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The shocking truth about a fundamental right being denied to 55% of citizens
Submitted by: Paul

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"There is a fundamental right being denied 55% of all Americans. This denial costs over 16,000 lives per year, meaning more than 44 of our fellow Americans will die every day that we delay. What should be done in light of these shocking figures?"

"Using the example set by President Obama and the Congressional Democrats, there is only one answer: Universal Gun Care for every American. ..." ...

"My proposal is a modest one:"

"• Mandate for every American to purchase a gun or be provided one by their employer ..."

"• Tax credits to offset the cost of purchase ..." ...

"• Monthly ammunition benefit so that no one has to choose between feeding their kids, paying the rent, or buying a box of .38 special cartridges" ...
 

Don't let the 'teajackers' take over
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "My, how tolerant and diverse. I guess all viewpoints are morally equal and respectful of liberty."

"Still, something seems to be missing...something important."

"Oh, I know. There's nothing in this about their candidates adhering to the Constitution and the chains by which the government is supposed to be bound. It's all about pure, feel-good 'two wolves and a lamb democracy.'" ...
 

Does having health care reform 'out of the way' move 'gun control' up on administration's agenda?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The news these days is dominated, of course, by Sunday's Congressional passage of, and today's presidential signature on, the massive health care reform bill. It is beyond the scope of this piece to attempt a detailed analysis of the pros and cons of such legislation ..."

"Today, though, we'll look at another potential effect of HCR becoming law. Those who support more and more restrictive gun laws, although disappointed with the Obama administration's apparent disinterest--so far--in aggressively pursuing such restrictions, have generally been willing to cut the president some slack, because he has had such a 'full plate.'"

"... Does that mean the anti-gun heat comes on now? Probably not immediately. ..." ...
 

A Shot Rings Out from the Foothills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In light of the recent controversy surrounding the right to bear arms, it is pertinent for everyone to delve a little deeper into the true meaning of what having a firearm can provide. Sure, we’ve heard the arguments on each side of the fence, but have we considered those that can’t speak out for themselves? By this I mean, the little ones, the citizens who don’t have that right to vote, that ability to write a letter to congressmen and women."

"When people blur the meaning of owning a firearm between those that need to utilize them and those that use them for aggressive means, they fail to recognize that the gun is not the problem; it is the person behind the trigger that causes such great controversy over this issue." ...
 

Rattling the Second Amendment Saber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I suppose that's why firearms are so important. They are the equalizing force, available to all free people everywhere. They tell the 200-pound sexually aggressive male that he must not rape the 120-pound female, who is alone on the street at night with no one around to protect her. The firearm gives her the ability to kill the stronger male." ...

"When the government ignores the First Amendment, it is time to rattle the Second Amendment sabers. It's all about accountability. So long as our elected officials believe we will rise up and overthrow them under certain conditions, then they will not allow those conditions to occur. ..." ...
 

National parks gun regulations quite complicated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Federal law now allows visitors to carry guns in national parks, but you can't just slip a loaded pistol into your backpack and take a hike."

"Pay attention, because this is a little complicated."

"You will need a concealed weapons permit to carry the loaded gun in the backpack. But you don't need any kind of permit if you just want to stash your loaded weapon in the tent." ...

"What's going on? Guns in national parks are now under both state and federal restrictions, and the result can be confusing."

"State law generally applies to the way guns are carried ... California's odd exemptions to the concealed weapons rule include sleeping in a tent, which is considered your temporary home." ...
 

Think before sending: Some emails damage gun rights
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"My wife just emailed me a version of this email making the rounds:" ...

"An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle ..." ...

"While this anecdote may be humorous at first reading, it creates some potential problems for gun owners." ...
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KABA Note: In case anyone is wondering, Snopes.com confirms that this is an urban legend.
 

The Comfort of Skill at Arms (or "Why to Carry your Firearm Daily")
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dr. Ignatius Piazza, founder of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, is fond of talking about 'the comfort of skill at arms.' It's not only a part of his sales pitch, it's also an integral part of the overall philosophy taught at the school ... having full confidence in your own ability to handle almost any serious encounter that might arise is a very comfortable feeling."

