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McDonald v. City of Chicago oral arguments transcript released
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Download our pdf to read the transcript of oral arguments in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

The Court has refused a media request to promptly release the audiotape.

Analysis from Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson, the attorney of record for Buckeye Firearms Foundation, which filed friend-of-the-court briefs in both the McDonald and Heller Supreme Court cases, is forthcoming.
 

Are You Packing Heat? Your Local Newspaper May be Planning to Out You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two and a half years ago, when readers of the Sandusky Register in Ohio opened the paper on June 25, 2007, many were shocked to find their name, age and county of residence published alongside those of nearly 2,700 other law-abiding private citizens. At the top of the page read only the title, 'Sandusky County Concealed Carry List', accompanied by a menacing graphic with the words 'Conceal Carry: Who Needs to Know?' cunningly framed around a gun’s scope. While the page offered no other content or context whatsoever, the lack of such more than set the tone. It may as well have been headlined, 'Hey – Fear These Scary Gun-Toting People.'" ...
 

The 'Center Mass' Myth and Ending a Gunfight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Surviving a gunfight isn't what you think it is. Don't let conventional wisdom get you killed. A well place round to 'center mass' in your attacker may not take him out of the fight. Lots of people stay in the fight after 'center mass' hits, and some even win it. If you expect to win your gunfight, you have to make sure that you have effectively ended the threat of your attacker. One, two or even several well placed 'center mass' shots may not do what you think it will, and learning to recognize this before you gunfight may save your life." ...
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Scathing report: Tea partiers just like Timothy McVeigh
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A new attack by the Southern Poverty Law Center charges the tea-party movement is 'shot through' with radical ideas and tied with 'hate groups,' 'furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups' and 'so-called 'Patriot' groups.'"

"The SPLC report, 'Rage on the Right, The Year in Hate and Extremism,' assails Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., for 'plugging' anti-government ideas and Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt for daring to promote Second Amendment gun rights."

"The SPLC's Mark Potok warns 'so-called 'Patriot' groups – militias and other organizations that see the federal government as part of a plot to impose 'one-world government' on liberty-loving Americans – came roaring back after years out of the limelight.'" ...
 

Why Is Obama Hiding Under His Desk?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a historic case regarding constitutional gun rights in McDonald v. City of Chicago. What position is the United States government taking in this case -- arguably the most important one this year? Surprise, surprise. Our government is not taking a position. Instead, President Obama is hiding under his desk in the Oval Office."

"What a profile in courage." ...

"In major cases, it's typical for the Justice Department to file a brief informing the Supreme Court of the position of the United States. The Office of the Solicitor General ... routinely files briefs in high-profile cases.

"McDonald is as high-profile is it gets. ..." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: ABC needs to learn the ABC's of the second amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some say that more guns mean safer schools. I am one of those, and I can show you where more guns make schools safer."

"More liberty, more affirmation of the second amendment and what it really means to American self-rule is what makes for safer schools. Understanding of the lethal force behind our supreme authority over our servants is what makes schools safer by dint of personal independence over dependency on anything but. When adult students are disarmed of handguns, their legal authority is also banned on campus. When adults are banned from being armed, parents visiting their kids on a lower school or high school campus are also disarmed of both lethal force and legal authority to act. ..." ...
 

Leave the law-abiders alone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the comedy Roxanne, Steve Martin is a fire chief of an incompetent department that's as likely to start a fire as put one out."

"'I have a dream,' he tells the men after dousing one of their own little fires. 'It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream -- and I hope you don't find this too crazy -- is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad.'"

"Yes -- kind of like a city or state saying, 'Whatever you do, don't let the law-abiding citizens have guns!'" ...
 

Anti-gun extremists bring campaign of social bigotry to Seattle Wednesday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The campaign of coercion against Starbucks Coffee by extremist anti-gunners is coming to Seattle Wednesday morning with a press conference scheduled at 10:30 a.m. in Victor Steinbrueck Park next to the Pike Place Market."

"Organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Washington CeaseFire, this is the latest chapter in their effort to force Starbucks and other companies to act as corporate surrogates in their attempt to foster social bigotry against firearm owners. ... It is political thuggery disguised as political theater, and is more aimed at grabbing the spotlight at a time when these extremist organizations are losing their political clout as well as their relevance." ...
 

Chicago man explains challenge of city's handgun ban
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"Otis McDonald doesn't care what you think."

"You can accuse the black inner-city grandfather of betraying Chicago neighborhoods overrun by thugs with guns."

"Go ahead, call him a pawn of wealthy, white gun-nuts suing to lift the city's handgun ban."

"But the 76-year-old Morgan Park man who has become the face of one of the most important Second Amendment lawsuits in history wants you to know this: He is not a 'showpiece' for the pro-gun lobby ..."

"'It doesn't matter what anyone's motives were for picking me for this,' McDonald said. 'I have my own motives, and they are so compelling and so heavy that to me this is worthy of my effort.'" ...
 

Cleveland continues fight for local gun control
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Imagine a world where every town had completely different traffic laws. Drive into Parma and suddenly you're required to drive on the left side of the road. Enter Lakewood, and a red light means to go and a green light means stop. Head into Westlake and get arrested because white cars are illegal. That is the scenario facing gun owners if Cleveland wins its bid to overturn statewide preemption in Ohio." ...
 

Civil Liberties Advocates, Not 'Gun Advocates'
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"In this NPR story Nina Totenberg gives both sides their say. But twice she refers to the people advocating Second Amendment rights as 'gun advocates' (and once as 'gun rights advocates'). That's not the language NPR uses in other such cases. In 415 NPR stories on abortion, I found only one reference to 'abortion advocates,' in 2005. There are far more references, hundreds more, to 'abortion rights,' 'reproductive rights,' and 'women's rights.' And certainly abortion-rights advocates would insist that they are not 'abortion advocates,' they are advocates for the right of women to choose whether or not to have an abortion. NPR grants them the respect of characterizing them the way they prefer." ...
 

DC: Justices signal they're ready to make gun ownership a national right
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"Most of the Supreme Court justices who two years ago said the 2nd Amendment protects individual gun rights signaled during arguments Tuesday that they are ready to extend this right nationwide and to use it to strike down some state and local gun regulations."

"Since 1982, Chicago has outlawed handguns in the city ... That ordinance was challenged by several city residents who said it violated their right 'to keep and bear arms' under the 2nd Amendment."

"The case forced the high court to confront a simple question it had never answered: Did the 2nd Amendment limit only the federal government's ability to regulate guns and state militias, or did it also give citizens a right to challenge state and local restrictions on guns?" ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: A better headline would read:
Justices signal they're ready to recognize gun ownership as a national right
 

DC: Supreme Court seems ready to extend gun rights to cities, states
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"The US Supreme Court appears to be on verge of extending the constitutional protection of the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms to every jurisdiction in the nation."

"During an hour-long oral argument at the high court on Tuesday, several justices exhibited a willingness to enforce their landmark 2008 gun-rights decision at the state and local level."

"If they do so, the decision may doom not only the Chicago handgun ban ... but other handgun bans and some of the toughest state and local gun-control laws in the country ..."

"The only remaining question in McDonald v. Chicago was which constitutional mechanism the majority justices might use to apply the 2008 holding to state and local governments ..." ...
 

McDonald v. Chicago Instant Analysis
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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price to pay in order to witness the oral arguments in McDonald v. Chicago. While I think incorporation through the due process clause is a slam-dunk, I find it unlikely that the Court will reach to overturn the Slaughter-House cases and reinvigorate the Privileges or Immunities Clause."

"Alan Gura began, noting that the framers of the 14th amendment made a promise to the McDonald family, that no state shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizenship. Gura noted that the rights protected by the Privileges or Immunities Clause are not trivial, and that contrary to the assertions of Slaughter-House, the war was not fought for protection of rights on the high seas." ...
 

