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NYPD to Add Anti-2A Questionnaire to Firearms Procurement Process?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"... 'The potential game changer for Mosbacher and his colleague would be a pledge made by New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, to require all gun suppliers selling weapons to the city’s police force to fill out the gun safety questionnaire. [ED: five survey questions listed below.] If de Blasio, whose city has the largest police department in America, follows through on the promise that organizers said they had received from him during the campaign, pressure on gun manufacturers will increase substantially.' True dat, but not in the way that writer Nathan Guttman thinks . . ."

"... any gunmaker that plays ball will face a consumer backlash that will make the Smith & Wesson boycott look like a hissy fit. Mark my words. ..." ...
 

Pro-Second Amendment Emily Miller Schools Gun Grabber on CNN (video available)
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"Pro-Second Amendment author Emily Miller appeared on CNN and dismantled a gun control guest. CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin talked to Arkadi Gerney of the liberal Center for American Progress and Miller about the announcement that powerful studio mogul Harvey Weinstein plans an attack film on the NRA."

"Gerney lectured, 'Emily is wrong when she said there isn't evidence that gun laws lead to reducing gun violence.' Miller shot back, 'Name one then...Name one.' Gerney replied, 'If you compare that to the ten states with the weakest gun laws in the country, you see gun deaths that are half, half the gun deaths in those states." When asked to prove it, Gerney offered himself as a source ..." ...
 

‘Nearly 10K’ CCW apps already in Chicago; Nat’l reciprocity bill on table
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"Nearly 10,000 Chicago-area residents have already applied for an Illinois concealed carry permit, and a weekend poll in the Idaho State Journal today shows more than 80 percent of respondents support a national concealed carry reciprocity measure co-sponsored by both Gem State Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch."

"It is doubtful that either of Washington’s Senators Patty Murray or Maria Cantwell will add their names to the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014. Don’t count on Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin to jump aboard, either, despite the rush of his constituents to legally arm themselves for personal protection outside the home." ...
 

Florida movie theater 'popcorn shooter's' rarely acknowledged 'Only One' status
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "What these groups do not want to talk about is that the accused is not only a retired police officer--an 'Only One'--he was a captain of 'Only Ones,' and indeed 'a well regarded' one, according to the Christian Science Monitor. But wait a second--police are the ones we're supposed to trust with guns, aren't they? For example, back when the Brady Campaign was desperately (and futilely) pressing Starbucks to ban guns ... the campaign's spokesman Doug Pennington was quoted in the Seattle Times:"
"'Starbucks hasn't done that. 'So far, Starbucks hasn't said what seems to be an obvious kind of policy, that 'no guns are allowed in our stores unless you're a police officer,' Pennington said.'" ...
 

SHOT Show: The Last Bastion of Growing Conservatism
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"Last week, I attended the largest gun and outdoors show in the world; the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. The annual Las Vegas event is so huge that only those who work in the industry are allowed to attend. The show doesn't receive much mainstream news coverage because the left-wing media doesn't want the public to know how many patriotic Americans are in the gun industry. Attendance increases every year, with 67,000 attending this year. There were 1,600 exhibitors, and over 400 companies were waitlisted."

"Conservatives have been losing ground in virtually every area in politics except the Second Amendment. ..." ...
 

Colion Noir on the Realities of Self-Defense (video story)
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Part 2: A Conversation With World Shooting Champion Julie Golob
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"Last week at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, I had the honor of catching up with world shooting champion, hunter, Army veteran, mother, author and Smith & Wesson team captain Julie Golob. Julie has won over 120 championship titles and wrote her first book, SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition, in 2012. If you’re new to shooting or want to learn more about the sport, I highly recommend picking up her book. She also offers tips and tricks on everything from cooking wild game to shooting on her website. You can read part one of our conversation here." ...
 

FPSRussia Shows Us the FN SCAR 17S (7.62x51mm NATO) in Ultra High Speed (video story)
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"Well it looks like FPSRussia is really back with regular videos again."

"In this video the world’s best fake Russian shows us the FN SCAR 17s."

"That’s the big boy SCAR for those unaware. It is chambered in 308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO."

"As he points out in the video, the setup he’s using isn’t the cheapest in the world, with the gun and optic clocking in right around $5,000." ...
 

Massad Ayoob: SIG Introduces the P320 (video available)
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"Last summer, I got to sit down with SIG-SAUER CEO Ron Cohen and the engineers, and got to play with a prototype of their new striker-fired pistol. I promised them I wouldn’t discuss it in public until they announced it at the SHOT Show this week. ..." ...

"This is the first striker-fired SIG pistol, and is of course designed to compete with the hugely successful Glock and [S&W] Military & Police semiautomatics. It’s built on the chassis of SIG’s familiar P250 ..."

"The P250 had growing pains, particularly in the area of the trigger bar. It had one of the smoothest double action only trigger pulls in the semiautomatic pistol industry and still does, but today’s market seems to want shorter trigger strokes ..." ...
 

Dan Zimmerman’s Pick of the SHOT Show: GLOCK 42
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"It’s become de rigeur to slam GLOCK for debuting a single stack .380 before unleashing a pocket 9. The internet’s abuzz with complaints. It’s too small. It’s too big. It’s ugly. It smells funny. Yadda, yadda, yadda. When I read the gunblogosphere’s take on the GLOCK 42 I was disappointed too. I’ve wanted a GLOCK for years; they just don’t fit my small hands. The scuttlebutt would have you believe the G42 was the wrong gun at the wrong time. And then I picked one up at Media Day . . ." ...
 

A Double-Stack Magazine For Rimmed Cartridges? (video available)
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"In the comments on Nick’s post about Franklin Armory’s new gas-operated .17 WSM AR-15, I played 'Debbie Downer' on the likelihood of seeing a high capacity, double-stack magazine for the rifle. Why? Well, it’s not easy to get a rimmed cartridge to reliably feed from a box magazine in a semi-automatic firearm in the first place, let alone from a double-stack mag. End up with one rim behind the next and you’re clearing a jam. 'Crashbbear' responded, 'tell that to Kel Tec’s PMR 30.' Good point. There are actually two unique features in the PMR-30 mags that prevent feeding issues. Let’s have a look…" ...
 

