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Danish ship attack brings up two ways to deal with pirates
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Learn to say 'Hello' and 'welcome' in the local language, so your attackers know you’re not going to fight back." ...
 

Catholic Church should demonstrate courage of convictions on ‘gun control’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "So apparently the state will be there to protect its citizens when attacks occur. And the fact that government is controlling things miraculously transubstantiates 'revenge' into 'legitimate defense.'" ...
 

Why Spree Killings are Good for Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you’re a member of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Violence Policy Center or the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, chances are you’re secretly thrilled that Jared Lee Loughner joined Wikipedia’s list of spree killers. Horrified. Mortified. Enraged. But thrilled. Nothing motivates the public to [re]consider gun control like a concentrated mass of firearm fatalities. Well, maybe not the public. The media, for sure. But the average person? I don’t think so. In fact, I think spree killers have the exact opposite effect on John Q. Public. The gruesome murders make them more likely to support gun law liberalization, despite what you may have been reading . . ." ...
 

Not All Rabbis are Alike
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TTAG’s rabbi [above] has agreed to show me the SHOT show ropes. I am blessed. Unfortunately, not all Jewish spiritual advisors share the rabbi’s Masada-informed perspective on self-defense. This website has highlighted the fact that deeply misguided American Jews have led the charge for gun control. As a fellow member of The Tribes, I can say it: the truth hurts. I mean really hurts. Here’s another rabbi writing for the Huffington Post, a sanctimonious polemicist who knows not what he does . . ." ...
 

Guns And The Mentally Ill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani said on Face The Nation, that the laws at the state and federal levels of government must be made tougher, so that a person with a mental illness will be unable to acquire a gun to go on a killing rampage."

"I wonder if the Former Mayor knows what he's talking about? My guess is no. That is because of the way he used the term mental illness. That is the subject of this commentary." ...
 

Blame Righty: A Condensed History
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "For the past two years, Democratic officials, liberal activists and journalists have jumped to libelous conclusions about individual shooting sprees committed by mentally unstable loners with incoherent delusions all over the ideological map. The White House now pledges to swear off 'pointing fingers or assigning blame.' Alas, the Obama administration's political and media foot soldiers have proved themselves incapable of such restraint." ...
 

ArmaLite AR-50A1 National Match Officially Official
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The AR-50A1 National Match is similar to our standard AR-50A1 with some VERY important differences,' ArmaLite assures people who were worried that their AR-50A1 wasn't outmoded. 'The AR-50A1 NM is produced from selected components: The National Match’s 33 inch barrel is three inches longer than the standard AR-50A1’s barrel. The barrel has eight flutes. The flutes help with cooling and reduce unnecessary weight while maintaining accuracy-enhancing stiffness. ...'" ...
 

5 Tactical Tips to Survive a Home Invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Are you aware that you’re eight times more likely to be involved in a home inva­sion attack than you are to be involved in a house fire? When intrud­ers enter you house force­fully, whether for the thrill of it or to rob you and take your fam­ily hostage, this is con­sid­ered to be a home inva­sion. Don’t make the mis­take of think­ing home inva­sions only take place in high crime areas. There are sto­ries of home inva­sions tak­ing place in sub­urbs and rural areas. These attacks are more com­mon than most peo­ple think. Now is the time to plan a home defense strat­egy that will keep you and your fam­ily safe if you’re ever faced with a vio­lent home inva­sion attack." ...
 

Light is Might in the Fight and that’s Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Note the light load of this warrior: rifle, bandoleer, magazine bag, boonie hat. Nothing else – no water, no rucksack, not even a watch. You know that if he is caught, it won’t be because he was slowed down by too much extra crap. Compare that with photographs from the current ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – the Soldiers and Marines are loaded with rifles, a dozen magazines, Camelbaks, armor plates and carriers for same, elbow pads, knee pads, first aid kits, radios, and God only knows what else. All that crap weighs a lot, and it makes a difference." ...
 

Practical Equipment: the Speed Bag
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "You need to be able to shoot, stay hydrated, and fix yourself if you get wounded. That means you would need to carry ammo, water, and a first aid kit. Ideally, you would carry all these items in a single bag, but if they were all in the same pocket it would get cumbersome. You might reach for a spare mag and grab a water bottle first – not good."

"Now we have a more clearly defined problem: how do you carry a set of magazines, a canteen, and a first aid kit in one package with partitions to separate each item? Oh, and do it cheaply. I’m all about cheap (price, not quality)." ...
 

