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Obama could cut Russian ammo imports as response to Ukraine crisis
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "With foreign imports growing to accommodate the already stretched supply of ammunition that has domestic manufacturers running operations around the clock, such a move would not only send an easy and immediate signal that would meet with 'progressive' political and media approval, it would also continue with a long-established tactic of the 'gun control' movement: punishing peaceable gun owners for something they are not responsible for." ...
 

China train station knife attack illustrates helplessness of unarmed victims
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Not unexpectedly, even in China, disarmament of those who refuse to comply is a pipe dream. And when terror strikes, the 'law-abiding' are left to run, hide, scream, fall, bleed out and die until 'authorized' armed responders show up on scene." ...
 

 

Americans embrace guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"This past weekend, the Tennessee Law Review held a symposium on 'New Frontiers in the Second Amendment.' It was a follow-up, of sorts, to a symposium held almost 20 years ago, and boy, has a lot changed since then."

"In 1995, Second Amendment scholarship had been almost entirely nonexistent for decades, and what little there was (mostly written by lobbyists for gun-control groups) treated the matter as open-and-shut: The Second Amendment, we were told, protected only the right of state militias (or as former Chief Justice Warren Burger characterized them, 'state armies') to possess guns. Lower court opinions, to the extent they existed, were largely in agreement ..." ...
 

Liberals should be more tactful in gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The GOP majority in the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would allow students to carry firearms on college campuses. This ruling marks the last hurdle for the bill before it is presented to Gov. Butch Otter to sign. The popular liberal response has been to condemn these measures as counterproductive to the interest of safety. Yet, the slow pace at which gun reform is introduced would suggest that such condemnations are not effective. Rather than remaining in staunch opposition to the possession of guns, liberals would do well to be conscious of how pervasive gun culture is in the United States." ...
 

The shoe is now on the other for for media
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "... [E]ach year we find more initiatives that are aimed at removing the only tool we have to control tyrannical government intrusion. In all that time, the media has been especially complicit in cheering it along ..."

"Most of us who cherish all of our personal freedoms found it a bit amusing how the media suddenly came to life this past week when the FCC announced they'd begin investigating to see why particular stories were or were not printed to 'insure fair coverage.' ..."

"Well sirs, welcome to the world Jefferson was speaking about and the one that all of us who support the Second Amendment have tried to make you aware of. When you volunteer to give up one of those 10 amendments, you set up a freefall for losing the rest of them. ..." ...
 

Get Cultured: What the rest of the world thinks of guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"We all know how the United States feels about their gun laws – or do we? What about the rest of the world?"

"Let’s start with the United States. In December 1791, the Second Amendment, which granted citizens the right to keep and bear arms, was adopted. This was implemented to support the natural right of self-defense, resistance to oppression and the civic duty to defend the state."

"Simple enough, right? Not so much anymore. From gang violence in the ‘30s to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, regulations have been implemented to prevent such acts of violence." ...
 

How Piers Morgan Shot Himself In The Foot
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The New York Times reported this week that Piers Morgan will be leaving CNN. David Carr, as always, authored an insightful and almost unapologetic piece on the reasons why Morgan’s ratings were so poor, most notably Morgan’s inability to 'connect' to an American audience and his obsession with gun control. And in response to the news, Morgan told TMZ recently that he wanted to do bigger interviews in his next job." ...
 

Crazy Gun Laws for Us, but Not for Them
Submitted by: Robert Morse
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"Other gun-grabbing states have crazy laws, but California is neck and neck with any of them, even New Jersey and Maryland. Need examples of crazy gun laws? California legislators want each fired case to have a unique mark called a micro-stamp. Stranger still is that the micro-stamping requirements don’t apply to guns used by law enforcement officers. In fact, most firearms restrictions don’t apply to the police at all. How crazy is that!" ...
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Submitter's Note: We are told these crazy gun laws are essential to public safety, yet public safety officers are the first to receive exemptions.
Smell the hypocrisy. Hear the lies.
 

