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MT: Montana Defies Feds on Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The text of the bill cites the Ninth and 10th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution which guarantee “to the states and their people all powers not granted to the federal government elsewhere in the constitution and reserves to the state and people of Montana certain powers as they were understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889. The guaranty of those powers is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.”
 

AR: Suit Claims State Tropper Used Excessive Force
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A south Arkansas man has filed a federal lawsuit against a state trooper, arguing that the officer infringed on his free speech rights and used excessive force.

According to the lawsuit, Allan Ray went to the Howard County jail in Nashville to post bond for an employee who'd been arrested April 28, 2007. While sitting with his wife and the employee in the waiting area, Ray reportedly said, "The badge weighs heavy on some of these young troopers," according to the lawsuit
 

On Guns and Climate, the Elites Are Out of Touch
Submitted by: Paul

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Gallup has been testing opinion for many years on one extreme proposal that is the goal, usually unstated, of many gun-control advocates: banning the possession of handguns.

Gun controllers predicted (Concealed carry permits) would result in traffic shootouts and general mayhem. They haven't. It turns out that criminals are deterred from attacks less by gun-control laws than by the possibility that their intended victims may be armed.

For liberal elites, belief in gun control and global warming has taken on the character of religious faith...Ordinary Americans are seen not as responsible fellow citizens building stable communities but as greedy masses, who must be disciplined to live according to the elite's religious dogmas.
 

NC: Other officers complained about NC town's police
Submitted by: jac

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Current and former officers complained about problems in a North Carolina town's police department more than a year before two sergeants were arrested and the police chief resigned.

The two officers were arrested a week ago and Brown also resigned last week.

Sgt. Darryl Eugene Coulter Sr. was charged with 20 counts, including three each of second-degree kidnapping, simple assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Sgt. Alphonzo Devonne Whittington Jr. was charged with 11 counts, including three counts of felony larceny and one count of felony embezzlement.

 

FL: Rap Wannabe In "Street Cred" Stickups
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Meet Steven Gilmore. The wannabe rapper tried to rob a Florida convenience store Friday night and shot an employee in the head with a BB gun in a bid to establish "street cred" for his nascent hip-hop career. The 21-year-old Gilmore, seen in the below mug shot, admitted his harebrained scheme after he was arrested Saturday night, according to Gainesville police. Gilmore, who also copped to a stickup of the Hungry Howie's restaurant, told police that he thought the robberies would provide him the kind of reputation he apparently believes is required in the rap world.
 

IA: IDOT officer in complaint reinstated
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FORT MADISON -- Iowa Department of Transportation officials have reinstated a vehicle enforcement officer from being on paid administrative leave after completing an investigation regarding allegations the officer harassed and menaced a Fort Madison couple during a traffic stop in March

One of the couple's complaints is that Wiegand lectured them about an incorrect version of the state's concealed weapon's law. Carl Schneider has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and he said he was legally transporting firearms in his RV.
 

NY: T.I. Teams With Rev. Al Sharpton For Harlem Anti-Gun Rally
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T.I. will utilize his non-profit K.I.N.G. foundation next week to hold an anti-gun and violence rally in Harlem, NY. Assisting the Atlanta native's endeavor are Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network, the LIFE Camp, and the Political Swagger Foundation. Announced as 'Responsibility is a Lifestyle: it's Time to Bury Da Beef,' the involved groups plan to initiate a 'call to action to engage elected officials, community organizers, artists, and every American citizen to accept responsibility to build safer communities.'
 

PA: Editorial: Obama ducks
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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Big-city mayors and handgun-safety advocates have every right to be fed up with President Obama's track record... the president made clear that his administration would not push to reinstate the assault-weapons ban that Congress and former President George W. Bush allowed to expire in 2004.

Now, Obama has taken a pass on repealing the Bush-era laws that shield gun traffickers and their suppliers. In cities such as Philadelphia and Camden, that's like reaffirming a death sentence for the hundreds of people slain each year by gunfire.

Last week, handgun-control advocates revealed that the president's 2010 budget reaffirms the so-called Tiahrt Amendment, which hamstrings law enforcement in tracing guns used in crimes.
 

WA: Despite liberal gun laws, Washington does not stack up against other states for personal freedom
Submitted by: Dave Workman
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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A new study released in February headlined Freedom in the 50 states: An index of personal and economic freedom, is a real eye opener.

The bad news: Washington ranks 35th out of 50 states in terms of personal freedom and 44th out of the 50 states when it comes to overall freedom.
 