Robert Farago’s Pick of the SHOT Show: Remington R51
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"The Freedom Group is not TTAG’s BFF. We weren’t invited to Front Site to test Stage 1 (pre-production) versions of Remington’s new carry pistol, the R51. When I had a look at the R51 on the Show floor, all that agita counted for nothing. Nothing I saw at Remmy’s booth disabused me of the notion that Big Green’s fashioned a game-changing carry pistol. ..."
 

Question of the Day: What Handgun Do You Recommend for Newbies?
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"Flying back from Vegas, I found myself sitting next to someone who doesn’t own a handgun but wants to. Again. Seriously, this happens to me all the time. These newbies think that buying a gun is like finding Nemo. I mean Neo. There is The One. If they know something about guns, they fully expect GLOCK to be The One Gun To Rule Them All. Which it is, sometimes. Here’s my two-step process to guiding people to their first handgun . . ." ...
 

Double Barreled 1911 From Aresenal Firearms Firing in Ultra High Speed (video available)
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"You probably heard about the double barreled 1911 when it was announced last year. Now, you can finally see it in action."

"Arsenal Fireams has released their first video showing the gun firing recorded with a high speed camera."

"While I still don’t think this gun is practical for anything other than a conversation piece, the timing between the two barrels is a pretty impressive feat of engineering (I think anyway. Disclaimer: I am in no way an engineer)." ...
 

New From Gemtech: New G-Core Silencers & Muzzle Brakes
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"The good folks at Gemtech are stepping up their game with their new titanium G-Core silencers. These solid two-piece cans are the result of tons of research using the latest computational fluid dynamic (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) software. While all that may sound rather geeky, the results are hard to beat: tough-as-nails, full-auto rated, user serviceable cans at a reasonable price . . ." ...
 

Massad Ayoob: Memes
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"Looking through the relatively thin pickings of meaningful new gun designs in this year’s crop, I noticed that one I mentioned here, the Glock 42, a seven-shot .380 pistol, got a ton of comment on the internet. Much of that commentary was on the theme of 'if I’m going to carry a gun that size, I’d want it in full power 9mm Parabellum, not a wussy .380 a/k/a 9mm Short.'"

"Let me make it clear: I’m not a .380 fan. In 40-plus years of studying gunfights – not just reading books, but personally debriefing survivors and going over autopsy reports – I’ve come to consider the .380 marginal if not sub-marginal as a defensive weapon. I’ve just seen too many cases of the bad guy sucking up bullet after .380 bullet in vital zones and still coming. ..." ...
 

Shooting the messenger: The time I dared to critique gun activists’ agenda
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"Last month, I wrote a front-page article for Salon about the psychology of open carry ... The story topped Salon’s 'most read' list, at one point surpassing even the 'Duck Dynasty' drama ..."

"I also received feedback from people who were angry about the article, even though they had no idea what was in it. They’d only seen the responses to my story that popped up in conservative media outlets and online forums, where my original message was deliberately distorted. But that’s to be expected — lately, any story that voices cautious or moderate attitudes about guns (let alone actual policy changes) is quickly reappropriated. The formula is consistent: shoot the messenger, then rewrite the message." ...
 

Kalashnikov's pain over AK-47 rifle shouldn't be just his
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... "In fairness to Mr. Kalashnikov, he designed the weapon for use by the Russian military to defend his homeland. He could not have known that the Soviet Union would sell AK-47s to Third World dictators so their militias could slaughter women and children. He could not have anticipated that his invention would become the weapon of choice for terrorists, drug dealers and even common criminals. The U.S. congressmen who voted to lift the ban on assault weapons knowing full well who had need of these weapons should bear more guilt than that Mr. Kalashnikov evidently carried to the grave." ...
 

Gun rights advocates offer only non-solutions
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"James Peele’s recent commentary McAuliffe and gun control is just another predictable screed of threadbare arguments from gun rights advocates as to how our nation can become a safer place by increasing the number of guns in circulation. But Peele offers nothing of substance presented to remedy our epidemic of gun violence, one of our most serious problems and a national disgrace. What is needed are real, workable solutions that reduce that carnage."

"The magnitude of problem of gun injuries and deaths cannot be exaggerated. Our United States has more guns and more gun deaths, per capita, than any developed nation on earth. ..." ...
 

Chuck Woolery: Will Americans back Harvey Weinstein or the Second Amendment?
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"Movie producer Harvey Weinstein this week told Howard Stern that he has an upcoming project with actress Meryl Streep that will make the National Rifle Association 'wish they weren’t alive.' 'I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it,' Weinstein told Stern 'I think the NRA is a disaster area.'"

"Chuck Woolery doesn’t seem to think America is quite ready to be pushed around on gun control by the man behind such gun-crazy films as 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Kill Bill' and 'Django Unchained.'" ...
 

New movie will make NRA ‘wish they weren’t alive,’ says Obama backer Weinstein
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"Famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is no stranger to controversy. But Weinstein says he’s turned his sights on his biggest target yet: the National Rifle Association." ...

"Deadline Hollywood says the movie is currently titled 'The Senator’s Wife' and will focus on the NRA’s successful attempts to lobby federal lawmakers against voting for gun control legislation."

"Yahoo News has reached out to the NRA, which says it has not yet issued a public statement responding to Weinstein's comments. ..."

"Weinstein told Stern the film will not be a documentary, but rather a 'big movie like a 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,' which he believes will affect the national debate in ways lawmakers have so far been unable to do." ...
 

