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AP gives incomplete account of Chicago police sentiments on concealed carry
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The disconnect between the AP account and the observations of a boots-on-the-ground peace officer documents another example of the failure of 'authorized journalists' to completely inform the public, and why citizen journalists and new media fulfill a critical role ..." ...
 

NSSF, Gun owners react to threatened Mexico industry lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"American gun rights activists, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation have 'taken off the gloves' following yesterday’s disclosure by CBS News and confirmed by the Associated Press that Mexico has retained a high-profile United States legal firm to possibly sue U.S. gun makers for the violence in that country."

"The discussion is heating up on two popular gun rights forums, The High Road and Gun Rights Media, and NSSF released a statement this morning that is printed in its entirety below." ...
 

Campus Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The extension of the right to carry a loaded and concealed handgun in public to students on college campuses has become a hot button issue on both sides of the 'gun rights debate.' Our side, of course, points out that armed citizens – like the adult students who drew their licensed concealed handguns and successfully prevented a mass murder at the Appalachian Law School – can prevent horrors like the massacre of helpless students and teachers perpetrated by the psycho at Virginia Tech just a few years ago at about this time of year."

"Opponents, of course, cry that students are too young and immature to be trusted with deadly force. ..." ...
 

Face to Face: A Conversation with the NRA's Marion P. Hammer (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Let's start with the open carry bill. What gives you the confidence that people won't abuse it by brandishing their firearms openly?"

"For 94 years in the state of Florida, you could carry openly. The law went on the books in 1893 that said you could carry openly with a license. When we passed the Concealed Weapons Licensing Law in 1987, we repealed that open carry law because no one was using it. ..." ...
 

Reticle Compensating Rifle Barrel Reference Sensor Can’t Miss. In Theory.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When it comes to rifles, I’m a point and shoot kinda guy. Which is great when you’re all zeroed-in at something that’s within hailing distance and the target doesn’t move. 'When you’re aiming at a target two miles away, the slightest perturbation could end up causing a catastrophic miss,' popsci.com points out, sensibly enough. '[That's] not good enough for today’s military.' Whereas yesterday’s military was all about 'close enough for rock and roll.' Anyway . . . 'Until guns can aim themselves, snipers need the most accurate weapons possible. Engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) came up with a laser-guided correction system that ensures a shooter’s crosshairs are always on the mark.' ..." ...
 

Question of the Day: How Accurate Do You Need to Be?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Accuracy is something of a chimera: a mythical beast made from many parts. To be a really accurate shooter, you have to master your grip, stance, breathing and trigger control. You need excellent eyesight and top-notch hand-eye coordination. You have to have Zen-like affinity with your weapon, whose behavior varies according to its design, age, state of tune and the cartridge inserted therein. You have to be able to read—and adapt to—environmental conditions. A firm grasp of mathematics and ballistic theory doesn’t go amiss either (unless it makes you over-think your shot). And you need practice (i.e. money). And after all that, you still might suck . . ." ...
 

Down to Zero: Confessions of a Former Rifle Virgin
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have a confession to make. I’m a rifle virgin. Or almost one. I don’t really own a rifle and don’t know all that much about them. OK, I own a Sub-2000 and some will say that counts. But I don’t consider that a rifle. It shoots handgun ammo (9mm). I started out shooting with shotguns. I’m not a hunter. I shoot those little orange non-bird birds. I’ve shot some skeet and sporting clays, but my first love is trap. I have a carry license so own handguns, too. So I really haven’t had to think much about ballistics. Until now . . ." ...
 

Competition Shooting 101: CMP/NRA High Power
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In our last installment we stepped into the fast-paced world of 3-gun competitions, where going fast was the key to success and moving around the course was an integral part of the challenge. This time we look at CMP/NRA High Power competitions, where keeping your heart rate low and staying still are the key . . ." ...
 

SigSauer - Pre-NRA Releases
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The major gun manufacturers are starting let out the new guns that they will be introducing at the NRA Annual Meeting. Monday was Ruger's day with its introduction of the SR1911. Today is SigSauer's day. Nothing is really new - more like variation on existing models - but they are bringing back the Sig P210." ...
 

FL: VPC Hearts FL Open Carry Smear Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have no friggin’ clue why Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings [above] is dead set against open carry. In fact, I have no idea why ANY police officer would be against open carry. A gun strapped to a civilian’s hip indicates that A) he or she isn’t carrying a concealed weapon and B) he or she is helping prevent crime. You know: deterrence. ..." ...
 

NC: Americans have the right to own guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun ownership is one of our rights as Americans, and there are those out there who feel it should be taken from us. The Second Amendment is one that protects our right to bear arms, yet they are trying to pass stricter gun control policies. There must be something done to protect the rights to own and purchase firearms while at the same time helping to keep people safe."

