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Are ‘guns in bars’ automatically ‘a dangerous combination’?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Naturally, the cop organizations are against you having a choice in the matter. But guess who’s exempt?" ...
 

A call to arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So here's a call to arms, quite literally. If you are a gun owner, and can use your weapon safely and responsibly, think seriously about whether you might owe a duty to yourself, your family and your neighbors to carry a sidearm in public. Even if not, hold yourself as though you might well be armed. Ladies can keep a hand inside their purses and look people in the eye as they approach in a parking lot. Gentlemen should keep a hand in a coat pocket and walk confidently and tall. And if that hand clutches a personal defense arm, so much the better."

"Bad guys won't like it. That's a good thing."
 

Smith & Wesson Under the Gun: Loses $37.3m in Q2
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bloomberg reports that Springfield, MA-based gunmaker Smith & Wesson lost $37.2 million in the second financial quarter. The company racked-up $96.3 million in total net sales in Q2, down $13.4 million or 12.2% from Q2 2009. Drilling down to the trigger-related bits, Smith’s Firearm Division clocked in with net sales of $83.6 million, down $9.8 million or 10.5%, from last year’s Q2 net sales of $93.4 million. As you’d expect, CEO Michael F. Golden downplayed the news . . ." ...
 

Subsonic Extreme Shock .223 Ammo: AR as Quiet as an Airgun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Extreme Shock has released a new .223 100 grain ASP (Advanced Subsonic Product) round specifically designed for civilian AR-15 modern sporting home defense assault rifles with suppressors. Extreme Shock Prez Jeff Mullins tells TTAG that the previous military-spec 127 grain ASP .223 rounds didn’t work as well as one would hope. 'Because the silencers were loose-fitting, the bullet would strike the silencer on the way out. Accuracy at 100 yards was an issue. The new 100 grain ASP is far more accurate and a lot quieter. It reduces the noise levels to that of an airgun. You can hear the mechanics of the gun working. AND you can use it in civilian, suppressor-equipped AR-15s.' This was no easy task, apparently . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Springfield Armory Sub-Compact XD
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When its maker unveiled the Routemaster bus in 1954, the general public was understandably reluctant to jump on board. The newfangled 'Double Decker' looked decidedly top-heavy. So the Associated Equipment Company filmed an unladen Routemaster tear-assing around a race-track whilst remaining vertical. Fantasia’s dancing hippos looked equally graceful, but point taken. The public (who didn’t really have a choice anyway) clambered on the 'London Bus' for the next 61 years. It’s something to keep in mind when you grab the Springfield Sub-Compact XD, a pistol with more than a passing resemblance to a Double Decker . . ." ...
 

Holster Review: Fobus Roto Paddle Holster, Galco Tuck-N-Go, BlackHawk CQC, Uncle Mike’s #3 Pocket Holster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If I ever go to Fallujah or someplace really dangerous, like, say, Dorchester, I’d like to be packing some serious heat. Along with other potentially destructive devices, I own a snub nose 638 Smith & Wesson .38 revolver and a compact Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber pistol. I carry the snubby all the time, the .40 not so much. The .40 has more power than my snubby and carries more rounds, but the snubby is more comfortable and easier to carry covertly. There’s the conundrum . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: I went from a "puny nine" (15+1), to a .45 (14+1) and now due to a back injury, am down to a 5.7x28 (albeit 30+1). All were carried covertly (or overtly, MN does not require concealment) in an Uncle Mike's horizontal shoulder holster.
 

ME: Maine should require background checks on all gun sales
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Since before 'Bert and I,' Mainers have been proud of their common sense and common decency."

"But when the subject is guns, this respect for community often gives way to more self-centered views."

"Making safer our food, water, air or job sites is fine, but making gun ownership safer for us all is widely perceived as an assault on inalienable and absolute personal rights." ...
 

IL: Daley annoyed that gun registry not up and running
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Mayor Richard Daley expressed frustration today that the Chicago Police Department has not set up a database to let police officers and firefighters know how many firearms are registered in each home in the city."