Anti-NRA Hollywood Flick Will Be Propaganda 101 Lesson
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"We couldn’t make this up in our most creative moment – Miramax magnate Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep are going to make a movie that will make National Rifle Association members 'wish they weren’t alive.'"

"It may be the scariest film Weinstein ever made, and that’s something in the wake of films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Django Unchained. His blockbuster NRA hatefest will no doubt be completely factual, right up until the opening credits."

"Weinstein is a wealthy, plugged-in Democrat who has raised tons of money for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The irony, of course, is that Weinstein has put over-the-top gun violence on every movie screen in the world – for profit. ..." ...
 

PA: Guns in park are unnerving (fifth letter)
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"I've always been interested in our United States Constitution and protecting the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. But when are we going to start using common sense, as our Founding Fathers did more than 200 years ago."

"... Just because we have a right to do something doesn't always make it correct ... Times have changed in our society over the past decade; I feel that having people walking around with handguns or high-powered rifles in public places is a little loose-minded."

"I know that if I were at a public park and witnessed a person walking around with weapons, I would call 911. I would feel very nervous with the situation and leave immediately from the area. ..." ...
 

FL: It will happen again
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"It will happen again"

"Another senseless death in America, this one very close to home, at the movies."

"We all know it will happen again."

"This will continue to happen even with stronger gun laws that we do not have."

"This will continue to happen even if we could follow and monitor the mental state of all gun owners, which we know is unrealistic." ...
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Submitter's Note: At least there are some people out there who recognize reality . . .
 

OH: Untitled Letter to the Editor
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"Our political discussions would be helped considerably if participants would read relevant documents with care and use words in accord with their proper meanings."

"May I note two recent letters to support that statement?"

"The writer of the Jan. 15 letter 'Why America didn’t change,' arguing for the right to own guns, cites 'the actual Second Amendment' and argues from the meaning of the word 'militia' there."

"The phrase used in the actual Second Amendment is, 'A well regulated Militia.' A collection of otherwise unspecified citizens owning guns would not necessarily be well regulated."

"At the very least, a requirement of background checks for all gun sales ... would be consistent with the language of the amendment." ...
 

The Dichotomy Of The Gun: Proposed Georgia, Mississippi State Laws Miss Central Point Of Gun Debate
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"One of the fundamental problems in the gun control/gun rights argument is that the central item in the discussion, i.e. the gun, is seen as two completely different things from either side. For those who find themselves on the side of the spectrum that wants guns controlled (or banned outright) the gun is a terrifying death machine that ordinary citizens should not possess. For those on the side of the spectrum who prefers easy access to firearms (or mandatory ownership) the gun is the only real 'protection' they trust." ...
 

Lone Survivor: Go See It.
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"Andy over at Ace of Spades has a fabulous review of Lone Survivor."

"There’s spoilers there, and here’s the deal: It’s like Titanic."

"The boat sinks."

"Spoiler in this movie: They all die except Marcus."

"And they kill a whole lot of Taliban riff-raff along the way."

"Anyway, Andy does a magnificent job on a magnificent movie."

"I saw the movie last week."

"I was reluctant to watch it as I figured it would be like Saving Private Ryan was at the end. In that movie, I might have wept like a little schoolgirl at the end, just like everyone else in the theater that day. ..."

"Lone Survivor wasn’t as intense as that, but it was still emotional at the end."

"Read his review. ..." ...
 

By anti-gun 'logic,' Weinstein plans to contribute to millions of deaths
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... "No--forget about all that for the moment, and instead take the anti-gun position at its word (you don't see that in this column often, do you?), and accept the premise that gun ownership--in and of itself--makes suicide much more likely. And then consider that Weinstein intends to make NRA members--a group presumably characterized by a very high gun ownership rate--'wish they weren't alive.' That's a rather large quantity of blood--perhaps even more than is spilled in a typical Weinstein movie--that he'll be needing to wash off his hands." ...
 

The Firearms and Ammunition of "Alas, Babylon": Pat Frank, Credible Deterrence of Evil and the .22 Long Rifle Ammo Famine
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... "This is one of those passages that a modern mindset would find hopelessly naive and even dangerous. Mind you, this is the morning after the bombs have hit. While Fort Repose has not yet been affected by blast or overcome with refugees, Randy has already passed in his car on his earlier way into town a group of escaped road gang convicts, some armed with their dead guards revolvers and shotguns. Yet he lets his sister-in-law go into town unarmed and unescorted. ..."

"And what did Frank mean when he wrote: 'He had more than he would ever need for the big rifle, the carbine, and the shotguns'?"

"What quantity is 'more than he would ever need'?" ...
 

CO: Teenager Home Alone Opens Fire on Home Invader Who Cut Power Before Kicking in Door
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"Things could have gone very badly for a 14 year old who was home alone in Pueblo, CO."

"According to media reports, the teen heard someone in the home and armed himself."

"The 14 year old saw as many as three intruders in the home and opened fire with a handgun. He told police he believes he hit one of the men, who fled once they realized they were facing an armed would be victim."

"One media report said the home’s backdoor had been kicked in and the power to the home had been cut." ...
 

GA: Armed Jewelry Store Owner Chases Two “Smash and Grab” Robbers From His Store (video available)
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"Don’t bring a hammer to a gun fight?"

"That’s the lesson that two would be robbers learned the hard way after attempting to rob a Gwinnett County, GA jewelry store."

"According to My Fox Atlanta, two men entered the Armen and Joseph jewelry store and attempted to use hammers to break the showcase in an attempt to steal jewelry."

"The owner, who happened to be armed, drew his handgun and the thieves fled immediately. They were last seen going towards a Kroger grocery store." ...
 

KY: Police say Louisville home invasion victim pulled gun, shot suspect (video available)
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"Louisville Metro Police say what appears to have been a home invasion in southeast Louisville was foiled when the victim pulled a gun and shot one of the suspects." ...

"Police say three black males who appeared to be in their 20s kicked in the door of a home at that location."

