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Grassley told of gun dealer cooperating with ATF on ‘straw purchases'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Further corroboration has been given to Grassley staffers by a gun store employee." ...
 

Alan Korwin: Time for National Carry Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recent events have made it painfully obvious that murderous trouble can erupt at any time and in any place. It is a clear and present danger."

"We can no longer afford to pretend such dangers do not exist."

"It is irresponsible to continue to imagine that police can be everywhere, or that they can respond with sufficient speed to prevent a homicidal rampage."

"Police are second responders. The first responders are always we, the people, on the scene as events unfold." ...
 

Brady Campaign staffers call gun rights advocacy 'oppression'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the proud Orwellian tradition of proclaiming that 'War is Peace,' 'Freedom is Slavery' and 'Ignorance is Strength,' Andy and Colin Goddard argue, in 'The Last Pharaoh: Mubarak or LaPierre?' that the United States is under 'the despotic influence' of gun rights advocates:" ...
 

Why 33 rounds makes sense in a defensive weapon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sleek, its lines rakishly tilted to boost the ergonomics that index grip placement to barrel, this automatic pistol has but one function: to eliminate human beings easily. That sinister intent is expressed most eloquently in the extended magazine that reaches far beneath the pistol grip, easily tripling the amount of ammunition available to the killer."

"It's the Colt Super .38 automatic pistol, customized into a machine pistol by an underworld gunsmith so that Babyface Nelson could use it to kill an FBI agent outside Little Bohemia, Wis., in 1934. Maybe you saw the movie."

"Even if you didn't, you can still see the point: There's nothing really new when it comes to guns ..." ...
 

Britt cartoon an insult to gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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" I have agreed with a lot of Chris Britt’s cartoons, but Tuesday’s cartoon showed a lack of intelligence and was an insult to the average gun owner. I don’t go around shouting and screaming that he disrespects us, the Second Amendment and loyal gun owners." ...
 

Shooting Fun: GSSF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week I was up to my butt in lawyers with legal cases I’m working on across the country, and this week the same, so last weekend I needed a little respite. On Sunday I took the fox and a box o’ Glocks to the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) in Orlando, Florida for a little R&R. They have matches for service/home defense pistols, 'baby Glocks,' and a separate category for the target model guns, which can be tricked out with recoil compensators, red dot optical sights, and all that. Most of the shooting, though, is done with ordinary pistols with regular sights." ...
 

WA: Woodcarver shooting aftermath: Change the law, don’t crucify prosecutor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg yesterday stepped up to the plate as too few public officials would and explained matter-of-factly that under current state statute, his office could not prosecute a Seattle police officer for shooting a woodcarver last August."

"Public reaction has been largely negative, but a careful reading of RCW 9A.16.040, as this column quoted yesterday, left Satterberg no option. ..." ...
 

NRA Appoints New Director of Federal Affairs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action today announced that James Jay Baker has been appointed as director of federal affairs."

"Baker rejoins the NRA after previously serving as executive director of NRA-ILA, director of federal affairs and legislative counsel. Prior to rejoining the NRA, he worked in senior management positions at Crossroads Strategies, Ogilvy Government Relations and Federalist Group." ...
 

Gun Review: Marlin 336 Cowboy Assault Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My review of the Marlin 336 was not the end of the story for that fantastical firearm. Even before the electronic ink was dry, I was hard at work building a Cowboy Assault Rifle (CAR). I dove into the world of lever action accessories like Charlie Sheen’s nose into a bowl of coke. With the exception of quad rails, Marlin lever action rifle accessories are go ..." ...
 

First Look: Lippard A2/Combat NCO and CQB pistols
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before I get into the meat of the article, let me start with the disclaimers. This is not a full test, for reasons which will be explained below. It is more an account of my meeting with Colorado gunmakers Karl Lippard and Charles Henderson, and my 'first impressions' of their much-ballyhooed M1911 variants, the A2 'Combat NCO' and the CQB." ...
 

Question of the Day: Do You Collect Guns? Which Ones and Why?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The auction house of James D. Julia will be holding a firearms auction on March 11. There are hundreds of primo pieces for purchase. Click here to peruse a vast array of historically significant guns, from Hemingway’s .557 Nitro shotgun to the 1861 Navy Rev. pistol purportedly belonging to Confederate vet and outlaw Cole Younger. ..."
 