Obscure Object of Desire: Steyr M9 and M40
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When most firearms enthusiasts hear the name Steyr, they think of the AUG [above]. That’s only natural. It is Steyr’s most memorable gun. It cuts an instantly-recognizable profile. It screams 'COOL' and 'HIGH-TECH' at equal volume. But Steyr's history of military and civilian gun making traces back to the late 1800s. Steyr was a serious player in the handgun game until World War 1 . . ." ...
 

Joy Comes in the Morning (And so should sensible gun control)
Submitted by: anonymous

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"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. -- Martin Luther King"

"'Joy comes in the morning,' lets[sic] certainly hope so. We need hope right now, and not a hope which is falsely propped up by platitudes and declarations, but a hope that is anchored in the knowledge that we can't continue to operate with business as usual, we can't continue to speak hatred without impunity; can't continue to think violence will go away without us doing something about it ..." ...
 

Belarus: Fox shoots man
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"A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday." ...
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Submitter's Note: There's a lesson to be learned here. As Yogi said, "It ain't over till it's over."
 

MO: Armed homeowner shoots at would-be burglars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "What they found was the 56-year-old homeowner, armed and ready to defend her house. She fired several shots at the four suspects, who immediately fled the scene." ...
 

MD: Intruder was shot after warning, police say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A New Carrollton man shot and killed a home invader Tuesday night as the intruder broke through the glass panes of the man's front door and reached through to unlock it, officials and law enforcement sources said."

"The 27-year-old resident, whom police did not identify because he is not charged with a crime, was standing in the doorway with a shotgun while the other man, apparently a stranger, tried to break in, police officials and law enforcement sources said." ...
 

Ariz. shooting shouldn’t lead to bad gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun Owners of America deplores last Saturday’s horrific shooting in Arizona, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families."

"It is unfortunate that the shooting was almost immediately used as a platform to attack the First and Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans." ...
 

Knee-Jerk gun control reaches new low
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What is as predictable as a threatened snowstorm bringing Atlanta to a standstill? Answer – gun control advocates taking advantage of every shooting incident as an excuse to further restrict Americans’ Second Amendment rights. The recent shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona — involving a clearly deranged individual who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge and several other innocent people – is no exception." ...
 

The Tucson Shooting: a Reminder to Arm Yourself
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "Lost in these attempts to gain political points by placing blame on someone other than the shooter is the clearest lesson of the Tucson shooting: that we must take responsibility for our own lives — and be prepared to defend those lives with weapons we carry for protection." ...
 

3 Reasons Why the Feds Will Pass a High-Cap Mag Ban. Or Not.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun control advocates call for a ban on high-capacity firearms magazines, and the resulting bill by New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, won’t fly. If nothing else, the National Rifle Association is on the case, and they’ve got the winning hand inside the beltway (again still). Despite the media mania for gun control after the Safeway Massacre, anti-Jared Lee Loughner is centering more and more on . . . Jared Lee Loughner. Not his high cap mag. ..." ...
 

Giffords attack must not derail firearms rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As expected, Arizona's newly enacted Constitutional Carry law is already under attack by anti-gun pundits. The reality of the situation is that a permit to carry, or lack thereof, is not a factor that would have changed the outcome of this event. The attacker was a criminal, plain and simple. Arizona's new carry law did not play into this situation."
 

The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "To be clear, if you're using this event to criticize the 'rhetoric' of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you're either: (a) asserting a connection between the 'rhetoric' and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you're not, in which case you're just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?" ...
 

Rep. Mary Bono Mack: Don't overreact on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"America doesn't need 'knee-jerk' gun-control legislation in response to the Tucson shootings, U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack says." ...

"Similarly, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, said: 'No law, however well intentioned, will take weapons from people committed to using them for violence. It simply disarms the law-abiding public. Cities like Washington D.C. offer compelling evidence that gun laws don't save lives ...'" ...
 

Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Gun, ammo sales boom in wake of Arizona massacre
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun fair held in Tucson, Ariz., one week after the shootings in which Gabrielle Giffords was wounded and six locals killed attracted 50 per cent more visitors than normal, while sales of the ammunition allegedly used in the attack increased tenfold." ...

"Bob Templeton, whose shows cater for 600,000 gun owners across the west of the U.S. each year, added: 'Any time gun owners in America feel their rights to use firearms lawfully may be challenged, they turn out in numbers.'" ...
 