"Of course that comfort must never be allowed to slip into complacency or cockiness and that too is emphasized in Front Sight training. The comfort of skill at arms removes anxiety and makes the world a much more inviting, less threatening place. There is a downside to the comfort of skill at arms though and that is the intensified discomfort of being disarmed." ...
 

Another Reason for Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's still a lot of debate over what the second amendment of the US Constitution means with respect to gun ownership. ... I don't believe that the founding fathers ever ... foresaw a period of time when guns would shoot bullets at more than 10-20 per sec ... But that is neither here nor there."

"I’m a strong advocate of banning handguns because the purpose of a handgun is simply to shoot another human being. (I know, you can frighten them without shooting or target practice, etc. but when it comes right down to it, if you're using it for protection, you're willing to shoot another human being.)" ...
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Submitter's Note: If I was in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm you're darn tootin' I'd be "willing to shoot another human being". Oh, and there are a lot of things the Founders might not have forseen; like TV, radio, the Internet, printing presses capable of turning out '10 - 20 pages per sec', etc.. Are you going to strip First Amendment protection from those items? Be careful what you wish for, that slope can get awfully slippery.
 

CA: Police: Sac Homeowner Fires Shot To Scare Intruder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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An elderly Sacramento homeowner fired a warning shot early Tuesday after someone tried to break into his garage, police say.

Officers were called at about 5:15 a.m. after the shooting occurred near the intersection of Lissetta and 14th avenues.

The 85-year-old resident grabbed his historic handgun to frighten the would-be burglar, who then fled. The burglar was not hit.

Police said the resident will not face any charges for firing the weapon, but officers urged him to call 911 before taking the law into his own hands.
 

OK: Homeowner fires at break-in suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A homeowner fended off an intruder who kicked in her front door Monday night when she shot at him with a handgun, police said.

The woman was home alone in the 1800 block of North Owasso Avenue when the man rang her doorbell several times about 11:45 p.m. The noise startled the woman and she grabbed a .357-caliber pistol, police said.

The man then broke into the house and the woman fired a single shot. She missed and the burglar fled, according to police.

The intruder was black, in his early 20s and about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a red and blue baseball hat and a red and blue jacket.
 

FL: Homeowner interrupts Heathrow robbery attempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Richard Zahn heard noises on his back patio, he opened his sliding glass door and grabbed his shotgun."

"Then he chased after two men who ran out his back gate toward a lake. And the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office gave chase in its own way — with a K9 unit and helicopter unit, according to an incident report from the Sheriff’s Office." ...
 

FL: Burglar Shot, Hospitalized And Then Jailed In Marianna
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Marianna burglar was shot as he was breaking into a home Friday night on Myles Street. He was apparently shot in the foot by a resident there and then fled.

Marianna Police a short while later arrested the suspect, Ben Thomas, who was found in front of a home on Old Cottondale Road.

Hayes Baggett, Marianna Police Chief, told NewsChannel 7 that Thomas was taken to Jackson Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound and he was then taken to the Jackson County Jail.

Baggett says Ben Thomas was jailed on charges of burglary of an occupied structure and battery.
 

PA: Assaults Reported During South Street Flash Mob
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"Philadelphia Police are searching for suspects involved in at least two assaults during a massive flash mob on South Street over the weekend."

"Surveillance video shows hundreds of people invading the intersection of 8th and South Streets, filling the street and surrounding a vehicle at about 9 p.m. Saturday. "

"Two blocks away, Olympia Pizza employee Seth Kaufman said he was beaten by a crowd attempting to enter the store."

"'40 to 50 punches I took. 20 kicks. I just stood my ground as best I could and fought them off,' Kaufman said. ..." ...

"A 27-year-old woman was brutally attacked after being surrounded by scores of people."

"'She had a broken nose and they knocked out two teeth,' said Good Samaritan Rick Almeid, who aided the victim. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Just a reminder, violence can happen anywhere, any time.
 

China: 8 children stabbed to death at Chinese school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former medical worker allegedly stabbed to death eight young children and wounded five others Tuesday in a bloody rampage outside an elementary school in eastern China."

"The attacker struck in the morning as students arrived for classes, mingling with parents at the school gates before suddenly pulling out his knife and slashing children, according to witnesses interviewed on local television." ...

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H/t to David Codrea who asks "And why didn't the 'mingling' parents immediately drop this mad dog in his tracks?"

