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Bellevue v. the Bay Area: SAF sues Oakland, S-Fran police depts.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the police departments of San Francisco and Oakland, CA, and that state’s attorney general and the California Department of Justice, alleging that police have refused to return seized firearms to people who have been charged with crimes, but subsequently cleared of any wrong doing." ...
 

Cops Accused of Stealing Citizens' Guns - Lawsuit says police engaging in 'deliberate theft and they know it'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A pair of California cities and the state’s Department of Justice are facing a federal lawsuit today because, plaintiffs claim, the police confiscated firearms during investigations but now refuse to return them – even after the subjects of the inquiries were cleared of any wrongdoing."

"The Second Amendment Foundation ... say the cities are engaging in 'deliberate theft of personal property.'"

"'We saw this sort of property theft following Hurricane Katrina,' SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb recalled in a statement, 'and we took that case to federal court and won. Government agencies simply cannot seize private property and refuse to give it back by playing bureaucratic games.'" ...
 

Issa invites questions while staffers ignore them
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "In any case, the individual staffers and their Committee have all benefited from reliable information, introductions and leads shared by Gun Rights Examiner and Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars. So it should be unnecessary at this point to have to go back to publicly decrying lack of Congressional responsiveness, but if that’s the only path left open for 'Unauthorized Journalists' to get action, at least it’s a tried and true one." ...
 

The Incestuous Relationship Between Media Matters And CSGV
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week we saw another hit piece on gun rights issues by Media Matters for America. This one concerned Operation Fast and Furious. It accused former S.C. Governor Mark Sanford of being the latest to push the 'paranoid conspiracy theory' that Project Gunwalker was an effort to build support for more gun control in the United States." ...
 

The Case of the Missing Terrorists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... The point is that the absence of easy-to-do acts of terrorism suggests that the terrorist threat is more hype than reality. Yet, we have an expensive, intrusive security apparatus that seems to have no real function except to exercise power over American citizens."

"In place of real terrorists carrying out easy plots, we have 'terrorist' plots dreamed up by FBI and CIA agents, who then recruit some hapless or demented dupes, bribing them with money and heroic images of themselves, and supplying them with the plot and fake explosives. These are ... orchestrations by our own security agencies that produce fake terrorist plots that are then 'foiled' by the security agencies that hatched the plots. ..." ...
 

From My Cold Dead Hands Is Not Enough
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Often when I speak about the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, and what actions we need to take in order to preserve our rights, I am rebuked with the apathetic response, 'From my cold dead hands.'"

"While this is very poetic expression of an admirable sentiment, it is unlikely to ever happen, and unlikely to be effective. But there are things we can do today that are far less costly, far less poetic, and drastically more effective." ...
 

Question of the Day: Is There Anywhere Open Carry Should Be Banned?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Contrary to the gun-control lobby’s hair-on-fire hysteria, there have been no gun-related incidents involving legally licensed gun-owners in national parks in the two summers since the ban was lifted. In fact, according to the Department of the Interior, crime — all crime — continues to decline on federal lands.' Quelle surprise! That’s outdoorlife.com’s take on the whole open carry in parks thing. And just to see for themselves, they sent one of their reporters, Scott Sexton [not shown], out on the Appalachian Trail packing a wheelgun. The result . . ." ...
 

Question of the Day: Should Gang Members Be Allowed to Practice?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We ran a report a few days ago about the closure of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass. Shut down for inventory? Pshaw! Reaching out to Smith’s PR crew hasn’t gotten us any answers. But now we hear that the company closed the facility due to the frequency of gang members (not pictured above) using the public range to get in a little trigger time. The legal kind. The speculation is that, to counter this, the range will no longer be open to the public. Rather, Smith will do what SIG does in Epping, making the range available only to those attending one of their classes . . ." ...
 

