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Is 'gun safety' prescibed by Kaiser Permanente based on science or politics?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "The 'Safety Guide' is a tool for promoting an agenda, and a useful one, because it carries the weight of perceived medical authority, to which many simply defer without question. Being a peer, Woolley doesn't have to, and he demonstrates how the 'defensive value of guns' is 'glaringly omitted' from the tract, that their 'deterrent value is ignored,' that some households have higher risks than most, that claims are carefully worded to produce a desired reaction, that evidence is inconsistently evaluated, and that the whole damned effort smacks of a legislative, rather than a medical agenda." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: Why are Militias armed?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"130 years before there was a National Guard and 100 years before there was any organized police force, there was the Militia. It was the everyman in the framing era of the United States at a time when the nation was defenseless and there was no one else. I have news for you from 90 million gun owners: there still is no one else."

"Militia constitutionally exists for many reasons, and one is because relief organizations are not first-in responders. When people are dislocated or in shock in large numbers in time of disaster, it will be days to weeks to get around to everyone, depending on the scope and magnitude of the disturbance. The habit of doing nothing until they get around to you is dangerous. ..." ...
 

This is How Freedom Died – By Choice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two stories that any liberty-minded American should know about sneaked by unnoticed last week ... Both were indicative of how little value some Americans put on their personal freedom and how some people are willing to turn over their well-being to the government, instead of taking responsibility for their personal safety."

"First, in Oregon, a SWAT team was sent to a man's house because he legally purchased three firearms after being described by his employer as being disgruntled." ...

"Also last week, a police department in Franklin Township, New Jersey started offering a program that allows people to put a Realtor-type lock-box on their front door which gives police easier access in case of an emergency." ...
 

We're From the Government; We're Here to 'Help' You to Death
Submitted by: Larry

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"Susan L. Stuckey was suicidal when the police arrived at her apartment ... When the police arrived to conduct what they dishonestly called a 'welfare check,' Stuckey refused their offer to 'help.'"

"... 'Our intent was to take her to K.U. Med for a mental evaluation,' admitted Police Captain Tim Schwartzkopf following the confrontation."

"Any day that begins with the arrival of armed strangers on one's doorstep is going to end badly. Despite her afflictions, Stuckey was lucid enough to understand that principle, and she did the entirely rational thing: She bluntly invited the police to direct their unwanted attention elsewhere. ..."

"But the police ... were there to 'help' Stuckey ... and her desires were irrelevant to the matter." ...
 

Educating the Illinois public about defensive handgun carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois is, of course, one of only two states (Wisconsin is the other) with no provision for legal concealed carry by private citizens. Actually, since Wisconsin prohibits only concealed carry and not open carry, Illinois could be thought of as the most draconian state, in terms of armed self-defense in public. ..."

"So ingrained in the culture of much of Illinois is the acceptance of state mandated defenselessness, that bringing the state out of its current violent criminal-friendly Dark Age will first require altering that culture. Efforts to bring about that change are now underway in earnest, thanks to the folks at IllinoisCarry.com, who have organized a series of 'Right to Carry Town Hall Meetings':" ...
 

Firearms Industry Concerned Over United Nations Request for Firearms Trace Data
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) ... has learned that the United Nations has filed its first firearms trace request. The move by the United Nations, which has long advocated for civilian disarmament, raised concerns from the NSSF."

"'Firearms trace data is a law enforcement tool to help aid in specific criminal investigations,' said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. 'Our concerns with this trace request stem from UN-efforts to impose arms trade control treaties that would lead to a ban on the civilian possession and ownership of firearms, possibly even in the United States despite Second Amendment protections ...'" ...
 

Shame on cartoonist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Clay Bennett's despicable editorial page cartoon (March 28) gives new meaning to the term 'yellow journalism.'"

"Bennett ... depicted the Tea Party as a ghoulish monster holding a bloody knife. It's altogether reminiscent of the cartoons Hitler's thugs churned out to stir up hatred for the Jews."

