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Gun ban group lies about...me
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "So you're damn right, Josh. What kind of devoid-of-principles coward wouldn't fight stormtroopers trying to do that to free Americans? And what kind of subversive traitor to every precept of the Republic, not to mention common decency, would hold that against a man and view it as an opportunity for his public condemnation?" ...
 

Fuddruckers to Gun Owners: Fuddruck You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Open carry laws are changing in various states. Therefore, restaurants are more clearly communicating their policies to guests. Fuddruckers has had a no weapons policy for several years but it wasn't being enforced in all locations. By enforcing its no-weapons policy, Fuddruckers is enforcing its rights as a private business to create the sort of dining environment we believe best suits and appeals to all or the majority of our guests."
"OK, fine. Fuddruck you, too."
 

2A marchers will probably be demonized regardless of conduct
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Next Monday, April 19, is the scheduled date for a pair of pro-gun rallies in the Washington, D.C. area, the first being the Second Amendment March/Rally at the Washington Monument and commons in the city, and the other being an event called the 'Restore the Constitution Rally' at Fort Hunt, just across the Potomac ..."

"There is a follow-up event scheduled in Olympia on ... April 24 that is garnering attention from gun rights activists on at least two forums, OpenCarry.org and Hunting-Washington. They are also talking about the Washington, D.C. event on a couple of other forums ..."

"Gun prohibitionists have already started a media drumbeat to demonize these events, primarily by quoting some of the individuals involved ..." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: American Militias, Part IV
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the framing era and in 2010, the Militia within the meaning of the second amendment is the everyman and outside the control of the Commander-in-Chief. Smear was then and is now a powerful weapon against freedom in America. As if Independence from public servants and love of freedom were somehow contentious."

"Any sort of independent thought is an enemy of the State, and when shills smear independent thought, they cheat the sovereign electorate out of making their best informed decisions. Real Americans prefer the independence of thought. It becomes self-rule." ...
 

Video: Jon Stewart segment compares open carry advocates to gay rights advocates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last night Jon Stewart's Daily Show featured a lengthy segment comparing open carry advocates to gay rights advocates."

"... While the two groups likely do not have much overlap in their population, they do share many traits, as the video below demonstrates. ..."

"(1) Both argue their rights are rooted in the U.S. Constitution ..."

"(2) Both face discrimination from others. Both groups claim that this discrimination comes from uneducated and hateful opposition groups."

"(3) Both groups struggle with some who do not want to be 'open' in the advocacy for their beliefs."

"The humorous segment does a great job of demonstrating how two groups who probably dislike each other actually have a lot in common." ...
 

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits 2010: A Celebration of American Values
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce this year's Annual Meetings and Exhibits to be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina from May 14 - May 16."

"This year's Annual Meetings and Exhibits will have an estimated 70,000 attendees, putting this on target to be one of the largest and finest in NRA's 139-year history. Leading firearm manufacturers will display the firearm industry's latest and greatest products. Various hunting and shooting accessories and an extensive private collection displayed by NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs will fill acres of convention space. With approximately 400 exhibits, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone." ...
 

Philippine gun ban experiment fails
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last January I wrote about the decision of the Philippine government to ban all guns outside the home for their entire election season to control the violence that has troubled their elections in recent years. So far, no magic. In fact, this election cycle is more violent than the last one. The US State Department has issued a travel warning to Americans to avoid travel to the Philippines and if they have to go, to avoid large groups. The Philippine National Police note that there are now 112 private armies, even though they have been specifically trying to suppress these armed camps since the first of the year." ...
 

Foes of tea party movement to infiltrate rallies
Submitted by: Larry

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"Opponents of the fiscally conservative tea party movement say they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying to make its members appear to be racist, homophobic and moronic."

"Jason Levin, creator of http://www.crashtheteaparty.org, said Monday the group has 65 leaders in major cities across the country who are trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events for April 15—tax filing day, when tea party groups across the country are planning to gather and protest high taxes." ...

"Tea party members said the backlash comes from ignorance."

"'They can't actually debate our message and that's their problem," said Bob MacGuffie, a Connecticut organizer for Right Principles, a tea party group ..." ...
 

FL: Police: Man Shot Dead In Car Justifiable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Friday that the shooting death of a man whose body was found in a car on April 1 was a justifiable homicide."

"Police said the shooting happened at Cassat and Shirley avenues in the Hillcrest area on the Westside just after midnight."

