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State of emergency gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The month of February began with the snowstorms pounding the eastern part of the country, strong storms which caused a strange event in King, North Carolina. A 'state of emergency' was declared there, causing a state law to kick in; a law which disarmed citizens and banned alcohol sales. The people of King were infuriated."

"Later in the month ... Bill O'[Reilly] actually justified disarming law-abiding citizens during times of emergencies."

"But how would this type of 'emergency gun control' work in a true declared emergency?"

"It already has in New Orleans ... And now, we get this bit of news from the Justice Department about the shooting of six unarmed people by the [NOPD] and the cover-up which took place afterward." ...
 

"Yeah, but what does that Three Percent thing MEAN?"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The other day I ran into a fellow who thought he was a Three Percenter but he wasn't sure. 'Yeah,' he said, 'but what does that Three Percent thing MEAN?' I explained more or less thusly:"

"Three Percent: The number of colonists who took the field to actively fight against King George III."

"Three Percent: The number of America’s armed citizenry today who can be counted on to actively resist any future restrictions on firearms, or indeed, any more attacks on the God-given natural liberties ..."

"There are, give or take, a hundred million firearms owners in this country. Three percent of that number is three million. So when we speak of the Three Percent, we are talking about three million firearms owners ..." ...

"There will be no more free Wacos and no more free Katrinas."

"For we are the Three Percent."

"We will not disarm."

"You cannot convince us."

"You cannot intimidate us."

"You can try to kill us, if you think you can."

"But remember, we’ll shoot back."

"We are not going away."

"We are not backing up another inch."

"And there are THREE MILLION OF US."

"Your move, Mr. Wannabe Tyrant." ...
 

Another Profile in Apathy?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I reminded readers here of another option that was not included in WorldNetDaily's recent poll on the Arizona Senate race."

"Correspondent Straightarrow sent them this letter to the editor under his real name. They opted not to post it,so I will post it here:"
"I looked at your poll today. But I did not participate. The reason for my not participating is because the poll only offers a choice without a difference." ...
"As I noted last Tuesday and on other occasions, one of the simplest and easiest things gun owners can do is spread the word--share links with fellow gun owners via emails, on blogs, on forums..."

"We have a situation in Arizona where this is not happening. And turning that around could not be simpler."

"Last September I told you about Jim Deakin, who is challenging John McCain for the Senate. Take a look at the answers Jim gave to my gun rights questionnaire." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: Starbucks supports armed customers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the Huffington Post, Dennis Henigan writes Why? [ Starbucks sticks to its guns; Why? ] The article was very harsh, emotional and it gets to be very off-issue. In other words, if a company doesn’t rush to kick customers out of its establishment, do you just keep hounding them?"

"This is the style of gun control groups. It is beginning to reach other cultural corners and Americans are beginning to feel it everywhere. Several articles have praised Starbucks for their stand, and I have written a few of those. ..." ...
 

Gun Control and Safer Streets 2010: Now schooling the L.A. Times
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sunday Los Angeles Times [Gun case likely to be landmark ruling by David Savage ] misses the point. Our Supreme Court will take up the case of McDonald v. Chicago, a case about a man whose civil rights have been denied by way of a local gun ban. McDonald wants a gun for personal protection, and the City says more guns will only make the matter worse."

"Did anyone ask gun owners what they know that anti-gun organizations hide? This article doesn't seem to have consulted gun owners, but only anti-gun organizations. (Assumption of gun rights positions isn't consulting gun owners, the people most affected by gun bans.)" ...
 

Gunslinging for Jesus: Gun Activists Seek Patron Saint of Handgunners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Catholic handgun owners and Second Amendment activists want their own personal patron saint of handgun slinging. And with the celebration this weekend of the Feast of St. Gabriel Possenti, they are renewing their call to the Vatican to officially declare St. Possenti as the Patron of Handgunners. Apparently in 1860, while a young monk, Possenti held off a band of marauders with two handguns. And John M. Snyder, a gun lobbyist and founder of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, has been on a mission for over 20-years to draw attention to Possenti’s gunslinging to further his claims that Jesus would have approved of carrying handguns for self defense." ...
 

