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PA: Open carry walk draws a big crowd in Brookville Pennsylvania
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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I want to tell you about a wonderful family event that took place in Brookville Pennsylvania yesterday.

It was called the Brookville Open Carry Walk and so many people showed up despite the cold that the police and fire department had to stop traffic for a time.

Notably absent were any counter protestors. Despite calls by the anti-gun group CeaseFirePA, not a single counter protestor showed up. I guess CeaseFirePA’s 7 members were busy elsewhere.

According to event organizers Adam Smith and Angel Yount-Smith, the purpose of the event was to show that the media-backed stereotypes about gun owners are not correct. And I have to say “mission accomplished!”
 

NY: Why SEIU supports SAFE Act
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Brain Lehrer interviewed SEIU 1199 President George Gresham on his radio program today on why the union is supporting the SAFE Act.
 

CO: Colorado Ballot Proposal to end Mag Restictions
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A proposal has been submitted to allow the people of Colorado to settle the issue at the polls.
 

340 Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce Unconstitutional Gun Control Laws
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Including Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County, Colorado, 340 sheriffs have publicly stated they will not enforce gun laws they believe are unconstitutional.

In response to the passage of two new gun control bills in Colorado last week, Sheriff John Cooke told the Greeley Tribune that he "won't bother enforcing the laws."
One bill requires gun buyers to pay for their own background checks, a service that was previously free and now estimated to cost the buyer $10-$12 per purchase. The second bill puts a 15-round limit on magazines.
Cooke says of the new laws: "They're feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable."
Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign each bill into law this week.
 

CO: Colorado sheriff says new state gun laws won't be enforced
Submitted by: Tom Price

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Maketa said the proposed laws were hastily crafted and at least one would be unenforceable. A number of Colorado sheriffs are concerned the laws could lead to registration of gun owners, he said.

Maketa said his office keeps records of every concealed carry permit holder in the county as required by law, but he would never share it.

He said he would destroy the database if anyone tried to get their hands on it and would intervene if government agents started arresting county residents for exercising their constitutional rights.



 

NY: Essex County to oppose N.Y. gun control law
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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The Essex County Board of Supervisors is expected to pass a resolution opposing New York state's new gun law at a special meeting tonight.
 

NY: First Man Arrested Under NY’s Unconstitutional SAFE Act
Submitted by: Tom Price

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Now, here comes the interesting part and to demonstrate that this has nothing to do with legality, but about disarmament. Wassell was released on his own recognizance, though he is charged with numerous felonies.

In other words, the court doesn’t see Mr. Wassell as dangerous. They just want his guns, which is what this is about. They want a disarmed populace.




 

CA: Thousands Line Up Outside Cal Expo Gun Show To Buy Ammunition
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Thousands of people lined up for hours outside Cal Expo to buy ammunition. The line wrapped around the building for the first day of the two-day gun show.
You’ve heard the early bird gets the worm. At the Crossroads of the West gun show it couldn’t be truer. ...
Ammunition is a hot commodity at Cal Expo. ...
And the heated debate on gun control is prompting some gun owners like Miller to stock up.
 

Chilling new Sandy Hook report: ‘least resistance, greatest kill numbers’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A chilling new perspective on the Sandy Hook attack that launched the current onslaught of gun control legislation from New England to Puget Sound suggests that mass murderer Adam Lanza planned the attack for very long time and picked an elementary school because “he felt it was a point of least resistance, where he could rack up the greatest number of kills.”
 

MD: Anne Arundel Co. Councilman Wants To Make Tasers Legal For All Adults
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With gun control in the national spotlight, Anne Arundel County is facing another weapons issue. One councilman wants to make it legal for anyone 18 and over to carry a stun gun or Taser.
 

NH: Shooting first: Fear and the 'stand your ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When the legislation to create New Hampshire's "stand your ground" law was debated in the spring and summer of 2011, the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police predicted that the bill would lead to "deadly encounters in public places." It has not. As with concealed carry laws, the predictions of "blood in the streets" have not borne out. Still, many legislators are determined to repeal the law, not yet two years old.
 

