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U.S. Attorney steps up case against Reese family by going over judge’s head
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Stung by reversals in his office’s prosecution of the Reese family and mindful that scrutiny for his role in that case could derail his elevation to the federal bench, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico Kenneth J. Gonzales filed three documents yesterday with the intent of denying a defense motion to dismiss outstanding counts and compel prosecutors to testify at an evidentiary hearing, and also to go over the head of U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Brack." ...
 

Civil rights advocates pose dilemma for prejudiced gun-grabbers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Two new and separate efforts providing similar opportunities to reach across racial/cultural lines have recently emerged, one from NRA, where someone recognized a good thing in the outstanding, no-nonsense online video commentary of Colion Noir, and invited him to join the NRA News team and reach a wider audience."

"The other is from civil rights advocate and columnist Star Parker, founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), who has created a message to 'Preserve gun rights, save black lives.' Parker has produced a powerful video depicting a lynching entitled 'Never Again' that is a must-see, and you can, in this column’s video player." ...
 

My Long Road to Gun Nuttery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"One label I’ve never embraced — but am willing to own up to now — is that of 'gun nut.' It’s been long and winding road getting to this point, though. I grew up male, middle class, and white, rockin’ the suburbs. Never really exposed to guns, and having a mom who enforced an all-out household ban, I just assumed guns weren’t something that were really needed . . .." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: What’s Up With the Ammo Shortage?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"John writes:
How about some Information on why there is NO ammunition available? Is it a Govt. conspiracy? Just a “Normal” shortage? How come Wall mart, Cabalas, On line dealers, etc has NONE? It sure would be nice if TRUTH, gave us some believable answers, you could ask Manufacturers, WHY , WHEN, & HOW MUCH WILL HIT THE SHELVES"
"No, this isn’t a normal shortage. We’ve seen something close to this before, but it’s never been this bad. Here’s what’s going on . . ." ...
 

Despite claims to contrary, more guns means less crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Maryland Public Television broadcast a dangerously mythical view of gun violence in the evening of Feb. 19. This program was designed to create emotion rather than a complete connection with reality. For example, it continued the myth that the Second Amendment is solely about militias. It is not per Justice Scalia's opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court in Heller v. District of Columbia. Scalia uses 64 pages to analyze the 27 words of the Second Amendment. These above reproach arguments dismissed the militia clause as having no restriction of 'keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

NFATCA: NFA Trusts Are Here to Stay
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I just got off the phone with one of the guys from the National Firearms Act Trade & Collector’s Association, who is a little concerned about all of the misinformation floating around the internet regarding the future of NFA trusts. This article in the New York Times makes it sound like the sky is falling for those who want to use a trust or corporation for NFA items. But the reality is that nothing is going to change right now . . ." ...
 

February 2013 NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks Up 29.1 Percent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The February 2013 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,634,309 is an increase of 29.1 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,266,344 in February 2012. For comparison, the unadjusted February 2013 NICS figure of 2,298,561 reflects a 32.5 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,734,646 in February 2012." ...
 

Modifying – And Modernizing – Your Classic M14/M1A
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In my seemingly never-ending quest to acquire long range rifles, I initially skipped over the .308. My first real distance rifle was my .300 Win Mag project. More recently, I had the opportunity to pick up a .338 Lapua. The problem is that shooting the .300 Win Mag isn’t a cheap proposition, and the .338 is even worse. I decided that I wanted to get something that was a bit cheaper to shoot, but I didn’t really want another bolt action gun. And my interest in military rifles eventually brought me around to the M14, or more specifically, the semi-auto version of the M14, which Springfield Armory was only too happy to provide (in exchange for a fair amount of cash) in the form of an M1A . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Lionheart LH9
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It’s not often that something 'new' comes on the market. With the popularity of the AR-15 and other mostly modular firearms designs, gun manufacturers have taken to making small changes and calling the result a 'new' gun. Which pisses me off to no end. But in this case, not only do we have a new manufacturer with a new gun for the U.S. market, but they have an interesting and actually 'new' feature as well. The question: is it any good? . . ." ...
 

Upgrading the M1A: A Gunsmith’s Perspective
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The following was originally a comment posted by Dyspeptic Gunsmith to Jim Barrett’s M1A customization piece yesterday. ..."

