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Carter SecDef nomination raises concerns for gun owners
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "Gun owners have a vested interest in seeing this area of authority explored in further detail. The hearings would allow Carter’s position to be made absolutely clear so that interested parties will be informed parties who can then decide on how they want to advise their senators." ...
 

Where Open Carry is Dangerous, Even for the Police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There are places in the world where the obvious, open carry of firearms is a dangerous thing to do. This occurs where life becomes cheaper than the value of a modern firearm, legal firearms are hard to obtain, and the police are held in low esteem. I first heard of this in the early 1980’s in graduate school when an erudite colleague, Norman Whisler, showed me articles from India where officers were murdered for their service firearms on a fairly regular basis. The harder a society makes it to obtain modern firearms, the more police who openly carry are put at risk . . ." ...
 

A Well ‘Regulated’ Militia – A Refresher for Liberal Education Victims
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The full text of the Second Amendment reads:"

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

"Gun grabbers love to talk about the collective rights theory, even after Heller and McDonald, and twisting the meaning of 'well regulated Militia, found in the prefatory clause."

"Now before addressing the meaning of 'well regulated,' I need to digress on several points as it should be pointed out that the prefatory clause of the protected right is the subordinate or dependent clause and does not define or limit the right. ..." ...
 

Who Is Coming To Save The Day?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli in Paris, the inheritors of the benefits of the enlightenment in one of the seats of western civilization have been, reluctantly, forced to reconsider our glaring vulnerability to asymmetric tactics. All open societies are particularly vulnerable, but in the age of Obama, where illegal entry into the nation is not only ignored, but encouraged, and where the National Command Authority not only refuses to name our intractable enemy, but embraces the foremost state sponsor of Islamist terrorism, it’s only a matter of time before the most horrific forms of terror are visited on us, and in large numbers . . ." ...
 

More Gun Owners Disarmed on Word of Bitter Ex-Partners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Lawful gun owners contend their First and Second Amendment rights have been stripped from them by lawless family court judges and disgruntled ex-partners."

"'I have never alluded to or committed violence against the children or her,' said Edward F. Taupier, a Connecticut father involved in a divorce battle with his estranged wife. 'I have been ordered not to possess a firearm and my pistol permit has been revoked.'"

"In September Mrs. Tanya Taupier filed a full protective order in Middlesex County Criminal Court stating she was in fear for her life without offering proof that her former partner of 12 years has a proclivity to violence, he said. 'The full protective order failed to cite a statute that was violated.'" ...
 

Go Ahead And Carry Off-Body…When It Makes Sense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In his article Carry On-Body or Not At All, Johannes Paulsen makes some arguments against carrying a weapon anyplace but affixed to your body. And he has a point, but with a little imagination we can see that there is more to the issue. So let me now argue with Johannes and hope that he is of good humor. It’s amusing to consider that a gun carried anywhere but right against you reduces the thing to a talisman, a meaningless trinket that we hope will ward off evil. Wrong answer. Unlike a talisman I can aim and fire my gun, which is considerably more effective than pelting you with my rabbit’s foot . . ." ...
 

A Hard Lesson
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I got my Massachusetts Concealed Carry Permit when I was 21, but carried only infrequently for many years. On the morning of March 10, 1991, I received a phone call from one of the members of my rod and gun club, informing me that our club president, Bob L., had been shot to death in the kitchen of his apartment, several hours earlier . . ." ...

"Although Bob owned a number of firearms, the most accessible at the time was in a kitchen drawer, approximately six feet away from where he was sitting. It might as well have been in another county."

"That morning was a turning point in my life. ..." ...
 

TIME’s AK-47 Anti-Gun Agitprop Exposed! (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Over at liveleak.com an unknown commentator spotted a few problems with the TIME report on forthcoming US-made AK-47. Here’s his run down . . ." ...
 

Guns on public grounds a complex issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The right to bear arms isn’t a novel concept in American society. But today, citizens and legislatures continue to ponder: to what places does the Second Amendment extend? Do individuals have the right to bear arms wherever they’d like, or only in designated areas?"

"On Monday, the Wyoming House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow individuals with concealed gun permits to carry firearms into public schools and government meetings."

"The bill, which the Senate still needs to approve, would repeal 'gun-free zones' around schools, from the elementary to university level. Seven other states have provisions permitting concealed weapons on public college and university campuses ..." ...
 

