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Spouse of slain victim seeks disarmament law to prevent future shootings
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"For Wilson to solicit signatures for a petition that if enacted into state law will do none of what he promises, and will instead victimize innocent people and strip them of their rights without due process, in spite of his demonstrably false pledge to the contrary, is, candidly, dishonest and delusional. He may as well be proposing the forced disarmament of lottery winners and promising similar results."
 

IL: Youth Hunt participants sought … FREE!
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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The Youth Hunt will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Green Acres Sportsmens
Club in Roberts. Time slots will be determined after we see how many kids
sign up. Please make sure you send in your RSVP so we can get the
schedule ready to go.

You must have your hunters safety card and your hunting license with you
in order to participate in this hunt. If you do not have them, we cannot
allow you to hunt. You do not need a habitat stamp to hunt at Green Acres,
but a hunting license is required. Make sure you purchase your hunting
license ahead of time.
 

Podcast Episode 63 of the Politics and Guns Podcast
Submitted by: Paul Lathrop
Website: http://politicsandguns.com

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Episode 63 of the Politics and Guns podcast features an interview with Kathy Jackson, Author of The Cornered Cat: A Woman's Guide to Concealed Carry. Kathy turns the common misnomer that a woman is naturally a better shot than a man on its head in this interview.

Also interviewed is Doug Ritter of Knife Rights, Doug talks about some of the advances made recently in State preemption laws and what is happening with Knife Rights suit against the Manhattan DA
 

IL: Chicago isn’t safe: How bad is it? Mogadishu bad.
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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How bad is it in Chicago?

It’s so bad the authorities don’t even know how many people got shot. Or they can’t keep up. Or both.

The Chicago Tribune says 2 killed, 24 shot.

NBC Chicago says “since Friday five people were killed and at least 25 people were wounded in separate shootings.”

Second City Cop says the number of shootings is over 30.

And then there’s the future rocket scientist who decided to shoot up a Chicago Police squad car.

...Well, the *angry* police response was something like fifteen seconds as the sedan was an unmarked Chicago police car, according to Uptown Update.
 

Olivia’s Story: One happy 7-year-old’s first shots ever
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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We had a little seven-year-old girl named Olivia at the Appleseed in Danville. She was from a family of five, where four were shooting.

To her credit, Olivia was very good all Saturday keeping herself busy and out of the way, but on the ride home apparently complained to mom and dad that she wanted

So, on Sunday, mom and dad brought Olivia’s “rifle” – a crude wooden cut-out, spray-painted green with a laser pointer. She was quite happy on the line for much of the day, getting into proper position just as the adults did, “shooting” the courses of fire. She would then walk down with everyone and mark her “hits” on the target with a pen. It was so very cute.
 

UK: Election silence over Trayvon Martin and America's guns
Submitted by: Mike the Limey
Website: http://billorites.blogspot.co.uk/

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"It has been one of the biggest stories in America this year, but the BBC's Raphael Rowe found there is one subject that neither candidate in this year's presidential election wants to talk about - guns.

The shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in a gated community in Florida in February led to a fierce debate about racial profiling, justice and the easy availability of guns."

Submitter's comment: Once again, the BBC airs a report on a US subject that suffers from so many untruths, inaccuracies & omissions as to make an educated observer wonder if it is a work of fiction & then does nothing to correct errors when they are pointed out.
 

NY: Gun buyback program being planned in Newburgh
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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In the wake of the latest homicide in the City of Newburgh, civil right attorney Michael Sussman, who heads the Democratic Alliance, Monday called for the city to initiate a gun buyback program. Justin Doctor, 23, was gunned down early Sunday morning at Liberty and South Williams streets. Sussman, who said his organization will pledge $10,000 to initiate the program, said it should be put into action “immediately before another life is lost due to gun violence.”
 

NY: Skip NRA endorsement if both pols earn ‘A’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I took the liberty to call Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA/ILA in Washington, D.C., to get a clarification on why it took this action. He was very accommodating and explained when both candidates are rated “A” by the NRA, the policy is to support the incumbent. The NRA feels this support is justified since the incumbent generally has a voting record of support.

I support Second Amendment rights and I believe in the good work the NRA has done to protect them, but I do not agree with its approach when both candidates are in full support of this issue. This makes it a non-issue in the choosing of a candidate.
 

ME: 200 shoot machine guns in Maine vets benefit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Despite heavy showers, about 200 people traveled to a North Anson gun range to fire machine guns in a benefit for veterans injured in combat.

The third annual Wounded Warrior Machine Gun Shoot on Sunday saw the participants, including 17 wounded veterans, take aim at targets ranging from explosives-packed pumpkins to old pickup truck bodies.
 