"The M14/M1A is, functionally, a Garand action for a shorter cartridge and a removable box magazine. It’s the result of John Garand himself telling the DOD (formerly the War Department ...) that there was no way to achieve a full-auto rifle with a full-powered rifle cartridge with a .30-06 in a 10lb rifle. There’s just no way. If you review the historical accounts of the M14 project, you find that Garand was no dummy – he told the Army brass that we needed an 'intermediate' power cartridge like the 8mm Kurtz or something similar to achieve full-auto fire in a 10lb rifle. But the Army brass . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Bradley Cheek Rest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"My single biggest pet peeve with bolt action rifles these days is the height of the cheek rest. There was a time when iron sights on bolt action rifles was the norm, but with the price of optics so incredibly low these days, it’s damn near impossible to resist slapping one on your gun. And then there are the scads of higher end rifles that don’t even have a front sight, making a scope is the only way to go. And yet the cheek piece on so many of these rifles seems to have been designed to put your eye in line with the nonexistent iron sights — too low for a scope by far. That doesn’t make sense. Thankfully, there’s a solution." ...
 

Another Forty-Five Faceoff: Ruger SR45 vs. Glock 21
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Ruger SR45 and the Glock 21 are big pistols and hard to hide. In cold parts of the country where owners bundle up like they’re ready to harpoon a few seals, either pistol would be somewhat concealable, at least until the parkas come off. In warm weather with no outerwear to disguise the guns, either pistol would be as obtrusive as a Class III goiter. They’re both heavy, too. So, is bigger better? Do we really want to carry oversized, non-concealable .45s? And if we do want gigantic hoglegs dangling from our duty belts, do we want either of these?" ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Keep One in the Pipe (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Setting aside the fact that the shooter above wasn’t acting in self-defense, props to the not-so-gregarious gunman for shooting and moving. When it comes to gunfights (not to mention executions) it’s always a good idea to have an exit strategy. It’s usually best to be implementing that strategy as you’re shooting. Granted, standing and shooting gives you a more stable platform, which increases accuracy. Which you kinda need when you’re going for a head shot. Still, for defensive gun owners, shooting while moving is a five-out-five strategy. Where was I? Oh yes: keeping a cartridge in the chamber of your defensive gun . . ." ...
 

Stag Arms is Considering Moving From Ct (video story)
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"Here is video of Stag Arms President Mark Malkowski about the possibility of moving to other states due to proposed Connecticut laws." ...
 

New TEC 12 Shotgun is Both Pump and Semi-Auto
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"Pretty interesting concept… But I am not really sure how practical it all is. ..." ...
 

Episcopal Church Lobbies for Civilian Disarmament
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last weekend, Lola took an entrance exam for an Episcopal school in Austin Texas. The school doors were locked. Security was tight. I didn’t see any 'no firearms' signs at the entrance (which could have been awkward). When I told the administrator in charge I ran the world’s largest firearms blog, she was non-plussed. As were several prospective parents. So I guess they have a 'we’ll ask, you tell and that’s about it' policy. But that’s more than a bit misleading. Further up the food chain, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council recently reaffirmed the General Convention’s support for the 'restriction on the sale, use and ownership of guns.' ..." ...
 

America's gun culture needs to change
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"When President Obama first unveiled his gun control proposals recommending a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and better background checks, there seemed to be momentum behind the effort. But then the proposals ran into a wall. Despite overwhelming public backing, those ideas aren't about to become law anytime soon." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Overwhelming" backing? According to 3 polls taken over the last 6 weeks or so, either 4% or 6% thought guns were the most important issue facing the country, and 15% wanted to hear Obama address guns in the SOTU speech.
 

Times editorial, gun control group play dangerous semantics game
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sunday’s editorial in the Seattle Times regarding a newly-created Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility plays a dangerous game of semantics to fool the public into believing that this group knows anything about true firearms safety, and is no threat to a fundamental civil right protected by both the state and federal constitutions." ...
 

Anti-gunners wage war of annihilation on gun culture (Photos)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "... Suddenly, the gun culture has been transformed in the rhetoric to the 'culture of violence.' Little boys playing 'cops and robbers,' or pretending to be pirates, are to at best be thought of as suffering from mental illness, for which they must be treated. At worst, they are to be punished and shunned as pariahs."

