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NY: Pushing for a Magazine Limit
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Shirley DeLucia of Binghamton was an ACA shooting survivor but has not spoken out until now. She's supporting a federal ban of large capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used by Jiverly Wong.
 

MI: Detroit police commissioner faces drunken driving charges after crash
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A Detroit police commissioner was taken into Detroit Police custody Friday morning after being involved in a single-car accident near Eastern Market.

Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens confirmed Sunday that Michael Reeves had been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving following the crash. She said that when officers arrived at the scene of the accident at Russell and Canfield, they could smell the odor of intoxicants on Reeves. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Reeves was arrested at the hospital and currently is free on bond.
 

MO: MO Sheriff and deputy arrested on drug charges
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Carter County, MO sheriff and a deputy were arrested on drug charges Saturday April 2, 2011. The Sheriff and his deputy were taken into custody by the MO Highway Patrol. Both are being held in jail.


Submitter's note: It will be interesting to see what happens to any drug cases the Sheriff was involved with.
 

NJ: Armed Men Rob South Jersey Business Owners Home
Submitted by: Gary Fisher

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Several armed men stormed into the home of the owner of a small business in South Jersey overnight Saturday.

The victim returned to his home on Gray Pebble Circle in Sicklerville, N.J., with his family around 11:30 p.m., according to authorities. Inside, another family member was being held at gunpoint by four or five men, police said.

The other members of the family were tied up, and the intruders ordered the father to surrender money and jewelry, Gloucester Township police said.

Ed.: No law-abiding person in NJ has a need for a gun; only criminals get to have guns in NJ.
 

‘Project Gunwalker’ reporters to receive freedom award
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"...SOF has decided to honor all four by awarding them the 'Soldier of Fortune 2nd Amendment Freedom Fighter Award for 2011.' Now, somebody ought to nominate them for a Pulitzer. Presentation of the awards will be made at the NRA convention in Pittsburgh, 29 April–1 May."

Submitter's note: Also learn more "Chuck Norris Facts."
 

NY: Is Nassau County Police Department Selling Preferential Treatment?
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... Internal police documents reviewed by the Press and interviews with more than a dozen current and former active and retired police officers, detectives and senior Nassau police officials outline a program that could reward the group's [the Nassau County Police Department Foundation] members through preferential treatment that experts classify as questionable and unethical at best; pushing the limits of the very laws they were sworn to enforce at worst.

 

CA: Half Moon Bay to outsource police, recreation department to stay solvent
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City officials decided to outsource the local police and recreation departments Saturday.
To many, it felt like they were cutting out the city's heart as well.
Police Sgt. Dennis Loubal broke down and wept at the microphone as he struggled to express how painful it would be for him to give up the Half Moon Bay police uniform he'd been wearing for the past 14 years. In spite of that, he said the city ought to contract with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office; it would save the city $509,000 and balance the budget.
Loubal and the rest of the sworn officers would retain their jobs under the proposal submitted by the county, but it just won't be the same.
"I've been serving this community, and I know I'll be rotated out," he said.
 

CA: Cops Tear Down House to Get Suspect
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Forget battering rams. Police are using a construction crane to rip apart a home in Sylmar to reach a suspected gunman.
The building's destruction began late Monday morning when officers used the crane to smash a window and deploy tear gas and later "hot gas."
In response, the suspect fired shots from the residence, prompting police to return fire. No officers were hit, and it was unclear if the suspect was wounded, said LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman.
The structural damage was escalated around noon as police used the crane to rip apart walls in the back of the home. Aerial video showed the majority of the second floor exposed, as well as at least one room on the first floor.

Ed.: Now, instead of killing a dog when cops raid the wrong house, they'll just demolish the house on top of the occupants!
 

GA: Mormon missionaries robbed at gunpoint in Georgia
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Authorities say two Mormon missionaries were robbed at gunpoint while they were discussing baptism with a man in Augusta.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say the women told them they were talking about baptism with the man when he pulled out a gun and demanded their purses.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the man fled with their purses, which included a Book of Mormon, a Bible, camera, cell phone, and driver’s licenses.

Authorities say the women were preaching on behalf of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when they were robbed in the 2300 block of Winston Way around 7:25 p.m. Saturday.

