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Warrant application shows Ares Armor referenced in wider investigation (video available)
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The answer to that turns out to be affirmative, but tangentially, with no implications of criminal activity by Ares, and rather providing documentation that they were seeking to ensure their operations remained lawful." ...
 

Disarmed in Public: Judges Ponder While Citizens Bleed
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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... "The sheriff of San Diego County told ordinary citizens they have no right to defend themselves in public. At the same time, an average of 134 people per day are robbed, assaulted, raped or murdered in San Diego County. Time always matters. For 4100 citizens last month, time ran out. Time matters and more of us bleed each day as judges ponder. We’ve waited for years for the court to respect the right of armed self-defense. It might take an equally long time for the appeals process to finally conclude at the Supreme Court." ...
 

Monday promises to be a busy news day, but don’t take a bus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The King County Prosecutor’s office confirmed via e-mail to Examiner that the teen accused of gunning down a North Seattle man for his cellphone last month is scheduled for arraignment Monday in a case that neither Washington CeaseFire – which is running a new anti-gun bus billboard campaign – or the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) has so far tried to exploit."

"That may be in part because no strategy they have suggested nor are currently promoting would have prevented this or any other violent crime, and they know it. Criminals will get their hands on guns regardless what the law says." ...
 

Belgium: PB Clermont Evacuation And Clearing Underway. Ammunition Industry Remains Ominously Silent.
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"One week after an explosion at the world’s second largest small arms propellant factory leveled a building, Belgian authorities have evacuated an area 350 meters out from the edges of an 'explosion exclusion perimeter.' A French hazardous materials recovery company is now on-site and has tackled the dangerous process of attempting to recover existing propellants and begin the clean-up ..."

"PB Clermont SA provides small arms propellant (gunpowder) to most ammunition manufacturers in Europe and many in the United States. Last Friday at about 5:00 PM local time after most workers had gone home for the day, an explosion leveled a key building used to manufacture propellant used for rifle cartridges. Two employees were injured." ...
 

Armed Citizen Response to an Active Shooter: A Law Enforcement Perspective
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"It seems there is always a news story about some active shooter somewhere. This make gun owners cringe. The media plays up such events to give the gun grabbers a platform to push their agenda. These are, in fact, rare events. The streets of 'gun controlled' Chicago are far more dangerous. The problem we have is while we can predict urban violence, there is no way to predict where and when a mass shooting will occur. ... What do we do when it happens? . . ."

"Police Officers spend countless hours training for these scenarios. We train to charge in, engage, and stop the threat. We have our side arms, shotguns, patrol rifles, precision rifles and distraction devices to perform that task."

"The biggest problem is time. ..." ...
 

Helping a Friend Buy His First Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I recently took a friend of mine to get his first gun. Ever. To me, its a pretty big deal when you buy your first firearm as it’s basically you deciding to protect yourself and your loved ones with the best tools available. A little background first. My friend Dre works with me at FedEx and he just became a driver. He was told that he was going to be working and driving overnight and he would be leaving his 6-month old son and his girlfriend at the apartment by themselves . . ."

"Naturally, he didn’t want to leave their safety to fate so he called me one day." ...
 

Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Rights Group Stumbles, Struggles & Blows Cash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Investigative report shows anti-gunners’ efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights hit a number of speed bumps, thanks to scandals and political reversals."

"'Gun control has become a left-wing cause and Mayors Against Illegal Guns embraces this cause, while disingenuously posing as non-ideological and above politics,' said Matthew Vadum, senior editor at Capital Research Center ..."

"For its March issue of Organization Trends CRC publishes a report it commissioned to profile New York-based MAIG and uncovered phony rationalizations aimed at justifying unconscionable assaults on the Second Amendment, he said. 'It was about time we profiled this ‘holier-than-thou’ group.'" ...
 

WV: Gun legislations offers little in common sense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reportedly has some reservations about gun-related legislation sent to him for his signature. He should be concerned. In some ways, the bill flies in the face of common sense."

"Mountain State residents, in general, probably have more regard for Second Amendment safeguards than people in the vast majority of other states. ..."

"But we West Virginians also are very protective of children. It is on that point that the law in question is deeply flawed."

"It provides that cities cannot prohibit people with concealed carry permits from taking firearms into local government recreation centers, even those in which education facilities such as after-school programs are located. ..." ...
 

KY: Churches giving away free guns to help recruit new members
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Baptist church in a Kentucky town that was the site of high school shooting is drawing controversy with its gimmick of offering to give away steaks and guns to congregation members."

