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MAIG removes members list from website after Bloomberg embarrassment exposed
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"The roster was present on the site on Saturday, when this column pointed out hostility between the former mayor and his replacement (a screenshot was included to show the segment of the New York roster still featuring Bloomberg), and by Monday, the first workday after that column was published, the drop down menu to identify members by state and city had disappeared from the coalition page."
 

NJ: Pantaleon Granted Suppression of All Evidence Obtained Due To Jersey City Officer’s Unlawful Entry of His Home
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At approximately 10pm on Thursday night, January 24, 2013, 33-year-old Keith Pantaleon of Jersey City, New Jersey, was in the bedroom of his apartment after a full day’s work – when he heard thumping noises coming from his living room.
Believing that his residence may be being broken into, he grabbed his soft-bound Day Planner case (which also held a lawfully purchased handgun), and cracked open his bedroom door to investigate.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Some residents of the Democratic People's Republic of New Jersey may not believe it's a police state, but it's becoming more and more obvious that many cops do.
 

Gun rights activist Adam Kokesh sentenced to "time served"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The man who briefly displayed (and loaded) a shotgun in D.C. on the Fourth of July, was today sentenced to "time served" plus two years probation.

Prosecutors had asked for about eight more months of jail time beyond the 103 days Adam Kokesh has already spent behind bars. But the judge said "no" to that request.

Not only did Kokesh load a shotgun, in contravention of D.C.'s weapons laws, he also pumped a cartridge into the weapon's firing chamber, and posted a video of his actions online.
 

‘Preposterous’ to Think Harvey Weinstein Will Change Anyone’s Mind on Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Howard Stern has a way of getting people to say things that they regret in retrospect,” Rivera reacted.

“Let’s get real here. What is the chances that a movie starring Meryl Streep, produced by Harvey Weinstein, is going to convince anyone one way or another about their Second Amendment Rights and their desire to have a gun or not,” he continued.
 

PA: Adams County shooting: Does the Castle Doctrine apply?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Based on an initial review of the incident, Rice said it did not seem to fit with a Castle Doctrine defense.

"You can use force if you believe that it is immediately necessary for the purpose of protecting yourself against the use of unlawful force," Rice explained.

In 2011, Pennsylvania legislators expanded the Castle Doctrine defense to allow a person to defend themselves in their vehicles, workplaces or in public areas. State Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Chambersburg, sponsored the expansion, but he said Friday the law is not intended to protect those looking for violence.
 

GA: Cooke seeks nullification of federal firearms rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The bill, as written, would specifically limit state agencies and gun dealers from enforcing any federal law, rule, regulation or order, which becomes effective after Jan. 1, 2014, which bans or restricts ownership of a firearm, including, but not limited to, a semiautomatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm; or requires any firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner.
The bill declares it applies to federal laws, rules, regulations or orders relating to firearms sold, owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Georgia and that remain within the state borders.
 

ID: Idaho Senators co-sponsor concealed carry legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are co-sponsoring legislation to expand gun rights of law-abiding citizens in states like Idaho. The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014 will allow an individual permitted or entitled by their state of residence to carry a concealed firearm the right to maintain that concealed carry in any other state that allows or does not prohibit the practice. In addition, concealed carry permits will be treated like drivers’ licenses, in that an individual will not have to obtain a separate permit for each state. Introducing the bill along with Crapo and Risch are Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Thune (R-South Dakota) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana).
 

SC: S.C. Senate: Guns are fine at bars and restaurants, but not at the Statehouse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And the reason for all of this? Well, yesterday each one of these ... voted to allow concealed weapons permit holders to bring their concealed weapons into bars and restaurants — just so long as those permit holders pinkie swear to no one but themselves that they won't drink.

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They're ... because the men and women of the state Legislature have banned concealed weapons permit holders from bringing their lawfully acquired firearms to the Statehouse, the place where pussies like Vincent Sheheen, Chip Campsen, and Marlon Kimpson vote in favor of legislation allowing gun owners to do the same in to the workplaces of scores of F&B workers.

Ed.: Be advised the linked article contains coarse language.
 

GA: Return to common sense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Thankfully, lawmakers nationwide are seeking to put an end to such heavy-handed nonsense by drafting laws to prevent schools from punishing students for harmless behavior.

