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Who Needs "Gun Control" When You Can Simply Ban Ammo?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The gun community was quick to make NSSF’s message go viral. Blogs and forums picked it up, directing activists to the EPA public comment website. Likewise, 'gun lobby' groups reacted swiftly, alerting their members and urging action." ...
 

Mainstream press reports shed additional light on ‘Project Gunwalker’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "If 'monitored' guns somehow made their way across the border because ATF just doesn’t have enough people, why would they condone such a potentially dangerous operation if they didn’t? And if the operation was allowed in conflict with public statements to the contrary, well, reporters can’t force anyone to speak under oath. Senators can." ...
 

Safer Streets 2011: What? Guns Needed All of a Sudden, Part II
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Where we last left off, the Second Amendment in action is not all of a sudden, but always. The Second Amendment keeps government small, but, in all honesty, only when it is respected. Any departure from that, such as infringements of gun control or 'sensible regulation,' then ignores its main function: a working safeguard which cannot be replaced no matter what government promises. That primary safeguard is a conspicuous function showing no need for certain types of costly bureaucratic programs." ...
 

Bellevue shooting: Of course, blame the NRA!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Predictably, a reader has blamed this shooting on the National Rifle Association, which is more lame than blaming the current economy and rising gasoline prices on George Bush. The NRA teaches firearms safety, not juvenile misconduct, regardless what some hoplophobic gun prohibitionists insist from beneath their tinfoil hats." ...
 

Gun Review: 1942 Smith & Wesson Victory Revolver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"World War II sidearm. Which weapon springs to mind? 1911? Luger? These two pistols are arguably the most iconic pistols of that massive conflict. Revolvers? By the time the second half of the War to End All Wars rolled around, fighting six guns were relegated to historical footnotes. Living on only through the legends of John Wayne and Doc Holliday, right? Wrong. Smith & Wesson revolvers went to war. Smith & Wesson produced produced one gun less than 40,000 'Victory' revolvers for U.S. troops. And another 571,629 for the Commonwealth countries ..." ...
 

Gun Review: Weatherby PA-08 Upland Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I recently got the itch to pick up a shotgun dedicated to sport shooting. I soon realized that a great many offerings in the sporting-shotgun category will make your eyes bug out of your head (both in style AND price). I wanted entry-level, average-Joe, 'I work for a living' shootability—with a touch of class (of course). I wasn't looking for a clay buster, home defense and slug hunting all rolled into one. Versatility was besides the point. I was looking for a field gun that would happily live its life blowing the crap out of little orange eggshells in the sky. . ." ...
 

Obscure Object of Desire: SPDTool Model S&W (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm a one blade kinda guy. Not for me those Swiss Army jobs, holding everything from a cheese grater to a cocaine spoon. When it comes to guns, I'm pretty much the same way—in the sense that I don't like to have too many guns hanging about. If I actually have to use one, I want to know that I know how to use it. Wait, which gun is this again? Where’s the safety? But I totally get the Semper Fi thing. If you have a tool that does it all AND does exactly what you need it to, then by God that tool is a work of art. Like Scott Conti’s SPDTool Model S&W . . ." ...
 

What is it about guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What is it about guns? Why is it in the United States a majority desires to own and carry firearms?"

"In 1959, according to a Gallup Poll, 60 percent of Americans felt there ought to be a total ban on handguns in the U.S. In 2008, that percentage dropped to just 28 percent. In 1990, 78 percent believed there needed to be some restrictions on handguns. In 2008, only 49 percent felt restrictions should be in place."

"What is it about guns? Why is it we Americans have such a love affair with these weapons?" ...
 

Overkill - Our correspondent is blown away at the largest gun show in the U.S.
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"My nametag revealed I was a journalist from Alaska, so I said I was researching an article on firearms for bear protection in the Last Frontier backcountry. Century International Arms salesman Steve Sanko reached into a glass display case and came up with a bulky, tricked-out handgun."

"'If you're looking for a compact bear gun, this is the best we have to offer,' Sanko said. 'It’s our new for 2011, Centurion AK 39, semi-automatic pistol.'" ...
 

