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Georgia accused of stripping 2nd Amendment rights -- Case is 'great example of why gun owners cannot trust government bureaucrats'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Another lawsuit has been launched by officials with the Second Amendment Foundation over gun rights, which officials have been watching closely since the group's huge Supreme Court decision affirming the idea that self-protection applies to all people in America."

"The newest lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Georgia resident who is an honorably discharged veteran from the Vietnam war, and it names as defendants Attorney General Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation." ...

"The question at hand is whether a state can deprive an individual of the right to possess a weapon over a misdemeanor." ...
 

Guns in the news
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Aside from literally dozens of tips that get sent to me each day, I also belong to several 'lists' that serve as gun news aggregators, and I check the excellent Newslinks resource on KeepAndBearArms.com daily (good grief, they have almost 30 headlines featured just for today). How anyone can do commentary on this topic and claim writer's block is beyond me." ...
 

Mexican drug cartels not getting THOSE through any 'gun show loophole'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Most recently, we took a look at the claims of '80%' of Mexican 'crime guns' coming from the U.S. ... Since then, correspondent Hank Martin kindly pointed me to some very valuable information that could shed some light on the reason such a low percentage of the guns are traced, and also explain the amount of firepower the drug traffickers have on hand."

"The article is from late March of last year, in The Narcosphere (part of Narco News, an online journal about the 'War on Drugs,' and the erosion of freedom that is part and parcel of that 'war'), and journalist Bill Conroy brings up some very interesting points in 'Legal U.S. Arms Exports May Be Source of Narco Syndicates Rising Firepower.'" ...
 

‘Unjustified shooting’ report good cause for reflection by police, gun activists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thursday's headlines on the Seattle Times' and on-line Seattle Post-Intelligencer's websites pretty much say it all: a preliminary finding by a Seattle Police Department Firearms Review Board ... has found that the Aug. 30 fatal shooting of a woodcarver by a Seattle police officer was not justified. ..."

"One must weigh for a moment the value of that news because John T. Williams, the 50-year-old woodcarver ... is still dead. It will give police critics cause to say 'We told you so,' and others will correctly remind them that this process is not over just yet. There must still be a formal inquest and it will be up to the King County Prosecutor’s office to determine whether to file charges ..." ...
 

Bring home the M1's
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The State Department has banned the return of M-1 Garand's and M-1 Carbines from Korea. These guns were sold (given?) to Korea years ago to provide them with infantry weapons, as we upgraded our infantry arsenal with the M-14 and M-16."

"Now, Korea is seeking to sell these to U.S. collectors and shooters, to provide funding for upgrading their arsenals. But the State Department is attempting to block the return of these war heroes' weapons to their homeland." ...
 

The Second Amendment remains relevant
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This past Friday, I was lucky enough to exercise my right to bear arms with UR’s College Republicans as we celebrated our own club holiday, Second Amendment Appreciation Day."

"While firing various firearms at pumpkins and paper targets with close friends brought me great joy, the purpose and meaning of the Second Amendment goes beyond shooting fruit at a gun range."

"At the time of its ratification, the framers of the Constitution reasoned that protecting the right to bear arms and the right to have a civilian militia were essential to the defense of the nation." ...
 

NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program Reaches 24 Millionth Child
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, NRA’s groundbreaking gun accident prevention course for children, has surpassed yet another milestone by reaching its 24 millionth child."

"Created in 1988 by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer, in consultation with elementary school teachers, law enforcement officers, and child psychologists, the program provides pre-K through the third grade children with simple, effective rules to follow should they encounter a firearm in an unsupervised setting: 'If you see a gun: STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.'"

"'This is one of the NRA's most successful and long-running programs, because it works,' said Kayne Robinson, NRA Executive Director of General Operations." ...
 

2nd Amendment is all gun law that is needed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Why are there gun laws?"

"The Second Amendment states ... 'A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.'"

"When only cops have guns, it's called a 'police state.' Think Nazi Germany or Communist Russia. Thomas Jefferson said, 'No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.'"

"Therefore, what I deduce from the Second Amendment and what Thomas Jefferson has said is that any law regarding guns or gun control is unconstitutional. ..." ...
 

