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Accuracy imperative on pro-gun side as anti-gunners lose credibility
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Recent high-profile missteps, revelations of ignorance and outright lies on the part of those who would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms can serve as powerful unintended aids to those of us who would stand in their way. So making sure our side gets it right becomes all the more critical, as nothing quite motivates opposing teams like seeing their rivals fumble." ...
 

No More - Mr. Nice Guy: It’s time for Congressmen to get off the pot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Speaking on Meet the Press on March 10, Speaker Boehner said that he has 'made clear if the Senate acts on gun control legislation, the House will consider it.'" ...

"And to that end, the Stockman-Broun letter uses precedent to call upon Speaker Boehner to reject all gun control legislation unless it has the support of 117 Republicans. This is called the 'Hastert Rule.' And, if Boehner follows it, virtually no gun control can come to the floor of the House. Virtually none."

"So far, more than 25 pro-gun Representatives have signed onto the Stockman-Broun letter - and they should be thanked. But there should be lots more." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who says:

In addition to printing out and signing the form letter, I added a handwritten postscript:
I'm not kidding -- this form letter aside, your predecessor LaTourette was worthless -- if you don't get off the stick and start showing some leadership, I'll vote for a damn Democrat just to get you out.
 

Jim Crow Rides Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Less than a hundred years ago, there were laws in many states and localities — not just southern ones, by any means — maliciously written, passed, and enforced for no other reason than to make living just as difficult as it could be for black people, and to make voting, traveling, and doing everyday business in any normal manner all but impossible. Such restrictions were popularly known as 'Jim Crow' laws, named for yet another ugly epithet that white bigots reserved for black people. Where I went to high school, for example, there was a nearby town with official signs at the city limits warning black people — in the rudest imaginable terms — not to be there once the sun had gone down . . ." ...
 

Why America's gun owners are not single-issue constituents.
Submitted by: The Anonymoose
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... "The fact is that social engineering and the boldness with which it is carried out would not be possible without excessive, unreasonable, unlawful gun control; it is the excess, the unreasonableness and the unlawfulness which betray the tolerance of Americans for the predatory, the cruel, and the out-of-touch." ...
 

Gun control shows action, but is it the right action?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I live my life without guns."

"I am among what I assume is a vast majority of the population who don’t expect to ever have to use deadly force to defend myself or my family. So I have resisted the 'need' to purchase a firearm for protection." ...
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Submitter's Note: I'm sure Dr. Petit felt a similar lack of "need", and look how that turned out.
 

Second Amendment crumbling as gun-control victories spread -- Radical new laws in Connecticut and Maryland, U.N. Arms Trade Treaty passes
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"The Second Amendment got attacked this week from three sides, leaving gun owners scrambling to find safe ground. While President Obama has lost momentum for federal gun-control laws, he has picked up victories with his allies in blue states and at the United Nations."

"After Thursday, Connecticut should consider changing its state nickname from the 'Constitution State' to the 'Unconstitutional State,' as Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an extremely restrictive gun-control law. The bill passed the state House Thursday morning and the Senate on Wednesday."

"Before the Newtown tragedy, the Brady Campaign determined that Connecticut was the fifth highest-rated state for restrictive gun-control laws. ..." ...
 

Fatal DUI crashes show why gun laws don’t work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two high-profile deadly crashes in recent days in the Seattle area provide a graphic demonstration why restrictive firearms laws will not work to reduce violent crime."

"People at whom the restrictions are aimed will not abide by the restrictions, while the law-abiding and responsible citizens most affected by the laws would not have caused problems in the first place. It is a common sense principle that gun prohibitionists from Barack Obama on down to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn fail to grasp." ...
 

What Happens Next? We Need A Plan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reader Rick B. writes:

"'What happens next?' is a question I’ve been asking myself lately. I don’t know the answer and that concerns me. It’s clear that the recent shootings, along with the reelection of Obama have empowered a large mass of pro gun-control politicians to take action. It’s also clear, that we must do our best to take our cause to blogs like yours, pro gun organizations, and grass-roots methods to keep our message out there, since we’ve long lost the mass media. But we will need to do more . . ." ...
 

