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Gun owners can build bridges with medical community
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "By familiarizing ourselves with some of the medical community's 'pro-gun players' and their works, we're in a better position to persuade doctors, who may have unquestioningly accepted certain anti-gun tenets, into taking a closer look. And being able to introduce them to peers who present findings through professional journals lends a credibility that should encourage at least the fair-minded into doing just that." ...
 

Retail stores and open carry: Responsible gun owners can knock down inaccurate stereo-types
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Across the nation, the media have been reporting on the controversy that some nationwide chains have found themselves in regarding store policy on firearms. In 'Stores Land in Gun-Control Crossfire,' the Wall Street Journal examines how Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and other stores who allow guns are attracting law-abiding, gun-carrying customers. Best Buy spokesman Sue Nehring says, 'Our practice is to comply with local and state laws.' So what is the controversy?"

"Many gun owners are open-carrying into establishments that do not have a policy to prohibit guns. Starbucks has garnered the most attention lately. ..." ...
 

"Patriots must be sent packin'." To which I reply, "Your side first brought guns to this table. And, if you must insist, let's eat."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Your column is entitled 'Patriots must be sent packin' -- Problems start when one side brings weapons to the conversation.' Pardon me if I disagree with the first part, but wholeheartedly agree with the second."

"You see, the way we look at it, it was your side who brought the guns to the table first."

"The new 'Health Care' law very philanthropically orders us, all of us, to play or pay in your new nanny-state tyranny of good intentions. We MUST buy what the law tells us or we will be fined. If we refuse out of principle to pay the fine, we will be arrested. If we resist arrest at the point of an IRS raiding party's firearms, we will be killed. ..." ...
 

Has The Gun Purchase Bubble Burst?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the past few days we've been asking our industry contacts, insiders and observers a simple question: has the Obama gun-bubble burst?"

"Since President Obama's election, certain segments of the firearms industry have been running at full -and beyond- capacity. Some, myself included, were quick to attribute the early surge in firearms and ammunition purchases to a fear that the Obama administration would move - quickly- against firearms. ..

"Over the past few weeks, we've been hearing - quietly- of cutbacks, layoffs and other 'right-sizing' going on ... With ammo supplies building up, components for reloading becoming more readily available, and the economy still wavering, it seemed the firearms industry might be slowing." ...
 

NSSF/Harris Poll: Target Shooting, Home Defense Top-ranked
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A new National Shooting Sports Foundation poll conducted by Harris Interactive found that more Americans are target shooting now than six months ago, and that 'home and personal defense' were the main reasons Americans recently purchased firearms."

"The poll also showed that 43 percent of respondents, which equates to nearly 98 million people, expressed some level of interest in participating in the shooting sports or hunting." ...
 

EXTRA! Say goodbye to Stevens, say 'hello' to more armed citizens in WA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The impending retirement of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens from the U.S. Supreme Court came as no real surprise to anyone, and it opens the door for Barack Obama to replace Stevens with someone of equal or perhaps greater liberal bent." ...

"Recently I wrote here about an MSNBC report that discussed the record number of American citizens licensed to carry in 48 states (there is no concealed carry in Illinois or Wisconsin)."

"On Thursday, word was received from Bruce Tanaka, Firearms Unit program manager at the Department of Licensing in Olympia that 258,381 citizens now possess Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL). This figure includes 45,853 women." ...
 

Stevens retirement gives Obama second Supreme Court pick
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Justice John Paul Stevens, who has served on the US Supreme Court since 1975, announced on Friday that he will be leaving the court at the end of the current term in June."

"The announcement opens the way for President Obama to make his second nomination of a justice to America's highest court. It also sets the stage for what could become a highly contentious confirmation battle this summer over Justice Stevens' replacement." ...

"Stevens is viewed as the leader of the liberal wing of the high court. Because Obama is expected to nominate a liberal justice to the post, the replacement is not likely to dramatically shift the conservative-liberal balance of power on the court." ...
 

Amid Cuts, Ohio Judge Tells Citizens to Carry Guns
Submitted by: Bob Devour

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"One judge's solution for citizens feeling less secure because of budget cuts in an Ohio county: Carry a gun."

"Judge Alfred Mackey of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court advised residents Friday to be vigilant and arm themselves because the number of deputies has been cut about in half because of a tight budget. He also urged neighbors to organize anti-crime block watch groups." ...
 

Diane Wood on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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... "... It is safe to say that Judge Wood has ample legal skills to conduct carefully-reasoned legal analysis when she chooses to do so. Accordingly, it is plausible to infer from her unreasoned opinion a disregard for Second Amendment rights."
 

Americans stick to their guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anyone can attend the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot."

"Once you arrive it feels more like a pilgrimage for white American men and their kin."

"Entire white families attend the event, including babies with earplugs and 10-year-olds with assault rifles casually slung like a knapsack."

"... During the entire weekend I see five blacks, two Asians and a Mexican. The rest were self-designated 'good ol' boys' like former army soldier and retired police officer John Marks who is here to celebrate his right to sell an Uzi, buy a bazooka or stockpile 140,000 rounds of military grade ammunition."

