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NJ: Hackensack Police Chief Ken Zisa is charged with insurance fraud, report says
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Hackensack's police chief surrendered Thursday to Bergen County authorities in Paramus to face insurance fraud charges, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.
The newspaper gave this account citing unnamed persons: Chief Ken Zisa went to the prosecutor's office about 9 p.m., where he was served and processed. The charges stem from a February 2008 accident in which Zisa's then-girlfriend struck a utility pole on a Hackensack street while driving a car owned by the chief.
Zisa, 56, allegedly ordered the officers to report that Kathleen Tiernan had struck the pole after swerving to avoid an animal, even though the first officers who responded reported smelling alcohol, people told the paper.
 

IN: NRA scolds Walorski over press release
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The National Rifle Association criticized Republican congressional candidate Jackie Walorski on Friday for what an NRA spokeswoman characterized as misleading voters to think the organization had endorsed Walorski as a candidate.

The NRA's rebuke was in response to a press release Walorski's campaign issued Wednesday to advertise her A+ rating on defending Second Amendment rights as a state representative.

The NRA clarified in its own press release Thursday evening that it has not endorsed any candidate in the 2nd District congressional race, which also includes Republican candidate Jack Jordan and incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly.
 

CO: Court Revives Fight for Gun Rights on Campus
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A student group can continue its fight for the right to carry concealed weapons on campus, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled.
Texas-based Students for Concealed Carry on Campus challenged the Weapons Control Policy of the University of Colorado. The policy bans firearms on any of the university's campuses, leased buildings or campus police jurisdiction.
The trial court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim, but the appeals court, in a case of first impression, allowed it to continue.
 

LA: Fourth Louisiana Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Cover-Up of Shooting After Katrina
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On Sept. 4, 2005, Barrios was one of several officers who rode in a large Budget rental truck to the Danziger Bridge, where officers engaged in two shooting incidents that left two civilians dead and four others seriously injured. According to court documents, officers first arrived on the east side of the bridge, where they fired at the group of civilians who were walking to a supermarket for food and supplies. One of the civilians was killed, and four members of a family were severely wounded. Officers then traveled to the west side of the bridge and encountered Lance and Ronald Madison, who were crossing the bridge on their way to the dentistry office of one of their other brothers.
 

DC: CCRKBA Supports Legislation To Repeal D.C. Gun Laws
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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Jon Tester and John McCain that would repeal most gun laws in the District of Columbia “would not be necessary if District officials had lived up to the 2008 Supreme Court ruling in the Heller case.”

Tester (D-MT) and McCain (R-AZ) unveiled the Second Amendment Enforcement Act Tuesday.

It would overrule the District’s deliberately complicated registration requirements and would also prevent enactment of regulations that prohibit the carrying of firearms in public places.
 

What Do the Second Amendment Rallies Tell Us About the Gun Rights Movement?
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...pro-gun activists descended on the greater Washington area to stage two events. The "Restore the Constitution Open-Carry Rally" was conducted in Fort Hunt National Park, and attendees came armed with handguns, rifles, shotguns and assault weapons. The "Second Amendment March" took place in the shadow of the Washington Monument, where attendees were prohibited from carrying firearms by the District of Columbia's tough laws. The date on which the rallies were held--April 19--was significant. It marked the anniversary of the first shots being fired in the American Revolution at the Battle of Lexington/Concord, the fiery conclusion to the 1993 siege at Waco, and the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh.
 

NJ: Hackensack Police Chief On The Hot Seat
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Police Chief Charles "Ken" Zisa arrived home Thursday night with no comment on whether he is now facing charges of using his powerful position to break the law.
Inside the Hackensack Police Department the rank and file know change at the top is imminent with word their Zisa finds himself on the wrong side of the law.
On Thursday night the chief wasn't talking about the investigation surrounding him or his possible departure.
When asked Thursday night if he plans on turning himself in on insurance fraud charges on Friday, Zisa told CBS 2 HD, "I don't have any comment about anything."
 

IN: Gun law sparks battle
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Indiana's Governor and one of Fort Wayne's former mayors see eye-to-eye on many issues. Gun control is not one of them.

On February 23, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released its annual report card on gun control laws. Indiana failed.

"Every year we look at all 50 states and give them a score in terms of what gun laws they have in place. What do they do to make it harder for dangerous people to get guns? What do they do for keeping children from getting guns? It's a 100 point scale. The states that scores the best is California at about 73. Indiana comes in right near the bottom at six points," explained former Fort Wayne Mayor Paul Helmke . Helmke now heads up the Brady Campaign.
 

