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Group seeks end to gun ban in Connecticut parks and forests
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "While it’s not part of the recommended letter, it wouldn’t hurt -- just to help work up the motivation to send one -- to understand that Gov. Malloy and his family have no need to hike through state forests unprotected, not with 'a security detail made up more than 12 State Troopers' that racked up $1.1 million in taxpayer-funded overtime." ...
 

Gun rights advocates must not 'negotiate' with anti-gun zealots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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... "There are two possible approaches for gun rights advocates to take in dealing with the "gun control" pushers: unrelenting, uncompromising, all-out resistance, to the last man; or abject, traitorous collaboration--and only one suitable consequence for the latter." ...
 

Personal Safety Top Reason Americans Own Guns Today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"President Barack Obama has made strengthening gun control one of his top priorities this year, focusing on expanding background checks and a partial assault weapons ban. Gallup finds that those who already own firearms mention personal safety/protection most frequently as a reason for ownership (60%), followed by hunting, at 36%." ...
 

The Best Concealed Carry States in 2013
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"After ranking the Best States for Gun Owners in 2013, we’re back to rank the Best Concealed Carry States."

"Since federal law specifically addressing the issuance of concealed carry licenses does not yet exist in the U.S., individual states are left with the task of regulating concealed carry laws within their own borders."

"Over the past few decades, most states in the country have gradually shifted their carry laws to become less restrictive. Despite fewer restrictions, legally carrying a concealed firearm remains vastly different from one state to another—and in some cases one town to another. The diversity of laws naturally creates ambiguity around the entire topic of concealed carry legislation." ...
 

Innocent Gun Owners Behind Bars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Frustration must be mounting for the gun control crowd because now states are going after law abiding gun owners."

"A man was arrested in New York for having 3 too many rounds in his legally registered 9mm. Another infringement is a proposed law in Illinois that could land you in jail if you forget your firearm’s paperwork."

"Every week a new city or state is pushing for more unconstitutional gun control. We were able to stop California’s governor from signing into law what would have been the most strict gun control law in the United States. But more and more keep popping up and we must stay on top of our State Governors to let them know we will not stand for these proposals." ...
 

Windy City body count continues climbing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Two more people were murdered and 14 other wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago, according to today’s Chicago Sun-Times, but according to today’s Capitol Fax blog, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s lobbyists 'are engaged in serious talks with the NRA' about how to crack down on criminals and lower the body count."

"If gun prohibitionists want to make a dent in gun-related crime, instead of planting daffodil bulbs at Seattle’s Green Lake, they may want to try that on Chicago’s South Side. Compared to that one section of the Windy City, Seattle and all of King County are rather mundane." ...
 

When was the last time you saw someone this happy at a gun control rally?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Hailey H. looks back towards mom and dad after shooting at the 2nd Annual DeWitt County Sportsmen’s Club Zombie Shoot on Saturday, October 26th."

"Is it any wonder gun rights supporters are winning the culture war against gun control advocates?" ...
 

Yet another gunmaker moves to SC, citing pro-2nd amendment culture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"American Tactical Imports (ATI), a worldwide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment to the United States, announced today that it will open a warehousing and distribution location in Dorchester County." ...

"'This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,' says Tony DiChario, president and founder of American Tactical Imports. 'The relocation process will be smooth and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business. The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms and we are excited about making our new corporate home there.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: According to their contact info, ATI is currently located in Rochester New York.
 

How Much Fun Can You Have For $140? Airguns On TTAG!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"With all the heated discussion of gun-grabbing politics, CCW ergonomics and wound ballistics that goes on around here, you’ll have to forgive us if we’ve overlooked some of the most popular shooting sports equipment in the world. Our Armed Intelligentsia may find it unnatural to use 'ballistics' in the same sentence as 'pneumatics,' but airguns are a huge business. They can be a great low-cost practice aid for powder-burning gun guys or a great sport in their own right. Modern break-barrel airguns can spit out .177 pellets with enough velocity to beat a .357 Magnum slug to the target ... We’ve recently hooked up with Pyramyd Air to begin bringing you the straight dope from the world of air-powered shooting . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: M+M Inc. M10-762 Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Thanks to Century Arms and their crappy-ass 2005-2008 era WASRs, conventional wisdom is that Romania generally takes the prize for making the worst AKs in the history of the world ever. Well, maybe not as crappy as those homemade Pakki Darra models that GIs sometimes encounter in the ‘Stan, but pretty crappy nonetheless. So when I heard that the M+M M10-762 was a Romanian-made rifle, I was prepared to be unimpressed. But after six range visits and well over 1000 rounds downrange, on the whole I’ve been very pleasantly surprised . . ." ...
 

