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VA: ATFE Agent Goes Down For Firearms Violations
Submitted by: Federale
Website: http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- A special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been charged in a twenty count indictment with a variety of federal crimes that allegedly occurred in the course of his official duties.

In an indictment returned under seal on Tuesday, the grand jury has charged Clifford Dean Posey, 43, of Chesapeake, Va. with six counts of wire fraud, six counts of embezzlement, two counts of possessing stolen firearms, four counts of making false statements and two counts of money laundering. The indictment was unsealed earlier today following Posey’s arrest and initial court appearance.
 

OK: Police report 2nd armed robbery at OC
Submitted by: Glenn Billings

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Oklahoma Christian University is enhancing security after students were robbed at gunpoint in two home invasions, a spokesman said.

At about 5 a.m. on Sunday, an officer responded to a first-degree burglary that had occurred on the OC campus, 2501 E. Memorial Rd., in the men’s dorm called Wilson West, according to a report released Friday by the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Submitter's note: Not one, but two, armed robberies in the same month at another gun-free zoned private college campus in Oklahoma.
 

Stats: Why Concealed Handguns Won't Make Colleges Safer
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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Texas legislators are currently working on a bill to allow concealed handguns on college campuses. But the probability of getting shot by a crazed shooter on campus is less than minuscule.

Ed.: The author's number's were way off. I felt obliged to leave a comment stating so.
 

OR: Medford officer charged with sex abuse resigns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Medford police officer charged with sex abuse resigned Friday and most likely will never work in law enforcement again, according to Chief Randy Schoen.
Tyler Terrell Chase, 23, resigned in lieu of termination by the department a day after it was reported he engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Central Point girl.
"We advised Chase that it would be in his best interest if he resigned," Schoen said. "We were prepared to terminate his employment."
 

VA: Washington Post gun series wins VPA best-in-show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Washington Post's yearlong investigative series on "The Hidden Life of Guns" has been honored as winner of the Virginia Press Association's award for best daily newspaper writing in 2010.

The series, written by David S. Fallis, James V. Grimaldi, Sari Horwitz and Cheryl W. Thompson, was honored Saturday night at the association's annual meeting. It was chosen from among all of the first-place writing winner's in VPA's annual contests and received one of 12 best-in-show awards presented.

Ed.: If that was the best piece, it doesn't say much about the quality of reporting in Virginia.
 

TX: Will Texas colleges be forced to allow guns to be carried on campus?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Will the state of Texas force colleges to allow guns on campus?

Universities don't want them. The heads of many Texas colleges — most visibly, Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas System - say that concealed weapons would make their campuses far more dangerous.

Faculty say they'd be uncomfortable flunking a student who packs heat. Mental health counselors warn of the danger of mixing guns with the stress and binge drinking that already plague students. Guns in classrooms and dorms, the counselors say, would surely lead to more suicides and accidental shootings.

Polls at the University of Texas, Texas A&M and Sam Houston State indicate that most students dislike the concept of guns on campus.
 

OR: 243 guns turned in at Portland event
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ceasefire Oregon collected 243 guns Saturday at a turn-in event at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.

The group worked with the newly reinstated Portland Police gun task force to host the event.

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Protesters stood on a nearby curb with signs saying they would buy the guns. They said they believe guns should not be destroyed.
 

PA: Self-defense rights plan faces hurdle in state House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill expanding self-defense protections outside the home could be on Gov. Tom Corbett's desk by the end of this week, but a move in the House might delay that.

The House, rather than approve a Senate-passed bill expanding the "castle doctrine," is set on Tuesday to pass an identical bill of its own, possibly delaying final passage for weeks.
 

TX: Texas Senate Delays Vote on Campus Guns Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Texas Senate abruptly cut off debate Thursday as support weakened for a GOP-backed measure that would allow concealed handguns in college classrooms, but the bill's sponsor expressed confidence he could round up the necessary votes by early next week.