One such bill, the Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act, drafted by Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern, would ban action against such things as toy weapons (including those made from plastic or wood building blocks), “imaginary” weapons, wearing clothes that promote Second Amendment rights and, specifically, “brandishing a pastry or other food which is partially consumed in such a way that the remnant resembles a weapon.” In Maryland (home of the now-famous Pop Tart Pistol), State Sen. J.B. Jennings has introduced similar legislation.
 

FL: Sheriff rejects popcorn killer’s ‘stand your ground’ defense: ‘Why didn’t he move seats?’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If so, Romine said, he had the right to use deadly force to defend himself – even if the weapon was popcorn.

Under the state law, a person has the right to use deadly force if he fears death or great bodily harm, even when retreat is possible.

The attorney said the reason the two men fought doesn’t matter under the statute, because all that matters is whether Reeves believed Oulson would hurt him.

Under Florida law, he added, it’s considered a felony offense to strike a person over 65 years old with something as small as a marshmallow.
 

Mexico: Mexican government warns vigilantes could copy cartels
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“You can start with a genuine cause, but when you start taking control, making decisions and feeling authority ... you run the risk of getting to that point,” Castillo told MVS radio.

Estanislao Beltran, spokesman for the self-defense groups, said the mission is to kick out the cartel, not become one.

To make the point, about 200 vigilante supporters gathered in Tancitaro’s town square Thursday for a symbolic return of 25 avocado orchards that had been seized by the cartel, which started in drug trafficking and expanded into extortion and total economic control of the areas it dominated.
 

FL: The NRA Literally Wrote Florida's New Bill to Legalize Warning Shots
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The bill is sponsored chiefly by two National Rifle Association members, Republicans Sen. Greg Evers and Rep. Neil Combee, with a longstanding history of support for the gun lobby. But they did not write the bill, one of the legislators told Gawker in an interview: That honor fell to former NRA president and current gun lobbyist Marion Hammer.
 

The story behind 'Newhall Shooting: A Tactical Analysis'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During “Doug Day at the Booth” at SHOT Show 2014 on Wednesday, I was fortunate to finally meet Mike Wood, who has written several PoliceOne First Person Essays and become one of my email “pen pals.” I was delighted when Wood gave me a signed copy of his book. I’ve already read it in electronic form, but I collect books, so having the print edition is important to me on a personal level.

“The shooting is described in minute detail,” Mike told me when we met up in Las Vegas. “I had unprecedented access to the files of the detectives who investigated this case, and conducted numerous personal interviews with officers who participated in the gunfight.”
 

VA: McAuliffe and Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After Virginia’s gubernatorial election, many may question where the new governor stands on hot button issues. Gun control is not one of those issues as Governor-Elect McAuliffe has stated his position and confirmed it many times. After the November results were in, McAuliffe wasted no time with his anti-gun agenda by appointing Lori Haas to his transition team. Ms. Haas is the Virginia Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), an extremist group seeking to enact harsh and restrictive gun laws.
 

TSA: SHOT Show Attendees Need to Take a Close Look at Souvenirs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Transportation Security Administration officers at McCarran International Airport haven't forgotten the lengthy security check delays that occurred in 2012 when an exhibitor at the annual SHOT Show innocently handed out hundreds of keychain souvenirs that weren't allowed to fly.

"Unfortunately, some giveaways aren't always checkpoint friendly," said Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman for the TSA.

Dankers was referring to a keychain attached to a bullet encased in acrylic. The keychain was fine. The acrylic was fine. The bullet wasn't.
 

ID: Corps of Engineers told to allow guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Calling it an unconstitutional violation of Second Amendment rights to self-defense, a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' long-standing ban on carrying loaded firearms on its land.

In a decision filed last week in U.S. District Court, Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered the corps to stop enforcing the ban immediately. Winmill only has jurisdiction over the District of Idaho, so the injunction only applies to corps land within the state, said Wendy Olson, U.S. Attorney for the district.
 

Hollywood Liberal Says He’s Making The Movie That Will Destroy The 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Asked to imagine the plight of the Jewish people disarmed and murdered by Nazi Germany, Weinstein told Stern that he might have used a firearm against his aggressors if he were in their shoes and he “found a gun” on the way to a concentration camp.