"Officers said Christopher Alfaro, 24, was driving in a car when he was shot to death by someone in another car by one shot to the head."

"... Alfaro rammed another car during a road rage battle. They said the other driver started spinning out, and that's when he grabbed his gun and started shooting." ...

"Police said the 38-year-old shooter called them immediately after the shooting. They said he does have a concealed weapons permit." ...
 

MI: Good Samaritan Stops Bank Robbery Suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's time to thank a hero for stopping a suspected bank robber. The man stepped up to help protect his city."

"'It's up to us as citizens to say hey, enough's enough,' said Michael Farrow. 'We can help out.'"

"At 10:00 a.m. Monday, a man is accused of passing a note to a teller at the National City Bank on Woodward, and then grabbing the cash and running out the door."

"Good Samartian Michael Farrow saw him running down the street and decided to get involved."

"Farrow has a CCW and was carrying a gun when he told the man to stop and get down." ...
 

FL: Homeowner Shoots At Teen Burglar Caught In Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Daven Woulard was coming home from the store and, from the street, his wife who was with him in the car saw two legs sticking out of a window. It's the window to their son's bedroom."

"Woulard was not about to let anyone break into his home. He pulled into his driveway in a hurry, jumped out of the car and grabbed his .44-magnum handgun, which he has a permit to carry."

"Woulard told the young boy to get out of the house and, when he didn't react right away, fired a shot into the ground. That made the 16-year-old move a little quicker. At that point, the teen did everything Woulard told him to do, holding still until the police got there." ...
 

NH: One gutsy lady
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Hampshire women owe a big debt of gratitude to Alton's Pat Fuller. Her candid and courageous story of surviving a home invasion and sexual assault can help others not only survive, but make vicious criminals think twice before attacking." ...

"She has taken a course in handgun safety offered by the [NRA]. And she has joined the Second Amendment Sisters ..."

"She had a gun in her house, Fuller told our correspondent, Roger Amsden. But it was unloaded and locked up. That won't happen again, she said."

"'I don't advocate anyone just go out and buy a gun. You have to learn how to use it properly and I hadn't done that. But if you do buy one for self-defense, learn how to use it the right way.'" ...
 

Oklahoma mulls reviving state militia concept
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Members of both houses of the Oklahoma legislature have, at the urging of Tea Party activists, publicly entertained the idea of next year introducing legislation that would give the state a formally recognized state militia." ...

"This, of course, is not a new idea--state militias are older than the nation itself. They have, though, somewhat fallen by the wayside more recently ... Tennessee currently has an active State Guard, although when Guard member Richard Hamblen tried to arm his unit with militia-capable arms, he was arrested by the BATFE, and now faces federal prison time."

"Going back to the article about the proposed Oklahoma State Militia, there are, of course, some who find the idea repellant." ...
 

OK: Senator Says Militia Comments Taken Out of Context
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A state senator is coming under fire for comments apparently supporting militias, but the senator said his words have been taken out of context."

"Gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Randy Brogdon claimed he never said the word militia when he was quoted by the Associated Press as saying 'the second amendment deals directly with the right of an individual to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from an overreaching federal government.'"

"'I'm talking about protecting ourselves. As governor of this state, I will do everything within our constitutional authority to keep Congress within our constitutional authority,' Brogdon said."

"Brogdon also admitted to calling the federal government overreaching." ...
 

OK: Prospect of State-Run Oklahoma Militia Agitates Left
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you thought that outrage against the federal government hit a peak with the raid on the Hutaree militia and the post health-care spate of vandalism, think again: the anti-government militia may be going mainstream. The AP reports that Tea Party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma legislature, frustrated by 'recent political setbacks,' have stated that they would like to create a 'new volunteer militia' to defend against 'improper federal infringements on state sovereignty.' In contrast to the Hutaree militia, the Oklahoma militia would be an organized and disciplined arm of the Oklahoma state government, authorized by the Oklahoma legislature." ...
 

OK: Okla. tea parties and lawmakers envision militia
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"Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty."

"Tea party movement leaders say they've discussed the idea with several supportive lawmakers and hope to get legislation next year to recognize a new volunteer force. They say the unit would not resemble militia groups that have been raided for allegedly plotting attacks on law enforcement officers."

"'Is it scary? It sure is,' said tea party leader Al Gerhart ... 'But when do the states stop rolling over for the federal government?'" ...
 

