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Open letter to Darrell Issa and Chuck Grassley on anticipated gunwalking report
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"We believe the OIG will be hard-pressed to refuse to release interviews it conducted, particularly because the interviews would form at least part of the basis for whatever the OIG determines. The limitations--who was not interviewed--will also be evident. As our adviser notes, 'The work papers will be hot stuff, that's for sure.'”
 

Firearms freedom can be habit forming
Submitted by: Tom Price

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Freedom is addictive. Once appreciated by a people it can be quite difficult to wrench it away from them, especially if they are armed. However, freedom can be seduced away. That’s what has happened for more than fifty years in this nation. Somehow a majority of Americans were sold the insanity that "helpless is safer". Does anyone really think that line of illogical slime is working any more?

 

NJ: Airsoft BB guns designed to be a gentler shot
Submitted by: fms

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"The most tragic stories are when a child holds one of these guns and a policeman comes along and feels threatened and fires," says Stephen Teret, associate dean and former director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. "The manufacturers who make these guns know they can be indistinguishable from real guns even by firearms experts. It’s something that people have tried to address through legislation, regulation and litigation but so far, they haven’t been successful."
 

NY: Assemblyman Lancman keeps at Congressman Turner, this time over guns
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Assemblyman Rory Lancman wanted a shot at the 9th Congressional District during the special election back in September. Since the man Queens party boss Congressman Joe Crowley picked for the seat lost to Republican Bob Turner, the Assemblyman has kept up a steady stream of criticism of the new congressman, potentially portending a run against him next year. Today’s critique is over Congressman Turner’s position on gun control (something the city takes very seriously). Or, I suppose, lack there of: Turner, according to the Queens Chronicle, won’t take a position on a bill to strengthen gun background checks.
 

The Rights of Housemates of People Barred from Possessing Guns
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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People generally have a Second Amendment right, the Court has held, to have guns in their homes. Most of us could keep a handgun in our nightstands, for instance, setting aside special questions about laws requiring locked storage of guns when children are around.

But federal law bars several classes of people from possessing guns...

What kinds of restrictions should the government be able to impose on those who live with people who fit in these categories
 

MSNBC Puts Two and Two Together and Comes Up with Zilch
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A comforting report from msnbc.com highlights what they see as an incongruous silver lining in the country’s persistent economic doldrums: 'Americans, take solace: ... The rate of major crimes in the U.S. continues to drop – even during the recent recession and its aftermath – and crime experts aren’t sure why.' Their 'experts' explain that in every recession since WWII, there’s been an increase in crime rates. ..." ...

"Hmmm, I wonder. Is there anything else that’s happened? Something that started in 2008 that might explain the drop in crime rates? Well, according to an October, 2008 story from the New York Times:"
"Sales of handguns, rifles and ammunition have surged in the past week ..." ...
 

OR: Mannix's initiative raises a question of deadly force
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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He said the initiative would change several aspects of current Oregon law:

-It would presume property owners are justified using deadly force to protect themselves or others from a person committing a crime on their property, whether or not the other person is threatening to use force;

-It would eliminate any liability if property owners use force against an intruder, or if trespassers injure themselves on the owner's property.
 

NY: Imagining acts of self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At first, I was astonished at the story we ran Tuesday about the man in Whitehall who shot his pickup truck.

The man heard his front door rattle. When he went to see what the noise was, he saw someone he didn't recognize sitting in his truck, which was parked in his driveway. He shot at the person, who ran away.

Only the truck was injured, as far as we know.

I thought the man overreacted, considering he didn't know who was in the truck or what the person was doing.

But then I read the comments on our website.
 

NE: Nebraska Firearms Owners Association Launches ProtectVictimsNow.org
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“The recent news story of the 18 year-old Oklahoma mother defending herself and herinfant by shooting an armed criminal breaking into her home has increasedmainstream interest in protecting the victims of violent crime,” NFOA PresidentAndy Allen stated. “Law abiding Nebraskansare concerned about not only the safety of their families, but about beingprosecuted or sued by a criminal if they are ever in a situation where theymust use force to protect their families. A Victim Protection Act will protect thosewho use justified force when attacked by a criminal, so the NFOA launched ProtectVictimsNow.orgto educate Nebraskans on this important legislation.”
 

