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Second Amendment Foundation Racking Up The Victories In 2014
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Just over two months into 2014 and the Second Amendment Foundation continues to earn one victory after another."

"It is no doubt going to be a record setting year earning victories for our gun rights." ...

"We must apply unrelenting pressure on the anti-gunners to continue our victory streak throughout 2014. The [SAF] will not rest until every citizen’s Second Amendment Rights are protected from coast to coast."

"This ruling reinforces the Second Amendment’s application to state and local governments, and will help clear the way for more California citizens to exercise their right to bear arms. California officials have been put on notice that they can no longer treat the Second Amendment as a heavily-regulated government privilege." ...
 

‘Pro-gun Democrat’ once more places Obama administration over gun rights
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "In spite of that, one 'A-rated' Democrat, Sen. John Tester of Montana, joined with confirmed anti-gunners Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin and others." ...
 

Wisconsin anti-gunner blows it: People do want guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When a prominent Wisconsin anti-gunner tried on Saturday to rebut Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke’s pro-self-defense comments during the [CPAC], he may have been both right and wrong about guns and private citizens."

"Sheriff Clarke, speaking on a panel that became the focus of Saturday reports ... noted that police cannot always respond quickly to calls for help, and suggested that armed private citizens intervene." ...

"But for anti-gunners, top cops are only credible when they agree with and support the gun control agenda. Otherwise, they’re to be portrayed as wild west yahoos. And they shouldn’t go around spouting off about the Second Amendment. It’s bad for the idea of public disarmament."
 

Gun rights come with responsibility for safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Along with rights come responsibilities. This is particularly true of the constitutionally protected, individual, Second Amendment right to keep and bear firearms." ...

"For those who own firearms primarily for self defense, a third and often neglected ... responsibility is personal reflection, education and training. Under circumstances of bona fide self defense, ask yourself if you are capable of shooting another human being knowing you will injure or kill that person. If the answer is anything other than 'yes,' find another means of defense. Educate yourself on the correct and safe operation of your firearms. Learn about the laws that govern their use ... and the legal risks and liabilities of defensive firearm use." ...
 

Questions Grow Over Armatix ‘Smart Guns’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Finally concerning California, I am reminding you that I still haven’t heard anything back from Smith & Wesson on whether they will continue to supply handguns that have not been microstamped to California LEOs while they don’t sell at all to California residents."

"It gripes my ass that this double standard exists. ... Smith & Wesson shouldn’t sell at all in California, including to LEOs."

"Speaking of double standards, were you aware that LEOs are exempt in Connecticut from its newest gun bans, and can have AR-15s along with standard capacity magazines – for their personal use? No, not for on-duty use, but for personal use and protection?"

"... This was the bribe that the Connecticut legislature made to the LEOs to get their cooperation ..."
 

New Jersey state senator's self-serving 'evolution' on magazine bans is typical
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last April, New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D), representing one of the state's more rural, gun-friendly (by Jersey standards, anyway) districts, handed the state's forcible citizen disarmament zealots a rare defeat, when his opposition to banning 11-round and larger magazines effectively killed a magazine ban bill. And according to NorthJersey.com, it was all an act:" ...
 

Open Letter to New Jersey Governor Christie Regarding Banning Standard Capacity Magazines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Dear Governor Christie,

"Bills A2006 and S993 are unlikely to reduce the number of gun deaths in New Jersey. Mere possession of a 15 round capacity magazine for sporting purposes and/or home defense should not be a crime. We should concentrate our efforts on those individuals who use any capacity magazine to murder people."

"If we wish to examine the correlation between gun deaths and magazine capacity higher than 10 rounds, we can safely ignore both accidents and suicides. ... If we also eliminate justified shootings ... we are left primarily with a pool of criminal shooters. If someone is willing to murder another human, he or she is unlikely to be deterred by a 15 round capacity magazine ban." ...
 

What We're Up Against
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns are essential tools of modern life. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees (but does not give) us the right to keep and bear arms. So why is there any controversy at all?"