Because the various tea parties have had the audacity to confront the radical left's malignant agenda, they've become objects of hatred."

"While attempting to destroy America, its freedom and traditional values, the Marxist left keeps running into speedbumps. These obstacles include a resurgent Republican Party, a reinvigorated Second Amendment, the tea parties and millions of patriots who want to take their country back ..."
 

NSSF/Harris Survey: Support Grows for Applying 2nd Amendment to States
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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With the U.S. Supreme Court set to issue its decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago in a few months, a new NSSF poll conducted by Harris Interactive finds 8 in 10 Americans agree with this statement: 'State and local governments are bound by law to comply with the Second Amendment.'"

"The 80 percent who indicated their support in the March 15 online survey of general population adults 18 and over is an increase from the 77 percent who did so in an NSSF/Harris Interactive poll last September, prior to the Supreme Court hearing the case." ...
 

Post Easter Musings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "On April 4, I celebrated Easter and my [deceased] father's birthday shooting in the IDPA event of the Florida Sunshine Games. Dad owned his share of auto pistols, but always carried a revolver for serious business. When his only son developed a preference for the .45 automatic at age twelve, he rolled his eyes and didn't quite SAY, 'Well, at least the kid ain't a commie beatnik drug addict,' but the message was clear. So, I shot a wheel gun ... and managed to turn in the top revolver score."

"Just couldn’t shoot an auto on my dad's birthday…ya gotta pay respect to parental values somehow…and shooting a match that replicates the defense of the innocent doesn't strike me as at all incongruous to the celebration of life that is Easter." ...
 

Starbucks Sticks With Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As reported previously, Starbucks has found itself enmeshed in the struggle between activists who are attempting to deprive Americans of their Second Amendment liberties, and those who are trying to uphold those constitutionally guaranteed rights."

"The controversy erupted when 'open carry' advocates began using Starbucks franchises as the location for meetings. ..." ...

"... the corporation simply adopted the position that what is recognized as the 'law of the land' ought to apply inside their stores, as well: It was not the policy of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and his board of directors to jump into the middle of one of the more contentious civil liberty struggles going on in America today." ...
 

Second Amendment March two weeks from today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"April 19 means different things to different people, and that is no doubt going to be significant in how the press covers the upcoming Second Amendment March planned on the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord that ignited the American Revolution in 1775."

"For MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, it might mean taking every opportunity to link the march – the brainchild of Michigan gun rights activist and Grand Rapids Gun Rights Examiner Skip Coryell – with the insanity of the Oklahoma City bombing, which, itself, was done as some sort of payback for the Branch Davidian debacle. ..." ...
 

Second Amendment March & D.C. Laws On Ammunition & Magazines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have written to the organizers of the March to suggest that they offer much more prominent warnings about D.C.'s restrictive laws, and I think this would also be advisable for people promoting the event in various states."

"Right now, the Second Amendment March merely notes that D.C. laws 'prohibit carrying firearms in public.' That is certainly true, but there are a lot of other prohibitions as well, retained in the 2009 rewrite of the D.C. gun laws that was upheld by a federal judge last week. The currently effective D.C. laws are much more restrictive than those in effect in most states, including even Maryland." ...
 

The Ultimate Collection of Survival Resources
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"There are thousands of survival resources on the Internet which can create an overwhelming experience for anyone looking for related information."

"I've decided to help by creating a massive list of posts, articles and resources all designed to be a go-to reference for the survivalist, homesteader or anyone interested in becoming more self-reliant. This will be a work in progress and I'll be updating this list often."

"I'm sure I'm missing many other links. If you know of a great survival resource, please leave me a comment below or send me an email to let me know. If I add your suggestion, I'll update this page with a credit link."

"Comments are welcome!" ...
 

Empty Holster protest at Texas Tech
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some Texas Tech students plan to join the national empty holster protest. In a nutshell, some students want the right to carry concealed firearms to class. ... That would be a really bad idea."

