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Obama could appoint Traver to head ATF without Senate approval
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "If Obama perceives his presidency is going to be a one-termer, or even if he’s gambling that conditions will change enough to make the fallout to his next campaign worth the risk of a temporary appointment, what’s the downside? After all, what’s he going to do—make conservative gun owners not want to vote for him?" ...
 

"The general population are intimidated by firearms, so why cause a problem?"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Open Carry demonstrations continue to draw criticism, both from people who abhor firearms and people who don't want people to abhor firearms. This time 'round the debate's in the great state of Indiana. 'Discussions online [at indianashooter.com] indicate some gun owners plan to openly carry rifles and handguns around Monument Circle on the day after Thanksgiving,' theindychannel.com reports. 'According to a flier that will be handed out by participants, the purpose of the walk is to, 'educate our fellow Hoosiers about our rights to lawfully keep and bear arms.' The 'Black Friday' event fits the usual non-strident, loosely organized template for open carry demos. But it's still got some (ostensibly?) pro-gun folks twitchy . . ." ...
 

Here’s Why American Gun Owners Don’t Want a Gun Registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I lived in England, I would rail against the government’s intrusion into its citizens’ private lives. During my time on the island, the U.K. became the most surveilled country on planet Earth. The natives weren’t restless. 'If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.' It’s the same argument gun control groups use when they lobby in favor of gun registries. 'Legal owners have nothing to fear.' Yes, well, what about this, then?" ...
 

Radio host Joyce Kaufman claims candidate Obama said he'd tote a gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All that talk about complicated matters such as Social Security and deficits and tax brackets can get a little wonky in the midst of campaigns and the post-election season. So it's not that unusual for a candidate, a politician -- or a talk show host -- to hammer home a point with a touch of violent rhetoric."

"... We'll walk you through such a controversy that involves three political figures -- a Democratic president, a conservative South Florida talk show host, and a fiery talking newly elected Republican congressman -- and a slew of words that relate to violence (bullets, guns, knives). And we'll mix in a popular movie." ...
 

OH: Five-Year No-Firearms Condition in Sentence for Misdemeanor Use-of-Weapons-While-Intoxicated Set Aside, Partly on Second Amendment-ish Grounds
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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... "We find the five-year firearm condition/sanction against appellant for a misdemeanor violation of R.C. 2923.15(A) [using a weapon while intoxicated] under these circumstances was unreasonable, overbroad, and an unwarranted implication of his Second Amendment rights." ...
 

How old should you be to buy a gun? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A national organization fires a salvo against a federal lawsuit filed in Lubbock contesting the age limit on gun sales and permits."

"The suit was filed by 18 -year-old James D'cruz, who claims the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms, is not exclusive to those 21 and older. In a Friend of the Court brief, the Brady Center ... is urging Federal Judge Sam Cummings to throw out the suit." ...
 

Gun Review: ISSC MK22
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My politically astute friends say there’s no such thing as a free market. All I know is that shopping in the Eastern block countries before the fall of the Wall was about as exciting as discussing free market economics with people who say there’s no such thing as a free market economy. You want fun? Buy yourself an AR-style rifle. Just watch your wallet. Even in these post post-Obama days (or pre-post Obama days, depending on how you look at it), a grand day out with an AR can cost $300 in 5.56 ammo. Problem? Market solution! Manufacturers are building AR-style rifles that shoot .22 caliber (mostly LR) bullets. Like the ISSC MK22. Well, almost . . ." ...
 

Bushmaster ACR Recall Explained. A Bit.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Truth About Guns has been investigating the Bushmaster ACR recall. As you know, a small number of examples were going fully auto. According to Bushmaster customer service, the rifle’s firing pin was the problem. 'It was too heavy for certain types of ammo where the primer stood proud,' the agent told us. 'We're putting in a lighter pin and a stronger spring at no charge to the customer. Our current turnaround is two weeks.' So, the question is this: why didn’t Bushmaster test the ACR with all types of ammo before they sold the gun? The answer may be simple enough . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: Remember boys and girls, a malfunctioning AR can lead to prison. Just ask David Olofson.
 

The Gun Doctor Dishes the Dirt on the Ruger SR40. Literally.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Quick recap: Ruger sent us an SR40. In my review, I revealed that the gun was sexy, reliable and comfortable, but the trigger felt completely different from the previously reviewed SR9c, and not in a good way. The go pedal was mushy, vague and stacky. I called Ruger for an explanation. They denied the problem, claiming that the SR40 used the exact same parts as the SR9c. They sent me another SR40. Same trigger trouble. Ruger blamed our cleaning process. I sent the second gun to our Gun Doctor. He discovered that the SR40 did NOT contain the same trigger parts as the SR9c. He then broke down the second SR40 and another SR40 (for reference) and examined both weapons in detail. He found a workbench full of not good . . ." ...
 

Gun culture reigns in revenge, threats
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What once was unthinkable is now commonplace."