"The Centurion 39 AK Pistol is a compact package with fun written all over it!"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"washgintonreb.com recently parsed my under-post bio and found it wanting. 'Who is the audience for this site that would appreciate the backhanded sneering '(yes fun)'? It says to me 'look at me, I don't really take this gun stuff seriously and you shouldn't either. Together we'll expose these stupid bastards for what the really are and then go to lunch at the Harvard club.’” Not guilty. I eat at my desk and the parenthetical remark actually says, “Lighten-up you gun-grabbing bastards.” [Note to Brad: pull it.] Meanwhile, big fun from the unflaggingly flag-waving folks at Century International Arms . . ." ...
 

Obscure Object of Desire: Full Auto Colt Super 38
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"FBI historian Dr. John Fox and I had a nice chin wag this morning. We talked about the Bureau’s early history and . . . this and that. ... Anyway, we were talking about Mr. Dillinger’s non-biological arms. Dr. Fox sent me a link to an article by Kevin Williams that depicts one of Dillinger's more, uh, unusual armaments. [click here for a pdf] ..."
 

A reply to “Right to defend”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is no question that the Second Amendment is a vital part of the Constitution. It ensures that citizens have a basic ability to protect themselves from danger, which is why I support Supreme Court rulings that give people more freedom to purchase weapons most of the time. But some readings of the right to bear arms go too far, including the one articulated by Bobby DesPain in his column last week." ...
 

10 Questions with Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "You've been outspoken lately on gun control. What are you trying to achieve?"

"Guns kill people. I'm not opposed to the Second Amendment. I'm not opposed to hunters. I don't understand why we have to sell magazines with 33 bullets. If it takes you 33 bullets to kill a deer, you're not a sportsman. And armor-piercing bullets — the last time I saw a deer with a bulletproof vest was a long time ago. Guns are one of the biggest killers in the country, and it's an easy problem to solve if we had the courage to [do so]." ...
 

Court distorts 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "You don't need to be a lawyer to decide that the [Second] amendment's apparent purpose was to support the formation of state sponsored citizen militias, for which the militiamen needed to bring their own weapons. There is no indication that its authors were thinking one way or the other about the right to bear arms in general, separate from the need for armed militias." ...
 

What the heck are you doing with over 200 AK47s?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AK47s are not used for hunting."1

"You only need one if you like target practice or the thrill of shooting one at a shooting range."2

"But what do you need with over 200 of them?"

"Guns are illegal in Mexico, so almost all the weaponry the drug cartels have comes from the United States."3

"Why are people selling over 200 AK47s at a time?"4 ...
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Submitter's Notes: 1Yes they are, my first deer was taken with one.
2Or if you anticipate riots or natural disasters that lead to breakdowns of order.
3Actually less than 20% of cartel weapons come from the US, and the majority of that is legitimately exported out of the country.
4Because the ATF told them to?
 

Backpacking heat -- Concealed weapons on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In a recent post, I challenged recurrent proposals that would arm teachers and administrators in grades K-12 with more than just chalk. Whereas duly-sworn School Resource Officers (SROs) can and should be equipped with adequate firepower to protect the school population, teachers -- even if licensed to carry concealed weapons -- should leave their guns outside of school. Licensing requirements for citizens hardly compare to training requirements for law enforcement. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So if a teacher sees a fire they should leave it alone because, after all, a citizen's knowlege of fire extinguishers hardly compares to training received by firefighters.
 

There Won’t Be Blood
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The idea that an armed citizenry is the best assurance of freedom is deeply imbedded in American thought, starting with the Second Amendment ..."

"But this philosophy hasn't been a good export. The Egyptian revolution is only the latest example of how people can bring down tyrants without firing a shot. A century of successful nonviolent mass movements, in fact, makes the case that America's bloody insurrection against British rule was the anomaly, and perhaps not worthy of emulation." ...
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Submitter's Note: So if I am in a serious car accident but despite not being buckled in I escape injury does that mean seatbelts are uselss?
 

New civil-rights fight should focus on reducing homicides
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Gun-rights advocates love to point to the Second Amendment of the Constitution backing unrestricted ownership and firearms use for 'protection.' But because the government openly sanctions individuals owning firearms, the U.S. and its taxpayers should be held accountable for damage the weapons do to individuals and property." ...
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Submitter's Note: And who "should be held accountable" for the hundreds of thousands of people saved from death or serious injury by their defensive firearm?
 

