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SAF, ANJRPC Ask for Summary Judgment in New Jersey Lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs have filed a motion for summary judgment in their federal lawsuit that challenges New Jersey handgun carry laws." ...

"'We're challenging New Jersey's unconscionable law that forces citizens to demonstrate some absurd 'justifiable need' in order to exercise a constitutional right to keep and bear arms,' said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. 'The way Garden State officials consistently abuse their authority to deny handgun licenses under existing statute is simply unconstitutional, and our case will prove that.'" ...
 

Second Amendment attorney: ATF’s proposed long gun ‘emergency’ regs illegal
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "There’s no confusion, Mr. Melson—at least among people who heed Patrick Henry's advice to 'guard with jealous attention the public liberty.' But that doesn’t mean those trying to find out more about the initiative won’t end up confused..." ...
 

Gun Owner Rights & The Second Amendment (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A brief reminder For any of your friends who don’t understand the right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

Attorney General's office: 'decades of scholarly literature' support RKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... let's take a look at how Samuel Kaplan, of the D.C. Attorney General's office, hopes to justify the low-ball figure:"
"Kaplan said Gura’s team did not build the case from scratch, relying instead on what he called decades of scholarly literature on the Second Amendment."
"Oh, really? Now we're told that 'decades of scholarly literature on the Second Amendment' support the right of individuals to possess firearms? That's certainly not what we have been hearing from that side." ...
 

Is the U.S. to blame for gun violence in Mexico?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's a constant drone of accusations and finger-pointing: The United States is responsible for the violence on the streets of Mexico that is edging the country close to a state of anarchy ..." ...

"The fact is, only a small percentage of the guns linked to drug-related violence in Mexico actually come from the United States." ...

"So where do these guns come from? On the surface, a cursory review of the high-powered military-grade seized weaponry -- grenades, RPGs, .50-caliber machine guns -- clearly indicates this weaponry is not purchased at gun shows in the United States and can't even be found commercially available to consumers in the United States ..." ...
 

Gun Talk Radio: “More Guns Equal Less Crime. Duh.”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun Talk Radio Press Release, by Tom Gresham:"

"The FBI released its crime stats for the first half of 2010. We have more guns, more concealed carry folks, and we are almost six years past the expiration of the stupid Clinton “assault weapon” ban. The last two years have seen record increases in gun sales. So, with all these guns, how bad has crime gotten? It will come as no surprise to those with more than a room-temperature IQ that crime continues to go down." ...
 

Fish & Wildlife merger with Parks and this morning’s 'public' meeting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "What good is a public meeting held at 10 o’clock on a Wednesday – that’s a work day for hunters and anglers who still have jobs, no thanks to the Obama 'stimulus' package – when the genuine public really cannot attend? As posts on two popular outdoor forums, Piscatorial Pursuits and Hunting Washington, seem to suggest, a segment of that 'public' is none too happy with this merger discussion." ...
 

The 1911 Sucks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have said it before and I will end up saying it again: the 1911 an old design that is more trouble than it is worth. I donft say it to be confrontational, or to draw attention to myself. I say it because I see my fellow shooters mindlessly parroting the gun equivalent of Chuck Norris Facts whenever the 1911 comes up in conversation, and I just donft get it. I am not surprised that the 1911 is out of place in todayfs world, and you shouldnft be surprised either. What other 100-year old design is still in daily use? In the comment section of another blog, I summarized my skepticism of the 1911Œs attributes thusly:" ...
 

Question of the Day: What’s the Best “My First Handgun”?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"And no, Playskool is not introducing its own line of licensed .22 replicas of Berettas, Glocks, or 1911s. A good friend of mine has two adolescent sons who already froth at the mouth whenever they see, smell, or even think about guns. They already have the damn-near-perfect "First Rifles' for young shooters, Marlin bolt-action .22s, and they shoot them with adult supervision as often as the weather and their parents’ schedules allow. My friend wants to introduce his boys to handgun shooting, but his current brace of 9mms and .357s are too large and heavy for young hands to grip securely. He’s looking for the right tool for the job, and asked me to recommend a good beginner’s handgun for his young shooters . . ." ...
 

