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N.J. activist Colandro earns Gun Rights Examiner endorsement for NRA Board
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Colandro has put himself on the line with his candid and honest responses. For guts alone he deserves a nod. Name one other candidate who has publicly given this much specific information and indicated a willingness and approachability to give more. For that reason, and because of my agreement with most of what he pledges, he has my support and endorsement, and will likely be the only candidate who does unless more choose to unequivocally and properly answer these questions." ...
 

DeBlasio conspicuously absent as Bloomberg still listed on MAIG site
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "That this has evidently not happened yet may just be a bit of payback, or, if his resentment for past attacks is strong enough, DeBlasio may wish to pursue an independent 'gun control' agenda without giving any support to the Bloomberg efforts altogether. If that turns out to be the case, it would be a major embarrassment, not to mention a supreme irony, for Bloomberg to lose his flagship New York City at the same time he is expanding MAIG efforts into the states." ...
 

MAIG documents suggest misuse of public funds, conflict with Brady Campaign
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "MAIG had not yet merged with MDA at the time the information requests were filed, and the question of whether city facilities, assets, personnel and clock time were used to work on the Moms’ group operations and activities, in addition to MAIG’s, merits being looked into. Such an audit should include as many other personnel as may have been involved, along with relevant phone records, emails and time reporting, if applicable. Of interest would be if political advocacy posts on social media coincided with working hours, suggested by a preliminary investigation." ...
 

Political battle lines being drawn as SHOT Show looms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The weather in Las Vegas, where the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) opens Tuesday, is balmy compared to much of the nation, but today’s edition of USA Today indicated that things are about to heat up for the firearms industry and gun rights advocates from across the country who are gathering here." ...
 

To the official of the Connecticut State Police who attempted to call me last night
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"To the official of the Connecticut State Police who attempted to call me last night:"

"Yeah, your caller ID showed up on my television screen, so yes, I deliberately ignored you. There were a couple of reasons for this. Number one, although I would have loved to get your voice on tape (Alabama is a one party state), I was upstairs and my recording equipment is downstairs. Number two, you called quite late at the end of a long and fatiguing day and frankly I just wasn't in the mood for whatever tyranneau games you were attempting to play. (Tyranneau is my new favorite French word. It means 'petty tyrant.' Something you Connecticut bureaucrats are getting pretty good at with your own people these days.)" ...
 

Resistance to Tyrannical State Gun Laws and The Toys for Totalitarians Campaign: The dogs that refuse to bark.
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"As can be seen above, 'The dog that didn't bark' is an expression from a Sherlock Holmes mystery. This by now well known observation referred to an important clue that led to identifying the criminal. The killer entered and left the estate grounds one night but without the guard dog barking an alarm at the intruder's presence as expected. ..."

"The odd thing about the Toys for Totalitarians campaign is the almost total absence of both press coverage and official reaction from the recipients in the four affected states and the District of Columbia. Apart from Connecticut, where there was some small coverage by the Red Queen here and here and the official response (see here and here), the silence has been bloody deafening." ...
 

The Trouble with Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'A gun is just a tool. No better and no worse than any other tool, a shovel or an axe or a saddle or a stove or anything. Think of it always that way. A gun is as good — and as bad — as the man who carries it.' Shane, by Jack Schaefer, 1949."
"No one could call me a gun nut. I go shooting with friends at most once or twice a year ... But as far as I’m concerned, the wisdom above from the best western novel I ever read (and reiterated in the famous 1953 film) doesn’t go far enough. A gun is not just a tool, it is the great democratic tool, the tool that put an end to knights in armor and gave (and gives) the little guy and gal a fighting chance against the powers that be." ...
 

OathKeepers Recognizes David Codrea and the Movie Molon Labe
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"I am writing to introduce a loyal friend of Oath Keepers and dedicated Second Amendment Rights journalist with national impact. Many of our members already know about David Codrea and what he does, but, because Oath Keepers continues to grow nicely in new memberships, many also may not know about him ..." ...

"David Codrea of the National Gun Rights Examiner is a tireless driver, a force multiplier if you will, of the gun rights world. He is a stalwart supporter of Janes Jaeger's documentary movie, MOLON LABE!: How The Second Amendment Guarantees America's Freedom. He's one of America's finest Second Amendment guys. He is also one of two Americans sitting atop of the ATF's 'sh*t list'. Here's why:" ...
 