"'If you have even a passing interest in guns,' he says, 'you have to come here; this is like a Muslim going to Mecca.'" ...
 

LuckyGunner.com to Participate in the Second Amendment March
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the interest of protecting your Second Amendment Rights, LuckyGunner.com will be participating in the upcoming historic Second Amendment March on Washington, D.C. on April 19th."

"This march will bring together Second Amendment supporters from all across our country to march peacefully on our nation's capitol."

"The Second Amendment March is a grassroots organization that is bringing together people who support the right to bear arms, and has the support of the NRA-ILA. It's an event for all Americans who believe strongly in the Constitution and the importance of preserving the Second Amendment as our Founding Fathers intended." ...
 

WA: Best friend an armed citizen has is his armed neighbor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We'll make this one short and oh, so sweet."

"Meet 'Vern,' the 75-year-old Carnation resident who awoke the other morning to the sound of breaking glass. Upon going downstairs to investigate, he encountered a man breaking through his sliding door, and who subsequently clobbered Vern when he tried to call a neighbor for help." ...

"Clobbered over the head, what’s a guy to do? In Vern's case, he ducked into another room, grabbed a handgun and after a struggle, he shot his attacker in the shoulder. By now, the neighbor showed up with…you might have guessed it…his own gun. (We can hear the audible gasps of CeaseFire Seattleites: 'They have LOADED guns in their homes?!' Well, yeah, guns don’t work too well in emergencies if they’re not loaded.)" ...
 

KY: Man shot to death while forcing his way into Carter county home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police in Carter County are investigating after a shooting Wednesday morning that left a man dead."

"The shooting happened at about 6 a.m. ... Police say Boyd E. Littleton II, 45, was shot to death by homeowner Carl Bright when Littleton attempted to forcibly gain entry into Bright's residence by kicking both rear and front doors of the house. Littleton was shot after he managed to kick in the front door."

"There have been no charges filed against Bright by the Kentucky State Police at this time. The case will be investigated and presented to the Carter County Commonwealth Attorney’s office." ...
 

OH: SB239 (Restaurant Carry & Car Carry Rules Fix) scheduled for proponent testimony in Senate committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by Sen. Tim Grendell (R-18), will hear proponent testimony on SB239, ... to allow citizens who hold a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a firearm in restaurants, and to reduce burdensome restrictions regarding how a license holder must transport a firearm in a car, on Wednesday, April 14 at 10:15 AM in the Senate Building's South Hearing Room."

"'This bill makes Ohio's laws more consistent with the norm for what other states are doing,' said Senator Jones. 'Six years after concealed carry became law in Ohio we have not experienced the lawlessness or 'doom and gloom' predictions that some claimed would come true. ...'" ...
 

AZ: Arizona concealed weapons bill expected to become law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Within the next week, Arizona could become the first state with a large urban population to allow U.S. citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a permit throughout the state of Arizona. ..."

"The Arizona House voted Thursday to make the state the third in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, sending the governor a bill that would allow Arizonans to forego background checks and classes that are now required."

"Currently, in Arizona carrying a hidden firearm without a permit is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500." ...
 

Demilitarized Brass
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun owners, reloaders, and the public at large are usually interested in seeing the Government be a good steward of the taxpayers' money."

"Recent reports, such as this one from National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea, indicate that some base/post commanders may not have been in full compliance with Federal law, and may have been engaging in direct sales of spent, demilitarized small arms brass to ATK/Alliant Techsystems." ...
 

FL: Fired: Deputy accused of hero plot to kidnap wife, rescue her
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Brandon Roysden and his wife, Michelle, dated for five years before they wed last year in Collier County."

"He was a respected sheriff's deputy and former U.S. Marine, and Michelle Roysden was a full-time college student when they decided to tie the knot."

"But soon after the wedding, Michelle Roysden decided that the knot was tied a little too tight."

"After six weeks of marriage she packed her suitcases."

"That's when Brandon Roysden hatched a plan to save his marriage." ...

"Roysden told Currie about his plan: He needed four people wearing camouflage and masks to break into the house where his wife was staying and take her and her family hostage, according to the Sheriff's Office report." ...
 

CA: SoCal cop, prison guard plead not guilty to rape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Westminster police officer and a state prison guard have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and raping a woman at gunpoint." ...

"They've been placed on paid leave and remained jailed Wednesday on $2 million each."

"The 30-year-olds face possible life sentences if convicted."

"Prosecutors claim Jelinek kept watch while Orban pulled a gun on a 25-year-old restaurant employee as she left work at Ontario Mills Mall on Saturday."

"Orban allegedly forced the woman to drive to a Fontana industrial area, raped her and left, getting a ride back from Jelinek."

"Investigators say they suspected Orban after he left his service revolver in the woman's car." [emphasis added]
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H/t to David Codrea who asks if they really still issue revolvers to Westminster cops?
 

LA: Judge in Danziger case sickened by 'raw brutality of the shooting and the craven lawlessness of the cover-up'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A New Orleans police officer who fired his gun at civilians on the Danziger Bridge a week after Hurricane Katrina pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday, offering a chilling account of what transpired on the bridge that early September day in 2005."