Two polls show Americans don't trust government with liberties or money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CNN is out with a new poll that shows Americans don’t trust the government when it comes to safeguarding their rights, and rightfully so:" ...

"Some would say that this is paranoia, but it's not. Over the last several years, we've seen a dismantling of the Bill of Rights through restrictions on speech, attempted restrictions on the Second Amendment (Heller was a rare victory), a running over of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, which guarantees the right to privacy, due process and private property. There is also no protection of economic liberty by government anymore." ...
 

Status Quo and the Double Standard of Exploitation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Unfortunately for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, we receive the most attention after a sickened murderer goes on a rampage. It's the tragedy of 'trigger points.' Grave events or dire circumstances are necessary before the public recognizes the need for significant changes to status quo. In a nutshell, blood translates to action."

"There's nothing SCCC hates worse."

"Because of this, we have a policy of not immediately politicizing, co-opting or capitalizing on tragedy to score political points. While SCCC feels that gun-free zones empower murderers to carry out their shootings with confidence, we wish to preserve respect for the dead and the grieving." ...
 

Rights versus regulation - part two
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The fundamental reason why it is important tounderstand the differences in rights is so we can better understand how they apply to us as individuals and how to protect them."

"It is also important to understand the right to keep and bear arms in not an unlimited right, and is similar to First Amendment rights. For example, comments on articles are rarely deleted because you have the First Amendment right of free speech and to your opinions. However, that does not mean that you have an absolute right to say anything you want and your comment would never be deleted."

"A legal right is created by and therefore regulated by the legislature. Knowing that, we can also apply the law to protect it." ...
 

Rules about guns in national parks not so simple
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last Monday, a new federal law was triggered, allowing visitors to carry loaded guns in national parks."

"At about that same time, Phil Sellick’s phone started ringing."

"'Some had complaints,' Sellick said. 'Some had comments. Some just wanted information.'"

"Some, he said, wanted to know why they still wouldn’t be allowed to pack their guns into federal facilities, such as park headquarters. Some wanted to get special permits to hold Second Amendment rallies in the parks."

"'It was a little bit of everything,' said Sellick, the chief of regulations and special park uses for the National Park Service. 'People seem very interested in this change.'" ...
 

Why United States v. Miller was so badly written
Submitted by: rick schwartz

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"Before District of Columbia v. Heller, the 1939 decision United States v. Miller was the Supreme Court's leading decision on the Second Amendment. Miller was, to put it mildly, obliquely written. As Michael O'Shea has detailed, the opinion seems mainly concerned with whether the gun in question was a militia-type weapon, which would suggest that the decision is congruent with a well-established line of state right to arms cases (some of which were cited in Miller) that all persons had a right to arms, but that the right only encompasses militia-type arms (and not, therefore, Bowie knives or other arms associated with disreputable brawlers). ..." ...
 

Re-Elect Marion Hammer To The NRA Board
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NRA Board of Directors ballot for the election of NRA Board members is in the March 2010 issue of NRA’s The American Rifleman, The American Hunter and America’s First Freedom."

"If you are an NRA Life Member or have been an NRA annual member for 5 or more continuous years, you are entitled to vote and a ballot will be in your magazine."

"My name is on that ballot and I am running for re-election."

"I am asking for your vote."

"I want to continue serving the NRA and law-abiding firearms owners in protecting our Second Amendment rights — the bedrock of freedom in America." ...
 

Gun Rights Expand under Obama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One year into the Obama administration and gun rights advocates have had little to fear. In fact, movements are underway across the country to adopt legislation aiding those who own firearms, contrary to fearful predictions early last year that the new presidency would spell bad news. In addition to President Barack Obama approving a federal plan to allow guns in national parks, the White House has done little to bring back the federal ban on assault rifles or close the loophole that allows unlicensed dealers at gun shows to sell firearms without background checks." ...
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Submitter's Note: So you're saying that because Obama lied about supporting the AWB and repealing Tiahrt Amendment we should believe that he isn't anti-gun? Go ahead, pull the other one.
 

