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Federal judge upholding SAFE Act gun ban relied on unsupported assumptions
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The decision relied heavily on testimony by George Mason University criminology professor Chris Koper, who argued 'that the criminal use of assault weapons declined after the federal assault-weapons ban was enacted in 1994, independently of trends in gun crime,' Lott wrote. 'But Koper’s two studies on the 1994 federal assault-weapons ban don’t support his claims.'" ...
 

New Study Demolishes Almost Every Gun Control Myth
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws. The study determined that nearly every claim made in support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics."

"The study, 'An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates,' ... examined nearly 30 years of statistics and concluded that stricter gun laws do not result in a reduction in gun violence. In fact, Gius found the opposite – that a proliferation of concealed carry permits can actually reduce incidents of gun crime." ...
 

New York’s Fact-Free Gun Ruling
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "The decision relied heavily on testimony by George Mason University criminology professor Chris Koper, who argued 'that the criminal use of assault weapons declined after the federal assault-weapons ban was enacted in 1994, independently of trends in gun crime.” Judge Skretny wrote in his opinion: “Because New York’s regulations are tighter than those in the federal ban, [Koper] believes, quite reasonably, that the affect [sic] will be greater.'"

"But Koper’s two studies on the 1994 federal assault-weapons ban don’t support his claims. The first study, with Jeff Roth for the National Institute of Justice, found that 'the evidence is not strong enough for us to conclude that there was any meaningful effect [of the weapons ban].'" ...
 

Murray needs top cop like Detroit’s; Times poll on 'UBC'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Newly-sworn Seattle Mayor Ed Murray yesterday outlined his goals for his first 100 days in office, which include hiring a new police chief, and yesterday’s Detroit News revealed the perfect choice; Chief James Craig, who is an outspoken supporter of concealed carry by private citizens."

"It is not likely that Murray would ever offer the job to Chief Craig." ...
 

The RKBA Alive and Well in Washington State. So Far (poll available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Seattle Times is running a poll about two initiatives that will be on the ballot in the next Washington State election. Instead of two questions that the voters will face, the poll asks three, summed up thusly . . ." ...
 

New York Times Champions Dick Metcalf – And Reveals The Truth About Gun Reviews
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The New York Times’ article Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns 'exposes' gun journo 'extremism.' It’s based on an unsurprisingly sympathetic profile of Dick Metcalf. You may remember Mr. Metcalf as the Guns & Ammo writer given the old heave-ho after writing a column suggesting that government regulation of gun rights isn’t necessarily a bad thing. ..." ...

"... Now for the juicy bit. In its effort to diss gun journalism in general, the Old Gray Lady reveals that Guns & Ammo’s reviews are bought and paid for . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Leupold Mark 6 1-6x20mm M6C1
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"In 3-gun competitions, stage designers love to be evil. And the definition of 'evil' in this case is setting targets out at 3 yards, and then forcing you to quickly shift and engage some more at 300 yards. Doing that with the same rifle without switching optics is tough, since too much magnification on close range stuff will suck almost more than too little magnification at long range. Normally you’d need to find a balance between the two and settle for something in the middle, but Leupold’s Mark 6 1-6x20mm scope asks the question, 'why not have your cake and eat it too?'" ...
 

New From SIG SAUER: Striker-Fired Modular P320
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"After decades of success with traditional hammer-fired DA/SA pistols, SIG SAUER is jumping into the world of striker-fired hanguns with a completely new design that’s also modular — and multi-caliber. But why the mysterious blue box? . . ." ...
 

New from Ruger: American Rifle in .223 Rem and .22-250 Rem
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Robert forwarded me the announcement email with the subject 'NEW GUN!! OMG NEW NEW NEW NEW!', so you can tell that he’s wallowing in my usual pre-SHOT Show pain. You see, I have a pet peeve about companies introducing “new” rifles when they’ve only changed one or two little things about their existing products. ..."
 

New from Tannerite: 1/4 Pounder Target (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"That’s a whole lot of KA-BLAM! in one small package. One small convenient package. Tannerite hasn’t made an official product announcement on this one yet; we’ll add it here once the presser drops. For now, imagine the possibilities! And pity poor FPS Russia, hidden away in the Witness Protection Program, is denied a chance to blow stuff up with the latest and greatest binary explosives."
 