Marksmanship in schools - Letter grades and loaded guns
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... "The Omaha shooting also sparked debate over guns. Within a few days of the incident, Nebraska State Sen. Mark Christensen filed legislation that would empower teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons at school. 'If you have a kid come in to shoot a teacher ... or other kids,' explained the lawmaker, 'it's best to have somebody that can take care of the situation.'"

"This was not the first initiative of its cockamamie kind. There have been attempts in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Texas and now, apparently, in Nebraska to pass concealed weapons laws for the faculty." ...
 

Tuscon[sic] tragedy a result of archaic views on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent shooting in Tucson, Ariz. saddened the nation and gave rise to many questions. Among the most important of these inquiries are the following: what was [the shooter] doing with a gun in the first place? And what would have happened if he hadn't had one?" ...
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Submitter's Note: What was he doing with a gun? Good question: a better question would be why the Sheriff failed to act on the shooter's repeated death threats to various people over the previous months. What would have happened if he hadn't had a gun? Maybe he would have used a car.
 

Helmke front and center in gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Could January's mass shootings in Tucson, Arizona lead to new gun restrictions? Fort Wayne's former mayor, Paul Helmke , hopes so."

"For the past four and a half years, fighting for new gun control laws has been Helmke' s life's work in his current role as president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ." ...
 

Sarah Palin Should Join Michael Bloomberg’s Illegal Gun Fight (Guest Voice)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The undercover video above says it all, yet NRA members and the Right side of the gun-owning community seem to think that there is no problem with gun sellers winking and nodding to men who admit before they purchase a firearm that they couldn’t pass a background check. But not to worry, in Arizona it’s not needed." ...
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Submitter's Note: Except the video doesn't show any "wink and a nod". At no point did the buyer in the video indicate that he was a prohibited person or that he couldn't pass a NICS check.
 

There is a difference between responsible gun use and dangerous practices
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This past week at my home, I was watching family television and the program, 19 Children and Counting came on, so I watched it. In this episode, Joe Bob took most of his adolescent children to the gun range to shoot handguns. I don't know the ages of their children, but most appeared to be under age of 10."

"With all handgun violence this country has and continues to experience, have we become such a gun nut nation now that we are now teaching small children to shoot handguns for self protection? I found that most violence simply begets more violence." ...
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Submitter's Note: So children should be left ignorant of firearm operation and safety? Not teaching your kids gun safety would be the "dangerous practice".
 

Iowa: Home Of Pork, Poker, Prisons & Pistols?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Following the BFIA rant, see the Des Moines Register's editorial below. One of the points they make that we agree with is that gun owners aren't the only ones with rights. The rest of us have rights too. And actually, we're in the majority."

"Rights of People Who Don't Want To Be Around Guns"

"Gun rights, gun rights, gun rights, ad nauseum. What about the rights of ordinary citizens to not be endangered in public by gun-toters who promise that using the gun is the last thing they want to do? ..." ...
 

IA: What has changed to justify gun mania?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It appears there is a sudden rush by some Iowa Republican legislators and others to create an environment in Iowa for the exclusive benefit of those who want to carry handguns." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually drops in crime resulting from more guns benefit all, and it's people carrying guns that shoulder the costs and responsibilities of protecting everyone.
 

AZ: The coming 'requirement' to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Soon I'll open a side business in holsters and make a killing, so to speak."

"I'll do this shortly after the Arizona Legislature passes a law requiring every person in the state to own and carry a firearm at all times."

"Such a law is bound to come, and when it does the holster business is going to explode, along with other things." ...
 

MI: We need better regulation of automatic handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The best we can do to reduce their opportunity to cause harm is to restrict access to automatic handguns, which can cause so much carnage when in the wrong hands. Perhaps if automatic handguns were banned or a special permit process was in place to purchase and own one, only six or seven people would have been killed or injured in Arizona instead of 19." ...
 

Interesting Gadget To Count Rounds Fired (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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High Speed Hang Fire (video)
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OH: Elderly Toledo man captures home invasion suspect (video story)
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MI: Michigan farmer, 70, nabs man trying to steal fertilizer
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"Police say a 70-year-old farmer ventured into a nighttime blizzard to nab a would-be fertilizer thief."