"Authorities say, a 20-year-old man was inside the home, who was caring for his mother."

"'This 20-year-old was able to gain a firearm. He did discharge that firearm at these 3 individuals, and he believed he struck one of those individuals,' says Sgt. Robert Biven with Louisville Metro Police."

"One of the suspects was shot at least twice, according to police. ..." ...
 

OH: 3 burglars scurry after homeowner fires shot
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"The three young males who tried to break into a South Toledo garage apparently did not heed the warning posted in a window at the home."

"'Warning: I don’t dial 911,' reads the sign, with an image of a gun’s barrel, in a front window at 1518 Nebraska Ave."

"The homeowner, Edward Charles, 66, fired at least one shot at three juveniles who were trying to break into the property’s detached garage at about 11:20 a.m. Monday, police said."

"No charges have been filed against Mr. Charles, though investigators did speak with someone from the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office about the case." ...
 

AZ: Two break-ins in less than 24 hours, 77-year-old Phoenix homeowners fatally shoots intruder (video available)
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"An early morning home invasion Friday ended with the suspect being fatally shot and the 77-year-old Phoenix homeowner devastated over having to take his life but frustrated with the recent rash of break-ins."

"... Russell Wildey, returned home from a dinner date Thursday evening to find that his home had been broken into and ransacked." ...

"However, with three to four break-ins since Christmas, the tired homeowner just went to bed ... but around 3 a.m. Wildey was awakened to strange noises in his home. ..."

"Wildey grabbed his shotgun and walked towards the front of his home where he came face to face with an intruder ... Wildey fired one fatal shot at Mackey, who collapsed on the tile by the front door." ...
 

MA: Resident shoots and kills masked intruder who burst into Dorchester home; second suspect is captured
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"Two masked men who forced their way into a Dorchester apartment this morning were met by an armed resident who opened fire, killing one and chasing the other out of the building, where police arrested him, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said today."

"Police responding to the scene shortly after 9 a.m. saw the second suspect fleeing down Esmond Street, still carrying a gun he had allegedly brandished moments earlier inside the apartment building. He was arrested nearby." ...

"The resident at 85 Esmond St. is also in custody, but has not yet been charged with any crime because police are trying to determine if he was licensed to possess a firearm, according to Evans and [Superintendent-in-Chief] Gross." ...
 

PA: Concealed Carrier Shoots and Kills Armed Robber in PA
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"It’s a story that can’t happen in many parts of the world where freedoms are limited. A concealed carrier with a legally carried firearm was able to defend himself from an armed aggressor."

"According to Philly.com, a currently unidentified suspect with an arrest record tried to rob a law abiding citizen on the street."

"Unfortunately for the suspect, this citizen was a licensed concealed carrier who was armed with a handgun."

"The armed citizen drew his firearm and the two men exchanged gunfire."

"Both men were hit during the exchange. The suspect died from his injuries. The suspect’s identity has not currently been released." ...
 

Utah: Concealed Carry in Schools; Zero School Shootings. Coincidence?
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"In western states, 'school shooter' has a different meaning. Many schools have rifle teams."

"There are many likely contributors to the fact that Utah has zero school-related shootings."

"Utah is one of the states that has the least restrictions on second amendment rights in the nation. It is one of the few that do not forbid concealed carry permit holders from carrying their personal defensive firearms in schools."

"Utah has very little crime, with one of the lowest homicide rates in the country. As stated in this article from ksl.com, the odds that when you are in Utah, someone near you has a concealed carry permit, are very good." ...
 

IL: CHICAGO ISN’T SAFE: Violent crime coverup in Chicago isn’t working, student shot in head after surrendering phone
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"Fudging crime stats can only do so much to fool the public. People still see dead bodies in the streets. The families who haven’t been victimized themselves still hear from their friends and neighbors how violent crime has touched them in today’s Chicago, home of Illinois’ strictest gun control measures – and the lowest per-capita application rate for concealed carry licenses."

"Interestingly enough, east central Illinois’ Cumberland County ... has the state’s highest per-capita application rate, exactly five times that of Chicago (51/100k vs. 10.2/100k)."

"If guns cause crime ... then where are the photos of all the dead bodies in Cumberland County? ..." ...
 

SC: It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Recidivist Edition
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"'A man accused of rape, kidnapping, and assault was out on bond when investigators say he again committed those crimes and more,' wwaytv3.com reports. All those who are surprised this nasty turn of events please raise your hand. Thought not. 'Records show [Richard Teremaine] Gore damaged the straps for his GPS tracking device Monday. Investigators say he kidnapped a woman from a home in Little River, SC, either Sunday night or Monday morning by gunpoint and raped and assaulted her at his home in Ash. According to warrants it’s the same woman Gore allegedly kidnapped and rape earlier this year.' Yes, you read that right . . ." ...
 

Gun control in America
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"Recently our media has been pushing gun control."

"MSNBC host Chris Matthews claimed people who don't want to criminalize the private transfer of firearms, better known as universal background checks, are racists and can't stand that fact we have an African-American president."

"... Michael Bloomberg advocated background checks and screenings in the New York Daily News. CNN's Piers Morgan claimed the D.C. naval yard shooting suspect had an AR-15 rifle, even though he actually had a shotgun and a pistol."

"The shootings in Newtown, Aurora and the naval yard were tragic. Media outlets have had so-called experts claim that mass shootings are on the rise, however, mass shootings are not on the rise." ...
 

Gun Control: ‘Liberal’ TV Anchors Alter Stance On Second Amendment
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"Gun control advocacy groups are pushing stores and businesses to enact policies which prohibit concealed carry and open carry even in states where such self-defensive measures are legal. ..."

"Although some television journalists keep their political views to themselves, others are very vocal about their gun control stance when on-air. Are liberal members of the mainstream media changing their stance on gun control? Some recent comments by popular and allegedly liberal tv personalities appears to indicate their stance on Second Amendment laws has evolved – at least somewhat." ...
 

