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High-Fashion PINK Power Revolvers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Charter Arms NEW “Chic Lady” revolvers. In the fashion world hot pink is the new black and Charter Arms has made it so in the firearms industry too. The New Charter Arms Chic Lady revolvers make a real statement.

Evolved from Charter Arms’ popular Pink Lady series these two revolvers are a feathery-light 13-ounces thanks to a tough anodized pink 7075 aircraft aluminum frame.

The Chic Lady revolvers feature a highly-polished stainless steel cylinder, barrel, hammer, and cylinder release. Additionally, the Chic Ladies are fitted with contemporary design recoil absorbing rubber grips.
 

TX: 3 Officers Let Go Amid Probe In Fort Worth Suburb
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The mayor of a small Fort Worth suburb says his police chief is on paid administrative leave and three officers have been fired amid an investigation into allegations that include sexual harassment.

Sansom Park Mayor Jim Barnett said he doesn't expect patrols to be affected after nearly a fourth of the 13-member police force was let go in the city of 4,500.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that Barnett said the complaints from current and former police employees involved sexual harassment and issues with department procedures and policies. The mayor wouldn't elaborate.

The mayor said complaints came from at least seven people, men and women. No criminal charges have been filed.
 

Support Sam Adams' call to randomly drug test Portland cops (and more)
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"Why not random drug test all public service employees?"
 

TN: Pants On Ground Prompts Bullet In Butt
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Incensed when two teenagers ignored his demands to pull up their saggy pants, a Memphis man allegedly shot one of the youths in the back, according to police.
Kenneth Bonds was arrested Saturday night and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and jailed on $25,000 bond. Bonds, 45, is pictured in the mug shot at right.
Investigators contend that Bonds admitted to shooting Cameron Tucker, 17, following a September 25 argument on a Memphis sidewalk. The teenager was accompanied by Isaac Taylor, a 16-year-old friend.
Tucker told cops that he and Taylor were walking to a candy store when Bonds 'began yelling at them to pull their pants up,' according to a Memphis Police Department arrest warrant affidavit.
 

OR: Portland police union fights drug testing
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The union representing Portland police officers is fighting attempts to require drug testing of officers as part of a new two-year contract.

The proposal from the city would require random drug tests. It also would require tests after the use of deadly force, in-custody deaths and serious traffic crashes.

However, the union attorney says the random testing proposal would violate the officers' right to privacy.

The current standard for drug testing is "reasonable suspicion."

Submitter's note: Airline pilots, military, commercial drivers, but not cops?

 

The Kimber Gun Talk 10mm 1911
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tom Gresham, on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk radio show this past Sunday, announced the details of the limited-edition, custom Gun Talk 10mm 1911.

Working with Kimber, Dury’s Gun Shop and Double Tap Ammunition, the GT10 is now available for pre-sale, only at durysguns.com, or at Dury’s Gun Shop in San Antonio, TX.

The GT10 will be available for pre-sale throughout the month of October only!

This Kimber-made 1911 features a rounded heel, a stainless steel frame and slide, a 5 inch match barrel, a 2 hole premium trigger, fixed wedge night sights, with custom wood grip handles, and more.
 

The Power of One Gun Voter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What can I do? I’m just one person.

I don’t know anything about campaigning and I don’t have much money.

How can I impact an election in which thousands – or millions are going to be voting?

I hear that a lot and the simple answer is: Pick your candidate and then do your very best to make sure that everyone you know, and everyone you meet, knows why you have picked that candidate.
 

TX: Police Chief on Leave, 3 Officers Fired in Sansom Park
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The mayor of a small Fort Worth suburb says his police chief is on paid administrative leave and three officers have been fired amid an investigation into allegations that include sexual harassment.

Sansom Park Mayor Jim Barnett said he doesn't expect patrols to be affected after nearly a fourth of the 13-member police force was let go in the city of 4,500.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that Barnett said the complaints from current and former police employees involved sexual harassment and issues with department procedures and policies. The mayor wouldn't elaborate.
 

UK: Actor shot during performance of Passion
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Stephen Sondheim's Passion was immediately cancelled after the incident which occurred during a matinee performance on Saturday.
Actor David Birrell, 35, who plays Colonel Ricci in the musical, was rushed from the Donmar Warehouse theatre to hospital with a serious eye injury.
He was taking part in a scene in which his character challenged another to a duel.
But it is understood that there was a fault with the gun used on stage, which was meant to fire blanks.

COMMENT: This is a result of creating a nation unfamiliar with firearms.
In 2003, Actor Jon-Erik Hexum killed himself with a gun that was verifiably loaded with blanks. He put it to his head and pulled the trigger.
 