Should We Shoot This Semi-Auto .338 Lapua At The SHOT Show? Is That A Stupid Question?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"SWORD International will be demonstrating this all-new Mark 18 Mod 0 semi-automatic .338 Lapua at the SHOT Show Media Day At The Range, and we’d like to take an informal poll: should we shoot it? This isn’t a scientific survey, but keep in mind that there is only one correct answer . . ." ...
 

Video: GLOCK’s New GLOCK-brand GLOCK 42 Handgun (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Reader DanRRZ sent this in with the following comment: 'I’m not a Glock guy to begin with but I don’t get this in .380. Its marginally bigger that the Shield in a less potent defensive caliber.' I can’t say I disagree. You?"
 

New from Smith & Wesson Performance Center: M929 “Jerry Miculek Signature Model”, M686, M629, M460XVR, M986 Pro Series
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Over the last 23 years, Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center has hand-crafted some of the world’s finest shooting firearms. While the division breathes on a wide range of S&W models, their revolvers are the Center’s crowning achievements. For 2014, S&W PC is introducing five new wheelguns: the M929 “Jerry Miculek Signature Model” (eight-shot 9mm competition revolver with a 6.5″ barrel), M686 (seven-shot .357 Magnum revolver with a 2.5″ barrel), M629 (six-shot .44 Magnum with an 8-3/8″ fluted barrel), M460XVR (five-shot 460 S&W Magnum revolver with a 3.5″ barrel) and the M986 Pro Series (seven-shot 9mm competition revolver with a 5″ barrel). ..." ...
 

Gear Review: ODIN Works XMR Extended AR-15 Magazine Release
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"On an AR-15 rifle, just about everything is replaceable and customizable. It’s one of the things that makes the gun so desirable, useful and the best selling firearm in the United States. But one part in particular has never gotten much love from the modding community: the magazine release. Until now . . ." ...
 

A history lesson for foes of N.Y. gun law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A s if to punctuate the end of a 12-month period that began with a heinous school shooting and ended in court, on the last day of 2013, a federal judge’s ruling largely upheld the constitutionality of the New York SAFE Act ..."

"New York’s law ... has sparked unrelenting outrage among gun-rights groups, who consider the law an infringement on Second Amendment rights."

"To hear some gun-rights advocates tell it, the historic right to bear arms applies nearly any time a hand comes in contact with a firearm. Many of these claims are obviously hyperbole, but the sheer repetitiveness of claimed gun rights in the face of modern gun regulations misses the actual, historic relationship between the two." ...
 

Why I am pro-gun control
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Gun control is necessary in order to have a peaceful city, country and world. Without gun control, many lives will be taken for unnecessary reasons. Not only should things be settled in a different way, but violence is never the answer. Those who do not support gun control show they are for violence and are not thinking in terms of safeness for all. This is why I am pro-gun control"

"... The questions at hand are as follows; what does a 'well-regulated militia' entail, should the background checks require more and what are the reasons for gun control? ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: In order: It means properly functioning, no they should go away and finally gun control is not about "reason" it is about control.
 

How many gun deaths are too many?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, Slate.com tackled an ambitious project: cataloging every single gun death in the U.S. in the year that followed."

"By early December, a year later, Slate had tallied 11,400 people killed by firearms. These were murders and accidents; men, women and too many kids shot by a family member, shot by a stranger, or who killed themselves, intentionally or not."

"And yet, high as the figure may seem, Slate noted that its total, culled from media reports, was far less than the number reported by the [CDC], which uses death certificates and counts, on average, 32,000 gun deaths every year."

"Why the big difference?

"'Suicides, it turns out, are this project's enormous blind spot,'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Two other "blind spots": First is the article and study's complete ignorance of the fact that guns save more lives than are lost due to crimes and negligence. The second blind spot, of course, is the fact that the freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil and Constitutional right -- subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility,
 

This is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: They Arm Themselves – Mexican Self-Defense Edition
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"When Uncle Sam bitched and moaned about the 'iron river' of illegal guns heading south from US gun stores to arm Mexico’s cartels, TTAG called bullsh*t. For one thing, the cartels have hundreds of thousands of guns from decades of 'legal' arms sales to South American governments ... For another, Fast and Furious, wherein the feds enabled the very thing that they were bitching and moaning about. And lastly, Mexicans need guns! To defend themselves against the cartels, corrupt cops and 'rogue' government troops. Mexicans don’t have an uninfringable right to keep and bear arms, so they can’t tool-up legally. So . . . they tool-up illegally. ... Make the jump for borderlandbeat.com info on the burgeoning 'self-defense' movement of . . . wait for it . . . citizen militias . . ." ...
 

