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Small Arms Survey plans January seminar in Geneva
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "Touting itself as 'an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland,' and further as 'as the principal international source of impartial and public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence,' the [Small Arms Survey] does not make clear how it maintains that independence and impartiality in light of the interests of its leadership, staff and benefactors." ...
 

New Jersey gun laws gave killer carjackers lethal advantage
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... "Issuance of the permit is almost completely discretionary, and New Jersey courts have upheld the policy of strictly limiting permits ‘to persons specifically employed in security work . . . and to others who can establish an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection’, USA Carry reports." ...
 

Arapahoe shooter and Hudak: CO proves evil cowards fold in face of resistance
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "But other recent events in Colorado suggest a larger pattern. Recently, rabidly anti-gun Colorado state senator Evie Hudak surrendered her senate seat, rather than face the kind of resistance that defeated her rabidly anti-gun Democrat pals John Morse and Angela Giron--resistance provoked precisely by their anti-gun extremism."

"The parallels are almost spooky. In both cases, an angry, maladjusted loser with a grudge storms in and commits horrid violations of the rights of others, with ambitions to dramatically expand on that evil, but instead meets unexpectedly stiff resistance, from unexpectedly resolute and courageous would-be victims, and withdraws from the fight in the most cowardly way possible." ...
 

Daily Digest: Young and Angry Edition
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The city of Los Angeles held a gun buy-up on Saturday and took in 817 guns in exchange for grocery store gift cards. Pictured above is L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck holding an authentic Sturmgewehr 44, worth in the neighborhood of $30,000, that was turned in in exchange for a $200 gift card to Ralph’s. " ...

"From The Tactical Wire – Norma USA, the exclusive US distributor for the legendary Swedish manufacturer of superior hunting and target ammunition, announces the new Norma Reloading Manual Expanded Edition. As part of Norma’s 110 years in the ammunition industry, Norma is publishing their second reloading handbook for the beginner to the advanced handloader. ..." ...
 

Women The ‘Holy Grail’ Of Gun Rights Movement
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Women seeking to arm themselves and their daughters are figuring out that guns are not ‘taboo’ but a powerful means of protection."

"'Women are the holy grail of the Second Amendment movement,' said Skip Coryell nationally recognized firearm expert and author of the newly released The Shadow Militia."

"The Second Amendment will stand or fall depending on the way women vote, he said. 'Women make-up about 52% of the population and they vote with a mind of their own.'"

"Women and particularly women with children have been raised with an idea that guns are dangerous. Yet once women get over their initial fear of the firearm, they feel empowered by it, he said. 'Women want to be armed and capable.'" ...
 

More Good News in the Battle to Preserve Second Amendment Freedoms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Like all advocates of freedom, I normally despair about the future. Whether we’re measuring the ever-growing burden of government or the erosion of key forms of social capital such as self-reliance and the work ethic, it seems that the world is heading in the wrong direction."

"But, at least for today, I want to be optimistic. At least on the issue of guns."

"Mexico isn’t a tax haven, but Cabo is still much better than DC."

"My good cheer may simply be a function of the holiday season. Or maybe my optimism is merely an illogical side-effect of having just enjoyed a couple of days of warm sunshine."

"But I don’t think so. I actually think we’re winning the battle to preserve the Second Amendment." ...
 

Who is the Best Female Shooter? Jessie Duff Awarded Grandmaster
Submitted by: Suzanne
Website: http://www.cheaperthandirt.com

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"It might just be Taurus team captain, Jessie Duff."

"What classifies Jessie Duff as the best female shooter in the world? She has something no other female shooting competitor has—the title of Grandmaster in Practical Shooting. To achieve a Grandmaster title in USPSA, one must hit 95 to 100 percent at each stage. It is the highest ranking any competitor can have in USPSA. A goal she has been working on ever since she started competing, Jessie competes in five different shooting sports—IPSC/USPSA, Bianchi Cup, 3-Gun, Steel Challenge, and Cowboy Action Shooting. Winning the Bianchi Cup and Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships are also on her list of accomplishments." ...
 