"I used to have discussions about gun control more frequently than I do now. Good, bad, or indifferent, I don't engage people as often as I used to. Two old gun control arguments stick in my mind. The first involved a coworker, an otherwise intelligent man with a PhD who was vehemently anti-gun. He made a comment that blew me away, insisting that he would allow his wife and daughter to be raped and murdered, and that he would never try to stop the attacker by using a gun. ..." ...
 

Sweater drawstring causes Glock accidental discharge (video story)
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Submitter's Note: The plastic button on the end of a sweater drawstring led to an embarrassing accidental discharge for a police chief in Indiana that was captured on video.
 

IWA: The Most Beautiful Rifle I’ve Ever Seen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Back in the United States, we don’t have the history of craftsmanship that Europe does when it comes to firearms. Sure we make some awesome functional firearms, but you don’t see the same artistry. We make rifles to use them, not admire them. In the Old World, they’ve been making guns so long that companies have had time to get bored with the process and start embellishing their designs, making them incredibly beautiful to look at as well as functional. One of those companies, Fuchs Fine Guns, has produced what is quite possibly the most beautiful rifle I’ve ever seen . . ." ...
 

TTAG Exclusive: Kirsten Joy Weiss Shoots An Egg Upside Down in A Tree (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"... So eggs are dangerous and deserve to die. You’d have to be out of your tree to think otherwise."
 

Gear Review: Ghost Inc. Evo Elite Trigger Connector for GLOCKs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I recently installed the new Ghost, Inc. Evo Elite trigger connector in my GLOCK 17 I was so impressed, that I immediately emailed Robert and urged him to review it. And then he immediately delegated the job to me. So here I am. I’ve never written a review before, but I guess we all have to lose our virginity some time. Unlike losing my virginity, installing the new Evo Elite trigger connector in your GLOCK will take longer than one minute. But I’ll get back to that . . ." ...
 

The Truth About Kel-Tec
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Everyone knows that many of Kel-Tec’s firearms are difficult to find. At normal dealer price, as opposed to paying way over MSRP, they can be nearly impossible to get. Due to how clearly supply lags behind demand in many cases, there’s a lot of finger-pointing and blame, a lot of well-intentioned 'suggestions,' and plenty of rumors. All of which were in evidence in the comments to my PMR-30 review from six months ago ... Recently I had the chance to talk to Kel-Tec and get a high level overview of why this problem actually exists and what the company is doing about it. Unless it’s specifically quoted below, the following is mostly my paraphrasing rather than direct quotes from Kel-Tec . . ." ...
 

Gun Tweet of the Day: Shannon Watts Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Shannon, Shannon, Shannon. When you tell so many lies about guns and gun owners (90% want universal background checks!, ‘gun bullies’ intimidated us!) it gets hard to recognize the truth. But there’s no reason to tell a fib just because you’re embarrassed. Our man Alan Brooks saw the Moms Demand Action doyenne leaving Saturday’s SXSW civilian disarmament seminar and asked if she had a second for a quick photo. Figuring everyone must be a devoted fan, she said, 'Sure!' After the pic, Alan then shook her hand and thanked her. And that’s the whole story behind the photo that’s provoking so much conversation (follow the subsequent tweet war here). And no small amount of creativity. See some examples after the jump . . ." ...
 

One Kentucky Church's Outreach Now Includes A Gun Giveaway
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"My bad. I thought that we had reached the limits of crazy. I was wrong."

"I thought that by highlighting the insanity of Jerry Boykin, who asserts that Jesus Christ will come back to earth armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, maybe that would have a calming effect. I was so hubristic as to think, 'Well after this, religious leaders will come to their senses and collectively say, 'Yeah, no.... Jesus is about Peace, and Love, and all that good shit.'"

"'Peace' and 'Love' are pretty big in the second half of the Bible. ... The whole idea of 'turn the other cheek' is supposed to be the answer to violence according to that Jesus dude. But I forgot to take into account the degree of crazy that the NRA is capable of. ..." ...
 

