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DOD ‘authorized leakers’ directive bodes ill for whistleblowers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Pointing out parallels and equivalence between 'authorized leakers' and 'Authorized Journalists' hardly seems unfounded. Extrapolating the same principle, it’s easy to envision Dianne Feinstein demanding special protections for 'real leakers,' and Joe Biden envisioning how 'legitimate news leakers' can help the administration advance its goals."
 

Divergent views emerging on ATF gun trust rulemaking
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"In a related development, Gun Rights Examiner has learned that the National Firearms Act Trade and Collectors Association recently posted their petition that started this process. Previously, they had only posted an overview of their request."
 

Alan Gottlieb: You Might Want to Brush Up on the Constitution, Piers Morgan
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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After yet another contentious debate with CNN’s bombastic anti-gun talk host Piers Morgan this Monday, he demonstrated to the entire nation during a subsequent interview on CBS that he doesn’t even know which constitutional amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms. This is yet another reason neither I nor anyone else can take him seriously about guns.

On CBS This Morning, Morgan stated, "I have no problem, in a country with so many guns in circulation, with a family exercising their First Amendment [sic] right to defend their families with a handgun at home."

Morgan is of course out hawking his new book Shooting Straight and yet, he has been missing the target consistently.
 

MI: Michigan Walmart worker says he was fired for helping assaulted woman
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Oswald, 30, said he was in his car on his break about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw a man grabbing a woman. He said he asked her if she needed help and the man started punching him in the head and yelling that he was going to kill him. Oswald said he was able to get on top of the man, but then two other men jumped him from behind.
 

FL: Tracy Martin calls for "stand your ground" repeal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tracy Martin — father of slain teenager Trayvon Martin — was in the capital Thursday to continue his fight against Florida's "stand your ground" law.

Martin, state Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahasee, state attorney Willie Meggs, public defender Nancy Daniels and others took part in a Florida A&M panel called "Stand Your Ground Law: Where Do We Go From Here?"
 

MI: Michigan concealed weapons exemptions sought
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The changes are part of a package of bills up being considered by lawmakers in the state House. But an outspoken supporter of gun rights said he’d prefer to eliminate the state’s weapons-free zones rather than create “more special state privileges” for “special state actors.”

Michigan law prohibits carrying concealed firearms in certain locations, such as schools, daycare centers, sports arenas and stadiums, bars, entertainment facilities, college dorms, casinos, hospitals and places of worship.

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[Phillip Hofmeister, president of Michigan Open Carry Inc.] said the bills would “add more carve-outs” to the law that aren’t warranted.
 

There is Murder & Then There is Modern Progressive Elite Murder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There are two models of modern murder that are used in the debate about how to deal with crime. The assumptions about reality that the models are based on are significantly different, which results in consistently different prescriptions for public policy.

The first model, which I call the “Progressive Elite” model, has these basic assumptions about criminal homicide and its causes:
 

NM: Friends of the NRA Banquet Fundraiser
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What has smoked brisket, potato casserole, baked beans, cobbler and a chance to win a Weatherby S2 Eurosport .270 with a Leupold VX-7 Gold Ring Scope combined?

Answer: The second annual Cibola County Friends of NRA (National Rifle Association) Fundraiser Banquet.

“This is our fundraiser’s second year,” said Dan Sousa, chairman of the area’s Friends of NRA group. “Hopefully we are as successful as we were last year.”
 

NJ: NJ Senate Race, Smart Guns & ANJRPC Annual Meeting Saturday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The outcome of yesterday’s special U.S. Senate election was very disappointing.

While there will be no net change in the vote count in the U.S. Senate on Second Amendment issues as a result of the election, the opportunity the special election presented was significant and mobilized gun owners throughout the state.

Interestingly, voter turnout was a lot higher than expected, with about 1.3 million votes cast among all 8 candidates. With nearly 580,000 votes cast for Lonegan and wins for Lonegan in several counties, anti-gun politicians were deprived of the “mandate” they had hoped for.
 

TX: Alamo gun rally about basic freedoms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The last time hundreds of Texans showed up at the Alamo with rifles, they were hailed as heroes in their stand against a tyrannical government.

Texas — and Texans — have changed a lot since then. But the fundamental, constitutional right to keep and bear arms has not.

The main goal of Saturday's rally at the Alamo is simple: The peaceful exercise of a right we fear losing. It is legal, after all, to carry a long gun in Texas. Despite that fact, there are those who would claim otherwise under color of law. Saturday's demonstration is expression of that right, plain and simple.
 

CO: Recall an example for all elected officials
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Democrat Bob Conner is quoted as saying, “It is unfortunate the NRA chose her (Angela Giron) and John Morse to take it out on because they voted against what the NRA wanted. All the NRA is doing is interfering in the democratic process and waving the flag while they’re doing it.”

In truth, what the NRA is doing is part of the democratic process. Representatives are sent to legislative bodies to act according to the will of their constituents, the people who elect them.
 

SC: South Carolina gains traction with gun manufactures, new Ithaca plant inbound
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Ithaca Gun Company is the latest manufacturer to seek out South Carolina, following PTR Industries to Horry County. Ithaca is not relocating but they are planning a sizable expansion there which is expected to generate 120 new jobs. Ithaca will construct their new 20,000 square-foot facility at Horry County’s Cool Springs Business Park near Aynor, S.C where they will be neighbors with the new manufacturing headquarters of PTR Industries in the same business park.
 