Chicago Homicides Down as Criminal Fears of Armed Citizens Rise
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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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." ...
 

CA: Petaluma man stabbed in Denny's parking lot
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A 33-year-old man was stabbed early Sunday in Petaluma after a younger man came up to his parked car and began yelling at him."

"The victim, a Petaluma resident whose name wasn’t released, told police the stabbing occurred about 4:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Denny’s restaurant at 4986 Petaluma Blvd. North." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well thank Ghu CA has such strong gun "control" laws!
 

Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Just days after the column appeared, Mr. Metcalf said, his editor called to tell him that two major gun manufacturers had said 'in no uncertain terms' that they could no longer do business with InterMedia Outdoors ... if he continued to work there. He was let go immediately."

"'I’ve been vanished, disappeared,' Mr. Metcalf, 67, said in an interview last month on his gun range here, about 100 miles north of St. Louis ... 'Now you see him. Now you don’t.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: You've been "disappeared", huh? According to Wikipedia forced disappearance "occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization ... followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person's fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law."
 

'Gun control' collaborator Dick Metcalf compares self to victims of tyranny
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The New York Times published a jeremiad Saturday about former Guns and Ammo writer Dick Metcalf, whose 'Let's Talk Limits' article published in December is the reason for the 'former' in his Guns and Ammo employment status. The NY Times article is titled 'Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns,' and portrays Metcalf as a victim of not just 'Second Amendment absolutism' (as if 'Second Amendment relativism' is appropriate in advocacy of that which shall not be infringed), but of gun industry money suppressing the expression of his views." ...
 

FL: The week ahead in state and local government: Jan. 6-Jan. 11
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Here’s a look at some of the events and major state and Southwest Florida government meetings that could generate news reports in the coming week:" ...

"Tuesday ...
  • Gun-rights supporters will hold a noon rally in the Capitol courtyard in Tallahassee to seek approval of legislation that would invalidate in Florida any federal laws, executive orders or U.N. treaties that infringe on the Second Amendment." ...

 

CO: Colo. Democrats blamed for $80M hit to economy by pushing out gun firm Magpul
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Democrats came under heavy criticism Friday for driving Magpul Industries out of Colorado by pushing an aggressive gun-control agenda, a move that could cost the state more than $80 million annually."

"Republican state Rep. Lori Saine said she was 'saddened to see this completely partisan law, widely considered unenforceable by sheriffs across Colorado, cause Magpul to leave our state.'"

"'The magazine ban did not garner one Republican vote in the House or Senate, and now as a result of this one-sided, Democrat-sponsored law, more than 200 people will lose their jobs and their ability to provide for their families,' said Ms. Saine in a statement. '[T]his move will cost the state of Colorado over $80 million a year in revenue.'" ...
 

NJ: Christie’s Office Asks County Prosecutor to Defend N.J. Handgun Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t ducking a challenge to his state’s handgun restrictions, but he’s not confronting it head-on either."

"The Republican governor’s administration has delegated the job of defending a strict New Jersey gun law to a county prosecutor’s office instead of having the attorney general’s office argue the case before the state’s highest court, reports The Record." ...
 

Hawley: Court ruling revealed SAFE Act flaws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, is advising his constituents to remain vigilant in defense of their Second Amendment rights in light of the recent federal court ruling that upheld most of New York’s SAFE Act."

"A small victory can be claimed after the provision restricting 10- round magazines from holding more than seven bullets was struck down, Hawley said." ...

"In addition to the seven-round limit being struck down, Hawley said, another encouraging sign from the ruling was Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny’s admission that so-called 'assault weapons' and 'large capacity magazines' may be considered in 'common use,' a legal benchmark set by the Supreme Court that curtails how government may regulate them." ...
 

