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SAF Applauds Today's Appeals Court Ruling in Ord Case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The [SAF] is encouraged by this morning's federal Appeals Court ruling in the case of Ord v. District of Columbia that finds the plaintiff has standing to pursue legal action against the city, opening legal doors for the pursuit of other gun rights cases including one filed by SAF challenging the restrictive wording of the 1968 Gun Control Act."

"Robert Ord is pursuing a legal action against the District for having issued an arrest warrant for him without probable cause because he had been hired to provide armed security at a District of Columbia school facility and he had status as a 'qualified law enforcement officer' ... which exempted him from the District's ban on carrying firearms without a license." ...
 

Bloomington Herald-Times Denies Treating Gun Owners Like Sex Offenders
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Gun owner and correspondent HZ followed up on reports that the Bloomington Herald-Times was 'treat[ing] law-abiding gun owners like registered sex offenders.'"

"...Per editor Robert Zaltzberg in his reply to HZ's inquiry: 'It is not true...'"
 

'Permit holders are non-criminals'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Your Nov. 20 editorial, titled 'Tracking a bad law's aftermath,' contained so many misconceptions and outright falsehoods that it cannot go unchallenged."

"You say that it is a myth that concealed weapons laws in Ohio and other states make us safer. The truth is that violent crimes against law-abiding citizens have dropped where concealed-carry has been enacted. Certainly there has not been blood in the streets, as predicted by opponents of concealed-carry." ...
 

What Does Meredith Baxter 'Coming Out' Have to Do with Gun Rights?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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.. "'Outing' someone against their will like this and violating their privacy is flat out an evil act of aggression. Which is why one would hope Baxter would be sympathetic to the plight of concealed carry permit holders in Indiana..."
 

Coming Up On Armed American Radio – December 4th 2009
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Like the Energizer Bunny, AAR keeps going and going and going! If you missed it last week, make sure to check out the podcast version at www.armedamericanradio.org. Gabe Suarez was outstanding as usual and Niki Goesser and Kathy Jackson were all over it!"

"Kathy had some GREAT advice at the end of hour 3, so make sure to check it out! In addition to them, I aired my interview with nationally syndicated talk radio host, and FOX News contributor, Mike Gallagher. He had some great things to say about AAR and a wide range of topics regarding the right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

Safer Streets 101: L.A. Times says "One gun bill too many."
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Oh, really? I've heard of too much salt in the soup, too much english on the bowling ball, and I've even heard of too much profit, but liberals coming out against too many gun laws?"

"Today's Editorial from the Los Angeles Times is the second anti-gun piece in a week. This one reports a new Bill from Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) which proposes to protect the rights of soldiers who have '.. been deemed mentally incompetent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.' The Times says this is misguided." ...
 

SCOTUS sets oral arguments on Chicago gun ban challenge
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The long-awaited challenge to Chicago’s handgun ban will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 2, 2010 and already it is looking like everyone, on both sides of the issue, anticipates that the justices will rule that the Second Amendment is incorporated through the 14th Amendment as a barrier to local gun bans."

"Even anti-gunners appear to be pressing the notion that if the Amendment is incorporated, the justices should leave enough wiggle room in their ruling to allow most, if not all, existing gun control laws to stand."

"This leaves many hard-core gun rights advocates once again demanding, 'What part of shall-not-be-infringed don't you understand?'" ...
 

Legal Expert: McDonald Decision Expected To Build Upon Heller
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"With oral arguments before the Supreme Court scheduled to begin on March 2, 2010, the Cato Institite and the Heartland Institute are among the nation's most elite think tanks filing amicus briefs in support of the Second Amendment Foundation's and Illinois State Rifle Association's lawsuit contesting the Constititionality of the Chicago gun [ban]."

"In a Nov. 30 article written by Ashley C. Stinnett for publicnuisancewire.com, Maureen Martin, a senior fellow for legal affairs with the Heartland Institute, said McDonald v. Chicago could be a bigger landmark case than last year's Heller decision, and that this year's ruling will build upon the Heller precedent, extending the application of the Second Amendment to the states." ...
 

Guns Not to Buy For Survival
Submitted by: Anonymous

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There are countless books, articles and blog posts dedicated to choosing survival guns. What I haven't seen much of is suggestions for what not to buy." ...
 

