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CA: Investigators: Deadly shooting was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Kern County Sheriff's Office has determined that a deadly shooting Monday morning was self-defense.

Two men were shot at an apartment complex on the 2100 block of McCray Street, according to a sheriff's office news release. Buck McKay, 29, died, and an unidentified man is reportedly in critical condition at Kern Medical Center.

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Investigators determined that McCray and the other man came to the apartments with a gun and "became involved in a disturbance with Jesse Ash," according to the news release.

Ash, 26, and Gregory Alexander, 28, were interviewed by detectives and released. The shooting is still under investigation, but detectives believe Ash shot both men in self-defense.
 

U.S. Supreme Court Grants NRA Motion for Divided Argument in McDonald v. City of Chicago
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a party in McDonald, the NRA looks forward to participating in the upcoming oral argument.

Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement will be representing the NRA at oral argument, which will occur on March 2.
 

McDonald Gun-Rights Case: Round One Goes to the NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There is growing tension between the pro-gun parties to the upcoming Supreme Court gun-rights case. Perhaps concerned about the direction this case was going, the Court has taken the unusual step of granting the NRA’s motion to be given separate time to speak during oral arguments. Round One in this historic fight for the right to bear arms goes to the NRA.
 

WA: Press sounding ‘Taps’ over Kline legislation, hearing turnout could cinch bill’s demise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Although the press corps is already sounding Taps over Senate Bill 6396, which would ban the future sale of so-called “assault weapons” and heavily regulate those already in private possession, gun owners are planning a strong turnout in Olympia Tuesday morning for a hearing on the measure.

They want to “send a message” to the bill’s sponsors – State Senators Adam Kline (37th District), Jeanne Kohl-Welles (36th District), Darlene Fairley (32nd District) and Joe McDermott (34th District) – and their colleagues that banning guns in the Evergreen State is an idea that simply will gain no traction among gun rights voters.
 

Opponents of Self Defense Recycle Old Lies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Special interests hostile to armed citizens and self-defense are once again spreading tired lies about Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and its mission. In press releases published mainly by anti-gun websites and blogs, groups such as the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus and the Brady Campaign claim that all efforts to rescind defense-free zones on college campuses in 2009 failed. Echoing similarly loaded and inaccurate allegations made earlier in the year, the notoriously anti-gun groups claimed failure in every state that considered concealed carry on campus legislation, calling such bills “dangerous,” “radical” and “extremist.”
 

AR: Domestic Violence Murders in Arkansas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Arkansas’s lawmakers should step forward and attack this problem. A woman who has a restraining order needs more than a piece of paper to protect her. If a woman can pass an instant background check, she should be able to obtain a free CHL (concealed handgun license) immediately, instead of waiting for 60–120 days. The state should provide vouchers for handgun and self-defense training from state-approved trainers. In addition, open carry should be legalized as it is in 43 other states in the country, allowing them to carry a firearm in the open for their self-defense.
 

DC: Javaris Crittenton Pleads Guilty To Gun Charge, Gets Probation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Washington Wizards guard plead guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge today—as opposed to the felony weapons charge handed to Gilbert Arenas—and will get one year of probation and a fine. Don't worry, it gets weirder.

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Wait. Who has legitimately threatened Crittenton's life? Arenas? An unknown enemy? Am I missing something or is that a very damning, accusatory statement? (Or is it just a lawyer being a blowhard as lawyers are wont to do?) And if he was really so afraid for his life ... why was the gun unloaded? Even blanks would at least make a scary noise.
 

WA: Bill bans assault weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In spite of what the National Rifle Association claims, the Second Amendment clearly cannot apply to all weapons. Private citizens are not allowed to buy nuclear warheads, rocket launchers or fully automatic weapons. However, there are many weapons capable of killing dozens of people in a crowded stadium that no private citizen should have the right to own.

Many argue that an armed populace is necessary to protect citizens from government tyranny in the case of another revolution. This is patently absurd. The days of revolution died at Yorktown, and the likelihood of another armed revolt is probably on par with a zombie outbreak.
 

FL: Fatal shooting after Chasco Fiesta was self-defense, lawyer tells jurors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Max Wesley Horn shot Joseph Martell during the after hours of the 2008 Chasco Fiesta. That he fired his pistol six times, leaving Martell dead in the street, is not in dispute.

As Horn's trial got under way Monday, jurors began the process of determining whether the shooting was second-degree murder, as prosecutors say, or legal self-defense, as Horn claims.
 

DC: D.C.'s Gun Carry Ban Challenged
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Libertarian theorist, scholar, and activist Tom Palmer (one of the original plaintiffs in the Second Amendment-vindicating Heller case) discusses a new lawsuit he's a plaintiff in, challenging D.C.'s continuing ban on public carrying of weapons for the purpose of self-defense.

The full text of the legal complaint. It's a pretty direct Second Amendment argument, including that D.C. should not be allowed to forbid non-D.C. residents from carrying a weapon for self-defense in D.C.