"The Ingham County sheriff's office says the Aurelius Township farmer held the man at gunpoint until police arrived Tuesday night." ...
 

Agent Terry’s Family May Sue the ATF Under the Federal Tort Claims Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What in the blue blazes is going on with the [ATF]? Are we permitted to ask, in all seriousness, if there are any adults in charge there? Ever since the murder of Border Patrol Agent Terry in a December shootout with Mexican smugglers, and the revelation that ATF has been approving questionable arms purchases which U.S. gun dealers had red-flagged as illegal straw-man purchases, the agency has been in full spin/damage-control mode. And now the shit has really hit the fan: ATF has finally admitted that the guns used in Agent Terry's murder were among the guns that AFTE had been 'monitoring.'" ...

 

Drug Gang Used ATF-Enabled Rifles to Kill Agent Terry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Los Angeles Times confirms it: the rifles used to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry were 'allowed' to slip into Mexican hands by the [ATF]. Clearly, the agency is trying to get out ahead of the scandal. 'Sources said U.S. authorities did not have the ability to adequately monitor the movement of the guns toward the southern border, in part because current laws and low levels of staffing.' In other words, the ATF is blaming the criminal conspiracy that led to a man's murder on federal bean counters who've hamstrung their valiant efforts to stop guns from crossing the U.S. – Mexican border (even though they were engaging in said traffic). ..." ...
 

"Torpedo . . . LOS!" My letter to Consul General Salvador De Lara, Consul General in Atlanta of the Republic of Mexico
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I have been asked by someone who knows you well to brief you in writing about what I know about the scandal known as "Project Gunwalker" which resulted in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on 14 December and especially on the deliberate, calculated and premeditated violation of Mexican sovereignty that this incident entailed." ...
 

U.S. Senator to ATF: Are You Negligent in the Death of a US Border Patrol Agent?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What started out as an internet rumor in a forum for disgruntled ATF employees over problems with the ATF operation 'Project Gunrunner' has now been picked up by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and maybe on its way to becoming a full blown scandal." ...

"When the story first came to light it was thought to be hoax, but second amendment writer David Codrea decided to investigate the claims; what he found was some startling revelations."

"Chatter in the forum at www.CleanUpATF.org claimed the ATF 'Walked' over 500 AR type guns into Mexico with the knowledge of the ATF Phoenix office." ...
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Submitter's Note: Mike Vanderboegh also did yeoman's work on this scandal.
 

Of whistleblowers, watchdogs and ATF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But a lot of legwork was done before this story hit mainstream media. And that's a sidebar as compelling as the need to investigate the gun-to-Mexico allegations."

"It appears ATF inside sources first opened up on a whistleblower website critical of ATF, and before long, disclosure expanded through a couple of gun rights bloggers who have since spent much time and effort moving the story forward."

"One of those bloggers is David Codrea of Examiner.com's Gun Rights Examiner."

"The other is Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars. You may recall Vanderboegh. He's the guy who last year suggested throwing a brick or two through Democrat Party office windows as a means of getting politicians' attention." ...
 

Sen. Chuck Grassley: Guns in ATF sting tied to agent's death
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"A senator is examining claims that bandits who gunned down a U.S. Border Patrol agent during a December firefight near the Arizona-Mexico border may have been armed with assault rifles purchased from a Glendale, Ariz., gun store that were part of a federal sting operation and subsequently smuggled into Mexico." ...
 

‘No amount of gun control will stop people like [Tucson shooter] getting guns.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After the Arizona tragedy early last month, gun control has become the focus on which the media has turned its lens." ...

"According to the FBI database, gun usage in violent crimes has seen a decrease in numbers. When in 2006 guns were used 63 percent of the time in robberies and 64 % of the time in aggravated assault, 2009 studies have shown that gun-armed robberies have decreased by 20 percent and by 40 percent in aggravated assault."

"However, decreased gun violence does not decrease awareness of issues involving gun control. ..." ...
 

