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FL: Florida mayor fights backyard gun ranges in 'Gunshine State'
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Every Wednesday afternoon, Doug Varrieur steps into his backyard in the Florida Keys, aims his .380 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol and fires shots that ricochet through city halls around the state.
Varrieur, 57, discovered a little-noticed part of Florida law which prohibits local governments from restricting gun rights in any way, and in December he set up a personal gun range on his property in a residential subdivision.
Neighbors were outraged by the live gunfire, but their surprise was nothing compared to that of municipal leaders, who were shocked to realize there was nothing they could do about it.
 

MI: Detroit cop accused of raping woman in her home after she called 911
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A city police officer who was dispatched to help a domestic violence victim instead sexually assaulted the 31-year-old woman inside her home, and then threatened to return the next morning, prosecutors say.

Officer Deon Nunlee, 40, was on duty at 3 a.m. Oct. 30 when he and his partner were sent to a home in the 16800 block of Asbury Park on the city’s northwest side after a woman dialed 911 to report her boyfriend had assaulted her.

But instead of aiding the victim, Nunlee is accused of taking her upstairs and sexually assaulting her.



 

MI: Two Romulus police officers found guilty of misconduct, neglect of duty
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Two Romulus police officers were found Friday of guilty from misconduct charges for their roles in a corruption conspiracy in the Romulus Police Department.

Officer Larry Droege was found guilty of misconduct in office and neglect of duty. Jeremy Channells was found guilty of two counts of misconduct in office and neglect of duty.

The case were heard by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway.

Michael St. Andre and former Romulus Police Officers Richard Balzer, Richard Landry and Donald Hopkins face trial in July for their alleged roles in the case, which involved charges of embezzlement of more than $100,000 in drug forfeiture funds and running a criminal enterprise from 2006 to 2011.






 

IL: Woman Killed When Gun Left In Clothes Goes Off At Thrift Store
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A Washington Heights thrift store employee died Friday after a small gun hidden in discarded clothing accidentally went off and fatally wounded her.
The victim, 54, had been sorting through castoff clothing with a male co-worker at Unique Thrift Store in the 9300 block of South Ashland Avenue about 9:45 a.m.
When the male co-worker discovered a sock with something inside, he emptied the sock and a .22-caliber handgun fell into his hand, police said. The weapon accidentally discharged and struck the victim in the chest, police said. She later died at Christ Hospital.
Police say the incident appears to be a tragic accident.
 

Connecticut halts plans to round up firearms after finding most cops in the state are on the list
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Connecticut has been making news due to their hastily passed gun registration laws. According to some sources as few as 15% of gun owners have actually registered their firearms. News Blogs have been warning state officials are talking about mass confiscations of the unregistered firearms.
Plans for these confiscations hit a snag when a legislative intern dared to ask a question. “Who will be going door to door to take all the guns away?” ...
The unnamed intern then pointed at the list and said, “my dad’s name is on the list, and he is the police chief. I see three other names on this list of family members, all cops.” ...
An anonymous source in the Governors office said lawmakers were dumbfounded.

Ed.: The story, and the entire website, is satire.
 

FL: One nation, under no duty to retreat
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida's notoriety as the "shoot first" state grows by the day. As its citizens pull guns on one another at gas stations and on basketball courts, at birthday parties and in movie theaters, the perception grows that the state's 2005 "stand your ground" law made it a safe haven for killers. But like many caricatures of the Sunshine State, this one is too simple. The truth is that Florida did not pioneer the controversial rules of justifiable homicide it adopted nine years ago — though the rules' effects here might serve as a warning for other states.
 

NRA not always “unflinching and unapologetic” for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The NRA, the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization, is an important part of the politics of the Second Amendment. No one can deny that. But while LaPierre presents the organization as “unflinching and unapologetic” on gun rights, the NRA has a history of being on the wrong side of the battle for freedom.