Obama’s Surgeon General Pick Has an Interesting Take on…Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Second Amendment advocates are worried about President Barack Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, a political ally of the president and strong proponent of gun restrictions."

"Dr. ... Murthy is the president and founder of Doctors for America, which grew from the campaign organization that was called Doctors for Obama ..."

"The group has also been supportive of the Obama administration’s failed push for expanding gun control ... It successfully fought a proposed Florida law that would have prevented doctors from including in a person’s medical file whether they are a gun owner. Doctors for America has referred to guns as a public health threat, and circulated a petition to pressure Congress to pass stricter gun laws." ...
 

How to tackle gun violence without violating 2nd Amendment rights? Legal leaders share strategies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In his opening remarks at last Thursday’s ABA conference, 'Taking Aim at Gun Violence: the Myth and Meaning of the Second Amendment,' Philadelphia managing director Richard Negrin turned quickly to the human costs of gun violence in his city. A Facebook fight that ended with an adult firing a gun into a carful of teenagers, killing three. A 2-year-old girl shot in the stomach at a block party."

"And a 13-year-old boy, who, on his way to football practice with his father, saw his father gunned down in the street by a man wielding a MAC-10 submachine gun. The father died in the boy’s arms."

"'I was that 13-year-old,' Negrin said. In the shocked silence that filled the room, he added sharply, 'This issue is real for me.'" ...
 

Obama Surgeon General Nominee Wants Doctors To Keep Gun Registries (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File" on Monday, host Megyn Kelly and former Bush speech writer Marc Thiessen exposed president and founder of Doctors for America, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, who is also President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. surgeon general, for having extreme anti-Second Amendment views ..."
 

No militia means more intrusive law enforcement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Even short of revolutions and coups, the militia had a different character in ordinary law enforcement than professionals possess. If called upon to enforce an unpopular law, or to enforce the law in an oppressive or unpopular way, the militia could drag its feet and fail to perform. (In this sense, the militia was like a jury, which is free to acquit even a guilty defendant if it thinks conviction would be unjust. In fact, Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar has likened the militia to jurors with guns because, like the jury, it was an institution made up of the people, through which the government must act, and one not susceptible to the kinds of corruption besetting professional institutions)." ...
 

TN: Son Saves His 83 Year Old Mother From Armed Home Invader Using a Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A carry permit holder was in just the right place at just the right time to save his elderly mother from a home invader armed with a knife and a shovel."

"According to WVLT, Kenny Guffey was on the phone with his elderly mother when an armed home invasion took place. Fortunately, Kenny was armed and in the right place at the right time to save his mother from peril ..." ...
 

As Many As 350,000 Gun Owners In Connecticut Are Suddenly Felons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The state of Connecticut has created a crisis for itself: The possibility of having 350,000 new felons in the state – roughly 20 times the state’s current state prison system population."

"It’s all because the legislature adopted a law that said that based on certain physical features, some types of guns and weapons magazines no longer were allowed."

"But there was no grandfathering for those who already had them. The guns are just no longer allowed, unless, of course, the owner submitted an application with identifying information such as fingerprints for the state to be able to identify those gun owners." ...
 

Dr. Ben Carson Against Gun Registration: We 'Should Be Really Concerned' About Martial Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Monday at The New York Meeting, Dr. Ben Carson said he does not believe in gun registration because America's massive debt could transform the nation into a third-world country in which martial law may be imposed."

"Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who has been getting buzz in conservative circles, said that he changed his mind and was against gun registration because of the 'sinister internal forces' that could surface in that scenario. He said he 'used to think they needed to be registered, but if you register them they just come and find you and take your guns.'" ...
 

Does Mitch McConnell own a gun? His campaign won't say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Does Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell own a gun? The McConnell campaign doesn't want to talk about it, and neither does McConnell's staff in the Senate."

"McConnell's campaign revealed on Monday that McConnell had fired a gun, but that statement made no mention of the Kentucky Republican owning any firearms."

