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Would You 'Send a Gun to Defend a British Home'?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Many of us involved in gun rights advocacy have seen the poster accompanying this column. It was the terrifying dawn of World War II, and the British, fearing German invasion, were ill-prepared to defend their nation."

"The December 1959 issue of GUNS Magazine is now online, and it tells us the story behind the poster in the feature article 'Guns in our bundles for Britain,' by William B. Edwards."

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Accused cop killer had (surprise!) stolen handgun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Maurice Clemmons, the man authorities are convinced fatally shot four Lakewood, WA police officers Sunday morning in a coffee shop in the Parkland area south of Tacoma, evidently left two handguns at the scene of the crime, one of them (as predicted here yesterday) checked out to have been stolen in Seattle."

"That was one of many revelations in court documents filed yesterday against acquaintances of the now-deceased cop-killer, who are facing some major criminal troubles of their own." ...
 

Attack on Tiahrt amendment is another assault on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Tiahrt amendment does not affect the outcome of background checks for firearm purchases, does not affect who is permitted to own a firearm, and does not restrict law enforcement officials from accessing and effectively using all firearm data for criminal investigations. It does prevent the permanent firearm registry of law-abiding citizens who have passed such a check."

"Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ex-Gov. Thomas Kean have chosen to join forces with Sen. Charles Schumer, an anti-gunner from New York, in order to exploit the Fort Hood murders and to further their efforts to restrict lawful gun purchases and ownership." ...
 

AzCDL Joins In Amicus Brief On Supreme Court Gun-Ban Case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Arizona Citizens Defense League has joined with other pro-rights individuals, groups and several district attorneys in the filing of an 'amicus (friend of the court) brief' with the United State Supreme Court in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the most critical Second Amendment case since the Heller decision upheld our individual right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

Chicago gun ban challenge – the right thing to do
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Americans by a significant majority support the individual right to keep and bear arms —- as definitively recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Heller decision last summer ... Predictably, many anti-gun advocates in the nation's capitol and elsewhere are refusing to recognize the high Court's ruling, and continue to thwart efforts by law-abiding citizens to defend themselves by possessing a firearm."

"This is one reason the pending court challenge to Chicago's gun ban ... is so important; and why so many smart state attorneys general have signed on in support of the challenge led by the National Rifle Association[sic] ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association had much more to do with McDonald than the NRA.
 

Killing Slaughterhouse
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Supreme Court has set a date of March 2, 2010, for oral arguments in McDonald v. Chicago, the case that will decide whether the revival of the Second Amendment won in 2008's Heller case will extend to overturning gun control restrictions imposed by local and state governments."

"The legal briefs from the plaintiffs, and many of their amici, are now circulating. And an interesting division in the preferred strategy for winning the case has appeared, one based on the daring legal gambit around which most of lead McDonald lawyer (and Heller lawyer) Alan Gura’s brief is built."

"To understand Gura's radicalism, we need to take a quick stroll through a century and more of legal precedent. ..." ...
 

AZ: Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press weighs in on Chicago gun-ban case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As Otis McDonald v. City of Chicago is expected to be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court in February 2010, Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country, has joined 34 California district attorneys, eight Nevada district attorneys, former Graham County, Ariz. Sheriff Richard Mack, Arizona Citizens Defense League, along with police organizations and other persons and groups concerned with protecting the public safety benefits of citizens possessing firearms for self-defense." ...
 

TN: Tennessee’s 'Guns in Bars' Law Shot Down
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It is with a heavy heart that we, the gun-snatching media of Tennessee, must now say goodbye to the 'guns in bars' law, passed last spring by the state General Assembly despite all the odds stacked against it—a gubernatorial veto, objections from statewide law-enforcement officials, smug derision from journalists, and reason itself. The law, enacted in July, is, alas, no more. It was fun while it lasted, wasn't it?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Just curious, where are the dozens of cases where drunken permit-holders got into shootouts? You 'smug journalists' predicted rampant violence, but can't point to even one case in the law's 4 month run.
 

SC: S.C. Sales Tax Holiday a Boon to Gun Buyers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"While shoppers in most states were hitting the stores on Black Friday looking for deals on toys and holiday ornaments, one state encouraged gun buyers to stock up last weekend on firearms thanks to a Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday."

"South Carolina's General Assembly approved the 'holiday' as part of its state appropriations bill. ..."

"Gun sales are reportedly up this year amid fears over economic troubles leading to increased crime, and concerns that the Democrats in Washington are eager to take away everybody's guns. The sales tax holiday may have helped stimulate the economy for gun dealers, but it's not likely to have made up for South Carolina's budget deficit, or helped make the state a much safer place to live."
 