April sees 10.5% increase in firearms sales checks over same month last year; 23rd straight month over month increase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The April 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 931,658 is an increase of 10.5 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 843,484 in April 2011. For comparison, the unadjusted April 2012 NICS figure of 1,416,074 reflects a 5.7 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,339,673 in April 2011." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Does a Silencer Affect the Velocity of the Bullet?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’ve had a number of people ask me the exact same thing after they learned I had recently received my first silencer. “Hey Foghorn, doesn’t a silencer slow down the bullet?” And to be honest, I had no idea. But I had a silencer, a chronograph and R loaded onto my computer and I was determined to find out." ...
 

Gun Review: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Carbine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Weatherby is known the world around as a maker of extremely fine firearms, especially of the hunting variety. But those firearms are generally pretty expensive, so Weatherby came out with their 'Vanguard' line of rifles not too long ago priced to meet the demand of the shooter on a budget. The problem is that their first attempt sucked (relative to what they were capable of doing — I still gave it four stars). Enter the Series 2, the next incarnation of the Vanguard that supposedly fixes all the problems. But does it?." ...
 

Glock Adds a New Safety Rule: Train with All Your Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Glock’s got a new 'go LEO!' ad campaign. Sensibly enough, the Austrian armorer’s ad focuses on the brand’s Unique Selling Point: reliability. As in the gun will go bang when you want it to, so you get to go home to your wife and tell her to stop wasting your meagre salary on expensive hardcover books and buy a Kindle already. Fair enough. The website created for this 'Serious Trust' campaign takes a slightly different tack. The strapline—'Confidence to Live Your Life'—has a distinctly Viagra-like look and feel. Again, fair enough. What I’m wondering about is the gunmaker's Safety page. youliveyourlife.com brings forth unto the world the Ten Commandments 2.0. Including a brand new gun safety rule . . ...."
 

Ask Foghorn: Whats Up with AR-15 Pistols?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Alex writes:"
"What’s the deal with these AR pistols? A lot of people don’t seem to take them seriously; they just write them off as tacti-cool mall-ninja gear. If I’ve got my facts straight your ideal home defense firearm is a pistol because of it’s small size, it seems like one of these things is the best of both worlds. It’s small and maneuverable but still packs a 'full size' cartridge. Please educate."
"So, there’s three (ish) things going on here…" ...
 

Bargain Hunting: ATI FX45 1911s (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When people talk about wanting a 1911 but are on a budget the name American Tactical Imports (ATI) gets spat out so fast you'd swear they said Rock Island Armory (RIA). Well, actually, that's because that is what they said. Most people just up and suggest RIA because it's a company and a brand that people have really come to trust in the handgun world." ...
 

Gun Review: If you’re a fan of the Walther G22 rifle, you don’t want to read this
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Walther G22 came out about eight years ago and is widely available in a number of different configurations. If you’re not familiar with it, the G22 is a semi-auto bullpup rifle chambered in .22 LR, meaning it has all the right qualities of a cool gun. And I really should like it. I have a penchant for Walther products and I think bullpup guns are a good design. Plus, I love .22s. So why did the Walther G22 leave me fairly unimpressed?"

"Well, a number of small and not so small reasons. But before I go through them, here’s a little about the gun." ...
 

Former FBI Agent Explains What You Should Do if You Are Stopped by the Police (video story)
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"If you see flashing blue lights in your rear view mirror, what should you do?"

"After a recent police shooting during a traffic stop, First Coast News spoke with retired FBI Agent Ron Wirth on Thursday to find out how you should handle being stopped by the police." ...
 

Guns dealing death at a distance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Problems with guns will not go away until and unless all guns go away. Don't hold your breath."

"Human decisions are not of sufficient caliber to make all guns go away. Nor do we expect any divine edict. The Second Amendment to our Constitution makes the rules."

"To shed some light on the role of guns in modern life, we need some method of measuring the cost and effect of firearms in our lives. What is the balance between helping and harming?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, as I detail here, on balance guns "save" twice as many lives as they "take". Which fact is completely immaterial since "the freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right -- subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility."
 

NY: Anti-Gun Groups Get More Funding
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"In Albany, New York, two anti-gun groups are regrouping after receiving funding from state and city governments, reports the Times Union."

"SNUG is an anti-violence program, whose name is 'guns' spelled backward. ..."

