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Issa: Brian A. Terry Memorial Act passes House
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Representative Darrell Issa released the following statement today on passage of the Brian A. Terry Memorial Act from the House of Representatives:" ...
 

Bloomberg online gun sting creates more questions than answers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "... Which leads us to the jaw-dropping conclusion that criminals don’t obey the law! In Ohio, in Texas, or in New York City."

"Does anyone seriously think an investigator couldn’t make and record street buys there, in spite of all the edicts commanding otherwise? And that Bloomberg’s Finest wouldn’t ruin the life of anyone trying to set up and record a reverse exposé?" ...
 

It begins. Predatory regime of both parties provides citizenry with another reason to shoot first and ask questions later when a raid party comes to your home.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Americans face Guantánamo detention after Obama climbdown.'"
"Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay." ...
"What then shall we do? A predatory regime of both parties has provided the citizenry with another reason to shoot first and ask questions later when a raid party comes to your home. Must we wait for a Supreme Court decision that comes months, if not years, after the first attack before we begin shooting at every federal officer or soldier who approaches our homes? The inalienable right of self defense says no. ..."
 

Ask Foghorn: Range Estimation Using MIL Dots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday I posted a review of a riflescope that had MIL dot markings on the reticle. In the comments there was some confusion about the purpose MIL dots have in range estimation, and so I wanted to break the answer out into a more complete article. It involves some math and a slight chance of high school flashbacks, but I swear it’s not that complicated. Let’s begin at the beginning, then…" ...
 

Preview: JR Carbines 9mm Glock Mag Carbine (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Freshly received by my friendly neighborhood FFL for testing and review purposes is this pistol caliber carbine made by Just Right Carbines of Canandaigua, NY. The bipod and scope are for beauty shot purposes only. Everything else you see, above, is exactly as it comes out of the box. And for you southpaws, their guns – available in 9mm, .40 and .45 – are truly ambidextrous, allowing you to shift sides for both the ejection port and charging handle…" ...
 

NSSF On Slings For Your "Modern Sporting Rifle" (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mark Thomas of the NSSF talks with Bob Whaley of Gunsite about slings for the 'modern sporting rifle'*. They discuss both 1-point and 2-point slings. It gives some good stuff on what to look for in a sling."

"Slings don't have to be expensive. I just paid $20 for a decent 1-point sling at Wally Word that is actually pretty decent."

"If you are good with craft-oriented stuff, read through this thread on Arfcom. It gives instructions on making many types of slings on the cheap." ...
 

Cheaper than Dirt’s best selling handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CTD has compiled a list of their best selling pistols from 2011, and it’s both revealing and depressing. Here’s the rundown:"
  1. Kel-Tec PF9

  2. Ruger LCP

  3. Hi-Point .40

  4. Ruger LC9

  5. S&W Sigma SW40

"Sigh. You know what every gun on that list has in common? They all retail for less than $350. In fact, with the priciest gun on the list is the Ruger LC9 which comes in around $315. All the other guns are under $300. The other thing they have in common is that there isn’t a single gun on that list that I’d bet my life on." ...
 

More Cool Christmas Stuff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A few years ago at the SHOT Show, I met an entrepreneur named Scott Jordan. He had come up with the Scott-E line, clothing designed for folks who carry sophisticated electronic gear…which turns out to be clothing that's remarkably effective for carrying gun gear, too."

"Pockets for iPhones. Tunnels through the clothing for chargers. He's made stuff with flip-down solar panels over the shoulders to feed the chargers!"

"All way more than a Luddite like yours truly can handle…but all the ingenious little pockets discreetly and securely hide everything from passports to spare keys to a stash of cash…and, of course, things like pocket pistols and ammo strips and spare magazines for fighting-size handguns." ...
 

BJ Norris 2011 Shooting Season Review (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Lasergrips For Gen 4 Glocks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Iain Harrison of Crimson Trace sent me word today that they are now making Lasergrips for the Gen 4 Glocks. I imagine Crimson Trace and a lot of other manufacturers will be sending out info on new products in the run-up to the SHOT Show." ...
 

Virginia Tech Shooting Prompts New Calls for Campus Gun Regulations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Advocates are calling for tougher restrictions on campus gun regulations following a deadly shooting at Virginia Tech University last week."