 

Anti-gun group panics over Georgia joining 41 states in allowing airport carry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'Americans for Responsible Solutions,' the anti-gun group headlined by former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly, is in a tizzy over the fact that the Georgia legislature appears close to passing a bill that would, among other things, legalize the carrying of defensive firearms in the non-'sterile' ('sterile' meaning secured with metal detectors and/or other scanners, and by federal law off limits to armed private citizens) areas of airports in the state. From their 'Send us money!' email:" ...
 

Brady Campaign signals exclusive focus on 'universal background checks'--for now
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Last Friday marked the 20-year anniversary of the so-called 'Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.' To observe this anniversary, the Brady Campaign released one of their 'studies,' this one titled '20 Years of Brady Background Checks: The Case for Finishing the Job to Keep America Safer.' This column has already noted why American gun owners should be concerned whenever the Brady Bunch talks about 'finishing the job'--their 'final solution' has nothing to do with keeping anyone 'safer.'" ...
 

In the U.S., guns have more value than children
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "I agree with Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund. People should be outraged that we do more to protect guns than we do to protect children."

"Lawmakers won’t even institute stringent background checks before all gun sales and ban the manufacture and sale of assault rifles. Edelman said the 'complicity in the nation’s destructive culture of gun violence that kills or injures a child or teen every 30 minutes; is obscene." ...
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Submitter's Note: I have no idea where Ms. Edelman is getting her numbers. To come anywhere close to 'one child or teen killed every 30 minutes' you have to A) include suicides and 2} include 'children and teens' up to age forty-four!
 

Existence of guns proves too risky
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "So what makes guns such a compelling item to own? Many people will say that they own a gun for self-defense ... a completely legitimate argument. According to the FBI, an estimated 1,214,462 violent crimes ... occurred nationwide in 2012, an increase of 0.7 percent from the bureau’s 2011 estimate."

"But, while many criminals have been fended off by gun-wielding victims, it’s also important to look at how the criminal commits his/her crime. The [CDC] calculated that in 2010, there were a total of 16,259 homicides in the United States. Out of those, 11,078 ... were committed with firearms, and those are just the murders – roughly 10 percent of the over 5 million violent crimes committed each year were committed using a gun." ...
 

NC: Moms Demanded Action and Got NOTHING!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As you undoubtedly know from yesterday morning’s alert, the local chapter of Michael Bloomberg’s Nanny Moms Demand Absolute Subservience ... organized a 'protest' at the Wake Forest location of the Staples office supply store yesterday."

"Our sources tell us that exactly ten people showed up; coincidentally, the exact number of 'paid' staffers that MDA has on the take in North Carolina."

"Not surprisingly, the moms didn’t get the red carpet treatment they were expecting. Relegated to the parking lot ... the only audience the moms seemed to find was the lone police officer that showed up, and the news crew that took pity on them (it was a slow news day ...)." ...
 

ID: Boise State Professor Pens NYT Op-Ed Satirically Critical of Idaho's SB 1254 Allowing Guns on Campus
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Senate Bill 1254 in Idaho will allow students to carry concealed weapons on the state's public college campuses, so one professor wondered if/when he may open fire on a student."

"In an op-ed for the New York Times, Boise State University biology professor Greg Hampikian posed the question 'When may I shoot a student?' ..."

"'I assume that if a student shoots first, I am allowed to empty my clip; but given the velocity of firearms, and my aging reflexes, I'd like to be proactive,' Hampikian wrote. 'For example, if I am working out a long equation on the board and several students try to correct me using their laser sights, am I allowed to fire a warning shot?'" ...
 

MN: Homeowner Holds Burglar at Gunpoint Until He Tried to Run Away… And Got Hypothermia…
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you want to run from an area and hide, you’re probably SOL if there is snow on the ground, but I guess if you’re facing prison you don’t really think logically about things like that."

