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What the Colts can teach about restoring gun rights
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"I read an article from the Indy Star today, What the Colts can teach politicians. The author, Matthew Tully, related how lessons from the Indianapolis Colts win over the New York Jets in this past Sunday's AFC championship game can be carried over to managing political parties. I noted that many lessons from that game apply to the fight to restore gun rights." ...
 

Is Mel Gibson 'Tooled Up' On Liberty as Well as Guns?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Admittedly, just because someone has achieved fame and fortune in one endeavor doesn't mean they're qualified or have the passion to lead in another. The flip side to that: Just because someone is rich and famous doesn't give them a pass on doing what they can to promote liberty." ...
 

Our View: Supremes ready to rumble?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So is the Roberts court about to embark on a bolder course, despite Chief Justice John Roberts' declaration during his 2005 confirmation hearings of his devotion to the doctrine of stare decisis, meaning previous court decisions should be left in place in the interest of having predictable law? A couple of pending cases might help us discern a pattern, if there is one."

"Most observers expect a challenge to the congressional ban on large 'soft money' campaign contributions, filed right after the November 2008 elections, to reach the high court eventually."

"Before that, however, the case of McDonald v. Chicago should provide an idea about how aggressive the high court will be in enforcing individual rights." ...
 

SHOT Show - Day Three
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Late on the evening of Day Two of the SHOT show, I was met by several members of the gun industry and asked to have a private and serious discussion on the Second Amendment March. They shared with me concerns that the march would fail, and that, in the process, I would weaken the gun rights movement. I listened with gritted teeth as they told me that the time was not right for a march of this type, and that the gun owners of our country would not follow it. They reasoned that I had less than 100 days to earn all the money needed and that I would never make it. Inside, I was furious. Outside, I remained calm and listened to everything they had to say."

"You see, I've been listening to these same arguments for almost a year now. ..." ...
 

WA: Fallout continues in wake of 'assault weapon ban' hearing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun rights activists are continuing to dissect and analyze remarks made ... during Tuesday's sometimes rambunctious hearing on SB 6396 ..." ...

"A more detailed report will appear in the next issue of Gun Week, but for the moment, let's discuss some of the more questionable aspects of the hearing."

"According to Joe Waldron, legislative director for the Bellevue-based [CCRKBA], 'The individual sign-in sheets (showed) 313 people signed in to testify. Fourteen indicated they supported the bill and 298 checked the 'con' column ...'"

"Yet Sen. Kline, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and is prime sponsor of the legislation, equally divided testimony between pro and con. ..." ...
 

SHOT Show Retrospective
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In any business, the industry's major annual trade show gives you a chance to put a finger on the pulse and see how the whole organism is doing. The Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show is no exception."

"The unnatural buying frenzy that followed the election of President Obama is waning in terms of guns, but is still absolutely in effect insofar as ammunition. While the ammo shortage has let up a little, I don't see it getting a whole lot better any time soon."

"Overall, the attitude of the buyers – the retailers who make up most of the attendees – was optimistic. Most of the vendors I spoke with were very happy with the volume of orders they wrote at the show." ...
 

Real-life inspiration for paper target in firearms training, ex-NYPD Lt. Jesse Oldshein, dies at 92
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Thousands of cops opened fire at Jesse Oldshein over the years - and all it did was make him smile."

"The retired NYPD lieutenant believed to be the real-life inspiration for a paper target used in firearms training died last week at his Florida home, relatives said."

"He was 92 and had battled bladder cancer."

"It was less than two years ago that Oldshein was unmasked as 'The Thug' whose visage was supposed to inspire cops to shoot straight."

"For years, there was debate in police circles about the identity of the snarling, pug-nosed gunman with all the charm of a kick in the teeth." ...
 

SC: Burglary Suspect Shot by Homeowner in Spartanburg County
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A burglar was shot Tuesday morning by a homeowner in Spartanburg County."

"The incident happened ... about 9:30 Tuesday morning. According to the ... Sheriff's Office, deputies found Rick Clary standing in the driveway of his home, shotgun in hand. Clary told investigators that he was asleep inside the home when he heard the sound of breaking glass. He then said he grabbed his shotgun, went to the backdoor, and saw someone reaching through the broken door window, trying to unlock the door. Clary fired one shot at the suspect, saying he believed he hit the suspect with the shot."

"Two suspects fled on foot, but left a car registered to Apple Auto Rental, along with a 9mm pistol. The pistol turned out to be stolen." ...
 