"Police say Ross Truett Ashley, a part-time student at the University of Virginia—Wise, shot and killed Virginia Tech campus police officer Deriek Crouse after a routine traffic stop. Ashley then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life." ...

"Such tragedies create fertile soil for gun lobbyists hoping to pass laws that will permit firearms on college campuses and gun-control advocates and families of victims from Virginia Tech’s 2007 shooting, who are calling for increased regulation." ...
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Submitter's Note: Because the regulations now in place are working so well!
 

Manhattan DA Rips Conceal and Carry Laws After Officer's Shooting Death
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"The Manhattan District Attorney spoke out against a proposal that would require New York to adopt conceal and carry laws — invoking the name of Officer Peter Figoski who died at the hands of an illegal gun this week." ...
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KABA Note: So what does H.R. 822 have to do with a convicted felon who should have been in custody?
 

DA Cy to DC: Put lid on guns
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"In the wake of the tragic shooting death of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. yesterday demanded that Congress strengthen gun laws."

"Vance called on the federal government to require background checks for all firearms sold at gun shows." ...
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KABA Note: I suppose it would be useless to point out to this cretin that the "gun-show loophole" had nothing to do with Officer Figorski's death but that the "revolving-door justice system" had everything to do with it?
 

FL: Florida House wants to protect Second Amendment, but more importantly members want to protect their own butts from gun-toting nut jobs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Installation of panic buttons in Florida Capitol help explain what exactly? That new gun law is dangerous?"

"An absolutely true news item: Having passed a law allowing gun owners to bring their weapons inside the state Capitol building, the Florida Senate has hastily installed panic buttons on the office phone of every senator and staff member."

"This is an open letter from concerned members of the Florida House of Representatives to its sergeant of arms:" ...
 

AZ: Woman attacked by multiple dogs saved by Good Samaritans
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... "Area resident James Corcoran said he was drinking coffee on his porch on Central Avenue when he heard a commotion down the street."

"'I hear 'Get the dogs off her,' so I run inside, get my gun and run down the street about 200 yards,' Corcoran said."

"Gathered around the woman and her dog were several people attempting to fight off a brown boxer and white pit bull, as well as another unidentified brown dog, he said." ...

"Corcoran said he aimed his 45-caliber handgun at the brown dog and fired, hitting the dog, which ran off along with another dog."

"He then turned to the pit bull, and fired off one round into its shoulder."

"'It ran off about 20 feet, then came charging back at us. Then I shot it in the chest,' he said." ...
 

1 in 5 women sexually assaulted; IL state police still advise 'vomit defense'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A newly released survey indicates that rape and attempted rape are far more pervasive than previously thought. From the New York Times:"
"'That almost one in five women have been raped in their lifetime is very striking and, I think, will be surprising to a lot of people,' said Linda C. Degutis, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the [CDC], which conducted the survey." ...
"This, obviously, is both horrifying and absolutely outrageous. The good news is that just across the river in Illinois, the State Police have some advice for women: vomit. ..." ...
 

Bloomberg’s new ‘sting’ = same old agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest gun sting is a new approach to pushing the same old agenda, in this case a requirement that background checks be conducted for all gun sales, including private transactions."

"That doesn’t seem to have stopped people from killing one another in California, where it is already the law. Yet, the 'private sale loophole' has now replaced 'the gun show loophole' as the loophole du jour for gun prohibitionists looking to score a quick headline and some sympathetic reporting." ...
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Submitter's Note: You could see this coming when the Brady bunch changed their meme to how easy it is for "dangerous people to get dangerous weapons".
 

Quote of the Day: Anniversary Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is gone, and because of Fast and Furious he won’t be home again this year for Christmas. Yet it appears that today, one year since his death, we’re no closer to punishing the perpetrators who caused it than we were a month after it happened ...'"
 

Terry Family Friend on One-Year Anniversary of Brian Terry’s Murder (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Cam Edwards talks to Lana Domino, a friend of the Terry Family about the one-year anniversary of Brian Terry’s Murder." ...
 

Sipsey Street Exclusive: "ATF’s Tom Brandon Named ticklethewire.com’s Fed of the Year." Let me tell you something about this much ballyhooed schmuck.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fed of the Year? He sure is, but not in the way that he is being portrayed in this article." ...

