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Police treat pro-gun bumper sticker as probable cause for pat down
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "I wonder if an NRA sticker would do it? Is this not a real-world example to prove the answer is 'Yes'?" ...
 

Time For DC To Pay Up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not only did Alan Gura have to fight the District of Columbia over the Second Amendment, now he is having to fight them in an effort to get paid for his efforts in the Heller case. The Legal Times Blog is reporting that the District of Columbia is balking over the bill submitted to the District Court by Gura. Basing his bill for fees on the prevailing market rates for complex Federal litigation, he submitted a request for $3.13 million to Judge Emmet Sullivan. This was for over 3,000 hours of billable time for six attorneys including himself."

"The District has countered that they should only have to pay $722,000." ...
 

Exposed: Brady Campaign Scaremongering and Half-Truths
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When it comes to slinging mud, Paul Helmke is not afraid to get his hands dirty. The President of the The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Huffington Post hero’s recent polemic NRA Sides With Mass Killers Over ATF is a perfect case in point. As usual, Helmke resorts to scare tactics and half-truths to get his point across. Which is total civilian disarmament or, as The Brady Campaign now calls it, 'common sense gun control.' Helmke writes . . ." ...
 

Justice Stephen Breyer Argues Against Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Therefore, Madison included the Second Amendment to appease the states, Breyer said."

"OK, so let's accept Breyer's argument that Madison really didn't want an individual right to own guns, but that he included it to appease the states."

"So?"

"If true, how exactly does that support Breyer's argument that there isn't an individual right to own guns?" ...
 

Columbus gun store tops nation in firearms tracings; Media exaggerates correlation of U.S. gun sales to Mexican crime yet again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Washington Post recently obtained information on the names of gun dealers that had the most traces for firearms recovered by police in the last four years, and in a collaborative story by The Columbus Dispatch, the newspapers are reporting that Vance Outdoors in Columbus led the country in the number of guns recovered by police that were traced back to a dealer." ...
 

Castillo’s Jewelry: Anatomy of a Houston Shoot-Out
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I just saw this story from Houston’s chron.com while drinking my morning coffee. Jewelry shop owner in bad neighborhood defends wife, life, and livelihood against three armed attackers. Final tally, three dead bad guys, one wounded and hospitalized good guy, one scared wife, and one potential accomplice fled and remains at large. First, my info is based solely on the news article, so after clicking the link you’ll be as educated as I am. Second, I hope that Mr. Castillo and wife recover from this horrifying event. Finally, what tidbits of info can we glean from the account?" ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 16
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m still in shock. That’s the only explanation for it. Life is just a little too weird now, and 'shock' is the only answer that fits. What am I babbling on about, you may ask. Well, read on McDuff and fie unto he (or she) who first cries 'hold.' But I digress…" ...
 

Obama's small step to slow the flow of assault weapons to Mexico
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With nearly 12,500 people reported killed in drug-related violence in Mexico this year, the Obama administration is belatedly taking a small step to curb the flow of guns from US dealers to the drug cartels." ...
 

ABC's Nightline Anti-Gun Report "Guns & Booze" (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ABC Nightline recently aired a segment covering Restaurant Carry with the title of 'Guns and Booze.' With a title like that, they were certainly off to a good start on their standard anti-gun spin." ...
 

Guns: What the proponents of fortress North America want you to forget
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Presumably the attraction of Fortress North America is that crossing the border will be easier and quicker. But easier and quicker border crossings mean more U.S. illegal guns in Canada, the easier the crossing the greater the flow of weapons. That's axiomatic."

"Of course, we could always try to convince Americans to abrogate the Second Amendment and join the civilized world on the matter of guns...."
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Submitter's Note: Ah, the "civilized" world where almost 170 million people were murdered by their own governments in the 20th century? That "civilized" world? "Civilized" like Hitler, Stalin, Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang, Mao, Pol Pot, Amin?
 

MO: More gun control (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anyone who doubts the need for regulation of firearms needs only to look to the Dec 15 issue of The Star. On Page One is a story about mourners at the funeral of a young shooting victim. People at the service had to grab some ground when an idiot or idiots started shooting. It must have seemed like absurdist theater of the worst sort." ...
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Submitter's Note: As one of the commenters asks, I wonder if any of the guns referred to in the letter were obtained legally?
 

NC: Please Don't Bring Your Guns to the Riot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Score one for law enforcement."

"On Thursday, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a brief in a federal court in North Carolina seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit that hopes to allow private citizens to carry guns openly during riots or other, similar emergencies ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: What Siddhartha fails to mention is that the "state of emergency" that triggered this lawsuit was neither riots nor looting nor a terrorist attack, but rather, snow.
 