"Churches in Paducah, where three students were killed in a 1997 shooting, are hosting a 'Second Amendment Celebration' to attract new members."

"Roughly 1,300 people attended Lone Oak First Baptist Church's services this month to get a steak dinner and to hear from gun expert Chuck McAlister."

"25 guns were raffled during the dinner."

"Winners had to pass a background check to claim their prize." ...
 

Weekend Digest: Liquid Sandpaper Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yet another very old gun club in New England is being hassled by the folks who live around it, most of whom have moved there within the last decade and now complain about the noise and 'safety concerns.' The Spurwink Rod & Gun Club has been in the same place on Sawyer Road for nearly 60 years, but is now having to deal with a new ordinance, passed unanimously by the city council, that will require shooting ranges (note the plural) to be licensed and develop safety procedures (with accompanying audits) and have a site plan in place that covers future expansion and mitigation to the surrounding community. ... The plural is noted because although ordinances cannot be targeted against specific businesses . . ." ...
 

WI: Man Who Shot & Killed 2 of 3 Teens Beating Him With Baseball Bat is Being Held in Jail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Either a key part of this story hasn’t yet been revealed or the police in Milwaukee are being seriously overzealous."

"... a maintenance worker at an apartment complex became involved in an argument with three individuals at the apartment complex where he worked ..."

"During the argument, one of the three individuals held the maintenance worker down while at least one of the other individuals beat him with a baseball bat."

"During the attack, the worker drew a firearm, opened fire, and killed two of the individuals ..."

"The worker’s injuries were severe enough that he required treatment at an area hospital. Once he was released he was arrested on suspicion of committing two counts of first-degree intentional homicide." ...
 

Lessons from South Africa: The Blade-Runner’s Self-Defense Claim
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Despite its location in South Africa, another high profile shooting offers lessons for US gun owners. ..." ...

"For many reasons, the case is noteworthy for American gun owners because it highlights the legal hurdles one may face when claiming self-defense. If you shoot in self-defense, in order to escape criminal liability, you will have to justify not only your actions, but also your thoughts. Immediately after the Pistorius incident, the court of public opinion wasted no time in attacking the likelihood of his account of events. Many challenged Pistorius’ truthfulness in claiming he believed he was shooting an unknown intruder, others said his subjective beliefs were too unreasonable to accept. ..." ...
 

My First (And Not My Last) Defensive Gun Use
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As a disclosure, I was a full-time police officer during my first defensive gun use, so I was allowed to carry concealed as long as I had ID with me. I have been retired for a bit over two years now. The problem during this particular time was that I was working undercover and had been for some time. I had a fake ID, and was told to not carry anything police-related. I was allowed to carry a gun, but if I got arrested for it, I’d need to make a phone call for some splainin’ to do. Besides working for my own department, I was frequently on loan to other departments as I had a fresh face, and could walk the walk . . ." ...
 

TX: TTAG Reader Mugged at Knife-Point at South by Southwest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Some friends and I went to the free MACC [Mexican American Cultural Center] show last night. I wasn’t sure of my right to carry; it was city property, but they were serving liquor. So I decided to 'play it safe' and leave my gun home. After the show ended I separated from my friends to grab a bus home (approx 11:40 pm). While walking on the lakefront path between MACC and Congress Street I see two individuals sitting to the side. Two other people had just walked past them. They were waiting for me, alone . . ." ...
 

Connecticut: We’re Not Winning the War
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I have the opposite opinion as the reader who wrote in accusing TTAG of 'saber rattling' regarding a potential gun confiscation in Connecticut. It is a confiscation drive, after all, even though the 'collection' phase hasn’t yet begun. As we all try to understand where the fine line is, and put off the potential for conflict, it is easy to forget the intentions of the Connecticut law. That some would resist was known and embraced by the anti-gun forces who sponsored the law. That innocent citizens would be turned into felons at the stroke of midnight on December 31 was fantasized about by those who see gun owners as inherently evil, untrustworthy people. And as we all know, those aren’t just fringe groups ..." ...
 

Connecticut Begins Sending Out Letters to Unregistered Gun Owners – For Real This Time
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Well, we knew this was coming. We had a bit of a premature report last month about gun owners supposedly getting letters from the state of Connecticut telling them to either destroy or relinquish unregistered 'assault weapons' (that’s the state of Connecticut’s term, not mine)."

"Now it looks like gun owners who failed to register certain types of semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines are actually getting letters." ...
 