"Much respected? Yes. Even the guys at CleanUpATF.org welcomed him. 'A straight shooter'? Well, you be the judge. Sources tell Sipsey Street that right after he was transferred to Phoenix, Brandon screwed up. That is, he took his charge to clean up Phoenix seriously. In the process, he began to follow the leads that the dissident agents of Phoenix Group VII had followed before being pulled off the surveillances of the straw buyers which were leading to the smugglers and money men."

"In short order, Brandon ... was ordered to back off and he very meekly did." ...
 

The optics of cover-up. Holder thinks that if he prevents the mothers of Gunwalker from appearing on camera along with his face he can ward off the ghosts of his guilt.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "When Eric Holder began his opening statement on 8 December, five liberal Democrat police chiefs sat behind him like a phalanx of lackey myrmidons. The optics of this moment, and the machinations of securing the seats directly behind the witness table, were carefully crafted by the DOJ in order to avoid what they most feared -- Eric Holder having to testify with ordinary citizens, or worse, Mr. and Mrs. Terry and Mr. and Mrs. Zapata, sitting right behind him within the camera's steady gaze whenever he lied, obfuscated, dodged and weaved."

"As it happens, the Terry's and the Zapata's were not there, although some folks expected them to show. But the fact that 'Holder's generals' were speaks volumes." ...
 

Fast and Furious Scandal Gives Rise to Gun Regulation Debate (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a candidate, Barack Obama once endorsed a ban on handguns and favored restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms. So when gun owners heard of Operation Fast and Furious, many feared the worst."

"Now, newly revealed emails suggest that if the gun-running operation didn't start out with that intent ... the program certainly led to discussions on new gun regulations."

"'There's a lot of talk that President Obama stated that he is working for gun control with alternative methods,' said Arizona gun dealer Jeff Serdy. 'I hope this isn't one of them.'"

"Serdy and others suspect the Obama administration used the gun-running operation to support regulations Congress would not even consider ..." ...
 

Fast and Furious Update: A Timeline of When Holder and Company Shared Information
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last night I was on the NRA’s Cam & Company with Cam Edwards, and talked about the way Attorney General Eric Holder and his associates have thus far been able to spin and twist their way out of the prosecution they deserve for Fast and Furious. As we talked and I thought of how Holder has vacillated on what he knew and when he knew it, I couldn’t help but think of how helpful it would be to provide somewhat of a timeline of when information on Fast and Furious was made available to Holder long before he admits. As you read it, keep in mind this is only a partial record." ...
 

Happy 220th Birthday To The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On this date in 1791, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the 11th state to ratify the Bill of Rights and with it, the Second Amendment. Interestingly enough, New Jersey - a state where the Second Amendment has been under attack - was the first state to ratify it on November 20, 1789. It took a total of 811 days for these amendments to be ratified."

"I'm proud to say as a native North Carolinian, that the Tar Hell State was the third state to ratify the Second Amendment (and the rest of the Bill of Rights) on December 22, 1789." ...
 

This Is What 220 Looks Like
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Bill of Rights celebrates its 220th birthday today and it’s a mixed bag as to how she’s holding up." ...

"The Second Amendment, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, is flourishing mightily. Any free person who wants a gun in the United States can get a gun, even those who really shouldn’t have a gun and can’t go through legal channels to get a gun. Concealed carry laws are springing up like dandelions, allowing people to legally bring firearms into churches and bars ... We do seem pretty adept at ignoring the 'well-regulated militia' part as the militias around here, like most militias, seem to be pretty unregulated." ...
 

So You Think You Know Your Rights?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It seems people think that they have a right to everything these days: a right to the Internet, to free health care, to a good job, and to a free college education. The Supreme Court is famous for finding new rights in the 'penumbras' and 'emanations' of the Constitution."

"Today marks the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. What better opportunity to look at the rights the Constitution actually guarantees?" ...

"The First Amendment clarifies that the federal government may not interfere with particular substantive political rights involving religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Likewise, the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. ..." ...
 

Promoters or Poseurs: The GOP Candidates and Their Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you’re a GOP presidential candidate – and you want to have a prayer of nailing down the nomination – you’re pro 2A. Or you profess that you are, at least. Say what you want about individual candidates’ authenticity, they’re all fully aware on which side their bread is buttered. The Daily Caller asked each of the remaining Republicans what guns they own and to name their favorite. Their answers may tell you something about the candidates. Just what that is, I’m not too sure…" ...
 

