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VT: Burlington voters opt to give up gun rights, gut state preemption
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Gun owners nationwide should not dismiss this as a purely local matter -- the tactics involved, using a 'home rule' facade to establish a patchwork quilt of impossible to comply with restrictions, is one that gun-banners attempt wherever they can."
 

CA: Brady Campaign is using fear and lies to promote their anti CCW agenda...
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Brady Campaign is using fear and lies to promote their anti CCW agenda in California. I can't believe the claims that they are making, and that no one is going to call them on their BS.
 

NJ: Former New Jersey sheriff indicted on sex charges
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A former New Jersey sheriff has been indicted on child sex abuse charges.

A Warren County grand jury handed up a six-count indictment.

The indictment claims that in the mid 1980s, while working as Warren County sheriff, Edward Bullock sexually abused a 10-year-old boy for several years.

Russo says a lot of the abuse happened inside the Warren County Courthouse.

"Involves removing from a holding cell in the courthouse. The abuse actually took place in the sheriff's office," Russo alleges.
 

MI: Off-duty Detroit police officer punched, kicked woman in face, body, prosecutor says
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A Detroit police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman acquaintance while he was off-duty, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.

Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, domestic violence and reckless discharge of a firearm and is expected to be arraigned today, according to the prosecutor’s office.
 

VT: Will Vt. lawmakers approve Burlington gun control measures?
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Aside from the school budget, Burlington voters supported every other ballot item on Town Meeting Day, including ... three proposed charter changes aimed at gun safety.
The gun measures would allow police to seize the weapons of anyone suspected of domestic abuse, ban guns in liquor establishments and require gun owners to lock up their guns at home. All three passed by wide margins.
Because they are charter changes, they must be approved by the Vermont Legislature, and that would require lawmakers to be willing to allow local communities to establish their own local gun laws. House Speaker Shap Smith says it's too late in the session to take it up. And given its sensitivity, it needs to be addressed in a thoughtful way.
 

GA: Taking The White Man’s Guns (VIDEO)
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Derrick Grayson warns that it’s “lights out” if we let anti-gun politicians destroy the Second Amendment.
Mr. Grayson, a minister, is one of seven GOP contenders running for the U.S. Senate seat from Georgia now that Incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss has retired.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Watch it! There's a lot of wisdom in his words.
 

MI: East Lansing settles excessive force police complaint for $35K
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The city of East Lansing will pay $35,000 after a man said a city police officer used excessive force while restraining him in January 2013.

The Lansing State Journal reports City Council unanimously approved the settlement Tuesday night after watching video of the incident recorded on a patrol car's dash camera. City officials didn't release the name of the person who filed the complaint.
 

PA: Bethlehem Council is one step closer to firing cop
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But the police department’s recommendation that City Council terminate Hoffman is not based solely on that accident.

During the hearing, council learned about other reprimands he received from the department and other incidents in which police officials said alcohol played a role in his belligerent behavior – including one where he allegedly grabbed a man by the throat and threatened a south Bethlehem bar owner and his bouncer.

Those incidents and reprimands sporadically occurred during most of the years Hoffman was with the police department, beginning in 2005 when he threatened a Philadelphia police officer who handcuffed and detained him.
 

VT: Burlington, Vt. voters pass 3 new gun control measures
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Burlington, Vt. might be getting some new gun restrictions after voters there passed three new gun control measures Tuesday as part of Town Meeting Day.
The three articles will allow police officers to confiscate guns, ammo or weapons from suspected domestic abusers, ban firearms from locations with liquor licenses and require firearms to be locked when not with the users.
Before Burlington can add the new gun control measures to the charter, the state legislature will have to approve them.

SUMBITTER'S COMMENT: Wake up, Green Mountain Staters! The camel's nose is under the tent!
 

FL: Baptist pastors demand governor 'repeal or repair' Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Repair it or repeal it” — that was the plea from senior Baptist preachers from Jacksonville and across the nation Wednesday regarding Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law in the wake of recent shootings in this city and elsewhere.
 