 

'Fast and Furious' White House gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I'm not a law enforcement officer – I just played one on TV. But you don't have to be Walker, Texas Ranger, to understand that there are very good reasons that law enforcement agents, as a rule, do not allow guns to "walk" into the hands of criminals. And to their credit, numerous rank and file BATF agents understood this truism as well, objecting to the "Fast and Furious" operation from the get-go. Their superiors told them, "You have to break some eggs to make an omelet," and then apparently threatened the agents with career discipline if they continued their objections.
 

NJ: Cabbie used Mace on attacker in self-defense, Hackettstown police say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to police, the driver, whose name police are not releasing, picked up Perez-Lopez in Dover for a ride to Hackettstown. Perez-Lopez told the driver he could only pay $19 of the $40 fare and asked the driver to stop at the Quick Chek so he could get more money. Perez-Lopez then fled on foot, police said.

The driver caught up to Perez-Lopez in the area of 150 Route 182 and used Mace in self-defense after Perez-Lopez "came after the driver in a fighting manner," police said.
 

MI: Are Hollow-Point Bullets Illegal For Personal Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There is no statutory restriction on the type of ammo that you can carry in your personal defense weapon. Nor is there any prohibition on sighting devices. There may be some potential concerns about jury perception if you ever have to use your gun in self-defense and find yourself facing charges. (This is much less likely to occur at this point in history than prior to the enactment of Public Act 311 of 2006 [MCL 780.951] which created presumptions that deadly force is appropriate in certain situations and also created qualified immunity to those who use force in legitimate self defense.)
 

Single-shot, thumb-operated Palm Pistol set for 2011 release
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This makes the Palm Pistol suitable for seniors or others who may have limited manual strength of dexterity. With dual independently operable grip safeties, chances of accidental discharge are negligible and its ergonomic design is suited for both left and right handed users. The pistol features a loaded chamber indicator and cocked striker indicator to ensure the user is aware of whether the weapon is ready for use.
 

OH: Drug offenders may qualify for gun ownership after Cuyahoga County judge's decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Both Supreme Court decisions vaguely acknowledged that states may prohibit guns in places such as schools or government buildings and may take reasonable measures to keep weapons out of the hands of "felons and the mentally ill." But the court did not specifically mention misdemeanants or drug abusers.

Corrigan, in his opinion, ruled that Tomas' decades-old misdemeanor drug conviction does not negate his right to own guns for the purpose of self-defense and that the state has no compelling reason to strip him of that right.
 

DC: Guns Save Lives Message Hits Capitol Hill, notes Rights Activist
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The "Guns Save Lives" message came to Capitol Hill late last month, noted John Snyder, named the senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News.

A billboard truck carrying the message toured Washington, D.C. last week. Sponsored by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), the billboard proclaimed Americans use firearms 2,191 every day for legitimate defensive purposes.

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The four constituted a "truth squad," said [Joe] Waldron. "We're here to ensure you get the other side of Bloomberg's story. Like the fact that three-fourths of those gun deaths are committed by career criminals – and half of their 'victims' are criminals, too."
 

Buy Cable TV, Get a Free Gun: Welcome to the New America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Florida, NRA supporters seek to impose a fine of $5 million on any doctor who asks patients if they own guns. In South Dakota, NRA supporters want to require every adult citizen to purchase a gun. Georgia is about to allow guns in bars, churches and political events; Arizona allows anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit; and Utah has named an official state firearm, soon to be followed by Texas.

NRA supporters in nine states seek to legalize guns on school campuses. In Montana, Radio Shack is giving away a gun with every purchase of Dish Network, and in Missouri a car dealer is offering a free AK-47 with the purchase of a new vehicle.
 

We must stop ATF's anti-gun zealots
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As the National Rifle Association points out, Traver misled the public in a fear-mongering appearance on a Chicago NBC affiliate TV news show. In the interview, he hyped "the growing frequency of gang members and drug dealers using heavy caliber military-type weapons" and described them as if they were machine guns: "Pull the trigger and you can mow people down." Traver and his agents "provided the reporter with a fully automatic AK-47, with which she was unable to hit the target," the NRA reported. "He then said that stray bullets are 'one of the main problems with having stuff like this available to the gangs.'"

