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SAF Sues Eric Holder, FBI Over Misdemeanor Gun Rights Denial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Acting on behalf of a Georgia resident and honorably discharged Vietnam War veteran, the Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over enforcement of a federal statute that can deny gun rights to someone with a simple misdemeanor conviction on his record."

"The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia. SAF and co-plaintiff Jefferson Wayne Schrader of Cleveland, GA are represented by attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued both the Heller and McDonald cases before the U.S. Supreme Court." ...
 

Not all 'crime guns' have been used in crimes
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Of course, none of the antis will tell us this. They're counting on the term 'crime gun' evoking an emotional response, one that will make their relentless demands for universal controls and registration seem appealing to a critical mass of those who don't know any better. And the thing is, they have a great advantage, with the bully pulpits their positions afford them, with their resources and access, and with a media that largely supports their agenda with what amounts to millions of dollars in free publicity." ...
 

Are 'buybacks' exploited to pad 'crime gun' statistics?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'More than 4,000 guns' in Chicago this past May."

"'1,700 weapons' in Los Angeles the same month."

"'5,337 guns' in Los Angeles County late last December."

"What do these, and tens of thousands of other guns throughout the country, just over the past year, have in common? They were turned in as part of 'gun buybacks' (a classic example of a misnomer--these guns aren't being returned to a previous owner--not, in other words, being bought 'back'). There's something else it would seem they have in common: they are very likely being used to bolster statistical 'evidence' about 'crime guns,' without any regard to whether or not the guns in question were involved in any crimes." ...
 

Obama agency busts plan to sell rifles to Americans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Obama-run Washington bureaucracy has classified a common and reliable rifle, the M1 Garand, as a 'threat to public safety in the U.S.,' and the State Department has canceled plans by the Republic of Korea to return tens of thousands of surplus rifles to the U.S. for sale in the consumer market."

"The stunning classification of an ordinary gun ... as a threat came in a document by the [ATF]."

"It is being publicized by Examiner gun rights writer David Codrea, who said the federal agency appeared alarmed that there would be no more controls [over imported Garands] than any other firearm.'"

"'If I read this right, what they're saying is, every gun poses a threat to public safety in the U.S.,' he wrote ..." ...
 

Ezell v. Chicago: Preliminary Injunction Denied
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Judge Virginia M. Kendall declined to grant a preliminary injunction to the plaintiffs in the case challenging Chicago's ban on gun ranges, Ezell v. Chicago. In her Memorandum Opinion and Order which was released today, Kendall said:"
"Now after the benefit of full briefing, an amicus brief filed by the National Rifle Association, and two days of witness testimony, this Court concludes that Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden in establishing that they have suffered an irreparable injury and that they have no adequate remedy at law." ...
 

OH: Cleveland is hopelessly addicted to the fallacy of gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ohio Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in the case of City of Cleveland v. State of Ohio. The outcome will determine whether Ohio's cities can enact firearms restrictions above and beyond existing state law. If the State of Ohio prevails, gun laws will remain uniform throughout the state. If Cleveland prevails, municipalities will be free to create a patchwork of conflicting ordinances that could turn law-abiding gun owners into felons as they simply drive from one township to the next."

"The most intriguing question in this case is why the City of Cleveland has insisted on advancing the nonsensical idea of contradictory gun laws." ...
 

OH: Ohio Supremes consider Cleveland's challenge of statewide preemption of local gun control laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments from the City of Cleveland in defense of the city's assault-weapons ban and registration requirement for handguns on Tuesday, as well as reasons why the State Attorney General's office says the anti-gun laws should be struck down." ...
 

And Now For Something Not So Completely Different (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Of course, I had to have a go. Except I made sure to fire both Charter Arms snubbies—the .38 Undercover and the [Ever So] Chic Lady—at the same time. Make the jump for part two, to see if I bested Steven’s perfect record of no hits on target from five yards. Oh, and don’t try this at home. And if you try it somewhere else, please make sure you don’t shoot yourself in the hand. Either one. Ever." ...
 