"'Of course Sen. McConnell has shot a gun but as a matter of principle he's not interested in helping the left bully people into revealing what protection they may keep in their own homes,' McConnell campaign spokesman Allison Moore emailed in a statement to the Washington Examiner." ...
 

Stop Obama From Taking Your God-Given Rights, CPAC Presidential Straw Poll Winner Rand Paul Says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While the rights Americans enjoy in the Constitution come from God, President Barack Obama is curtailing those rights, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ken.), winner of the the CPAC presidential straw poll, declared."

"'Our rights are innate, they come from our Creator, and no government can take them away from us,' Paul declared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday. Nevertheless, he argued that President Obama is denying Americans those God-given rights. 'We must stop this President from shredding the Constitution!'" ...
 

Rand Paul: One of the Early Republican Frontrunners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fresh off of winning the Presidential Straw Poll at the annual [CPAC] held last week in Washington DC ... Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is emerging as one of the early frontrunners for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination." ...

"Recently Paul joined with President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder in advocating restoring voting rights for non-violent ex-felons. ... He is also a leader in the Senate in opposing warrantless wiretapping and other measures some view as essential to protecting the nation from another terrorist attack, arguing they are infringements on personal freedoms. 'The Fourth Amendment is just as important as the Second Amendment,' said Paul this past weekend on FOX News Sunday." ...
 

PA: Vote Ron Miller for state Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I am here writing today to urge all voters, Republican, Democrat and independent, to go out and vote for Ron Miller for state Senate on March 18. Then again to all Republicans, vote Ron Miller for state Senate on May 20 for the primary. The main reason we should elect Ron Miller for the seat is because he understands what leadership is and has shown over the course of years being a state representative that he can be a leader."

"Several ways he has been a leader for York County with the rest of his Republican colleagues: Ron Miller supports or has voted to expand our Second Amendment rights time and time again." ...
 

AL: Would you vote for a 'gun-toting governor'? Stacy Lee George gets new look
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Stacy Lee George, a corrections officer at Limestone Correctional Facility who is running for governor, has a new look to go with his words."

"George, a former Morgan County commissioner, posed for a Huntsville Times/AL.com photographer today to provide an enhanced image for his gun-toting ideals."

"At a press conference last month promoting a state lottery for education, George, a Republican, discussed why he constantly wears a gun." ...
 

KS: Obama’s Tea Party cousin joins ‘big black scary gun community’ with pre-campaign rifle buy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Barack Obama’s Tea Party cousin bought a firearm six months before announcing his primary run for the U.S. Senate."

"Milton Wolf, a Leawood physician who’s challenging Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) in the Republican primary, likes to boast during his campaign speeches that he bought a lifetime membership to the [NRA] and favors a particular weapon."

"'My firearm of choice is the Ruger SR-556,' Wolf says at campaign events. 'I have hatred towards no man ...'"

"But the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that he initially made that choice just last year.

"Ann Hodgdon, a prominent Kansas Republican, told the newspaper her husband sold a pair of matching carbine rifles to Wolf, who later sent an email of thanks." ...
 

NRA Seeks To Block Gun Magazine Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The National Rifle Association is asking Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets."

"The ban in Sunnyvale went into effect Thursday after 66 percent of voters approved it in November. The NRA challenged the law, but a federal judge ruled last week that it does not violate the Second Amendment right to own guns for self-defense." ...
 

Obama's Anti-Second Amendment Nominee For Surgeon General: Guns Are a Healthcare Issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The age of politicizing everything is here and President Obama's pick for Surgeon General is no different. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has been tapped to lead the charge when it comes to promoting public health with the full weight of the federal government behind him. He also has a history of promoting gun control, of slamming the Second Amendment and has publicly called guns a 'healthcare issue' and public health threat." ...
 

MO: This State Could Jail U.S. Agents Who Enforce Federal Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A proposal in Missouri to nullify certain federal gun control laws could actually mean jail for federal agents who try to enforce them."

"The nullification legislation passed the House General Laws Committee on Thursday, the Associated Press reported, after having passed the full state Senate last month." ...
 

