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Chicago Defends Disarmament While Neighborhood Violence Unchecked
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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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 [CCRKBA] 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, and stop defending it in federal court.'" ...
 

New Benefits For Second Amendment Foundation Supporters
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"Dear AmmoLand readers and supporters of the Second Amendment Foundation."

"I’m pleased to announce that we are adding even more value to our members and supporters, by increasing our benefits."

"At the SAF, we are thankful for each and every member and supporter."

"One way we would like to say thanks, is through our brand new benefits and discounts program!"

"Discounts are now available at a variety of prominent and reputable partners, including various travel, technology, and insurance companies. These discounts are free to SAF members and supporters, and will save you money on everyday purchases." ...
 

Second Amendment Foundation Launches Huge Online Store
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today announced the launch of its first online store, aimed at generating additional revenue to help fund its continuing legal challenges to excessively restrictive state and local gun laws across the nation."

"This new venture comes on the heels of SAF’s Supreme Court victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago, and a successful Gun Rights Policy Conference in San Francisco late last month. SAF will use the online enterprise to build its legal action war chest. Currently, SAF is engaged in legal actions in Maryland, North Carolina, New York’s Westchester County, and again in Chicago. Other challenges are on the horizon." ...
 

Does Dan Lungren really deserve an NRA endorsement?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As we discussed last Friday, NRA's Political Victory Fund has posted its grades and endorsements for the 2010 elections. While that column focused on the Nevada U.S. Senate race between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle, a U.S. House race in California gives us the oppportunity to do a comparative assessment for consistency in the way candidates are rated and endorsed."

"They have given Dan Lungren a 'B+' and, more importantly, their endorsement. Recall that Angle received an 'A' and no endorsement, while incumbent Reid got a 'B' and almost $5,000 in campaign contributions, along with a glowing media testimonial."

"Shall we see if Lungren is a superior defender of the right to keep and bear arms ..?" ...
 

Is 'hunter orange' requirement responsible for accidents?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Washington State has had in recent memory three fairly high-profile hunting-related fatalities in which the victims were all non-hunters, and were killed by people who thought they were shooting at game."

"In two of those cases, the hunters thought they were shooting at black bears and in the third case, the hunter believed he fired at an elk. This column discussed the most recent of those incidents here, and mentioned the use of fluorescent hunter orange by non-hunters during the hunting season." ...
 

So, does Europe have a 'terror gap,' too?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Instead, let's look at a couple (very) recent headlines. Here's one: 'U.S. citizens get terrorism alert on Europe travel.'" ...

"Here's another: 'France warns of high terror risk in Britain.'"
"Security officials have said terrorists may be plotting attacks in Europe with assault weapons on public places, similar to the deadly 2008 shooting spree in Mumbai, India. European officials have provided no details about specific targets."
"Wow--sounds pretty scary over there across the pond. Sounds as if they had best get to work on closing that 'terror gap' right away. Er . . . what's that you say? Guns are already very difficult to (legally) procure in Europe (perhaps especially in Britain)? ..." ...
 

Why the silence on what percentage of Mexican 'crime guns' are traced?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea recently ably responded to a piece by the Brady Campaign's Dennis Henigan claiming that 'NRA mythology' cannot survive 'the facts' related to Mexican violent crime, and the supposed culpability of the commercial firearms market in the U.S. Mr. Codrea hardly needs my help, but perhaps we can add another perspective. Henigan starts with a familiar theme:" ...
 

Challenge to Ban on Firearms on Postal Service Property
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorney Jim Manley and the Mountain States Legal Foundation are taking on the US Postal Service's ban on any firearm on USPS property. The challenge is on behalf of Debbie and Tab Bonidy of Avon, Colorado ..."

"The Bonidys live in a rural area of Colorado that doesn't have home mail delivery. Because of that, the local post office in Avon, Colorado provides the residents of the area with a post office box at no charge. While they both have Colorado concealed carry permits and regularly carry, the Bonidys cannot carry concealed or openly when picking up their mail. They even can't leave their firearms locked in their car as this would violate 39 C.F.R. § 232.1(l). ..." ...
 

