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The Obamanoids just blinked! Brass destruction policy reversed! Kudos to Montana's Gary Marbut!
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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The Obamanoids just blinked. Here's two links provided me by Admiral Ahab, who claims credit for the NRA . . . I rather think that since it was Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association who was on this like a duck on a june bug last week and also as it was his two senators who sent this letter to DLA,

http://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/DLA.MilitaryBrass.pdf

that I'm going to give Gary the lion's share of the credit on this one.

If the Lairds of Fairfax did stir their stumps to actually do something on this, it will be the first time since Obama won the election. I guess we can give 'em credit for that. Of course all you Threepers and JPFOers who were pouring it on since last week didn't hurt either.
 

Exposing the GovCrims pays off
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Great news! It appears the destruction of military once fired brass has ended with a reversal of DoD policy."

"Who says complaining does not pay off. ..."

"Please read the latest from the MSSA........."

"Dear MSSA Friends,"

"I just received a phone call from the office of U.S. Senator Tester of Montana to inform me that at 5:15 (EST) today a letter cosigned by Senator Tester (D-MT) and Senator Baucus (D-MT) was faxed to the Department of Defense asking DoD to reverse its new policy requiring destruction of fired military cartridge brass. At 5:30, I am told, Tester's office received a fax back from DoD saying that the brass destruction policy IS reversed." ...
 

Stand Your Ground
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"From reader Santini:" ...

"In my days in hostage rescue, SOPs dictated that once you had a suspect fixed into position, you turned up the heat by removing his/her access to amenities such as power, water, heat, cooling, etc.. The idea was to make the hostage taker so miserable that when you offered a glass of water or even a kind word, he would be more inclined to compromise." ...

"The same tactic is being employed against all gun owners and the American population in general. We are being put into a more and more uncomfortable and incrementally miserable position by our own government with the intent of forcing us to a point of voluntary capitulation with the program certain parties have in mind." ...
 

Dismantling the Killer Elite
Submitted by: Larry

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"Sometimes the truth is best told through fictional allegory, especially when a dash of comedy is used to make the parables more palatable. Witness, for example, the variation on the familiar 'I'll need your badge and gun' scene from the action farce The Naked Gun." ...

"... we've witnessed that scene in scores, perhaps hundreds, of cinematic and television variations. However, to my knowledge, only Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) of The Naked Gun has actually allocuted the otherwise unspoken thoughts of the police officer forced to turn in his gun and badge."

"'Just think,' a dejected Drebin comments to his anguished partner, 'the next time I shoot someone, I could go to jail.'" ...
 

'Gun problem' common sense
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"[BCPGV] president ... Paul Helmke was quoted in a News-Sentinel article on gun control Feb. 24. What Helmke doesn't say is that in Indiana, the right to carry a concealed firearm has generated much less violent crime than in Washington, D.C. (per FBI statistics), where Helmke now has finally found his niche. Does it seem strange the Brady Campaign gives higher ratings to Washington, D.C., than to Indiana?"

"When Florida broadened its concealed-carry law a few years ago, the Brady Campaign had pickets at Florida airports warning tourists of a forthcoming 'blood bath.' Since there has been no record of accidental shootings increasing there, and Florida statistics show a substantial reduction in violent crime, is there something amiss?" ...
 

You and I Can't Buy the Guns Mexican Cartels Own - The Administration is Not Dealing Straight With Us on Mexico's Gun Problem
Submitted by: PavePusher

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"Let's set things straight right up front. Yes, some guns are being smuggled into Mexico from the U.S. Most are handguns. But, handguns are being illegally trafficked from state to state and from the U.S. to Canada. It should come as no surprise that guns are smuggled into Mexico. But, the problem being portrayed by the U.S. media and our government is not as it seems. You see, Mexico doesn't allow ownership of most firearms, so ordinary Mexican people seeking self-protection will find a way to get them into Mexico. As for the drug cartels operating in the border towns along the U.S., they have other sources for their weapons and have become the prime supplier within Mexico." ...
 

New DoD ammunition policy will be bad for law enforcement
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"My colleague David Codrea has already written about the new [DoD] regulations mandating destruction of once-fired cartridge cases, rather than their resale to ammo manufacturers for 'remanufacturing' into inexpensive ammunition ... I plan to take a somewhat different angle."