IN: Austin upset over gun law
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"The debate of guns on school property led to a contentious conference committee meeting in the Statehouse Monday."

"Senate Bill 229, which was originally about gun buyback programs for arms confiscated by law enforcement officials, has morphed into a debate between school safety and Second Amendment rights."

"A provision was added in saying it would not be a felony for someone to have a gun in a car parked on school property as long as the firearm was out of sight in a trunk or glove box. Students would not be allowed to bring guns in their cars and having firearms inside a school building would still be a felony." ...
 

TN: Making laws like it's 1949
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... "... [L]awmakers in the Senate vote to cancel a 2009 law that allows city councils and county commissions to ban guns in local parks."

"With a gut-punch to the autonomous power of local governments, the long hand of the state Senate decreed that anyone with a handgun permit is now free to carry their weapon into any municipal park or recreation area ..."

"It's like an addiction. Lawmakers can't get enough of guns, feeling the never-ending urge to insert them into any and every public and private space in the state."

"Bars. Churches. Campuses. Trunks."

"It is the cock-loading of our democracy -- guns here, there, everywhere -- that reflects an antiquated, Wild West model of conflict resolution ..." ...
 

IN: Administrators and school board members could carry firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns could soon be allowed at schools in the North White School Corporation. The school board is considering a policy that would allow administrators and school board members to carry firearms."

"'I think it’s a good place to start,' said Merrill Van Meter, a father."

"Van Meter was one of five people to speak in favor of allowing North White administrators and school board members to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds and at school events He said it’s the right first step to keep his kids safe in the event of a possible emergency, like an active shooter." ...
 

GA: Is the Fix In to Prevent a Pro-Gun Bill in GA From Making It Past the GOP Controlled Senate?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"HB 875 originally looked like a shoe[sic] in to many outside observers such as myself. The bill, that originated in the Georgia House was a sort of 'Round 2' of a comprehensive pro-gun reform bill that stalled last year due to some unpopular language and provisions of the bill."

"This year the changes most thought would be needed to get the bill through the legislature were made and HB 875 sailed through the house, passing with an overwhelming majority vote of 119-56. It looked like HB 875 was on its way." ...

"However, now it seems that the same committee in the state senate that stalled the bill last year may be up to something yet again." ...
 

FL: Mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis team up to stand up to "Stand Your Ground" law (video available)
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"Protesters are getting ready march on Florida's State Capitol in Tallahassee to demand the repeal of 'stand your ground,' a controversial law that was cited in the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis."

"Recently, CBS News' Mark Strassmann sat down with the mothers of those teenagers for their first TV interview together."

"Nine years ago, Florida was the first of 26 states to pass a 'stand your ground' law. It allows someone in fear of his life to use deadly force to stop an attacker. But opponents say it's a license to kill."

"Sybrina Fulton and Lucia McBath both lost 17-year-old sons to Florida gunmen who claimed self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: Self-defense is not SYG and neither Zimmerman nor Dunn invoked SYG so what the hell does it matter what the mothers of the two youths think?
 

FL: Fla. looks to expand controversial Stand Your Ground law (video available)
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"In Florida Monday, hundreds of protesters gathered at the state capitol, demanding changes in the Stand Your Ground law. The law allows a person to use deadly force to defend himself, even if retreat is possible."

"In Florida's gun-friendly legislature, lawmakers want to allow people in fear of their lives to fire a warning shot at their attacker."

"'In Florida, we believe in robust self-defense laws, it's worked. It's created a 42-year crime low,' said state Rep. Matt Gaetz." ...

"'I'm more interested in closing a loophole where someone would be punished more for missing with a bullet than they would be for striking someone with a bullet in a self-defense circumstance,' Gaetz said." ...
 

IN: Guns in school lot stir debate
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"A move to allow guns in school parking lots drew testy exchanges Monday between citizens opposing the bill and Republican lawmakers defending it."

"The meeting got so heated that one Democratic legislator called it bullying."

