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NC: Missing Franklin County money was for undercover work
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Louisburg, N.C. — An undisclosed amount of money missing from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office was from a county fund earmarked for undercover police work, an attorney for the sheriff's office said Friday.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green resigned Sunday, one day before the State Bureau of Investigation announced a criminal probe into the missing funds.

Green has hired an attorney, who had no comment about the investigation.

No details of the investigation, such as how much money was missing and how long it had been gone, have been released.

 

Did Lanny Breuer play a role in ‘Project Gunwalker’?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Might this new allegation help explain why whistleblowers would want to avoid normal Department of Justice channels and seek Congressional protections?"
 

No answers yet about guns found at Border Patrol agent death scene
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"It’s not a stretch to assume this many guns allowed into the hands of DTOs (Drug Trafficking Organizations) have been and continue to be criminally used."
 

Close the Personal Self-Defense Loophole, says Gun Law Expert
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"It's time to close the national personal self-defense loophole," gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

"Congress should enact national reciprocity for citizens issued permits to carry concealed firearms by individual states," he added.

A former National Rifle Association, Snyder is Public Affairs Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

"An individual who has a state-issued permit to carry a concealed firearm ought to be able to carry in any state in the same way an individual with a driver's license can drive anywhere in the United States," Snyder said.
 

MA: Students advocate for concealed weapons rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Since the shootings at Virginia Tech, the majority of these bills have been quelled in various statehouses. However, Arizona, Georgia and Tennessee all have pending legislation that would allow concealed campus carry.

Currently, 30 states statutorily ban firearms on public college campuses. Of the remaining 20, 19 have no official stance on concealed weapons on campuses, instead allowing colleges to make their own decisions. The twentieth state, Utah, actually mandates that public colleges specifically give their students the right to carry a concealed handgun on campus.
 

FL: Gander Mtn. Announces Revolution in Firearms Training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gander Mountain announced a pioneering development in the firearms industry with this week's opening of the first Gander Mtn. Academy™ in Lake Mary, FL. Gander Mtn. Academy is the first civilian training facility to offer highly skilled instructors, a variety of comprehensive courses, modern multi-media classrooms, a live-fire range, and exclusive virtual simulation technology previously available only to military and law enforcement agencies, including the amazing V-Range™ - the world's most accurate simulated firing range, and high-definition, multi-screen, virtual simulators that put students to the test in real-world self-defense and recreational scenarios.
 

WI: Shooting a snowbank in winter not criminal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If what prosecutors in Chippewa County allege is accurate, 24-year-old Alexander Pattie has done some bad stuff this winter that might not gain him much sympathy from a jury.

But if it were me prosecuting the guy — especially me after digging my house out from underneath the glacier that somehow ended up on it the other night — I wouldn't make too big a deal out of the part where a witness indicates Pattie pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and tried to kill a snowbank.

This is Wisconsin, after all. Shooting a snowbank isn't criminal. It's damn-near heroic. Or, at a minimum, justifiable self defense.
 

SC: CWP enrollment up in Hartsville
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Concealed weapons permit instructors are seeing higher enrollment in their courses following the assault of a downtown merchant.

Walter "Rusty" Peagler is the chief weapons instructor for Patriots In Training, a course designed to teach gun owners how to properly use their weapon. "We talk about eliminating a threat, or stopping a threat. That's what we are trying to do first and foremost," Peagler explained. The 8-hour concealed weapons permit training course he taught on Saturday reached full enrollment. The same is true for the next CWP course he will teach.
 

OR: A push to ban high-capacity gun magazines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A gunman who fired 31 times outside an Arizona grocery store, killing six and wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others, reignited the debate over whether a gun owner should have more than 10 shots before having to reload. Roseburg firearms instructor Carma Mornarich says yes.

When defending yourself under duress, 10 rounds isn't enough unless you're a good shot and have a slow-moving target, said Mornarich, who teaches a self-defense class for woman at the Roseburg Rod and Gun Club.

