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Credit where credit is due, vis-a-vis the DoD and brass
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "A lot of folks were involved in this turnaround." ...

"The MSSA alert I issued went viral on the Internet (way cool). It included the email addresses for the gun-issue staffers for our two Montana senators and our lone congressman, and a request for people to contact those staffers and ask for a fix."

"LOTS of people responded to my gone-viral email AND to the efforts of Georgia Arms. ..."

"On Tuesday, 3/17, at about 8:45 AM, the gun-issue staffer for Senator Tester called me to ask me to call off the dogs (my words). She said that she had not been able to clear her email inbox of military brass-related emails since Saturday ..." ...

"The primary credit ... goes to the gazillion folks who emailed and called to congressional offices demanding action." ...
 

State Imperative - Confiscation of Privately Owned Weapons
Submitted by: Larry

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"Recently, there has been a great deal of conversation concerning the Second Amendment and whether the present administration is going to be a friend, foe or neutral to 'gun ownership.'"

"This article attempts to shed light on the discussion."

"Can we find an historical time which gives us enough social, economic, and governmental parallels with today and the current administration to make a rational judgment concerning what is likely to occur? Sure we can, more than one; but I think we will find today has a great deal in common with the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527 to 565 AD)." ...
 

Gun Rights Groups Are All That Stand Between You and Obama's Gun Crusher
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com

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"I have been an NRA member for many years. I have also contributed to the Second Amendment Foundation. All of us NRA mambers have noticed a change in marketing for fund raising at the NRA. They need money. All gun rights groups need money. Gun rights groups are effective. Just ask Al Gore." ...

"I am sure that most gun owners have received numerous mailings for NRA endorsed life insurance, accident insurance, and yes, even wine. I can understand why this fund raising effort is needed. We are fighting a well funded and politically connected anti-gun juggernaut."

"The Second Amendment Foundation, the NRA, GOA, and others on the national, state, and local levels are fighting for our gun rights. These are your rights and my rights. ..." ...
 

Glenn Beck and NRA Head Wayne LaPierre Talk Gun Rights (video)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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Fox News' Glenn Beck recently sat down with the NRA head Wayne LaPierre to discuss the government's proposed assault weapon ban and other current threats to the Second Amendment.
 

Gun owners of America, unite
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Every two years at their swearing-in, every congressman raises his hand and vows to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States.'"

"But anti-Second Amendment congressmen already are at work, introducing dozens of anti-gun bills in clear violation of that oath."

"Indeed, on the new Congress’'first day, Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., filed a comprehensive anti-gun bill ..."

"This bill, H.R. 45, would require that all handgun owners submit a photo, thumbprint and mental health records to the government. ..." ...

"There are more than 90 million gun owners in the U.S. Only about 6 million belong to Second Amendment support organizations such as the National Rifle Association or Gun Owners of America." ...
 

What If?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"What if we're not looking into the portal of another Great Depression, but we're looking into the abyss of another Dark Age instead?"

"No living person can answer that question. The answer will not be known for several generations, if there is anyone left who can ask by then."

"Roman citizens who posed themselves a similar question began leaving their center of civilization between the first and third centuries A.D. ... They built their own civil infrastructure far from official tax collectors and the bread and circuses of urban centers ..."

"We commonly regard our civil infrastructure as solid and durable, but ... [w]hat if our infrastructure fails due to political disaster?" ...
 

WRSA Grid-Down Medical Course - Clackamas, OR - March 27-29
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"This two-day (16 hour) course of instruction will prepare the motivated outdoorsman to treat life-threatening and function-threatening medical conditions in the wilderness without access to classical EMS and medical resources."

"The working hypothesis of this program is an injury or illness sustained by a family or work group remote from medical resources by distance, time, or availability (grid-down) over a short to intermediate interval."

"Designed by a retired Emergency Physician with 35 years of Trauma, EMS/ Rescue, and instructional experience, the methods and techniques taught ... are compatible and consistent with the current military method of Tactical Combat Casualty Care." ...
 

FL: Burglar shot to death
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Deputies have identified the burglar shot to death by their intended victim Friday morning as a teenager who lived in the neighborhood."

"Deputies say the shooting happened around 4 a.m. while the thief was breaking into a camper set on a pickup truck parked in the driveway ..." ...

"Homeowner Sterling Misener, 44, heard an alarm and went out to the vehicle."