OH: West Side Resident Shoots Would-Be Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police said a would-be robber was shot Saturday while trying to hold up a family on the city’s west side."

"The shooting happened at a home in the 900-block of Harris Avenue at about 11:30 a.m."

"The homeowner said two acquaintances held his family at gunpoint, demanding cash and prescription painkillers ..."

"The homeowner said that's when his mother came out of a room with a handgun and opened fire, hitting one of the men."

"The man, whose identity was not immediately released by police, was taken to Mount Carmel West Hospital."

"There were no details on his condition."

"The other alleged robber was later apprehended, police said. He has yet to be identified."

"No other injuries were reported."
 

Republican Senate gains that would be bad for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the announcement that Beau Biden will not seek the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by his father, Vice President Joe Biden, that seat is seemingly ripe for the taking by Representative Mike Castle (R-DE)." ...

"Joe Biden has been a longtime advocate advocate of such 'gun control' measures as bans of so-called 'assault weapons,' ... and there is little reason to believe that his son has fallen far from that diseased tree."

"'Well,' one might think; 'any Republican ought to be better than that--the party platform explicitly endorses the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental right of the individual to keep and bear arms.'"

"Unfortunately, Congressman Castle seems not to have read that part of the platform. ..." ...
 

Colorado, South Dakota Firearms Freedom Act Introduced
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Introduced in the State Senates of both Colorado and South Dakota last week is a bill known as the 'Firearms Freedom Act.' If passed, the bill would make state law that 'any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in the state and that remains within the borders of the state is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.'"

"This now makes Firearms Freedom Acts already passed in Montana and Tennessee, and currently introduced in ... 21 states ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: And the FFA in NH has teeth! It would make it a felony offense for any fed to attempt to enforce laws contrary to the act.
 

WA: Push to ban assault weapons going nowhere in Olympia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons in Washington state will likely go nowhere this session."

"The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on Senate Bill 6396, which would prohibit the sale of assault weapons, specifically semiautomatic pistols, pump-action rifles or shotguns that met certain definitions. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle."

"Kline, who is also the committee's chairman, took about 45 minutes of testimony from proponents, including police represenatives and the mother of a Seattle homicide victim, and opponents, including the National Rifle Association." ...
 

IN: Gun bills pass House despite antics, argument for safety at workplace
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Donning a National Rifle Association cap and holding a toy pistol, state Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, walked to the front of the Indiana House floor."

"Explaining his support for the 'Wild Wild West,' he fired the fake pistol, saying, 'Bang, bang, shoot 'em up!'"

"'This is indeed an NRA state,' Smith said. 'I pledge allegiance, not to the flag, but to the NRA.'"

"The representative's theatrics were facetious, but the bills he was mocking both passed the Indiana House on Tuesday."

"Under House Bill 1065, as long as the guns stay locked in their cars, no employer could tell its workers that they must leave their weapons at home." ...
 

Deep Thinking On The Austin Gun Show Debacle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So a question."

"Assuming the 'agreement' between law enforcement authorities, BATF and the show promoter agreeing to prohibit private transfers are true, under what authority, local ordinances, or code (state or federal) does law enforcement have a right to enforce a PRIVATE AGREEMENT?"

"You can't get police to take a police report on a private parking lot if there is a car accident." ...
 

CA: Accused Drug Dealer Walks After Deputy's Threats to Him Revealed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Let’s assume an Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) report of the Nov. 8, 2007, arrest of a suspected drug dealer near Disneyland reflects reality ..."

"... Deputies raided Simmons' home ... Catalano reported that Simmons voluntarily confessed to selling drugs. Based on the investigator's work, prosecutors filed seven felonies and two misdemeanors. The district attorney's office thought the crimes merited an eight-year trip to a California penitentiary."

"But Simmons didn’t spend one hour in prison. Indeed, his case never went to trial—because the sheriff’s report was not entirely truthful and the preliminary hearing testimony of deputies wasn't especially credible ..." ...
 

CO: Larimer Sheriff Jim Alderden wants guns on campus -- and he's not the only one
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Emphatic Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden ... is the latest to join the fight to prevent a gun ban at Colorado State University ..."

"The CSU Board of Governors ... is expected to adopt a ban of concealed weapons February 23, but not with the support of many students and now, along with Alderden, The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Club."

"On its face, the resistance to a gun ban sounds, well, like something a crazed second amendment group ... might do. But considering the reality of campus safety, the opposition might not be so nutty."

"According to the safety training video used by many universities nationwide ... active shooter scenarios require students and professors -- not campus police -- to be the first response." ...
 

