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Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban
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"The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today."

"'As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,' Holder told reporters."

"Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border." ...
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KABA Note: But wasn't Obama going to be 'too busy with other issues' to address guns and whoever thought otherwise was a black-helicopter conspiracy-nut paranoiac?
 

Smith & Wesson recalls guns that could misfire
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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"Smith & Wesson Corp. is recalling certain pistols that could fire without the trigger being pulled."

"The gun maker said it was recalling all Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols that it manufactured from March 21, 2002, until Feb. 3, 2009."

"Smith & Wesson posted a recall notice Friday on its Web site and offered additional details in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday." ...

"The notice on the company's Web site says, 'When the manual safety is disengaged, Smith & Wesson's Product Engineering Group has determined that the possibility exists in certain firearms that lowering the hammer may cause a chambered round to fire.'" ...
 

Domestic Violence and Your Gun Rights
Submitted by: motoboy

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"After decades of trying to ban guns, and failing (for the most part); Gunbanners have now changed tactics in the past decade from simply banning guns to banning broad classes of people from possessing them. Persons subject to a 'protective order' and persons convicted of an assault involving 'domestic violence,' are two such groups. The argument made for these laws from the gun-hating crowd is, 'Wife beaters and child abusers should not be allowed to have guns.'"

"Traditionally in American law, conviction of a felony resulted in the loss of a whole host of civil rights; but not for misdemeanors. Felonies were considered heinous, misdemeanors were not. ..." ...
 

Supreme Court's First Post-Heller Gun Case Decided, In Favor of Gun Possession Prohibitions
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Except that, while the case involved guns, it wasn't really a gun-rights case, at least not as presented to the Court. We can argue about the real issues that really underlay the whole thing, but courts have to deal with the specific legal issues presented to them by the parties and by lower courts."

"Yesterday in the case of United States v. Hayes, the Supreme Court did indeed uphold a wide reading of a federal regulation that prohibits anyone convicted of a domestic violence charge from owning a gun. And that decision will ensure that more people remain legally prohibited from owning guns, with the Second Amendment not applicable." ...
 

Brady Campaign Says Ensign Amendment Would Endanger Public
Submitted by: Opposing Views

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"The Ensign amendment to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act of 2009, S.160, is a dangerous attempt to repeal D.C. gun laws that would go far beyond authorizing gun possession for self-defense in the home, and instead create serious threats to public safety and homeland security."

"While the gun lobby claims this amendment is needed to restore Second Amendment rights in D.C., the District's laws have already been rewritten ... Under current D.C. law, residents have the right to possess semiautomatic handguns and use firearms in self-defense in their homes. D.C. no longer bans handguns in the home, which was struck down in Heller. Yet the Ensign amendment would eliminate many common sense laws..." ...
 

NY: Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly, District Attorney Brown Announce Over 900 Guns Taken Off the Streets During Queens One-Day Gun Buyback
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that 919 guns were taken off the streets during a gun buyback program that took place at six Queens churches on Saturday. Since last summer, similar buyback programs ... have resulted in the recovery of over 3,500 guns, more than half of them handguns. The announcement took place ... in Rockaway, where major felony crime is down 25 percent this year when compared to the same period last year, and down 64 percent since the Mayor took office. Major felony crime citywide is down 28 percent from 2001 through 2008, and down another 14 percent so far this year, including declines in every crime category." ...
 

TX: Fort Bend Homeowner Shoots, Kills Armed Man Angry Over Being Refused Entry To Party
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A homeowner in the Providence neighborhood shot and killed an armed man who may have been seeking retribution after being kicked out of a party on Saturday night." ...

"However, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case said the dead man is believed to be 'a pretty high-ranking member of a gang,' whom the homeowner appears to have shot while 'defending his property and his family.'" ...
 

Disarming the poor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"One particularly insidious method employed by the citizen disarmament lobby is banning so-called 'Saturday Night Specials,' alternatively referred to as 'junk guns'--inexpensive handguns, in other words."

"Although the term 'Saturday Night Special' did not exist in 1879, the first law of this type was Tennessee's 'Army and Navy Law' of that year." ...

"The motivation behind such a law is not hard to guess. With laws explicitly prohibiting gun ownership by blacks no longer feasible, because of the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1875, the racists had to be (slightly) more subtle in their efforts to keep blacks disarmed, and thus subject to domination." ...
 

Open Records for Concealed Carry?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Giving aid and comfort to the enemy is grounds for making our problem their problem.

