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Shooting Group Not Happy with Gun Reporting Ruling
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is, of course, disappointed by today’s ruling. We respectfully disagree with The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is, of course, disappointed by today’s ruling. We respectfully disagree with the court’s reasoning which places our industry on a “slippery slope.” Today’s ruling will allow ATF to demand whatever information it wants from any law-abiding retailer anywhere in the country for any reason ATF wants simply by sending a letter demanding information. While we understand ATF’s motivation is to try to curtail violence in Mexico, Congress simply has not granted ATF regulatory carte blanche NSSF looks forward to having the Court of Appeals review the district court’s flawed decision.
 

MI: Detroit resident educates public on 'open carry'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Glock 9 mm holstered on Sharonda Hawkins' hip is there for the Detroit mother's personal protection.

On occasion — while shopping or pumping gas — when her blouse or shirt rides up a bit, sight of the pistol also serves as a warning to anyone thinking of making Hawkins a crime victim.

"I've had situations where young men — and it was probably in their minds to rob me — when they see that I have a gun they move on," said Hawkins, 47. "I think my gun is a deterrent. It may have saved me more times than I realize."
 

Call for Brady Campaign to Stop "Frivolous" Gun Lawsuits
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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A Connecticut Appellate Court recently issued an order dismissing an appeal in Gilland v. Sportsmen’s Outpost, Inc. – a Superior Court decision granting a firearm retailer’s motion to dismiss all claims against it pursuant to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”). The PLCAA was passed in 2005 with broad bipartisan support. The purpose of the act is to prevent firearms manufacturers and retailers from being held liable for crimes committed with their products. In this case, the plaintiffs, who were represented by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, sought to hold the firearms retailer liable in a wrongful death and negligence claim because a firearm had been stolen from his store.
 

An Open Letter To The Anti-Gun Folks
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"You, you who hate guns, you gave me nothing.

No hope.

No tools.

All that was offered me was a life of fear, of resentment, of bitterness, of dependance...

The gun community has offered me hope and strength, and courage.

They have taught me to have belief in myself.

They have asked nothing of me in return ...."
 

VA: Gun rights group to hold rally & gun giveaway at Va. Capitol on MLK day
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-washington-dc/mike-stollenwerk

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According to the anti-gun rights group Brady Campaign, Virginia's gun laws are more restrictive than 34 other states. And now a fiesty gun rights group wants to do somthing about it.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) will rally at Virginia's Capitol Square in Richmond on Monday 16 January, 2012 (Martin Luther King Day).
. . . "Gun bus" transportation is available from Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Waynesboro; gun carry is welcome at the event, including inside the Virginia . . . Capitol . . . VCDL will also be holding a gun give-away where a lucky winner will receive a .50 caliber rifle. . . .
. . . "This is a great annual event. The General Assembly knows who we are, and that we're coming."

 

Gun Victory for People Who Spent Time in Mental Institutions
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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In today’s United States v. Rehlander (1st Cir. Jan. 13, 2012), the First Circuit revisited and narrowed its precedents related to 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(4) — the statute that bars gun possession by people who had at some point been “committed to a mental institution” — in light of the Second Amendment: Benjamin Small and Nathan Rehlander were each involuntarily admitted to psychiatric hospitals under Maine’s “emergency procedure,” Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 34-B, § 3863 (2011), and each was later convicted for possessing firearms after having been “committed to a mental institution.” 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(4) (2006). This court has previously held that a section 3863 hospitalization qualifies as a “commitment” under section 922(g)(4),
 

The curious case of Serial Number A6042075.
Submitted by: Anonymous

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What exactly did the ATF & DOJ tell the grand jury in U.S. vs. Clark? A tale of machine guns, a well placed protected snitch, insider influence, contradictory rule making, doctored reports and double-standard "justice."
 

NY: Bloomberg’s Slander Of Gun Law Victim ‘Despicable’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When Meredith Graves of Tennessee traveled to New York for a job interview last month and was ensnared by New York’s restrictive gun laws, it wasn’t enough that she may face criminal charges for being honest, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had to sully her reputation by alleging she possessed cocaine.

The Second Amendment Foundation, upon reviewing a video of the mayor’s remarks, called Bloomberg’s comment “despicable.”
 

What I'm Giving Up in 2012
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I'm also giving up on gun control.

Over the years, I've written I don't know how many columns urging that some control be placed on the sale of weapons that go bang. Dozens probably, possibly even scores of them.

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Did it do any good? Even less than my global warming columns. There are more guns out there now than ever, and states have grown increasingly permissive about where and how people can pack heat.

In other words, the battle has been lost. The absurd arguments of the National Rifle Association and the Merchants of Death lobby have carried the day.
 

King Kept Guns at Home for Self-Defense and Sought Right to Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"The late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. kept guns at home in Alabama for self-defense," gun law expert John M. Snyder recalled here on the eve of the national holiday named for the civil rights leader.

"At one time," Snyder continued, "King applied for a permit to carry a concealed handgun, but was denied. He was concerned for his personal safety, just as are a lot of law-abiding American citizens.
 

WA: Save law-abiding citizens’ rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In response to the Jan. 8 story “Sorrow over gun violence unlikely to prompt change in federal law,” out of the 8,775 people killed by guns in 2010, how many cases involved illegal aliens? How many cases involved illegal drug sales? How many cases involved illegal aliens illegally smuggling illegal drugs?
 