Arizona Shooting Leads to Repeat of Inaccuracies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "What we could all do, however, is stop watching and listening silently as the media keeps pushing a one-sided characterization of firearms and their owners."

"Since this tragedy, mainstream media has once again repeated half-truths and inaccurate statements with little regard for - or knowledge of- the inaccuracy of their so-called facts. And it seems no one is calling them on those inaccuracies." ...
 

Glock's High-Capacity Bullet Magazines
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"For fans of the Glock semi-automatic pistol, one perk available at company-sponsored shooting competitions is the opportunity to buy extra-large 33-round magazines manufactured at the Glock factory. 'We all probably own one or two just for the heck of it,' says Steve Denney, a former police officer who manages the Pro Arms gun store in Live Oak, Fla. 'I hate to use the word after Tucson, but for most of us, it's just a novelty.'" ...
 

Virginia Tech Families Call On Congress To Fix Gun Background Checks
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"In the wake of Saturday's Tucson shooting, in which a gunman killed six people and injured 13 others, family members of victims in the mass 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech are urging Congress to fix a gun background-check system that often allows people to buy firearms even after they have been convicted of crimes or judged mentally ill." ...
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KABA Note: The bllod dancing victim disarmament crowd continues to ignore the fact that the Tucson shooter had been neither covicted of a crime nor adjudicated mentally ill.
 

Jared Loughner's Glock: Weapon of Mass Destruction
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... "We can't ban speech. But whatever Loughner's demons turn out to be, what let him kill six people and wound fourteen was that he had access to a gun—and a magazine that let him shoot thirty-three bullets without reloading. ... It's a little pathetic—has it really come to this, that it will be a huge uphill battle to ban something that has no purpose except to kill up to thirty-three people before anyone can stop you? Apparently, yes. In Arizona, Glocks have been flying off the shelves since the shootings. Meanwhile, in Congress, Democrat Heath Shuler and Republican Jason Chaffetz have announced they will be packing heat."
 

Arizona shootings underscore the dangers of high-capacity magazines
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "Guns don't kill people, bullets kill people - and gunmen intent on killing a lot of people tend to think 10 rounds is not enough." ...
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KABA Note: If 10 rounds is 'enough', why do magazine bans always exempt cops?
 

We all share in the blame for shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Who is to blame for the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an attempt that took the lives of six people and left 14 injured? Well, obviously there are those who are more responsible than others, and they must be held accountable -- the shooter for one."

"In truth, if we really desire to know how such a heinous act could happen and who is to blame, we need only look in a mirror; we all share in the blame." ...
 

Let's reassess our views on gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun control in the United States is an issue of preferences, and for many Americans this means treasuring the right to own firearms even at the expense of the occasional mass shooting." ...
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Submitter's Note: How does this sound: Free speech in the United States is an issue of preferences, and for many Americans this means treasuring the right to speak freely even at the expense of hateful, vitriolic diatribes and the occasional riot.
 

Arizona Shooting Shows 2 Visions of Guns in America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The gun issue confronts us with two competing visions of America. The Tucson tragedy puts those visions in stark, clarifying relief."

"The gun lobby’s vision is guns in every corner of American society. ..." ...

"Most Americans support a very different vision of America. It is a nation that allows responsible citizens to have guns in the home for self-defense, but imposes reasonable restrictions on guns to make it harder for dangerous people to be armed. In this America, a Jared Loughner would not be permitted to legally carry a gun to a Tucson Safeway. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: In either America, the shooter would not be permitted to legally shoot a bunch of people. This fact, unfortunately, did not stop him.
 

SHOT SHOW: Stoeger to Debut M3500. Finally.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A little sneak peak action at the Las Vegas SHOT Show. A big ass poster hangs over the entrance announcing the new Stoeger M3500. And not before time. Questions about the shotgun’s arrival stateside have been on the net for, oh, four years. ..."
 

Praises Shuler for exercising his gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kudos to Rep. Heath Shuler. It is so rare to see a politician advocating and actually exercising his constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights. ..." ...
 

Lawmakers duck gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Of the handful of legislative responses to this month's tragic mass shooting that killed six and nearly claimed one of Congress's own, a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., is the toughest."

"It is also unlikely to reach President Barack Obama's desk." ...
 

Texans in Congress show no desire to curb guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It says a lot about the appetite for gun control in Congress that only one Texan offered any gun-related initiative in the wake of the assassination attempt in Arizona that took the lives of six Americans and seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords."