Connecticut One Step Closer to Confiscation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When we published the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Emergency Protection’s letter to gun owners (above) whose registration documents had missed the state-imposed December 31, 2013 deadline, some poo-poo’d. They claimed it was a Photoshop phony, concocted to enflame the situation. Shameless link bait intended to drive up traffic. Calls to various state sources yielded conflicting answers as to its authenticity/existence. But now comes confirmation from nbcconnecticut.com that the letters are, in fact, authentic. ..."
 

NY: Gun rights group hosts rally, seminar
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"Hundreds of gun rights advocates turned out for a meeting here Sunday that was in equal parts a rally against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a teach-in on how to not comply with his SAFE Act assault weapons registration law."

"The event, put on by the NY2A Grassroots Coalition, ended with a show of civil disobedience as dozens of attendees filed out of the Saratoga Springs Elks Lodge to burn NYS Police Assault Weapons Registration forms in a barbeque grill set up for the purpose." ...
 

NY: NY gun-rights protesters burn registration forms
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"Protesters at a gun-rights rally in New York have burned assault weapons registration forms to protest the state's 2013 gun law."

"The Saratogian reports ... that dozens of gun owners attending Sunday's rally at the Saratoga Springs Elks Lodge burned New York State Police assault weapons registration forms in a barbecue grill."

"They were protesting the SAFE Act, New York's gun restrictions enacted last year."

"The deadline to register assault weapons under the law is April 15.

Lisa Donovan, an organizer of the rally, said organizers were telling gun owners that 'once they register, that gun is no longer theirs.'" ...
 

Gun store owner refuses to hand over list of customers to government agents
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"The owner of a California arms store says a federal agency has raided his property in search of the names of customers who purchased gun parts, despite a temporary restraining order preventing it from doing so. "

"Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor in Oceanside, says that the [ATF] agents have threatened to shut down his business unless he hands over a list of 5,000 customers who bought AR-15 lower receivers, the sale of which the ATF says is illegal."

"The receiver is the part of a firearm that houses the operating parts. Ares Armor sold thousands of plastic 80 per cent receivers with colors marking where to drill, making it easier and cheaper to build an AR-15 assault rifle[sic]. " ...
 

Allegations fly in California gun parts case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A federal district court judge in California put a proverbial foot down yesterday in a case between a gun parts supply company and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ordering the shop not to 'destroy, transfer, sell, or otherwise divest themselves' of inventory and ordering ATF to file a response to the store’s motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) before 9 a.m. Monday, while the company fights to keep its customer files confidential."

"Court documents offer new details in the case, which is also being covered by National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea today. Ares Armor has named ATF Director B. Todd Jones as a defendant in its motion." ...
 

California gun parts supplier fights ATF over customer’s names
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A Southern California supplier of firearms components has obtained a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over an effort by ATF agents to obtain a list of their customers, according to KSWB/Fox 5 News in San Diego, and the agency has until today to file an opposition to that court motion." ...
 

ATF requiring license for renting out tooling, offering instruction?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Last Monday, we looked at the previous Friday's [ATF] raid on EP Armory, in Bakersfield, California. EP Armory is best known for the '80%' AR-15 lower receivers it sells, especially (and most directly related to the current situation) their Kevlar-reinforced polymer models, that by virtue of using differently colored material to distinguish what needs to be removed by drilling and/or milling from that which is to be left behind, makes the operation pretty straightforward, even without using jigs to guide the process." ...
 

Gun shop selling EP Armory 80% receivers fighting off ATF attack of its own
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Raiding EP Armory, in Bakersfield, California is apparently not enough for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Now, they are after Ares Armor, a gun shop in Oceanside, California that carries some EP Armory products, including their polymer 80% complete AR-15 lower receivers. From Fox5 San Diego:" ...
 

KY: Kentucky Sec. of State Grimes is Pro Gun…Just Ask Her!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundgren Grimes (above), is challenging GOP Senator (and 2008 winner of the NRA’s Defender of the Constitution award,) Mitch McConnell for the right to represent the Commonwealth in the U.S. Senate – and she’s hinting that she stands behind the Second Amendment. Ms. Grimes recently issued a challenge to Senator Mitch McConnell . . ." ...
 

NY: Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino appears at gun show
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"When Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visited the gun show at the City Center Sunday afternoon, he knew how to get the crowd’s attention."

"'If I am elected governor, I will repeal the SAFE Act,' Astorino boomed into the mic in his introduction, receiving a hearty response from the gun show visitors who had momentarily paused from browsing the show’s booths to listen to his short speech."

"'(Gov. Cuomo) took away your rights, why don’t you take away his job?' was another suggestion popular with the gun show crowd." ...
 