FL: Florida Sheriff Shuts Down Piers Morgan’s Gun Control Discussion During Interview (video story)
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"Piers Morgan had the chance to interview the sheriff, Chris Nocco, of the county where a man was shot in a movie theater last week."

"Rather than just trying to get some information from Nocco on the crime, Morgan, of course, has to try to steer the discussion on to the topic of gun control."

"However, Nocco wasn’t having any of it. Nocco repeatedly reiterated the fact that the victim in this case was killed by another person, not a gun."

"Nocco went on to point out that, yes, some people are killed by gun violence, but there are just as many, or more, people who use firearms for self defense everyday (as we document on this website)." ...
 

VA: ‘Snowlection’ to decide control of Va. Senate, fate of gun rights bills in 2014
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"Almost 600 gun rights activists swarmed the Virginia General Assembly Building and Capital Square grounds on Martin Luther King Day to lobby legislators and rally for expanded gun rights. The annual lobby event was organized by the Virginia citizens Defense League (VCDL)."

"VCDL was buoyed by last week’s rejection of anti-gun bills by the House of Delegates. But all eyes are now on tomorrow’s special election for a state Senator to represent the 33d District in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties." ...
 

VA: Both sides of gun debate lobby lawmakers (video available)
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"Monday was a busy day at the state capitol, where advocates on both sides of the gun issue lobbied lawmakers. Those wanting legislation to prevent gun violence and those wanting to protect their second amendment rights made their presence known."

"They not only demonstrated outside the General Assembly Building, but went inside to speak to lawmakers one-on-one. Despite their differences on the issue, there didn't seem to be any clashes between those two groups Monday."

"They created a stark contrast at the capitol. Outside the GA Building, gun rights advocates displayed large rifles. Just about 100 yards away, another group prayed for an end to gun violence and held hearts symbolizing the victims taken in 2012." ...
 

WA: Poll: Which Washington state gun control initiative do you support? (poll still available)
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"Washingtonians have a history of confronting controversial issues head-on through ballot measures." ...

"Voters in recent years have affirmed same-sex marriage and legalized recreational marijuana. This past November, the city of SeaTac’s electorate raised the minimum wage for airport workers to the highest level in the nation."

"On deck: Gun control. Not just one initiative. Two!"

"Expect the dueling measures to spark a passionate, attention-grabbing and expensive debate, which will begin during the legislative session and likely extend through the November elections. ..." ...
 

WA: Let the numbers tell the tale in Olympia
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"Even with the Seattle Seahawks playing for the conference title and a shot at the Super Bowl, and a gun show at the Puyallup fairgrounds, yesterday saw a sizeable crowd of firearms owners gather on the state capitol campus in Olympia, and they vastly outnumbered the vocal bunch of gun control advocates who appeared on the capitol steps Friday."

"Evergreen State lawmakers ... should break out the pocket calculators and do some math. On Friday, Kate Beck, state chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America acknowledged that her group has only about 1,200 members statewide. Washington CeaseFire claims 'more than 5,000 members across the state.'"

"Some 450,000 people are licensed to carry concealed handguns. ..." ...
 

WA: Activists bring guns to Washington Capitol to defend rights
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"About 200 people gathered Sunday on the Capitol Campus to rally support for gun rights, two days after the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action ... held a rally there."

"Sunday's gathering belonged to those who believe strongly in the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms."

"And many did just that by bringing a firearm to the rally."

"'Many participants are expected to openly carry firearms, as is allowed under state law,' the state Department of Enterprise Services ... announced ..." ...

"Lynda Wilson, chairwoman of the Clark County Republicans, kicked things off by talking about how she's the mother of three daughters and the 'disparity of force' between men and women."

"'Guns are the great equalizer,' she said." ...
 

CO: New gun rights group formed to target lawmakers
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"A nonprofit advocating for Second Amendment rights has formed to remind lawmakers that they remain a moving target."

"Following bitter recalls in which two Senate Democrats have already been recalled from office, and another resigned rather than face a recall election, the Colorado Second Amendment Association was created to build upon the grassroots momentum behind last year’s recall efforts."

"The founders of the new 501(c)(4) are many of the same people behind the recall of Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, which was led by the issue committee Basic Freedom Defense Fund. Members also include citizens who were active in the recall of Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, and in the recall attempt of Sen. Evie Hudak ..." ...
 

CO: Flare-up over rules turns into a political firestorm
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"Last week’s pleas for bipartisanship by legislative leaders during opening days of the session quickly faded from reality as a kerfuffle over the introduction of a gun control repeal imploded into a political firestorm."

"Senate Republicans accused Democrats of attempting to thwart the democratic process by violating legislative rules in order to delay introduction of a measure that would repeal much of the universal background check law pushed by Democrats last session."

"Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, took a moment of personal privilege Tuesday on the Senate floor, lambasting Senate President Morgan Carroll of Aurora for authorizing the delay." ...
 

TN: Haslam, Ramsey State Positions on Meth, Medicaid, Vouchers, Guns, and More
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"As the Tennessee General Assembly ended its first week of the newly convened 2014 session last Thursday, Governor Bill Haslam called a press conference ..." ...

"Gun issues dominated Ramsey’s availability. He began his session with reporters by handing out copies of a legal opinion he’d commissioned from the Legislature's Office of Legal Services contradicting an earlier opinion from state Attorney General Robert Cooper. The attorney general had declared that the guns-in-parking lots bill passed by the legislature last year did not prevent employers in Tennessee, an 'at will' state, from firing employees who kept weapons in their locked cars." ...
 

VA: Senator Black Officially Launches Campaign For Virginia's 10th Congressional District
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"Today, Virginia State Senator Richard H. Black officially launched his campaign for Congress in Virginia's 10th Congressional District."

