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Drunks with guns, a valid concern?
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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Today, a new law takes effect in Arizona allowing citizens with concealed weapon permits to take their defensive firearms into places that serve alcohol provided they are not drinking.

Anti-gun groups have worked hard to perpetuate the idea that these individuals will proceed to get drunk and misuse their guns. With some, they have succeeded.

But, is there any validity to these concerns?
 

AR: Arkansas AG, Dustin McDaniel - Churches don't have a right to defend property by means of concealed carry
Submitted by: Arkansas Concealed Carry Association
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org

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Here it is.

Attorney General's Opinion No. 2009-080 .

Will take some time to digest.

Will have more here later as we dig through it.

Update - it appears that there is little precedent, but AG say's that the statute would likely hold up in court anyway. Even if you own the church, work at the church or hold a proprietary interest in said church the AG say's the ban would still pass muster.
 

Documentary Features 'Black Man with a Gun'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Here's the new raw footage segment. As you can see, Mr. Blanchard has not changed his approach, and is as candid, dynamic and persuasive as ever. (And he sure presents a dilemma for the SPLC, doesn't he?)"
 

Supreme Court to Hear Chicago Gun Ban Case
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"The case is Otis McDonald, et al., Petitioners v. City of Chicago, Illinois."

"Here are some resources that will point you to additional information..."
 

Incorporation 101: The Second Amendment is no good here
Submitted by: John Pierce - Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-3253-Minneapolis-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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Even as you are reading this, the Second Amendment offers you no protection whatsoever from state gun laws! The entire concept of incorporation is based upon this shocking fact. The Bill of Rights, as amended to the original United States Constitution DOES NOT protect citizens from the actions of the states, ONLY the federal government.

Today, the Second Amendment remains one of the few enumerated rights to not enjoy incorporated status. But now, thanks to the brilliant legal strategy of lead counsel Alan Gura and the support of the Second Amendment Foundation, the Illinois State Rifle Association, and those brave defendants from Chicago, we may finally see the Second Amendment take its rightful place as a protection for ALL Americans!
 

NJ: CeaseFire NJ Endorses Corzine-Weinberg ‘09
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Citing Governor Jon Corzine and Senator Loretta Weinberg’s ongoing efforts to keep guns off the streets, the pivotal passage of gun control legislation and their commitment to the law enforcement professionals of New Jersey, CeaseFire NJ today endorsed the Corzine-Weinberg ticket for re-election.
 

Background reading for Supreme Court’s new 14th/2d Amendment case
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Need-business-capital-but-have-poor-credit-No-problem

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The lead attorney in the Supreme Court case of McDonald v. Chicago is Alan Gura. He did an excellent job in District of Columbia v. Heller, so the new case is in very good hands.
 

Supreme Court to Hear McDonald Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, and decide whether the right to keep and bear arms secured by the Second Amendment protects Americans from overreaching state and local governments.

At issue is a 27-year-old Chicago law banning handguns, requiring the annual taxation of firearms, and otherwise interfering with the right of law-abiding individuals to keep guns at home for self-defense. The case was brought on behalf of four Chicago residents, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the Illinois State Rifle Association.

Ed.: Woot!
 

The Schedule
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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[With respect to McDonald v. Chicago] Here is what we can look forward to in the coming months…

Our opening brief is due November 16.

The city’s brief is then due December 16.

Our reply brief is due January 15.

The case is expected to be argued in February, with a decision expected by the end of June, 2010.
 

IL: Prediction: Chicago's handgun ban is going down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The news today--

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-- along with my reading of that case from last year -- District of Columbia et. al. v. Heller leads me to conclude that the court will rule against the Chicago handgun ban.

Though the ruling in Heller technically applied only to the District, the 5-4 majority opinion (signed by five justices who are still on the court) offers plenty of legal reasoning that would apply far more broadly:
 

Brady President Paul Helmke on Supreme Court Taking Gun Case
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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It's not surprising that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether its new definition of the Second Amendment applies to states and localities as well as federal enclaves - the so-called ‘incorporation issue' - in the City of Chicago case. Since the day the Supreme Court first held that individuals have a right to guns in the home for self-defense in District of Columbia v. Heller a year ago, we expected that the Court's next step would be to resolve this issue.
 

Justices to Decide if State Gun Laws Violate Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Supreme Court set up a historic decision on gun control Wednesday, saying it will rule on whether restrictive state and local laws violate the Second Amendment right to gun ownership that it recognized last year.

...the 5 to 4 opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller did not address the question of whether the Second Amendment extends beyond the federal government and federal enclaves such as Washington.

Most court observers say they think that the five justices who recognized the individual right will also find that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments, a move that could spark challenges of state and local laws governing gun registration, how and when the weapons can be carried, and storage requirements.
 

Local Gun Laws Reviewed: U.S. Supreme Court Overview
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The question for the court is whether the 14th Amendment, enacted in the aftermath of the Civil War, extended the Constitution’s gun rights provision to protect against infringement by state and local officials.

“The rampant violation of the right to keep and bear arms was understood to be among the chief evils vitiated by adoption of the 14th Amendment,” Chicago residents led by Otis McDonald argued in their appeal.