Obama Gun Control: Anti-Gun Advocates Are Losing, in a Win For Common Sense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"President Obama’s plea to the country last week showed the nation one thing; emotion might have been the gun control advocate’s best ammunition in the gun debate. Gun control legislation is becoming increasingly more difficult for the Obama administration due to strong NRA lobbying efforts and a decline in support for tougher gun laws."

"President Obama and Vice President Biden urged lawmakers and constituents to support all victims of gun violence by backing his administration’s gun control efforts."

"It is honestly quite offensive to see so many politicians using victims and tragedy to propel their agenda. ..." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Are Lasers Really Useful?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reader Joshua asks (nearly a year ago now):
Can you tell me how useful a Crimson Trace laser system would be for a beginner?" ...
 

The Truth About Steel Targets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Press release from actiontarget.com, makers of the world’s first double decker :"

"With more and more companies and individuals manufacturing steel targets, the water has become increasingly muddy where accurate information is concerned. With technical data provided by the American Iron and Steel Institute in Washington D.C., this report is designed to cut through the recent hype and establish a basis of fact for accurate evaluation and comparison . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: USFA ZiP .22LR
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"U.S. Fire Arms (USFA) is best known for very high-quality single action revolvers. But the gunmaker has branched out and built a new brand: ZiPFactory. Their first new product is the ZiP .22LR pistol. USFA says ZiP is the code for The Future of Fun™ and claims that 'The Future is Now™.' Well, I’ve seen the future and the future is . . . um . . . well it needs some work . . ." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Eliminating AR-15 Wobble
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reader DrewR55 writes:
I have what seems to be a common AR issue. I’ve assembled a Palmetto State Armory AR-15 and the rifle functions perfectly well. But I have what is to me an unacceptable amount of play between the two halves and this bothers me every time I handle the weapon. I am ‘slightly’ OCD and the play annoys me to no end. I understand that this play does not affect the rifle in the least but it bothers so I aim to fix it. Especially because if I spend X hundreds of dollars I want it close to perfect as I can get . . ." ...
 

Question of the Day: Is Ammo Supply Beginning to Catch Up With Demand?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I happen to love the smell of gun cleaner, particularly the classic scent of Hoppe’s No. 9. In terms of my favorite aromas, it ranks right up there with new tires, gasoline and motor oil. It’s not quite up there with the smell of bacon or my wife’s Carne Guisada but it’s definitely one of my top ten fragrances. Unfortunately, my wife says it gives her a headache and since I do love her Carne Guisada (along with about a bajillion other things about her) a compromise had to be made. In this case the Hoppe’s had to go . . ." ...
 

2013 Browning Firearm Tax Rebate
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"New promo from Browning…."

"Purchase a new Browning firearm at retail price from April 15, 2013 thru April 30, 2013 and Browning will reimburse you up to 8% in U.S. funds for the sales tax. Go see your Browning dealer for more information on how to beat the tax man in 2013. (Offer excludes Buck Mark and 1911-22 pistols. Offer only available in the U.S.)" ...
 

New From TacProGear: Covert Go Bag
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Unlike some other options, TacProGear’s Covert Go-Bag can’t accurately be called a turse. No, this baby is a single strap daypack. But don’t worry, it still has all the tacticalia you’d want including miles of MOLLE loopage and room for what TacProGear calls its Universal Pistol Wheel, a Velcro holster insert gizmo for your concealed carry pleasure and edification. Press release after the jump . . ." ...
 

The Damage Wrought by the Gun Lobby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The gun lobby is a combination of forces that includes manufacturers, hunters and hobbyists, political opportunists, and a fanatically active faction that believes guns are needed to fight off the conquest of freedom by the government. That faction is represented by the group Gun Owners of America, which has spent the months since Newtown doing tremendous damage, insisting that expanded background checks will lead to a gun registry that will assist a secret plan by the president to seize every firearm."

