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Cleveland gun edicts violate law, infringe on rights and won’t stop violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Whether any such coveted revenues will outweigh further legal costs the city will face is a question taxpayers should be asking their representatives who insisted on reopening an issue presumably already settled in the courts. Ohio Revised Code claims preemption by the state in the field of non-federal firearms regulation, and the matter was supposedly already settled when the City of Cleveland lost against the state in 2010, with the Supreme Court of Ohio 'uphold[ing] as Constitutional state law displacing local gun-control ordinances.'" ...
 

Cleveland council passes gun law admittedly that won’t stop violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In a remarkable bit of candor by a public servant, a member of the Cleveland, Ohio City Council yesterday reportedly acknowledged that the city’s new gun control law was 'not designed to stop gun violence,' but only reflect the 'council’s values,' according to Cleveland.com."

"That ordinance might also not even be legal under Ohio state law. According to WRGT, the local Fox affiliate, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that state gun law supersedes local ordinances, and even the local press expects a court challenge." ...
 

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Why Are Americans Abandoning Gun Control?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Pew cites the media’s relentless focus on crime as one possible reason for Americans’ change of heart: Media outlets and politicians focused on crime to show how dangerous guns had made America to gin up support for gun control. However, the attempt backfired, and Americans responded to the reports of higher crime by wanting more guns and wanting their right to own guns protected."

"Another theory, highlighted by the Tribune, is that Americans simply came to understand that Second Amendment rights–like First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights, among others–are constitutionally protected and not up for a public vote." ...
 

The ATF is awfully interested in racial profiling all of a sudden
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"This government regulation game can be so darned confusing sometimes. I thought that it was the GOP who was all about the racism and the Obama administration wanted to move us to a post-racial society? And yet, since new background check rules from the BATF went into effect in 2012, federal forms require purchasers to provide racial information. What’s up with that?"

"No matter the cause, in a strange twist of political roles which will no doubt give the media conniptions, some Republicans are pushing a bill to stop the practice." ...
 

The NRA’s brazen shell game with donations: A Yahoo News investigation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Early last summer I began making contributions to the National Rifle Association — a dollar here, a dollar there — to see where my money would end up. Some of it quickly found its way into the account of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, the NRA’s political action committee. And that was of no small interest, because I never knowingly contributed to the NRA-PVF. For me, this wasn’t a big problem; my contributions were a spit in the bucket for an organization that spent $37 million on the 2014 elections ... But my contributions and others like them may be a big problem for the NRA because, according to some of the nation’s top experts on federal election law, they are all illegal." ...
 

Sports Stadia Civilian Disarmament Zones – Don’t Go There
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with them because of a combination of buck passing, CYA thinking and fear.' Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings. is an outstanding take-down of MLB’s 'gun-free zones' in a paper otherwise dedicated to civilian disarmament (go figure). The WaPo article goes a little something like this . . ." ...
 

Tom in Oregon: Big Horn Armory African Safari Pt. 1
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In preparation for a hunt in South Africa for some plains game, I made a trip to Portland Airport customs to fill out the requisite form 4457. Not a big deal, really. I’ve done it before. But there has been something in the wind for about a week. An old law was dredged up from the redundant department of redundancy. It seems that if you want to take a firearm out of country, you now have to register with the IRS as a business to get an Employer Identification Number, then register with AES directly. Then . . ." ...
 

Are Negligent Discharges Inevitable?
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"An 'accidental discharge' is more accurately known as a negligent discharge (ND). One second you’re admiring a brilliantly designed and executed piece of wood (or plastic) and steel and the next, your ears are ringing, you’re blinking furiously, you’re surrounded by smoke and the unmistakable odor of gunpowder. Your first conscious thought: 'Oh s**t!' If you’re fortunate, the only holes present are in furniture, walls and appliances rather than yourself or someone else. If it was a rifle round, there will tend to be rather more holes than if it were a handgun round. If you’re really fortunate, no one else was aware of your ND, somewhat minimizing the damage to your self-image . . ." ...
 