NE: Access as guaranteed by the Second Amendment
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Nebraskans have long held our rights close to our hearts -- especially our Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms; however, for too long this right has been denied to some Americans simply because of where they live.

Law-abiding citizens who live in Chicago and Washington, D.C., have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans, yet these two cities have such restrictive gun access laws it is tantamount to violating the Second Amendment.

Residents across this country should be able to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves and their families.
 

My deep dark conspiracy theory
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As Maj. L. Caudill, USMC (Ret.), wisely pointed out, "Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it. … When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force."
 

Does Lindsay Lohan gun photo show violation of federal law?
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"[A]re we witnessing evidence of a federal felony in progress?"
 

OK: Oklahoma House passes bill outlawing militias and gang recruiting
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Recruiting membership in an unauthorized militia or the Ku Klux Klan would be a crime if legislation approved Thursday by the House of Representatives becomes law.
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"This is making unauthorized militias illegal,” said Rep. Mike Shelton, the amendment’s author.

Both groups were added in an amendment to Senate Bill 2018, which would increase the penalty for aiding or soliciting gang membership from one year in prison to five years in prison. It also would create a new crime for gang-related offenses as a condition of membership, with the penalty being five years in prison.
 

GA: Lawmakers vote to expand gun rights
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"Georgia lawmakers voted Thursday to back a sweeping gun rights expansion, approving a measure that would allow permit-holders to carry guns into some bars and the parking lots of colleges, courthouses, airports and jails."

"Changes were long-sought by gun rights groups, who have for years complained that the mishmash of state regulations and court rulings that governed where firearms could be carried was too confusing and badly needed to be clarified. They now must be signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue before becoming law."
 

NY: Give away your guns on Mother’s Day
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The St. James Peace & Justice Committee is sponsoring a Mother's Day gun return under the direction of the Broome County Sheriff's Office between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 8 at the St. Cyril's Church parking lot, 150 Clinton St, Binghamton. Collected guns will be destroyed. According to organizers, there will be no questions asked and no identification required. Handguns are preferred, but long guns will be accepted.
 

IL: Daley: Turn In Your Guns, No Questions Asked
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A spate of shootings this spring has Mayor Richard M. Daley to turn in their guns and get them off the streets.

As the city has done for several years, Mayor Daley announced Thursday that on May 8, Chicagoans can turn in their guns, no questions asked, in exchange for a pre-paid MasterCard.

Participants will receive a card with $100 for an assault weapon, $75 for a non-assault gun, and $10 for a BB gun, air gun or replica gun. The guns will all be destroyed.
 

Armed American Radio – Coming Up On May 2nd 2010
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Time is flying right by but I’ll tell you what, this is one summer I’m willing to blow right through to get to November. LIke a lot of you, I can’t wait to get the mid-term elections out of the way and “fundamentally transform” Obama’s radical agenda.

Part of that means that AAR will continue to highlight candidates that REALLY matter when it comes to localizing politics….What I mean by that is that I will continue to bring the “local level” candidates running for offices that REALLY make a difference to our everyday lives…such as the Sheriff, the governor, and the state level politician as well as those running for federal offices.
 

IA: Culver to be commended for signing permit bill
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Saying he has always been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver this week signed into law a bill that would standardize the way in which concealed weapons permits are issued.

The new law requires sheriffs to issue permits to applicants who meet a set standard. Sheriffs still have the power to reject an application but only for specific reasons, including being a convicted felon or convicted domestic abuser, being declared mentally incompetent or being addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Culver did the right thing. The new law standardizes training for those seeking concealed weapon permits. Applicants must demonstrate that they know how to handle the weapon for which they're applying for a permit.
 

Democratic hypocrisy reigns
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Once again, Congressional Democrats have thrown to the wolves an opportunity to adopt one of their most sought-after achievements – voting rights for the District of Columbia – because, in their own words, the “price was too high.”

And what was that price? An amendment that would have nullified the District’s Draconian gun regulations and brought the nation’s capitol city in line with the nation it governs. Democrats have again shown their true colors toward the right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, a right affirmed two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that struck down Washington, D.C.’s gun ban on Second Amendment grounds.
 

DC: Isakson Co-Sponsors Legislation to Protect Second Amendment Rights
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U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today co-sponsored legislation to secure gun rights for law-abiding residents of the District of Columbia.

“I support the Second Amendment right of all law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families,” Isakson said. “This step is essential to restoring to District residents the constitutionally guaranteed right to protect themselves.”

The Second Amendment Enforcement Act would secure for District of Columbia residents the rights reinforced by the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. The legislation would repeal the city’s overly restrictive firearms registration system as well as restore the right of self-defense for any District resident in his or her home.
 