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Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"A recent commenter asked, in essence:"

"Where do folks get the quality gear they will be needing for the upcoming North American war games?"

"Here's a few suggestions; as with all WRSA vendor recommendations, there's nothing being received from anyone in order to generate the plug." ...
 

Proliferation of guns threatens security
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It is a safe bet that discussions revolving around the Second Amendment will continue unabated."

"Some people and organizations parse the wording of that amendment from its intent. ..."

"The intent is obviously to make certain that the citizens of the state would have the necessary weapons for the defense of the state."

"As our democracy has evolved, so has the concept of the citizen militia. Today, those citizen militias bear the names, Army, Air Force, Marines, Reserves, National Guard, etc. We as citizens of the United States bear arms for the defense of the state through these military organizations and this is the manifestation of the intent of the Second Amendment." ...
 

OK: Woman shoots and kills intruder in Lincoln County
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"A woman with a shotgun was on the phone to a 911 dispatcher this morning in Lincoln County when she shot and killed an intruder who crashed through her back patio door."

"Donna Jackson, 56, told the dispatcher a man she didn't know was at her sliding glass door to her back patio about 12:40 a.m. at 352112 E 800 Road ..."

"She was armed with a 16-gauge shotgun when the dispatcher heard the glass door smash and the shotgun blast ..."

"A man identified as Billy Dean Riley, 53, was struck once in the chest and pronounced dead when emergency medical workers arrived ..."

"Jackson was not harmed." ...
 

CA: Fresno, CA burglars held at gunpoint by armed homeowner
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Fresno, CA homeowner reportedly held a pair of burglars at gunpoint until the police arrived."

"Police say that two burglars broke in to a home on the 5000 block of West Belmont. The homeowner reportedly returned home, caught the burglars in the act, and ordered them to lay on the ground. One of the burglars is said to have advanced on the homeowner, prompting him to fire a warning shot. After that shot was fired, the burglars reportedly followed the homeowners instructions to stay on the floor until police arrived. ..." ...
 

Claim that Goldman Sachs employees are arming themselves against a public uprising unsubstantiated
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Alice Schroeder, author of “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life” and a former managing director at Morgan Stanley, is a Bloomberg News columnist. The opinions expressed are her own." And they are wrong.
 

AZ: Harold Fish wins another legal battle over 2004 killing
Submitted by: Wes Herrmann

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"The Arizona Supreme Court on Dec. 1 delivered the third legal victory for West Valley resident Harold Fish, who garnered national attention and a 10-year sentence for his fatal shooting of a man on a northern Arizona hiking trail."

"On Dec. 1, the court declined to consider an appeal filed by the Attorney General’s Office that sought to reverse an appellate court decision that ordered Fish to receive a new trial in Coconino County for shooting and killing Grant Kuenzli. Reversing the order for a new trial would have meant that Fish’s murder conviction still was in effect." ...
 

Tancredo rouses gun rights advocates
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, best known for his tough stand in Congress against illegal immigration, has taken up a new cause since his retirement from the House last year: defending American gun owners against international treaties."

"The Obama administration is moving forward on two treaties that Mr. Tancredo and other gun rights advocates see as a threat to the Second Amendment's right to bear arms. His response is a 2010 ballot initiative that would direct elected officials in his home state of Colorado to oppose any such agreements." ...
 

KY: Proposed Kentucky law would strengthen gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Three Kentucky lawmakers have pre-filed legislation to be considered in the 2010 regular session that would strengthen the gun rights of Kentucky citizens."

"Kentucky State Rep. Stan Lee (R-Lexington) pre-filed a bill in the House on Nov. 6 that would exempt firearms and ammunition made and used in Kentucky from federal law." ...
 

IL: New gun law cracks down on gang members
Submitted by: Adam Peterson

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"A new law on the books in Illinois is designed to crack down on known gang members caught with loaded weapons. It calls for mandatory prison time of up to 10 years for gang members caught with guns. The new law is named in honor of a Chicago police officer who was shot and killed back in June."

"While six months too late to save a young Chicago police officer, the new statute will mean more prison time for offending street gang members." ...