"According to local media reports, a MN resident awoke to the sounds of someone breaking into his home. The homeowner armed himself and went to investigate."

"The homeowner found an intruder in his living room and attempted to hold the man at gunpoint."

"However, while the homeowner was on the phone with authorities ... the suspect made a move to reach for his waistband and then attempted to flee the home." ...

"However, the suspect didn’t think about the fact that this was Minnesota in the winter, which likely means snow on the ground." ...
 

MI: Police: West side Detroit homeowner shoots, kills man trying to break in (another view)
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"A woman on Friday shot and killed a man trying to break into her west side home, making it the third time this week that a Detroit homeowner with a legal firearm has killed an intruder."

The shooting involved a woman in her 50s, who was in her house ... at about 3:30 p.m. when she heard noises coming from her rear window, Detroit Police 3rd Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said."

"'She went to investigate and noticed a man trying to come in through the window,' Johnson said. 'She told him, 'stop,' but he continued trying to break in.'"

"The woman ran to the next room to retrieve her handgun, Johnson said."

"'She fired a shot and hit the man in the chest,' Johnson said. 'He ran off and collapsed in the street. ...'" ...
 

MI: Woman warns, kills man breaking into her home (video available)
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... "The woman warned the intruder she had a gun and was going to shoot him if he came into her home, but the man continued entering through the side window and the woman shot him in the chest."

"The man ran but fell in the street. Police said he was pronounced dead at the hospital."

"According to the woman's husband, this is the eighth time someone has broken into their home." ...
 

Connecticut Gun Confrontation Brewing Over Registration
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "... Is the state ready to amp up pressure on recalcitrants? What if such pressure moves recalcitrants into the category of resisters? Is this a game of chicken that Connecticut is willing to play?"

"Mike Vanderboegh doesn’t think so. ... Vanderboegh outlined possible consequences facing Connecticut State Police officers if they are called into action against the newly minted felons who were innocent on December 31 and became criminals in the eyes of the state the next day. Vanderboegh ... carefully crafted a 16,000-word e-mail and sent it to every one of the 1,200 members of the Connecticut State Police and the Department of Emergency Services warning of the consequences they could face ... Wrote Vanderboegh:"
"Though this letter is certainly intended to deal with an uncomfortable subject, it is not a threat to anyone. However, it is important for everyone to understand that while we promise not to take the first shot over principle, we make no such promise if attacked ..." ...
 

Gun Rights Advocates on Edge as Connecticut Confiscation Looms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Not for nothing, TTAG warned of bloodshed when Connecticut legislators first mooted the post-Newtown gun control legislation that Governor Dannel Malloy eventually signed into law. With the stroke of a pen, Malloy turned tens, if not hundreds of thousands of previously lawful gun owners into felons – unless they registered their 'assault rifles' and 'high-capacity magazines' with the state, destroyed them or sold them out of state. As Reverend Wright opined in one of his America-last rants, the chickens are coming home to roost. ... Meanwhile, gun rights advocates are steeling themselves – and their followers – for that fateful day. They’re looking for signs indicating imminence is imminent. And finding them . . ." ...
 

Not a bad idea for folks in CT
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I think that the next obvious step in Connecticut is for you to encourage patriotic CT residents to use that list of legislators to lobby them for a repeal of CT gun laws. Each one looks for the closest legislators and makes a point to stop by on Sunday, knock on the door, and tell their legislator that they would like to see a full repeal of CT gun laws." ...

"This is not a bad idea and if I were in the CCDL, I would take this opportunity to redouble their efforts along these lines. You may say it is a waste, but I would make two points:"

"First, we must -- we have a moral duty to -- use every peaceful way to avoid violence right up to the moment they open fire on innocent civilians. ..." ...
 

