says that any restriction on the right to bear arms in Louisiana will be subject to 'strict scrutiny,' a legal term that would make it harder to impose changes."

"Riser said that lawmakers can still restrict guns in bars and schools because there is 'a compelling interest' to ban them there, but the restrictions must be narrowly drawn." ...
 

OH: Dems take aim at GOP’s ‘machine-gun social’
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"Two Democratic lawmakers and gun-control advocates criticized the Republican-controlled state Legislature Tuesday for loosening firearms restrictions, targeting a GOP lawmaker’s planned fundraiser offering the opportunity to fire an M-60 machine gun."

"'We’re here today to stand our ground against the litany of overreaching gun legislation pending in the General Assembly and to bring attention to the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back,' said Rep. Ted Celeste, a Democrat from Columbus, referring to an invitation for a 'machine-gun social' from a Republican lawmaker from southwestern Ohio." ...
 

NC: Waitresses With Guns: NC Senate to Vote on Restaurant Carry
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"The North Carolina Senate has received the green light for a committee to vote on a concealed carry bill for restaurants and parks."

"This is the result of an aggressive letter-writing campaign in which grass roots voters called for the Senate to vote on House Bill 111. If passed, the bill would open NC parks and restaurants to concealed gun carriers. To ensure that the bill doesn't get off track, the wording specifically mentions that the purpose of the new law is to allow families to protect themselves in restaurants." ...
 

MI: Group wants to tote guns freely
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"A group that supports allowing gun owners to carry concealed guns without permits anywhere they choose is planning a gun-carrying rally outside the state Capitol."

"The May 19 event will encourage Michigan to join a handful of other 'constitutional carry' states where laws generally do not restrict how or where a gun is carried or require a concealed weapon license." ...
 

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gun Laws But Were Afraid to Ask the ATF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We feel privileged to be on the ATF’s email distribution list. Really we do. It’s not everyone who gets the straight poop right from the horse’s mouth. Sorry about those metaphors but they seem oddly appropriate here. Anyway, in true Letterman style, our dedicated federal servants have accumulated a list of the the top ten most frequently asked questions they receive along with some answers. If ATF’s anything like the IRS, you can probably ask the same question to five people there and get six different answers. So good luck basing what you do on what they provide here. YMMV, and no doubt will . . ." ...
 

NJ: Transcript: Police Chief's Orders 'Unbelievable'
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"Emailed instructions said officer should not receive assistance or respond to incidents, according to deposition transcript; attorney says parties are trying to mediate case."

"Madison police Officer Anthony Maccario noticed during the summer of 2010 that fellow Officer Anthony Kaspereen was losing weight."

"The patrolmen saw each other every day when their shifts changed and Maccario thought Kaspereen looked sick." ...

"The workout consisted of Kaspereen patrolling Madison by foot for nine hours at a time, an assignment he first was given over the Fourth of July holiday."

"The patrol is at the center of a lawsuit filed by Kaspereen, who has since retired, against the borough and Police Chief John Trevena."

"Kaspereen's complaint alleges the assignment was 'punishment detail' ..." ...
 

PA: Moorestown police officer and former girlfriend guilty
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"Robert Melia Jr. was sworn to protect and serve, but on Friday a Burlington County jury found he abandoned that oath when he and his former girlfriend repeatedly molested teenagers in the home they shared in Moorestown."

"The attacks, including a violent sexual assault on an incapacitated, bound and blindfolded teenager captured on video, took place just feet from where his Moorestown police uniform hung on his bedroom door."

"The patrolman and his former girlfriend, Heather Lewis, a nursing assistant, preyed on vulnerable teenage girls whom the couple brought to their residence to escape their difficult home lives, according to trial testimony." ...
 

TX: Dallas officer arrested for shooting at cars (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"New information has been released about the Dallas police officer arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly shooting at drivers."

"Police said Officer Raphael Mendoza was driving erratically down Interstate 30 near Big Town Boulevard on Saturday night, waiving a gun out the window and pointing it at several cars."

"Two witnesses called police including one who said Mendoza put a bullet in his trunk. According to court documents, that bullet went through the trunk, into the back seat and lodged itself in the front, right passenger seat." ...
 

NY: Senior citizens given whistles to avert muggings in 48th Precinct area, where robberies are up 41%
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"Older people in neighborhoods just south of Bronx Park say they hear gunfire outside their windows nearly every night. They are targets for muggers and scammers as well."

"Robberies are up 41% in the 48th Precinct, which encompasses West Farms and other neighborhoods in Community board 6. There were 89 robberies as of Apr. 15 of last year, and there have been 126 robberies for the same period this year, according to NYPD statistics."

"Last week about 60 senior citizens, some with canes and walkers, packed a meeting room at Casella Plaza senior housing in West Farms to learn ways to protect themselves."

"CB 6 organized the Whistle Blower Safety Initiative, and armed the seniors with whistles." ...
 

OH: Hunters Bag Nearly 8,900 Wild Turkeys During First Week of Spring Season
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"Ohio hunters harvested a preliminary total of 8,898 bearded wild turkeys during the first week of the spring turkey-hunting season, which is open statewide through May 20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Last year hunters checked 7,744 wild turkeys during the first week of the season." ...
 

Australia: Bloody battle between neighbours sees man's arm almost severed with a chain saw... and another's finger chopped off with a SAMURAI sword
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"In a bloody battle between two warring neighbours in Australia today, one man's arm was almost severed with a chain saw, while another had a finger chopped off with a Samurai sword."

"Surgeons were later trying to save the arm of the chain saw victim, Mark Jorgenson, 29, while his neighbour Troy Thornton, 26, was being treated after losing his finger to the Samurai sword." ...
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