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Mayors Against Illegal Guns' poll proves just one thing: We still have work to do
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Mike Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) caused quite a stir in the gun rights community recently when they released a poll declaring that gun owners and NRA members support the group's gun control agenda. ... The media gleefully reported the poll as indisputable fact while NRA and others cried 'Foul,' pointing out flaws in the pollster's methodology and challenging the results."

"The flaws and distortions are undoubtedly real, but it is important for rights activists to carefully examine this poll to find data we can use to help our cause. In spite of its flaws, this poll demonstrates a serious failure on the part of rights groups and supporters in efforts to educate our less activist brethren. ..." ...
 

Normalizing carrying guns
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Desensitization is making somebody less aware of something by making them become used to it. That is one of the techniques used by those who want to normalize the act of openly carrying firearms." ...
 

New Hampshire 'Firearms Freedom Act' threatens government violators with criminal penalties
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Any official, agent, or employee of the government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States that enforces or attempts to enforce a act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in New Hampshire and that remains within the State of New Hampshire shall be guilty of a class B felony." ...
 

Second Amendment secures right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Once again, the editorial staff of this paper has amazed me with their ability to re-define laws and decide what rights citizens should have. In your 'Carry permits offer no public safety' article you refer to Leonard Embody's carry 'privileges' being checked ..."

"The Second Amendment plainly states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed ... As for David R. Smith ('Americans have no right to carry guns in public,' Jan. 7), I'm sorry, sir, but just because the Supreme Court hasn't ruled on it does not nullify that right; the Second Amendment identifies it and instructs our government not to infringe on it. Carrying a firearm is a right, not a privilege." ...
 

Obama, the U.N., and the Right to Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As anyone who hasn’t been sailing solo around the world or living in a cave knows, the United States Constitution is under attack ..." ...

"... George Bush conceived the Patriot Act, a questionably legal bill, and now his successor, who keeps it in place, threatens Freedom by targeting guns."

"C.I.F.T.A., a U.N. treaty, which purports to limit arms-trafficking, is his vector. Bill Clinton signed CIFTA in 1997, but the Republican-controlled Senate wouldn’t ratify, and the “evil” George Bush stone-walled for eight years. Today, with leftists in power, there is no stone-walling. In October, the United States reversed course, declaring that it was amenable to the treaty, and proceeded to back a time-table for signing ..." ...
 

Vintage gun ads recall the true America
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"There are people today who are shocked to discover that gun manufacturers advertise their products in magazines displayed on grocery store shelves."

"Gun ads? In a grocery store? What if the children see those ads?"

"As shocking as it might be to some people, there was a time not so long ago when guns were not only advertised in dedicated "gun" magazines, they were routinely advertised in popular publications of all kinds."

"Guns used to be a normal and acceptable part of American life. Guns were accepted as necessary tools and respectable recreational equipment ... even for children." ...
 

NY: Grand jury finds woman justifiably killed intruder
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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A grand jury finds a central New York woman was justified in fatally shooting a man who ransacked her home in October.

Deanna Candee of Schroeppel (SCROO'-puhl) in Oswego County was cleared of wrongdoing in the death of Timothy Hartigan, whom she found inside her home after returning from a shopping trip.

Deputies said Hartigan had ransacked her home and attacked Candee. Her son pulled Hartigan off of her and she grabbed her revolver and shot the intruder.

Hartigan's relatives said he had a history of mental illness.

The Oswego County district attorney's office said it would have no further details of the grand jury findings.
 

NY: NRA and the Belly of the Beast
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Wayne LaPierre, the face and voice of the National Rifle Association, ventured, as he put it, 'into the heart of the beast' Tuesday, visiting the state Legislative Office Building's 'Well' area where he addressed a cheering crowd of NRA members who crammed the large meeting area, even lining the stairs into the balconies overhead." ...
 

NH: Many protest NH Statehouse gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun-rights supporters protested bills Monday making it a felony to bring weapons into New Hampshire's Statehouse and other government buildings, saying it would infringe on their constitutional rights and make the Statehouse an unwelcome place."