Patriot Activist Makes His Own List: The Home Addresses of CT Legislators Who Just Voted in Favor of Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Sometimes you just have to fight fire with fire. And that is exactly what Mike Vanderboegh has chosen to do. The state of Connecticut wants to make a list – a list of gun owners. So, Vanderboegh has created his own list – a list of those state legislators who are insisting that certain firearms be banned or registered."

"If you recall, most of the gun owners who own these weapons have refused to register them, with tens of thousands of residents engaging in an act of quiet civil disobedience."

"The state responded by sending out letters, demanding that gun owners across the state turn in all of their newly-banned, unregistered firearms and magazines or face felony prosecution." ...
 

CT: Official CT State Police spokesman says that state police would participate in door to door gun confiscations
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"The State of Connecticut says that all citizens must register rifles and high capacity magazines, or be charged will a felony. As many as 100,000 people could face heavily armed police smashing down their doors and be charged with a felony."

"The legislature of CT says that a registration is needed so they can know where the guns are. Yet at the same time, they are sending threatening letters to gun owners. ... The fact is, that the CT legislature fully intends to confiscate hundreds of thousands of firearms anyway. The registration process will simply make it easier ..."

"CT State Police Spokesman Lt. Vance says that state police would comply with an order from the state to conduct door to door gun confiscations." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: "What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?" -- The Gulag Archipelago, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
 

Frustrated States Fight Federal Overreach
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"States frustrated by federal overreach have been taking action to nullify laws coming from Washington, D.C. — but the efforts may prove futile given long-standing court precedents dictating that states can't overturn federal law."

"The federal actions under fire range from Obamacare and gun control laws to a controversial detention measure contained in a defense authorization bill." ...

"... Missouri's Senate in February passed a bill to nullify federal gun control laws and imprison any federal agent who tries to enforce them in the state."

"The bill ... was brought forward last year after President Barack Obama took to the national stage seeking an expanded background-checks law as well as a ban on assault weapons." ...
 

SC: OMG! Constitutional Carry! In South Carolina! OMG!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Spartanburg, South Carolina Herald-Journal has published an editorial explaining why they believe that allowing people to exercise their natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil and Constitutional right to own and carry a firearm of their choice is a bad idea. Let’s take a closer look at some of their arguments, shall we? . . ." ...
 

FL: Lawmakers Look to Pass Far-Flung Gun Bills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"What do Pop-Tarts and property insurance have in common?"

"For anyone who has been paying attention to the Florida Legislature recently, the answer is easy: Guns."

"Bills dealing with toaster pastries and insurance policies are just two of more than a dozen gun-related measures lined up for the 2014 legislative session that starts Tuesday. As in previous years, many of them will go nowhere, especially if Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association's powerful Florida lobbyist, doesn't like them."

"But in an election year, whether the bills actually pass or not may not really matter to politicians looking to score points with voters." ...
 

AK: Leave guns decision to the university
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While the honorable Sen. Coghill’s recent bill to make it easier for anyone to carry concealed weapons on Alaska’s college campuses appears at some level consistent with Second Amendment rights in Alaska as a whole, experiences from college campuses during the university protests of the ’60s show how big a mistake this can be."

"While, technically, university campuses are public places, they are really unique oases dedicated to learning and the exercise of free speech, no matter whom it offends, without fear of violent reprisals. The main issue in the ’60s was that, while protests were protected, they had no right to shut down universities by taking over administrative buildings nor certainly have weapons during their protests." ...
 

WA: Greenwood murder arrest brings brickbats for Inslee…huh?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "There have also been some nasty remarks about race; the teen, identified by KIRO, KING, KCPQ and KOMO as Byron White is African-American and the man who died in the Greenwood shooting a week ago, David L. Peterson, was a 54-year-old white man. He apparently was killed for a cell phone."

"What hasn’t been reported are details about the gun. If White, who reportedly is a senior at a local high school despite his 'transient' status, is the killer, where did he get the gun? It is a safe bet that he did not buy it at a gun shop or a gun show, and there was certainly no background check involved." ...
 