"The registry was a key piece of Daley's new gun control platform this summer after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the city's handgun ban in June. The mayor said it would help protect first responders by letting them know what kind of situation they might encounter when they went to calls in Chicago residences." ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 9
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sick Day. I hate ‘em. And as someone who’s self-employed, there’s no such thing as “paid leave.” Nope. When you’re sick, you’re effectively out of work. So it was with an extra heapin’ helpin’ of angst that approached the prospect of sick day(s) for moi. But I’ve tried (as best I can) to put them to good use." ...
 

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

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"Like a large segment of the population, I’m a divorced dad. Not by choice. But one of the things you learn in divorce is that you don’t always have a choice. This weekend was 'visitation weekend,' that once- or twice-monthly ritual that single parents go through to see their kids, when they live a-ways away from their children. Because of the distances involved, that means a road trip, with a side order of kid involvement. Bring on the gun education!" ...
 

Book Review: "The Gun" by C.J. Chivers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To some people, history is a big, indigestible lump. When you consider that 'history' can be loosely defined as 'everything that happened to everyone, everywhere, since the beginning of time' it’s easy to understand why that is. As a result, there are several methods for studying history. You can classify it by subject, you can separate it by country, language or ethnicity, and you can separate it by eras, decades or centuries. You can also examine history by focusing on the people who made history. ... Or, you can take a snapshot of history like C.J. Chivers in 'The Gun'; examining history through the lens (or if you prefer, the front sight) of a specific piece of technology. In this case, the AK-47 rifle." ...
 

MO: Caught On Tape - Burglar & Homeowner Draw Guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Surveillance video captures an armed confrontation between a Pacific man and two burglary suspects in his garage. The resident and one of the suspects end up pointing guns at each other." ...
 

MT: High-school hunter faces expulsion over gun locked in trunk
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "'She will possibly have her life derailed because a bunch of school idiots insist that she must be subject to an irrational, 'zero tolerance' policy about guns in schools that does not countenance lack of bad intent. The theory that people with malice will be intimidated into good conduct if people without malice are punished in lieu of them is idiocy at its finest,' [Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association] said in his written documentation of the situation."

"He said DeReu, 16, is an honor roll student, a member of the Columbia Falls High School student council and a varsity cheerleader."

"She's also a hunter." ...
 

OH: House passes motions to discharge; Media coverage of historic discharge petitions show work still needs to be done
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ohio House passed Rep. Bubp's motions to discharge SB239 (Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix) and SB247 (Restoration of Rights) today by 56-37 and 55-39 margins respectively, proving that these bills have large bi-partisan support, and deserve to be given votes in an as-yet-to-be scheduled session."

"The Ohio media are swinging into action to cover the latest efforts to get SB239 and SB247 the floor votes gun owners were promised in the House." ...
 

OH: Restoration of Rights: A case study on why the Ohio House should hold a vote and pass SB247 this week
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Folks, never take your rights for granted, especially your right to keep and bear arms. I know what it is like to lose them and have to fight with everything I have for many years to get them back. It is a right that I cherish, and will never lose again. I was granted a pardon. However, there are many others in Ohio in the same position I was and they deserve a chance to get their gun rights back. Senate Bill 247 is very important. The House needs to act on this bill and fix an Ohio law that has worked for decades." ...
 

FL: Florida House Bill 45 aims to protect Florida gun owners
Submitted by: Sean Caranna

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"Here in Central Florida, there are hundreds of local firearms ordinances on the books despite the state’s 1987 preemption statute. These laws continue to exist because, as previously reported here, Florida community leaders have been willfully ignoring state firearms laws by passing and attempting to enforce local laws that are preempted by the state." ...
 

MN: Man charged with bringing loaded gun to City Hall
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Minneapolis man who claims to have a right to carry a gun in City Hall faces charges for bringing a loaded weapon into the police chief's office last month."

"Joel Rosenberg, 56, wore a holstered semi-automatic handgun into the office when he showed up for a Nov. 5 meeting with police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer, according to charges filed this week in Hennepin County District Court." ...
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Editor's Note: Full disclosure; Joel taught my permit renewal class and I consider him a personal friend.
 