Analysis: 2d Amendment extension likely
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"The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed poised to require state and local governments to obey the Second Amendment guarantee of a personal right to a gun, but with perhaps considerable authority to regulate that right. The dominant sentiment on the Court was to extend the Amendment beyond the federal level, based on the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of 'due process,' since doing so through another part of the 14th Amendment would raise too many questions about what other rights might emerge." ...
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KABA Note: Yes, we don't want the peasants thinking they have too many rights now, do we. Just the rights we grant them, subject (of course) to "reasonable restrictions".
 

In Chicago Gun Case, Supreme Court Sounds Note of Caution
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"Oral argument in the crucial Second Amendment case of McDonald v. Chicago has just ended at the Supreme Court, and one thing appears clear: the justices are not yet ready to open what seems to them to be a can of worms by invoking the 'privileges or immunities' clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as the way to apply the right to bear arms to states and localities. The more traditional route of the 'due process' clause seems almost certain to be Court's chosen path."

"Alan Gura, who was arguing for the 'privileges or immunities' route, ran into skepticism almost from the moment he began, when ChiefJustice John Roberts Jr. said Gura had a 'heavy burden' because his approach entailed striking down the Slaughterhouse cases of 1873." ...
 

Gun Rights Secure, Liberty Less So
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"This morning the Court heard argument in McDonald v. Chicago ..."

"From the initial questioning through the end, it was quite clear that those living in Chicago ... will soon be able to rest easy, knowing that they will be able to have guns with which to protect themselves. Unfortunately, the Court did not seem inclined to adopt the arguments propounded by petitioners' counsel Alan Gura ... that the Privileges or Immunities Clause was the way to go. Chief Justice Roberts expressed reluctance at having to overturn the 1873 Slaughterhouse Cases and other justices joined in concerns over how activist judges would use the Clause if the Court revived it — even if that were the path that hewed more closely to the constitution's true meaning." ...
 

McDonald v. Chicago Hearings Today: Looks Good for Guns, Probably not so Good for the Privileges or Immunities Clause
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"I'll be writing a full account of what went on today and its likely meaning that should be up at Reason Online in a couple of days ..."

"My very quick take: the Justices were pretty rough on lead lawyers for both sides, Alan Gura and James Feldman, for different reasons, which makes the most likely looking outcome right now a victory for plaintiff Otis McDonald and his team, but not a victory achieved through the overturning of the SlaughterHouse cases and a revival of the 14th Amendment's 'privileges or immunities' clause. That is, the Second Amendment will likely apply to the states, but the full contours of what that means will play out in many, many future legal challenges to state and local gun regulations." ...
 

Supreme Court hears McDonald v. Chicago today: Don't expect too much
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... "I'm here to be the wet blanket (somebody has to be). I fear that many of us are counting our McDonald chickens (and no--this is not a McNuggets reference) before they hatch. First, although almost everyone (except Chicago Mayor Richard Daley) expects a win for the gun rights side, and a defeat for Chicago's handgun ban, it may not be as cut and dried as that. The thinking is, apparently, that the same five Justices who were in the majority in Heller are still on the Court, with the only change (Sonia Sotomayor replacing David Souter) being on the dissent." ...
 

Chicago gun case argued before Supreme Court today
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"My own position? Pretty simple, really. Rights are supposed to be unalienable."
 

Early Consensus: Supreme Court Will Overturn Chicago Gun Law
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"Remember all the noise about the implications of this morning's hearing of McDonald v. Chicago?"

"The court pretty much put the heat on ice by signaling they are not giving the Privileges or Immunities clause argument any serious consideration. Instead, they are favoring the second amendment (via the 14th's Due Process clauses) as a way to extend the right to carry firearms nationally, striking down state gun rules. That said, they appeared to concede that states have the right to regular to a certain...to be determined." ...
 

Promising Arguments in McDonald v. Chicago 2nd Amendment Case
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"The Supreme Court has concluded hearing oral arguments in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the Second Amendment Foundation's challenge to Chicago's gun ban."

"As expected, the Justices gave strong indications that they intend to 'incorporate' the Second Amendment to apply it against the states and declare Chicago’s gun ban unconstitutional."

"That will of course be followed by Chicago Mayor Daley trying to loosen the law to the absolute minimum for compliance with the Court’s order just like Washington, DC did."