"I think gun owners are missing a creative opportunity to discourage anti-gun editorial activism by discouraging sponsorship. And to those who would decry this as economic blackmail, well...uh...yeah, that's the point.

"We didn't start this fight. But if aggressors won't let us walk away from it, we should do what it takes to prevail."
 

Alarm company ads send wrong message about self-protection
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"You've all seen those advertisements for the nationally-known alarm company that depict a homeowner suddenly surprised by some hooded thug breaking through the door or a window."

"An alarm goes off, the telephone rings and the stern-voiced alarm company operator announces, 'This is Brand-X home security, all you alright?'"

"The shaken homeowner – in the majority of these advertisements it’s a female – blurts, 'Someone tried to break in.'"

"And the alarm company guy assures her, 'Stay on the phone, I'm sending help right now.'"

"Of course, in the advertisement, the bad guy has fled." ...
 

Tunnel vision for the gun grabbers
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ban on possession of firearms by those who have been convicted of felonies or of 'a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.'"

"Even though the Heller case wasn't even mentioned in the ruling nor the dissent, the gun grabbers immediately began spinning the case as a crack in the Heller armor and a win for 'reasonable restrictions'." ...
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Submitter's Note: When it comes to gun control, their side sees only what they want to see.
 

Kirsten, We Hardly Knew Ye
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"It appears the junior senator from New York is deciding which company to keep. Whether that will include people inclined to continue giving her A-ratings on gun rights is looking less and less likely."
 

Big government versus your civil rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In the last article, we compared President Obama's anti-civil rights rhetoric to the reality that the history of gun control is also the history of Black oppression. Therefore if Obama and the Democrat Congress truly support the values espoused on their party's web site, they should support the civil right of self-defense. But this ignores an important reality in our nation’s capital."

"During the 2008 campaign, Obama received $42,547,156 from lawyers/law firms (the most of any candidate). Overall, 79.0% went to Democrat candidates and 20.9% to Republicans."

"... By comparison, the entire 'gun rights' lobby spend $1,898,904 during the election cycle. ..." ...
 

Fending off fascism
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sure, Hitler could have taken Switzerland. It's just that the cost was too high. One comment from his staff was 'Switzerland doesn't have an army, Switzerland is an army.' That country has roughly one gun for every three people, many of them full automatic army-issued assault rifles. Military basic training is universal for men, and when they go home from boot camp, they take the rifle they learned on and keep it the rest of their lives. Shooting is a national pastime with local and regional contests most weekends. When the military upgrades their arms, they sell off the other guns to their people. The suicide rate is average for Europe, although gun suicides are higher. ..." ...
 

Supreme Court upholds gun-control law
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"The Supreme Court upheld the broad reach of a federal gun-control law Tuesday and said that no one who has a conviction for any crime of domestic violence may own a firearm."

"The 7-2 decision strips gun rights from tens of thousands of people who were convicted or had pleaded guilty to an assault against a spouse, a live-in partner, a child or a parent. These crimes include not just felonies, but misdemeanors." ...

"Gun-control advocates and law enforcement officials praised the ruling. On average, more than three people are killed each day by domestic partners, according to the Brady Center ... About 14% of police officers who are killed in the line of duty die in response to a domestic violence call, the group said." ...
 

Their view: Assault on firearms is another example of frivolous lawsuits
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"In yet another insult to personal responsibility, personal injury lawyers in Indiana are trying to bring a lawsuit accusing gun manufacturers of causing gun violence, even though the courts have consistently said gun manufacturers are not liable."

"An Indiana Supreme Court's decision last month to hear a gun manufacturer lawsuit likely will only tie up the legal system and be costly to taxpayers."

"But if successful, the lawsuit would likely drive up prices West Virginians and other consumers pay for firearms -- just to fill the pockets of these greedy lawsuit lawyers."

"The Indiana tribunal's green light for the latest lawsuit to proceed against gun makers flies in the face numerous court decisions striking down such challenges. " ...
 

Boren to help lead new task force on gun rights
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, a board member of the National Rifle Association, announced Wednesday he will serve as co-chairman of a new task force on gun rights."

"'I am afraid we could witness a significant tilt to the left on gun issues in the current climate in Washington and that has me greatly concerned,' the Oklahoma Democrat said."

"'I believe members of the Second Amendment Task Force will serve a critical role in preventing overreaching by those who would seek to enact anti-gun policies.'"

"Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia will be the group's Republican co-chairman."

