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PA: Take next step to protect cops
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Unfortunately, the bill stops short of several measures that could help to keep guns out of the hands of people who would use them to take on police.

Pennsylvania should fight straw purchasers by limiting gun sales to one per person per month, and by requiring gun owners to report the theft of a gun. Police tracing guns used in crimes often find that they were legally purchased and passed on to criminals, and that original owners of weapons often claim after the fact that the gun had been stolen.

None of those measures violate anyone’s right to own guns, other than criminals. The provisions are minor matters of responsible gun ownership that could help to save police officers’ and civilians’ lives.
 

OH: Right to bear arms guards against corrupt government
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Our nation should promote individual strong will and self-reliance. We should not solely rely upon our government to defend us. And if need be, we must defend ourselves from our government. Increased governmental control inevitably leads to fascism. Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin understood the utility and benefits of gun control. So do modern Communist dictators.

When the Second Amendment is demonized and infringed upon by the American government and its people, it is only a matter of time before the First Amendment follows suit.

And gun ownership is not synonymous with hatred and intolerance. Any claim that says otherwise is a product of sophomoric liberal academia.
 

ME: McCain campaign sends Palin to Maine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"Maine, you all know something about those cracks in that glass ceiling, but the women of America aren't finished yet. Maine, with your help this November we're going to shatter once and for all that final glass ceiling," Palin said.

The governor said she and her running mate, Sen. John McCain, believe in freedom and decreasing government involvement. "We believe in the forward movement of freedom, not in the constant expansion of governments. And although our opponent doesn't agree, that freedom includes the full rights and liberties under the Second Amendment," Palin said
 

AR: Gun enthusiast attempts to repeal open-carry ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While never being a victim of gun violence, Brian Martin of Jonesboro said he hears about it getting closer to his home every day.

"If I can't live, what can I do?" Martin asked rhetorically.

What Martin is doing is attempting to change state law to make it legal for him and others to openly carry guns. Arkansas law specifically prohibits the carrying of handguns outside a person's home or car unless that person has a concealed weapons permit, is hunting using a handgun permitted by the State Game and Fish Commission, or is acting in the capacity of a law enforcement official, security guard, correctional officer or member of the armed forces. The law does not allow the open carry of handguns for those not in law enforcement.
 

IN: New student group wants right to carry guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Should a campus shooting ever happen at Ball State University, Blake Graham wants the right to protect himself by firing back.
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The junior criminal justice major, who just recently applied for a gun permit, is the president of a new student group called Ball State Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, which drew about 10 people -- mostly permit holders -- to its first meeting this month. The group is a local branch of a national organization, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

"We feel that it's our right that we need to be able to protect ourselves," Graham said.
 

IL: Would we be safer if people were packing?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kendall County Board member Bob Davidson will come right out and tell you -- "Yes, I hunt. Yes, I own guns."

Davidson is not shy about his stance on people carrying firearms beneath suit jackets or sweatshirts either.

"It's part of the Constitution," he said, referring to the Second Amendment.

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In fact, carrying concealed firearms is permitted in 48 states, according to the Illinois State Rifle Association.

Only in Illinois and Wisconsin is the action illegal.

On Nov. 4, Kendall County -- along with 13 other Illinois counties -- will gauge residents' feelings on the issue with a referendum on the ballot asking voters if the General Assembly should enact legislation to permit the carrying of concealed firearms.
 

AR: Content with concealed carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Arkansas is one of six states that does not allow the open carry of guns, but one Arkansas citizen now is attempting to repeal the open-carry ban. This would translate into the ability for a citizen to have the right to carry a handgun in plain sight wherever he or she goes, rather than citizens being restricted to leaving guns in their homes or cars or carrying them in a concealed manner with the proper license.

Having the right to carry a handgun naturally falls under the right to protect yourself and your family against harm, and it is expressly articulated in the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
 

NM: 2nd Congressional District Candidates Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican Ed Tinsley and Democrat Harry Teague focused on issues particular to the southern district and spent a lot of time attacking each other.

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When it came to the Second Amendment, Teague said, "Guns in southern New Mexico, not only is it a right, but it's a way of life. I did eight years ago in a conversation make a joke about I’m not a big gun fan, I only have seven or eight guns. And that's been turned into a commercial but I have always supported the Second Amendment and still do today."

Tinsley said, "It was a very formalized setting and when you made the comment. You said, 'I am not a gun fan, it would be fine with me if we turn them in and did not have them' and now you've run backwards on that."
 

PA: New gun bill points finger at offenders
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Bad guys in Pennsylvania beware: The state is now taking direct aim at you. Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill Friday that will toughen gun laws in the state. Included in the bill is a 20-year mandatory sentence for anyone convicted of shooting — or shooting at — a law-enforcement official. The law also ups the penalties for anyone who commits a crime with an illegally purchased gun and it increases sentences for anyone convicted of making a straw purchase. While the bill won’t solve all the state’s problems, it’s a good start, and everyone involved in making the legislation a law deserves a pat on the back. Even the National Rifle Association was on board with the bill, which makes it a win-win situation for everyone involved.
 

MT: Hunting access, gun rights steer attorney general race
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican Tim Fox, the two men running to be Montana's next attorney general, have been in a gun fight for months now. Since July, Fox has pushed gun rights as a cornerstone of his campaign and targeted Bullock for being, in his campaign's estimation, weaker on the issue. The National Rifle Association and the Montana Shooting Sports Association have both endorsed Fox. But Bullock's position in favor of gun rights is also strong and, Bullock said, tested by personal tragedy.
 