MN: Here's what happens when you bring a gun to the police station [VIDEO]
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Joel Rosenberg tried to bring a gun into the Minneapolis Police headquarters and the cops wouldn't let him."

"Now Rosenberg is accusing the cop who took his gun of assault." ...
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KABA Note: So if Joel was so dangerous, why'd the cop give him his gun back?
 

MN: Joel Rosenberg arrested for bringing gun to police headquarters
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"What happens when you bring a gun into a police station? You get arrested. A month later."

"At least that's what happened to Joel Rosenberg, Minneapolis's most rabid gun advocate, after he flaunted the piece strapped to his side in front of Sgt. William Palmer in City Hall last month." ...
 

Reason Magazine Hits Homerun With Article on War on Photography
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In what is the most comprehensive and in-depth article on the war on photography, Radley Balko of Reason Magazine explores the problems, inconsistencies and challenges behind the ongoing crackdown against citizens who videotape police officers."

"Balko highlights a pending case against Michael Allison, an Illinois man who is facing 75 years in prison for recording a judge during a hearing - after Allison's request to have a court reporter record the hearing were denied." ...
 

ATF Project Gunrunner Nets 16 Guns (Not Shown)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As we reported previously, the [ATF] recently hit up Uncle Sam for $81.3 million to fund Project Gunrunner. That’s the program the ATF created to stem the mythical (if politically correct) 'iron river' of illegal guns flowing from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels. I repeat: $81.3 million. This year. On top of the agency’s 'normal' $1 billion plus annual budget. So far, so bad. The Office of Inspector General had a look and tore the ATF a new one, excoriating Project Gunrunner for its ineffectiveness and inefficiency. That was then (last month). This is now. And now the ATF is crowing about nabbing five—count ‘em five—gun runners. And indicting four others. Here’s the list . . ." ...
 

Remembering John Lennon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As America remembers the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, many of my generation are flashing back to where we were when we heard the news. Sort of like we recall where we were when the planes struck the towers on 9-11-01 ..." ...

"Say what you will about his politics, the cops saw John Lennon as a good man at heart. At a time when the city was too cheap to buy body armor for its police, the union had started a “vest fund,” and John Lennon had made a five-figure contribution. The cops knew it and appreciated it. In the days and weeks that followed, until it was certain that the killer had acted alone, Yoko Ono and Sean had free bodyguard service from a rotating crew of volunteer off-duty police." ...
 

LA: NOPD Cop Who Admitted Lying To Grand Jury Resigns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A New Orleans police sergeant who admitted lying to the grand jury probing a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina has resigned from the department." ...
 

NY: Former Sheriff's deputy accused of stalking school bus driver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputy, honored earlier this year for community service, was arrested recently and accused of harassing and stalking a suburban school bus driver."

"Thomas C. Marlin, 43, of Kasson Road in Camillus, was charged last month with fourth-degree stalking, first-degree harassment and second-degree aggravated harassment." ...
 

WI: Milwaukee police party to lawsuit over illegally purchased firearms
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Two Milwaukee police officers are entered a suit Monday against Badger Guns for selling the gun used to shoot officers in the face in a 2009 incident."

"Milwaukee Police Department officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch were shot in June 2009 by 18-year-old Julius Burton, both sustaining lifelong disabilities. Burton was too young to buy the gun himself at the time, but the lawsuit alleges Badger Guns allowed another man to buy the gun, knowing he was intending to give it to Burton." ...
 

WV: Kanawha County Sheriff could use pistol permit proceeds to buy new guns
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford could use a portion of the county's concealed weapons permit fund to pay for new pistols for the sheriff's department."

"Rutherford wants to replace the department's .40 caliber Glock and Sig Sauer pistols, which have been in use for about 10 years. The sheriff estimates it will cost about $60,000 to buy 120 new guns, holsters, spare magazines and tactical flashlights to attach to the weapons." ...
 

MO: Benton County Arrest Caught on Hidden Video Prompts Investigation (video available)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Benton County Sheriff's Deputy is under investigation after a man secretly videotaped him while he was being arrested."