"It says even more about the Texas delegation's staunch support for the Second Amendment that the proposal by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, would expand gun rights to permit lawmakers to carry weapons around the nation's capital." ...
 

Scott Brown says he won't support federal gun crackdown
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"US Senator Scott Brown, who has described himself as a supporter of Massachusetts’ tough gun laws, said today he would not support federal gun control legislation and does not know if anything can be done to prevent a repeat of Saturday’s mass shooting in Arizona." ...
 

Democrats face tough fight on gun control after Tucson shootings
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"Bring back the ban on assault weapons, or tighten enforcement of existing gun control laws and regulations?"

"Those were two options for strengthening gun control offered Sunday by Democrats in the wake of the Tucson, Arizona, shootings last week ..." ...
 

Coburn rejects efforts to ban gun clips
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, viewed as a staunch congressional supporter of gun rights, said Sunday he is willing to work to make sure the mentally ill cannot get and use a gun."

"Appearing on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' the Oklahoma Republican rejected legislative efforts expected from others to ban or limit high-capacity gun clips ..."

"'Let's fix the real problem,' Coburn said."

"'Here's a mentally deranged person who had access to a gun that shouldn't have had access to a gun.'" ...
 

NH: Guns chill debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At this moment of national trauma from the Arizona shootings, it is hard not to reconsider the new presence of guns and the possibility of violence at the New Hampshire State House."

"By its recent action of permitting guns in the State House - with many of its members actively promoting guns - the Republican-controlled House of Representatives sends a message to our citizens: Bring your deadly weapons into our halls of government. ..." ...
 

UT: Utah lawmaker: Guns should be legal without permit
Submitted by: Mark Jensen

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"A Utah lawmaker wants to allow all state residents who can legally have a gun carry and conceal it without a permit." ...

"Gun Violence Prevention Center board member Stephen H. Gunn said Utah should be tightening its permitting process. For example, the state should require that permit holders prove they know how to shoot a gun."

"'We should go the other direction and more greatly restrict the class of people who can carry a concealed gun or openly carry a gun,' Gunn said." ...
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KABA Note: And we should do this . . . why Stephen?
 

UT: Wimmer seeks to restore rights
Submitted by: Mark Jensen

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"As some politicians nationally look to enact new gun restrictions in the wake of the Arizona shooting rampage that left six dead, a Utah lawmaker is looking to Arizona as a model to eliminate gun laws."

"Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, is having a bill drafted that would allow gun owners to carry a concealed, loaded gun almost anywhere in the state — essentially doing away with Utah’s long-standing concealed weapons permit process." ...
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Submitter's Note: Check out the image of the kid at the top of the article.
 

CA: Lawmaker Could Renew Ban On Cow Palace Gun Shows
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun show held over the weekend at the Cow Palace prompted a Bay Area state senator to renew his call for such events to be banned at the state-owned property in Daly City." ...
 

WA: Suppressor? I Just Met Her!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear Senator Pridemore:"

"I write to you to urge you to support 2011 HB1016, which would amend RCW 9.41.250. As the statute is currently written, firearm suppressors are not legal in our state under any circumstances. Washington is among a small minority of states (13) which allow no possession of firearm suppressors whatsoever. Amending this statute to allow suppressors to be possessed in accordance with Federal law would assist law enforcement and would make the shooting sports safer by reducing hearing loss to shooters." ...
 

SD: State concealed weapons law gets national scrutiny
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"As a lawsuit challenging South Dakota's concealed-weapons law gets the attention of national groups, the top Republican in the South Dakota Senate says he doesn't see a need for the law to be changed."

"A British citizen who lives in Sioux Falls sued the state earlier this month after he was not allowed to renew his concealed-weapons permit. The Legislature changed the concealed weapons law in 2002 to only allow United States citizens to obtain permits." ...
 

AR: Governor Beebe opposes 'allowing' the right to carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"HB 1051, the DCRA (Defensive Carry Restoration Act), was introduced by Representative Denny Altes of Fort Smith on Friday. Governor Mike Beebe wasted no time in showing his opposition to this bill."
"Gov. Mike Beebe says he's opposed to 'allowing' Arkansans to openly carry handguns…" ...
"I have an issue with the word Governor Beebe used - 'allowing' ..." ...
 

NJ: Gov. Christie won't share opinion on concealed weapon licenses
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"Gov. Chris Christie isn't going to share his position on allowing licensed concealed weapons in New Jersey, he said this morning."