"SNUG, which is part of the Trinity Alliance, almost ran out of money until Albany city council members voted in November to match $150,000, which was granted from New York state." ...
 

CA: California Democrats Pushing for Stricter Stolen Gun Reporting Law
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"California Democrats and Republicans are fighting yet again – this time over stolen guns."

"A bill proposed by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, a Democrat from Concord, aims to ensure that gun owners be mandated to report their firearms missing within 48 hours of actually noticing that they’re missing. ..." ...
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Editor's Note: See here for my take on how such laws will work in the real world.
 

NY: Anti-gun groups regrouping
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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... "After a brief hiatus, SNUG, which is 'guns' spelled backward, will be up and running as the nights get warmer and the risk of violent crime rises. The program was suspended in October after its funding was cut from the city's 2012 budget. SNUG was resuscitated after city lawmakers voted in November to match $150,000 the program was granted from the state."

"ENOUGH, another anti-violence program that urges people to trade in guns for gift certificates, will also soon begin to aggressively advertise its efforts for the first time in months." ...
 

NY: Cops: NY man shoots friend in leg at his request
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"Authorities say a northern New York man had his friend shoot him in the leg with a rifle because he wanted to know what it feels like to be shot." ...

"[The trigger-man] was charged with reckless endangerment. He's being held in the county jail on $10,000 bail. It could be immediately determined if he had a lawyer."
 

SC: Homeowner Shoots Late Night Car Burglar (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A SC homeowner confronted an intruder who was breaking into his car late at night. The homeowner thought the intruder was armed and shot him, wounding him. The suspect was arrested by police and treated at an area hospital. The suspect was then charged with breaking into an auto and released to the custody of his parents since he is a minor. This is the second incident in two weeks of a Greenville County, SC homeowner defending themselves." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Beware the Bully
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a former cop, I cannot recall the number of times I saw convicted criminals while out on the town. People I’d dealt with personally. I’d see them in the local grocery store or gas station. Note: they didn’t wear neon signs that say 'Danger: Violent Felon.' Armed citizens need to be aware that dangerous criminals are out there, somewhere, and they don’t announce their presence like they do on TV and movies. There’s one type of bad guy in particular that can attack you without warning and for no reason apparent reason: the social bully. A field guide in a moment. First, a bit of sociology . . ." ...
 

WA: Defensive Gun Use of the Day: ‘Me Or Him’ Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'He goes 'Nobody's getting out of here alive. I got 24 rounds for my shotgun, I plan using them all.' That’s Doug Snarski recounting for kxly.com what Sean Parsons shouted after breaking into his house in Honeymoon Bay, Washington. Parsons' ex is Snarski's current and she was there with him early Sunday morning. In fact Parsons had recently received a no-contact restraining order but somehow that didn't make much of an impression on him . . ."

"Parsons had decided they both needed killing and wasn’t going to be dissuaded. Snarski tried to defuse the situation, but Parsons was having none of it." ...
 

Why Eric Holder Would Rather Go To Jail Than Surrender Fast and Furious Documents to Congressional Investigators
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder continues to stonewall Congressional investigators over Operation Fast and Furious. Congress wants to know the origin, scope, scale, nature and timing of the [ATF]'s illegal gun running program. A program that facilitated the illegal sale of over 2000 U.S. gun store guns to members of Mexican drug cartels; some of whom used the weapons to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, [ICE] Agent Jaime Zapata and an unknown number of Mexican citizens. Ignoring an impending contempt of Congress citation, the U.S. Attorney General has refused to provide tens of thousands of key documents to Congress. Why? Let’s start with the official explanation . . ." ...
 

Documentary on Fast and Furious Scandal in Production Phase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Emmy award-winning filmmaker has decided he cannot stay silent in the face of a massive cover-up by the media complex and the Obama administration."

"The magnitude of the government's involvement in Operation Fast and Furious has roused documentarian Michael J. McNulty to stand up and call out the bad guys. Attorney General Eric Holder will figure prominently in McNulty's feature length documentary, 'Blood On Their Hands.'" ...
 