"Specifically, I want to look at the implications for law enforcement. Remember from David's article that Georgia Arms is one of the companies that will be very negatively affected ... Then come to grips with the fact that Georgia Arms is the fifth largest ammunition manufacturer in the nation--producing over one million rounds per month of .223 Remington alone--many of those rounds going to law enforcement agencies." ...
 

Drug cartels' new weaponry means war
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It was a brazen assault, not just because it targeted the city's police station, but for the choice of weapon: grenades."

"... Traffickers have escalated their arms race, acquiring military-grade weapons, including hand grenades, grenade launchers, armor-piercing munitions and antitank rockets with firepower far beyond the assault rifles and pistols that have dominated their arsenals."

"Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American countries or by sea, eluding U.S. and Mexican monitors who are focused on the smuggling of semiauto- matic and conventional weapons purchased from dealers in the U.S. border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California." [emphasis added] ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

Here's the problem: not enough media bias against guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Eric Boehlert is upset that there is too little anti-gun hysteria in the media." ...

"... The press has pretty much embraced the old NRA mantra: Guns don't kill people. People do."

"Eric, though, is much too smart for that, and knows that people don't kill people, and that guns get up, load themselves, point themselves at innocent people, and pull their own triggers--just as dictated by their malignant little steel minds." ...
 

Mass Shootings Set Pro Gun Agenda Back
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It was not a good week to work for the right to carry a concealed weapon in churches, schools and public areas."

"It was not a good week to work for the right to buy more than one firearm a month."

"After previous mass shootings — the Wisconsin church killings of 7 in 2005, the Salt Lake City and Omaha mall killings of 13 in 2007, Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois University killings of 5 last year — the public would listen to the gun lobby dogma that we need more guns not less and teachers, church goers and shoppers should be armed."

"Not this time." ...
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KABA Note: In the Wisconsin church shooting the shooter only used one gun, so 'one a month' is irrelevant. In the Trolley Square shooting, only one firearm was obtained legally, so 'one a month' is irrelevant. In the Omaha mall shooting only one gun was used, so 'one a month' is irrelevant. Virginia has a 'one a month' law which the shooter complied with. The Northern Illinois University shooter purchased his 4 guns over 6 months, so 'one a month' is irrelevant.
 

U.S. subsidizes Mexico's gun woes
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's time for the American people to stop living in a state of denial and get serious about stopping gun shipments into Mexico."

"Mexico's ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, said that as many as 2,000 weapons enter Mexico from the U.S. every day - most of them through Texas and Arizona - and many of them are purchased legally at gun shows and gun stores." ...
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Submitter's Note: But according to the LA Times (hardly a NRA mouthpiece) "Traffickers have escalated their arms race, acquiring military-grade weapons, including hand grenades, grenade launchers, armor-piercing munitions and antitank rockets ... Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American countries ..."
 

Rampage Nation: The press no longer cares about epic gun violence
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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... "Killing sprees, especially the ones that have erupted since the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007, just don't hold journalists' attention like they used to."

"Even more telling was the way the press avoided addressing the issue of gun control in connection with the Alabama rampage. There was a virtual media ban on the topic last week. And that's become the media's trademark pattern when covering the mass murders that stain the country ..."

"Indeed, the press now covers shooting sprees the way it covers killer tornadoes: They're one-day stories, they're acts of nature, and all people can do is try to stay out of the way." ...
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KABA Note: "One-day stories"? Then why are there a dozen separate stories on the subject today, a week later?
 

AL: Case shows assault weapons must be banned
Submitted by: jgh
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"The south Alabama shootings should be a wake-up call to all of those who rail about removing the AK-47s and other assault weapons from the streets."

"Why would the average citizen want or need such a weapon in his/her cache of weapons, especially when there may be small children or teens in the home? Too often these weapons fall into the hands of the criminals and the mentally disturbed ..."

"When is the NRA going to start being a responsible agency? I have no problem with anyone's owning a weapon (not an arsenal) [KABA Note: Mighty big of you.] for protection and, as much as I loathe deer hunting, I realize that the hunters want their rifles, etc. But how many rifles does it take to kill a poor deer?" ...
 

VA: One burglar shot, another stabbed in Woodbridge
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Police say one burglar was shot and another stabbed breaking into a Woodbridge home Sunday night."

