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Will right questions be asked at today’s 'ATF Roundtable’?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "While credentialed 'Authorized Journalists' who have been spiking the 'Gunwalker' story from Day One will be predominant among attendees, there will also be some honest brokers on the inside, and this correspondent has passed along some questions that I hesitate to reveal before the meeting takes place at 2:30 pm Eastern time, about 15 minutes from the time this column is being posted." ...
 

“Homer Simpson’s Dumber Brother” Is Back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Former U.S.ambassador Dan Simpson is once again weighing in on the gun issue. Some of you may remember the 'modest proposal' he came out with shortly after the VA Tech shootings, and while his new screed does not contain ideas like: The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty his proposals are still unacceptable. Perhaps he needs a reminder of just what sort of unintended consequences his anti-gun nuttery might produce . . ." ...
 

NSSF Report: Firearms and Ammunition Industry Helping to Create Jobs and Boost Economy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Released earlier this month, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2012 Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report illustrates the much-needed boost the gun community has given our struggling economy."

"The report showed that between 2008 and 2011 the firearms and ammunition industry experienced a 30.6 percent increase in jobs, a 66.5 percent increase in federal taxes paid by industry companies and a 66.5 percent increase in the total economic impact." ...
 

Right to bear arms is a vital US liberty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Sir, How relieving it must be for David Gowans ('America paying price of wild west mentality', Letters, April 24) to possess the wisdom of knowing that all America needs is a 'sustained, focused campaign to re-educate and culturally realign American middle-class thinking over two or three generations'. I’ve never read anything more chilling." ...
 

Regarding New York Times Opinion Piece "I Hunt, but the N.R.A. Isn’t for Me"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Your op-ed by Chris Powell in Sunday's News-Times on gun control misses many key points."

"Dear Ms. McCaulou"

"Your April 24, 2012 column in The New York Times titled I Hunt, but the N.R.A. Isn’t for Me ... actually shows you know little about the NRA and even less about the Second Amendment and history. The NRA fights to protect and preserve the Second Amendment."

"The Second Amendment has never been about hunting, it has never been about target shooting and it has never been about gun control."

"The Second Amendment is about FREEDOM and the means with which to protect your personal Freedom and our collective Freedom. ..." ...
 

Gun Rights Are Fundamental
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"As a seventh generation Tennessean, Tennessee property owner and graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, the legislative battle over keeping locked firearms in vehicles on company property hits home with me."

"So I was particularly disappointed to read journalism professor Otis L. Sanford’s anti-Second Amendment rant on this topic ..."

"As a journalist, and especially one entrusted with instilling journalism’s values in our next generation, Sanford should take better care with his profession’s call for accuracy, fairness and always maintaining the 'public trust."

"Sanford casually dismisses the fact that Memphis is the second most violent city in America. ..." ...
 

Sturm, Ruger & Company Raises Over $1.2 million to Benefit the NRA-ILA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) and Sturm, Ruger & Company (Ruger) recently announced the results of Ruger’s Million Gun Challenge to benefit the NRA as initiated by Ruger President and CEO, Michael O. Fifer."

"The announcement was made at the Sixth Annual Corporate Executives’ Luncheon during the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri."

"In May 2011, Ruger launched the challenge to sell one-million Ruger firearms over the course of one year, with one dollar of each sale going to benefit NRA Institute for Legislative Action. The Million Gun Challenge quickly became the 1.2 Million Gun Challenge when Ruger customers purchased even more firearms than was originally anticipated." ...
 

Response to New York Times Article: “I Hunt, but the NRA Isn’t for Me”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "Nevertheless, Ms. McCaulou overall point is valid: the NRA does not have a monopoly on representing gun owners, in particular hunters:"

"Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that every N.R.A. member is also a hunter — which is highly unlikely, considering that the most comprehensive national survey of firearm ownership to date found that only 35 percent of gun-owning households say they hunt. Even then, the N.R.A. would represent only about one-third of all hunters in the United States."

"Does this mean, as Ms. McCaulou implies - 'The N.R.A. has never had much to do with hunting' - that the NRA does not strongly support hunting and hunting-related activities?"

"Of course not. ..." ...
 

How to be an American: Support the Second Amendment too
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"So-called 'stand your ground' laws have attracted a lot of attention in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida recently."

