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SAF Challenges D.C. Handgun Ban Scheme
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation and three Washington, D.C. residents today filed a lawsuit challenging a regulation by District of Columbia city government that arbitrarily bans handguns based on a roster of "acceptable" handguns approved by the State of California.

The District is using this list despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer that protects handguns that ordinary people traditionally use for self-defense. This scheme could eventually bar the ownership of any new handguns.

Attorney Alan Gura, representing the plaintiffs in this case, noted that District bureaucrats "told Tracy Ambeau Hanson her gun was the wrong color."
 

DC: Will The DC City Council Ever Learn Their Lesson?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The District of Columbia argued a losing case all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, and rather than accepting that the Second Amendment plainly means what 75% of Americans think it means, they worked earnestly to undermine the fundamental civil rights of their constituents.

As a former city councilmember, I can attest that it is common practice to run all proposed laws past your city attorney...to determine the legality and constitutionality of the proposed law. I can only presume that DC's counsel informed them that ignoring Heller and continuing to violate the fundamental individual right to bear arms would invite lawsuits.

It seems that DC has yet to learn to respect its residents' right to bear arms.
 

ID: Uh Oh! Idaho’s Going to Write a Strongly Worded Letter!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the first of what’s likely to be two letters from the state of Idaho to the federal government—perhaps they can mail them in the same envelope to save money—the Idaho House voted unanimously today to remind the federal government that the Second Amendment (the right to keep and bear arms, if it’s slipped your attention) exists.

“We are Idahoans. We like our guns. We use our guns,” declared Representative Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, the sponsor of the bill, echoing Montana’s Democratic Governor Bryan Schweitzer, who reportedly told New York Times columnist Tim Egan, “We like owning guns. Big guns. Little guns. To us, ‘gun control’ is ‘hitting what you shoot at.’”
 

Brady Campaign Says America's Weaks Gun Laws Fueling Mexican Violence
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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The Brady Campaign claims that while the crisis has been much discussed in the media and in Washington, there has been little mention of the elephant in the room: the Mexican drug cartels are arming themselves here because the U.S. makes it too easy for criminals and traffickers to get guns. Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora correctly called American gun laws “absurd.”
 

NSSF: Supreme Court Closes the Book on New York City's Lawsuit Against Gun Makers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Putting an end to nine years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear New York City's request to continue a lawsuit that sought to hold firearms manufacturers responsible for the criminal misuse of firearms. "We are very pleased by today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to not review lower appellate court rulings that dismissed cases based on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act," said Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms industry. "These baseless lawsuits against responsible, law-abiding companies are the type that Congress intended to prevent by passing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act."
 

SC: Pizza delivery man robbed, shoots attacker during struggle
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says 18-year-old Jason Todd Beckham, 20-year-old Carlos Renard Dates, 18-year-old Justin Towan Roundtree and 17-year-old Paul Andrew Sturgill, Jr. placed an order with the Pizza Hut on Irmo Drive for two large pizzas to be delivered to a home on Avery Place Lane.

The owner of the home did not know the four men, and didn't know his home was being used as a location for a robbery, Metts said.

The delivery man, 43-year-old Christopher Steven Miller, told deputies Sturgill was standing on a sidewalk outside the home when Miller arrived to deliver the pizzas. Miller told deputies Sturgill asked him whether Miller could make change for a $100 bill, and Miller saw that Sturgill had no cash in his wallet.
 

OK: Liberals told to leave hunter safety course class
Submitted by: Trapper

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Thirteen-year-old Lane Dunkley just wanted to go hunting with his grandfather.

What he got was a lecture on politics.

Dunkley and his father, Daniel Reddy, who live in Tulsa, went to Broken Arrow on Tuesday night for a hunter safety course normally required to get an Oklahoma hunting license.

But when father and son arrived at the lesson, the volunteer instructor, Kell Wolf, asked if any of the students voted for President Barack Obama.

According to Reddy and others in the room, Wolf called Obama "the next thing to the Antichrist" and ordered Reddy and Dunkley from the room. When Reddy refused, Wolf said he would not teach "liberals" and would cancel the course if Reddy didn't leave.

 

DC: The NRA's Cheap Gun Trick on Washington D.C. Voting Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Thanks to the Supreme Court, D.C. citizens can keep and bear arms. They simply have to register them, and cannot have any of the semi-automatic variety. Only radical gun rights advocate suggest these are unconstitutional limitations—and if they are unconstitutional, then under-armed D.C. citizens can gain redress through the courts.

What they can't do is try to gain redress through Congress, where the 600,000 D.C. residents lack a real voice. Which wouldn't stop Congress from dictating what kind of gun laws D.C.'s 600,000 residents should have.

Ed.: Semi-auto firearms were invented almost 125 years ago. Just how long do we have to wait before advocating owning one is no longer considered a "radical" idea?
 

TN: 'Responsible' Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The fact that we do not know why any of these three horrors occurred was precisely why people all across America are flocking to gun stores and arming themselves in an unprecedented effort of self defense.