GA: Federal judge charged with buying drugs from stripper
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A federal judge was granted a $50,000 bond Monday on charges that he purchased drugs on several occasions from an Atlanta club stripper with whom he was having a sexual relationship.
Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr. was arrested Friday night near Sandy Springs and held in an undisclosed location by the U.S. Marshal Service.
The 67-year-old Camp is accused of purchasing and using cocaine, marijuana, Hydrocodone and Roxycodrone since last spring and using them with an exotic dancer he met at the Goldrush Showbar ...
FBI agents who arrested the judge Friday said they found two illegal firearms in his car along with a bag containing blue pills and a white powdered substance.

 

CA: Eight reasons to be thankful deputy isn't a crack shot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pulled up to Likun Sahilu's liquor store moments after it was robbed at gunpoint Sunday, the slight Ethiopian immigrant was relieved.

That is, until a deputy started shooting at him.

Eight bullets. Eight misses.

"God has sent me his angels to protect me," Sahilu said.

The deputies, he said, were about 50 feet away with their lights off. He initially thought they were shooting at the robbers, so he continued to point in the direction in which they fled. Sheriff's Department officials said the deputy mistakenly believed the unarmed Sahilu was pointing a gun at him and fired in what he thought was self-defense.
 

Chicago Defends Disarmament While Neighborhood Violence Unchecked
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While the City of Chicago is currently in federal court stubbornly defending its new gun ordinance, data reveals that the city's United Center Park is the most dangerous neighborhood in the country, a situation that reeks of hypocrisy, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

"The city's new gun ordinance is deliberately designed to discourage citizens from obtaining handguns for personal protection," noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, "yet today's news reveals citizens in at least one Windy City neighborhood are in desperate need of the training and tools to defend themselves. It is time for Chicago residents to demand that the city amend or abolish its new gun ordinance..."
 

KS: Self-defense cited in homicides
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Jackson County prosecutors don’t plan to file charges in two homicides from last week because of self-defense issues, Kansas City police said Monday.

Marquis D. Hughes, 23, was killed in an apparent botched robbery Sept. 28 at an apartment complex in the 11300 block of Grandview Road, police said. Investigators said Hughes and another man were trying to force a third man into a vehicle at gunpoint. The third man got control of the gun and shot Hughes.

Police found a gun near the body of Keith D. Williams...

Witnesses told police that Williams and a friend went to a home frequented by another man, and Williams pulled a rifle from the back seat and argued with the other man. The other man fatally shot Williams and wounded the friend.
 

PA: 'Stand your ground' bill set for final House approval
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The state House today is expected to give final approval to so-called "stand your ground" legislation, a self-defense bill that gun advocates have pushed unsuccessfully for six years.

With broad bipartisan support, the House gave preliminary approval Monday to the legislation, also known as the "Castle Doctrine" extension bill. It was approved by a 156-41 margin.

Under the Castle Doctrine, people are permitted to defend themselves with deadly force without retreat in their homes. Outside the home, retreat -- taking steps away from the assailant -- is required to shoot in self-defense.
 

PA: Pa. House takes up castle doctrine expansion bill
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The Pennsylvania House is advancing a bill that would expand legal protections for people who shoot others in self-defense.

The House on Monday advanced a bill that would apply the "castle doctrine" to places outside the home or vehicle. It removes the duty to retreat before using deadly force, except under certain circumstances.

Democrats had hoped to change the bill, but Republicans drew dozens of Democratic votes on a measure to prevent the legislation from being amended.

A test vote suggests there'll probably be more than 150 votes for the bill on final passage.

That vote could occur as early as Tuesday evening.
 

OR: Rep. Kurt Schrader wins NRA endorsement
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It's not quite "man bites dog" or even "dog shoots man," but for endangered Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader it's no less dramatic -- an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

The powerful gun lobby is officially backing the one-term Democrat even though his Republican opponent, state Rep. Scott Bruun got a top grade from the organization.

Both Schrader and Bruun earned "A" ratings and even the NRA recognized the oddity. Unlike endorsements for Republican incumbent Rep. Greg Walden and Republican challenger Rob Cornilles, the gun rights organization felt compelled to explain "why we endorse this candidate" for Schrader.
 

MN: National Rifle Association endorses Walz
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The National Rifle Association endorsed Rep. Tim Walz for reelection on Saturday. While the group also gave Walz’s opponent an ‘A’ rating, it applauded Walz supporting Second Amendment rights in Congress. Though the NRA is traditionally seen as backing conservatives in general and Republicans specifically, the group has endorsed as many Minnesota DFLers as Republicans among those vying for Congress.

