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VT: Burlington withholding more ‘gun ordinance’ documents from public scrutiny
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"If the city is successful in its quest, it would have 'the power to arrest, prosecute, imprison, fine and seize the property of citizens,' VFSC observed. Yet it is refusing to share what should be public information on its activities to undermine the right of all Vermonters to keep and bear arms."
 

PA: More cases dismissed against former Philadelphia officer
Submitted by: jac

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PHILADELPHIA - December 7, 2013 (WPVI) -- A dozen more cases involving a former Philadelphia narcotics officer are being dismissed by the district attorney.

A judge had already overturned 53 convictions based on testimony from Jeffrey Walker.

Walker was arrested in May. An FBI sting allegedly caught him plotting to rip off drug dealers.

Submitters note: The headline is somewhat misleading. The convictions dismissed were cases where the discredited cop's testimony resulted in convictions of miscreants that were most likely guilty as sin.
 

3d Metal printers for under $2000
Submitted by: Mike

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Researchers have developed and opensourced a low-cost 3D metal printer capable of printing metal tools and objects with cost under £1,000.

A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Joshua Pearce at the Michigan Technological University developed the firmware and the plans for the printer and have made it available freely to anyone interested in taking this further. Built with cost of just £913, the open source 3D printer is definitely a huge leap forward as the starting price of commercial counterparts is £300,000.
 

PA: Robert Geist, former Brecknock police chief, arrested on child porn charges
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A former police chief in Berks County has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Robert Geist surrendered to authorities Tuesday in Bucks County, where he lives in Bedminster Township, near Perkasie.

Geist, the former chief of the Brecknock Township Police Department, was charged with various offenses, including possession and distribution of child pornography, according to court documents.

Brecknock Township appointed Geist to lead its police department in 2011. He was fired in October 2012, according to the meeting minutes of the township's board of supervisors.
 

Costa Rica: Man shoots and kills Russian tourist in Jacó in apparent self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man shot and killed a Russian tourist in Jacó yesterday morning, in what is initially being called self-defense.

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According to the neighbor however, Grigorenco lunged at him with a knife, at which time the man drew his .38 caliber weapon and shot Grigorenco three or four times, the shots impacting Grigorenco in the arm, left thigh, and abdomen, killing him at the scene.
 

KY: Kentucky teen shoots abusive father during domestic dispute
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A domestic dispute in the early morning hours Sunday ended with a Bath County, Kentucky, man in the hospital after apparently being shot by his 17-year-old son, Lex18 reported.

According to a Kentucky State Police news release, they received a phone call at 1:40 a.m. following a domestic dispute involving Tim Anderson, his wife, Shea-la and the couple’s teen son. The state police as well as the Bath County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call.
 

Gun-Law Fights Go Beyond Democratic States a Year After Newtown
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The biggest gun-control fight next year is shaping up as dueling ballot initiatives in the state of Washington, a continent away from the Connecticut elementary school where a mass shooting ignited a national push for tougher firearms laws.

It’s the only place in the nation where both sides are seeking to use the ballot box at the same time. It’s one of a handful of areas where national activists will press for gun-control laws after a measure to expand background checks on firearms buyers failed in the U.S. Senate. Other battlegrounds will include states known for hunting or ranching, including Minnesota, Oregon and Nevada, according to interviews with advocates on both sides.
 

United States v. Miller: How the Second Amendment Was Subverted
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 2008, Brian L. Frye published the seminal paper on the history of United States v. Miller, the single most important second amendment case before U.S. V. Heller.

While Miller no longer holds as much significance in second amendment cases as it used to, the way in which the government manipulated the case in order to deprive American citizens of their second amendment rights deserves detailed study.
 

NJ: Free Home Security Seminar by New Jersey Second Amendment Society & Howell Gun Works
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Due to increased concerns over recent home invasions in the Ocean County area and elsewhere, the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) is sponsoring a “Home Security Seminar” in Brick Township New Jersey on Thursday December 19, 2013, from 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm.

The seminar is free of charge to the public and will be held at “Mansion on the Plaza” whose GPS location is 1060 Cedar Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723.
 

Broader Approach Urged to Reduce Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The report offers a list of such policies, including legal changes like tighter background checks on gun sales, and programs in schools to teach nonviolent conflict resolution. The report also sharply criticized the lack of government money to study firearm violence.
 

California's Gun-Law Justifications Don't Fly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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California's attorney general failed to convince a federal judge that a law requiring gun buyers to wait 10 days to receive their firearms is a justified burden on Second Amendment rights.

Nonprofits Calguns Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation joined three gun owners in suing California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the Department of Justice over the state's so-called "waiting period law."
 

CO: After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But there's been a big backlash from some Colorado voters. Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron, a fellow Democrat from a similar conservative-leaning district, were recalled in the months after those bills became law. And another Democratic state senator facing the threat of a recall, Evie Hudak, resigned in November.
 

RI: Exeter nears recall vote on 4 Town Council members
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An informal survey of residents around town on a below-freezing December afternoon found that people willing to share their opinions on Saturday’s recall election are few and far between.