Close to the wild west show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent shootings and killings in Tucson last month has resulted in the pretense of civility in Congress, prompted calls for more gun-control measures, and a greater commitment to the mentally ill."

"Very shortly, President Obama will likely call for increased gun-control laws to preclude future mass murders by American extremists on both sides of our political spectrum. Is this what we need to do?"

"What is the real answer? It is more than likely that a combination of limited gun-control measures and a greater financial commitment to house the potential, criminally insane would do. I don’t know much about the criminally insane class of citizens, so I will confine my remarks to guns." ...
 

NRA Was Not to Blame
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The so-called cartoon on the editorial page of the Jan. 19 edition is an insult to all law-abiding Americans who are members of the NRA and insinuates that the NRA has some responsibility for the tragedy in Tucson."

"This tragedy was caused by a deranged individual who had no regard for laws or human life. Psychos such as he are the worst criminals. They will use a gun or anything else that might satisfy their fantasies of violence, ­torture, degradation and murder ..." ...
 

Banning guns is not the answer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Council of Jewish Women's thinly disguised polemic in the article 'Reforming gun safety laws a moral imperative' (CJN, Jan. 21) against gun ownership misses an important point. Making yet another rule banning guns will not protect us against violent crime, nor will enforcing a witch hunt against those deemed mentally defective enhance our security." ...
 

Don't let Arizona shootings erode gun owners' rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Jan. 8, my father Douglas Leatherbury and I were driving down Indiana 166 heading to our farm in Perry County. I remember twisting the knob on the radio when I came across a news alert that stated, 'Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot.'"

"As we traveled I expressed my concerns to my father, though they were not concerns of gun violence by Americans. I told him I fear an impulsive Congress that will enact legislation infringing on our Second Amendment right to bear arms. I fear they will have the wrong debate." ...
 

GOPer: "I can't tell you" if I'm carrying a gun
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"In the wake of the mass shooting in Tucson last month, several members of Congress promised to start carrying concealed weapons to their public events with constituents."

"But Rep. Allen West, the Tea Party favorite from Florida elected in 2010, appears to be the first congressman to actually follow through on that pledge -- or maybe not. He's being cagey about it." ...
 

Obama Moving Quietly to Attack the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"President Obama and his fellow travelers have an anti-Constitution, anti-gun agenda, and they may have only two more years to put that agenda into effect. That means they are going to be very busy for the next two years trying to take away your gun rights."

"Obama knows he can't propose an outright ban on all gun sales and have it pass Congress - so he is going to dismantle your Second Amendment Rights, piece by piece." ...
 

Area lawmakers divided over congressional response to Arizona shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Only one area lawmaker — Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville — believes Congress should pass new restrictions on ammunition clips in response to the mass shootings earlier this month in Arizona."

"Three members told The Courier-Journal they are studying the matter, while others — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — argue that nothing should be done or that any action now would be premature. A few aren’t saying what they think."

"'There is only one purpose for those magazines and that is to do as much damage as possible in a short period of time,' Yarmuth, D-3rd District, said in an interview. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So your legislation will limit cops to 10 round mags also?
 

CA: Banning the "Open Carry" of Hand Guns in California
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"Imagine walking into your local coffee shop and running into a man or woman carrying a semi-automatic pistol. Or, imagine walking up to an ATM machine and seeing three armed people standing on the sidewalk. Would you call the police or do you run the other way and hope the guns aren’t loaded? If you called the police on your cell phone, you’d be like many other Californians who call local law enforcement and report the gun toters. Like you, the police show up not knowing whether those wearing the guns are good guys or bad guys." ...
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KABA Note: Pray tell Tony, exactly how many of these "gun toters" have been violating the law? How many were 'prohibited persons', or had their openly carried weapons loaded? In other words, how many were "bad guys"?
 