Hunting Season Is Right Around The Corner, Are You Protected In The Field?
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"Hunting season is right around the corner and while some people believe that personal protection in the outdoors means carrying bug spray or sun screen, savvy hunters are increasingly carrying a GLOCK pistol on their side for personal protection – just in case that bear, boar, coyote or snake gets too close for comfort."

"Tennessee and Missouri have recently joined a growing list of states now allowing hunters to carry handguns for personal protection while on public land for hunting and recreation. State Wildlife Agencies and lawmakers are addressing the safety needs of bow hunters and anglers alike." ...
 

NRA Still Getting it Right, Except on Tester
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here's something that isn't news to anybody. The number of guns Americans own has skyrocketed, but how is this significant?"

"An incredible--and later proven unfounded--paranoia swept the country ... when it started to look like a perceived anti-gunner, Barack Obama, might become Commander-in-Chief. The rest of the economy tanked, but thanks to Obama, the gun industry flourished and had its best three-year run ever. ... Americans now own at least 250 million guns, more than one per adult, including at least 20 million firearms gun control advocates might call 'assault weapons.' The number of privately owned firearms continues to go up by at least 4 million per year, and interestingly, many new handgun buyers are women." ...
 

The Book of Two Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Learning to use a firearm effectively requires time and training. There are many good schools, such as Gunsite in Arizona, Thunder Ranch in Oregon, and classes taught everywhere by Massad Ayoob. Closer home to Tennessee, just down in Langston, Alabama, is Shootrite Firearms Academy, run by Tiger McKee."

"Tiger teaches a variety of courses, including handgun, carbine, and precision rifle; and will also customize courses to his students' needs. He teaches everything from NRA basic courses to advanced techniques with the firearms."

"Now, suppose you are interested in Tiger's teaching, but can't yet make the trip to Alabama, then you should get his book, The Book of Two Guns. I just finished reading this unique, excellent book." ...
 

Gun Values Board – Your Firearms Knowledge Base
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"AmmoLand.com’s featured Gun Blog of the Month is the Gun Values Board. www.gunvaluesboard.com"

"A loose knit but effective coalition of volunteer gun bloggers and forum participants."

"The Gun Values Board is all about knowledge, sharing and fun with firearms. It started on 2006 as a meeting place to help enthusiastic people answer common firearms questions and since then it's been evolving and building a steady stream of useful content for the gunny."

"The following is an interview with Nancy, one of the Gun Values Board Administrators and active gun blogger for the board. You can visit Nancy's slice of Gun Board at www.gunvaluesboard.com/nancy/blog/" ...
 

Second Amendment was meant for different guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I would like to comment on the article by Josh Grossberg ("Open-carry gun debate comes to MB fair," Sunday). I wonder how the framers of our Constitution would feel if they were around today.

Think back, it is 1791. The Second Amendment to the Constitution, the right to bear arms, has been passed into law. Remember it is 1791. Guns would be made by a locksmith, have rudimentary rifling, be single-shot weapons, be loaded through the muzzle, and fire by means of a flintlock.

Who would have objected to that?

- Paul E. Reams

Redondo Beach
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Submitter's Note: And the First Amendment was meant for different printing presses, was not meant for electronic media, was written before Mormons, Reform or Reconstructionist Judiaism, the American Church of Satan . . . The Fourth Amenment was not meant for computers telephones and automobiles . . . This is a slippery slope you do not want to start down.
 

WA: Man Shot by Homeowner Has Criminal History
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"A man, who was shot in the leg after a local couple said he broke into their home, has mental issues and an extensive criminal history."

"James Sartor, 39, was arrested over the weekend and released after police said he caused a disturbance at a local tavern, but there are also arrests and convictions over the past 19 years for thefts, burglaries and use of a weapon against another person."

"The husband and wife who confronted Sartor as he allegedly tried to break into their home said it was obvious from the start he intended to hurt them."

"The couple, both in their 70s, was still frightened Tuesday from the ordeal the night before and asked to be indentified only as Roger and Peggy B." ...
 

NRA Endorses 14 House Democrats Over Republicans
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"The NRA has earned a reputation over the decades as a pro-gun advocacy group that's solidly in the Republican camp."

