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FBI warning San Antonio gun shops of ‘terror indicators’ exposes another danger
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"But its among unequal partners. It’s not like the FFL has much choice but to make sure those holding their economic fortunes (and potentially much more) in their hands are satisfied that 'suggestions' to jump are met with leaps and bounds. That, in turn, leads to the likelihood that dealers will go far beyond the requirements of the law to make certain their interests are protected and your rights and privacy are secondary..."
 

MA: Hunter who shot Norton woman in apparent accident is a state trooper
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The hunter who shot a 66-year-old woman in Norton yesterday after apparently mistaking one of her dogs for a deer is a Massachusetts state trooper, a State Police spokesman said today.

The spokesman, David Procopio, confirmed that the hunter is an active trooper.

Norton police identified him as John Bergeron, 50, of Norton, and identied the woman as Cheryl Blair, also of Norton.

“It was an accidental shooting,” Procopio said in a phone interview, adding that Bergeron called 911 and went to Blair and administered medical aid while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

Norton police Lieutenant Todd Jackson said this morning that Blair was shot once in the abdomen with a black powder rifle.

She was shot while walking her tw
 

NY: 'Friendly fire' eyed in death of hero ATF agent
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Authorities are investigating whether friendly fire killed a hero ATF agent trying to stop a drug-addled ex-con from robbing a Long Island pharmacy, sources told The Post yesterday.
Officials said off-duty Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent John Capano, 51, a married father of two teens, was trying to foil a stickup at Charlie’s Family Pharmacy in Seaford on Saturday when a retired Nassau County police lieutenant and off-duty NYPD cop in a nearby deli heard there was a robbery in progress and the two armed men ran over.
Within seconds, Capano and career thug James McGoey, 43, lay dead outside the drugstore amid bottles of stolen pills.
 

Associated Press Displays Anti-Rights Credentials
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Leave it to AP to push gun control during a National Park ranger’s tragic murder.
 

NJ: Teen killed in Newark cop carjack
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A teen carjacker was shot and killed after trying to rob an off-duty cop in Newark this morning, the second time in a month a car thief was shot trying to hold up police officers in the New Jersey city.
Vincent Owens, 17, was shot at least once after trying rob the officer around 5:15 a.m., and was then thrown from a getaway car that crashed while trying to flee, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said.
Owens died a short time later at a hospital.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: In the Democratic People's Republic of New Jersey, if you're a cop, you stand a chance. But if you're one of the hardworking residents who pay the cops' wages and buy their costumes and equipment, you're on your own.
 

NY: Fatal Shooting Tied to Officer
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Preliminary findings in the investigation of an off-duty federal law-enforcement agent killed while trying to stop an armed robbery at a Long Island pharmacy suggests that the fatal shot was fired by a retired Nassau County police lieutenant, law-enforcement officials said Monday.
John Capano, a 51-year-old senior special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, had come to Charlie's Family Pharmacy in Seaford on Saturday afternoon to pick up cancer medication for his father, when a man armed with a pellet gun entered the pharmacy demanding painkillers and cash.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Long story short: the robber had a Crosman pellet gun so one of the two cops who responded has to have killed the ATF agent.
 

MA: Husband of Mass. shooting victim questions hunter
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The husband of a Massachusetts woman shot by an off-duty state trooper hunting deer after dark is questioning the trooper's target identification.

The Boston Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/u0GOol) the trooper apologized to the woman's family. But the woman's husband also is a hunter and says hunters need to pay attention and know their targets.

Norton police say 66-year-old Cheryl Blair was walking her two dogs Saturday a quarter-mile into a wooded area when neighbor John Bergeron mistook her pets for a deer. Police say Bergeron called 911 to get help after the shooting.

Blair is in a hospital recovering from surgery for a fractured pelvis.