The bill would allow Texas concealed handgun license holders, who must be at least 21 years old and pass a training course, to carry their weapons into classrooms.

Supporters call it a critical self-defense measure and guns-rights issue. Opponents, including several of the state's top higher education officials, have said it will make campuses more dangerous
 

AZ: Guns on campus bill ill-timed nonsense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I remember a few months ago when the guns-on-campus bill was introduced. I rejected it as nothing more than ludicrous Republican posturing.

Apparently, I was wrong.

In a 33-24 vote, Arizona passed SB 1467 — which allows guns to be carried on malls and streets that run through campus, but not in buildings. It now awaits Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature to become law.

We are now the second state ever to pass legislation that allows guns on school campuses. Utah is the only other state with similar legislation.
 

IN: Let owners keep guns but require licenses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When you buy a vehicle you are required to license it. When you sell, or otherwise dispose of a vehicle, you are supposed to report that transfer of ownership. It should be no different with guns. If you sell or even give away a firearm and fail to report that transfer, you have some responsibility for what it is used for by the subsequent owners if you have failed to report that transfer of ownership
 

IN: Lawmakers seek looser firearm laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Indiana lawmakers are pushing a bevy of bills this year that ease gun regulations – from allowing firearms to be transported without a license to pre-empting local gun laws.

“Emotions run high in this debate,” said Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville. “We’re zeroed in on gun owners who are good citizens.”

But some advocates and municipal officials are concerned that the proposed changes go too far.
 

AZ: If you’re going to carry, keep track of your guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One of the basic gun safety rules is that owners should be sure their guns are never accessible to unauthorized or untrained individuals. Recently, two gun owners broke that cardinal rule.
 

Gun owners' guide to 2012 election
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That in a nutshell is all gun owners need to know about the 2012 presidential election. After two years of avoiding the gun-control debate (and violating his own campaign promises to push for additional restrictions), Obama is finally showing his true colors on this important issue. Let's not forget that this is the same candidate who once espoused a total ban on handguns, and more recently supported a nationwide ban on Right-to-Carry. And if he couldn't get that done, he said he would support increasing the taxes on guns and ammunition by 500 percent. Now he is trying to be measured about his gun-control objectives, using vague and gauzy rhetoric his handlers hope will be difficult to hang around his neck.
 

AZ: Man dead, Gilbert police release gunman in case they call self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gilbert police say they've released a man who fatally shot another driver after a roadside confrontation.

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Police said Sunday it appeared the unidentified 23-year-old acted in self-defense and he was released after questioning.
 

AK: Self-defense bill sees support in Alaska Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It would expand the explicit (in state law) right to use lethal force to apply anywhere someone has “a right to be.” Proponents say it will assure everyone in Alaska he or she does not need to back off if they find themselves in a dangerous situation and want to fight back with a lethal weapon.

Rep. Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon and a co-sponsor, said the change would send two messages. To good people, he said, it “solidifies their right to defend themselves. It makes it absolutely clear.” He said the measure also tells potential criminals to think twice before they break the law.
 

TX: The United States Constitution and its Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The court ruled 5 to 4 that a 76-year-old African-American Democrat who lives in Chicago, could own a handgun. Otis McDonald, a retired working-class guy, sued the city for taking away his right to protect himself. McDonald was straight to the point, he said his neighborhood is full of thugs who threaten his well-being and the city cannot control the situation. So he has to protect himself from harm.

But in a vote that totally disregards the Constitution of the United States, Justices John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Mr. McDonald and the American people to shove it. They stated that guns cause a lot of damage to society; therefore, if a city wants to ban them, it can.
 

NJ: Ban guns! Legalize guns! A one-man debate.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A ban seems like a swell idea. Get caught with a gun, you go to jail. Forever. That should get the guns off the street.

But ... I probably won’t be able to get my “ban all guns” idea through the Poobah Senate. So I’ll need to come up with an alternate plan, the next best thing, and that is ... legalize guns across the board. Let everyone have one.