"But in what will no doubt come as a surprise to many, the organization is endorsing 14 House Democrats in close races because their Second Amendment views line up with the with those of the gun-rights group."

"It's an unwelcome move as far as Republicans are concerned. They've come to take NRA endorsements of their candidates as a given." ...
 

Remember the imaginary "National Republican Association”"
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"No, I’m not talking about the Paraguayan political party. During much of the last two decades, various gun control advocates, Democratic partisans, and hard-rightists have claimed that the National Rifle Association of America was really just part of the Republican political machine. 'NRA' really stood for 'National Republican Association,' they said." ...
 

OR: Election Time: A Message From OFFPAC
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"The election is just a few short weeks away. I hope you are registered to vote, but if you are not, please make it a priority. The November election will surely be one of the most important in our lifetime."

"As a reminder, the Oregon Firearms Political Action Committee has posted our candidate ratings here:"

"Neither of the major candidates for Governor responded to our survey. (We did receive a response from the Constitution Party Candidate Greg Kord who answered our survey 100%). We also received no response from the major party candidates for Senator." ...
 

AR: The other Senate candidate
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... "No candidate in the country has had a more difficult struggle against the two-party organization of politics than Trevor Drown, independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Arkansas. He has been 'uninvited' to debates (even debates hosted by government workers), ignored by the press and treated wrongly in the polls."

"Knowing all of the above, I was still astounded after the Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association candidate grades were released last week and I realized Trevor Drown was not listed on either of the organizations’ grading systems. I have talked to Mr. Drown several times and am aware of his strong constitutional views on issues." ...
 

NC: The Conservative Choice in the 8th Dristict
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"Tim D'Annunizo, the 8th District 'Write In Candidate' choice. Voters who feel that neither Harold Johnson nor Larry Kissell is their choice this November may elect to write in Tim D'Annunizo's name on their ballot sheet. Tim's background experience as a businessman who has created jobs offers the 8th District voters a man with commitment, competence, courage, loyalty, integrity in leadership and entrepreneurial skills that is presently absent in the district." ...

"Tim believes our Second Amendment Rights must be protected and he supports the right of law-abiding Americans to purchase, use, and possess firearms." ...
 

KS: Dennis McKinney Picks Up Endorsement From National Rifle Association In Treasurer’s Race Against Ron Estes
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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Treasurer Dennis McKinney (D) Wednesday in the campaign for Kansas Treasurer."

"With nearly 4 million members nationwide, the NRA is a non-profit organization which lists as its goals the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights and the promotion of firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States."

"McKinney received this A rating based on his 'strong support of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms,' said Jordan Austin, Kansas State Liaison, NRA-ILA, State and Local Affairs." ...
 

AL: Indicted Alabama state Sen. Larry Means receives re-election endorsement from National Rifle Association
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"Indicted Alabama state Sen. Larry Means picked up an endorsement for re-election today from the National Rifle Association."

"The endorsement comes just two days after federal prosecutors announced that Means and 10 others had been indicted on various charges stemming from an investigation into vote buying in the Alabama State House. ..."

"Means has denied the accusation."

"On Wednesday Means was elated with the NRA endorsement."

"'I am proud to have worked with the NRA to create the Stand Our Ground Law that give gun owners greater right to protect their families ... I believe you have a right to do what is necessary for you family to be safe in their home,' Means said in a prepared statement." ...
 

OH: Campaign ad watch: Strickland for Governor's 'Hunters'
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"The ad: 'Hunters,' a 30-second TV spot"

"Producer: Strickland for Governor"

"Where to see it: On outdoor and sportsmen shows on cable and broadcast stations statewide, including Columbus"

"Video: The ad opens with photos of hunters and their dogs in the wild and then segues to an unflattering photo of Kasich next to a picture of the U.S. Capitol. The NRA's logo with an F beneath it appears on the screen. Then, video appears of Strickland, wearing camouflage and toting a shotgun, preparing to hunt in the woods with his brother, Roger." ...
 

