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ATF position on equipment use threatens private gun-making
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The effect of this ruling will be to close down operations in which persons who are legally entitled to manufacture their own firearms for personal use are permitted by a business to use its equipment, either with instruction or without. Provided such firearms are not intended to be sold or distributed, marking and record-keeping requirements do not apply. By changing the rules, ATF has closed down a means by which people who lack the equipment themselves to finish off a part will be able to exercise their right to build a firearm, a practice many rely on, particularly when completing so-called '80 percent' precursor receivers." ...
 

Huffpo: Self-Defense A ‘Laughable’ Way To Defend Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Monday, the Huffington Post ran a column arguing that the Constitution is the weakest of all grounds for defending gun rights, and an appeal to self-defense to justify gun ownership is simply 'laughable.'"

"According to the Huffington Post, the Constitutional argument for gun rights is flawed because the 2nd Amendment only protects the rights of persons serving in the militia and, contrary to the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonald v. Chicago, it does not bar states or local governments from regulating firearm ownership." ...
 

9 Shooting Industry Predictions for 2015
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"2014 marked a return to some semblance of normalcy in our industry. Whew, the past couple of years have been a pain. Too little product and too high prices. In 2015, we’ll get back to a sane business model with new products and broad availability. Danger looms on the political front with a lame duck president and billionaires dumping money into state-level gun control efforts." ...
 

Why the “Gun Violence Archive” Is Flawed From the Start
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The problem with gun control activists’ stance is that it isn’t backed by any actual hard numbers. They try to massage the figures to make them more emotionally appealing, but the fact remains that virtually every statistic proves the idea that — at the very least — guns are not the problem. With public opinion shifting against them, one group has now decided to try to make it seem that the numbers really are in their favor with a website they’ve dubbed the 'Gun Violence Archive.' There’s just one problem: their methodology is flawed from the start . . ." ...
 

Incendiary Image of the Day: America’s Most Gun Friendly State Is . . . Wyoming?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We’ve been over this ground before. “Gun friendly” isn’t about which state has the most guns per capita. It’s about which state most respects the Second Amendment’s mandate against government infringement on citizens’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Washington, D.C.? As tennis legend John McEnroe famously declared to line judges, YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! We also have to remove those states without permit-less (a.k.a., Constitutional) carry. Working from the list above, that leaves . . ." ...
 

Second Amendment Foundation Launches Firearms Training Division
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In addition to the core offerings SAFTD will also be offering a Situational Alertness for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) course which is designed to teach the student to develop and adopt the situational awareness mindset while at home, at work, on the road, traveling, on the phone etc; and teaches how to make your home safe and less attractive to would be robbers and home invasion."

"SAFTD will also be offering a Women's Program. The SAFTD Women's program was developed by women for women and addresses the specials needs of women, their firearms, security and special concerns with carrying a firearm both on and off-body. ..." ...
 

The Absolute Concealed Carry Guide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The average person concealed carrying (CC) a firearm is just like any other law-abiding citizen. They’re welders, doctors, stay-at-home moms, and journalists, and they make up a quickly growing portion of the population here in the United States. And not only do they stand for themselves, they stand for others. In fact, legally armed citizens stop more than twice as many crimes as law enforcement officers do, and with a less-than-2% error rate compared to the 11% error rate among law enforcement." ...
 

The Heckler & Koch P7 is the Best Pistol Ever
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Many of the products you purchase were designed by engineers, but heavily tempered by the demands of the finance and design departments. ... But the Heckler & Koch P7 seems to have avoided those constraints. In my considered opinion, it’s result of giving some talented engineers free rein to create the absolute best, safest, most technologically-advanced pistol ever. At least, the best possible pistol for a police officer or other 'gunfighter.' The P7 has many notable design features, including many 'firsts,' some of which have never been duplicated and some of which have become ubiquitous. Despite being out of production, this is why it’s still the best pistol ever made and why you need one. . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Dog Gone Good Shooting Bags
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Varmint shooters have long known that shooting bags are a great way to stabilize rifles for peak accuracy. The best shooting bags I’ve ever used are made right here in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, by lifelong shooter Don D. Scott. I recently purchased one of Don’s 'Dog-Gone-Good' bags and can now report to the armed intelligentsia." ...
 