It’s time to shut down the Transportation Safety Administration
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Any American who travels must deal with the [TSA]. The Bush administration made many mistakes in dealing with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Creating a government monopoly to handle transportation safety was one of the worst."

"Government’s most important duty is protecting its citizens. Still, the state need not hold a monopoly. There are police, but the Second Amendment also ensures that Americans can protect themselves."

"Obviously, Uncle Sam has an interest in transportation safety. ..."

"Unfortunately, TSA is a costly behemoth better at bureaucracy than safety. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 killings, the Bush administration and Congress felt they had to do something, so in 2001 they created the TSA." ...
 

HI: Woman will receive $20,000 from ex-officer in civil suit
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A former Maui police officer who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in 2008 has agreed to pay her $20,000 to settle a civil lawsuit." ...
 

AZ: Corrections Officer Arrested NYE For Having Sex With Inmate In State-Prison Van
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A Department of Corrections officer allegedly rang in the New Year by engaging in sexual intercourse with an inmate in the back of a state-prison van, according to court documents. Court records state that a prison inmate who drives the transportation vehicle, tipped off corrections investigators on Tuesday after she says she saw 26-year-old Anthony James Marotta receiving oral sex from another female inmate in the back of the van." ...
 

IL: Concealed Carry Applications Open For Certain People (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Illinois State Police have begun processing some concealed carry applications."

"The early opening is only for those who have gotten electronic fingerprints. That means going to a licensed vendor to have their fingerprints electronically scanned and sent to ISP."

"'We have to verify with a driver's license if it's really them, then we put them into our system, then we fingerprint them,' said Sandy Graves of FIRM Systems. 'We send them with paperwork that has a TCN number, and that's what they enter for their conceal and carry.'"

"Since getting electronic fingerprints is the only way people can apply now, businesses like FIRM Systems in Springfield have been swamped since Thursday morning." ...
 

PA: Woman Suing Over Amputation Following Arrest (video available)
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"A local woman had to have her arm amputated after a recent arrest and she is blaming law enforcement authorities."

"She has filed a lawsuit and it accuses deputies of using excessive force and the Allegheny County Jail of refusing to allow her to get treatment from a doctor."

"The woman’s attorney says those two factors are the major reasons why she lost her arm." ...
 

MI: Detroit Police Chief: Yes, Armed Citizens Can Help Stop Crime
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"An admission of obvious truth, from an unlikely source, as most urban police chiefs are political creatures who serve at the pleasure of leftist bosses."
"Detroit— If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday."

"Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind." ...
 

Businesses jump to declare support for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Businesses across the country are ready to stick 'em up in the name of gun rights — a window sticker that is."

"A sticker declaring support for the Second Amendment has become the must-have item for like-minded shop owners across the country. And it's the brainchild of a Leesburg restaurant owner." ...
 

New Gear For A New Year Win A Florida Carry Custom AR-15
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"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.)" ...
 

Colorado Magpul relocates to Texas over gun control laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A leading manufacturer of firearms accessories has followed through on its vow to relocate from Colorado after the state passed some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation."

"Magpul Industries will be moving its business to Texas and Wyoming, which will cost the state over $85 million in lost revenue as well as the loss of up to 400 jobs."

"'Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,' said Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick, who started the privately held company in 1999 ... 'This relocation will also improve business operations and logistics as we utilize the strengths of Texas and Wyoming in our expansion.'" ...
 

Fail On Plastic Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"I wish C&EN would discuss chemistry and not push political views. The article “The Desktop Arms Plant” reports on an upcoming technology that has a lot of uses (C&EN, Sept. 30, 2013, page 11). Why not report on how it can be used to make experimental robotic parts or machine prototype parts? Instead, the article presents an alarmist slant about hobbyists attempting to make a weapon."

"Far better weapons are readily available in gun stores in all states. For those with criminal intent, they can readily purchase weapons on the black market, through the same channels that distribute illegal drugs. What criminal would trust his life to a plastic gun that might explode and would only shoot seven times at half power?" ...
 

CA: The CGF Publishes 2012-2013 California Handgun Carry License Reports
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"As part of its ongoing Carry License Sunshine and Compliance Initiative, California-based gun rights group The Calguns Foundation (CGF) has published two new reports on handgun carry licenses in the state, which can be viewed or downloaded for free at www.calgunsfoundation.org/carry." ...
 