"I am proposing to institute a clause in the legislature that would require a psychological test to inspect the mental state of a person interested in purchasing a firearm. ..." ...
 

FL: Ex Marine Beats His Wife In Front Of A Judge! (She Filed For A Restraining Order But Got Denied) (video story)
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"'A mother of two came on camera to talk about a brutal beating by her husband that unfolded in front of a judge ...'"
 

More evidence of guns pouring into Mexico--from the south
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Evidence continues to mount that contrary to claims on the part of those who would use Mexican drug war violence to justify heavier gun regulation in the U.S., the civilian gun market in this country is at most a very minor player as a source of the criminals' firepower--at least when the U.S. government isn't abetting the process. When the narco-thugs go shopping for firepower, they go south. The latest confirmation of that comes from McClatchy, in 'Drug gangs help themselves to Central American military arsenals':" ...
 

Lou Dobbs: "Did an ATF Program Allow Guns to be Smuggled Into Mexico?" Wayne LaPierre, late to the baptism, finally gets Gunwalker religion. (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This is pretty funny for us old Gunwalker scandal hands. Here LaPierre is making great hay of Gunwalker and chastising the media for non-coverage when NRA itself ignored it -- did not even report it to their members until 11 February, and did not take an advocacy position calling for hearings until 9 March. ..." ...
 

CBS: Gun shop owner expressed concerns early on in "gunwalker" scandal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CBS News is reporting that damning, newly-obtained emails show that a key gun shop owner made explicit concerns in writing last year in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' 'gunwalking' scandal." ...
 

Country Singer Craig Morgan to Play NRA Jam
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Country recording artist Craig Morgan definitely has a full plate. He's due to be the headline performer at the NRA's Country Jam in Pittsburgh on April 29th as part of the NRA's National Convention in the Steel City."

"It's just another spot on what's becoming a crowded calendar for the Tennessee native, but one he relishes." ...
 

Trying the Backdoor Again!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It never ceases to amaze me how the Obama administration continually tries to flush the Second Amendment down the toilet-along with the rest of the U.S. Constitution. Now since the anti-gun rhetoric has not worked after the shooting of a Congresswoman and many more in Arizona-by a certified lunatic, they are trying a new tactic. The Obama administration is now using the 'sporting purpose' from the Gun Control Act of 1968 along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives 'Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns' ..." ...
 

Legislation to Protect Gun Owners' Rights, Reform Oversight of Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers Introduced in Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) has joined with U.S. Congressman Steve King (IA-05) to introduce legislation that will clarify regulations and remove unnecessary restrictions on federally licensed firearms dealers and importers in the United States. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) Reform Act would modernize and improve the BATFE by amending and clarifying its policies." ...
 

NC: Crossbow Permit Repeal Passes NC General Assembly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senate Bill 406 which repeals the requirement to get a permit from your local sheriff's office to purchase a crossbow passed the North Carolina House on Wednesday and was presented to the Governor yesterday."

"The North Carolina Senate had passed the repeal bill on March 30th with a 50-0 vote." ...
 

IL: Illinois votes on gun legislation in early May
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"By the beginning of May, big changes could be in store for Illinois if the General Assembly passes a bill allowing residents to carry concealed handguns."

"The Family and Personal Protection Act would allow state residents over 21 to legally carry firearms after background checks and training, according to the Illinois General Assembly website." ...
 

NC: Raleigh City NC Council Spends Your Tax Dollars Opposing Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pretending that it was any of their business, the Raleigh City Council – reaffirming their leftist credentials – have publicly come out in opposition to HB 111, which would protect your legal right to self defense in restaurants and parks."

"In fact they proudly put the following release on the city website ..." ...
 

FL: Pediatricians say gun privacy bill would muzzle them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The bills have passed all committees and the House is expected to vote Tuesday, and the Senate may soon follow."

"Referred to by the National Rifle Association as the 'Patient's Gun Privacy Rights' legislation, the bills say a health professional cannot ask about gun ownership unless they have a good medical reason, and they may not enter facts about gun ownership into the medical record, 'if the practitioner knows that such information is not relevant to the patient's medical care or safety, or the safety of others.'" ...
 

NV: Las Vegas Cop Beats Man For Videotaping Him (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Derek Colling is a Las Vegas police officer who attacked a citizen for videotaping him on a public street last month."

"The videographer was Mitchell Crooks, a 36-year-old man who ended up with a bruises on his face and a broken nose." ...
 

OH: Euclid cop who committed suicide was under probe (with video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Euclid Police Detective Sgt. Kevin Blakeley, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday morning, was meeting with Police Chief Jim Repicky and other supervisors at the time of the incident to address his failure to cooperate with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, said Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik." ...
 

