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The NRA sits on sidelines of gun fight with feds
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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The nation's most influential gun-rights group is conspicuously absent -- and nearly silent -- in a growing battle between states and the federal government over gun control.

The National Rifle Association has been taking a low profile when it comes to the firearms freedom acts that have been passed by seven state legislatures and spawned a growing legal fight between those states, some gun advocates and the U.S. Justice Department.

The firearms freedom act was first launched last year in the Montana Legislature, pushed by local gun advocates. The law states that guns made and sold within a state's borders are exempt from federal gun control under Congress' authority to regulate interstate commerce.
 

CA: 'Open carry' no cause for alarm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a proud, free American, I attended the April 10 tea party rally in Marysville. Thank you, Garrett Tharp, for your work in organizing this event.

I am a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. I believe that trained and qualified individuals should be able to carry concealed weapons. On Saturday I observed the interaction between Benjamin Bartholomew and Marysville police officers regarding “open carry” of unloaded firearms. I would like to commend the Marysville police for their professionalism, and I would like to remind Bartholomew if he is to promote “open carry,” which I support, he should carry valid identification so our law enforcement can do their job effectively.
 

DC: Armed rally has Capitol in its sights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Daniel Almond, a three-tour veteran of Iraq, is ready to "muster outside D.C." today with several dozen other self-proclaimed patriots, all of them armed.

They intend to make history as the first people to take their guns to a demonstration in a national park, and the Virginia rally is deliberately being held in sight of the Capitol, just a few miles from the White House.

Almond plans to have his pistol loaded and openly carried, his rifle unloaded and slung to the rear, a bandoleer of magazines containing ammunition draped over his polo-shirted shoulder.
 

State Lawmakers Consider Allowing Guns in Schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Just three years after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech states are considering a wide range of bills related to the right to bear arms. Both Kansas and Minnesota are considering legislation on the issue, while a number of states are expected to follow.

A bill currently under consideration by the Kansas Legislature, would give conceal carry license holders the right to carry guns just about everywhere unless the business or college campus is protected by metal detectors.

"It could be quite expensive and also an imposition on the people who are visiting that business or establishment," he said.

Before the bill becomes law Senate will have to pass the measure and the governor would have to sign it into law.
 

CO: Victory for Concealed Guns on University of Colorado Campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Thursday, April 15th, the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision from last spring that upheld the University of Colorado’s (CU) prohibition against concealed carry on its campus. The ban imposed on students, employees and visitors also extended to storage or transportation of guns in vehicle trunks across campus property.

The CU Board of Regents adopted the gun ban in 1994, but Students for Concealed Carry and three CU students sued, arguing their rights were being violated under the Colorado Constitution’s right to bear arms. ... This latest decision means that the issue will be sent back to the lower courts; however CU may opt to appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court.
 

AZ: Arizona to allow concealed weapons without permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms over others’ concerns about gun safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit.

The measure takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, which likely puts the effective date in July or August.

“I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well,” Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement.

Alaska and Vermont now do not require permits to carry concealed weapons.
 

CO: Starbucks gun policy draws protesters in Denver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Starbucks, best known for its coffee, is gaining kudos from gun rights activists for allowing guns in its shops and drawing the ire of gun control advocates.

Today about 20 protesters gathered outside the Starbucks at 6th and Grant Street urging the company to ban guns inside the coffee shops.

"I used to hold a lot of meetings at Starbucks, but the idea that I might be at risk worries me, I will choose a gun-free place," said Mary Kershner a registered nurse who advocates for gun safety.

In Colorado, one of many states that allows the "open carry" of fire arms, companies still have the right to ban the practice within their properties.
 

OH: Will Culver pocket veto concealed-weapon bill?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Before Iowans apply for a permit to pocket a gun -- they have to find out whether the governor plans a pocket veto.

Last month, the Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that would require sheriffs to issue a concealed-weapon permit to anyone who legally qualifies, stripping away the sheriff's discretion to reject applicants. However, lawmakers sent the bill to the governor within the last three days of session, invoking the pocket veto option. If the governor does not sign the bill within 30 days of passage, he kills the bill.