"At a town hall meeting in Paramus, Christie was asked about his views on creating a process to allow residents to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon."

"His response: The legislation is never going to pass out of the Democrat-controlled Legislature." ...
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KABA Note: Translation: PUNT!
 

KY: Gov. OK With Guns In Capitol Building
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'It's just crazy.' That's the comment made Tuesday by a state lawmaker from Louisville, pointing out Kentucky and Texas are the only two states to allow guns in their state Capitol." ...
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Submitter's Note: Not quite: In MN you need to inform the head of the Department of Public Safety that you will be carrying and you are legal. Note that it's inform, not ask.
 

VA: Gun rights group will rally at Va. Capitol on MLK day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Calling it 'Operation Freedom's No Loophole,' the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) will rally at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, January 17, 2011, also a federal holiday known as Martin Luther King Day. In a press release issued today, VCDL declared its aim to 'make Virginia both a 'shall accept' & 'constitutional carry' state this session.'" ...
 

WV: WVCDL Unveils Centerpiece of 2011 Legislative Agenda
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"WVCDL is pleased to unveil our 2011 legislative agenda--WVCDL's most ambitious ever."

"After months, er, years, of drafting, we are pleased to unveil the West Virginia Gun Owner Protection Act of 2011, a comprehensive proposed revision of West Virginia's gun laws that expands the rights of law-abiding gun owners and increases the penalties for the criminal misuse of firearms and other weapons." ...
 

FL: Relaxed Gun Laws Are Sought in Florida
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the aftermath of Tucson's shooting rampage, lawmakers in Florida are ready to make their stand on guns clearer: They want more people to have the right to carry them in the open and fewer government restrictions."

"Legislators have filed three separate bills, one that would restrict local governments from regulating firearms, another to stop doctors from even asking patients about them and a third to grant licensed gun owners the right to wear firearms outside their clothing -- including on college campuses." ...
 

AZ: Arizona lawmakers, governor: No gun, ammo limits after Loughner rampage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jared Loughner is accused of emptying 31 rounds from his Glock 9 in front of the Safeway in Tucson, enabling him to hit 19 people before he had to reload."

"It was when he needed that other clip, witnesses said, they were able to stop him."

But Gov. Jan Brewer told Capitol Media Services she sees no reason for Arizona to limit the sale of these high-capacity magazine. Neither does Senate President Russell Pearce."

"And House Speaker Kirk Adams said through a spokesman he has no plans to alter any of Arizona's gun laws." ...
 

IA: Cities, counties scramble to ban weapons from public buildings as gun law changes
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... "'The issue is access. They're pretty wide open,' said Independence City Manager Steve Diers. 'It's not difficult to gain access.'"

"But the proposals haven't sat well with some residents and 2nd Amendment groups. The Iowa Firearms Coalition, a gun rights group, has pushed back against the ordinances."

"Jeff Burkett, a coalition spokesman, called it a 'slippery slope.'"

"'Once you decide you are going to carve off one or two places people can't carry guns, where does it stop?' Burkett said."

"He said banning firearms creates a false sense of security because it won't stop a determined person from going to a city hall and opening fire. ..." ...
 

New Study: Police Firearms Training Sucks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just got an email blast from forcescience.org. A new study by Dr. Gregory Morrison finds law enforcement training woefully inadequate. The former officer and firearms instructor, now an associate CJ professor at Indiana’s Ball State University, doesn’t quite put it that way, but he should have. Amongst his findings . . ." ...
 

NJ: Camden, NJ braces for deep police, fire cuts
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"Yet another crisis is upon this burdened city, among the most impoverished and crime-ridden in the country." ...

"Worst case, the layoffs could slash half the police force and one-third of the fire department for this city just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. Practically every other job in the city is likely to be affected." ...

"Camden, rampant with open drug-dealing, prostitution and related crimes, was the nation's second-most-dangerous city based on 2009 data, according to CQ Press, which compiles such rankings. Camden ranked first the previous two years. ..." ...
 

NY: JetBlue pilot loses gun at New York's JFK airport
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"Authorities say a JetBlue pilot lost his government-issued handgun after a passenger on another flight mistakenly picked up his carry-on luggage." ...
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KABA Note: This is another reason why off-body carry should be avoided.
 