OK: New Oklahoma law allows ammo in locked cars parked at work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An Oklahoma law going into effect on November 1 allows employees to store ammunition in their locked vehicles parked at work. A key aspect of Oklahoma’s Self-Defense Act allows people with valid gun licenses to carry handguns openly as well as concealed weapons in many public places. But another part of the open-carry law affects how people can store ammunition in their cars. The bill was signed by Governor Mary Fallin on November 15. Under the new law, businesses are still allowed to prohibit weapons in their buildings.
 

NM: Police say man acted in self-defense to shoot offender
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man who was attacked with a knife after someone barreled into his parked car and then shot the aggressor apparently acted in self defense, police said Monday.

Santa Fe police say a 33-year-old man driving a red Toyota Tacoma pickup slammed into a parked car in the 100 block of Candelario Street at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday. The driver, who’s name was not released Monday morning, continued to the dead-end of the street, turned around and was confronted by the owner of the parked Nissan sedan, according to Sgt. Andrea Dobyns.
 

FL: Zimmerman Defense Team Accuses Jax SAO of Withholding Evidence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It's the case that captured national attention: the neighborhood watchman vs. the unarmed teenager. Was it self-defense or second-degree murder?

Now, just days before a big pre-trial hearing in the case against George Zimmerman, his defense team has dropped a bombshell, blasting State Attorney Angela Corey and her office. The defense says the state isn't releasing all its evidence, using words like "haphazard and cavalier" when describing the state's handling of the case.
 

NJ: New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Shoot-N-Social Fun-Fundraiser
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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NJ2AS has two great events coming up for members, their friends, and potential members.

The Shoot-N-Social North and Shoot-N-Social Central fun-fundraising events. The Shoot-N-Social north will take place at RTSP in Randolph NJ on November 4th at 3 pm. The Shoot-N-Social central will take place on November 11th at at Shore-Shot in Lakewood NJ from 6-8 pm.
 

IL: Taxing bullets criminal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For urban politicians, gun control is like the bar in "Cheers" — a place of refuge they can seek out whenever things aren't going well. Things aren't going well on the crime front in Chicago, with homicides up 25 percent this year. So what else can our elected leaders do but promise action against guns?

Action against the possession and use of guns by violent felons would be a good idea, but the proposal offered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is something else: a penalty on nonviolent citizens who bear no blame for the carnage.

Preckwinkle suggested a tax on sales of firearms and ammunition, with the goal of defraying the costs that gunshots create for the county hospital and jail.
 

CA: 'Fast and Furious' defendant gets prison for buying guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The first of 20 individuals indicted in 2011 on charges of buying high-powered firearms in Arizona to be used by Mexican drug gangs was sentenced Monday in San Diego federal court to 57 months in prison.

Danny Cruz Morones, 24, of Phoenix is the first of the so-called Fast and Furious defendants to be sentenced. He pleaded guilty to acting as a "straw purchaser"of weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, and to recruiting others to buy the weapons.
 

LA: Morehouse school board's decision on students with guns in vehicle questioned
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At that time, the district’s superintendent was Tom Thrower, who was openly accused of racism by members of the community calling for his resignation.

Joyce Tennant, a parent of another black Delta Junior High student, said her 12-year-old son was suspended earlier this year for six weeks when he was discovered with a B.B. gun in his backpack.

“It’s just a fundamental disrespect to poor black children and their parents,” Tucker said.

The district remains under a federal desegregation order which stipulates oversight by the U.S. District Court to ensure equal treatment of all students.
 

NJ: Modern cowgirl aims to shoot through Purgatory in the Pines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Leslie Furnald holds a shotgun up to her cheek and gazes at a target shaped like a tombstone.

She’s dressed to shoot, 19th century style, wearing a green corset over a black prairie dress swathed with glittering pins and buckles. Wavy red hair spills out the back of her emerald cowboy hat. Clustered behind her, dozens of target shooters, judges and range officers in western duds watch quietly.
 

The Five Best Concealed Carry Revolvers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I love revolvers as they are a tried and true design, simple to use and easy to maintain, with just enough capacity and caliber to get the job done.

So I am asked all the time by my students, “What is the best Revolver for daily concealed carry?”
 

CT: Avon attorney Martha Dean receives National Rifle Association award
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Martha Dean, an attorney who lives in Avon, was honored Sept. 6 with an award from the National Rifle Association in appreciation of all that she has done for the “Second Amendment and Freedom” in Connecticut.

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, visited Connecticut to attend the NRA’s Voice of Freedom event at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, promoting the NRA’s “All In” campaign to ensure that firearms’ owners vote in the upcoming election.
 

NC: From guns to schools at the Wake County commission
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Re: the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center and its new roof, I decided to check in because the building was only built in 1999. 13 years seems like a very short lifespan for a roof and $800,000 like an awfully large sum of money when many county services are experiencing budget constraints.

I'm told by a county project manager that ten-year roofs were the industry standard in the nineties and that the county is replacing roofs on several similar buildings. In today's construction world, roofs typically have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
 

NY: Lost to Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Understanding Kids, Gangs and Guns,” by Sudhir Venkatesh (Op-Ed, Oct. 4), correctly highlights that good gun policy is good social policy and that the economic cost of gun death is astronomical. But family members whose loved ones are killed pay dearly every day for the devastating loss of their loved ones.
 