"Critics of the law have politicized this event by simplifying a complex legal situation most people don’t understand and reducing it to the emotional equivalent of a sound bite. Of course it’s terrible that a teenager was shot, but that George Zimmerman was charged with murder recently proves my point, especially after all the nonsensical hysteria about stand your ground laws, which ironically quieted down after the indictment. ..."

"But stand your ground laws aren’t what need defending here; it’s the Second Amendment itself." ...
 

TTAG Contest: Foghorn Wrote a Book Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yes, you read that right — I wrote a book. I wanted to write something that could act like a longer “Ask Foghorn,” something tangible that you could hand a new shooter and give them all of the information they need. Something that you could give as a gift, and cheap enough that it wasn’t a big financial investment. Something that was short enough to keep their attention, but contained enough information to get them started and on the right track. After months of work, I think I’ve finally done it." ...
 

Magnetic Holds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In this post, we discuss solutions to carrying a handgun while driving. What do you do if your holster pinches and jabs tender flesh when you buckle up and turn the key?"

"A helpful reader pointed me to a thread at an online gun forum, where they mention the use of powerful magnets to secure a handgun to the auto."

"The problem is that I have no idea if this is legal or not. My impression is that it is most assuredly not legal in Ohio where I reside. If it isn’t legal in the state where you live, then you might be inviting a felony arrest if pulled over for a minor traffic violation." ...
 

The Inside Story Behind the SIG50
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Over the past few years, SIG Sauer has been busy turning out more than just pistols that come through 'when it counts.' Check the SIG556 and SIG516. With the success of these two rifles spurring further long-gun development, the company has decided to aim big—literally. Enter the SIG50, a bolt-action repeater chambered in .50 BMG that feeds from a five-round detachable box magazine."

"'It came out of an international sales request,' says David Grimshaw, SIG Sauer Special Weapons Systems Product Manager. 'We did not have an anti-materiel-type rifle in our International Sales product line.'" ...
 

Gun Review: Taurus 450: Forget the Judge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There are many schools of thought about what makes for a good self-defense round for a revolver. Some folks think small and speedy is best. Some like raw power. Some just want a round that allows for quick follow-up shots and lots of them. And some like bullets that are like me: big, fat and a bit slow. The Taurus 450 line was designed for that last group." ...
 

Gun-Concealing Fashion. Hot. Chic. Fierce.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Concealed carry is getting fashionably popular with a new line of stylin' chinos that are perfect for hiding your handgun. At first glance this type of announcement might seem a bit absurd ('Paris Fashion Week' and 'NRA' aren't two terms you usually hear in the same sentence), but it's actually surprising that this never caught on sooner."

"More and more people are getting their concealed carry permits, and most articles of clothing just aren't designed to conceal a handgun. Unless you're the type of guy who spends all of his time in a two piece suit, you're probably going to be sporting a gun bulge." ...
 

Crimson Trace Making Green Light LaserGuards, Soon LaserGrips (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Crimson Trace is, manufacturer of some very popular gun-specific laser sights, is expanding on their catalog to include a new wavelength of the visible light spectrum. They're going green." ...
 

Practice Dos And Don'ts From Doug Koenig (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In his most recent video for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Doug Koenig goes over the dos and don'ts for successful practice sessions. Given most people have the goal of becoming a better shooter, Koenig says go in with a game plan on what you want to work on...." ...
 

Why is shooting at center of mass a good idea?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In yesterday’s Down Range Radio podcast, Michael Bane talked critically about the ideas of always shooting at the center of mass and 2-round standard response. While Michael and I agree a lot, I fall squarely on the other side of the fence in these issues."

"Since my reason for a standard 2 round standard response is the shortest, I’ll address it 1st…" ...
 

How the NRA Hijacked America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The shooting of a congresswoman, massacres at Columbine High School, Chardon High School, Virginia Tech, and Oikos University, and the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, should have sparked a national conversation about gun control. After all, without guns, every single one of those tragedies -- along with the deaths and wounds endured by 100,000 people annually due to guns -- could have been prevented."

"Instead, Congress has remained completely silent on this issue. And that's mainly because one relentless organization, the National Rifle Association, has done everything in its power to keep the status quo." ...
 