Like the rest of the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment was originally aimed only at the federal government. The Supreme Court on three occasions in the 19th century refused to apply the Second Amendment to the states.
 

Bill of Rights' scope at issue in Chicago gun case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Chicago gun case revives one of the fiercest debates in constitutional law: Did the Bill of Rights, including its famous provisions protecting the freedom of speech, the free exercise of religion and the right against "unreasonable searches and seizures," protect the basic rights of all Americans, or did it only protect them against an overly powerful national government?

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...the Supreme Court ruled that rights such as free speech and freedom against self-incrimination and the right against "cruel and unusual punishment" were true rights that state and local officials must abide by. In an awkward phrasing, those rights were said to be "incorporated" into the "liberty" contained in the 14th Amendment.
 

TX: Does Prosecutor Blame Gun Rights for Police Shootings?
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"Is our choice to put ourselves in more danger from criminals if we don't arm vs. putting ourselves in more danger from the 'Only Ones' if we do?"

Also learn about a weapon mailed to the Illinois State Police, meet our man in Phoenix and get the latest from my fellow GREs.
 

IL: Chicago, gun control, and racism
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Chicago high school honor student Derrion Albert was beaten to death Monday night. No guns were involved, but it appears that Mayor Richard Daley has a problem similar to that of New York’s Mayor Bloomberg.
 

TX: Police department gets boot in west Texas town
Submitted by: Larry

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According to the mayor, the city will save $90,000 a year by hiring the Presidio County Sheriff's Office to replace the local police department. The sheriff's office already patrols the rest of the rugged border city.

Some residents are having doubts. They are not sure what is going to happen, or if they will be safe.

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The police department will disappear, but the police chief may still have a job. That is, if he takes a position mandated by state law: the town marshal. The job is part-time, and pays $4,000 a year. So the marshal will likely spend more time back at the ranch, than protecting the streets of Marfa.
 

Packing and the Friendly Skies [video]
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Need-business-capital-but-have-poor-credit-No-problem

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Forty minute video covering all aspects of flying with firearms.

Ed.: Be prepared for some possibly offensive language, depending on your individual sensibilities.
 

AZ: Guns OK in Arizona bars starting Wednesday
Submitted by: R. Smith

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Under the law, backed by the National Rifle Association, the 138,350 people with concealed-weapons permits in Arizona will be allowed to bring their guns into bars and restaurants that haven't posted signs banning them.

Those carrying the weapons aren't allowed to drink alcohol.

The new law has Shields and other bar owners and workers wondering: What's going to happen when guns are allowed in an atmosphere filled with booze and people with impaired judgment?

A sign that says "No Firearms Allowed" and shows a red slash over a gun now hangs next to Henrich's liquor license. If a bar owner does not post such a state-approved sign, people with concealed weapons are allowed in with their guns.

 

NY: New York City Primary Voters Reject Gun Grabber
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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For the second time in two weeks, the citizens of New York City have delivered an unambiguous rebuke to the gun control movement by rejecting David Yassky's bid for Comptroller. Yassky based his campaign largely upon his gun control record. As a staffer to then Congressman Charles Schumer he worked on both the Brady Act and Clinton Gun Ban. His campaign was endorsed by Senator Schumer, the Daily News and the New York Times because of this. Yassky's double-digit loss in the runoff election demonstrates just how far outside the mainstream of society gun control advocates are. A solid majority of Democrat voters in all five boroughs have soundly rejected this candidate and his ideas.
 

Did It Just Get REALLY Hot Here -- Under My Skin?
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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If things get a little toasty this coming spring as you and your friends are standing at a demonstration exercising your First Amendment speech, assembly, and petitioning rights, this little beauty, known as the "Active Denial System" (ADS), might be the reason.

At the link you'll find a video of .mil tests of the ADS against human volunteers, as well as several stories about the device and its intended uses.

"Crowd control", indeed.

Your taxes paid for this device, so why not learn about it before you possibly have to face it in use by the Bad People?

 

MI: Michigan State University to open new shooting sports facility
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Target shooters and archers have a new location to learn, hone their skills and brush up on hunting safety, with the opening of Michigan State University’s John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center.

A public open house will be held 3-7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Demmer Center, which officially opens Oct. 5.

The $3.5 million, 24,000-square-foot facility will allow the public to learn shooting safety and improve shooting and archery skills, in addition to housing MSU club shooting sports — small bore, air rifle and archery. Other potential uses include academic programs in shooting sports, law enforcement and related curricula and NCAA competitive shooting events.
 

Russia: AK-47 Manufacturer Faces Bankruptcy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "The legendary Kalashnikov is a Russian export success story. ... But the Izhmash Arms factory ... where Kalashnikovs are manufactured, has long been concerned about forgeries."

"According to Izhmash Arms' parent company ... there are about eight countries in which dozens of businesses are making their own versions of the Kalashnikov. And they are doing this without passing on any licensing fees to the Russians."

"And now it appears that the financial difficulties facing the weapons manufacturer have reached crisis point: its very existence is threatened. ..." ...
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So the company run by a state which rarely paid intellectual property fees is in trouble because people aren't paying fees? Chickens home to roost.
 

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Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it's not an individual right or that it's too much of a public safety hazard don't see the danger in the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution they don't like. — Alan Dershowitz

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