Concealed weapons can save lives
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Laitres’s lecture on gun ownership is silly, irresponsible and juvenile at best. No responsible gun owner says or implies guns are 'the answer to any disagreement or offense' as he insists. Owning a gun certainly rids one of the 'fear and paranoia' he accuses gun owners have. Yes, everyone does express 'horror' at mass shootings. That’s the perfect example of the necessity for concealed carry. If just one person in the Aurora theater had a concealed weapon, he could have taken out the mad gunman and saved many lives and thousands of taxpayer dollars to hire lawyers to protect the killer." ...
 

The Right Stuff: Guns in the trunk, jobless benefits shrunk
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "Finding itself on the wrong side of an appellate court ruling directed at the University of North Florida, USF now allows firearms to be stored in vehicles on campus."

"Before swoonish gun control advocates trot out images of Wild West shoot-’em-ups erupting in USF’s notoriously congested parking lots, let’s bring in Mark Gius, whose recently published survey tested the relationship between tough firearms laws and public safety."

"His finding — where concealed-carry permits flourish, gun deaths tumble; conversely, gun deaths are highest where laws discourage or make impossible weapons carrying — surprises absolutely no Second Amendment rights activists." ...
 

Austrian men concede women may be better hunters
Submitted by: John Jorgensen

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"It is raining hard and almost dark as Walter Rienzner, perched on a raised shooting platform, drops the bombshell in a whisper: Women might be better hunters than men."

"'They have respect for the animal,' said the grizzled 48-year-old, part of a group of mainly Austrian, mostly female hunters on a recent weekend over the border in Hungary."

"'They make sure that the meat, the fur and the fat are not wasted. . . . And when it comes to shooting, they are much more precise. They don’t just start blasting away.'"

"More and more women in Austria are choosing to spend their free time in undergrowth or stalking through forests, gun in hand and dog at side, hunting for food, fun and companionship." ...
 

Gear Review: PFI RR-Evolution 1.25-4x 300 AAC Blackout Scope
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The versatility of the 300 AAC Blackout cartridge may be its biggest weakness. The wide variety of bullet weights that you can use, and the vast differences between supersonic and subsonic velocities, means that one single BDC reticle doesn’t really cut the mustard. You need a purpose built reticle to handle the caliber, and until now that has meant a hefty price tag. But Pride Fowler Industries have come out with a budget scope for the 300 AAC Blackout caliber called the RR-Evolution BLK that claims to do it all." ...
 

New from MasterPiece Arms: A $4,000 .308 Bolt Action Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"MasterPiece Arms, the same people who brought you such awesomely useful firearms as the MAC-10 SBR in 5.7mm, have now decided to get into the high end rifle manufacturing business. Their first offering is a $4,000 .308 Winchester bolt action rifle, and I’m not feeling it. It might be that the barrel uses button rifling instead of the more precise cut rifling process that high-end rifle manufacturers use, or that the stock is basically a chopped up Magpul PRS, or that it looks as ugly as the rest of MPA’s line of firearms, I can’t put my finger on it. Press release after the jump." ...
 

Gear Review: North Texas Custom Kydex Holster
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"North Texas Custom Kydex (NTCK) is a small, family-owned company manufacturing custom holsters and magazine carrier systems. The owners, Steve and Janelle Krivoruk, are based out of the small town of McKinney, Texas. In April of last year, the Krivoruk family contacted me via TTAG after reading my article on the Steyr M9. In that article, I had lamented that there weren’t many holster options available for the gun. Steve and Janelle wanted me to know that they produced a Kydex holster that would fit the M9, and offered to send me one to review. I gladly accepted, and ended up liking it so much, I had them make me another holster for my CZ 83. Here’s the scoop . . ." ...
 

FPSRussia Returns After 9 Month Hiatus! Bullpup 12 Gauge Shotgun (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"He’s back!"

"FPSRussia has released his first video in over 9 months."

"You might remember in the spring of 2013, FPSRussia’s business partner, producer and FFL holder, Keith Ratliff, was murdered."

"Following that incident, the ATF raided FPSRussia’s home in regards to his use of large amounts of Tannerite in his videos. Everything was in order as far as I know and nothing ever came of that." ...
 

