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NY: Powerful New York gun ban politician arrested for bribery, kickbacks
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"As such, Silver has been a leading proponent of 'gun control' throughout his terms of office, including being a driving force behind passing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 'SAFE' Act. In 2012, Silver pushed through a package of bills after the Sandy Hook killings, using that as the springboard to enact legislation that had failed to be enacted in prior years, including microstamping, gun locks and 'closing loopholes. He stated his post-Newtown goal flatly, to impose 'a complete ban on assault weapons.'”
 

CT: Gun Maker Gets Newtown Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court
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HARTFORD, CT - Gun maker Remington has moved a lawsuit filed against it by families of those shot in the Sandy Hook school massacre from state to federal court, where at least one expert says it has less chance of succeeding.

Nine families sued Remington and others in Bridgeport Superior Court in December arguing the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting should not have been sold for civilian use because of its overwhelming firepower. A 10th family joined the lawsuit adding a wrongful death claim.
 

PA: Ex-Philadelphia homicide detective accused of hiding girlfriend after slaying
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PHILADELPHIA -- A veteran Philadelphia homicide detective stashed his girlfriend out-of-state and hid her car while colleagues sought her in the slaying of her ex-husband, an indictment charged Thursday.

Detective Ronald Dove has been charged with obstruction, evidence tampering, flight and conspiracy in a case the city prosecutor compared to "a cheap novel."

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said that Dove hid girlfriend Erica Sanchez in an upstate New York motel for several weeks and even took her to Niagara Falls during a weekend visit.
 

Documents: Cops wanted to hit 'Meet the Press' then-host David Gregory with gun charge
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Police wanted to arrest former NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory for showing an illegal high-capacity gun magazine in a TV showdown with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, according to newly uncovered documents.
A Washington Metropolitan Police Department detective said in the documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch and Legalinsurrection.com said there was ample evidence to charge the host, since fired and replaced by Chuck Todd.
In an affidavit, the investigator wrote that “there is probable cause that the offense of possessing a ‘high-capacity’ magazine was committed in the District of Columbia. Therefore your Affiant requests the issuance of an arrest warrant for Gregory, David Michael.”
 

TX: As groups police the police, some add guns to the mix
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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As the debate over police-related violence persists across the country, some critics have taken it upon themselves to monitor law enforcement across America, increasingly turning to a controversial tactic known as cop-watching.

“Going out, filming police officers, basically in acts of self-defense. … Cop-watching is a direct action tactic,” said Antonio Beuhler, co-founder of the Peaceful Streets Project, a grassroots advocacy group based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to increasing police accountability.

Beuhler, a veteran of the Iraq war and a graduate of West Point and Stanford University, said he took up cop-watching after his first run in with the police three years ago.
 

SC: Senate committee OKs bill to strip guns from domestic abusers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The domestic violence bill aimed at taking away firearms from domestic violence offenders is a step closer to becoming law.

But a pair of Upstate lawmakers say the bill could strip guns rights from people unnecessarily.

The bill will head to the Senate floor next week after it passed the judiciary committee on Wednesday following a five-hour debate. A final vote of 19-2 will push Senate Bill 3, the criminal domestic violence bill, to the floor.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Larry Martin would change domestic violence laws to a tier system based on how severe the criminal act.
 

Hands on with Smith & Wesson at SHOT Show 2015
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Smith & Wesson has had a solid year of new products including with a lot of tweaks and changes to its product lines, mostly focusing on the M&P series. The company is keeping up that trend with new colors and finishes with a new two-tone flat dark earth scheme and a faux carbon-fiber treatment for its striker-fired service pistols.

The carbon fiber finish is applied with a water transfer process and the guns have the same polymer frames as the standard handguns that have become some of the most popular self-defense and service pistols on the market.

If you’re a carbon fiber fan it looks great from a few feet away and it’s still pretty convincing up close.
 

TX: Columnist needs to pay attention to Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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If Mr. Lyons is so down on concealed carry as he seems to be, what would he do if he happened to be mugged by two thugs in a Walmart parking lot, and then they tried to beat him to death?

Blame the NRA gun club?

If this happens to you and you don’t have a handgun to defend yourself, don’t come crying to me. I will laugh in your face. You should have paid more attention to the last part of the Second Amendment.
 

IN: Gun Safety Important In Wake Of Recent Accidents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Corporal Todd Thayer is an Elkhart police officer, a gun expert...and a dad.

"If you have children, realize that there's going to be a natural curiosity, especially with boys, young boys, about a firearm." he said.

That's why recent fatal accidental shootings, two involving Michiana toddlers, hits so close to home.
 

Why not shoot them in the leg?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Amid all the recent police shootings, I’ve heard people ask why officers don’t just shoot to wound? (Actually, I’ve heard this question asked not only of officers but of all self defense shooters over the years.) Why not, these guys posit, shoot the assailant in an extremity, like an arm, a shoulder, a hand, a leg or a foot?

Police are not trained to shoot to kill, nor do any of the cops I know want to kill people. Police are trained to shoot to stop imminent threats. Tactically speaking, this is the best option when applying justifiable deadly force in self defense or defense of a third party and why just about every law enforcement department I’ve come in contact with teaches their officers to shoot center mass.
 