Guns for self-defense mean more costs, not more benefits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "... Indeed, there are documented cases in which the display or discharge of a gun did ward off or immobilize/kill an attacker. Sound public policy, however, requires that we move beyond anecdotes and examine the evidence exploring the net benefits or costs of defensive gun use."

"FBI statistics for 2010 indicate that for every justifiable homicide by a private citizen using a firearm there were approximately 50 criminal homicides with a firearm. When suicides by firearm and fatal gun accidents are considered, there were about 115 deaths through the misuse of a firearm for every justifiable homicide in which a private citizen shot and killed another in self-defense." ...
 

CT: Wants to convince people they are safer without guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Your op-ed by Chris Powell in Sunday's News-Times on gun control misses many key points."

"First , the NRA is a gun lobby -- their only purpose is to sell guns. They could care less about their original mission, which was when they were created after the Civil War to teach you how to care for a gun."

"Powell states 'in most states ... there are plenty of gun control laws.'"

"That's true, and that is why over 90 percent of guns taken in police actions in New York City are from only five southern states."

"Gun control works." ...
 

WI: Safety concerns outweigh rights to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun control, by its very nature, is a contentious issue. Inscribed in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is the enumerated right for all American citizens to bear arms ..."

"The wording of this Amendment appears straightforward. However, controversy arises in regard to what extent this right should be unconditional. ... Indeed, the desire for individual safety and protection remains firmly embedded in our society. What has changed, however, is the extent to which guns are commonplace in the public realm. Ironically, some of the very firearms we have the right to bear for protection are also a trigger-pull away from being a threat to us all." ...
 

NY: NYSRPA Calls Gun Control Rally in Albany a Farce
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association calls yesterday's gun control rally inside the Legislative Office Building a total farce. Unable to demonstrate any sort of public support for their proposals, antigun legislators and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, held a dog-and-pony show in the Well of the state legislative office building for a handful of people who were bused in from New York City." ...
 

NY: Community Refuses To Accept Albanys Inaction On Guns
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"For too long, elected officials in Albany have acted as a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Rifle Association and the gun industry while ignoring the bloodshed that takes place every day in New York because of guns."

"Today, advocates, victims of gun violence and students from across New York made it clear to elected officials that Albany must reject the dangerous Stand Your Ground bill here in New York (S 281) and pass the microstamping legislation to help police solve more gun crimes and get violent criminals off the streets." ...
 

NY: MTA: Subway Crime Soars; NYPD Releases Stunning Statistics -- Transit Board Wants Gov To Appoint Special Prosecutor For Subway Crimes (audio available)
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"The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reporting a major surge in New York City subway crime."

"The agency said pick pockets and other thieves are bumping up the crime rate by more than 20 percent this year compared to last, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Another report on life in Bloomberg's gun-free paradise.
 

OH: Another Ohio homeowner exercises self-defense right by shooting would-be robber during home invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"WEWS (ABC Cleveland) is reporting that a homeowner shot a man who broke into his house on Mardale Avenue around 11 a.m. Wednesday." ...
 

PA: Store Clerk Shoots at 3 Would Be Robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A PA store clerk at 'Tommy’s Deli Mart' fired two shots at three would be robbers. It is not clear if any of the men were hit by the shots. The suspects fled the business when the shooting started and police are still trying to find the suspects. No employees or customers in the store were injured." ...
 

UT: Man buys knife, stabs 2 at Salt Lake City store (video available)
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"A man stabbed two people at the Smith's Marketplace grocery store in downtown Salt Lake City before being subdued by a bystander." ...

"According to a witness, it appears one man was stabbed in the side of the head and another was stabbed in the stomach. The exact condition of the victims is unknown, but police believe the injuries are very serious and possibly critical."

"Police say a bystander with a concealed carry permit witnessed the attack and stepped in to keep it from escalating."

"'(The bystander) was suspicious of what might be going on, and when he saw the stabbing, he just drew his pistol and challenged the individual,' which caused the alleged attacker to lie down on the ground, said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brian Purvis." ...
 

CA: How Many More USC Students Have to Die in and Around Their Gun-Free Campus?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"USC’s down a couple of grad students. A campus cop just shot a wayward community member after he’d robbed four other students at gunpoint. And that was just in the last week. ..."
 

