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Stoeger Cougar Pistol Now Available in .45 ACP
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Stoeger Industries is pleased to announce that the Cougar-series of double-action, semi-auto pistols now includes the .45 ACP caliber.

A new feature, available only on the .45 ACP model, is an integrated accessory-rail positioned under the barrel for convenient placement of tactical lights and lasers.

The .45 ACP is arguably the most respected pistol cartridge ever designed with more than a century of outstanding results in major conflicts and law enforcement to underline its superb and proven performance.
 

SC: Vigil focuses on stemming crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"It's not lack of guidance; it's drugs," said area resident Laurel Thompson. The problem really started to turn bad in the past two years as outsiders started targeting the area, she said.

But there also is gun violence, most recently about two weeks ago when Patrick Young, 25, of McBride Road died of two gunshot wounds. No charges were lodged against the man who admitted he shot and killed Young; authorities said the incident appeared to be a case of self-defense.

Middleton said the issue is an overall breakdown in community and that if crime can get an inch, it will take a mile. That is why she is calling on community groups to be formed and aimed at stemming the tide of children going astray.
 

OK: Names of two shooting victims in separate incidents released
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Both shooters may have acted in self-defense.

Police on Saturday released the names of two shooting victims who were killed in separate incidents Friday.

Road rage apparently led to a confrontation involving two men in a pickup and a motorcyclist, police said.

Christopher Conrad, 33, was shot and killed at about 8:30 p.m. Friday during a fight outside a Brookside bar.

Police say Conrad and his passenger, Chester Shadwick, began yelling derogatory statements about Harley Davidson motorcycles and "wannabe bikers" at the motorcyclist, Daniel Kitchens, 48, as both vehicles were heading west on 41st Street.
 

NV: Winchester Ammunition Presents Distributor Of The Year Award To Jerry’s Sports Center
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Winchester Ammunition presented the 2009 Distributor of the Year Award to Jerry’s Sports Center headquartered in Forest City, Pennsylvania during the 2010 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

Each year, Winchester Ammunition recognizes a distributor who sets a high standard of service to dealers and loyalty and support to Winchester Ammunition. Jerry’s Sports Center has exemplified these high standards in 2009 and for many years.
 

MD: Maryland Open Holster Rally A Success
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Our first rally during the General Assembly session was a success thanks to the 100 Maryland gun owners who took time out of their day to take our message directly to the legislature.

While we’d obviously have liked to seen 1,000 people there, we realize that every initiative must start somewhere and we look forward to seeing the rest of you there next year.
 

MO: Gun culture appeals to some, but I'll pass
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Walking the talk of valuing diversity can lead to some unusual places.

Brian, a regular at monthly meetings of a diversity coalition in Overland Park, talked me out of going to church one Sunday in June and into riding with him to a gun show at the KCI Expo Center in the Northland. I grew up with guns, and this place was very familiar to me.

Dad still has the six-shooters his father carried every day to work as a railroad brakeman, beginning in the late 1800s. I shot guns when I was a Boy Scout. As an adult, I have fired friends’ handguns, shotguns and rifles, including flintlock weapons, requiring that we load steel balls and powder.
 

WA: Assault weapons ban likely to fail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After 2009 ended in a hail of high-profile gun violence, Washington state's gun-control advocates are frustrated by an apparent lack of political support for an assault weapons ban, warning that the state will likely face more deadly shootings without it.

The bill comes just weeks after a spate of deadly police shootings, and proponents of the ban say those killings should force politicians to confront gun violence.

"There's more guns, a repressed economy and a lot of angry people," said Ralph Fascitelli, board chairman for state gun control group Washington Ceasefire. "You can't sweep this problem under a rug. Apparently the shooting of eight police isn't enough to confront gun violence in the state."
 

IA: The Iowa Concealed Carry Controversy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Iowa Legislature started their brief 2010 election year session last Monday and fortunately, as of Friday, January 15th, NRA had still not filed their concealed carry reform bill.

The NRA proposal first surfaced last November as a revolting collection of sloppily worded amendments to Iowa’s atrocious weapons laws. Thanks to the efforts of rights groups, including The Firearms Coalition and GunVoter.org, NRA made several revisions, improving their first proposal, yet still falling far short of a good bill.
 

NH: Statehouse gun ban reinstatement ignites partisan battle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For New Hampshire lawmakers who support a ban on handguns and other deadly weapons at the Statehouse, a defining moment came last March 4 when the House voted down a resolution affirming "states' rights based on Jeffersonian principles."

A group of about 15 supporters of the resolution were carrying handguns in the House gallery and heckling lawmakers who had their backs turned to the gallery. Also, a group of visiting school children was in the gallery and Rep. Susan Kepner, D-Hampton, said she was not alone in feeling uncomfortable with the combination of weapons and high emotions.
 

IN: Indiana bill creates hurdles for legitimate Gun Owners requiring safety course to purchase Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A recently introduced Indiana bill would greatly restrict the ability of residents to purchase firearms.