Hands-On with the FN-15 Rifle and Carbine (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"As we reported, FNH USA is coming out with their new FN-15 series firearms. The 16 inch carbine and the 20 inch rifle will retail for $1,149 each, meaning that it is perfectly positioned to give Colt a run for its money. And everyone else in the AR-15 market for that matter. We had an opportunity to test out the rifles at a special event held by FNH USA Sunday evening, and we have some slow motion video to go along with the commentary on the guns." ...
 

New from Cabot Guns: Damascus Steel 1911
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Cabot Guns makes some of the world’s finest pistols. The company is also home to some of the world’s best PR. When it comes to gun pron pics, Cabot is second to none. And their new-for-SHOT gun is a genuine eye opener. ... But Cabot’s Damascus 1911 is a world first! Maybe. 'To our knowledge the Cabot Damascus 1911 is the first traditional folded steel Damascus pistol ever produced. Other pistols described as Damascus are formed from powdered Damascus, not the real thing. Born from a 50 layer block of American artisan made stainless steel by master Damascus craftsman Chad Nichols, the Cabot Damascus 1911 represents a new achievement. ...' Price? If you have to ask you don’t want to know. So I’ll ask . . ." ...
 

NY Press-Republican: Firearms Registration A “Non-Threatening First Step”
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Press-Republican is Plattsburgh, New York‘s daily paper. ... Given the paper’s deep south HQ ... you’d think the paper would be pro-gun. Nope. 'The National Rifle Association is strident about protecting firearm rights. Yet, many Americans want some way to ensure that guns don’t wind up in the wrong hands,' Editorial: Working on gun regulation opines. 'As a starter, maybe sensible representatives on either side of the argument could agree to some compromises: Registration of firearms seems an effective and non-threatening first step. Anonymous purchases at gun shows and elsewhere ought to be illegal.' And now for some historical perspective . . ." ...
 

Mother Jones frets about 'Reddit loophole' for gun sales
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The far-left Mother Jones magazine reported Wednesday on their "investigation" into gun sales arranged on the huge social news and entertainment website, Reddit. Shockingly (not), they appear not to approve:" ...
 

NPR, CSGV think lack of military service reduces one's authority on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Writing for Newsbusters Saturday, Tim Graham discussed the January 9 Diane Rehm Show on NPR, titled "Where Gun Control Efforts Stand Today." As Graham points out, diversity of opinion appears not to be a priority on such programs:"
"'One reason commercial liberal talk radio’s never quite succeeded is that NPR is a network with liberal hosts, liberal guests, and liberal callers. This perfect storm of unanimity displayed itself on Thursday’s Diane Rehm Show, when they discussed the push for more gun control. There were no guests from the NRA, just moderate Richard Feldman, who wrote a book about his “confessions of a gun lobbyist.'" ...
 

Judicial Watch gets MAIG/Bloomberg records SAF was seeking
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Judicial Watch has obtained via a lawsuit what the Second Amendment Foundation hasn’t gotten by request – records and e-mails showing the very tight relationship between the office of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and [MAIG] – and Wednesday’s report in The Blaze only scratches the surface of what those documents reveal."

"SAF was joined in its request by the [CCRKBA], and Tom Gresham, host of the nationally-syndicated 'Gun Talk.' The Judicial Watch lawsuit, filed in October, sought much of the same information: records relating to Bloomberg’s Mayors group after newspaper allegations that city resources had been used to support MAIG’s gun control efforts. Gun Free Zone suggests that they amount to 'surfing in blood.'" ...
 

Gun fans target one of their own
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Here is what he said: 'all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.'"

"It would seem to be a self-evident truth. After all, your First Amendment right to freedom of speech is regulated. If you don’t believe it, write something libelous about a guy with deep pockets and man-eating lawyers. Your Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures is regulated and then some. If you don’t believe that, pick up your phone and ask the NSA agent tapping your line."

"Unfortunately for him, Dick Metcalf, who made the aforementioned observation, was not referring to the First Amendment or the Fourth. No, he was talking about the Second. He’s been out of work ever since." ...
 

Reality is in short supply these days in Gunland
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Gun rights advocates are correct about at least one major point in the debate over regulating firearms."