Lawyer in the case is super Second Amendment defender Alan Gura, who won Heller and will this year be arguing McDonald v. Chicago before the Supreme Court. A Reason interview from July 2009 with Gura on his post-Heller Second Amendment cases.
 

DC: Our Case for the Right to Bear Arms Argued Today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The outstanding lawyer Alan Gura, who won the case before the Supreme Court that struck down the ban on ownership of firearms in the District of Columbia today argued our case for the right, not only to “keep,” but to “bear” arms, i.e., to carry them in public. Alan’s smart and focused and we’ve got a strong case.
 

CA: Logic prevails at Willows High
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This wasn't the case of some powder keg waiting to blow. This was the case of a kid who went hunting — lawfully — before school.

Of the dozens of school shootings in our nation's history, we don't know of a single case where a duck hunter just snapped. The fact is, hunters are responsible firearms owners. They have to take a hunter's safety class that includes ethics and the safe use of firearms. You're a lot safer with three Willows High students in a duck blind than you are with three gang-bangers armed with pistols driving around Los Angeles. That's just the way it is. Tudesko wasn't a threat.
 

Hold The Hallelujah: The Perils Of Rifles And Religion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a Marine invading Iraq in 2003, I thought we actively separated church and state from our motives.

I know that Scripture embedded in the obscure numbers on rifle scopes may seem like a small detail, and that manufacturer Trijicon likely intended no particular malice by placing biblical references on its equipment. Like, 2COR4:6 represents 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." There seems to have been neither marketing nor secrecy associated with the presence of these inscriptions.
 

NRA Will Argue in Second Amendment Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Supreme Court this morning granted a motion by the National Rifle Association for argument time March 2, when the justices will consider whether the Second Amendment individual right to bear arms applies against state and local restrictions on firearms. The NRA will take an unspecified number of minutes from the plaintiffs who are challenging Chicago's gun restrictions, and who are represented by Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky of D.C. and Virginia. ...

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Gura in fact opposed the NRA's request for argument time in the McConald case on Jan. 9, arguing that hearing from the NRA would "at best be redundant." Gura also wrote that the NRA "greatly overstates its role" in the litigation before the Court.
 

Winchester Repeating Arms Adds Two Models Of Lever Action Rifles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 1895 and 1886 lever action rifles were two of John M. Browning’s finest designs.

Expanding on past offerings of these two masterpieces, Winchester Repeating Arms proudly announces Grade I configurations in both models.
 

Luntz Misleads With New Gun Poll
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pollster Frank Luntz is trying to hawk his new poll on gun laws commissioned by the left-wing group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He’s trying to sell the concept that NRA members are just as interested in “common-sense gun policies” as anti-gun nuts and that legislators should take this into account when crafting future anti-gun legislation.

The problem is that this poll is misleading in some important ways. The problem here is that the devil being in the details is glossed over by the poll.
 

NH: Bill advanced to repeal gun ban at State House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The House Rules committee today allowed Rep. Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, to file a bill that would repeal the weapons ban now in place at the State House.

Earlier this month the committee blocked Chandler's bill, which he proposed after House deadlines had passed. At the time, a joint House-Senate committee that controls uses of state buildings was considering a second vote on the ban. Rules members said until that issue was settled, and the ban was still subject to being overturned, it would be premature to allow the introduction of the bill.
 

TN: Tennessee Guardsman Challenges Supreme Court on 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Hamblen disagrees with the Sixth Circuit’s interpretation of the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms. “There are no qualifiers on the Second Amendment,” Hamblen told the author. “There are qualifiers on the Fourth Amendment, so if the Founders had intended to restrict the right to keep and bear arms they knew how to do it,” he continued.
 

OR: Obama does OK on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As if the sudden winds of political change are not enough to worry President Obama, now the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is down on the president too.

The anti-Second Amendment group last week criticized Obama for “continuing concessions to the ‘guns anywhere’ mentality of the gun lobby.”

What had Obama done? In the words of the Brady campaign, he “signed legislation letting people carry concealed weapons in national parks and in checked luggage on Amtrak trains, adopted the gun lobby’s empty rhetoric about just ‘enforcing the laws on the books,’ muzzled Cabinet members who expressed any support for stronger gun laws, and failed to appoint permanent leadership at the agency that polices the gun industry ... .”
 

Firearms Freedom Act promises something politicians are not able to deliver
Submitted by: Mark
Website: www.georgiacarry.org

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The Firearms Freedom Act is an easy way to claim support for the Second Amendment at election time without actually having to do anything real to support the Second Amendment.

Montana arrests citizens who exercise the right to bear arms in public buildings. Montana makes it illegal for teachers to carry a firearm to defend students from a violent attack. Passing a populist law as a purely symbolic gesture is a lot easier than addressing real issues, such as why Montana does not trust its citizens to carry a gun in the same room where alcohol is served when other states do. Montana is one of extremely few states that actually declares it a crime to walk into a bank while carrying a handgun.
 