"This is the group that said the blood of Newtown was on the hands of lawmakers who create gun-free zones around schools. Its executive director, Larry Pratt, ... says that gun rights come directly from God. ..." ...
 

Gun Control Debate 2013: Gun and Ammo Sales Skyrocket, Proving Barack Obama is a Gun Retailer's Best Friend
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Americans may be tightening their belts in this economy but not when it comes to ammo. Guns and ammo sales have spiked recently, driven in part by fears of new gun control legislation. According to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), firearms background checks have topped two million per month for the past five months in a row, with 2.21 million in March alone, an increase from 1.73 million over March 2012. In the first three months post-Newtown, many states recorded huge increases in background checks over the same period a year earlier. In Texas there was a 55% increase, while Illinois and Pennsylvania each recorded a 46% increase over that same period. ..." ...
 

Fanatically anti-gun doctor says armed self-defense is for 'wusses'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Rabidly anti-gun Dr. David Hemenway (who, when confronted with statistical evidence of the efficacy of armed self-defense, simply dismisses that evidence), Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, told New Public Health what he really thinks of those of us who would use a gun for self-defense. According to him, anyone who both takes responsibility for his or her own security, and who does not believe that life is a martial arts movie, in which merely by not being a 'wuss,' one can effectively defend oneself without a weapon, is 'somebody to look down at':" ...
 

The Glock and Me
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Grim statistics about gun violence, hyper-close readings of the Second Amendment, and data sets describing the nation’s special relationship with firearms overflowed my aging brain at a seminar on guns last week."

"Then someone handed me a Glock."

"There suddenly was only one overriding truth and it was exploding in my hands, like a tiny cannon. I held on as my kindly gun-range instructor urged me to breathe deeply and squeeze gently."

"'Good, good,' he kept saying, but I felt like I was holding on for dear life." ...
 

Newtown parents and family vow lifelong mission
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"Some of the parents and family of the 26 children and adults killed in the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., tell Scott Pelley their mission for gun control will last throughout their lifetimes. Several parents and a husband of one of the victims of [redacted]'s murder-suicide rampage last December spoke to Pelley in Newtown for a 60 Minutes report to be broadcast Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT."

"A portion of the report was broadcast on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. The following is a transcript:" ...
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KABA Note: And equal time for the parents and families who are opposing gun control will be aired . . . when pigs fly?
 

A Look Inside the Twisted Mind of a Gun Grabber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Ms. Arnold’a assertion—that the number of women gunned down by men is greater than the number of women who gun down a stranger in self-defense—singularly, spectacularly fails to consider the number of women who successfully defend themselves with a gun without firing a shot."

"It’s such a glaring omission, one wonders if it’s intentional (perish the thought). Equally, this 'fact' excludes the number of women who shoot and kill someone they know in self-defense—a far more likely scenario than encountering a random rapist or roving rapist gang." ...
 

We Need More Gun Control, Whether You Know It Or Not
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'IN polls, a slight majority of Americans consistently say that we need better enforcement of our gun laws. But there’s a problem with that: many don’t really know what our gun laws are.' That’s today’s pronouncement from Democrat pollsters Joel Benenson and Katie Connolly in the Paper of Record™. And it’s most likely true, generally speaking. Of course, you can say the same thing about 90% of our Senators and Congressmen, so we’re even, no? But their point isn’t that that most gun muggles don’t know a Bushmaster from a beach ball, it’s that most of America thinks we have tighter gun control laws than we do . . ." ...
 

QOTD – Michelle Obama Wants to Own a Gun
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"What? Michelle Obama wants to own a gun? Yes, but dont get too excited. They still dont get it." ...
 

NY: NY attorney general to tour upstate gun show, review new rules for ensuring background checks
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"Three more New York gun show operators have agreed to rules designed to make sure weapons aren't sold to prohibited buyers, the state's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Saturday."

"The new agreements bring the number of operators that have signed on to model gun show procedures designed by Schneiderman's office to 26."

