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Detroit shows futility of relying on police for protection
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Yet that’s been an official attitude exhibited by Detroit officials, from Mayor Bing’s participation in Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, to Chief Godbee’s efforts on behalf of the globalist International Association of Chiefs of Police and his domestic stumping for a semi-auto ban, to his predecessor, Warren Evans, notorious for his own sexual scandal as well as widespread gross mismanagement and abuse, stepping down after his officers gunned down a seven-year-old girl."
 

CA: TSA Agent Accused Of Stealing $100 From Passenger’s Wallet
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Authorities say a Transportation Security Administration officer was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after being accused of stealing $100 from a passenger.
Clyde Reese, 47, of Gardena, was arrested on suspicion of theft about 8 a.m. Friday and booked at the 77th Street Station in response to an airline passenger complaint in Terminal 5, Los Angeles Airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz told the Daily Breeze.
The victim, who wasn’t identified, said he put his wallet and other items in a bin and passed it through the X-ray machine, and Reese said it needed to go through a second time, Ortiz said.
When the bin emerged, the victim said his wallet was open and his credit cards were scattered inside, Ortiz said.
 

Product Spotlight: Ruger, Charter Arms, M-Pro 7
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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M-Pro 7, a leading provider of military-grade weapons maintenance products, has introduced the first Bore Snake cleaning kit for the most popular pistol caliber. The M-Pro 7 Tactical Pistol Cleaning Kit contains everything needed to properly maintain a 9mm pistol in the field. The pistol cleaning kit was designed with simplicity in mind, giving users a compact, all-in-one solution to simplify and speed up the weapon maintenance process. The kit contains the essential products needed to clean and maintain 9mm pistols, and can also be used on .357, .380 and .38 caliber pistols and revolvers.
 

VA: Virginians to show gun permits as voter ID, no photo required
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-washington-dc/mike-stollenwerk

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Based on the chatter on gun blogs and Internet forums, it looks like a groundswell is underway in Virginia to borrow a page from Napoléon’s playbook and vote ‘to the sound of the guns.’ Thanks to a new law passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed by Governor Bob McDonnell (R), all that it will take to vote in Virginia this year is a concealed handgun permit.

. . .

Applicants for Virginia concealed handgun permits do not have to provide photos or SSNs. And use of the concealed handgun permit as Virginia voter ID is approved by the United States Department of Justice, and is now highlighted on BarackObama.com. But not everyone approves . . .
 

VA: University of Mary Washington finalizes their gun ban
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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Located in Fredericksburg Virginia and with campuses in Stafford and Dahlgren, the University of Mary Washington is undeniably part of Virginia’s strong commitment to excellent public colleges and universities.

Unfortunately, UMW (which prides itself on being named after the mother of George Washington), has joined many of Virginia’s other fine public institutions in the very un-American act of rendering adult students, faculty, and staff defenseless.

In today’s Virginia Register, UMW’s finalized campus gun ban was published (putting it into full force and effect). Codified at 8VAC55-10 through 8VAC55-30, the prohibition reads:
 

NY: The Little King still reigns despite problems in his realm
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All is not well in the land of the Little King—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
 

WI: Thompson touts NRA endorsement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Thompson visited a Bellevue shooting range to tout his latest endorsement, received Saturday, from the National Rifle Association.

NRA President David Keene, who is traveling with Thompson, said the candidate would be the voters’ best choice “to stand up for our Second Amendment freedoms.” He said the NRA has awarded Thompson an “A” on gun-ownership issues, and has given Baldwin an “F.”
 

IN: Prosecutors rule clerk acted in self-defense in fatal shooting at Indianapolis liquor store
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against an Indianapolis liquor store clerk who shot and killed a would-be robber.

The Marion County prosecutor's office determined that Zach Rogers acted in self-defense on Sept. 30 when he shot 47-year-old Donald Crenshaw of Indianapolis at a 21st Amendment Liquor Store on the city's south side.
 

FL: Hearing set for Trayvon's social media records
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In one of several new filings, defense attorney Mark O'Mara writes that the requests are part of a "well thought out plan to focus on potentially relevant and admissible information."

O'Mara also noted that the state has gathered Zimmerman's high-school records from Manassas, Va. "Yet, when the same exact documents are requested regarding Trayvon Martin, the State denigrates the request as a fishing expedition," O'Mara writes. "The irony is rich."
 

FL: NRA Urges Court To Overturn ‘Docs vs Glocks’ Ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association is asking the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling that blocked the state from enforcing a law aimed at restricting doctors from questioning patients about guns.

“The Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act is another reasonable regulation of medical practice,” the NRA said in a brief supporting the state’s appeal of the July ruling. “It exhorts doctors to stick to practicing medicine when examining patients, rather than pushing their own political agendas, and it protects patients from doctors who refuse to do so.”
 

FL: Some law-abiding citizens claiming self-defense go to prison without invoking 'stand your ground'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When they brought in Abdel Odeh for attempted murder, the 19-year-old shop clerk acted more like a whimpering kid than a cold-eyed killer.

In the police interview room, Odeh tried to explain that he had feared for his life when he shot a man outside the Star Seven convenience store in a blighted stretch of Lauderhill in 2008.

Odeh didn't know it, but he had a powerful new law on his side.

Three years earlier, the Legislature had expanded the definition of self-defense in Florida, a move that allowed people to "stand their ground" when faced with grave danger.
 

Canada: College Says No to Nintendo Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Canadian university has stopped a college game club from putting up posters that featured an image of a pistol. Except that the pistol in question wasn’t even real, but a Nintendo weapon from the 1980s.