Gun Review: Remington 597 .22LR
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I began the search for my first firearm a few years ago, and felt I should begin with a semi-automatic rifle chambered in 22lr. Eventually it came down to the classic and timeless Ruger 10/22 versus the Remington 597. I opted for the Remington because the reviews I had read from those who possessed both stated that the Remington had better accuracy without modification. I then needed to choose between the various models that Remington offered. They offer this rifle in a variety of configurations including: an open sight model, a scoped model, a tactical model, a heavy barreled model, and a model with a pre-threaded barrel. I decided upon the open sighted model because I wanted iron sights on the rifle in addition to the scope ..." ...
 

Lesson From a GLOCK 42 Fail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"All guns fail. Some – like the GLOCK 42 pictured above and after the jump – fail because of limp-wristing or other types of operator error. Some – like the GLOCK 42 pictured above and after the jump – because of ammo compatibility problems (e.g., Hornady Critical Defense). Other guns – like the Cabot 1911 – will fail from mechanical issues. Others will fail from simple wear and tear after years, maybe even decades of use. Or neglect. But all guns fail. If you believe . . ."

"…that a GLOCK is infallible, you’re setting yourself up for a fall." ...
 

.380 AmmoQuest: Buffalo Bore 100 gr. Hardcast Flat Nose Regular and +P (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I have been asked repeatedly to test Buffalo Bore’s .380 +P ammo. Well, 'asked' is a kind way to put it; badgered would be a more accurate word, but hey, I like testing, so I don’t mind. However, I really don’t care for the idea of a non-standard caliber like .380 +P. I wrote an article explaining why, but the gist is this: gun manufacturers and ammo manufacturers got together and created a standards-setting organization (SAAMI) which, appropriately enough, set the standards to which gun manufacturers design guns . . ." ...
 

Gun Prohibitionists’ Intellectual Dishonesty: Advocacy Without Consequences
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When the Progressive Era’s Anti-Saloon League pushed forth their prohibitionist agenda, the cry then ... was: something MUST be done! A problem was identified. The 'problem' of (male) alcoholism in the post-WWI period was many orders of magnitude greater than any present day gun 'problem' that could be described. The scope of drinking-related income diverted to the saloons, wife-beating, child neglect etc., would surely dwarf any criminal issue of today. Societies falling for a puerile, simple answer is nothing new. It’s a story almost as sad and long as history itself. Every dictator and demagogue, every war ... and perhaps every bad policy we can think of — occurs when the public gets the idea that a simple answer is an answer . . ." ...
 

Gunned down, not run down: The new face of American fatalities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The year 2015 may well be the first in recent U.S. history that firearms fatalities exceed traffic fatalities. Gun deaths by homicide, suicide or accident have been steadily increasing, following a low point in the year 2000, and are expected to top 34,000 by 2015. (The latest data from the ... Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number in 2012 was 33,563.) Suicide comprises about two-thirds of these deaths."

"In contrast, deaths from motor vehicle accidents have dramatically declined in the same time period, and are expected to drop below 33,000 in 2015, based on the 10-year average trend. (Data from the CDC shows that motor-vehicle deaths declined by 22 per cent from 2005 to 2010 to a low of 34,935 in 2012.)" ...
 

‘Guns Are Meant To Kill!’ Fans Furious After Duggar Family Posts Photo Of Son Jedidah, 16, Holding Large Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The right-wing Duggar family has always strongly supported the second amendment. In June, married daughter Jessa, 22, was even photographed holding an automatic[sic] rifle."

"But now many fans think the Christian fundamentalists have taken their gun love too far. Last week, parents Jim Bob and Michelle posted a picture of young son Jedidiah, who just turned 16 on December 30, proudly wielding a 12 gauge shotgun on Christmas morning ... and commenters couldn’t believe their eyes."

