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Setback in Connecticut ‘only first battle in multi-year legal war’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“'This is why the legal team has stated from the beginning that the case of Shew v. Malloy must be set up to go the distance -- all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where the court will have to address these divergent views of our fundamental liberties,' Dean explained."
 

GA: Roadside violation: Drivers, passengers say police searched inside underpants
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Officers are supposed to pull drivers over for traffic violations, but a Channel 2 Action News investigation found traffic stops leading to a violation of another kind.
Driver after driver told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer officers searched inside their pants while they were stopped for minor traffic violations. In several cases, the invasive searches targeted passengers who were riding in the car.
 

TX: Rookie cop who shot 72-year-old dead in his home while investigating burglary at the WRONG address will not be charged
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Fort Worth, Texas police officer R.A. Hoeppner shot dead Jerry Waller last May while accidentally searching his property in a burglary call

Waller saw bright lights outside the home and took his pistol to investigate

According to records, police told him to put the gun down but he refused and pointed at Hoeppner, causing the officer to shoot him seven times

Both cops involved have been with the Fort Worth Police Department for less than one year

A grand jury decided Wendesday there wasn't enough evidence to bring up charges against Hoeppner
 

IL: Dismantling the stigma of guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The first lesson Gerald Vernon shared with his conceal-and-carry class is, to him, the most fundamental: "The only thing that stops bad people with guns is good people with guns."

His ten students—eight men and two women, all African-Americans—were listening intently. They had gathered in a meeting room at a south-side social service center to learn about gun ownership and self-defense from Vernon, a veteran firearms instructor who was seated at the front of the room next to a table set with an array of revolvers and semiautomatic handguns from his collection.
 

FL: Guns in school back on Florida's political landscape
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A year ago, amid national calls for more gun controls after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Florida state Rep. Greg Steube filed a bill to allow teachers to be armed in schools.

The bill failed in the Senate. The clamor for controls died down. And now Steube has filed his bill (HB 753) again.

The stated intent: "To prevent violent crimes from occurring on school grounds." Of course, gun control backers have questioned whether arming teachers will have the desired effect. Teachers groups also have opposed the idea.
 

One Commercial You Won't Be Seeing During the Super Bowl
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Daniel Defense is a Georgia company that makes guns, including AR-15 style rifles. It attempted to place a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl broadcast, but the NFL turned it down. The commercial featured a Marine who has returned to civilian life and uses a Daniel Defense firearm to protect his home and family. The commercial was inoffensive and never depicted a gun, but the NFL apparently has a policy against commercials for firearms or ammunition. Of course, the league didn’t have any problem with airing a Michael Bloomberg “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” ad during last year’s Super Bowl.
 

KS: Legislator tries to muzzle Wyandotte County lobbyist on gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The latest proposal would prohibit local governments from sponsoring gun buyback programs, regulating the "carrying" of firearms through their jurisdictions or regulating the manufacture of knives differently than any other consumer good. It would also allow for expungement of convictions for possessing several types of knives that were legalized last year, allow minors to carry handguns with parental permission and prohibit trial courts from destroying confiscated weapons if such weapons can be used by the Kansas Department of Parks, Wildlife and Tourism for hunter education.

Another provision would compel law enforcement agencies to return confiscated weapons within 30 days unless there are ongoing legal proceedings...
 

OK: Applying for a gun license just got easier
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last year, more than 60,000 Oklahomans applied for a gun license.
OSBI didn’t have enough people to deal with the enormous influx of applications.
 

CT: Federal judge rules new Connecticut gun-control law is constitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Though they are in common usage, which Covello acknowledged, he wrote that the ban on so-called ‘assault weapons’ and ‘high-capacity’ magazines “does not effectively disarm individuals or substantially affect their ability to defend themselves.”

The court is “reasonably certain the prohibitions do not impose a substantial burden upon the core right protected by the Second Amendment,” he continued.
 

Rand Paul Faces Resistance to Allowing Guns at the Post Office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A proposal by Sen. Rand Paul to allow guns in post offices is being met with skepticism by the chairman of the committee that oversees the Postal Service.

The Republican from Kentucky floated his measure Wednesday as an amendment to a postal overhaul bill being debated by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The initial reaction from Chairman Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., was not positive, but it’s unclear how the votes will turn out.


The panel’s scheduled to resume the markup next Thursday, at which point Paul plans to propose a revised version designed to address concerns about Postal Service facilities housed within other federal buildings.
 

PA: Harrisburg happy to host NRA, its friends
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There we were — a couple of National Rifle Association guys, a visitors bureau guy and me — gathered at a pub table in the lobby of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg.

In bustles Eric Papenfuse, the newly minted mayor of Harrisburg. (This is not entirely surprising. It’s his bookstore, after all.)

Papenfuse exchanges hearty handshakes with one and all, then comes to the table and launches into a detailed account of the careful planning by city leaders to ensure that they’re ready for this weekend.

Why? The NRA is in town, and they’re bringing their friends.

The NRA is sponsoring the new Great American Outdoor Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex, beginning Saturday and running through Feb. 9.
 

