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Ohio League of Women Voters chapters exploring ‘home rule’ gun law changes
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Indeed, the League as a national organization has been a consistent and strong advocate for a host of federal citizen disarmament edicts that would be imposed on states and localities..."
 

UK: Met's Minority Report: They use computer algorithms to predict where crime will happen
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In the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report, the year was 2054 – but it seems the reality of police predicting crimes before they happen isn’t so far away.
The Metropolitan Police is investing in technology to forecast where offenders will strike next.
In an initiative that echoes the hit film in which a ‘precrime’ department detains murderers before they kill, the force is using computers to map out where future burglaries are likely to take place.
Computer algorithms combine crime statistics and criminal behaviour models to produce ‘predictive areas’ where burglars and muggers are likely to target.
 

TX: US police obtaining military vehicles to aid hunt for criminals
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Don’t mess with Texas has assumed a whole new meaning in Dallas.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Fort Hood this month to acquire its own bona fide military vehicle – the International MaxxPro MRAP tactical vehicle -- courtesy of a Department of Defense surplus program.
According to The Dallas Observer, the sheriff’s office obtained the 19-ton, diesel-operated behemoth with bullet-proof doors and tires, designed by Navistar Defense.
“The MaxxPro MRAP is built to withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, IEDs, and other emerging threats,” according to the Navistar website.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: This should come in handy when Texas secedes.
 

NY: Gov. Cuomo sued by civil rights group the Second Amendment Foundation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the legal cross hairs of one of the nation's oldest civil rights groups.

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit against Cuomo and the state over the recently passed gun control bill.

The group is trying to prevent enforcement of a provision of the law that prohibits the use of gun magazines with more than seven bullets.
 

RI: R.I. GOP offers assault rifle in fundraising raffle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Buy a $5 raffle ticket from the Rhode Island GOP, and you can buy a chance to win an AR-15 semiautomatic assault-style rifle.

Days after the General Assembly holds the first in a series of task force meetings on firearm safety and mental health, the state Republican Party is holding what it is calling “Rhode Island’s 2nd Amendment Celebration.”

The GOP is billing the free 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outing at the South County Rod & Gun Club in West Greenwich on Sunday as: “A family day at the range full of targets, food, prizes and fun.”
 

MS: Right to Open Carry Correctly Affirmed in Mississippi
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On July 1, 2013, Mississippi was set to clear up any ambiguity as to whether its Constitution of 1890 and statutes allowed the open (unconcealed) carry of a firearm or other deadly weapon without a permit. That was the plan, at least, until Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and other Hinds County law enforcement officers, as well as several state Representatives who twice voted in favor of the bill, obtained a temporary restraining order the Friday evening before the law was to go into effect.
 

Congress’ 10 Worst Infringements on Personal Liberty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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National Firearms Act (1934)

This measure imposed new regulations and taxes on weapons, including shotguns and firearms popular with mobsters, and require registration of these guns — call it the “Assault Weapons Ban” of the day, if you will. Policy issues aside, a legal challenge the act, which was signed into law by then-President Franklin Roosevelt, is what makes this law so substantial.
 

MD: Why Did Marylanders Flock to a Virginia Gun Show this Weekend?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Because tomorrow one of the nation’s strictest gun control laws passed this year will go into effect.

Signed by Governor Martin O’Malley, the Maryland bill will ban 45 kinds of assault weapons and require those wanting to buy handguns to undergo fingerprinting. Second Amendment supporters in Maryland crossed state lines to attend this weekend’s “Nation’s Gun Show” at the The Dulles Expo center in Chantilly, Virginia, and applied for a record number of guns before the bill arrives on Tuesday.
 

Family of Sandy Hook victim: ‘It’s not the gun that killed the kids. It’s the mental illness that killed the kids’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The family of Rachel D’Avino, a behavioral therapist who was one of the victims killed at the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, is speaking out for the first time about the incident.

Why discuss it now? Why revisit that tragedy that left 26 people died, including 20 first-graders and six staff members?

Well, because the family wants to make it clear that the Obama administration doesn’t speak for them, nor does it speak for Rachel when it campaigns for stricter gun laws.
 

Teachers train to face school shooter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The sound of metal hitting the floor echoed through the hallways of the childless elementary school. It was an empty clip [Ed.: Fingernails on a blackboard.] from a gun, fallen to the ground.

"That sound should be imprinted in your brain," Zach Hudson, co-founder of Defensive Tactics Solutions, told the educators in the audience. "That is the sound of survival. That is the sound of opportunity."
 

FL: Florida Republicans Plan To Expand Stand Your Ground-Like Immunity To People Who Fire Warning Shots
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last week, a Florida court, in the wake of national outcry, granted a new trial to a woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot during a fight with her abusive husband. Marissa Alexander’s case became a lightning rod for a widespread sense of injustice over George Zimmerman’s acquittal under the state’s Stand Your Ground law in July. Under the guise of righting the wrong done to Alexander, Florida Republicans filed an NRA-backed bill to grant people who fire warning shots in self-defense immunity from Florida’s “10-20-Life” mandatory minimum sentencing law.
 

MD: Maryland Shall Issue – A New Dawn Of Infringements On The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today brings upon us the dawn of SB 281, a new era of 2nd amendment infringements and the further stripping of our civil rights.

We have had a rough year so far due to the fight we put up with the bill’s legislation, the “Gun-rush” of 2013, the 77r debacle, and finally the COMAR regulations being pushed through during an emergency hearing on Sept. 23 2013.

However, we still stand strong. Oct. 1 will bring changes to how we acquire firearms and what firearms are available to us.