"Guns have become the preferred tools of revenge and threats in a society where handguns are symbols of swaggering manliness, political muscle and supposed protection against other guns." ...
 

Know your rights, what they are
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Some people actually know the laws, but there is still some confusion on how they works. Every individual has rights. These rights come from all sorts of places."

"A common misconception is how they work. The problem is many people create their own interpretation of the right, and some people don't know when their rights end. First let's look at my favorite 'right' mistake, which is misinterpretation. The Second Amendment, amusingly enough, gets translated in all sorts of ways. The Second Amendment gives[sic] you the right to bear arms. This, no doubt, is kind of vague. Therefore a mutated spawn of translations were bound to come out of this amendment." ...
 

Brady Center Urges Court to Throw Out NRA Lawsuit to Allow Teenagers to Carry Concealed Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence today filed a brief in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas urging the court to throw out an NRA lawsuit claiming that teens and young persons ages 18-20 have a constitutional right to carry loaded, concealed weapons in public." ...
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Submitter's Note: And once again the Brady Bunch displays all the logic and clear thinking of their television namesakes. The suit is about the prohibition on 18 - 20 year olds purchasing pistols from FFLs. They can lawfully possess them, but must buy them from non-FFLs, and all the suit asks is that this ludicrous provision be stricken from the law.
 

'In Due Time' raises civil liberty issues of concern to all
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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"The broad brushstrokes of Keith Jones’ new novel, ‘In Due Time,’ paint an engaging work unafraid to show what can happen when Americans forget why the Framers gave us our Bill of Rights ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: For more commentary by Paul Valone, go to: www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com
 

Supreme Court agrees with the NRA--AGAINST gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "These 'enhanced' penalties, because the criminal had a gun, punish the criminal not for the heinousness of his crime, or the amount of harm he inflicts on society, but for his exercise of a Constituionally guaranteed, fundamental human right. A predatory animal in human skin who commits rape while armed with nothing but size, strength, and ruthlessness that his victim cannot match is just as evil as one who commits the same atrocity while armed with a gun, and deserves to be punished just as harshly. A beast who strangles someone with her bikini top is no less evil than one who shoots his victim to death." ...
 

Supreme Court’s 8-0 ruling affirms efforts of Carlson and 'gun lobby'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 with Elena Kagan recused (she worked on the case as Solicitor General) that enhancing prison sentences for the use of a firearm in a crime is legal." ...
 

Malaysia: Armed grandfather saves his family from violent home invaders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An elderly man reportedly used his shotgun to stop a gang of 5 robbers who were threatening his family."

"Police say that at about 9:40AM, five robbers drove up to a home in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, and while some of the robbers stood guard outside, others entered the home. A robber, who was armed with a knife, reportedly threatened the two children, aged 8 and 10, their 30 year old father, and a maid ... Hearing what was going on, the 72 year old grandfather is said to have grabbed his pump-action shotgun and fired at a robber, striking him in the torso and causing the other robbers to flee ..." ...
 

MI: Parent upset over children's firearm suspensions at Byron High School on second day of deer season
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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"Kathy Domanski said school officials should have given warning to students not to bring their hunting wares to Byron High School on Tuesday morning."

"Her sons, 16-year-old junior Kyle Domanski and 17-year-old senior Eric Domanski, were two of six students suspended for having weapons in their vehicle following a preplanned 'shelter in place' lockdown drill at the school ..." ...

"The fact the windows to the truck are heavily tinted and the cases were covered up with a black sleeping bag had Kathy Domanski suspecting authorities were identifying only certain vehicles." ...
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KABA Note: Another reason you don't talk to the police. "I wish to speak with my attorney. I do not consent to any search." Learn it, love it, live it.
 

MI: From the Comments: Most readers agree the students with guns in their cars should be suspended
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Six students at Byron High School were suspended Tuesday after hunting weapons were found in their car."

"The mother of two of the students is upset that they were suspended."

"Most readers, however, believe zero tolerance means zero tolerance and there should be no exceptions." ...
 

NY: Gun association happy to help Schneiderman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The team does include several district attorneys, including some Republicans from the gun-loving parts of Upstate America. James Freedland, Schneiderman’s spokesman, sent along this:"
"'In discussing the urgent need to confront the scourge of illegal gun violence that is plaguing our state, Attorney General-Elect Schneiderman spoke repeatedly during the campaign about the need to do so in a way that strongly protects the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners ...'"
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Offers to Aid Attorney General-Elect Schneiderman
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"... In light of the historical Supreme Court decisions affirming that the 2nd Amendment is a specifically enumerated civil right, NYSRPA feels it is important that this area of social justice not be overlooked. As the nation's oldest civil rights organization, NYSRPA is ready to aid Schneiderman in any area of firearms policy, legislation or jurisprudence."
 

PA: Personal protection
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Your home is your castle is a well-known saying. It mean’s you are king or queen of your domain and have the right to feel safe and secure in your house."

"A law to expand the right of gun owners to shoot in self-defense is headed to the governor’s desk." ...
 