Despite the fact the economy is now at its worst since World War II, gun sales are so brisk that handguns are increasingly hard to find. Those who are taking classes in order to carry a weapon, to rightfully do so as prescribed by law, are having to make reservations as far as six weeks in advance and are willing to pay approximately $200, once you include the cost of the class ($75) with licensing fees ($115).
 

IL: 2nd Amendment rights are in danger
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment was enacted by our founders so the people could safeguard themselves and their liberty. Those who oppose gun rights endanger both. I urge all citizens to call upon our representatives to stop this trampling of our rights and enact legislation permitting us to obtain training and licensing to carry the tools that can protect us. Only two states have no provision for licensed carry - Illinois and Wisconsin. Forty states have "shall issue" laws. These states have experienced a lowering of their violent crime rates. The city of Miami recently had a month without a single homicide. It's time for Illinois to do the same.
 

The Martial Law Mind-Set
Submitted by: Larry

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By this time, the venerable physicist was in his ninth decade, and he saw no point in enduring this act of thoughtless vandalism by an armored imbecile to pass without protest.


"Please don't disturb my circles,"Archimedes insisted in what was probably a direct but polite tone of voice.


Like law enforcement officers who would follow in his footsteps -- albeit in jackboots rather than sandals -- the Roman soldier took offense that a mere civilian, and an elderly one at that, would demand deference from someone wearing the uniform and insignia of authority.
 

Ten Reasons Why We Should Support Barack Obama
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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1. He wants closer relations with Cuba. Why not? We all need a nice, new place to vacation. Cuban rum and cigars...yes. Classic cars are cool too. Maybe we can see where Fidel is mummified like Lenin.

2. He wants to redistribute wealth. More jobs will be created at printing firms that print "Honk if I'm paying your mortgage" bumper stickers.

3. He wants closer relations with Iran. What's wrong with a few nukes tossed at Israel? Its too crowded anyway. We're helping with our goal of spreading our wealth around by giving $900 million to Hezbollah in Gaza to rebuild. Look at all the money Iran will save by our donation.

4. He wants nationalized health care. We can join our European allies in their long waits for health care

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7. Gun Control. Surely, all criminals will gleefully give up their guns under Obama.
 

NY: Our right to bear arms must not be infringed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Jackie Hilly and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence are way off base with their claims in a March 4 letter to The News that we need stricter gun laws or that we should allow the government to permanently register legally owned firearms under the guise of “crime guns.” Law-abiding gun owners are not responsible for the crimes cited. It only makes sense that criminals will never register their guns, or recognize state lines or gun laws. Law-abiding citizens must be allowed to protect themselves and their families from criminals who have guns, and continue to obtain legal firearms without governmental oversight. This right is guaranteed us by the Second Amendment.
 

Canada: My Paltform-Gun Control
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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Yes, absolutely. I've heard too many Canadians recently talk about their second amendment rights...Canada does not have a second amendment...
First there is the argument that 'if guns are illegal only criminals will have guns.' That's true, because if you have an illegal gun you will automatically be a criminal. Guns for self defense make no sense and do not work...
Then there is the black helicopter argument - that if the government has guns and the population doesn't that the government will become oppressive and 'the people' will have no means of defense. This is almost cartoonishly naive...So just like you need a license to drive or fish you should need a license to own any firearm..
Hand guns should be banned in total.
 

NJ: After 80-minute delay, U. alerts campus to gun threat
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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Widespread fears of an armed gunman on campus were assuaged early Saturday morning when Public Safety and Borough Police officers established that the individual in question was a student carrying a permanently disabled firearm to his friend’s room.

Student reports of a man carrying a weapon near Spelman Halls triggered campus-wide safety alerts beginning at around 12:40 a.m., roughly 80 minutes after the first report was filed with Public Safety.

The individual was taken into the custody of Borough Police, University spokeswoman Cass Cliatt ’96 said in an interview just after 2 a.m. Saturday. It remains unclear whether any charges will be filed, and the individual’s name has not been released.

Ed.: When seconds count, help is only 80 minutes away...
 

NY: Software helps police sharpen firearm skills
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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City of Poughkeepsie police Capt. Thomas Pape trained his 9 mm Glock pistol on a "gunman" who was using a high school student as a shield. Pape screamed at the man to release the hostage and drop his gun. The man pushed the student aside, then aimed his gun directly at Pape. But Pape fired first, killing the "gunman" with three well-placed shots. The encounter depicting a school hostage crisis took place last week in a training room at the city's Law Enforcement Center on Main Street. The "gunman" who tried to kill Pape was a New York City police officer who played the role in the video software used in a device called a Firearms Training Simulator, or FATS.
 

OH: Banning competition firearms
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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Gun grabbers claim their fictitious definition of an "assault weapon" only bans guns with no "sporting purpose." Tell that to hunters and competitive shooters who would lose their firearms and their sport under an expanded "assault weapons ban."
 