Armatix iP1 ‘Smart Gun’ Has a Dealer
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"'(T)hat’s why Doug has to be so hush-hush. If his last name were made public, people would try to put him out of business and, perhaps, threaten to kill him. That’s what happened to the last two gun dealers who tried to sell this gun.' Doug is the proprietor of DB Guns & Smithing. And according to a forbes.com article, he’s been selling the Armatix iP1 'smart gun' since January, apparently on the down low. You may remember that dealers in both California and Maryland had planned to sell the iP1 .22, but backed off when they received, um, negative feedback from gun owners. So you can probably understand Doug’s reluctance to ID himself . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: KDG MREX MLOK Rail for the SCAR Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There’s always been something about the SCAR rifle series that bothered me. The gun is great — accurate as all hell, runs like a Swiss clock, and easy to use. But the aesthetics of the gun leave something to be desired. Something about the gun always seemed…off. Then I installed the MREX MLOK handguard from Kinetic Development Group, and it was as if the clouds parted and angels had begun to sing. The SCAR had been ‘fixed’ . . ." ...
 

11 Newtown Families Distance Selves from Sandy Hook Promise Group
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"The families of 11 people killed in the Newtown shooting rampage in 2012 are making it known that they have no association with a gun control group behind a Tim McGraw concert this summer."

"The July 17 concert in Hartford, Connecticut, is benefiting Sandy Hook Promise, an advocacy group that involves several victims' families and is at times wrongly assumed to speak for all 26 victims' families."

"The 11 families said in a statement issued on Wednesday that they decided to clarify the issue for donors who might believe they are directly supporting the victims' families. They said their statement isn't related to a position on the gun debate or other issues surrounding the tragedy." ...
 

Country Star Billy Currington Pulls Out Of Sandy Hook Concert Following Online Anger From Gun Rights Advocates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Country music star Billy Currington announced Thursday that he will not participate in a benefit concert for non-profit group Sandy Hook Promise, following online backlash from gun-rights advocates, who argue that the group is dedicated to restricting Second Amendment rights."

"Country star Tim McGraw, who has organized the concert due to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 17, will headline the show, with Currington and Chase Bryant as supporting acts. However, since the concert was announced earlier this week, McGraw and the other acts have been on the receiving end of online criticism from opponents of gun control." ...
 

VA: Championing gun violence prevention in the Commonwealth
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Many in the commonwealth wondered if April 16, 2007, would be a turning point. Would this be the moment that our legislators finally rejected the National Rifle Association’s fatal prescription and supported common-sense gun reforms?"

"Sadly, the immediate change we were hoping for did not come. But today, as the legislature weighs in on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes of three noxious pieces of legislation, it is clear that gun violence prevention has become a winning issue in Virginia." ...
 

NRA IRS and Election Law Fraud Exposed?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I’m not an accountant, a lawyer or tax attorney. So I can’t tell you whether or not The NRA’s brazen shell game with donations: A Yahoo News investigation reveals a major scandal in the National Rifle Association’s fund-raising practices and reporting to the Internal Revenue Service. But it doesn’t look good. At all . . ." ...
 

John McCain wants Cruz and Paul off his lawn
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"Establishment GOP relic John McCain (R-Ariz.) is wasting no chances to lash out at GOP presidential contenders Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)."

"Cruz on Tuesday sent McCain, who heads the Armed Services Committee, an official request for hearings on allowing military personnel to concealed carry on base."

"'There is great concern that Department of Defense policies which prevent service members from carrying weapons on military installations place an undue restriction on their second amendment rights and detract from their security,' Cruz, a longtime proponent of changing DOD policies to allow concealed carry on base, wrote." ...
 

Here’s a Video of Ted and Heidi Cruz Shooting a Full Auto Tommy Gun (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi stopped by the Londonderry Fish & Game Club in New Hampshire on Saturday to talk about the Second Amendment and to shoot a few rounds. The Texas senator is no slouch with a Thompson submachine gun (nicknamed the Tommy Gun). He confidently picked up and fired two guns at the range and didn’t appear to flinch at the powerful recoil. His aim must have been pretty good because someone at the range shouted, 'He’s got my vote!' after his first rounds and another cried, 'Woah!' after Cruz’s second round." ...
 