TN: NRA endorses Rep. Childers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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U.S. Rep. Travis W. Childers, D-Miss., has won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, in part for his work on the Second Amendment Enforcement Act he helped to write. "The NRA has been the foremost promoter of Second Amendment rights for over a century, and I am proud to support their mission of guaranteeing every American the fundamental and constitutional right to bear arms," Childers said in a prepared statement.
 

PA: Sportsmen don't care if 'first dude' isn't silver-tongued
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Todd Palin showed no sign of sharing his wife's magnetism behind the microphone in his first solo campaign swing yesterday, but few expected him to -- his talk at a gun club in North Versailles was preaching to the choir. The husband -- "first dude" -- of Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is known more for racing snowmobiles than making stump speeches. So his brief remarks to the Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportmen's Club went right to a topic that all 75 people in the room agreed about: gun rights.
 

WI: Gun control is a good idea
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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How easy is it to acquire a gun? The National Rifle Association is a strong gun lobby whose argument is that the Constitution gives us the right to own a gun. Back in those days, there wasn't much of a police force and citizens had to defend themselves. NRA used to mean National Recovery Administration instead of a powerful gun lobby.
 

MT: Gun Rights and Hunting Access at Center of Montana AG Race
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Montana Republican attorney general candidate Tim Fox has made gun rights the key to his campaign, but Democratic opponent Steve Bullock, who also supports gun rights, says a place to hunt is just as important—and more endangered, writes Jennifer McKee of Lee Newspapers State Bureau in Lee’s five Montana newspapers today.
 

OH: Clevelanders register their guns, but don't have to
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Hundreds of Cleveland residents voluntarily register their guns with the city, even though a state law banned Cleveland and other cities from forcing people to register their weapons.
 

FL: NRA has 'anti-gun' Obama in its sights
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The National Rifle Association is spending more than $10 million to keep Barack Obama from occupying the White House. The formidable gun-rights group is waging a full-court press against the Illinois senator and Democratic nominee for president, claiming that Obama would be the "most anti-gun president in American history." Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said Obama's talk of supporting the Second Amendment does not match his record. "It's shameless at best for a candidate like Barack Obama, who has a lifetime of support for a radical gun-control agenda, to somehow think that gun owners are so foolish in this country that we're going to forget," he said.
 

Attempted vehicular murder by mexican smuggler prevented with handgun
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ABP's Mike Christie was nearly killed yesterday when a smuggler attempted to run him down on the border. It was only the quick thinking on the part of this former officer that saved his life.
This video shows how Christie came across the smuggler in a pick-up truck on ABP's ranch. As Christie moved to investigate, the truck turned around and headed straight for him, accelerating with its rear tires spinning. Trapped with nowhere to go, Christie pulled his sidearm and pointed it at the driver. At the last second, the driver turned toward Mexico and drove through the barbed wire fence at the border.
There is no question that had Christie not been armed, he probably would not be alive today.
 

WV: NRA Ads Criticizing Obama Airing In WV
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The National Rifle Association has entered the presidential campaign in West Virginia. The NRA began advertising statewide against Democrat Barack Obama Saturday. The NRA’s Political Victory Fund pays for the ads. The first ad criticizes Obama for voting in favor of a tax on firearms and for supporting a ban on all handguns. The ad says, "If Obama wins, gun owners lose." The second political ad says Obama voted in favor of a bill four times while in the Illinois State Senate "to allow citizens to be prosecuted for protecting their families, even in their own homes," the ad says.
 

MA: Gun owners have a clear-cut choice
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The Obama campaign has unlawfully obtained — and made unauthorized use of — a proprietary media list belonging to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), charged the NSSF this week in its latest report. Sen. Obama used this list to e-mail a press release concerning National Hunting and Fishing Day, says NSSF, which is the Connecticut-based trade association for the firearms industry.
 

OK: NRA supports Osborn in house race
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The National Rifle Association recently announced their support for Leslie Osborn, the Republican candidate for House District 47. "I'm very pleased and honored to have the support of the National Rifle Association," said Osborn. "I am a strong supporter of our right to bear arms, and this endorsement serves as proof." Osborn was given an "A" rating, which is the best possible grade a first time candidate may receive.
 

Colin Farrell says he lacks gun control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Colin Farrell might be killing bad guys with his guns in movies, but when it comes to real-life, he hates them. The 32-year-old star admits that he lacks gun control. “I don”t like guns much, and the reason I don”t like them is because I do like them,” the New York Daily News quoted him, as saying. “If you put one in my hand, I feel incredibly omnipotent. And I hate that truth,” he added.
 

CT: NRA PAC approves of Sullivan
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Sean Sullivan, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, recently received an A rating on a “report card” from the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund. His opponent, Rep. Joe Courtney, got a D+.
 

CO: NRA puts Democrats at the head of the class
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The National Rifle Association graded candidates on their gun rights policies, and in the race for Colorado Senate District 8, gave the Democrat an “A.” Ken Brenner, Democratic candidate for state Senate, received the NRA’s second-highest grade because of his answers on the NRA Political Victory Fund survey.
 

CA: Trophy kill
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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Earlier this year, San Francisco got slapped down by the courts over 1995's Proposition H, the controversial voter-approved ban on the sale and possession of firearms. The proposition was ruled unlawful and the plaintiffs in the case, including several gun-owning residents, the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups, cheered. Now, they -- well, technically their attorneys -- are getting paid by city taxpayers.
 

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