"So a few students will be wearing empty pistol holsters to class this week to protest the current gun policy. These students may have theoretical or legal point about their second amendment rights. The bigger point here about everyone else's safety. Gun rights advocates will point to incidents like Virginia Tech and make the argument that a gunman could be stopped quicker if students were armed. Maybe a few armed students would have made a difference at Virginia Tech. On the other hand, they could have made it worse." ...
 

Courts making interpretive error on gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After graduating college, I served four years as an infantry officer ... It's not despite but precisely because of such experience that I think the current availability of guns in America is stunningly negligent public policy."

"One needn't be a Constitutional law professor to discern the Founding Fathers' intent in the Second Amendment. The original draft ... read:"

"'The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.'"

"Clearly, the Constitution's drafters placed gun ownership solely in the context of organized military service ..." ...
 

NH: New Hampshire named safest state in the country
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New Hampshire has been named the safest state in the nation for the third year in a row.

In a report released Monday, Washington-based CQ Press announced its national crime rankings.

CQ Press says Gov. John Lynch has worked with the attorney general, police chiefs and lawmakers to better protect children by passing a tough sexual predator law, increasing the state police and the number of state prosecutors.

Lynch says the state's distinction as the safest is a part of what makes it a great place to live and work and would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the men and women of New Hampshire law enforcement.
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KABA Note: According to the Brady Campaign, NH is in the bottom half of states scoring 0 stars and a mere 9 out of a possible 100 points.
 

NY: Granddad shoots bear menacing daughter and four grandkids
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"A Parksville man shot and killed a large adult black bear that was menacing his daughter at her Parksville home Sunday. The woman was inside with her four children."

"The bear attempted to break into a bedroom window of the home and swatted at the dog on the porch, said State Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Wendy Rosenbach."

"EnCon and State Police were called to the scene, but before they arrived, the woman called her father, who came over. He fired a warning shot, but the bear did not budge, so he shot and killed the animal."

"Rosenbach said the bear had been tagged and had been a nuisance to others before."

"No charges were filed against the man who shot the animal." ...
 

Inner-City Gang-Rape
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-28023-Knoxville-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Last week, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported on a heinous gang-rape of a seven year old girl. ..." ...

"The article went on to say that police were having trouble identifying suspects because residents fear violent retaliation from street gangs." ...

"This case illustrates the depravity to which some members of society will descend. The little girl had absolutely no one to help her."

"This report was about a case in Trenton, New Jersey, within a stone's throw of the Statehouse. New Jersey is one of the more repressive states concerning gun rights. Note that the residents in the story, who were fearful of gangs, would have had to get a permit to even purchase a gun for defense in the home. ..." ...
 

Wearing empty holsters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"College students in Colorado and across the nation yesterday strapped on empty holsters to protest campus policies banning concealed carry on campus."

"The issue hits close to home in Colorado where Colorado State University recently overturned a long-standing policy allowing concealed carry on campus."

"Also, the pro-gun student group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is continuing its quest to overturn the University of Colorado's gun ban. The group is appealing a lower court decision that dismissed a lawsuit filed by the group last year. ..."

"Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, which formed after the 2007 Virginia Tech University shooting massacre, says the issue is about self defense." ...
 

CT: CCSU students protest campus gun rules
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"American colleges generally ban weapons on campus, a violation of the Second Amendment right to bear arms, according to Central Connecticut State University's Riflery and Marksmanship Club."

"Members are taking part in the national Empty Holster Protest, wearing empty holsters on their belts all week ..."

"Monday afternoon, the Riflery Club members met ... to discuss the week's events."

"The table was covered with posters the students planned to post ..."

"One showed a gun in a slashed circle and the words 'Gun Free Zone. Because it worked so well at:' followed by a list of nearly two dozen universities that saw mass shootings despite laws designating those schools 'gun-free zones.'" ...
 

