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ATF position on pistol grip 'shotguns' creates new danger
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "An interpretation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that pistol grip shotguns are not shotguns has created an unforeseen legal liability for owners of such firearms." ...
 

ATF testimony admits many unregistered machine guns allowed by ruling
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Testimony in the case of US v ONE HISTORIC ARMS MACHINE GUN revealed there are untold numbers of unregistered machine guns currently owned by Americans that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives not only knows about, but actually created the conditions whereby this situation exists." ...
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Submitter's note: Also meet Obama's pick to head ATF--and learn why NRA MUST score confirmation votes.
 

Budget cuts, stand your ground and the ‘Wild’ West
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The King County Council has voted, and so have King County sheriff’s deputies, leaving taxpayers in unincorporated King County stuck in the middle."

"The council adopted a budget that will cleave 26 or 28 deputies from the Sheriff’s Department, resulting in reports that residential burglaries may not get investigated, along with other property crimes. ..." ...
 

Visiting Chinese businessman could teach a thing or two about the freedoms too many take for granted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As I lay awake on the eve of this election, my mind wandered. I prayed for the electorate of our great country, that we would make good decisions on who we would put in office, and for those governing us, that they would make wise decisions in the coming years."

"After awhile, I went to sleep, but awoke in the middle of the night not for any of the usual reasons - job stress or the latest teenager crisis. My mind raced about an experience I had a month or so ago during one of my last visits to my local gun range. I didn't think much about it at the time, but couldn't stop thinking about it as I lay awake on this election night."

"It was a rather typical range visit except for one thing that made it quite extraordinary." ...
 

An AK47 Clone...And A Pickup In Which To Carry It
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So, an auto dealer is offering a semiautomatic clone of an AK47 rifle to everyone who buys one of his pickup trucks."

"Selling pretty good, too."

"Yes, those offended by the concept can apply the $400 value of the rifle to the price of the vehicle. But, interestingly enough, most buyers seem to be opting for the AK." ...
 

A Must Read: NJ Man's Ridiculous Gun Conviction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sue Aitken called the police because she was worried about her son, Brian. She now lives with the guilt of knowing that her phone call is the reason Brian spent his 27th birthday in a New Jersey prison last month. If the state gets its way, he will be there for the next seven years." ...
 

"Our constitution guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, but not to keep guns secret from the government or possess military style weapons and high capacity magazines"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban in the Heller case, the District’s Dems rushed through a package of restrictive gun laws. ... [Click here for the official drill.] Not to mention the $60 fee or the District’s ban on open carry or the impossibility of getting a concealed carry permit. Anyway, yesterday, Heller lawyer Stephen Halbrook asked a three-judge appeals court to tell D.C. to cut that shit out . . ." ...
 

Question of the Day: Can America's Big Gunmakers Make a Proper Trigger?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regular readers will know that TTAG has had a major beef with Ruger re: the trigger on the SR40. The go pedals on the guns we sampled (more shocking info to follow) stage like the Royal Opera, stack like a Jenga competition coordinator and have a less defined breaking point than waves on a windy day in a sheltered bay. We¡¯ve also tested the Chiappa Rhino. V1¡äs trigger was harder than trigonometry. V2¡äs was lighter than a flea fart, leading to a failure to fire. Do we need to talk about Remington¡¯s trigger troubles¡ªhowever apocryphal¡ªwith the Model 700? And now comes news that the trigger on the new Smith & Wesson Bodyguard sucks. ..." ...
 

How to Buy A Used Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recent commenter asked for some advice on buying used guns. At one point I was frequenting about a dozen gun shows a year, with almost weekly trips to pawn shops, gun shops, secondhand stores, etc. in search of the elusive bargain. I bought and sold close to 30 firearms (all but three were used) in a four-year period, bracketed by the beginning of gainful employment and at the end in marriage. What follows are some general tips on what I look for, with the benefit of hindsight, money under the bridge and years of wisdom." ...
 

Smith & Wesson Victory Model Revolver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Smith & Wesson Model 10 has been called the most successful handgun of all time, and the most popular center-fire revolver of the 20th Century. (See: The History of Smith & Wesson Firearms by Dean K. Boorman)."

