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ND: ND ‘overwhelmed’ by applications for concealed weapons licenses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the state crime bureau is 'overwhelmed' with applications for concealed weapons licenses, creating longer wait times for applicants at a time when a change in state law recently raised the application fee from $45 to $60."

"To help alleviate the backlog, the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is hiring additional employees and reassigning existing ones, approving more overtime and even using senior citizen volunteers three days a week to help with filing and stuffing envelopes." ...
 

INTERPOL Chief: 'Armed Civilians' Could be Key to Preventing More Westgate Mall-Style Terror Attacks
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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To prevent more soft-target terror attacks like the deadly Al Shabaab strike on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, policymakers around the world should consider liberalizing their gun laws to allow for armed civilians, the head of the the world’s largest international police institution argued in an interview with ABCNews.com earlier this week. Unfortunately a search of Nexis finds that ABC has ignored this news development on its on-air programming. Competitors NBC and CBS have likewise censored the story.

 

MO: Shooting victim's mom seeks Justice Dept. inquiry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The mother of a young black man shot to death by a white man in mid-Missouri said Thursday she’ll ask the Justice Department to investigate after the local prosecutor decided not to file charges.

Brandon Coleman, a 25-year-old groundskeeper at the University of Missouri, was killed May 19 following a confrontation in Columbia. No arrest was ever made, and Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight announced Wednesday that the shooting was “legally justified” under the state’s self-defense laws and that he wouldn’t file charges.
 

‘Large amounts of weapons’ may make you a gov’t target, Feds say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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How many firearms and firearm-related accessories do you own? How much ammo do you have stockpiled?

It’s okay, you don’t really have to tell me, but if it’s a “large amount,” you may find yourself in the crosshairs of the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

According to a joint ‘Suspicious Activity Reporting’ (SAR) bulletin issued by both agencies in August, intended to be disseminated to police, fire, EMS and security personnel, possession of “large amounts of weapons, ammunition, explosives, accelerants or explosive precursor chemicals could indicate pre-operational terrorist attack planning or criminal activity.”
 

Economical training tips: Part 2 of 4
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With the recent increase in prices of ammunition and a marked decrease in availability how can you maintain your razor sharp edge in training? Outlined in this series of articles are some ways to train cheaply (or free!), efficiently and virtually anywhere.

The purpose of utilizing your firearm in self defense is to stop the threat.
 

CO: A gun in 30 minutes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Purchasing a gun in Colorado is fairly easy if you have the right credentials. But there are stipulations, and experts say you should know how to use that firearm or you’re putting everyone around you in danger. And it’s possible that after pondering a gun purchase, you’ll decide it’s not really right for you.
 

CA: Gun groups target California lawmakers for recall
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Political consultant Jennifer Kerns announced Thursday that the lawmakers they will attempt to unseat include Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona (Los Angeles County), Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton (Orange County), and Peréz, who terms out of his Los Angeles seat next year.
 

VA: Who won the Virginia debate? Experts weigh in
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican Ken Cuccinelli probably did not do enough to shake up the gubernatorial race in Virginia in his debate against Democratic frontrunner Terry McAuliffe on Thursday.

But the candidates’ exchange on guns and the National Rifle Association, as well as their bids to attract supporters away from Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, could play a role in the final 12 days of the race.
 

CA: A gun issue upon which we can all agree
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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And organizers stressed Saturday’s activities are non-partisan and won’t be focused on gun control.

However, Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, is expected to give an update on his gun violence prevention legislation aimed at strengthening the background check system throughout the nation.

Also participating Saturday will be the Napa Police Department and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office and representatives from the county’s Health and Human Services. Gun owners looking to dispose of unwanted firearms and ammunition can bring them in the trunks of their cars. Officials ask those who are surrendering weapons to leave them unloaded and in their vehicles where officers will collect them.
 

Dress Code Agenda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Haley Bullwinkle, a 16-year-old high school sophomore from Orange County, California, was told by officials that the NRA T-shirt she was wearing violated her school’s dress code because it “promoted violence.” She says what was violated were her rights.

Ed.: Video story.
 

CA: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly supports recall effort against Sen. Norma Torres
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights activists and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, have launched a recall effort against state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, in addition to other Democratic lawmakers who have been supportive of recently passed gun legislation.

The effort was announced by Donnelly at a press conference held Thursday at the steps of the state Capitol.

Gov. Jerry Brown, earlier this month, signed 11 gun control bills into law.
 

Adam Kokesh pleads not guilty to gun charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Oct. 24, libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh appeared before a judge as part of the case against him. He is charged with possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug while also in possession of a firearm. The possession of Schedule I or II drugs is a Class 5 felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $2,500 fine under Code of Virginia, Title 18, Section 2, Subsection 250. If Kokesh is found guilty of possession of Schedule I drugs while also in possession of a firearm, he will also face an additional minimum of two years in prison.
 