New York Fails To Revive Gun Lawsuit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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New York City on Monday failed before the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a lawsuit it filed against the gun industry.
 

NY: Gun Makers and Retailers Post Strong Sales Increases
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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The economy might be tanking, but firearm sales are going great guns.

Despite the weakest holiday season on record, outdoor-products retailer Cabela's turned in strong fourth-quarter sales, largely as a result of an increase in firearm and ammunition sales. Smith & Wesson is reporting pistol sales up 40%, and Sturm, Ruger & Co. reported an 81% increase in firearm revenue...the election of Bill Clinton in 1992 accompanied an 18-month surge in firearm sales. But industry experts say the tough economy, along with a desire for leisure activities close to home, will ensure strong firearm sales in the coming months, regardless of the attention the Obama administration gives to gun issues.
 

Australia: Gun lobby gaining power in NSW: Greens
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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The NSW Greens have attributed a sharp increase in guns in the state to an unhealthy alliance between the state government and the Shooters Party.

Greens MP Lee Rhiannon said gun control was one area where the NSW government has been weak, with around 10,000 additional firearms registered in the state each year since 2004.

She said the gun lobby has increased its power in NSW because the state government needs the support of the two Shooters Party MPs in the upper house to pass "unpopular" legislation.

"The gun lobby has become very powerful in NSW because of the close relationship between the Shooters Party and the NSW Labor government," Ms Rhiannon said.

"Gun law should not be used as a bargaining chip with the Shooters Party.
 

Democrats still don’t get it on gun rights, says Rasmussen poll
Submitted by: Dave Workman

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A Rasmussen poll on the Second Amendment released March 5 had some good news and some bad news. Unfortunately, it was not surprising news for veteran gun rights activists.
The poll revealed that while 92% of identified Republicans who responded say the U.S. Constitution affirms an individual right to own a gun under the Second Amendment, only 64% of those who said they were Democrats believe that. They were even behind the 71 percent of respondents who claimed no political affiliation.
 

SC: Pizza man says fear he'd die led to shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lexington County prosecutor Donnie Myers said he does not plan to review whether Miller acted properly.

The S.C. Attorney General’s Office said self-defense for deadly force can be, “kind of complicated.”

The person under attack must act reasonably throughout the incident, said Jennifer Evans, deputy attorney general for prosecutions.

The victim of the attack also must not be doing anything illegal, must try to retreat when possible and must believe he or she is in danger, Evans said.

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Myers said he agrees that Miller fired legally.

“If you’re bringing a pizza and they’re whipping your butt, you’ve got reason to shoot them,” Myers said.
 

MO: When the order of protection . . . provides none
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"We sought and received a full order of protection from the courts. In my opinion, the paper was completely useless. Our attacker violated this order numerous times and yet the local Sheriff Department couldn't find this freak. He lived about a half mile from our house and despite my seeing him twice a day and doing as the Phelps County Sheriff Department suggested. (do not approach/confront...let us do our jobs.) He never was apprehended."

The above is a brief excerpt of the chilling account of stalking and harassment, ending finally in a deadly home invasion, given by Jim Butler, as quoted in the November/December 2008 issue of Concealed Carry Magazine.
 

UT: Man shot dead trying to rob store
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A robber died Monday in Centerfield when a gun was fired during a struggle.

Antonio E. Ramos, 42, was dead on the floor when police arrived about 12:20 a.m. at Walker's convenience store.

"It was a pretty classic case of self-defense," said Sanpete County sheriff's Sgt. Greg Peterson.

Police said Ramos approached a clerk as she was taking out the garbage at closing time. He held a .22-caliber rifle and forced her back inside the store, where he took a second clerk hostage and demanded money.
 

DC: D.C. rejects woman’s handgun over color
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A D.C. woman claims she was banned from registering her .45-caliber handgun in the District because the weapon was “the wrong color.”

Tracey Ambeau Hanson was one of three city residents who filed a lawsuit against the District on Monday that challenges a city handgun regulation prohibiting handguns not on a list of handguns approved by the state of California.

The trio is being represented by Alan Gura, the Alexandria attorney who successfully argued the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the District’s 32-year ban on handguns.

According to Gura, the District bases its list of approved handguns on the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale.
 

Obama lied to gun owners; Attorney General Holder a 'gun grabber'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"We warned America that Obama's 'support' for the Second Amendment was empty rhetoric," he stated, "and now Holder's disclosure has confirmed it. Obama was lying, and now gun rights may be dying."

Several times on the campaign trail, Obama told voters "I'm not going to take your guns away." ... He also told a news conference that "Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear... I think people can take me at my word."

"Right now," said Gottlieb, "I wouldn't take Obama's word if he said it rains a lot in Seattle. Apparently, law-abiding gun owners have nothing to fear unless they own sport-utility rifles, semiautomatic shotguns, handguns and any other firearm that Obama and his anti-gun attorney general don't like."
 

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