"Michael Hunter, 33, became the first officer who actually participated in the shooting to enter a guilty plea. Two investigators have already confessed to playing roles in a wide-ranging cover-up of the police shooting, which injured four unarmed civilians and left two men dead." ...
 

PA: Weatherly police officer pleads guilty to corruption of minors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Weatherly Borough police officer accused of having 'phone sex' with a 15-year-old girl pleaded guilty to corruption of minors in Carbon County Court of Common Pleas last week."

"Anthony J. McFadden, 49, ... will be sentenced in June ... One count of unlawful contact with a minor was dropped."

"State police began investigating in late October after receiving a complaint that McFadden was having inappropriate phone conversations, described as 'phone sex' in arrest papers, with the girl."

"Phone records tracked more than 170 calls between McFadden's cell phone and the girl's Weatherly home between Sept. 24 and Nov. 2, ... and one call lasted two hours."

"McFadden has been suspended without pay since January."
 

FL: Golden Beach Lt. Found Guilty Of Battery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Gainesville jury found a Golden Beach Police lieutenant guilty of kidnapping and battery on his wife in an incident that occurred last year."

"Lt. Roberto Barrio was found guilty in connection with the attack on May of last year. He is guilty of false imprisonment, kidnapping and battery."

"The I-Team's Gary Nelson revealed in December that Barrio was allowed to remain on the job, packing a gun and wearing a badge, despite the violent felony charges he faced. Victims' advocates criticized the department for not suspending the cop in light of the domestic violence charges."

"Barrio now faces up to five years in prison at his sentencing set for next month and the revocation of his police license." ...
 

MN: Former Police Chief found guilty in District Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Gaylord Police Chief Dale Roiger was found guilty to the charges of interception and disclosure of wire or oral communications and misconduct of a public officer or employee." ...

"Based on an agreement between the prosecution and defense, the first count is dismissed and Roiger will be sentenced on the second count."

"... The maximum sentence is one year in jail and/or $3,000 fine."

"Roiger was charged nearly one year ago for allegedly planting a 'bug' in the Chamber of Commerce Office in July 2007. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: In MN the penalty for "interception and disclosure of wire or oral communications" is a fine of up to $20,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both. And I feel certain that a non-"Only One" would have gotten the same sweet deal.
 

OH: Ex-sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to sex crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Tuesday, April 6 to having sexual contact with a young boy."

"Michael Pizzo, 43, pleaded to a bill of information in Warren County Common Pleas Court to the charge of unlawful sexual conduct, a fourth-degree felony. He faces up to 18 months in prison."

"Pizzo was accused of having sexual contact with the minor boy in the Waynesville area in late 2007 and into 2008, according to Assistant Prosecutor Matt Nolan. Pizzo had met the boy online through the 'Craigs List' Web site, Nolan said." ...

"Pizzo’s last day of employment as a deputy sheriff was March 26, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. He had been with the sheriff’s office since 1994."
 

AZ: ATF agent apparently kills wife, self in Flagstaff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

An agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reportedly shot and killed his wife and then himself at their Flagstaff home Monday night.

According to the Flagstaff Police Department, three children heard gunshots inside their home and ran to a neighbor's home. That neighbor is a police officer.

Officers found Daniel Raponi, 37, and his wife, Jessie Raponi, 34, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

The investigation indicates an apparent homicide-suicide, however, the Flagstaff Police Department and ATF are still investigating.
 

OH: Officer placed on administrative leave
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A part-time village police officer is on unpaid administrative leave after being indicted last week on multiple charges."

"Jeffrey Christy ... was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on charges of gross sexual imposition, two counts of menacing by stalking and public indecency."

"Authorities accused him of forced sexual activity with one woman and then stalking her and a second woman."

"Chief William Vance said Christy was placed on administrative leave after being indicted. The leave will continue pending the outcome of the criminal case."

"Vance said that Christy has been with the department for at least a year." ...
 

IL: Illinois Department of Corrections buying ammo on (not very good) credit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois gun blogger Thirdpower notes that the state's budget is in such dire straits that the state prison system is finding it difficult to buy ammunition."
""The Illinois Department of Corrections was forced to make an emergency purchase of ammunition last month because of the state's inability to pay its bills."

"The purchase happened after one of the state's ammunition vendors, Shore Galleries Inc., refused to ship bullets unless the company was paid upfront. The state owes the Lincoln-wood firm $6,000."

"The department was able to find a new vendor quickly in Indiana and ordered 761,000 rounds for nearly $200,000." ...
 

OK: Former Tulsa agent accused of faking drug buy indicted on four counts
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A former federal agent implicated in a fabricated drug buy in 2007 has been indicted on four counts including drug possession with intent to distribute."

"Brandon J. McFadden, 33, a former agent with the Tulsa office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was booked into the jail Thursday on a hold for U.S. marshals, jail records show."

"McFadden pleaded not guilty during a hearing at 2 p.m. today in federal court to four counts that are contained in a newly unsealed indictment."

"He is charged with taking part in a drug conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting money laundering." ...
 

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