FL: Questions & Answers With Florida Gun Lobbyist Marion Hammer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Marion Hammer is one of Florida’s most-influential lobbyists. She served as president of the National Rifle Association from 1995 to 1998, is a member of the NRA board and has been the executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the state’s NRA affiliate, since 1976.

Bloomberg News has called Hammer “the woman responsible for many of the nation’s most permissive gun laws.” She’s credited (or blamed) for the passage of concealed-carry legislation, the controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law and the so-called “Docs vs. Glocks” law, which seeks to limit physicians from asking patients about gun ownership.
 

IN: Theodore Johnson Writes New Commentary on Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment proclaims, "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," http://www.archives.gov. Theodore Johnson writes his first book "The Second Amendment Controversy - Explained" to help explain the controversies that surround the Second Amendment. For example, his book reveals that the first and third commas in the above quotation of the Second Amendment do not exist in the amendment's original ratified wording.
 

NY: Hawley to hold second forum on gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, is set to host his second public forum on New York’s new gun laws, which were enacted earlier this year.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Albion Middle School and will provide residents with an update on deadlines, court rulings and other details regarding the legislation affecting their Second Amendment rights.
 

ATF Humor: Whistleblowers Facing A Firing Squad
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Here at Techdirt, I like to think that we have a pretty decent concept of humor. While each writer may differ somewhat, I generally have a fairly liberal view of what's fair game for humor and how edgy something can be and still be funny. You want to joke about the government building a planet-killing machine? Cool. Jokes about low-level government employees twisting your giblets? Niiiice. Jokes about drugs? How could you not joke about drugs? Jokes about shooting whistleblowers inserted into government law enforcement training manuals? Somehow that seems to stretch away from funny to frightening.
 

TX: Gun rally on Alamo grounds triggers debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a gun-toting Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is to headline a gun-rights rally Saturday on the state-owned Alamo grounds, where demonstrations historically have been banned — until Patterson's office took over the shrine.

The rally, billed as “Come and Take It San Antonio!” will be held on the 4.2-acre Alamo complex, which has been under the custodianship of the Texas General Land Office since 2011.
 

National gun-rights attack to be met head on
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-rights advocates would never use the day of a tragedy as a cause for annual celebration but that’s precisely what anti-rights forces in this country are thinking of doing to do at year’s end, we learned at the Gun Rights Policy Conference which wrapped up in Houston late last month.

Using money from billionaire New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is rapidly becoming one of the greatest threats the Bill of Rights faces in America, states nationwide, along with the Obama administration, will hold events staged to use the death of innocent victims in Newtown, Conn., to call for infringements on the Second Amendment.
 

IN: Fatal shooting in S. Ind. city ruled self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A southern Indiana prosecutor has decided a man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his daughter's boyfriend in the front yard of her home.

Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall says no charges will be filed against 57-year-old Donald Williams of Commiskey. The Republic reports Williams has been out on bond since police arrested him on a preliminary charge of reckless homicide after the Sept. 9 shooting of 24-year-old Jeremy Moore in North Vernon.
 

WA: Court Rules on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Costs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A state appeals court here in Washington, in a major ruling on the “stand your ground” debate over personal safety, said Thursday that a defendant who successfully uses a self-defense claim is entitled to reimbursement for lost wages and other costs, as well as legal fees.

“The cost of a criminal defense often starts at arrest,” the court wrote in its decision, affirming a lower court’s award of nearly $49,000, including $10,000 in lost wages, to Tommy J. Villanueva.

Ed.: We don't actually have SYG in WA, but we do have very old laws and legal precedent that mimics most features typical in SYG laws.
 

WA: Charges dropped after stabbing at Bellingham church
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A charge of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon was dropped this week against a man who stabbed another man in a fight at a Bellingham church.

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In court paperwork prosecutors acknowledged Felton, 42, asked if Myrick wanted to "take it outside," then started the physical altercation by knocking off Myrick's hat and punching him twice, according to the charges. The men fought and tumbled to the ground. In the melee Felton got stabbed in the chest and arm with a kitchen knife. The knife had a four-inch blade. Bystanders broke up the fight.

Prosecutors dismissed the charges Tuesday, Oct. 15, because, in the words of Public Defender Darrin Hall, Myrick had "an overwhelming argument of self-defense."
 

TX: Rape victims deserve only compassion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I asked what our society, perhaps even our city, can do to reduce the incidence of sexual assault.

Welsh’s immediate answer isn’t for women to get self-defense training or carry a gun, although those measures “couldn’t hurt,” he said.

He wants to see a more intensive message communicated to young men about the absolute inflexibility of the rules: “No” and “stop” are inviolable commands, and intoxication does not imply consent.

“Alcohol, without question, is the No. 1 date-rape drug,” he said.
 

Supreme Court Refuses to 'Hear Shall Issue' Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the Second Amendment Foundation's constitutional challenge of Maryland's "good and substantial reason" handgun permit requirement is one of several recent defeats derailing legal efforts to make "shall issue" the law of the land.

The high court on Oct. 15 refused to hear from Raymond Woollard and the Washington state-based SAF, who said Maryland's "may issue" law violates the Second Amendment by restricting it beyond the doorstep.
 

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