Trigger Sports Live! for October 13, 2010 (video)
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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From host James B. Towle:

"Why does the NRA endorse Democratic Candidates in the upcoming election?...Rachel Parsons defends. Barbara Crown returns from a successful Reindeer Hunt in Alaska, and tells her story. David Codrea says, 'What's the deal with this Castle Doctrine?' Mark Walters, host of Armed American Radio, warns... preparation is not to be taken lightly. Photo of the Week...Why Texans don't pick Bluebonnets! Bay Area Rifle Championship (BARC) -Stage 1 - Sets the bar high for rifle shooters in a challenge you don't want to miss. The DVD full version is now shipping. The amazing Michael loads and fires his .45 pistol with his FEET...you won't believe it until you see it!"
 

Home Defense: Paranoia’s Limits Are Out There, Somewhere
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I practice Home Carry. I began packing a pistol on my person after the rabbi pointed out that I’d never have enough time to get a firearm out of my safe in time to cope with a home invasion. For some of you, that’s akin to saying I’d never have time to get under a kevlar shield in time to protect myself from a meteor strike. But the line between having a gun in the house and wearing one in the house is pretty thin, separated more by personal/political comfort levels than practical considerations. When the rabbi recommended carrying extra ammo as well, I balked. My Springfield XD-M holds 18 rounds. That’s a lot of counter-insurgency. That said . . ." ...
 

New Holster Solution for .380s. Or Not.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I think I’ve made myself clear on the small gun vs big gun front. But the market has spoken: a large percentage of American gun buyers find the new breed of palm-sized .380s perfect for pocket carry. Or holster carry. Or shoved in a glove box. Or something. Maybe . . . this? The main man over at gripus.com is working on a new holster design for his Ruger LCP. Apparently, the huge range of IWB, OWB, paddle and pocket holsters for rat (as opposed to mouse) guns just don’t do it for him . . ." ...
 

VA: Gun legislation: If it weren't so scary, it would be funny
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"One of the more colorful exclamations heard in the halls of a state legislature is, 'The camel's nose is under the tent!'"

"The warning describes a proposal that opponents fear will lead to more far-reaching legislation in the future."

"It's a near-perfect metaphor for the liberalization of concealed carry and other gun laws that began sweeping the nation in the 1990s." ...
 

Monster Hunters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m one of those people who could probably complete his entire Christmas gift buying in a single well-stocked bookstore, and with That Time of Year coming up, expect to see more book reviews in this space. A gun person who likes science fiction – or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction – will enjoy “Monster Hunter International” and its new sequel, “Monster Hunter Vendetta.” The protagonist is young Owen Zastava Pitt. Like many of us, Owen once had a werewolf for a boss. Unfortunately, his was the kind that got all furry. He tried to kill Owen; Owen killed him in self-defense; and, in an alternate world where bogeymen exist but the Government keeps it quiet, Owen is thus recruited into Monster Hunter International." ...

 

WI: Clark County judge dismisses concealed carry case finding it unconstitutional
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Clark County judge dismisses a concealed carry case after finding it unconstitutional."

"The public defender who filed the motion to dismiss says he thinks it could be the first dismissal of its kind in Wisconsin. Bill Poss, an assistant state public defender ... says the ruling will certainly set a precedent in Clark County. He says he was actually waiting for a case like this to come up so he could work to get it thrown out."

"The Clark County case in question started when a man was arrested for carrying a knife in the waistband of his pants this summer. Poss says he knew right away his client was within his constitutional rights. He says he's gratified Clark County Judge Jon Counsell felt the same." ...
 

Democrats Tout NRA’s Blessing
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"When Rep. Scott Murphy hit the campaign trail Monday, he made sure to drop by a meeting of the Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation."

"There, the upstate New York Democrat, who neither owns a gun nor hunts, touted a recent endorsement by the [NRA] to bolster his contention that he is an enthusiastic fan of Second Amendment rights."

"The backing from the influential gun-rights organization gave the first-term Congressman an opening with a constituency that is suspicious of Democrats, who are often viewed as too liberal on the issue."

"... [M]any Democrats such as Murphy are in competitive races, the NRA's stamp of approval provides them with an opportunity to show their independence from unpopular party leaders." ...
 