OK: Okla. GOP rebukes tea party 'militia'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A group of tea party leaders and Republican state legislators that wants to create a volunteer militia in Oklahoma has no place in the GOP, state Republicans told POLITICO ..."

"... tea party movement leaders and two Republican Oklahoma state lawmakers — Rep. Charles Key and Sen. Randy Brogdon, also a candidate for governor — have discussed forming a militia to defend against what they see as federal infringements on the state’s rights."

"In a phone interview, state GOP Chairman Gary Jones said the tea party activists are only talking about forming a militia because 'they are trying to make themselves out to be bigger than they are.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: And the Dead Elephant party is 'relevant'?
 

Oklahoma City Teabaggers Dream of Armed Militia to 'Defend' Against Federal Infringements
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So there's the key question... what would this 'volunteer militia' do, exactly, to defend against 'federal infringements on state sovereignty?' A 'militia' is pretty much good at only one thing. So let's say that the federal government 'infringes state sovereignty' in some way, maybe by requiring Oklahoma schools to, I don't know, teach black children or something... what, precisely, will be the 'militia' response? No, seriously -- I'm dying to hear it. We all are." ...
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Submitter's Note: How about when ATF agents come to enforce federal gun laws against "Made in Oklahoma" guns? I'm sure that dozens of armed militia members would help keep things peaceable as they helped 'escort' agents back to the state line, sans 'evidence' (i.e. someone's lawful property).
 

Oklahoma Republicans Conspire With Tea Parties To Form Anti-Federal Government Militia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Associated Press reports that Oklahoma tea party leaders, 'frustrated by recent political setbacks,' are working with right-wing Republicans in the Oklahoma legislature to create a new 'volunteer militia to help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty.' ..." ...

"But critics say the tea party militia idea could 'throw fuel in the fire of radicals.' Even some Republicans are opposed to Brogdon’s initiative. 'If the intent is to create a militia for disaster relief, we have the National Guard,' said Sen. Steve Russell ... Indeed, the news of the state-sponsored militia movement arrives shortly before the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, on April 19." ...
 

Oklahoma legislators channel their inner Somali warlord
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's tone-deaf, and then there's the Oklahoma state legislature."

"As we approach the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City ... members of the Oklahoma legislature are discussing the formation of a 'volunteer militia' to 'defend' the state against what they view as 'unwarranted' intrusions from the federal government."

"Remember, McVeigh believed that the federal government was an enemy force responsible for killing Americans in Waco and Ruby Ridge. He believed that deadly force ... was necessary to resist the federal government's 'unwarranted' intrusions. So, really, what better way to commemorate McVeigh's victims than to organize a group McVeigh would stand in line to join?" ...
 

Bestiality and sedition: Tea Parties want 'respectability'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Various Tea Party organizers say they want a more respectable image for their movement. They better reiterate their wishes to their fellow TP's in New York and Oklahoma, because those folks haven't gotten the message. ..." ...

"Meanwhile in Oklahoma, Tea Partiers want to create a new volunteer militia, and are pressing state lawmakers to sanction the idea. They say they need the militia in order to defend their state against federal violations of state sovereignty. Coming from right-wingers in the state where the Alfred P. Murrah building was blown up because of an earlier paranoid, anti-government conspiracy theory, this new idea for a state militia isn't exactly comforting." ...
 

The Oklahoma Legislature and the Tea Party Want YOU to Join Their Volunteer Militia Army!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guess what? Members of the Tea Party and the Oklahoma legislature would like to join forces to start a militia army! Reports the Associated Press: 'Tea party movement leaders say they've discussed the idea with several supportive lawmakers and hope to get legislation next year to recognize a new volunteer force. They say the unit would not resemble militia groups that have been raided for allegedly plotting attacks on law enforcement officers.' The army would protect against 'federal infringements on state sovereignty.' (For further reading on the noble concept of 'state sovereignty,' see our 'Review of the Checkered History of States's Rights'—or, if you want to sleep at night, just don't!)" ...
 

TN: TN candidates respond to gun rights quiz - State Representative, 4th District - Jerome Cochran
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an effort to learn candidates' views, I am providing a gun rights questionnaire to Tennessee political candidates. Here are candidate Jerome Cochran's answers:" ...
 

TN: TN candidates respond to gun rights quiz - Knox County Commission District 7 - R. Larry Smith
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an effort to learn candidates' views, I am providing a gun rights questionnaire to Tennessee political candidates. Here are candidate R. Larry Smith's answers:" ...
 