Gov. Chet Culver, a Democrat, has 11 days left to decide. A spokeswoman said the bill still is "under consideration."
 

OH: Nothing amusing about Second Amendment march
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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MONDAY will bring the Second Amendment March in Washington, D.C., where thousands of ordinary Americans are expected to gather at the Washington Monument. They won’t be carrying guns. That’s illegal in the nation’s capital.

Allied marches have been taking place around the nation; Ohio’s Second Amendment March was held April 10 in Columbus where a few hundred people gathered at the Statehouse. There, many did legally carry guns, and there were no incidents.

The purpose of these Second Amendment events is to remind everyone that Americans’ Second Amendment right “to keep and bear arms” is essential to everyone’s right to self-defense; and it safeguards all our other rights as citizens.
 

CA: Calif. lawmaker takes aim at guns carried publicly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Do gun-toters pose a danger when they carry their weapons in public, even if they're unloaded?

Some California lawmakers think they do and want to rein in a growing trend among Second Amendment advocates who grab their handgun when they reach for the car keys and head to the supermarket.

"What I'm concerned about is people who have no training can carry a gun for no other purpose than to make a public statement," said the bill's author Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldana of San Diego.

Starbucks caused a nationwide stir recently when it allowed so-called open-carry advocates to bring their weapons into its coffee houses in the states that allow it.
 

OK: As American as apple pie
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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April seems to have some special meaning for political extremists — and the dangerously disturbed. Some people associate it with Adolf Hitler’s birthday, April 20. It is an ominous month.

This year, on April 19, gun rights activists have scheduled a rally in Washington. In Oklahoma, some conservative legislators have proposed a volunteer state militia to resist federal government encroachments on state sovereignty. An organization called Oath Keepers is urging police, military, reservists and firefighters to pledge to refuse to obey “unconstitutional, unlawful orders.”
 

IN: Man Claims Self Defense In Fatal Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A 24-year-old man said he was at the apartments with his girlfriend helping another friend move in when they were approached by a man who asked if anyone had change for a $5.

The 24-year-old man said he told him he had cash in the apartment, but that as he was taking him inside he thought he was going to rob him.

He told police that he pulled a gun and shot the man several times. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mount said it was unclear if the man who was shot had fired during the exchange. He was wearing a monitored ankle bracelet, but he had not been identified Sunday night.
 

UT: A self defense reality show films in Utah
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A national cable show, Spike TV was in Ogden Sunday afternoon shooting an episode of its newest series. The show is about learning how to protect yourself from violent crimes. The episodes will focus on counter-terrorism training at the Swanson Tactical Training Center. "First time ever that this is going to be out to the mainstream media where common citizens can watch everything law enforcement has known for years and military to help save lives," said the host of 'Don't Be a Victim' Rich Wyatt.
 

Gun Advocates Open a New Front
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"More and more the gun-rights movement is moving toward a stand-up-and-shout approach," said Jeff Knox, director of the Firearms Coalition, a for-profit, loose-knit coalition of activists. "There's a lot of general frustration with NRA not taking a hard enough line."

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The NRA is "no longer absolutely the 800-pound gorilla" in the pro-gun movement, said Gary Marbut, a life member of the NRA and president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, an NRA affiliate. "The NRA is running the risk of becoming insignificant, of fading into the background."
 

Guyana: South American firearm permit holder fends off 4 violent robbers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man from the South American country of Guyana reportedly used his lawfully owned handgun to fend off 4 robbers who were attacking him with an ice pick.

Police say that the man car was parked at Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara, when the robbers attempted to break in to it. The man, who had a valid firearms license, went to investigate, only to be attacked by the four men, who were armed with an ice pick, according to police. Fearing for his safety, the man is said to have fired in self defense, striking one of the attackers and causing all four to flee. No injuries to the licensed firearm holder were reported.
 