WY: Matt Mead, deceptive with so called 'rumor control'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It appears Matt Mead has been deceptive while attempting to combat his anti-gun record as a U.S Attorney. In a recent email from the Mead campaign there was as stated a 'little ditty' called 'Killing the Rumor Mill' in which it states the following-"

"'We have added this little ditty to our email updates and will have a similar feature up on our website soon. It will be used to answer questions that come up or to kill strange email rumors. Just because you read it on the internet does not mean it is true. If you believe everything you get in an email then I have a bridge to sell you.'" ...
 

Firearms Freedom Act still picking up steam
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed ... Arizona's version of the Firearms Freedom Act, into law. This makes six states ... that have some version of the Firearms Freedom Act on the books as law. Idaho will become the seventh, if and when Governor Butch Otter signs Idaho House Bill 589 into law, as expected."

"For those unfamiliar with the FFA, it's a challenge to the federal government's grotesquely expansive use of the insterstate commerce clause to regulate--well . . . everything, whether it has anything to do with interstate commerce, or not. Thus, the FFA stipulates that firearms (and ... accessories) manufactured wholly within the state, and then kept in the state, are not subject to federal law." ...
 

AZ: Arizona gun rights still moving along
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer has been busy on Gun Rights."

"Today she signed two bills that are historic."

"HB 2307, the Firearms Freedom Act. This act declares exemption from federal authority any firearm or ammunition manufactured in Arizona, which stays in Arizona. As usual, expect the federal government to bring a law suit. However, Arizona is the sixth state to pass such a law, with about 20 other states with similar legislation in progress."

"HB 2543, Firearms Preemption. This law strengthens and clarifies the sometimes ambiguous present laws. Any firearms regulation is reserved for the state and outside the jurisdiction of any local municipality." ...
 

CA: Legislators consider new CCW regulations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill that would change the way California sheriffs and police chiefs grant concealed weapons permits was voted down in Sacramento Tuesday, but analysts say it may not be dead."

"Kern County has more concealed weapons permits issued than any other county in the state. ..."

"The Republican assemblyman who introduced the bill says he wants a uniform standard set by the state for determining who gets CCW permits."

"Right now requirements include an eight hour safety course, a background check and the determination of whether the applicant really needs the permit."

"It's that last part, the descretion[sic] of the sheriff or police chief considering the application, that rankles some people." ...
 

NY: Utica City NY Council Considers Anti Gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns Resolutions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Utica City Council is considering two resolutions in support of Mayor Bloomberg’s/MAIG's anti-gun / anti-freedom efforts."

"Resolution 13 is in support of HR-2159, prohibiting anyone on the terrorism watch list from buying a gun. Problem is nobody knows how people are put on this list or how to get off it. Ted Kennedy was denied boarding at an airport because he was on the list."

"Resolution 14 is in support of HR-2324, closing the so-called gun show loophole. Basically prohibits private gun sales."

"A copy of both resolutions are available on our website at http://www.nysrpa.org/files/Utica-RES13-14.pdf" ...
 

WA: Snohomish County councilman misrepresents law to push anti-gun agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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County Council Chairman Dave Gossett think he's kidding?"

"The other day – April Fool's Day, in fact – Gossett was quoted by the Everett Herald, offering the following argument in his contention that the state's model preemption statute, which places sole authority for firearms regulation in the hands of the State Legislature, needs to be amended:"

"'For myself,' he told the newspaper,'I'm really uncomfortable about giving a blank check to folks to bring whatever firearms they want to county parks. Under the state, the way the law is written, you could get a group of gang-bangers with AK-47s and shotguns just intimidate everybody by being there.'"

"That is not only wrong, it is utter nonsense. ..." ...
 

Canada: Canada set to repeal registration of hunting rifles, shotguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After nearly 20 years, Canada appears poised to end one of its boldest experiments in gun control - the required registration of long guns, or shotguns and hunting rifles."

"Last November, a bill to abolish the Long-Gun Registry, enacted in 1995 and gradually phased in through 2003, passed a second reading in the Canadian House of Commons ... prospects are good for passage in the Canadian Senate."