DE: Del. Trooper Gets Down, Gets Dirty, Gets Busted
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That “get out of jail free” card takes on a whole new meaning for this guy. One Delaware trooper apparently thinks it translates to “perform a sexual favor and I’ll just issue you a summons,” according to the Delaware State Police.

The trouble started for 32-year-old Cpl. Joshua Giddings when he arrested a woman Thursday night for shoplifting at the JC Penney’s at Christiana Mall. He could have just taken in the 39-year-old New Castle, Del. woman and booked her for shoplifting.

So, he drove his patrol car to a secluded spot where they did their business and then dropped her off at home, according to officials.
 

NY: State Senate should support firearms microstamping
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Albany should do what it can to get armed criminals off the streets. That should go without saying. But even worthy proposals, like microstamping firearms, have a way of stalling in the State Legislature. The Assembly passed a bill two weeks ago to require that manufacturers stamp identifying marks on the firing pins of semiautomatic handguns delivered to licensed gun dealers in New York. The Senate, where the bill's fate is uncertain, should pass it, too.
 

GA: Warner Robins police dismiss charge in shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Warner Robins police determined Monday that a man acted in self-defense while shooting another man May 1, a report said. According the investigators, officers responded to an incident in a North Davis Drive apartment and found Gregory Patrick Simpson, 48, of that address wounded.

Officers later apprehended the assailant, Ricky Charles Ash, 52, of Cochran. Simpson was transported to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he later died of the gunshot wound.
 

MA: 2 laid-off police officers charged in attack
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two laid-off city police officers have been charged with assaulting a man who witnesses said was held on the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked by a group of three or four men.

Jason X. Silveira, 28, and Antonio M. Pereira, 27, are charged with the group assault of 26-year-old Paulo Vieira, a Cape Verdean immigrant.

Silveira and Pereira are scheduled to be arraigned June 5 in New Bedford District Court. Both are charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Silveira, who threw the first punch, according to four witnesses, also is charged with assault and battery.
 

OH: Guns and partisan politics
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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While it is true that many powerful members of the Democrat party, like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, Ted Kennedy, Chuck Shumer, and Nancy Pelosi, have shown strong support for gun control it isn't fair to label all Democrats as gun grabbers.
 

Rumors of ammunition ban: true or false?
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For buyers of firearms ammunition, the story has been bleak lately. Newly-stocked ammunition is bought out within hours. Distributors are unable to fill retailers’ orders. At a recent Texas gun show, suppliers arrived with three semi-trailers full of ammunition, which was bought out within hours. With such persistent supply issues, rumors find fertile ground.
 

FL: Tow truck driver claims self-defense, asks judge to toss murder charge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Hillsborough County judge must decide whether to dismiss a murder charge against a tow truck driver who claims he shot the owner of a car in self-defense when an altercation escalated during an impound.

Defense attorneys say Donald Montanez deserves immunity from prosecution because he had no choice but to fire his gun at Glen Rich as Rich sped toward Montanez and an employee who were attempting to take Rich's car.
 

MA: One Man Dead in Condominium Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police identify the dead man as 29-year-old David Gatti who lived in the same condo complex as the man who shot him.

Wilbraham Police Chief Allen Stratton says Gatti entered the condo unit without permission, "His behavior was threatening while in the residence and he continued to be assaultive as the resident retreated through his home."

The resident then reportedly got a gun and shot Gatti.

Police say the investigation so far shows the resident used the gun in self defense and is consistent with Massachusetts law.
 

Former Top Rated NRA Senator to Introduce Gun Ban This Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Newsday claims Gillibrand has “undergone a transformation” over the last three months and has moved away from “her House record that won the NRA’s top rating while remaining a supporter of Second Amendment rights to gun ownership.” Since her Senate appointment, she has “passed just about every test on guns set by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy,” who reintroduced a bill closing the so-called gun-show loophole at a news conference last week.

Ed.: The NRA sure can pick'em.
 

UT: Gun protections on agenda in Utah
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New protections for gun owners are on the agenda in Utah, where state Rep. Carl Wimmer is preparing to introduce a bill that would assert the state's sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth amendments.

Utah apparently is following Montana's lead in attempting the plan that would protect residents' Second Amendment gun rights.

Wimmer intends his legislation to exempt from federal gun regulations any Utah resident seeking to own a firearm made in Utah.

Wimmer explained to WND that he intends to introduce a bill, not a resolution.
 

MO: Senate Committee Hears Gun Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Only supporters made their voices heard at a Senate hearing on a bill that would allow guns on college campuses.