New From Fobus: CH Rapid Release Retention Holster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you’re reading a post here about a new value-priced holster, you’re probably a regular reader. Or maybe you were just misdirected to TTAG while browsing insurance options at healthcare.gov ... However you got here, you can probably see the utility, at least for some people, in a retention holster. Preventing someone else from grabbing your heater away from you is what Martha Stewart calls a good thing. Of course, attention must be paid to design and ergonomics, Tex. From their press release (after the jump), Fobus seems to have taken digit placement to heart, going out of their way to point out that their new wonder rig keeps your trigger finger safely along the frame when you draw. We’ve requested one to test for ourselves, so when we know, you will too . . ." ...
 

More Guns in U.S. Homes, More Kids Getting Shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "'Based on our research, we know that there is a clear correlation between household gun ownership (and gun safety practices) and childhood gunshot wounds in the home on a large scale,' Madenci said in an email to Discovery News."

"Madenci said he didn’t have enough data to determine whether guns in specific homes were responsible for these deaths or injuries, but said it is something they plan to answer in future studies. He said he decided to look at the question of gun ownership and childhood gun deaths after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. ..." [emphasis added] ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: Yeah, right, lump yours and mine in with crack houses and gangbanger cribs and then judge us all as one big homogeneous demographic.
 

Piers Morgan: “I don’t want to ‘grab’ anyone’s guns, or tell Americans how to lead their lives”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Don’t be fooled. Piers Morgan, CNN host and outspoken critic of United States gun policies, apparently doesn’t actually want to tell Americans how to live their lives — or stage any sort of gun grab."

"In an interview with Forbes, released Monday, the controversial Brit outlined his views on a variety of topics, including on what is perhaps his most polarizing issue: guns."

"'I don’t want to 'grab' anyone’s guns, or tell Americans how to lead their lives,' he told the publication. 'I do, however, want to try and stop the endless, senseless slaughter of Americans through gun violence.'" ...
 

School security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Whenever someone at the Second Amendment Foundation decided to take the "Guns Save Lives" slogan and run it up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes, we're guessing it got a lot of salutes."

"And someone at the foundation — the fundraising juggernaut and defender against 'misguided gun-control laws' — probably thought it was a stroke of genius to hold Guns Save Lives Day on Dec. 14. After all, it's the anniversary of the mass killing of 20 school children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which precipitated the debate of the biggest change to federal gun laws since the Clinton presidency." ...
 

PA: Treat Gun Violence as a Public Health Problem, Say Physicians
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun violence is a significant public health problem, according to members of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and research should be conducted to better understand its sources and causes from a medical perspective so that it can be properly addressed."

"That's the outcome of a passed resolution at the Pennsylvania Medical Society's annual House of Delegates meeting in Hershey on October 26-27 in which more than 200 physicians from across the state participated." ...
 

Fort Hood Soldiers Say They Were Told Not to Donate to Tea Party or Face Punishment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"According to reports by Todd Starnes at Fox News and the Washington Times, soldiers at Fort Hood claim they were told during a recent pre-deployment briefing not to donate money to evangelical Christian groups or the Tea Party."

"Soldiers were allegedly told that they could face punishment if it’s found that they donate to these groups." ...
 

CT: Man Accidentally Tries to Rob Bank Thanks to Concern over Concealed Carry Holder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It’s a Saturday afternoon in Connecticut and you’re out running errands when you decide to pop into the bank. You walk in and notice that there’s a guy with a gun hanging around the place. Being in Connecticut, you’ve been conditioned to see 'gun' and think 'criminal,' so you decide to tip off the teller to what you think is an imminent robbery attempt. Now, there’s a right way and a wrong way to let the teller know. It seems safe to say that handing the person behind the counter a piece of paper where the only word on it is 'GUN' constitutes the wrong way . . ." ...
 

