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Major Victories in Congress for Gun Owners
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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The final conference report on the combined Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science (CJS) and Transportation/Housing/Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bills—also known as the “Mini-Bus,” was passed by both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, and has been signed into law. One of the most important ways that Congress has protected the Second Amendment is through a number of general provisions included in various appropriations bills. Many of these provisions have been included in the bills for many years—some of the provisions go back almost three decades. This conference report is no exception, as it contains 12 provisions that strengthen the Second Amendment and protect the American people.
 

NY: Owens Votes For House Gun Bill
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Rep. William L. Owens voted Wednesday night in favor of a bill that would require New York to honor concealed weapon permits from other states, some of which may have weaker gun control laws. In turn, New Yorkers would be able to carry concealed weapons in states that currently don't recognize its permit laws.
 

Little Noticed Provision Kills ATF Shotgun Ban Plans
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Saiga 12’s, Benelli M4’s and virtually any other tactical/military shotgun can no longer be banned from import by the ATF.

A little noticed provision tucked into a large appropriations bill obviously flew under the radar of the “Brady Bunch” and the “Illegal Mayors.”

The new law effectively kills ATF’s plan to stop tactical/military shotgun imports by way of abusing the “sporting purpose” requirement and their agency rulemaking powers.

The “Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science (CJS) and Transportation/Housing/Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bills”, also known as the “Mini-Bus”, was passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Obama on November 18, 2011.

The new law reads as follows:
 

NY: Passing Concealed Handgun Bill a Failure of House Leadership
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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As one of Congress’s most vocal advocates for reducing gun violence, I wish to express my disappointment with the House leadership and many of my colleagues after the passage of H.R. 822, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act. The bill forces states to recognize the concealed handgun permits issued by other states even if their safety standards are much lower. It’s the wrong bill to pass when it would hurt public safety and does nothing to help the country’s top priority, jobs and the economy.
 

MI: Look Out for Michigan Women: They Love Their Guns
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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If you are planning on going out and disrespecting women, you may not want to do it in Michigan. Guns are growing increasingly popular among the fairer sex in the Great Lakes State. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, of the roughly 350,000 people who have concealed weapons permits, 60,000 are women. State police did not provide numbers on trends, but it does appear that more and more women are applying for such permits. When Michigan's concealed weapons law went into effect in 2001, almost all of the people taking the required gun education class to get a permit were men.
 

VT: Attempted burglary raises self-defense issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When Patricia Billings fired a handgun at an intruder reportedly breaking through her bedroom window in Rutland Town last week, the legal ramifications were probably the furthest thing from her mind.

“No one thinks of self-defense law when they’re in a dangerous incident,” said Michele Martinez Campbell, an associate professor at Vermont Law School. “When you’re in harm’s way, you do what you have to do.”
 

WA: Fatal shooting was in defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Charges won't be filed in the case of an Aug. 31 shooting in Moses Lake.

Prosecutor Angus Lee stated the man who shot and killed Michael V. Elliot, 39, Moses Lake, was defending himself after Elliot reportedly assaulted him.

"In short, there is no evidence available for the state to establish a lack of self-defense," he wrote in a letter to the sheriff's office. "The shooter's action appeared to be justifiable and reasonable self-defense in the face of an armed and aggressive intoxicated felon with a long history of serious assaults."
 

SC: In Bluffton tow truck slaying, a new test of the Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Instead, he said the Protection of Persons and Property Act presumes, "in the confines of the statute, that you have a right to take somebody's life," and it doesn't matter if they are armed. By law, he said, "you're presumed to be in fear of your life — that's how I read it — and you're entitled to act accordingly."
 

Trojan Horse Gun Bill H.R. 822 Moves to the Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I had a heads up phone call from the NRA today from one of their fundraisers about the U.N. move on our 2nd Amendment and thought I would do some checking on the internet about it. Well, instead I came across the HR 822 bill and the arguments for it and against it. Multiple amendments to the bill were defeated that would have allowed federal registrations, tracking, databases and all those things that are infringements on our 2nd Amendment. Read for yourself.
 

CA: Thanks, NRA, for helping felons get access to guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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THIS is what the National Rifle Association spends its time and money on?

A New York Times report last week explained that in many states, felons can regain their gun rights without any serious review and as soon as they're released from prison. The story gives chilling details of multiple cases in which dangerous ex-convicts legally obtained weapons and used them to commit other crimes.
 

Gingrich follows FDR with court-packing scheme
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Obama and congressional Democrats could also oust John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito by eliminating their Supreme Court seats.

This would leave the Supreme Court with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. They would be the Supreme Court. How do you think Obamacare would fare before that Court?

Or abortion, Second Amendment gun ownership rights, cap-and-trade, religious liberty or campaign finance? Suddenly, this doesn't look like a bright idea for conservatives.
 

WI: Governor Walker has worked honestly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Has he tried to ram through a wasteful rail system on which few would ride, but all would subsidize forever? Has our new governor created a state environment hostile to business with a respective loss of jobs?

Did he ignore our state Constitution and suppress our right to keep and bear arms?
 