“You never know what your situation is going to be,” said Mornarich, 38. “I don't want to be limited to six or 10 shots.”
 

SC: Shooting raises questions on concealed gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One had a concealed weapon permit. The other kept a gun in his tow truck.

A Christmas Eve argument between the two men -- over an apparent parking violation in a Bluffton neighborhood -- left Carlos Olivera dead from gunshot wounds and Preston Oates arrested and charged in his death.

The incident could be a case study in South Carolina laws that govern firearms and the use of lethal force.
 

MD: Twelve states aim for college gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new school supply may soon find its way onto college campuses, carried by students as easily as a textbook or pen: concealed weapons.

In light of events such as 2007’s Virginia Tech shootings and an attempted assassination of a United States representative on Jan. 8, lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would give students, faculty and staff the right to carry concealed handguns while on campus. Legislation to allow concealed carry on college campuses is pending in 12 states, including Texas, Virginia and Florida, according to Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.
 

MD: State laws on handgun permits spark debate among legislature, residents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Del. Michael Smigiel, R-District 36, said he doesn't think Maryland's concealed carry regulations are either right or constitutional.

Smigiel introduced a bill in the House of Delegates that would make concealed carry permits issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania or Virginia valid in Maryland. The surrounding states do not have a reciprocity agreement with Maryland permit holders.

Smigiel said allowing people out-of-state to carry in Maryland will give Marylanders the opportunity to get concealed carry permits in the surrounding states.
 

NV: Gardnerville Ranchos man critical after shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Upon their arrival, deputies learned that Clark had intervened in what was described as a physical altercation between his mother and his stepfather, according to Undersheriff Paul Howell.

Clark and Cooper then began to fight, and at some point, the stepson shot the older man.

The investigation has established that the shooting occurred in self-defense, so Clark has not been charged with a crime.
 

CT: It's Not About Controlling Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Once again the issue of gun control is quickly rising to the forefront of American politics and is a controversial subject.

Those that advocate gun control have three main goals: to support stricter firearm laws, raise the legal age limit for gun ownership to 21 and enforce tougher background checks. Those that advocate gun rights say that any of those changes in legislation would infringe our rights as law-abiding citizens. Both sides have valid argument, but the right to gun ownership is irrefutable.
 

WA: Congresswoman drafts her to-do list
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Columbian asked her whether...she could support restrictions on the sale of the ammunition cartridges that allowed alleged assailant Jared Lee Loughner to get off 33 shots before he stopped to reload.

She said she was not familiar with the issue but stood by her position. “I’m not going to support limiting anyone in Southwest Washington’s Second Amendment rights just because an individual chose to break the law,” she said.

Regarding her own safety and the safety of her staff, she said a liaison in her Vancouver district office will inform local law enforcement agencies whenever she is in town and meeting with constituents.
 

CA: Even After People Lose Gun Rights, Guns Remain
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One researcher estimates that there are 180,000 people across the United States who bought firearms legally, but have since lost that right—more than the 150,000 people who failed background checks on their firearm applications in 2009. California is the one state that has a computerized database tracking gun ownership and who has lost their gun rights, but even that has not helped much.
 

Mention of Gun Control Drives Sturm, Ruger & Co.'s Sales Upward
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Talk of gun control, one might assume, is not good for companies that sell guns.

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The big spike in sales started just as it was becoming clear that Barack Obama – a gun control fanatic, according to the industry lobby groups — would actually take office. That revelation led a whole a lot of people to line up for gun permits.

Even enacted gun control has done nothing to dampen gun sales at Sturm Ruger. The company’s revenues rose in the year after Congress passed a five-day waiting period for gun buyers in 1994, and again after the criminal background check went into effect in 1998. Its products were exempted from assault weapons bans because it sold those only to law enforcement.
 

MA: U.S. could learn from other nation’s gun policies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This American obsession with guns is not found in other countries

After the Tucson massacre that took the lives of six innocent victims and the near assassination of congresswoman Gabby Giffords, there was the inevitable talk about gun control – banning automatic weapons, mandating fewer bullets in a gun clip and establishing a gun-free perimeter around members of Congress.