NJ: New Jersey bill is outright gun ban on .22-caliber rifles and leads to confiscation
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "The New Jersey Assembly's Law and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday (postponed for snow) about a bill that reduces the maximum magazine from capacity from 15 to 10, but in effect goes even further. Since the legislation covers both detachable and fixed magazines, it has the effect of to banning popular, low-caliber rifles."

"The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs gave the draft legislation to top firearms experts in the country to determine what guns would fall under the expanded ban."

"They discovered that the bill would affect tube-fed, semi-automatic rifles because the magazine cannot be separated from the gun." ...
 

KY: Kentucky Firearms Freedom Act Introduced
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Several Kentucky lawmakers have co-sponsored a bill that would exempt firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition from federal regulation if manufactured and maintained in the State of Kentucky."

"HB 293 was introduced on Jan. 30, and assigned to the Judiciary Committee on Feb. 3. Cosponsors include J. DeCesare, D Floyd, K. King, S. Lee, D. Mayfield, D. Osborne, B. Rowlands, A. Waide, and A. Wuchner. The bill states in part:"
"A personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Kentucky and that remains within the borders of Kentucky is not subject to federal law or federal regulation ..." ...
 

WA: County still investigating gun policy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Second Amendment is alive and well in Clark County, with public employees now temporarily allowed to carry concealed weapons — that is, until county commissioners investigate long-term changes to the county's workplace violence policy."

"Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore on Wednesday directed county staff not to follow a policy prohibiting employees from carrying concealed weapons. The rationale, commissioners said, was that some employees were possibly violating the protocol already because they were unaware it existed."

"'We're not telling people, 'Bring your guns,' Mielke said. 'We're not encouraging it. But people who come with concealed weapons are already doing it.'" ...
 

CA: How Much Will Guns Matter in This Key Gubernatorial Race?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is betting that California voters are as passionate about guns as he is."

"The Republican hopefuly is making his opponents' support for gun control measures a key plank in his long-shot bid for the governorship of the nation's most populous state. That applies to both Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Neel Kashkari, a former Treasury Department official."

"Due to California's 'jungle' primary system the top-two finishers in the June primary will face each other in the November general election, regardless of party." ...
 

NJ: Legislation threatens right to self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"New Jersey already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including a semi-automatic firearms ban and ammunition magazine capacity limits. The Legislature's latest attempt to further restrict magazine capacity from 15 to 10 rounds will do nothing to prevent another tragedy (criminals will ignore it) and everything to interfere with self-defense."

"If my family faces a home invasion by multiple armed attackers in the middle of the night, the state should not force me to fumble around in the dark to change magazines – I should be able to have as much ammunition as possible to defend myself and my family. This legislation interferes with self-defense and will cost lives." ...
 

IL: Illinois Medical Marijuana Proposal Asks Residents to Choose Between Guns and Weed
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Under a new Illinois proposal, people who qualify for medical marijuana would have to give up the right to own a gun — even if they have a permit or I.D. This new idea surfaced as Illinois officials determine how best to implement the state’s new marijuana policy. Qualifying patients will also probably be required to fork over $150 per year and comply with a background check."

"The proposal presents some interesting questions. Are state officials really afraid that medical marijuana users present a danger greater than, say, alcoholics? Are people willing to give up their Second Amendment rights to score some of the green stuff? Will this become something that finally unites pro-pot left-wingers and pro-guns right-wingers? ..." ...
 

CO: Sen. Kevin Grantham: Senate working on Second Amendment rights, elections
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"With the 2014 Session of the 69th General Assembly of Colorado close to the mid-point, Colo. Sen. Kevin Grantham gave an update during the Fremont Cattlemen's Association's annual meeting ..."

"Grantham said his half of the aisle has worked quite a bit on Second Amendment rights, energy policy and elections."