CA: Another round in fight over concealed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Instead, a less-taxing solution, on both Ms. Harris and the state's coffers, may be for the Legislature to simply join with the majority of the nation and craft better determinate criteria that actually allow the issuing of permits to carry concealed firearms to responsible, law-abiding citizens. Doing so, rather than leaving it to the courts, leaves less uncertainty and a level of control for the gun-shy state without infringing on constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.
 

UT: Lock and Learn
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The news that the Idaho House and Senate have both voted to permit guns on college campuses led me to check out the Gem State's esteemed statesmen. Not surprisingly, the majority includes more than a few LDS members, many of whom had matriculated at Brigham Young University, where all students learn that the Constitution was divinely inspired.
 

AK: Judiciary Committee hears testimony on campus gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A National Rifle Association lobbyist and other gun rights activists urged a state Senate committee Wednesday to back a bill that would allow people to carry guns on campus, arguing that it would make college safer.

University of Alaska now requires guns to be kept in locked vehicles on its 16 campuses or, for dorm residents, stored in locked areas. UA President Pat Gamble on Monday told the committee the system works well and warned of problems with the legislation filed by Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks.
 

CA: Concealed weapons permit applications flood sheriff’s office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials said they are inundated with calls from citizens seeking gun permits and warn the waiting list to get an appointment is least a 6 months.
Over 1,600 people in the last few weeks, averaging 65 applicants a day, have contacted the San Diego Sheriff’s Department requesting a concealed weapons permit. The number of applicants is more than double the department’s average.
 

Facebook, Instagram crack down on illegal gun posts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Facebook Inc and its photo sharing subsidiary, Instagram, will delete posts offering to buy or sell guns without background checks.

In an effort to curb what gun control advocates say is the increasing use of the social networks to circumvent checks and controls on firearms sales, Facebook and Instagram will also bar users under 18 from viewing gun offers posted by individuals or groups.

"We will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law," Facebook said.
 

Background Checks Fail to Curb Gun Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Brady Law, which requires federally licensed firearms dealers to perform background checks on gun purchasers, has done little to prevent criminals from getting guns, says gun rights expert John Lott.

"There is no real scientific evidence among criminologists and economists that background checks actually reduce crime," Lott wrote in an opinion piece for Investor's Business Daily.
 

Appeal Filed in Court Decision Upholding Connecticut's Gun Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Connecticut has some of the most strict gun control laws in the nation, passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Highlights of the law include a prohibition on the sales of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, a ban on many guns deemed by cosmetic looks to be "assault weapons," mental and criminal background checks to buy a gun, certificates for gun and ammunition sales, and a firearm registry for certain types of guns.
 

CA: Sunnyvale's gun limit uphold in court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A federal judge on Wednesday allowed Sunnyvale to enforce a voter-approved ban on large-capacity gun magazines, saying it would have little impact on the constitutional right to possess firearms for self-defense. The ruling comes two weeks after another judge rejected gun advocates' attempt to block a similar law in San Francisco.
 

FL: Senate's Warning Shot Bill Moves Forward, Could See More Changes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A measure inspired by the story of a Jacksonville woman who received a lengthy prison term for firing a warning shot unanimously cleared another Senate hurdle Tuesday. It’s the second time around for the so-called “Warning Shot” bill in that same committee.
 

CA: Yolo County concealed weapons law overturned
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the latest victory for firearms advocates, a federal appeals court has tossed out Yolo County’s policy requiring citizens to prove they face a threat of violence or robbery before they can get a concealed weapon permit.

In an unpublished memorandum issued Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a three-judge panel found Yolo County’s “policy impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.”

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Prieto did not immediately signal whether he would actively seek to salvage his policy.

 

NE: Allowing firearms in schools provides dangerous opportunities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Jan. 14, Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial, Neb., proposed Legislative Bill 879, a bill that permits teachers and staff to carry concealed handguns in public and private schools and universities in the state of Nebraska, as long as they have 24 hours of training. In addition to training, teachers would need school board approval to carry a handgun in the classroom or on campus. Growing up in rural Nebraska, I have been around firearms my whole life ... Though I believe people have the right to keep and bear arms, I don’t believe firearms belong in Nebraska schools — even in the hands of teachers and staff.
 