FL: Teen that was bullied viciously fights back and escapes murder charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Florida teen, Jorge Saavedra, who stabbed his classmate to death will not face murder charges.

Judge Lauren Brodie’s ruling granted a motion to dismiss the second-degree murder charge against Jorge Saavedra in the death of 16-year-old Dylan Nuno on the grounds that he acted in self-defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The State Attorney’s Office has indicated that it will not appeal the ruling.

According to the Naple News, Judge Brodie’s ruling concluded that Saavadra, who said he was bullied and tried avoid a fight with Nuno, did not act unlawfully. She added that Saavadra had more than enough reason to believe he was in danger of death or great bodily harm.
 

Santorum May Need A Photo-Op Reload On Gun-Rights Issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hughes had been fielding calls like that all day. There's considerable skepticism about Santorum among some in the gun-rights hardliners even though he has in the past earned the National Rifle Association's highest rating.

Unfortunately for Santorum, he gets a lower grade from the NRA's rival organization, the Gun Owners of America which views the NRA as somewhat wobbly on the Second Amendment.

Ed.: There are consequences for supporting new gun control measures.
 

FL: Sarasota shooter set free under self-defense law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Sarasota County man who shot and killed a man outside a nightclub was correctly given immunity from a second-degree murder charge based on Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled recently.

In 2010, Alphonse Gallo became the first person in Sarasota County to be granted immunity under the 2005 law allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves without retreating, even outside their home.
 

WI: Castle Doctrine expands rights of citizens to defend themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When Gov. Scott Walker was campaigning last year, he proclaimed his support for legislation giving citizens broad new legal protections for defending themselves in their homes against unwanted intruders.

The notion is called the Castle Doctrine, and Walker promised he'd sign such a bill into law if he was elected and the Legislature passed it.

"Homeowners should take comfort in knowing that their home is truly their castle, which is why I support citizens' rights to protect themselves in their own homes and anywhere they have a legal right to be, by adopting a strong Castle Doctrine law," Walker said.
 

WI: Record number of background checks show firearm sales have shot up in 2011
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Since November when the conceal and carry law went into effect, Wisconsin gun shop owners have seen a big increase in business. It wasn't just in Wisconsin. Nationwide, firearm sales shot up in 2011.

According to the FBI they performed a record 16.5 million background checks in 2011 nationwide which correlates to more gun sales. That number is up 15% from 2010. The FBI says there was a particular rush to buy firearms during the Christmas shopping season.
 

CO: Take responsibility when carrying a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Colorado residents suffered several horrific murders recently. In one case, a man shot his ex-wife to death outside a restaurant in Parker as their two children sat inside. She was pregnant and engaged to be married. Besides the murders, two five-year-olds died from unintentional shootings.

In the wake of such horror, those with an aversion to guns may wonder why interest in gun ownership and concealed carry remains so high. Practically every day someone asks Linn (a National Rifle Association instructor) his opinion of various training programs required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Colorado.
 

KS: No charges to be filed in Kan. student's death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Eighteen-year-old Braxston Medina was killed Sept. 6 after going into a house to retrieve personal items he had loaned to someone. Finney County investigators said at the time that Medina had entered the home illegally.
A 17-year-old inside the house shot Medina once in the chest.
KWCH-TV reports that Finney County Attorney John Wheeler said Thursday the shooting was a case of legal self-defense under Kansas law. Authorities said 17-year-old did not know Medina, only that someone was entering the house illegally.
 