VA: Students, legislator push to carry guns on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Old Dominion University's College Republicans' petition to allow firearms on campus has already received 10 percent of their goal - and they have yet to begin to push the issue."

"The group is petitioning the heads of the university to allow students who have concealed-carry weapons permits, or CCWs, to carry firearms to protect themselves on and around the Norfolk, VA, campus." ...
 

OH: Does Ohio's Castle Doctrine law need to be changed?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently, several papers have run stories about supposed problems with Ohio's Castle Doctrine law and the use of the law by criminals in defense of their shooting people, as criminals will sometimes do. The Ohio legislature has failed to pass any pro-gun bills this session for anti-gunners to complain about, so The Columbus Dispatch and John Murphy, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, want to rehash an argument they lost years ago." ...
 

PA: Pickett: Pleased with approval of Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Saying that she is helping to secure and uphold the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvania residents, state Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Wysox, voted in favor of House Bill 1926 Monday night."

"The legislation, which contains language known as the Castle Doctrine, passed the House by a vote of 161-35." ...
 

OK: Campus group hosts NRA presentation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you think the right to bear arms means you can wear a sleeveless shirt all year, one campus club wants to educate you."

"Students for Concealed Carry on Campus hosted a Second Amendment presentation by the National Rifle Association on Wednesday."

"The presentation featured two speakers from the NRA talking about gun rights, political action and how college students can get involved." ...
 

Rights Advocate Blasts Obama for Gun Bureau Appointment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'President Obama once again is showing his true colors as an anti-gun ideologue with his appointment of a career anti-gun bureaucrat as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE),' gun rights expert John Snyder said here today." ...
 

Help vindicate R.A. Bear. -- IT IS TIME TO DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT HEARINGS INTO THE ATF'S SCANDALS
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The present day mantra of both corrupt political parties is the claim that they wish to abolish 'waste, fraud and abuse.'"

"Let's take them at their word and demand of the new Congress and Senate an investigation into the waste, fraud, abuse and crimes of the ATF. And they can start with their wild bear chase after a child's stuffed toy." ...
 

NRA strongly opposes the nomination of Andrew Traver to head BATFE, Calls on President Obama to withdraw nomination
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association of America strongly opposes President Obama's nomination of Andrew Traver as director of the [ATF]. Traver has been deeply aligned with gun control advocates and anti-gun activities. This makes him the wrong choice to lead an enforcement agency that has almost exclusive oversight and control over the firearms industry, its retailers and consumers. Further, an important nomination such as BATFE director should not be made as a 'recess appointment,' in order to circumvent consent by the American people through their duly-elected U.S. Senators." ...
 

Anti-gun Zealot Nominated to Head ATF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rather than wait for the new Congress to be installed in January, President Obama decided to press forward for the Senate confirmation of Andrew Traver for Director of the [ATF]. As pro-Second Amendment scholar David Kopel pointed out, 'The Second Amendment had a great night on [election day]. Across the nation, the right to arms is stronger than ever, and the stage has been set for constructive reforms in 2011. [In the] U.S. Senate: The net result of Tuesday was a gain of +6 votes on Second Amendment issues…. In not a single U.S. Senate seat did the gun control lobby gain ground.'" ...
 

IA: Another Sheriff hits the panic button
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sheriff Mike Johnstone of Des Moines County does not believe that you have the ability to safely carry a firearm in government buildings. As he put it in today's edition of The HawkEye, 'It's a recipe for disaster.'"

"In other words, Sheriff Johnstone joins a small but vocal group of Sheriffs who say they will support the new law and carry out their orders, but will do so while spreading FUD among the citizens and politicians about how bad the law is." ...
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Submitter's Note: For those who do not know what FUD means: Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt
 

IN: Cop pleads guilty in wreckless[sic] shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An IMPD officer accused of shooting his gun during a fight with his girlfriend pled guilty to a misdemeanor Tuesday morning." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks: "And I guess the fact he only faces 'possible disciplinary action from the police merit board' means what? He gets to keep his gun? Those Lautenberg misdemeanor domestic violence prohibitions for life don't apply to 'Only Ones'?"
 

IA: Iowa Gun Law Change Attracts Florida Business
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Simple signs with a serious message are popping up across Eastern Iowa. The yard signs advertise for concealed weapons classes, taught by the Florida based company, 'Equip 2 Conceal Firearms Group.'"

"'This is a big deal, we're up here (in Iowa) right now because the instructors that are up here are overloaded, and it's taking some people six to eight weeks to get into class,' said company director Rob Shewmake." ...
 

WY: Gun rights skew family values
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well done, city council."

"Now that firearms are to be allowed inside the recreation center, concerns about getting my kid a spot in the day care are replaced by the possibility of him getting jacked by some gun-toting nut job while I'm working out." ...
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Submitter's Note: Speacking of nut-jobs, does Ms. Miller seriously believe that a ban on guns will stop a gun-toting nut-job? Seriously?
 

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