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Attorney says Aitken to appeal for vindication on gun charges
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Our next step is to win the appeal to vindicate Brian. I am confident of our success." ...
 

Some People Have No Shame
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"BRADY CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES 'GODDARDS ON GUNS' BLOG"

"Father and Son take on gun lobby after VA Tech Tragedy"
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"Any bets on whether or not these professional victims will allow 'reasoned discourse'?" ...

"UPDATE: Here it is. Nope--no comments allowed. This is my shocked face."
 

Violent crime stays down as more Washingtonians are packing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Violent crime continued to decline in Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue during the first half of 2010, according to crime data released Monday by the FBI, yet gun ownership and the number of people licensed to carry in the Evergreen State continues to rise." ...
 

Anti-Airsoft Jihad Gathers Pace (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I don’t get it. Does it really matter whether a criminal is holding a real gun or an Airsoft replica? The revelation that criminals have put orange tips on real guns ... —a 'fact' for which I’d like to see proof—pretty much eliminates the cops' need to make any distinction between real and fake firearms. 'Drop your weapon!' pretty much covers it. ..."
 

NSSF Infiltrates NE Colleges with Target Shooting Grants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is not one for saber rattling. As the Brits are wont to say, the firearms industry lobby group goes along to get along. But the NSSF has a significant PR budget, thanks to Americans putting their money where their members’ mouths are. The NSSF spends big bucks to ensure a healthy supply of gun buyers now and into the future. As part of its two-year-old Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative, the NSSF has just awarded 38 grants totaling $190,000 to 'help both new and existing collegiate target shooting programs flourish.' Here’s the kicker: a chunk of the money is headed for those bastions of New England liberalism: Harvard Law, the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts, Yale, MIT ..." ...
 

Noreen Bad News .338 Lapua Ultra Long Range Rifle Revealed (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The firearmsblog.com flags the fact that father and son gunmakers Peter and Phil Noreen are now selling the 'Noreen Bad News.' It’s a $5k custom-made AR-style rifle chambered in the increasingly popular .338 Lapua ... Our favorite apolitical gun blogger lists the new weapon's advantages: 'semi-automatic (faster than old action), long range (much more power than the .308 Win) and comfortable recoil (on account of the semi-auto action and muzzlebrake).' Not to mention long range. Oh wait. He did. But it's worth mentioning again ..."
 

Great Christmas Gift: The Matrix Rest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For those hard-to-buy-for gun people on your Christmas list (or when putting together your own 'me want!' list), consider a bench rest device for testing accuracy in rifles and handguns." ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Weekend Edition III
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So I was heading back into Shreveport from my quick trip to Dallas, hurrying in, because I wanted to attend a piano recital for a music teacher friend of mine. It dawned on me that I had no idea where the recital was to be held. So I called her. And she told me 'Schumpert Hospital.' And thus, another can o' worms was opened." ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 19
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’ll admit it. I love musical theatre. And I'm NOT a metrosexual. I grew up in a musical household (I'm a 5th generation professional), and musical comedy was a part of my life from birth. I've played bunches of musicals from the pit, and I’ve trod the boards as well. Hi, I’m Brad Kozak…you might remember me in the role of the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. So it was not out-of-character for me to look forward to my first chance to see Spamalot, the Eric Idle-penned musical more-or-less based on the immortal Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And as is my custom, I planned to go packin' . . ." ...
 

Question of the Day: How Many Guns Do You Need?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Beware of the man with one gun. He knows how to use it.' This oft-quoted adage predates the invention of semi-automatic weapons with reliable, bullet-laden magazines. Back then, the best way to reload a gun was . . . a second gun. Or a third. Or fourth. A man with one gun HAD to know how to use it effectively. Even though most U.S. states allow high cap mags, the advice is just as true today as it was back in them thar days. That said, the adage has morphed into an anti-consumerist Zen thing . . ." ...
 

Justice Breyer’s Sharp Aim
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WHILE the federal judge who ruled that portions of the health care reform law were unconstitutional made the big headlines, another important constitutional debate was reopened last week by Justice Stephen Breyer during an interview on Fox. He argued that the historical record — in particular, James Madison’s thoughts and writings — supports the dissenters in the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the Supreme Court said the Second Amendment established an individual right to bear arms, and on that basis struck down a District of Columbia ban on handguns."

"Conservatives were quick to accuse Justice Breyer of pursuing an activist judicial agenda. Their charges are misguided." ...
 

BOOK REVIEW: After You Shoot: Your gun's hot. The perp's not, Now What? – By Alan Korwin
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During a typical state-mandated defensive firearms class there comes an hour – usually during that sleepy time after lunch – where the instructor gives some obligatory advice on what to do should you ever be forced to use the skills you're learning. Generally the advice comes down to two points:"

"•Call 911.
•Don't say anything." ...
 

UT: Roy police call death act of self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police said it was an act of self defense that claimed the life of 37-year old John F. Sharp."

"Sharp was shot twice after he allegedly forced his way into the home of his ex-girlfriend and began choking her."

"Police said Mellony Pursel attempted to fight him off and that’s when her 17-year old niece intervened."

