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Terrorist Threat Demands National CCW Reciprocity, says Gun Law Expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The current terrorist threat demands that Congress enact legislation establishing national recognition for the carrying of concealed firearms,' says gun rights expert John M. Snyder."

"Noting that government intelligence experts indicate another attempted terrorist attack within the United States in three to six months is 'certain,' Snyder said, 'Americans with state-issued permits to carry concealed firearms in a state should be able to carry them throughout the country. This is necessary for personal and public protection.'" ...
 

Gun Rights Examiners gaining media notice
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Much of the commentary we've generated has been confined to 'the choir,' with only occasional 'leaks' into a discussion that reaches the wider world."

"We're starting to see some indication this is slowly changing. Let me share some very recent GRE 'success stories' with you..."
 

Blaming many for the actions of a few
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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... "Recently, a new tactic of gun control groups has been to keep a tally of deaths they attribute to concealed carry permit (ccw) holders. Mind you, they don't use real research, just Google to look for any article matching a shooting death with a person reported to hold a concealed handgun license. The latest number they throw out is 139 deaths since 2007. Even if that number is true, considering that they claim there are over 10,000 firearms related deaths each year that makes the crime rate for ccw holders far below the national average." ...
 

A Brady Campaign 'victory'
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"Last May, 79-year-old Angel Arce Torres was crossing a city street in Hartford, Connecticut, when Luis Negron drove across a double yellow line into oncoming traffic, where he struck and killed Mr. Torres." ...

"After the incident, there was public 'outrage and soul-searching,' because bystanders ignored the victim. Video shows pedestrians standing on the sidewalks, watching; drivers passed by about their business."

"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence doesn’t believe you should own a gun. We live in a civilized society now, and civilized people don’t 'take the law into their own hands.' We're supposed to call the police and let the professionals handle it."

"The 2009 Brady Campaign State Scorecard rated Connecticut fourth best overall ..." ...
 

NRA-ILA to Benefit from Sale of Arsenal Inc.'s Rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) and Arsenal, Inc. announced today the launch of a new commemorative Jubilee Series AK-74 Kalashnikov rifle developed by Arsenal, Inc."

"A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these rifles will be donated to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and the Kalashnikov Foundation."

"Additionally, Arsenal, Inc. donated a Gold Edition Jubilee Series AK-74 Kalashnikov rifle to the National Firearms Museum at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia." ...
 

Fearing Obama Agenda, States Push to Loosen Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When President Obama took office, gun rights advocates sounded the alarm, warning that he intended to strip them of their arms and ammunition."

"And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely successful push for expanded gun rights, even passing measures that have been rejected in the past."

"In Virginia, the General Assembly approved a bill last week that allows people to carry concealed weapons in bars and restaurants ..."

"Arizona and Wyoming lawmakers are considering nearly a half dozen pro-gun measures, including one that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit ..." ...
 

Hiding information
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congress should get rid of a law that hides information from the public about guns used to commit crimes and the stores that sell these weapons."

"Before Barack Obama became president, he vowed to get rid of the Tiahrt Amendment ..."

"Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says the law ... made it harder for his department to connect the dots on Badger Guns, though the gun store has sold guns linked to the shootings of six local officers."

"Effective law enforcement is data-driven. And if a law constricts that flow of information, state and local law officials are hampered in their abilities to trace crime guns to their sources." ...
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Submitter's Note: Chief Ed is lying. There is no restriction on data for use by law enforcement personnel; it merely prohibits anti-gun pols from using the data as a club to drive FFLs out of business.
 

Who Can Relax This Way?
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"It looked like a casting call for a Sam Pekinpah shoot-’em-up: 100 or so gun enthusiasts showed up at the Buckhorn Grill in Walnut Creek, Calif., this month with revolvers strapped on their hips. 'We're not politically involved,' the restaurant manager declared as he agreed to serve the supporters of Open Carry, a group that goes around flaunting gun owners’ right — under a benighted California law — to pack weapons in public."

"Four days later, the chief of the Buckhorn chain apologized to unarmed customers and asserted the company’s own right to ban gun toters from the premises, the same as it does for barefoot customers." ...
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SUbmitter's Note: Answer: WE can relax this way. And, believe it or not, we outnumber you!
 