OH: Polls: Ohio governor's race a "toss-up"; Race for U.S. Senate looks to be a blow-out
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After showing as much as a eight point spread in August (and with some polls having burdened Governor Ted Strickland with a double-digit deficit as recently as a few weeks ago), Rasmussen Reports now shows John Kasich's lead over Strickland down to just three points (48% - 45%), and within the margin of error."

"The tightening of this race has also been reflected in other recent polls ..." ...

"The race is tightening just as differences between Strickland and Kasich on the gun issue are receiving increased attention in both the state and national media, and in conjunction with the launch of statewide campaign advertisements targeting Second Amendment voters." ...
 

SD: Ted Nugent to bring three loves to South Dakota: Guitar, guns and politics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When rocker Ted Nugent arrives in South Dakota for a Rapid City rally this week, he will be bringing two of his favorite things: his guitar and his guns."

"People who go to the rally featuring Nugent at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Central States Fairgrounds will also get a healthy dose of something else the rocker is known for: his opinions."

"In an e-mail interview, Nugent said his Second Amendment-themed appearance will feature 'a glowing attitude of over-the-top confidence and celebration that the American Dream of excellence is alive and well in spite of the raging battle against an out-of-control, corrupt, power-abusing government.'"

"The rally is sponsored by the tea party group Citizens For Liberty." ...
 

NY: Aubertine: One of Us, Standing Up for All of Us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association issued its ratings today, giving State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine its highest score of an "A" for his defense of our Second Amendment Rights—the only candidate in his race to receive this score."

"On Friday night, he received from the Shooter’s Committee on Political Education the 2010 SCOPE Appreciation Award for his work in the Senate to protect our rights. This news comes on the heels of the Senator receiving the endorsement of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund." ...
 

OH: Hunting Season Brings $40M to Trumbull
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Expanding northern Trumbull County's seasonal hunting and fishing industry is an important way to capture new revenue and boost the economic well-being of small businesses in this section of the Mahoning Valley, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-17 Ohio, said Wednesday."

"'We need to look at developing northern Trumbull County the way we can develop Mosquito Lake and open that up for opportunities,' the congressman said during a tour of Doc's Deer Farm, a company that produces wild game scent ..." ...

"While the manufacturing base is vital to the future of the Mahoning Valley, so too is the rural hunting and fishing industry, which Ryan notes lures outdoor enthusiasts to this area from all over the region each year. ..." ...
 

TN: Mike Sparks gets 'A' from NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mike sparks received an 'A' rating from the National Rifle Association for his commitment to protecting Americans’ Second Amendment rights, his campaign announced."

"Sparks, a former Rutherford County Commissioner from Smyrna, is running as a Republican nominee against state Rep. Kent Coleman, a Murfreesboro Democrat, for the 49th District seat."

"The 'A' rating is a higher rating than what non-incumbents are typically able to achieve, the press release states."

"In stark contrast, Coleman received a rating of 'F,' which is the lowest rating given by the NRA." ...
 

SD: Herseth Sandlin Takes Issue With Noem’s NRA Mailing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s campaign is challenging a recent mailer Republican nominee Kristi Noem sent out touting her credentials on Second Amendment rights."

"Noem's mailer cites the South Dakota Democrat's 'D' rating from the gun lobby group Gun Owners of America. It also says that Herseth Sandlin voted for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and depicts the National Rifle Association logo with an 'F' rating, which is what Pelosi got. The mailer also lists Noem as receiving an 'A' rating from the NRA."

"What isn’t apparent on the mailer is that the NRA has endorsed Herseth Sandlin." ...
 

WI: Walker Supports, Barrett Opposes Concealed Weapons
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett said he won't support legalizing concealed weapons in Wisconsin unless the law enforcement community changes its position and gets behind the idea.

Barrett was asked about the issue at a campaign stop on Thursday.

His Republican opponent Scott Walker supports legalizing the carrying of concealed weapons and advocated for it when he was a member of the state Assembly.

Barrett said legalizing concealed weapons is a public safety issue and not about Second Amendment rights.

He said anything he would support would have to be limited in scope and not allow concealed weapons in places like shopping malls and little league games.
 

TN: Bill Haslam Seeks to Ride GOP Wave
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"Emory students, especially from Tennessee, may have another reason to look twice at the state’s gubernatorial races since Republican candidate Bill Haslam ('79C) hails from Emory, graduating with a bachelor's degree in history."

"Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Politics and Government Merle Black said Tennessee is moving in a very strong Republican direction, with Haslam largely in the lead. According to Haslam's website, the candidate champions 'traditional' values, Second Amendment rights, traditional marriage and the 'protection of the unborn.'" ...
 

Along the lines of things everybody knows but are usually too afraid to say, the subject of ATF Economic Wacos rears its ugly head.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a post at Subguns.com on the subject of the vagaries of ATF policies and procedures, a fellow calling himself Iron Horse Tamer offers his technical opinions. It is his last opinion, however, that rings indisputably true."
"We can't know for sure how the ATF thinks however, this is what I've been able to put together over the years." ..

"7) No party testifying against the ATF will ever get anything approved."

"Of course there are minor exceptions to all of these (except perhaps the last one)."
"#7 is absolutely true. This I know from observed experience." ...
 

New York's Finest Police Cover-Up
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"The Village Voice has learned that New York City's Police Department has spent nearly two years covering up an ugly, alcohol-fueled street brawl in which 10 rookie cops beat up a taxi driver ... The NYPD has allowed the rookies' boss—a captain who witnessed the fight but didn't act to stop it and left the scene without speaking to investigators—to escape scrutiny."

"None of the rookies were charged criminally with the December 2008 assault. Instead, it was the cab-driver victim who was arrested ..."

"And Sergeant Anthony Acosta, the man who waded into the melee and broke up the assault ... was slapped with administrative charges and chained to a desk without his gun or his shield for almost two years." ...
 

Baby snatched for dad's politics back with parents
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"A tiny baby girl snatched from her parents' custody a week ago when her father was accused of being an 'Oath Keeper' today was returned to her parents."

According to WND sources close to the case, the accusations against the father, Johnathon Irish, whose fiancée, Stephanie Taylor, is the mother of Cheyenne, have been dropped."

"WND originally reported on the case last weekend when the state snatched the baby, ordering the father to stand with his hands behind his back and frisking him while social workers took the child. The affidavit supporting the actions cited the father's affiliation with the patriotic organization Oath Keepers." ...
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Submitter's Note: The affidavit also cited other reasons, but the most frightening is that political affiliation was considered a factor in removing the child.
 

MI: Trial ordered for ex-judge, cops
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Justice isn't refined with deceit, a Detroit judge said Wednesday in ordering a retired Wayne County Circuit judge, the county's former top drug prosecutor and two ex-narcotics cops to stand trial for knowingly wrapping a secret informant's identity in lies and perjury during a 2005 drug trial." ...
 

PA: Retired Officer Indicted On Child Porn Charges
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A retired police officer from Lebanon County has been indicted on two counts of child pornography charges.

Blaine Hanerhan, 55, of Jonestown, is accused of possessing child pornography and distributing it over the Internet.

Hanerhan was a police officer in Mount Carmel Borough, Northumberland County.
 

Australia: Victoria Police (AU) Take Delivery of 3k S&W .40-Cal M&Ps
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For a nation that's about as rabidly anti-gun as the country that sent convicts to colonize her, Australia sure has a lot of police handguns. abc.net.au reports that '3,000 new .40 calibre Smith and Wesson M&P pistols from the United States were checked and cleared by Customs last week. Another 8,000 are on order and will arrive in the next six months . . . Acting Superintendent Terry Jackson said the $25.6 million roll-out of the new guns was one of the most significant projects undertaken by Victoria Police. All up, more than 10,000 weapons will be purchased at a cost of $7 million.' Huh. I'm no math whizz, but I reckon eight plus three equals eleven. The Smiths are set to replace Ye Olde .38 revolver. ..." ...
 

MO: Personal Tasers ban might become Second Amendment issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If Columbia voters decide on Nov. 2 to outlaw Taser use in the city by approving Proposition 2, private residents as well as law enforcement would be prohibited from using them."

"Tasers and stun guns are available for private use, and they can be purchased at sporting goods and electronics stores for $50 to $360, depending on the model."

"Because they are sold as self-defense weapons, a ban on Tasers and similar devices could violate the Second Amendment, which has been interpreted to guarantee individuals the right to keep and bear arms for lawful uses such as self-defense." ...
 

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