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MA: Massachusetts Sued Over Gun Rights of Legal Immigrants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation is leading a civil action lawsuit in federal district court against Massachusetts challenging a law that denies non-U.S. citizens the right to possess a handgun in their own homes."

"Under the current law in Massachusetts, legal permanent residents -- who carry what is commonly referred to as a 'green card' -- are not allowed to hold a firearm identification card or license to carry of any kind. Instead, they must apply for a resident alien permit, which allows a person to possess only a 'low capacity' rifle or shotgun." ...
 

What if they gave an award and nobody came?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We talked about the upcoming award from Soldier of Fortune for our work on Gunwalker."

"To no one's surprise, the powers that be at the NRA Annual Meeting will not allow the presentation to take place at the convention, so this scene in front of the supportive assemblage will remain a fantasy image (pity, I was really looking forward to the ceremonial Wookie roar):" ...
 

Tobacco, firearms and the BATFE
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the Illinois legislature considering a new, dollar-per-pack cigarette tax hike, it's probably a good time to remember that making a sought-after good more expensive or difficult to obtain in one place increases the incentive to smuggle that good from a place where it's less expensive and/or easier to obtain. That is, in fact, exactly what we're seeing with cigarettes, according to USA Today:" ...
 

Question of the Day: How Do We Get More Women Into Shooting?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This morning's surfing uncovered a rogue wave. Writing for pittsburghlive.com, columnist Eric Heyl ranted about the lack of women at NRA conventions (this year’s confab is set to hit his hometown). Yada yada yada sexist NRA. And then Heyl ends his piece with the most sexist garbage I’ve read in many a moon. 'The industry is unlikely to successfully tap that market until it conquers the pesky preconceived notions that likely turn off many females to the idea of gun ownership. ...'" ...
 

Could Your Shotgun Soon be Outlawed? Maybe, If the ATF Has Its Way
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... "In a series of fascinating, and eerie, posts over at the blog Beregond’s Bar (and linked on Redstate.com), author 'Tom' pens a four-part series on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and their new campaign to change the definition of the term 'shotgun.' A change, based on a recent study,* that could soon make some of them illegal. But as Tom points out, the implications for all guns are chilling." ...
 

The Unconcealed Truth About Carrying Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Experience is a dear teacher,' said Benjamin Franklin, 'but fools will learn at no other.' Give some credit to fools: At least they eventually learn from experience. What would Franklin say about people who don't?"

"By that, I refer to gun control advocates alarmed that the Illinois legislature may vote to let licensed individuals carry concealed handguns. The Brady Campaign ... calls the measure 'dangerous.' Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center says that it would lead to Tucson-style mass shootings as well as the killing of police."

"But concealed-carry, as it is known, is not a radical notion in most of the country ..." ...
 

Rossi Circuit Judge. Just Because They Can.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I know what you’re thinking: what were they thinking? Who needs a lever action single action revolver on a stick with a Picatinny rail? As Kentucky Packrat points out below, what does the Rossi Circuit Judge do that a lever rifle can’t—other than complicate matters and shoot 3″ .410 shotshells? ..."
 

Gear Review: Swarovski Optik Z6i 1-6×24 BRT (First Impressions)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ever read a bi-lingual airplane magazine? One with computerized English translation next to the native language text? Try this on for size: 'In the development of our rifle scopes we have always taken our cue from the practical challenges which you as a hunter are faced with. At the same time, the protection of tradition in hunting is just as important to us as the technical enhancement of our rifle scopes.' That’s from Swarovski Optik‘s website. Translation of the translation: Swarovski make extremely expensive bad ass non-tacticool rifle scopes. Thanks to the miracle of our Fearless Leader’s credit card, I’ve got one . . ." ...
 

NRA Pistol Instructor Training Course for Women – by Women
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To All Female NRA members:"

"This is the last opportunity for female shooters who want to share their Knowledge, Skills and Attitude by becoming an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor."

"NRA Women’s Programs is conducting an NRA Pistol Shooting Instructor Course, taught by Women, for Women. Conducted in conjunction with the 2011 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits, this course promises to be an exciting event." ...
 

NRA effort to attract women off target
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm not trying to trigger trepidation among firearm enthusiasts."