Open Carry debate erupts in U.S. News; Examiner in the discussion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A bristling debate has erupted on the U.S. News & World Report Debate Club website over Open Carry, and the Seattle Gun Rights Examiner, joined by Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner John Pierce, is right in the middle of it."

"This column has frequently discussed Open Carry, and now the issue appears to be garnering national attention."

"Gun prohibitionists have chimed in with the typical objections. For example, Josh Sugarmann with the Violence Policy Center, has this to say:" ...
 

Open Carry is Already Legal Under the Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The debate over how some may carry a firearm for protection can only be discussed when the foundation for the carry provisions has been fairly set. Most conceal and carry laws restrict a right that is guaranteed by the Constitution. To say that you may only carry a firearm if you have paid a certain amount of money to the government for a licensing fee and then submit to regulation would be equivalent to telling the press that they must abide by certain rules and pay for the right of free speech." ...
 

In Parts of the Country, Open Carry Hardly Raises an Eyebrow
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The 'open carry' movement has reminded people in many states that the right to bear arms is not limited to the growing number of people who choose to conceal their legally carried defensive sidearms."

"While the practice may seem anachronistic and is alarming to some, it remains legal over much of the American landscape. Whether it 'should be' allowed seems a rather moot question, since it is already 'allowed' either by statute or the fact that there is no law prohibiting it in various jurisdictions where open carry is practiced. In states with specific right-to-bear-arms provisions in their state constitutions, one can reasonably argue that open carry is constitutionally protected." ...
 

Open Carry Deters Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Open carry is legal in 28 states without restriction. In another 13 states, a license is required. As ABC entitled a recent report, 'Open carry is on the rise.'"

"Shane Belanger is the head of the Maine Open Carry Association. He organized a rally where attendees were carrying openly. He told ABC News that the purpose of the public display was to accustom people to seeing guns and realize that they are not threatening." ...
 

Open Carrying: Provocative Conduct, Dangerous Consequences
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Private citizens should not be allowed to carry firearms openly in public. The open carrying of firearms on the street and in places like restaurants and parks intimidates the public, wastes law enforcement resources, and increases the risk that someone will be injured or killed from the accidental or intentional use of firearms. In response to these dangers and an aggressive 'open carry movement' in California, in 2011 the California Legislature banned the open carrying of handguns. Other states should consider similar action." ...
 

ATF Death Watch 145: Lies, Damned Lies, and Mexican Firearms Confiscation Statistics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Clearly, the ATF is going on a public relations offensive after the epic and deadly screw-up known as Fast and Furious (a.k.a., Guns for Goons). And man is it offensive. Yesterday, we learned that the Bureau is using their newfound extra-legal regulatory powers to investigate 123 potential cases of gun smuggling, wherein gun purchasers in Texas MAY have done something wrong ... Today, the nets are buzzing with the same old crapaganda that justified Fast and Furious. ATF: 70 percent of guns found in Mexico come from US thehill.com proclaims. Like the dozens such headlines circulating through the blogosphere, The Hill is accepting the ATF’s stats at face value. AGAIN. So AGAIN we’re going to shoot them down . . ." ...
 

ATF Death Watch 144: Long Gun Registry Abuse Begins
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One of the most compelling arguments against gun control: laws affecting legal gun purchase and ownership put the government on a slippery slope towards gun confiscation. One of the least compelling arguments against gun control: laws affecting legal gun purchase and ownership put the government on a slippery slope towards gun confiscation. Gun control advocates—and those who view the government as a benign entity—dismiss any mention of creeping tyranny as the paranoid ravings of firearms-fixated members of the lunatic fringe. The ongoing Fast and Furious scandal has highlighted the divide . ." ...
 

Getting Out While The Getting Is Good
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"It was announced yesterday that Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich will be leaving the Department of Justice to become Dean of the University of Baltimore Law School." ...

"Ronald Weich, for those who are not familiar, has been the Department of Justice's designated obfuscator in hearings on Project Gunwalker before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He was the signer of the letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley which denied that ATF had knowingly allowed guns to walk. This letter was later retracted as being 'inaccurate'." ...
 

"Blood On Their Hands" - A Documentary About Project Gunwalker
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Michael McNulty of Citizens Organization for Public Safety - COPS - is a documentary filmmaker in Loveland, Colorado. He is seeking funding from the public for a full-length documentary on Operation Fast and Furious and Project Gunwalker." ...
 