"Schneiderman made the announcement after touring the Rochester Gun Show, operated by Empire State Arms Collectors Association." ...
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KABA Note: Even though New York had already closed its "gun show loophole" the statists still aren't satisfied!
 

IL: Azana victim Zina Haughton's NRA-member brother talks of push for background checks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Elvin Daniel, salesman, hunter and National Rifle Association member, never expected to be in this position."

"Nearly six months after his sister, Zina Daniel Haughton, was murdered by her estranged husband at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield, Daniel is in the middle of America's gun control debate. He is calling for universal background checks for weapons purchases." ...

"Daniel says more stringent background checks might have saved his sister, who was killed, along with two co-workers, by her estranged husband. Four others were wounded during the rampage before the gunman killed himself."

"Radcliffe F. Haughton, could not legally purchase a gun because a restraining order had been issued against him." ...
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Submitter's Note: So would these mythical "stringent background checks" have prevented him from buying gasoline? Or buying petrol? Or a knife? Or a knife? Or a knife? Or a knife? Or an axe?
 

TX: Fighting for Common Sense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A couple of hundred 'Moms Demanding Action!" and their allies met on the South Steps of the Capitol Saturday afternoon, hoping to keep the rational gun control momentum going in the wake of the Newtown massacre"

"A range of speakers ... spoke to the crowd, most emphasizing that their focus is not on legal gun owners or even guns per se, but primarily at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals or people otherwise not eligible to own guns, especially the mentally ill. Several speakers cited well-known recent incidents ... but others noted that the daily gun carnage of relentless gun violence kills 30,000 Americans every year (homicides, suicides, and accidents), including eight children every day." ...
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Submitter's Note: Looking at numbers from 2006-2010 the only way you can get 8 a day is by including as "children" anyone under twenty years old.
 

Breathless collectivist graphic. (image)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'The Sandy Hook shooter had this shocking amount of weapons and bullets tucked away into the house he shared with his mother. There's absolutely no reason for anyone to have this much ammo.'"

"Come to my house, sweetie. You'll crap your Victoria's Secrets."
 

Look What's Posted on Piers Morgan's Lawn
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Piers Morgan, the resident gun control advocate on CNN, protects his own personal property with signs warning that it is guarded by 'Armed Response Security Systems,' according to a new investigation by self-described 'guerrilla journalist' James O’Keefe."

"O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, is known for his undercover video and sting operations." ...
 

The Diana DeGette Guide to Gun Safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In light of the on-going gun debate, as a service to my constituents I have drafted a quick guide to gun safety. It explains how guns work as I understand it and offers some commonsense tips." ...
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Submitter's Note: Too funny.
 

Top Republican Criticizes Rand Paul For Threatening To Filibuster Gun Bill He Hasn’t Even Seen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Thirteen Republican senators have pledged to filibuster a senate debate about new gun safety measures ... The threat, which Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) first made last week without seeing the bill, comes just days before the body prepares to consider the first comprehensive gun legislation in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown ..."

"But one top Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), is speaking out publicly against the group, questioning the wisdom of promising to filibuster legislation that lawmakers have yet to finalize:" ...

"Coburn is working on compromise legislation that would expand background checks to all gun purchases, but would not require private sellers to keep a record ..." ...
 

Rep. DeGette’s deflective, disingenuous defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Trying to regain some credibility following what she calls an 'inartfully (sic) stated' gaffe regarding ammunition magazines at a Denver Post forum, Congresswoman Diana DeGette is now claiming in an Op-Ed published Friday that the 'gun lobby' has seized her remarks to silence and discredit her." ...

"Nobody in the firearms community is trying to silence DeGette, who put herself in the spotlight. Indeed, it has been gun rights activists ... who have spread her now-infamous video clip far and wide, showing the world how little she really knows about the product she is demonizing and attempting to ban. They want her comments to be heard and repeated ..." ...
 