"Oh...that's right..." ...
 

OH: Bill: Allow concealed guns in bars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New legislation introduced in the Statehouse last week would allow concealed-carry licensees to pack heat in restaurants and bars."

"Senate Bill 239, introduced by Sen. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, and Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, also would remove restrictions on how handguns can be carried in a vehicle."

"Schaffer said existing laws handcuff well-intentioned Ohio gun owners, and that the language is excessively wordy. As it stands, the statute governing Ohio's concealed-carry law is three times as long as the Declaration of Independence, he said."

"'It's about taking micromanaging and complex wording out of the law ... and making it more like the Declaration of Independence,' Schaffer said." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma bill will extend 'Make My Day Law' to businesses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The State of Oklahoma has one of the strongest gun rights laws in their 'Make My Day law'. It may grow even stronger, if state senator Joe Sweeden of Pawhuska has his way."

"Senator Sweeden penned SB 2257 this year to enhance business owners rights in protecting themselves and their property. He was prompted to write the law by the robbery incident involving Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland. Ersland currently faces first degree murder charges for shooting a 16 year-old robbery suspect in his place of business. Following is video of that robbery and the pharmacist retrieving firearms and fighting back:" ...
 

CO: Appellate court hears arguments on CU weapons ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorneys argued Tuesday whether the University of Colorado's weapons ban is constitutional, and allowed by state law, in front of Colorado appellate court judges."

"The Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is challenging a 1994 policy that bans guns on CU campuses, while CU says it's within the rights of the Board of Regents to set rules that concern safety."

"Attorney Jim Manley, who represents Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, said CU's gun ban violates the Concealed Carry Act of 2003. The act says no local government can adopt an ordinance to limit state concealed carry rights." ...
 

KY: Lawmakers ask for gun ban in Capitol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some lawmakers pressed Tuesday for a ban on people openly carrying guns into the state Capitol. State Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, raised the issue Tuesday, a day after an unidentified man wore a holstered gun into the House chamber and sat through the afternoon session."

"'I can tell you that when people have the types of external pressures on them that we are now experiencing in this nation, that people who are mentally fragile can take desperate actions,' Wayne said in a floor speech."

"Wayne and state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, urged House Speaker Greg Stumbo to take quick action 'to ensure the safety of the members so we're not sitting ducks.'" ...
 

MS: Pro-Gun bill headed to Governor's desk, Sen. Flowers touts Right to Carry law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Mississippi Senate unanimously passed a National Rifle Association (NRA) backed pro-gun bill on Tuesday that will allow concealed weapon permit holders to carry a firearm in Mississippi public parks. Senate Bill 2862, authored by Senator Gray Tollison (D-Oxford), was amended to include stronger right to carry language. The bill will now go to the Governor’s desk for his signature."

"'Citizens should be able to exercise their Second Amendment right, and this bill will broaden the locations where they can do so,' said Senator Merle Flowers (R-Olive Branch). 'I applaud the work of my colleague Sen. Tollison, and his leadership on this very important issue. ...'" ...
 

AZ: Ariz. weapons bill being readied for consideration
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun-rights activists say Arizona legislation to allow carrying of concealed weapons without a permit say it should be ready for Senate consideration early in the coming week."

"House and Senate bills were scheduled to be considered Thursday but action was postponed."

"Supporters say that was so minor changes can be made to provisions unrelated to the repeal of criminal penalties for not having a permit while carrying a concealed weapon." ...

"If the bill becomes law, Arizona would be the third state behind Alaska and Vermont to not require permits for concealed weapons."
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OH: Toledo Blade editors wish recent robbery victims had been unarmed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ohio media's opposition stance on changing laws to protect innocent people was inexplicable, until now. In the wake of two separate incidents recently where Toledo retail store workers used firearms to defend against armed robbers, The Toledo Blade has finally come right out and said that society would be a better place if criminals, not honest people, had the upper hand in an armed encounter."

"In an appalling show of compassion for lawless thugs, editors at The Blade openly argued that responding to a deadly threat with deadly force is a detriment to society. ..." ...
 

One Ohio newspaper says 'it's not broke don't fix it' of Ohio's gun laws
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"The Newark Advocate ran an opinion piece Sunday entitled, 'Stop tinkering with concealed-carry law.'"