Buzz and bullets: Gun fans cheer Starbucks' policy
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"Dale Welch recently walked into a Starbucks in Virginia, handgun strapped to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino with a cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, but not a peep from the baristas."

"Welch's foray into the coffeehouse was part of an effort by some gun owners to exercise and advertise their rights in states that allow people to openly carry firearms."

"Even in some 'open carry' states, businesses are allowed to ban guns in their stores. And some have, creating political confrontations with gun owners. But Starbucks, the largest chain targeted, has refused to take the bait, saying in a statement this month that it follows state and local laws ..." ...
 

DC: Supreme Court scrutinizes state, local gun control
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"Gun control advocates think, if not pray, they can win by losing when the Supreme Court decides whether the constitutional right to possess guns serves as a check on state and local regulation of firearms."

"The justices will be deciding whether the Second Amendment - like much of the rest of the Bill of Rights - applies to states as well as the federal government. It's widely believed they will say it does."

"But even if the court strikes down handgun bans in Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park, Ill., that are at issue in the argument to be heard Tuesday, it could signal that less severe rules or limits on guns are permissible." ...
 

Supreme Court might ignite new battle in gun control war
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lock and load…the Supreme Court will weigh in soon with a gun ruling that could open he door for more gun control by states and localities or it could slam it shut in the faces of advocates for stricter legislation."

"The court will soon decide whether or not the Second Amendment — used by gun fanciers as the quid pro quo for packing heat — applies to states as well as the federal government." ...

"On the surface, applying the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights to state and local government would appear to be a clear victory for gun advocates but the gun-control crowd thinks a ruling could also allow state and local government to enact tougher laws."

"Gun control opponents, of course, argue just the opposite." ...
 

U.S. Supreme Court to take on battle over gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court is about to take dead aim at the fierce debate over gun regulations in cities and states across the country, with California's strict gun-control laws squarely in the cross hairs of the legal showdown."

"The justices on Tuesday will hear arguments in a challenge to a Chicago area ban on handguns and semiautomatic weapons, weighing for the first time whether the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies to local and state gun regulations. For a state such as California, which has long been a target of gun rights advocates for a slew of firearms regulations, a Supreme Court ruling extending Second Amendment protections to cities and states could open the floodgates to a new generation of lawsuits." ...
 

Gun case presents quandary for Supreme Court justices
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a member of the Junior ROTC, teenager Antonin Scalia toted his rifle on the subway ride back and forth to Queens. As a hunter, he speaks lyrically of stalking wild turkeys. And as a justice, he may have reached the pinnacle of his more than two decades on the Supreme Court when he wrote the majority opinion that said the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a firearm."

"But when the justices on Tuesday confront the question of whether the amendment applies to state and local governments -- not just the federal government and its enclaves, such as the District of Columbia -- the court's most prominent gun enthusiast faces something of a constitutional quandary." ...
 

US gun momentum comes to Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The US Supreme Court on Tuesday takes a new look at the right to bear arms in a case that could impact the growing push by President Barack Obama's opponents to loosen gun laws."

"The nation's top court will decide whether its landmark June 2008 decision recognizing the right of every US citizen to possess arms for self-defense should apply to local as well as federal laws."

"Local regulations have increasingly been at the forefront in the battle over gun control in the United States, where some 200 million firearms are in circulation and the right to bear arms is enshrined by the Constitution." ...
 

Supreme Court scrutinizes state, local gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun control advocates are hoping they can win by losing when the Supreme Court rules on state and local regulation of firearms."

"The justices will be deciding whether the right to possess guns guaranteed by the Second Amendment - like much of the rest of the Bill of Rights - applies to states as well as the federal government. It's widely believed they will say it does."

"But even if the court strikes down handgun bans in Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park, Ill., that are at issue in the argument to be heard Tuesday, it could signal that less severe rules or limits on guns are permissible." ...
 

Supreme Court to hear arguments in what may become a landmark Second Amendment case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U. S. Supreme Court will hear the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago Tuesday in what some legal scholars suggest may turn out to be a landmark decision. The question presented by the case is whether the states have the authority to restrict the ownership of handguns in by people in their own home."