NY Rap Producer Reignites Hollow Point Bullet Kvetch (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Kvetch is Yiddish for complaining. Actually, more like bitching and moaning. Whatever you call it, yesterday’s arrest of rapmeister Bryan Leach has the mainstream media highlighting the fact that he loaded his illegal Kel-Tec .380 with hollow-point bullets. Hollow point bullets! The Associated Press, for example, would like you to know that “Hollow-point bullets, which are legal in New York, expand after impact, a feature that can make injuries worse.” As opposed to making injuries better, I suppose. Which would truly make the RCA Music Group’s senior vice president’s gun number one with a bullet.
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Submitter's Note: Good quick video on FMJ v. JHP
 

Small Gun Good, Big Gun Better, BS Verboten (videos available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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today, Ernie's House of Whoop A$$! linked to TTAG. Young Master Ernest's recommendation was as succinct as it was sarcastic: 'how to not freak out in a gunfight. by a guy who has never been in one.' True dat. I have never been in a gunfight. And I hope to God I never will. Meanwhile, let it be known that I don't just make $hit up. In terms of psychology, I have a degree. I was a hypnotist for ten years. In terms of guns, I spend twelve hours a day learning about firearms from every possible angle. And I cheat. ... And I test my theories. ..."

"... So, anyway, here’s a novice shooter (one day's experience) shooting a Charter Arms Undercover .38 (above) and a Smith & Wesson 686 (below). It’s Chris' first time firing both guns." ...
 

Ruger Officially Unveils SR-40
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Possibly the easiest recoiling, smoothest shooting .40 your $439 can buy? We shall see. Meanwhile, Sturm, Ruger & Co. have provided some of the factual info missing from our pre-view video post. Uh . . . Here's the gun's Unique Selling Point: 'The through-hardened, stainless steel slide on the SR40 is .060' wider than that of the SR9; the added mass of the slide reduces slide velocity during cycling, reducing recoil and improving service life.' Also good: the Ruger SR40's not a Glock, Smith or Springfield. As in brick-like. More good news: your local gun dealer has a supply that's G2G. TTAG review to follow . . ." ...
 

Tales from the Pizza Parlor: "Nobody Needs an Assault Rifle"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I can understand that. Deadly things, assault rifles. Of course, that's the whole point, right? That's why the military have them. Is it OK for the troops to have assault rifles? So when you say, 'Nobody needs an assault rifle,' you mean no civilians. Civilians don't need that kind of firepower. We should keep the big guns for the troops. Are you against people owning guns to defend themselves, generally? No? So what should they use . . ."

"Handguns. Got ya. Huh. Do you know how hard it is to shoot someone with a handgun? See that cash register over there? What’s that, about twelve feet? Most people would miss. Seriously. In a crisis? Fuhgeddaboudit . . ." ...
 

Kel-Tec PMR-30: Is This the World’s Ugliest Submachine Gun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Kel-Tec PMR-30 pistol is a pretty cool looking gun. While I'm about as big a fan of a .22 caliber pistol for self-defense as Hammas is for celebrating Yom Kippur, any gun that can alternate between blow back and locked breech operation depending on internal pressure gets my respect. And I love what they've done with the Sub-2000! (I keep almost buying one.) But this, this is hideous. The recently re-activated apolitical gun blogger at firearmsblog.com has a nice little Q & A session with Kel-Tec designer Tobias Obermeite. Toby addresses the critical question about the weapon potential effectiveness against an adversary: WTF?" ...
 

Gun Review: Mossberg 930 SPX Tactical Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A shotgun makes such a thoroughly awesome home defense weapon. I learned the full truth of that statement during my first defensive shotgun course. My love and respect for my Remington 870 and Mossberg 590 pump guns grew, but there were a couple of students using way cool tactical auto-loaders . . . Although I tried not to let it show, I suffered from a bad case of scattergun envy. For years afterward I looked for a suitable semi-auto defensive shotgun. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend roughly twice to three times what I’d paid for a good pump action shotgun. Turns out I just was waiting for Mossberg to release the 930 SPX (for Special Purpose) Tactical shotgun . . ." ...
 