Last book in ‘Enemies’ trilogy now offered for free download
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"The third book in author Matthew Bracken’s 'Enemies Foreign and Domestic Trilogy' became available for free downloading this morning on Amazon.com. The Kindle version of 'Foreign Enemies and Traitors' will be offered at no charge through October 31." ...
 

TX: Our 1,000th Documented Defensive Gun Use – 2 Armed Robbers Shot and Killed in Texas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Here it is. Our 1,000th defensive gun use since we started the site in August of 2011. We’ll have a post tomorrow summarizing our journey to 1,000 along with some statistics."

"According to Valley Central, two men were shot and killed by a homeowner when they showed up to an Alamo area home under the premise of buying roosters from the homeowner."

"The men both drew handguns, but were unable to get the drop on the homeowner, who drew his own firearm and shot both men." ...
 

Should Texans be able to carry handguns openly, or would that intimidate other people? -- OUR VIEW: Open carry not needed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Proponents of open carry are taking a good idea too far. Legalizing the concealed carrying of handguns in Texas in 1995 was a long overdue affirmation of the Second Amendment. It allowed Texans to protect themselves and their families when away from home without affecting anyone else."

"Open carry is entirely different. When you see a civilian walking down the street or entering a store with an exposed gun, you don't know if that person is just showing off his hardware or planning to commit a crime. It's unsettling to many civilians, and it presents a special threat to law enforcement." ...
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Submitter's Note: Hey, I have an idea for your next PRO/CON debate: Should blacks be able to walk openly at night, or would that intimidate people?
 

Should Texans be able to carry handguns openly, or would that intimidate other people? -- ANOTHER VIEW: Let gun owner decide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There is no moral or practical reason to differentiate between the open or concealed carrying of handguns in Texas. If one type is legal for permit holders - and it certainly should be - the other kind should be too."

"Concealed carry might make opponents feel better because they don't see a firearm, but this is not about them. It's about the rights of the permit holder, from whether he chooses to buy a firearm to how he carries it." ...
 

VA: Virginia Governor Candidates Make Their Polar Opposite Positions on Gun Control Clear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor in Virginia have made their stances on gun control crystal clear following a debate late last week."

"Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s current Attorney General supports improving mental health care as a way to prevent mass shootings and similar violent crimes. Cuccinelli gas an 'A' NRA-ILA rating."

"Democrat Terry McAuliffe takes a polar opposite approach. He favors limitations on magazine capacity, an assault weapons ban and expanded background checks to include private sales between law abiding citizens. McAuliffe boasts an 'F' NRA-ILA rating." ...
 

VA: VCDL-PAC Alert: Wolfe for Fairfax County, VA Sheriff (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"We have all been very upset about hypocritical politicians and wished we could do more to stop them… NOW YOU can!!"

"While we can do so little to stop out of state slush money from billionaire hypocrites like Mayor Bloomberg – who trots around the world with an ARMED platoon – we CAN, with your action and support, stop one new Virginia Anti-Gun Hypocrite… here is how:"

"VCDL-PAC is proud to endorse Retired Police Detective Sergeant Bryan Wolfe for Fairfax County Sheriff. Click below to watch the first EVER VCDL-PAC commercial about this important race." ...
 

VA: Rand Paul sports Big Gulp on campaign trail for Va. gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took a page out of Sarah Palin’s book on Monday when he brought a 7-Eleven Big Gulp on the campaign trail while stumping for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli."

"At an event in Fairfax, the third and final Paul-Cuccinelli campaign event that day, the Kentucky Senator took the stage with giant plastic cup in hand — but it was simply filled with water, according to reports from Twitter."

"The gesture was an intentional shot at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has unsuccessfully attempted to ban large sugary drinks in his city. Bloomberg has spent $1.1 million on TV ads attacking Cuccinelli for his pro-gun rights stance, according to POLITICO." ...
 

NJ: New Jersey Pro 2A Assembly Woman Donna Simon Under Attack by Bloomberg Forces
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It should come as no surprise that NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to use his name and cash to attack pro Second Amendment candidates here in NJ and across the country."