"'This is the people's home, the people's chamber,' state Rep. David Hess, R-Hooksett, said during a legislative committee hearing on the bills attended by over 100 people at the Statehouse. He asked if fellow representatives would want to promote a 'siege mentality' and create a fortress-like environment." ...
 

NY: Gun group rallies in Albany
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The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association wants New York to become the 41st state to allow carrying a concealed firearm for personal protection.

Advocates are pushing for what they see as being protected under the second amendment.

In addition, they want to eliminate what they call the 'useless' ballistic database. They are also against micro-stamping.
 

CA: Man tests right by carrying gun in public
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Kern County man is testing his Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"Rafael Esqueda said he has been visiting different public places over the past week with his gun on his belt."

"'We can openly carry in California,' he said. 'The firearm has to be unloaded in plain view, and the magazine, which is an integral part of the firearm, have to be exposed, also."'

"In an effort to promote his platform, he, and about four of his friends, all showed up at River Walk Park on Sunday afternoon with their guns exposed. Eyewitness News was there to capture reactions from parkgoers and the event that was to follow." ...
 

MO: Residents concerned about gun rights
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"The Macon County Patriots gathered in Macon Monday night to discuss gun rights."

"Los Jimadores Restaurant was packed with club members and other concerned residents."

"Guest speaker Greg Liles is a NRA certified instructor in pistol, rifle, and shotgun instructing concealed carry in Missouri."

"Liles says he and other members are reaching across party lines to promote the understanding of gun laws."

"'They're concerned that possibly their rights could be violated and they're here to learn tonight about the constitution, most importantly the second amendment because until you learn and get refreshed on it, you can't figure out how to defend it,' said Greg Liles." ...
 

Does Massachusetts Hold the Key to Stopping Anti Gun ObamaCare?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The best opportunity to defeat ObamaCare may come from, ironically, Massachusetts."

"In the race to succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Republican State Senator Scott Brown could become the key vote to stop nationalized health care."

"With Senate Democrats controlling 60 votes, Republicans were unable to muster the 41 votes needed to block the anti-gun health care bill when it passed the Senate on Christmas Eve. But the bill must still be voted on by both the House and Senate, and the Senate is scheduled to reconvene on January 19 — the same day as the special election in Massachusetts." ...
 

WA: BREAKING: Snohomish County Council needs to 'clean house' of old gun ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Somewhere in the distant past, apparently back in the 1970s, Snohomish County adopted a ban on firearms in county parks; a ban that remains on the books today, but thanks to the passage of a state preemption law in 1985, it is a regulation without teeth."

"Indeed, because of language in RCW 9.41.290, the state preemption act, this parks ban is null and void. The Everett Herald noted that Attorney General Rob McKenna has weighed in on this, due to the parks gun ban in Seattle – which is being challenged in court by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association – and said that such parks bans are prohibited by the statute." ...
 

CA: California Microstamping Law Not In Effect
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Flawed Technology Remains Encumbered by Patents"

"Firearms microstamping, signed into by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) in October 2007 and slated to take effect this New Year's Day (2010), is not in effect since the technology remains encumbered by patents. Microstamping -- the process by which firearms manufacturers would have to micro laser-engrave a gun's make, model and serial number on two distinct parts of each gun, including the firing pin, so that in theory the information would be imprinted on the cartridge casing when the pistol is fired -- must be certified as patent-free by the California Department of Justice before the law can go into effect." ...
 

NY: Schimel Plays Defense on Microstamping
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The National Rifle Association held a 'Second Amendment Advocacy Day' at the capitol today. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, addressed a large crowd of supporters. Members met with legislator's from both houses to lobby on gun rights."

"Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a long-time gun-control advocate, went on the defense trying to make sure the NRA didn't sway any of her colleagues away from supporting her microstamping legislation. Schimel handed out a fact sheet to legislators to refute the NRA’s take." ...
 

MO: There'll be no guns on Raymore City Council
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Hold on, Raymore city council members, check your guns at the door."