ACLU says Reid’s gun legislation could threaten privacy rights, civil liberties
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"As Senate Democrats struggle to build support for new gun control legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union now says it’s among those who have “serious concerns” about the bill."

"Those concerns have the capacity to prove a major setback to Sen. Harry Reid’s current gun bill, which includes language from earlier bills introduced by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer." ...
 

NRA tactics erode post-Newtown support for gun-control measures
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen Mark. Begich declared a 'sea change' in the politics of gun control immediately after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., telling his local newspaper that he would not hesitate to buck the powerful [NRA]."

"But in the months since, the gun-rights group has made itself impossible for the Alaska Democrat, and many other lawmakers, to resist."

"Begich has signed on as a co-sponsor of a bill, drafted in consultation with the NRA, that would change the way mental illness is reported ..."

"Over the past two weeks, while Congress has been in recess, Begich said he was approached repeatedly by constituents who echoed NRA views, telling him not to, in his words, 'mess with our gun rights' or 'ban anything.'" ...
 

Rep. Diana DeGette Responds
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"Yeah, you might remember the ignorance and the pure disdain for the lives of her constituents that Rep. Diana DeGette displayed for all of us to see at a recent meeting in Denver.Well, now she is upset that us simpletons actually listened to what she said."

"So, how does she respond to people calling her out for her own words? She gets on the whaaambulance and runs to the Huff Post to cry about how mean people on the Internets are. ..." ...
 

Despite gun-control push, more states have cut back on gun regulations since Newtown (video available)
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"Despite a major push from the White House, more states have cut back on gun regulations rather than pass gun-control reforms in the wake of the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday."

"Five states—New York, Colorado, Mississippi, Utah and Wyoming—have enacted seven new laws tightening restrictions on guns since Dec. 14 ... A sixth state, Connecticut, passed the toughest gun laws in the nation this week ..."

"Meanwhile, legislators in 10 states pushed through 17 new laws that broaden gun rights. ..." ...
 

Illinois’ Democrat Robin Kelly: Plumbing the depths of ignorance while blaming the victims
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This woman is running for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s former Congressional seat in a district marked by low-information voters. She’s widely expected to win the seat by a comfortable margin, and it’s not surprising that she’s a low-information individual herself, making her a low-information legislator."

"She was at a community forum recently and asked about right-to-carry."

"Given the opportunity to expound upon her ignorance for all to know, she took full advantage of it." ...
 

Lawmakers get an earful from voters on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ahead of expected votes on bills to reduce gun violence, members of Congress this week and last got an earful from their constituents on the issue."

"During Congress' two-week Easter recess, several congressmen heard from voters with strong opinions on gun legislation at town hall meetings. At many meetings, the tone of the discussion illustrated how difficult it will be for Congress to pass meaningful reforms." ...
 

AL: Alabama Senate Passes Pro-Gun Omnibus Firearms Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There has been a lot made in the news and other media about gun control measures being passed at the state level. Less has been made of the pushback against the disarmament wave in some other states, like Alabama, to strengthen and shore up gun rights. Yesterday the Alabama Senate passed SB 286, an Omnibus Firearms bill that strengthens gun rights in the Yellowhammer State. However, it will still need to make it through House before ending up on the Governors desk . . ." ...
 

KS: House passes bill legalizing switchblades
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"The Kansas House has sent Gov. Sam Brownback a bill making it legal to own switchblades and stiletto-type knives."

"The vote was 95-26 on Thursday, a day after the measure cleared the Senate. The Wichita Eagle reports switchblades and stilettos would still be banned at schools, jails and juvenile corrections facilities Some House Democrats expressed concerns." ...
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Submitter's comment: Make no mistake: this is a victory for the Second Amendment as another prohibition inspired by movies comes under attack.
 

KS: Bill legalizing switchblades passes Senate
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"With little discussion and no dissent, a bill to legalize switchblade knives in Kansas passed the Senate on Wednesday and is expected to move to final approval in a House vote Thursday."

"The bill takes switchblades and stilettos off the state’s list of banned weapons. Sharpened throwing stars were also being considered for legalization but removed at the last minute by a House-Senate conference committee."