"James Baumann Jr., 28, and Jason Lewis Presley, 32, are accused in a burglary ... Police say one of them was armed with a knife."

"The 41-year-old resident of the house heard the burglars and went to investigate, said Erika Hernandez, Prince William police spokeswoman."

"When the victim saw the two men, a fight ensued. Police said the resident grabbed a knife from one of the burglars and stabbed him."

"Baumann suffered stab wounds and the victim had cuts on various parts of his body ..."

"After fighting one burglar, the victim grabbed his shotgun and shot the second burglar as he attempted to run." ...
 

TX: Fort Hood Soldier Arrested After Killeen Woman Shoots Would-Be Burglar
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Fort Hood soldier Jamar Mcnair Jones, 18, was in the Bell County Jail charged with burglary .. after a Killeen woman shot a man who tried to force his way into her home."

"The woman called 911 early Friday morning after the would-be burglar fled."

"She told officers she was awakened by the doorbell around 4 a.m. Friday."

"... she opened the door slightly."

"When she did, the man attempted to force his way in."

"That’s when she fired."

"While officers were interviewing the woman, other officers at Metroplex Hospital advised them that a man matching the description of the would-be burglar had just arrived at the emergency room for treatment of a gunshot wound." ...
 

KY: Scott County Homeowner Holds Burglary Suspect At Gunpoint
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A burglary suspect doesn't get far after breaking into one Georgetown home.

Just before 2 a.m. Monday, Georgetown Police said Joshua Slone stood at the back door of a house on Citation Court knocking on it.

When he didn't get a response. police said Slone kicked in a window and made his way into the living room.

Around the same time, the homeowner met Slone with his shotgun and held him inside until police arrived.

No one was hurt.

Joshua Slone is being held in the Scott County Detention Center facing burglary charges.
 

TX: Homeowner shoots at intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A man who police say was shot at while attempting to break into a Northeast Side home is still on the run.

Deputies say a couple was at their home on Bent Waters when they heard someone trying to get inside.

The homeowner shot at the intruder. But the couple does not know if he was hit because he ran off.

Deputies want to know if the attempted break-in is connected to other break-ins in that area around the same time.
 

PA: Clerk shoots robbery suspect
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A knife-wielding robber who entered the Windsor Pharmacy on Wednesday night was taken down by a store clerk using a handgun, police said."

"Matthew Perry, a 21-year-old Middletown Township resident, allegedly went into the pharmacy just after 8:30 p.m., displayed a knife, and demanded the pill oxycontin. Police said he began to struggle with a store clerk who resisted him."

"A second store clerk, who had a valid permit to carry a weapon, pulled out a handgun and fired one shot at Perry, hitting him in the arm and chest, according to police. Police said Perry fell to the floor, and was taken to a local hospital by the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad." ...
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KABA Note: Originally mis-labeled as being a NJ story.
 

Gun laws don't disarm the bad guys
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"OFCC Coordinator Kim Campbell had his letter to the editor regarding the recent church shooting printed in several papers."
"Alas, yet another church shooting. Would it have turned out differently had some (or even one) of the congregants been armed? We'll never know."

"What we do know is that, under Ohio law, most congregations in our state are unarmed. See, in Ohio, it is illegal for a churchgoer to be armed absent specific permission from the pastor or church governing body."

"In the military, we had a phrase for a gathering like that — we called it a target-rich environment. ..." ...
 

Armed citizens as first responders
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"In the field of medicine, the Golden Hour refers to the period of time immediately following a traumatic injury and the idea that the ultimate outcome of the injury is determined by the treatment the patient receives during that time ... " ...

"So, how does this tie in with armed citizens?"

"In 2004, 'Dimebag' Darrell ... was killed in a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Three others were killed and three more wounded that night ...

"While Darrell's murder was unlikely to have been prevented regardless of response time ... 'Roger', a concealed handgun licensee, was in the club that night and was approximately 5 feet from the shooter. Unfortunately, Ohio law prohibits even [CHL] holders from carrying their firearm into any establishment that serves alcohol ..." ...
 

Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program. No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers seized control of aircraft and rammed them into buildings.

Now President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program, risking public safety on airlines in the name of an anti-gun ideology.

 

Obama Effort to End Armed Pilots Program an Outrage, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A revelation by the Washington Times that President Barack Obama is trying to quietly end the armed pilot program, making air travel more vulnerable to terrorist attack, should outrage travelers, the [CCRKBA] said today."