Take District of Columbia v. Heller, for instance. The Supreme Court, in 2008, found D.C.’s gun ban to be unconstitutional by affirming that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to possess a firearm, overturning decades of bad precedent.

While this would seem like a cut-and-dry case for the NRA to support, the purported “unflinching and unapologetic” gun rights organization nearly killed Heller.
 

Huckabee: Second Amendment ‘the only last resort’ to protect freedom
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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Thursday that the right to bear arms was the “only last resort” for Americans to protect their freedoms.

Speaking of religious liberty at CPAC, the former and potentially future presidential hopeful admonished the government for trying to regulate people’s religious beliefs.

“When the government begins to say it’s OK for you to have faith, but you can only have this much of it. … It’s time for the government to scale back, not for people of faith to scale back,” he said.
 

NRA Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Block Enforcement of Sunnyvale Gun Law
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The National Rifle Association has one more stop in its fight to block enforcement of Sunnyvale’s ban on large-capacity firearms magazines. The gun group said Friday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency injunction to suspend the voter-approved law while an appeals panel in San Francisco considers the case.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte refused to grant a preliminary injunction against the ban on large magazines. The ruling allowed the provision to take effect on Thursday.
 

FL: Judge rules against ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense in cop shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Just before the shooting, a robbery victim had called the police to report that someone from a house nearby had stolen marijuana and a gun from his own residence. Police were looking for Jonathan Chappell, also 24, but as they converged on the home, only Finkelstein came out from the garage.

Sgt. Johnson came out from behind a tree and announced he was a police officer. At that point, police say, Finkelstein raised a gun and fired at Johnson, hitting the deputy in the leg.

In a two-day hearing this week, Finkelstein’s attorney argued that Johnson had not identified himself and Finkelstein had no choice but to act in self defense. Johnson survived the shooting.
 

Federal Judge upholds Sunnyvale town ordinance banning 10-round magazines
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The motion for an injunction to prevent the controversial Sunnyvale, California, ordinance known as Measure C from rolling out was denied in federal court Wednesday.

The suit challenged a voter-approved local law, passed in 2013, that would ban all detachable magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, even those carried by off duty police officers, from the city.
 

FL: Zimmerman a factor in moving gun show?
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Organizers of an Orlando gun show say their weekend event has been moved to a new location after the original event space canceled upon learning George Zimmerman was a "special guest."

"They requested our special guest, Mr. George Zimmerman, not be allowed entry and we complied for the sake of our vendors," the New Orlando Gun Show posted on its website. "Later, the Majestic (which owns the event space) 'caved' over threats from anti-Zimmerman individuals and completely shut down the event."
 

CA: 5 Things to Know About Concealed Guns in SD
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A panel of federal judges has sent San Diego County packing. Hundreds of residents have applied to be able to carry handguns in their jackets, pockets and purses in the wake of February’s ruling that nixes strict local policies on concealed weapons permits.

But while Sheriff Bill Gore says he won’t appeal the ruling, the battle over concealed weapons in the county isn’t over.
 

OH: Concealed gun permits soar in Clark, Champaign
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The number of new concealed carry permits issued locally increased last year, more than doubling in Champaign County.

In Clark County, 809 CCW permits were issued last year, the highest number of new permits since 2004, the first year the state’s concealed carry law went into effect. In Champaign County, 626 new CCW licenses were issued last year, up from 281 in 2012.

Across Ohio, permits have reached an all-time high, with almost 97,000 new licenses issued in 2013.
 

CA: Donnelly lists Obama, Hitler, Stalin as gun control advocates
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Fresh off escaping prosecution for violating his probation on gun-related charges – he fired a gun at a Santa Cruz shooting range – Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, wrote a tweet that featured a row of pictures that included the Founding Fathers and features the caption “These people stood for gun rights.”

Below that is a row of pictures captioned “These people stood for gun control.” They include Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Josef Stalin – and President Barack Obama.