"I expect to see at least two more lawsuits against Chicago before an average citizen will be able to purchase and possess a handgun in their home. ..." ...
 

What Do the Supremes Think of Chicago's Gun Ban?
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"Does a ban on guns constitute a 'reasonable regulation'? Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago sure thinks so. 'We have the right for health and safety to pass reasonable laws dealing with the protection and health of the people of the city of Chicago,' Daley said. Despite the push by Chicago to make McDonald v. City of Chicago about crime, a majority on the Supreme Court today appeared to want nothing to do that argument. Justice Anthony Kennedy described the right to self-defense as being as 'fundamental' as the right to freedom of speech. The question the court faces is how many of Chicago’s regulations beyond the ban should survive." ...
 

Supreme Court Misfires on McDonald Argument
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"In 1861, America began a war to end slavery. Shortly thereafter, we began another battle — Reconstruction — to end the incidents of slavery, culminating in the ratification of the Thirteen, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. But from today’s arguments in McDonald v. City of Chicago, you would never know any of that had ever occurred, let alone that the Fourteenth Amendment — including specifically its Privileges or Immunities Clause — was enacted for the specific purpose of putting an end to a Southern tyranny that included the systematic disarmament of newly free blacks and their white supporters in order to keep them in a state of servile terror." ...
 

Court likely to rule right to keep and bear arms extended
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"I don't think they dare rule the right is not extended. But look for every possible attempt to obfuscate 'shall not be infringed' with 'reasonable restrictions.'"

Includes link to oral arguments transcript.
 

Safer Streets 2010 and McDonald: where selective incorporation means selective enforcement
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"Selective enforcement of the law is one of the enemies of self-rule; it means that if there is any ambiguity in the law, too much latitude, that an agency can interpret the rules to one's advantage over the interests of the citizen. ... We are aware that if such quandary exists in some courts, the law is to be interpreted to the advantage of the taxpayer, but this hasn't been the case in defensive pleadings against eminent domain, taxation, and other instances one can think of. This is the Hegelian paradigm of chaos in politics and governance: if it says something ambiguous, and if we turn to government to explain it to us, we fall into a trap that erodes self-rule. Small wonder such things are written to be ambiguous." ...
 

Supreme Court Remains Divided Over Gun Control
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"An unusually intense Supreme Court argument Tuesday showed that the justices remain bitterly divided about the meaning and scope of the Second Amendment. And it suggested that the five-justice majority in the 2008 decision that first identified an individual right to keep and bear arms was prepared to take another major step in subjecting gun control laws to constitutional scrutiny." ...

"But the two justices who wrote dissents in Heller, Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen G. Breyer, peppered the lawyers with questions about how the court might apply the Second Amendment to the states in only a limited way." ...
 

Does the Second Amendment Apply Outside the Home?
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"On Tuesday, the Supreme Court considered the question of whether the Second Amendment applies outside of jurisdictions controlled by the federal government. The court will almost certainly say yes, and soon it may consider a question that should be equally easy to answer: whether the Second Amendment applies outside of the home." ...

"Assuming the court strikes down Chicago's handgun ban, what other forms of gun control could be vulnerable? Since the Second Amendment protects the right to 'bear' arms as well as the right to 'keep' them, restrictions on carrying guns in public are a ripe target." ...
 

Our view on the Second Amendment: Extend gun rights, but leave room for reasonable limits
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"Anyone who doesn't follow the gun debate closely could be forgiven for wondering why the Supreme Court heard arguments in another major Second Amendment case on Tuesday. Didn't the court settle the issue two years ago?"

"Yes and no. A 5-4[sic] majority said in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to own guns, and the justices struck down the District of Columbia's ban on the private ownership of handguns." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually, all nine justices held that it protected an individual right. As Justice Stevens wrote in the opening paragraph of their dissent:
"The question presented by this case is not whether the Second Amendment protects a 'collective right' or an 'individual right.' Surely it protects a right that can be enforced by individuals. But a conclusion that the Second Amendment protects an individual right does not tell us anything about the scope of that right."
 