Hold Holder in contempt - No more slow-walking Fast and Furious probe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Justice has waited long enough. It’s time to pull the trigger on contempt charges against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for withholding documents from Congress in the Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal. Allowing further delay would only confirm what many Americans suspect: There is one set of laws for bureaucrats and another for the rest of us." ...
 

Issa vows action on Holder as Washington Times demands it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Political rhetoric over Operation Fast and Furious in 'the other Washington' heated up once again on Fox News Monday night when Congressman Darrell Issa promised that action will be taken, but he may have been upstaged by the Washington Times' Monday editorial demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder be held in contempt." ...
 

Tucson shooting survivor plays political games with 'Project Gunwalker'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Patricia Maisch is unhappy that Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA, and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee) is threatening to initiate contempt of congress proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder, for his outright refusal to comply with subpoenas as part of the congressional investigation into the 'Project Gunwalker' scandal. From Politico:" ...
 

‘Kraut-hammered’: Holder a ‘political hack’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer delivered a brutal assessment about Attorney General Eric Holder’s troubles — ranging from Operation Fast and Furious back to the pardon of Mark Rich — during a Tuesday appearance on The O’Reilly Factor that is streaking across the Internet, and certain to titillate Northwest gun rights activists." ...
 

Feds Clearing Way For Drones Over Your House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The federal government is moving quickly to open the skies over America to drones – both for commercial and government purposes – and respected Washington Post and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer is forecasting 'rifles aimed at the sky all across America.'" ...

"'I would predict, I’m not encouraging, but I predict the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that's been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country,' Krauthammer said."

"The conversation arose as the federal government announced it is beginning to allow public safety agencies to fly unmanned aircraft – drones – with fewer and fewer restrictions." ...
 

Is Fox's Andrew Napolitano Encouraging Americans To Shoot Down Surveillance Drones? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Fox & Friends this morning, Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano suggested that it would be heroic if an American were to shoot down a surveillance drone above U.S. skies, saying that '[t]he first American patriot that shoots down one of these drones that comes too close to his children in his backyard will be an American hero.' Watch:" ...
 

CA: FAA To Ease Rules For Police Agencies To Fly Unmanned Drones (podcast available)
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"Surveillance aircraft used by the U.S. military overseas could soon be coming to the skies above Los Angeles County."

"KNX 1070's Charles Feldman reports the Federal Aviation Administration is making it easier for local law enforcement agencies to fly unmanned drones." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association PAC "stronger than ever" heading in to pivotal 2012 elections
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buckeye Firearms Association has filed the post-primary report for the 2012 election year. We are near record levels of cash on hand, meaning we are in great shape for the huge battles that lie ahead this year."

"We are ready, willing and able to be a factor in many elections. We are stronger in terms of numbers, outreach ability, and an organized grassroots network than we have ever been. All will be tested over the next six months." ...
 

OH: Oops! Anti-Gun Politicians Accidentally Make "Shooting Fundraiser" a Huge Success
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Representative Margaret Conditt (Butler County District 55) held a fundraiser at the Middletown Sportsmens Club on Saturday, May 12, 2012."

"The plan was to invite a handful of supporters, spend a few hours shooting at targets, and raise a little money for her reelection campaign. But what actually happened took everyone by surprise."

"Rather than hosting a typical fundraiser which would ordinarily draw a few dozen people, Rep. Conditt ended up hosting a major event that drew over 200 attendees and raised tens of thousands of dollars."

"What happened? Rep. Conditt got an 'accidental' assist from a group of anti-gun politicians and activists ..." ...
 

WI: Madison Politiscope: Wisconsin GOP convention upsets gun rights activists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If the big story out of the state GOP convention was Jeff Fitzgerald’s first-place finish in the endorsement vote for U.S. Senate, there was another small story that I think captured the spirit of the Republican Party base."

"One of the tea party activists I talked to at the convention, Annette Olson from St. Croix County, was disappointed with the Party."

"Despite being a big fan of Gov. Scott Walker and enthusiastic about at least three of the candidates for U.S. Senate, Olson believed the party was betraying its principles by holding its convention at ShopKo Hall in Green Bay, where concealed firearms are not allowed." ...
 