"The Model 10 is a .38-caliber six-shot pistol that first went into production in 1899, known as the .38 Hand Ejector model. The Model 10 is a rugged design yet easy to mass produce. Over 6 million have been manufactured to date." ...
 

Don't Miss This Deal: Buy a Truck, Get a Free AK-47 Assault Rifle!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When you go to purchase a new automobile these days, do you feel that the dealer really isn't offering you enough incentive toward the sale? Well, a Sanford, Fla. truck dealer is offering a special giveaway to go along with the autos that roll off his lot that are sure to hit the target: a free AK-47 assault rifle."

"That's right, folks. With every truck purchase at Nations Trucks, you get a $400 voucher that can be applied to the purchase of a shiny new Kalishnikov[sic]. ..." ...
 

Free AK-47 Deal is a Brilliant Contribution to Immorality
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nations Trucks, a local used truck dealership in Sanford, Fla., now offers a deal through which each truck buyer receives a voucher for a free AK-47 assault rifle in addition to the vehicle's pink slip." ...

"In this sense, he has every reasonable right and reason to take advantage of the regional affinity for big vehicles and firearms."

"But perhaps the type of person that would buy into the deal is exactly the person who should not have access or rights to own an assault rifle. Screening tests for firearms in Florida do not have a section for minimum intelligence requirements." ...
 

New Documentary on Virginia Tech Shooting "Living for 32"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In the film, Kristina Anderson, another survivor who was shot that day, says, 'There’s three ways that I’ve seen that people react to things like this. ... [The] third person can internalize it, turn it around and put it towards their future to kind of make something come out of that; and that's a survivor's mission. ...'"

"Colin Goddard is the latter type of person. ... Goddard has chosen to use his story to promote and create a safer America." ...
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Submitter's Note: No, he has found a cash cow by becoming a professional (i.e. paid) victim advocating for others to be just as helpless as he was.
 

South Africa: Bar owner shoots violent robber in self defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I primarily write about self defense cases in the United States. This is because I’m an American, who focuses first and foremost on American gun and self defense rights. However, as the case below from South Africa shows, armed self defense saves crime victims all around the world:" ...
 

LA: Armed homeowner stops a violent copper thief
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Police say that a 61 year old man, whose house was damaged by Hurricane Katrina, was inside his FEMA-issued trailer near his New Orleans house when he heard someone breaking into the remains of his flood-damaged house. The man stepped outside the trailer to investigate, and ordered the intruder to freeze ... Rather then complying, the intruder is said to have grabbed a nearby 2x4 and charged towards the homeowner, while swinging the piece of wood. Fearing for his safety, the homeowner reportedly fired his handgun in self defense, striking the intruder in the leg and ending the attack." ...
 

KY: Kentucky: Thieves impersonating evangelicals prompt woman, 70, to teach gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Louisville, KY Courier-Journal reported recently that an elderly woman who was able to defend herself with a firearm during an attempted home invasion two years ago is now certified as an NRA-certified instructor, teaching others the same life-saving skills." ...
 

WA: Voters seeing the light
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In her latest toxic letter to the editor, prior to the election, liberal Joan Harman stumped for Patty Murray, the 'soccer mom' turned socialist." ...

"Murray, of course, is a not-too-bright, pro-abortion, socialist dupe who’s one of Obama’s most responsive puppets."

"The NRA has given Patty a grade of 'F', as she's one of the worst anti-gun extremists in Congress. ... But, most liberals seem to be as clueless about the Second Amendment as they are about liberty." ...
 

NJ: NJ Politicians Demand of Lists of Gun Owners & NRA Members Passes Committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Monday, November 15, the New Jersey State Government, Wagering and Tourism Committee approved S2379 by a 3 to 1 vote."

"Introduced by State Senator’s Barbara Buono (D-18) and Loretta Weinberg (D-37), this legislation would require organizations such as the NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC), to send information regarding their contributions to the government." ...
 

TX: Texas Politician pushes for guns on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Newly elected Texas Politician David Simpson has filed a bill that would allow guns on college campuses." ...
 

TX: Texas Legislature to Consider Firearms Freedom Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Texas prepares for the convening of the 82nd Legislature on January 11, several important bills pertaining to the right of Texans to keep and bear arms will come under consideration. Among the gun rights-related bills is HB 145, which was introduced by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Dist. 89). If HB 145 becomes law, Texas would become the latest state to join the ranks of those which have adopted a Firearms Freedom Act." ...
 