"The case follows a 2008 case that ruled that the Second Amendment applies to individuals and held that they have a right of bear arms for self defense. But that case focused on the District of Columbia while the McDonald case speaks to the right of states to restrict ownership of firearms. ..."

"The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision before the end of the current term in June. We'll keep you posted."
 

Chicago versus the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Chicago must respect the Second Amendment ..."

"Mayor Richard M. Daley argues that it does not apply there...'" ...

"The Bill of Rights was originally intended to prevent a tyranny by the federal government. But when the Civil War ended slavery, the Southern states passed the Black Codes, which deprived African Americans of basic rights – including gun ownership." ...

"Today, Chicago has its own equivalent of the Black Codes, which it argues is constitutional because everyone is equally deprived of rights. In Chicagospeak, an 1866 petition of freed slaves complaining that South Carolina prohibited them from possessing firearms only sought 'an equality requirement.'" ...
 

Packing your piece on the hiking trail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anthony Bries lends new meaning to the term 'weekend warrior.'"

"During the week, he works as a home inspector in his town of Baraboo, Wisc. But on weekends for the past two years, he has indulged his passion: teaching anyone who wants to know how to shoot military-style rifles – such as the AR-15, prized for its low recoil."

"As a senior instructor with the grassroots, three-year-old U.S. rifle instruction program The Appleseed Project, Bries teaches shooting techniques usually encountered only in the police or military. He isn't paid for his trouble, but he doesn't care."

"To him, if he can teach an ordinary American to hit a target from up to 450 metres away with a semi-automatic, it's all worth it." ...
 

AZ: Match looser gun laws to tougher penalties
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Who knew that state Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican, had such disregard for the principle of local control?" ...

"So the Senate has passed Pearce's bill that allows anyone to carry a concealed weapon -- no background checks or training required. ..." ...

"... Sen. Jack Harper, has been busy crafting a bill to force universities to let faculty members with permits carry concealed weapons -- the better, apparently, to fend off attacking intruders."

"The result, however, is likely to be less safety for the instructor, not more. A gunman bent on killing people will go first for the one person likely to get in his way. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Which is why students should be able to carry too.
 

AL: Senate gun vote makes it easier for nut cases to harm others
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "You might remember some slightly bigger stories in recent newspapers. For instance, the one about a 15-year-old boy who brings a gun to school and murders a fellow student. Or the one about a professor stripped of tenure who comes into the workplace with a gun and kills three co-workers."

"There's a more delicate, diplomatic way to put this, I know, but here's the deal: We have more nutjobs in the world than ever before. We have more stressed-out employees, on edge in a tenuous economy, than ever before. Still, hey, let people hide guns in their cars."

"The bill in the Alabama Senate was sold by Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, and it passed 26-2. ..." ...
 

Debra Medina, new star of America's right, is firing up the race for Texas governo
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... "Those gathered to see Medina in Lytle loved her. ... If she can beat Hutchison into second place, she can secure a runoff against Perry. That would raise the possibility – distant but real – of a Tea Party activist capturing the government of the second biggest state in America. The Tea Party movement would have gone from being a bunch of ragtag protesters to heading one of the largest single economies in the world. ..."

"She is not alone in that ambition. Across America other extreme candidates have emerged on the Republican right to challenge familiar party figures with a fiery mix of Tea Party-inspired populism. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Read on to discover who the article's author considers "extreme" candidates, and laugh.
 

MO: Armed homeowner sends intruder fleeing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Johnson County, Missouri homeowner reportedly used his handgun to protect himself and his wife from a home invader." ...
 

South Africa: South African armed robber shot by business owner
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"I primarily write about self defense cases in the United States. This is because I'm an American, who focuses first and foremost on American gun and self defense rights. However, as the case below from South Africa shows, armed self defense saves crime victims all around the world:"

"Police say that a pair of armed robbers broke in to a home printing business in Pretoria. There were three or four people in the house at the time, and the robbers were armed with real and/or realistic looking guns as they set about stealing computer equipment, according to police. One of the crime victims was reportedly able to grab his self defense gun and shoot one of the robbers, at which point all of the robbers fled. ..." ...
 