TX: Opposition to campus carry bills SB 11 and HB 937 based on misguided fear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There will be blood on the streets and shootouts at every four-way stops. You might think that this is the rhetoric used by opponents of concealed carry on campus today, but in fact, these sorts of things were said 20 years ago when Texas’ concealed handgun law was passed. You can be the judge of whether opponents of concealed carry were correct, but as for me, I haven’t seen blood on the streets or shootouts at every four-way stop. Since then, Texans over the age of 21, without any felony conviction, can get a concealed carry permit after completing a concealed handgun class (taught by a DPS certified CHL instructor) that includes passing a written examination and demonstrating proficiency in shooting. ..." ...
 

TX: Campus carry bills HB 937 and SB 11 will disrupt UTPD
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Jan. 26, lawmakers from both houses of the Texas State Legislature filed identical bills HB 937 and SB 11. The guns on campus bills come on the heels of Gov. Greg Abbott’s promise to sign open carry into law at his earliest opportunity, as well as any other expansive gun legislation. Although I would rather the Legislature exercise restraint in this area, I can abide expansion of gun rights within reason. Unfortunately, the guns on campus bills are not." ...
 

Idaho: State Representative Judy Boyle Receives NRA-ILA Defender of Freedom Award
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Recently state Representative Judy Boyle (R-9) received the Defender of Freedom Award from the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action in recognition of her tireless efforts to defend liberty and protect the interests of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Idaho." ...
 

CO: Proposed law repeals gun transfer background checks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In an effort to make gun transactions less convoluted, several Colorado legislators are working to repeal a 2013 law that requires background checks for person-to-person gun transfers."

"House Bill 15-1050 was introduced to the Colorado General Assembly in January, and it now awaits a hearing by the Senate Finance Committee."

"The bill specifically 'repeals the requirement that before any person who is not a licensed gun dealer transfers possession of a firearm to a transferee' must have a criminal background check from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation before the transaction is completed, HB 15-1050 states." ...
 

TX: Two leaders of open carry could be left with empty holsters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Two of the most vociferous advocates for open carry in Texas could be left with empty holsters if state lawmakers decide to require a license to strap on an unconcealed handgun."

"That is because any Legislature-approved permit or license requirement for open carry likely would be patterned after the state’s concealed handgun law, which requires a criminal background check and a clean record."

"Both CJ Grisham, founder of Open Carry Texas, and Kory Watkins, who heads Open Carry Tarrant County, have arrests on Class B misdemeanor charges of interfering with the public duties of a peace officer."

"Under state law, anyone convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor is ineligible to carry a concealed handgun for five years ..." ...
 

TX: Look past politics, be practical and reject open carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As a purely practical matter, our state leaders need to end the notion of allowing open carry of handguns. Cease the musket-rattling mumbo jumbo, stare reality in the face and do what's right."

"Think about it: When people enter a crowded room, the licensed carriers of concealed handguns cause no one any unease whatsoever. Why? Because out of sight is out of mind ..."

"Now, imagine that there are people in the room carrying handguns openly — on their hips, in shoulder holsters, whatever. This will not feel like a safe room to the unarmed people who don't know the armed people, especially if the armed people would be creepy-looking with or without guns. ..." ...
 

TX: Handguns won’t make campus safer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The culture surrounding guns is entrenched in the lives of many Texans, but that doesn’t mean this culture belongs on campus."

"Last Thursday, UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven urged Greg Abbott and Republican leaders to reconsider their support for Senate Bill 11. The bill would allow concealed handgun license holders to bring firearms into campus classrooms and buildings."

"The members of The Shorthorn editorial board are as varied as our comment sections in our thoughts about the issue of second amendment rights and gun control. However, we are united in our support for the chancellor’s words of caution and echo his statement." ...
 

VA: Some Va. Republicans want to amend U.S. Constitution, but a party split is in the way
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Conservative Republican legislators fed up with Washington are pushing a measure meant to rein in federal spending and power, but they face fierce opposition — from fellow conservatives."

"Virginia Republicans, so often split along establishment and tea party lines, have seen a new fissure erupt over whether to join a national movement calling for the states to make an end run around Congress and amend the U.S. Constitution on their own."

"Supporters are calling for a 'convention of the states,' where delegations from across the country would consider passing amendments to require a balanced budget and to 'restrain the abuse of power by the federal government.'" ...
 

NE: Concealed Carry Bill morphs into same-sex marriage issue in legislature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Current Nebraska law makes people who move into the state wait 180 days before they can apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon."

"But it gives an exception to military personnel. Senator Dave Bloomfield ... wants to extend that military spouses as well. His bill was being debated as a gun issue until Sen. Paul Schumacher ... asked 'Is there any reason we wouldn’t want to let the gay spouse exercise their right to carry ... because under military law they are married?'"

