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Flak from Bloomberg flack shows GOA over target on immigration and guns
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"Wilkinson lacks both the skill and the wit to come across as anything but eager to savage people he hates, which is more than a little creepy. That’s why, rather than present credible data to counter GOA, he defers to talk of clouds and bunnies, while resorting to nothing more than cumulus fluff himself. Remember, with 'progressives,' every day is Opposite Day, and every indictment they level against another is really a reflection on themselves. The guy has nothing but insults to rely on in his vain attempt to deny the demonstrable and he knows it."
 

GA: Attorney: Teen Shot, Killed By Police Was Holding Wii Video Game Controller
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The family attorney representing a 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Euharlee police officer says that the boy was holding a video game controller when he was shot opening his door.
Christopher Roupe was shot and killed on Friday when Euharlee officers showed up at the door of his home at 937 Euhar Lee Road, Lot 5, in Eagle View Mobile Home Park to serve a probation violation warrant for the boy’s father, WSB-TV reports. A female officer told the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Roupe pointed a gun at her after he opened the door.
But the family’s attorney, Cole Law, said the boy was holding a Nintendo Wii video game controller, and was about to watch a movie.
 

FL: Recording Traffic Stop Lands Davie Woman In Jail
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A Davie woman plans to sue the Broward Sheriff’s Office after she was forced to spend the night in jail for using her cellphone to record a deputy during a traffic stop.
Last March, 33-year old Brandy Berning was pulled over by Lt. William O’Brien after she reportedly drove in the HOV lane at the wrong time, according to The Sun-Sentinel.
As O’Brien approached her vehicle, Berning hit the record button on her phone. She recorded about 15 seconds of the conversation before telling O’Brien that he was being recorded. That’s when the deputy told her she had just committed a felony and demanded that she hand over her phone.
Berning refused.
 

NY: VIDEO: Cop allegedly assaults man recording him in Brooklyn subway station
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A transit cop allegedly assaulted, then arrested a 47-year-old man recording another man getting a summons at a Brooklyn subway station, according to a bombshell video released Wednesday.
Shawn Thomas of New Rochelle claimed Police Officer Efrain Rojas attacked him, arrested him and then tried to delete the video of Saturday’s interaction at Brooklyn’s Utica Ave. station.
Thomas told photographyisnotacrime.com that Rojas dragged him out of the station, forced him face down on a snowswept sidewalk and slammed his head into the pavement, splitting his lip.
 

Troops left to fend for themselves after Army was warned of flaws in rifle
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First of two parts
Army Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, a 20-year Green Beret, has learned that if you want to improve your chances to survive, it’s best to personally make modifications to the Army’s primary rifle — the M4 carbine. ...
The warrant officer said he and fellow Special Forces soldiers have a trick to maintain the M4A1 — the commando version: They break the rules and buy off-the-shelf triggers and other components and overhaul the weapon themselves. ...
Documents obtained by The Washington Times show the Pentagon was warned before the Afghanistan and Iraq wars that the iterations of the M4 carbine were flawed and might jam or fail, especially in the harsh desert conditions that both wars inflicted.
 

Supreme Court asked to decide on three gun cases
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The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to wade into a growing legal brawl over the scope of the Second Amendment and how far the Constitution goes in protecting Americans’ self-defense rights outside of their homes, with the justices deciding whether to take up three pending gun cases.
Six years ago, in the landmark Heller case, the court established that the Constitution guarantees a personal right to bear arms, but states — and lower federal courts — have made different judgments about what that means.
 

MA: Armed elderly woman scares off snow shoveler trying to shake her down
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A Massachusetts woman, 79, got sick and tired of a persistent man who was trying to shovel driveways for money and sent him fleeing — by brandishing a gun.
The Associated Press reported that Lowell police say a man shoveled the driveway of an elderly couple, without first asking if they wanted the work done, and then knocked on their door demanding payment.
The woman and her 81-year-old husband refused to pay. They ordered him to leave, but he only banged on the door louder, AP said.
So the woman answered the door again — only this time, holding a gun by her side. She didn’t point it, the local newspaper The Sun reported. She simply told the man to walk away.
 

