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AZ: Civilian ammo shortage around Tucson
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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After November's election, gun shops across the country saw a spike in sales...
Since then people are also buying ammo and now there's a shortage of it...
"The shelves are empty. If they do get a shipment, people just buy it up like that,"....It's the common types of ammunition that are sold out...

In a statement to News 4 a White House spokeswoman says, "Millions of hunters and shooters own and use guns each year. The President of the United States believes the Second Amendment creates an individual right, and he respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms. His administration is committed to protecting the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns."
 

NY: Albany County's ammunition sales law is way out of step
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Gun control at a highly restrictive level New York has never seen before is imbedded in a local law under consideration at the moment by the Albany County Legislature. Local Law "A" for 2009 would tightly regulate "in the interests of public safety" all ammunition sold in Albany County. Not just ammo for handguns, which already is closely monitored by state law, but all rifle and shotgun ammunition as well. Hunting and target shooting ammo, basically. Anyone buying rounds or shells, even .22s, would have to show identification, declare the gun and have its serial number registered with the ammo seller. The buyer would have to state his intent of use, and could be refused the purchase.
 

Holding gun manufacturers responsible for crime
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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Should any manufacturer be held responsible when a criminal uses their product to commit a crime?
 

IL: Senate committee rejects hidden gun law
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A committee of the Illinois Senate has rejected a proposal to give Illinoisans the right to carry concealed weapons.

Senate Bill 1976 would allow county sheriff's to issue concealed carry permits to qualified gun owners. The idea was voted down by members of the Senate Public Health Committee, which is dominated by Chicago-area lawmakers.

State Sen. John Jones, a Mount Vernon Republican who sponsored the proposal, said he wasn't surprised by the rejection, given the makeup of the panel. Concealed carry efforts have long been supported by downstate lawmakers, but opposed by Chicago-area lawmakers.

The Senate's action makes passage of 3 similar bills making their way through the Illinois House doubtful...
 

UK: 1,000 police have criminal records
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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More than 1,000 serving police officers have criminal records, figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show.

The 1,063 officers were convicted for a range of offences including 59 for assault, three for burglary and 93 for dishonesty, according to statistics from 41 of 52 forces.

A further 210 officers have resigned or been dismissed from their posts since 2004 because of their criminal convictions.
The Liberal Democrats, who requested the data under the Freedom of Information Act, said police chiefs should "get tough on bad apples" within their forces.

The party's home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne told The Sun newspaper: "I can't see how an officer convicted of dishonesty can perform duties effectively...
 

Tragedies in Alabama, Germany will fuel frenzy to ban guns while ignoring root causes of violence
Submitted by: Anonymous

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“Never allow a crisis to go to waste.”
That’s the philosophy of Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and now the firearms community is waiting to see whether the new president and his largely ant-gun administration will exploit Tuesday’s tragedy in southern Alabama to push for a renewal of the ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
 

TX: Texas Gunowner to be tried for shooting burglar
Submitted by: Gary Delz

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Tommy Oakes, a 64 year old Texas Gunowner, Taxpayer, Registered Voter and Grandpa is being prosecuted for doing what any normal gun owner who would stand up and take a fight against crime in the U.S. would do after firing at a vehicle containing three previously convicted burglars and drug dealers who tried to ram him after he caught them breaking into a neighbor's home. One of the car occupants was hit by Mr. Oakes' gunfire and subequently died, now this old man had been INDICTED FOR MURDER by a Texas Gran Jury !!! Hundreds have already taken a stand to help this gunowner, if you do, please see the story link above or contact me direct at my email.
 

IL: Despite rally, 'concealed carry' unlikely to pass in Ill.
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Even as thousands of gun owners rally in Springfield, their leaders concede there's little chance of major firearms legislation passing this year. Instead, they're trying to build toward a future vote on a "concealed carry" law that would let Illinoisans carry guns in public.
 

National Anti-Gun Organizations Call for Effective Federal Assault Weapons Ban in Wake of Alabama Rampage Shooting
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Following yesterday's assault weapon rampage shooting in Alabama leaving 11 dead including the shooter, America's leading national gun violence prevention organizations -- Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Freedom States Alliance, Legal Community Against Violence, and Violence Policy Center -- issued the following joint statement:
 

Senate to Vote on Compromise Land Bill That Would Ban Guns
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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Remember the massive land bill, S. 22, that passed out of the Senate last month?

It was expected to pass quickly in the House, but your opposition to an expansion of gun control contained in the bill forced it to be pulled from the floor.

Gun Owners of America has just learned that after some backroom deals, the bill is headed to the floor WEDNESDAY MORNING, without any amendments to truly protect your Second Amendment rights on National Park Service (NPS) land.
 

AR: Bill to permit guns in churches revived in wake of pastor's shooting
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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An Arkansas lawmaker says she will reintroduce a bill to allow concealed weapons in churches after a deadly Illinois church shooting...

State Rep. Beverly Pyle (R-Cedarville) originally introduced a measure 1/29 to remove "any church or other house of worship" from a list of places where people licensed to carry concealed weapons are prohibited from bringing their guns.

The bill passed the Arkansas House of Representatives...but then died on a voice vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee 2/25.

After a gunman entered First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., and killed Pastor Fred Winters with a gunshot to the heart,... she was making changes to the bill and planned to take it back to the committee hoping for more votes.
 

Germany: Strict German gun law framed after 2002 school massacre
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Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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The 2002 shooting at Gutenberg high school in the town of Erfurt in central Germany, came on the day that the country’s parliament approved a new Bill tightening its already strict gun controls...