ND: NRA endorses Pomeroy in US House race
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The National Rifle Association’s political action committee has endorsed Democratic incumbent Earl Pomeroy in North Dakota’s U.S. House race.

Both Pomeroy and Republican challenger Rick Berg received “A” grades in the NRA-PAC’s election assessment, which is based on candidates’ records and answers to a questionnaire.

The “A” grade indicates Pomeroy and Berg are “solidly pro-gun,” supported NRA positions on key votes and/or have a demonstrated record of support for Second Amendment issues.

The PAC said it endorsed Pomeroy because of a variety of positions he’s held supporting gun-related legislation and court cases.
 

NC: NRA endorses Kissell
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"The National Rifle Association weighed in on North Carolina's 8th District congressional race Wednesday by endorsing incumbent Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell."

"Kissell joined Reps. Mike McIntyre of the 7th District and Heath Shuler of the 11th as the only Democrats in the Carolinas to be endorsed by the gun rights organization."

"The three are among 61 Democratic House candidates to win the NRA endorsement, compared to three times as many Republicans." ...
 

IL: Justus: A matter of time before state legalizes small amounts of pot
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"Both candidates for St. Clair County sheriff support concealed-carry, but differ in their approach to the decriminalization of marijuana." ...

"'I've made no bones about [concealed carry],' Justus said. He feels a majority of his constituents want concealed-carry ..."

"Justus said the state may see a change in the concealed-carry law this year, depending on who gets elected to succeed Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley."

"McArthur also said he's for the Second Amendment."

"'In every instance in any state that has had concealed carry, the instances of death, rape, burglary has gone down,' McArthur said. 'If a perp doesn't know who has a gun, it's going to make them think twice before committing a crime.'"
 

TN: NRA keeps McWherter, Haslam at arm's length
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"Neither Democrat Mike McWherter nor Republican Bill Haslam has succeeded in securing an endorsement from the [NRA] in the Tennessee governor's race."

"The ... organization gave Haslam a grade of B-minus and McWherter a C-minus, but did not give the nod to either candidate. The NRA did not explain its reasoning on its website, and a call for further comment was not immediately returned ..."

"Haslam was heavily criticized by his GOP rivals during the primary campaign for being weak on gun rights, illustrated by the fact that it wasn't until after he joined the governor's race last year that he joined the NRA and dropped his membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg." ...
 

AK: Murkowski signs letter questioning State Department gun ban
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"South Korea is returning to our government the surplus M1 rifles used in the Korean War. The government originally planned to sell them to collectors, but our State Department has just blocked the plan, prompting the detailed letter below from a bipartisan group of senators."

"Just as interesting as the controversy itself is the fact that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who lost her primary to a conservative in August and has mounted a write-in campaign, made sure to sign on."

"The letter reads as follows:" ...
 

WI: In WI, open-carry means openly harried
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"In April 2009, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued an opinion affirming the right of law-abiding gun owners to carry their weapons openly in most public places."

"Word of that ruling by the state's leading legal authority apparently never arrived in the state capitol, Madison -- a university town renown as a haven for fascist liberals."

"On Sept. 18, five open-carry advocates wearing holstered pistols, entered a Culver's restaurant, sat down and ordered a meal. A woman patron called 911. Responding officers asked the men for identification or face arrest."

"They produced IDs, but were cited for disorderly conduct anyway. ..." ...
 

CA: Guns didn’t take the fun out of Hometown Fair for most
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"By the time local band Thin Ice took the stage at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair last Saturday, fair-goers were enjoying themselves too much to notice the two dozen people proudly carrying unloaded guns."

"But that didn’t stop lead singer and longtime resident Russ Lesser from belting out his latest song, 'Packin,' which he wrote especially for the event."

"'Now we are not here to debate their second amendment rights,' Lesser said before the song. 'However, we are here to exercise our first amendment rights of free speech to ridicule this group for incredible bad taste and stupidity.'" ...
 

CA: Open carry gun debate continues, but had little impact on fair
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"Some hardly notice that the line of men, women and children being escorted by police officers through the Hometown Fair have a little more than a belt around their waist. Others gawk and glare. One teen girl blurts out loudly, 'Are those …guns?' Her friend responds, 'Yeah. Those are those activist people.'"