Nunnelee Amendment To Allow Possession of Guns on Army Corps Land Passes in U.S. House Committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"During consideration of the FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Related Agencies Appropriations bill, Congressman Alan Nunnelee (MS-01) offered an amendment to allow a law-abiding citizen to legally possess firearms on Army Corps of Engineers Water Resource Development lands."

"This amendment passed by a voice vote." ...
 

CO: Colorado Bill to End Duplicative State Background Checks Dies in Anti-Gun State Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On April 23, House Bill 1048 had its hearing in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and was postponed indefinitely by a 3 to 2 vote, effectively killing this bill for this year. HB 1048, introduced by state Representative Mark Waller (R-15), would eliminate the duplicative state-run Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) InstaCheck system for the purchase of firearms and solely utilize the existing National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)."

"Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-17) ignored the wishes of the thousands of NRA members who called the state capitol in support of a fair hearing for HB 1048. ..." ...
 

Justice Scalia Shares Gun Love with Justice Kagan on Hunting Trip
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has found himself a new enthusiastic hunting partner in fellow Justice Elena Kagan. We know what you're thinking: 'Wait a second, isn't Kagan that new judge Obama appointed?' Yep, that's the one. We're just as surprised (and delighted) as you are."

"We have to give some kudos to Scalia, but it looks as though we have Sen. James Risch of Idaho to ultimately thank for this fortunate turn of events. Back in 2010 when Obama nominated Kagan for the Supreme Court position, Risch asked Kagan about her views on gun rights. She admitted that she'd never fired a gun before, but made a promise to go hunting with Scalia if she were confirmed."

"Kagan kept her promise ..." ...
 

KY: Kentucky Employees May Not Be Fired for Lawfully Storing Guns in Their Cars
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"That’s what Kentucky statutes provide, and today the Kentucky Supreme Court applied this rule in Mitchell v. University of Kentucky (Ky. Apr. 26, 2012). There was something of a complication because the defendant was a university, and state law provides universities with generally broad authority to restrict weapons on their property. But the court concluded that the statutory provisions allowing employees to lawfully store guns in their cars is an exception from that broad university power. Michael Mitchell’s wrongful firing lawsuit against the university can therefore go forward." ...
 

LA airport TSA security screeners 'ran drug-ring'
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"Four current and former security screeners at Los Angeles international airport have been arrested and charged with drug-trafficking and bribery."

"The four accepted cash to allow large shipments of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana through X-ray machines, the US justice department said."

"The charges allege 22 separate payments of up to $2,400 (£1,500) allowed drug-runners to bypass airport security." ...
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Submitter's comment: So much for "security" - one of the shipments could just as easily have been a bomb.
 

TX: I-TEAM : Congressman Canseco says he was assaulted during TSA pat-down
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"U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco said he was assaulted by a TSA agent at the San Antonio International Airport."

"The Texas Congressman said the security agent went too far during a pat-down earlier this month."

"'The agent was very aggressive in his pat-down, and he was patting me down where no one is supposed to go,' said Canseco. 'It got very uncomfortable so I moved his hand away. That stopped everything and brought in supervisors and everyone else.'"

"Canseco told the KENS 5 I-Team the agent said he too was assaulted when Canseco pushed his hand away." ...
 

KS: TSA defends pat-down of 4-year-old at Kan. airport
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"The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect."

"The incident has been garnering increasing media and online attention since the child's mother, Michelle Brademeyer of Montana, detailed the ordeal in a public Facebook post last week. The Transportation Security Administration is defending its agents, despite new procedures aimed at reducing pat-downs of children." ...
 

WA: King County sheriff cautions hikers following double homicide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The King County Sheriff’s Office has advised hikers in east King County to be cautious following a double homicide in North Bend last weekend, because the man believed responsible may be hiding in the mountains."

"Sheriff Steve Strachan told this column via telephone earlier today that hikers and other recreationists should 'do what they need to do to stay safe.' That includes carrying a firearm if one feels comfortable doing so, but overall, he said people hiking in nearby forests should not be fearful, just alert." ...
 

