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State Department Floating Ammo Import Ban?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It looks like those who said the Obama Administration would strike while the iron is hot may have been correct, and the Administration may be doing it in a way that does not require them to even get a vote in Congress. In this morning's edition of the Shooting Wire, Jim Shepherd writes that Canadian officials have it on 'good authority' our State Department may be on the verge of cutting off all imports of certain calibers of ammunition."
"Ammos listed for this rumored ban include the .50BMG, 7.62x39mm Soviet, 7.62x51mm NATO, .308 Winchester, 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington. ..." ...
"Many in the pro-rights community have said since the election that Obama could circumvent Congress by using regulations in his various cabinet departments to attack gun owners. ..."
 

As Auto Industry Asks Government to Bail it Out, Firearm Owners Tell Washington to Bug Out, notes Gun Law Expert
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"'As auto makers are in the news these days for asking government to rescue them from the consequences of their bad marketplace decisions, firearm owners are telling Washington by their actions to leave them alone,' notes gun rights expert John M. Snyder."

"'The different attitudes are obvious to anyone who looks at today's headlines,' continues Snyder. 'One of the many current headlines proclaims that 'automakers seek $14 billion more in aid' in The New York Times. A completely different headline reports that 'fear of stricter gun laws spurs surge in sales' in Army Times. One shows reliance on Washington. The other shows self-reliance, even concern with government.'" ...
 

Should Voluntaryists Own Guns?
Submitted by: Larry

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"Before answering that question, it seems profitable to delineate all of the various reasons or motivations anyone – not just voluntaryists – might find to own firearms. I’ll start with the more trivial, and work my way down to the serious:"

"1.) Target and Sport Shooting: ..."

"2.) Hunting: ..."

"3.) Self-Defense: This means defense of one's own life and limb, and one’s own property, against aggression perpetrated by private criminals ... "

"4.) Mutual Defense: This contemplates any scenario in which individual self-defense proves insufficient to adequately protect life, property, and liberty – such as an incursion by a foreign government, or the imposition of martial law by a domestic one. ..." ...
 

The Right to Defensive Arms After District of Columbia v. Heller
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/adult-strawberry-shortcake

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"This article examines the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Second Amendment decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), and the scope of the constitutional right to defensive arms that Heller recognizes." ...
 

"A big win for common sense ... a big win for the Constitution"
Submitted by: originalliberal@yahoo.com

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"A while back, in the Heller case, when some centralist libertarians put their faith in the murderous and criminal federal leviathan to protect the individual right to bear arms, those among us suspicious of all state power and centralism warned that no good would come of this. The central state would only use this as an excuse to further entrench its power to regulate us, and to supervise the states, further eroding federalism, one of the few remaining structural limits on central state power." ...
 

Mihail Kalashnikov Admits German "Help" To Create The AK-47 Rifle
Submitted by: TranssylvaniaPhoenix
Website: http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com

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"Mihail Kalasnikov is admitting he was 'helped' by the German inventor and arms maker Hugo Schmeisser to create the AK-47 assault rifle"

"-- The German inventor developed the first assault weapon Sturmgewehr 44 during WWII. After the end of the war Schmeisser was displaced and forced to work in the Soviet Union" ...
 

Let's get the gun lobby furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Philadelphia Police officer John Pawlowski was not killed by Rasheed Scruggs -- he was killed by the .357 pistol that Scruggs was using. ..."

"Philadelphia has already tried to change the law so that it can enforce its own gun codes inside the city limits. The city lost in the courts because the monumentally well-financed gun lobby came in as a freind of the courts to fight the move. ..." ...

"Philadelphia needs the power to ban the sale and possession of hand guns once and for all." ...
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KABA Note: More fuzzy illogic from the victim disarmament crowd. Scruggs was already a 'prohibited person' having been convicted of a 1997 armed robbery. He had no qualms about unlawfully having a gun or killing a cop but somehow making the gun even more illegal would have stopped him?
 

Jill Porter: Fear breeds gun sales - and gun sales breed death
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"A COLD-HEARTED savage has murdered another Philadelphia police officer, and the city buckles, once again, in horror and disbelief.
It's an unrelenting plague, and its agent of death is - guns."

"And the horrifying fact is that more guns than ever are being purchased in this country as uneasy people arm themselves in fear ..."

"Sure, I know: many are legal guns, bought by responsible gun owners who don't kill people, blah blah blah."

"But my math is simple: The more guns in circulation, the more that find their way to the dregs of society who casually assassinate cops." ...
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KABA Note: Actually her 'math' is simplistic, not simple. See here to demolish this 'more guns, more crime' myth.
 