KS: Wichita mother shoots late-night intruder, who turns out to be her neighbor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The woman found a man standing in her living room who then asked her something to the effect of, “How are you doing?” The woman then told the man to get out of her house. He turned and walked towards the back door, which he had forcibly opened, but as he was walking he reached into his pocket. The woman told police that she was afraid he was reaching for a gun or other weapon and, fearing for the safety of her and her children, she shot the intruder.
 

Shooting Illustrated Names Jay Grazio New Associate Editor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jay Grazio has been named Associate Editor of Shooting Illustrated, the NRA’s monthly newsstand magazine that focuses on self-defense and tactical firearms.
Grazio was a contributor to ShootingIllustrated.com as well as founder of the popular gun blog “MA-rooned” before joining the Shooting Illustrated staff.
 

FL: Police Won’t Charge George Zimmerman in Domestic Dispute
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the high-profile 2012 shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, will not be charged for a domestic dispute last month with his estranged wife, police said Wednesday.
 

TX: Dallas Police Officer Who Shot Mentally Ill Man Fired From Force
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dallas police Chief David Brown stated that the police officer who shot a mentally ill man had been fired from the force on Thursday.

Brown announced that former Officer Cardan Spencer was no longer a member of the police force and apologized for the actions that led to the shooting of 52-year-old Bobby Gerald Bennett last week.
 

CA: Assault Rifle Ban Upheld by California Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 4th Circuit appeals court cited the Supreme Court's DC v. Heller decision: the Second Amendment does not give you the "'right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose,' but is instead the right to possess and carry weapons typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes such as hunting or self-defense," the court's opinion stated.
 

WA: McGinn sets media event on gun free zones; SAF files writ in D.C. case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This came one day after the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation took the unusual, and reluctant, step of petitioning the federal court in Washington, D.C. for a writ of mandamus in the long-running case of Palmer v. District of Columbia. That’s a case concerning the right-to-carry outside of the home in the District, and it was filed more than four years ago but is gathering dust in federal district court.
 

MI: Washtenaw Board Sued Over Stand Your Ground
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ypsilanti attorney David Raaflaub has filed a lawsuit against the Washtenaw County board of commissioners over a resolution that the board passed on Oct. 16, 2013. The resolution, which was approved on a 5-4 vote, urged state legislators to repeal Michigan’s Stand Your Ground law. [.pdf of board resolution] [.pdf of Raaflaub complaint]

The complaint, filed on Oct. 21 in the 22nd Circuit Court of Washtenaw County, asks the court to determine two issues: (1) what authority the board has that enables it to “draw conclusions of law,” and (2) what authority the board has to represent the county in seeking changes to state law.
 

CA: Gun owners groups consider recalls of Calif. lawmakers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun owners groups said Thursday they are considering recall campaigns against five Democratic lawmakers in California, including Assembly Speaker John Perez, for supporting a variety of firearms bills this year.

The effort could be patterned on recall elections in September that unseated two Colorado legislators, including the state Senate president.

The successful Colorado recalls suggest that lawmakers also are vulnerable in California, Jennifer Kerns, who recently founded the group Free California, said at a Capitol news conference.
 

TN: Lamarwatch: Alexander Sticks Up for Genocide
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So what if Alexander also is defending terrorism, genocide, and crimes against humanity, among other international atrocities? In his desperate attempt to beat back a tea party challenge and cling to his Senate seat, he couldn’t pass up this opportunity. It’s a twofer!

Alexander said today he’s against the United Nations’ proposed Arms Trade Treaty because it “violates the Second Amendment rights of Tennesseans and all Americans.” He joined 50 senators opposing the treaty in a letter to President Obama. It’s a bipartisan group, as Alexander points out in a news release, but they all have one thing in common: They’re afraid of the NRA.
 

CT: Delays in Sandy Hook police report frustrating, Scott Jackson says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“First it was March, then it was fall, then it was October, and we’re coming to the end of October,” Jackson said in a meeting with the Register’s editorial board.

“It’s been herding cats,” he said. As a result, “I’m a little concerned about the timeliness of how we’re going to conclude our work.”

The commission’s charge is “to review current policy and make specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention.”
 

SC: Lee Bright Gets Pro-Gun Nod
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Upstate Senator Lee Bright picked up the second significant national endorsement in less than a week Wednesday – this one from Gun Rights Across America.

“Gun Rights Across America stands for no compromise concerning our Second Amendment rights,” said the group in their endorsement statement. “We are proud to endorse state Senator Lee Bright, due to his unwavering and constitutional stance on Second Amendment liberties. Senator Bright would be a valuable asset in the US Senate and we fully support his candidacy.”
 

Come on judge! 4 years and no gun case decision?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Plaintiffs who have been waiting since 2009 for a decision in a lawsuit challenging Washington, D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns for self-defense have filed a petition asking for a ruling.

“We realize this is a difficult step to take,” said Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, “but this case has been languishing for 1,475 days and counting since it was ready for decision.”
 

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