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NRA head LaPierre to address CPAC
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre will address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington Thursday at 2:15 p.m. Eastern time [UPDATE Note: NRA is updating the time in case the speech starts early so people don't miss the beginning], NRA representatives told Gun Rights Examiner."
 

MI: Detroit homeowner shoots at intruders, hitting one in latest home invasion
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Another would-be burglar was shot Thursday by homeowner, at least the fifth such incident in recent weeks.

Thursday’s shooting happened at about 12:30 p.m. when two allegedly men broke into a home on the 8200 block of Penrod on the city’s west side, Detroit Police 3rd Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said.

“The homeowner was able to retrieve his weapon, and fired off one shot, hitting one of the burglars,” Johnson said. “He ran away and collapsed in the driveway. The other burglar was able to escape.”

The burglar’s wound was critical, and he’s not expected to live, Johnson said.

“They need to stop going into people’s houses uninvited,” he said. Hopefully, the word will spread, and we can stop talking about these home invasions.


 

NY: Judge tosses out SAFE Act charge against Lockport man -- Says police violated Lockport man’s rights
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Lockport police violated Paul A. Wojdan’s constitutional rights by counting the bullets in his gun and charging him with violating New York’s SAFE Act, Lockport City Judge William J. Watson ruled Wednesday.
Watson dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Wojdan, filed because the magazine of his 9 mm Ruger handgun contained 10 bullets, more than the limit of seven bullets per magazine under the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
 

MI: Detroit homeowner shoots, kills invader; police seek 2nd suspect
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A Detroit homeowner shot at two intruders Thursday afternoon, killing one of them at the home in the 8200 block of Penrod Street on the city's west side, police say.

Police are looking for that second suspect but have not shared a description.

The homeowner was not injured. He is described a middle-aged man.
 

MI: Battle Creek police open internal investigation
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Battle Creek police have opened an internal investigation of more than one member of the department.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports interim Chief Jim Blocker announced the investigation on Wednesday, saying it’s “a pending personnel matter” involving “members” of the department. He declined to answer question about the investigation.
 

CA: Yolo Co. conceal, carry gun policy is unconstitutional, appeals court says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights advocates are claiming victory after a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Yolo County was wrong to deny concealed and carry permits.

In 2011, a district court upheld Yolo County's policy that anyone wanting a permit to carry a concealed handgun had to show "good cause." Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that policy unconstitutional, which follows a similar ruling in San Diego County.
 

Federal Court rules in favor another shall issue case in California; Carbon copy of Peruta
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The case at hand, Richards v. Prieto, challenged Yolo County, California Sheriff Ed Prieto’s policies on granting concealed carry handgun permits. Brought by the Calguns foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation, a federal judge Wednesday found the policy unconstitutional.

“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 in a statement.
 

Are laws limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds constitutional?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal district court has refused to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Sunnyvale, California’s ban on magazines with more than 10 rounds. (Fyock v. City of Sunnyvale (N.D. Cal. Mar. 5, 2014).) A large part of the court’s rationale was that “a prohibition on possession of magazines having a capacity to accept more than ten rounds applies only the most minor burden on the Second Amendment,” and I think that’s both correct and legally relevant.
 

Gun Stocks: This Hidden Factor Is Giving SWHC an Edge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The term “unexpected” and its variants are a favorite on Wall Street. When a company reports unexpected strength in sales and/or earnings or its outlook, a stock usually responds positively.

That was certainly the case on Wednesday as gun-maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC) announced much better-than-expected fiscal Q3 revenue and earnings. ThGun Stocks: This Hidden Factor Is Giving SWHC an Edgee company also raised its fiscal Q4 and full-year outlook.
 

People Who Love Guns Hate the First Smart Gun Store
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Still not convinced people aren't buying smart guns? Click over to Oak Tree Gun Club's Facebook page and look around. Oak Tree is one of the biggest firearms store and shooting range in California, and also happens to be the first gun shop in America to sell smart guns. And you might never guess who's hot pissed about that.

"These people [Oak Tree] are anti-gunners. I will never step foot in this dump," reads one Facebook comment.
 

The NRA Will Not Go Quietly Into the Night
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Speaking Thursday afternoon at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre made it clear the civil rights organization isn't backing down when it comes to protecting the Second Amendment rights of American gun owners ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
 

ID: Law enforcement officials weigh in on controversial gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The guns on campus bill passed the Idaho House Thursday, and now heads to the Governor Butch Otter's desk, just one step away from becoming Idaho law. The bill has been met with ardent opinions on both sides, and though debate in the legislature is over, some law enforcement officials are still debating what will happen if the Governor signs the bill.
 

Gun Ownership Up, Crime Rate Down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The FBI’s semi-annual uniform crime data for the first half of 2013 confirms once again what the firearms community already knew, that violent crime has continued to decline while gun sales have continued to climb.

The report says murders declined 6.9 percent from the first half of 2012, while aggravated assaults dropped by 6.6 percent nationwide and robberies were down 1.8 percent. Forcible rapes declined 10.6 percent from the same period in 2012 and overall, violent crime fell by 10.6 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 3.6 percent in metropolitan counties.
 

NY: Man in Hamburg Town Court over anti-SAFE Act sign
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A struggle for gun rights has morphed into a fight for free speech in Hamburg, after the town cited a Clarice Drive man with a zoning violation for his anti-SAFE Act sign.