GA: Rockdale County bans guns over terrorism fears
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners tabled a proposed amendment to its Code of ordinances on Monday that would have permitted firearms on county owned property."

"The amendment was offered by Commissioner JaNice Van Ness to correct Rockdale County's blatant violation of the state preemption law ... which prohibits cities and counties from 'regulating in any manner' the carry or possession of firearms. ..."

"So what interest in banning the possession of firearms is so important that Rockdale County's Commission tabled the amendment? According to Commissioner Richard Oden, the answer is terrorism."
"Personally, I'm not in favor of allowing weapons in these times of terrorists and such."
"Seriously." ...
 

WI: Late bill would ban most private gun sales in Wisconsin
Submitted by: Paul

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"A fast-tracked bill introduced in the state Legislature at the end of March would ban the private sale of most firearms in Wisconsin and would for the first time extend a prohibition on the possession of firearms to those convicted of certain misdemeanors." ...

"The bill would essentially require all firearm transfers to be conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer, except transfers to family members, law enforcement and military agencies." ...

"In addition ... this bill would prohibit a person from possessing a firearm if he or she has been convicted of a 'violent nonfelony offense' unless five years have passed since the conviction." ...
 

DE: H.B.357 threatens public housing gun rule legitimacy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While some take the viewpoint of protecting people’s Second Amendment rights, others see problems from too broadly defining that right. That’s exactly what has happened with House Bill 357."

"The issue grew out of concerns about the state's four housing authorities prohibiting guns on their property, including residents' homes ..."

"Unfortunately, H.B. 357 was so broadly written that it would do away with gun restrictions that prohibit carrying a firearm into classrooms, day care centers, state parks, DART buses and college campuses. ..."

"However, as state representatives whose districts include public housing, we are too aware of the dangers of guns in these buildings." ...
 

The Greyhound Station Gulag
Submitted by: Larry

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"New Orleans resident Abdulrahman Zeitoun was with three friends in the living room when the looters came. Like most of the armed criminal gangs afflicting the city in Katrina's wake, the marauders who confronted Mr. Zeitoun wore government-issued costumes."

"Before the day's end, the Syrian-born U.S. citizen ... would be confined in a makeshift detention camp ..."

"No formal criminal charges were filed against Zeitoun. When he protested the denial of his due process rights ... he was told by the guards that he was under the jurisdiction of FEMA ..."

"If it hadn't been for an encounter with a Christian missionary ... it's likely that he and at least one of his friends ... would still be prisoners of the Department of Homeland Security." ...
 

She Just Wants Her Dang Guns Back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you were a) jacked up, b) held at gunpoint, or c) politely asked to hand over your firearm as you a) left town, b) went about your business or c) tried to help your neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, you might be eligible to get your illegally confiscated gun back if you follow the rules established by the court. According to the terms of the permanent injunction against the city, issued in October 2008, the city has to 'make an aggressive attempt to return any and all firearms which may have been confiscated during the period August 29 to December 31, 2005.' You can access the information at the city's webpage. Scroll to the bottom of the page on the right hand side ..." ...
 

FL: Altamonte Springs officer arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Altamonte Springs police officer and his wife have been arrested on federal drug and weapons charges. Agents with [ATF] and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Clay T. Adams when he reported to work at the police station on Monday."

"Authorities say Adams, 36, also was planning to kill a former drug unit supervisor. A judge agreed on Tuesday that Adams and his wife, Robyn, should be held without bond. Prosecutors said the couple were involved in trafficking and selling marijuana and Oxycontin. They also claim both defendants had made threats against an informant and others in the case. Investigators said Robyn Adams used her position at an orthopedic surgeon's office to get the Oxycontin." ...
 

CO: Off-duty deputies accused of gunplay in Grand Lake bar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Grand County sheriff's deputy and a Grand Lake firefighter are suspects in a case of illegally firing a handgun in a Grand Lake bar after closing time."

"The alleged 'target practice' took place in early January when Grand Lake firefighter Colin Steward, formerly a detentions deputy with Grand County, and off-duty Grand County Sheriff's deputy Shawn Murphy shot bullets from a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol into the west wall of Grumpy's saloon ..."

"... Grumpy's owner Gary Gates brought out the weapon after the bar closed and allowed Steward and Murphy to handle the gun. It is not clear whether Gates himself shot the gun that night, according to the court document." ...
 