"The council voted Monday to uphold Mayor Juan Alonzo’s veto of an ordinance that would have allowed members to carry concealed weapons during meetings."

"The tally: 5 in favor, 3 opposed. Six votes were necessary to override the veto."

"We had the votes to get it passed, but not enough ... to get past the veto,' council member Jeff Cox said today."

"The vote came before a moderate crowd, split about evenly on the issue, Cox said."

"Cox, an attorney, introduced the proposal. He said his motivation was the Feb. 7, 2008, shooting in Kirkwood, Mo. A gunman killed five persons, including two police officers, at a city council meeting." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin Politicians Admit to War on Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In a recent story appearing in Madison’s Capital Times (Ready, Set, Fire! Pols take on NRA), State Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee), revealed his true agenda when he admitted recent gun control bills introduced in the state are only the beginning."

"But Coggs's statements revealed something even more chilling: State democrats don't believe gun owners can or will defend themselves against gun control advances, and more anti-gun legislation has been planned." ...
 

WA: Police chiefs call for a state ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Larry Simoneaux's Dec. 28 column on assault weapons overlooks a key point. ('Enforce gun laws on books already before passing more.')"

"Many semi-automatic assault rifles on the market today can be easily converted[sic] to fully automatic operation with minor after-market modifications, and are often purchased with that purpose in mind." ...
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Submitter's Note: Any semi-auto which is "readily restorable" to fire full auto is considered to be a NFA weapon by the BATFE and courts, subject to licensure and taxation.
 

AK: Once Again 'Radical' Environmental Groups Push Anti-Hunter Candidates on AK Fish & Game Advisory Committees
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Mat Valley Fish & Game Advisory Committee will hold its election meeting January 13th at the Wasilla High School, main theatre ... Any South Central resident 18 or older can vote."

"Also on the agenda will be preparation of comments for Board of Game proposals. For more information, contact Tony Russ at 376-6474."

"If you'd like to see the proposals that are under consideration by the board’s, please visit the web page at: http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/"

"Advisory committees are local groups that meet to discuss fishing and hunting issues and to provide recommendations to Alaska Board of Fisheries and Alaska Board of Game. Advisory Committees are intended to provide a local forum on fish and wildlife issues." ...
 

The State in a Nutshell
Submitted by: Larry

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"So the state spends vast sums to discover the Chinese doctoral student in molecular biosciences at Rutgers who got out of the cattle line at Newark airport to kiss his girlfriend goodbye, and embarrassed the KGB. He is arrested, and Commissar Lautenberg–a villain straight from Soviet central casting–calls for sending him to the gulag. Despite the deliberate 'terrorism' hysteria ... this is a victimless crime. Nor was this kid responsible for the shutdown of the airport. The TSA, which always likes controlling and harassing people, did it. All the security organs love this sort of thing. They live for such power trips ..." ...
 

Unshakable Faith
Submitted by: Larry

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"Have you ever seen a bureaucracy beg more tirelessly for abolition than the [TSA]? For a month now, its spectacular ineptitude has hogged headlines, from the agency's posting of its classified nonsense on the internet to its welcoming the Underwear Bomber aboard his plane."

"You might think the latter especially would result in something a bit less tepid than the usual calls for reform. After all, the TSA is supposedly in charge of 'protect[ing] the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.' Taxpayers footing its $7-billion annual bill construe that very narrowly: they expect screeners to find boneheads such as Umar Farouk Abdullmutallab and hustle him off to jail rather than down the jetway ..." ...
 

Jailed Man Says Attorney Betrayed Him Shannon Williams Says Attorney Was FBI Informant
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"A man indicted on charges of his alleged role in a metro drug trafficking operation said he was tricked by his own attorney."

"Shannon Williams is among 11 people accused of conspiring to distribute 2,200 pounds of marijuana and then laundering the profits."

"From jail Monday, Williams told KETV NewsWatch 7 that prosecutors made their case with the help of an undercover informant, a man Williams belied to be his attorney."

