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MI: Livonia settles suit over breath test of minor
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"The city of Livonia to their credit rather than insisting on going through a full-fledged trial and lots of lengthy procedural issues, they decided to do the right thing," said Dan Korobkin, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which filed the lawsuit.

According to a court order issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh, the Livonia Police Department will adopt a policy that states it will not give a breath test to a person under the age of 21 who is not driving unless the minor consents, police receive consent from a parent or guardian for a minor under 18 or the test is authorized by a search warrant or court order.
 

Tea-party leader shocked by arrest on gun charges
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Mark Meckler, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest and most prominent tea-party groups, was arrested today at New York City's LaGuardia Airport on a gun charge – despite showing police his pistol permit and explaining that the weapon is registered in California.

"Mark Meckler, an attorney and national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, who holds a concealed-carry permit from the state of California, today was charged with a firearms violation.

Submitter's note: DO NOT Enter NYC..... Else this... They fail to understand the Second Amendment or established Federal rules for transit w/ firearms...
 

AZ: Police respond to fight at Walmart
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SIERRA VISTA, AZ: No fewer than half a dozen Sierra Vista police officers responded to Walmart Wednesday afternoon after it was reported that four people with guns were involved in a fight.

As police arrived shortly after 1:40 p.m. and blocked off entry into the parking lot, it was soon discovered that the fight, which occurred in the foyer of the northern entrance of the building, involved only one legally-owned firearm.
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"One of the subjects was hit. He took out his gun and that discontinued the altercation," said Tracy Grady, public information officer for the police department. "He was injured on the side of the head and he required some treatment at the scene but he refused anything further."


 

Federal Police Ranks Swell to Enforce a Widening Array of Criminal Laws
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For years, the public face of federal law enforcement has been the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Today, for many people, the knock on the door is increasingly likely to come from a dizzying array of other police forces tucked away inside lesser-known crime-fighting agencies.
They could be from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Labor or Education departments, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency known for its weather forecasts.

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NRA News Minute: Why Even Start "Fast & Furious" Gun Operation?
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In the NRA-ILA Grassroots News Minute for December 16, the gun advocacy group asks why the "Fast and Furious" gun operation was even begun in the first place. It speculates that it was so the Obama administration could impose new gun control restrictions.

Ed.: Video story.
 

TX: Armed students increase danger
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Confusion then instills, and the two shots of protection result in four shots being fired by the bystanders at the protectors. Then those four bullets initiate eight more. Then those eight initiate another 16, and so on and so forth.

It’s called exponential growth. Bullets fired = 2^x, where x equals the number of individuals with guns. Lets say 100 people are in the area. 2^100 is something like 126,750,600,228,229,401,496,703,205,376 — quite a few bullets, if you ask me.

Ed.: Clearly, the author failed algebra and calculus. The situation described is a power series(x^n, where x = 2), and x isn't the number of people with guns, it is the number of iterations, and 2^x isn't the number of bullets, it is the number of bullets in the 101st iteration. For the total bullets, you'd want the summation of 2^n from n=0 to n=100. His grievous math errors aside, this isn't even a rational model for what might happen. Heck, 100 people with 2 15-rnd mags each is only 3,000 rounds, which is only enough ammo for 10 iterations of his model. Not to mention there isn't a single real life example of where this model has occurred (on campus or off).
 

CA: Occupy meets Open Carry in the East Bay
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"I wanted to be educated and learn the message," said Brad, a 29-year-old Antioch resident and open-carry supporter who declined to give his last name.

While several open-carry supporters attended a previous Occupy Concord march, organizer Frank Runninghorse said they did not contact Occupy Concord about their plans to attend this rally.

"We found out on their website," Runninghorse said.

And while the 57-year-old Concord resident said he understands that open-carry supporters are advocating for their Second Amendment rights, weapons are not welcome at Occupy Concord meetings and events.
 

KY: Richmond Man Says He Shot Burglar in Self Defense
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Steven Womack later told investigators he was holding the burglar at gunpoint until troopers arrived when the suspect suddenly tried to get out a window.

Womack also told troopers when the burglar went to reach for something in his pocket, he shot him three times.
 

Canada: Quebec guns for trouble
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Unlike the rest of Canada, Quebec must think there are dangerous criminals, and even another Marc Lepine, lurking among law-abiding farmers and hunters whose names are in the doomed long-gun registry.

If that is the case, those farmers and hunters should be outraged with the Liberal government of Jean Charest.

They're being played as pawns.
 

WA: Push on for stronger self-defense law in WA
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Washington State armed citizens are being lobbied to push for adoption of a proposed statute that will strengthen the Evergreen State’s lethal force self-defense law, a measure that was introduced in January and now waits for more co-sponsors.