"No measure of gun control in itself will reduce gun deaths and injuries. The core problem is that we are a society steeped in violence."

"... [M]any of us accept that aggression is a valid technique for resolving conflicts. Until we acknowledge the perverse way we promote violence, it will always haunt us."

"But gun enthusiasts must accept that they are both a symptom of and contributor to this phenomenon. The sad irony is that the rate of gun ownership among U.S. homes has been decreasing over the past several decades, all the while the number of guns in circulation has been increasing." ...
 

MN: Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are helping to chart the course.
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I was moved by the article written by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (“Fighting gun violence day by day, step by step,” Jan. 9). She describes the incredible difficulty she has had to face after a coward with a gun shot her in the head. But she has survived, is recovering well and is committed to ending gun violence along with her husband, Mark Kelly."

"I support her efforts and, along with thousands of others in our state and millions across this country, realize the necessity of making our communities safe from gun violence. People victimized by guns have rights, too." ...
 

Target: Me
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"I started shooting at age five. By the time I turned 12, my parents gave me an NRA Life Membership. I’ve studied, written and taught about firearms law and the Bill of Rights since the 1960s, helping to enact concealed carry laws in states across the country ... All told, I’ve written more than 1,700 articles for firearms publications over the last four decades, as well as hosting and producing several firearms television programs."

"Yet today I am labeled a 'gun control collaborator,' a 'Bloomberg supporter' and a 'modern-day Benedict Arnold'—not to mention a 'decrepit, mentally defunct self-important old fart.' And on Nov. 6, 2013, my 37-year career as a firearms journalist came to an abrupt end." ...
 

TX: Man shoots home invader smashing in windows
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A homeowner shot a man trying to break into his house in the Third Ward, according to Houston police."

"The homeowner said he woke up around 11 p.m. Saturday when he heard a window smash in his home on Dennis and Sampson."

"Investigators said the homeowner shot the suspect as he was breaking in through the front door window. The robber was shot in the abdomen." ...
 

Texas Senator Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"It boggles the mind that marriage licenses and driver’s licenses are recognized in every state of the union, but not my concealed handgun license. You’d think that the 'full faith and credit' clause would take care of that, since all 50 states now have some sort of concealed carry law on the books and the court recognizes that carrying guns is a constitutionally protected act. Senator John Cornyn, from the great state of Texas, just proposed a new bill that would eliminate that double standard and provide for universal reciprocity. I’m guessing that it’s the result of the pressure he feels from his fellow Texas Senator Ted Cruz to make him stand out in an election year, but either way I’ll take it. Press release after the jump." ...
 

Obama Goal? 'Disarming Of All Americans'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A lawyer pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of U.S. military veterans deprived of their Second Amendment rights without due process charges the Obama administration is using mental health to accomplish a goal of disarming all Americans."

"Michael Connelly of the United States Justice Foundation has filed suit on behalf of military veterans who were told they were incompetent and stripped of their right to bear arms."

"The federal government already had cast aspersions on military vets in 2009 when it warned that 'returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists.'" ...
 

Gun wars to heat up in 2014
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Both sides of the gun law debate have geared up to wage war across the country in 2014 using millions of dollars, midterm elections, opposing messaging strategies and dueling grass-roots campaigns."

"This year, groups will focus on pouring money into candidates that support their ideals and changing or upholding laws in hot spots such as Colorado, Washington and Illinois."

"On one side, gun rights activists plan to challenge laws in states like New Jersey and California that they believe overly restrict law-abiding firearms owners. Advocates of tougher laws say they plan to build stronger state infrastructures and work on issues such as prohibiting domestic violence offenders from having weapons." ...
 

MO: This Law Would Require Parents to Tell Their Child’s School About Their Gun Ownership (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Maria Chappelle-Nadal is a state senator in Missouri. She is a Democrat. She says she supports the Second Amendment."

"She also wants to pass a new gun control bill in her state."

"This bill seeks to keep guns out of the hands of minors who may use them for crime."

"So, what does she have in mind. Well, she only wants to make it a legal requirement for parents to report their gun ownership to their children’s schools."

"Sounds reasonable, right? No, no it does not. Nothing about that sounds even remotely reasonable." ...
 