GOP debate: Mitt Romney deflects the ‘flip-flopper’ label
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mitt Romney warded off charges that he’s reversed himself on a catalog of political issues in Thursday’s GOP debate, arguing that abortion was the sole issue where he had swapped views and rejecting the idea that any shifts were for political expediency." ...

"He also contended he had always supported the Second Amendment right to possess guns, despite signing an assault-rifle ban as governor." ...
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Submitter's Note: Ah, he's a "Big Butt" Second Amendment supporter. As in "I support the Second Amendment BUT . . ."
 

Rick Perry Brings Guns To The Last Knife-Fight Before The Iowa Caucuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The debate stage has not been the best place for Rick Perry to make his case to voters. But as the candidates gather for the last time before the Iowa caucuses at a debate in Sioux City tonight, Perry is in the midst of making his final case to Iowans — and getting a little help in that department from a Democrat."

"Perry’s currently making a big bus tour through the Hawkeye State ..."

"And as the Perry Express rolled into Sioux City today, a Democrat handed him a chance to make that case on an issue he knows quite well: guns. Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) wrote an op-ed in today’s Council Bluffs, IA Daily Nonpareil slamming Mitt Romney for his past as a gun control supporter ..." ...
 

Republicans deliver closing arguments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They went after each other on the topics of war, the economy and the power of the judiciary."

"And they went after President Barack Obama on just about everything." ...

"Following the debate, Romney’s campaign had former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty speak for the candidate on the topic of candidate flip-flops."

"'If you look at Mitt Romney’s positions, he ... stands strongly for the Second Amendment. Those are conservative positions,' Pawlenty said." ...
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Submitter's Note: T-Paw is hardly the man I'd listen to on supporting the Second Amendment given his complete refusal to tell the MN Department of Public Safety to follow MN's "shall-issue" law when he was governor.
 

OH: What lies ahead: There is much work still to be done for Ohio gun rights in 2012 and beyond
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I had an argument with an anti-gun liberal the other day, not exactly a unique event for me. He wanted to know what I would do with myself now that changes to Ohio law concerning restaurant and car carry had come to fruition. Surely now that we had won all the battles that could be won over guns, what would I, and groups like Buckeye Firearms Association, do? He was actually serious. I was amused by the shortsighted premise of his question and his obvious lack of understanding of the gun rights issue."

"I startled him as I told him I was hardly done with the gun issue as many battles on many fronts lay ahead. He was incredulous. What else could I possibly want?" ...
 

CT: Finizio Joins Mayors Against Illegal Guns
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"Mayor Daryl Finizio announced Tuesday that he has become a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns."

"'Mayors Against Illegal Guns strives to find innovative ways to punish criminals that possess, use and traffic illegal guns,' said Zak Leavy, Finizio's executive assistant, in a press release. 'The coalition works to develop technology that will track and find illegal guns and those that are involved in trafficking. Furthermore, they support all local, state and federal legislation that targets illegal drugs and coordinates enforcement strategies dealing with trafficking.'" ...
 

VA: Use caution when tempted to alter gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shifting power in Richmond and bloodshed in Blacksburg have again put the commonwealth’s gun laws front and center."

"As with most points of contention, Virginia’s regulations have been accused by both sides as being unjust ... One thing that should remain clear from the start, though, is that Americans’ Second Amendment rights have nothing to do with murders."

"Law-abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, regardless of the security ensured through a well regulated militia. But one of the arguments in support of an armed general populace — namely that trained, informed people with guns are less likely to be victims of crimes — loses some heft when an Army veteran and police officer with a sidearm is shot to death." ...
 

CA: The Latest Lawsuit Aimed At Calif ‘Open Carry’ Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You still have a few weeks to strap on your Glock while you do your holiday shopping."

"The constitutional guarantee of the right of citizens to bear arms has been under assault by California’s Legislature for decades. The latest salvo was AB 144, which makes it illegal to openly carry an unloaded handgun in public. It takes effect January 1, 2012."

"Like a lot of bad legislation, AB 144 passed largely along party lines ... It is aimed at the so-called 'right to carry' or 'open carry' gun rights activists, who have in effect shoved their guns in the face of liberal legislators by showing up in groups at Starbucks and other places while packing heat or at least unloaded heat. Naturally, the Democrats shoved back." ...
 