But as has been the case so often after these tragic events, there is only talk and little action.

There just doesn’t appear to be a national will to deal with this ever dangerous problem. Gun ownership and the death rate due to gun use are part of the American way of life. Sadly, we’re No. 1 in the world in these two categories.
 

OH: Madison's argument for Second Amendment clarified
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Madison went through a lengthy discussion of how the states could protect themselves against a federal army by using the states' militias, which were composed of their citizens who were able to keep and bear arms. He contrasted this ability of Americans to people in other countries.

Madison's intent was to show that the ability to bear arms provided self-protection of the people and the states against a federal army.
 

OK: State Legislature to focus on budget
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Enns said there are other hot topics this year, including tort reform and a number of recently introduced gun bills.

“There are quite a bit of second amendment bills out there. Everything from open carry to carry-on-campus and my bill,” said Enns, whose proposed legislation would require those with conceal and carry licenses to leave their guns in a locked vehicle when on a vo-tech campus.
 

FL: Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The writer stated that the Second Amendment applied only to the federal government. In the recent ruling against the city of Chicago's handgun ban, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment applied to the states.

As for the question of the Tucson shooter and high-capacity magazines, with minimal practice the time difference between shooting one 30-round magazine and three 10-round magazines is under two seconds.

If you have no desire to protect yourself or your family, that is your choice. My ability to do so is nonnegotiable.

Ed.: Second article on page.
 

IA: Legislature would go too far on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is disheartening to think our state laws could be changed to reflect those of Alaska, Arizona and Vermont. Not requiring citizens to have a permit to carry a weapon is not only dangerous, but the height of ignorance. Iowans are better that this.

It is time to let our elected officials know we do not support such blanket permissiveness and instead wish to be known as the state that protects all of its citizens.
 

GA: We must renew focus on gun safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But I wonder, does the right to bear arms mean the right to semi-automatic rifles or extended, 31-round handgun magazines, which any licensed adult over the age of 21 can carry in Georgia?

Renewed calls for civility in politics come from the right place.

But incivility didn’t kill an 8-year-old in Tuscon last month.

A bullet fired from an extended magazine by a mentally ill man did.

No part of that sentence would have happened in the U.K. — and they clearly hate each other over there.
 

Statement of MAIG Co-Chairs in Response to White House Delay of ATF Policy on Reporting Bulk Sales of Semiautomatic Assault Rifles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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White House Office of Management and Budget Rejected an Emergency Rule Proposed by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) to Require Certain Gun Dealers Along the Southwest Border to Report Bulk Sales of Rifles, Including Military-style Semiautomatic Rifles.

The Rejection of the Emergency Rule Could Delay the Implementation of the ATF's Proposal for Months.
 

IN: Employers wary of laws that allow guns at work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Legislation that would allow current and prospective employees to sue Indiana employers that inquire about gun ownership expands the battle over allowing firearms in workplace parking lots, experts say.

Indiana S.B. 411, introduced last month, followed the state's adoption last year of a National Rifle Assn.-backed law that bars businesses from prohibiting workers from keeping guns in locked cars parked on employer property.
 

OK: No to guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State Sen. Steve Russell is proposing several bills to expand guns rights in our state, including a measure to permit concealed handguns on college campuses.

Bad idea.

Oklahoma already allows concealed handguns with a permit. More than 27,000 concealed weapon permits were issued in 2010, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. But some restrictions — such as schools — apply to the permit.

Some say current laws create “easy targets” for criminals, saying gun-free zone signs on campuses prevent legal, law abiding citizens from carrying guns on campus.
 

AZ: No more Arizona gun laws needed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In reply to Jules Ohrin-Greipp's letter about more Arizona gun regulations being needed, I guess he does not understand the Second Amendment when it clearly states that the people's right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

All of his suggested conditions for gun ownership infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms.
 

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The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers

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