"Boren said the task force will be charged with monitoring legislation regarding the Second Amendment during the 111th Congress." ...
 

Private criminal turned public criminal working to regulate guns even more
Submitted by: Larry

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"While most federal legislators are busy figuring out ways to destroy wealth, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) has been working to federally impose mandatory state licensing for gun owners (including fingerprinting, photo ID cards, and a written examination). Of course, what draconian gun law would be complete without requiring registration of all guns, whether transferred between private individuals or between FFL and buyer? The bill has been in committee since early January, so hopefully it will die in committee, but it is certainly something to keep a watchful eye on. See here for details." ...
 

AR: Concealed Carry Privacy Bill HB 1623 Filed
Submitted by: ARCCA
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org/index.html

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"I posted this an an update but thought it needed a post of its own."

"This from KTHV, 'An Arkansas lawmaker wants to make the list of people with concealed handgun permits a secret, and punish those who publish the information."

"Rep. Randy Stewart, D-Kirby, on Wednesday filed legislation that would make information on concealed-gun permit holders confidential and exempt from the state's open records law. Stewart, a former Olympic shooter who also is a concealed-carry permit instructor, proposed in the legislation that knowingly publishing the list be a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and up to a year in prison." ...
 

VA: Bill passes to restrict access to statewide concealed-gun permit list
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"A bill restricting the public's access to a statewide database of Virginians with permits to carry concealed handguns is on its way to the governor."

"Republican Delegate Dave Nutter's bill passed out of the Senate unanimously ... eliminating public access to the statewide database. It passed unopposed from the House ..."

"The public still could get information on concealed carry permit holders at each circuit court, but would not have access to a statewide State Police database."

"Nutter first introduced the bill last year after The Roanoke Times posted the state police database of permit holders on its Web site. Former Attorney General Bob McDonnell advised the state police to stop making the list available ..."
 

AR: Guns in church bill dies in Senate panel
Submitted by: ARCCA
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org/index.html

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"For some reason Churches are going to continue to be a 'gun free zone' in Arkansas."

"This from Fox 16, 'A Senate panel on Wednesday rejected a bill allowing concealed handguns in churches after opponents complained that allowing firearms defied the notion that religious buildings are sanctuaries.'"

"The Senate Judiciary Committee stalled the bill on a voice. The measure would have removed churches and other houses of worship from the list of places where concealed handguns are banned in Arkansas. ..."

"The bill's sponsor ... told the panel after the vote that she may try again with the proposal."

"Pyle said during the hearing that she wanted to give churches the option to allow firearms in their buildings." ...
 

MD: Bill advances to deny gun offenders bail
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One of Mayor Sheila Dixon's top priorities for the General Assembly advanced yesterday when the House of Delegates gave preliminary approval to a measure to prevent bail commissioners from releasing convicted gun offenders if they are arrested again. The law, which Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III has said will "take guns out of the hands of bad guys," would require courts to hold convicted gun offenders on a no-bail status if they have a new arrest. The bill still requires final approval by the House and consideration by the Maryland Senate.
 

AK: Resoultion Oposing Federal Gun Licensing Passed by Senate Affairs Committee
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"The Senate State Affairs committee today passed SJR 6, a resolution expressing the Alaska Legislature's opposition to a bill introduced in Congress that would require federal licenses for firearm users in the U.S. ... congressional bill, HR 45, is in essence a gun registration bill that assaults the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans."

"'This bill in Congress would require anyone who possesses a firearm to have a federal license to do so, and makes it a felony to fail to report transfers, loss or theft of a firearm,' Therriault said. 'As we have seen so often around the world ... restricting or taking away firearms from law abiding private citizens does not reduce crime, but is followed by more crime.'" ...
 

NJ: Defeated handgun law called 'feel-good' plan
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"Two area Democrats who cast key votes against gun legislation on Monday separately called the bill 'feel-good legislation' on Tuesday and said they will not change their stances on the issue."

"State Sens. Jeff Van Drew and Steve Sweeney were two of the three Democrats, along with Sen. Fred Madden, who joined Republicans in voting against the measure."

"'To say, 'Gee we're doing something about gang violence because we've passed another law against law-abiding gun owners,' I don't believe hits the target,' said Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic."

"With 15 Republican votes against it and two Republican abstentions, Senate President Richard Codey suspended voting at 20-18."

"Bills need 21 votes to pass the Senate." ...
 

IL: State Capitol Q&A: Concealed carry on legislative agenda
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"Every year the debate over gun control returns to the legislature, as sure a sign of spring as robins searching for food on the Capitol grounds."

