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Patti Davis typifies anti-gun ‘progressives’ with death wish for 'wolf hunter'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“I tried but only got 2 this year,” the self described “Conservative. Insurance guy. Buckeye” teased Davis. There is no indication that he actually hunted Michigan wolves.

“I wish they had gotten you instead,” Davis erupted in fury. “Blocking you now.”
 

CT: Connecticut scrambles for amnesty plan after realizing that citizens are refusing to register their “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines
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There’s a scene at the end of the animated film Despicable Me after the villain Vector’s master plan has gone horribly awry, and he finds himself on the surface of the Moon, with the Earth in the background. Realizing his predicament, he utters a short succinct phrase.
Governor Dannel Malloy and the government of the state of Connecticut are having their own “Oh, poop” moment, now that they’ve tallied the number of citizens who have registered their “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” required by the state’s unconstitutional gun laws, compared that to the estimated number of applicable weapons and magazines in the state, and realize they’ve been ignored.
 

Newspaper conglomerate considers building massive database of gun owners
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A U.S. newspaper conglomerate has considered building state-by-state databases of people who have the right to carry concealed firearms.
Civitas Media, which owns 88 newspapers in 12 states and more than 100 total publications, is planning to use public records requests to build their databases, according to an internal Civitas email obtained by the Buckeye Firearms Association in Ohio.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: It's obvious the writer doesn't know his subject. What the conglomerate wants to compile is a list of all holders of concealed carry permits.
BTW this is another reason to avoid, if possible, obtaining one of these unconstitutional "concealed carry permits."
Boycott Civitas Media!

Ed.: Civitas Media has ruled out doing this. Original story has been updated.
 

TX: Ex-police Chief Admits Misusing Crime Data System
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WACO, Texas (AP) - A former East Texas police chief has pleaded guilty to abusing access to a crime database at the request of a drug trafficking suspect.

A U.S. Attorney's office statement says former Normangee Police Chief Joseph Ray "Jody" Navarro pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday in Waco to illegally obtaining information from a law enforcement computer system.

Court documents show the 41-year-old Madisonville resident admitted to running a background check on a license plate and name in May 2013. The request came from Brenda Antanette Evans, a 45-year-old Normangee resident suspected of trafficking in methamphetamine.
 

GA: 'SYG' threatens Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As school shootings, workplace killings and these "justifiable homicides" continue, a backlash will emerge. It may already be starting. A poll by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that 78 percent of Georgians oppose allowing guns on state college campuses. More than 70 percent don't want guns in churches. And 82 percent don't want anyone carrying a weapon in public who hasn't taken a required safety course.
 

CA: NRA Files Suit against Sunnyvale, Calif., Over Magazine Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The ramifications of this important case could reach far beyond the borders of Sunnyvale. Speaking with the San Jose Mercury News, NRA counsel Chuck Michel noted, “There’s an epic legal battle for the future of the Second Amendment going on across the nation right now, and Sunnyvale, by passing this ordinance, jumped right into the middle of the fray.” Michel added that the case “really is, in many ways, perfect for Supreme Court review.” Reiterating the importance of the case, the Washington Post reported Michel as stating that the case could “go straight up to the Supreme Court and be there in a matter of months rather than a matter of years.”
 

Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.

The two companies have announced they will stop selling their wares in the nation's most populous state rather than try to comply with a law that requires some handguns to have technology that imprints a tiny stamp on the bullet so it can be traced back to the gun. The companies, and many gun enthusiasts, say so-called "microstamping" technology is unworkable in its present form and can actually impair a gun's performance.
 

VA: Edwards should step up on gun checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sen. John Edwards has represented District 21 well and has been a progressive voice in the legislature on women's issues, LGBT rights and environmental issues.

However, he is behind the times when it comes to public health and safety regarding common-sense gun laws. He has an A rating from the National Rifle Association, and the NRA represents gun manufacturers, not NRA members.
 

NC: Another North Carolina Town Debates A Gun Ban While Ashe County Votes for Freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Like other municipalities, the Clemmons Village Council is preparing to update its firearms ordinances to comply with recent changes to state law.

Currently, Clemmons bans firearms from the Village Hall and property. However, as the ordinances are updated, there is hope for this to change. Clemmons is teetering on the edge of proper recognition of gun freedom, and you can help nudge them toward the side of reason.
 

VA: Lobby Day Sees Pro & Anti Second Amendment Groups at the Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I have read through a number of accounts of Lobby Day at the Virginia Capitol at Richmond on 20 January 2014.

I was drawn to study the event because of an account on wvtf public radio. The account on wvtf said that competing crowds of people were lobbying in favor of second amendment rights and those who wish to restrict those rights, occurred on Tuesday.
 

CO: Defining "reasonable" and "sensible" in the gun debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A year ago, anti-gun media outlets vilified the NRA for arguing that an armed guard in every school, not more gun laws, is the best way to save lives. Much to the chagrin of gun-haters, the Arapahoe High School shooting showed the NRA was right. As tragic and awful as this incident was, it could have been much worse. An armed guard at the school forced the gunman to retreat in a mere 80 seconds, likely preventing multiple fatalities.

Meanwhile, none of the feel-good gun restrictions forced upon Colorado citizens last year did anything whatsoever to stop this attack.
 

OK: Dahm's debate dream to come true on CNN
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The 10th Amendment is clear that anything the constitution doesn’t reserve for Congress becomes a matter for the state. However, any law passed by Congress overrides state law.

