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Anti-Gun Control Groups: 8 Organizations Fighting for 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While the National Rifle Association is, perhaps, the most well-known anti-gun control organization, there are other similar groups across the United States aiming to protect the longstanding Second Amendment rights that have been offered to Americans." ...

"The NRA, with roots going back to 1871, boasts 4.3 million members. ..."

"Gun Owners of America boasts 300,000 members and has been in existence since 1975 as an outgrowth of a handgun debate that was raging at the time. By contrast to most anti-gun control groups, the Second Amendment Foundation has been less visible and has worked behind the scenes in maintaining the gun ownership rights that have been in place. SAF has 650,000 active members." ...
 

FBI stats show violent crime down; gun sales spike over I-594
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yesterday’s release by the FBI of the 2013 Uniform Crime Report showing fewer homicides involving firearms than in 2012 came too late to have any impact on the outcome of the election last week, but passage of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure funded by billionaires and Seattle-area elitists is having one significant impact: spiking gun sales."

"According to KREM in Spokane, gun sales in that city have been soaring since passage of the initiative last Tuesday. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, told Examiner that 'it’s always like this after some kind of gun control law is passed.'" ...
 

SIG SAUER Suspends Exports to US Over Colombia Cartel Concerns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'The export of some firearms has been temporarily suspended by the German federal government,' the National Shooting Sports Foundation reported in yesterday's email blast. TTAG has learned that SIG SAUER is the sole German manufacturer concerned (thank you, Green Party). The kerfuffle surrounds exports to Colombia, another South American country where 'seepage' of legally exported guns to cartels is an ongoing problem. SIGs not the first German gunmaker to run into this 'straw purchaser' issue . . ." ...
 

Bloomberg basks in media spotlight as press gets lesson
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Yesterday, MSNBC published a story suggesting that anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg “has found his niche,” and it happened to be using his vast wealth to influence political contests during the mid-term elections, leading some to wonder if this newfound niche is assuming the mantle of 'Big Brother.'"

"That's the not-so-benevolent dictator in George Orwell's '1984.' He knows what's better for people than they do. Of course, Orwell's book was a disturbing fiction. Bloomberg, with his billions, is something of an unsettling reality to a lot of people who don't care for the ex-New York mayor's brand of political demagoguery." ...
 

Coalition Calls for Safer, "Smart" Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A coalition of police, clergy and elected officials is calling on gun manufacturers to get 'smart.'"

"The effort, called Don't Stand Idly By, launched Monday with 60 leaders across the nation approaching gun-makers about tightening distribution systems and adopting 'smart technologies' to make the weapons safer."

"Technology that could reduce gun violence includes palm-print readers that would only allow the weapon to be fired by its registered owner, Bridgeport, Conn., Mayor Bill Finch said. That technology exists but is not yet in wide use in the United States." ...
 

Commentators Ep. 100: “Our Founding Fathers Weren't Stupid" With Billy Johnson (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"NRA News Commentator Billy Johnson disputes the claim that America’s Founding Fathers couldn’t have imagined today’s technology, and says they both understood and anticipated progress."
 

Commentators Ep. 99: “Family and Firearms” With Dom Raso (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"NRA News Commentator Dom Raso talks about the importance of securing yourself, your family and your assets."
 

PA: Hatfield gun reporting ordinance up for repeal in light of new state law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A state law passed last month and signed by Gov. Corbett has caught the eye of Hatfield Township, and could cause that township to remove a local ordinance regarding gun sales."

"Specifically, Hatfield’s 2009 ordinance regarding the reporting of stolen firearms could now be vulnerable to a challenge under the state’s Act 192 signed into law last week - thus solicitor Christen Pionzio’s recommendation to remove the local code as soon as possible." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually that ordinance has been unlawful since the day it passed. The "new" state law they are talking about just puts teeth into PA's pre-emption law which was passed over forty years ago!
 

Washington’s New I-594 – A Law Only Rube Goldberg Could Love
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Being a current resident of Washington I can tell you how devastating this law will be. Basically, the law makes handing another person your firearm illegal, except in specific circumstances. [Submitter's Note: See above] Because the law is under affirmative defense, if the prosecutor claims you have broken the law, it is up to the defendant to prove their innocence, not the prosecutor to prove guilt. All the prosecutor has to prove is that you handed someone else your gun, which is quite easy to do even if you did it legally. Then you have to pay for the legal fees and everything else incurred during a trial . . ." ...
 

PA: Shoot down this move to halt anti-violence effort
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"National Rifle Association officials and other lobbyists for the gun industry are fond of crying foul of their Second Amendment Rights whenever the least suggestion is made of any kind of gun control."

"Their deep pockets have enabled them to ensure that even common-sense gun laws ... are not enacted." ...

"One of the most outrageous examples of this occurred recently in Harrisburg when state legislators passed Act 192, special standing/preemption legislation that allows the NRA and other gun advocates to sue Pennsylvania cities that enact their own gun control ordinances. It also carries the threat of saddling the municipalities with the gun advocates’ legal costs." ...
 

MO: Open Carry Ban Overturned In Missouri
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Missouri just passed an open carry law banning any city or other municipal entity in the state from ever approving a statute which would ban such an expression of Second Amendment rights. Amendment 5 ensured that all Missouri gun laws as 'unalienable.' The law was inspired, at least in part, by the city of Webster Groves passing a law banning open carry in September."