"Bloomfield had a quick answer. '... Nebraska does not recognize that marriage.'"

"... But Schumacher questioned whether denying equal treatment for same-sex military spouses with regard to guns violates their right to bear arms. ..." ...
 

MI: Michigan Senate approves revised concealed gun bill in first vote of new session
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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"Michigan's Republican-led Senate on Tuesday, in its first official vote of the 2015-16 session, approved gun legislation that supporters say will streamline the application process for obtaining a concealed pistol permit."

"Senate Bill 34, advancing to the House after a 28-9 vote, is an updated version of legislation that was vetoed less than three weeks ago by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder."

"The revised bill removed a controversial provision regarding personal protection orders that Snyder had said could jeopardize existing protections for domestic abuse victims." ...
 

Justices Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia disagree about many issues. But not duck hunting.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"This week Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan sat down with David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's former top adviser, for a wide ranging conversation on important constitutional issues. And then they talked about duck hunting. With Justice Antonin Scalia."

"Kagan and Scalia have gone hunting together on several occasions and she explained to Axelrod that it all began with her confirmation hearings. ..." ...
 

DC: SAF Sues DC Over ‘Good Reason’ CCW Requirement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the District of Columbia’s highly restrictive concealed carry permit requirement that applicants provide a “good reason” before such a permit is issued, which violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms."

"The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. SAF is joined by three private citizens, Brian Wrenn and Joshua Akery, both of Washington, D.C., and Tyler Whidby, a Florida resident who also maintains a residence in Virginia. The city and Police Chief Cathy Lanier are named as defendants." ...
 

DC: In Lawsuit, Gun Owners Say New D.C. Concealed Carry Law Is Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Another lawsuit has been filed against the District over its gun laws, this time over a new measure allowing individuals to apply for permits to carry concealed handguns — a measure that itself was the product of another lawsuit."

"In the lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court, two D.C. residents, one Florida resident and a Washington state-based gun rights group claim that the city's new permitting scheme is so restrictive that it represents an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment." ...
 

WY: Anti-gun rant full of factual errors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Now down to the meat of the editorial. Drake says, 'There’s always at least one measure aimed at allowing citizens to carry weapons where they don’t belong, usually at schools. House Bill 114 [sic] is called the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act, which is pretty well summed up in the title.'"

"There are some minor points here. First the number of the bill is HB-0114."

"Next is the term weapon, a term chosen to maximize the negative appearance of a self-defense tool such as a sidearm. Anything can be used as a weapon, even Mr. Drake’s pen. An otherwise quiescent tool can become a weapon if the user’s state of mind or intent makes it one. Enough on that one."

"Next, who decides where they do or do not belong? ...." ...
 

NY: Terrorists would prefer if victims were unarmed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Jan. 27 letter, 'Terrorists aren’t afraid of civilians bearing arms,' was contradicted by the author’s own examples."

"He stated that terrorists are 'more than willing to get in a firefight with soldiers and police officers.' However, at Fort Hood and other bases, the soldiers were unarmed. The same is true of the police officers shot in Paris. The other instances he cited, Sandy Hook, Columbine, etc., were gun-free zones. In each case, the killers knew they could inflict a maximum amount of damage before encountering armed opposition." ...
 

FL: Backyard blast
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "A neighborhood in St. Petersburg, Lakewood Estates, has a problem. One resident has set up a firing range in his yard and, according city and law enforcement officials, it’s legal under Florida law."

"The gun range, according to newspaper accounts, begins in the front yard and ends in a small pile of pallets propped up by dirt in the backyard near the a fence. Reports are that this is eight feet from his neighbor’s yard and 20 feet from the window of the children’s bedroom. ..." ...

"The Record has always been a defender of Second Amendment rights, but even the NRA’s chief lobbyist, Marion Hammer, is calling Florida’s law — or lack of it — nutty. ..." ...
 

KS: Gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I am responding to Loren Stanton with the Kansas Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence guest opinion on gun control and background checks. Stanton states he is not here to confiscate our guns but merely to expand background checks where he says 90 percent of the population want more background checks. Do not be fooled by Stanton's statement."

"The Brady Campaign's agenda has always been to disarm the American public. Recent superior court rulings upholding our right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment has shifted their tactic of disarming law-abiding citizens to a strategy of imposing gun regulations which make it harder to legally purchase a gun. ..." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I now think the only way to control handgun use is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution. — M. Gartner, then President of NBC News, USA Today, January 16, 1992, pg. A9

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