"The bill would delete from federal law the obligation to register so-called nonrestricted firearms, though licensing requirements for long-gun owners to buy or possess firearms and to buy ammunition would remain in place."

"The legislation would also require all registration information collected to date to be destroyed." ...
 

Halloween Comes to the Subways
Submitted by: Larry

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"Give me strength. Washington has lost yet another round to its Islamic enemies. Gaming America is so easy. The pattern is that Islam's fascists do something cheap but gaudy, whereupon in response our federal fascists do something comic, hysterical, ineffective, expensive and, usually, unconstitutional. Oh good."

"This time a couple of women explode on a subway in Moscow, and in New York all manner of absurdly armed Robocops rush into the city's subway with military paraphernalia dangling from all attachment points. Armor. Helmets. Steely gazes. And what appear to be M16s ... Nothing like high-velocity full-auto in a crowded subway car. I mean, all of this is so practical."

"How much does this have to do with security? About nothing." ...
 

Terrifying Video: "I Don't Need a Warrant, Ma'am, Under Federal Law"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Six law officers enter and search a woman's Bakersfield CA home without a warrant, saying federal law allows it. The action starts about 45 seconds into the video. Try not to be outraged."
 

IL: Will jail guard accused of murder plot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Will County Jail guard was charged this week with paying an inmate to arrange the murder of the man dating his former girlfriend."

"Keith A. Smith, 29, of Joliet, was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents in Hammond and charged with solicitation of murder for hire. His bail was set Thursday at $2 million. ..."

"'Smith is currently on suspension without pay,' Sheriff Paul Kaupas said. 'We have already made arrangements for him to be transferred to another facility.'"

"Smith on March 25 approached a jail inmate and 'indicated he would give him $300 for the names of two individuals who would murder the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend for $1,500,' Assistant State's Attorney Robert Lorz said Thursday at a court hearing." ...
 

MD: Release of Maryland Deputy After Arrest Probed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Authorities say a Prince George's County sheriff's deputy was arrested after his personal car was found in a ditch and he failed a field sobriety test. But he was later released without criminal charges."

"The incident earlier this month in Lanham has prompted internal affairs investigations and the county police sergeant who ordered the deputy released was briefly suspended."

"County police spokesman Maj. Andy Ellis says Cpl. Donovan Gholston was arrested, but Sgt. David Essing decided to release him to sheriff's internal affairs investigators without pressing charges." ...

"Gholston remains on the job, but an agency spokesman declined to comment on whether he was disciplined."
 

VA: The NoVa Police Blackout
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... a police officer shot and killed David Masters, an unarmed motorist, as he sat in the driver's seat of his car. Masters, who was bipolar, was wanted for allegedly stealing some flowers from a planter. ..."

"In January of this year, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond Morrogh announced ... that he would not be filing any charges against the officer ... The shooting ... was justified due to a 'furtive gesture' by Masters that suggested he had a weapon. The only eyewitness to the furtive gesture was the police officer who pulled the trigger."

"There exists dash-cam video of Masters' shooting. ... But the public and the press are as unlikely to see any of those as they are to learn the officer’s name. ..." ...
 

VT: Video: Rutland Cop Caught Abusing Detainee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A surveillance video has been released showing a Rutland police officer using force on a suspect who was cuffed and behind bars."

"The 40-minute video was recorded in January and shows former Rutland police Officer Michael Nesshoever firing a pepperball gun repeatedly at Jamek Hart, 26, while in a holding cell."

"The video also shows Hart lying on the floor with his pants down and what appears to be a bag over his head as officers look on."

"Nesshoever resigned on Feb. 26 after an internal investigation."

"Now, he and the city of Rutland will likely face a civil lawsuit." ...
 

LA: Police officer arrested on domestic charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Baton Rouge police officer was arrested Wednesday for allegedly hitting his wife during an incident in February."