The Supremacy Clause found in Article II of the Constitution isn’t hard to understand. The Constitution and Congressional law are the “supreme law of the land.”
 

GA: Coming gun bill won’t include campus carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Legislature’s own lawyers issued an opinion Thursday that a plan to allow public college and university presidents to decide whether guns would be allowed on their campuses was unconstitutional. Now, Ralston said, campus carry is likely a moot issue this year.

Campus carry “will probably be looked at in a separate measure,” Ralston said, adding that he was doubtful it would be introduced this year.
 

Newspaper chain plans ‘state-by-state’ concealed weapon databases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building “state-by-state databases” on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail.

The plan, laid out in an email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in 2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address. Civitas’ database project was detailed the plan in a Jan. 19 e-mail to newsrooms in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Ed.: Civitas Media has ruled this out.
 

UT: Utah Itroduces Improved Disorderly Conduct Amendments Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rep. Paul Ray has introduced H.B. 276 — Disorderly Conduct Amendments. This bill has been thoroughly vetted in prior legislative sessions. This is a well-reasoned bill which will take pressure off of both law-enforcement and the courts. It supplies law enforcement with more precise guidance on what constitutes disorderly conduct so as to not punish innocent activities.
 

Newspaper CCW project shelved; ‘Gun Talk’ to tackle microstamping
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a statement to this column via e-mail, Civitas CEO Michael C. Bush said, “Civitas Media never had any plans or intentions of publishing in print or online lists of holders of “conceal and carry” permits. Nor will Civitas Media develop databases of permit holders. A poorly crafted internal memo meant to highlight editorial discussions and planning incorrectly indicated that such a database was being planned; it has been considered and rejected.”
 

Reining in the ATF for American gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In order to restore accountability and install a much-needed sense of oversight and congruity at the ATF, I’ve introduced the Fairness in Firearms Testing Act. This legislation will require ATF to make video recordings of each firearms test and make the footage public to manufacturers. Perhaps most importantly, it will clarify for gun manufacturers the guidelines by which they are evaluated.
 

SC: Guns and alcohol don’t mix, and shouldn’t
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Everybody recognizes that alcohol and guns don’t mix,” he told the Charleston Post & Courier. He said the bill was specific that those carrying guns cannot drink. “This is not a drastic change.”

Maybe not to Sen. Bennett, but who will know which customers are concealing a gun and which are not?

And how many of us will be wondering, the next time we’re in a restaurant, if the guy two tables down, the one arguing with his girlfriend, is secretly packing heat?
 

IL: When a city's gun laws get shot down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Kevin Baker, a student at Harold Washington College in Chicago, and his cousin, a senior at DePaul University, were walking home from school one day last week in the city's Chicago Lawn neighborhood.
They were approached by two men, one carrying a gun. The men demanded the students hand over their cell phones.
 

Supreme Court takes the measure of a lawful gun buyer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Wednesday, the high court heard oral arguments in Bruce J. Abramski v. United States. The justices will decide whether to overturn an appeals court decision that said Mr. Abramski broke federal firearms laws when he bought a gun with the intent to resell it to his elderly uncle - even though neither man is prohibited from ownership. The court will have to reconcile conflicting rulings in lower appeals courts on whether a gun purchaser's intent to ever transfer a gun in the future to a legal person is relevant in the background check at the time of purchase.
 

Supreme Court begins debate over straw purchasing case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This is another case of the BATFE attempting to criminalize the legal activity of law-abiding gun owners. In this case, both the buyer and his uncle submitted to and passed the requisite background checks to own the firearm in question. Congress did not criminalize the transfer of firearms between persons who are both legally entitled to purchase the firearm. Rather, Congress’ objective was to prevent individuals from purchasing firearms on behalf of prohibited persons and that is – in fact – what the law provides.
 

OR: Fact Vs. Fiction — Bill To Expand Background Checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Before the first gavel has fallen in the February Legislative session, supporters and opponents of a bill to expand background checks for gun sales are sparring over the proposed language.

If the verbal exchanges during a packed hearing of the Senate Interim Committee on Judiciary last week were a prelude, gun control could be the partisan fight of the 2014 session.

So, I decided to give both sides a chance to answer questions about the bill’s wording for my first column on Oregon politics.
 

Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I’m delighted to report that Prof. Nicholas Johnson (Fordham University School of Law) will be guest-blogging next week about his new book, Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms. Here’s a summary of the book from the publisher:
 

OK: Okla. Lawmaker Names Pro-Gun Bill After CNN Host
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senator Dahm is unhappy with the current self defense act and wants no gun control, citing that it's hard for minors and the elderly to be able to properly protect themselves because the price of the concealed carry classes are too expensive for those on a fixed income or those that don't have the time to jump through the hoops.

Dahm's proposed law would allow anyone to carry a firearm without a license; any firearm, whether its a long rifle, shotgun, or handgun. He believes its our right to do so.
 

IN: Indiana Moves to Correct ‘Roaming School Zones’ Legislation from 2013
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Representative Jim Lucas, R-Seymore, has introduced a bill to reform Indiana law that restricts self defense in or near schools.
The bill HB1048, aims to do a number of things, such as allow people to possess firearms that are locked in vehicles on school property, change the definition of school property for firearms offenses to the actual buildings rather than all the real estate owned by the school, and perhaps most interestingly, decriminalize “roaming school zones”.
 

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