KS: Senate set to pass new gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Kansas Senate is poised to pass a bill that would allow any Kansan who can legally own a gun to carry it concealed in public.

On Wednesday, senators introduced the so-called constitutional carry bill with 26 co-sponsors, five more than the number of votes needed to pass the bill through the chamber and send it to the House.

Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-Grinnell, is one of the sponsors.

Kansas already allows the open carrying of firearms in most public places as a result of legislation passed last year, but carrying concealed requires a gun-safety training class and a state-issued permit.
 

Domestic Self Defense case: Fast Accusations, Slow Acquittal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Over a year ago James Andrew Smith was charged with attempted murder of the mother of his daughter. He was found not guilty on Tuesday, 13 January, by a jury. They must have found his self defense story plausible. From 2014 mlive.com:
 

FL: Would-Be Robber Shot By Victim in Plantation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An armed robber who tried to steal a cellphone from a worker got more than he bargained for when his victim shot him in Plantation Thursday.

Officials said the victim and another man were doing a land survey in the area of Northwest 45th Avenue and Northwest 8th Street when he was approached by the suspect, who pulled out a gun and demanded money.

The victim said he didn't have any money and the suspect demanded his cellphone and told him to get on the ground. The victim complied but while he was on the ground he took out his own gun and shot the would-be robber, officials said.
 

7th Circuit to Weigh in on Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But U.S. Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook cut him off abruptly: "What if somebody decides to possess a bazooka?"

"It'd fall into a longstanding prohibition," Vogts replied.

"No, there's no such prohibition; they were only invented recently. It was once perfectly legal to own automatic weapons like Tommy guns."

"But that dates back 80 years ago."

Easterbrook was not convinced. "Yes," he said, "but the Second Amendment dates back to the 18th century. Why does that matter? I don't see how you can say fully automatic weapons are okay to ban because some states banned them in the 1950s. How is it rational to distinguish a ban laid down 150 years after the Second Amendment from one laid down 200 years after?"
 

IA: Local Senator Pushing For 'Stand Your Ground' Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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There's a chance a 'Stand Your Ground' law might be coming to Iowa.

Bills were introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives and Iowa Senate this week, with one group passionately pushing it to become law.
 

IN: Indiana lawmaker wants to allow guns on college campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An Indiana lawmaker who had proposed allowing guns on school parking lots now wants to allow firearms on college and university campuses.

House Bill 1143, authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, would allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms at public colleges and universities, as well as at other state agencies. It also voids any existing school policies on firearms.
 

VT: Bloomberg’s Everytown Uses Fake “Study” To Push For Gun Control In Vermont
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun prohibitionist group Everytown for Gun Safety has released a report pushing for universal background checks in Vermont—a state that typically has less murdered in a year than Chicago has before lunch on any given Saturday—citing a study that the group did on firearms ads placed on the Internet. According to Everytown’s report, up to 126 guns are sold to felons or the mentally ill via just three popular web sites every year.
 

TX: Gun Bullies Lead ... Lawmakers Follow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Open carry advocates started off the 84th legislative session with a bang last Tuesday, Jan. 13; they marked the session's opening day with a rally featuring numerous people openly carrying rifles and shotguns, and a 3-D printer capable of making firearms on-site. Their efforts were in support of "Constitutional Carry" – a cause also taken up by a handful of bills filed so far.
 

MS: Optimism alone won't lift Mississippi off the bottom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Remember securing the constitutional right to hunt and fish? Bryant does. "I also want to thank this Legislature for its commitment to defending Mississippians' Second Amendment rights," he said. "Your work has been so successful; I have received the NRA Defender of Freedom award. Thank you very much."
 

ND: Bill proposes to lift restrictions on concealed carry of guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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HB1241 would strike language, including churches, concerts, public parks and political rallies, as places where conceal carry permit holders cannot carry, according to Streyle.

HB1241 would also bar health care workers from asking questions about firearm possession, allow people to conceal carry in bars as long as they aren’t drinking and repeal the prohibition from having a loaded firearm in a car while hunting.
 

AZ: Gun Facts Welcomes First State-Level Sponsor – Arizona Citizens Defense League
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun Facts welcomes the first state-level sponsor, the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL).

According to their web site (linked under their sponsorship banner that appears on nearly every Gun Facts content page), the “AzCDL is where grassroots activists take a stand, working at the Arizona legislature, to get strong pro-rights bills written and passed into law, while stopping bad bills.”
 

Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Calls For Confiscation Of Modern Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Reason’s Jacob Sullum has taken a hard look at the gun control proposal of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, and finds their conclusions to be blatantly unconstitutional.

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Let’s be very, very blunt.

The commission is calling for a course that not only eviscerates the Second Amendment to the Constitution, but would also destroy the Fourth Amendment as the state government would attempt to confiscate hundreds of thousands to millions of firearms from law-abiding citizens.

 

Nothing better to do? Attack a gun rights organization
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Television sports commentator and former Today show host Bryant Gumbel is back in the news, thanks to comments he made in an interview published Tuesday in Rolling Stone; a story quickly picked up yesterday by Newsmax, in which he referred to the National Rifle Association as “pigs.”

Gumbel, commenting on his reporting last year about the “Eat What You Kill” movement, told Rolling Stone, “There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they're pigs. I think they don't care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record.
 

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