“The NRA-PVF is endorsing Tim Walz because he has defended the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen in Minnesota and across America,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-Political Victory Fund, in a statement.
 

AZ: Supervisors: No change in gun policy
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After several residents spoke about their right to carry firearms under the Second Amendment and the state Constitution, the county supervisors took no action Monday on a proposal for people to check their guns at the door when entering county buildings.

Sheriff Steven Waugh said that a law passed a year ago says that gun lockers and warning signs can be provided at the entrances to government buildings to prevent people from bringing guns inside and asked the supervisors to discuss the issue.

"In some offices employees are intimidated by folks that bring in firearms strapped to their sides," Waugh said, adding that in some situations those gun-toting people can be "hostile" to unarmed county employees.
 

NM: Incumbent Dems backed by gun group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association's political action committee announced Monday that it wants voters to keep all three incumbent Democrats from New Mexico in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Ben Ray Luján of Santa Fe.

Luján's Republican opponent, Tom Mullins of Farmington, wasn't happy with the endorsement decision by the country's largest gun lobby organization.

"As a 12-year member of the NRA, I'm disappointed," Mullins said. "When I get to Congress, I will vote to support the Second Amendment."

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Another national gun-rights group, Gun Owners of America, endorsed all three Republican congressional challengers in New Mexico, giving them all "A" grades.
 

Liberals + Second Amendment = RKBA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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[DK:] You're a founder of RKBA (Right to Keep and Bear Arms), which you describe as "a DKos group of second amendment supporters who also have progressive and liberal values. We don't think that being a liberal means one has to be anti-gun." How did that idea come about and what kinds of things do you discuss when you get together in the RKBA diaries?

[KVoimakas:] My first diary was on firearms. It generated some interesting conversation and I decided to write a couple more and follow a few people who thought the same way. After finding a bunch of like minded individuals, we decided to organize and put on a weekly diary. ...
 

ID: Today's Idaho Ag News
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An attempt to stop the Obama administration in its tracks. I’m David Sparks and I mean that literally. Next. Congressman Mike Simpson has signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 5523, the Firearms Freedom on Federal Lands Act, introduced by Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT). The bill extends second amendment rights to Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, ensuring the permanency of hunting and gun rights on our federal lands.

Simpson said This bill is essentially a preemptive strike at any attempt to ban hunting on federal lands.We have to be proactive to protect our rights, and I hope Democrats and Republicans in Congress can act to do so. And Simpson spokesperson Niki Watts had this to say.
 

The Evil Magick of Chief Justice John Roberts
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Lithwick and Friedman also claim that Roberts used the sawed lady trick in the Court’s recent Second Amendment cases. As they put it, “A core of left-wing intellectuals joined hands with the right in supporting the gun-rights decisions in Heller and McDonald. They thus contributed to the sense that these decisions were acceptable to liberals.” It’s worth noting that this “core of left-wing intellectuals” who believe that the Second Amendment protects an individual right includes some of the country’s foremost liberal legal scholars, including Lawrence Tribe, Akhil Reed Amar, and Michael Kent Curtis. The idea of these three serving as props for a conservative “illusion” is laughable.
 

NH: Kerry stumps for Hodes in Nashua tonight
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Kerry will join Hodes, a two-term congressman, and a state firefighters group at a Nashua rally tonight to start Hodes’s “Turn Up the Heat on Washington’’ tour, according to Hodes’s campaign. Hodes plans to join the firefighters at a series of similar events around the state before the Nov. 2 election against the GOP nominee, former attorney general Kelly Ayotte.

Also today, Hodes’s campaign said the National Rifle Association has given him an "A" rating for backing Second Amendment rights. Hodes has long prided himself on being a guns rights advocate, a key quality in a state that's big on hunting and personal liberties.
 

DE: In chat, Coons distances self from Obama
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During the forum, [Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Chris] Coons repeated several policy statements he has made on the campaign trail since getting into the race to fill Vice President Joe Biden's old seat. He addressed reader questions about taxes, gun control, his political ideology and his record as New Castle County executive.

One reader asked Coons about the "F" grade the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund recently gave him for his positions on gun rights and the Second Amendment. The NRA has endorsed Republican Christine O'Donnell in the race.
 

TX: Retired police chief takes aim at Paul's seat in Congress
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Paul notes he has never voted to raise taxes, for an unbalanced budget or to increase congressional pay. He fought federal restrictions on gun ownership, proposed Internet regulations and opposed the Iraq war.

"I believe in individual liberty, limited government, a balanced budget and sound money," Paul said. "I am strongly right to life, a firm believer in private property rights and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment. I am proud to have stood up and never wavered from convictions."

Paul even returns a portion each year of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury, he says.
 

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If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government. — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist (#28)

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