"There could be some opposition when the final bill comes before the House."

"Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita and a former city prosecutor, said switchblade knives were banned decades ago because of their popularity as weapons of choice with gangs and street criminals." ...
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Submitter's comment: Another ridiculous prohibition inspired by the movies comes under attack!
 

IN: Mayor’s Weekly Conference Call
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Submitter's Note: Let a MAIG Member Know What You Think!

Mayor Freeman-Wilson of Gary, IN, is an enemy of the 2nd Amendment and a member of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. She has a weekly conference call in which anyone can call in and comment. Wouldn't it be nice if a few hundred 2nd Amendment supporters called in and took her to task?
 

Much ado about lawmakers at gun range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This morning’s Seattle Times website had, as its lead story, Thursday’s shooting session for state lawmakers at an Olympia-area gun range, an event that has heightened meaning this year with the tsunami of anti-gun legislation that has been proposed across the landscape." ...
 

Senator wants to let federal prosecutors carry guns on the job
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Concerned about the recent shooting deaths of two state prosecutors, a Texas senator says that federal prosecutors should be allowed to carry firearms when working on federal property." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: And, of course, none of the anti-gun arguments and insults that would be directed at you or me will apply.
 

As cities lay off police, frustrated neighborhoods turn to private cops
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"On the streets of Oakland, budget cuts have made the beat cop a rare breed, and some of the city’s wealthy neighborhoods have turned to unarmed security guards to take their place."

"After people in Oakland’s wealthy enclaves like Oakmore or Piedmont Pines head to work, security companies take over, cruising the quiet streets to ward off burglars looking to take advantage of unattended homes." ...

"Besides Oakland, neighborhoods in Atlanta and Detroit – both cities with high rates of crime – have hired firms to patrol their neighborhoods, says Steve Amitay, executive director of the National Association of Security Contractor." ...
 

Border Patrol Now Experiencing an Ammunition Shortage
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"Despite the Department of Homeland Security recently putting in orders to purchase billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition for a purpose of what officials say is target practice, training and quarterly qualifications, Border Patrol agents were told yesterday afternoon that they will not be issued any new proficiency ammunition for next quarter."

"Townhall has obtained an email that was sent to Border Patrol agents stationed in the El Centro border sector by a supervisor." ...
 

Drop-off in gun prosecutions began before Obama
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"Gun rights groups have singled out President Obama for failing to prosecute gun crimes, but the drop in cases filed actually began a decade ago under the Bush administration."

"Analysts said the decade long drop underscores the key ingredient in gun prosecutions — a willingness to make them a priority." ...
 

LA: Off-duty officer suspended after gun discharges in strip club restroom (video available)
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"An ordinary evening of work for a few employees in Gonzales, LA quickly became a terrifying experience one night in March."

"According to police reports and witnesses, an off-duty Gonzales Police Officer was at a strip club in Gonzales, LA on March 13, 2013. The police report states the officer, Chase Delatte, walked into the men's restroom around 1:38 a.m. to check if his personal firearm in an ankle holster was loaded."

"The Glock handgun accidentally fired, according to the report." ...
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Submitter's comment: "An officer of exceptional character" -- Right! Exceptionally bad!
 

NH: Police chief accused of asking to take nude photos of suspect (video available)
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"The New London chief of police resigned Thursday after he was accused of telling a woman that charges against her would be dropped if she let him take nude pictures of her."

"Attorney General Michael Delaney said Police Chief David Seastrand resigned his position and permanently relinquished his certification as a police officer." ...
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NY: N.Y. Dad’s Pistol License Suspended Over Something His 10-Year-Old Son Said — And It Could Be 8 Years Before He Gets It Back
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"A New York father has had his firearms all but confiscated after the Suffolk County Pistol License Bureau suspended his pistol license indefinitely over a perceived threat made by his 10-year-old son and two of his classmates at school." ...
 