"'We've run repeal bills both in the Senate and in the House when it comes to the gun control legislation from last year,' he said. 'When it comes to magazine capacity limits, we ran a repeal for that on both sides, and on both sides, both bills have been killed, so those limitations are still in place.'"

"Both sides also ran repeals on private sales background checks, which also were killed." ...
 

FL: Proposed Florida Law Would Allow Warning Shots
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Florida's annual Second Amendment battle is underway in Tallahassee, highlighted by an NRA-backed bill that would let people fire warning shots when attacked."

"The change would broaden the 'stand your ground' law, which allows anyone in fear of death or serious injury to use deadly force against a suspected attacker."

"If passed, brandishing a firearm and firing warning shots to scare away an attacker will be legal." ...
 

Supremes Shoot Down State's Fight for Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Contending it is 'fruitless' to expect that the federal government would rein in its own 'lust' for tyranny, the instigator of a years-long conflict with Washington over the Interstate Commerce Clause says the battle is over."

"At least for now."

"Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, said the lawsuit he and his organization brought to uphold the state’s rights on weapons will not be considered at the Supreme Court."

"The court’s unwillingness to take the case leaves standing a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a lower court’s decision to throw out the Montana Firearms Freedom Act." ...
 

The debate moves on
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Americans will always remember Dec. 14, 2012, as one of the darkest days in our history. On that day a gunman murdered 20 first-graders and six employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn."

"The unspeakable horror of that day still haunts the nation. But more than a year after the Sandy Hook tragedy, no consensus has emerged on how to reduce America’s epidemic levels of gun violence."

"The gun debate has now shifted from Congress to the courts. A case on the U.S. Supreme Court’s doorstep frames the issue in straightforward terms: Does the Constitution establish a right to carry handguns for self-defense outside the home?" ...
 

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Federal and State Gun Control Laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Supreme Court made their stand quite clear on rejecting three challenges to federal and state gun control laws." ...

"The Court's refusal to hear the three cases speaks volumes for their legal stance. It is a victory for the individual and also the individual states to determine their own destiny away from the federal government's binding powers."
 

CA: Concealed carry ruling reconsidered
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"California rules allowing counties to place restrictions on who can carry concealed weapons will remain in force while a federal appeals court that struck them down decides whether to reconsider its decision."

"The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Friday granted a request by California Attorney General Kamala Harris and a gun control group to put on hold a 2-1 decision by its judges that some of the state’s permitting requirements infringed on the right to bear arms under the Constitution’s Second Amendment." ...
 

Training to fight the wrong enemy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"With the release of the pentagon's new, reduced U.S. Army strength figures, all the noise is about what the smaller army size will mean to our future national security."

"The real problem for those who are concerned with national security should not be based on the size of the force, but rather, on whom we will fight in the future. ..."

"For starters, we should be working on training scenarios that feature Red China, Russia, North Korea and Iran as potential adversaries, to name a few. What are we actually doing? Well, last year a unit of the Ohio Army National Guard spent valuable training time and resources on military exercises with a scenario in which the supporters of our Second Amendment rights were the enemy." ...
 

CA: Stalker Cop Raped Woman on Probation, She Says
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"A sheriff's deputy in Industry, Calif., arrested a woman on felony probation "for the sole purpose of raping and sexually assaulting" her at the sheriff's station, she claims in Federal Court."

"The woman, identified only as Anna Doe, sued Damian Marquez in Los Angeles."

"She says the Los Angeles County sherff's deputy had been assigned to work in Industry when he 'began to stalk' her in November and December 2013."

Marquez allegedly used his position as a law-enforcement officer 'to pull her over, seizing and searching her car and person repeatedly and demanding her phone number.'" ...
 

CA: Ex-West Sac police officer found guilty of rape, kidnapping
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"A former West Sacramento police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty was convicted on multiple charges Thursday."

"Sergio Alvarez, 38, was found guilty on 18 counts including rape, oral copulation against will and kidnapping by a Yolo County Superior Court jury. Jurors were hung on nine related counts."