MD: Video shows student beaten; Cop suspended (different video)
Submitted by: Larry

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"A police chief said Tuesday that he was disappointed with police officers in riot gear shown in a video beating a University of Maryland student during a rowdy basketball victory celebration."

"One Prince George's County police officer has been suspended and Police Chief Roberto Hylton said he expects more to follow when authorities identify the other officers involved. Hylton said he first saw the video on Monday." ...
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Submitter's Note: If a mundane is caught lying to the police, what is the penalty?
 

MD: U of Maryland Student Brutally Beaten By Police
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"Newly-released video showing police officers brutally beating a University of Maryland student is raising questions as to whether the officers lied in a sworn statement to cover up their actions. The video directly contradicts the officers' sworn statements after the events, and already, one officer has been stripped of his powers as the Prince George's County police chief promises a full investigation." ...

"'This is police brutality, pure and simple,' said Chris Griffiths, McKenna's lawyer. 'Clearly, the charging document is a lie. As you can see from the tape, there is not a single fact in that document which is true.'" ...
 

MD: Beating of U of Maryland student by police probed by county prosecutors (video available)
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"Prince George's prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation of three county police officers who beat an unarmed University of Maryland student with their batons after a basketball game last month in an incident that was caught on video and surfaced publicly Monday, authorities said." ...

"'The video shows the charging documents were nothing more than a cover, a fairy tale they made up to cover for the officers' misconduct,' said Christopher A. Griffiths, a lawyer for the student. ..."

"Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton said that one of the three officers had been identified and that his police powers have been suspended during the investigation. The other two officers will also be suspended as soon as they are identified, Hylton said." ...
 

GA: UWG officials express concern over gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Depending on the outcome of Senate Bill 308, concealed weapons could be allowed on the grounds of the University of West Georgia."

"Some students, faculty and staff, including the school president, however, have expressed concerns about the legislation." ...

"The legislation would give the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents the option of banning weapons on campus, but UWG Police Chief Tom Mackel does not think the law is needed or clear. ..."

"'What happens then when someone brings a gun on campus? Is it a matter of policy violations or did they break the law?' Mackel asked. 'I think there would be many more deaths as a result.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: I won't bother to ask for your evidence in support of that "thought" Chief, because I know that no such evidence exists.
 

OR: Sgt. accused of road rage taken off street patrol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Portland sergeant who was accused in a road rage incident while he was off-duty has been taken off street patrol ..."

"Sergeant Kyle Nice ... was driving his truck with his six-week-old child inside when, he said, another driver ran a red light and almost hit him. Nice told investigators he pulled up next to the driver and yelled at him. However, that driver, Neil Ruffin of SW Portland, claims Nice flipped him off and cursed him out."

"Sgt. Nice and the other driver, Neil Ruffin, eventually pulled over and began to argue, investigators said."

"Witness Elizabeth Johnston said she saw Nice pull his gun out of his holster. She said he never pointed it at Ruffin, but he certainly made a point that he was armed." ...
 

CA: Ex-Turlock cop denied concealed carry request despite previous attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Matt Speckman, a former Turlock police sergeant, used to be in charge of processing concealed gun permits. Now retired, he'd like one himself."

"'I'm not a gun nut,' Speckman said. 'But I've been involved in investigations of people now getting paroled ...'"

"Speckman, 49, attended the FBI academy, trained at a nationally recognized firearms course, ... toted a gun for 30 years and screened gun permit applicants for seven years."

"Yet Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton and Sheriff Adam Christianson, both of whom have approved gun permits for politicians and prominent businessmen, turned him down." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who points out: "Sucks to be ordinary, doesn't it?"
 

OH: 5 women accuse cop of sexual harassment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lowellville police officer who's on leave after his indictment by a Mahoning County grand jury was the subject of sexual harassment complaints by five women, police records show."

"Jeffrey Christy, 31, of Niles, was indicted March 31 on charges of menacing by stalking, gross sexual imposition and public indecency. He is free on his own recognizance."

"The complaints are detailed in police reports from Lowellville and Milton Township, where Christy formerly worked as a reserve officer."

"The complaints from Lowellville did not result in charges against Christy but are part of the case to show a pattern of conduct, said Milton Township Detective Sgt. Jeff Lewis, lead investigator in the case." ...
 