CA: Clerk Who Shot Robber Acted in Self Defense
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The U–Save liquor store on Tulare and Maple Avenues in Fresno was open for business the day after a store clerk turned the table on an armed robber."

"Police say 29–year–old Fernando Valencia and another man tried to rob the clerk at gunpoint Sunday night."

"Valencia had a semi–automatic gun, and so did the store clerk."

"'He had pointed the firearm at the business owner, at some point in time the business owner became fearful, when he found an opportunity to shoot the suspect, he did,' said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer."

"Valencia died inside the store." ...
 

NC: Store Robbery Foiled By Shotgun Toting Clerk
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A would-be armed robber apparently had second thoughts when an employee pulled out his shotgun Monday night."

"It happened at the Salem & Sons Convenience Store on Sunset Avenue in Rocky Mount around 10:20 p.m."

"Police say employees were inside cleaning up, and saw a customer at the front door. They let the man inside, but at the same time another man came in as well and showed a black handgun in the direction of an employee. That employee immediately got his shotgun, racked the slide, and pointed it at the would-be robber."

"The robber then turned around and slowly left the store. Nothing was taken in the robbery attempt."

"Rocky Mount police say there were two other successful robberies Monday night." ...
 

PA: World War II veteran fights home invader (video available)
Submitted by: Tom Price

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"Ridley Township police are looking for a woman in connection with a violent home invasion Monday night that easily could have been deadly." ...

"84-year-old Donald Kaighn let the woman who claimed she had a car breakdown into his house. Within moments she was spraying him with lighter fluid and they were wrestling in the kitchen. The World War II veteran went for one of the many guns he owns. She fled upstairs and he pursued her, gun in hand."

"'I had one in my hand, loaded, and ready for action. She said something like 'stop or I'll shoot.' I immediately fired the gun.'"

"At that point, an all out running gun battle erupted, bullets flying all over his front bedroom. Kaighn believes she grabbed 2 guns from drawers in his room to use ..." ...
 

MI: Man defends girlfriend, shoots would-be carjacker
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A 29-year-old man with a permit to carry a gun shot a would-be carjacker in the hip in northwest Detroit on Monday night after he tried to rob the man's girlfriend, police said this morning.

The 24-year-old suspect approached the woman at about 10:30 p.m. outside a club at Grand River and Woodbine, according to police.

When he demanded her car and her purse, her boyfriend shot him.

The girlfriend, caught in crossfire, was shot in the back but is expected to survive, Detroit Police spokesman John Roach said this morning.

The carjacking suspect is also expected to survive.
 

Seattle cop slayings do not invalidate the idea of armed self-defense
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Most of you will have heard by now about cop killer Maurice Clemmons and the slaying of four Seattle police officers this past Sunday as well as his violent end Tuesday following an alleged attempt at killing another police officer. At least one anti-gun pundit is claiming this incident to claim that armed self-defense is a sham." ...
 

CO: Should we disarm Colorado State University?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Currently, Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colorado is a campus that allows legal concealed carry by CCW permit holders. The faculty has made noises that the policy should be changed to sharply restrict weapons to 'security officials guarding high-profile visitors'. Professor Richard Eykholt, chairman of CSU's Faculty Council, supports the change stating: 'Most uses of weapons are in the heat of the moment where the person later regrets it.' I must admit, during a murderous attack it is a heated moment. He automatically assumes that any regular person carrying a gun will shoot the wrong target and make the situation worse."

"What makes this newsworthy is that the students are for keeping the current policy ..." ...
 

Senator Frank Lautenberg's continued assault on gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Yesterday, United States Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced the introduction of (cue cheesy acronym) the 'PROTECT Act.' 'PROTECT' stands for 'Preserving Records of Terrorist & Criminal Transactions.'" ...

"Interesting, isn't it, that Lautenberg's own press release describes the proposed legislation's purpose as being 'to preserve records of gun sales for longer periods of time . . . '--but the title of the bill refers only to 'terrorist and criminal transactions'? That's pretty clear testimony to what Sen. Lautenberg thinks of gun buyers." ...
 

AK: Palmer dumps gun law that limited where they could be carried
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Palmer city law that blocked people from carrying guns in city parks and other places was tossed out last week after a local man pointed out the rule infringed on people's Second Amendment rights."

"'I'm thoroughly excited,' said Ryan Clark, a former Marine and now a plumber who lives outside Palmer."