Record U.S. Gun Production as Obama ‘Demonized’ on Issue
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U.S. gun makers led by Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC) churned out a record number of firearms in 2012, government data show, continuing a trend of robust production during Democratic presidencies.
More than 8.57 million guns were produced in 2012, up 31 percent from 6.54 million in 2011, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been tracking the statistics since 1986.
Almost as many guns -- 26.1 million -- were produced during Democrat Barack Obama’s first term as president as during the entire eight-year presidency of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, the ATF data show.
 

CA: San Jose: Police investigating alleged self-defense fatal shooting in East Foothills
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Police are investigating a fatal Thursday night shooting in which a resident said he fired in self-defense at a gunman trying to break into his East Foothills home.

Police went to the 3500 block of Pine Ridge Way near Clayton Road just before 8 p.m. on reports of shots fired. The man who called in the report met police and said an unknown man had tried to break into his home, and fired a gun in his direction. He said he then got his own firearm and shot at the suspect in self-defense. Two people then got into a car and quickly drove off, and the resident then called police. He was unharmed.
 

We the people are the militia – keep armed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Friends, our forefathers did not arm the American people for the purpose of hunting, but rather to protect themselves from those who were doing the hunting: namely in their time, the tyrant King George.

The Second Amendment is only to vouchsafe our right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and to ensure all of the other rights given unto us by our Creator. The wisdom of the framers of the Constitution is found consistent with lessons from the Bible that they used as their bedrock for civil law. The people’s individual protection should always be a primary concern for a government “of the people.”
 

FL: Judge: Blind killer gets his guns back
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Galluzzo did so grudgingly, saying that legally, he had no choice.

"If I did, I wouldn't return them," he said.

Rogers will get back his rifle and a 10-millimeter Glock pistol, but the judge ordered the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to destroy the ammunition that had been seized along with them.

The bullets were 40 years old, according to packaging materials, Galluzzo said, and were unsafe.
 

Redfield Signs On To Sponsor IDPA’s 2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The International Defensive Pistol Assn. (IDPA) announced that Redfield, one of the leading American manufacturers of sports optics, known for the performance, ruggedness and reliability of its products, has signed on as the newest sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.
 

MO: Mo. Senate Sends Gun Control Nullification Bill to Mo. House; House Version Passes Committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senate Bill 613, also known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, would make it a misdemeanor for federal officers to enforce federal gun control measures within Missouri's borders if those measures are found to violate Missourians right to "keep and bear arms." The bill passed 23-10 mostly along party lines; State Sen. Box Dixon of Springfield was the only Republican who joined Democrats in voting "no." It's now in the hands of the Missouri House, where Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, says he hasn't been paying attention to the bill's progress.
 

The Public Image Toward Gun Rights Has Never Been Better
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun lovers are making all of the positive headlines this week. Thousands of CT residents refusing to register their firearms, The Boston Globe published an article showing the ineffectiveness of gun buyback programs, the Missouri Senate advanced a Bill that would nullify all federal anti-gun laws, and the NH State Legislature overwhelmingly voted against universal background checks.

We are only used to seeing negative headlines in the mainstream media concerning gun rights. All of this recent positive exposure shows our hard work is paying off, the balance of power is reversing, and the overall outlook on our Second Amendment Rights has never been more positive.
 

Lawmaker pushes gun control bill using technology that doesn’t exist
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In a new twist on the gun control deabte, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts wants to mandate that guns be sold with technology that doesn’t exist.

Sen. Edward Markey introduced a gun control bill that would require all new guns sold to feature technology personalizing them so that they can only be used by its owner or other authorized persons.

Markey claimed his bill would reduce the number of policemen killed in the line of duty since many of them are killed by their own guns after a perpetrator takes it from them during a struggle. He also claims it would make it impossible for children to hurt themselves with their parents guns.
 

D.C. mom takes gun case to Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Her challenge to the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 is bundled with several other gun rights cases that the Supreme Court is to decide by Friday whether to hear. The law allows only federally licensed firearms vendors to receive and process handguns purchased or brought from out of state.