CA: Stanislaus County sheriff signs pledge to make gun permits easier
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"People with a clean record who want to carry a gun will have a much better chance at snagging a concealed weapon permit, Sheriff Adam Christianson said Monday, drawing thunderous applause from firearms advocates."

"The stunning change in policy comes as Christianson prepares to lay off dozens of deputies because of budget cuts. ..."

"The sheriff, who is running for re-election on the June 8 ballot, stood grim-faced during a 12-minute introduction at Monday's public meeting of the Madison Society, whose leaders have criticized Christianson for being stingy with gun permits. He had told them -- and The Bee as recently as two weeks ago -- that he would not sign a pledge accepting self-protection as 'good cause' for licensing." ...
 

MO: Former deputy gets 14-year term for sexually assaulting girl
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while he was on duty."

"Steven W. Burgess, 36, had previously pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to violating the girl's civil rights."

"He was on duty in July 2007 when he saw the girl with friends in Hayes Park in Sibley. Burgess told the girl's friends to leave, but ordered her to stay."

"He then forced her to perform sexual acts and warned her that if she told anyone what happened he would reveal that she had been in the park drinking." ...
 

MI: 2nd Amendment supporters bring firearms to rally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state Capitol was swarming with supporters of the Second Amendment today, as about 250 people gathered on the steps for a rally and tour of the building in preparation for a larger rally next week in Washington, D.C."

"Although not as loud or as large as many past demonstrations (for gun rights and other causes), today's event was distinctive in one way — many if not most of the participants were openly carrying firearms. Although they remained holstered or slung over shoulders, the armed citizens were conspicuous as they strolled the corridors and watched a session of the state House from a gallery above the floor after the outdoor rally." ...
 

MI: The Right To Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kirk Newman from Saginaw County came to the second amendment rally at the Capitol, strapped with a glock .45 and an AR 15 rifle. As a patrolman he said what he sees on the street is reason enough to carry a firearm." [emphasis added]

"'It's really important now a day the way society's gone. Crime is out of control in my opinion.'"

"For some it's a sport. For others, it's protection. But for everyone it's a right that the people who marched to the Capitol steps will fiercely defend."

"'The second amendment rights are just as important as all other rights,' said Newman. 'If you start chipping away at one of our rights ... what will be next?'" ...
 

March second highest all-time for background checks on firearm sales
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"Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,300,100 checks in March 2010, ranking the month the second highest March (fifth highest month overall) for most NICS checks."

"This figure, while being a 3.3 percent decrease from the 1,345,096 checks conducted in March 2009 -- the early stage of an ongoing surge in firearms and ammunition sales -- is an increase of 24.9 percent over checks in March 2008." ...
 

OH: Second Amendment advocates to hold event Saturday
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"The third annual Patriot's Day Open Carry Walk will be held in Urbana Saturday in commemoration of the 'shot heard round the world' that started the American Revolution 235 years ago."

"Thomas Horch of Urbana said he and other advocates will gather to celebrate freedom and exercise 'the right to keep and bear arms' protected by the Second Amendment ..."

"Horch said open-carry is legal in Ohio and that many residents need to be reminded of that fact, so public education is the primary purpose of the walk. Participants can walk with holstered handguns, but long guns should be unloaded, with detachable magazines removed, he said. Organizers will provide open bolt/chamber indicator flags for anyone who needs one." ...
 

TN: Park Ranger addresses Knoxville TFA group
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"Tuesday, April 6, Great Smoky Mountain National Park Ranger Bill Wright spoke to the monthly meeting of the Knoxville chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). Wright is the chief law enforcement officer in the park. His rangers are responsible for all law enforcement in the park, in both Tennessee and North Carolina, since the Park straddles the state line."

"Earlier this year ... a 94 year ban on firearms in National Parks was lifted. Persons with 'facially valid' carry permits may now carry firearms in the Park, under the laws of the state they are in. ... If you are from Vermont, which has legal Constitutional Carry, but no permitting process, you may not carry in the park. A state permit is required." ...
 

MI: Michigan gun rights rally previews national event
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Gun rights advocates are rallying at the Michigan Capitol.

Tuesday's event is designed to show support for the Second Amendment. The Michigan event mirrors those held in several other states.

A nationwide Second Amendment March is scheduled for April 19 in Washington. Supporters say they want to show politicians they will oppose anti-gun legislation.

Some who attended Michigan's rally carried guns and rifles. Others carried signs or wore hats, including one that read "The 2nd Amendment: America's Original Homeland Security."
 

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