Editorial: The Truth About Gun Rights and Arab Unrest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have met gun owners from all walks of life: rich and poor; conservative and liberal; libertarians and libertines. I know of one who even likes to wear pink hats. While we may differ on issues like abortion or healthcare reform, I find that there is a common life outlook that we all share. Gun owners love to breathe the air of freedom. So as we watch the Arab street rise up and seek to throw off the chains of oppressive monarchies and dictatorships, there is a lot for us to think about." ...
 

MA: Store Clerk Shoots Man In Botched Robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Boston police said the man, who was in his 40s, entered a store called Essential Body Herbs at 1282 Blue Hill Ave. just after 7 p.m. and attempted to rob the clerk while armed with a hammer."

"The clerk, who has a valid license to carry a gun, shot the man multiple times, investigators said." ...
 

IL: Cops: Wauconda pharmacist shoots robbery suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Witnesses told police that a man wearing a ski mask entered Wauconda Pharmacy on Main Street at about 1:45 p.m. today, forced his way into the pharmacy area, threatened an employee with a knife and demanded a large amount of prescription painkillers."

"After he was given the drugs, a pharmacist and a technician grabbed the suspect and ordered him to stop and surrender, police said. The suspect broke free and threatened the two employees, at which point the pharmacist fired a shot." ...
 

Senator Grassley struggles to get to the bottom of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s death and the role of ATF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is like a dog that has gotten his chops on a bone and won’t let go."

"Grassley found out that 2 of the weapons found at the site of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder scene in Rio Rico actually came from a gun shop in Phoenix. Of this there is no doubt any more." ...
 

A Grassley staffer's quote guaranteed to make the urine trickle down Eric Holder's leg. Bring yer popcorn
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Now what this means is that we may not have to wait for a straight-up investigation into the Project Gunwalker scandal -- we may only have to wait a couple of weeks until the Traver confirmation hearing to get some very embarrassing questions asked, and, presumably answered. Unless of course they all want to take the Fifth."

"Bring yer popcorn, ladies and gents. Bring yer popcorn."
 

NJ: Police Refuse to Give Gun Possession License Because of “Association” with Criminals, New Jersey Courts Reverse
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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... "The court found Barrett to be credible. The court found that the contact Moore had with their child as well as Barrett’s facilitation of that father-daughter relationship was laudable and should not be held against her. The court found that Barrett did not live with Moore prior to his incarceration and was not planning to do so after his release. The court conditioned its approval of Barrett’s application on her living apart from Moore and ceasing to receive his mail. The court cautioned that Barrett’s application would be reconsidered if she began living with him...." ...
 

A conspiracy of silence in ATF inquiry? Where are Murray, Cantwell?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today – one day after Senator Charles Grassley essentially stated in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that his inquiry into an apparently botched Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gunrunning investigation is being stonewalled – would be a good day to ask Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to support Grassley’s quest for answers." ...
 

Tuscon fallout: Criminal acts and incompetence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After a tragic shooting in the US, you can almost use a stopwatch to count the minutes before certain people will start pointing fingers and placing blame in places where it does not belong. Sadly the Tucson attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was just such an event. Within hours, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik stepped up to the microphones and began to blather on about how this was the fault of the right wing, Tea Party activists and radio talk show hosts. ..." ...
 

National Rifle Association reorganizes to better fight for Second Amendment freedom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is reorganizing some key personnel as it continues its fight for Second Amendment freedoms."

"Chuck Cunningham, who had been the director of federal relations, will move into the newly created position of political director. Jason Ouimet was promoted to deputy director of federal affairs. He previously served as federal liaison since 2005." ...
 

CA: No easy way forward on gun reform, lawmakers and gun advocates say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Yet even for lawmakers spurred to action on gun reform following the Arizona supermarket shooting that killed six and nearly claimed the life of one of their own, enacting laws to prevent similar incidents — much less stopping the flow of illegal guns across state and national borders — is a task made no easier with a more Second Amendment-friendly majority installed in one half of Congress, and an administration that so far appears unwilling to take on relatively minor alterations to the patchwork of laws governing guns in the United States." ...
 