IA: Iowa Politics Insider: Bill would bar taxes, licenses for guns
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"Iowa gun licensure, registration, taxation "or any other measure that suppresses or discourages" gun ownership would be unconstitutional under a resolution considered Tuesday by a group of state lawmakers." ...
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KABA Note: FYI - "A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal constitution... The power to impose a license tax on the exercise of these freedoms is indeed as potent as the power of censorship which this Court has repeatedly struck down... a person cannot be compelled 'to purchase, through a license fee or a license tax, the privilege freely granted by the constitution.'" —MURDOCK V. PENNSYLVANIA 319 US 105 (1942)
 

VA: Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor Asks for Fair Hearing of Gun-Show Loophole Bill
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... "This measure would ensure that all purchasers of guns at Virginia's gun shows are treated equally so that unlicensed persons selling firearms at gun shows conduct the same short, simple and easy instant background checks as licensed firearms dealers." ...
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KABA Note: Except that unless you have a FFL, you can't run a NICS check.
 

IA: HSB17 slated for debate tomorrow - without the ability to carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This is the text of the amendment that is being proposed:"

"The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and inviolable. Licensure, registration, special taxation, or any other measure that suppresses or discourages the free exercise of this right is forbidden."

"So here's the rub. Some of the members of the HPSC feel that the word 'carry' needs to be removed before this bill can get out of committee ..." ...
 

MT: Proposed bill would allow firearms in locked vehicles at work
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"A Republican lawmaker wants to make it legal to have a firearm in a locked vehicle at work."

"Rep. Wendy Warburton says her bill is about Second Amendment rights and protecting oneself. Her bill allows for an employee to carry a gun to work and leave it in their locked car in the employer's parking lot." ...
 

NY: Pro 2A boss's Albany speech centers on Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, Steve Aldstadt, president of The Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE), was the keynote speaker at the Sportsmen's Awareness Day in Albany. What he had to say impressed many. I thought it prudent to share it with readers, many of whom are sportsmen and women concerned about the almost constant efforts to infringe on their Second Amendment and other Constitutional rights." ...
 

OH: HB45 (Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix) scheduled for sponsor testimony in House committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The House committee on State Government and Elections, which is chaired by BFA 'A' -rated Rep. Bob Mecklenborg, will hear sponsor testimony on HB45, sponsored by Representatives Danny Bubp (R-West Union) and Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) to allow citizens who hold a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a firearm in restaurants, and to reduce burdensome restrictions regarding how a license holder must transport a firearm in a car, on Tuesday, February 8 at 1:30pm in Room 116 in the State Government Committee." ...
 

TN: [City] Council votes to repeal handgun ban in parks
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... "In one the most hotly debated issues of the night which included three citizens appearing before council during the public comment section, the City Council voted to repeal the ban on handguns in specific city parks and recreation areas. ..." ...
 

Jan Brewer Mocks Michael Bloomberg For Arizona Gun-Show Sting (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) hit back at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week, suggesting that his undercover sting to expose lax Arizona firearms laws was an indication that he thought he'd already taken care of business at home." ...
 

There’s Nothing Special About a Gun Show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Bloomberg's stunt, less than a month after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, does raise an interesting question, at least to me. Why do anti-gun activists, such as Bloomberg, continue to focus on 'issues' such as gun shows after mass shootings – when murderers like Loughner, Cho, and Hasan all purchased their firearms legally, undergoing background checks?"

"We were told when the 4473 came into effect that background checks would protect the innocent – why do they regularly fail to prevent homicidal maniacs from acquiring firearms? ..."
 

Armed citizenry protects society
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The letter-writer praised an earlier call for the passage of a law or laws supporting the ban on high-capacity magazines. As a law enforcement officer and an National Rifle Association instructor, I take serious exception with this stance."

"Anti-gun politicians will surely try and enact laws to further inhibit the lawful gun owner from possessing these 'high-capacity clips,' a move that is just another step to trample on the gun owner rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment. As an armorer, I can say, unequivocably, that this would have no impact on a criminal getting such clips. ..." ...
 

EFF Uncovers Widespread FBI Intelligence Violations
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"EFF has uncovered widespread violations stemming from FBI intelligence investigations from 2001 - 2008. In a report released today, EFF documents alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices, suggesting that FBI intelligence investigations have compromised the civil liberties of American citizens far more frequently, and to a greater extent, than was previously assumed." ...
 