Nullification, Secession, and Guns Show Constitutional Meaning is Never Settled
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The ever-present possibility of 'un-settlement' is, well, unsettling. Lawyers and judges who assert that the meaning of a constitutional provision is forever fixed at the time of its enactment might contend that only new historical evidence of the original understanding should be permitted to unsettle constitutional law. But in fact, things rarely works that way.

"The Second Amendment is an ironic case in point. For years, it was widely assumed by legal scholars and Supreme Court Justices alike that the Second Amendment protected state militias against federal abolition, but had almost nothing to say about a private right to possess firearms for self-defense ..." ...
 

Hospital infections kill 48,000 per year
Submitted by: gemalo

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"Infections of sepsis and pneumonia acquired in the hospital may kill 48,000 people each year, a new study shows.

"An estimated 80% of infections caused by staph bacteria originate from patients.Researchers examined hospital discharge records in 40 states between 1998 and 2006 in drawing their conclusions about the potential death toll from pneumonia and sepsis -- two of the most common hospital-acquired infections. They also calculated that these infections cost $8.1 billion to treat and lead to 2.3 million total days of hospitalization." ...
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Submitter's Note: And they think our guns are dangerous ?!?
 

How Corrupted Language Moved from Campus to the Real World
Submitted by: rick schwartz

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... "Zealous federal prosecutors pursuing what they subjectively view as morally corrupt (albeit not clearly criminal) activity 'may in fact be doing God's work, but they are not doing Jefferson's work or Hamilton's work or Madison's work or the work of the other founders of our secular nation and Constitution,' Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz wrote in the Foreword to Three Felonies a Day. " ...
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Submitter's Note: While not directly on point with RKBA I beleive the author has a critically important point to make to our community.
 

Denninger: How Long Before You Wake Up, Politicos?
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"Karl Denninger takes both politicians and 'the Only Ones' to the woodshed:"

"I'm going to write today about a very somber subject. It will be, as it usually is here in one form or another, about math."

"First, some background. If you believe that we have 'escaped' from the mess that gripped this nation in 2008 and 2009, or that said mess 'suddenly appeared' and 'nobody saw it coming', stop reading now and have your Thorazine dosage checked. It's way off." ...
 

IN: Police: neighbor shot intruder during home invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Police say an attacker who had tied up two women inside a rural western Indiana home was stopped when a neighbor shot him in the leg.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department says a man broke into the home near the town of Shelburn Sunday morning, tying up a woman and her mother and sexually assaulting the younger woman.

Sgt. William Snead says the older woman was able to send a text message to a neighbor asking for help. The neighbor's boyfriend, Sonny Osborn, heard the confrontation and went inside with a gun.

Police say Osborn told the attacker to leave before shooting him in the leg three times. The man was treated at a hospital and was being held in the Sullivan County Jail.
 

Is Major League Baseball's gun ban a 'no-brainer'?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Still, why would you want to trust anyone deemed incapable of civilized conduct around tools with unchecked access to clubs they could brain somebody with?" ...
 

Cardinals pitcher Ryan Franklin criticizes MLB 'no guns' policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Major League Baseball clubhouses are now designated 'gun free' zones." ...
"Signs have been placed in spring training locker rooms stating 'individuals are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons while performing any services for MLB.' The rules apply to employees of the commissioner's office, other central MLB businesses and to teams, including players."
"Actually, that rule apparently went into effect last year, but the signs are new. Perhaps St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin--a member of the National League's 2009 All-Star team--didn't know of the rule until seeing the signs at Spring Training this month. He is apparently not pleased." ...
 

Would Saint Peter pack a pistol in a national park today?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Remember World War I? Few alive today were around when we sent the doughboys off to liberate Europe; meanwhile back home, American citizens were banned from exercising their Second Amendment rights in National Parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Knoxville."

"Today, that 94 year old ban is being lifted as a result of Federal legislation enacted last year."

"One might ask if it is wise to allow handguns to be carried in such places. But, one might also ask, in view of serious violent crimes in parks, if it is wise to not carry a handgun in parks. There probably won't be any rangers nearby to offer protection from attack." ...
 

