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New Jersey to 'relax' gun laws?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Guess what, anti-gun and asleep-at-the-switch Garden Staters: You're on your own. You always have been. That this realization hasn't been forced on you--yet--has been more a matter of odds than anything."

"So what is New Jersey's largely pro-citizen disarmament political class doing to face a reality they can no longer keep buried?" ...
 

Mike Thomas' Big 'But'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am establishment when it comes to guns. I support Florida's concealed-weapons law and the Stand Your Ground law. I cheered when the Supreme Court overturned the gun ban in Washington, D.C. I'll be heading for the gun range this weekend."

"Liberals think I'm the unholy spawn of Charlton Heston and Marion Hammer."

"But this is too much. ..." ...
"Yeah, sure, dickhead. Throw open carriers under the bus and call them exhibitionists. What a gun rights champ you are! What an unholy spawn!"

"I was going to take this prag fraud to task, but correspondent SamAdams1776 did a superb job and was much nicer about it than I'd be inclined ..." ...
 

Washington Post's boo-hooing over ATF's "limitations" forced on it by the "gun lobby." My email in reply
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Washington Post weeps "ATF's oversight limited in face of gun lobby." In a story by Sari Horwitz and James V. Grimaldi and starring all the usual federal guncop suspects familiar to Sipsey Street readers including "Waco Jim" Cavanaugh, the Post anguishes over their "lack of resources" and other terrible ordeals forced upon these tax-paid bureaucrats."

"I could critique this, but I'm sure other bloggers such as David Codrea will do a better job at that. Here, however, is my reply email to the authors of this tearjerker." ...
 

WA: Vet denied gun rights while illegals campaign for Murray
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So, let me see if I have this straight. According to the Tacoma News Tribune, an admittedly illegal immigrant named Maria Gianni has been doorbelling homes in the Seattle area, working hard to get out the vote for Sen. Patty Murray."

"Meanwhile, a U.S. Navy veteran who served honorably during the Vietnam War, is now suing Attorney General Eric Holder and the FBI because his firearm civil rights are being denied over a misdemeanor conviction he racked up 42 years ago in a fight with an Annapolis, MD gang member who had earlier attacked the sailor for 'entering his territory.'"

"Anybody besides this columnist see something wrong with this picture?" ...
 

The REAL reason CSGV hates the right to keep and bear arms--it works
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a frequent topic here, being, perhaps, the most rabidly anti-gun group in the country--or at least the most open about their rabidity. No other forcible citizen disarmament advocacy group, to my knowledge, openly calls for a government monopoly on force, but that's one of CSGV's central tenets. ..."

"There is one aspect of CSGV's philosophy, though, that I now realize I had completely misunderstood. The strongest reason for their aversion to gun rights isn't 'gun violence,' ... it's that they believe that a strong-willed, vigilant citizenry, prepared to say 'No!' to government excess, and equipped to back that denial up, is right now impeding the 'progressive' agenda." ...
 

Bad Driver? In Debt? Proposed NYC Law Would Ban You From Owning a Gun
Submitted by: jac

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"New York City residents who want to own a gun may soon be denied permits if they are litterbugs, if they are bad drivers, or if they have fallen behind on a few bills."

"Under proposed revisions to the police department's handgun, rifle and shotgun permit procedures, the NYPD can reject gun license applicants for a number of reasons, including:"

"If they have been arrested or convicted of almost any 'violation,' in any state; having a 'poor driving history'; having been fired for 'circumstances that demonstrate lack of good judgment'; having 'failed to pay legally required debts' ..." [emphasis added] ...
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KABA Note: So much for presumption of innocence. Of course if you're willing to trash one civil right, you're probably willing to trash them all.
 

Praxis: Shock & water proof wind up watch
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One type of equipment I have put back is the Vietnam-era US Army-issue watch. As a matter of fact I have a half dozen new ones that I picked up at a gun show for $5.00 each back in the 90s. They are shock-resistant, waterproof, stem wound. Not the most accurate timepieces, but they are impervious to EMP and do not require batteries."

"On operations, synchronizing your watch with others is important because every watch is different. So if you find one for sale at a reasonable price, snap it up. If the price is really right, get one for your buddy." ...
 

