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Chicago database a tool to discourage gun ownership, not to fight crime
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Which brings us to one more chilling initiative that should illustrate for all to see the mindset of committed statist gungrabbers:

"'To protect the city against costs for a lawsuit in case a police officer shoots an armed person while responding to a home, Daley also said the city will pursue legislation at the state and federal levels granting liability immunity for first responders and the city.'" ...
 

EXTRA! Seattle park attacks underscore why gun groups opposed ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two high-profile attacks on joggers in Seattle parks over the past couple of months, the most recent being Wednesday afternoon, underscore why gun rights organizations and five individual citizens challenged the City of Seattle’s attempt to ban firearms in park facilities, an illegal act under this state's preemption statute."

"Yesterday's attack occurred in Colman Park. The earlier incident happened in October in Seward Park, and in that attack, the unidentified perpetrator was armed with a knife ..." ...
 

Is the lack of a gun registry dangerous, or just 'annoying'?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The most fundamentally offensive aspect of Daley's demand for a gun registry, accessible by officers' in-car computers, is that it treats gun ownership itself as a suspect activity, indicative of a tendency toward criminal violence. That, of course, is exactly how Daley views private gun ownership, and why he finds the lack of the computerized registry 'annoying.'" ...
 

Ithaca’s Model 37 Rises Like a Phoenix From the Ashes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ithaca! Ithaca! Hmm…doesn’t have quite the same ring (or connotation) as Attica! Attica! did in Dog Day Afternoon, but we may soon b. hearing chants of Ithaca! Ithaca! from shotgun aficionados across the country because Ithaca (the gun manufacturer) has risen from the ashes to once again produce the Model 37 Defense, the storied shotgun of police and military fame." ...
 

Army Ships XM2010 Sniper Rifle to Afghanistan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Army last introduced a new sniper rifle (the M24) twelve years ago. In procurement time, that’s about five minutes ago. Enter the XM2010. Some 2500 snipers will be trundling this bad boy about starting in the new year, making full use of its extra range (3,937 vs. 2,625 feet), improved flash suppressor and more powerful scope ..."
 

In Defense of: Grip Safeties
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I know it’s been a few months since TTAG explored the issue of grip safeties, but I wanted to comment on something that the author mentioned at the end of his writing – gun safety and kids. My brother in law received a Glock as a Father’s Day gift earlier this year and he’s been incredibly happy with it. I’m a newbie to the world of firearms (so is he). He’s taken me to the range and a few gun stores, and I’m hooked. Poking holes in paper targets at high speeds is a lot of fun, and I like the added safety it would provide in the event of a home invasion." ...
 

Lennon's legacy lost among gun passions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I found out from a silhouette chalked on the sidewalk outside my dorm 30 years ago that John Lennon was dead."

"In that pre-Internet, pre-24-hour cable news cycle era, major news traveled at a speed that still left time for creative souls to internalize and interpret an event before spin obliterated all meaning." ...

"It is hard to exaggerate the amount of visceral disgust at guns that John Lennon's murder generated in those days before the NRA had an unbreakable chokehold on the U.S. Congress. ..."

"Looking back on Lennon's murder 30 years later, it is interesting to note how the gun angle has nearly completely receded in mainstream remembrances and news coverage." ...
 

Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On my way back from Dallas, I had to pull over for a pit stop at one of the many truck stops that pepper I-20. Like many of today’s trucker’s tabernacles, this particular one featured not only petrol, but a cafe, a fast food counter, an (in)convenience store, and the like. (You ever check out the prices in those places? Sometimes I think it would make more sense for the sales clerks to wear the masks. Sheesh.)" ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 10
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My first day out after what felt like a near-fatal (fetal?) case of sinusitis (I'll spare you the details), and I decided to treat my cabin fever with a visit to the local big-box book barn, a.k.a., Barnes & Noble. Now I know a thing or three about B&N, as my ex once worked for them. And it got me to thinking, just what would the Lords of B&N think/do if they knew I was packin' heat?" ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 11
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whilst out and about for the first time in a couple of days (thanks, sinuses!), I spent some time at a bookstore. (See yesterday’s scintillating read) And something else occurred to me. Something that I hadn’t thought of as far as the concealed carry thing goes. In fact, I started this post right after I finished the other one, but decided to sleep on it, to see if I had any fresh insights in the morning, it was such an eye-opener for me. Okay, a hypothetical: What if I had to pull my gun and use it to defend myself? Would I be able to talk about it here? The answer is…um…NO, I couldn’t." ...
 

‘Zero tolerance’ may not always mean zero intelligence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not every case involving enforcement of a 'zero tolerance' school policy turns out like yesterday's incident in Tacoma with three student arrests stemming from a shooting threat at Stadium High School, as a story now unfolding in Columbia Falls, MT reveals." ...
 

VA: Feds: Va Tech violated law during 2007 shootings
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"U.S. education officials are standing by their finding that Virginia Tech broke federal law when it waited two hours to notify the campus that a gunman was on the loose at the outset of a 2007 shooting rampage, and then sent out an e-mailed warning that came too late for 30 students and faculty who'd gone to class only to be killed." ...
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Submitter's Comment: Virginia Tech did less than it should have to protect its students but it still refuses to allow them to protect themselves in such emergencies.
 

MT: Model Student/Hunter Faces Expulsion
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... "When she arrived at school, she parked in the school parking lot because to park anywhere else is an expulsion offense at CFHS. Upon hearing that the 'contraband dog' was to be working the school parking lot, Demarie remembered her unloaded hunting rifle secured in the trunk of her car AND she voluntarily informed school officials."

"Next monday, December 13, at 6 PM, Demarie will face her expulsion hearing before the local school board. She will possibly have her life derailed because a bunch of school idiots insist that she must be subject to an irrational, 'zero tolerance' policy about guns in schools that does not countenance lack of bad intent. ..." ...
 

You Must Get Gun Range Training. But You Can’t Get Gun Range Training
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Second Amendment lawyer Alan Gura filed an appeal this week in the case of Ezell v. Chicago, challenging the city's ban on gun ranges. It's likely to be one of the first important appeals court decisions to define the new shape of Second Amendment jurisprudence." ...
 

OH: Cuyahoga County Court Recognizes Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In what may be a sign that the world as we know it is coming to an end, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brian J. Corrigan this week ruled that Ohio's firearm disability for misdemeanor drug convictions is unconstitutional (State of Ohio v. Marinko Tomas)."

"In a simple, 3.5 page opinion, Judge Corrigan ruled that denying someone the right to defend their home and business based upon a misdemeanor drug conviction serves no compelling government interest." ...
 

Our Stealth Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We are living in an era in which our Congress and much of our government operates like a stealth bomber, destroying rights we assume to be protected by the U.S. Constitution ..." ...

"As this is written, the Obama administration is trying to get the U.S. to ratify the UN Small Arms Treaty. This is a major goal before it folds its tent in 2012. If the Senate were to ratify the treaty, some 90 million Americans would be required to turn in any banned firearms to local government 'collection and destruction' centers. It would prohibit firearm and ammunition manufacturers from selling their products to Americans. In short, it would negate the Second Amendment right to 'keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

Obama Backs Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun owners rejoice: President Obama backs the Second Amendment. Period. And he does it in writing."

"A very rare Obama note, handwritten on White House stationary, has surfaced on the auction market in which the target of the National Rifle Association pledges his support for gun owners. ..." ...
 

OH: Ohio House Members Vote Two Gun Bills Out Of Committee (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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GA: Atlanta Allows Guns in Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The mayor doesn't like it, but the city is no longer stopping people with legal weapon permits from carrying their weapons into Hartsfield-Jackson airport."