Quote of the Day: Thanks For Clearing That Up Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'If you’re a single issue voter, and you just want someone to give you a full capacity assault rifle magazine, God bless you, you can go vote for somebody else. I’m not your guy.' – California GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Neel Kashkari in Tim Donnelly’s gun history marked by controversy, tragedy [at sacbee.com]"
 

Obama’s Anti-Gun Surgeon General Nomination on the Brink of Defeat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We haven’t really been covering it in depth, but Barack Obama announced a new candidate for Surgeon General a while back and every day it seems we learn something new about him. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy seems like a suitable candidate, until you realize that the good doctor believes that extremely strict gun control is a matter of public health and was planning to use his position to advocate for that. The revelations sparked outrage from gun rights groups, and word comes today from the New York Times that the outcry of gun rights advocates seems to have been loud enough to pull the plug on the nomination." ...

"The real story here is one of the ascendance of gun rights advocates. ..." ...
 

With delay of surgeon general, NRA flexs election-year clout in Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Pressure from the National Rifle Association is helping delay the nomination of President Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. surgeon general as the influence of the gun rights group adds another factor to what figures to be a difficult midterm election season for Democrats."

"The Senate is weighing the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy, a Harvard- and Yale-educated doctor who is also the co-founder of Doctors for America, a project of the left-leaning Center for American Progress." ...
 

NJ: Magazine Capacity Bill Passes NJ Assembly Panel
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"New Jersey’s bill that would lower magazine capacity from 15 to 10 rounds in the Garden State has passed the State Assembly panel and now moves on to the Assembly floor for a vote."

"The bill is expected to pass ... due in part to back room deals made well before the bill was even in the legislature. Senate leadership agreed to support the bill and anti-gunners agreed to pass a bill that would allow NJ gun owners to stop for gas or to use the restroom on their way home from the range (which you can already legally do in almost every state)."

"Some of the most interesting testimony at the hearing came from a 9 year old competitive shooter whose talent is already attracting sponsorship deals. ..." ...
 

PA: ACTION ALERT!-PRO and ANTI-Gun bills will be heard in Judiciary Committee Meetings on Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Submitted by: Kim Stolfer/FOAC
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"This coming Tuesday, March 18, the House Judiciary Committee will consider several KEY pieces of Pro-Gun legislation. At 10:00 a.m. in Room 60 East Wing, the House Judiciary Committee will finally be addressing serious issue, below, which need your support:"

"HB 921, (Krieger-R) would replace the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), currently used to conduct firearms background checks, with the more efficient and less costly National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)."

"HB 2011, (Keller-R), this legislation will strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law by providing compensated legal recourse to challenge communities that enact or maintain gun laws in defiance of the Crimes Code. ..." ...
 

UT: Utah Legislature: Open Carry is not Disorderly Conduct
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The open carry of firearms has been a subject of considerable debate in Utah recently. Some people have been arrested for openly carrying holstered firearms despite the fact that open carry is legal in Utah. The charge has been, as it frequently was until recently in Wisconsin, 'disorderly conduct' . . ."

"Disorderly conduct tends to be a catchall charge that’s used to crack down on conduct that is not illegal, but that the police disapprove of. Being arrested in and of itself can be a significant punishment. The [WI] AG eventually ruled that openly carrying a firearm is not disorderly conduct by itself. That after police departments paid out several settlements to people that they had charged with…you guessed it…disorderly conduct." ...
 

NJ Attorney General Opposes Supreme Court Review Of NJ Carry Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Recently the New Jersey Attorney General filed a brief in the Drake right to carry case, urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to take the case."

"Drake is the pending federal challenge to New Jersey’s unconstitutional carry law, brought by ANJRPC and the Seattle-based Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), who have asked the Supreme Court to hear the case."

"At the heart of the lawsuit is the idea that citizens should not have to prove 'need' to exercise a fundamental Constitutional right. New Jersey’s 'justifiable need' standard requires the applicant to provide evidence of prior attacks or threats before a carry permit is issued by a judge ..." ...
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IL: Probation for former Aurora cop who stole $9,000 from union
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former Aurora police officer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Tuesday even though he stole more than $9,000 from a police union, officials said."

"Joseph D. Accardi, 36, of the 2500 block of High Meadow Road, Naperville, was sentenced to 12 months probation, 200 hours of community service, and resigned from his job after stealing from the Association of Professional Police Officers over a three-year span, according to Kane County court records and prosecutors." ...
 

AL: Shoot first, ask questions later method puts former Beckville resident in Alabama hospital
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... "After the call, Michael was involved in a minor accident according to his dad. 'Apparently, Michael’s vehicle and a 'diesel rig' were involved in a minor accident,' Billy said, 'and they pulled to the side of the interstate to exchange information. He got his billfold out and was going to talk to the driver.'"