"... Sgt. Otis Nacoste was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a domestic abuse battery charge."

"Investigators said Nacoste's wife called 911 ... to report he had hit her during a fight. He was not on duty at the time. His wife was treated at the hospital for an eye injury."

"He was initially placed on administrative leave, but on March 19 he was allowed to return to restricted desk duty."

"... Nacoste will remain on desk duty pending the findings of an internal investigation."

"Reports showed he suffered a bite wound during the fight ..."

"He is a 23-year veteran patrolman ..."
 

IA: No fooling: Run by Iowa guardsman causes stir
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A member of the Iowa National Guard has learned it is not exactly a good idea to run through a farm field near Cedar Rapids in full combat gear with a rifle."

"Police caught up with the soldier Thursday afternoon after multiple reports from nearby residents. They determined the rifle he was carrying was a training model and loaded."

"Police Lt. Kelly Fitzpatrick said the soldier, who was from a nearby base, had decided to go for a training run."

"Fitzpatrick said the soldier, who he refused to identify, didn’t use the amount of moxie and common sense that should be expected in the present day. ..."

"Fitzpatrick said the soldier was not arrested, but he was told what he was doing was not appropriate."
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AZ: Federal Court Denies Summary Relief To Innocent Motorist Stranded By Cop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A motorist was left with little recourse after police grabbed his truck and stranded him, alone, ... in a dangerous Mesa, Arizona neighborhood -- even though he had not done anything wrong. US District Court Judge David G Campbell issued a preliminary ruling last Friday that Ted Mink, 47, had no right to sue the city over his treatment at the hands of the police." ...

"'At worst, the officers intentionally left a man with a serious heel injury on the side of a road in the middle of the day ... and refused to give him a ride home,' Campbell wrote. 'This conduct ... is not so extreme as to go beyond all bounds of decency and be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable.'" ...
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IA: Officer Involved In Crash Charged In Drug Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Pleasant Hill police supervisor was charged with drug possession Friday following a crash in a marked police vehicle on Thursday."

"Pleasant Hill police Sgt. Dan Edwards, 42, is charged with possession of ... a small amount of methamphetamine."

"... Edwards' marked police SUV left the Highway 65 bypass, and descended down an embankment. Medics rushed the officer by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital, where the officer was treated and released."

"On Thursday night, Pleasant Hill Police Chief Tim Sittig told KCCI that Edwards did not remember much about the crash. Sittig said he thought Edwards may have been on his way to assist with a traffic stop and was on duty when the crash happened. ..." ...
 

Spokane Valley police car 'reads' license plates
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Using new technology, a Spokane Valley police officer recovered three stolen vehicles in a single shift.

The department reported Monday that Officer Jason Karnitz used a patrol car Sunday night equipped with a computerized camera system on the roof that reads license plates.

The department purchased the $25,000 system, known as ALPR, with a grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority.
 

NY: Former officer pleads guilty to false statements about illegal firearm sale
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Acworth police officer pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Rome to making false statements to an FBI agent regarding the sale of an illegal short-barreled assault rifle to a former Polk County deputy."

"Justin Matthew Dawson, who resigned from the Acworth Police Department after criminal charges were filed, waived his right to an indictment and pleaded guilty to a felony false statement charge on Tuesday."

"According to information presented in court:"

"On April 1, 2009, Dawson sold a Rock River Arms LAR-15 with a 12-inch barrel to former Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Robinson, who then sold it to an undercover FBI several days later." ...
 

NY: City Reaches Settlement Over Critical Mass Arrest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The city agrees to pay tens of thousands of dollars to settle a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department."

"The suit was brought by five cyclists who say they were wrongfully arrested during a 2007 Critical Mass Ride."

"The group also accused an NYPD sergeant of using excessive force during an encounter with one of the cyclists."

"The settlement is worth nearly $98,000."

"A similar incident was caught on tape in 2008."

"A police officer was kicked off the force and is awaiting trial after he was seen on video knocking a cyclist to the ground." ...