"'The fact of the matter is, we're complying with state law, so it's not something where we had a choice,' said Mayor Kasim Reed."

"The city quietly changed its enforcement after attorneys re-read a state law enacted this year. SB 308 eases restrictions on weapons in public places." ...
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Submitter's Note: And how many years has it taken for you to decide to 'comply with state law'? Thanks to Gergia Carry for fighting this issue for all of us.
 

MN: Hennepin County Judge Orders Pre-Trial Punishment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Civil rights activist Joel Rosenberg remains in jail today, after a judge refused to set reasonable bail.

In a disappointing but not entirely surprising move, Hennepin County District Court Judge Toddrick S. Barnette today set bail at $100,000.

This unusually high bail came despite the fact that Rosenberg has no criminal record, is a homeowner, business owner, family man and 23-year resident of Minneapolis, who was falsely accused of a victimless and non-violent crime.

Rosenberg was charged after legally carrying a holstered gun into the offices of the Minneapolis Police Department, on the spurious theory that the city police department office was somehow a district court facility.

At the hearing, Barnette also revoked Rosenberg's permit to carry.

Rosenberg's next court appearance, a pretrial conference, is scheduled for January 7.

According to his wife, Felicia Herman, Rosenberg has refused both food and medication since his arrest yesterday. Rosenberg has high blood pressure and is an insulin-dependent diabetic.
 

NICS Black Friday outage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An outage of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) adversely affected many retailers and consumers on Black Friday." ...
 

MA: Possible theft by officer probed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A suspended Lowell Superior Court probation officer is the target of a grand-jury probe five months after he was placed on paid administrative leave ..." ...

"Okiwe allegedly told probationers to pay their probation fees in cash, which he pocketed, otherwise he would 'violate' them by hauling them into court on a probation violation and possibly send them back to jail, according to sources." ...
 

ID: Bannock County Sheriff Shoots Self In Hand, "Fractures Pride"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen spent his evening in the emergency room Monday after accidentally shooting himself in the hand earlier in the day." ...
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Submitter's Note: Reading the story it is obvious that this was negligent, not an accident.
 

UK: Policeman loses Taser after leaving it on car roof
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The policeman, from the elite CO19 firearms unit, was attending a briefing in Lambeth, south London, on Tuesday morning between 7am and 8.30."

"As he was preparing to leave, he put the Taser and cartridges on the roof of his marked police car, and then drove off without collecting it."

"An hour and a half later he realised it was missing and despite a frantic search it has not been recovered." ...
 

AR: Gun shop owners put Second Amendment rights up for sale
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Are the 'gun guys' against Arkansans having their Second Amendment rights restored to them? KARK 4 News ran this news story yesterday, featuring Don Hill of Don’s Weaponry in North Little Rock." ...
 

WY: Flap over gun rules at Cody Rec Center passes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "After months of debate, the city council voted unanimously to allow both concealed- and open-carry weapons in the center. But Tuesday's ruling came with a catch: the weapon must remain in the owner's possession at all times."

"While gun owners had already won a victory, some weren't pleased with the 'possession at all times' clause. Now, they're asking the city to install gun lockers at the recreation center — a decision the city has delayed for another day." ...
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Submitter's Note: So does "possession at all times" include the shower? I have to wash with one hand while holding my weapon in the other? Or do I have to wear my $150 custom leather holster in the shower?
 

CA: Westminster's barrel (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Temporarily, chalk one up for the anti-Second Amendment advocates. They successfully shot down the gun range proposed in Westminster ['Westminster Council shoots down gun range,' Local, Dec. 2]"

"Did any city council members, neighborhood protesters or the Register reporter, Deepa Bharath, actually visit an operating indoor gun range? I belong to one in Brea, and have noticed the sound of traffic passing by on the street far exceeds that which one can hear from outside the walls of the range. But facts only get in the way for anti-Second Amendment advocates." ...
 

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