"Amendment 5 passed with 60 percent of the vote during the primary election in August. The overturn of the open carry ban in Webster Groves occurred in late October, after the new state law was enacted. 'We have no choice in the matter. We must comply with the state law and all of us as municipalities are facing this,' Mayor Gerri Welch said." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania Democratic Lawmakers Move To Block Expanded Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"With the midterms a week behind us and a future of expanded gun rights on the horizon, Pennsylvania Democratic lawmakers are pushing in the other direction. They are trying to block the implementation of pro-gun legislation that outgoing Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law this year."

"Democrats are joining with the gun control group CeaseFirePA in this endeavor."

"According to Lancaster Online, the cities of Lancaster, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia have joined with state Democrat officials in a lawsuit to stop Act 192, a pro-gun measure that allows citizens to challenge municipal laws that curtail the exercise of their Second Amendment rights." ...
 

NY: Hawley thanks constituents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, who was re-elected on Tuesday with more than 95 percent of the vote, is extending his gratitude to the people who have entrusted him to represent them for another two years." ...

"Hawley said his priorities for the next two years include creating a better business climate in Western New York that creates well-paying jobs and working to restore Second Amendment rights."
 

Can California ban gun stores from advertising handguns on their signs?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"No, argues Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC v. Harris (E.D. Cal. filed Nov. 10, 2014), a just-filed case in which I’m been hired to consult. Cal. Civil Code § 26820 (which was first enacted 1923, but is still being enforced today) provides,"
"No handgun or imitation handgun, or placard advertising the sale or other transfer thereof, shall be displayed in any part of the premises where it can readily be seen from the outside.
That, we argue, violates the First Amendment. ..." ...
 

CT: Connecticut Case Seeks To Overturn Firearm And Magazine Bans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While the state of Connecticut ponders how to handle the owners of thousands of unregistered semi-automatic firearms and magazines in the state, an important NRA-backed case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s firearm and magazine bans is making its way through the federal courts."

"The case, Shew v. Malloy, was initiated on May 22, 2013, when lawyers on behalf of June Shew and several other plaintiffs filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. The complaint alleged several violations of the plaintiffs’ rights." ...
 

CA: Businesses Fire Back Against Ban On The Word 'Gun'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Weapons retailers in California are suing the state over a ban on the display of images of handguns – even the word 'handgun' – in what the business owners say is a violation of the First Amendment." ...

"'A state cannot legislate political correctness at the expense of a fundamental, constitutionally protected civil right,' said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb. 'SAF is delighted to offer its financial support of this case.'"

"It would 'serve as a reminder that firearms dealers have First Amendment rights as well as Second Amendment rights,' he said. 'Even in California.'" ...
 

Border Patrol stripping agents of their rifles (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The News 4 Tucson Investigators have uncovered that some U.S. Border Patrol agents have lost a key part of their arsenal. And that has agents who patrol along the border here, extremely worried."

"We learned that U.S. [CBP]'s Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are inspecting the quality of agents' M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol sectors nationwide. But agents tell us, some of those M4s have not been replaced. And, we've learned, agents are required to share rifles amongst each other." ...

"Del Cueto tells us that because some of those M4s have not been replaced, agents are pooling their weapons, which makes it difficult to personalize the settings on a rifle, such as the sights." ...
 

Champion Of Second Amendment Rights, Right Here
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A local resident and small business owner is making a name for himself around the country as a commentator for NRA News, which shares news and views on the Second Amendment online."

"'I don’t speak for anyone other than myself,' Billy Johnson tells The Ticker, pointing out he's not a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association. 'NRA News doesn’t dictate any topics. There is no scripting, no idea process.'"

"Johnson was a voice for 'rights-based issues' before he caught the attention of NRA News. ..." ...
 

WA: Gun show sales appear to rise after passage of I-594’s universal background checks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Voter approval of universal background checks for gun transfers on Nov. 4 appeared to spur a bit more buying of firearms at gun shows over the weekend, according to gun show operators opposed to Initiative 594’s provisions."

"The evidence is anecdotal, but Phil Shave, executive director of Washington Arms Collectors, said he thinks any increase in buying was spurred by an avoidance of background check fees. That is what he heard from members at a show the group sponsored at Monroe last weekend, which drew an estimated 2,000 people." ...
 

IN: Purdue University Campus Carry Petition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'Concealed carry on college campuses is not illegal in Indiana,' a TTAG reader writes, 'it is instead left up to the school to decide.' Purdue University reckons students, faculty and administrators don’t need no stinkin’ guns. 'Purdue University strives to provide a safe and secure Campus environment to students, faculty, staff, and visitors,' their website proclaims. To promote the safety and security of our University community, the University has developed and supports numerous programs and activities relating to crime awareness, crime education, and crime prevention. Additionally, the University’s policies and procedures prohibit . . ." ...
 

WA: Passing more gun laws will not eliminate guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Oct. 29 press had a terrific column, by the managing editor, addressing guns."

"Does anyone believe that the school shootings are the result of guns, and if more gun laws are passed it solves the problem or that the shooters know that the school personnel are not carrying guns and thus they can get their targets without any interference? In addition, anyone that hears any plans of a shooting, notify the authorities before it happens and not after it happens."

"The anti-Second Amendment people seem to believe if laws are passed to strip gun ownership, then no shootings would happen. ..." ...
 

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