NC: Assault rifles come roaring back in Asheville
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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News flash: assault rifles are back. Big time.

How do I know this? Walmart is selling them.

You know if the nation’s largest retailer stocks three different models now, they must be a hot item.

It’s safe to say that assault rifles — semi-automatic military-style rifles with magazine clips that typically hold 30 rounds — have come full circle in America.
 

KS: Trio of gun-rights bills up for debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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All three of them have signed on as sponsors to a bill inspired by multistate sting operations set up by the Bloomberg-led group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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According to the group's website, 62 percent of sellers still made the sale, a violation of federal law. The Kansas House bill, which Kelly said was modeled after a similar effort in Oklahoma, would turn the tables on such a sting, making it a felony to knowingly provide "materially false information with intent to deceive the dealer or seller about the legality of a transfer of a firearm or ammunition."
 

SD: South Dakota considers open carry shift
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Kopp’s HB1015 would let any South Dakotan who can legally carry a gun conceal their handgun without having to get a state-issued permit.

“This just doesn’t penalize the citizens, to make him buy a permit to defend himself — which I believe is unconstitutional,” said Kopp, R-Rapid City.

Under the current system, people who want to carry a concealed weapon have to pay $10 and undergo a background check in order to get their permit. Applications can be denied for a variety of reasons, including a felonious criminal history, drug violations, a “history of violence,” or having been judged “mentally incompetent.”
 

OK: Guns, smoking, texting among hot issues revived for another look by Oklahoma legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, has filed Senate Bill 1092, which would allow those who meet certain requirements to openly carry a weapon.

Russell also has a measure that would allow hunters to use suppressors to reduce the sound of their weapons. The measure has yet to be assigned a bill number, according to Senate staff.
 

Another ATF operation comes under scrutiny after supplying Mexican drug cartels with guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the late summer of 2010, the ATF agent leading the failed Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation in Arizona flew to Mexico City to help coordinate cross-border investigations of U.S. weapons used by Mexican drug cartels.

Hope A. MacAllister wanted access to police and military vaults for American weapons recovered by Mexican authorities in raids and at crime scenes. She especially was interested in firearms from another ATF investigation, code-named White Gun, that she was running.
 

Australia: Trigger happy shooters' gun buying spree
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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NSW is gun mad - and proud of it - with shooters stockpiling almost 100,000 new registered firearms in the past five years.

The number of gun licences, meanwhile, has only increased by about a fifth, or 18,852 over the same period, showing some are stocking up with numerous weapons.

There are now 763,359 registered firearms across the state, including 27,956 handguns, compared with 190,844 licences - taking the ratio to four guns for every licensed owner. In some country towns firearms outnumber people - in Ivanhoe, in the state's far west, 273 residents own 432 guns.
 

WI: Self-defense ruling drops homicide total from six to five
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Milwaukee's homicide total for the year has changed, dropping from six homicides to five, according to a Facebook posting Sunday by the Milwaukee Police Department.

The department said the Milwaukee County district attorney's office had ruled that a shooting that had occurred Jan. 9 in the 8800 block of N. 95th St. was self-defense.
 

NH: Christmas shooting certain to whip up anti-gun hysteria
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That’s certainly disturbing. This finding probably discouraged many firearm purchases. No one questioned it until Dave Kopel wrote “The Fallacy of ‘43 to 1’” (http://old.nationalreview.com/kopel/kopel013101.shtml).

Now for the rest of the story.

When the study’s methodology is applied to nonfirearm deaths, the flaw upon which it’s based becomes apparent. The ratio of nonfirearm deaths (murder, suicide, accidental death) compared to justifiable homicides is 99 to 1. That means a nonfirearm assault is 99 times more likely to kill a household member than to kill a criminal in self-defense. See the problem?
 

Presidential Hopefuls are Human
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Of all of the candidates, the only one who could be characterized as being agenda-driven for restoration of the Founders’ Constitutional principles, and with personal ambition being a secondary, or even tertiary issue, is Ron Paul. Paul has a long and consistent record of unwavering support for, and defense of, the Second Amendment and the Constitution. The problem with Paul however, is that his agenda is perceived as too aggressive and there is significant doubt as to his ability to be able to put all of the pieces together to make it work. A president has only limited power and even if Paul exercised that power to its utmost, there is much to his agenda that would require support from the Congress – support that he simply would not get.
 

VA: Pro-gun advocates shoot for legislation again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Between 500 and a thousand gun rights advocates will gather at the Virginia Capitol Monday to talk to lawmakers about their lobbying agenda this session.

Virginia gun rights advocates believe they've got a good shot this year at getting what they want at the General Assembly. In years past their legislation would make it through the Republican controlled house but later die in the Senate.

"Do I think we have a better chance this year than last? Yes, significantly,” said gun rights advocate Philip Van Cleave.
 

MS: Large turnout for 2012 Gun and Knife Show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Even though hunting season is in full swing, organizers say that has not had an ill-effect on the crowds. Enthusiasts say while technology has changed guns in many ways, basic gun functions have not changed in hundreds of years.
 

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