Gear Review: OPMOD PVS-14 Autogated Gen III Night Vision Scope
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"By now, my review of the Gen 1 NOD (night observation device) from OPMD should have posted. And while the Gen 1 offers some nice features, the real reason they sent me the device was so I could have a point of comparison for how awesome their PVS-14 NOD really is. And I can now say, without a doubt, that I’m in love." ...
 

New from Winchester: Win3Gun Competition Ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"3-gun competitions are awesome, but finding ammo that puts rounds on target and keeps your gun running at the same time can be a headache. I’ve had one or two problems with the lower end Federal offerings, but Winchester white box ammo has never failed me even at long range. Now, news comes that Winchester is expanding their ammunition line to include flavors of your favorite calibers specifically designed for accuracy and reliability in a practical shooting environment. Presser after the jump . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: VG6 Gamma Compensating Muzzle Brake
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"There’s a difference between a compensator and a muzzle brake: one eliminates felt recoil, and one eliminates muzzle climb. I wrote a more in-depth article about the distinction, but that’s a basic overview. The VG6 Gamma, though, is a compensating muzzle brake, which means that it tries to eliminate both muzzle climb and felt recoil at the same time, all in the space of a standard A2 flash hider. It’s designed for those who want the smallest firearm profile possible . . ." ...
 

New From Steyr Arms: L-A1 Service Pistol
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"TTAG would never Steyr you wrong. OK it’s pronounced 'shteye-r.' But in my business you don’t cut funny. And it’s true: when it comes to reviewing products upon which your life may depend, TTAG wouldn’t give you a bum Steyr. So we can’t hand-on-heart say that Steyr’s double-action-only L-A1 Service Pistol is a great gun or merely a $560 (retail) GLOCK wanna-be. We’ll try to get ahold of a test gun for review. (Let’s hope we have more luck than U.S. gun stores, who rarely have Steyrs in stock.) Meanwhile, I’ll say this about Steyrs: they have really great, crisp triggers and the grip angle is more severe than a GLOCK’s (but they point better). YMMV. Press release via tacticalwire.com after the jump . . ." ...
 

Random Thoughts About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was originally called One Million Moms for Gun Control. In the immediate aftermath of the Newtown massacre, PR-meister Shannon Watts named the group as homage to the Million Man March; the 1995 gathering in Washington, D.C. where some 400k African-American men rallied to 'convey to the world a vastly different picture of the Black male.' Shannon soon realized that . . ." ...
 

MSNBC Panel Compares Pro-Gun Sheriffs to Segregationists, Tea Party Based on Racism
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"On Monday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, liberal columnist Cynthia Tucker compared sheriffs who refuse to enforce new restrictive gun laws to people in the South who opposed laws banning segregation, while liberal talk radio host Bill Press ... recommended that these pro-Second Amendment sheriffs should be prosecuted."

"He went on to smear the Tea Party as being founded on racism and opposition to a black President." ...
 

What A Christmas Story Can Teach Us About Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "One of the main arguments for easy access to guns, especially the powerful kind, is self-defense. Since an armed criminal element exists and is bent on wreaking havoc on normal, law-abiding citizens, guns are necessary for our own protection. No amount of gun control is going to stop a determined criminal, the argument goes, so we need guns to deter crime and, more importantly, to put a stop to crime when it occurs."

"It’s notoriously difficult, of course, to determine with accuracy the relationship between gun ownership, gun control, and crime. Nevertheless, common sense tells us that a determined criminal will strike despite the possibility that the victim might be in possession of a gun. ..." ...
 

Sandy Hook anniversary unites us all in the call for common-sense gun control
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "The commitment and courage of these relatives are articulated in the mission statement of Sandy Hook Promise: 'Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.'"

"And that transformation begins by working together to help prevent gun violence in our communities."

"Let's build on the progressive and inclusive Sandy Hook Promise that seeks sensible solutions -- solutions that respect the rights of gun owners and the Second Amendment."

"At the same time, the safety of our children must transcend ideological and political rifts. This dialogue starts with community and parents, not politicians or lobbies." ...
 

Our take: Keep your guns locked away from children
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"There was an interesting confluence of two stories in last Sunday's paper."

"• ... 'So far this year, York County gun owners have applied for 6,390 new permits and 3,998 renewals. And the sheriff's department issued 10,444 permits this year.'" ...

"That's fine. The Second Amendment assures the gun rights of law-abiding citizens."