Huckabee: If Someone Breaks Into My House, 'I Call 911 To Tell Them Where To Come Pick Up The Body' (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Over the weekend, Mike Huckabee was in New Hampshire to speak at the Republican Leadership Summit and while he was there, he sat down for an interview with conservative activist Kimberly Morin of the Manchester Political Buzz Examiner."

"During the discussion, Huckabee shared his views on the Second Amendment by explaining that, where he comes from, the 'gun nuts' are the people who support gun control and stated that if somebody broke into this house, the only reason he'd call 911 would be to tell them where to pick up the body of the intruder." ...
 

DC Police: Congressmen With Rifle Didn’t Break Any Laws
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"Washington, DC police have announced that a Congressman who posted a photo of himself with what appears to be a colorfully-painted AR-15 outside his office didn’t actually break any laws, reports HuffPo. Apparently, the DC city attorney general leaped into action when Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) posted a photograph on Twitter posing with the scary rifle along with fellow Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and 'referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police Department for further investigation.' The District, naturally, bans certain rifles based on purely on aesthetics and the rifle in the photo sure looks like one that might have been covered under DC law . . ." ...
 

Peter King Hearts Gun Control. Again. Still. (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Friday, Congressman Peter King of New York spoke at The Nation Leadership Summit in New Hampshire. During his speech, he came out in favor of more gun control while being sure to simultaneously bash some of his fellow Republicans. In the video above, the distinguised Rep. King responds to questions about his stance on two gun control bills he’s introduced…and admits to having zero expectation that they’ll go anywhere in this congress . . ." ...
 

Why Pentagon is cool to Cruz bid to let troops carry personal firearms on base
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas believes that troops should be able to carry their personal firearms with them on base – a point of view that puts him at odds with a number of top US military officials, including former commanders in America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"This doesn’t bother him, he says. 'The military brass opposes this,' he told Fox News Tuesday. 'But I’m a big believer in defending the Second Amendment rights of everyone, including our soldiers.'"

"Likewise, military brass has at times spoken out against the National Rifle Association, for example, when the organization launched a bid to keep commanders from talking to soldiers about the safety of keeping personal firearms in their homes." ...
 

D.C. authorities tried to investigate Trey Gowdy and Ken Buck for taking a picture with an AR-15
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reps Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Ken Buck (R-Colo.) just dodged a run-in with the D.C. authorities. According to a report early Tuesday from The Hill, the attorney general’s office was considering an investigation into whether the two broke D.C. law by snapping this picture with Buck’s patriotic (and inoperable) AR-15:" ...
 

Loretta Lynch: What difference does it make whom Obama picks?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Only clueless, star-struck Republicans think Lynch is her own person despite the fact she holds the same views on immigration, voter ID, and civil rights issues as Eric Holder. ..."

"Rep. King is confused. Lynch and Holder are interchangeable – she'll just have the advantage of not being the first AG to be held in contempt of Congress or who helped facilitate a gun-trafficking operation that led to the deaths of American law enforcement personnel and hundreds of Mexican nationals. Given enough time, Lynch may rack up her own list of contemptible, unconstitutional operations as head of the DOJ. Who knows?" ...
 

TX: Texas Gun Sense: Bloomberg? Who’s Bloomberg?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"So I was watching the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee hearing yesterday morning and yet a new tactic on the part of the Manic Moms emerged. The representative from Texas Gunsense, Frances Schenkkan, testifying against Rep Pickett’s HB 2298, started her routine by explaining that they are not associated with Bloomberg or any of his organizations…they are a local organization . . ."

"Local control has been a focus of a couple of issues this session, and open carry has been drawn into it by the antis trying to assert that it should be a local issue. Bloomberg and things New York and DC don’t play well to the legislators, and thus distancing themselves plays to that." ...
 

FL: Volusia city leaders applaud proposed bill outlawing backyard shooting in neighborhoods
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"A Florida senator’s proposal to end recreational shooting in residential neighborhoods delivers a shot of common sense into a law overdue for change, municipal and police officials said."