The tragic story of Nikki Goeser (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment March organization held a rally in Little Rock on Saturday, February 27th at Barton Coliseum. Even though the rally experienced a light turnout, many speakers got a chance to espouse their views. One of these speakers particularly stood out in my eyes."

"Nikki Goeser had a unique story to tell, an especially heart-rending one. Her husband, the love of her life, Ben Goeser, was gunned down in early April of last year. It happened while she and Ben were setting up mobile karaoke equipment; she was forced to watch this unfold in front of her eyes, helplessly knowing her handgun was in her car in the parking lot. She had been disarmed by Tennessee law forbidding firearms in restaurants." ...
 

What didn't stop a killer and what did
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... "The only thing that stopped the killer was another person with a gun."

"That stopped him." ...
 

MO: Kansas City, Missouri residents arming in response to serial rapist
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"It started late last September:"
"A 29-year-old Kansas City woman reported being raped just three weeks after she moved into a new home in the Waldo neighborhood."

[ . . . ]

"The man forced her into the bedroom where he raped her twice, police said. He also made her take baths after both assaults."
"Within two weeks, there was a second rape just a few blocks away, under very similar circumstances. Suspicious of a serial rapist, Police Captain Mark Folson (or Folsom--I've seen it spelled both ways) offered some advice:" ...
 

MO: Self-defense tools that Kansas City, MO police have 'approved' for women?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, we talked about the predations of a serial rapist in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, and the fact that this threat has spurred a new interest in self-defense. ..."

"... I cannot fail to acknowledge that today's tender sensibilities make it inadvisable--or at least impolitic--for a senior police officer to publicly say, 'Get a gun and shoot the creep.'"

"A news story from Friday took the political correctness further than I'm willing to excuse, though."
"... Below is a list of safe, but effective, weapons and products that Kansas City, Mo., police have approved for women ...
"Excuse me--'approved for women?' Are women not capable of making their own choices ..." ...
 

MO: Missouri gun owners should be concerned
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"I read most of the article about Robin Carnahan -- there is one thing that was not mentioned. Robin Carnahan is a rabid anti-gun liberal. As a matter of fact, I understand that the whole Carnahan family is anti-gun, which garners questionability, and also questions how they feel about our Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Gov. Carnahan refused to sign the concealed-weapons bill put before him when he was governor. His wife, Sen. Carnahan, voted Democratic party line when she was in the United States Senate; we all know how the federal Democrats felt about gun control. Seems to me, that it is about the time they passed that so called 'assault weapons ban,' that was in place for years." ...
 

AK: Alaska Firearms Freedom Act Moving Forward
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Currently 33 states that have passed or are considering similar legislation."

"HB 186 has just been moved out of the Senate judiciary committee and Now needs to be 'read across the floor' and officially referred to the Senate finance committee, which will hopefully be done tomorrow, we will update you as soon as we get more info."

"Multiple states including Montana and Tennessee have passed this legislation. Utah passed it last week and Wyoming and Virginia are on the verge of doing so."

"The Firearms Freedom Act has a simple concept. HB 69 states that if a gun was made in Alaska, and then stays in Alaska, the federal government may not regulate it under the Interstate Commerce Clause." ...
 

IA: Domestic Abuser Gun Bill Reaction
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"More than two hundred Iowans have died as a result of domestic violence since 1995."

"Now, steps are being taken at the capital to save more of those lives by not letting abusers own guns."

"According to federal law, domestic abusers are not allowed to carry firearms, but Iowa doesn't have enough officials to enforce that rule." ...
 

NY: Supervisors oppose anti-gun bill, park closure
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"The Delaware County Board of Supervisors passed resolutions Wednesday opposing proposed antigun owners legislation ..."

"Delhi Supervisor Peter Bracci presented a resolution opposing bills passed in the state Assembly ..."

"The list included 11 bills that include provisions requiring the renewal of firearms licenses after five years, stringent restrictions on firearms dealers, new training requirements, banning the sale of weapons that are .50-caliber or larger, and others." ...