"Likely much to the dismay of the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board and the city's police department, the 2010 Hometown Fair will probably become synonymous with “the one where people brought guns.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Try this opening paragraph for comparison:
"Some hardly notice that the line of men, women and children being escorted by police officers through the Hometown Fair are black. Others gawk and glare. One teen girl blurts out loudly, 'Are those …coloreds?' Her friend responds, 'Yeah. Those are those activist Negroes.'"
 

FBI: Puerto Rico cops protected cocaine dealers
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"In the biggest crackdown on police corruption in the FBI's 102-year history, authorities charged a total of 133 individuals in Puerto Rico Wednesday as the result of a probe into whether police provided protection for drug dealers."

"All but four people, who were still being sought, were arrested Wednesday, authorities said. In all, 89 law enforcement officers and 44 other people were indicted as part of a two-year undercover investigation into 125 drug transactions."

"The scope of Operation Guard Shack was also described as unprecedented because 750 FBI personnel were flown to the island to carry out the raids and make arrests, Attorney General Eric Holder said. In total, he said, more than 1,000 FBI personnel participated." ...
 

NC: We're the Only Ones "Animal House" Enough
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"A part-time police officer is a suspect in the shooting death of a fellow college student Sunday. [More]"
"Fat lotta good this did:"
"Do not bring on campus any fireworks, explosives, materials used to make explosives, or weapons, including, but not limited to, firearms of any sort, BB guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, air rifles, air pistols, air soft guns, slingshots, leaded cane, bows, and metallic knuckles. Hunting and switchblade knives are prohibited; only knives with folding blades are permitted." ...
 

MI: Cop offered 7-15 years in stepdaughter's assault
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"A suspended former Wayne County sheriff’s deputy was offered a plea deal sentence of seven to 15 years this morning in the alleged sexual assault of his stepdaughter."


The Wayne County Prosecutors Office told Roderick Calhoun, 42, of Livonia that they would offer him a sentence of seven-to-15 years for one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct plus two years for using a firearm in the commission of a felony ..."

"In exchange, prosecutors said they would drop other counts of criminal sexual conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder."

"The plea deal would drop a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a crime that could carry a potential life sentence ..." ...
 

UT: Right to bear arms enforced in class
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"The U.S. Constitution states that all people have the right to bear arms without infringement of the government, and Terry Camp, ... president of the USU College Republicans, said he supports this right." ...

"The College Republicans hosted 'Packing Heat,' a concealed weapons permit class, Saturday. Camp said the club hosts the class every semester as a way to endorse students' second amendment rights. He said the reason the club hosts the class is because people should know how to use the weapons they carry, and have control of them."

"Camp said he doesn't have a gun, but as a Republican he believes students should be able to carry guns on campus, and pointed to the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting as an example of why." ...
 

UT: Concealed weapons caught in crossfire
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"Packing heat is always a hot-button topic, and heat has been turned up on campus. The USU College Republicans recently hosted a class, as they do each semester, where students could earn a state permit to carry a concealed weapon. ..."

"Thinking back to the unfortunate events that occurred at Virginia Tech University and that have occurred at high schools and colleges nationwide, the idea of concealed weapons may seem like a safety net. In theory, an armed person could potentially disarm a gunman ..."

"However, the idea of having many students on campus carrying a concealed weapon is disconcerting. Yes, a lot of damage could be averted if a legally armed person could disable a gunman on a rampage, but would they?" ...
 

MD: Advocates of localized handgun permitting see it as a step
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"Advocates of localized handgun permitting said Wednesday that they view it as a step closer to more permissive right-to-carry practices in Maryland."

"Shifting permitting from the state level to the county level would not change the state's requirement for applicants to show 'good and substantial reason' to carry a handgun, but it could allow for more-permissive interpretations of that statute, Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. 'Chuck' Jenkins said Wednesday."

"'What I view as reasonable and necessary may differ from what the Maryland State Police may view,' Jenkins said. 'I may see a little something different here and say, 'I believe this is a reasonable request.'" ...
 

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