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Ares Armor and ATF hearing taken off calendar as more questions emerge
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"At this point it is unknown if FTB will reconsider based on the clarified manufacturing process, or whether FTB might consider the precursor receiver a 'firearm' regardless based on the effort and sophistication necessary to complete the receiver and make it functional. Also at issue is whether ATF agents relied on the FTB assessment or had subsequent information leading them to question it, which could have implications on sworn “probable cause” statements they submitted to the court in order to obtain warrants for seizures from Ares, EP Armory, and other suppliers."
 

Issa subpoenas ‘storefront sting’ documents, questions Jones’ leadership of ATF
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“'It is surprising that failures such as Operation Fearless in Milwaukee occurred despite this enhance oversight from ATF leadership, and these operations call into question your leadership at ATF,' Issa wrote."
 

Appeals court deals latest blow to Reese family by overturning new trial
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“'This latest ruling is another in a series of heavy blows against a family which has endured an ordeal approaching three years."
 

PA: Democrat AG plays race card to halt bribery probe on ‘mental’ anti-gun rep
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"That 'the lead agent on the ... case is African American,' as is Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who denounced Kane’s reasons as 'ridiculous,' and that the lobbyist “approached a wide range of officials, from both parties, black and white,” have been ignored in what is clearly a political decision subverting accountability to the public and the law on the part of AG Kane, ostensibly the highest law enforcement official in the state. Using her 'rationale,' no investigations or prosecutions may be conducted if it turns out the only ones engaging in incriminating behavior turn out to be black."
 

MT: Castle Doctrine explained after alleged burglar killed in Ravalli Co.
Submitted by: Bob Anderson

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Montana law - known as the Castle Doctrine - gives residents a great deal of leeway, including deadly force, when it comes to protecting their home.

"I wouldn't advise anybody to break into anybody's home in Montana - [and] this is a great case in point. A lot of people carry weapons and Montana," Missoula County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Paige Pavalone observed.

"Montana law bases an extra emphasis on a person's property and privacy, so there's a lot of people here who carry weapons and have weapons in their home. And people in Montana will protect their property - whether it's their home, their livestock or anything on that property.
 

TN: Memphis woman shoots, kills would-be robber with his own gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It was just after midnight when the two targets, a male and a female both in their 20s, were inside an apartment complex in a Memphis’ Whitehaven neighborhood and were approached by a man who was armed with a gun, local media reported. The man intended to rob the couple, but didn’t expect them to fight back instead.

Apparently the male victim became involved in a physical altercation with the suspect and during the course of their struggle, the female victim then grabbed the suspect’s gun. She fired several shots, striking both the suspect and her male companion.
 

MarketWatch puts a cliched template on the gun industry … and comes up short on important facts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The whole approach is an artifice when applied to anything more than a straightforward customer purchase or client services relationship, far better in concept for “10 things your Realtor won’t tell you” for which this approach is usually applied. There’s far too much wrong in this piece to respond to point for point. Besides, the thousand-plus overwhelmingly critical comments posted in response did a good job of identifying the selective use of data and inaccuracies. But for the sake of the record, let us take on four of the things the gun industry supposedly “won’t tell you.”
 

White House pauses on Surgeon General pick, recalibrating strategy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Even after passing a Senate committee, the President’s pick for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, is stalling out over his comments in the past concerning gun control.

“Dr. Murthy is a dynamic, entrepreneurial practitioner who had dedicated a lot of time, energy and passion to health and wellness,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. “But after the confirmation vote of Debo Adegbile, we are recalibrating the strategy around Dr. Murthy’s floor vote.”
 

WA: War of words enters new phase in dueling initiatives campaign
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Thursday’s press conference by backers of Initiative 594, the so-called “universal background check” measure, might want to explain how their proposal would have prevented last night’s slaying of a White Center teen, or any other crime.