MO: Missouri Republicans Plot To Defy Federal Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Republican lawmakers in Missouri are hoping to defy federal gun control laws with a tactic called 'nullification.'"

"According to the Associated Press, Missouri Republicans want to criminalize the enforcement of federal gun laws."

"However, federal laws always trump state laws per the Supremacy Clause in the US Constitution, which has been upheld by the US Supreme Court numerous times."

"Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed a GOP nullification bill last year." ...
 

GA: Georgia lawmakers begin 2014 legislative session
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"State lawmakers return to the Gold Dome for what could be one of the quickest sessions in more than a decade. Republican leaders expect it to be over in March, possibly as soon as St. Patrick’s Day." ...

"Lawmakers are also expected to pick up where they left off last year in the fight over guns on college campuses. The issue died in the final hour on Day 40."

"The final version of the bill supported by House Republicans would have allowed carry permit holders to bring their guns on campuses except in dormitories or athletic facilities. Students between 21 and 25 years old who wanted to carry would be required to undergo an eight hour gun safety course." ...
 

CA: California Dems Really Do Seem To Hate The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"California already has some of the nation's toughest gun control laws. Now state legislators have ammunition in their crosshairs."

"State Senate Democrats will soon push to require a comprehensive background check on anyone seeking to purchase ammunition, The Washington Post reports. And to require a one-year permit for ammunition purchases."

"No other state has gone as far as to regulate ammunition purchases, said state Sen. Kevin de Leon. Though gun-control advocates in other state legislatures, including New York, have expressed interest in copying the proposal." ...
 

AZ: Sen. John McCain censured by Maricopa GOP (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Maricopa County Republican Party has voted overwhelmingly to censure Senator John McCain (R-AZ)."

"Members of the group feel the senator has failed to stand behind the Republican Party's principles and crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats too many times."

"Here is the resolution as drafted by precinct committeeman Tim Schwartz:" ...

"Whereas Sen. McCain has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as amnesty, funding for Obamacare, the debt ceiling, assaults on the constitution and second amendment, and has continued to support liberal nominees;" ...
 

FL: On tax collectors, concealed carry licenses and TV reporters
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"If you watched several recent TV news broadcasts around the state, you might be under the mistaken impression that Florida's tax collectors are soon going to be in charge of issuing concealed carry licenses."

"While these reports created angst and outrage among gun owners who watched the broadcasts - fortunately they're not true."

"I don't like to correct the reporting of my TV news colleagues, since it could easily become a full time job, especially when they report about guns and Second Amendment issues. However, this latest error requires immediate clarification as it threatens to derail some great legislation." ...
 

MO: Missouri Lawmakers Plot New Strategy For Defying Gun Laws
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"Having failed in an earlier effort to bar federal agents from enforcing gun regulations in Missouri, conservative lawmakers are trying a new tack this year: banding together with other like-minded states to defy certain federal laws at the same time."

"Supporters believe it will be more difficult for the federal government to shrug off such statutes if more states act together."

"Missouri's latest proposal, introduced this past week, would attempt to nullify certain federal gun control regulations from being enforced in the state and subject law enforcement officers to criminal and civil penalties for carrying out such policies." ...
 

CO: This Week's Look at Colo. Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A weekly look at what's coming up at the Colorado Legislature:" ...

"NEW GUN GROUP"

"Political activists who helped recall two Democrats who supported gun-control measures last year are regrouping. On Monday they plan to announce the creation of the Colorado Second Amendment Association. The new group is a tax-exempt nonprofit with a goal of educating voters about their gun rights." ...
 

TN: Tennessee to tackle guns, wine and meth
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Guns / Private Property Rights — Legislation is expected to be introduced this year to amend the state’s new 'Safe Commute Act.' That law, passed during the 2013 legislative session, protects the Second Amendment rights of legal gun permit holders while traveling to and from their workplace. The legislation will address additional concerns some permit holders have following a controversial attorney general’s opinion issued since the bill’s passage. Approximately 5 percent of Tennesseans have a handgun permit." ...
 

Second Amendment Foundation ‘Delighted’ That Its Court Wins Paved Way For New Chicago Ruling
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Monday’s federal court ruling that a ban on gun sales in Chicago is unconstitutional cited three significant Second Amendment Foundation court victories, and SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb is delighted that his organization’s legal work 'paved the way.'"