"The city law department says the settlement was in the interest of everyone involved and appropriately resolves the suit." ...
 

MN: Minn. deputy accused of sexual abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Stearns County sheriff's deputy is accused of sexually abusing three teenagers."

"Forty-year-old Deputy Phillip Meemken was charged Friday with 21 counts, including 18 counts of criminal sexual conduct."

"... the three alleged victims included two relatives of Meemken and a friend."

"Meemken headed the Stearns County Police Explorer Program, which involves young people in law enforcement. ..."

"1 of the teens reported sexual assaults that allegedly happened over 18 months ... None ... while Meemken was on-duty."

"Meemken is a 17-year-old veteran of the sheriff's office. He was placed on paid administrative leave last December when the allegations were reported. He's in the Crow Wing County Jail."
 

TX: More Complaints against Carollton PD Surface
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"FOX 4 has uncovered another excessive force complaint involving the Carrollton Police Department – one where police have admitted doing wrong." ...

"... in 2009, Robert Casillas said he and his wife were in a restaurant watching the Dallas Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers. On the way home with his family he found himself in a battle with police, despite having no criminal record and no outstanding warrants." ...

"This month, Casillas got a letter from the police department stating an internal investigation revealed Officer Danny Stoner was in violation of department administrative directives when he arrested him." ...
 

WA: Police Use Academy Class and Three Detectives to Find Officer's Missing Wallet
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"If you've had something stolen from you in the recent past, and found the effort by cops to find your missing stuff a little underwhelming, you might want to just stop reading now."

"Adam Bierig is a homeless 18-year-old who King County prosecutors claim forced down the window of a police cruiser, unlocked the door and made off with an officer's badge, ID and credit cards. How are police so sure? Because they solved the case with the kind of resources you'd normally see devoted to the serial killer who eats his victim's faces." ...

"When confronted with the charges, Bierig allegedly admitted to stealing the cop's money. Mostly, he said, he just wanted to buy some beer." ...
 

OH: Police need help finding PepperBall Gun
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Euclid police need your help to locate some lost equipment.

Officers say they arrested a drunk driving suspect Saturday afternoon at Euclid Avenue and Heritage Drive.

During the arrest, the officer placed a pepperball launcher on top of the cruiser.

The officers drove off with the launcher still on the car and it fell off somewhere in route to jail.

The launcher was still in the black case like the one pictured above.

Anyone found in possession of the device could face criminal charges if they don't return it.

Please contact Euclid Police Department at (216) 731-1234 if you have any information.
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NJ: Officials: NJ Cop Torched Cadillac For Insurance Money
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An East Orange Police Officer was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of arson and insurance fraud.

Officer Kareem Spence, 34, of South Plainfield allegedly set his 2002 Cadillac Coupe DeVille on fire in May of 2009 to collect insurance money, according to the Acting Essex County Prosecutor.

It is alleged that gasoline soaked towels were found in the trunk of the vehicle where the blaze started, prosecutors said.

Spence has been with the East Orange Police Department for six years.

If convicted of all charges, Spence faces up to 25 years in prison. He is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility.
 

IN: Indiana sheriff indicted, arrested
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"A southern Indiana lawman has been indicted and arrested. Michael Deatrick, the sheriff of Harrison County, faces nearly a dozen counts in a sexual harassment and intimidation case."

"In May 2008, two Harrison County dispatchers reported Deatrick touched their breasts and made inappropriate sexual remarks to them. The women also accuse Deatrick of threatening them after they filed harassment claims."

"Deatrick is charged with sexual battery, criminal deviant conduct, insurance fraud, obstruction of justice and intimidation."

"Despite his arrest and indictment, Deatrick does not lose his job right away. ..."

"A captain in the sheriff's department was also indicted on obstruction and lying to investigators ..." ...
 

South Africa: 'Cops Shot My Sleeping Son'
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"Police were on the hunt for a dangerous prison escaper when they stormed into a house near Empangeni late on Wednesday night."