TX: Man Defends Right To Carry Rifle Into Video Game Store
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"A Beaumont, Texas mall storeowner brought a rifle in plain view into GameStop before going on to his own establishment, insisting that he was simply exercising his Second Amendment rights."

"Derek Poe stopped by the GameStop in Parkdale Mall before going to Golden Triangle Tactical, his own store, with an AR-15 slung over his back. The police seized the weapon, calling his open carry display 'calculated to alarm.'"

"Witnesses at the scene indeed seemed alarm[sic], telling police they were 'terrified' and 'thought they were going to die.'" ...
 

CA: Soldiers over politicians
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"In rebuttal to Jim Minton ('Guns and ammo,' Letters, Thursday):"

"First, there are no 'former Marines.' Once a Marine, always a Marine."

"Second, the Marine in Wednesday's photo offered his life so that we may continue to exercise our constitutional rights. If he wants to “get the feel” of a gun in a gun shop, God bless him. It's his right, more so than most, to do so. It would be the beginning of the downfall of our form of government to deny him or anyone else their Second Amendment rights."

"Third, it is not inconceivable that the FBI could be ordered to go door-to-door confiscating guns. The first doors they'll knock on are those of registered gun owners." ...
 

TX: Lubbock trade show displays newest styles of guns and accessories (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The new year brings about the first gun show of the year in Lubbock. About 150 vendors attended the Silver Spurs and Trade show this weekend at the civic center."

"Vendors showcased the newest styles of handguns, knives and accessories. Organizers said the trade show is important for those interested in obtaining a gun, especially during an election year." ...
 

TX: 2nd Amendment debate continues in Harlingen (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The debate around the 2nd Amendment has returned to the City of Harlingen."

"Police officers arrested a gun rights activist at a demonstration back in December."

"But on Saturday afternoon, dozens of them rallied outside the Harlingen Police Department."

"'I'm standing up for second amendment rights and for my Texas right to open carry,' said participant Angela L. Peña."

"The Rio Grande Valley woman-turned-gun rights activist guns are a constitutional right."

"'I've been using guns since i was a small child and it's not a matter of liking them, it's my right to own them,' she said. ..."

"Peña said Texas state law allows gun owners to carry rifles and shotguns out in the open." ...
 

CO: Letter on guns way off target
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"... I would like to state that my rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment has no relationship to a love affair but rather my actions in preventing an attack on me, my family or other innocent individuals."

"One needs only to look at current news with regards to armed robberies, home invasions or most recently the game of knockout attacks to realize that this type of crime can happen to you. You indicate that the law preventing an uninvited individual committing a home invasion is too severe (ruthless and silly) - tell that to Dr. William Petit, Cheshire, Conn., who along with his wife and two daughters were subjected to a home invasion that resulted in his being incapacitated while his family was molested and subsequently murdered." ...
 

SC: Faulty aim (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"One couldn't help but notice the reference to Vincent Sheehen's position on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the article about Gov. Nikki Haley's proud display of a Christmas-gifted handgun via Facebook."

"Those of us who know and support Vincent Sheheen know that he is from South Carolina and owns guns for hunting. And agree that he should have every right to do so."

"But can the public posting of our governor's smiley pic with a 15 round, 9mm pistol - potentially viewed by any and all of the world's Facebook fans - old and young - rich and poor, law abiding or not, mentally healthy or not, be part of the debate?" ...
 

UK Detectives: “We Are Unable to Eradicate Gun Crime Entirely”
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"'A SPECIALIST police anti-gun squad has claimed criminals in a Yorkshire city are dodging detection by forcing 'vulnerable' people to store their weapons – after revealing that last year saw a four-fold increase in firearms seizures.' ... 'The Operation Quartz team – set up in 2009 to combat gun and drug crime in Leeds – confiscated 27 weapons from criminals over the course of 2013, having seized seven the previous year. The figures are predominantly made up of shotguns and sawn-off shotguns, in many cases stolen from legitimate owners.' Twenty-seven? As in twenty more than seven? That is not, it must be said, an awful lot of firearms collected by how many full-time coppers? Not stated. But what it clear is that they’re operating within a police state. Check this . . ." ...
 

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