We have numerous battles in front of us, most of which will be taking place in a courtroom. Many have asked “When are we going to take them to court?”, that answer is NOW!
 

Analysis of the UN Arms Trade Treaty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was scheduled for approval in the UN last year, in July, but was suddenly pulled off the table because Barack Obama thought (correctly) that it would destroy his reelection prospects. Interestingly, in considering Obama’s honesty and motives, the treaty was resurrected within a day or so after the November election.

Given Obama’s record of expansively interpreting statutes — and even ignoring them — we have to assume that the ATT would be implemented in the broadest possible manner. And, because under cases interpreting Article I and the Supremacy Clause, a treaty has the force of law, no further congressional action would be necessary for the ATT gun bans and registration to be put into effect.
 

Senate.gov invents Second Amendment controversy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The official website of the United States Senate features a “Virtual Reference Desk” section on the Constitution which offers an explanation of the Second Amendment that reads, “Whether this provision protects the individual’s right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated.” The passage downplays the individual right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment and gives undue credence to an interpretation of the amendment long-held in disrepute and rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 and 2010.
 

U.N. authority
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A treaty granting the U.N. regulating authority over, among other things, “small arms and light weapons” creates the very strong possibility that the U.N. would pass regulations in conflict with the Second Amendment of the Constitution guaranteeing the people’s right to keep and bear arms. Would those new regulations then take precedence over the older Second Amendment? This is no small concern!
 

Death penalty not an issue in Pennsylvania case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An eerie similarity is emerging today between a multiple family homicide in Pennsylvania and a case dating back nearly six years that involved the slaughter of a family in Carnation, because both involved daughters, but in the Pennsylvania case, at least one intended victim fought back.
 

FL: Woman cleared in fatal shooting of neighbor's boyfriend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Hillsborough County woman has been cleared in the case of a fatal August shooting.

According to partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, prosecutors will not file charges against Vickie Rock, who came to the aid of a neighbor who was being beaten by her boyfriend.
 

FL: Marissa Alexander not going free with new trial per state attorney
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In plain English it boils down to this: The office of the state attorney told theGrio.com that when the district court heard the appeal by Alexander's lawyers, he ruled in Marissa's favor on one part of the appeal, but not on the other. In other words, Alexander will get a new trial because the jury was incorrectly instructed that she had to prove she shot in self defense beyond a reasonable doubt. But the law says she only has to raise a reasonable doubt in the jury's minds about whether it was self-defense or not.
 

NC: Commissioner, Reynolds to meet to discuss guns at Tanglewood
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Forsyth County Commissioner Bill Whiteheart has said he is willing to meet with a former city council candidate who is mounting a campaign to “Save Tanglewood Park from Guns” and has threatened to sue the county.

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"If Forsyth County changes the ordinance to read either both concealed weapons and open carry weapons are allowed in the park, or it reads neither concealed weapons nor open carry weapons are allowed in the park, I don’t have a lawsuit,” Reynolds said.
 

MS: Female firearms training locally
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Oct. 3 and 5, ladies from all over Adams County can join Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield and NRA certified Sheriff’s Deputies at the Southwest Mississippi Training Facility to learn about methods of self defense from Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies and firearms instructors.
 

MD: Md. AG says challenge to new gun law too late
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Attorney General Doug Gansler said the plaintiffs — three private citizens and seven gun dealers and associations — waited more than four months after Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the legislation to file the lawsuit.
 

NY: Death threats against Rep. Carolyn Maloney not protected speech: Judge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An upstate wingnut's alleged death threats to Rep. Carolyn Maloney are not protected political speech, a Manhattan judge ruled Monday.

Ronald Buchanan, 40, of Elmira, made several hate-charged calls to Maloney's office on April 2, police said, and he was arrested about two weeks later.
 

If the Government Shuts Down, What Happens to the FBI’s Gun Purchase Background Check System?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This must be an oversight on the Obama administration’s part. Your Second Amendment rights will not be impacted by a government shutdown. The FBI has told gun retailers that government shutdown or not, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) will remain alive and ready to handle gun purchases.

According to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, NICS will remain up and running even if there is a government shutdown.

Last week the NRA-ILA reported, “The NICS system will continue to operate,” because “Law enforcement activities are designated as essential services and do not shut down even if the Congress and President fail to agree on funding legislation.”
 

ME: Rome home invader wearing ski mask, brass knuckles shot dead Saturday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Livermore Falls man was shot to death Saturday night after breaking into a mobile home wearing a ski mask and brass knuckles, according to state police.

Christopher Dennison, 44, of Livermore Falls, was killed by the homeowner, Richard Duffy, 48, according to Stephen McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman.
 

MD: Gun Groups Take Aim at New Maryland Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Maryland gun owners and gun-rights advocates sued on Monday to block the state from implementing a law they say violates the Second Amendment by effectively barring them from buying, selling or receiving handguns.
In a federal lawsuit targeting Gov. Martin O'Malley, Attorney General Douglas Gansler, state police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown and Maryland State Police, the plaintiffs say the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, signed into law on May 16, "will result in a complete deprivation of plaintiffs' right to acquire a handgun for lawful use in their homes."
 

NY: Children Killed by Guns: Stopping the Scourge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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And it is appalling that the National Rifle Association and the gun manufacturers’ lobby have consistently opposed both research into accidental gun deaths and common-sense safety steps that might reduce such deaths.

According to your article, the N.R.A. claims that such safety steps would make self-defense more difficult when intruders break into homes. So I have two simple and related questions for the gun lobby:
 

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