"But considering the other story in Sunday's paper, let's hope and pray that all those carriers are employing good gun safety practices at home."

"• The other story, 'How can parents teach gun safety? Experts say there is no effective way. So how can children learn?,' said research suggests that gun safety programs for children tend to be ineffective. Children can be taught gun safety and safe hunting practices, but those lessons don't seem to 'stick.'" ...
 

Shotgun Shells Filled With Flowers (video available)
Submitted by: mynameisfoxtrot.com
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"Oh boy a firearms art project! Some artist thought it would be clever to take a shotgun shell and fill it with flower seeds. This isn't some modern day Johnny Appleseed stuff; this is art. Don't you get the bigger message? See it is all a metaphor for being super douchey taking a tool of violence and making it into a tool of life! ::vomit::"

"The flower shell takes a standard 12 gauge shotgun shell and fills it with different kinds of flower seeds. They offer 12 different kinds of seeds like peony, lupine, poppy, sweet pea, and if I keep going I might have to make this a blog about flowers. How does this magic metaphorical shotgun shell work? Watch the short pretentious art video below:" ...
 

PA: Suspect shot, killed by victim in attempted robbery in Feltonville (video available)
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"Police say an attempted robbery turned deadly when the victim pulled out a gun and opened fire on the suspect."

"The incident happened around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Rising Sun and Wyoming Avenues in Philadelphia's Feltonville section."

"Nearly 40 shots were fired around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday when an armed man attempted to rob two men who were walking to their car. One robbery target grabbed his gun and a shootout ensued that saw 37 shots fired."

"Police say two accomplices of the stickup man started shooting as well before fleeing." ...
 

Good Guys With Guns Stop Bad Guys With Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"It’s true, despite what you may hear or read, mass shootings in the United States are declining. I originally compiled this list a year ago, but given the recent situation at Arapahoe High School, it seems like a good time to revisit it. There have been several documented cases in which armed citizens have stopped what could have been mass attacks by gunmen. The Pearl, Mississippi school shooting was stopped by the vice principal Joel Myrick with a Colt .45, The Appalachian School shooting was stopped by two students with handguns. In both cases, the armed citizens threatened the shooter and stopped the mayhem without firing . . ." ...
 

Second Amendment Resurgence
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"John Cooke holds two 30-round magazines in his hands. In one hand is a 30-round magazine purchased before July 1st, when Colorado’s new gun laws took effect and banned purchases of magazines larger than 15-rounds. In his other hand is a 30-round magazine that 'maybe' ... was purchased after the deadline. Two magazines, virtually identical in every aspect, except one is legal and the other is not. Cooke, who serves as Sheriff of Colorado’s Weld County, says that’s exactly his point. His deputies cannot enforce the law if the law is so vague as to make it practically impossible to distinguish what’s legal from what is illegal. Therefore, Cooke, along with all but seven of Colorado’s 62 elected Sheriffs, are suing to block the law." ...
 

TX: Texas Sheriffs Come Out Against Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"More sheriffs around the state of Texas have publicly promised to say 'No' to any attempt by Washington to limit gun rights. But one local sheriff has conspicuous by his absence."

"Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia hasn't gone that far. But spokesman Alan Bernstein told KTRH said he didn't really have to."

"'We have in one way. Eighteen sheriffs associations from various states are on the list. One of those is the Sheriffs Association of Texas,' Bernstein said." ...
 

Obama Pushing Shooters Off Public Lands
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Gun owners who have historically been able to use public lands for target practice would be barred from potentially millions of acres under new rules drafted by the Interior Department, the first major move by the Obama administration to impose limits on firearms."

"Officials say the administration is concerned about the potential clash between gun owners and encroaching urban populations who like to use same land for hiking and dog walking."

"'It's not so much a safety issue. It's a social conflict issue,' said Frank Jenks, a natural resource specialist with Interior's Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 245 million acres. He adds that urbanites 'freak out' when they hear shooting on public lands." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: Ah, hoplophobes. So in other words, public policy is going to be dictated by the mentally ill?
 