SAF & Calguns Score Ninth Circuit Victory In Richards Carry Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation and The Calguns Foundation earned a significant victory today when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case of Richards v. Prieto, challenging the handgun carry license issuing policy of Yolo County, California, Sheriff Ed Prieto.

“Today’s ruling reinforces the Second Amendment’s application to state and local governments, and will help clear the way for more California citizens to exercise their right to bear arms,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.
 

AK: Students, NRA, professor back Coghill gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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University of Alaska Anchorage students, a professor and the National Rifle Association called in to show their support for a bill that would allow firearms to be freely carried on the university system campuses.

The Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony from an invited group of speakers on Wednesday who all supported a bill from Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, that would erase the Board of Regents’ current rules limiting where firearms can be carried.
 

WA: Charges filed in Greenwood murder; SAF wins one in California
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Seventeen-year-old Byron Keith Alonzo White was charged today as an adult in King County Superior Court with first-degree murder in the shooting death of David Peterson on Feb. 23 in the Greenwood area of Seattle in a case that will be hard for the left to exploit, even though Northwest gun owners expect anti-gunners to try.
 

CA: The Right to Self Protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms outside the home for self-defense. So said a three-member panel of, wonder of wonders, the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling, which applies to California and other western states, struck down a San Diego County policy which requires that individuals show a “pressing need” in order to obtain from the County Sheriff, who gets to decide what constitutes a “pressing need” and what does not, a concealed carry permit. The 2-1 decision found that an applicant need only show a desire to defend oneself.
 

IN: Indiana bill allowing guns in cars on school property passes state House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new bill allowing people to keep firearms locked and stored in vehicles parked on school property passed the Indiana state House on Monday, earning praise from pro-Second Amendment groups and the ire of opponents.

The legislation, Senate Bill 229, strikes language prohibiting people, including school employees, from keeping a firearm locked in a vehicle on school property. Passed by the Indiana House of Representatives with Republican support, the bill moves to a conference committee.

Senate Bill 229 passed the House 74-24 late Monday night as lawmakers battled a midnight deadline to act on Senate bills, The Indianapolis Star reported.
 

IL: Activists take aim at gun regulations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fresh from a major victory in their battle to legalize concealed carry, Second Amendment activists flocked to the Illinois capitol Wednesday to fight for rights in Illinois.

After seeing the state’s first concealed carry law go into effect earlier this year, a number of pro-gun groups arrived in Springfield to lobby against some of the many restrictions on carry under the new act.

“We promised that we would get concealed carry, we promised it would be statewide and we promised it would be shall-issue,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “We have achieved all these things. It’s been quite a year for us, and we’re very happy about these things.
 

ID: Idaho Sheriffs' Association backs campus gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill to allow people to carry concealed firearms on college campuses received backing from a law enforcement group the afternoon before it is set for battle on the House floor.

Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman said the Idaho Sheriffs' Association is throwing its support behind the legislation after a "vast majority" of 38 Idaho sheriffs who responded to a poll said they favored it.

Six of the state's 44 sheriffs didn't respond, and Zollman wasn't sure at a Wednesday news conference exactly how many voted for it. Police chiefs, student groups and the heads of all eight public Idaho colleges have said they don't want the bill to become law.
 

Anti-gun Doctor Expected to be Confirmed as Surgeon General
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Recent actions by Murthy add to the NRA’s concerns:

A recent letter sent to Congress by "Doctors for America," and signed by Dr. Murthy, urges mandatory licensing "for anyone purchasing guns and ammunition — including mandatory firearm safety training and testing."

Under Dr. Murthy's scheme, further regulations would place "limits on the purchase of ammunition," and establish a "mandatory waiting period of at least 48 hours."

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Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has changed the rules so that it will take only 51 votes to confirm, Dr. Murthy is expected to win the nomination in a walk.
 

MO: Landlords Urged to Restrict Firearms on Rented Property
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The House General Laws Committee was urged to prohibit landlords from restricting firearms on rented property.

The bill heard by the committee Tuesday, March 4, would provide that a leaser could legally keep a weapon and not be in violation of the lease agreement. The bill also would provide that a landlord would not be responsible for damage cause by the tenant’s use or possession of a firearm.

The bill’s sponsor is Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane.

Ed.: The headline is erroneous.
 

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