SD: PAC lied about my gun rights position
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well, I knew it was coming simply because I know the type of irresponsible organization the South Dakota Gun Owners PAC is."

"The group blatantly lied and distorted my Second Amendment positions in a political postcard mailer sent out to all Republican voters in District 35. I know they lied because I have a copy of the exact comments I made in their gun rights survey."

"The group is upset because I don’t believe guns belong in churches, schools, city parks, restaurants and libraries." ...
 

WI: St. Croix delegate says GOP betrayed principles by banning concealed weapons at convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The annual Republican state convention in Green Bay was held at a place that did not allow concealed weapons, and at least one delegate tried to change that." ...
 

CA: El Dorado County judicial candidates' shooting contest canceled
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"The high-noon showdown involving guns and El Dorado County judge candidates has been canceled, but not because anyone was chicken and ran for the hills."

"The El Dorado Rod and Gun Club, which was to have been the venue for the shooting challenge Saturday, put a stop to it, saying it didn't want to want to give the impression that it might be endorsing a winner."

"'It doesn't really fit in. Our policy is never to endorse anyone,' said Rob Charny, club president." ...
 

Eleven Wins for Gun Owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Thursday, May 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5326 –the appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies fiscal year 2013–by a vote of 247-163."

"One of the most important ways that Congress has protected the Second Amendment is through a number of general provisions included in various appropriations bills. We are happy to report that 11 provisions to protect the Second Amendment were included in the bill." ...
 

"Stand Your Ground" Laws Attacked Despite Broad Public Support
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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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."

"Anti-gun legislators will likely continue to push to overturn 'stand your ground' self-defense laws in states like Florida. Rest assured NRA-ILA will be there to fight them." ...
 

CA: More California Gun Control: Bill to Ban Open Carry of Rifles & Shotguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The California state assembly approved Anthony Portantino's bill that would make it illegal to openly carry unloaded shotguns and rifles on the streets. So, more gun control laws in California. Who here is surprised? Anyone? Anyone?"

"An earlier bill spearheaded by Portantino banned the open carry of handguns. This new bill is just finishing what he started."

"There will be a few exceptions, of course: hunters and police will be able to carry weapons, and there will be select locations where the ban does not apply. For the most part, though, you won't be able to openly carry a gun in CA and that's all there is to it. " ...
 

IA: Major Victory for Hunters and Sportsmen in Iowa
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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." ...
 

OK: Gov. Fallin signs open carry legislation into law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1733 into law Tuesday, allowing Oklahomans to openly carry firearms."

"The bill permits licensed individuals to openly carry a weapon or conceal it. It also allows property owners to openly carry a firearm on their property without a concealed carry permit for the purpose of self-defense." ...
 

OK: Pro-Gun Advocates Claim Victory in Oklahoma Session
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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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 and awaiting the governor's signature, has been a top priority for gun rights advocates in recent years." ...
 

NY: Pistol Permit Renewal Yet Another Attack On Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) said today (May 15) a bill (A380) that is moving quickly through the State Assembly and is currently on the legislative calendar for a vote is yet another attack on Second Amendment Rights – the right to Bear Arms."

"The Democratic majority-sponsored legislation would make it so that those holding a pistol permit would need to renew their permit every five years."

"'This proposal serves no purpose, other than to limit access for responsible citizens to protect themselves and their property and to infringe again on sportsmen. It’s another layer of government and fees that responsible pistol permit owners do not need,' said Barclay. ..." ...
 

LA: Louisiana Considers 'Right to Keep and Bear Arms' Amendment
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Yesterday, the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 303 sending it to the floor of the state House for consideration. This legislation, which would provide for the country's strongest 'right to keep and bear arms' constitutional amendment, still faces an uphill battle in the state House. SB 303 has already passed in the state Senate and has been endorsed by Governor Bobby Jindal." ...
 

Wyoming court keeps guns out of the hands of illegals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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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." ...
 