"'I think the behavior of some of the committee members was a little over the top,' said Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson. 'They were disrespectful to those expressing concerns. Bullying doesn’t just occur in schools.'"

"But Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour – one of the more vocal members – said he was just refuting misinformation." ...
 

IN: Gun Bill Appears Headed for Senate Floor (audio available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A bill to allow guns on school property as long as they stay locked in your trunk appears headed for a final vote in the House and Senate this week."

"The House added the provision last month to a Senate bill on police gun buyback programs. ... There's general consensus, at least among majority Republicans, on the school-property clause."

"Supporters argue existing gun bans can turn law-abiding citizens into felons if they have to dash to their children's school for a quick errand. And they say attempts to ban guns at off-campus locations of school activities create 'roaming school zones' where properly licensed gun owners could inadvertently violate the law." ...
 

FL: A rift with State Rep. Dane Eagle kills gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"State Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, said Monday that he withdrew a gun bill from legislative consideration due to threats and bullying tactics by a grass-roots group that pushed for the bill."

"'The Second Amendment Preservation Act,' or House Bill 733, would have prohibited state, county, or city law enforcement officers from enforcing existing or future federal regulations on personal firearms and ammunition. ..."

"... Eagle also claimed that the Florida Citizens Alliance used tactics including 'bullying, threatening and downright harassing legislators' in advocating for the bill ... Eagle claimed the threats included phone calls and emails, but he did not provide documentation." ...
 

NH: ‘No compromise’ gun groups shoot themselves in the foot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun Owners of America (GOA) has been attacking New Hampshire’s Senate Bill 244 from the beginning with the shock propaganda phrase, 'See a shrink, lose your guns.' The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition (NHFC) has adopted the GOA slogan. They’re both wrong. And tragically, that slogan may scare people away from getting the mental health help they really need."

"SB 244 would add New Hampshire to the other 37 states that report mental health gun-possession disqualifiers in the same way as felony conviction gun disqualifiers to [NICS], which licensed dealers must query ... when they sell a gun. Importantly, it also would create, for the first time, a legal mechanism to 'un-prohibit' people whose mental health problems have been cured." ...
 

MD: Maryland legislators move to close gun law ‘loophole’
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"Lawmakers in Maryland are attempting to close what has been referred to as a gun-law 'loophole.'"

"At issue is the current '8th day release' in which potential gun owners in the state are allowed to proceed with a firearms transfer if the state police have taken more than seven days to process a required background check."

"A Democrat-backed bill in the state House would eliminate the provision for the release, holding up the transfer until the check is completed." ...

"Maryland is one of the few point of contact states in the country, which requires that buyers have to go through a state police background check. This has long led to a huge backlog of applications for the Maryland State Police to wade through." ...
 

FL: State legislature debates bills allowing guns in school
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"Both the State Senate and the House took action today on controversial measures many hope will make area schools safer. The measures would grant an exception to the rule that prohibits firearms on school property."

"'I think it's a bad idea to have fire arms in that environment,' says Sarasota resident Pat Bugliani of House Bill 753 and its Senate counterpart bill 968."

"School officials say the bill’s purpose is to help protect teachers and students during an active hostage situation, and it’s broken down into three key previsions." ...
 

CO: Oppose misguided mental health legislation
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"This week, the Colorado House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 1253 for a second time. HB 1253, introduced by state Representative Elizabeth McCann (D-8), is a potentially volatile piece of mental health reform legislation that could result in additional gun owners losing their fundamental, constitutional rights. HB 1253 seeks to remove the option of a jury trial in certain civil commitment and substance abuse adjudications. Removal of this route could lead to a loss of firearms rights for many individuals." ...
 

MI: Battle underway to repeal Michigan's stand-your-ground law (video available)
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"Detroit's National Action Network is expected to head to Lansing Tuesday to lobby for lawmakers to repeal the state's stand-your-ground law, and to start a petition drive to put it on the November ballot."