"Investigators say 19-year-old Patrick Allan Hutchison, of Wickliffe Drive, came out of the camper and lunged at Misener, who shot the teen." ...
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KABA Note: Another "teen victim of 'gun violence'" for the Bradys to cry crocodile tears over.
 

TX: Clerk trades gunfire with robbers in west Fort Worth
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Robbers used a shotgun Thursday evening to blast open the glass door of a west-side retail store in west Fort Worth, but a clerk shot back ..."

"The two robbers fled the CC 99 Cent Plus Store ... and the clerk was not hurt ..."

"'It's unknown,' [Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman] added, 'if either suspect was hit.'"

"The incident happened around 8:35 p.m. at the store ..."

"The two men wearing hooded sweatshirts breached to glass door and entered the store. They pointed the shotgun and a handgun at the clerk and demanded 'all the money,' Henderson said."

"But the 38-year-old clerk, crouching behind a counter, grabbed his own gun and fired several shots at the robbers, Henderson said." ...
 

Judge Blocks National Parks Gun Rule
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Imagine Colleen Kollar-Kotelly and Sarah Brady alone together in the wilderness, having backpacked miles from the nearest ranger facility. Now imagine an immediate threat--one that's been stalking them with deadly intent--confronts them, confident it has the advantage. Imagine this threat is capable of outrunning them and overpowering them. Imagine this threat has savage murder on its mind. Imagine the only thing that will stop this threat is lethal force--or the realization that they possess such capabilities.

"And they've come up short."
 

Blocking CCW in national parks helps anti-gunners suppress the truth
Submitted by: Dave Workman
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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“An apparently giddy Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, was quoted by the Associated Press noting, “We’re happy that this headlong rush to push more guns into more places has been slowed….

“Darned right he’s happy, but this has nothing to do with public safety ….

“The truth that Helmke and other gun prohibitionists masquerading as supporters of “sensible” gun ownership want suppressed is that concealed carry works.”
 

Big cities need concealed carry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Start with facts: rocks are harder than grapes, some people are killed by guns, etc. When we begin to organize those facts, we build data: Rocks are harder than any fruit, this number of people were killed by guns in the U.S. in 2007, etc. When the facts and data have become a framework of knowledge, some useful conclusions can be drawn. A most helpful framework as been created by John Lott, a researcher at the School of Law at Yale University ... He studied the crime statistics for 2,853 counties in America for the period 1977 to 1992 for a book called 'More Guns, Less Crime' ... Before the second edition published, he updated his research with crime statistics through 1997. That is a huge body of data!" ...
 

An alternative to 'guns at work' laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "Frankly, although I consider myself a fairly hardcore gun rights advocate, I am torn when it comes to this kind of law. I cannot easily dismiss the argument that a property owner has the right to prohibit pretty much anything on his or her property ... On the other hand, some argue that fundamental human rights ... are always inviolate, and that property owners cannot legitimately demand the surrender of such rights, even on their own property. It's always a dilemma when rights collide."

"It seems to me that there is a way around the dilemma, though. Let property owners ban guns on their property, but in doing so, they take on the responsibility for the protection of anyone legitimately on that property. ..." ...
 

Self defense is harmful to the environment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Do concealed handguns contribute to air pollution? ... your right to bear arms in Georgia's national parks and refuges has been swept away by a federal judge in Washington DC. Yesterday, United States District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered Kenneth L. Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, not to implement the new regulation ..." ...

"So what is the environmental impact that a concealed, holstered pistol might have in a park? Judge Kollar-Kotelly answers this question by explaining 'that persons who possess concealed, loaded, and operable firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges will use them for any number of reasons, including self-defense against persons and animals.' ..." ...
 

Shadow boxing for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"If you follow gun rights, you may have noticed that with the Obama administration, we seem to be swinging at shadows. As quickly as a threat appears and we mobilize against it, poof! It’s gone."

"'ASSAULT WEAPON' BAN: YES OR NO?"

"As early as November, the Obama transition website called for a banning 'assault weapons,' ending private gun sales, and legislating 'smart guns.'"

"Ah hah!' we said. 'Got him now!' And amid the ensuing uproar, the statement quietly disappeared from his web site." ...

"It seems that when it comes to guns, the administration dodges and weaves, advances and retreats. There are two ways we could see that: As ineptitude ..."

"… or as disingenuity, in which administration henchmen launch little, plausibly deniable, trial balloons." ...
 