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence honors local law officer and advocate for anti-gun work
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A couple of hundred people gathered at a Manhattan theater last week for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's gala/fund-raiser. There was gourmet food and soft music. In the cavernous, candlelit room, sprinkled among the tables with television personalities were some members of the 'Million Mom March' chapters; a brave sorority of those who lost children to bullets." ...
 

OH: Two more die behind a "no guns" sign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There was a double murder on Friday at Park-Ohio in Cleveland. The business has 'no guns' signs posted, but as we have seen demonstrated many times, killers do not obey the signs. The victims always obey them, and are dead. Maybe that was part of the killer's plans."

"The accused killer was a former employee. He knew company policy and protocol. He likely knew of the 'no guns' signs and that neither his victims, nor any of their co-workers would be able to stop him."

"Police say Graciela Morales was shot and killed in her car in the parking lot. Then the killer used her ID to enter the building where he killed Eduardo Pupo." ...
 

IL: Otis McDonald endorses Bill Brady for Illinois Governor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Otis McDonald, whose successful challenge of Chicago's draconian handgun ban has led to the Supreme Court's recognition of the Second Amendment as protecting the right to keep and bear arms from infringement by all levels of government, including state and local governments, has endorsed Illinois State Senator Bill Brady for governor. ..."

"His choice--despite being 'a life-long Democrat,' is perhaps not surprising. Senator Brady has stated his support for ending the state's denial of the right to carry a defensive handgun ..." ...
 

VA: Reclaim our country
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am writing in support of Robert Hurt for Congress. I am an independent voter and believe in voting for the person most qualified for the position whether that person is a Republican or a Democrat."

"I have known Robert Hurt personally and professionally for many years. ..." ...

"Hurt supports creating jobs in areas such as ours. He is a very strong supporter of smaller government, abolishing the national debt and reduction of unnecessary spending. He also is an avid supporter of the Second Amendment and has retained his rating with NRA members." ...
 

WI: Feingold didn't respond to query
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I heard a campaign ad by Sen. Russ Feingold saying all that he's done for gun owners. I wrote a letter asking him how he voted on several gun-related issues in the news lately ... I wrote to him in early September and so far have no answer." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Endorses Nancy Calhoun for State Assembly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association ... announces the endorsement of Nancy Calhoun for State Assembly in District 96. ..."
 

WI: Remember Van Akkeren's vote on concealed carry veto
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As an avid hunter and conservationist, I hope Sheboygan area voters remember State Rep. Terry Van Akkeren selling out his constituents just a few years ago. Remember when Rep. Van Akkeren told us he supported concealed carry during his campaigns and then voted for concealed carry legislation ..?"

"I admired Terry for standing up to a Democratic Party that on a whole is hostile to Second Amendment rights and representing his constituents."

"That was until Gov. Doyle needed him to switch his vote because he was on the verge of having his veto overridden. A little pressure from the governor and our 'voice in Madison' sold out his constituents and switched his vote to save Jim Doyle from an embarrassing veto override." ...
 

PA: Pa. Oath Keeper president seeks Carbon sheriff post Defending U.S. Constitution with life goal of Oath Keepers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The president of the Oath Keepers organization's Pennsylvania chapter wants to be the next sheriff of Carbon County."

"Steven Armbruster last year received national recognition from Oath Keepers as 'Peace Officer of the Year.'" ...
 

TN: Haslam should rethink gun carry stance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam's recent pronouncement that, as governor, he would OK eliminating concealed-gun-carry permits was an unfortunate concession to gun advocates. If he is elected, we urge him to offer a more thoughtful approach to responsible gun ownership and protecting the Second Amendment." ...
 

Firearms Industry Applauds Boozman Support for Microstamping Study Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The [NSSF] ... thanks Congressman John Boozman (R-AR) for his steadfast and long-standing commitment to promoting and protecting our Second Amendment rights. Congressman Boozman is a national leader in protecting the firearms industry and the rights of all law-abiding gun owners. Congressman Boozman has accepted NSSF's request that he become an original cosponsor to HR 5667, a bill that directs the U.S. Attorney General to work with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehensive study of firearms microstamping. Support for this commonsense bipartisan bill is rooted in ensuring that adequate research of microstamping is completed prior to states mandating the flawed concept through the legislative process." ...
 

PA: County commissioners asked to ban firearms in polling places
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lancaster County commissioners on Tuesday were asked to consider barring voters from carrying firearms into polling places across the county."

