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Forbes previews embedded gun chips in hands as developer courts Obama
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Sorry, but the thought of PB having a negligent discharge while wearing his 'Hercules' ring is almost funny."
 

MI: Man testifies against suspended St. Clair Shores cop
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Notoriano, 42, is charged with armed robbery, felony firearm, willful neglect of duty and two counts each of unlawful imprisonment, felonious assault, ethnic intimidation and unlawful search, seizure and detention. Armed robbery is punishable by up to life in prison.

Pomeroy, 48, is charged with armed robbery, larceny of a firearm, willful neglect of duty and two counts each of unlawful imprisonment and unlawful search, seizure and detention.

“When he opened his door and came out of the door with his gun raised, he told me, ‘Put your f---ing hands up or I’m going to kill you,” Love testified in 36th District Court in Detroit.
 

WA: Seattle Times Runs Gun Grabber Initiative Poll
Submitted by: Rand Foster

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The Seattle Times is running a poll about the popularity of the one page I-591 that prohibits confiscation without due process and makes Washington follow a national standard for registration versus the 18 page I-594 initiative that apparently has to be passed so we really know what is in it. There are a number of people even voting the 3rd option that no person should be allowed to own a gun. Not surprising for Seattle.
 

FL: Stand Your Ground law needs tweak
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A similar attempt last year failed in the Legislature. However, this year the Florida Public Defender Association has decided to back the House measure, the News Service of Florida reported last month.

The News Service reported that Combee sponsored the 2013 bill after hearing about Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison under the state’s “10-20-Life” sentencing law for firing a gun into a wall during a fight with her husband.

As we have said, the state’s Stand Your Ground law needs fine-tuning. Chiefly, someone who provokes another then winds up injuring that person should not be allowed to escape prosecution.
 

Gun Accessories Firm Magpul Leaves Colorado After New Anti-Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Just when some of its customers were beginning to question gun accessories company Magpul Industries' sincerity about moving out of Colorado in response to anti-gun legislation passed last summer, the organization announced that it has finalized its moves to Wyoming and Texas. The company gained national attention last spring when state representative Lori Saine read a message from the firm's CEO that he would move Magpul if the legislature passed a bill banning the sale of magazines containing more than 15 rounds of ammunition.
 

Company keeps vow to leave Colorado
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the country’s largest producers of ammunition magazines for guns is leaving Colorado and moving operations to Wyoming and Texas because of new state laws that include restrictions on how many cartridges a magazine can hold.

Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries Corp. announced Thursday that it was moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne and its headquarters to Texas, making good on a vow it made to leave Colorado during last year’s gun control debate.
 

WA: Democratic state Sen. Kline says he’s retiring at end of year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Longtime Democratic state Sen. Adam Kline of Seattle said Thursday he plans to retire rather than seek re-election this fall in the 37th Legislative District. The outspoken liberal and advocate of civil rights protections is in his 18th year. He announced his decision in a newsletter mailed to his Southeast Seattle constituents.

Ed.: Sen. Kline is a hard-core anti-gunner, responsible for repeatedly proposing legislation in years that would require gun owners to submit to warrant-less searches of their homes upon demand.
 

AZ: Man shoots at shoplifting suspects outside Arrowhead Towne Center
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man who opened fire at two shoplifting suspects outside of the Sears at Arrowhead Towne Center told 3TV he pulled out his gun to protect himself, his wife and a loss-prevention officer.

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The 61-year-old was parked outside of the store, waiting for his wife, when he saw the two suspects, a man and a woman, trying to exit the store.

"The security guard came to confront them. The guy pulled out a gun and pointed a gun at him, and my wife was standing there. For her well-being as well as the safety of the security kid, I had my gun; I told him to 'freeze.' She turned, pointed the gun, and I shot," Brewer said as he described the chain of events.
 

Kahr Partners with Spyderco to Introduce the Kahr Delica4
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kahr Firearms Group is proud to introduce the Kahr Spyderco Delica4, a distinctive variation of one of Spyderco’s most popular folding knives available exclusively through Kahr.

Created by self-defense authority Michael Janich, the Kahr signature Delica4 offers Kahr its own unique design by combining a full-length handle with a compact 2.5” blade. The shorter blade makes it legal in jurisdictions with strict blade-length limitations without sacrificing leverage, control, or cutting power.
 