NE: 4 Omaha officers fired for excessive-force arrests
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"Four Omaha police officers have been fired following allegations they used excessive force, including punching a restrained suspect, during an arrest secretly that was secretly recorded, the police chief announced Friday."

"Three more officers have been put on leave and another has been reassigned, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference. None of the officers' names were released." ...
 

MS: Former Oxford narcotics officer to plead guilty in 'doctor shopping' case
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"Court records say a former Oxford police officer will plead guilty to charges related to a 'doctor shopping' case." ...

"Searn Lynch was fired from the Oxford Police Department in November after being charged with 'doctor shopping' for prescription pain medicine. He pleaded not guilty."

"Court records show he was arrested on charges alleging that he got prescriptions from at least 17 doctors. He was remained free on $5,000 bond." ...
 

IL: East St. Louis officer accused of being drunk on job resigns (video available)
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"An East St. Louis police officer who was allegedly drunk when visited a family’s home to take down a report of a burglary has resigned."

"East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore confirmed Ricky Perry’s resignation in a press released Wednesday morning." ...
 

TX: Fort Worth officer fired for false time sheets
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"A Fort Worth police officer who was supposed to be monitoring sex offenders is accused of falsifying time sheets and has been fired."

"Abron Jernigan, was a 21-year veteran of the department."

"Officials said they put him under surveillance. They said they saw him at home or making personal visits, also doing yard work, when he was supposed to be on the job." ...
 

Beretta Promises They Will Leave Maryland
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"Beretta’s had enough of Maryland’s ever-more restrictive gun laws and announced they’ll abandon their facilities in Accokeek for a more firearms-friendly locale. ..."
 

MD: Sales of assault weapons surge in Maryland, gun sellers say
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"The sale of military-style weapons in Maryland has skyrocketed because of the concern they'll will be banned once the strict gun control bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday goes into effect."

"At Engage Armament in Rockville, there are only a few assault weapons left because so many have been sold in anticipation of gun restrictions." ...
 

The Journalist’s Guide to Gun Violence Coverage
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"Guns are a sad fact of life in American culture and are a constant topic in modern journalism. A good Journalist has a duty to get involved and make a difference in this important societal debate. By following certain guidelines, the concerned Journalist can be assured of having the maximum impact on this shameful problem. The concepts discussed here apply to both broadcast and print media. For the purposes of this guide our work is divided into routine stories about gun violence and coverage of the political debate about gun control. They are both equally important. Let us first address the proper way to construct a news story involving common gun crimes . . ." ...
 

CA: California Pro-2A Groups to Rally on April 16
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"Going by the figures in a recent L.A. Times article, there are about 9.5 million gun owners in California, or 25% of the state’s population. Yet our legislators (in an obscene gesture of sycophancy toward the Dear Ruler, or a pissing contest with New York State non-reading legislators – or both) see fit to slap more still more gun laws on those 9.5 million law-abiding citizens. Despite the fact that we already have the strictest restrictions, regulations, waiting periods, magazine limits, bullet buttons…and a gun crime rate which has been declining by about 3% to 4% per annum…and the prisoner realignment program is a good idea…and our DOJ has one of the lowest gun crime prosecution rates in the country . . ." ...
 

NY: Ammo Flying Off Store Shelves
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"Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and hearing false rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel."

"The demand is making it hard for gun stores to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments." ...
 

CT: Lawyer: Gun dealer's license revocation unrelated to Newtown massacre
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"The ATF’s move to revoke a Connecticut gun store owner’s federal firearms license just days after the Newtown massacre has nothing to do with the store selling two guns found at the shooting scene, ..."

"The Journal News on Thursday broke the news that the ATF revoked the federal firearms license of David LaGuercia, owner of Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor, Conn., on Dec. 20, after the ATF raided his store in the wake of the Newtown shooting."

"LaGuercia’s lawyer, Robert Altchiler, said Saturday the ATF began proceedings to revoke the dealer’s federal firearms license (FFL) 18 months before the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. He did not reveal why the license was yanked." ...
 

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