VA: Liberty University approves on-campus concealed carry policy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, Liberty University officials announced the decision by their board of trustees to allow students and staff members with concealed-weapons permits to carry their guns while on campus.

While students will only be permitted to carry their gun while walking on campus grounds or in a vehicle, faculty and staff will be allowed to carry their weapons inside university buildings.
 

MA: Massachusetts High Court Issues Second Amendment Weapons Charges Opinion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has issued a major decision involving weapons charges and a defendant's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In Commonwealth v. Loadholt, the court rejected for a second time a defendant's challenge of a conviction for possession of a firearm and ammunition without a firearms identification (FID) card. The defendant specifically challenged the requirement of "prior approval by a government officer" before one may possess ammunition or a firearm as a violation of the Second Amendment.
 

MT: NRA endorsement up for grabs in Montana's Senate race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The endorsement of a powerful gun-rights group is up for grabs in a key Senate race.

The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) decision on whether to endorse Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) or Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg (Mont.) could be the deciding factor in what is expected to be a close contest. Political analysts say that the winner of this election could determine which party will control the Senate in January of 2013.
 

AR: Arkansas candidates stick to their guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As election season gears up in Arkansas, candidates are bringing out their big guns — literally, in some cases.

The one campaign issue in Arkansas that tends to unite even the fiercest political rivals is support for gun rights, which is seen as a key credentialing tool for office-seekers at all levels in the Natural State.

Last week, 4th District congressional candidate Beth Ann Rankin announced on a radio show and in a campaign news release that she was “a proud gun owner” and the new holder of a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
 

IL: Blasting federalism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That's not a healthy precedent. The federal government would be out of line to say anyone admitted to the bar in Rhode Island must be allowed to practice in Georgia. No one would suggest that a hunting license issued in Michigan should, by federal decree, be valid everywhere else.

Supporters, however, think right-to-carry is a constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. But they haven't convinced the U.S. Supreme Court.
 

LA: Gas For Guns program success warrants plans for more to come
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Scott Dyer, spokesman for East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, said the drive mostly focuses on families that want to get rid of guns rather than criminals.

"We're not really making a pitch to criminals to turn in their weapons," Dyer said. "But if you can get [guns] off the streets, everybody is going to be better off in the long run."

Moore said it's hard to tell the background of the people who traded in weapons Saturday because the event is a no-questions-asked affair.

Regardless of who was trading in the guns, "If we get that many weapons off the street, it's a success," Moore said. "We wanted to encourage parents and grandparents who want to get rid of weapons."
 

MI: More women are using guns for fun and protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One a recent Saturday morning, Debra Robinson, 52, of Macomb Township drove two hours to spend the day learning about and practicing shooting guns.

The married mother of two adult children admits that it was a little intimidating to point and shoot a gun at first. "It's a deadly weapon," she says. "I didn't grow up playing with guns. I'm a quilter."
 

TX: Report: Feds in Texas failed to nab guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Newly released documents indicate federal agents may have lost track of weapons sold to Mexican drug operatives in Texas.

Documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle noted that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had evidence implicating the alleged purchaser of a high-powered pistol but did not act in time to prevent its use in the shootings of two U.S. Customs agents in Mexico.
 

GA: Two gun ranges slated to open in Cobb in ’12
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kristina Brown, who owns Lakeside Guns in Acworth, and her husband, Bert, said they have been studying the market for years and looking for an ideal location. Ultimately, the Acworth couple plans several ranges, including one in north Cobb. But their first project will be in Powder Springs, on Highway 278, just north of Elliott Road and a stone’s throw from the Paulding County line. That range could open by June.

Meanwhile, sisters Cara Workman and Robyn Marzullo, who operate the Sandy Springs Gun Club, are planning to build a range on Kennesaw Due West Road, near Cobb Parkway, in Kennesaw by next fall.
 

VA: Virginia background checks for gun sales challenged
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Virginia's criminal background check system for firearm purchases, the first of its kind in the nation, is being targeted for elimination.

Gun-rights advocates have lobbied Gov. Bob McDonnell to scrap the program, arguing that it is redundant because a federal background check system can replace it.

Gun-control groups say doing so would take a valuable law enforcement tool away from Virginia State Police and undermine state gun laws.
 

The other 'gunwalking' scandals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"Gunwalking" is one of the mysteries of the Obama years. The notorious Phoenix-based Fast and Furious "gunwalking" program made public by courageous whistleblowing federal agents and CBS News was apparently not the only one.

First we learned about guns "walking" across the Mexican border and into the waiting hands of Mexican drug cartel killers, then guns "walking" into Central American countries and into the waiting hands of gang killers, then guns even "walking" out of gun stores in the Midwest into the waiting hands of domestic gangs – all of this "gunwalking" in violation of federal law and with the full knowledge, and sometimes the participation, of Obama's federal agents.
 

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Our Founding Fathers were proud that Americans were trusted with arms because they knew that only when people are armed could they truly be thought of as free citizens. And that's where the circle closes. Those who want to deprive you of your right to keep and bear arms are intending to deprive you of your freedom, period. Like the criminals their policies encourage, these elitists know that it is always best to disarm victims before you enslave them. — Charley Reese

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