"But it seems that many preconceived notions must be overcome before the National Rifle Association attracts more women to its annual convention. Right now, it's about as popular among women as fly fishing competitions, cigar tasting events and public executions." ...
 

FL: Mayors pushing to keep guns out of wrong hands
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... "In a small downtown event Wednesday, Mayors Against Illegal Guns highlighted this tragic toll, calling for federal legislation that would make it harder for people barred from owning guns to get them."

"The nationwide coalition of mayors is petitioning for two changes at the federal level:" ...
 

NE: Homeowner: I had no choice but to shoot
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"Wesley Hall said he didn't want to hurt anyone, but a suspected copper thief didn't leave him much choice early Tuesday." ...

"Armed with a handgun, Hall said he found King in a basement apartment. He said he pointed the gun at King and told him not to move."

"But King came at him, he said, so he lowered the gun and shot him once in the leg." ...
 

PA: Targeted By Robbers, Some Pizza Drivers Start Packing
Submitted by: Tom Price

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"Pittsburgh police are investigating three pizza delivery driver robberies in as many days, and it's a problem that goes beyond city borders."

"Mark Miller, who owns Double M's Pizza in Charleroi, told ... reporter Sheldon Ingram that he's giving his drivers the green light to arm themselves."

"'If they do choose to carry a firearm, I am going to allow it, provided they have a carry permit and that they've gone through training,' Miller said." ...
 

NE: Police: Property Owner Shot Copper Thief (video available)
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"A landlord is under investigation for shooting an alleged copper thief in the act." ...
 

CCRKBA: 'Melson Should Quit Or Be Fired For 'Gunrunner' Stonewalling'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "'Melson’s continued stonewalling on the Project Gunrunner investigation is intolerable,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'It appears obvious that he has no intention of cooperating with Congress on this serious matter. He should resign or be fired, and he should be replaced by a professional who will work quickly to clean up the ATF, and that starts with providing all Project Gunrunner documents to Congress.'" ...
 

TeamObama's ATF In Technical Contempt Of Congress Over Withholding Of Subpoenaed Documents On Project Gunrunner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "According to a statement by Congressman Daryl Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 'reports have raised questions about the handling of operations involving gun trafficking into Mexico - specifically the allegation that ATF has had a policy of permitting - and even encouraging - the movement of guns into Mexico by straw purchasers. This practice may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds on both sides of the border, including federal law enforcement agents...' ..."

"Mr. Obama, the acting Dir. of ATF Kenneth Melson and the DOJ are all stonewalling the oversight investigation and failed to provide the documents requested by the due date of April 13." ...
 

Angry Issa threatens ATF with contempt over Gunrunner stonewalling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congressman Darrell Issa has threatened the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with a contempt citation for having failed to produce any documents relating to Project Gunrunner that Issa subpoenaed on March 31." ...
 

Issa Threatens ATF Acting Director With Contempt Citation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is not a happy man. He is not happy because the Department of Justice and the Acting Director of ATF, Kenneth Melson, are continuing to blow off the requests for documents related to Operation Fast and Furious (aka Project Gunwalker). This is in the face of a supoena requesting documents issued by the Committee." ...
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Submitter's Note: A .pdf of the whole letter from Rep. Issa to Melson is embedded in this article.
 

Issa threatens Melson with contempt for noncompliance with 'Gunwalker' subpoena
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Chairman Issa Chastises ATF for Refusal to Comply with Subpoena,' an April 20 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform release declares."

"'If you do not comply with the subpoena, the Committee will be forced to commence contempt proceedings,' the release promises."

"The text of the complete release follows:" ...
 

AZ: Arizona not ready for guns in libraries
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One veto down, one to go."

"That's our take on what Gov. Jan Brewer should do with the second of two gun bills that loosen sensible restrictions in place at the local level -- or impose unreasonable costs to keep them tighter." ...

"Still on her desk is a bill to require government agencies to let visitors carry their guns into most public buildings ..." ...
 