Brady Campaign Statement On Arguments In U. S. Supreme Court Gun Case
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"Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Center ... observed the oral argument today in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago at the U.S. Supreme Court, and issued the following statement:"

"'In the two years since the Heller decision, courts throughout the country have rejected the arguments of gun criminals and the gun lobby that the Second Amendment enshrines their 'any gun, anywhere, any time' agenda."

"'Today's arguments seemed to indicate a consensus ... that reasonable restrictions on gun ownership are 'presumptively lawful.'"

"Either way the Court decides the 'incorporation' issue, the Second Amendment continues to allow Americans to have the strong, common sense gun laws they want and need ..." ...
 

Give Us a Right to Be Free of Those Who Bear Arms
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"Second Amendment fans were at the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday arguing that the constitutionally protected right to bear arms should kill Chicago’s gun law."

"The court will probably do just that. But Chicago's ban on handguns, along with one in suburban neighbor Oak Park, are the only laws that are so restrictive. They don't reflect what is going on across much of the country."

"The real problem is that state legislators want to give more people the right to buy more guns and carry them into more places."

"In my home state, Georgia lawmakers are pushing a bill that would welcome handguns into bars and houses of worship, onto college campuses and state playgrounds. ... Political rallies, too."

"Chicago’s looking better to me all the time." ...
 

Court should not infringe states' rights[sic] to regulate arms
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"The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on how the constitutional right to own firearms squares with local, national and state gun regulations."

"Passions run high on this issue and the court faces a challenge in balancing individual rights and the general welfare. ..."

"A year ago, the Supreme Court settled the argument over whether citizens have an individual right to keep firearms. By a 5-4 majority, it said the Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arms, including handguns, for protection and self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: States do not have rights. People have rights, states have powers.
 

When will people learn about handguns?
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

So now the arguments are on before The Supremes, does one person's so-called Second Amendment right trump my very human right to not be threatened by people carrying handguns on the CTA? When will we ever learn?

-- Candace Drimmer, Chicago
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Submitter's Note: Well Candy, being threatened with a handgun constitutes aggravated assault and is already a felony, punishable by 1-3 years in prison, and a $25000 fine. Unless, of course, you feel threatened merely by the thought that someone on the CTA might be armed. In which case I would suggest you seek professional help for your hoplophobia and paranoia.
 

Don't Trash the Constitution, Justice Scalia
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"This front-page story in yesterday's Washington Post featured a quotation from Justice Antonin Scalia, taken from a 2006 Yale Law School presentation, in which the Justice calls the 14th Amendment's Privileges or Immunities Clause 'flotsam.' Flotsam is defined by Webster's Dictionary as 'floating debris': trash, in other words. Talk about trashing the Constitution."

"Justice Scalia continued along these lines at oral argument today in McDonald v. City of Chicago ... Scalia jumped all over McDonald's attorney, Alan Gura, who had the temerity to argue that the text and history of the Privileges or Immunities Clause was relevant to the outcome of the case ..." ...
 

IN: Keep workplaces safe, say no to guns
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"This week, Lilly and other employers in Indiana may be confronted with the passage of a law by the Indiana General Assembly that will bar them as a property owner from prohibiting firearms on their property."

"As written, the two draft bills in the Indiana House and Senate would permit an employee or contractor to maintain a firearm in his locked vehicle as long as it is legally possessed. There are exemptions, including private residences, schools or property used for a school function." ...
 

CSU Board of Governors turns a deaf ear to its students
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"Colorado State University's Board of Governors, after hearing speaker after speaker supporting concealed carry on campus, proceeded Tuesday to make CSU a gun free zone with a unanimous vote. The Sheriff of Larimer county, where CSU is located, has said he will not incarcerate anyone arrested for carrying a weapon on campus if they had a concealed carry permit. The Gazette of Colorado Springs is running a poll gauging support for the ban. As of this writing, the results are shown in the image at left." ...
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Submitter's Note: The poll is about 2/3 of the way down the article on the right.
 

TN: TN candidates take the gun rights quiz
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Tennessee political candidates become known during the 2010 election cycle, I will send them the gun rights questionnaire below. As I receive their responses, I will post them in the Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner column, and index them alphabetically on this page."