"'The Washington Times nailed it,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who ... championed the armed pilot program. 'What Obama is doing is risking public safety, as the newspaper put it, 'in the name of an anti-gun ideology.'"

"The newspaper reported ... that President Obama is 'quietly ending the federal firearms program' by diverting some $2 million from the training program to hire 'supervisory' staff, whose job, it appears, will be to harass armed pilots through unnecessary field inspections." ...
 

Obama lies: "I'm all for the Second Amendment."
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"'My first PRIORITY will be to reinstate the assault weapons ban as soon as I take office. Within 90 days, we will go back after kitchen table dealers, and work to end the gun show and internet sales loopholes. In the first year, I intend to work with Congress on a national no carry law, 1 gun a month purchase limits, and bans on all semi-automatic guns.' YES, THERE IS STILL TIME TO ORDER BEFORE Obama's new gun bans kick in late 2009!"

"MR. OBAMA: Does it matter that a 1 gun a month law, along with your registration, carry, ammo and 'assault' ban plans will destroy the industry, put small dealers out of business due to tracking and loss of the collector base, and destroy more jobs in the US than Bush lost his entire 8 years? ..." ...
 

Gun Advocates Ready for Battle on Federal Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Get ready for a gunfight."

"Attorney General Eric Holder is using the drug violence in Mexico to 'confuse and mislead' Americans in an attempt to reinstate the expired Federal Assault Weapons Ban, gun advocates claim." ...

"Holder said reinstating the ban would decrease the flow of guns from the U.S. into Mexico. He declined to offer a timeframe for any re-implementation; Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller also declined comment on Tuesday."

"But Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the [NRA], told FOXNews.com that Holder's 'argument in general is bizarre.'"

"'It's a delusion to say that diminishing the Second Amendment in America is somehow going to stop these ruthless drug cartels in Mexico.'" ...
 

Atlanta ammunition supply is severely constrained
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Larry Guarcello is having trouble locating a source of discounted ammunition. He has been attempting to make a group purchase for members of GeorgiaCarry.Org who are attending firearms classes with instructor Ken Forbus at Firearmz. These courses are ... intensive courses requiring hundreds or even thousands of rounds. At current prices, such prodigious shooting that can add up to a noticeable sum."

"Because the cost is significant, Mr. Guarcello thought he could realize a substantial savings if the students banded together to purchase their ammunition, but so far he has met with frustration. 'Nobody is willing commit to price or availability at this time,' he remarked. He added that he has not given up." ...
 

Dial 9-1-1 and die ... again, and again, and again
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A woman and her three daughters were brutally murdered this week in yet another instance of police inability to respond to a 911 call in time to save victims."

"In the Conover, North Carolina home invasion, authorities say Lisa Saephan and her three children ... were stabbed or shot to death in their home." ...

"Massacre at Winnenden' earlier this week detailed how the 2-minute response time to the German school shooting was too long to save 15 from being murdered."

"In the Conover killings, law enforcement took 18 minutes to arrive, even after an immediate 9-1-1 call from ... According to Mapquest.com, the Catawba County Sheriff's office, in Newton, is a 6 minute drive from Conover." ...
 

IL: Close the last loophole
Submitted by: jgh

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"Citizens in Illinois have to submit to background checks and a three-day waiting period if they buy a handgun from a licensed gun dealer. The same is true if they buy a handgun at a gun show. But when Joe Blow decides to sell his gun to John Doe, Joe pockets the money, John takes the gun and there is no background check." ...

"The buyers could be law-abiding citizens or gangbangers. The state has no information on them or the guns they bought. When those guns kill or injure someone, it's near-impossible to track their ownership trail." ...
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KABA Note: What these weasel-wording "Authorized Journalists" fail to mention is that Illinois may not require a 'background check' for private sales, but selling a gun to someone without a FOID card is a class 4 felony, punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

And while it is true that 'the state has no information', the seller is required to record the date of the transfer, the description and serial number of the firearm and the transferee's FOID number. Failure to keep this information for 10 years or show it to a LEO on demand is a Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2500.
 

Anti-Gun Senate Thinks 2nd Amendment is a Hobby, not a Right
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Do you agree with people like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who treat the Second Amendment as if it were written only to protect your ability to go hunting and target shooting?"