DC: 'Second Amendment Enforcement Act' a Farce in Name and Purpose
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Yesterday, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill that would repeal public safety laws enacted by the District of Columbia in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the 2008 case of D.C. v. Heller. The “Second Amendment Enforcement Act,” drafted by the National Rifle Association (NRA), would legalize assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines; repeal the District's licensing and registration system; allow some convicted substance abusers and violent misdemeanants to purchase and own firearms; roll back important regulations curbing illegal gun trafficking; and prevent the D.C. Council from enacting gun-related legislation in the future.
 

Gun Owners Group: Huge Liberal Power Grab Underway in D.C.
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The Democrat-controlled Congress and the White House are pulling out all the stops to offset the oncoming tidal wave that is threatening to throw them out of power this November.

With their polls sagging badly, the liberal Democrats rammed through a Puerto Rican statehood resolution yesterday which many consider the first step towards making Puerto Rico the 51st state -- a move that would give liberal progressives in the Congress six more Representatives and two new Senators.

Making Puerto Rico a state would bring another gun control bastion into our nation and bring almost ten anti-gun congressmen and senators into the Congress.
 

VA: Your Duty as a Gun Owner to Vote
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I propose that the “firearms fraternity” begin placing as much emphasis on voting and voter education as we do on safety and safety education.

Unintentional firearms injuries and fatalities have dropped by some 60% over the past 20 years while the number of firearms in circulation has more than doubled. These amazing results are not due to government programs, laws, or regulations.

They are a result of education and an almost universal acceptance of and insistence on adherence to the basic rules of firearms safety. Gun owners not only practice firearms safety, they advocate for it and expect it from others, and they shun anyone who fails to abide by the rules.
 

Sniff-Test for the Trust
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As mid-term elections near, a fetid stench wafts across the Potomac.

That fetid stench wafting across the Potomac is but a whiff of what's to come: Namely, mid-term elections.

It's going to be a long, odorous summer and fall before ballots are cast in November. But, already, the offal is hitting the fan -- and key players are positioning themselves downwind of the crap catapults.

For instance, Jonathon Cowan in an April 28 column in The Huffington Post, notes how Arizona Sen. John McCain is now a lead sponsor of a bill to eliminate DC's gun laws.

Cowan, who as president and co-founder of "Third Way," is no friend of gun owners and the Second Amendment. Neither was McCain, he maintains, until now.
 

TX: Handgun laws protect students
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We commend the university and the University Police Department for their work in upholding concealed handgun legislation.

We think that guns, or any illegal weapon should not be allowed on campus, and that a zero tolerance rule should be enacted for those who break the law in this manner.

There is nothing wrong with the second amendment, and we have no problem with anyone’s right to carry a weapon. The issues fall in the area of maturity. Generally speaking, college students fall between the ages of 18-25. We think the maturity level at this age is not conducive to the safe handling of concealed weapons.
 

Congress approves referendum on Puerto Rico future
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Opposition to the House bill included Republican concerns about the consequences of Puerto Rico, where Spanish, as well as English, is the official language, becoming a state. Republicans said Puerto Rico would get some six seats in the House, possibly at the expense of other states, and that statehood would impose further burdens on the federal Treasury.

Republicans, led by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., unsuccessfully tried to attach a provision that ballots favoring statehood make clear that a Puerto Rican state would adopt English as its official language and abide by Second Amendment gun rights. The proposal was defeated 198-194.
 

AZ: Arizona no longer requires a permit to carry a concealed gun
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A new Arizona law allows any U.S. citizen 21 or older to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit from the state first. New Mexico is expected to follow Arizona´s lead.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law with the no-permit requirement into law recently, The new law will go into effect 91 days after the State Legislature adjourns so it will be early summer of 2010 meaning the law would take effect sometime in the summer, according to reports.

"I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well," Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement.
 

Reason.tv’s Nanny of the Month: The Cop Who Said Put Down that Flag, Tea Partiers!
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Last month’s biggest busybody was the New York politician who’s waging a war on salt.

This month’s top honors could have gone to the US senator who wants to block betting on box office sales or the Silicon Valley pol who yanked toys from kids’ meals.

But the Nanny of the Month goes to the North Carolina cop who clamped down on tax day protestors’ right to carry flags and signs because he feared Old Glory might be used as a weapon. (Hey, we can’t have those tea party loons goring people with flag poles!)

Presenting Reason.tv’s Nanny of the Month for April 2010: State Capitol Police Chief Scott Hunter!

Ed.: Watch the video. :-)
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

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