LA: Not much bang in La. gun laws
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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"A national advocacy group is describing Louisiana's gun laws as 'weak or non-existent.' The Brady Campaign awarded the Bayou State two out of 100 points in its annual survey of U.S. states ..." ...

"... 'Once again, the scores for most states are abysmal,' says Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign. 'Most people don't realize how few laws we have on the books restricting easy access to guns. As a result, we continue to make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons.'"

"Helmke says Louisiana's score actually dropped this year, which can be directly attributed to the state’s new, so-called 'take your guns to work' law. ..." ...
 

WI: West Allis man not guilty in open carry gun case
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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"As Brad Krause planted a tree in his yard last summer, a neighbor noticed that in addition to a shovel, Krause had a tool not usually required for yard work - a gun in a holster."

"Police arrived and gave Krause a ticket alleging disorderly conduct, launching a case that a national gun-rights group has been watching for months."

"On Tuesday, Krause won acquittal in what some advocates say is one of the first so-called open-carry gun cases heard in a Wisconsin court."

"Municipal Judge Paul Murphy said he had reviewed several state statutes and court cases related to the right to keep and bear arms. ..."

"In the end, he determined Krause's actions did not rise to disorderly conduct and found him not guilty." ...
 

Guns and the Constitution: Rep. Itse responds to readers on secession bill
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Given 31,000+ page views, 'Guns and the Constitution: A legislator finally gets it' apparently struck a responsive note. The piece covered House Concurrent Resolution 6, introduced in New Hampshire by state Representative Daniel Itse, which called for secession by the state under specified instances of federal usurpation of power, including gun control ...'"

"And well it should: Beyond immediate concerns over impending gun control ... Itse's bill raises questions that have bedeviled Americans since the founding of the Republic: Given a federal government which routinely assumes powers not enumerated by the Constitution, at what point should the States and their citizens say 'No!' and when they say 'no,' how should they go about it?" ...
 

Orange County Gun Control: Backing The Sheriff, or backing the people the sheriff works for?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In response to the Los Angeles Times' Editorial of February 17, 2009, [Under The Gun] the Times takes the anti-gun, anti-liberty position of infringement by suggesting that the Orange County Board Of Supervisors back the Sheriff in her review of concealed weapon permits in compelling citizens to show cause. What the Editorial Board overlooks is how their urging reinforces the very unwelcome public perception of siege mentality of law enforcement, the good ole’ boy network of politicians and, of course, the Code Of Silence. The Times summons precisely what citizens are getting sick of tolerating." ...
 

Personal Rights vs. Property Rights
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"There is often a struggle to maintain a balance between personal rights and property rights. Neither one is absolute, and both tend to be handled differently in various states."

"In general, property owners have a lot of leeway regarding who is allowed onto their property. It becomes a little more clouded when it comes to property that is generally open to the public, such as private businesses. A private business can, for example, disallow people from coming on their property if they are handing out fliers for the competition and can decide their employees are not allowed to wear t-shirts to work. They can't, however, make rules restricting race, religion, age, sex, etc."

"Where is gets fuzzier is when it comes to gun rights. ..." ...
 

A Blast from the Past
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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Read an issue of Guns Magazine from 50 years ago.
 

IL: Editorial: Let law-abiding citizens carry concealed firearms
Submitted by: jgh
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"Illinois is one of just two states that do not allow legal concealed carry of a firearm. A bill introduced Jan. 20 by state Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, would leave Wisconsin as the last member of the Union to limit its residents’ right to personal protection."

"The Family and Personal Protection Act would establish a permit program to allow citizens who undergo training, evaluation and screening to carry a concealed firearm. The measure already has the backing of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association (90 percent of sheriffs responding to an ISA survey support concealed carry)."

"It seems a logical extension of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year regarding the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. ..." ...
 

TN: Rep. Glen Casada: Gun Owner's Rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Recently the Commercial Appeal, a Memphis-based newspaper, published the list of handgun carry permit holders in an easily searchable online database. Not surprisingly, Tennesseans across the state were outraged and expressed this, calling their lawmakers' offices and demanding action." ...

"The Commercial Appeal's desire to make this list public intrigued me. What was their reasoning behind publishing it? Perhaps there was a perfectly good explanation that just escaped me. Then ... the CA responded to the criticism and defended their action."

"The arguments were weak, even flawed. From the editorial, it seems as though one goal was to cast suspicion on the legal, responsible gun owners of this state." ...
 

UT: New gun bill could affect employers and employees
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun-rights legislation inspired by an incident in Ogden more than eight years ago will be debated in the Utah Senate for the third year in a row ..."