"'We will make sure that on this November ballot that we get the opportunity to strike a blow for justice for Trayvon Martin, to strike a blow for justice for Renisha McBride,' says Rev. Charles Williams of the Detroit National Action Network. " ...
 

NYPD Union Joins The Lawsuit Against the NFL in Regards to Their Gun Carry Policy
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"It looks like the NYPD doesn’t like being held to the same standards as us everyday citizens when it comes to their rights."

"We reported a while back that police in Minnesota were suing the NFL over their policy which would ban off duty and retired cops from carrying firearms at NFL games (this has long been the case for non law enforcement). Now, the NYPD is getting in on the action." ...
 

GA: Former Alpharetta Cop Faces Charges of Selling Firearms to Felon
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"A former officer with the Alpharetta Police Department has found himself on the other side of the law."

"The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office has charged Craig Allen Garner, 54, with two counts of party to a crime in connection to selling firearms to a convicted felon, the agency said Friday afternoon in a press release."

"Garner, who lives in Dawson County, turned himself in just after 7:30 a.m. Friday to the Forsyth County Detention Center. He was released Friday afternoon after posting a $22,220 bond." ...
 

MA: Fall River Man Arrested For Videotaping Police Officer (video available)
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"A Fall River man says he was recording a police officer who was out of control, but instead, he was arrested and his cell phone was seized."

"Now the video he recorded is gone. Police say he erased it, even though they were the ones holding the phone."

"George Thompson says last January he was just sitting on his front porch, watching a Fall River police officer working a paid detail. Thompson says the officer was on his phone and was swearing very loud."

"That’s when Thompson pulled out his phone. Thompson says Officer Tom Barboza then rushed him and arrested him, charging him with unlawful wiretapping."

"But in Massachusetts it’s perfectly legal to record video and audio of a public official ..." ...
 

DC: D.C. residents who witnessed brawl fault police response
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"A reported street brawl in the District’s Trinidad neighborhood Friday night left a vehicle damaged and led one couple to file a complaint with police over what they described as the responding officer’s 'nonchalant' attitude about the incident." ...
 

FL: Petulant Judge Returns Guns, Destroys Ammunition
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... "Today, 21 February, 2014, nearly two years after the shooting, Judge John Galluzzo reluctantly returned John Rodgers’ guns. ..." ...

"Then, in what can only be described as a fit of petulance, Judge Galluzzo ordered all of John Rodgers ammunition be destroyed."
"Galluzzo did order that all ammunition to be destroyed. He said it was too old and dangerous."
"The judge might not agree with what the law called for. It seems likely that John Rogers tends to be violent when drunk, and he seems to get drunk fairly often."

"But he has never crossed the law far enough to be convicted of an offense that would disqualify him from owning guns. We are a nation that is supposed to be ruled by law, rather than men." ...
 

MI: East Lansing Police Tackle Suspect, City to Pay $35,000 to Settle Complaint (video available)
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"East Lansing city council approved a $35,000 settlement offer of a claim against the city involving a police officer Monday night."

"The claim, which was filed in May 2013, alleged a East Lansing police officer Tom Burtch used 'excessive force' during a January 2013 arrest involving two Michigan State University students." ...
 

AZ: Bill Montgomery Won't Release List of Self-Defense Shooters He's Prosecuted
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"Not long after taking office, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery formed a special panel of prosecutors to review cases of claimed self-defense."

"The Republican politician stated in a news release at the time that the panel was designed to ensure people claiming self-defense would not have their Second Amendment rights violated by unfair prosecutions."

"Yet statistics show that more than half of the cases reviewed by the panel ended up being prosecuted."

"And Montgomery doesn't want to tell the public which people he's prosecuted after they claimed self-defense." ...
 

California store's sale of smart guns prompts backlash
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"The California gun store that put the nation's first smart gun on sale is facing a furious backlash from customers and gun rights advocates who fear the new technology will encroach on their Second Amendment rights if it becomes mandated."

"Attacks in online forums and social networks against the Oak Tree Gun Club have prompted the store to back away from any association with the Armatix iP1 smart gun. The protests threaten the nascent smart gun industry, which received a jolt of support recently when a group of Silicon Valley investors offered a $1 million prize for promising new technology." ...
 