IL: Former cop convicted of exploiting 90-year-old man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Chicago Police officer was convicted Thursday of attempting to bilk a 90-year-old man out of his $500,000 home — as well as $400,000 in bank accounts and investments."

"Donald Owsley, 63, was found guilty of financial exploitation of the elderly and forgery. Cook County Judge Timothy J. Joyce, who presided over the bench trial, found Owsley not guilty of official misconduct. ..."

"Owsley’s attorney Jed Stone said he was gratified the judge found Owsley didn’t use his police job to victimize Theodore Hoellen. ..." ...
 

OH: $5 million of terror grant was misused by police chiefs group
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An eight-month federal Homeland Security audit has confirmed that the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police mismanaged and misspent almost $5 million in federal grants designed to develop a statewide police network to help fight terrorism and other crime."

"Questionable expenses included sending 20 Ohio police officials to Turkey and more than $800,000 in bonuses paid to the executive director of the Dublin-based association." ...
 

AL: Fmr. Tallassee Asst. Police Chief arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Tallassee assistant police chief is under arrest and charged with 40 counts of felony ethics and LETS violations, according to the Alabama Attorney General's office." ...
 

GA: Temple Police Officer Accused of Sexual Battery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"he Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigation allegations a Temple police officer sexually battered a woman in front of her child."

"Officer Lee Powell was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery, Battery, Cruelty to Children, and False Imprisonment. Court documents allege Powell was fondling the victim and threw her on the couch as her 6-year-old came into the room. She said she was able to use her child’s entrance to flee the house." ...
 

VA: Lynchburg judge OKs $250K settlement in Beard case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An attorney for the sister of Clarence Beard Jr., a city man who died in police custody in 2006, said a $250,000 settlement paid by the city wasn’t as important as the apology that came with it and the ability to clear Beard’s name." ...
 

LA: Winnfield Police Chief Convicted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Johnnie Carpenter, the Chief of Police of Winnfield, La., was convicted by a federal jury of obstructing a Deputy United States Marshal as he attempted to serve a federal arrest warrant, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today." ...
 

WA: Burglars use truck in smash-and-grab at Tukwila gun shop
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"Thieves use a pickup truck to smash-in and grab merchandise at a gun store in Tukwiila near Southcenter Mall early Thursday."

"Based on surveillance video, police said two suspects crashed into the Discount Gun Shop on Tukwila Way just before 4 a.m. They grabbed multiple guns, then took off, leaving behind shattered glass, a broken door and smashed-in gun cases. Police said it all happened under a minute." ...
 

CA: Proposed open carry ban sparks protest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A group of gun rights activists took to the busy streets of Old Pasadena on Thursday with pistols at their hips in protest of a proposed statewide ban on the open carry of firearms."

"Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) is author of a bill backed by the California Police Chiefs Association that would make it illegal for gun owners to openly display unloaded firearms in public places." ...
 

MI: Bay City man's stun gun charge dismissed, but appeal could drag on
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Though a Bay City man is no longer facing a potential four years in prison for carrying a stun gun, his case likely will become the focus of an appeal process that could go all the way to the state Supreme Court."

"Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran on Thursday dismissed a felony charge of possession of a stun gun against Dean S. Yanna, 41, of Bay City. The judge ruled the statewide ban on the weapon violates the federal Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

NY: T&T Tactical Is Fundraising for Legal Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Tretola family of Bellmore held a fundraiser on Thursday evening to raise money for the defense of Martin and Thomas Tretola, who were arrested in February during an undercover investigation for allegedly illegally selling assault weapons to District Attorney investigators and members of the New York State police." ...

"To see a list of the charges against Martin Tretola and his son Thomas and further details about this situation, click here." ...
 

MD: Cert. Petition in Right to Carry Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Filed earlier this week by Stephen Halbrook, in the case of Williams v. Maryland. In short, Maryland bans all handgun transportation or carry without a permit, and has a permitting process which formally declares that it will deny permits to almost everyone. ..." ...
 

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"Some people think that the Second Amendment is an outdated relic of an earlier time. Doubtless some also think that constitutional protections of other rights are outdated relics of earlier times. We The People own those rights regardless, unless and until We The People repeal them. For those who believe it to be outdated, the Second Amendment provides a good test of whether their allegiance is really to the Constitution of the United States, or only to their preferences in public policies and audiences. The Constitution is law, not vague aspirations, and we are obligated to protect, defend, and apply it. If the Second Amendment were truly an outdated relic, the Constitution provides a method for repeal. The Constitution does not furnish the federal courts with an eraser." --9th Circuit Court Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, dissenting opinion in which the court refused to rehear the case while citing deeply flawed anti-Second Amendment nonsense (Nordyke v. King; opinion filed April 5, 2004)

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