Leading the charge is veteran firearms instructor Marty Hayes, founder of the Firearms Academy of Seattle. His primary concern is a 2005 Supreme Court ruling in State v. Brightman, a case involving a man who, during the course of a fistfight over $20, pulled a gun and struck his opponent only to have the pistol discharge, fatally wounding Dexter Villa near Titlow Beach in Tacoma.
 

Capitalism and the Right to Rise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Congressman Paul Ryan recently coined a smart phrase to describe the core concept of economic freedom: "The right to rise."

Think about it. We talk about the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to assembly. The right to rise doesn't seem like something we should have to protect.
 

IN: Guns, immigrants, and marriage can split allies
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It was 50 years ago that his father, Task Force Tips founder Clyde McMillan, called in sick to his engineering job at U.S. Steel Gary Works – and hours later learned two co-workers were shot dead in his office along with two others elsewhere by a disgruntled employee.

McMillan believes if employees other than security guards had been armed that day, the carnage may have been stopped sooner.

"He knew he had carte blanche to go in there and take his time and do what he wanted because no one had a weapon," McMillan said of the lone gunman.
 

NC: Gifts for guns 'about making a wrong right'
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Now, the pastor and noted gospel singer heads up his church's Gifts for Guns Exchange, an annual Christmas program that gives gift cards to people in exchange for their firearms.

The weapons are turned over to police, who destroy them.

The 24-hour exchange - intended to get guns off the streets and prevent crime - ran from Thursday night to Saturday afternoon at the church in the Double Oaks community north of uptown.

No questions are asked, Kee said, and each person who turned over a gun received a $25 gift card to Walmart or for gas.
 

It's not fast and furious for Eric Holder
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At last count, 59 members of Congress want the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. They should save their energy and watch the faucet drip more.

Holder won’t quit — yet — even though he’s repeatedly lied to Congress and the American people about the disgusting Justice Department operation that sent a couple of thousand guns to Mexican drug cartels.
 

Eric Holder Tells NY Times He’s Taking Hits For Obama Because “We’re Both African American”
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“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” he said, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”
 

NY: Investigation shows ease of banned buyers obtaining guns
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A report released Thursday by New York City found that nearly two-thirds of 125 private, online gun sellers from across the country agreed to sell firearms to investigators who told them they couldn't pass a background check.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chairman of the 600-member national coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns (which includes Madison Mayor Paul Soglin), commissioned the investigation, which was conducted by 15 private investigators posing as gun buyers.
 

Canada: Guns spread misery - why risk having them around?
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Guns are destabilizing many areas, such as Prince George, recently named the most violent city in Canada. When gun owners write to The Province to claim these crimes are proof the long-gun registry doesn't work, they are expressing something that cannot be contradicted.

What we do know, though, is that wherever guns are plentiful, the homicide and suicide rate is higher, especially in North America.
 

MT: Gun owners pay top dollar for Polson woodworker's custom creations
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It’s a highly specialized business, carving rifle and shotgun stocks out of blocks of walnut and maple and then custom-fitting them to each gun and gun owner.

Kelly Clairmont said there are maybe 100 people in the United States who do it for a living.

“And four of them are right here in Polson,” he said.
 

NY: Join Mayor Bloomberg on the line to fight illegal guns like the one that killed Police Officer Peter Figoski
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Before Michael Bloomberg was to leave for West Babylon yesterday, before he was to join the line at the Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home, here is what he said about it all:

“If we’re going to win the war against illegal guns, we have to fight it one criminal — and one gun — at a time. And it’s going to take everyone — police officers, prosecutors, judges and elected officials, but also families and neighbors — working in coordination.”

Bloomberg wasn’t done.
 

Dallas Morning News: Is anyone really buying Holder’s excuses on Fast & Furious?
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To answer Mike Hashimoto, the DMN’s editorial writer, no. That, however, hasn’t kept them from sticking with their stonewall strategy:
 

CA: Ex-USF student Brad Engmann enjoys ‘racing with a handgun’
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Engmann, who at age 13 had become adept at static shooting after he convinced his dad to take him to a firing range, returned to a more challenging version of the sport 10 years later when he discovered practical shooting, which involves hitting targets while running an obstacle course.

“It’s a tightrope between speed and accuracy; you have to be really fast, but you have to hit what you’re aiming at,” Engmann said. “The term I use is racing with a handgun.”
 

ID: A year later, guns on campus bill looks even worse
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The National Rifle Association's legendary political clout notwithstanding, the notion of Idaho college students strolling across campus with concealed handguns is running out of ammunition.

It's true that before the Senate State Affairs Committee blocked a guns on campus bill earlier this year, it sailed through the House by a 41 to 28 margin.

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DE: Home invasions on the rise
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But at 5 a.m., their rear door was kicked in with such force that the knobs and other hardware hit the front wall, 24 feet away.

In seconds, two men dressed entirely in black were at their bedside pointing guns at their heads and screaming.

"They kept asking the same things over and over," the husband said. "Where's the money? Where's the safe? Where are the guns? Where's the jewelry?"
 

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