IL: Survey: Support rises for concealed carry in Illinois
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"Opposition to concealed-carry and looser gun laws generally in Illinois has eased, now that a measure allowing most residents to bear hidden handguns actually has become law, according to a new survey."

"But more than half of state residents still feel less safe than they did, reports the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University."

"In a poll of just over 1,000 registered voters statewide, just over half, or 52.3 percent, said they feel less safe ..."

"But by other indicators, support for the 'pro-gun' position has increased as the concealed-carry law has taken effect and caused no apparent major complications, at least so far." ...
 

VT: Gun Owners Rally At Statehouse To Protest Fee Bill, Burlington Charter Vote (video available)
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"Gun rights advocates Sunday gathered on the Statehouse steps for a three-hour rally to oppose votes the Legislature could take in the next two months about guns."

"The protesters wore blaze orange hats, held signs, waved 'Don’t tread on me' flags and cheered for speakers who called on lawmakers to preserve Vermont’s gun laws, which are regarded among the most lenient in the nation."

"Organizers said approximately 700 individuals attended, based on the number of raffle tickets handed out. About 200 were on the steps at 2 p.m."

"Gun owners at the rally said protecting their right to bear arms is about more than hunting." ...
 

NY: Grace Baptist Church To Give Away AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle For Second Amendment Rights (video available)
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"An upstate New York church is hosting an event on March 23 meant to honor hunters and gun owners. State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin will speak; evangelist Dr. Bob Gray will preach; and one lucky attendee will win an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, according to a flier released on the church's website." ...
 

CA: California flooded with concealed carry applications
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"Law enforcement agencies throughout California have been flooded with concealed weapon applications in recent weeks, in the wake of a federal court ruling that loosens the restrictions on citizens' ability to carry a concealed handgun in public."

"Some agencies have already received as many -- if not more -- applications than all of 2013, and if they honor the recent ruling, the number of concealed weapons on California streets is destined to skyrocket." ...
 

FL: Gun show switches venues after George Zimmerman controversy
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"A Florida gun dealer was forced to switch the site of a scheduled gun show in Orlando after the venue manager learned that George Zimmerman would be attending."

"The Arms Room in Orlando last weekend relocated the New Orlando Gun Show from its planned site at the Majestic Event Center, to its own showroom after the venue canceled the booking over Zimmerman’s planned attendance at the show." ...
 

ID: Guns on Campus dialogue continues with local law enforcement
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"A white flag has yet to be raised in the battle over guns on campus."

"KLEW News previously spoke to administrators from LCSC as well as the University of Idaho about their opposition to the bill and now we learn educators aren't the only ones against it."

"The Idaho Chiefs of Police Association opposes Senate Bill 1254 which would allow concealed weapons on Idaho campuses." ...
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Submitter's Note: I am curious as to why KLEW-TV does not mention that while the Chiefs' Ass. is opposed to the bill, the Sheriffs' Association is in favor of it.
 

CA: CGF Publishes New Resources To Help Californians Acquire A Handgun Carry License
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"Following the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' recent [ruling] Roseville-based gun rights group The Calguns Foundation has published new resources to assist law-abiding Californians with the process of applying for a license to carry."

"'One important element of our Carry License Compliance Initiative is to educate people on the laws and process,' said Executive Director Brandon Combs. 'The information barrier has been a huge problem in the past, but we're confident that our new tools will help thousands of Californians exercise their Second Amendment rights.'"

"In addition to expanded informational offerings, the Foundation has created a new California Carry License (LTC/CCW) Issue Reporting System ..." ...
 

WA: Washington CPL rush slows, but crime news may perk it back up
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"The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) told Examiner late Monday morning that there are now 451,729 active concealed pistol licenses in the state, a number that suggests a slowdown on CPL applications has materialized, but news out of Seattle and North Bend may cause it to perk right back up again." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. — William Burroughs, 1992

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