"'I launch this campaign at a critical juncture in our nation's history,' Black said. 'National debt is unsustainable, our economy is in crisis, our foreign policy is undefined, and Obamacare is crushing hard working families across America. ...'"

"As a member of the Virginia legislature, Black has authored several major initiatives resulting in major transportation improvements. He has also been a strong defender of the Second Amendment ... As a former Delegate and current Senator, Dick Black has voted against every tax increase since he has held office. ..." ...
 

NY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Pro-life people not welcome in New York (video available)
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"New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes that pro-life activists, along with anti-gay activists and supporters of the Second Amendment, are not welcome in his state."

"During a radio interview on Friday, Cuomo pointed out that Republicans were in the midst of a schism, where conservatives worked against moderate Republicans."

"'Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves,' he said. '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.'" ...
 

TN: Run for your life
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"Recently ... I saw a young female runner cross Campbell Station Road, and disappear into the woods. She was outfitted in typical jogging attire: tank top, shorts and sneakers ... and ear-buds providing music to run by."

"I couldn't help wonder if she was even aware of what is going on around her. Was she aware of the sexual assault in Ijams Nature Center last summer?"

"The Town of Farragut has its parks posted against firearms possession by good citizens with handgun carry permits. There was a vote to rescind that ban in October. Contrary to many watchers' expectations, the mayor voted to maintain the current ban."

"I wrote Mayor McGill, asking him to reconsider, based on erroneous information he quoted:." ...
 

SC: Republican Senate Candidate Suggests Teachers Should be Able to Carry Machine Guns in School
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"South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright (R), who is challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the GOP primary, said on Friday that school teachers should be able to carry machine guns to protect students from gun violence."

"Appearing on Fox News Radio’s The Alan Colmes Show, Bright expanded on his proposed bill to create high school courses on how to use a fire arm by agreeing with Colmes that the government cannot legally restrict gun ownership on school grounds:" ...
 

OR: Multnomah Republicans misfire again with Martin Luther King message
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"The Multnomah County Republican Party today issued a statement explaining a previous press release about Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and guns that drew widespread ridicule. The earlier release, among other things, said:"

"'In celebrating these two men, and the denial of the rights they fought so hard against, the Multnomah County Republican Party announces that we have started our third raffle for an AR-15 rifle (or handgun of the winner's choice).'"

"... [T]he Multnomah GOP press release was indefensible – yet another self-inflicted wound for a party that already is frail and weak in a deep-blue county." ...
 

DE: Delaware: Senate Bill Eliminating Firearms Preemption to Be Heard in Committee
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"On Wednesday, January 22, at 1:30 p.m., Senate Bill 23 will be heard in the Delaware Senate Judiciary Committee."

"Sponsored by state Senator Robert Marshall (D-3), SB 23 aims to entirely eliminate the limitations imposed upon municipalities to regulate firearms and ammunition within their jurisdictions."

"Recent increases in violent crime in Wilmington are alarming. The response in Wilmington is not to address the criminal element or the actual causes of the violence, but to instead attempt to strip away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in their city. ..." ...
 

CO: Gun control laws still a hot topic in Colorado
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"Lori Saine isn’t about to let last year’s gun control laws take a back seat to new legislation in 2014."

"The Republican state representative from Firestone said last year’s laws passed by the Democratic majority in the House and Senate limiting magazine capacity to 15 rounds and requiring background checks for sales and transfers of firearms are not only violating Second Amendment rights, but have also taken away jobs from her district."

"Magpul, a firearms and accessories designer and manufacturer based in Erie, recently announced that it’s leaving Colorado because of the magazine limitations." ...
 

Judge: Second Amendment Includes the Right to Purchase Guns
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... "To come to his conclusion, Chang looked at the historical argument as to whether the activity being banned – the selling of firearms – was outside of the scope of the Second Amendment ... In this, the city failed to make its case."

"As he writes in his order granting the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, '... Certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government’s reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment. This right must also include the right to acquire a firearm.'"

"Now we know that the Second Amendment not only guarantees the right to bear arms ... [but] also protects the right to buy them, just as the founding fathers intended." ...
 

Judge’s Ruling Reveals the Truth About Kevin Brittingham and Freedom Group
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"The final court decision has been issued in the case of Kevin Brittingham’s lawsuit against Freedom Group and Remington over his sudden firing a couple years back, and it’s a way better read than I expected. Not only is it a complete and total smackdown against Remington, but it was so entertaining that I found myself chuckling at times. The full test is available for download here, but for those who don’t want to wade through all 117 pages of brilliantly written legal analysis I’ll try to summarize . . ." ...
 

Ninth Circuit Affirms That Bloggers Are Journalists…Why This Matters
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"The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals has ruled that bloggers enjoy the same journalistic protections as traditional print and broadcast media when commenting on matters of public concern. Financial blogger Crystal Cox now won’t have to pay a $2.5 million jury award to an Oregon attorney and his financial services firm, whom she had accused of fraud and money laundering. Why does this First Amendment victory for a finance blogger matter to the future of the Second Amendment? . . ."

"Because up until now there was no clear rule on which legal standard should apply when bloggers and other new media were sued for vague ‘presumed damages’ for defamation. ..." ...
 

WI: Gun club sues Delafield
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"Lawyers for the Hartland Sportsman's Club are asking the Waukesha County Circuit Court to overturn a decision by the city last year denying a conditional-use permit for the gun club and to also reinstate the permit that the city revoked three years ago after a woman was grazed by a stray bullet ..."

"... [G]un club attorney Jeremy Levinson argued that the city violated state law, the Wisconsin Constitution, and the U.S. Constitution when it revoked the gun club's initial permit in 2010 and then rejected a request from the club last year for a new permit."

"Levinson described the decisions by the Common Council as 'defective and arbitrary because they rested on ever-changing standards, never-ending additional requirements ...'" ...
 