"'I was in law enforcement for 38 years and none of these laws would do anything to reduce crime,' Bracci said ..." [emphasis added] ...
 

WY: Concealed carry bill fails in Wyoming Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A massive e-mail campaign intended to persuade state lawmakers to vote for a bill that would have allowed Wyoming residents to carry handguns concealed on their bodies without a permit apparently backfired."

"House Bill 113 died Friday when it failed to get out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The House had approved it 42-15 on Monday."

"Sen. Tony Ross, R-Cheyenne, is committee chairman and co-sponsor of the bill. Ross didn't schedule the bill for a hearing on Friday, the last day for committee action."

"On Thursday night, Ross said it would be pointless to take time to hear the bill when he knew he didn't have enough votes to pass it." ...
 

We're the Only Ones...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... Going to the Dogs Enough

...Relieved Enough

...Tipping Generously Enough

...Protective Enough

...Spinning Around Enough

...Initiating Enough

...Failing the Test Enough" ...
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Submitter's Note: Another large collection of 'Only Ones' stories from David Codrea's WarOnGuns blog.
 

Why is ATF seizing 'toy guns'?
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... "... The business owners victimized by this have been told they need to file a Freedom of Information Act request in order to see the procedures ATF used to determine these toys are readily convertible. And as noted in this YouTube video, ATF's 'expert' authority on the matter initially tries to insert a magazine backwards! Seriously!" ...
 

Overland park man sentenced in Nebraska for machine guns
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A Kansas man has been sentenced in Nebraska to a year in prison for owning unregistered machine guns.

Richard Canfield of Overland Park was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. The 32-year-old had faced up to 10 years in prison for possession of an unregistered machine gun.

The U.S. attorney's office says Canfield was a passenger in a car stopped for speeding near Kearney in November 2008. In the car were Canfield's two machine guns, which had been fired near Cozard earlier in the day.

Prosecutors say neither machine gun bore serial numbers, and neither was registered.
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KABA Note: What part of 'shall not be infringed' is so hard for these people to understand?
 

TN: UT Knoxville's 2nd Amendment policy criticized by NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, in a guest editorial in the University of Tennessee's Daily Beacon, Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), criticized the recently announced gun policy for student-athletes at UT."

"Cox stated,"
"This over-reaching policy prevents law-abiding UT student-athletes from hunting and engaging in recreational and competitive shooting. More importantly, it also prohibits them from owning a firearm for self-defense, a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution."
"Could this be a shot across the bow for UT? The NRA and gun owners have seen a number of recent victories nationwide in the Gun Rights War. ..." ...
 

MD: Luke sticks to his guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm sure most of you have read Jeff Zrebiec's story on Luke Scott and his reaction to Major League Baseball's ban on bringing firearms -- even legal, licensed ones carried by players with government-issued carry permits -- into the clubhouse."

"Luke's reaction is not surprising. He's a strong gun-rights advocate, but even he concedes that the rule makes sense, since MLB can't assume that everyone who wants to possess a weapon is qualified to do so safely."

"This isn't a Second Amendment issue. Nobody's telling Luke he can't keep a firearm in his home. The clubhouse is controlled by the Orioles and Major League Baseball, so the constutional protection on their premises belongs them them, not their employees." ...
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Submitter's Note: This isn't a First Amendment issue. Nobody's telling Luke he can't be a Muslim in his home. The clubhouse is controlled by the Orioles and Major League Baseball, so the constutional protection on their premises belongs them them, not their employees.

Anyone think that would fly?
 

TX: Despite lifting of gun ban, Christmas Mountains won't be transferred
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"Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says he still won't support the transfer of the Christmas Mountains to the National Park Service despite this week's lifting of a ban on guns in national parks."

"Anyone who thought otherwise, he says, is ignoring half of his oft-quoted refrain:"

"No guns. No hunting. No deal."

"'One down, one to go,' Patterson said, referring to still-standing restrictions on hunting."

"This week, Environment Texas, an advocacy organization, called on Patterson to allow the transfer of the mountains after the firearms ban officially ended Monday."