Florida Considers Warning Shot Bill
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Florida is considering a bill, HB 89, that would protect citizens who defensively display firearms or who fire warning shots, from being victimized by the law for the act of defending themselves. The genesis of the law is the fact that most people are able to defend themselves by merely showing the attacker that they are armed. This defuses the situation in the vast majority of cases: people do not want to be shot. There’s apparently no truth to the rumor that, should it be enacted, the law will be known in the Sunshine State as Jill Biden’s Law . . ." ...
 

KS: County opens all buildings to concealed carry, with 2 exceptions
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"Monday, Seward County commissioners approved a resolution that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons in all county buildings with a couple of exceptions."

"Prior to the discussion, Kansas Representative Reid Petty and USD No. 480 Board member Tammy Sutherland-Abbott spoke to the commission about what they would like to see done."

"'I would also like to encourage you to take down all the signs and not spend an extra $100,000 of taxpayer money, which in my opinion would go against the Second Amendment as well,' Petty said."

"The $100,000 the legislator referred to is money the county had budgeted to put in place adequate security measures for the Seward County Courthouse." ...
 

KS: King: Let cities pay for security upgrades
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"While State Sen. Jeff King, R-Independence, dislikes unfunded mandates, he indicated government entities should have to pay for their own security measures if they want to keep concealed weapons out of their buildings."

"The District 15 senator visited with the Parsons City Commission Monday evening. Among other topics discussed was a new law that requires governments to allow people with concealed-carry gun permits to take their guns into government buildings unless the buildings are exempted. Governments can get a four-year exemption beginning on Jan. 1 if they file security plans for the buildings with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, and the city commission approved a resolution exempting city buildings on Monday night." ...
 

GA: Gun carry law backers ready for new fight
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"When the clock ran out on the 2013 Georgia General Assembly last March, major gun carry legislation failed to make it to a vote, but supporters pledged to bring it back to the next session."

"State Rep. Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton, said Tuesday that it’s his understanding that legislation, similar to last year’s original House Bill 512, will likely be pre-filed before the session starts in January."

"Hightower said he’s not the author of the legislation, but will be a co-sponsor, as he was last year. Last year’s bill would have allowed gun carry license holders to take weapons into churches, bars, college campuses, airports and many public buildings. It would have also permitted school districts to arm school administrators." ...
 

TX: Cornyn Nabs NRA Endorsement Over Stockman
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"The National Rifle Association on Wednesday endorsed incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) over his primary challenger, outspoken gun rights advocate Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX)."

"'John Cornyn is a consistent and passionate champion of our Second Amendment rights,' Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA's Political Victory Fund, said in a statement highlighting the incumbent senator's A+ rating from the organization."

"'The choice is clear for law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in the U.S. Senate republican primary election in Texas, and that choice is John Cornyn,' Cox continued."

"In a campaign statement, Cornyn touted himself as an outdoorsman who will defend Texans' Second Amendment rights." ...
 

ID: Kootenai Co. leaders call GOP gun resolution "unenforceable" (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Commissioners in Kootenai County looked at a resolution Tuesday from local republicans concerning the Second Amendment."

"In November, Kootenai County GOP leaders passed a resolution asking the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office to make any federal laws which violate the second amendment unenforceable there."

"On Tuesday, Kootenai County leaders said that they understand the importance of protecting firearms."

"All three commissioners admitted that they each own guns themselves. However, they had issue with how this resolution was worded and ultimately said that it was not enforceable." ...
 

Peña v. Cid Case Update (Challenge to California’s Handgun Roster)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Monday, oral arguments were held for our Second Amendment challenge to California handgun “roster” laws (that limit access to Constitutionally-protected handguns by law-abiding people) before United States District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on cross motions for summary judgment."

"The lawsuit ... was filed by The Calguns Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, and a number of individual plaintiffs in April 2009, during the period that Nordyke v. King incorporated the Second Amendment through the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause."

"Arguing for Peña et. al, CGF, and SAF at the hearing was attorney Alan Gura with assistance from Don Kilmer. ..." ...
 

CA: Gun rights groups target California city’s ordinance
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"If you own an ammunition magazine that holds more than 10 rounds and you live in Sunnyvale, Calif., you can keep it — as long as you also have a second home in another city."

"Otherwise, a newly approved ordinance requires owners by March 6 to sell or transfer their magazines to someone outside the city, or surrender them to licensed firearms dealers or police."