"We have a very recent example of just that, as National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted Sunday, in reference to the Great Pastry 'Gun' Scare of Baltimore, in which a second-grader has been suspended for supposedly biting a strawberry pastry into the vague shape of a gun. That, actually, is just the latest outrage in a long list of them that Mr. Codrea has covered in the past:" ...
 

IN: It's time to let federalism back into the gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"How about different rules for urban and rural areas?"

"A planned gun show at the Lake County Fairgrounds went off without a hitch last Saturday. As a matter of fact, attendance was even higher than expected. It seems the show benefited from publicity surrounding a summit of Illinois and Indiana police and prosecutors, who had made a futile request to county commissioners to rein in private sales at gun shows. There’s irony for you." ...
 

Inflammatory Neologism of the Day: Democide (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Someone’s taking the President’s advice and fighting calls for gun control the Chicago way — by punching back twice as hard. ..."
 

MidwayUSA Donates $1 Million to NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"MidwayUSA is one of the largest online retailers of firearms gubbins. And not only does their customer service rock, but they put out a ton of great videos on various gunsmithing and shooting related topics to help their customers. Well, to get them to buy more products, but it’s more than Cheaper Than Dirt does. Anyway, this week they passed their 1 millionth customer in the last year. And, to celebrate, they dropped a $1 million check in the mail to the NRA. Make the jump for the presser . . ." ...
 

State Line Store (cartoon)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Background check surge continues as WAGR launches Facebook page
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"As new background check numbers for February became available, suggesting a continuing national surge in gun sales, the newly-created Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) – a Seattle-based gun control group – launched its Facebook page and gun rights activists quickly jammed its message board." ...
 

OR: Thief Shot And Killed With AR-15 After Burglarizing Oregon Home — But You Won’t Believe How It Happened
Submitted by: Greg

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"Police in Polk County, Ore. found a suspected burglar dead inside a stolen truck Sunday morning. They say he burglarized a home twice the night before, stealing several items, including two guns." ...
 

OK: Homeowner Shoots At Intruder Who Tried To Run Him Over
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A homeowner in OK heard a loud noise in the middle of the night."

"When he went to investigate, he found any intruder in his living room."

"The intruder fled the home and got into a parked pickup truck in the driveway."

"The homeowner got behind the truck, pointed a gun at the intruder and ordered him to stop."

"The intruder then put the truck in reverse and tried to run over the homeowner."

"The homeowner then opened fire at the back window of the pickup truck, breaking the back window." ...
 

MO: Bank Robbery Suspect Shot in Face in by Gun Carrying Citizen (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A suspect in Kansas City, MO walked into a bank brandished a weapon and demanded cash."

"The hold up attempt was quickly ended when a gun carrying private citizen produced his own weapon and shot the suspect in the face."

"In the face of armed opposition the suspect fled the bank, but police were able to track down the car." ...
 

KS: Farmer Shoots and Kills Wanted Criminal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Police were searching for a 41 year old man who was wanted on several warrants in Iowa. The man had also blown through a toll booth in a stolen car before ditching the vehicle and disappearing into the farmlands of Kansas on foot."

"A farmer spotted the man walking near his farm and towards a relative’s property. The farmer and his 17 year old son went to the relative’s home and proceeded to make sure the home and other buildings on the property were secure."

"That’s when the suspect attacked the farmer, who shot him with a shotgun in self defense." ...
 

PA: Store Owner Shoots 1 of 2 Armed Robbers in York, PA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The owner of La Familia Store in York, PA was facing an armed couple, a male and a female, brandished a gun and demanded money."

"Their plans were foiled when the owner of the store produced his own gun and fired at the two suspects, who then fled." ...
 

NC: Widow in NC Holds Burglary Suspect at Gunpoint for Police, Gives a Great Interview (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A widow in NC found herself face to face with the man who burglarized her home just days prior."

"The man said he came back to apologize, although he was carrying a large wooden stick when he came to the door."

"The widow wasted no time in drawing her gun from her pocket and holding the young man at gunpoint until the sheriff arrived." ...
 

Why Liberals Should Support Armed Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Biden’s advice is both generally and specifically bad. It is never a good idea for a woman, or a man, to fire shotgun blasts into the dark. It is a particularly bad idea to fire a shotgun through a door. It is very specifically a bad idea for Jill Biden to fire a shotgun from her balcony into the dark because she might shoot a member of her husband’s Secret Service detail."

