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Judge relaxes release conditions for Reese father and son
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "This relaxation of conditions, essentially an acknowledgement by the judge that the family members pose no danger to anyone and are not flight risks, leaves open the question of why the federal government found it necessary to keep them caged for so long, and why prosecutors opposed their bail release." ...
 

With support for semi-auto ban, Reid completes conversion to dark side
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "This latest turn was anticipated by Gun Rights Examiner, which, in September, 2010, asked 'Why is anti-gun Mayor Bloomberg backing Harry Reid?'" ...
 

CCRKBA pulls support for Manchin-Toomey
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms announced this morning that it has withdrawn its support for the Manchin-Toomey alternative background check measure because a key amendment for restoration of firearms rights is not being considered." ...
 

Gottlieb response to Kopel critique prompts rebuttal
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"... Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said Independence Institute Research Director David Kopel’s claims, articulated in an analysis on The Volokh Conspiracy legal blog, 'are false,' prompting Kopel to prepare a rebuttal for National Review Online." ...
 

Breaking – Dude in Bloomberg ad Identified
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"He’s identified, but is not identified … in that they wont post his name, but they have confirmed that it is him and he is who he says he is or something. He claims to be a gun owner, hunter, concealed carry permit holder, and occasional background check participant …" ...
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Submitter's Note: I'm calling BS
 

Rep. Israel's 'undetectable' magazine ban requires new licensing bureaucracy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"When this column covered Congressman Steve Israel's (D-NY) H.R. 1474, to reauthorize the "undetectable" firearm ban, and expand it to cover magazines, and firearm receivers (as opposed to entire firearms), the text of the bill was not yet available. That has now changed, and the bill has some . . . interesting provisions." ...
 

Non-Stereotypical Gun Owner Interview: Joan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Joan has lived most of her life in Portland and bought her first gun at age 20. It was a surplus WW2 era 1911 that she still has. Even after many episodes of kitchen table gunsmithing it’s still reliable and she says, 'I just like the feel of it.' Her most recent acquisition is a Ruger LCP .380 that she loves, but finds a challenge to shoot accurately. She shoots better with her S&W .45 ACP revolver. 'Those moon clips are faster than a speed loader,' she says. A .45 LC cylinder is on the shopping list . . ." ...
 

When quasi-celebrities attack: Jay Mohr blames Boston attack on the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"Aging comedian/actor Jay Mohr managed to generate some publicity for himself on Monday by exploiting the Boston Marathon explosions to push his anti-Second Amendment agenda."

"Mohr, who those from my generation might remember from Tom Cruise’s hit 1996 film Jerry Maguire, and younger readers might remember from absolutely nowhere, sent his first clueless tweet Monday night." ...
 

New Tricks: Learning The ‘Load Two’ Shotgun Reload (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"With most guns used in 3-gun competition, the challenge lies in unloading them very quickly and very accurately into the indicated targets. Reloading isn’t really an issue thanks to detachable magazines and Surefire’s big-ass contraptions. With shotguns, though, it’s exactly the opposite. The challenge lies in keeping the gun loaded, and the stages are designed to force you to empty your magazine as quickly as possible. There are a couple ways to reload your gun, but one of them I wrote off as an absolute gimmick. Until, that is, I found that it cut my reload time in half." ...
 

Hornady: We’re Making As Much Ammo As We Can As Fast As We Can (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Hornady Ammunition. Fast. Accurate. Dependable. Unavailable. In the midst of the Great Guns and Ammo Shortage of 2013, Hornady wants its customer to know they’re not supermen (the ammo maker not their customers, who may or may not be from another planet). Hornady’s making as many cartridges as they can, as fast as they can. And they have no clue when the situation will improve. (Today’s gun control rout in the Senate could mark the beginning of the beginning of the end.) Make the jump for Hornady’s rumor patrol talking points memo and a plea to all-too-credulous consumers to skeptical-up and chill out . . ." ...
 

New From Redfield: USMC M40 Riflescope
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you knew what it was like to trudge through the jungles of southeast Asia lugging a big, heavy bolt action gun and want to relive that, Redfield is here to help. They’ve just announced a limited run of 1000 3-9x40mm M40-style riflescopes in classic OD green that will look perfect on your vintage weapon of war and will be just the thing when you want to reach out and touch something. SWFA’s selling them for $499 . . ." ...
 

It's Not NRA Dollars That Are Blocking Gun Control. It's the NRA's Narrative
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Of all the senators who attempted Wednesday to rally support for the doomed Manchin-Toomey background check amendment, Connecticut's Democratic freshman representative, Chris Murphy, probably faced the greatest temptation to borrow the moral authority of the Newtown families. They are his constituents and many were present in the chamber." ...

"But on Wednesday, Murphy eschewed the inflammatory, easy route of shaming gun rights extremists (though I have no qualms about that path myself). Maybe because the battle was already lost, his speech had a tone of exasperated regret, tinged with earnest bewilderment. He was forthright about what a vote against universal background checks means:" ...
 