Senate Bill 304, sponsored by Senator Connie Sipes (D- New Albany), would, with limited exceptions, prohibit anyone from purchasing, renting, or obtaining a firearm by transfer without completing a new firearms safety course administered by the state police department.
 

OH: Armed woman saves relatives from violent home invaders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Columbus, Ohio woman reportedly used her handgun to stop a pair of armed and violent home invaders.

Police say that a pair of robbers went to the home of an acquaintance, where they held that man and his family at gunpoint while demanding money and prescription medication. The mother of the homeowner, who was in a different room, reportedly realized what was happening and grabbed a handgun. She then fired in self defense and defense of her family, striking one home invader and sending the other running, police say. Two suspects, including one with a gunshot wound, were reportedly apprehended by police. None of the victims were harmed, police say.
 

Second Amendment March Needs Volunteer Help
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As you know, the April 19 date for the D.C. march is fast approaching.

There are many things that need to be accomplished before and during the event. We need your help! Below are a few of the volunteer opportunities we have identified so far.

We are looking for volunteer EMT’s who will be at the march in D.C. We are required to have a certain number of licensed EMT’s working the event (based on size of the crowd). If you would like to volunteer for this, please let us know.

We need 6-8 people to man a petition table (petition is available on our website) to gather signatures at the D.C. March. This can be divided into shifts if we have enough volunteers.
 

ID: Gun sales ease
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dealers at a gun show in Idaho Falls this weekend said gun sales have flattened following a banner year in 2009 that they attribute to fears by many conservatives that President Barack Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress would move quickly to limit Second Amendment rights.

While that hasn’t happened — Obama recently signed a law that allows Americans to pack heat in national parks — people rushed to load up on guns and ammo last year.

“Sales were up really big last year right after the election until about the end of spring,” said Sean Tiffany, owner of Tiffany Enterprise, a Boise gun dealer. “I think part of it was people were afraid Obama’s going to go after the guns.”
 

Will Your Gun Rights Live or Die?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Coming up in our lives is perhaps the most critical Supreme Court decision in a century.

Sometime towards summer of this year the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is going to decide on the case McDonald vs. The City of Chicago.

Oral arguments begin March 2nd. The implications are immense.

A favorable ruling for McDonald would overthrow the Chicago ban on handgun ownership and would open the floodgates for an immense wave of (likely successful) pro-gun lawsuits against American cities, counties, and States.

Second Amendment advocates felt that a win in the Heller decision was vitally important for gun owners (JPFO filed a “friend of the court” brief in Heller). Well, McDonald is Heller on steroids.
 

WA: Orcutt co-sponsors states’ rights legislation
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In Olympia, Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, has joined with other House Republicans in sponsoring several states’ rights bills invoking the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The bills’ sponsors, led by Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, argue that the states must resist federal law on a broad range of issues, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to regulating firearms sales to implementing national health care.
 

IN: Armed passengers would make short work of terrorists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The federal government cannot make air transportation 100 percent safe from terrorist attacks; a determined attacker will always beat a complacent defense. It is only the vigilance, heroism and self-sacrifice of passengers that have prevented more disasters than we have already experienced.

We should learn from this. Instead of trying to add more layers of security, the government should transfer some of the responsibility for safety to the flying public. It should encourage passengers to defend themselves by making available non-lethal weapons such as stun guns or Tasers. Faced with 100 or so passengers, so-armed, a handful of terrorists would surely re-think their plans.
 

NC: Gun show attracts hundreds to fairgrounds
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Hundreds of people from Craven and nearby counties came to the Craven County Fairgrounds this weekend for one of five annual gun and knife shows sponsored by a Pamlico County businessman.

They are among 25 shows Sherwood Caraway of Merritt has been holding east of Raleigh for two decades because “people in Eastern North Carolina hunt and are taught gun safety as a way of life.”

Sheriff Jerry Monette said he had issued between 80 and 100 permits to purchase guns by early afternoon Sunday.

“They find a gun looking and go ahead and buy it that day,” Monette said.
 

IN: Rights, safety in debate over Ind. guns bill
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Former factory manager Phil Pflum says he’ll never forget the time a laid-off worker pointed a gun at his car.

Pflum, now an Indiana state representative, told his fellow lawmakers about the experience to explain why he cast the sole committee vote against a bill that would prohibit employers from banning guns in people’s locked cars on company property. The full House could take action on the bill as early as Monday, the panel’s chairman said.

The House Natural Resources Committee voted 10-1 to advance the bill last week amid strong support from the National Rifle Association and opposition from business interests and domestic violence advocates.
 

Eric Holder Seeks to Dismiss Gun Rights for Montanans--and Us All
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"The first import of this response is that the legal game is now on."
 

NY: Outdoorsmen bring concerns to Albany
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Sportsmen and women from across New York converged Jan. 12 on the state capitol to show solidarity for issues important to them. As the 2010 legislative session heats up, the question is, did lawmakers get the message? Time will tell, said state Assemblyman Tom O'Mara, R-Big Flats, who took part in the first Sportsmen & Outdoor Recreation Awareness Day, which was sponsored by the Assembly minority conference.
 