PA: Target gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Thursday’s Page 1 news, “Man accused of buying gun in cop killing,” should be of special interest to members of the state Senate.

That’s because a bill that would institute a mandatory five-year jail term for second and subsequent violations of the state’s straw purchase law has been gathering dust since April 2011. That’s when it was passed by the state House.

The measure remedies an earlier version of the law that was struck down by the courts. Minus a mandatory sentencing law, people who buy guns for convicted felons might escape doing serious time for a serious crime.
 

IL: ISRA-FEDPac Announces Candidate Endorsements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The ISRA-FEDPac is pleased to announce its list of candidate endorsements and candidate preferences for the upcoming general election.

The ISRA-FEDPac has endorsed the team of Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan over the Obama/Biden team. Illinois firearm owners have first hand experience with Obama's disdain for the right to keep and bear arms. Thus, Illinois firearm owners know full well that Obama is not the best choice for our nation's chief executive.

Ed.: Also contains endorsements of IL congressional candidates.
 

TN: Man Killed in Decatur County; May Have Been Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Investigators said Cameron Mays was shot and killed in the incident. The resident of the home reportedly told Mays not to come to his home. When Mays entered, officials said the resident shot him.

Authorities are investigating the case and trying to determine if the shooting was self-defense. The shooter has not been charged.
 

TN: DeSoto Gun Ordinance Hearing Draws Big Crowd
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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DeSoto County’s proposed ‘guns in parks’ ordinance has been a hot button ever since word of the idea came out.

For that reason, it’s no surprise people packed the county board room for a public hearing on the matter.

Those on both sides of the issue had their say, before supervisors who want to make sure only people with an enhanced concealed weapons permit could have weapons at county parks and new Greenway trails.

Those who live near those trails had concerns about the ordinance infringing on their rights.
 

Canada: New long gun rules won’t be enforced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Remember when the Harper government killed the long gun registry earlier this year, and received tonnes of criticism? Well, they’re trying to fix their wrongs by developing a new rule which will place serial numbers on long guns for tracking.
 

MI: NRA, MCRGO Endorse Kate Segal for State Representative
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State Representative Kate Segal announced that her campaign had received major endorsements from two organizations dedicated to defending citizens Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. Both the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) endorsed Segal for re-election in the 62nd House District, the former giving her a coveted A rating.
 

Justice Stevens: Second Amendment is ‘no obstacle’ to banning automatic weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“[Miller] was generally understood to limiting the scope of the Second Amendment to the uses of arms that were related to military activities,” Stevens said today during a question-and-answer session after a speech today with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s Legal Action Project. “The Court did not overrule Miller [in Heller]. Instead it ‘read Miller to say only that the Second Amendment does not protect those weapons not typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, such as short-barreled shotguns . . . Thus, the Second Amendment provides no obstacle to regulations permitting the ownership or the use of the sorts of the automatic weapons used in the tragic multiple killings in Virginia, Colorado, or Arizona in recent years.”
 

What’s on Your ‘What-If’ Gun Shopping List?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If there has been one bright spot in the economy of the last several years, it has been in the firearms sector. Ruger, Smith & Wesson, just about any gun company you can name has been doing darn well, if not seeing record sales numbers.

The why of these increased sales is a matter of some debate, but whether it is solely or partially due to fears of anti-gun laws, politics is a huge factor. It’s been said that President Barack Obama has been the greatest gun salesman ever, because fears of what he might do based upon comments he has made have driven people to get while the getting is good.
 

WI: Constitutional Carry Still Top Priority of Wisconsin Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s been nearly a year since Wisconsin’s concealed weapons law took effect.

Gun owners are busy doing lots of things to take advantage of the new law, but few are pushing to change or improve it. That is a mistake.

For one thing, the law is fraught with problems. And now is the greatest opportunity to fully restore our rights. The problem is, neoconservatives are very good at doing nothing — they’re petrified they’ll lose ground they’ve gained if they push the issue, so they become mute.
 

OH: Cleveland police gun buyback is Saturday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Cleveland police gun buyback event is Saturday.

Anyone turning in a working handgun will receive a $100 gift card for gas, food or Target and two tickets to a Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters game. They will also be entered into a raffle to win up to $1,000.
 

VA: Push for Hunting Weapons in Cars at Fairfax County Government Parking Lots
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An unusual legal controversy in Fairfax County involves crossbows and other hunting weapons and whether a new state law allows employees to take them to work.

Fairfax County government employees soon will be allowed to take guns as far as the parking lots where they work.

The new state legislation is part of a recent push by gun rights groups for broader acknowledgment of Virginia's existing gun laws. While Virginia residents have long been able to visit state or local government facilities with guns in their vehicles, Fairfax County employees were forbidden to do so by county employment policies.
 

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