"In it, they correctly noted that 'Ohio's adoption of a concealed-carry law in 2004 created quite a stir over what's turned out to be largely unfounded concerns. There haven't been shootouts in the streets or on freeways. Workplace violence hasn't increased...' While they're reaching a bit in saying that 'many businesses and public places now feature a small no guns sign', they are correct in their assessment that such signs would not 'stop a robber or someone aiming to create problems.'"

"So why, after admitting the past rhetoric has been wrong, are they embracing the new lies about further reform?" ...
 

56 hours and still no news about shooting at the Tanner Gun Show in Denver.....
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Journalism must really be dead in America. A basic story tells us who, what, where, when, and why. This story is 56 hours old and we only know what happened in the most general terms. 'A gun went off and somebody got hit in the chest and is recovering in the hospital.' Please!"
"Who owned the weapon that was loaded?"

"Which vendor table was involved and why was a live round anywhere near the chamber of a gun on the show floor?"

"Who pulled the trigger (guns don't just go off), and what is the name of the victim?"

"Did the shooter and the victim know each other? Did the vendor know the shooter or the victim?"

"Are there any charges filed? Was anybody arrested?" ...
 

'Has the FBI Infiltrated the Tea Parties?'
Submitted by: Larry

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"A friend asked me that question yesterday. Of course, I said. We know that Homeland Security considers Ron Paul supporters and other libertarians to be potential terrorists (which is all you need to know about the state’s use of that term). In the 1970s, the FBI had agents at the tiny Libertarian party’s conventions. Now the FBI and other spy agencies are vastly bigger. There are the federal and state DHS's. Then there is the CIA, other intelligence agencies, and what used to be called the Red Squads of state and local police departments. There are probably hundreds of thousands of government spies in the land of the free. And as with all such efforts, a number will be agents provocateurs. ..." ...
 

Charges eyed for ex-Blackwater chief
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"Federal prosecutors are considering filing weapons charges against former top officials of the Blackwater Worldwide private security company over allegations they illegally stockpiled automatic rifles at the company’s North Carolina headquarters, The Associated Press has learned."

"Senior Justice Department officials are reviewing a draft indictment against former president Gary Jackson, former Blackwater lawyer Andrew Howell, and a third man who used to work at the firm's armory ... A decision is not expected until at least next month."

"Any indictment, even of former executives, would be unwelcome news at a company beleaguered since a 2007 shooting involving Blackwater guards in Baghdad left 17 people dead. ..." ...
 

RI: Woman Says RI Officer Raped Her, Came to Hospital
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"A woman who says she was raped by an on-duty Providence police officer testified Monday that the man came into her hospital room grinning and in uniform after the alleged attack in 2007."

"The 22-year-old woman said she recalled seeing officer Marcus Huffman in the hours after the alleged rape, but told the jury that she could not remember how long he was there ..." ...

"Prosecutors allege that Huffman, who is charged with first-degree sexual assault in Providence Superior Court, raped the woman in the bathroom of an empty police substation after offering her a ride outside a nightclub where she had been turned away for being too drunk." ...

"... The jury also saw surveillance images that the woman said showed her entering the building with Huffman ..." ...
 

AK: Alaskans Monitored by Military Intelligence Division
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A group of Alaskans were surprised recently to learn that their organization-Alaskans for Peace and Justice- was monitored for a time in the fall of 2005 by a military intelligence division that deals with tracking organizations affiliated with foreign terrorism groups. The information was made public after the cyber civil rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained numerous documents from the Pentagon through a Freedom of Information Act or FOIA request.
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KABA Note: COINTELPRO anyone?
 

NC: Sheriff's deputy resigns after DWI - he'd been hired two days earlier
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy was charged with driving while impaired just days after joining the force."

"Bradley Morrow took an oath of office Friday morning. By Sunday morning, Morrow blew a 0.21 on the Breathalyzer administered after he crashed his car ..."

"North Carolina considers a driver drunk with a 0.08 blood-alcohol content."

"A woman who was outside walking her dog called 911 after hearing the wreck."

"'I heard it crash. I see lights flashing,' the woman told the dispatcher. 'I was out with my dog and I heard it crash and I don't know what it hit.'"