Gun Rights 101: So, can I carry a gun in a national park now?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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gun owners have been waiting a long time for what Austin Gun Rights Examiner Howard Nemerov calls 'National Take a Gun Hiking Day', and now it's here. Guns, the national media has announced with the sort of giddiness that comes from holding one's breath in fearful anticipation, will now flood our nation's rivers, canyons and assorted national wonders rather than simply washing in great tides through our city streets. Most of the stories could be replaced with an artists' rendering of Yosemite Sam brutally executing Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and a half-dozen tourists while Ranger Smith looks on in impotent anger, unable to stop the slaughter, and all because Senator John Thune took all that Constitution garbage so literally." ...
 

Why We Shouldn't Fear an End to the Ban on Guns In National Parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This isn’t the first time people have been able to carry guns in national parks. They were allowed to do so for over two months last year, from January through March, and absolutely no problems were reported."

"A two-decade-old ban on loaded guns in national parks ends today. Loaded guns will be allowed in Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, and other national parks. Guns will still be prohibited in some areas in the parks, federal facilities that are regularly staffed by National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees, but everywhere else they will be allowed." ...
 

What guns in national parks rule change won't do
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "That kind of disingenuous thinking only looks at one side of the equation and totally ignores the protective benefits of guns in moral hands. It's the kind of mentality that says because some are abusive of freedom, we all must be deprived of it."

"It's the kind of mentality that's just waiting for the first opportunity to scream 'We told you so!'" ...
 

WA: Gun prohibitionists can't be confused by facts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Listening to the 4 o’clock hour of Monday's John Carlson show on KVI with Ralph Fascitelli, president of Washington CeaseFire, was an exercise in verbal bait-and-switch, because what started as a discussion of the new law on firearms in national parks soon began bouncing around to homicides in Seattle and Washington State, gun shows and all kinds of unrelated issues."

"Readers will recall that I discussed the parks-and-guns issue here Monday, with a link to a distorted KING 5 News story on the issue that included a short interview with me on Sunday."

"The purpose of Fascitelli's darting around on the issue of gun rights was a clumsily-veiled attempt to obfuscate the issue. KVI listeners were having none of it ..." ...
 

Using guns to protect liberty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court found that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. Because the District is a federal enclave, however, the court stopped short of deciding whether the Second Amendment applies to the states ..."

"In March, the Supreme Court will begin to answer this unresolved question - already answered affirmatively just last week by Washington state's Supreme Court - when it hears arguments in McDonald v. Chicago, a challenge to Chicago's handgun ban - in which the final briefs were filed earlier this month."

"One of the things many people don't realize is that the case is much more about the 14th Amendment than the second ..." ...
 

Gun ban to go before Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chicago's ban on handguns goes before the U.S. Supreme court next week." ...

"'In this day and age when we think the right to bear arms in all of our communities that means any type of weapon. I don't think our founding fathers believed that these type of weapons would be on the street and to me every jurisdiction have a right to talk about the health and safety of their communities,' said Mayor Daley." ...
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Submiiter's Note: Okay Mr. Mayor, please explain how your complete ban is 'justified by a compelling state interest', is 'narrowly tailored' and is the 'least restrictive means for achieving that interest'. And no hand-waving, we want facts and figures, not 'Guns are baaaa-d' rhetoric.
 

CA: Seventh Circuit Will Rehear U.S. v. Skoien En Banc
Submitted by: rick schwartz

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"That's the case in which a unanimous Seventh Circuit panel vacated — on Second Amendment grounds — a conviction for gun possession by a misdemeanant convicted of domestic violence, and remanded for further proceedings to determine whether the government could show a 'reasonable fit' 'between this important objective [the government’s interest in protecting against domestic-violence gun injury and death] and § 922(g)(9)'s blanket ban on firearms possession by persons who have been convicted of a domestic-violence misdemeanor.'... " ...
 