"An amendment added to Senate Bill 1444 by Sen. Garrett Richter, R- Naples, would ban the discharge of firearms in primarily residential neighborhoods, defined as those with more than one home on an acre of property. The amendment was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and is waiting to be placed on the special order calendar of the House of Representatives, said Amy Mercer, executive director of the Florida Police Chiefs Association." ...
 

TN: Tennessee governor amends 'Guns in Parking Lots' law to protect workers
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"There’s an arms race playing out in Nashville, where lawmakers have been fighting for and against the rights of workers to take guns to work."

"The Second Amendment spat began in 2013, when Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law the controversial “Guns in Parking Lots" bill. But the original law, which stated citizens with permits to carry guns can keep them in their cars on company property even if the employer bars them, only protected citizens against prosecution, not firing. The Tennessee Firearms Association dubbed the law the 'Lose Your Job if You Commute Act.'"

"Now, pro-gun politicians say they have fixed the law." ...
 

IN: Weapons ban ordinance moves forward in Clarksville
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"Over vocal opposition from several members of the public, the Clarksville Town Council voted largely along party lines, 4-2 with one abstention, on three separate ordinances that would ban weapons within Town Hall and authorize additional security measures."

"Council members Bob Popp, Don Tetley, Paul Kraft and Council President Bob Polston, all Democrats, voted for each of the three ordinances on first reading. Republicans Paul Fetter and Tim Hauber voted against all three, while Democrat John Gilkey opted to abstain." ...
 

TX: Knife Rights’ Texas Comprehensive Knife Ban Repeal Bill Needs Your Help
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"Knife Rights’ bill to repeal the ban on prohibited knives in Texas needs your help. HB 3884 sponsored by Knife Rights friend Representative Harold Dutton needs to be heard as soon as possible in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee."

"The Chairman of the committee, Representative Abel Herrero, is a proven pro-Second Amendment legislator and we have no reason to believe he is holding the bill for philosophical reasons, but the clock is ticking and if the bill is not heard in committee very soon, it will end up dead for the session. In Texas that means two years before we can try again! Your calls and emails make a difference. Help us rid Texas of its irrational knife restrictions." ...
 

CO: It was procedure, not politics, that prompted this protest
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"Because of a procedural vote last week on the floor of the Colorado House, I have been accused of not supporting our gun rights and the Second Amendment. That is an absolute lie! I always will stand firmly for the rights guaranteed us by the Second Amendment."

"Let me explain what happened on the floor that has made this an issue. Every morning after the House is called to order and the roll has been called, the first order of business is a routine motion to dispense with the reading and to adopt the journal of the previous day." ...
 

OR: Marathon hearing today on Oregon gun control measure
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"A marathon public hearing will kick off this afternoon in Salem as legions of gun owners are expected to descend on the Oregon state capitol to oppose a controversial gun control measure, disguised as a 'universal background check' bill that one Republican state senator has said flatly will not accomplish a thing."

"Senate Bill 941 has already passed the Senate, but according to the Portland Oregonian, House leaders have scheduled a “patience-testing eight-and-one-half hour” public hearing starting at 1 p.m. with public testimony slated to begin at 3 o’clock. The session is scheduled to continue until 10 p.m., and the National Rifle Association has alerted its Beaver State members to attend." ...
 

OH: Ohioans For Concealed Carry Sues City of Cleveland
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"Today Ohioans For Concealed Carry, joined by a member of the organization and resident of Cleveland, filed a taxpayer action against the City of Cleveland challenging illegal gun control legislation City Council adopted April 20th. Further, the organization is seeking Mandamus to compel the city to provide public records requests related to Cleveland gun buy-back events that have been ignored and/or denied for more than five years." ...
 

MA: Framingham, Natick men appeal handgun ruling
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"Several plaintiffs, including Framingham and Natick men, are appealing a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit against the state Attorney General over a handgun safety regulation they claim is too ambiguous."

"Robert Draper of Framingham and Robert Boudrie of Natick are among six Massachusetts residents, who filed the suit last year, claiming regulations around load indicators are too vague. ..." ...

