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‘Gun for Hire’ radio host takes NJ anti-gun laws personally--as we all should
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"We had another show planned for tonight, but it never took place. I actually suffered a home invasion on Friday evening and could not leave my home on Saturday to do the remote broadcast we had planned. It's a long story that, thank God, might have been much worse given a slight turn in events. My wife Diane actually walked into the house as scumbags were ripping my gun safe out of the wall and they fled-- thank God, leaving her unharmed-- but rattled."
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Applauds Gov. Cuomo's Plan to Abolish CoBIS Program
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association applauds Governor Cuomo's proposal to scrap the Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS). After collecting over 356,000 spent shell casings since March 2001 at an estimated cost of nearly $44 million, not a single crime has been solved because of the program.
 

Pre-SOTU, Bloomberg Pushes Obama on Guns and Giffords
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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President Barack Obama is set to deliver his annual State of the Union address tomorrow night, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg would like to revisit a theme from last year’s speech–the tragic shooting in Tuscon which killed six people and injured Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
 

NY: On NRA program, Kolb talks of need for firearm right-to-carry reciprocity bill
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Following an appearance on a news program produced by the National Rifle Association, Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, said he was in the process of introducing legislation that would allow registered gun owners from outside New York state to carry registered firearms as long as they have the proper permit.
 

D.C.: Justices Rein In Police on GPS Trackers
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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police violated the Constitution when they attached a Global Positioning System tracker to a suspect's vehicle without a valid search warrant, voting unanimously in one of the first major cases to test privacy rights in the digital era.
The decision offered a glimpse of how the court may address the flood of privacy cases expected in coming years over issues such as cellphones, email and online documents. But the justices split 5-4 over the reasoning, suggesting that differences remain over how to apply age-old principles prohibiting "unreasonable searches."
 

TSA's intrusions undermine security
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Today, while en route to Washington to speak to hundreds of thousands of people at the March for Life, I was detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for not agreeing to a patdown after an irregularity was found in my full body scan. Despite removing my belt, glasses, wallet and shoes, the scanner and TSA also wanted my dignity. I refused.

I showed them the potentially offending part of my body, my leg. They were not interested. They wanted to touch me and to pat me down. I requested to be rescanned. They refused and detained me in a 10-foot-by-10-foot area reserved for potential terrorists.
 

Rand Paul 'detained' by TSA. Does that happen to other senators?
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Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky was detained by the Transportation Security Administration Monday at the Nashville airport, in case you haven’t heard. A millimeter wave scanner detected an “anomaly” in the area of his knee, according to Senator Paul, and TSA agents then said he’d have to undergo a full-body pat-down. Paul said he wouldn’t submit to such a search and offered to show agents his knee, instead. They said that wouldn’t suffice.
 

"Epidemic" of Gun Thefts from Cars Just False Internet Rumor
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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Long before Al Gore “created” the Internet, gun owners were busy perfecting grassroots networking. Today, gun owners have an almost unlimited number of ways to spread information crucial to our community. And, while the Internet is certainly an indispensible tool for protecting our rights, an unfortunate side effect has been the fast and easy spread of rumors. The latest of these, appearing on Internet message boards and in emails, warns of a growing trend of gangsters marking the license plates or wheels of vehicles parked at shooting clubs, gun stores, ranges and gun shows. According to the rumor, the thieves later spot or follow the marked vehicles and break into them to steal guns while their owners are elsewhere.
 

IL: Major Step Forward in Battle Against Chicago Gun Ban
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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On January 19, a federal judge in Chicago allowed NRA-supported plaintiffs to move ahead with a challenge to that city’s laws that ban anyone from possessing or carrying a handgun except in his or her home, and that ban possession or carriage of a long gun anywhere outside his or her home or place of business. The case, Benson v. City of Chicago, challenges several of the anti-Second Amendment restrictions that were enacted days after the city’s handgun ban was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
 

Call for Boycott of Starbucks on Valentine's Day Over Gun Policy
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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An anti-gun group is attempting to organize a nationwide Valentine's Day boycott of Starbucks over the coffee chain's gun policy. Starbucks does not ban guns in its stores; rather, it defers to local laws. The National Gun Victim's Action Council (NGAC) says that amounts to a pro-gun policy that endangers customers. "Starbucks allowing guns to be carried in thousands of their stores significantly increases everyone's risk of being a victim of gun violence," NGAC CEO Elliot Fineman said in a news release. "Open and conceal and carry are among the reasons there are 12,000 gun homicides each year in the U.S.
 