"Shots rang out and a 15-year-old schoolboy, who had apparently been sleeping, lay dead. Kwazi Ndlovu was shot in his home in Esikhawini, near Empangeni."

"The killing of the Grade 10 pupil from Tiesand Technical School has reignited the debate over the police's shooting and killing of suspects."

"Just a day before, four suspected robbers were killed in a shoot-out in Sydenham, Durban." ...
 

A Surge of a Different Sort--Firearm Sales Remain Strong in Weak Economy
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"Those who have been tracking the sales of firearms recently will not be surprised at the accompanying chart, which shows the leading months for background checks based on the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System. All federally licensed firearms retailers must conduct a mandatory NICS check before completing the retail sale of any new or used firearm, making NICS statistics a solid indicator of firearms sales."

"This sustained boom in the face of an unprecedented recession is evidence that Americans are sticking to their guns in times of uncertainty. And the boom continues at close to record high levels." ...
 

VA: Demand slows gun checks in Va.
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"Background checks for firearm purchases in Virginia are taking longer because of state police staff cuts and strong demand for guns."

"Virginia State Police ... Firearms Transaction Center has lost 11 employees since May 2009."

"Meanwhile, demand is rising. Between 2000 and 2009, firearms transactions in Virginia increased from 182,170 to 287,462."

"During peak periods ... background checks can now take to four to six hours to complete. Some that require research into out-of-state records take overnight."

"Virginia Citizens Defense League President Philip Van Cleave says the delays are costing dealers money and putting at risk people who need firearms for protection."
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WY: Casper store, no guns allowed resolved
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"Recently a Casper store that sells sporting goods including firearms placed a 'no loaded firearms' sign at the entrance." ...

"But before you say anything, let’s hear their side of the story..."

"The manager of Rocky Mountain Discount Sports in Casper stated that 'the sign went up after an incident where an individual had their firearm un-holstered inside the store', apparently this individual came into the store then decided to have a show and tell session." ...

"The outcome-
The manager ... said he was sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and the store will not ban individuals that have a holstered and loaded firearm, including open-carry. ..." ...
 

SC: S.C. doesn't need to offer incentive to purchase guns
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"THE ISSUE: Sales-tax holiday on guns"

"OUR OPINION: S.C. right to support Second Amendment but goes too far with tax break"

"It seems hard to find reason at either extreme of the national debate over guns."

"Gun advocates celebrated the 2008 ruling in the Washington, D.C., case ... deciding that the nation's capital's[sic] law banning gun ownership went too far. It did. The founding fathers decided that people should have the right to possess guns."

"Opponents of gun ownership contend they accept the Second Amendment but believe that gun control by legislation is within constitutional boundaries. They are right. The Second Amendment is not cart blanche sanctioning of ownership of any and every kind of weapon." ...
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Submitter's Note: It isn't? Then what exactly does 'shall not be infringed' mean?
 

CA: Guns and other investments
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"Anybody who watches football knows that Brett Favre is a gunslinger."

"Pretty soon folks at San Diego City Hall will be saying the same thing about City Councilwoman Marti Emerald."

"Emerald sold more than $10,000 of her family's personal gun collection to a gun shop in 2009, according to her latest financial disclosure statement."

"That may not come as a surprise if you read Emerald's passionate defense of the Second Amendment in an October 2008 interview with San Diego Jewish World in which she noted that her husband is a member of the National Rifle Association." ...
 

Canada: Anti-gun registry lobby pressures opposition MPs
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"Public hearings on legislation to abolish the long gun registry will be held in May and by early June, it could be sent to the House of Commons to await a final vote."

"Now, anti-registry activists are worried that opposition MPs who favour keeping the registry will dominate the committee studying it and will try to gut it."

"They are organizing a national lobby to try to convince Liberal and New Democratic parties to appoint MPs to the public safety committee who voted in favour of the bill in November." ...
 

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