"Under the new law, if a suspect identified as a 'gang member' is convicted of possessing a loaded firearm in Illinois, the person will face a minimum of three years in prison and maximum 10 years regardless of whether the gun was fired or used in a crime." ...
 

CO: Sheriff vows not to enforce campus disarmament policy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Colorado State University is one of the few institutions of higher learning outside Utah where licensed carry of a defensive firearm is not against either school rules ... or state law. That may soon change." ...

"CSU, being located in Ft. Collins, CO, is in Larimer County. The Sheriff of Larimer County made a trenchant observation about the proposal to ban defensive handgun carry on campus."
"'I think whenever you create a gun-free zone, you have an opportunity for criminals to act with impunity,' Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said."
"In what may be the most remarkable part of this story is that Sheriff Alberden is publicly backing that position up--saying that his department will not enforce a campus gun ban." ...
 

ND: Superior man arrested for trespassing on his own land
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Jeremy Engelking will appear in Douglas County court this afternoon to face a trespassing charge. But here’s the kicker: The Superior man allegedly trespassed on his own property."

"Engelking, 27, aimed to hunt deer Wednesday morning when he noticed a pipeline crew on his land. He hopped on his ATV and told workers they had no right to be on his property because he had received no compensation from Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. for an easement." ...

"But just as he was turning to leave, Engelking said an officer from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene and approached with a Taser drawn." ...
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DC: Federal Appeals Court Rules Against D.C. in Gun Suit
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A federal appeals court today revived a suit filed by the owner of a Virginia security company who was targeted, but not arrested, for prosecution in the District of Columbia on an unregistered firearms charge."

"The suit, filed last year in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges the police acted in bad faith in securing a warrant for the arrest of Robert Ord, the owner of Falken Industries. Ord is licensed to carry a firearm in Virginia. Since 2006, he has provided security service in the District." ...

"The Second Amendment Foundation, represented by Alan Gura of Alexandria, Va.'s Gura & Possessky, supported Ord as an amicus. ..."
 

HI: Gun registrations in Hawaii on record pace
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Hawai'i residents have registered guns at a record pace for each of the past four years, and appear headed for a new high again this year, preliminary figures show."

"Nearly 26,000 firearms — an annual record — were registered with the four county police departments during 2008."

"Yearly gun registrations in Hawai'i have marched steadily upward for most of the past decade — from about 13,600 in 2000 to 25,996 in 2008 — said Paul Perrone, chief of research and statistics for the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General."

"Hawai'i firearms dealers and Hawaii Rifle Association officials say the rise in gun ownership here is in line with a similar trend across much of the Mainland." ...
 

TN: East Tenn. gun-maker, importer attacked by BATFE
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"An East Tennessee gun-maker and importer is facing a federal investigation."

"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has seized several small truckloads of materials -- including gun parts--from Tennessee Guns International, or T.G.I., of Blount County."

"A TGI spokesperson will confirm only that federal agents took the materials as part of a routine audit required of all licensed gun importers, manufacturers, and re-sellers. " ...
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SUBMITTER'S NOTE: Looks like another case of harassment for the purposes of reducing our ability to purchase guns, and to make the BATF appear to be "busy" and necessary.
 

MN: Come on in, and bring your gun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"At least one Rosemount business has open arms to welcome anyone who chooses to go armed."

"For the past month, a sign outside Rosemount Saw and Tool's South Robert Trail location has featured information about the business on one side and on the other side has read, 'We welcome armed customers!'"

"Owner Gary Betters said the sign is a reaction to the signs banning weapons that started going up after the Minnesota legislature approved a concealed carry law in 2003. That law eliminated some of the barriers to getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon but allowed businesses to post signs banning guns."

"The way Betters sees it, though, it’s not the people who get licensed to carry a gun he has to worry about." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association's Linda Walker quoted in article about rise of female hunters, Ohio woman's buck harvest
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Lorain Morning-Journal took the occasion of a 60 year-old Carlisle Township woman's harvest of a 10 point buck on opening day of Ohio's deer-gun season to report on the rise of female hunters across the country. Reporter Megan Rozsa sought the expertise of Buckeye Firearms Association Central Ohio Chair Linda Walker in preparation for her article." ...
 

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For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution. [Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)

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