Authorities say the shooting was accidental. A state police spokesman says Bergeron wa
 

WA: Massive manhunt after ranger slain at Rainier
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A man who was being sought in the shooting of four people at a New Year's party in South King County early Sunday is suspected in the fatal shooting of a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park later in the morning. ...
Nearly eight hours earlier, King County sheriff's deputies responded to shots fired at a party in Skyway, where an early-morning session of "show and tell" with guns among several armed partygoers devolved into a shootout, according to detectives.
Four people were shot, and three people fled the scene. One of them was identified as Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24.
Kevin Bacher, a spokesman for Mount Rainier National Park, said the vehicle recovered at the scene of Anderson's shooting was registered to Barnes.
 

MA: Off-Duty State Trooper Mistakes Dog For Deer, Shoots Woman
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Police say a 66-year-old woman walking her two dogs just after sunset on Saturday was shot and wounded by a hunter who claimed that he thought she was a deer.

The hunter is State Trooper John Bergeron who was off-duty at the time.

Police say the woman was on a wooded path Saturday evening when Bergeron fired a single shot at her.

State Police said in a statement that Bergeron, an experienced hunter who lives in the area, did not see the victim, and mistook the tails of her two dogs as the tail of a deer.

State regulations allow deer hunting until 30 minutes after sunset.

Sunset on Sunday was at 4:21 p.m.

Police say the shooting took place around 5 p.m., but did not give an exact time.
 

WA: Suspect in ranger's slaying found dead in creek
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Driven relentlessly through chest-deep snow by his pursuers and unprepared for bitter, freezing temperatures, the suspect in the Sunday slaying of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger died cold and wet overnight -- lying half-submerged in Paradise Creek and wearing one tennis shoe, a T-shirt and jeans, barely one mile from where he had fled into the woods.
Indications are that Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, died from exposure. His body showed no sign of injuries, and he was carrying a handgun, a magazine of ammunition and a knife, said Sgt. Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. ...
Officials said Barnes had left survival gear in his car, which he fled after firing on rangers Sunday.
 

Record gun checks, sales for Christmas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Along with millions of Kindles, Angry Birds and gift cards, Santa left a record number of guns under Americans' Christmas trees, especially in Kentucky, according to FBI statistics on background checks.

In the six days before Christmas, gun dealers submitted nearly half-a-million names for checks on criminal records and mental health issues, with 20% coming Dec. 23, according to news reports.
 

WA: Mount Rainier shooting opens door for agenda pandering
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Four people shot in Skyway and hours later, the same “person of interest” is allegedly involved in the slaying of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger, and in the aftermath, a debate is erupting over a 2010 law that allowed private citizens to carry loaded firearms in national parks in accordance with the laws of the state in which the park is located.
 

PA: No charges for man who shot another man with a bow and arrow, per Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler will not charge a man who fatally shot another man with a bow and arrow, saying today that changes in the state's Castle Doctrine factored into his decision.

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Mr. Spangler said the man might not have been charged under the old statute, but the new law "makes it much clearer" that the shooting was justified.
 

IL: 2011 IllinoisCarry – A Year of Triumphs & Near Triumphs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a near triumph, we fell just 6 votes short of the needed super-majority of 72!

The narrow miss can be blamed directly on Gov. Quinn and the city of Chicago who pulled out all the stops in the final days before the vote to campaign against the measure. The bill, HB148, was put on postponed consideration and can be recalled for another vote between now and Jan. 2013. All supporters are working tirelessly to secure the needed handful of votes.

A major triumph – the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Ezell vs Chicago. The court ruled the Second Amendment must be given the same measure of respect as the First Amendment...
 

Who won the day? Mitt Romney
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Perry wasn’t the only other Republican attacking Santorum. In a second Romney-friendly development, Ron Paul’s campaign got in on the action, with national chairman Jesse Benton accusing Santorum of having a “horrible record on the Second Amendment,” and telling POLITICO Santorum’s record on “so many other issues is so poor he can’t stand up to real criticism.”
 