Sipsey Street Exclusive: Oh my, a Fed forensic audit of Sipsey Street, whatever shall I do?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So, the latest whispers are that the DOJ was shocked that an email their San Diego US Attorney wrote one afternoon ended up moving at the speed of sh!t through a goose to the Issa Committee and, here, featured in the pages of Sipsey Street the next morning. Pursuant to this outrage, I am told that I will be the focus of a forensic email audit to find out who tipped me off. Although, I must add, whether or not they have obtained a court order to do this remains unclear at this hour. But then the wiretaps mentioned in the email may not have had court orders up front either, so hey, all may not be fair when it comes to the Feds but at least it's consistent." ...
 

The Dangerous Defense Bill Heading Toward Obama's Desk
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"You know these are interesting times when Glenn Beck, Dianne Feinstein, Rand Paul and the ACLU all stand on the same side of an issue. The issue in question is Subtitle D of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) ..." ...

"And talk about iconic constitutional constructions: Glenn Beck’s online magazine, The Blaze, recently published a straightforwardly libertarian critique of the bill; the comments from his readers sizzle with Second Amendment belligerence from those 'patriots' who declare that they are running out to buy more ammo ... ('Want to see an army vet become a domestic terrorist?' reads the first comment. 'If they pass this law…I will adopt a strategy of asymmetric warfare against the US government.')" ...
 

RI: Convicted RI cop wins right to keep job
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"A Pawtucket police officer convicted of indecent exposure earlier this year will be allowed to keep his job under a ruling by a hearing committee." ...
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Submitter's Note: "They're more like 'guidelines'."
 

AZ: Feds issue scathing report against Ariz. sheriff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A scathing U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday found that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos and held a 'systematic disregard' for the Constitution amid a series of immigration crackdowns that have turned the lawman into a prominent national political figure."

"Arpaio struck a defiant tone in response to the report, calling it a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration ..."

"The government found that Arpaio's office committed a wide range of civil rights violations against Latinos, including unjust immigration patrols and jail policies that deprive prisoners of basic Constitutional rights." ...
 

TX: State trooper charged with child sex abuse
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"A state trooper has been indicted on several sexual abuse charges involving a child, the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed Thursday."

"Davie Crockett Davis, 33, was accused of abusing a 14-year-old female relative over a period of time, DPS said." ...

"A Brazoria County grand jury charged the former trooper with felony continuous sexual abuse of a child, indecency with a child and tampering with evidence." ...
 

MS: Police confirm officer shot dog
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A police department spokesman has confirmed a citizen complaint that an officer shot a pit bull, chained in its yard, while narcotics officers executed a search warrant on 20th Street Monday afternoon."

"Initial reports indicate the dog charged the officers, but the city has an ordinance that prohibits dogs from being chained in a fixed location, Lt. Phillip Kincaid said." ...

"The incident is the second time this year a Gulfport police officer has shot a dog that was on a chain. That dog also died." ...
 

WA: Justice Department report blasts Seattle police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal civil-rights investigation into the Seattle Police Department has found routine and widespread use of excessive force by officers, and city and police officials were told at a stormy Thursday night meeting that they must fix the problems or face a federal lawsuit, according to two sources."

"... One source said the language in the agency's report, to be officially released Friday, is 'astoundingly critical' of the department." ...
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Submitter's Note: So if I understand correctly, the DoJ just told the SPD: "Your officers have been breaking the law and violating peoples' civil rights on a regular basis, and if you don't stop, we're gonna do something about it." Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot?!?
 

OR: Investigator: Officer offered $2,000 for killing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A detective testified Thursday that an Oregon police sergeant offered $2,000 to a close friend to plot the death of the sergeant's estranged spouse."

"Oregon City police Detective Brad Edwards testified during a bail hearing in the case of Susan Ellen Campbell, who was arrested on a murder charge in the death of Deborah Higbee Benton." ...

"Edwards testified that Campbell told investigators [Lynn] Benton offered her money to kill or find someone to kill Higbee Benton."

"... Edwards testified that Campbell confessed to entering a beauty salon and shooting Higbee Benton on May 28, expecting to be paid the $2,000." ...
 