Starbucks' "Pro-Gun" Policy Prompts Gun Victims' Advocate Group to Launch Nationwide Boycott on Valentine's Day 2012
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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A nationwide boycott of Starbucks stores and its products will be launched on Valentine's Day 2012. Its goal is to eliminate the risk of guns in public places and ultimately to bring sane gun laws to the U.S.
 

Ron Paul: TSA an 'out-of-control' police state
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Republican Senator Rand Paul was stopped at an airport on Monday for setting off an alarm and refusing a patdown, prompting his father, U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul, to accuse security officials of being part of an "out of control" police state.
In a harshly worded attack on the Transportation Security Administration, which handles security screenings at U.S. airports, Ron Paul, known for his strident libertarian views, said the TSA "gropes and grabs our kids and our seniors and does nothing to keep us safe." ...
On the campaign trial, Ron Paul has called for the abolition of the TSA on the grounds that it wastes taxpayer money and violates personal liberties.

 

OH: Protecting your home: What the law says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police are still piecing together what happened inside a Burbank Drive home Saturday that left a female teenage burglary suspect dead, but if things unfolded like the homeowner says the law is on his side.

"The criminal decided to break in and trespass and at that time they were unlawfully in the house and Ohio law says the homeowner had the right to use the self defense they chose to," says Joe Eaton with the Buckeye Firearms Association.
 

MI: Detroit goes vigilante
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The unabated crime spree even has more residents resorting to extreme self-defense tactics. In 2011, Detroit reported 34 justifiable homicides, according to Fox2 News Reporter Charlie LeDuff - a whopping 80 percent increase over the previous year. Word from the Wayne County Clerk's office is that they can't process gun registrations and concealed weapons permits fast enough to keep pace with the extraordinary demand.

This rush to arm and self-administer justice would not be encouraged or condoned under normal circumstances. But in the current lawless environment, it is easy to believe these options have broad public support.
 

Opening Up U.S. Campuses to Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After several recent college campus shooting incidents, many states are opening up their legislative agenda to the idea allowing students to carry guns on campus.

Utah is the only state that currently allows concealed carry at all public colleges and universities. Other than that, there is a mix between states that prohibit concealed carry on college campuses and states that leave the decision up to the college or university.
 

IL: Oak Park plans forum on gun laws, ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oak Park is looking at possible new firearm regulations more than a year after the Supreme Court’s decision that gutted a local handgun ban and the recent opening of a new gun shop on Roosevelt Road.

Oak Park’s Board of Health is hosting a forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall focusing on the future of the sale and possession of firearms that will “ultimately lead to a recommendation to the village board for possible action,” a notice from the village said.
 

CO: Colorado Republicans Push Bill To Allow Guns In Elementary Schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Abandoning any pretense that they’re focused on job creation, Colorado Republicans have clarified their priorities for the new legislative session: guns rights. Specifically, they are doing their best to ensure that citizens have the unfettered ability to carry guns anywhere — including into elementary, middle, and high schools:
 

Wrapping Up SHOT Gun Show in Las Vegas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After four days, miles of walking, countless face-to-face meetings and more of our industry’s products in one place than anywhere on earth, the 2012 SHOT Show is in the books — and it’s officially a record-breaker.

Here is NSSF’s wrap-up news release:
 

DC: I bought a gun in D.C., but...
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After days of calls, emails, tweets, comments and posts, I finally bought the exact gun I wanted, the two-tone version of the Sig Sauer P229 9mm. I’m so excited to shoot my new purchase, but in the nation’s capital, it's not that simple. Buying a gun doesn’t mean you get to have the gun.

Ed.: Part of the 'Emily gets her gun' series.
 

IA: Reforming gun laws and why we all have a stake in mental health
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It happens because of societal ills. One societal ill, fostered by the NRA with its unlimited power, is that anyone who wants a gun has the "right to bear arms" — whether the person is in full use of her or his faculties or not. So far, we haven't come up with a solution to ensure that mentally ill and delusional people can't go into any Walmart or sporting-goods stores, use the web, or go to a gun show and be able to buy whatever weapon he or she may choose to kill people. Poor background checks are a major cause.
 