Is Brady Campaign for or against workplace safety? (Part 1)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Since many states have either passed, or are considering, laws allowing law-abiding citizens to store a self-defense or sporting firearm in the employer's parking lot while working, the issue of guns at the workplace has become a hotly-debated topic. But heated rhetoric is often misleading."

"Brady Campaign has published a report called Forced Entry: The [NRA's] Campaign To Force Business To Accept Guns At Work. It includes the term 'CCW' 17 times by the end of page 1 ... This makes it reasonable to infer that this report is just as much an attempt to condemn right-to-carry as it is an argument against permitting qualified employees to bear arms to or at work." ...
 

Ya gotta wonder, Part III: Guns in Parks .. or not
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Our colleague Gun Rights Examiner Daniel White had recently posted an observant piece about comparing gun owners to Paramedics and field EMS. Dan wrote how citizens act in emergency, and many emergency professionals believe the person turning in the alarm and acting on behalf of another, as in cases of first aid or CPR until the assets arrive, is the first link in the chain of emergency care. It's textbook. ... My question is why our public servants work so damned hard to frustrate this concept when it comes to how one handles a crime emergency? Guns in the hands of citizens is identical to CPR training in the hands of citizens. Dan White wrote how original opposition to citizen CPR was identical to objections to concealed carry today." ...
 

NY: Anti-gun Democrat packs a pistol back home
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com

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"Democrat State Sen. ... Adams carries a concealed handgun and wants to arm his staff for travel around his high-crime Central Brooklyn district—but at the same time wants to make it tougher for you to have a weapon for our personal protection."

"Adams ... wants to hire an ex-cop to escort staff on trips throughout his district."

"'It's not for me,' he said. 'I'm my own bodyguard. It's mainly for my female staff.'"

"Adams told The Post he carries his own gun when home in Brooklyn, but leaves it in a drawer when he's at work in Albany."

"According to the paper, Adams recently advertised for a $75,000 'deputy chief of staff' with a pistol permit, 15 years in law enforcement, one year in law school ..." ...
 

CA: Sheriff revokes gun permit for GOP heavyhitter
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is taking aim at the most politically charged gun permit in Orange County."

"Hutchens this week notified attorney Mike Schroeder, the main adviser and closest ally to former Sheriff Mike Carona, that she is terminating his permit to carry a concealed weapon."

"Schroeder, the former chairman of the state Republican Party, said he's not happy and plans to fight back."

"'I believe that the action they are taking violates the law. And I'm reviewing what my legal options are at this point,' Schroeder said. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Wow, sucks to be treated like a peasant, doesn't it!
 

Markey opposes renewal of gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Rep. Betsy Markey joined 64 of her House Democratic colleagues this week in urging Attorney General Eric Holder to abandon plans to reinstitute an expired ban on some semi-automatic weapons."

"'I am a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights. I believe it is a mistake to deny constitutional rights to all Americans because of the misdeeds of a few,' Markey said."

"She and Rep. John Salazar were the two Colorado House Democrats signing the letter."

"'We believe that this ban was ineffective during the 10 years that it was law, and would oppose its reenactment,' the 65 House Democrats, led by Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., wrote in a Wednesday letter to Holder." ...
 

Firearms Industry Applauds Introduction of Firearms Fairness and Affordability Act in U.S. Senate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Today, the [NSSF] ... applauded Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, for introducing legislation to rectify a longstanding inequity in the frequency with which firearms and ammunition manufacturers pay a federal excise tax on the products they sell."

"... The Firearms Fairness and Affordability Act (S. 632) will allow the firearms and ammunition industry to pay the FAET on a quarterly basis ... ..."

"Currently firearms and ammunition manufacturers must pay the FAET bi-weekly. ... industry members spend thousands of man-hours administering the necessary paperwork ... This legislation will not lower the amount of conservation dollars collected by the tax." ...
 

NRA Applauds Court's Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Gun Industry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Today, the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed yet another reckless lawsuit aimed at putting firearms manufacturers out of business. Adames v. Beretta was dismissed under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 (PLCAA). The court's order affirmed the original trial court judgment in the case."

"This is the second judicial decision in 2009 upholding a dismissal under the PLCAA. Ten days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals in the cases of New York v. Beretta and District of Columbia v. Beretta."

"NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox said, 'We are pleased that the Court recognized that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is the law of the land. ...'" ...
 