Five people defended a measure which would allow for college students to carry and conceal firearms on the state's college campuses.

Originally, House Bill 668 was a measure to lower the age for a gun permit to 21 from 23. But then the legislative process ran it course, which led to an additional amendment to allow for concealed handguns on college campuses.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Jack Goodman, R - Mt. Vernon, offered several opportunities for anyone to voice their opposition but no one did.

The committee chair, Sen. Matt Bartle, R - Jackson, has already spoken up in support of the bill.
 

NE: City (Beatrice) amends concealed weapon ban
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This amendment is a result of the recent opinion by Nebraska U.S. Attorney Jon Bruning that cities could not opt out of a state law passed in 2006 that allows the carrying of a concealed handgun with a permit.
 

Mexican Violence, Gun Controls
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Item: On April 20, Time magazine commemorated the 10th anniversary of the murders at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, with an article on its Time.com site decrying that, over the past decade, “massacres perpetrated by deranged gunmen have continued.” However, said writer Michael Lindenberger, “something odd has occurred. Whatever momentum the Columbine killings gave to gun control has long since petered out.” The Time writer grumbled that “the debate seems to be almost one-sided nowadays, with an ongoing backlash against gun control.”

Correction: The Time writer who complained about one-sidedness in the gun-control “debate” was firing blanks: he gave but one side of the issue — for more controls.
 

IN: Semiautomatic rifles a ‘hazard'; seizures are up
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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They can kill from more than four football fields away, shred police officers' vests, fire up to 75 bullets at a time - and they're increasingly showing up in criminals' hands.

Last year, Fort Wayne Police seized 31 semiautomatic rifles, compared with two in 2003, the last year of the federal assault weapons ban that limited the sale of the rifles. The seizure increase and more reports of criminals using the rifles concerns Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York.
 

IN: Helmke strives for middle ground on gun rights, control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Paul Helmke gets a little frustrated when he returns to Fort Wayne.

“Nobody listens to you anymore,” Helmke joked during a recent informal question-and-answer session at The News-Sentinel. “So I went to (Washington) D.C., where nobody listens to me anymore.”

Such is the life of a former mayor in his hometown - Helmke served 1988-2000 - and a gun-control advocate in a nation with 280 million privately owned guns.

Yet that hasn't stopped Helmke from talking. Since leaving politics, he's become a national voice for gun control: July will mark his third year as president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Ed.: The article is an gun-grabber puff piece, but the comments are instructive.
 

TX: On guns on college campuses: CHL holders are responsible ...
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wansbrough cites a Harvard School of Public Health study that indicates a high percentage of students are irresponsible, and then asks, "And our legislators want to let these people carry loaded firearms on campus?"
No, what we, the electorate, have asked legislators to do is to change the rules so that responsible people who have obtained their concealed handgun licenses can avail themselves of their basic right to self-defense.


Ed.: I've run out of characters. Do go read the second letter as well. :-)
 

VA: Prosecutor won't file charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney Neil Vener won't pursue charges against a woman who shot and killed a Gladys man early on April 15.

"There's no basis for any criminal charges because of the circumstances," Vener said Friday.

Alfred Dews Jr., 35, was killed in the incident on Mohawk Road in the Long Island area of the county. Vener said he was shot one time in the chest area with a bullet from a .22-caliber pistol. The incident happened about 4:30 a.m.

Vener said authorities found the telephone lines had been cut, Dews' truck had been hidden and Dews broke the door down to the house. Vener said part of Dews' bond on an earlier assault and battery had been to stay away from the woman.
 

WI: Do you think more people will openly carry guns given Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's opinion?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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No, people who wanted a gun in their possession had one. The right to carry one openly will not encourage a normally anti-gun person to go out and buy one. If and when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Give us the right to still bear arms if we feel the need.
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Jack Wirtz, Sheboygan

There is absolutely no need for the average citizen to strap on a gun and parade around in public. Our police officers face enough danger every day. They certainly don't need to deal with this. Enough already.

Grant Mattes, Town of Sheboygan
 

Leaders Shouldn't Have to Form a Listening Tour
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It's also sad when Jeb Bush suggested that we need to "get past Reagan" and the group indicated that it doesn't plan to listen much to the Republicans who became Republicans because they believe in the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and express support for the Second Amendment. Most of us thought the party was pretty strong under Reagan and appreciated that he wasn't ashamed of God and didn't seem embarrassed of his respect for human life at all stages.
 

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