"'While this was not our case,' Gottlieb said, 'Monday’s ruling by District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang would not have been possible had not SAF legal actions broken important new ground over the past 3 years since our June 2010 Supreme Court victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago. We are very pleased at the outcome, and that Judge Chang cited McDonald, and also our Ezell v. City of Chicago and Moore v. Madigan victories in reaching his decision.'" ...
 

U.S. Supreme Court Asked To Consider New Jersey Right To Carry Case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Second Amendment Foundation and Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the appeal in the challenge to New Jersey’s unconstitutional carry laws. The case is Drake v. Jerejian."

"Prepared by attorneys Alan Gura (who won Second Amendment victories in the groundbreaking Heller and McDonald cases) and David Jensen, today’s petition is the latest effort to bring a right-to-carry case before the high court and is the next step in the process of resolving the differing opinions of lower courts on the right to bear arms for personal protection outside the home." ...
 

FL: Gun rights group sues the University of Florida over gun rules
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A gun rights nonprofit is suing the University of Florida and its president over policies for guns on campus."

"The nonprofit, Florida Carry Inc., said UF policy violates second-amendment rights by mandating how gun owners should store guns in cars and university-owned housing, according to a complaint filed in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court."

"The lawsuit is the Port Orange-based group following through on a threat to sue public universities that didn’t change their policies by the spring semester’s start, according to the Tampa Tribune." ...
 

MS: Former Vaiden police chief sentenced to 3 months' probation after pleading guilty to arson
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"Former Vaiden Police Chief Allen Vance has been sentenced to three months' probation after pleading guilty to arson."

"Vance, who also worked as a part-time police officer in Grenada, entered the plea this past week in Grenada County Circuit Court."

"Vance was charged with one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson on insured property. ..." ...
 

CT: Former Cheshire, Conn., police officer charged with stealing from police union
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"A former Cheshire police officer was charged Thursday with stealing nearly $50,000 from the police union he served as president and vice president."

"Prosecutors said 43-year-old Robert A. Anderson Jr. of Wilton was charged with two counts of first-degree larceny. Anderson served as union president in 2008 and vice president from 2011 through 2012."

"The warrant alleges Anderson stole more than $22,000 through automated teller machine withdrawals and about $27,400 through debit card transactions from the union's bank accounts. Union officers are volunteers, according to the warrant." ...
 

MS: Former Miss. police chief pleads guilty
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"A former police chief in Mississippi pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to demand money and property from people in exchange for dropping criminal charges."

"Former Mendenhall Police Chief Donald 'Bruce' Barlow, who was arrested in March, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count. Barlow, 50, had been charged with 17 counts, including witness intimidation. Sentencing is March 25." ...
 

TN: Fired Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy charged with rape (video available)
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"A Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy has been terminated after handcuffing a woman and forcing her to perform oral sex on him while he was on duty in Harrison."

"Deputy Willie Marshay Greer, 33, was fired Thursday afternoon and charged with aggravated rape and official misconduct." ...
 

MD: Gun owner unarmed, unwelcome in Maryland
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... "... The officer — from the Transportation Authority Police, as it turns out, Maryland’s version of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority — strolls up, does the license and registration bit, and returns to his car."

"According to Kally and John ... what happened next went like this:"

"Ten minutes later he’s back, and he wants John out of the Expedition. Retreating to the space between the SUV and the unmarked car, the officer orders John to hook his thumbs behind his back and spread his feet. 'You own a gun,' the officer says. 'Where is it?'"

"'At home in my safe,' John answers."

"'Don’t move,' says the officer."

"Now he’s at the passenger’s window. 'Your husband owns a gun,' he says. 'Where is it?'"

"First Kally says, 'I don’t know.' Retelling it later she says, 'And that’s all I should have said.' Instead, attempting to be helpful, she added, 'Maybe in the glove [box]. Maybe in the console. ...'"

"The officer came back to John. 'You’re a liar. You're lying to me. Your family says you have it. Where is the gun? Tell me where it is and we can resolve this right now.'" ...
 

NY: The SAFE Act: one year later
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"In his 2013 end-of-year report, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touts the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act as 'one of the toughest and most comprehensive gun control measures in the nation,' and says its purpose is to 'reduce violence and protect all New Yorkers.'"