"The woman made a second call to 911 once she had her cell phone in hand. Morrow can be heard in the background of the call." ...
 

CA: Former Riverside Police Chief Charged With DUI
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Riverside's former police chief has been charged with drunken driving for crashing his city-owned car after leaving a club."

"The Riverside County district attorney's office charged Russell Leach on Monday with misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He faces up to six months in jail if convicted."

"The 62-year-old Leach crashed a Chrysler into a fire hydrant on Feb. 8. Two tires were missing when Riverside police officers stopped him three miles away." ...

"Leach told reporters he was disoriented from taking pain medication. He resigned last month for medical reasons." ...
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CO: Colorado state trooper arrested on DUI charges
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"A uniformed Colorado State Patrol trooper in a marked patrol car was pulled over Monday and arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving."

"Douglas County sheriff's deputies stopped 21-year veteran David Dolan, 48, about 7:05 a.m., after numerous motorists reported a State Patrol car driving erratically on northbound Interstate 25 near Castle Rock."

"Dolan was handcuffed and booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se and prohibited use of weapons."

"Booking information is a public record typically available from Douglas County, But information on Dolan was not provided, and a jail official referred questions to a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, who did not return calls." ...
 

CO: Tapes Suggest Detective Fabricated Victim Injuries
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"Court tapes obtained in a CBS4 investigation suggest the lead detective in a series of racially-motivated downtown Denver assaults exaggerated and fabricated injuries inflicted on a victim of an Aug. 23 attack. The victim of the attack, Allen Andes, says Detective Paul Baca 'pressured' him to lie about his injuries. The more serious the injuries, the more serious the criminal charges, and the more potential jail time for suspects." ...
 

NJ: When the uniform turns from blue to prison orange
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"On March 5, 'Brooklyn’s Finest' opened in theaters with a character played by Ethan Hawke, a narcotics cop who finds himself bouncing back and forth between a life of an upstanding policeman and a life of crime, all to provide for his family. March 5 also marked the day two New York City police officers walked into a Newark federal courthouse to answer to charges of armed robbery of a Carlstadt perfume warehouse where a ring of alleged bandits, including an additional NYPD officer arrested last week, took employees hostage and left with approximately $1 million in fragrances."

"Within the past three years, there have been five New York City police officers arrested and charged in connection with brazen crimes ..." ...
 

WA: Some WA cops not doing too well on constitutional issues lately
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two flaps have erupted in the Evergreen state involving police and constitutional rights, and both have elicited strong reactions from citizens who might just have a better grasp on the law, and the Constitution, than do the cops in question."

"Item #1: A Vancouver man identified as Kurk Robert Kirby, 26, was cited and released by Vancouver police on March 19 for openly-carrying a pistol in a local Albertson’s market. ..."

"Kirby, it turns out, had been escorted out of a Vancouver shopping mall the day before by security staff, allegedly after several people complained at the sight of his pistol ... That was the gear he carried Friday to the grocery with his wife, who was also packing, but her gun was legally concealed." ...
 

IL: Retired Ill. Cop Pulls Gun on Officer on Traffic Stop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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pulling a gun on a Pekin officer Friday during a traffic stop."

"Mark E. Chittick, 60, of Dunlap also faced charges of unlawful use of a weapon, fleeing/attempting to elude police and improper lane usage from the incident. Those charges were not filed by the Tazewell County State's Attorney's Office. ..." ...

"Chittick ... was released ... after posting $126.50 bail. ..."

"Chittick still works for the Peoria Police Department ... after learning about his arrest ... Police Chief Steven Settingsgaard reassigned the former officer to desk duties."
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FL: Hey, The Second Amendment Applies to Adoptive Parents, Too
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Ted Deutch, the Democrat running for Congress in Florida's 19th Congressional District, just voted against a bill that would ban adoption agencies from requiring prospective parents to disclose whether they have a firearm.

To every other member of the Florida State Senate except one, it seemed clear that an adoption agency should not look into a person's exercise of their Constitutionally-protected Second Amendment rights as part of determining whether someone would make a good parent.

UPDATE: This measure passed the Florida State House, 112-0, and then passed the Senate 38-2. Yeah, Florida's considering sending one of those two to Congress.
 

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