Except for the fact ... that fully automatic firearms are not available for sale through normal retail outlets.
 

PA: Pro Gun Volunteers Needed For 2011 NRA Annual Meetings In Pittsburgh
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The 2011 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits will be an exciting weekend, as thousands of NRA members will come together April 27–May 1, 2011, in Pittsburgh, PA.

You can contribute to the success of our meeting by participating as an Annual Meetings Volunteer.

If you can spare a half-day or more while attending the Pittsburgh Annual Meetings, you can assist the NRA staff in making this year’s Annual Meetings our best yet! Participating in the Annual Meetings as a volunteer is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable activities you will experience as an NRA member.
 

How the Release of Firearms Trace Info Could Put Police Officers at Risk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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NRA-News is a valued partner that continues to cover breaking gun rights news with a new and improved short video format in the “NRA News Minute” videos.

Cam Edwards talks to Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R – Kansas) about this article.... Calling out the mainstream press for misrepresenting the benefits of the Tiahrt Amendment for law enforcement, gun owners and the second amendment.
 

VA: Student Group Fighting For Right To Carry Concealed Weapons at George Mason University
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To bear or not to bear arms? That is the question of the week at George Mason University.

A group calling itself Students for Concealed Carry on Campus say this is "Gun Week" at George Mason. They are trying to call attention to their plight for the right to carry concealed weapons on the university property.

Leading the charge is a former marine and current criminal justice major, Karolyn Galarza.
 

NY: Crackdown urged on rapid-fire ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"We cannot undo that horrific tragedy, but we can fight to ensure it will never happen again," Ryan said. "This is important, common-sense legislation that is needed to protect law enforcement and public safety."

The bill would ban both the production and sale of the large-capacity devices in the U.S., as well as bringing one in from another country. Such magazines manufactured after 1994 are already banned in New York but are readily available in Pennsylvania and some other states.

High-capacity devices produced before the date a potential ban would go into place would still be legal under the bill.
 

Gun Controllers Don’t Want to Waste Tucson Tragedy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If there is one thing that the President does well, it is to read the polls. Many in his camp would prefer all-out and immediate confiscation of firearms, but the public, thankfully, knows better. One recent national poll found that an overwhelming 75 percent of voters believes that gun laws in the United States are either adequate or too harsh for law-abiding Americans. Accordingly, even those politicians who believe that the right to arms is outmoded tread carefully lest the electorate turn on them.
 

TX: Better a pistol than a dry eraser?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Imagine your child or grandchild is at college, sitting in a class, when gunshots ring out down the hall. Pandemonium breaks loose. People duck for cover, teachers lock or barricade the classroom doors, and everyone punches 911 on their cell phones, jamming the 911 call center. Then, as the sound of shooting gets closer, they wait.

It was scenarios such as this - think Virginia Tech - that prompted the 82nd Texas Legislature to consider HB 750, to allow certain citizens to carry handguns on college campuses. If the bill passes into law, anyone holding a concealed-carry license will be permitted to carry a handgun on any state-supported college campus in Texas. Because the bill already has about 70 sponsors, its enactment is likely.
 

MI: 'No do-overs' for cops
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The number of officers killed by gunfire has spiked 33 percent to 24 as of April 2, 2011, up from the 18 reported on April 2, 2010.

Dr. Bradley Smith, a WSU criminal justice professor whose research specializes in police, warned that it might be premature to jump to conclusions.

“I don’t know there’s an upward trend yet. You’re just talking about the first few months,” he said. “You need more time to see if it’s really a trend.”
 

NC: In real world, guns help in defense against criminals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After all, how else can anyone with a straight face condemn citizens from seeking to protect themselves when facing an armed and potentially dangerous criminal? I suppose in Mr. Foote’s ideal world, criminals may be friendly, unarmed people who never wish to do any harm, but in the world that the rest of us live in, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

In England earlier this year, police officials were forced to warn residents not to install wire mesh in their windows because doing so could injure burglars who frequently smash in unprotected windows in order to gain access to homes and storage units.
 

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The right of the people to keep and bear...arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country... — James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789.

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