Ruger, S&W CEOs help SAF lawsuit v. Cal. microstamping
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Saying that California’s microstamping mandate is unworkable, the heads of two legendary American gun companies have filed statements with the federal court that support a Second Amendment Foundation lawsuit against the law, and yesterday, SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb publicly thanked both men.
 

SD: State House Defeats Gun Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The South Dakota House defeats a measure that allows public officials to carry and conceal a weapon in state public buildings. Not many supported House Bill 1066.
 

Gun Test: Bond Arms Derringer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Henry Deringer (note, only 1 letter r in his name,) developed the Derringer in the 19th century, and it has been attributed as the original “pocket pistol.” also It also is known as the gun that John Wilkes Booth used to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. You don’t need to search the Web to find out that the Derringer is popular because of its small size, allowing a person to carry concealed in the summer. The gun fits inside a cowboy boot, too. Sometimes considered as a backup gun, it also is known as a “belly gun” because its short barrel makes it convenient to shoot at close quarters.
 

‘Restriction must be at the core’ of the Second Amendment, idea of tyranny is ‘fanciful’ says Stanford law professor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When two law professors went head to head earlier this month during a debate on Second Amendment rights, one did not hesitate to say that, although he claims to support those rights for the sake of self-defense, “Restriction has to be at the core of this right” and the mere idea of citizens having the right to be armed as a means to depress tyranny is a bit farfetched.
 

CO: Colorado legislators propose repeal of anti-gun laws as local district ends ban on open-carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But before they can be voted on they must first pass the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, which is known informally as the “kill committee.” The committee votes on whether or not proposed legislation hits the state house or senate floor.

The committee has been used by both parties to knock back legislation that is unpopular with the majority, explains the Colorado Second Amendment Association.
 

FL: Palm Bay Shooting May Have Been Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It has been noted that the shooting comes two months after a Florida appeals court struck down a decision that would keep students from storing guns in their cars on campus. In addition the infamous Florida “Stand Your Ground” law has played a huge role in recent shootings throughout the state.

Despite this, the college may still decide to take disciplinary action against Hamilton.

According to EFSC Spokesman John Glisch, the college is waiting to see what the final decision from law enforcement is. However, “if it was his gun, and he did bring it onto campus, he’d be subject to student discipline up to and including expulsion.”
 

Political Nonviolence, Private Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Nicholas Johnson, a professor at Fordham Law School and the author of the new book Negroes and the Gun, has written a series of guest posts for The Volokh Conspiracy this week. His topic is the relationship between the black freedom movement and armed self-defense, and his first post draws a distinction that many people miss:
 

AL: Police: Wayne Court shooting was act of self-defense
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Huntsville Police said the woman who shot a man to death acted in self-defense.

Investigators said Salena Turner was in fear for her life and shot Timothy Derrick in self defense the night of Jan. 24, based on evidence collected and discussed between police and the district attorney's office.
 

IN: Legislature has chance to strengthen gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This year the legislature has chances to improve gun regulation in Indiana. Senate Bill 45 would require eight hours of training before issuance of a concealed carry permit. Senate Bill 46 would eliminate the self-defense claim for firearm homicide when the defendant institutes the event, preventing self-defense as an excuse for the kind of vigilante stalking that killed Trayvon Martin. Senate Bill 169 would set state penalties for gun trafficking to a known felon, which, if pursued, could help decrease the high homicide rate on city streets.
 

WI: Listen to experts, not anti-gun activists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The statistics: “The chances that a perpetrator of a mass shooting displayed signs of mental illness prior to the crime are one in two. Ten per cent of U.S. homicides ... are committed by the untreated severely mentally ill.” (based on analysis of studies). “And,” he adds, “I’m thinking that is a conservative estimate.” ibid.

You know from your own experience with the history of these events (quoted above) that the national media reported these people had mental problems. And that the law-abiding gun owner had no part in any of these crimes.
 

OK: Oklahomans Can Now Apply For And Renew Handgun Licenses Online
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to a news release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, a new system has been launched that would allow users to submit applications to apply or renew handgun licenses online.
 

ID: Support S.E.C.U.R.E. Idaho Campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee voted to consider a bill that aims to achieve a Safer Environment for College and University Residents and Employees (S.E.C.U.R.E.) on Idaho campuses.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1254, introduced by Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), will permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses. However, this legislation would give universities discretion to prohibit qualifying individuals from carrying within a student dormitory or residence hall and a public entertainment or sporting facility with a seating capacity of more than 1,000 persons.
 

VA: Sunday Hunting Bill Passes in House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In great news for Virginia sportsmen as well as the future of gun rights and hunting in the Commonwealth, today the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 1237 by a 71-27 vote – without the inclusion of any amendments, such as the local option amendment, which would have created a patchwork of confusing ordinances for Virginia hunters.
 

WA: I-591 certified with more signatures than gun control measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Initiative 591 was officially certified today by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, and according to the count, it garnered more signatures than the opposing measure, Initiative 594, and if one compares data from the Public Disclosure Commission here and here, they did it with about half of the money.
 

MD: Dan Bongino on Gun Control Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I passionately argue for the right to self-protection because I can confidently make a promise that the government cannot; if you exercise your right to responsibly own a firearm, you will at least have a chance against a violent criminal.
 

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