After news spread of the Hitler comparison, Donnelly took to Twitter to clarify. “I didn't compare (Obama) to Hitler,” he wrote. “(I) just noted the gun control policies of dictators are similar.”
 

FL: Florida warning-shot bill advances in state senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Florida bill that would make it legal to fire a warning shot at an attacker has advanced in the Florida legislature.

The bill, designed to expand the state’s “stand your ground” law, was approved by Florida’s Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, report the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the Tampa Tribune Fresh Squeezed blog and the Palm Beach Post.
 

IN: Guns on campus increases risk of violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With the guns on school property amendment to SB 229, the Indiana legislature seems, as usual, preoccupied with forcing other institutions to accept firearms on their premises, while doing almost nothing to address gun violence in our largest city. Letting lawfully owned firearms on school property will make a school shooting easier for an angry parent or other adult, and lawfully owned guns are used in shootings. In fact, the killers of one-fifth of 511 law officers shot between 2000 and 2010 legally owned their guns, and the Violence Policy Center has been able to document 622 non self-defense homicides by concealed-carry permit holders since 2007.
 

AL: Fatal shooting in Birmingham ruled justifiable
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Birmingham police say a man who fatally shot another man Saturday, March 1 was acting in self-defense.

Harold Eugene Davis, 34, was gunned down in the 900 block of Erie Street in Wylam.

The following day, Birmingham police released a picture of a car believed to be connected to the case.
 

ID: Idaho House passes bill allowing concealed guns on college campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Boise, ID, United States (4E) – The Idaho House voted 50-19 Thursday to pass a controversial bill allowing concealed firearms on state college campuses.

Senate Bill 1254 or the Guns on Campus Bill will become law if Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will sign it.

University officials, faculty, staff, students and the police force oppose the bill. Boise State University President Dr. Bob Custra issued a statement urging the governor to veto the bill.
 

WA: Legislature: Domestic-violence order should require surrending guns
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The Legislature has passed a measure that would allow a person under a restraining order for domestic violence to be ordered to surrender all firearms.

The Spokesman-Review of Spokane reported (http://bit.ly/1fMQ8xO) that the Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1840. The measure, which passed the House unanimously last month, now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.
 

Ukraine: Ukrainians Want to Arm Themselves to the Teeth
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“Can you imagine snipers shooting people in Times Square? You must imagine that to understand how we feel.”

That’s the hypothetical posed to us by George Uchaykin, the 44-year-old head of the Ukrainian Gun Owners Association. Given the current political chaos in Ukraine and the events leading up to it, Uchaykin and his cohorts are pushing for new laws on gun control that would allow citizens to carry handguns to defend themselves.
 

FL: 10 pro-gun bills passed by committees this week
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Lee's note: Ten pro-gun bills were passed by a series of legislative committees this week. This has to be some type of record.

Here are the bills:
 

AL: CPD Chief, sheriff, candidates weigh in on gun bill
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The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday by a 6-2 vote. Currently, people can keep a pistol in the car without a permit, but the weapon has to be unloaded, locked away and out of reach.

The Alabama Sheriffs’ Association opposed the bill at an earlier public hearing citing concern for public safety and the loss of permit fees to counties. Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, one of the bill’s sponsors, said he believes people should be able to keep a loaded weapon in their car, just as they can their house, without paying a fee.
 

TN: TN Gov. Haslam concerned about GOP efforts against park gun ban
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Gov. Bill Haslam said he still has concerns about a legislative effort by fellow Republicans to strip local governments of their ability to ban guns at local parks and ball fields.

The governor, a former Knoxville mayor, said Thursday that for him it boils down to property rights instead of the Second Amendment.

“City councils and county commissions have said, ‘OK, our taxpayers have paid for that park,’ and their elected representatives, I think, should get to decide what happens in the parks,” the governor told reporters following a jobs announcement news conference in Dickson.
 

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