"Not surprisingly, gun rights groups are taking aim at the law, known as Measure C, passed by Sunnyvale voters in November. The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal judge for an injunction to stop the measure, arguing that it violates the Second Amendment." ...
 

CA: NRA Sues Sunnyvale Over Large Capacity Magazine Restrictions
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"In what was an expected move echoing other suits around the country, lawyers for the National Rifle Association sued the city of Sunnyvale on Tuesday, arguing that new gun laws restricting the ownership of large capacity guns violate the Second Amendment."

"By allowing residents and Sunnyvale visitors to only possess firearms with reduced capacity magazines, the suit alleges that the city 'unconstitutionally limits the number of rounds that its law abiding residents will have to protect themselves.'" ...
 

PA: Motorist checkpoint in Reading draws questions
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"A private firm with a federal contract - and backed up by city police - forced motorists off Laurel Street and into a private parking lot Friday to question them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth."

"'I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels,' Reading resident Ricardo Nieves, one of those stopped, told City Council Monday."

"He said federal and local tax dollars were being used to stop innocent people without probable cause, and allow a private company to hire uniformed police to force citizens to listen to their questions." ...

"City Police Chief William M. Heim said ... the swabs were not to get DNA samples but to test for the presence of prescription drugs." ...
 

CA: Sheriff's Department admits wrongly hiring problem officers
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"The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged Tuesday that it hired about 80 officers who should have been disqualified because of problems in their backgrounds including criminal convictions and poor job performance."

"Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers said he was troubled by the hires and plans on 'making some swift changes.'"

"'People have to trust that we're hiring the best and brightest …' he said in an interview. 'Almost everything we do is predicated on public trust.'"

"The admission came two weeks after a Times investigation found the agency hired dozens of officers from a disbanded county police force even though sheriff's investigators had found significant misconduct in their backgrounds. ..." ...
 

MI: Clay Township officer to stand trial
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"A Clay Township police officer will face trial on more than two dozen felony counts after witnesses testified he failed to provide them with adequate training to receive a concealed pistol license."

"Ralph Cierpial, 36, of St. Clair, was bound over to St. Clair County Circuit Court by District Judge Cynthia Platzer Tuesday on 27 counts of unlawfully granting pistol safety training certificates." ...
 

PA: Police presence at traffic stop troubling
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"Appearance is everything."

"So when a police car's lights are flashing along the side of a city street lined with cones, and someone forces motorists into a parking lot that contains uniformed city police, forgive the motorists for believing police are operating that checkpoint."

"And when people with no ID tell motorists they want to ask about their driving habits but also ask for a mouth swab, forgive the motorists for believing they want a DNA sample without a warrant."

"And when the same people say the questions and the swab are voluntary but don't take no for an answer, forgive the motorists for thinking it's not really voluntary after all." ...

"Police Chief William Heim insists that city police were hired for site security only ..."

"But flashing police car lights have nothing to do with site security." ...
 

WA: Seattle to pay SAF $38,000 in gun buyback records dispute
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Anti-gun Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn leaves office soon, and yesterday his administration agreed to pay the Second Amendment Foundation $38,000 to settle a lawsuit filed earlier this year over the city’s failure to release all public records relating to January’s gun buyback fiasco, as detailed in today’s Seattle Times."

"SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said the money will help support his organization’s continuing legal battles and educational efforts." ...
 

FL: Guns may be in high demand for Floridians' holiday gifts (video available)
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"The gift of a gun may be high on many Floridians' holiday shopping lists."

"The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it is on target to conduct nearly 1 million background checks this year on private firearm purchases. The projection comes as the department is reporting a record number of reviews conducted over the Thanksgiving weekend that typically kicks off the year-end holiday shopping season."

"'We have definitely seen an increase in the number of background checks over the past several years,' FDLE spokeswoman Samantha Andrews said Monday."

"'You can see November and December are relatively larger' for sales." ...
 

WA: With gun rights comes gun-owner responsibility
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "I-594 is not about gun control. Rather, it is about gun responsibility." ...

"I-594, if passed, would require criminal background checks on all gun sales in our state. ..."
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Submitter's Note: If that's all it does, then whyinthehell is the damned thing 18 pages long?
 

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