"Or do you agree with Gun Owners of America, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who believe that the Second Amendment protects a pre-existing fundamental right that is essential to the preservation of liberty?"

"Well, a whole lot of people in Congress are claiming to protect your Second Amendment rights, but all they're really doing is protecting your hunting season." ...
 

Max Brantley Beclowns Himself on Texas CHL Revocation Rates
Submitted by: ARCCA
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org

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... "Max really is reaching for something, anything to make it look like he was in the right when he shamelessly outed 58,000 plus Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit holders."

"Now he is picking on Texas permit holders to try and make his case."

"This from the Times Blog, 'Another gun note: The bill to close the list of concealed weapon permits was on the agenda in Senate Judiciary Committee today, but didn't come up. On that subject: Here's an interesting document. It's the most recent annual report, from 2006, in Texas, on criminal convictions against concealed handgun permit holders in Texas. There were 140 in 2006, from assault to murder.'" ...
 

TN: Fingerprinting for gun owners could come to an end in Tenn.
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"A 1998 state law that requires gun buyers to provide a fingerprint could soon be a thing of the past."

"A bill that passed 82-11 in the State House is now headed for the Senate. It says firearms dealers in Tennessee would no longer be required to take thumbprints from people buying a gun." ...

"Although thumb printing is required, it's not part of TBI's background check for a gun purchase. The dealer calls in the information provided by the potential buyer."

"'If they are able to figure out a way to get false papers or someone else's driver's license they won't have to worry about submitting to a thumbprint analysis, which will catch them later on,' said Chad Ramsey, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign ..." ...
 

NY: Lawmakers weigh $3M gunshot sensor plan
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Leaders touting a sophisticated anti-crime technology for Yonkers and Mount Vernon may have missed their mark ..."

"The $3 million price tag for sound sensors that detect gunfire and send information back to police within seconds may be too hefty for some on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, who say they're not yet convinced the technology is worth the price."

"They want more analysis and more information on the system's advantages from municipalities around the country actually using it because 'too many basic questions have gone unanswered,' Legislator Michael Kaplowitz ... said yesterday during an unusually argumentative joint meeting of budget, operations and public safety committees. ..." ...
 

MT: Montana Senate committee addresses gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two bills regarding gun rights were presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee today as lawmakers approach the last thirty days of Montana's 61st legislative session."

"The first bill was a resolution in support of the United States Interior Department's regulation update to provide guidance and controls for possession and transportation of firearms in national parks." ...

"The other bill heard before the committee addresses multiple gun issues, including the 'Castle Doctrine' theory, which states that people have the right to self-defense without first retreating."

"House Bill 228 would also let people carry concealed weapons inside city limits without a permit. The bill passed fairly quickly through the House." ...
 

IL: Two Peoria officers arrested in connection with beating of a man
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"Peoria police officers Andrew Smith and Gerald Suelter were in custody Monday after being arrested ... in connection with the May beating of a Northwest Peoria man." ...

"Bryce R. Scott was beaten early May 3 ..."

"... Scott led police on a chase after they were called to the home of Scott's girlfriend." ...

"When he did pull over, Scott claims he put his hands out of the window and complied with a request to get out of his car."

"Within seconds, Scott was taken to the ground where he was pepper sprayed, stomped, kicked, Tased and punched."

"Video of the alleged misconduct was recorded by a digital camera inside the squad car of one officer."

"... it appears no charges arose out of the May 3 incident ..." ...
 

OK: Inmate Murdered After Put in Cell With Killer He Testified Against
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A 23-year-old inmate beaten to death at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary had been put in a cell with convicted killer he had testified against."

"Prison spokesman Jerry Massie says Paul Duran Jr. fought with one cellmate and then was put in a cell with Jessie James Dalton."

"Duran was found beaten to death about 15 minutes later."

"Massie says the two were not supposed to be put in the same cell and prison officials are trying to determine how it happened." ...
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Submitter's Note: As David Codrea says "Oh, by complete accident, I'm sure. Why I'm certain any speculation about 'discipline' or retaliation would be completely irresponsible."
 

LA: Louisiana shooting puzzles witnesses
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On the last afternoon of his life, Bernard Monroe was hosting a cookout for family and friends in front of his dilapidated home in this small northern Louisiana town." ...