"'Worst present ever. I don’t care how much gun safety they teach their kids,' said Linda Lawless. 'All it takes is one time of not locking it up properly for one of the dozens of curious young kids in that house to get a hold of it ...'" ...
 

Common-Sense Gun Laws: Because There Are No Drive-By Knifings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun ownership and civilian gun deaths are a uniquely American issue amongst developed countries. The US had over 32,000 gun deaths last year. Far more than any other developed country. Our rate of gun ownership -- 89 guns per 100 civilians -- is nearly 15 times higher than that of our closest ally, Great Britain. Despite these facts, the very mention of any form of gun control stokes the passion of the American right unlike any other issue. From the Internet trolls who threaten your family to the indoctrinated recitations of tired, machismo-filled phrases like ... 'out of my cold dead hands,' the small minority of Americans who do have guns are very happy to abuse the First Amendment based on their misinterpretation of the Second." ...
 

MI: Gun-slinging Santa called a hero, not a criminal
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"The Detroit shooter in a Santa suit deserves to be called a hero, not sent to prison on attempted murder charges ..."

"Marcus Weldon, 26, of Detroit was at a gas station ... when he shot two 29-year-old men, Detroit police said. He was arguing with the men over a woman before shooting one of them in the chest and the other in the hand, police said. Then he fled the scene. ..."

"But friends and family said at a news conference Monday morning that Weldon should be applauded for using his concealed weapons license to protect Erica Johnson, a co-worker. Weldon's attorney, Gabi Silver, previously said one of the men assaulted Johnson. When one of the men went to his car, Weldon thought he was reaching for a gun, Silver said." ...
 

NH: Guns do not belong in the State House chamber and gallery
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"THE HOUSE of Representatives convenes this Wednesday in Concord to adopt deadlines and rules of operation for the next two years. While the rules of the House typically produce little fanfare for the media, one proposed rule change could have a significant effect on safety and security in the State House."

"The Republican majority in the House has proposed removing the current ban on carrying guns and other deadly weapons in the House chamber and the visitors’ gallery."

"Deadly weapons were first prohibited in the House back in 1971 after a fellow lawmaker threatened House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh. Aside from the two-year period that Speaker Bill O’Brien wielded the gavel, the policy has remained in place since." ...
 

NH: Guns in the House: A matter of trust
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The House of Representatives opens its 2015 session on Wednesday, and the first order of business is to set the House rules. Those rules are used as much for political messaging as for establishing order in the House. The best example is the now biennial debate about guns in the State House."

"When Republicans took the House in 2010, they overturned a decades-old rule forbidding guns in the House chamber and gallery. When Democrats took the House in 2012, they reinstated the ban. Many House Republicans want to revoke the ban again tomorrow. In the debate to come, each side will get to denounce the other as insufficiently connected with the 'real' New Hampshire, as hopelessly out of touch, even dangerous. What fun." ...
 

Variety: By Bypassing Congress, Gun Control Lobby Can Bypass The NRA
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"On January 5, Variety magazine ran a column admitting the tremendous power of the NRA, and suggested the gun control lobby is figuring out that the only way to beat the pro-Second Amendment group is to bypass Congress. This means bypassing lawmakers loyal to the NRA as well."

"In other words, when Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said her group can win by bypassing Congress, she was unwittingly showing the way to beat the NRA as well." ...
 

US and Texas legislation predictions on the 2nd amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It is a big week in Washington, with a new congress dominated by republicans and a democratic lameduck president. A lot of issues that will most assuredly will continue to stick in a logjam between the legislative and executive branches, but not this the ones on guns. You will most likely will not see gun laws handled on the federal level, but you should expect them on the state legislature's agenda."

"The 114th congress convenes Tuesday and gun advocates are convinced their right to bear arms will be more secure. Both parties say gun laws at the federal level will be under less fire, with republicans controlling both the house and senate." ...
 