NY: Sportsmen rally in Albany
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I attended the Sportsman's Outreach Advocacy Day that took place Jan. 12 in Albany. While it was termed a "rally" for all sporting interests, there was certainly an emphasis on gun rights. That was never more obvious than when keynote speakers, primarily the National Rifle Association's CEO and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, took the podium.
 

NY: Shun of a gun! 1,100 in buyback
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More than 1,100 guns were turned over to Bronx cops in a borough-wide buyback program yesterday spurred by a rash of recent stray-bullet tragedies. The program -- a joint effort of the NYPD, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Bronx DA Robert Johnson -- exchanged $200 cash gift cards for each gun. At St. Luke's Catholic Church, gun owners handed over a rare street-sweeper shotgun and an Uzi. "It's like a burden off your shoulders," said a Bronx resident who parted with a .38. "It's a temptation, and it's just best not to have it."
 

The age of the killer robot is no longer a sci-fi fantasy
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In the dark, in the silence, in a blink, the age of the autonomous killer robot has arrived. It is happening. They are deployed. And – at their current rate of acceleration – they will become the dominant method of war for rich countries in the 21st century. These facts sound, at first, preposterous. The idea of machines that are designed to whirr out into the world and make their own decisions to kill is an old sci-fi fantasy: picture a mechanical Arnold Schwarzenegger blasting a truck and muttering: "Hasta la vista, baby." But we live in a world of such whooshing technological transformation that the concept has leaped in just five years from the cinema screen to the battlefield – with barely anyone back home noticing.
 

UK: CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones
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Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the ­"routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, ­protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.
The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.
Documents from the South Coast Partnership, a Home Office-backed project in which Kent police and others are developing a national drone plan with BAE, have been obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act.
 

Avatar, cultural imperialism, and gun rights
Submitted by: John Pierce - Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-3253-Minneapolis-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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Gun owners are the Navi ('the People'); whose history, tradition and culture are under fire. The anti-gunners, who would have the machine-like, all-powerful State control every aspect of life, are the heartless mercenaries who would obediently bulldoze the Tree of Liberty in their blind quest for an unobtainable state controlled utopia.

We need to remember just how important and powerful symbolism is in shaping public perception. ‘We The People’ need to work through our personal lives and through the media to shape the ‘story’ of gun ownership instead of allowing bigots such as Cameron to do so.
 

TX: An Attorney's Perspective on Austin Gun Show Dispute
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"Attorney Paul Velte has sent out an email to his Peaceable Texans for Firearms Rights list that's being circulated among gun owners regarding his investigation into the matter. It's based on his 'review of the law and speaking to the promoter and an individual that had his private collection confiscated Saturday.'"
 

What are Costs of SHOT Show Sting?
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"Hey, it gets Lanny Breuer's name in the papers, it must be worth every dime."
 

NY: Annoying a Politician and Ending Up in Cuffs
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One evening last August, as Edward Kerry Sullivan stood outside his apartment building on Staten Island, a car pulled up and a man got out. By Mr. Sullivan’s recollection, the conversation went like this:
“Are you Edward Sullivan?” the man asked.
“That’s me,” Mr. Sullivan said.
“Do you have anything on you that I should be worried about?” the man asked.
“Who are you?” Mr. Sullivan replied.
“Police,” the man said. “You’re under arrest.” ...
The crime?
He had written “The Jerk,” about three inches high, on a campaign poster for James P. Molinaro, the Staten Island borough president.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Life in gun-banning Mayor Mike Bloomberg's New York City.
 

PA: Of COURSE We Beat Him: He Tried To Get Away
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When 18-year-old Pittsburgh resident Jordan Miles was surrounded by three disreputable-looking men on the way to his grandmother’s house, he did the entirely sensible thing: He fled, thinking that the marauders were criminals.

Unfortunately for Miles, his assailants weren’t common criminals, but rather the state-employed variety — undercover police officers. Street criminals would likely have left him alone. The police not only severely beat him but — in keeping with standard procedure — accused him of several supposed crimes, including “loitering,” “resisting arrest,” and “aggravated assault” (presumably by staining the fists of his assailants with his blood).
 

MA: Death by Checkpoint: A Death in Massachusetts
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Eventually he was taken to the ground “where he continued to disobey orders to ‘stop resisting’ by several other officers,” Gerardi reports, reflecting the common assumption that Mundanes must patiently endure whatever abuse their tax-subsidized betters see fit to inflict on them. After being “softened up,” Howe was handcuffed and placed in leg restraints. He died at a local police barracks shortly thereafter.

“There is absolutely no way reasonable force was used in this case,” insists attorney Frances A. King, who is representing the murder victim’s widow and children. “He has handcuffs on part of that time and leg irons and [the police] are beating him to death.”
 

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