"The proposal from Sen. Mark Madsen ... would require private employers to let employees keep personal firearms in their vehicles while parked on company property." ...

"The debate over the legislation has been framed as a conflict between employers' private property rights and individuals' Second Amendment rights, but Madsen said his proposal is more about reconciling two separate property rights."

"'This tries to determine how far the rights of the underlying property owner creep into the undercarriage of a vehicle parked on that property,' he said." ...
 

TN: Why Sen. Jackson Opposes Gun Microstamping
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The liberal blogosphere is puzzling over Sen. Doug Jackson's bill to thwart basic police work by banning the sale of guns that have been microstamped. We're talking about new technology to link cartridge cases to guns by engraving microscopic codes on the firing pin. It ... provides one additional piece of evidence for investigators to gather in building a criminal case."

"Sounds reasonable, right? All the more cause to arouse the suspicions of Second Amendment champions like Jackson. ... Why is Jackson against making it easier for police to catch criminals who shoot people? He thinks it could lead to the dreaded national gun registry that every law-abiding gun owner lies awake nights fretting about." ...
 

OK: Family urges gun changes; just one lawmaker hears plea
Submitted by: jgh
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"Geoff Bowen doesn't want other families to go through what his did. Bowen and his family came to the Capitol on Tuesday hoping to meet with lawmakers and discuss the need for new gun laws."

"Bowen's son, Patrick, was shot to death by a 10-year-old friend while playing in a house where more than 20 guns were found. Bowen said the death of his 14-year-old son in 2006 shows the need for laws that hold gun owners responsible for their weapons."

"'We can't find anybody that will file the bill,' he said. 'Apparently, the money and the backing of the NRA ... is more important to them.'"

"The Bowens, who are gun enthusiasts, say stricter laws aren’t meant to take away firearms or support gun control." ...
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KABA Note: Between 2002 and 2005, three children (14 and under) were accidentally killed with firearms in Oklahoma. In that same period 25 toddlers (2 and under) accidentally drowned. Perhaps the Bowens could assuage their guilt for failing to instruct their son in gun safety by working to save those children.
 

OR: Bill would shield concealed weapons permits
Submitted by: jgh
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"A pair of state lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would exempt concealed handgun license information from being revealed under Oregon's public records law."

"Rep. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, St. Paul, Newberg, and Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, announced their bipartisan legislation as an 'effort to protect gun owners.'"

"'Disclosure defeats the whole point of having a concealed weapons permit,' Thatcher said. 'The private information about these Oregon gun owners should also remain concealed.'"

"'Citizens deserve privacy and the general public has no legitimate interest in knowing who does and does not have a concealed weapons permit,' Barker said in a release announcing House Bill 2727." ...
 

TX: State bill would allow students to carry guns on campus
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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"The university will ensure that all licensed gun holders undergo the necessary training if the Texas Legislature passes a bill that would allow students with concealed carry licenses to bring their weapons on campus at public and private universities, a university official said."

"Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, said that while the university would obey the law if it was passed, it would ensure that members of the student staff like resident assistants would have the appropriate training to handle a potentially violent situation. He said the university would make sure that students who carry weapons have valid permits." ...
 

SD: House Wants Uniform Local Gun Laws
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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The South Dakota House says local governments should be barred from adopting ordinances restricting possession of firearms. The House voted 46-20 on Tuesday to pass HB1278, which prohibits townships, counties and cities from adopting general restrictions on firearms.

Supporters said the goal is to make laws dealing with carrying firearms uniform across the state. They said people with concealed weapons permits should be able to go from one community to another without fear of violating a local law.

The House killed a proposed amendment to let local governments restrict firearms if they posted areas as gun-free zones.
 

UT: Utah gun-rights groups pan NRA-backed change to weapons bill
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Utah won't ban out-of-state instructors from qualifying people for a concealed weapon permit despite worries from the gun-rights community about abuses that could erode the value of a Utah permit in other states."

"Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, originally was going to push an outright prohibition, but substituted his bill after speaking with lobbyists from the National Rifle Association. Now, his HB204 creates a formal complaint process to address issues with nonresident instructors. An instructor who has complaints is entitled to a hearing, and if found guilty, could lose his or her teaching license and concealed weapon permit for up to seven years." ...
 

Report: Real-world CSI's lack consistent standards (another view)
Submitted by: motoboy

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"Crime labs nationwide must be overhauled to prevent the types of mistakes that put innocent people in prison and leave criminals out on the street, researchers have concluded."

"A 255-page report from the National Academy of Sciences is urging creation of national standards of training, certification and expertise for forensic criminal work, much of which is currently done on a city or state level."