Oklahoma Democrat Opposes Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Oklahoma Democratic Congressman Dan Boren is a member of a bi-partisan congressional group called the Second Amendment Task Force. They've written a letter to the president and attorney general, asking that they turn away from a ban on assault weapons. Boren says that would include the semi-automatic shotguns duck hunters use, and similar weapons that may only look menacing, but they're not assault weapons. Boren notes fully automatic firearms, such as machine guns, have been illegal since the 1940's. He further defends the letter saying the Clinton administration gun ban did nothing to deter crime. Boren says more energy needs to be focused on economic concerns.
 

NY: Draconian Gun Law Guts 2nd Amendment Privacy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A shocking new gun control law recently introduced in Albany County is being labeled the most draconian piece of anti-second amendment legislation yet seen. ..."

"Anyone buying rounds or shells ... would have to provide ID, declare the gun and have its serial number registered with the seller. ..." ...

"As Fred Lebrun writes in the Times Union, 'Anyway you look at it, this amounts to yet another unreasonable assault on lawful gun owners and hunters ...'"

"'Not to mention that this flies in the face of a long tradition in this state, and in nearly all other states, of not registering long guns – that is, rifles or shotguns. These are not weapons typically used in crimes or the illegal gun trade, anyway.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So what Fred is saying here is "Do it to Julia!"?
 

KS: Kansas Senate panel endorses gun rights measure
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Senate committee has endorsed a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual's right to own a gun."

"The Judiciary Committee's unanimous voice vote Friday sent the measure to the Senate for debate."

"It's a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says the federal constitution's Second Amendment grants[sic] individuals the right to bear arms."

"The Kansas Constitution says: 'The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.'"

"But a 1905 Kansas Supreme Court decision says it's a collective, not an individual, right. The proposed amendment would give[sic] the right to each person." ...
 

NY: New York Considers Modifying Gun Sales Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The sale of guns (firearms, rifles, or shotguns) at auctions, flea markets, or garage sales would be considered a 'gun show' in New York, according to legislation cosponsored by Senator Eric T. Schneiderman ... and Assemblywoman Amy R. Paulin ..."

"'Realizing that guns are often offered for exchange as well as for sale or transfer in a range of places, this bill adds the word 'exchange' to the current statute,' Schneiderman said. ..."

"A second measure pertaining to the sale of rifles or shotguns would require a sale to be conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer. ..." ...

"A third bill relating to firearms would require criminal background checks of all employees of a dealer of firearms. ..." ...
 

NY: Roefaro opposes gun-data restrictions
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor David Roefaro will send a letter today to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, blasting federal laws that he said restricted the [BATFE] from releasing firearm trace-data."

"Roefaro said city police would like to be able to use the data to identify gun dealers, but the ATF cannot release the information because of federal restrictions."

[KABA Note: Well, Mayor Roefaro is lying.]

"'We wanted to address national gun trafficking trends locally, but we hit a roadblock,' Roefaro said. ..."
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KABA Note: Mr. Mayor, you do not have jurisdiction over "national gun trafficking trends".
 

DC: Fenty Says Bite the Bullet on Vote Bill-Gun Control Fight Might Have to Wait
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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"Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said he believes that District residents support pushing a voting rights bill through Congress even if it means the city's gun control laws would be weakened by an amendment being offered by gun rights supporters."

"In an interview with The Washington Post this week, Fenty (D) said that it would be a 'tough call' to accept an amendment to the bill and that he hopes the city 'won't have to make that choice.'"

"The voting rights legislation ... was pulled from the House floor two weeks ago by Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who feared it would be amended. Fenty suggested that gun-related amendments, if adopted with the bill, could be overturned." ...
 

NC: Concealed Guns Could Extend Into Restaurants, Parks
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun supporters aiming to extend the right to carry concealed handguns into restaurants and parks where they are now banned had their hopes sidetracked."

"A measure to allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their gun while visiting city and county parks was postponed Thursday in a House Judiciary committee. The sponsor also wanted to include state parks."

"Supporters also want to carry guns when eating in a restaurant that serves alcohol. A permit holder could lose that right for having a gun where alcohol is sold. That bill was sent to a subcommittee."

"Opponents said driving-while-impaired laws show people still drink when they shouldn't, and mixing gun rights with alcohol sales is a bad idea. ..."
 