"Byron Williams was obviously not 100% mentally stable, but good mental health is not currently a prerequisite to amassing an arsenal of firearms in our society"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"And that's why the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is a deeply flawed enterprise. This quote from Executive Director Josh Horowitz, lifted from an anti-gun polemic in the anti-gun polemic-friendly Huffington Post illustrates the gun control organization's amoral core: 'Byron Williams was obviously not 100% mentally stable, but good mental health is not currently a prerequisite to amassing an arsenal of firearms in our society.' You may remember Byron as the nut job who decided to shoot some people both he and right-wing commentator Glenn Beck didn’t like . . ." ...

"It's a sly lie; implying that a severely mentally ill individual can buy guns legally. And that has implications! ..." ...
 

An Original Three Percenter: The Saga of "Mad Anne" Bailey, Revolutionary War heroine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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""Mad Ann" Bailey was born Anne Hennis in Liverpool, England, in 1742 and came to America at age 19, probably as an indentured servant. Her first husband, Richard Trotter, was killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant, West Virginia on 10 October 1774 ..." ...

"Grief-stricken and hungry for vengeance, Anne ... joined the militia, took up 'male dress,' the rifle and the tomahawk, and became a frontier scout, messenger, spy, and Indian fighter. She was the subject of many adventures ... She became known as the 'White Squaw of the Kanawha', but was more widely known as 'Mad Anne'. Also called the 'Heroine of the Kanawha Valley,' she is still considered something of a patron saint in the hills and hollers of West Virginia." ...
 

Another domestic violence victim falls to a false "protective order"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once again, the fallacy that a “protective order” actually does anything to protect the abused from an abuser is painfully hammered home. During the overnight hours last night, 24 year old Carrie Russell was shot and killed by 25 year old Robert Sears ..." ...

"Once again, a piece of paper is used to ineffectually protect someone from a predator. Protective orders and restraining orders do absolutely nothing to protect the abused. Think of it this way. Locks are for honest people. A criminal will not be deterred from entering a building (or anything else protected by a lock) simply because the lock exists."

"The same can be said for a PO or RO. Honest people are the only ones who obey these orders. Criminals do not." ...
 

CT: Rosa: Globalize Anti-Violence Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... [The Republican candidate for attorney general, Martha] Dean said of the federal Violence Against Women Act, 'I can't speak to that because I haven't studied the statute, but women will not find any more vigorous advocate for women than me. I've had several close encounters myself; a relative was brutally beaten and raped. It's a very serious issue to me. It's one of the reasons I support defending the Second Amendment. It's one of the ways in which women can protect themselves. Women are fairly defenseless and I support their right to carry firearms. A large number of women are advocating to allow women to carry guns on campus. I think it's wrong that they can't.'" ...
 

WV: NRA endorses Rahall in U.S. House race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is throwing its support behind Rep. Nick Rahall and his re-election bid in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District."

"Wednesday's endorsement cites Rahall's 'A' rating with the group, and calls him a strong defender of the Second Amendment. A nod from the NRA is considered a key political plum in West Virginia, given its traditions of hunting and gun ownership."

"Rahall is among a relative handful of congressional Democrats to earn the NRA's endorsement this year. The campaign of Rahall's Republican opponent, Elliott 'Spike' Maynard, noted that Maynard has also received an A' rating from the NRA." ...
 

PA: NRA Attacks Joe Sestak
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The powerful National Rifle Association is spending $400,000 on a TV ad in Pennsylvania attacking Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak, who is locked in a tight race with Republican Pat Toomey. The ad tells viewers that Sestak is among those who want to “take away your Second Amendment Rights.”

The voiceover states: “If Joe Sestak wins, you lose.”

The ad will run in five media markets, including the capital, Harrisburg, according to The Morning Call website.
 

AR: NRA Favors Two; Sebastian Candidate Forum Set
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Both candidates for the District 87 state legislative seat received favorable scores on a National Rifle Association questionnaire, but neither has received the association's endorsement, an NRA spokesman said Tuesday."

"Democrat Earl Hunton and Republican Justin T. Harris, who are competing for the chance to represent parts of Washington and Crawford counties, completed an NRA questionnaire focused on Second Amendment and hunting issues, said Rachel Parsons with the NRA's Political Victory Fund in Fairfax, Va."