CT: Cop Sexually Assaulted Teen, Mom Says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Meriden police officer sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl twice, once while on duty and the second time with a friend, the girl and her mother say in Superior Court. The police fired the officer for this, but refused to arrest him or charge him with anything ..." ...

"The Meriden Police Department's Internal Affairs investigated, and 'Barnes was found to have committed the assaults,' and was fired, the complaint states."

"It adds: 'Despite the findings, to this day, the Meriden Police Department has not arrested Barnes for the sexual assaults upon plaintiff and no criminal charges have been filed against Barnes for the sexual assaults.'" ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

CA: San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy due in court on weapons charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy accused of flashing his badge and holding a gun to a tow truck driver's head while off duty is set to be arraigned Wednesday on a felony charge for bringing his duty weapon into court."

"Richard Heverly, 43, faces charges of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, assault by a public officer, criminal threats and false imprisonment."

"Heverly ... also faces additional charges for possessing a firearm in a state building last week."

"Heverly appeared in court dressed in full uniform last Tuesday wearing his ... weapon ..."

"Under California Penal Code 171b, Heverly is not allowed to bring his weapon into court because of the pending criminal case against him ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

OH: Concealed carry applicants jumped 500% in some northwest Ohio counties; Sheriffs offer words of caution to criminals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Lima News is reporting that the number of people obtaining licenses to carry a concealed handgun exploded in 2009 to as high as 500 percent in some northwest Ohio counties."

"And that has county sheriffs offering words of caution - to criminals:"

"'I hope criminals think twice before they attempt to steal from someone or harm someone,' remarked Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon."

"Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish added, 'With the numbers growing, it's a huge risk if you're committing some type of offense you don't know who may be carrying.'" ...
 

MN: Man Claims Mpls. Unnecessarily Used Taser
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man is accusing Minneapolis police officers of excessive force after he said they unnecessarily used a Taser on him. He says dash cam video proves his claim and his is threatening a lawsuit." ...

"[Ruiz's lawyer Al] Goins says Ruiz obtained dash cam video of the arrest as part of his ongoing criminal case."

"The tape shows a man with his hands on a squad car and a Minneapolis police officer holding a Taser to his neck."

"Goins said, 'You can see Mr. Ruiz has completely surrendered. He is not talking to the officer, he is not threatening the officer he has nothing in his hands.'"

"However, the video clip provided to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS does not show the events leading up to the use of the Taser." ...
 

PA: Trooper, accused of threats, fails to appear at hearing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Harrisburg state trooper accused of trying to influence a case failed to appear at his preliminary hearing in Cumberland County this morning."

"Magisterial District Judge Jessica Brewbaker ... conducted the preliminary hearing without them. ..." ...

"Tangert, 45, was suspended and charged by the state police Bureau of Internal Affairs after it investigated Cumberland County First Assistant Attorney Jaime Keating's report that Tangert had contacted him about a case state police were not involved in."

"Keating testified that Tangert wanted to interrogate a young witness in a child sex case into recanting, then later told Keating he was having an affair with one of the defendants in the case." ...
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WA: Panel Votes to Restore 'Dishonest' Police Officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Seattle police officer fired last May for dishonesty will get his job back, along with back pay, after the city's Public Civil Service Commission ruled that termination was too harsh."

"Officer Eric Werner, 31, instead will be assessed a 30-day suspension ..."

"Werner maintained he forgot about punching an agitated man when he was initially questioned in 2007 by Seattle police during an investigation into the man's complaint that he was repeatedly tazed."

"Werner, during testimony last year before the commission, said he later remembered striking the man and decided to come clean while applying for a job with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in May 2008. The hiring process included polygraph examinations." ...
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Israel: arms factory workers suspected of selling guns to underworld
Submitted by: Lior@glocktalk

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"Two Rishon Letzion men were arrested on suspicion of stealing advanced weapons designated for Israel Defense Forces use and selling them to crime organizations ..."

"The investigation began after police found weapons in an open area near Taibeh. This discovery led police to the factory of the Israel Weapons Industry, who manufacture weapons for the IDF." ...

"Police estimate Kirzner allegedly stole more than 170 different weapons, some of them highly advanced, including sniper rifles and rifles outfitted with silencer." ...

"Police have thus far confiscated weapons valued in total at NIS 250,000, but they are estimating that total value of all the weapons stolen may be closer to NIS 1,000,000."
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Poster's comment: most Israeli citizens can forget about owning any gun, but criminals have no such problems.
 

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The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... — Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 (1894).

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