During today’s press event, postponed from Tuesday due to the tragic KOMO helicopter crash on the street in front of Fisher Plaza, prosecutors Mark Roe from Snohomish County and Dan Satterberg from King County both acknowledged that if passed, the 18-page gun control measure will not be a panacea to violent crime.
 

WA: Prosecutor says Pasco homeowner acted in self-defense in shooting death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A homeowner acted in self-defense and was justified in shooting a highly intoxicated man trying to get into his Pasco home last month, the Franklin County prosecutor said Wednesday.

Rudy Ontiveros Jr. will not face charges for shooting Stephan S. Aceves four times in the hand, chest and head, Prosecutor Shawn Sant announced at a news conference.
 

FL: FL House passes warning shot bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As it stands right now, if you shoot out a warning shot from a gun you could get put behind bars. But, that could all soon change and fit within stand your ground protection.

The Florida House on Thursday afternoon approved House Bill 89 Threatened Use of Force. Several lawmakers stood up to speak but in the end the vote was 93-24.
 

Ukraine: Ukraine Sets Deadline for Militias to Surrender Illegal Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In an effort to stabilize Ukraine and extend its authority, the interim government has set a deadline of Friday for turning in the illegal firearms that are now carried openly by so-called self-defense groups in Independence Square, the politically important plaza in the center of the capital.

The order was seconded on Thursday by the French ambassador to Ukraine, Alain Rémy, who said the disarmament of the militias that helped overthrow the former government is a central requirement for the European Union to begin disbursing financial aid, along with the government fighting corruption.
 

HI: Hawaii Man to Get 2nd Shot at Gun License Request
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A federal appeals court is giving a Hawaii man another chance to argue that he should be allowed to carry a gun in public — a privilege rarely given to people in the state.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion Thursday sending Christopher Baker's motion for a preliminary injunction back to District Court. Baker filed a lawsuit in 2011 against the Honolulu Police Department after he was denied a license to carry a gun in public for self-defense.

The appeals court said the lower court erred when it ruled that Baker couldn't prove Hawaii's restrictions on carrying firearms violate the Second Amendment.
 

CT: Gun Rights Rally 2014 Sponsored by Connecticut Citizens Defense League
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Gun Rights Rally will once again be held on the North Side Capitol Grounds. We will need every person there to make sure that our voices will be heard.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Guest Speaker will be David Codrea.

Critical information regarding firearms Lawful carry at the Capitol
While the carrying of firearms is permitted on the Capitol grounds, firearms that are now defined as assault weapons under Public Act 13-3 are now prohibited.
 

FL: 'Stand ground' law goes from bad to worse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is bad enough that Florida lawmakers are rushing to expand the application of the "stand your ground" law that should be repealed rather than made even broader. But the House took recklessness to a new extreme Thursday by approving legislation that also allows defendants in self-defense cases to keep from the public the entire record of the case. That would essentially create secret arrests and prosecutions, and it has no place in a justice system that has to be held publicly accountable. Lawmakers should be repealing "stand your ground,' not fashioning a cover-up for those hiding behind a law that legalizes deadly violence.
 

FL: House approves Pop-Tart, warning shot bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A pair of high-profile, NRA-supported guns bills won the support of the Florida House on Thursday.

One proposal seeks to extend Stand Your Ground immunity to people who fire a warning shot or threaten to use other deadly force in cases of self defense.

The second bill would prevent children from facing severe punishments for playing with simulated weapons in schools. It specifically permits the use of pastries as pretend pistols.
 

FL: Media has no right to report SYG cases involving dropped charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gaetz said the intent of the amendment was to restore privacy for people who appropriately use the state’s “stand your ground” law in self-defense. Hammer said she had no hand in writing the amendment, but agrees with Gaetz that it is necessary.

“If you didn’t do anything wrong, why should you have a record that you did?” Hammer said Thursday. “Why would the public need to know that? A person’s right under the Constitution is to be free of persecution, so it’s not right that you could be persecuted because of something that is inaccurate, for something that you didn’t do.”
 