MO: Woman's Self Defense Made Possible By Pro Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On New Year’s Eve, Sarah McKinley an 18 year old recently widowed mother was alone in her mobile home with her three month old son. Two dirtbags tried to break in. One of them was armed with a 12 inch hunting knife. She gave her baby a bottle, called 911 and informed the dispatcher that she had a pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun in each hand and would it be ok if she shot the intruders. The dispatcher said, well, I can’t tell you that shooting someone’s ok, but just do what you have to do to protect your baby. Sarah said, thanks I will and then proceeded to blow away one of the home invasion burglars. As in dead.
 

SC: Recent break-ins bring up South Carolina self defense law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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South Carolina state law states a homeowner has the right to protect themselves and their property from harm under the "Protection of Persons and Property Act", also known as the "Common Law Castle Doctrine".

The law "authorizes the lawful use of deadly force under certain circumstances against an intruder or attacker in a person's dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle."
 

RI: RI law protects shooters of intruders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"The assumption here in the State of Rhode Island pursuant to our statutes is that you are reasonable to believe that somebody was trying to either cause you serious bodily harm or to kill you. And very simply put, the presumption is, either in a criminal or civil case, that you acted responsibly and appropriately."

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"I think it will give people a sense of comfort to know that they can arm themselves in their own home and protect their home and their loved ones without having to deal with the issues of being criminally charged with murder or mayhem."

According to Pulner, there is a provision in the law in which the shooter has to prove that there was an intruder and that it was not a set-up.
 

Sarah Palin is 'all in favor' of Sarah McKinley and 'girls with guns who know their purpose'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When it comes to gun rights, Sarah Palin takes a feminist stance.

"I'm all in favor of girls with guns who know their purpose," Palin told the National Review Online in an email.

Palin directed her praise at 18-year-old Sarah McKinley who killed a man trying to break into her Oklahoma mobile home on New Year's Eve.
 

WA: In Mount Rainier killing, the problem was the man, not the gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The thing that bothers me is that just about every article I have read mentions the 2010 federal law allowing permit holders with licensed firearms to carry them in national parks, and somehow this had something to do with the ranger being killed.
 

Is the Second Amendment Really in the Bill of Rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Assuming the McDonald majority holds (yet another reason why judicial appointments matter), we’re at the beginning of a decades-long leveling process, and it’s entirely possible that five years from now Meredith Graves will face a very different — and more just — legal landscape, one that truly recognizes the Second Amendment’s place within the Bill of Rights.
 

NH: Santorum jeered after comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum faced skepticism about his support for gun rights and engaged in a hostile exchange over gay marriage Thursday, all the while emphasizing a conservative record that he acknowledges is imperfect.

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"What assurances can you give New Hampshire voters that you're not going to strip us of our Second Amendment rights?" one voter pointedly asked him in Tilton.

The voter cited Santorum's past endorsement of Arlen Specter, a former Pennsylvania senator who left the GOP and had supported restrictions.
 

NH: House votes again to make NH gun licenses optional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The House has voted to make New Hampshire the fourth state to eliminate the need for a permit to carry concealed, loaded guns anyplace where gun possession is legal.

The House voted 193-122 Thursday to make the permits optional. Gun owners could still get them so they could travel to states with reciprocal permit agreements. It also would increase from four to five years the length of time a permit is valid. The bill also would make it legal to transport unlicensed guns.

The House passed a similar bill last session, but the Senate postponed action on it until this year.

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Vermont, Arizona and Alaska don't require a permit.

Ed.: Nor does Wyoming (for residents).
 

ND: North Dakota Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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North Dakota law states a gun can only be used if the victim is in danger of serious bodily injury or a life threatening situation. A verbal threat is not enough. It must be what a reasonable person would consider life threatening. If the victim can retreat, he must do so before using a gun. If the victim is inside his dwelling, however, he is not required to retreat, but must give the intruder a warning if possible before using self-defense.
 

What Will the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Mean in the Coming Years?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One of the big constitutional issues that will be discussed and litigated over the next decade, and one that may figure prominently in the election this fall, is precisely what leeway Congress, states, and localities have to regulate firearms ownership and use consistent with the Supreme Court’s recent declaration that the Second Amendment includes an individual constitutional right, at least under some circumstances, to keep and bear arms.
 

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