NJ: NJ officer accused of luring 12-year-old girl
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"Prosecutors have charged a New Jersey police officer with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl he met while assisting her family in an unrelated police matter."

"Woodland Park Police Officer Steven Vigorito Jr. pleaded innocent to the charges Wednesday and is held on $250,000 bail following his arrest while on duty Tuesday night." ...
 

NY: Family Misses Flight After TSA Gives Pat-Down To Girl With Cerebral Palsy
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"The Transportation Security Administration is once again the subject of national scrutiny, this time after aggressively screening a 7-year-old female passenger with cerebral palsy which caused her family to miss their flight."

"The girl, identified as Dina Frank ... was waiting with her family on Monday to board a flight ..."

"Since Dina walks with the aid of leg braces and crutches, she cannot pass through airport metal detectors, and must instead submit to a pat-down by TSA agents."

"Dina, who is also reportedly developmentally disabled, is usually frightened by the procedure. Her family reportedly requests that agents on hand take the time to introduce themselves to her." ...
 

Jan Morgan: I Am Not An Irresponsible Gun Owner (video available)
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"'I am writing in response to the post naming me irresponsible gun owner of the day. I feel your assessment of the situation is unfair in that you do not know all the circumstances surrounding this episode of the show. What you are unaware of is :" ...
 

ATF & U.S. DOJ Plan to Remove CLEO Signature Requirement for NFA Firearms Transfers
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"According to the National Firearms Act Trade & Collectors Association, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) are preparing to remove the often burdensome Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature requirement from Form 1 and Form 4 for NFA firearms. ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: This is a good first step. Now just get the feds out of the process and we'll really be making progress.
 

GRNC Steps Up Pressure On Bank Of America
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"Grass Roots North Carolina is stepping up the pressure on Bank of America to come clean on their treatment of businesses in the firearms industry. Bank of America is a North Carolina company headquartered in Charlotte."
"Why doesn't 'Bank of (Un)America' issue a statement of support for the Second Amendment?"

"GRNC has been in direct contact with Charlotte-based Bank of America. While expressing sympathy, Bank representatives have publicly side-stepped the issue of gun rights, ... and when offered an opportunity to clarify support of the right to keep and bear arms on GRNC's website, they offered the following cynical non-response:" ...
 

Gun maker claims Bank of America dumped firm
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"A firearms manufacturer has locked horns with Bank of America in a public battle resulting from the bank’s decision to no longer do business with them."

"Kelly McMillan, director of operations for McMillan Group International, LLC, claims that a Bank of America official told him April 20 the bank no longer wants the company’s business because it is a firearms manufacturer."

"Bank of America officials deny the allegations, and say it does not have a policy that prohibits them from working with companies in the firearms industry. Bank of America spokeswoman Anne Pace said that the bank in fact has numerous clients in the industry — including about half of the top 25 firearms manufacturers." ...
 

CO: Printed letters, April 27, 2012
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"Jim Ciha, in his letter to the editor April 18, rightfully suggested we supporters of the Second Amendment put forth better arguments for gun ownership. He cites the thousands of gun deaths versus lives saved and he appears to have a point. But he doesn’t go far enough with the comparison."

"Every year, many gun owners owe their lives and those of their loved ones to their weapons and their courage to use them against criminal threats of death or bodily harm." ...
 

OH: Ohio concealed handgun licenses numbers on the rise, but opponents of reforms remain despite success of program
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"The Dayton Daily News is reporting that in the eight years since Ohio passed a concealed weapons law, county sheriffs have issued 296,588 concealed handgun licenses, with more than half of those coming since President Barack Obama was elected."

"Despite the obvious popularity and success of the law, the DDN provides quotes from local law enforcement bureaucrats who are expressing concerns about pending legislation intended to improve the law, making it more user-friendly." ...
 

Wendy Takes on Hunting, Cluttered Mind and All
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... "If I could give my life in 2012 a title, I think I’d call it Switching Gears. In more ways than one, switching gears is exactly what I’m doing. For starters, I’ve moved from the East Coast to the West Coast, leaving the security of my position at the NRA to start a graphics business in the industry. And if that isn’t enough, I thought I’d make life a bit more interesting. For the first time in my life I’m going to lay down my 'black guns' and try my luck at shouldering a hunting rifle. What the devil have I gotten myself into? . . ." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers

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