E. Scott Zawierucha put the banner up on his fence that faces busy South Park Avenue.

“NY IS NOT S.A.F.E.!! STOP CUOMO – PRESERVE YOUR RIGHTS!!” says the sign, referring to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s passage of the NY SAFE Act gun legislation.

There are anti-SAFE Act signs throughout the town, but Zawierucha will be in Town Court today to face the charge of the illegal sign.

In addition to the First Amendment and Second Amendment issues, he has questions about the role of local politics surrounding the sign.
 

CA: Sale of smart guns in Calif. store creates backlash
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The California gun store that put the nation’s first smart gun on sale is facing a furious backlash from customers and gun rights advocates who fear the new technology will encroach on their Second Amendment rights if it becomes mandated.

Attacks in online forums and social networks against the Oak Tree Gun Club have prompted the store to back away from any association with the Armatix iP1 smart gun. The protests threaten the nascent smart gun industry, which received a jolt of support recently when a group of Silicon Valley investors offered a $1 million prize for promising new technology.
 

KY: Local church reaches out to community with food, firearms giveaway
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Members of Lone Oak First Baptist Church are reaching out to men, women and children during their Second Amendment Dinner and Celebration on Thursday night.

Organizers say more than 1,100 people packed the gymnasium for the gathering. People who attended were treated to a steak dinner with all the fixings.
 

CT: Confusion Reigns as Gun Control Law Takes Effect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On April 4, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) signed Senate Bill 1160 into law, unleashing one of the most draconian gun control laws in the nation on his constituents.

Among other things, the 140-page law bans large classes of firearms and magazines that had been obtained lawfully by tens of thousands of Connecticut residents.

Limited grandfather provisions apply to those who registered otherwise banned items before January 1, 2014. Others in possession could face felony penalties for violations. President Obama himself was in Connecticut four days after this bill became law, praising it as a model for the nation.
 

CA: The unintended consequences of carrying concealed weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s a rather fascinating as well as perplexing society we live in, with our obsession with gun culture. No matter which way one goes on the subject, there is usually little compromise. When it comes to interpreting the Constitution, however, judges seem to rule more favorably for more freedom in gun ownership than for upholding restrictions on it. That is fairly evident in the lack of any forward movement with bans or restrictions after mass shootings — legislators know it’s an uphill battle not only in passing but in upholding new laws.
 

FL: Florida Lawmakers Get to Work On Gun-Friendly Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Florida Legislature has set its sights on a slew of bills being pushed by gun advocates during this legislative session, which began this week.

So far, four gun bills are working their way through committees.
The first bill, commonly known as the “warning shot” bill, is now being scheduled for a final floor vote. If passed, the bill would allow law-abiding Floridians to show a gun and even fire “warning shots” in self-defense without facing steep prison time. Under current law, someone can be locked up for 20 years for armed aggravated assault for firing a warning shot in Florida.
 

CA: Judge Dismisses NRA, Upholds Sunnyvale Gun Control Measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week’s ruling could give other Silicon Valley cities the courage to pursue gun control legislation of their own, according to the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The NRA has already challenged the Sunnyvale ruling, filing an emergency motion late Wednesday in response to the Measure C decision. NRA attorney Chuck Michel did not immediately return a call for comment.
 

SC: Lawmaker introduces bill to repeal SC’s ‘stand your ground’ law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The chairman of the state Legislative Black Caucus, backed by several ministers, former law enforcement officials and activists, has introduced a bill to repeal South Carolina’s “Stand your ground” law.

The bill would not do away with residents’ longstanding right to defend themselves with deadly force while inside their homes, vehicles and businesses, Rep. Harold Mitchell, D-Spartanburg, stressed at a Thursday news conference at the State House.
 

MO: Divided council maintains illegal to carry gun while drunk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Missouri General Assembly allows drunks to carry weapons, but seven Kansas City Council members balked at changing city ordinance to match state law.

Kansas City currently says it is a crime to possess or fire a weapon while intoxicated. The possession part is in conflict with state law.

City attorneys told council members that if they didn't change the ordinance then they couldn't enforce it.
 

FL: Sharpton, Joyner to lead Stand Your Ground protest Monday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Rev. Al Sharpton, radio host Tom Joyner and the parents of slain teenagers Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are coming to Tallahassee on Monday to take part in a march and rally against Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

Also participating are family members of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy whose killing in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement, and Tallahassee attorneys Ben Crump and Daryl Parks, who represent Trayvon's family.
 

Brady Campaign releases report on 20 years of background checks, claims success, but others disagree
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He then crunches the numbers from 2010 – the last year the information was released — in a sobering breakdown of those denials and where they actually led.

“Out of the 76,142 initial denials in the federal system only 44 individuals were prosecuted and only 13 were convicted of illegally trying to purchase a gun when they were prohibited from doing so,” Lott explained, adding, “As if that wasn’t bad enough, those convicted were hardly what one would call dangerous criminals — usually people with relatively trivial records from years earlier that didn’t realize their offense was covered.”
 

IL: Gun advocates assemble, call for protecting second amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Three of the four Republican candidates running for governor spoke at the Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day.

"This is the eighth year you've done the rally for IGOLD," said Treasurer Dan Rutherford. "I am proud to tell you this is the eighth year in a row that I've been with you here at the Prairie Convention Center."
 

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