About 1 of every 4 people knew a little something about the issue — that petitioners had enough signatures to force a recall election for four of the five Town Council members, that the election is Dec. 14, and that it had something to do with guns — but many were reluctant to speak, saying Exeter was a small town and they didn’t want to get phone calls from people with differing opinions.
 

The Gun Lobby's Stealth Assault on Small-Town America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The letters came from the Second Amendment Foundation, a prominent pro-gun legal-defense organization, as part of a quiet but mounting campaign to strike down local gun laws across the country. So far, SAF has sent out about 425 letters to cities, towns, and counties in Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington and has announced plans to target hundreds more local laws.
 

FL: Florida should stand its ground on self-defense laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We all want the right to survive, despite the evil that others would do upon the innocent. Those who oppose robust legal protections for people who act in defense of themselves and their families just can’t seem to figure out that our society is safer when the victim is not prohibited from justly responding to an unlawful attack. The practical reality is that nobody has time to stop and think about the legal protections afforded or denied to them once they are attacked. A person who defends their life from an attack usually has only seconds to survive and will do whatever is necessary to live.
 

MS: Killing Quardious Thomas: A Castle Doctrine Case Study
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nothing about that morning makes sense to Thomas' mother, Tonya Greenwood. She doesn't understand why Quardious (pronounced KWA-dare-yee-us), slipped out of the house after midnight on a Friday morning or why the 20-year-old was at the Williams' home, much less anywhere near Eric Williams' truck. If it was her son's plan to break into cars, she's baffled as to why he would target a neighborhood where so many prominent, and powerful, Jackson citizens such as Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba reside.
 

GA: No action yet by DA in case of Ringgold, Ga., man who shot, killed teen at his home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Nov. 11, according to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, Dalton McConathy and a 16-year-old friend went to Youngblood’s home on Post Oak Road in Ringgold. The boys allegedly came to steal scrap metal. They thought the property was empty. But Youngblood was home, and he shot McConathy dead.

Youngblood told investigators he fired in self-defense. He said McConathy and the other boy were charging toward him when he shot McConathy in the neck.
 

MO: U.N. Arms Treaty hurts Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Arms Trade Treaty threatens our Second Amendment rights by including firearms owned by law-abiding citizens in its jurisdiction. The treaty urges record keeping of firearm sales and transfers for a minimum of ten years. Data kept on imported firearms is a de-facto registry of law-abiding firearms owners, which is a violation of federal law. Even worse, the Arms Trade Treaty could be construed to require such a registry to be made available to foreign governments.
 

CO: Bang! Payday for man suing cops over guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man who sued police in Colorado Springs, Colo., for violating his Second Amendment rights has reportedly won more than $23,000 from the city, as local officers apparently did not know it was legal to “open carry” firearms at public parks.

The saga of James Sorensen began in July 2012 at a homosexual-pride festival, just one day after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and 70 others injured.

He was openly sporting a handgun on his hip, which prompted police to take him into custody.

Sorensen’s arrest was caught on camera by his partner, who documented the discussion with officers who at one point threatened Sorensen with violence.
 

EPA Rules Force Closure of Last Ammo Maker
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sierra Bullets, a manufacturer in Sedalia, Mo., in business since 1947, said in a Nov. 1 statement that the smelter plant closure was not likely to have a negative impact on operations in the near term, but it very well could in the future.

Sierra plant engineer Darren Leskiw said: "Our supply should not be in jeopardy and we do not anticipate any changes in our supply chain at this time. Could the lack of primary lead create a little more demand for recycled lead? Sure, but how much is unknown. Could this increase in demand also create an increase in price? Sure, but again, by how much is unknown at this time. In short, we do not see any reason for alarm."
 

OH: Burglar calls 911 after getting shot by homeowner
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The homeowner, 34-year-old Antione Garret, and his girlfriend were awakened by the sound of glass shattering just before 5 a.m., according to a report by Toledo News Now. Garret described the frightening situation as being like something from out of a movie as he walked downstairs to find a man crawling through the front window of his home.

However, Garret was armed with a handgun and fired several shots at the intruder, who was later identified by police as 21-year-old Randy Estrada. Estrada quickly escaped back out of the window from which he had entered and ran away.
 

Idaho state senator calls constitutional convention planning session ‘a great start’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Discussing the possibility of amending the U.S. Constitution drew approximately 100 legislators from 32 states, according to an Idaho lawmaker who attended the event. He described it as “a great start.” The lawmakers gathered in Virginia at the Mount Vernon estate of President George Washington.

But, he added, a long process still lies ahead before amendments can even be drafted.

“It went very well, it’s a great start,” said Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian. “The most exciting thing for me is that we have a good plan of action. This is not going to happen quickly, and we’re moving forward with full transparency.” Hagedorn was the only member of Idaho’s Legislature to attend the gathering.
 

FL: Colleges can’t ban guns, rules Florida court in major 2nd Amendment victory
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

And it’s one of many nationwide where anti-gun activists are trying to do at the local level what they can’t do in the statehouse – restrict Second Amendment rights.
 

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