ATF’s New Shenanigans with Electronic Acquisition and Disposition Records – Who’s Ready to Challenge Them?
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"Recently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced ATF Ruling 2013-5, regarding requirements for implementing and maintaining electronic Acquisition and Disposition records that Federal Firearms Licensees must keep, without any opportunity for Notice and Comment, in direct violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), and invalidated a number of previously approved variances, again in violation of the APA and in violation of the variance holder’s due process protections." ...
 

Operation Something Bruin
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... "In late 2010 through 2011, ... possibly due to not finding any illegal activity, Arnold and Webb resorted to various schemes to try to entice the hunters to break laws."

"During one hunter’s trial in Haywood County, agents admitted to buying illegal bait for bears in Tennessee, and placing it in a hunter’s yard in Graham County. Hunters witnessed the officers killing at least four of the ten bears that were taken. These agents, against the advice of hunters, removed the bears’ gallbladders and called hunters from surrounding counties to try to get them to participate in the illegal selling of bear parts. ..."

"According to one attorney, [undercover 'agent'] Arnold admitted in court to violating 39 wildlife laws." ...
 

CA: 13 Arrests In Mass Protest Over Police Officers Acquitted In Beating Death Of Homeless Man
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"At least 13 people were arrested Saturday during a protest of an estimated 200 people angered by last week’s acquittal of two former Fullerton police officers who had been accused of fatally beating a local homeless man named Kelly Thomas."

"On Jan. 13 a jury took less than day to find former Fullerton police officer Manual Ramos, 39, not guilty of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and former police officer Jay Cicinelli, 41, not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and 'assault under color of authority' in the 2011 death of Kelly Thomas ..."

"The brutal beating of Thomas ... was caught on videotape and sparked a massive community outrage."

"Background on the case can be found here" ...
 

PA: U.S. Justice Department faults head of Philadelphia gun buyback effort
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"The head of a Philadelphia gun buyback program gave himself unauthorized pay raises and failed to hold down other expenses paid from federal grant money, the U.S. Justice Department's inspector general said in a report on Thursday."

"Compensation given to the Philadelphia Safety Net's executive director, Raymond Jones, was unreasonably high and not authorized by the group's board of directors, according to the audit report. It also said the group had a potential conflict of interest, because Jones's sister served as chairwoman of the board."

"The unauthorized raises totaled $82,000 over four years, the audit report said. In 2010, Jones received a salary of $146,378 when his authorized salary was $90,000." ...
 

TN: Willie Greer, Deputy, Accused Of Raping Woman During Traffic Stop (video available)
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"A deputy in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been charged with aggravated rape for allegedly forcing oral sex on a woman during a traffic stop."

"Willie Greer, 33, was fired and arrested last Thursday because of an incident on Jan. 5 during which he pulled over a woman for speeding and allegedly raped her in his patrol car around 1 a.m."

"The victim told investigators that Greer wrote her name on his hand and went to his car."

"When he came back, he told she was going to jail and made her get out of the car." ...
 

NY: Professors Detail Brutal Tangle With Police
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... "Ms. LaFont dialed 911. She asked for an ambulance and told the dispatcher her husband had had surgery. 'He’s on a lot of medication,' she said. 'And he’s freaking out.'"

"Moments later, Mr. Peltomaa was in handcuffs and Ms. LaFont was under arrest — beginning a nine-month legal predicament that ended only on Wednesday, when a criminal court judge in Manhattan dismissed the charges 'in the furtherance of justice.'"

"The judge, Steven M. Statsinger, said in his ruling that the police had mishandled a call to a medical emergency and ended up injuring an already sick man."

"'Defendant’s motion describes facts so extreme and unusual that this can truly be deemed sui generis,' Judge Statsinger wrote." ...
 

OK: Police Beat Elderly Deaf Man For ‘Refusing Orders’
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... "According to reports, 64-year-old Pearl Pearson left the scene of a minor automobile accident before being pulled over by Oklahoma Highway Patrol on January 3."

"After issuing several vocal commands from their police vehicle, troopers claim Pearson refused to show his hands. Despite a large placard on his driver’s door stating, 'Driver is deaf,' Pearson claims troopers immediately began hitting his face as he attempted to show his ID ..."

"After a seven-minute altercation, Pearson was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident. ..." ...

"Another statement on PearlPearson.com reveals that Pearson has several family members in law enforcement, making it seem highly unlikely that Pearson w
 

CA: Caught On Cell Phone: LA Cop Punches Special Needs Girl In The Face On A Bus! (video story)
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: Kudos to the vet for refusing to be intimidated into turning over his camera phone and asks Why does he think he can get away with such conduct? Well, if his partner had been doing her job, she'd have arrested him on the spot.
 

KY: Police Officer Accused Of Harassing Teen Ref Pleads Guilty
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"A police officer accused of physically attacking a 13-year-old soccer referee pleaded guilty in court Thursday."

"Officer Keith Spears pleaded guilty to an amended charge of harassment, which is not considered a misdemeanor, but a violation. He was originally charged with harassment with physical contact."

"Spears has taken a lot of heat from the public after police say he lost his cool after a girl's soccer game last Fall and put his hands on Nathaniel Rase, twisting the boy's arm behind his back." ...
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Submitter's Note: So if I were to 'physically attack' a cop and 'twist his arm behind his back' would I be able to plead to 'a violation'? More importantly, would I survive?
 

Second Amendment organization helps people find firearms friendly businesses
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"2Amendment.org, (2AO) a brand new 501c3 not-for-profit organization announced its presence with a BANG at the 2014 SHOT show thanks to an interview with NRA news show Cam & Company. Co-founders Bryan Crosswhite and Baraka James talked about the service for business owners."

"'We just wanted a way to be able to find and support businesses that were 2nd Amendment supporters. There was no place on the web to do that. We put up a website, and, after a couple of interviews, well, it just exploded. We are currently signing up new registrants at a rate of a business per minute ' Said founder Bryan Crosswhite." ...
 