GA: Georgia REAL Right-to-Carry Bill Getting Push Back from the Anti-Liberty Establishment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They know that if REAL Right-to-Carry passes here in Georgia, liberty advances. A government mandate will die. They’ve been shackling our liberties to a Big Government master for decades. You and I cannot let them succeed."

"I can report some good news. Over the weekend, a Georgia Gun Owners volunteer dropped a few trays of letters into a mail box to be delivered this week to gun rights activists all across the State of Georgia. I can’t wait for those Georgia REAL Right-to-Carry petitions to start rolling in." ...
 

Would Allowing Students to Carry Weapons Make College Campuses Safer? YES: Guns Have Already Saved Lives at School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Luke Woodham was a student at Pearl High School in Mississippi. When he brought his gun to school one day in 1997, he wanted to kill as many people as possible. Happily, he was only able to kill two people. The reason was Assistant Principal Joel Myrick. He retrieved a handgun from his truck, blocked the road as Woodham was on his way to kill some other students, and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint until police arrived." ...

"A year later, a shooting at a school dance in Edinboro, Pennsylvania was ended abruptly by James Strand, who owned a nearby restaurant. Strand used his shotgun to disarm the shooter until the police arrived 11 minutes later. ..." ...
 

Would Allowing Students to Carry Weapons Make College Campuses Safer? YES: Remember the Appalachian Law School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In January 2002, a student opened fire on the campus of the Appalachian School of Law in Virginia, killing two administrators and a student aide. His mayhem was brought to an immediate halt when he was confronted by two students who had retrieved handguns from their vehicles." ...
 

Would Allowing Students to Carry Weapons Make College Campuses Safer? NO: Guns Increase the Risk of Violence in Schools
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The primary threat posed by the gun lobby’s campaign is to colleges and universities where students are old enough to be legally entitled to purchase or possess all manner of firearms. As everyone that has lived through adolescence and young-adulthood knows, the college age years – 18 to 24 – are among the most volatile periods in a person’s life. The [ATF] has consistently found that criminal gun possession is highest for youths 18 to 24, with the ages 19-21 providing an even higher peak within this range. These also happen to be the peak years for persons to commit violent gun crimes, including homicides." ...
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Submitter's Note: And how many of those criminals are college students?
 

Would Allowing Students to Carry Weapons Make College Campuses Safer? NO: Keg Parties are a Bad Idea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Long before we encourage or support students carrying weapons on college campuses, we should implement much less dangerous and much more effective security measures to help prevent school massacres. To begin with, how about requiring criminal background checks and proof of ID for all gun sales in the US?" ...
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Submiitter's Note: And off on a tangent we go . . .
 

Obama names anti-gun extremist as next BATFE head
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "That Traver's would be the name eventually submitted has been suspected for months, with the first (to my knowledge) to bring up the possibility being Mike Vanderboegh, back in early July. In that post, Mr. Vanderboegh documented some of Traver's hostility to the right to keep and bear arms:" ...
 

Daedalus Shrugged: The Mounting Resistance to the TSA's Grope Gauntlet
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The function of any 'security' checkpoint, as Richard Ben Cramer observes in his valuable book How Israel Lost, 'is to show who's boss.'" ...
 

CA: Salinas prison guard arrested in sting operation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A prison guard at Salinas Valley State Prison has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs and cell phones to inmates in exchange for cash." ...
 

NY: Witnesses see visitor to Rikers Island jail roughed up by correction officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Rikers Island visitor trying to put money into an inmate's account on Thursday was beaten by a correction officer and arrested after he angrily complained about the system."

"The 49-year-old man was slammed to the wall, punched and knocked to the ground inside a waiting area after an argument with the officer." ...
 

CT: New Haven Police Continue Their Crackdown Against Videographers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recent case in New Haven, Ct. involving a student arrested for videotaping cops shows just how broken the legal system is."

"Luis Luna was arrested September 25 for videotaping a group of cops breaking up a fight. He was charged with interfering with police and spent the night in jail."

"Police even stated in their report that he was arrested - under orders of New Haven Assistant Police Chief Ariel Melendez - for refusing to stop filming after he was ordered to do so, which is hardly interfering." ...
 