WY: Your Help Needed To Pass Constitutional Carry in Wyoming
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you could step in a time machine and turn back the clock to, say, April 19, 1775, to the Battle of Lexington and Concord, would you want to be there?"

"Wyoming Gun Owners is just a step away from passing Constitutional Carry." ...
 

OH: SB17 (Restaurant/Car Carry) & SB61 (Restoration of Rights) scheduled for testimony in Senate committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by BFA 'A+' -rated Sen. Tim Grendell (R), has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday, February 22 at 4:30 PM in the Senate Building's North Hearing Room." ...
 

OH: House & Senate committees hear testimony in favor of pro-gun legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two bills that would modify restaurant and car carry rules for Ohio concealed handgun license-holders, and a bill that seeks to align Ohio law with federal statutes regarding the restoration of rights to Ohio firearms purchasers, received hearings on Tuesday in the General Assembly." ...
 

AR: The schizophrenic Hammer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A week has passed since Representative Kim Hammer – R-Benton exterminated the Defensive Carry Restoration Act in the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee. It has also been seven days since Representative Hammer promised the people of his district and Arkansas he would reveal his reasons for destroying any chance for true open carry in his state. What is the word from his office? Nothing, as of early Thursday morning." ...
 

AZ: On guns, NRA and state lawmakers go too far
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To the editor: I have guns but join with the authors of letters to the editor on Feb 9, who reminded the public that the Second Amendment, which is only one sentence, does mention a 'well-regulated militia.' The gun advocates choose to ignore that. The purpose of the amendment was that the federal government allow the states to have their own militia, which became our National Guard. That's it. Actually, the amendment had nothing to do with the private ownership of guns." ...
 

U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Paralympic Squad Goes From Strength to Strength
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite sustaining serious injuries in Iraq, which included the loss of part of his right leg, Sgt. Robert Price wanted to stay in the Army. He refused to believe that his disability would prevent him from continuing to serve ... Sgt. Kisha Makerney had similar goals. Even though she lost a leg in a motorcycle accident, she ... was resolute to staying in the Army ... In fact, she volunteered for and served a second tour in Iraq,, being told that she was the first female amputee ever sent to battle . . ."

"As if by fate for these two noncommissioned officers, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit with the assistance of the World Class Athlete Program was in the process of building a ground-breaking Paralympic section ..." ...
 

White House, ATF Press Ahead with Plans for Federal Long Gun Registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again ATF long gun registry is on-again. You know: the 60-day emergency > ninety-day temporary > one-year trial (with option to renew) requirement that 8500 U.S. gun dealers near the Mexican border must immediately report the name and address of all U.S. gun buyers purchasing two or more magazine-fed rifles. reuters.com reports that 'The White House is pressing ahead with rules meant to slow the flow of weapons to Mexico, a high-ranking U.S. official said on Wednesday ..." ...
 

BATFE would like to hear our opinions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be taking public comments about a plan to restrict the importation of certain kinds of shotguns until May 1. I just finished reading a study released by BATFE last month entitled, 'ATF - Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns.' It's a 34-page study that outlines the reasoning behind the agency's conclusion that shotguns equipped with certain features serve 'no legitimate sporting purpose' and should therefore be banned from importation into the United States." ...
 

IA: Iowa Police Chief: We Won’t Stop and Search CCW Holders. Unless We Do
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... We take you now to Iowa City, Iowa, where the police chief reassures concealed carry weapons holders that they have nothing to fear from the new law banning guns from City property . . ."
"[Iowa City Police Chief Sam] Hargadine said enforcement of the law will likely be complaint driven. The city is looking at improving its camera systems in City Hall, which could help catch violators." ...

 

MD: FBI Agent Blamed for Teen Drunk Driving Death Not Likely to Face Charges for Months
Submitted by: jac

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"An FBI agent blamed for the drunk driving death of a Maryland teenager may not be charged for several months."

"On Wednesday, as the family of 18-year-old Lawrence Garner Jr. gathered for his funeral, they talked about justice and forgiveness." ...
 

CA: Santa Barbara Gun Control Forum Targets Constitution, Case Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"About 50 people gathered Thursday night in the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Central Library to hear three panelists talk about the perennially controversial issue of gun control. The event, organized by the Coalition Against Gun Violence, was an interesting philosophical debate about the Second Amendment and what it means to the United States today." ...
 

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