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WA: Violent criminal on federal payroll as informant
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Despite a history of abusing women and violent behavior in prison, Joshua Allan Jackson managed to become a federal informant, trigger a citywide Seattle police alert and hold a 18-year-old woman as his sexual prisoner.
A felon with a lengthy history of violence against women, Jackson was sentenced to 10 years in prison April 13 for sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman and holding her against her will for days inside a cheap South Seattle motel last year. ...
For all of this, the 34-year-old Jackson would be just another habitual criminal except for one startling fact: He was working the entire time as a paid informant for the Seattle office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 

FL: 'Stand Your Ground' defense denied for Trevor Dooley in 2010 death of David James in Valrico
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A Hillsborough County judge has ruled that a Valrico man cannot use Florida's Stand Your Ground defense in the shooting death of a man in September 2010.
Circuit Judge Ashley Moody denied a motion to use the Stand Your Ground defense on Monday.
Trevor Dooley, 69, said he was protecting himself when he was attacked and choked by David James
Dooley is charged with manslaughter in James’ death.
 

IL: Cops: Husband who kicked in house door shot by wife's boyfriend
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A man was shot early this morning after he broke down the door to the home his wife and her current boyfriend share in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said.

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The woman and her boyfriend were in the house when her husband arrived and began shouting for them to "Let me in" as he kicked the door and shouted profanities, O'Brien said. The man kicked in the door, got into the home and was shot by the boyfriend, O'Brien said.
 

RI: 2 Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Rhode Island
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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Senate Bill 2573, sponsored by state Senators Harold Metts (D-6), Rhoda Perry (D-3), Juan Pichardo (D-2), Paul Jabour (D-5) and Elizabeth Crowley (D-16), is a dramatic departure from current law and completely overturns state pre-emption of firearms.
 

FL: Marissa Alexander Gets 20 Years in Jail for Standing Her Ground [video]
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Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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In Jacksonville, Florida, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for three counts of aggravated assault after firing a warning shot at her ex-husband inside their home on August 2010.
 

How the Media Missed a Self-Defense Gun Story
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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With all of the ink that's been spilled in the last few months about Stand Your Ground, self-defense, Right to Carry, and legal gun owners across the United States, it's hard to believe the national media simply missed an incredible armed citizen story from Utah.
 

FL: Zimmerman's lawyer to get first look at evidence today
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Who gets to see the evidence against George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder? Today, that will likely become a point of dispute between lawyers in the case and the most powerful news companies in the country.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara has said he expects to get his first look at the evidence today. He has also warned that he will likely file paperwork, asking the judge to keep key elements from everyone else.
If he does, lawyers for the Orlando Sentinel, The New York Times, NBC, CBS, CNN and more than a half dozen other news organizations are expected to weigh in and try to prevent that.
 

CA: Rocket Launcher, Pistols and Other Interesting Weapons Turn Up at LA Gun Buyback Event
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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This past weekend, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa oversaw a mass gun buyback program that they hoped would somewhat reduce the estimated 3 million firearms floating around the city.
 

FL: George Zimmerman's gun: 9 mm from Cocoa is small, lethal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The handgun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin is a lightweight, inexpensive 9 mm semiautomatic manufactured in Cocoa.

The Kel-Tec 9 mm PF-9 is one of the lightest, thinnest 9 mm guns on the market — a gun so small and light you can carry it in your pocket undetected.
 

MS: Grand jury says Rankin Co. man acted in self-defense, set free
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Richard Lewis, 52, admitted he shot 46-year-old Christopher Eugene Hankins to death. Lewis told investigators last February his former roommate broke down the door trying to get in his dwelling in the 1400 block of Old Lake Road.

When Judge Kent McDaniel heard the facts in the case, he reduced the charge from murder to manslaughter. But Lewis was freed last Friday when a Rankin County grand jury bought his argument that he acted in self-defense, and failed to indict him.
 

WY: Wyoming court keeps guns out of the hands of illegals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On May 7, the US Court of Appeals in the District of Wyoming affirmed a lower court’s decision that illegal immigrants do not have a right to own firearms under the US Constitution. Attorneys for the Defendant- Appellant, Emmanuel Huitron-Guizar say they will appeal to the US Supreme Court.

A ruling being hailed by many as a “no brainer” since persons who are here illegally do not and should not possess Second Amendment rights; yet barely a mention from the anti-gun lobby even though the law keeps guns out of the hands of would be dangerous criminals.

Ed.: I'd submit the court erred. The right to bear arms is a fundamental human right, not a privilege of citizenship or residence. Deportation is a separate issue.
 

DC: D.C.’s mayor holds up gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Washington gun owners’ rights are, once again, getting blown off by city leaders. While the city council voted unanimously on April 17 in favor of a bill to ease restrictions on Second Amendment rights, Mayor Vincent Gray has not signed the bill into law.

The mayor’s spokesman Pedro Ribeiro has not responded to my repeated requests for an explanation. The council’s website shows the legislation had not been updated since it passed.
 

“Stand Your Ground” Laws Attacked Despite Broad Public Support
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In an effort to capitalize on the Trayvon Martin shooting, this week, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, threatened to offer a so-called “Trayvon Amendment” that would cut funding to states with “stand your ground” laws.

The legislators quickly reversed course when they learned the motion would likely be ruled out of order.
 