"Given discussions about the proposal at the board's weekly work session, however, they're not likely to give the measure much consideration." ...
 

OH: Strickland's Campaign Charged for Making False Statements
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Campaign season is in full force and one gubernatorial candidate's campaign is facing charges for statements made against its opponent."

"Charges were filed with the Ohio Election Commission Monday against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland's campaign, accusing it of lying about Republican opponent John Kasich's record in support of gun owners' rights and the Second Amendment. The charges were filed by State Rep. Danny Bubp, who is a life member of the National Rifle Association." ...

"Kasich's 1994 'F' rating stems from him voting in favor of an assault weapons ban in 1994. Strickland voted against that ban." ...
 

NY: Bloomy's gun-plan backfire
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg's plan to slash fees for pistol permits is facing a blaze of opposition in the City Council, with many members saying the move is a misfire for one of the nation's leading voices against gun violence ..."

"Bloomberg is pushing a council bill ... that would cut the $340 price for original or renewal applications to between $25 and $110, depending on the type of permit." ...

"City Hall sources said the bill, which seems to undercut one of the mayor's signature causes, is intended to avoid legal battles." ...

"But Dilan called that rationale 'very questionable.'"

"'I don't know how anybody could . . . speculate that we're going to be sued ... for the fee when it's been set at that rate for several years,' he said." ...
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KABA Note: See Murdock v. Pennsylvania: "A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal constitution."
 

NC: Politics is acting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I have been overseas and have seen that some of the civil liberties we enjoy here are not afforded to those folks over there. I have said it once and I will say it again: What makes us the greatest nation in the world is our resolve to hold our personal freedoms up as a measure for other countries to aspire to and, in many instances, yearn for. I love our Bill of Rights and I am partial to the first two, especially. The First Amendment allows me to celebrate by faith as I choose and to scream out against injustice and bring attention to wrongdoings, while the Second Amendment gives me the comfort that the government might think twice about taking any of the others away from me." ...
 

OH: 9th Congressional District: Kaptur, Iott agree on little
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) ... voters in Ohio's Ninth Congressional District would be remiss to send Republican candidate Rich Iott to Washington as a representative of their interests." ...

"One thing the two do agree upon is the U.S. Constitution's second amendment."

"'I believe the Constitution was written by some very, very wise men with some divine inspiration,' Iott said." ...

"Kaptur said she too supports gun ownership and taking guns out of the hands of criminals. But Kaptur's opinion comes with one caveat."

"'My position is responsible gun ownership,' she said. 'I think anyone who owns a gun should have to go through the training our hunters and sportsmen do.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: I think the term Marcy is looking for is literacy text.
 

OH: Compare Ted Strickland and John Kasich on Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Polls from Rasmussen Reports, Fox News, CNN/Time, CBS News/The New York Times, The Dayton Daily News/Ohio Newspaper Poll and the Ohio Poll/ University of Cincinnati are all saying the same thing - Ohio's gubernatorial contest between incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican challenger John Kasich is down to a separation of only a couple of points, and within the polls' margin of error."

"According to a poll conducted for the Safari Club International, nine in ten sportsmen and women are 'very' likely to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. The poll also found that ninety-three percent (93%) of sportsmen are concerned about gun ownership rights, with 74% saying they are 'very' concerned." ...
 

WA: Fish & Feathers: Your hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights are on the line
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Next week on Nov. 2 is your opportunity locally to make a difference - Vote!"

"The person that we do not need in the Senate is the incumbent Patty Murray. In my opinion, she has consistently been opposed to our rights. Her consistent and extreme anti-gun positions are wide ranging. She:"

"• As her first bill in the Senate, she introduced legislation that would have doubled the federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition, added a federal sales tax for gun purchases and increased gun dealer (FFL) license fees almost 10,000 percent" ...
 

OH: Everything I need to know about John Kasich I learned at the dentist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My wife had a wisdom tooth extracted today. Not usually a jolly occasion, but we were in hysterics as we left the dentist's office. There, the newly toothless patient must exit through a special door, so they don't walk back through the waiting room and possibly frighten or offend those in line for their own extractions. We considered the dark humor of wandering back to the waiting room under the guise of retrieving a jacket while babbling things like, 'Eighteenth century dentist! What happened to novocaine? Have you seen my jacket?'"