"But the vice president is one of the few Democratic politicians today who acknowledges, even implicitly, that the desire of millions of American citizens to participate in their own defense by arming themselves is both morally and practically legitimate." ...
 

AP report on SPLC's latest lies. My response
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "President Barack Obama's administration and the gun control debate after the Connecticut school shooting have led to surging numbers of anti-government 'patriot' groups, according to a civil rights group that tracks extremist groups."
"The language used -- 'anti-government 'patriot' groups -- is itself a lie. Only the wildest of anarchists are 'anti-government.' The Constitutional militia movement, of which I have been a leader for more than twenty years, is not 'anti-government.' We are pro-government, of the sort that the Founders would recognize -- small, of limited powers, reflecting the sentiments of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights that merely secure and codify natural, inalienable and God-given rights." ...
 

Researchers report sharp rise in 'patriot' groups
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"President Barack Obama's administration and the gun control debate after the Connecticut school shooting have led to surging numbers of anti-government 'patriot' groups, according to a civil rights organization that tracks them."

"The Southern Poverty Law Center reported the rising numbers on Tuesday in its annual report on extremist groups."

"The number of anti-government patriot groups, one category tracked by the center, rose dramatically over the past four years, from 149 groups in 2008 to 1,360 today, researchers reported. That was up about 7 percent from the 1,274 active in 2011." ...
 

PA: Fresh Prince Voicemail Quote About “Shooting B-Ball” Leads To County Wide School Lockdown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In another example of zero thought (I mean tolerance) policies at our schools, all schools in an entire country were locked down when an overly concerned doctor’s office receptionist notified police that she heard something about shooting and a school on a student’s voicemail when she called to confirm an appointment time."

"The student’s voicemail was actually a quote from the theme song to Will Smith’s old, popular television show the Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

"The lyric quoted was 'And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school.'" ...
 

FL: 3 FL High School Students Tackle Gunman on Schoolbus, All 3 Are Suspended From School (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In an odd story out of FL three teens are suspended and a fourth is being held at a juvenile detention center."

"It was a normal after school bus ride until 2 football teammates got into a fight during the ride."

"One of the students, who is said to be 15 years old, pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and pointed it at the other student he was arguing with. Both students were members of the school’s football team."

"That’s when three nearby students acted. They tackled the gunman and wrestled the gun away. The teens were believed to have saved lives on that bus ride, however all three were slapped with a three day suspension the following day for being involved in an incident involving a weapon. ..." ...
 

MI: Michigan Schools Shut Down b/c Former Student, Now Working For Air Force, Entered School Wearing His Work Camo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yes, the school hysteria is now getting into full blast."

"If the county wide school shutdown due to a ring tone wasn’t enough, or the 7 year old who was suspended for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, or the student whose mental health was questioned because he showed a classmate a picture of an Airsoft gun, then this one will get you."

"Several schools in Michigan were shut down after a former student, who is now working on a nearby Air Force base ... entered the school wearing his camo fatigues after coming by the school straight from work. He was there to get a letter of recommendation from a counselor." ...
 

Joe Manchin’s Had it Up to Here with Guns. Seriously. Really.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Come on, have a heart. You have to feel for Senator Joe Manchin. At least a little. It’s been so hard for him since Sandy Hook. Put yourself in his shoes for a minute. He sold himself to the red-trending voters of West Virginia as someone with whom their gun rights would be safe ... So to show his independence from his party’s orthodoxy, he plugged a copy of the Obama-supported cap and trade bill with his real-gun-owner huntin’ rifle ... And he wore his NRA A rating like Hester Prynne. Mission accomplished! Joe managed to get himself elected to the Senate, filling Bobby 'I’m Moving As Much of the Federal Government to West Virginia as I Can' Byrd’s seat. And he was reelected to a full term in November. Then came Newtown . . ." ...
 

Democrat's bill targets 'junk' handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A prominent Chicago Democrat will propose legislation this week designed to ban the production of low-quality handguns, known informally as 'Saturday night specials.'"

"Although Washington's gun-control debate has focused largely on more imposing weapons, like military-style assault rifles, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is going after the handguns that are used much more frequently by violent criminals — particularly in urban settings like his hometown, where shootings are a daily plague." ...
 