"We have been told that his latest attempt at buying people’s rights comes in the form of pouring cash into the group Hunterdon United For Gun Safety (HUGs) specifically so they can attack District 16 ASW Donna Simon for her pro Second Amendment stance."

"If we are going to preserve the Second Amendment in NJ, we must stand behind and assist legislators that support liberty. ..." ...
 

WA: Whitaker makes tale of two cities argument in Senate bid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker says an examination of the economic fortunes of two cities - Detroit and Washington, D.C. - shows Americans that government is becoming too muscular at the expense of the free market." ...

"Whitaker also stressed his credentials as an advocate of the Second Amendment when asked about gun rights by a member of the audience."

"'You control your guns, and I'll control my guns,' Whitaker said." ...
 

Last U.S. Lead Smelter to Close in December Due to EPA – Might Affect Ammo Production
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"According to the NRA-ILA, the last primary lead smelter in the United States will close down its operation in December."

"This means the US will lose its capability to produce lead ammo completely within its borders from the process of mining to production of commercial cartridges." ...
 

Guns and PPACA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "I went searching for media mentions on the [Affordable Care Act] that included gun control or gun confiscation language. It was easy; in recent months, the notion has popped up on several conservative news channels and was then developed further in the blogosphere."

"So I re-read the ACA from front to back, and did find that guns are mentioned in a small section, waaaay at the back."

"In the Affordable Care Act, the gun language is in Title X, starting on page 2,037, line 23. 'Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights' contains five provisions that appear to be focused on shutting down conversation about guns in medicine." ...
 

Perspective: In defense of stand your ground laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "... Trayvon Martin's tragic death, which motivated this debate, had nothing to do with stand your ground laws. These laws allow people who face serious bodily harm or death to defend themselves without first having to retreat as far as possible. George Zimmerman was on his back and had no option to retreat ..."

"Who benefits from the law? Actually, since poor blacks who live in high-crime urban areas are the most likely victims of crime, they are also the ones who benefit the most from stand your ground laws. The laws make it easier for would-be victims to protect themselves when the police can't arrive fast enough. Therefore, rules that make self-defense more difficult disproportionately impact blacks." ...
 

Dr. John Lott: [Stand Your Ground] Testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights (.pdf file)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Apparently forgotten are the reasons that 'Stand Your Ground' laws exist. They originated to solve the real problems with the requirement to retreat. The required delay sometimes prevented people from defending themselves. Requiring an 'appropriate retreat' adds additional confusion to those defending themselves and the concept is left to prosecutors to define. Sometimes overzealous prosecutors claimed that people who defended themselves could have retreated even farther (see Appendix for some cases)."

"Despite the ruckus over the law after the Zimmerman acquittal, his defense team never raised the 'Stand Your Ground' law as a defense. This should be no surprise. ..." ...
 

NC: Latest Salvo in Raleigh Parks Gunfight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Grudgingly removing only some of Raleigh's illegal signs prohibiting lawful concealed carry is akin to citizens agreeing to obey Raleigh's noise ordinance only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. What part of the word 'illegal' does Raleigh not understand?"

"City representatives cite cost of replacing the signs as the rationale for non-compliance. ... the problem could be solved with a $3.00 roll of duct tape."

"But Grass Roots North Carolina recognizes that times are tough, and we want to help. So if a public statement is not made ... that signs will be suitably removed or altered in a timely fashion, we will assume that Raleigh is in such poor financial condition that that it is unable to comply. Accordingly, we will encourage people to send rolls of duct tape to Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin’s ‘Only Ones’ Concealed Carry Bill AB 9 Off the Calendar for 2013
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Assembly Bill 9 (when introduced last spring) would have, if passed, created a special class of off-duty and former law-enforcement officers who could carry places (school grounds) 'we the people' could not."

It also trampled private property rights of private individuals and businesses."

"Wisconsin Carry was able to get amendments to the bill that would have extended the right to carry on school grounds to concealed carry license holders AND protected the private property rights of private homes and businesses." ...
 

60 Cases and Counting: What Gun Case Will SCOTUS Take Next?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "SCOTUS has not taken a major gun rights case since McDonald. It has turned down requests to review more than 60 cases. Petitions for two civil cases are now pending: Lane v. Holder and NRA v. BATFE. These are direct challenges to long-standing Federal gun laws. Lane was on the Court's calendar for October 11 but surprisingly, SCOTUS did not announce whether it would review the case. NRA is a bold attempt to get the Court's attention. It is not yet calendared."