Sen. Schumer: Blame NRA for Failure of Background Check Measure (audio available)
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control."

"Wednesday's vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn." ...
 

Statement Of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-chair Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg On Failure Of U.S. Senate To Pass Gun Background Check Legislation
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"'Today's vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington. More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Hizzonner is once again conveniently ignoring the fact that only 4% of Americans think gun control is an important problem. So the senators actually turned their backs on 3.6% of Americans . . .
 

Michael Moore, celebrities lash out after Senate gun control vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"After the Senate failed to pass gun control legislation Wednesday, wealthy filmmaker Michael Moore, along with a number of celebrities, lashed out on Twitter, letting supporters of gun rights know that they're not finished, Twitchy reported." ...
 

Blame Mayor Bloomberg
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Is it possible to imagine that when President Obama retires for the night that he will wonder who led him into the debacle that unfolded when his long campaign for gun control went down to defeat in a Senate controlled by his own party. ..." ...
 

Rudy Giuliani: Lawmakers shy away from gun-control due to lack of political cover
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Republican lawmakers are reluctant to support the gun-control bill in the Senate because it does not get to the root of the problem and provide them adequate political cover."

"'This legislation is irrelevant to Sandy Hook, he told MSNBC’s Morning Joe, referring to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and six adults." ...
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KABA Note: Emphasis added to underscore a rare note of honesty from the antis.
 

BREAKING: National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Amendment FAILS
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"One of the amendments proposed to the Democrat’s gun bill is an amendment to allow national reciprocity of concealed carry permits."

"The measure was proposed by the Senator from Texas."

"The amendment needed 60 votes to pass."

"The amendment failed 57-43." ...
 

Background check alternatives fail; Bloomberg threatens payback
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "People on both sides have been quick with statements on the votes, including anti-gun billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who hinted that he will use today’s vote to help defeat pro-gun lawmakers at the next election. Bloomberg’s statement was circulated by Mayors Against Illegal Guns." ...
 

Full White House Reaction to Gun Control Defeat (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"President Obama begins his speech at 4:30. As many TTAG commentators have pointed out, the President’s obvious anger at today’s Senate vote—shooting down gun control legislation—is in stark contrast to his relatively cool remarks regarding the Benghazi embassy attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing. Mr. Obama’s vow to pursue civilian disarmament indicates what gun rights advocates know in their bones: this ain’t over. The fight for liberty and firearms freedom (same difference) is never over. Full transcript of the speech after the jump . . ." ...
 

USAToday.com Publishes RF’s Editorial on Gun Control Defeat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"RF’s called out USA Today on its pro-gun control editorial bias on numerous occasions, dissecting the paper’s anti-pistol polemics with extreme prejudice. So when they offered our fearless leader the chance to write a chilled summary of what’s next in the battle against civilian disarmament, he told them . . . sure. ..."
 

Senator Lautenberg to Introduce Legislation Requiring Background Checks for Sale of Powder
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... "'It is outrageous that anyone, even a known terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosives without any questions asked,' Lautenberg said in a statement earlier today. 'If we are serious about public safety, we must put these common-sense safeguards in place. While the police have not revealed what specific explosive materials were used in Boston, what we do know is that explosive powder is too easy to anonymously purchase across the country.'" ...
 

Cuomo, other governors lobby U.S. Senate for gun laws
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with the governors of Connecticut and Maryland, penned a letter to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday urging the chamber to approve legislative amendments that would require more background checks on gun sales." ...
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KABA Note: So the headline should read Cuomo, two other governors lobby etc.
 

Senate rejects gun background checks in setback for Obama
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan plan to expand background checks for gun buyers, dealing a crippling blow to President Barack Obama's campaign to curb gun violence after the Newtown school massacre." ...
 

Manchin-Toomey fails in U.S. Senate, and NY pols react
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"A bipartisan compromise that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases nationwide failed to meet the 60-vote hurdle agreed to for amendments to the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act. The proposed amendment from Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania only attracted 54 votes." ...
 

What now for gun control? A look at the issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The impassioned push for new gun laws, born from the slaughter of schoolchildren, has collided with the marble-hard realities of Congress." ...
 

Gun control backers: Senate defeat won't stop us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won't stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push legislation through this Congress." ...
 

Bloomberg gun-control group readies attacks on bill opponents
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun-control group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is planning a wave of attacks against Senators who voted no on the gun-control measure that failed in the Senate on Wednesday." ...
 

Biden Wipes Away Tears at Rose Garden Gun Remarks (video story)
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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In blow to gun control backers, background check compromise falls 6 votes short (video available)
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"Despite an impassioned push by President Barack Obama and an emotional lobbying effort by the families of mass shooting victims, proponents of a compromise measure to expand gun background checks on Wednesday fell six votes short of passage in the Senate."

"The vote on the amendment was 54 to 46. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted."