"The report's authors say the lack of consistent standards raises the possibility that the quality of forensic evidence presented in court can vary unpredictably."

"Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he had not reviewed the report, but said the government should devote 'more attention, more time, more resources, to that issue.'" ...
 

Crime Labs Seriously Deficient, Report Says
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The nation's crime labs are so seriously deficient that criminals are allowed to go free, the wrong people are sometimes convicted and only a 'massive overhaul' can improve the results, according to a long awaited report out Wednesday."

"The National Academy of Sciences says with the single exception of DNA, no other crime scene evidence is dependable enough to allow police officers to testify in court, as they often do, that it's "a match" to a specific person. That's true, the report says, of analysis of hair, fibers, bites and tool marks — all of them long used to obtain convictions. Subsequent DNA testing, it says, shows that some of these analyses produce erroneous results." ...
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Submitter's Note: Just another example why we should question authority.
 

IL: Rubicon in the Rear-View, Pt. IV: The Chicago "Surge"
Submitted by: Larry

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"In a fashion suitable to a city whose name transliterates an Algonquin phrase meaning 'stink onion,' Chicago's political system has always been redolent of criminal corruption. Among its most pungent institutions is the city's police, which was probably cleaner and less oppressive when Al Capone was running it."

"Chicago has the nation's most notorious inner-city crime milieu. It has the country's second-largest municipal police force, with a well-earned and continually replenished reputation for brutality."

"Those who live on the city's West Side can testify that the police are at least as dangerous to life, limb, and property as any of the private sector crime outfits; in fact, this might be one of those exceptionally rare cases in which government agencies consistently outperform their private sector competition." ...
 

CA: State bar judge wants Santa Clara County prosecutor suspended 4 years for abusing power
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"Suggesting the harshest disciplinary punishment in recent history for a California prosecutor, a state bar judge Wednesday called for Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Ben Field to be stripped of his right to practice law in the state for four years because he 'abused his prosecutorial power.'"

"In a scathing 67-page ruling, Judge Pat McElroy described Field as an 'overzealous' prosecutor who violated a host of ethical rules in four criminal cases, ranging from disobeying judges' orders to hiding crucial evidence from defense lawyers that could help their clients. The judge's decision was based on a series of hearings held last year in which bar prosecutors charged Field with a string of misconduct in cases dating back to 1995 ..." ...
 

Sporting firearms sales have drastically risen since election
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I do not know how many folks are aware that our new president has a long history of advocacy with gun control portion of our population. His reputation in that area is so infamous that the economy has shown the effects of his election. Not concerning anyone's bailout package, but in firearm sales."

"The [NSSA] ... recently sent out some facts that I find interesting and I would like to share with you."

"The update I received ... started thusly; 'Despite a weak economy and slumping retail sales, firearm sales continue to increase in January, continuing an upswing that began after the November election.'" ...

"... checks on sale of firearms jumped 28.8 percent in January 2009 when compared to January 2008. ..." ...
 

FL: Florida can't keep up with concealed weapons permit requests
Submitted by: Foo Bar

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"People in Florida are fearful of the economic future, and one way they are coping is by buying guns."

"The state office that issues concealed weapons permits is buried under a backlog of 95,000 applications, and doesn't have enough money in its budget to do the job. A legislative budget panel is being asked to approve a midyear budget transfer of nearly $4 million to catch up to the demand for permits."

"'People are getting scared,' said Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson. 'The economy is scaring them. They don't want their houses broken into.'"

"... Figures released by Bronson's office show that it issued 75,679 permits in 2007 and 86,269 in 2008."

"Applications spiked dramatically in December and January ..." ...
 

IL: Changing attitudes in Chicago: 150 First-Timers give shooting a try
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In an effort to help educate the Chicago-area public about gun ownership, shooting and firearm safety, three ranges around the Windy City teamed up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to hold a total of nine First Shots seminars -- all of them filled to capacity. About 150 people took their First Shots, including husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, members of the media, veterans who had not shot since being in the military and many others." ...
 

MN: The right to bear arms and 'subsidizing' handgun permits
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"We take offense to comments made by Crow Wing County Commissioner Nystrom at a county board meeting on Feb. 10. During a debate over the sheriff's department raising fees for processing a handgun permit application, Commissioner Nystrom stated she did not agree that the 59,000 residents of Crow Wing County should be 'subsidizing' the cost of processing permits for 1,200 people."

"Well, we have news for you, commissioner: The 59,000 residents of this county subsidize county government through taxes, part of which is intended to pay for services."

"Commissioner Nystrom also referred to this issue as the "handgun permit program." It is not a program, commissioner, it is our Second Amendment right ..."
 

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