MA: State police defy order to release Lt. Gov. Tim Murray crash data
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"State police must release the black-box data from the unmarked Crown Victoria cruiser Lt. Gov. Tim Murray crashed when he said he was going for coffee and surveying storm damage before dawn last month, the secretary of state’s office has ruled in response to a Herald public-records appeal."

"But state police officials refused to turn the information over to the Herald yesterday and maintained their original position — that retrieving the data was an 'unnecessary step' in the now-closed investigation and that it would give the public a misleading view of the crash." ...
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KABA Note: What is it they call a State where the Police refuse to obey their masters? It's on the tip of my tongue . . .
 

MA: Police seize stash of weapons from home
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... "Police were called to an apartment on North Main Street Tuesday night for reports of a man heavily armed with weapons."

"Once inside, police discovered a loaded handgun and shotgun, a sniper rifle and semi-automatic rifle, and more than 600 rounds of ammunition." ...
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Submitter's Note: So...now a scoped bolt action is a sniper rifle????

KABA Note: See Oleg Volk's take on that.
 

NC: Gun Range Removes Homophobic "Pansies Converted Daily" Billboard
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a billboard advertising the shooting range Pro Shots reads, 'Converting Pansies Daily,' referencing the stereotype of effeminate gay men in need of a ‘masculine’ activity in their lives. The image on the advertisement is of a pansy flower and a gun. " ...
 

CA: Firearm Sales Way Up During Holiday Season (video available)
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"If you’ve pulled the trigger on a new firearm this holiday season, join the club."

"As in your neighborhood shooting club, because faster than a speeding bullet, guns are going out the door."

"Well, not right away, of course — there is that 10-day waiting period, 11 here at TDS Guns in Rocklin, where Bob Norgard wasn’t caught off-guard."

"He’s making his purchase today so he’ll have his firearm under the Christmas tree as he joins a growing number of people who say they’re simply 'doing what they need to do to protect themselves and their family.'" ...
 

CA: Photos: The “Open Carry” Event at BJ’s in Concord on Wednesday Night
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"The Open Carry event to “educate” the Concord Police Department on the second amendment went off without a hitch on Wednesday night, even though the Concord Police didn’t attend."

"The event was sparked by what the group Contra Costa Open Carry is describing as 'an unlawful search and seizure' of two of their members at the Sunvalley Mall on December 8th by several Concord Police Officers. The members were allegedly detained by police for over 20-minutes, and had their ID’s and the serial numbers on their guns checked, which they say is illegal and a violation of their second amendment rights." ...
 

CA: Gun advocates take their weapons to mall
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"In two weeks, open carry will be illegal in California when a new state law takes effect, so local gun activists went to Sunvalley Mall in Concord Wednesday night, with their unloaded weapons, in what may be one of their final demonstrations."

"About a dozen gun advocates came to BJ's Restaurant to show their support for California's open carry law. On a corporate level, BJ's does not allow guns inside its restaurants, but the Concord location decided to abide by California law, which for now, states that it's OK to carry those guns out in the open." ...
 

CO: Tradesman owners considered for television series
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"With the popularity of cable reality shows depicting the lives of gun shop owners ... it would beg to argue that the town of Rifle is precision made for just such a show."

"And so, it may come to be."

"'They were especially fond of the fact that the town was named Rifle,' said Edward Wilks, owner of the Tradesman Pawn and Gun Shop in Rifle. Wilks was approached by a Metal Flowers Media and Firecracker Films to star in a show about what else? Wilks' Gun Shop and the Wilks family."

"'Guns are a very big part of our lives,' Wilks said."

"But family is the biggest part of their lives. And the whole family believes soundly in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which will be a focus of the television series." ...
 

Belgium: Slaughter at Liege: political quackery is the Belgian reply to depravity
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... "Just a taste of the opinions from this expert on the US Constitution's Second Amendment ... 'Politcians and prosecutors who have lost their moral bearings will blame the instrument, not the man. It makes as much sense to blame Amrani's weapons for this sinister act as it does to blame airliners for the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9-11...'" ...

"In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Liege, the solution offered by Belgium’s newly installed Socialist premier is to tighten legislation against 'arms trafficking' and the possession of 'heavy arms.' In other words, his remedies are the usual political quackery, designed to protect the careers of politicians, mollify the public, and sidetrack any real examination of the source of this hideous event." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that `if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.' It is a very serious consideration...that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event." --Samuel Adams, speech in Boston, 1771

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