More DOJ embarrassment; more Starbucks stupidity; Oly hearings re-scheduled
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Washington lawmakers are back in business after last week’s snow and ice storm, and the next few days will see hearings on bills of interest to the Northwest firearms community.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold public hearings on Wednesday for HB 2347 (spring-blade knives), HB 2471 (dealing with firearms purchases) and HB 2589 (unlawful possession of firearms. This hearing will be held at 8 a.m. in House Hearing Room "A."

Stick around all day and testify over on the Senate side on SB 6179, their version of the spring-blade knife bill, at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 1.
 

VA: Do we need a law to make people think?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The answers are obvious. Who says gun buyers are thoughtless and irresponsible? About 60 million Americans own roughly 270 million firearms, and 99.99 percent of them never hurt anyone. Firearms sales have jumped in the past couple of years, yet violent crime has plunged. Gun crimes in bars and restaurants fell after Virginia allowed permit holders to carry concealed guns into them. Firearm violence, while immensely regrettable, does not obviate the right to bear arms any more than media scandals obviate freedom of the press.
 

HI: Help Tom Berg Repeal the Koko Shooting Complex Fees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Fellow gun owners, Councilman Berg is at it again, and needs our help.

In response to the $15 per hour fee now being charged at Koko Head Shooting Complex, he has introduced two new bills, Bills 1 and 60.

These two bills will be heard by the council on the 25th of January, so as in competitive shooting, speed is of the essence!
 

MN: This time, Emily’s Law could pass
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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District 10 Senator Gretchen Hoffman is picking up where she left off on the Stand Your Ground bill, which expands the capabilities of gun owners to use their firearms in self-defense.

“(Under current law,) if you’re in your home and an intruder comes into your home and you feel your life is in danger, you can defend yourself with deadly force,” said Hoffman, adding that if you are not in your home when threatened with real harm, “you have the duty to retreat.”
 

SC: South Carolina Waffle House customer shoots, kills robbery suspect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Authorities say two masked men came in and ordered the customers to the floor and the employees to a back room.

One of the customers had a concealed weapon.

He reportedly pulled out his gun and told the two men to wait for cops to show up.

Sheriff's say the suspected robber, a 19-year-old, then turned his gun toward the diner.

That's when the customer shot and killed him.
 

Why Public Ownership of Firearms Should Be Revoked Part II
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"I would like to offer a brief rebuttal of Mr. Rhee's incredible proposal.

Mr. Rhee, please tell me. Is the use of a firearm by a person defending their life from violent criminal attack to be classified under "malignant" or "incidental"? There doesn't appear to be a category that includes defending one's self or loved ones.

What a solution you have in suspending the Constitution and disarming all law abiding citizens in the nation. Even those who don't live in the inner city where so much crime occurs. That's it, sweeping gun laws in addition to California's existing laws that make it almost the most restrictive state in the nation.
 

First Circuit Suggests The Mentally Ill Cannot Lose Their Right To Buy Or Carry Guns Without A Hearing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The First Circuit’s decision in United States v. Rehlander, however, suggests there is a serious limit on this ability to keep guns away from people who lack the capacity to handle them. Although the court invokes a technical doctrine to avoid saying so definitively, the court strongly suggests that mentally ill individuals must be allowed to carry guns until they receive a fairly elaborate hearing declaring them unfit to use a gun:
 

NE: Nebraska's Self Defense Law Could Change With New Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You're home may be considered you're castle but legally in Nebraska you're not allowed to stand your ground if an intruder breaks in but lawmakers are trying to change that.

Imagine. You're lying in bed and you hear your door get broken into and then you hear the terrifying footsteps of someone walking down the hallway toward your room. You're first thought might be to protect yourself but legally in Nebraska that's not your first option.
 

TX: Lubbock Federal Court Upholds Texas Restrictions on CHL Eligibility
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Proponents of common sense in the balancing of gun rights and gun safety notched another victory on Thursday. Judge Sam Cummings of federal district court in Lubbock, Texas, tossed a challenge to a Texas restriction on gun ownership brought by several plaintiffs, including the National Rifle Association (NRA).
 

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