"This year is no exception, with well over a dozen bills introduced already dealing with various gun issues. ..."

"And there are no fewer than three bills allowing Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons. Gun advocates have tried without success for years to get a 'concealed carry' law passed in Illinois. Those bills are getting a renewed focus this year in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right to have guns in the home and the Illinois Sheriffs' Association recent endorsement of concealed carry." ...
 

IL: Daley Wants Gun Laws, Blasts Feds' "Lack of Focus"
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Mayor Richard M. Daley is proposing new anti-gun legislation, while at the same time blasting the federal government for what he says is a lack of focus in combating violence in America."

"The mayor all but suggested that federal prosecutors are spending more time on anti-corruption investigations than in rooting out the drug kingpins responsible for the carnage in U.S. cities." ...

"Daley ... is asking that gun dealers be licensed by the state ... that gun purchasers be limited to one gun a month; that law enforcement close the loophole wherein private sellers transfer guns between each other; a new statewide ban on assault weapons; and increased penalties for shootings on school property anywhere in the state." ...
 

OR: Sheriffs On Board With CHL Reciprocity
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Today in the House Judiciary Committee, three bills of interest to gun owners were heard, But without question, the one that most gun owners will want to know about was HB 2463."

"This bill recognizes the concealed handgun licenses of all other states." ...

"As you know, this type of legislation has been introduced many times in the past and has always generated resistance from the Oregon Sheriffs."

"At today's hearing, the representative of the Oregon Sheriffs stated that they no longer opposed recognizing the CHL's of other states. This is a significant breakthrough in our efforts to have Oregon join the many states that allow non-residents to be safe while visiting ." ...
 

AG Holder Announces DEA raid on Mexican drug cartels
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"Federal agents have rounded up more than 750 suspects in a wide-ranging crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating inside the United States."

"More than 50 of the suspects were arrested overnight in a series of raids coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration aimed at capturing members of the Sinaloa cartel, blamed for a rising tide of violence in Mexico and the United States." ...

"Attorney General Eric Holder said the cartels '... are operated with stunning planning and precision.'"

"At a press conference announcing the arrests, Holder also suggested that re-instituting a U.S. ban on the sale of assault weapons would help reduce the bloodshed in Mexico ..." ...
 

NY: Drop your guns: Money the city spends to buy back weapons is an investment in safer streets
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"New York's latest gun buyback program - completed Saturday in Queens - demonstrates once again how dangerously armed many city neighborhoods are."

"On Saturday, residents of St. Albans, Jamaica, the Rockaways and environs turned in to police a record 919 firearms, including 257 revolvers, 222 rifles, 137 semiautomatic pistols, 15 sawed-off shotguns and 7 assault weapons."

"Participants were each rewarded with a $200 debit card."

"The cost - almost $160,000 - was money well spent to ensure that these particular weapons would never end up in the hands of criminals or children, would never be fired in a crime or a tragic accident."

"... All told, 3,500 guns have been gathered up for destruction ..." ...
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KABA Note: According to NYPD numbers, in 1993 NYC had 2 million illegal guns. Collecting 3500 a year means in only 571 years they'll have them all . . .
 

GA: Gun show attracts hundreds to downtown Rome
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Travis Rosser of Esom Hill, Ga., came to Rome today packing, carrying on each shoulder a rifle he was hoping to trade. He was at the Forum with hundreds of others for the Eastman Gun show that continues today until 5 p.m. and will reopen Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m."

"Rosser said he hoped one of the hundred vendors at the show would trade his two rifles, a Winchester .30-06 and a .22 1906 rifle, for something with a bit more firepower."

"'I'm hoping I can get an AK-47 today,' he said. He wanted the assault rifle to go with one he had already, and said he himself wanted another for 'just the fun of shooting it.'" ...
 

NC: Deputies: Certified Instructor Sold Firearms Class Certificates
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"A state-certified firearms instructor sold firearms safety training course certificates required to obtain concealed handgun permits in North Carolina, deputies in Randolph County said."

"James Vincent Smith, 45, of Winston-Salem, has been charged with solicitation of another to commit a felony."

"'Smith has been a state certified firearms instructor since 2006, but was selling certificates outright without providing the necessary training required by the State of North Carolina,' according to a Randolph County Sheriff's Department news release." ...

"Deputies said they had not yet been able to determine how many of Smith's certificates were authentic and how many were fake." ...
 

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