NJ: N.J. Assembly approves bill lowering capacity of gun magazines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill that would limit the capacity of firearms in New Jersey from the current maximum of 15 rounds to 10 cleared the Assembly on Thursday.

The measure passed during a busy session day that also saw lawmakers advance several other bills, including one that requires follow-up studies of former residents of state developmental centers to assess their well-being.
 

FL: Warning Shot Bill Passes House, Attempt To Repeal Stand Your Ground Fails
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While the so-called Warning Shot bill got teed up for a vote in the Senate, a couple of gun-related measures have already passed the full House Thursday. But, it includes a dust-up between lawmakers as a revived attempt to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed again.
 

State of Affairs in Gun Rights Battle – Us: 1, Them: 1
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Both sides think they’re losing.

–The anti-rights people see permits now available in all 50 states (Illinois was the 50th, Wisconsin 49th, all Americans have at least some ability to discreetly or openly carry dangerously loaded firearms in public). This is horrible, a terrible loss, as they see it.
 

ID: Idaho Legislature ends session after 74 days
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The House had a lengthy debate Thursday before killing a bill that sought to eliminate a portion of the state Constitution that requires all males between the ages of 14 and 45 to enroll in a state militia.

State Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, said that requirement hadn't been followed since the 1970s, and unfairly excluded women from the militia.

The bill would have required that the issue be put before voters in the November election. But the proposal drew a slew of opponents, and was defeated by a vote of 33-37.

Opponents worried that a ballot measure would confuse voters and that use of the word militia might impact Second Amendment rights. Some lawmakers also argued that the law should be enforced.
 

WV: Gun Rights Group Endorses Mooney In U.S. House Race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A national gun rights group has made its endorsement in the Republican primary race for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional district.

The National Association for Gun Rights PAC announced its endorsement of former Maryland Republican Party chair Alex Mooney in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
 

AZ: Potential costs of weapons bill concern Yavapai County officials
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yavapai County officials are concerned about a bill in the Arizona Legislature that would allow people to bring concealed weapons into public buildings where guns currently are prohibited.

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House Bill 2339 would allow people to carry deadly weapons into public establishments and public events if they have concealed carry permits.

The bill grants a few exceptions, including public establishments that have security personnel, screening devices and locked areas to store guns. Those accommodations would be cost-prohibitive to install in every county building, said Thurman, who tracks bills for the board.
 

KS: Libertarians oppose Topeka Police Chief Miller's appointment as U.S. Marshal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Libertarian Party of Kansas announced in a news release Thursday it opposes President Barack Obama’s appointment of Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller as U.S. marshal for Kansas.

“We ask that the U.S. Senate not approve his nomination,” said the statement released by state party chairman Al Terwelp and Second Amendment chairman Earl McIntosh.

Terwelp and McIntosh encouraged Kansans to call and email U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to ask them to oppose the appointment.

McIntosh said the marshal’s position would bring Miller “too much power for someone who doesn’t like the 2nd Amendment.”
 

AR: Open carry walk changes location - Council holds emergency meeting but can't do anything about it, it learns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Leaders of the Act 746 open-carry advocate group have told police that they decided to change the location of their walk.

The group now plans to walk along U.S. Highway 62 in the city, instead of in the downtown area, and if they do go downtown they will conceal their weaponry, Police Chief Earl Hyatt told the Lovely County Citizen this week. He also said that this change was volunteered by the group and the City Council did not request this or anything else from them.
 

WA: Supporters of new gun background check come out firing in campaign launch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The battle over gun control in Washington State heated up Thursday as backers of a new initiative to require background checks for all gun sales kicked off the campaign to pass I-594.
The measure is one of a pair of gun initiatives on the November ballot this year, with the competing I-591 seeking to block any new state gun regulations that have not been enacted at the federal level.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg was among a large and diverse group that turned out for the I-594 campaign kickoff. The Republican argues state laws prohibiting gun sales to convicted felons, minors and those who have been involuntarily committed for mental illness are far too easily evaded.
 

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