"The outdated law prohibited anyone other than a peace officer or Alaskan with a permit to carry a concealed weapon from carrying any weapon, concealed or not, in government office buildings, courthouses, hospitals, schools, places where alcohol is sold or served, domestic violence or sexual assault shelters, city parks, fair grounds and banks." ...
 

MO: Looser gun rules for Raymore's city hall proposed
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"If Raymore City Councilman Jeff Cox gets his wish, he and his colleagues soon will be able to carry a concealed weapon during meetings."

"'Everyone in the chamber will be safer if this passes,' Cox said Tuesday of his proposed ordinance, which would make Raymore one of the first — if not the first — city in the metro area to allow anyone besides police to carry a gun into a city hall."

"One of Cox's colleagues, Charlene Hubach, hopes that doesn't happen."

"'I wouldn't feel safer because I doubt any of you can shoot straight,' Hubach told the other council members during a recent meeting." ...
 

MT: Firearms bill sponsor speaks in Bozeman
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Montana state law says that guns made and shot in the state are not under the jurisdiction of the federal government and that the federal should not tread on state law."

"Montana District 61 representative Joel Boniek sponsored House Bill 246, the bill says state law trumps federal law when it comes to gun laws."

"Firearms that are made and stay in Montana do not fall under the interstate commerce clause in the U.S. Constitution and is not in Congress' jurisdiction, according to Boniek who spoke Wednesday at the Big Sky Pachyderm luncheon." ...
 

Prefabricated Fascists: The FBI's Assembly-Line Provocateurs
Submitted by: Larry

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"It's difficult not to experience a faint pang of sympathy for Hal Turner, albeit an ephemeral one deeply buried beneath multiple layers of well-earned disgust."

"For at least five years, and probably more, Turner was a paid informant and provocateur in the employ of the world's largest sponsor of terrorism, the Federal Government. His assignment was to bait easily influenced people with incendiary rhetoric about race and other resentments, and reel in anyone who bit a little too lustily on the bait. The Bureau credits Turner with personally bringing more than 100 'extremists' to their attention, many of whom (the Bureau won't specify how many) were arrested." ...
 

AR: Ozark Police Chief Fires Officer Who Used Stun Gun On Girl
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Ozark police officer who used a stun gun to subdue a 10-year-old girl has been fired, but not for actually stunning the girl."

"Officer Dustin Bradshaw's employment with the Ozark Police Department was terminated Friday for violating Police Department policies and procedures, according to a news release issued by Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle."

"'The policy that Officer Bradshaw failed to obey is failure to have his camera placed on his Taser,' Noggle stated. 'It is the officer's duty to insure all of his equipment is present and in working order.'"

"Bradshaw used a stun gun to subdue the daughter of Kelly King after the child refused to behave ... King called police seeking help in calming her daughter down. ..." ...
 

IL: Disgraced ex-cop fired from city job
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A disgraced former Chicago Police officer recently was hired by the city to work as a $37,620-a-year field supervisor for parking enforcement."

"But about two weeks into his new job, Michael Allegretti was fired Tuesday when city officials decided his misdemeanor conviction made him unsuitable for the position."

"Allegretti, 47, pleaded guilty in 2007 to attempted intimidation and agreed to resign as a police officer over allegations that he pulled over two women on the Northwest Side and asked them to expose their breasts to avoid traffic tickets."

"The women sued the city, which settled for a total of $300,000." ...
 

Italy: Careless driver writes off Italian police's prized Lamborghini
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When the Italian police unveiled their state-of-the-art Lamborghini patrol cars, they cannot have been short of volunteers ..."

"A team of elite drivers was trained to chase down speeding motorists and deliver urgently-needed transplant organs in the futuristic vehicles, capable of reaching more than 200mph."

"What they apparently were not prepared for was a distracted motorist who pulled out of a petrol station without looking."

"Today, a bandaged and bruised police driver may have had a tough time explaining how he managed to write off one of the force's prized Lamborghinis when he rammed it so hard into a line of parked cars that one of the stationary vehicles ended up on the police car's roof." ...
 

NY: Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club members shed light on practices
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Following complaints to the Town Board about increased noise from the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club, officials and members of the club are speaking out about its roots and contributions in the community." ...
 

OH: White-tailed Deer Hunters Successful on Opening Day of Gun Season
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Ohio hunters had near ideal weather for the opening day of deer-gun season. Hunters took 33,607 white-tailed deer on Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, December 6, and then reopens for two days on Saturday and Sunday, December 19-20."

"The preliminary figures from deer check stations throughout the state show a slight increase of 1.7 percent from last year's opening day total of 33,034." ...
 

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