TX: Former officer pleads no contest to molesting teen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former San Antonio Park Police officer whose child molestation trial ended in a hung jury last year took a step toward resolving the case Monday by pleading no contest to indecency with a child."

"Charges have been pending against Ricardo Rodriguez, 42, since March 2006, after a 16-year-old accused him of molesting her over a two-year period. The teen told authorities the abuse started when she was on medication, according to previous reports." ...
 

CA: LAPD officer resigns after being accused of tapping database on killer's behalf (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A rookie Los Angeles police officer has resigned amid allegations he illegally tapped into a law enforcement computer on behalf of a gang member who was recently convicted of murder."

"The officer, Gabriel Morales, 25, was seeking information on two key witnesses who testified at the gang member's murder trial, according to court records. Morales had been dating the gang member's sister for several years." ...
 

PA: McKeesport Officer Accused Of Trespassing, Copying Woman's House Key (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Officer Says He Was 'Just Being Stupid' When He Entered Woman's Home"

"A McKeesport police officer is facing charges after he allegedly trespassed in a woman's home and copied her house key." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes that it is dangerous and creepy, not stupid.
 

TN: Tenn. Sheriff Uses Racy Language In Memo (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Sheriff Norman Dalton’s memo was written on county letterhead and sent to all of his deputies on Oct. 28. In the letter, Dalton said, 'Drew Binkley was promoted to deputy sheriff because of his hard work, dedication and years of service ... not because he is screwing the sheriff's daughter.'"

"Dalton went on to tell his deputies that, 'you better look in your policy manual at the reasons you may be dismissed #10, page four which states 'publicly criticizing any official decision or policy. P.S. You screw with me and I'll use #10 on you.'" ...
 

TX: Two Dallas narcotics detectives on restrictive duty after scuffle over racial slurs
Submitted by: Federale
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"Two Dallas narcotics detectives have been placed on restrictive duty after they got into a scuffle, possibly because one uttered racial slurs at the other during an earlier incident."

"Both detectives are black." ...

"Malone told supervisors that during that incident, on Wednesday, Palmer began calling him names because he had agreed to help the white officer. Malone told supervisors that Palmer, who is black, began calling him an 'Uncle Tom' and the 'N-word' as they were taking the prisoner to jail." ...
 

PA: Philadelphia officials clear 19,400 fugitives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... [I]n a sweeping move to lower Philadelphia's staggering tally of 47,000 fugitives, top court officials have quietly dropped criminal charges against Sanchez and more than 19,000 other defendants who skipped court years ago." ...

"'They were clogging up the system,' said [Chief Justice] Castille, a former Philadelphia district attorney. 'You're never going to find these people. And if you do, are you going to prosecute them? The answer is no.'" ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: "They need to conserve precious law enforcement resources to keep people from being insolent."
 

OH: The glory and stupidity of upland season opening day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I celebrated yet another wonderful opening day of upland game season in Ohio. Upland game season remains the traditional day of fellowship and celebration for me. I think that is because, of my age, the hunting traditions to which my father, uncle and cousins introduced me was upland game. The 1960s offered limited deer hunting and no turkey hunting in Ohio. It was squirrel season and then upland game (rabbit, pheasant, quail) that signaled the real start of hunting seasons." ...
 

IL: Forum Focuses On Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A heated discussion developed at SIU Monday evening over the right to bear arms. Gun supporters say state laws are restricting the rights granted to them under the second amendment."

"The core issue appears to be concealed carry. For several years, gun rights groups have pushed for the ability to carry a handgun on their bodies with the right certification. But every year, it fails to gain ground in Springfield. Many in our area hope that changes." ...
 

WA: Government permits weaken Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regarding Ron Malast's article 'What you should know about concealed weapons permits:'"

"I'm not sure if obtaining concealed weapons permits has become all the rage in Washington state, but without a doubt, requiring citizens to jump though government mandated hoops to carry on life as free citizens certainly has." ...
 

IN: Some Question Gun Enthusiasts' Black Friday Walk Downtown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A group of gun enthusiasts is being urged to abandon plans to hold a demonstration in Indianapolis in an effort to raise awareness about Second Amendment rights."

"Discussions online indicate some gun owners plan to openly carry rifles and handguns around Monument Circle on the day after Thanksgiving, 6News' Joanna Massee reported." ...
 

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