CA: Targeting gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"There is no question that gang violence is a serious problem in Assemblyman Kevin de Leon's West Hollywood-based 45th district, but his AB 962 introduced late last month in the state legislature says it will help solve the problem by discriminating against a whole class of citizens - legal gun owners."

"If his bill passes, it will be illegal for legal gun owners to give a buddy a brick of .22 ammunition for his birthday. We will have to be thumb- printed each time we buy a few rounds and become part of a gun owner database. We won't be able to mail order ammunition and get a discount from retail store prices. We won't even be able to go into a store to look through boxes of cartridges before buying. ..." ...
 

TN: Capitol Hill Week: Firearms 'carry' law tops agenda
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The pace quickened on Capitol Hill this week as the State Senate acted on a wide variety of bills, including key environmental legislation and several bills protecting our citizens' second amendment rights. ..." ...

"The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Firearms and Ammunitions Legislation recommended ten bills for passage this week aimed at revising Tennessee's gun laws and assuring the Second Amendment rights of citizens 'to keep and bear arms.' Earlier this year, Senate Judiciary Chairman Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) referred 47 bills to the Subcommittee chaired by Senator Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill) for review. These bills range from permit confidentiality to a legal permit holder's right to carry in public places." ...
 

NY: Albany County's ammunition sales law is way out of step
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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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 ... all ammunition sold in Albany County. Not just ammo for handguns ... but all rifle and shotgun ammunition as well. ..." ...

"Anyway you look at it, this amounts to yet another unreasonable assault on lawful gun owners and hunters without any logic behind it except to harass. It's ludicrous."

"Not to mention that this flies in the face of a long tradition in this state ... of not registering long guns ... These are not weapons typically used in crimes or the illegal gun trade, anyway." ...
 

That MIAC report on militias: background you won't find anywhere else
Submitted by: Larry

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"I get sick and tired of the repetitive nature of viral, repeating internet stories that fail to add anything new to a story ... This is particularly the case since all the MSM outlets and most of the blogs are now running with pretty much only the brief Columbia Daily Tribune story on the issue of that controverisal Missouri Information Analysis Center report on the Modern Militia Movement." ...

"The document, according to all reports, was leaked by two Missouri law enforcement officers. The timing is interesting, because of the proximity of that release to the 2009 National Fusion Center Conference, held in (guess what!) Kansas City MO from 10-12 March 2009." ...
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MI: Concealed weapons permit applications rise alarmingly
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http:///secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com

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"It's a Second Amendment right. Michigan law doesn't stand in the way."

"Bay County people are flocking to do it."

"This month, 84 applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Twenty-three were for renewals, the rest were newcomers."

"That's more than twice the monthly average here."

"That's alarming." ...

"Handguns, if not handled with the utmost care, are true home wreckers. While stories of handgun-wielding citizens winning the day against criminals are rare, nearly every year Michigan newspapers report of a child or family member injured or killed ... with a handgun kept in a home." ...
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Submitter's note: CPL abuse is rare here & is a non-issue in MI.

KABA Note: And how many of those accidents and murders happened to CPL holder homes?
 

Judge tosses case against Phoenix gun-shop owner
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"State prosecutors suffered a public setback in efforts to combat border violence Wednesday when a judge dismissed high-profile charges against a Phoenix gun dealer accused of arming Mexican cartels."

"The case against George Iknadosian, owner of X-Caliber Guns, had been covered on national TV broadcasts and in stories by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal."

"But in mid-trial, all 21 counts were dismissed by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Gottsfield, who decided he had found a flaw in the government's case." ...
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KABA Note: "State prosecutors suffered a public setback"?!? Wouldn't a less biased opening be "Law-abiding gun shop owner innocent"?
 

OH: Fox news in Ohio covers open carry of a firearm
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Tuesday evening, Bill Carlisle went to a Parma Taco Bell while openly carrying a firearm, a legal activity in Ohio. As he was leaving, he was detained by Parma police and spent approximately 20 minutes waiting for it to be cleared up and eventually released."

"During the course of the stop, Carlisle repeatedly plead his case that open carry is legal and that simply carrying a gun was not cause to be detained. The police officers on the scene offered up numerous scenarios and explanations while waiting to hear back from a supervisor ... One such reasoning for the stop was simply that it was unusual, and that had this been Alaska, there would have been no problem. Carlisle captured the incident on tape." ...
 