"Beneath the squiggling, some ideas why these cases may be different from the ones the Court - so far - has not been willing to hear." ...
 

PA: Judicial Activism on Display in Pennsylvania
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Pennsylvania’s state motto is 'Virtue, liberty, and independence,' but liberty took a hit this week with a disturbing ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court."

"Given the decision in Commonwealth v. McKown, Keystone State residents cannot lawfully carry concealed in-state on a valid concealed carry license (CCL) issued by another jurisdiction. Instead, they may use only a Pennsylvania CCL. This rule applies, moreover, even where Pennsylvania has a reciprocity agreement with the other state." ...
 

CO: Opponents can’t question governor
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"A judge ruled Monday that opponents of Colorado’s two controversial new gun laws may not question Gov. John Hickenlooper, who signed the laws, under oath for testimony about his views on them."

"The ruling denied a request from groups who contend the laws are unlawful restrictions on gun users and violate the Second Amendment. The opponents are suing to have a judge strike down the laws."

"U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Watanabe, in a nine-page ruling, stated that the governor’s personal views about the laws and statements he’s made about them have no bearing on the outcome of the lawsuit. ..." ...
 

KS: Lawsuit filed in Johnson County over open carry dispute (video story)
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"The gun battle is firing up between the city of Prairie Village and a gun rights group called Johnson County Open Carry."

"Group President, Michael Kerner, said most of the members are associated with the Libertarian Party of Kansas and said his primary goal is to, 'Live free.'"

"He went on to say, 'I want to make sure my children and grandchildren get to live free after I'm gone.'"

"Monday the group filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Prairie Village in Johnson County District Court for violating the rights of its citizens." ...
 

MN: Former Minneapolis cop gets year in workhouse for sending nude pictures to 2 girls
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"His wife sitting in the courtroom gallery behind him Friday, former Minneapolis police officer Bradley Schnickel read a short statement to the judge expressing his guilt and shame for sending nude photographs of himself to two teenage girls."

"'The fact I robbed these girls of their innocence weighs heavily on me,' he said. 'I’m disappointed in myself that I acted so inappropriately when I should have known better.'"

"Schnickel, 33, received a one-year sentence in the Hennepin County workhouse and six years’ probation as part of a plea agreement. He also faces multiple charges in Anoka County for allegedly using social media to try to lure girls into sexual encounters. Authorities say he had sex with two of them. ..." ...
 

FL: Pinecrest Police Officer Charged With Unlawful Sex With 16-Year-Old: Cops
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"A veteran Pinecrest Police officer was arrested early Friday on four counts of sexual activity with a minor, authorities said."

"Kevin McKenzie, 38, was placed in custody just after midnight Friday for having sex with a 16-year-old, according to Pinecrest Police." ...
 

MO: Former Raytown police officer charged for thefts from evidence room
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"A former Raytown police officer has been charged in connection with thefts of drugs and valuables from a Raytown police evidence room, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday."

"Justin M. Pool, 35, faces three felony counts of theft of a controlled substance and two other felony counts of theft of property." ...
 

MA: Former Northboro police officer indicted on charges he stole from union
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"A former police officer has been indicted by a Worcester County grand jury on charges he pocketed more than $25,000 from the patrolman's union during his time as the group's president."

"Nathan W.S. Fiske Sr., 33, of 318 Holden St., Apt. 2, Holden, is charged with larceny over $250 by a common scheme. He allegedly stole $25,355 from the police patrolman's union between Dec. 17, 2009, and March 14, 2013." ...
 

OK: Despite Convictions and Guilty Pleas, Law Officers Keep Certifications for Years
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In July 2010, a former Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office deputy pleaded no contest to a charge of committing lewd acts with a child when he was an officer two years earlier."

"Shawn Theo Thomsen, then 43, was given a five-year suspended sentence, court records show. Now living in Texas, he’s required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life."

"Despite the crime, Thomsen is still certified as a peace officer by the Council on Law Enforcement and Education, or CLEET. State law requires that the state agency take away certification for an officer who pleads guilty or no contest to a felony charge, thus removing him or her from law enforcement." ...
 