CA: Our View: Pass a California open-carry law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Closer to home, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena, is again authoring legislation to ban the open carry of unloaded weapons in public in California. Showing off holstered pistols in Starbucks became something of a fad last year among gun-rights advocates, and we understand the attempt at Second Amendment symbolism. We just believe, as does every law-enforcement group in the state, that the symbolism creates unnecessary dangers for the public and especially for police officers. Cops say that the last thing they need to confront when called to a crime scene is a phalanx of pistol-toting people who may or may not be involved, whose guns may or may not be loaded ..." ...
 

Obama To Ban 50-Cal and Other Sniper Rifles. At Some Point. Maybe. Probably.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I had a nightmare last night. The Republicans had lived up to their somewhat-less-well-known name as The Stupid Party and actually nominated Trump in 2012. The Donald, being the mercurial walking haircut that he is, became bored with the whole campaign thing as the election got closer. As a result, The One was reelected. I know . . . it scared me, too. The worst part, though, is that with a new and final term before him, Barack was freed of the need to vote present and avoid sticky hot-button issues. With the socialization of healthcare behind him, he could do whatever he wanted and pursue issues that really got his juices flowing. Like gun control." ...
 

HR 1558 & S 838 - Changes In Toxic Substances Act Regarding Lead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two new bills have been introduced in Congress that would clarify the exemptions for ammunition contained in the Toxic Substances Control Act. These bills, if passed, would moot the Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit that is attempting to force the EPA to ban lead based ammunition and lead in fishing tackle." ...
 

HR 1552 - The "Juveniles Can Never Be Rehabilitated Act"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY-1) introduced HR 1552 last week. The text of it has finally become available and is seen below. Congressman Israel has titled his bill 'Preventing Gun Violence Act'. The bill would prohibit the possession of a firearm by anyone who had been convicted of any crime involving violence while a juvenile that would carry with it a sentence of more than one year if committed by an adult."

"That sounds like a great get-tough-on-crime approach except when you think about it." ...
 

Urge Your Representative To Cosponsor H.R. 822, The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2011
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) have introduced vital legislation that will enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states."

"There are now only two states that have no clear legal way for individuals to carry concealed firearms for self-defense. Thirty-nine states have shall-issue permit systems that make it possible for any law-abiding person to obtain a permit, while most of the others have discretionary permit systems."

"H.R. 822 would make a major step forward for gun owners' rights by significantly expanding where those permits are recognized." ...
 

FL: Preemption and open carry bills advance to FL senate floor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The problem is that the [state preemption] statute contained no language that would prevent a county or city from ignoring it. In fact, a full two-thirds of Florida's sixty-seven counties had ordinances which could be in violation of statute. A citizen's only relief would be to bring suit against the local jurisdiction, a prospect that most could not afford since even though one might prevail, no legal fees could be recouped. SB 402 would fix this by awarding court costs and lawyer fees to the prevailing party. If the local jurisdiction were found to have intentionally violated statute, a fine could also be imposed." ...
 

AZ: Weapons allowed in public buildings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Saying the Second Amendment doesn't stop at the door of government buildings, the House voted 38-20 Wednesday to let visitors bring their weapons in."

"The measure, a version of which already has been approved by the Senate, would overrule existing laws that let public agencies keep guns out simply by posting signs at the doors and providing places for those coming in to check their weapons. ..." ...
 

CA: 'Open Carry' supporters to dine out with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Salsa could be served up with a side of shotgun at one Old Pasadena restaurant Thursday night, when opponents of legislation to ban the practice of openly carrying unloaded guns in public stage a dinnertime protest in the district of the Democratic lawmaker carrying the bill." ...
 

OH: Concealed carry debate delivered four times the communication as collective bargaining bill; CCW still portrayed as fringe issue
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... "Such overwhelming support for legal concealed carry proves that gun rights is not a fringe issue, but instead is an issue important to a large number of Ohioans. The numbers also show that Ohioans support gun rights by a large margin."

"Yet, the Ohio media and anti-gun rights politicians still try to portray the gun lobby as a tiny group of extremists, and tries to convince Ohioans that all gun owners are middle-aged white rednecks." ...
 

NC: Smithfield police captain sentenced
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"The Smithfield Police Department's second-in-command was found guilty Tuesday of failing to stop for a stopped school bus."