Most Legally Questionable Self-Defense Advice: Joe Biden
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Vice President Joe Biden took the time to brandish his Second Amendment chops, urging Americans to "just fire the shotgun through the door"' when it comes to warding off intruders.

The thing is, that's illegal in his home state of Delaware. And, among others. And a Washington state man apparently took the advice to heart, when he pled not guilty to charges over doing so firing warning shots to scare away what were believed to be car thieves. "I did what Joe Biden told me to do," he quipped.
 

AK: Militia Commander Organizing Fairbanks Rally to Protest U.S. Gun-Control Measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Alaskan lawmakers responded to the issue early last year by passing a bill that nullified federal gun-control laws and orders. Gov. Sean Parnell signed the law in June, over objections by legal experts that it’s unconstitutional.

Luntz says he expects speakers at the Fairbanks rally will talk about “nullification” and other issues involving so-called federal overreach and states’ rights.

“A lot of different other speakers may be talking about other things – nullification; jury rights; or just basically on trying to maintain our freedom and liberty,” he said.

Luntz says he’s also invited politicians and activists to speak at the rally.
 

NC: Concealed-gun permits rise 36% in Durha
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The number of Durham residents applying for permits to carry a concealed gun jumped 36 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

Permits to buy a pistol, however, fell 24 percent during the period.
“It looks like the drop is related to the fact that people would rather have the concealed-carry permit,” Durham County Sheriff’s Maj. Paul Martin said.
 

IL: Poor not allowed to protect themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I and my son-in-law have completed the required 16-hour course for a concealed carry permit. My cost was $190 — I’m a veteran — and my son-in-law’s non-veteran cost was $315. Then we must each pay another $150 to the state of Illinois. My total cost will be $340. My son-in-law’s total cost will be $465.

My question is: How many poor people have an extra $340 or $465 to protect themselves? I don’t think the politicians of Illinois have poor people’s interests in mind.
 

TX: Gun store owner arrested for carrying AR-15 rifle through Beaumont mall
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Derek Poe, 26, owner of Golden Triangle Tactical in the mall, was stopped by police around 6 p.m. on Dec. 28 for carrying an AR-15 rifle slung barrel-down across his back as he walked to his store.

A warrant for Poe's arrest was issued this week by Jefferson County courts at the request of the district attorney's office, said Beaumont Police Sgt. Rob Flores. Poe turned himself in on the misdemeanor charge Friday morning.

Flores said Poe was not arrested Dec. 28, but the weapon was confiscated. A video of the incident was posted on YouTube. The weapon will remain in police custody until the case is settled, Flores said.
 

NJ: Christie’s Office Asks County Prosecutor to Defend N.J. Handgun Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The case involves a lawsuit brought by the owner of a landscape supply business who sought a permit to carry a handgun to protect himself from a potential robbery. His application was denied because his safety concerns didn’t rise to the level of a “justifiable need” for a permit, a statutory standard in New Jersey. The owner claims that the requirement violates his Second Amendment rights.

Mr. Christie’s office says the move isn’t unusual nor unprecedented and says the governor supports the law under dispute. “The governor supports New Jersey’s already tough gun laws,” a spokesman for Mr. Christie told Law Blog. The spokesman also noted that county prosecutor offices in New Jersey are supervised by the state attorney general’s office.
 

TX: Carrying a concealed handgun in Texas just got easier, thanks to new laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun-friendly Texas is getting even friendlier in 2014 with new revisions to the state's concealed handgun application process — including a reduction of mandatory training hours and an elimination of social security number requirements.

Texas lawmakers earned high praise from the National Rifle Association this summer after passing a record number of pro-gun bills aimed at everything from lowering license prices to prohibiting colleges and universities from restricting students wishing to carry firearms in their vehicles.
 

WA: I-591: Background-checks battle joined as gun-rights backers turn in last of 350,000 signatures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Backers of a gun-rights initiative to the Washington Legislature reported turning in another 9,169 petition signatures on Friday in support of Initiative 591. That brought the measure’s total support to an estimated 350,000 signatures, said Alan Gottlieb, manager for the Protect Our Gun Rights campaign that is running the initiative.

I-591 would bar a broadening of background checks beyond current law except in the unlikely event a uniform federal standard was approved by Congress. It also bars confiscation of firearms without due process.
 