AZ: Pinal County Sheriff deputizes federal agents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Arizona deserts and highways cover plenty of ground and have plenty of different activity. Federal officers can be sworn as sheriff's deputies ..."

"'Some of the criminals we're targeting are very bad, and very violent. ...' Pinal County Sheriff Babeu said."

"Sheriff Babeu posted on his public official Facebook page a picture of him deputizing about 30 Border Patrol and ICE agents Thursday. The vast majority of almost 70 comments on the page were supportive. But some questioned giving more authority to federal officers. One said: 'this is so wrong. They are not police officers from Arizona they are Federal workers. Sounds like a police state starting to me sir.'" ...
 

CA: Innocent citizens held at gunpoint in terrifying California checkpoints
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"Innocent citizens traveling down public streets had a terrifying experience when they were forced through a warrantless government checkpoint in which armed men pointed guns at their heads while they proved their innocence. Police were looking for a suspect in a recent shooting and were using the opportunity to roll out aggressive checkpoints." ...
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NY: NY Government Won’t Be Able to Meet Deadline for New Ammo Background Check System
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"Here we have another case of the government (this time the NY state government) failing to implement the technology required to enforce their own laws."

"According to media reports, New York will not be technologically ready to implement their new background check system for ammunition purchases in time for the January 15th deadline." ...
 

IL: Chicago-style strict gun control nets city four places on nations’ top 20 most dangerous neighborhoods
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"Thinking of becoming a victim of violent crime in your spare time? Want a cheap divorce and/or to cash in on that life insurance policy?"

"Well, you’re in luck. Head on down to the big city of Chicago with all its strict gun control. The City by the Lake has four of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhoods where you or someone you know can become a crime victim – in no time at all." ...
 

OH: Ban on Firearms Catalogs Absurd
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"Action by the Arlington Local School District in Hancock County, Ohio, may make reasonable people wonder where anti-gun hysteria will end." ...

"Arlington students are banned from taking gun catalogs to school. That's right: Apparently pictures and descriptions of guns are considered dangerous."

"What next? Bans on magazines that include stories about hunting or even use of the word 'gun' in class? Anti-firearm hysteria long ago passed the point of absurdity."
 

NJ: Randolph gun range reopens with café, virtual simulation room (video available)
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"There are shooting ranges, an active simulation room, classes and even a café at the newly renovated RTSP. When it opened two years ago, it was was the first indoor public shooting range to open in New Jersey, and it already is expanding."

"'The day we opened there was a line out the door,' said Rick Friedman, who owns the facility with Peter Miscia and Brad Tremaroli. 'Some regulars come multiple times a week. They treat it like it’s their card game.'"

"The owners’ original plan was to expand the 10,000-square-foot facility after four years, but due to the strong business, and not wanting customers to have to wait for hours, they began renovations before the two-year mark." ...
 

AZ: Conservative Stars Sign On For Pro-Gun Rights Event
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"An upcoming event in Phoenix features many of today’s most sought-after conservative artists gathered for a common cause: protecting the Second Amendment. While the leftist response to recent mass shootings is to curtail gun ownership rights for everyone, organizers of Hands Off Our Guns realize the best defense against such violence is a well-prepared and armed populace. ..."
 

WA: Guns in Oregon schools big news for Seattle’s Carlson
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"Reports over the weekend that the St. Helens School District in Oregon will allow teachers with concealed handgun licenses to bring guns to campus have caused an angst eruption rivaling that of the mountain after which the district is named, and KVI’s morning talk jock John Carlson spoke about the controversy during his Monday broadcast." ...
 

AZ: Yavapai County, land owner at odds over gun range
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"Yavapai County and one of its residents are at odds over his private shooting range in a rural area."

"Some neighbors say they're bothered by the crack of gunfire from Brad DeSaye's 380-acre ranch and fear their property values may drop. County officials say the range violates a zoning ordinance."

"Steve Mauk, county Development Services director, said the case is a land use question, not a Second Amendment question."

"'Nobody is saying he can't bear arms,' Mauk said. 'He just can't set up a shooting range in a residential neighborhood.'" ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that `if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.' It is a very serious consideration...that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event." --Samuel Adams, speech in Boston, 1771

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