"'She gets a gun, fires two shots at the individual (Sharp) who is attacking Mellony and both shots hit him in the chest,' said Roy police Chief Greg Whinham ..." ...
 

NC: DA: Raceway shooting was self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No charges will be filed in a fatal shooting at a Sampson County racetrack because it was a case of self-defense, District Attorney Dewey Hudson said Friday."

"Timothy McKoy, 29, of Garland, died after being shot in the head and chest on July 4 at Harrells Raceway."
 

DC: Robbers kill D.C. shopkeeper in front of wife and son
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Patel, 46, did not get home Saturday night. Two men in ski masks robbed his shop, the Newton Foodmart in Brookland, just after 6:30 p.m. and shot him in the chest while his wife and son cowered beneath the front counter." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who points out the victims played the Brady Strategy perfectly: "Unarmed victims, draconian 'gun laws'...all the elements were there."
 

N.J. Governor Chris Christie Commutes Innocent Gun Owner’s Prison Sentence -- NRA Hails Decision, Calls for Real Reform
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association praised New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for commuting the prison sentence of Brian Aitken—a gun owner who was arrested, convicted and imprisoned for illegal possession of firearms, even though he had made every effort to comply with New Jersey’s restrictive and confusing laws."

"The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund supported Mr. Aitken’s case." ...

"'While Governor Christie’s grant of clemency was absolutely the right thing to do, Brian Aitken’s case is just one example of how New Jersey's ridiculous gun laws turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals,' added [NRA-ILA Executive Director] Cox. ..." ...
 

Gun owner released from prison after Christie commutes sentence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No one told Brian Aitken why he was being removed from his prison tier on Monday night after dinner. He was transferred to the hospital wing and placed in a single cell by himself."

"It wasn’t until the next morning that he found out Governor Christie had commuted his prison sentence for weapons charges. He was released from the Mid-State Correctional Facility Annex in Wrightstown after serving four months behind bars, far short of his full seven-year sentence." ...
 

Brian Aitken Now Free With Your Help
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Senator Everett Dirkson once said 'when I feel the heat, I see the light.'"

"And you just lit the fire that forced a spotlight of attention on Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey as he signed an order commuting Brian prison sentence." ...
 

VA: Christmas Sweater Club Punished At Local High School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They call themselves the 'Christmas Sweater Club' because they wear the craziest ones they can find. They also sing Christmas songs at school and try their best to spread Christmas cheer."

"Now all 10 of them are in trouble because of what they did at their school." ...

"The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small they often break apart."

"Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, 'They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.' He said neither he nor any of their friend did that." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, D.C. antagonist, gets Obama administration post
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the latest example of unexpected political bedfellows: the state's Republican Land Commissioner--and noted gun enthusiast--Jerry Patterson will be appointed to a post in President Barack Obama's administration, the White House announced tonight." ...
 

NY: Eddington Looking to Implement Legislation Restricting Air Guns in Suffolk County
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A business owner in Ronkonkoma is at odds with a recently proposed piece of legislation in Suffolk County designed to ensure the safe use of air guns." ...

"The main thrust of this legislation is to identify air guns and rifles as weapons and prohibit the discharge of any air gun within 150 feet of any residence ..." ...
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KABA Note: No, this legislation is not "designed to ensure the safe use of air guns", it is designed to add yet another restriction to an already highly regulated activity in the hopes that fewer people will be willing to jump through all the necessary hoops, so fewer kids will be exposed to shooting sports, thus further isolatingthose who do shoot.
 

FL: Palm Beach County plans to lift ban on guns in parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Basketball, suntan lotion, beach blanket — hand gun."

"The new list of what's allowed in Palm Beach County parks will soon include firearms ..."

"After years of banning guns from county sports fields, beaches, camp sites and other recreation areas, the local rules are being changed to allow people with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns to county parks."

"County officials say the change comes after a local resident alerted them that the local ban on firearms in county parks didn't comply with a state law, approved during the 1980s, that allows concealed weapons permit holders to bring their firearms to parks in Florida." ...
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Submitter's Note: But why would you ever need a gun in a park?
 

NY: Assembly GOP to celebrate Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Jan. 25, 2011, Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, and other Assembly Republicans, will host the second annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in The Well of the Legislative Office Building." ...
 

Acting ATF Director Ken Melson: ATF Acting Director Announces Demand Letters for Multiple Sales of Specific Long Guns in Four Border States
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recent initiative by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has caught the attention of national media outlets."

"I wanted to make sure everyone heard from me about this law enforcement initiative so there isn’t any confusion." ...
 

Feds Seek to Implement Unconstitutional Power & Gun Grab
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Obama administration just can’t stop blaming the Second Amendment for violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels."

"In the latest brazen attempt to circumvent the Constitution, Obama and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) are seeking to implement rules that will subject American gun dealers to even more onerous paperwork requirements." ...
 

Feds want reporting for high-powered rifle sales
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The federal agency that monitors gun sales wants weapons dealers near the Mexican border to start reporting multiple sales of high-powered rifles, according to a notice published in the Federal Register."