"'The numbers are indisputable,' said Cuomo spokesperson Melissa DeRosa. 'The SAFE Act has enabled the state to better protect New Yorkers.'"

"But 300 miles northwest of the Big Apple, the most vocal upstate New yorkers do not agree."

"In Ontario, Monroe, Wayne and Yates counties, recreational shooters, gun dealers, and collectors engage in vigilant protest of what they call a flagrant violation of their Second Amendment rights. ..." ...
 

NY: SAFE Act talk off target
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"New Pomfret Town Board member Christopher Schaeffer took aim at a controversial state law last week."

"But he, like many other local representatives, are wasting their time."

"Approved last January, the state's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act has been a source of debate for 12 months now. ..."

"While this newspaper also has spoken against the law, our problem with Pomfret and Schaeffer putting this in the spotlight is the law is something the town board has no control over. Villages, cities, school districts and county legislatures are in the same boat." ...
 

NY: Sheriff's offices won't enforce 7-round SAFE Act provision
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"With the United States District Court for Western New York striking down the seven-round provision of the New York SAFE Act on Dec. 31, the sheriffs of Livingston, Steuben and Allegany counties have said they will not enforce the provision."

"The federal court, in a ruling written by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, upheld most provisions of the law, which has drawn lawsuits and statewide protests." ...
 

NY: SAFE Act opponents mark one year anniversary with "Shot Heard 'Round New York" protest (video available)
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"Second Amendment advocates across the state are uniting on the one year anniversary of the New York SAFE Act."

"It was touted as a way to make the streets of New York Safer. However, one year since the state legislature passed New York's strictest gun laws to date, some say it is making criminals out of law abiding citizens and question if the New York SAFE Act is making a difference."

"On Saturday hundreds of gun advocates across New York took a stand against the law and and sent a strong message to Albany." ...
 

NY: Shots heard 'round New York State
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"With a single shot, Saturday at high noon dozens of gun enthusiasts, hunters and elected officials at the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club wanted to show they take their Second Amendment rights seriously."

"The call was put out for gun owners across the state. No word on exactly how many took part. The statewide protest dubbed 'Shot Heard Throughout New York State' was a stand against New York's Safe Act."

"Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond was there along with State Senator James Seward who said the Safe Act legislation was ill advised and it's not fixing the root of the problem." ...
 

NY: Watchdog Report: Has the SAFE Act Made Us Safer?
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"This week marks one year since the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, was quickly passed by the state Legislature and signed by Cuomo on Jan. 15, becoming the first new law of 2013." ...

"Since the major provisions of the law took effect in March, a total of 1,291 charges had been issued under the SAFE Act through Dec. 17, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. Of those, 1,155 were for felony possession of an illegal firearm, which had been a misdemeanor prior to the new gun laws."

"Cuomo on Monday said the charges levied thus far speak to the positive impact of the law." ...
 

NY: Gun law fails to improve safety
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"Wednesday, Jan. 15 will mark the first anniversary of the passage of the NY SAFE Act of 2013."

"Thousands of 'Repeal The SAFE Act' signs have been placed in patriots’ yards all over Upstate New York. Fifty-two of New York’s 62 counties have passed resolutions in opposition ... 225 municipal governments have passed resolutions in opposition; 19 law enforcement agencies and many county sheriffs oppose the SAFE Act ..."

"Opposition is based on many reasons, including the 'dark of the night' passage ... its attack on the U.S. Constitution’s guaranteed Second Amendment right; and the fact that it attacks New York’s legal citizens while ignoring crime and doing absolutely nothing to take firearms out of the hands of criminals." ...
 

Warning: Gun Confiscation Coming Soon (video available)
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"A commentator from America’s neighbor to the north is renewing his warning to citizens of the United States that gun confiscation is coming soon, citing Connecticut laws enacted Jan. 1."

"Brian Lilley, host of 'Byline' on the Sun News Network, said he warned last year that gun confiscation was coming to America. He pointed to statistics showing gun ownership on the rise and gun violence on the decline to argue the issue really isn’t weapons."

"He said once government gets a list of gunowners bureaucrats don’t like, it is just a matter of changing the definitions or rules to make the weapons illegal and order citizens to turn them in." ...
 