"The deal was the result of a deal struck between Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. It would have extended existing background check rules to gun sales made online and at gun shows." ...
 

Cuomo: Background Check Failure A ‘Sad Statement’
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who released a letter sent with two additional Democratic governors in favor of gun control, called the failure to muster enough votes to move the background checks bill forward in the Senate a reflection of the 'power of extremists' in Washington." ...
 

NY: Sheriffs: New gun laws cost time, money
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Two local law enforcement officials said Tuesday that New York’s strict new gun control laws are already costing their agencies money, complaining that the statute amounts to another unfunded state mandate on county governments."

"Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said his agency has seen the work load associated with processing gun permits increase by approximately 90 percent in just one year." ...
 

MD: Gun groups push for court's decision on new gun laws (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Instead of trying to take Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping gun control legislation to the voters by referendum, it appears some gun rights advocates may be taking it to court instead." ...
 

MO Governor Jay Nixon: I Am Not A Crook
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"After a fearsome farrago of fury over the state’s complicity in providing information on Missouri CCW holders to feds at the Social Security Administration, DHS and your friendly neighborhood [ATF], Governor Jeremiah 'Jay' Nixon (D-Mizzoura) is walking things back. To those of you just tuning in, the Department of Revenue — after much legislative poking and prodding — finally admitted last month that it was scanning CCW endorsement holders’ personal identification documents and funneling them to the busy little drones D.C. And since one blatant violation of state law wasn’t enough, the Highway Patrol figured that sharing lists of CCW holders with our benevolent overlords too would be twice the fun. ..." ...
 

NY: New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association to Gun Owners: Don’t Shoot Us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Albany’s police union are calling for the repeal of New York’s SAFE Act, labeling the gun control legislation 'substantively, procedurally and morally' wrong. The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) goes further. The statement (after the jump) shows that it’s steeling itself for the backlash that will follow enforcement of New York’s SAFE Act. 'Backlash' being a code word for bloodshed; the Staties are looking at armed resistance to their employers’ unconstitutional gun laws. The PBA knows the SAFE Act threatens to undermine their credibility—and thus authority—for decades if not generations to come. Bottom line: the storm clouds are gathering in the Empire State . . ." ...
 

MA: Two Charged in Alleged Plot to Kidnap, Kill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"A high-ranking police official at a Massachusetts hospital and a former high-school librarian were charged on Monday in a plot to kidnap, torture and kill women and children, federal prosecutors said."

"Richard Meltz, the 65-year-old chief of police for the Bedford Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts, and Robert Christopher Asch, a former librarian at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, were held without bail after appearing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan and charged with conspiracy to kidnap, torture, rape and kill women and children—including the wife and children of a cooperating witness." ...
 

NJ: Newark Police officer indicted on charges he set his car on fire to collect insurance money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 17-year veteran with the Newark Police Department was indicted this morning on charges he set his SUV on fire and then filed a fraudulent insurance claim, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced."

"Johnathan Taylor, 41, of Plainfield was indicted on charges of second-degree conspiracy, aggravated arson and insurance fraud. The charges stem from a March 2012 incident in Newark in which prosecutors allege Taylor ignited his 2005 Toyota Sequoia in an effort to collect insurance proceeds from New Jersey Skylands Insurance." ...
 

TX: Decorated Vet Arrested After ‘Rudely Displaying’ His Rifle — and Says Officer Pulled Gun On Him In Front Of His Son
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"Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham was on a ten-mile Boy Scout hike with his son in Texas when he was arrested and accused of 'rudely displaying' his firearm. Knowing there are wild boars, coyotes, and cougars in the area, he had an AR-15 rifle slung over his shoulder and was also carrying a .45 caliber pistol ..."

"A 'huge Constitutionalist' and prominent military blogger, Grisham has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan throughout his 18 years in the military. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for his service."

"But on the day he was arrested in mid-March, Grisham says he was treated like a 'street thug.'"

"He described how it all happened:" ...
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Submitter's comment: The only "street thug" in this event was wearing a badge.
 

NY: Albany police union blasts SAFE Act as ‘foolish’
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"The Albany Police Officers Union is the latest to blast the state’s sweeping new gun control law, saying the so-called SAFE Act 'violates fundamental constitutional rights' and is 'unduly and purposely burdensome on law-abiding citizens.'"

"The union, an affiliate of statewide law enforcement union Council 82, has sent a blistering four-page letter (posted below) airing its grievances with the controversial new law to the region’s state legislative delegation." ...
 

Jonathan Papelbon: “Obama wants to take our guns from us” (video available)
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"Jonathan Papelbon, the current closer for the Philadelphia Phillies and former Boston Red Sox closer had this to say…." ...
 

FL: University gun rules contradict precedents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Liberty University prohibits dancing, kissing, R-rated movies and even being alone with the opposite sex in some instances. But a recent change in the school’s weapons policy allows students to carry a loaded gun to class." ...
 

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