"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has asked the White House budget office to approve an emergency request requiring border-area gun dealers to report the sales of two or more rifles to the same customer within a five-day period." ...
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KABA Note: "High power" in this case referring to anything over .22 caliber.
 

"Just Keeping You Safe": The Cheka Checks In
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'What are you doing here?' Paul asked the armed stranger who had materialized outside his workplace."

"'Just keeping you safe,' replied the interloper, who had invaded the property without invitation or explanation."

"The visitor was clad in what Paul described as a SWAT-style dark blue jumpsuit, mirrored sunglasses, and a baseball cap. He had arrived in a white SUV equipped with running lights and displaying police markings advertising that it belonged to the Department of Homeland Security." ...
 

Bonidy v. USPS: Postal Service Moves To Dismiss
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, Department of Justice attorneys representing the U.S. Postal Service filed a Motion to Dismiss the suit brought contesting the ban on firearms on Postal Service property. This suit was brought by the Mountain States Legal Foundation on behalf of Debbie and Tab Bonidy as well as the National Association for Gun Rights." ...

"I do not know how this District Court will look upon this Motion to Dismiss. Nonetheless, this Motion to Dismiss is important outside this immediate case because it gives a good look at the mindset of Justice Department attorneys regarding the Second Amendment within the Obama Administration ..."
 

GA: Double murder suspect a federal officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend is a federal law enforcement officer."

"Michael Abrah Ntiamoah, 32, worked as a uniformed officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Virginia Dabbs, a spokeswoman for the agency, told the AJC." ...
 

CA: Woman arrested at port, accused of having Border Patrol gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The 25-year old woman was taken into custody on Saturday after agents at the border discovered the woman had a gun they say belongs to the US Border Patrol." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who says: "I suppose it would be out of line, sexist, evil-minded and unnecessarily suspicious to wonder if maybe a little quim pro quo action was going on here...?"
 

MN: Proctor deputy police chief enters plea deal on drug, weapons charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Proctor City Councilor Troy Foucault, who resigned as his city’s deputy police chief last month after theft, weapon and drug charges were brought against him, entered pleas today that brought the case close to conclusion."

"Foucault, 34, pleaded guilty in St. Louis County District Court to being in possession of an illegal short-barreled shotgun and entered an Alford plea on the drug charge. ..."

"A felony theft charge against Foucault was dismissed as part of a plea agreement reached with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks, reasonably enough: "Still, I wonder how many people he put away in his career on gun and drug charges...?"

"And how many of them got probation with the promise of clean records?"
 

MA: Disarming the toy box
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... "Dominic joined dozens of children yesterday at the annual Toy Gun Bash in the gymnasium of Pleasant View Elementary School. There, they lined up to toss their toy guns, from dainty purple water guns to camouflage-painted pistols, inside the Bash-O-Matic, a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and the shape of a cockroach spliced with a frog."

"Prodded by Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, who wore a fuzzy Santa hat, the children stared curiously as the Bash-O-Matic mashed up their guns and digested them into a plastic bin near its tail." ...
 

CA: Norris Jones Honored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has named Norris Jones, as Volunteer of the decade and Man of the Year for his dedication and service to the RMEF."

"Over two decades ago, then a Trona Sheriff’s Sergeant, Norris Jones became involved with the foundation and its goals of wildlife habitat conservation. Through his efforts, the Ridgecrest Chapter of RMEF was founded and the annual dinner — planned for February 5, 2011 — a huge success." ...
 

OH: Editorials opposing restaurant carry expose coordinated anti-gun bias
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"By running nearly identical anti-gun editorials on the same day, The Columbus Dispatch and The Toledo Blade have finally given up their longtime charade that coverage of the gun issue is unbiased and independent. The Dayton Daily News joined the party about a week later by running an equally one-sided editorial that relied on similar mistruths, misquotes and outright fabrications to make the case against allowing legal concealed carry in establishments that serve alcohol for consumption." ...
 

OH: 104,100 Pounds of Venison Donated During Hunting Season so far
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohio deer hunters have donated more than 104,100 pounds of venison to local food banks so far this deer season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife."

"'I am happy to see this program continue to grow each year. Ohio hunters once again have shown their generosity so Ohio's food pantries will receive the nutritious red meat they so desperately need,' said David M. Graham, chief of the Division of Wildlife." ...
 

AZ: Right to self-defense not limited
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In their writings, the Founders also repeatedly made it clear that the inalienable right to self-defense was not limited to the right of the individual to protect him or herself against attacks by individual criminals, but also for citizens to defend themselves against tyrannical government(s)." ...
 

NY: Livery Cab Drivers To Receive Bulletproof Vests (video available)
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"A dozen livery cab drivers will receive bulletproof vests as part of a pilot program announced Monday aimed at keeping the drivers safe."

"The New York Federation of Taxi Drivers is currently handing out the vests to drivers in the South Bronx, Jamaica, and East New York."

"The goal is to distribute the vests to several bases – with users returning them after their shift for other drivers to use."

"They're the same vests worn by New York City Police Department officers."

"The union says it wants to make them available to any driver who asks, but they'll need help." ....
 

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