"Five women testified against Alvarez. When he took the stand, he denied the women's allegations in some cases or testified the sex was consensual." ...
 

TX: Woman wins $1.2 million settlement after Dallas police interrogation
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"Veteran Dallas police homicide detective Dwayne Thompson is on desk duty pending an internal investigation."

"The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved a settlement of more than $1 million to Olivia Lord, who sued Thompson for violating her civil rights and maliciously prosecuting her."

"The Dallas Police Department is taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again."

"The case goes back to 2010, when police arrested Lord on suspicion that she killed her boyfriend ... even though evidence pointed to suicide."

"Lord sued, and a federal jury found Dwayne Thompson had been 'reckless' and 'malicious" with the arrest and his questioning.

"For the first time, we're seeing video of the interrogation that prompted the lawsuit." ...
 

TX: Port Arthur police chief warns pro-gun rights group not to scare his citizens (video available)
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"Proudly marching with rifles strapped to their backs, a group calling itself 'Come And Take It America' has become a common sight in Southeast Texas on weekends the past couple of months." ...

"But their plans to complete all sides of the Golden Triangle might have hit a road block."

"The group contacted the Port Arthur police department about wanting to rally in the city." ...

"So far the rallies held in our area have been peaceful and participants carry unloaded guns, but still Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton says the potential for violence is there."

"Blanton said, 'I'm a firm believer in the Second Amendment, but I'm not going to have my citizens scared ...'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Dear Chief Blanton, I get "scared" when I see a Muslim woman in a hijab. Could you please treat the First Amendment the way you're threatening to treat the Second and arrest any woman wearing a hijab so I won't soil myself at the sight?
 

OH: Officer caught in habitual beer theft scheme at Remke grocery store, authorities say
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"Every day, Officer Richard Frey works to uphold the law."

"But the Hamilton County Courthouse service officer is no stranger to breaking it: He has been caught stealing multiple times." ...

"A Remke clerk told the I-Team she caught Frey trying to walk out without paying in September, and asked him to pay for the entire case of beer."

"Despite the warning, Frey – a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office employee – didn’t stop." ...

"But Frey has not been suspended or disciplined by the sheriff’s office. However, court records show Harrison police charged him with one count of misdemeanor theft." ...
 

WA: Jury awards $9 million to former local cop
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"Clyde Ray Spencer was awarded $9 million Monday by a federal jury that unanimously agreed a detective from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office violated Spencer’s constitutional right to due process by fabricating the evidence that put him behind bars for two decades for sexually abusing his two children and a stepson." ...

"'Justice was served — even though it took 30 years,' Zellner said. 'We were able to prove they framed him. We’ve proven the evidence was fabricated. And, after 30 years, that’s remarkable. Justice is alive and well in Washington.'" ...
 

MN: Minnesota Man Who Filmed Sheriff's Deputies Acquitted by Jury
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... "The prosecution claimed that Henderson was within a few feet of the paramedics (but not physically interfering with them), while Beck testified that he was approximately 35 feet away, quietly filming. That disagreement would have been resolved by the video itself, except that the sheriff’s deputies seized Henderson’s video camera, and the tape that it contained mysteriously disappeared."

"The prosecutor offered Henderson a plea bargain whereby he would plead guilty to a petty misdemeanor and pay a $50 fine, but Henderson refused, preferring to defend the case on First Amendment grounds. He received a free legal defense from a prominent Twin Cities law firm." ...
 

MN: MN Car Dealership Offers Free Shotguns With Pickup Truck Purchase
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"Sounds like a deal to me. Buy a truck, get a shotgun."

"According to CBS Minnesota,"
"Muscatell-Burns in Hawley is kicking off a two-week promotion that offers a shotgun for every new or 2013 pickup truck."