You have to have everything registered...Some 10 million guns are owned legally in Germany although police believe that there are twice as many held illegally in a population of 82 million.

"The law is strict. Your weapons container has to be locked at all times and the ammunition is inside in a separate cupboard. But if you have the key to the container then you have access to both things. The container is supposed to be screwed to the wall so that the container cannot be taken away.
 

Will Alabama Shooter Bring 'Assault Weapon' Ban to Front Burner?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Gun owners are right to wonder if this is the event that will be the catalyst for making a new 'assault weapon' ban a priority."
 

After attacks, Europe hurries to tighten gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Several European countries have restricted gun laws in the wake of school massacres, gang violence and other gun-related crimes.
 

What Exactly is 'Contrived' about Ammunition Shortage?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Many Internet-active gun owners have no doubt seen the Rense.com report 'Contrived US Ammunition Shortage.'

"...Regular readers of my WarOnGuns blog know I've credited CEO Tommy Millner before for being accessible and responsive, both in the Jim Zumbo flap and the H.S. Precision catalog fiasco.

"I just got off the phone with him and I'll share with you the Cliffs Notes version of our conversation..."
 

Assault Weapons, Weak Gun Laws Enable Dangerous People Like The Alabama Man Who Killed 10
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Alabama killer Michael McLendon fired more than 200 rounds from his military-style semiautomatic assault weapons. He lived in a state that has pathetically weak guns laws: In the Brady Campaign’s recent state scorecards, Alabama earned a score of 15 out of 100. Assault weapons were banned under federal law until four years ago.
 

WV: Gun Sales Soar Since Presidential Election
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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If you're a hunter or gun owner, you already know how hard it's become to find guns or even basic accessories like ammunition or parts.

Todd Borders is the Vice President of Borders Sporting Goods in Summit, Kentucky. He says finding guns these days isn't easy, even for shops like his.

"Most all the other dealers I know are having a difficult time," Borders said. "The distributors even the manufactures are running full staff and they just can't keep up with the demand right now."
 

UK: Barack Obama will face huge opposition if he yields to gun control lobby
Submitted by: Trapper

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The deranged shooting dead of 10 people in Alabama, followed closely by a further 16 murders in Germany, will almost certainly be seized upon by gun control campaigners in the United States to further their agenda. In this they will find a willing ally in Barack Obama who, despite his weasel words after the Supreme Court outlawed the handgun ban in Washington DC (which he previously supported), has a record as a board member, for eight years, of the Joyce Foundation, which funds gun control groups, and as a long-time supporter of anti-firearms legislation.

Any American citizens who are tempted to go down the road of prohibition might be advised to consider the experience of Britain.
 

FL: Editorial: Holder's bad aim
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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Does U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder own stock in firearms manufacturers? His recent comment that the Obama administration might seek to reinstitute a federal ban on "assault weapons" only boosted gun sales that already had increased since the presidential election...

He's concerned that Mexican drug cartels are arming themselves with automatic weapons and grenades. Again, though, these weapons already are illegal. And it's hard to imagine organized crime syndicates like the cartels having any problems overcoming a U.S. ban on weapons that are singled out for their accessories.

If the Obama administration really wants to disarm the cartels, it should end the War on Drugs. It should not target lawful American gun owners.
 

Anti-2A ex-Seattle Police Chief Selected As Drug Czar
Submitted by: none

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President Obama has chosen Seattle police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to be the nation's drug czar and lead a stepped-up campaign against substance abuse, VP Joe Biden announced Wednesday.

Biden said the 36-year law enforcement veteran will bring to the task a lifetime of experience working on drug policy.

"There's no one more qualified to take on this job than the chief," Biden told a White House audience..

Kerlikowske, 59, said he looked forward to his new role and noted his professional and personal experience with the effects of drug abuse on young people and families. His stepson, Jeffrey, has an arrest record on drug charges.

Ed.: As Chief of Police, Chief-loses-gun couldn't even secure his own handgun. Now that he is to be the "drug czar", will he have bricks of cocaine stolen from his car as well? Whatever happens, *please* don't give him the nuclear football to secure.
 

IL: 508 Chicago School Students Shot in 16 Months
Submitted by: Larry

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Twenty-five Chicago Public School students have been murdered this year. As shocking as that number is, there is another figure that's very disturbing as well: the number of students who have been shot in a 16-month period is enough to fill an elementary school - 508 students, according to school officials. CBS station WBBM-TV in Chicago's Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asks why, and what is being done to stop it.
 

UT: Bills would ease gun-toting limits
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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Gun owners in Utah likely would have the ability to carry weapons in more places than ever before.
Two gun bills to grant people the ability to keep guns in their cars and homes await a final, mostly technical vote before going to the governor for his signature.

SB78 would require business owners to allow guns in vehicles in private parking lots... The guns could be loaded or unloaded, though business owners could mandate only unloaded weapons on their property...

HB357 would allow adults to keep a loaded, concealed weapon at home, on private property or in a vehicle. The bill was amended to prevent minors from carrying a gun and also would ban carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun in a moving vehicle as they can discharge if jostled.
 

LA: Bill would allow concealed guns on college campuses with newspaper's liberal opinion...
Submitted by: cdodgela

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BATON ROUGE -- College students, faculty and employees who are licensed to carry concealed handguns should be able to tote them on their campuses, where they are now banned, according to a bill filed Monday by Rep. Ernest Wooton, R-Belle Chasse.

The measure is identical to one Wooton abandoned on the House floor last year after getting the House committee he chairs to approve it 11-3. Wooton said last year he counted 46 votes of support, seven shy of what was needed, and withdrew the bill in the last stages..

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