The fantasy of campaign finance reform
Submitted by: Anonymous

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After the Supreme Court ruled that campaign finance laws infringed on First Amendment speech protections, lawmakers and “reform advocacy groups” clamored for a new law before the 2010 elections to protect democracy.

In the Austin American Statesman, the Associated Press reported:
“The Supreme Court has opened the door to a new era of big and possibly shadowy election spending, rolled back anti-corruption laws and emboldened critics of fundraising limits to press on. In the middle of it all will be voters, trying to figure out who's telling the truth.”

But does campaign finance reform protect democracy, or damage it? Some history and analysis will be valuable in answering this question.
 

TX: Video of Houston Police secret aerial drones
Submitted by: Anonymous

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VIDEO: This looks like fun! Houston Police using secret unmanned drone aircraft to spy on folks.

Ed.: Best comment: "Relatively slow, low-flying drones, in a state that prides itself on gun ownership? ...I'll make the popcorn."
 

NC: Anti-Gun Senator Shoots Intruder
Submitted by: gemalo

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A sheriff says a North Carolina state senator shot one of two intruders at his home and hospital officials say the man is in fair condition.

Multiple media outlets reported that Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said that 74-year-old Sen. R.C. Soles of Tabor City shot Kyle Blackburn late Sunday afternoon.

A spokeswoman at Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina said Monday that Blackburn was in fair condition.

Batten says the shooting occurred when two men went to the senator’s house and tried to kick in his front door. No charges have been filed.

Submitter's note: Hypocritical slimeball !!! 32 yrs. as a state senator. Term limits NOW!!
 

TX: Perry: I Don't Want Capitol to Be Like Airport
Submitted by: jac

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Gov. Rick Perry said Friday that he's not for increased security at the Texas Capitol after a shooting incident on its south steps this week.

Perry said that "the last thing I want is the Texas Capitol to turn into DFW Airport," referring to security checkpoints that have become familiar features of airport terminals.

Fausto Cardenas remained in Travis County's jail Friday, charged with felony deadly conduct in the Thursday shooting.

Perry said enough people in Texas have concealed handgun licenses to deter violent criminals.

"That keeps us all safer," he said.

His comments came as he accepted the endorsement of the Texas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association.
 

Do gun free zones attract terrorists? - Part I
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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Foreign and domestic terrorists have one common denominator: they want their attack to succeed. To that end they often spend weeks, months, even years planning their assault. They watch for holes in security learning the patterns of police and security guard patrols and response times...
 

UT: 90-year-old woman assaulted, car-jacked after church
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
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Submitter's note: Yes, why would anyone EVER need a self defense tool at church. Why indeed.
 

Love song for firearms becomes an internet hit
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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STEVE LEE says he never set out to be an internet hit. He just loves guns - and thought he would write a song about it. He says he is as shocked as anyone that his YouTube clip I Like Guns has been viewed more than 1.26 million times in the six weeks it has been online. The paean to guns, produced by Bill Chambers - father of Kasey - features Lee shooting at everything from watermelons to cars, and with everything from muzzleloaders to a fully automatic M60 and a rocket-propelled grenade.
 

MO: Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruder
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St. Louis Police say a man trying to break into a north St. Louis city home had the tables turned on him and is now dead. It happened just after 4:30 a.m. Monday in the 1900 block of East College.Police on the scene say the man was trying to break into a home when the homeowner shot and killed him. There is no word on whether or not charges will be filed.
 

NY: Falls man shoots burglar, Falls police say
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A 52-year-old city man shot a 22-year-old man in the chest Wednesday evening, but police said he is not expected to be charged after investigators learned he was likely defending himself from a burglar.
 

NY: Truly one of the finest: Gun-law crusading Detective Adam Frasse needs our prayers
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Detective Adam Frasse personifies what it means to be one of New York's Finest. An 18-year veteran, Frasse was a former partner of Detective Rodney Andrews, who was murdered with Detective James Nemorin during a gun buy-and-bust on Staten Island in 2003. Frasse spoke at Andrews' funeral and named his son in Andrews' memory. And then, above and beyond the call, he went on the attack against a state penal code that let sellers of illegal guns go with barely a slap on the wrist.
 

MN: Their Privilege To Kill, Our Duty To Die
Submitted by: Larry

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Last July 20, two men engaged in a brief altercation in Kasota, Minnesota. One of them was unarmed and wearing nothing but swim trunks. The other, dressed in regular clothes, was carrying a gun, which he used to pump several rounds into the first man’s chest at point-blank range.

This killing of an unarmed man was witnessed by more than a dozen people, all of whom — except, apparently, one — described it as undisguised murder. Yet a grand jury has refused to indict the killer, who — as should be obvious to any reasonably observant person — was a police officer.
 

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