AZ: Arizona Senate OKs armed teachers in rural schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republicans who control the Arizona Senate pushed through a bill Monday allowing designated teachers, administrators or other employees in rural schools to carry a handgun and allowing retired police officers who work in schools statewide to carry guns.
 

CT: Committee To Hear Testimony On Gun Insurance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Insurance and Real Estate Committee will hear testimony Tuesday afternoon on legislation requiring gun owners to maintain personal liability and defense insurance.

Under the bill, anyone who possesses or owns a gun would need to buy insurance coverage for “bodily injury or property damage caused by the use of a firearm” and insurance that covers the cost of civil or criminal defense fees, in case the gun owner uses the weapon in self defense.
 

FL: Florida ‘Defensive Display’ bill needed says concealed carry proponent
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida Carry wants to insure that if someone pulls a firearm and stops a violent attack without firing a shot, they do not put themselves in legal jeopardy.

The proposed legislation, SB 1446 and its companion bill HB1047, would decriminalize the act of displaying a firearm – showing, holding or pointing a weapon at a bad guy to stop a threat.
 

WI: Christians must put trust in God, not in weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The availability of guns does not cause crimes. Owning a gun doesn’t guarantee you will use it any more than owning a fire extinguisher guarantees you will use it. In John 18:11, after Peter cut off the ear of the servant of the High Priest with a sword he was not told to get rid of the sword but to put it back in the sheath. The Bible doesn’t teach to turn the other cheek when it comes to protecting self and family.
 

Constitution Check: Can there be no exceptions to Second Amendment gun rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Bill of Rights does not speak in terms of absolutes – that is, rights without any exceptions. And the Supreme Court, in interpreting constitutional guarantees of rights, has said exactly that, repeatedly and even predictably. It may be that some defenders of Second Amendment gun rights would not accept as legitimate what the Supreme Court has said, but there is no denying where the court has stood, even on the Second Amendment.
 

AK: Alaska House to Take up Self-Defense Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Self-defense scenarios are often hard to predict, but Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, is trying to strengthen Alaska’s self-defense laws by introducing a bill allowing you to protect yourself in places "You have a right to be in", such as a downtown street or public lands used for hunting.

The current law on the books only allows you that right in your home, apartment or place of business.
 

IL: Apartment Stabbing Death Was Self-Defense: Police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Authorities say two men acted in self-defense in the Friday stabbing death of a Chicago Heights man.

Levar Stepney, 35, of the 19400 block of Glenwood Road, was found dead in his apartment, police said. Chicago Heights police were holding two men for questioning based on witness accounts.
 

FL: Zimmerman renews request to depose Trayvon Martin family attorney
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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George Zimmerman's defense team on Monday asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to reconsider a request to question Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, in a deposition.

At a hearing last month, Nelson rejected the Zimmerman attorneys' previous request for a deposition of Crump, who last March conducted an interview with the state's key "Witness 8," who says she was on the phone with the 17-year-old in the moments before his fatal encounter with Zimmerman.

The new motion is based on a recent disclosure that the witness falsely claimed she was hospitalized after the shooting. The defense now argues that her credibility is in question, so learning what Crump knows is all the more important.
 

AZ: Arizona Senate advances bill to arm teachers at some rural schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Republicans who control the Arizona Senate pushed through a bill Monday allowing designated teachers, administrators or other employees in rural schools to carry a handgun and allowing retired police officers who work in schools statewide to carry guns.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Rich Crandall, of Mesa, was approved on 17-11 party-line vote over the objections of Democrats, who failed to persuade any Republicans to oppose the bill they believe will bring added risk to schools. Democrats instead argued for more trained school resource officers, added mental health treatment and more school counselors to help prevent school violence.
 

WA: Yakima church holds gun classes for those wanting to protect themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sharon Eggleston filed into the Open Bible Christian Center recently not to worship but to learn how to shoot a gun.