GA: New Georogia gun licenses bring added security, costs
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Jerry Henry, executive director of GeorgiaCarry.Org, said the new licenses at least look better.“The remark I hear most often is the existing ones could be made by a fourth-grader and a crayon,” said Henry, who lives outside Fairburn. He said he objects to the need for the licenses to exercise a Second Amendment right, but believes the newer licenses will make it easier for Georgians to carry a firearm into 25 other states because the new licenses look legitimate.
 

FL: One reason crime down: concealed weapons laws
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Charles Lanes’ article on the Opinion page of Wednesday’s Bradenton Herald surprised me. A well known writer for the Washington Post, he seems unable to tell why crime in this country is down so much in the last 20 years.
 

CA: Man carries unloaded rifle to mall, but isn't arrested
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The day after it became illegal in California to openly carry an unloaded handgun in public, a man showed up at a Daly City mall Monday with an unloaded shotgun strapped to his back – and he wasn’t arrested, police said.

A security guard called police after spotting a man with a shotgun outside Serramonte Shopping Center about 9 a.m., before the mall opened for business, Daly City police Sgt. Michael Barton said.
 

Holder's Hubris Stuns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The conclusion, if facts matter, is that the smuggling operation increased the number of U.S.-supplied firearms to drug cartels, which were then found at crime scenes domestically and abroad. This manufactured increase was then used publicly to advance an imaginary threat, to justify increased government power, controls, and infringing on the Second Amendment.
 

Santorum says 11th-hour robo calls falsely claim he’s anti-gun
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Last week during a town hall meeting in Waterloo, Santorum was quizzed about his stance on Americans’ right to bear arms by a man who said he has received an email suggesting the candidate was weak on 2nd Amendment issues.

Santorum said he had been a leader in Congress on gun rights’ issues.

Ed.: More like a gun-control leader: http://gunowners.org/a052199.htm
 

NH: N.H. battle lines drawn over new gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"The governor is blowing this all out of proportion for political gain," Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, said.

Baldasaro is a sponsor of HB 334 and supports the other bills.

He said HB 334 brings state colleges and universities into line with existing state law, while letting private colleges and universities keep their own policies.

New Hampshire law allows people to openly carry guns, Baldasaro pointed out. They must obtain a permit from police if they wish to conceal the gun under clothing or in a vehicle, he said.

"State colleges are making their own rules, going against the law of New Hampshire," Baldasaro said.
 

NH: NH considers making gun licenses optional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Hampshire could become the fourth state to eliminate the need for a permit to carry concealed, loaded guns anyplace not prohibited by law under legislation before the House and Senate.

The House could vote as early as this week on a bill to make the permits optional so gun owners could travel to states with reciprocal permit agreements.
 

2012 To Be Astronomical Year Of Ammunition Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What an amazing year 2011 has been!

Since this is our final WebBench for the year, we wanted to take a little time to review just how the year has gone… and what we expect to see happen in the upcoming year, 2012.

Well, we would have to say 2011 was the year for home defense and personal protection firearms with their related accessories and equipment.
 

WA: Home invasion ends with suspect’s stabbing
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Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said a man suspected of breaking into a Chelan Falls home was stabbed by the homeowner in self-defense.
 

Santa Deliverers 1.5 Million Firearms For Christmas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Making a Christmas list is always fun.

And I remember as a kid listing things in order, putting the gift I would most like Santa to bring at the top of list.

One year that was a bicycle, another year a certain type of BB gun, and another year a video game system.
 

Owners Argue Merits of Firearms on Airplanes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lately, I’ve been thinking more about firearms after strong reaction I had to a recent column about travelers who were stopped at airport security checkpoints for trying to carry guns onboard planes. I even heard from a few readers who believe that the relaxation of so-called right-to-carry gun laws in many states ought to expand federally to allow responsible, legal permit-holders to carry firearms on airplanes.
 

TN: Right use for a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Like them or not, here's one case where legally carrying a gun came in handy.

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"...One man shot out the car's window with a handgun...to help free the children. Chris Willden, a Department of Defense contractor with a background in law enforcement, shot out one window with his Glock handgun after trying unsuccessfully to open windows and doors."
 

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