TX: Dozens march with rifles in open carry rally
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"Marching along Dowlen Road in Beaumont Saturday with rifles slung on their backs and signs in the air, dozens of Southeast Texans exercised their right to openly carry long arms. It is a right they feel is being attacked."

"'The United States Constitution is being trampled,' said one marcher."

"Saturday's march was organized by the Beaumont chapter of Come and Take It America (CATI), an organization that fights for Second Amendment rights."

"'There's a media narrative out there today that guns are bad, and that people with guns are bad, and all across the state we're showing that (that's not true)... just because you're carrying a gun doesn't mean you're a bad person,' said CATI regional director Terry Holcomb." ...
 

CT: Massive Non-Compliance with “Assault Weapons” and “Large Capacity Magazine” Registration?
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"'Gun owners in Connecticut registered about 50,000 assault rifles before the Jan. 1 deadline, state public safety officials reported Friday as they drew close to completing the task of processing reams of related paperwork,' ctnewsjunkie.com reports. 'That rough estimate comes more than two weeks after the deadline to register banned rifles and ammunition magazines ...' Reader CTsheepdog wonders . . ."

"'How is that there were 50,000 rifles registered versus less than 40,000 LCM’s [large capacity magazines] declared? Second, how do we reconcile 50,000 rifles against an official state analyst group suggesting over 370,000 rifles back in April 2011? ..." ...
 

NY: SAFE?Act Enforceable In ‘A Liberal’s Dream World’
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"I have followed with interest some of the letters referencing our local New York State elected officials(Young and Goodell)' support for repealing the 'SAFE Act.' ... Typical of most gun control advocates who have taken exception, they have no specific rationale for supporting gun control beyond the assumption that it is obvious and that if we all were not such dumb rednecks we would support it too."

"It does make sense to support gun control if you ignore the Constitution; disregard the history of previous gun control; agree to give up the ability to protect yourself, your family and your property; support elitist hypocrites and, live in a liberal's dream world where criminals actually follow these laws." ...
 

IL: Billboard Touting Assault Rifle Stirs Up Controversy (video available)
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"A billboard touting assault rifles as 'Pure American' as baseball and apple pie is stirring up controversy."

"Thousands of cars pass by the billboard in Chicago every day alongside a giant rifle is the American flag and Second Amendment in one corner and the Christian fish and the Statue of Liberty in the other."

"Slide Fire, the company behind the advertisement, is promoting how its product can effectively modify an assault rifle from semi to fully automatic."

"Annette Holt, who lost her son to gun violence, calls the billboard outrageous but gun dealer Louie Asanon sells the product and is defending the billboard saying 'guns are American'." ...
 

FL: Gun range on homeowner's property worries some but law says there's nothing anyone can do
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"Neighbors on Big Pine Key might be upset over a backyard firing range at a private home but the Monroe County Commission must stay out of it, County Attorney Bob Shillinger said Thursday."

"'Just to be clear, your hands are tied,' Shillinger told commissioners, meeting in Key West."

"The Florida Legislature has passed stringent laws that prohibit local authorities from trying to regulate shooting on private property unless the shooting is done 'recklessly.'"

"Residents of Big Pine Key's Eden Pines subdivision have contacted county with concern about Doug Varrieur's backyard target practice." ...
 

CA: Welcome To The Gun Club For Liberals Who Hate The NRA
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"A gun group just outside of San Francisco wants it known that the [NRA] doesn't speak for all gun owners. Apart from its interpretation of the Second Amendment, it's a 'reactionary' force in society with too much cultural baggage to do anything positive for an isolated but proud portion of Americans: progressives with pistols."

"'We make ourselves a special place where we don't have to hear about the 'Kenyan Muslim socialist' in the White House,' says Marlene Hoeber, a transgendered feminist and Oakland-based member of the Liberal Gun Club. Of the NRA she adds, 'I can't put money into a group that gives campaign contributions to people who (say) how terribly wrong it is to walk down the street holding my girlfriend's hand.'" ...
 

KS: Kansas State Rifle Association President Coming To Liberal
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"KSRA President Patricia Stoneking will be speaking in Liberal, KS on Wednesday, January 22 at the Seward County Admin Building, Commission Chambers at 6 pm."

"Patricia Stoneking is the President of the Kansas State Rifle Association (KSRA) which is the state sanctioned affiliate of the NRA. She is an NRA Certified Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Refuse To Be A Victim Program Instructor. Patricia is the owner of Target Master Shooting Academy, LLC."

"Patricia is the Registered Lobbyist for the KSRA and has always been very active in legislative and political affairs. She also serves on the Kansas Attorney General's Advisory Council for Concealed Carry issues." ...
 

AZ: Arizona Poll: 2A Rules the Day
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"A recent poll from the Seattle Times ran through the blogosphere with decidedly positive results for Second Amendment activists. In spite of splitting 2A supporters with two answers, the total came at 79% in favor of a strict reading of the Second Amendment (no infringements) and 18 percent in favor of the status quo. Only 7% were for increased restrictions on second amendment rights, even worded as a 'background check' measure . . ."

"It appears that many people have been educated and have become more sophisticated in their understanding of the law and the issues in the year following the tragedy at Newtown." ...
 

WA: Foul-mouthed gang member sentenced; not many moms show
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"A Seattle gang member with a history of violence is off to prison for 76 years, according to today’s Seattle Times, but before King County Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert handed down the sentence Friday, Kevin Hubbard proved he is as careless with his mouth as he has been with guns." ...

"This was happening as the 2014 [SHOT] Show was wrapping up in Las Vegas, where scores of gunmakers were showing off the kind of hardware Hubbard abused and misused ... It also coincided with a rather unimpressive appearance on the capitol steps of about 50 people from the Moms Demand Action group, whose turnout pales by comparison to the crowd at today’s Washington Arms Collectors gun show here in Puyallup. ..." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
...to disarm the people - that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. — George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380.

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