"As we drove home, I realized exactly how all this relates to John Kasich." ...
 

WI: Walker, Johnson, Kagen gain NRA endorsements
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some candidates savor it, some fear not getting it, still others don't even want it, but an endorsement by the powerful National Rifle Association is always potent and often decisive, especially in the Northwoods."

"With just a week to go before the 2010 mid-term elections, the single-issue group is once again loaded for bear, mobilizing its nearly four million members with multiple rounds of those prized seals of approval."

"In Wisconsin, as elsewhere, the group is rallying behind Democrats as well as Republicans: the organization cares not a wit about party identification, only about a candidate's stand on protecting Second Amendment rights." ...
 

TN: Haslam a Hypocrite on Gun Rights?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We don't know about you, but we're beginning to question Bill Haslam's sincerity. ..."

"... [T]he Haslam family's Pilot Corp. bars workers from storing firearms in their vehicles at both its travel centers and corporate offices. So that means the single mom working the graveyard shift at a Pilot truck stop can't keep her badass Desert Eagle handy inside her car in the parking lot? How is she supposed to exercise her God-given natural right to blow away the bad guys? Why won't Bill Haslam let his employees protect themselves?"

"Haslam says he didn't even know about the company's policy. But if he really cares about Second Amendment rights, shouldn't he have known? And if he didn't care when he ran Pilot, does he really care now? ..." ...
 

America's Most Successful Stop Snitchin' Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "When we hear stories about police misconduct, the standard response from police groups and their supporters is that such behavior is rare, the fault of 'a few bad apples.' While that may be true, the 'good' officers tend to cover up for them. And in some departments, the good cops are afraid to come forward, because they know they will be treated the way Max Seifert was."

"Consider New York City police officer Adrian Schoolcraft ... Schoolcraft was concerned about the quotas that commanding officers were imposing for stops and arrests. He also reported that some officers were instructed to downgrade offenses, or even talk victims out of pressing charges, to make the city's crime statistics look better. ..." ...
 

FBI: Bureau of Frame-Ups, Bullying, and Intimidation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'We're going to make this much more difficult for you if you don't cooperate.'"

"This stereotypically thuggish threat issued from a stereotypical thug named Vincent, an FBI agent who was among a half-dozen Feds and local police who descended on the Santa Clara home of 20-year-old Yasir Afifi earlier this month. A few days before that visit, Afifi had discovered a government-issue GPS tracking device attached to his car during an oil change."

"A few days later, one of Afifi's friends posted a photo of the unit (an Orion Guardian ST820 tracking device, which is sold exclusively to law enforcement agencies) to an on-line file-sharing site. This sent the Stasi scurrying to Afifi's home to reclaim the surveillance gear ..." ...
 

IA: Ottumwa Chief of Police Clark still confused
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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" reported last week that the City of Ottumwa backed off of their proposal to introduce an ordinance that would ban firearms on city property – and violate state law in the process. I noted at the time that while they were tabling the discussion for now, there was always a chance that the ordinance could rear its ugly head again at a later date."

"The Ottumwa City Council swears that there's nothing in the immediate works to reintroduce the ordinance in any form. However, Police Chief Jim Clark still doesn't understand the situation ..." ...
 

TX: Deputy arrested on bribery charges
Submitted by: jac

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"A deputy with the Harris County Sheriff's Office has been arrested on federal charges."

"A previously sealed indictment charges a Harris County Deputy Sheriff for allegedly accepting bribes to access confidential law enforcement databases and provide protection for a purported ecstasy dealer."

"Harris County Deputy Sheriff George Wesley Ellington was arrested Monday by FBI agents. The two-count indictment charging Ellington, 38, of Houston, was unsealed today following his initial court appearance. ..." ...
 

OH: Upland Game Hunting Season Begins November 5
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The season for three of Ohio's most popular game species—ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit and bobwhite quail—begins Friday, November 5, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife."

"'The state's cottontail population has been very good for the last several years, and this year should provide some excellent opportunities for sportsmen,' said Nathan Stricker, project leader with the division's Olentangy Wildlife Research Station."

"According to Stricker, quail and pheasant populations may be lower than previous years. 'Heavy snows that persisted on the ground for 8 to 10 weeks at the beginning of this year likely took their toll on upland game birds. ...'" ...
 

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