First Scrape of First Photo of SIG .50 BMG Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From firearmsblog.com: 'It has a 5 round magazine, full length rail, bipod, adjustable stock, fluted 29" barrel. The MRSP is $8,999.' ..."
 

Rod, Gun & Game: Modern sporting rifle continues to evolve; DEC looking for hunting stories
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A few years ago, I walked into the hunting cabin of a friend of mine and watched as he cleaned up what looked like an automatic military firearm. ... Like many sportsmen not in the modern sporting rifle 'know' at the time, I would have assumed all of the wrong things!"

"While the modern sporting rifle has been evolving for decades, in the last 10 years or so, shooters and hunters alike have become educated, more logical and have developed heightened interest for one shot shooting accuracy. That has led legions of hunters and shooting sportsmen to a new love and what many call the greatest sporting rifle of all time, the AR-15 platform." ...
 

The Gang of Five in the U.S. Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For those of you unfamiliar with or who don’t grasp the logic of 'The Roberts' Five' vis a vis the Second Amendment, I offer an explanation:"

"The first point to realize about The Roberts' Five – composed of John Roberts, chief justice of the United States, and associate justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Anthony Kennedy – is that it has a greater understanding of the interests of the framers of the constitution than anyone else. These five guys are simply blessed with the ability to divine intention beyond the mundane restrictions of the written word." ...
 

Don’t Let Zombies Ruin Your Holidays (video humor)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The Joy of Shooting Pumpkins (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Some people chunk pumpkins out of big guns and whirling machines. But at our house, we use big guns to turn pumpkins into chunks."

"Over the years, we have shot many pumpkins, along with cabbages, spoiled cantaloupes, zucchini and an entire case of Coca-Cola left over from a local blues festival and way past its expiration date. Over the winters we’ve spent on our 30-acre rural compound…no, not compound, homestead! Homestead! IT’S A HOMESTEAD, NOT A COMPOUND….where was I? Oh yeah, winter. During the winters, we have built and blasted several snowmen, finding that shotguns with bird shot produce the most satisfying blizzards of snowy destruction, especially at close range." ...
 

Defenselessness in the name of 'child safety'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Some, of course, will not be happy until the law requires that children (with 'child' defined as broadly as possible) and guns never be in the same building. Take Dr. Helen Minciotti, for example, and an article she wrote for the Daily Herald titled 'Even with precautions, guns in homes with kids pose a danger.' Early in the article, she seems content with 'merely' advising that guns be kept locked up and useless in an emergency:" ...
 

Georgia Tech Armed Robbery in Disarmed Victim Zone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last night a Georgia Tech student was robbed in his dormitory room by four men wearing masks. At least one of the robbers was armed with a handgun. The university sent a message to campus students advising them on safety ..." ...

"The university's helpful advice does not instruct students to carry a firearm, because in Georgia it is a crime to carry a firearm into a dorm room, meaning that students are denied the inherent right of self defense even while in their own home at the campus ..." ...
 

What Do the ‘Holiday Terror Warning’ Targets Have in Common?
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"The entirely predictable holiday terror warning has been sent out from the Department of Homeland Insecurity to law enforcement agencies nationwide once again. Tell me if you can spot what all of the following potential targets have in common."

"The document suggests that terrorists may consider public gatherings like 'sporting events, parades, religious and cultural activities' to be attractive targets. ..."

"If you guessed that all of these are (a) places where large crowds gather, and (b) places where authorities have outlawed the otherwise legal carry of concealed weapons, you were right!" ...
 

Giving Up Rights for Security in Chicago: A Total Failure
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chicago is known world-wide for having everything a world class city has to offer. From a great nightlife, to the arts, to ethnic cuisine, championship caliber professional sports teams, great universities and an excellent public transportation network, the city has something to offer just about everyone."