Her attorney, Alan Gura, said that if her lawsuit succeeds, residents of any state will be able to buy or transfer any handgun that can be sold legally in any state and take possession of it without the intercession of a federally licensed middleman.

"The standing issue that we're seeing with our case could be utilized to ban any number of things," Mr. Gura said.
 

Friday SCOTUS may reveal if it will take another 2A case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Washington Times reported yesterday that tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court may announce whether it will take another Second Amendment case – there are three on the table – which could result in yet another ruling that further defines the extent or limits of the right to keep and bear arms.

Two of those cases originated with the National Rifle Association and the third case comes from the Second Amendment Foundation, represented by two-time Supreme Court winner Alan Gura, in a 2011 case known as Lane v. Holder.
 

Democrats fight for 'personalized weapons' with fingerprint technology in new gun-control bid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, is behind a bill that would prohibit the sale of run-of-the-mill guns, requiring biometric technologies such as fingerprint recognition or a paired device – such as a wristwatch – that would authorize a gun to fire if it is nearby.

The gun rights lobby appears to be gearing up for a fight.

'The gun prohibition lobby wants it mandated so that they can control the freedom of choice of every gun owner and gun on the market,' Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb told MailOnline.
 

FL: Warning shot bill ready for state House floor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would allow warning shots to be considered self-defense sailed through its final committee stop in the Florida House on Thursday, but one lawmaker warned the language is too vague.

The House bill (HB 89) has widespread bipartisan support and amends the state’s “stand your ground” law, granting criminal and civil immunity for warning shots.

The bill does not explicitly list warning shots; instead, it cites “threatened” use of force scenarios that lawmakers made clear would include discharging a firearm to scare off a potential attacker.
 

CA: Court ruling on carrying guns upholds Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In San Diego County, the sheriff makes this determination and county policy explicitly states that concern for “one’s personal safety alone is not considered good cause.”

Really? One might ask, “What better cause than one’s personal safety?” Or the safety of one’s spouse and children, especially considering the seemingly endless reports of road rage, carjackings, drug- or alcohol-fueled assaults, school and mall and parking lot shootings, etc. Shouldn’t a citizen have as much right under the Second Amendment to defend oneself and one’s family in a car or a motor home as in one’s house? Apparently Sheriff Bill Gore thinks not. Neither, apparently, does San Diego Police Chief Bill Landsdowne.
 

Look At All The States That Let People Stand Their Ground And Shoot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"Stand your ground" laws are once again a national topic of conversation now that the Michael Dunn verdict has been handed down.

Dunn, a middle-aged white man, shot and killed unarmed, black 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a Florida convenience store parking lot in November 2012. He reportedly opened fire on the SUV that Davis and his friends were in after an argument broke out about loud music coming from the car.
 

AK: Concealed carry bill misses the mark
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If SB175 were to be passed as-is, there’s no telling how dark and deep that “rabbit hole” may go. Anyone who disagrees with a campus policy could challenge its merit based on what state law says. In short, we feel the UA system would be hindered in its ability to craft policies in the best interests of students and in the pursuit of higher learning. What if marijuana is legalized in the state? Would students then be allowed to smoke inside residence halls? Universities may not be able to enforce visiting hours, curfews, segregated living between males and females, and more.
 

Mauled in ratings, knocked by Nancy, should Piers Morgan go home?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Piers Morgan, the man American gun owners love to hate, has taken another ratings pounding according to a story posted today on Deadline.com, and this comes barely 48 hours after the bombastic Brit got an on-air tongue-lashing about his gun control extremism from Nancy Grace, which may be seen here.

Best part about it was that Grace ripped Morgan on his own program, the Newsmax.com story noted.

The ratings revelation may rekindle suggestions from firearms rights advocates like Bellevue’s Alan Gottlieb, who last year said Morgan ought to pack his bags and go home by the shortest route possible, to return to the United Kingdom.
 

Anti-gun mayor holds 'gay' crush hostage with gun
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A Pennsylvania mayor who has pushed for tougher gun-control laws is now going to jail after holding his homosexual crush hostage while armed with a gun.