IL: Problems applying for an IL CCW license? No internet access? Visit your local library!
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"We here at Guns Save Life have been trying to figure out how to organize a network of volunteers to assist those without internet access or those not technologically savvy in applying for the new Illinois CCW license."

"It can be frustrating, to say the least, even for those know are on computers regularly."

"We’ve hit upon a solution that’s readily available to most folks: their local library." ...
 

WV: Gun range study is important
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"I have been following the news reports of concerns with two local gun ranges and recognize that there must be some fire under all the smoke that has recently arisen. An advisory committee has now been appointed by the county commission and charged with the responsibility to provide recommendations to the county commission as how to proceed with a very complicated issue - the possibility of regulating private and public gun ranges in Wood county." ...
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Submitter's Note: Which was there first? If the answer is "the gun range" then that's all the "study" you need; if you don't want to live near a range you shouldn't have moved there!

 

TX: Gun policy prompts second business to leave Parkdale Mall (video available)
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"The newest slogan for Remote Control Hobbies is 'Here we grow again' but the store isn't getting bigger in Parkdale Mall."

"It's moving out."

"'We had to second think if we were going to stay. We made the decision we're going to leave because of the stance on concealed guns,' Owner Cherilyn Mitchell said. 'Now everyone is saying they're going to boycott the mall. I've gone from 150 tickets a day to two. Here it is on a Sunday and I have no traffic.'"

"She's the second to leave. The first was Derek Poe, the owner of Golden Triangle Tactical who has received national attention for carrying his AR-15 slung over his back in the mall." ...
 

NJ: Sweeney letter on guns rankles activists, Christie's Lincoln Tunnel joke and more
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"Does Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) support allowing most New Jerseyans to carry concealed firearms?"

"No, but some gun rights advocates could be forgiven for thinking otherwise."

"'I’ll make it really clear: I do support the Second Amendment, but I don’t support the right to carry concealed weapons. I never did,' Sweeney told The Auditor."

"That’s clearer than a 1½-year-old form letter to constituents making the rounds on Twitter, in which Sweeney and his two Assembly district-mates indicated they might be willing to allow it — if someone would put the bill up for a vote." ...
 

FL: Self defense and the 2nd Amendment
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"I am very puzzled by U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang’s ruling that Chicago’s ban on the sale of firearms is unconstitutional because of a constitutional right to keep and bear arms for self-defense ..."

"The Second Amendment ts the only article in the entire Constitution which relates to gun that and it states: 'A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.' If this right was to constitutionally protect self-defense, it could have been written: 'The people, having an unalienable right to self-defense, their right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' ..." ...
 

IL: Chicago needs more than ban on gun sales
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"When U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang ruled Chicago’s ban on gun sales and transfers unconstitutional last week, a National Rifle Association spokesman noted that Chang is an appointee of President Barack Obama. When an Obama appointee finds his hometown’s ban unconstitutional, the NRA’s Todd Vandermyde said, it 'shows how out of step and outrageous Chicago’s ordinances really are.'"

"Chicago has a serious gun-violence problem, but banning the sale of guns within the city limits not only denies law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment rights, it does nothing to reduce gun violence, which was presumably the intent of the ban." ...
 

TX: Gun range near Creedmoor reopens despite order
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"A new gun range south of Austin has reopened in defiance of local officials' orders — a dispute that could spark a Second Amendment legal battle, according to a published report Saturday."

"The Shooting Range opened Dec. 26 on the outskirts of Creedmoor in southern Travis County, and patrons celebrated by firing more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition from machine guns, rifles and handguns."

"That, and shooting in subsequent days, sparked complaints from neighbors, and ... city officials said the range was violating zoning rules. They ordered it closed after just three days, and owners complied."

"But on Friday, owners reopened the range, saying local officials had overstepped their authority." ...
 

IL: Chicago fights gun rights and loses
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"Since the death of communism in most of the places where it once prevailed, North Korea and Cuba function mainly as educational exhibits for an irrelevant and unsuccessful ideology."

"When it comes to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the city of Chicago fills a similar role."

"The city is famous for some of the strictest gun laws in the country. In 1982, it approved a near-total ban on handguns. In 1992, it outlawed 'assault weapons.' Mayors and aldermen never tired of railing against firearms." ...
 

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