“Actually, I’ve been praying about it,” the 70-year-old said about taking the gun training class at the Yakima church. “For protection.”

She was among more than a dozen women enrolled in the five-hour class in how to properly handle and shoot a gun.
 

AZ: Arizona's the Best State for Gun Owners, Says Magazine Formerly Run by Man Who Shot and Killed Neighbor in Arizona
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Arizona is "the best" state for gun owners, Guns & Ammo magazine says today.

Believe it or not, Guns & Ammo magazine omitted the fact that the former editor of the magazine shot and killed a man in Arizona less than a year ago.
 

UT: Contact Utah Gov. Herbert, Ask Him To Sign the Concealed Weapon Carry Amendments
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Please contact Governor Herbert and ask him to sign HB 76 – Concealed Weapon Carry Amendments. (The first step towards permit-less carry)

Phone: 801-538-1000
Toll Free: 800-705-2464
Webmail: Governor Herbert Webmail

Governor’s Office hours are: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m

Thanks to all the gun owners who contacted legislators, HB 76 “Concealed Weapon Carry Amendments” passed in both the Utah House and Senate by strong margins. It now goes to the Governor, where it faces a possible veto.
 

Jewel Offers Ideas On How To Curb Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jewel has taken on the music industry, TV and even child entertainment — and now she's taking on Washington. The "Who Will Save Your Soul" songstress sat down with 1SimpleChange.com to speak up for gun control.
 

G&A Ranks the Best States for Gun Owners in 2013
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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These days, it’s becoming more difficult for gun owners across the country to find safe haven, as the powers that be on both federal and state levels begin introducing a quagmire of anti-gun legislation hindering the rights of law-abiding citizens. States like Illinois are notorious for their anti-gun agendas, while states like Texas are viewed as a sort of shooters’ paradise.
 

Judge orders mediation in Fast and Furious lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A federal judge has ordered mediation in a lawsuit over congressional efforts to get records related to Operation Fast and Furious, a bungled federal gun-tracking operation in Arizona.

Judge Amy Jackson Berman issued the order Monday, after the GOP-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Justice Department said they hadn't been able to reach a settlement. Senior Judge Barbara Rothstein will conduct the mediation.
 

CO: Colorado governor to sign gun controls into law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign legislation Wednesday that sets limits on ammunition magazines and expands background checks for firearms, marking a Democratic victory in a state where gun ownership is a treasured right and Second Amendment debate has played out in the wake of two mass shootings.
 

MT: MSU students join gun debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill to allow carrying firearms on Montana state university campuses sparked a vigorous debate Monday at the Legislature, where supporters argued they have a right to carry guns for self defense and opponents said guns would make colleges more dangerous.

Several Montana State University students testified in favor of House Bill 240 before the Senate Education Committee. The panel will vote at a later date on the bill, which has already passed the House 58-41.
 

NJ: Dad: This Picture of My Son Holding a Gun Triggered a Visit from NJ Police, Family Services
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The young man in the photo is the 11-yr-old son of Shawn Moore. The gun is a .22 rifle, a copy of the AR-15, but a 22 caliber. The photo was posted on Facebook by a proud father. That Facebook posting apparently triggered an anonymous call to New Jersey’s Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). On Friday night, March 15th, two representatives from the state’s social services office (along with four local police officers) came to the Moore home and demanded to see the family’s firearms.
 

Is Bloomberg starting to ‘get it’ about semi-auto rifles?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Bloomberg has not experienced an epiphany; these things happen slowly, but at least according to CNN yesterday, the co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns acknowledged, “This year in America, 12,000 people will be killed with handguns. Four hundred people will be killed with assault weapons or high capacity magazines. So it is the vast bulk of - of the, uh, murders are done with handguns.”

Well, that’s not quite accurate. As this column reported, FBI crime data for 2011 – the most recent year for which statistics are available – handguns accounted for less than half of the total homicides.
 

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