Former Marcus Hook Mayor James Schiliro was sentenced to 10 to 20 months for an alcohol-fueled episode last February.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Schiliro “had a police car bring a former neighbor – a 20-year-old to whom he said he was attracted – to his home, made him drink wine, and refused to let him leave for three and a half hours.”

Schiliro reportedly threatened to kill himself and fired a gun into a stack of papers during the incident. Eventually, the victim, Nicholas Dorsam, was able to leave and then called police.
 

CA: Orange County loosens requirements for carrying concealed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The ruling is not yet final, and if successfully appealed, may never take effect. But Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced on the department's website that the county has decided to comply anyway.

"Regardless of what her personal positions are, she feels she needs to abide by what the law is," Lt. Jeff Hallock, a sheriff spokesman, said Thursday.

He said the department has received "a huge influx" of requests for permits to carry concealed guns since the 9th Circuit ruling. He cautioned, though, that the new relaxed rules might be "revisited" if the court decision is appealed or overturned.
 

NJ: NJ Democrats Claim ‘Deal’ To Ban Normal Gun Magazines Over 10 Rounds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A news story is making the rounds today indicating that a “deal” has been cut between Senate and Assembly Democrats to ban firearms magazines over 10 rounds, in exchange for a supposed “fix” to a firearms transportation law that threatens gun owners with incarceration if they stop en route to the range or other authorized points.

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The story has fueled speculation among gun owners that Second Amendment organizations were somehow involved in this supposed “deal.”

Neither Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, nor any other Second Amendment organization of which we are aware, had any involvement in such an arrangement.
 

SC: Statist Republicans Kill ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill In South Carolina
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A bill that would allow South Carolinians to carry guns openly or concealed without first receiving the State’s sanction through a permit was killed by Republicans. It failed to advance out of the State’s Judiciary Committee — despite a large Republican majority — under strong opposition from Republican Senator Larry Martin.

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“If the 2nd amendment has been as you interpret it, why hasn’t SC law reflected that for the last 140 years? I’m sorry but you are describing an ‘unlimited’ right that has never been the case with the 2nd Amendment. My view of the 2nd Amendment has always been the right to own guns and keep them in our homes, business, and property and not to wear a gun whenever to wherever I pleased.”
 

CA: Gunning for change
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Law enforcement agencies around the state have made such permits difficult to obtain. Sanchez said he has received only one or two such permit applications each year since taking over as chief more than three years ago. Even so, the Pasadena Police Department has not approved a permit for a concealed weapon in more than 20 years, Sanchez said. Most other law enforcement agencies in California are also hesitant to approve concealed weapons permits.

“Gun ownership, whether concealed or otherwise, does not necessarily equate to increased safety or a reduction in vulnerability,” Sanchez said. “The Pasadena Police Department will continue to assess requests on a case-by-case basis for concealed carry.”
 

MT: Firearm Safety & Self Defense Class – April 12th 2014 – Missoula, MT
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A course entitled “Gun Safety for Personal Protection and Concealed Weapon Permits” will be hosted in Missoula by the Montana Shooting Sports Association on Saturday, April 12th 2014, instructed by Gary Marbut.

This one-day course will focus on safe handling, storage and use of handguns suitable for personal protection, selecting a personal firearm, issues of personal protection, allowable use of lethal force, concealed weapon permits, kids and gun safety, shooting skills and more, and will include both classroom and shooting range sessions.
 

Russia: Pro-gun lobby wants to turn Russian homes into fortresses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An online initiative to soften Russian gun laws by radically broadening the legal definition of self-defense has gathered over 100,000 signatures and must now be considered by parliament.

The petition titled “My home is my fortress” was launched by the Right to Arms organization – a relatively new group that actively promotes the liberalization of gun laws in Russia. The essence of the proposal is that any resistance citizens offer to intruders inside their homes must be considered as necessary self-defense.
 

PA: Right to self-defense
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State Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, and Lycoming County Assistant District Attorney Aaron Biichle discussed the state's self-defense laws Thursday evening at Tripoli's Triggers, 531 Washington Blvd.

Mirabito and Biichle emphasized the gravity of taking another's life to the more than 50 gathered, and the importance of acting rationally and responsibly while protecting oneself.

"The law expects us to be a reasonable person," Mirabito said.
 

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