"'You just automatically think you can talk to your lawyer about anything,' Williams said. 'Especially if you're fighting a case. I thought that you could, except in my case, you can't.'"

"Williams said the attorney recorded their conversations and even smuggled a cell phone to him behind bars." ...
 

Jailed man says lawyer duped him
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... "In a jailhouse interview Monday, Williams, 42, said he could not have committed any alleged crimes from jail without the lawyer -- Omaha attorney Terry L. Haddock -- providing him a cell phone." ...

"'To me, it's shocking,' Williams said Monday. 'The (federal government) facilitated and created a way for it to happen.'"

"'It destroys the foundations that the U.S. Constitution was built upon.'"

"Deborah Gilg, the U.S. attorney for Nebraska, has declined to comment on investigators' use of Haddock -- except to say that federal prosecutors are confident that they are on solid legal ground." ...
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KABA Note: We doan need no steenken' attorney-client privilege!
 

NV: Handcuffed, disarmed for obeying the law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Charlie Mitchener is a 61-year-old general building contractor with an office near Patrick Lane and Fort Apache Road in Las Vegas. He holds permits allowing him to legally carry concealed weapons in Nevada, Florida and Utah."

"Over the past three years, his office has been broken into five times. 'Three of those occasions involved me interacting with Metro,' he wrote to me recently. 'Each of the occasions began the same: my introduction, my presentation of my Nevada drivers license and my concealed firearms permit. Prior to today, each Metro officer simply replied thank you ...'"

"Things were real different at 5:30 a.m, Jan. 3, however, when Mr. Mitchener called Metro to report the fifth break-in at his office." ...
 

NY: Wrong man shot by police on Long Island
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A police involved shooting is under investigation after an officer wounded a man who turned out to be uninvolved in the crime in question."

"'This was a very unfortunate incident,' Suffolk County Police Chief Dominic Varrone said."

"Police announced the surprising turn of events on Monday afternoon."

"The suspect shot by an officer wasn't a suspect at all -- just the wrong guy, in the wrong place, at the wrong time." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks, reasonably enough, "I just wonder how much more unfortunate it would be if it had been the citizen who panicked and accidentally shot your unidentified 'Only One.'"
 

CA: Honey Caused Bakersfield Airport Shutdown
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The suspicious material found inside luggage that prompted the shutdown of a California airport Tuesday morning turned out to be five soft drink bottles filled with what appears to be honey, authorities said."

"A passenger's suitcase tested positive for TNT at Bakersfield's Meadows Field during a routine swabbing of the bag's exterior, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. When Transportation Security Administration officials opened the bag, they found bottles filled with an amber liquid, he said." ...

"When TSA agents opened one of the bottles and tested the contents, the resulting fumes nauseated them, Youngblood said. Both were treated and released at a local hospital." ...
 

CA: Police missteps linked to Oakland officers' deaths, report finds
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"Police mismanaged a shootout connected to the deaths of four Oakland, California, police officers last March, making a series of poor decisions that might have contributed to the record death toll, an independent board says."

"The board this week released a sometimes scathing report that paints a vivid picture of the chaos that descended ... after a convicted felon opened fire on officers during a traffic stop." ...

"The panel, made up of law enforcement experts, said the two officers made a mistake in the traffic stop when both approached the car on the driver's side ..."

"But the report's most severe criticism focuses on how Oakland police handled the surge of 115 police cars that rushed to the scene ..." ...
 

WA: Second Amendment ensures individual right
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In his recent letter, ['Gun control,' NW Voices, Jan. 9] Bob Ackerman is right that the Second Amendment means what it says but he is quite wrong about what it means."

"The amendment, as written, is indeed an unfettered right. The fist 13 words of the amendment do not nullify or qualify the second 14 words, rather they provide a reason for it."

"It is even more implausible that any government — let alone our visionary Founding Fathers — would write a law guaranteeing itself the right to arms. The operating clause 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed' cannot be misinterpreted. ..." ...
 

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