"Michael never got to speak to the driver of the truck."

"'He remembers hearing a yell coming from someone behind him. He saw the reflection of flashing lights on the truck he was beside, and realizing it was the police, raised his arms and turned around.'"

"That’s when Officer Phillip Hancock, a seven-year veteran with OPD, shot Michael in the stomach." ...
 

PA: Elderly Man Tasered 6 Times and Arrested Before Cops Realized they Had the Wrong Guy
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"An elderly Pennsylvania man was tasered by police not once, not twice, but six times in a Wal-Mart parking lot after being mistaken for his brother, according to a suit filed in federal court." ...

"When they reached Robert [age 77] they threw him to the ground on his chest. When Gross asked what was going on, the police replied 'you know.'"

"Gross, of Schnecksville, didn’t 'know,' according to the suit. When he asked again, the police allegedly tasered him a half-dozen times before cuffing him and pulling him to his feet. As they stuffed him into the back of their police cruiser, he spotted another set of officers arresting his brother, Carl." ...
 

AL: Opelika Police Chief: Officer used appropriate force during airman shooting
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"Opelika Police Chief John McEachern III stated during a Friday morning conference that early evidence suggests Officer Phillip Hancock used appropriate force when he shot a 20-year-old airman." ...

"McEachern would not say what instigated Hancock's use of force, saying it would be 'speculation' at this time."

"'Based on the facts and circumstances I'm aware of, Officer Hancock acted accordingly within departmental guidelines and we fully support him,' he said." ...
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KABA Note: So there is enough evidence to "support" the use of force, but they don't know what "instigated" the use of force?
Hunh?
 

RI: Former Johnston officer given suspended sentence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former rookie Johnston police officer pleaded no contest Tuesday to willful trespass and simple assault, the attorney general's office said."

"Marisa Ciccone was accused of barging into a Warwick man's home in August and demanding money over an alleged drug transaction. Police said Ciccone struck a 17-year-old girl in the face." ...
 

CA: Sheriff’s deputy pleads no contest to rape, bribery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A sheriff’s deputy on Thursday pleaded no contest to rape and bribery charges in a pair of incidents that date back four years."

"Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 29, entered a plea to one count each of rape under color of authority and soliciting a bribe, before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maral Injejikian, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office. Sanchez was ordered to return to the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on April 4, where he will serve eight years and eight months in prison, according to the District Attorney’s office. Sanchez will also be registered as a sex offender." ...
 

MO: Three Open Carriers Arrested in Missouri Mall
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"According to a police press release obtained by SEMissourian.com, security personnel at the West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau, MO, called police to report three individuals openly carrying handguns within in the mall." ...

"Missouri’s gun laws regarding the open carry of firearms is tricky at best. State preemption isn’t as strong as some other states, and there are areas of the law which could be clearer."

"At this time, it is unknown if the trio were taking part in some sort of open carry protest or if they were just the victims of ambiguous and contradictory laws. it certainly doesn’t seem like they were up to no good based on media reports." ...
 

WI: Man in Germantown stopped for openly carrying guns (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"People made frantic calls to police in Germantown after they saw a man with a handgun. It was holstered on his hip. On his back was a shotgun with a pistol grip."

"The guns were loaded - but he wasn't breaking any laws."

"He says he was trying to educate the public. When police arrived, the whole thing was caught on dash-cam video." ...

"We asked him if he felt police handled this appropriately."

"'I believe the officers handled it appropriately for the initial contact,' acknowledges Polster. 'But hanging around till I got in my vehicle to leave gave me the sense that they were trying to run me out of town.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: On-scene cops seemed to handle the situation well, but it troubles me that the Chief said "the mind-set of the public should be one of concern" when they see an open carrier.
Really? The public should be concerned when they see someone not breaking the law?
 

PA:Surge in Lehigh Valley gun sales subsiding
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A year ago, firearms and ammunition were a hot commodity."

"It was a few months after the re-election of President Barack Obama and the massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut — fueling the long-simmering debate over gun control."

"As lawmakers began to consider a number of measures — including universal background checks — to restrict and further regulate gun sales, Second Amendment supporters flooded dealers, buying up firearms and as much ammunition as they could."

"Fast forward to the present."

"In January, the number of federal firearm background checks conducted dropped by nearly a third compared with the previous year, FBI statistics show." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
It doesn't require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires to people's minds. — Samuel Adams American Patriot

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