UT: Utah seeks to clarify showing vs brandishing a weapon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Utah scored the lowest in the eagerly anticipated Brady Campaign Gun Law Scorecard. The beehive state achieved a perfect zero on the scale used to judge how many 'common sense' restrictions were in place to protect us from guns. Now the legislature is considering a revision to their gun laws clarifying the difference between flashing a weapon to deter aggression and brandishing, which is still a no-no. Utah H.B. 78 ... seeks to protect gun carriers from the crime of threatening with a deadly weapon (as defined in Utah Criminal Code 16-1-601) by granting them permission to inform assailants that they are in possession of a gun or even showing them the weapon for the purpose of warding off an attack." ...
 

ATF: Cavalry Arms owner pleads guilty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ATF has issued a press release concerning a two-year-old case against Arizona-based Cavalry Arms:"
"Cavalry Arms Corporation and its owner Shawn Michael Nealon, 38, of Mesa Arizona., pleaded guilty to the felony offense of Illegal Sale by a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer to an Out-of-State Resident, in federal district court in Phoenix. ..."
"That's very different from the statement appearing on the company's website a week ago:"
"As you may be aware, we have been engaged in an ongoing dispute with the ATF for the past two years. While Cavalry Arms has at all times tried its best to run a lawful and honest shop, unfortunately, some regulatory compliance mistakes were made ..." ...
 

LA: Off-Duty La. Officer Allegedly Runs Checkpoint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An off-duty Covington police officer and a woman were critically injured in a car crash early Sunday, police said." ...

"Police said Jason Cortez ... was traveling north on LA 21 in a 2008 Ford Mustang when he approached a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office checkpoint manned by three deputies who were searching for an escaped inmate."

"'Cortez came to a stop prior to the checkpoint and was instructed to proceed forward by the deputies, at which time he accelerated and sped through the checkpoint proceeding northbound on LA 21 at a high rate of speed,' ..."

"... Cortez failed to negotiate a left curve and ... The vehicle traveled about 72 feet through a ditch before hitting a culvert and becoming airborne. ..." ...
 

RI: R.I. officer indicted in suspect's taped beating
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Providence police officer was indicted yesterday on charges that he beat a handcuffed man with a flashlight, prosecutors said."

"A Providence County grand jury charged Detective Robert DeCarlo with assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor simple assault in the Oct. 20 arrest of Luis Mendonca, 21, who was taken into custody following a chase."

"Surveillance video in a Providence parking lot shows police surrounding an apparently handcuffed Mendonca as one officer kicks and strikes him. A lawyer for Mendonca has said his client was in a coma for two days and needed staples to close a gash on his head. Mendonca is in the custody of federal immigration authorities." ...
 

CA: It's come to this: California town to charge $300 for … 911 calls
Submitted by: rick schwartz

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"A recession-flavored palate cleanser if ever there was one. As a commenter in Headlines put it yesterday, it’s 'your money or your life' in policy form. What's strange about this, though, is that they're offering an alternative to the $300 fee — namely, an annual 911 'subscription' of just $48, which prompts the question of why they don't just pass a $50 tax hike and force people to buy in. ... There's no better way to do this?"

"Update: From the comments, a reminder that this isn't merely 'your money or your life.' It’s your money or their life: 'Consider how many 911 calls are reports of incidents which have nothing to do with the caller; neighbors house on fire, assault in progress, car accidents, etc. ...'" ...
 

CO: Colo. State Debates Concealed Weapons on Campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every campus shooting – including the one 11 days ago at the University of Alabama – reignites the debate over whether students and faculty should be allowed to carry concealed guns into college classrooms. Most colleges already ban the practice, but one of the last holdouts in the country, Colorado State, is just now finalizing plans to ban firearms on campus."

"That is not sitting well with many students who argue that a full ban actually puts them in more danger." ...
 

CO: Colorado State U. Board Approves Plan to Ban Guns on Campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Following up on a December vote to ban concealed weapons at Colorado State University, the institution's Board of Governors unanimously approved a plan today to put the new policy into effect, according to The Coloradoan, a newspaper in Fort Collins. The decision has split the two-campus system, with faculty and staff members supporting the ban and students opposing it. Pro-gun groups have vowed to challenge the new policy in court, asserting that it represented a violation of the Second Amendment.
 

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