"The group considers hunting a nonissue because the 14.5-square-mile tract next to Big Bend National Park offers few game opportunities." ...
 

TN: Maybe the University of Tennessee will change it’s mascot, too
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"What is it with the SEC [Southeastern Conference]? Or the politics of the states having schools in the SEC?"

"First, the University of Mississippi drops Colonel Reb as its mascot. Now, the University of Tennessee has banned student-athletes from owning guns."

"This comes after some pot-smoking basketball players were found with handguns that had altered serial numbers."

"So, how does the school respond? Banning drugs? Throwing idiots off the team? No, they ban guns. Stupid athletic director." ...
 

OH: Heat is on for Ohio gun permits
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"More Ohioans than ever were licensed last year to carry a handgun."

"State figures ... show the number of first-time licenses issued in 2009 jumped about 67 percent from the previous year." ...

"Since the law went into effect, more than 200,000 regular and emergency concealed-carry licenses have been issued in Ohio."

"Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander, who voiced concern about increased gun use when the law took effect in 2004, said his fears have not been realized." ...

"'We haven't seen any problems with it,' Alexander said. 'And we kind of thought we would in the beginning. If you remember, I was even quoted as saying I was worried about road rage.'" ...
 

CA: Gun owners gather at Walnut Creek restaurant
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"Dozens of people turned out at a Walnut Creek pizzeria Sunday evening to eat, chat with friends and exercise their Second Amendment rights."

"Gus Konstantaras was one the patrons who had his unloaded gun on his holster, displayed for anyone to see. Carrying a gun openly with the ammunition kept separate is legal in California and is nothing to fear, Konstantaras said."

"'We are not vigilantes,' the Antioch resident said. 'We are not crime fighters. We don't go to venues to provoke or intimidate the criminal element.'"

"On Saturday, men and women, armed with handguns strapped to their sides in holsters, fanned out across San Francisco's Baker Beach to help pick up trash and to increase awareness of gun owners' rights." ...
 

AL: Our View: Why run the risk on guns?
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"The Alabama Senate on Thursday, by a lopsided 26-2 vote, passed a bill ... that would prohibit employers from instituting rules against employees having legally owned firearms locked in their cars in company parking lots." ...

"The odds are high that this will become law in Alabama and it will be obeyed by employers. It likely will be a popular measure with Alabamians."

"We still think it’s a bad idea."

"Bedford, in Thursday's debate, painted it strictly as a constitutional issue." ...

"We actually do support a Second Amendment ... The Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution is intended to keep government ... from infringing on individual rights and freedoms. It says nothing about employers." ...
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Submitter's Note: So the Gadsden Times would be perfectly okay with employers refusing to hire or promote blacks, Jews, women or the disabled? After all, the Bill of Rights doesn't apply to employers . . .
 

AR: Gun owners rally in Little Rock to protect the Second Amendment
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"Arkansas gun owners are calling on the state's political candidates to reveal their positions on the Second Amendment before they can give them their votes."

"A rally was held today in Little Rock Saturday to espouse those views. According to rally organizer Steve Skillern, the right to bear arms is at stake."

"'The problem that i think that we have is an erosion of our rights; a steady erosion not just our second amendment rights but in some cases some of the other rights are being affected,' Skillern says."

"Skillern says the rally was organized ahead of a march for gun rights to be held in Washington, D.C. in April. He adds that several political candidates were invited to the event ..." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma's view of the Second Amendment may bring economic boost
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"... A fundamental core value we in southern Oklahoma share is a belief in the right to keep and bear arms."

"That belief is deeply rooted in our shared sense of justice, an understanding that rights flow from God and government’s role is to guarantee and preserve those rights. The Second Amendment rights I have zealously defended as your senator have another benefit: the potential to provide economic strength to our state."

"Six years ago, I began my effort to attract firearms manufacturers to Oklahoma. Many of these great corporate citizens are located in states openly hostile to the notion of gun ownership. Where these manufacturers face antipathy in their current home states, they would be welcomed warmly here." ...
 

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