WA: Dueling initiative campaigns cross the finish line
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Now the battle between the dueling initiatives enters a new phase, as they are first considered by the legislature and then, as most political observers believe, they are put on the November ballot where the people will decide.

Gottlieb told Examiner that he is proud of the grassroots effort that has so far gone into the I-591 campaign. Not nearly as well-funded as the opposition, POGR has raised just over $700,000 while the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has raised and spent more than $1.19 million. Ironically, e-mail appeals from WAGR have created the impression that they are up against a heavily-funded monolithic gun lobby, when the exact opposite is actually the case.
 

OH: New Year’s Eve Stabbing Ruled Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man accused of stabbing and killing his roommate on New Year’s Eve is not facing charges.

Columbus Police said an initial investigation shows he acted in self-defense.
 

NY: NY, gun groups to appeal SAFE Act decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Thomas King, president of the Rifle and Pistol Association, said Friday it was important to get the appeal filed quickly.

“They just wanted to get this filed as quickly as possible to show the people that we were serious and that is not a flash in the pan and we’re going to go after the whole SAFE Act,” King said.

The gun-rights groups won a partial victory, getting the seven-bullet limit tossed.

King said they were encouraged that the judge noted that assault weapons are “commonly used for lawful purposes,” a statement that could help the group in the appeal.
 

Smith & Wesson Expands Performance Center and Pro Series Lineup
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that the master gunsmiths of the legendary Performance Center™ have once again elevated the perception of the classic wheel gun through the introduction of four new one-of-a-kind revolvers.
 

FL: New Gear For A New Year Win A Florida Carry Custom AR-15
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Our new custom AR-15 could be yours!
Just register as a Florida Carry Supporter at: https://www.floridacarry.org/emaillist

No purchase or donation is necessary. (However, we do appreciate your membership or donation to support Florida Carry’s gun rights work.)

When you win, you’ll just have to pay whatever fees your local Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer (or FFL) charges to lawfully transfer the firearm to you. ($25 to $30 at most Florida FFLs.)
 

Heizer Defense Shipping the PS1 Pocket Shotgun Pistol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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USA based Heizer Defense, Designers and Engineers of the PS1 Pocket Shotgun Pistol have begun shipping the PS1 Pistol. Chambered in 45 Long Colt and also capable of shooting the recent .410 self-defense rounds, the PS1 is sure to be a CCW favorite.
 

NY: State, gun-rights groups appeal SAFE Act ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The state Attorney General’s Office said Friday it would appeal a part of a federal judge’s ruling Tuesday that tossed New York’s provision limiting a magazine to seven bullets as part of the SAFE Act.

“We will vigorously defend New York’s SAFE Act in the Court of Appeals,” said Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He said the judge “upheld most of New York’s SAFE Act, and we will forcefully defend that ruling and appeal those parts of the decision that struck down portions of the law.”

The state Rifle & Pistol Association filed its own notice of appeal. It plans to seek an appellate ruling to overturn the entire law, claiming it impedes on Second Amendment rights.
 

MI: Detroit police chief: More legally armed citizens deter crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Detroit Police Chief James Craig praised the benefits of an armed citizenry and explained how his views about concealed carry have evolved during a press conference Thursday.

The Detroit News reports that Craig recounted his experience when he became police chief in Portland, Maine in 2009, after 28 years on the Los Angeles police force.
 

White House announces two more gun control executive actions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Obama administration announced Friday afternoon the release of two new executive actions to regulate the sale of firearms. Both actions concern the release of mental health information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS.

Vice President Joe Biden made the announcement, and the executive actions were posted as a White House press release titled, “Strengthening the Federal Background Check System to Keep Guns out of Potentially Dangerous Hands.”
 

IL: Chicago Homicides Down As Criminal Fears Of Armed Citizens Rise, Says SAF
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last year saw the City of Chicago reportedly post the fewest homicides since 1965, and the Second Amendment Foundation says one plausible explanation for at least part of the decline is because criminals can no longer be certain that their intended victim is not legally armed.

Since SAF's landmark Supreme Court victory in the 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago case that nullified the 30-year-old handgun ban in the city, increasing numbers of law-abiding citizens have obtained firearms for personal protection, noted SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb.
 

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