"Sales manager Jason Jalbert tells KFGO radio most of the dealership’s employees hunt and fish and it’s usually a topic of conversation with customers."
"Of course, the transfer of said shotguns will happen at a local gun store complete with nice and legal background checks." ...
 

IL: Illinois mails first 5,000 CCW permits
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"Illinois State Police began mailing the first 5,000 concealed carry licenses today, marking the beginning of a new era in the Prairie State, according to the Chicago Tribune, and Bellevue’s Second Amendment Foundation is cheering because it was a SAF federal court case that forced the state into the 21st Century."

"SAF’s Moore v. Madigan, and a similar case filed by the National Rifle Association known as Shepard v. Madigan, forced the Illinois Legislature, over the objections of anti-gun Gov. Pat Quinn, to adopt a carry statute. Illinois was the last state in the nation to deny its citizens the right to bear arms in self-defense outside the home and had to be compelled by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals." ...
 

ID: Pocatello Gun Show draws hundreds
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"Hundreds turned out to the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel in Fort Hall for the annual Pocatello Gun Show this weekend."

"With more than 120 exhibitors and hundreds of guns ranging from pistols to assault rifles, it was every gun enthusiast's dream."

"'There's some beautiful guns here, you know. They're just very expensive,' said Ryan Corum."

"'I probably won't buy one today,' said Corum, adding that his biggest reason for attending the Gun Show was to deliver a message."

"'We're just at a time in our country where the Second Amendment is really being infringed upon,' said Corum." ...
 

MI: Demand for concealed pistol permits in Ann Arbor area tapers from record-setting 2013
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"Washtenaw County is coming off a record year for gun permits. In 2013, the county granted more applications for concealed handguns than in any year since the Michigan Concealed Pistol Law became effective in 2001."

"The law loosened the requirements for individuals who wanted to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon in Michigan."

"The county saw a big jump in demand for handguns in the months immediately following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School ..."

"From January 2013 to February 2013, more concealed pistol licenses were applied for and issued in Washtenaw County than in any two-month period in at least the last 13 years. ..." ...
 

CA: ‘Gun-loving’ and ‘liberal’ – Yes, there is such a thing
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"When Northern California liberals are said to be “up in arms,” it usually means they’re marching down San Francisco’s Market Street or rallying at Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza – not toting guns and actively defending their right to do so."

"But Marlene Hoeber, president of the Northern California chapter of the Liberal Gun Club, wants the world to know that lefty politics and a love for guns and gun rights aren’t mutually exclusive."

"'If the conversation about gun policy in the United States is limited to what the National Rifle Association has to say, the conversation is over, because not enough people want to listen to that,' said Hoeber, 43, of Oakland, Calif. 'Hell, I’m a gun person, and I don’t want to listen to that.'" ...
 

KY: Kentucky Baptists use gun giveaways to lure unchurched to Christ (video available)
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"In an effort its spokesman has described as 'outreach to rednecks,' the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in nonbelievers in hopes of converting them to Christ."

"As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns."

"The goal is to 'point people to Christ,' the church says in a flier. ..." ...
 

WV: Second Amendment concerns
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... "To equate defenselessness with safety is ludicrous. The idea that no one is to be trusted and that everyone is a suspect is a symptom of the worst of tyrannies."
 

MI: Open-carry backers plan march for Grand Rapids man detained by police last year
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"A year after Johann Deffert was stopped by Grand Rapids police with a holstered pistol on his hip, supporters are holding a march on Sunday, March 2, to show support for Deffert and gun rights."

"Participants will leave Fuller Park, 250 Fuller Ave., NE, around 11:30 a.m., and walk to ... near where Deffert was stopped by police on March 3, 2013. Some will march on to City Hall."

"Deffert has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and officers."

"'We’re hoping to demonstrate to the law-enforcement community and just the community at large that we are law-abiding people who don’t need to be detained at gunpoint,' Tom Lambert, the assistant legislative director of Open Carry Michigan, said Friday." ...
 

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