"Then the Homer police showed up, two white officers whose arrival caused the participants at the black family's gathering to fall silent."

"Within moments, Monroe was dead, shot by one of the officers as his family looked on."

"Now the Louisiana State Police, the FBI and the Justice Department are swarming over this impoverished lumber town of 3,800, drawn by allegations from numerous witnesses that police killed Monroe without justification -- and then moved a gun to make it look like he had been holding it." ...
 

Smith & Wesson gains on fears of Obama gun control
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"Barack Obama hasn't made any noticeable moves to restrict firearms during his first two months in the White House, but America's gun owners, historically distrustful of Democratic presidents, aren't taking any chances."

"Gun sales have boomed in the past four months, boosting profits at gun-maker Smith & Wesson Corp (SWHC.O), whose stock price has more than tripled from a low hit just before last November's election."

"'I have been in business for years, and (gun sales are) a lot higher than at other times,' said gun-shop owner Darrin Green ... Green said sales of handguns at his store have risen about 80 percent since November."

"'I don't have any in stock -- I can't keep them in stock.'" ...
 

The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 61 - Gun Sales Astrobomical
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"1- Gun Sales Astrobomical"

"The lamestream media told you:"

"The economy is so far in the tank it's hopeless and you're all doomed."

"The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:"

"Overlooked somehow by the 'news' media, retail firearm sales leaped 23.3 percent in February to 1,259,078, compared to 1,021,130 in February 2008, based on the number of NICS background checks performed by the FBI. The increase follows a 29 percent rise in January, a 24 percent rise in December and a stunning 42 percent jump in November, when a record 1,529,635 background checks were performed. Actual sales are higher, since the government cannot track private sales between citizens." ...
 

MT: MT gun and firearm accessory sales up
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's a Tuesday morning at Butt's Gun Sales in Billings and owner Lon Bauer is multi-tasking, helping customers in the store and on the phone. A recent surge in gun sales has made business good."

"'Nationwide about 41%, in Montana statistically about eight percent increase,' said Bauer about gun sales."

"Bauer attributes Montana's small increase to Western culture, since many people already own firearms. Still, some are concerned politics may get in the way of their second amendment rights. A recent statement by Attorney General Eric Holder suggesting reinstating a ban on the sale of assault weapons has sent some gun enthusiasts straight to the gun stores." ...
 

OH: Yes, your Ohio concealed handgun license is valid in 26 states!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Here's a question people frequently ask:"

"'Your CCW Wallet Card says my concealed handgun license is good in 26 states. But on the Ohio Attorney General site, there are only 18 states listed. Who is right?'"

"Actually, we're both right."

"The Attorney General's job is to negotiate 'reciprocity' agreements with other states." ...

"In plain English, if another state has concealed carry rules similar to Ohio's rules, the two states agree to recognize each other's license. ..."

"That's 18 states. So why do our CCW cards list 26 states? Because while some states don't have concealed carry laws that are 'substantially comparable' to those of Ohio, they have decided to 'honor' our license. ..." ...
 

NY: Cayuga County offers gun registration amnesty
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Residents who have been holding on to an unregistered handgun will be allowed to register their firearm without any penalties during the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office's amnesty program."

"Whether the gun is a wartime souvenir collected by a family or was purchased in another state and transported into New York, residents will be able to fulfill their legal responsibility to register the firearm."

"A background check will be conducted on all guns to ensure that they were not used in a crime or reported lost or stolen before they are registered and placed onto an individual's pistol permit. All guns on a wanted list will be confiscated and an investigation will be conducted." ...
 

Germany: Fresh-faced killer who brought a chilling carnage to the suburbs
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"THEY fell at their desks, pencils still clutched in their hands. The girls of class 9c were the first to be targeted by Europe's latest school shooter. Five died, each shot in the head, each a victim of a young man who had studied in the same room little over a year before. Their killer was to take another 10 lives ..." ...

"The bespectacled 17-year-old former pupil walked into Albertville Secondary ... armed with a 9mm Beretta he had stolen from his gun enthusiast father and wearing a K4-Schutz bulletproof vest ..." ...

"... It emerged that Kretschmer had been suffering from depression, even attending a clinic and receiving medication for the condition." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks "Why is that buried in the story to where it would be easy to miss?"
 

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