Consent of the Governed? Time for Long Look in the Mirror
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It is no stretch of the imagination that the current political climate is more divisive than it has ever been in modern times. As a nation, we have always had competing parties in our government. However, like a family that argues amongst itself, when an external threat materialized, historically we put aside partisan issues and united. That was the way our parents and grand-parents were raised. Republican or Democrat, we were all on the same team, the same big family. When you are raised that way it's hard to imagine or even conceive anything else." ...
 

Obama Pardons Gun Crime Convict…Why?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"What’s been the constant drumbeat from the administration — almost to the exclusion of anything else — ever since Sandy Hook? “Common sense” gun control measures (read: civilian disarmament) are what’s really needed to keep Americans safe. In response, the NRA’s been asking why new laws would make a discernible difference when those on the books now 1) already make everything the Lanzas and Loughners of the world did illegal, and 2) aren’t consistently or vigorously enforced as it is. Which has to make you wonder why Barack Obama included Larry Wayne Thorton in a batch of 17 presidential pardons he signed Friday . . ." ...
 

MO: Missouri Lt. Gov. Fights DHS Gun Registration (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'[The Missouri] Department of Revenue [DoR] is working with the Department of Homeland Security to install new hard and software to obtain data on Missouri citizens and transfer this information to DHS and unnamed third parties.' Well they were until Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a Temporary Restraining Order against the DoR. ..." ...
 

IL: Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day Needs You (Or Someone Like You Who’s More Local)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"TTAG reader Chuck in IL writes:"

"Winter for gun owners in Illinois is usually the season of gun shows, an opportunity to catch up on reloading, or dreaming about that next gun you can’t live without. This winter is different. Calling our legislators, attending town hall meetings and keeping our friends informed on the latest news from Springfield has occupied most of our free time. Early December brought news from the 7th Circuit that Illinois would finally have concealed carry. Then came Sandy Hook. Like the rest of the country, emotion ruled the day in Illinois and one bad gun law after the next began to take form in Springfield. But they were beaten back ..." ...
 

CO: Colorado Senate Committee Ignores Students
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Members of Colorado Students for Concealed Carry stood in disbelief as the Colorado Senate State, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee passed House Bill 13-1226. The bill, introduced by Representative Claire Levy, will ban licensed concealed carry in buildings utilized by universities as well as at open air university events. The final vote of 3-2 narrowly moves the bill to the full Senate who is expected to consider it as early as next week."

"Committee Chairwoman, Senator Angela Giron cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the proposed campus carry ban exclaiming in tears that 'the testimony tonight has been very compelling, but I made a promise [to vote yes]!'" ...
 

CA: San Francisco Supervisors Approve Restrictions On Ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two ordinances targeting the sale and possession of certain ammunition in San Francisco were given unanimous initial approval Tuesday by the city’s Board of Supervisors."

"The legislation, which will require final approval by the board at its meeting next week, will make military-grade ammunition like certain barbed hollow-point bullets illegal to own in the city and require businesses to notify police when someone buys at least 500 rounds of ammo in a single transaction." ...
 

NY: NY Lawmaker says his vote for Civilian Disarmament bill was a Mistake (video story)
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"Yeah, thats the problem with crap sandwiches that get rushed through without proper consideration. Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) admitted on Friday that voting for Gov. Cuomo’s SAFE Act was a mistake." ...
 

Foolish to think 'It can't happen here'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As the gun control debate rages on, I have taken some flak for stating, quite correctly, that the sole purpose of the Second Amendment is for the citizenry to protect itself from the government."

"Period."

"End of debate."

"Of course, that leads to nothing but derision from leftist gun-grabbers." ...
 

State sheriff’s associations oppose Obama anti-gun proposals
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"The Washington Examiner is reporting that 14 state sheriffs’ associations have lined up against President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda, but noticeably absent are groups in Oregon and Washington." ...
 

TSA to allow passengers to carry small knives on planes
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"For the first time since the 9/11 terror attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow small knives and some previously prohibited sports equipment onto airplanes as carry-on items." ...
 

Holder: No drone strikes on Americans in US, except in 'extraordinary circumstance'
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"The Obama administration has 'no intention' of carrying out drone strikes against suspected terrorists in the United States, but could use them in response to 'an extraordinary circumstance' such as the 9/11 terror attacks, according to a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder obtained by NBC News."

"Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who received the March 4 letter from Holder, called the attorney general’s refusal to rule out drone strikes in the U.S. 'more than frightening.'" ...

"In a statement, Paul said, 'The U.S. attorney general’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening – it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.'" ...
 