AZ: Armed 11 year old Girl Defends Home from 3 armed Burglars: Armed Citizen (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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H/t to David Codrea who asks (tongue firmly in cheek) "Won't someone prosecute this family for not locking up their guns away from children?"
 

FL: Threatened store owner fights fire with gunfire
Submitted by: Tom Price

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"A robber threatened his victim with a bottle of gasoline and a lighter, only to find out the store's owner was packing even more firepower, authorities said Friday." ...

 

KS: Violent home invader shot by armed resident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An armed apartment resident reportedly used his gun to stop a violent home invader."

"Police say that just before 7:00pm, a man broke in to an apartment on the 500 block of SW Tyler in Topeka, KS, and demanded money from the resident. After the intruder attempted to fight with the resident, the resident is said to have fired his gun in self defense, striking the intruder and ending the home invasion. ..." ...
 

EXTRA! 'It takes a while for people to respond'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"King County Sheriff Sue Rahr probably did not intend to do this, but yesterday when she explained the response time to recent assault on a pregnant Metro bus rider (which has left many Seattle-area bus riders furious), she matter-of-factly underscored why many frustrated Washington citizens are 'arming up' these days."

"'When a situation erupts very quickly,' she observed, 'it takes awhile for people to respond.'"

"This is going to hit home with a lot of residents in unincorporated King County if the Sheriff’s Office goes ahead with plans to lay off up to 15 deputies Jan. 1, and cut up to 11 more on June 1 of next year." ...
 

ME: Girlfriend charged in robbery connected to Eastbrook shooting (follow-up)
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"Police arrested a Washington County woman Friday and charged her with robbery in connection with an incident that led to the shooting death of her boyfriend outside an Eastbrook home." ...
 

Gun owners must speak up to stop long gun sales reporting requirement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun rights advocates in St. Louis and across the country must make their voices heard, to stop a flagitious new infringement on that which shall not be infringed. This is a further development of something discussed here a couple days ago: the possibility that in addition to the 42-year-old requirement to report multiple handgun sales ... multiple sales of long guns (rifles and shotguns, in other words) would now have to be reported. At the risk of being accused of hyperbolic, 'Sky is falling' rhetoric,' it is time to point out that the BATFE apparently is committed to imposing such a requirement, and to do so administratively, without even the pretense of Constutitionality provided by congressional authority." ...
 

BATFE Requests “Emergency” Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The reporting requirement will apparently be imposed under the 'authority' the BATFE has used in the past to demand reporting of other types of transactions from certain limited groups of dealers over the past 10 years, but the new proposal is far broader than any previous use of this authority. Of course, there's no law today that prevents dealers from reporting suspicious transactions (or attempted transactions) to the BATFE, and dealers often do so. The BATFE is also free to inspect dealers' sales records—either for annual compliance inspections or during a criminal investigation." ...
 

CA: Batts and Quan admit many community members distrust the Oakland police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts and Mayor-elect Jean Quan admitted today that many community members distrust the city's Police Department in the wake of a recent incident in which two officers shot and killed an unarmed man." ...
 

MI: Michigan Cop Attempts to Intimidate Citizen Videographer on Side of Road (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man was parked on the side of a road in Michigan videotaping city public works employees was approached by a Lincoln Park police officer and harassed."

"'Turn that off for me,' the officer tells the guy about his camera."

"'I’m not going to turn it off,' the man responds."

"'Yes, you are.' 'I’m sorry, I’m not.'" ...
 

MI: Detroit Police harass legal gun owners at 'Gun buyback'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Detroit police harassed legal gun owners at yesterday’s so-called 'gun buyback' while ignoring other obvious felonies at the 'No questions asked' event." ...

"No sooner had Holloway completed the private sale, which is legal under Michigan law, than several Detroit Police officers swooped in and started questioning Holloway’s group." ...
 

GA: Ex-MARTA cop pleads guilty to stealing, pawning goods
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 12-year veteran of the MARTA police force pleaded guilty to stealing more than $26,000 worth of equipment from his employer and then pawning it." ...
 

FL: Political Bits and Pieces
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... Second Amendment advocates from across Florida are lining up behind SB 234, introduced by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, which will restore open carry privileges[sic] for guns in the Sunshine State …" ...
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Submitter's Note: It is a right, not a "privilege".
 

WA: No surprises here: Seattle suspect’s gun reported stolen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The on-line Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting today that the .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic pistol taken from a homeless man shot by Seattle police Dec. 7 had been reported stolen to the King County Sheriff’s Office." ...
 

AZ: Right to keep and bear arms is most important amendment (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I (agree that we should) celebrate the Bill of Rights on Dec. 15 as pointed out by Tina Terry in the Dec. 10, Payson Roundup mail call. However, there was one oversight in not mentioning the most important amendment. The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. The right of the people to keep and bear arms." ...
 

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