"What many don't realize, however, is that Chicago also boasts one of the most intrusive government surveillance systems in the United States."

"But, even with the Chicago police using nearly 10,000 cameras to spy on all aspects of life in the city, it is still better known around the world for violence than for being in the same class as New York, London, Tokyo or Paris. ..." ...
 

IA: Fort Madison council debates proposed firearm restrictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The first reading of an ordinance, with three amendments, restricting firearms on city property and in city-owned building was approved Tuesday night by the Fort Madison City Council." ...

"The ordinance prohibits citizens from possessing a firearm while in city buildings or on city properties with a few exceptions. Among those exceptions are law enforcement officers and military honor guards at funerals." ...
 

IN: Indiana State Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) In The NRA-ILA Spotlight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NRA-ILA would like to applaud the long-standing pro-gun advocacy of newly-elected Indiana State Senator Jim Tomes (R-49)."

"Jim Tomes began his political life as a frustrated firearm owner during the gun control days of the Clinton Administration. An Army Vietnam veteran, former factory employee, Teamsters truck driver and union steward, Tomes became increasingly frustrated by the Clinton Administration’s crusade to strip away our gun rights. This frustration led Tomes to become an NRA- ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC) to help elect pro-gun candidates in Indiana." ...
 

MI: Michigan Looking to Allow Police Departments to Auction Confiscated Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill allowing police departments to auction confiscated firearms has passed in the Michigan State Senate and moves to the house. The details leave me a bit conflicted, although I consider this a significant improvement over simply destroying them." ...
 

OH: Marietta city council members hear from citizens concerned about proposed gun range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Marietta Times is reporting that plans for an open gun range at Washington State Community College met with some neighborhood resistance during a public meeting about the proposed facility earlier this month."

"According to the article, many expressed concern about the safety of a firing range in proximity to their homes and properties, and it appears members of Marietta's City Council would agree with those neighbors, some of whom are circulating a petition asking council to block the development of a shooting range on the college campus ..." ...
 

BATFE shows its contempt for will of the people
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"St. Louis gun owners who doubt that they would be affected by a proposal by the [ATF] to require gun dealers in the southwest to report multiple rifle sales had best think again. If the BATFE gets away with this blatantly unconstitutional usurpation of power, this illegal skirting of the public commenting process, that agency, seeing that it faces no meaningful resistance, will inevitably be emboldened to undertake further power grabs. If, as expected, virulently anti-gun Andrew Traver is made acting director, without Senate approval, during the congressional recess, the abuses will be even more certain--and certain not to be limited to one region of the country." ...
 

FL: Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer Arrested for Cutting Co-Worker's Tires
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A JSO officer was arrested Friday for damaging the vehicle of another JSO officer." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: "These jackasses continue to make me shake my head in wonder. It's like departments go out of their way to find ethical and emotional defectives."
 

Russia: Moscow police chief questions civil liberties
Submitted by: MACpistol.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"Moscow's police chief questioned Wednesday whether civil liberties are even practical when authorities need to keep law and order, the latest sign that ethnic tensions in Russia could lead to new democratic rollbacks." ...

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Submitter's note: This reminds me of the arguments the government pushed in order to pass the "patriot" acts after 9/11.
 

CO: Dangerous flaws in gun database
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police have been relying on a database that is woefully flawed to acquire information about those with permits to carry concealed pistols in Colorado."

"The database is both compromised by errors and overly intrusive to permit holders' right to privacy."

"We urge local law enforcement officials to take the program more seriously and to overhaul their reporting to the state database." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who posits that the most dangerous flaw in this database is "the fact that one even exists...".
 

MT: Got Warrant?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ever noticed how Montana makes the news only when stupid stuff happens? Our latest claim to national fame comes courtesy of Columbia Falls High School." ...
 

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