"Witnesses reported that Capt. Bruce Thomas Gentry ... drove past a stopped school bus ... about 8 a.m. Dec. 2. He was driving his police cruiser to work when the incident happened." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Who, me? OBEY the law? Get it straight: I ENFORCE the law!
 

IL: Former Chicago cop admits role in robberies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Chicago police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal felony charges stemming from one of the worst misconduct scandals in the department's history."

"Keith Herrera, 33, admitted taking part in three robberies in which he and other officers with the elite Special Operations Section stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from suspected drug dealers and other citizens after making illegal traffic stops or searches of their homes." ...
 

AL: Sheriff's deputy shoots dog (video available)
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... "Dog owner Melissa Huddleston said, 'And then he's like, does your dog bite, does your dog bite? You better get your dog; you better get your dog. And I was like, the dog don't bite, come here Blue. Boom! And that was...my dog was right there and he laid right there and he suffered for like three hours. He just laid there flopping around.'" ...

"Huddleston said she her nine and ten-year-old sons witnessed the entire thing. She said the worst part was watching her dog suffer. She wasn't allowed to tend to their dog Blue, because she said the deputy claimed the injured dog was part of a crime scene." ...
 

MA: Council approves $120K settlement for Methuen cop
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"City councilors voted 6-2 last night to approve a 'full and final settlement' of $120,000 for police Officer Joseph Aiello."

"Aiello, the former patrolmen's union president, sued the city, Mayor William Manzi and police Capt. Thomas Fram, claiming he was transferred out of the detective bureau as retribution because the union didn't endorse Manzi's 2007 re-election bid and because he cooperated with an FBI investigation of Manzi." ...
 

PA: Phila. cop among charged in insurance fraud scheme
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"Prosecutors in Philadelphia say an auto body repair business used a forklift fitted with car bumpers as part of a large-scale insurance fraud scheme involving a police officer and several insurance appraisers."

"At the center of the scandal is Philadelphia Police Officer Gary Cottrell, a 15-year police veteran." ...
 

IL: Former SPD chief Kerlikowske, Chicago's next top cop?
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"Former Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske may be moving again – this time to Chicago."

"The Chicago News Coop reports that Kerlikowske is on Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's short-list to become the Windy City’s new police superintendent." ...
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KABA Note: Gil will fit right in as Chicago's top cop since he is famously anti-gun. His antics as SPD Chief included expending vast amounts of taxpayer money fighting the statewide preemption law (a fight which the state AG said was a loser from the beginning).
 

MI: Cross pleads guilty
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"Ivery Cross, 26, waived his right to a preliminary examination Tuesday morning, pleading guilty to three charges of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree and one count of misconduct in office."

"Cross stood before Berrien County Judge Gary Bruce, who accepted the plea."

"The prosecution dismissed the count of criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree, which carried with it the possibility of a life sentence." ...

"Inside the full courtroom, Cross admitted to the charges, saying on the night of March 17, he arrested the 19-year-old victim and lodged him at the Law Enforcement Complex ... During that evening on two occasions, Cross said he touched the victim’s penis and on the second occasion also touched his buttocks." ...
 

MI: Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops
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"The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program." ...
 

VA: Richmond officer implicated in scheme leaves force
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"An officer accused of arming teens employed by his unauthorized private security business left the force this week while a fellow officer and alleged conspirator remains on leave and awaits a hearing with the city, police said."

"Danny Harris, who officials said was set to be fired, parted ways with the Richmond Police Department, avoiding the disciplinary 'Skelly hearing' that Officer Ray Thomas is scheduled to have, police said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Explanation of "Skelly hearing" available here.
 

Australia: How the sale of Australian police guns threatens public health in the USA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Should Australia be contributing to the gun toll in the USA?"

"It’s a timely question for the Defence Export Control Office in the Department of Defence in Canberra, says Adjunct Associate Professor Philip Alpers, of GunPolicy.org at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney."

"Philip Alpers writes:"

"If Canberra follows precedent, around 10,000 surplus Australian police firearms will soon be for sale in pawn shops and gun shops across the United States." ...

"A trade-in like this might save Australian police millions of dollars ... – but then Smith & Wesson gets to sell Australia’s sturdy old police revolvers on the streets of New York, Los Angeles and anywhere in between." ...
 

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