Right now, the way things are set up — especially in New Jersey, where it’s literally easier for a private citizen to be named Grand Poobah of Earth than it is to get a carry and conceal license — criminals carry guns and us regular folk do not.
 

ND: A clear violation of Amendment 2
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I haven’t heard squat about “martial law” in Fargo except for a very short story on KFGO radio, although someone told me AM-1100 did discuss it.

Mayor Dennis Walaker and Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney seem to think they have the power to suspend the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They both think it is fine to tell people they have to give up their right to their guns if they need to evacuate Fargo. This was done in New Orleans during the evacuation following Hurricane Katrina and as a result, many people lost valuable firearms forever, some that were family heirlooms.
 

IA: Combating firearms ignorance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Like it or not, the United States of America has a thriving gun culture. The personal right to keep and bear arms is a right that is deeply American in nature. Historically, Americans have been very well-armed for a variety of purposes. Reuters estimates that 34 percent of citizens own firearms [2007], and the NRA-ILA estimates that 40-45 percent of households own firearms [2011]. Given those estimates, it is highly likely that you will encounter a gun at some point in your life, even if you are the most anti-gun person you know.
 

PA: New fee at public shooting ranges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hunting license holders and trappers with furtaker permits have always paid for free use of State Game Land shooting ranges through their license fees. The free access given to recreational and self-defense shooters was, well, really free.

"Additionally, the open use of State Game Lands for shooting activities by those not licensed has resulted in some situations where ranges and State Game Lands have been used for illicit activities," Carl Roe, Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director, said in a written statement.
 

NC: More thoughts on gunfire law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I believe most of the "uproar" about gunfire in Johnston County came from residents who are mortally afraid of ANY firearms. I am aware of some legitimate complaints where residents have had stray bullets hit their property, and a few "bad apples" might have ruined the whole barrel of freedom for all firearm owners.
 

Could Gillette ‘cooperation’ with Grassley probe bring down ATF hierarchy?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Speculation is rampant since Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley revealed in a letter to ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson that Phoenix Assistant Special Agent in Charge George Gillette was, through and in conjunction with his attorney, “cooperating with” Grassley’s investigation of ATF’s Project Gunrunner.

Earlier, when Gillette was not invited to a Gunrunner confab at ATF headquarters, there was speculation that ATF higher-ups were planning to throw Gillette under the bus. It was a question about not being at that meeting that caused Gillette to quickly terminate a telephone conversation with this column early last month.
 

IL: Legislation would bar release of gun permit info
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Names of people authorized to own guns would be declared secret under legislation approved by the Illinois House.

The state police would be barred from releasing information on people who have Firearm Owner Identification cards.

The House approved the bill 98-12 Friday. It now heads to the Senate.
 

MI: Sound suppressors sound good
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Noise pollution.

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing!

When it comes to firearms, it comes with the territory.

Why anyone does not have the ability in Michigan to suppress the ear-damaging noise of guns is beyond me.

But, if you attach a sound suppressor to your firearm in this state, you’d be guilty of a felony, unless you have a Title II firearms license for machine guns, sound suppressors and destructive devices.

Recently, Washington state has allowed its citizens the option of using sound suppressors on firearms and, believe it or not, even the state sheriffs and police chiefs supported the measure.
 

WV: Cause of gun violence misinterpreted
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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I find it interesting that Paul Epstein would label me a gun fanatic, when I am indeed a gun owner and also a concerned citizen ("A conversation about guns," Feb. 13). I am concerned about the mental illness in this country, that Hollywood and game makers portray guns in the manner they do and many other issues we face.

Blaming the recent violence in Arizona on political rhetoric or politicians has almost no basis (although I wonder when politicians began "fighting for" instead of "working for" their constituents). Most mentally ill shooters don't base their plans to kill on political rhetoric.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

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