AL: Former Jackson County Police Officer Accused of Misconduct
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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A former Bridgeport Police officer has been indicted on two charges of abusing his position.

53 year old James T. Beck Jr. was arrested after the Jackson County Grand Jury returned the indictment. The document reads in part that Beck:

Willfully obtained or sought to obtain criminal offender record information by acessing the the Law Enforcement Tactical System, under false pretenses that it was for an official law enforcement or criminal justice purpose; and
Willfully communicated or sought to communicate criminal offender information in a manner not in accordance with the law.
Beck could face a fine and up to ten years in jail.
 

IN: Indiana Police Officer Charged With Bank Fraud
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Robert C. Culp, 43, New Carlisle, Indiana, a police officer, was charged in May 2008, with one count of bank fraud. Culp simultaneously pled guilty to the charge. ..."

"The Criminal Information charged Culp with devising and executing a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders and to obtain moneys, funds, credits, and other property owned by or under the custody or control of mortgage lenders by fraudulent pretenses and representations. The Information charges that Culp purchased inexpensive homes, frequently in need of substantial repair and renovation, and then arranged to sell these properties at inflated amounts to persons who obtained mortgage loans based upon falsified mortgage loan applications. ..." ...
 

LA: NOPD: man suspected of impersonating officer was actually an officer
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"New Orleans Police today announced the details in the arrest of a suspect who was wearing a police-style uniform while forcing his way into Mid-City homes. Police say the suspect is a New Orleans Police officer, 36-year-old Darrius Clipps."

"Clipps is rookie officer who has been on the force less than a year, according to Police Chief Warren Riley. He now faces charges of sexual battery."

"Police say Clipps admitted he was the perpetrator in two of three reported incidents. They say he made his victims strip naked, fondled one woman and demanded drugs." ...
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Gun sales going ballistic
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gunmakers can thank a former New York senator and presidential candidate for an ongoing boom in gun sales, if you ask one local firearms vendor."

"George Nemec, owner of Nemec's Sport Shop & Farm & Garden Center ... said gun sales at his business began to increase about two years ago, after Sen. Hillary Clinton announced her intent to run for president. ..."

"'Handguns, shotguns, rifles -- it's every type,' Nemec said. 'People are worried the government is going to take their guns away, or they're going to tax them (guns and ammunition) to death.'"

"With a Democratic president in office and economic troubles fueling fears of rising crime, guns -- and the rounds they fire -- are a hot commodity these days." ...
 

Gun Sales Are Booming In Wake Of Obama Win
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The November election produced an unintended stimulus package for one industry: gun sales."

"About as soon as Democrats took control of both the White House and Congress last fall, people began lining up to buy guns at local shops. Ammunition has been flying off store shelves, merchants say."

"'Yes, there was a big rush,' Christopher W. Drum, owner of CRS Weaponry ... said. Sales boomed as much as 60 percent since November, although sales seem to be leveling off of late."

"'It was kind of wild for a while,' Drum observed, with even grandmotherly types shopping for firearms. Costs of guns have been going up accordingly, with 21 manufacturers raising prices." ...
 

Sales Increasing as Debate Over Gun Control Continues
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"While many shoppers are cutting back on spending, sales of one item continue to soar."

"Buyers across the Ozarks are snapping up firearms in record numbers as some people worry the new government will result in major changes to gun laws."

"The lines at Loftis Jewelry and Pawn Brokers in Springfield are only getting longer as the new administration plans to tighten gun laws around the country."

"'There are times on Fridays and Saturdays where you can't even see the gun counters. It gets so busy that people have to just mingle around, look at other stuff through the store because they can't even get up to the counters to see the guns and stuff that are in the showcases,' says co-owner, Darrell Loftis." ...
 

MI: Gun permit requests rise Fear of ownership limits, economy may be driving increase
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"The fear of new limits on gun ownership under a Democratic administration and concern over personal safety during a weak economy could be fueling a boom in the number of people getting permits to carry handguns."

"According to figures provided by the Livingston County clerk, the number of permits issued in 2008 was nearly double the number issued the year before. The trend has continued in the early months of this year." ...

"'There is a general feeling that the new administration in Washington will take a very hard line on citizen rights to bear arms,' said Livingston County Commissioner Dave Domas ... 'Wherever the threat is made, or perceived, the reaction is predictable, so it wouldn't surprise me if more people get permits because their rights would be challenged by the administration.'" ...
 

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