Loretta Lynch questioned over secret deal depriving fraud victims of $40M
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"More than a year before President Obama nominated federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, a former federal judge quietly called on Congress to investigate her U.S. attorney’s office for trampling on victims’ rights."

"Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, said Ms. Lynch’s office ... never told victims in a major stock fraud case that a culprit had been sentenced — denying them a chance to seek restitution of some $40 million in losses."

"Mr. Cassell, in written remarks to a House Judiciary Committee panel in 2013, said if prosecutors were using secretive sentencing procedures to reward criminals for cooperating with them, it could violate the Crime Victims Restitution Act." ...
 

TX: Q&A with Texas House District 123 Candidates: Nunzio Previtera
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With tomorrow's Election Day to replace State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, in the Texas House of Representatives, we continue with our blog series with candidates running for the position. (Tomorrow is also Election Day to replace State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte)."

"Today's installment features Nunzio Previtera, the Republican candidate. ..." ...

"What differentiates you from your opponents?"

"... I am the only candidate who believes our First Amendment rights trump the local San Antonio NDO ordinance. I am the only candidate who believes our Second Amendment rights trump the call to prevent open carry of handguns by (concealed handgun license) holders."
 

SC: Bill to bring second amendment education to classrooms
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"A proposed bill is looking to change the zero-tolerance policy South Carolina schools have toward guns by requiring specific second amendment curriculum."

"'The second amendment should be freely debated in schools and instead the second amendment is being squelched in our schools,' said Rep. Alan Clemmons, R - Horry County."

"Rep. Clemmons said he first thought of the idea after hearing about the Summerville student who was punished for turning in a fictional story about shooting his neighbor's dinosaur."

"The Second Amendment Education Act of 2015 would give students the opportunity for reasonable expression of the second amendment at school without fear of punishment." ...
 

Police Attitudes on Armed Self-Defense are Changing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It was not very many years ago that the common refrain echoed by the media after any self defense shooting was that the police advise against 'taking the law into your own hands' along with the obligatory 'leave it to the professionals.' It’s hard to know how much of this reflected actual police attitudes, and how much was what the media wished to portray as police attitudes, but that was conventional wisdom. Over the last two decades, however, that stance has changed. Now, much more often, we hear comments like, 'homeowners have a right to defend themselves'; 'you will have to protect yourself and your family'; and 'get training so that you can do the right thing' . . ." ...
 

CA: Four Years Late, CA Attorney General Tries to Intervene in Second Amendment Litigation
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... "This case is interesting on the merits, but the real story is the maneuvering before the Ninth Circuit. Peruta was originally filed in 2009. Although the California attorney general was aware of the litigation soon after it was filed, it didn’t intervene. In fact, the AG waited to file its brief until after the Ninth Circuit issued its panel opinion striking down the San Diego policy. That was February 2014, four years after the litigation began."

"Only then did the AG intervene and ask for a rehearing en banc (along with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and a couple other anti-gun groups). After briefing, the panel denied the AG’s motion because, well, the AG was four years late. ..." ...
 

NV: Letter: Carson River area needs shooting limits
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"Unlike Washoe County, there are no congested areas designated within Churchill County. Those of us who live on the Carson River have shotgun pellets raining down on our houses during duck hunting season. Because the river is deemed public land, hunters can shoot within 100 yards of my house from land that I pay property taxes on." ...
 

IL: Illinois experience again shows CCW opponents were all wrong
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"A weekend story in the Champaign, Ill., News-Gazette that took stock of the Prairie State’s first year of concealed carry showed – once again – that predictions of gloom and doom from law-abiding armed citizens were just so much inflammatory rhetoric, as the report noted, 'the state's year-old concealed-carry law has had no noticeable negative effect, local authorities say.'"

"That has been the experience in state after state where concealed carry laws have been reformed, relaxed or reinforced over the past several years. Twelve months after the Illinois law ... was adopted, there does not appear to have been any massive bloodletting, outside of what has become the normally-anticipated mayhem in Chicago ..." ...
 

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