"If these races interest you, be sure to bookmark this page, and check back often. Or you can subscribe (free) above, and you will receive an email each time I post a new candidate's responses. Subscriptions will also notify you of my other columns as they are posted."

"Candidate response links wil be added in alphabetical order, by office." ...
 

WY: Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act-2 Passes Senate
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"HB-95 Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act-2 passes Senate second reading."

"Although it has been attacked by anti-gun Senators pandering to the Anti-Gun Police Union, it still has 'Teeth'."

"HB-95 needs to endure a third reading and then it will require the Governor’s approval. This legislation must move forward without any more attacks on the language or it will become a mere 'Resolution' with 'Pulled Teeth'." ...
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Submitter's Note: You can see those teeth on page 6 of the bill here(.pdf).
 

VA: Va. General Assembly approves bill allowing handguns in bars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun-rights supporters had reason to cheer Tuesday after the Virginia General Assembly gave final approval to a bill allowing concealed weapons permit holders to enter restaurants that serve alcohol. Two other bills friendly to gun owners also won final approval."

"On a day when the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing perhaps the most widely followed Second Amendment case in years, Virginia's House of Delegates gave final passage to a Senate bill that opens bars to people licensed to carry handguns."

"The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), who is expected to sign it."

"The measure would not prevent restaurateurs or bar owners from forbidding guns on their premises, its backers said." ...
 

TX: Vice officer charged with record tampering
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Houston Police Department vice officer appeared in court this morning after being arrested during the weekend on two charges of tampering with a government record in connection with a prostitution arrest."

"Samuel Anthony Roccaforte, 57, is accused of arresting a woman for prostitution and filing a false police record about what the 45-year-old said in her bedroom."

"The woman, whose prostitution charges have been dropped, protested being arrested for offering sex in exchange for money."

"On tape, the officer can be heard saying, 'Well, you did, you know you did, I know you did. There's no audio, there's no video. It's gonna be my word against yours and who do you think they're going to believe?' ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

MD: 4.5 SWAT Raids Per Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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of its police departments issue a report on how often and for what purpose they use their SWAT teams. The first reports from the legislation are in, and the results are disturbing."

"Over the last six months of 2009, SWAT teams were deployed 804 times in the state of Maryland, or about 4.5 times per day. ... According to a Baltimore Sun analysis, 94 percent of the state's SWAT deployments were used to serve search or arrest warrants, leaving just 6 percent in response to the kinds of barricades, bank robberies, hostage takings, and emergency situations for which SWAT teams were originally intended." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

KY: Metro Corrections officer charged with sexual abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Metro Corrections officer was arrested Wednesday and charged with engaging in sexual acts with a female inmate inside her cell ..."

"James Mikesell, 38, is charged with one count each of second-degree sexual abuse, official misconduct and tampering with physical evidence ... He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation."

"According to an arrest warrant, Mikesell allegedly entered the inmate's cell and engaged in oral sex with her on Saturday. It also alleges he had encounters with the same inmate on more than one occasion."

"... [T]he department will perform an administrative investigation into the incident, but a criminal investigation is being handled by Louisville Metro Police." ...
 

MD: Civil jury awards 2 sisters $123,000 in strip-search case
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"A city jury awarded two sisters more than $123,000 in damages on Monday and found that Baltimore Police Sgt. Allen Adkins committed false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and battery, among other counts filed by the women in a civil suit against him." ...

"Jennell and Shaketa Causey filed a civil suit against Adkins, claiming he falsified evidence to make it appear as if they were dealing drugs out of a Brooklyn bar, which led to illegal strip searches and charges against the women of drug possession with the intent to distribute."

"The charges were later dropped by the Baltimore state's attorney's office, which has labeled Adkins an untrustworthy witness."

"He is banned from testifying in city courts ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

IN: Fort Wayne Police Officer Suspended For The 14th Time
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... "Police Chief Rusty York says he suspended Morales for five days without pay for problems with 'alertness on duty.'" ...

"... the 19-year veteran, [has] now been suspended for the 14th time since 1991."