A game club at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, decided to hold a “game-themed social event”, according to a local student newspaper. Naturally, because it was a gaming party, they drew up a poster with images of a Nintendo game controller and the Zapper, a gray-and-red electronic pistol that came with the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System.
 

NRA gets into race, attacks Obama
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What it says: “Mountains of debt, threats to our sovereignty, chipping away at your rights, chipping away at your freedom. And now, they’re attacking our Second Amendment rights, but you can stop them right now. Defend freedom, defeat Obama.”
 

LA: Upcoming ballot hosts new gun protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Bayou State is one step away from what some lawmakers are calling the strongest protection for gun rights in the country.

That's if enough Louisianians vote for Constitutional Amendment #2, written by Senator Neil Riser.

The amendment reads that the right to bear arms is fundamental and if any future law tries to restrict it, it will be put under strict scrutiny.
 

MI: Bill Proposes No State Background Checks for Pistol Purchase
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Some state lawmakers are trying to eliminate the state background check process.

"So why do duplicate work, the police departments have enough to do already," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

The argument is a federal check will be performed anyway. However, Michigan State Police argues that's not always the case since 47% of all pistol purchases are done through a private transaction where a background check is not available. Sgt. Christopher Hawkins, legislative liaison for the state police, says that opens dangerous doors for criminals.
 

LA: Reasonable protection for gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Then again, there’s more to Acts 874 than this. As I noted in a previous column, its language would likely create “constitutional carry,” meaning that the state could no longer require permits to carry a concealed firearm. This is a major shift and Louisianans should be aware of it, but it’s the same state of affairs that exists in several other states.

But in a state where I can’t carry a concealed weapon in my own driveway, it’s ludicrous to suggest that legal protections for gunowners are indisputably adequate. From my perspective, state protections for gun rights are tenuous at best and need to be bolstered. That’s why I’ll be voting “yes” on Acts 874.
 

California Gun Rights Leader Joins SAF & CCRKBA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation announced today that Brandon Combs, a veteran California gun rights advocate, has joined the Second Amendment Foundation as its director of Programs and Outreach.

He will also serve as director of Advocacy and Coalitions at Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
 

Cook County mulling violence tax on guns and ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Drawing the ire of the gun lobby, Cook County Board President Preckwinkle is eyeing a violence tax on guns and ammunition sold in the city and suburbs, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Such a tax alone wouldn’t close a $115 million budget gap in 2013, but it could at least funnel money into the county’s $3 billion operation — where roughly two-thirds of the budget pays for both the county’s public health clinics and two hospitals along with the criminal justice system that includes the courts and jail.
 

PA: NRA Backs Critz
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The nation’s premier gun rights organization has endorsed Democrat Mark Critz for re-election in Pennsylvania’s most competitive congressional race. Citing his voting record, the National Rifle Association threw its weight behind the incumbent.

“Mark Critz has a proven record of defending the Second Amendment,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF, the NRA’s political arm. “Because of his strong support of our rights, Critz has earned an “A plus” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”
 

SC: Stand-your-ground defense planned for Anderson murder trial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“I felt like my life was in danger,” Parks said in 2010. “I was trying to close my door of my car, and I have people trying to attack me, like forced entry.”

When Parks appeared before Judge Cordell Maddox in August 2010, White asked the judge for leniency.

White said that at the time of the shooting, Parks was a recent graduate of Clemson University with a degree in mechanical engineering and a 3.1 GPA. Parks had no criminal history. White gave Maddox several affidavits from ministers and teachers vouching for Parks’ character, including a letter from Clemson University President James Barker.
 

IL: Henry County Right to Carry Town Hall Meeting Oct. 17
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Henry County voters will be voting on a Right to Carry advisory referendum on the November 6th ballot. It is important that voters be informed about this issue. A town hall meeting has been scheduled to educate the voters and to address questions and concerns voters may have. Citizens of Henry County are invited to participate in the town hall meeting which is intended to raise awareness and support for the referendum.

The meeting, sponsored by IllinoisCarry.com, is free and open to the public.
 

FL: Florida Attorney General Tells State Supreme Court Carrying A Gun Is Always A Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It has been said that figures lie and liars figure. This statement has never been more appropriate than in response to the State’s contention that 95% of firearms in Florida are not licensed to be concealed. (State’s brief Pg. 20). Such a statement requires ignoring basic rules of statistics, ignoring the lack of available data, ignoring the fact that there is no requirement to license individual guns in the state (doing so is a felony, See Sec. 790.335, Fla. Stat.), and ignoring the fact that some people own multiple guns.
 

Lehrer Rejects 'Loaded' Gun Question from Brady Campaign in Presidential Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Many are questioning why moderator Jim Lehrer did not ask a question related to Second Amendment rights or gun-control during the Oct. 3 debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, especially since it was the only one of the three scheduled debates devoted exclusively to domestic issues.

Certainly, all interested parties in the gun rights/gun control schism would have appreciated listening to both candidates define their views about a wide range of Second Amendment-related issues, from reinstating the automatic weapons ban to adopting the proposed National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill to making appointments to the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court.

Ed.: Automatic weapons ban?
 

NH: Guns in play for debate 7
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The candidates for governor struck different notes on gun control last night, with Democrat Maggie Hassan saying she supports the Second Amendment plus "common sense" restrictions and Republican Ovide Lamontagne saying he'd sign "constitutional carry" legislation allowing most adults to carry concealed handguns without a permit.

"Vermont has a constitutional-carry law, too, and no one's accused Vermont of being overly conservative," said Lamontagne, a Manchester attorney, during a televised debate. "The reason for that is, they've put their trust, their confidence, their presumption in favor of law-abiding citizens being able to carry when they see fit."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

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