Supreme Court still resists pressure to televise proceedings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In every term since John G. Roberts Jr. became chief justice in 2005, the court has denied a greater percentage of requests. According to C-SPAN's records, the court has granted 10 of 34 requests in the past five terms. Because the court does not give reasons for such decisions, it is hard to know, for instance, why audio was released for the 2008 arguments in the landmark Second Amendment case District of Columbia v. Heller, but not for this year's Second Amendment arguments in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Or why the audio request for Justice Samuel A. Alito's investiture in 2006 was denied, but cameras and a pool of reporters were invited for Justice Sonia Sotomayor's swearing-in.
 

Clinton worried Tea Party could breed new McVeigh
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Anti-government and pro gun groups are marching on Washington on April 19 because it is also the anniversary of the start of America's War of Independence.

Skip Coryell is the founder of Second Amendment March.

"We just want to remind our public officials here that the second amendment is important to us and that we're not willing to give up our right to keep arms," he said.

"In fact, we would like to get back some of the rights that they've already taken away from us."

He does not think their anger will spill over into violent acts like those seen in the 1990s.
 

TX: Intent not in question, but the date is
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On the anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, when we will no doubt pause to reflect on another tragic attack on our country, there should be no enemy among us. We were attacked from within; Timothy McVeigh may have wanted revenge, but on that day, he was the enemy.

We honestly do not believe that those who organized the “Restore the Constitution” rally wanted to offend those who view this date as one of the most tragic in our history. They are not trampling on the loved ones’ grief. In fact, this date holds great significance in American history — on April 19, 1775, the “shot heard ‘round the world” started the American Revolution.

There is significance to the date.
 

AK: Anchorage 2nd Amendment Task Force 2nd Amendment March
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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his is a reminder of the 2nd Amendment March. The 2nd Amendment March is a national event.

In Anchorage it will take place at the Town Square across the street from the Egan Center. Monday April 19th from 4:30 to 6:30. This an open carry event so bring firearms if you want.

We plan to have several speakers. Eddie Burke will be there and Joe Miller will speak if flights from Juneau are on time.

George Hines will report on his meeting with the UAA Board Of Regents regarding campus carry. Mark Fish will give a report on the legislative session and our recent victories.
 

AL: Man killed by deputies after shooting and killing his wife
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Authorities say a sheriff's department employee was shot and killed by deputies after he killed his wife in a hostage situation.
 

What do books, wolves and someone thinking I got something right have in common?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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The June 2010 issue of GUNS Magazine is now out. Included in this issue:

A supportive letter to the editor

"Cry Wolf," my "Rights Watch column.

My review of Matthew Bracken's third novel in his "Enemies" trilogy, "Foreign Enemies and Traitors."

Read the entire magazine online for free.

 

Oath-breaking Clinton adopts 'hatriot' slur
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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Sunday's Gun Rights Examiner column looks at a pathological liar who hates those who don't share his moral defects.

Also find out who's on the SPLC blacklist. Sadly, I did not make it.

Share the link with enough friends and help me rectify that?
 

Clinton Compares Tea Party Members to Timothy McVeigh
Submitted by: Larry

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Clinton, a war-criminal responsible for mass murder on five continents, dares to lecture the proles on matters of morality.
 

TX: Texas Sheriff To Local Residents: "Arm Yourselves" [video]
Submitted by: Brian Carey

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In the wake of violence in Mexico and the recent murder of a rancher, a Texas sheriff is encouraging citizens to arm themselves for self-defense.
 

Waco and the New Brown Scare
Submitted by: Larry

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Since the release of the MIAC report last year and a number of unrelated incidents, the liberal media have been thrilled to create an image of disenfranchised rightwing anti-government hatred on the brink of boiling over and doing great harm to our country. When abortionist George Tiller was murdered and then James von Brunn murdered a guard at the Holocaust museum, a hysterical Rachel Maddow went on the air and tried to create a connection where there was none. Like Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and the Pakistani who runs the nearby convenience store, all menacing figures are brought together in an imagined conspiracy against the established order. The Hutaree militia set-up, wherein a group of people too small for two poker tables was accused of planning violence against police and using "weapons of mass destruction" to bring down the U.S. government, was met not with suspicion or even laughter, but serious concern on NPR, on Rachel Maddow, in the center-left imagination of a future in which police and social workers protect us from the chaotic violence of nine people in Michigan.
 

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