Washington Times opinion editor Emily Miller quipped in a piece discussing the producer’s movie plan, “Mr. Weinstein has been watching too many movies if he thinks the good guys find fully loaded firearms in convenient locations to use only when necessary.”
 

NRA warning issued over attack on 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association on Friday issued a “grassroots alert” to its members after WND inquired about its perspective on the report that a Florida man was profiled and confronted about owning a weapon during a traffic stop by Maryland police. The weapon was in Florida in the man’s safe at the time. What follows is the NRA statement on the case:
 

NY: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: 'Extreme' conservative Republicans not welcome in state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are."
 

AL: Auburn holsters guns on campus despite new law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The law Walton refers to, Senate Bill 286, took effect in Alabama on Aug. 1, clarifying and expanding firearms laws.

Employees may now keep properly secured weapons inside their car at their workplace, although employers may still prohibit firearms within the business itself.

Auburn University plans to comply by the new rules, but has also exercised its right to prohibit all weapons within its buildings.

“So, if you notice all the signs on all the buildings outside when you walk in that are affixed to the buildings, that’s what those signs are for,” Walton said.

The Department of Public Safety and Security’s second response to the new law is a room-sized gun locker for students to store their firearms while on campus.
 

PA: Straw gun law goes into effect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Authorities charged her in connection with the purchase of a Kel-Tec 9 mm gun at a shop in Lower Chichester. That was on Feb. 27. Just a week later, her boyfriend, David Colon, and another man, Shamar Atkinson, were taken into custody on drug charges. Police say Atkinson had the 9 mm gun Dawson bought in his possession. Dawson filed a police report saying the 9 mm and a 40-caliber Glock had been stolen. Unfortunately, she was captured on tape discussing the plan to report the guns as stolen with Colon while he was incarcerated at the county prison.
 

Gun Rights Activists Plan 'Stand Your Ground' Rallies at State Capitols
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a preemptive move to put state political leaders on notice, gun advocates are planning protests Sunday at all 50 state capitals to warn elected officials that they won't sit idly by and watch their Second Amendment rights be destroyed.

“We're trying to be very proactive right now,” said Eric Reed, president of Gun Rights Across America, which is organizing the rallies. “I don't want to see the gun grabbers get a jump on our constitutionally protected rights,” he told Secrets.
 

IL: Concealed carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You can now apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit providing that you meet some requirements. I visited seven area gun shops on Saturday and found that most were active in helping to explain and procure these permits. This is not a cheap project, so be prepared to spend some bucks before you actually get the permit. (Probably close to $500) Training and education is required in Illinois and many shops are holding classes and some are teaching on-going courses in marksmanship, personal protection, and responsibility.
 

WA: Poll on Gun Control at Seattle Times
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Seattle Times is running a poll about two initiatives that will be on the ballot in the next Washington State election. Instead of two questions that the voters will face, the poll asks three, summed up thus:
 

It’s a wrap in Las Vegas and there’s action in Olympia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show wraps up today in Las Vegas, Moms Demand Action – Washington will gather this morning to demand action on gun laws, and they just might get what they asked for, because some gun rights activists will apparently also be there.

No doubt, their efforts will be masked by currently fashionable rhetoric that substitutes terms like "gun safety" and "gun reform" for "gun control," but savvy lawmakers will know and if they don't, the firearms folks will help clairify things.
 

Shooting USA to be 'Platinum level' SAF sponsor this year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation announced today that Shooting USA, the popular program broadcast by the Outdoor Channel, will be a Platinum Level sponsor of SAF in the foundation’s efforts to protect and restore firearms rights.

Shooting USA host Jim Scoutten visited with SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb at the SAF booth today at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Gottlieb presented Scoutten with a plaque recognizing the sponsorship, which is a major accomplishment for the Bellevue-based organization.
 

Another Hollywood threat against gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One might guess that the NRA, with its new exhibit centrally-located on the main floor of the show, will not lose much sleep because the five-million-member organization — like the firearms industry now gathered here in Las Vegas — appears to be thriving on attacks from anti-gunners. Hollywood has demonized gun owners in the past, but the NRA and other gun rights organizations, along with gun ranges and gun stores have hardly withered.

The collective reaction around here from those who have heard about the report is "Yeah, right."
 

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