"John Lewis said his rights were violated and he was wrongfully imprisoned by Deputy Dana Winn. 'Oh I'm very disappointed, never been arrested in my life,' said Lewis."

"Winn came to Lewis' Benton County home on Scenic Drive outside Rogers on November 22. Winn was attempting to serve felony and misdemeanor warrants on a man who used to live at Lewis' address. Winn asked to speak with the owner of the house, which is Lewis. The entire conversation between the men was recorded through a hidden camera located in Lewis' sunglasses." ...
 

IL: Lawsuit: Cops forced sobriety test on sober woman, Tasered husband
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Lake County man filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging Mundelein police officers forced his sober wife to undergo sobriety tests in frigid January weather, illegally arrested her and then Tasered him after he got out of their car to check on her."

"Steven and Jean Kotlinski filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the village of Mundelein and Mundelein police officers Anthony Raciak and Richard Turek over the 2010 New Year's Day incident." ...

"... tests proved Jean Kotlinski had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 percent ..." ...
 

NJ: Two Jersey City cops face suspension for hiding car keys of persons attending fundraiser, police chief says
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Two Jersey City cops face suspension after hiding the car keys of persons who were attending at a mayoral fundraiser last week, police officials said today." ...

"The cops were protesting Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy's plan to lay off 82 police officers and demote 12 superior officers to cope with budget gaps. Healy was holding a fundraiser at the catering facility at the time."

"The cops facing disciplinary action reached inside the valet hut outside the catering house, snatched some keys, and threw them in nearby bushes, officials said, noting that their actions were captured by a video surveillance camera." ...
 

MD: Baltimore's drunk-and-armed police rule questioned
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Off-duty police officer Gahiji A. Tshamba was enjoying a summer evening in a historic neighborhood known for its nightlife when he encountered trouble around closing time. He was carrying his department-issued, semiautomatic Glock handgun — unfortunately, as it turned out."

"After he left the Red Maple nightclub around 1:30 a.m., Tshamba saw a man groping a woman and confronted him, starting a heated argument. The officer eventually drew his gun and emptied the clip, firing 13 shots — 12 of which struck and killed Tyrone Brown, an unarmed Iraq war veteran. The June 5 shooting resulted in a murder charge for Tshamba." ...
 

KY: LMPD detective fired for lying about tipping prosecutor in drug case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Louisville Metro Police narcotics detective has been fired for lying to investigators when he denied tipping off a Jefferson County prosecutor that he was under investigation for possible drug use and trafficking." ...
 

PA: Former police chief gets jail for theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Chester Township police chief was sentenced to 9 to 23 months in jail Tuesday on charges stemming from his theft of an insurance check that he used for a down payment on a Cadillac Escalade."

"Booker T. Wilson, 49, of Chester, was working part-time at a halfway house in Chester in 2007 when he took a check for more than $6,600 intended for a former resident, prosecutors said." ...
 

MA: Illness postpones Mass. ex-chief's Uzi death trial
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The manslaughter trial of a former Massachusetts police chief charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a fair has been postponed indefinitely after the defendant fell ill." ...
 

WA: Ex-Cop Among Kitsap Residents Raided for Guns by Feds
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Federal agents raided the homes of four people last month who they believe were buying and selling firearms at area gun shows without the proper licensing and paperwork."

"One of the men whose home was raided was Roy Alloway, a retired Bremerton police officer who lives in South Kitsap. The others homes were in Belfair, Bremerton and Olympia, according to a search warrant filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives." ...
 

NE: Million-dollar lawsuit filed against Hall County
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "Couarrubias alleges that he was injured on the evening of Jan. 9 and morning of Jan. 10, 2009, when deputies and troopers entered his nephew's Wood River home."

"Law officers conducted a 'midnight, warrantless, no knock raid' at 414 W. 12th in Wood River, the lawsuit states. That is the home of Couarrubias' nephew, Pedro Rivera. Couarrubias was sleeping in the front room of the home at the time the officers entered." ...
 

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