OK: Pro-gun advocates claim victory in Okla. session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Advocates for expanded gun rights in Oklahoma are claiming success in the 2012 legislative session after the passage of several pro-gun measures, including one that allows permit holders to openly carry firearms.

The open-carry bill, given final approval by the Legislature last week and awaiting the governor's signature, has been a top priority for gun rights advocates in recent years. Gov. Mary Fallin already has signed a bill allowing gun owners from other states to carry concealed weapons in Oklahoma, and another bill approved by the Legislature and sent to Fallin would prohibit the governor or any other state or local official from confiscating or banning firearms during a state of emergency.
 

SAF, Calguns Foundation Sue Oakland, San Francisco Police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the police departments in San Francisco and Oakland, California for refusing to return firearms to people who had been charged with crimes, but subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.

SAF is joined in the lawsuit by the Calguns Foundation and two private citizens. The case is known as Churchill, et al. v. Harris, et al.
 

NJ: New Jersey judge orders guns returned to blind man
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During the just completed hearing, prosecutors did not argue Hopler should not have guns because he is blind. Been there, done that. And without success. So they argued the seized guns should not be returned and Hopler's firearm license revoked, because he was a drunk.
Hopler said at most, he had two drinks a day. But prosecutors had a witness who testified differently. According to Kenneth Struck, Hopler sometimes put away as much as 30 beers in a day. Struck just happens to be the ex-tenant who stole the guns from Hopler's safe and later pleaded guilty to burglary.
 

OK: What It's Like in an Open Carry State
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Oklahoma has looser gun laws in its sights. State legislators, last week, passed a bill that will allow Oklahomans to openly carry guns in public. The bill is now awaiting Governor Mary Fallin's signature. Fallin has already pledged her support to a "responsible" open carry law if it came to her desk. Senate Bill 1733 would essentially allow people who get concealed carry permits to openly carry their guns as well.

Read SB1733 here

We wanted to see what an open carry state is like, so our Oklahoma Impact Team traveled to Oregon where it is already legal to carry guns openly in public.
 

MS: Man found guilty of weapon possession at MSU
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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District Attorney Forrest Allgood said the decision to prosecute former Mississippi State University student Jeffrey Hill for possession of a weapon by a student on educational property should not be perceived as an "anti-gun" prosecution.

Hill, 42, was convicted in circuit court in April on the charges and was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,200. A previous trial on the charge, also argued by Allgood, resulted in a hung jury.

"I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment, and I'm a life-long member of the (National Rifle Association)," Allgood said.

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"But one of the big eye-openers is that he had 440 rounds of ammunition. That's far more than the typical hunter would have in his possession."
 

Media Matters Doesn’t Really Matter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The group Media Matters for America hates NRA.

Few organizations have more strongly proclaimed their disdain for our right to keep and bear arms and self-protection.

According to a recent FoxNews.com op-ed piece by acclaimed author and scholar John R. Lott, Jr., in April alone, the George Soros-backed Media Matters ran no fewer than 32 articles on its website attacking NRA.
 

IA: Major Victory for Hunters and Sportsmen in Iowa
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Friday, May 10, Governor Terry Branstad announced that he will nullify the traditional ammunition ban in Iowa.

In July 2011, the Iowa Natural Resources Commission imposed the ban –after the topic was debated and resoundingly rejected by the legislature– following the enactment of the first dove-hunting season since 1918. The NRC slipped in the ban on the use of all traditional ammunition while setting bag limits and other regulations with regard to the reenacted Iowa dove-hunting season.
 

Tell Congress Oppose Export Control Amendments to the Defense Authorization Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Due to outdated U.S. export regulations, the firearms and ammunition industry and many other U.S. industries that export products are at a severe disadvantage when competing with foreign companies.

Now some in Congress are going to try and stop export control reforms that are critical to helping U.S. companies compete globally so we can restore and grow the U.S. economy and create more jobs right here at home.
 

FL: Corey on Alexander Case: Get your facts straight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Attorney Angela Corey and her prosecutors paint a very different picture of Marissa Alexander. While the she's been portrayed in the media as a domestic violence victim who lived in fear of her husband, prosecutors say it was her husband who was in fear that day in August of 2010 when he called 911.

"She just shot at me and my son. Please get the police over here. Please!" Rico Gray told the 911 dispatcher.

Corey said, "Most people in this country believe that Marissa Alexander was being choked, grabbed a gun and fired a warning shot into the ceiling. Flat wrong. Never happened that way."
 

WA: Homeowner shoots intruder: "It came down to either me or him"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At that point 911 dispatchers were on the phone - Snarski had already dialed them - and listening as he tried to defuse the situation.

"I'm trying to talk him down, just leave, don't worry about it, it'll be OK but he was on a mission to kill," he said.

At that point Parsons fired a pair of shotgun blasts at Snarski, peppering the top of the stairwell with buckshot. Snarski decided he'd hold his fire unless the gunman tried to reach the second floor.

"I just laid on the ground around the corner and watched his shadow come up with the lights and as soon as I knew he had hit that last step I just pointed up and let him have it," he said.
 

WI: One GOP delegate upset over concealed carry ban at Green Bay convention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Olson said the GOP should practice what it preaches, and let licensed gun-holders carry their hidden weapons in the convention hall. Olson sponsored a non-binding resolution to have future conventions held in places that respect the Second Amendment rights of those attending.

The resolution passed narrowly.
 

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