BATFE Wants To Ban Importation Of Military Style Shotguns
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"A report just released by the [ATF], 'Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns,' has proposed that, 'military shotguns, or shotguns with common military features that are unsuitable for traditional shotgun sports' be prohibited from importation." [emphasis added] ...
 

TX: Exclusive video of HPD beating of teen burglar
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"Months after four Houston police officers were indicted following the violent videotaped arrest of a teenage suspect, we alone have the tape. 13 Undercover's Wayne Dolcefino obtained it exclusively on Wednesday night. on Thursday, the reaction was overwhelming -- not just over what's on the tape, but over how the mayor is reacting to it." ...
 

AL: Cop shoots defendant in cast and crutches, in Ala. courtroom
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"A judge pulled a gun on a crutch-swinging defendant who went wild in a crowded rural courtroom after being found guilty of harassment Thursday, a witness said."

"A police officer shot and wounded the man, who had a cast on his leg, after he lunged at the judge and tried to grab the weapon, authorities said. But some witnesses disputed the account, saying the man who was shot never threatened the judge." ...

"Sara Williams said she was sitting in the front row when the man, whom she knew, got agitated after the judge fined him $800. He waved one of his crutches in the air."

"'The police were hollering for him to get down' when an officer opened fire, she said." ...
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Submitter's Note: 180 degrees different stories, not even close.
 

NV: Vegas police officer charged in felony gun case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Las Vegas police officer cleared in a fatal shooting outside a Costco membership store last summer is being charged with unlawfully giving a handgun to a 2-time felon." ...
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H/t to the LVR-J who would sue us if I posted a link to their article.
 

CA: San Rafael officer charged with three felonies for off-duty gun incident
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"A San Rafael police officer accused of pulling a gun during an off-duty argument outside a Petaluma restaurant was charged with three felony counts Thursday, the district attorney's office said."

"Cpl. Michael Augustus, a 43-year-old Petaluma resident, was arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court on two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of criminal threats. The assault charge carries a potential state prison term of up to nine years." ...
 

NC: Citizen activist grates on state over traffic signals.
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"David N. Cox says he was merely exercising his right to petition the government, but a state Department of Transportation official has raised allegations that Cox committed a misdemeanor: practicing engineering without a license." ...
 

UK: Toy Firearm Gets Banned From Flight At Gatwick Airport
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"A ruckus was stirred this week at London's Gatwick airport when two Canadian tourists went through security with a toy soldier carrying a 3-inch long firearm, according to USA Today."

British expats Julie and Ken Lloyd were on their way back to Canada when they were stopped by security when their carry-on bag showed a 'gun' inside." ...
 

MI: Judge declines demo, seeks more info in stun gun case against Bay City man
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"A Bay County Circuit Court judge says he still needs more information before he can decide whether to dismiss a criminal case against a man charged with possessing a Taser." ...

"Yanna, 41, has said the device is a stun gun, which differs from a Taser in that it does not shoot prongs into the target. He has said it delivers the same jolt as a cattle prod, which is readily available at any farm supply store."

"Yanna’s attorney, Kenneth W. Malkin, claims the state statute prohibiting stun guns violates the Second Amendment." ...
 

WI: Congress should limit capacity of guns
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... "One reason I am writing this letter is because we need to reduce the pain that takes place in our community. I would like to suggest that we reduce the number of bullets in a gun. The man who shot the Congresswoman had a gun that held 30 bullets in it. After President Reagan was shot we had a Brady Bill, which among other things limited the number of bullets in a gun. Now people can buy guns, and I think and believe in the Second Amendment, but we should limit the number of bullets we can put in any gun except for police officers and the military. ..." ...
 

NY: Ban Glock pistols to save more lives
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"Despite Fred LeBrun's well-written, emotion-laden Jan. 30 column, 'Hold fire on new gun laws,' the 'Tucson massacre' is not about expensive 'microstamping shell casings,' 'backdoor gun control' or attacking 'venerable Remington Arms Co. in Ilion, one of our cherished heritage industries and a major employer in financially beleaguered upstate.'"

"The tragedy is about a deranged person using the Austrian Glock semiautomatic pistol with a bullet clip capable of firing more than 33 rounds in less than a minute." ...
 

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