"Morales' last suspension was in February, after he was accused of inappropriately using a taser on an individual who was already handcuffed. ..."

"Prior to that, Morales was accused of going absent without leave multiple times, being involved in several accidents with his police cruiser, falsifying reports, excessive force and searching a home without a warrant."

"When asked why Morales has been allowed to keep his badge, York explained that discipline problems are handled with a 'progressive system.'" ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

AL: Former Police Officer And Convicted Rapist Committs Suicide
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Sources tell News 5, the former Chickasaw Police Officer facing life in prison for raping his young step-daughter has committed suicide.

Bob Ingle was supposed to be sentenced tomorrow.

Ingle's step-daughter, Rebecca McEvoy was killed in an unrelated car crash one year after she told her best friend about the alleged abuse.

Ingle was arrested in December 2006. He fought to get the charges dropped based on what his attorneys argued was his constitutional right to confront his accuser.

The case faced six delays as the judge and attorneys sorted out what evidence would be allowed.

He was finally convicted last month.
 

NC: Two Sheriff's Deputies Charged with Assault
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"The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department told News Channel 7 Thursday that two deputies were summoned to district court after being charged with assault."

"The State Bureau of Investigation told us that Sgt. Roger Steve Reynolds was charged with obstruction of justice and assault inflicting serious injury. They also say Deputy Thomas Billy Short III is charged with assault inflicting serious injury." ...

"Suttle was injured during the arrest ... He suffered facial and head injuries. ... He was treated at the Rutherford Hospital."

"Suttle was arrested and charged with underage consumption of alcohol, resisting a public officer and assault on a government official/employee ..."

"Both Reynolds and Short have resigned."
 

IL: Chicago cop sues Forest Park police department
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"An off-duty Chicago police officer arrested two years ago for allegedly smashing tables at a bar on Madison Street and assaulting local police officers has filed a federal suit against the village's police department claiming he was brutalized during the arrest."

"Richard Schmidt ... is accusing four officers of kicking and punching him, and shocking him with a stun gun. The alleged attack, which was March 1, 2008, was unprovoked and without cause ..."

"Schmidt claims he was rendered unconscious by the repeated blows, and that an electronic stun gun was used more than seven times on his lower back and left leg. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Boy that shoe sure pinches when it's on the other foot.

H/t to David Codrea.
 

CA: Ex-deputy: Guards, inmates often have sex
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"It has become somewhat of a problem over the past couple months in Kern County. Two different detention deputies accused of having sexual relations with inmates." ...

"Eyewitness News spoke with a former employee at Lerdo jail. She worked in the same area as the deputies accused of these sex crimes. She asked to keep her identity concealed."

"'Its a sex thing,' the former deputy said. 'They look at the officers, and they figure if they can get one to bite, they can get something out of them.'"

"The ex-deputy said these kinds of incidents happen a lot out at Lerdo jail. She said on top of the two public incidents, 'there's probably another 20 right now that nobody knows about.'" ...
 

FL: Cop Leaves Informant Info On Car Roof, Drives Off
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"It's another black eye for the Altamonte Springs Police Department. ... a secret list of the police agency's confidential informants has been lost by a police officer ..."

"This incident comes just one day after ... another story about the city's Deputy Police Chief, George Small, being under investigation for fixing tickets. They're the latest problems for an already troubled police agency, with officers accused of drunk driving and even drug dealing."

"Apparently, an Altamonte Springs police lieutenant had files of highly-sensitive information on confidential informants on a small thumb drive. The small drive got left on the roof of a car and was lost when he drove away." ...
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OH: Local permit numbers about the same
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"Sheriffs issued a record number of concealed handgun licenses last year in Ohio, but Marion County saw a slight decrease."

"The number doubled in surrounding counties."

"Chief Deputy Sheriff Al Hayden said the Marion County numbers didn't surprise him much. In 2008, 225 permits were issued."

"In 2009, 209 residents received permits."

"'It takes time for stuff to get around to people and they realize there's a process,' he said. 'There's more and more places that offer the training now.'"

Many Marion County residents could be getting permits elsewhere, he explained." ...
 

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