CO: Judge Makes Unusual Ruling After Sentencing Former Officer For Sexual Assault
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"A former police officer accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman has been sentenced to prison but was granted bond while he appeals the conviction." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: Meanwhile, look at what the Reese family went through to finally get bond granted after 18 months, and for what?
 

WI: Milwaukee police officer convicted of theft, loses job
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"A Milwaukee police officer has been fired after his conviction for stealing cash from a convenience store where he had responded to investigate a burglary."

"Carl V. Howell's termination will now go before the Fire and Police Commission on Thursday for approval, usually just a formality."

"Howell pleaded guilty last week to misconduct in office, a felony, and misdemeanor theft. ..." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma firefighter, police officer accused of possessing unregistered AK-47 machine gun
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"A Blackwell firefighter is accused of selling an unregistered, Russian-made AK-47 machine gun to an undercover police officer in exchange for $2,000."

"Blackwell police officer John Robert Harvey also is charged in the case." ...
 

TX: North Forest ISD police officer faces new charges (video available)
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"Just minutes after showing up for a hearing, Officer Ricky Ridley was arrested again and was told to remove his belt and tie."

"It was just two weeks ago when we first reported on the North Forest ISD police officer who allegedly conspired with Lionel Dixon to steal $10,000 from a group they met on Craigslist."

"HPD investigator Art Mejia says the group thought they were going to buy some barbershop equipment."

"'He was wearing his police uniform with his police belt and immediately unholstered his gun and ordered everybody out,' Mejia said."

"Police say Ridley then stole their money."

"Since our first report, another victim has come forward." ...
 

NY: Lots of us are concerned about an erosion of rights
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"While I appreciate the front-page coverage in The Buffalo News of the rally in Albany on Feb. 28 opposing the NY SAFE Act, I am offended that the crowd was characterized as 'heavily white, male and from upstate.' The crowd at the rally held in Buffalo a few weeks ago was similarly characterized."

"This is the type of thing that, although it is subtle, trivializes the fact that people are concerned about the erosion of their Second Amendment rights. It makes it sound like this is just a small, specific group of people concerned with their guns." ...
 

Firearms Industry Moves - Literally, Maybe
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"Nearly the end of February and there's no respite in sight for Second Amendment supporters coast-to-coast. California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois have gotten the most ink, but only a few states don't have some gun legislation being considered."

"Those fights may prove considerably more costly than most anti-gun politicians seem to think. As is normally the course, of course, it will be the citizens who pay the fare." ...
 

Gun show organizer apparently likes the taste of jackboot leather
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"[Show organizer Bob] Leckrone did state that he opposes the Obama administration's push to ban so-called 'assault weapons,' saying, 'We don't believe in that. We believe in the Second Amendment.' The version of the Second Amendment, evidently, that states that "the right of the background-checked people (who have Illinois Firearm Owner ID cards--for which they had already endured a background check) to keep and bear arms, after a 24 to 72 hour waiting period (so much for 'a right delayed is a right denied'), shall not be infringed.' And how convenient for him to oppose the infringement almost certain to fail, while supporting the one most likely to pass."

"Hoping that crocodile will eat you last, Mr. Leckrone? ..." ...
 

PA: Columnist’s ‘anti-gun’ argument faulty (fourth letter)
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"Columnist Clarence Page (March 3) accuses the NRA of defending straw purchases. That is a lie. Straw purchases, where a person buys a gun for the purpose of transferring it to a felon or other prohibited person, are illegal, and no one I know, least of all the NRA, proposes legalizing them."

"What the NRA and other Second Amendment-rights organizations oppose is forcing all private firearms transfers to go through the background check system. As criminals will not obey any such law, the burden of compliance would fall entirely on the law-abiding." ...
 

MS: It is our right to bear (concealed) arms
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... "I enjoy reading feedback from the community, and I believe it is my obligation to elaborate further on topics that interest the readers ..."

"Therefore, I’d like to take a moment to clarify my intentions of my concealed weapon permit article and the article about my son."

"As some of you may have read, my last article was an informational article regarding the time and information that was needed to successfully apply for a concealed weapon carry permit."

"I take the privilege of carrying a weapon very seriously." ...
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Submitter's Note: As my high school geometry teacher used to say:

WRONG!

A "privilege" is something granted by government; a right is G-d given.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege. [Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)]

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