"[The judge] wrote that the regulation does not pose Second Amendment concerns in part since it does not prevent people from obtaining a wide variety of firearms." ...
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Submitter's Note: Even if blacks are banned from running, it does not prevent people from voting for a wide variety of candidates.

Fixed it for ya!
 

OK: Judge rules Gun Ban on Streets and Sidewalks is Unconstitutional
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"In Oklahoma, Judge Thad Balkman ruled in favor of second amendment supporters when he issued a tempory restraining order to prevent the City of Norman from enforcing a ban on the carry of weapons during the Norman Music Festival. The city argued that it was not banning weapons; only that the private organization that it had given control of city streets and sidewalks was banning arms. ..." ...
 

Eric Holder: This is Not the Civil Rights Advocate You’re Looking For
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"Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has made a name for himself as a civil rights crusader when it comes to protecting citizens from the people sworn to protect and serve the citizenry. Yeah, not so much. In fact, the New York Times (of all people) reveal that Holder’s Derpartment of Justice [sic] has argued for cops caught speaking loudly and wielding a big stick in front of the Supreme Court (no less). Check this out . . ." ...
 

Pavlich Calls Out Feds for Direct Attack on Vets' 2nd Amendment Rights
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"Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) recently sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking why so many veterans are being classified as 'mentally defective,' and added to the federal gun ban list."

"Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich reported on the letter on TownHall.com. Grassley demanded to know why '99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list's 'mental defective' category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies.'" ...
 

Feds Keep On Stockpiling Ammo
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"The Department of Justice is seeking to purchase 95,000 rounds of 9mm hollow-point bullets and has posted online a solicitation that requires bids to be submitted by April 30."

"While such bullets often are used in law enforcement, the federal government’s bulk purchase of ammunition in recent years, including a proposal to buy 1.6 billion bullets, has raised concerns about the government’s need for such supplies." ...
 

Report: VA working with FBI to strip veterans, widows of gun rights
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"A 2012 document reveals what the Daily Caller called a 'shocking government program' where the Department of Veterans Affairs is disarming veterans by getting them placed on the FBI’s criminal background-check list, Patrick Howley reported Tuesday. The VA, he said, is sending personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the [ATF] so guns can be taken in home raids."

"But now, Howley said, veterans who have been deemed either mentally incompetent or financially incapable are telling their stories. The harassment they and their families receive from the government 'starts when vets go to the VA to get medical help,' he added." ...
 

VA: Fairfax pays $2.95 million to settle suit in John Geer police killing
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"Fairfax County on Tuesday agreed to pay $2.95 million to the family of John Geer, settling a wrongful death lawsuit over the August 2013 shooting of the unarmed Springfield man by a county police officer."

"But nearly 20 months after Geer’s death, no decision has been made on whether to charge the officer, Adam D. Torres, with a crime. While federal and county prosecutors continue to consider the case, Torres remains on paid administrative duty."

"Geer, 46, was standing in the doorway of his townhouse with his hands on top of the storm door when he was shot once in the chest, police records show. As his father and best friend watched in horror, Geer spun, closed the front door and fell to the floor." ...
 

CA: U.S. marshal caught destroying camera of woman recording police
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"Federal officials are investigating a YouTube video posted on Sunday that shows a law enforcement officer grabbing what looks to be a recording device from a woman’s hand and smashing it on the ground."

"The 53-second video, recorded by a bystander on April 19, shows three U.S. Marshals Service agents standing in front of a house in South Gate, Calif. The agency was reportedly investigating a 'biker gang meeting' at a bar in the area."

"A woman standing roughly 15 feet from two of the officers is heard repeatedly telling them to keep their distance. She appears to be recording the officers with a cellphone or camera held close to her chest." ...
 

NY: Trigger Happy Officer Shoots At Dog In Crowd Of People During Arrest In Brooklyn! (video story)
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"Tensions soared as police tried to make an arrest in Brooklyn and it was all caught on camera. One police officer even fired a shot. It was a uncertain situation in Brownsville and it quickly got way out of control."
 

OH: Butler Co. deputy accused of sex crime with a minor (video available)
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"A Butler County sheriff's deputy is accused of a sex crime involving a minor."

"Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said that Michael Baker was arrested and incarcerated in the Butler County Jail on Monday evening."

"Baker is charged with sexual imposition, the sheriff's office said."

"'Yesterday morning, we began an investigation that was prompted from a 16-year-old female who disclosed to a family member that he was touching her inappropriately,' Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt said." ...
 

TX: Austin PD Chief Acevedo: Open Carry = "Open Season For Armed Criminals and Extremists"
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"SO CLOSE! If only Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo [above] had Tweeted that Texas’ impending permitted open carry law presaged 'Open Season ON Armed Criminals and Extremists.' Then again, who gets to decide who’s a criminal? (I seem to remember something about presumed innocence.) Even more worryingly, what’s an “extremist”? Proponents of civilian disarmament call anyone in favor of uninfringeable gun rights an extremist. So let’s forget the whole 'open season' thing. And let Art explain his opposition to the amendment to Texas’s open carry that prohibits police from using an openly carried weapon as probable cause to detain someone (and check ID). Here’s his thinking- such as it is – via TwitLonger.com . . ." ...
 

MI: Catholic Bishop: No More Pistol Classes at Ann Arbor Church
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"The Rev. Edward Fride of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan will no longer be holding concealed pistol license classes at his parish, per a directive handed down from Bishop Earl Boyea, reports the Detroit Free Press. 'The Ann Arbor Catholic priest under criticism for urging parishioners to arm themselves has posted on Facebook that his parish will no longer hold any classes to learn about earning a license to carry a concealed pistol. The Rev. Edward Fride said he’ll abide by the directive of Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea, who oversees the parish, and who said Monday such classes are not appropriate for church property.' . . ." ...
 

NC: WRAL Investigates: Bypassing N.C.'s Concealed Carry Requirements
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"Gun control stories are sensitive. Some feel there are too many rules, others feel there aren’t enough, and both sides are extremely passionate about their beliefs."

"WRAL Investigates was contacted by a certified gun instructor and member of the National Rifle Association who was concerned about people sidestepping North Carolina’s rigorous training to obtain a concealed carry permit. We’re talking no live fire training, no details about North Carolina’s concealed carry laws and no explanation about when you can and can’t shoot as a homeowner or in self-defense." ...
 

ID: Unveiling some reality on concealed weapons
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"I read an article in The Press some time back where Concealed Weapons Permits (CWPs) are on the rise in Kootenai County. Because of a recent encounter (not an incident), I hope to set the record straight just in case some of these 'anti-gun' fanatics may try to twist everything around and claim that us Idahoans think we live back in the 'Old Wild West' days."

"On my way inside one of the local businesses, a person noticed I was carrying a firearm before I had the chance to conceal it and asked me if I planned on 'packing' it inside. Since this person came across in a derogatory manner, I wanted to say 'I'm a proud American and a native of North Idaho who enjoys my Second Amendment rights ...' ..." ...
 

KS: A few rules
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"I am opposed to the new concealed carry law for some the reasons articulated by its opponents. To address some of the objections to the law I propose the following amendment." ...

"Even if one assumes concealed carry is a constitutional right, these are minimal restrictions on the right and are consistent with lawful restrictions placed on other constitutional rights, including on the Second Amendment."
 

ME: Protecting a human life
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"I am responding to an article (posted April 17 online, April 18 print version) about a bill, LD 600, that would expand those prohibited from possessing guns."

"During the past 15 years, Maine has seen an increasing number of domestic violence cases where the end result is extremely tragic. I completely agree with LD 600 and give my full support to Rep. Richard Pickett, R-Dixfield. He has seen those cases firsthand." ...
 

NE: Gun Rights Outweigh Gun Control
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"Great news for supporters of the Second Amendment came from a recent Pew survey which shows that support for gun rights surpassed support for gun control last December."

"'Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52% to 46%.'"

"The folks at Pew opine that this change in attitude has come with a change in perceptions of crime. While crime has dropped from the 1990’s, when gun control was favored over gun rights in various polls, the perception is that crime has increased, and with it the increased support for gun rights." ...
 

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