"Each received an AQ score, meaning each earned an A on the questionnaire."

"But a good score is not the same as an endorsement."

"'We actually haven't endorsed in that race,' Parsons said." ...
 

SD: Kristi Noem on Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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This great campaign mailer [below article on originating website] came to my house yesterday. The National Rifle Association (NRA) may have a policy of favoring the incumbent, but it’s clear which candidate in South Dakota’s U.S. House race is the more solid Second Amendment supporter.

Kristi Noem has a solid rating with multiple gun rights organizations, and won’t support politicians who have demonstrated hostility toward the Second Amendment. She’s a long-time regular hunter, and she sponsored the Firearms Freedom Act earlier this year which told the federal government to keep its grubby paws off firearms and ammunition manufactured and sold in South Dakota.

The choice, indeed, is clear.
 

NC: NRA endorses Goolsby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NRA has officially endorsed Thom Goolsby in his bid for the 9th District seat in the North Carolina Senate. Goolsby, a respected attorney and former Counsel to the Governor's Crime Commission, pledged to do all in his power to ably represent the rights of all law-abiding North Carolinians to own and carry firearms."

"Goolsby was excited to receive the endorsement. 'As a former Marine Corps officer, I am aware of the unique nature of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution. When I am elected to the Senate, I will fight to protect the Second Amendment from all actions of those who would love to limit our freedoms.'" ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Questions Attacks on David Townsend
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"In light of a series of mailings done by the Oneida Indians attacking David Townsend for his votes in the Assembly against gun control, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association has the following questions we would like publicly answered by both the Oneida Indian Nation and Townsend's opponent for Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol." ...
 

Senators to Secretary Clinton: Backdoor Gun Ban Violates Americans' Constitutional Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today led a bipartisan group of Senators including Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), and others in sending a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging her to reverse the State Department's reported decision to ban the sale of surplus antique rifles from South Korea to qualified buyers in the United States. The letter was also sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and Acting Director Kenneth Melson of the [ATF]."

"Recent media reports indicate the Obama Administration inked a deal with the South Korean government to bring home nearly one million American-made WWII-era surplus military rifles. However, the State Department stepped in at the last minute ..." ...
 

ME: Portland's Proposed Gun Ban Goes to Council
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Portland City Council committee voted last night to recommend a statewide ban on guns in public buildings such as City Hall. The recommendation has now been forwarded to the larger council for a vote."

"Councilor Dan Skolnik, chair of the Public Safety Committee, says the ultimate goal is to find a lawmaker to sponsor statewide legislation. 'I think it's always appropriate to take a look at how we can make our communities safer,' he says." ...
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Submitter's Note: And was any, umm, what's it called? Oh, yeah! Was any evidence offered that this measure would "make our communities safer"?
 

WA: Pierce Co. prosecutor gets it right, ATF gets it wrong
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Of course this case needs to be sorted out, but one thing was made clear by Lindquist in his decision not to press charges in Whitchurch’s demise: He was killed in self-defense. The prosecutor’s explanation is as simple and straightforward as it gets. ..."

"'You break into somebody's house with a gun,' he said matter-of-factly, 'you take the chance you're going to get shot.'"

"This is hardly a case of good guys versus bad guys. There may be no good guys, and Lindquist is apparently still undecided about filing separate charges against Stott, his younger brother, Tyler, and their housemate, Jeffrey Hacker, 29, for alleged Oxycontin sales and having the 25 marijuana plants growing on the property." ...
 

MN: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Sebeka Police Chief Eric Swenson
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"Most people hold the mistaken belief that police are the ultimate gun guys. It’s an archetype born in childhood, by pre-pubescent boys playing cops and robbers. The men and women who eventually don the uniform soon learn the discrepancy between heroic fantasy and prosaic reality. There’s a reason cops call their work 'the job.' Like most jobs, 90 percent of policing is mind-numbing routine. It’s easy for a cop to get blasé about the whole business. Easy to get sloppy and careless about ever-present firearms. This website has chronicled numerous cases where cops' kids shoot themselves with Daddy’s gun. Thankfully, this isn’t one of them . . ." ...
 

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