RI: Gun charge against RI lawmaker dismissed
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"A gun charge against a state lawmaker has been dismissed after he agreed to surrender his firearms license and to contribute $500 to the state's violent crime fund." ...
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KABA Note Although nominally a 'shall issue' state, in practice RI reserves permits for the 'special people' like powerful politicians, the wealthy and political cronies of the issuing authorities (police chiefs and the state AG).
 

CA: Cop arrested for flashing gun claims self-defense
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"The attorney for a San Rafael police officer who was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon while off-duty says his client acted in self-defense."

"Matthew Pavone said Thursday his client, 43-year-old Michael Augustus, drew his gun on New Year's Eve in Petaluma because he was being threatened by two larger men." ...
 

OH: Arizonans' interest in guns rising, FBI reports
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"Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., might have increased some people's interest in arming themselves."

"But that hasn't been the case in central Ohio." ...
 

CO: Colorado MLK denouncer giving up gun to avoid trouble
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"A Greeley school board member who's been denouncing Dr. Martin Luther King on his radio show says he won't be going to board meetings or anywhere else with his handgun."

"Brett Reese lost his permit to carry a concealed weapon Thursday after being served with a temporary restraining order requested by the owner of a rival station. ..." ...
 

MA: Gun fair organizer acquitted in boy's Uzi death
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"A gun fair organizer was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges Friday in the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi at a machine gun expo in western Massachusetts." ...
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Submitter's note: We're sometimes in such a hurry to get people excited about the fun you can have with guns, that we get negligent. So many lessons from this poor boy's needless death. A full auto pistol's barrel will CLIMB for one.
 

MA: Gun show organizer found not guilty in boy's Uzi death
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"A former police chief was found not guilty Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with a micro Uzi machine gun during a gun show."

"Former Pelham, Massachusetts, Police Chief Edward Fleury, 53, was also acquitted of three counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor in connection with the show that he helped organize. ..." ...
 

WV: Gunmen posing as police break into Fayette home
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... "'Although there is no indication any of the victims were involved in drug trafficking, this crime is consistent with individuals seeking either drugs or the money with which to obtain drugs,' Kessler said in the news release. 'The fact that these individuals represented themselves as police officers and the level violence demonstrated by these suspects is extremely concerning. We will exhaust every effort to identify, locate and apprehend these obviously dangerous criminals.'" ...
 

AZ: Tucson moves on: Safeway reopens, gun show draws thousands
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"A week after a mass shooting left six dead and 13 injured, Tucson struggled to return to normal on Saturday as thousands packed a gun show and the Safeway supermarket where the attack took place reopened."

"At both places, mourners observed a moment of silence to pay tribute to the 19 people shot a week ago. At both sites, people said they were saddened by the senseless violence but were ready to move on." ...

"'This is not about legal firearms and folks who attend gun shows, but about a deranged person,' said Bob Templeton, president of the company sponsoring the gun show. ..." ...
 

CA: Humboldt County gun stores prepare for rush on ammunition with new gun law around the corner
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"While the holiday shopping season is long gone, some Humboldt County residents are stocking up on ammunition for fear of a new California law that goes into effect next month placing restrictions on the purchase of bullets."

"Under the law, those buying handgun ammunition will be required to provide vendors with their thumbprint, address and photo identification, with the idea that it will make the task of investigating and preventing gun-related crime easier for law enforcement. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: No, the 'idea' behind the law is to make selling ammunition difficult and legally hazardous enough so people stop doing it.
 

UT: U. president takes aim at open-carry law on campus
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"The University of Utah’s president asked school trustees Tuesday to help thwart possible legislation allowing the open display of firearms on campus, a move that could reopen a contentious debate between educators and lawmakers over gun policies." ...

"'They don’t have the ability to restrict to open carry. The only thing they can restrict is the discharge of firearms,' said Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Apparently, the University of Utah doesn't think state law applies to them.
 

MD: Feds to help investigate P.G. killings
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"Federal agents are embedding with homicide investigators in Prince George's County starting this week in a rare move as authorities scramble to react to a string of 13 killings that have occurred already in 2011." ...
 

Mexico: Mexican gunman fires across border toward U.S. highway workers
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"At least one Mexican gunman fired a high-powered rifle across the border at four U.S. road workers Thursday in an isolated ghost town east of Fort Hancock, Hudspeth County sheriff's officials said."

"The bullets did not injure the four men." ...
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Submitter's Note: The shooter obviously did not realize that he was vioating Mexico's extremely stringent gun control laws.
 

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