Police Militarization And You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My father was a MAD man. 'There's only one reason Russia doesn’t attack the United States,' he’d pronounce in a heavy Hungarian accent. 'Mutually Assured Destruction. Those commie bastards know if they go to war with us they can’t win.' I wish the old man had lived long enough to discuss MAD’s domestic implications. No I don’t mean his relationship with Mom. I wonder if he would have agreed with the idea that the same balance-of-terror = peace relationship exists on the local level. In other words, the equality between privately-held arms and the firepower available to law enforcement protects our freedom from state-run tyranny. If so, boy are we in trouble. To wit this via officer.com . . ." ...
 

MN: MN Police Face Challenges as New Law Opens Station Ranges to the Public
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"Minnesota police will have a hard time obeying a new law that will require them to open their shooting ranges to youths attempting to finish firearms training."

"Governor Mark Dayton responded to the growing need for shooting ranges by signing a bill into law that opens up the vast majority of Minnesota's publicly owned shooting ranges to certain members of the public, and that includes police ranges. The law will let young adults going through firearm training use public ranges for four days out of the year, two days in spring and two in summer." ...
 

NJ: 2 N.J. state troopers reassigned during missing gun investigation
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"The State Police have temporarily reassigned two troopers in charge of the Somerville barracks while the division investigates the disappearance of a state-issued handgun from another trooper's locker last month."

"The weapon, which belongs to Sgt. Roger Malone, was reported missing after he returned from vacation in April and found it was no longer among his belongings at the station ..."

"Only troopers have access to the locker room area, according to the sources ..." ...
 

MS: Police: Phony officer could be killing Mississippi drivers (video available)
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"Someone who may be posing as a police officer is pulling cars over on Mississippi highways and then shooting drivers dead, authorities said."

"After two such shootings this month, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help to find the person." ...
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CO: Man Filmed on TV Show Trying to Sell Stolen Gun
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"Police arrested a 64-year-old man accused of stealing a rare, antique gun after he was spotted trying to sell it on a television show." ...
 

DC: Injured vet's guns stolen by D.C.
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"After being injured on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Lt. Augustine Kim spent the night in a D.C. jail for possessing unregistered guns."

"Mr. Kim was transporting his firearms from his parents’ house in New Jersey to South Carolina when he stopped at Walter Reed in Washington for a medical appointment in the summer of 2010."

"After being pulled over, handcuffed, arrested, thrown in jail overnight, his guns were confiscated by the city."

"In the end, the platoon leader felt forced to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge, which was later dismissed, but the District still refuses to return to him $10,000 worth of firearms and parts. ..." ...
 

FBI may charge George Zimmerman with hate crime
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"WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious."

"State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime." ...

"WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said federal prosecutors would have to prove the hate crime to charge Zimmerman, though."

"'What the government would have to prove is that Mr. Zimmerman acted out of hatred toward African-Americans. That's why he came into contact with him. That's why he shot and killed him,' Sheaffer said."

"Sheaffer said a federal hate crime murder charge could bring more serious consequences than the second-degree murder charge Zimmerman faces now." ...
 

Orlando Sentinel Profiles George Zimmerman’s PF-9
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"There’s not a lot that’s newsworthy going on in the Trayvon Martin case these days. George Zimmerman’s out on bail and, you’d have to assume, preparing for his trial with his attorneys. With so little happening in such a high profile case, what’s a news organization to do? Well, orlandosentinel.com decided to fill up some column inches with an exposé of the gun Zimmerman was carrying that dark and stormy night, a Kel Tec PF-9. Somehow they managed to get through the entire piece without asking the gun what it thinks about its role in history . . ." ...
 

FL: Defense receives Trayvon Martin evidence against George Zimmerman -- O'Mara says he got a 'credible threat' as discovery delivered (video available)
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"The attorney for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, announced on Monday he has received the evidence against his client and a 'credible threat.'" ...
 

ABC News Exclusive: Zimmerman Medical Report Shows Broken Nose, Lacerations After Trayvon Martin Shooting (video available
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"A medical report compiled by the family physician of accused Trayvon Martin murderer George Zimmerman and obtained exclusively by ABC News found that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a 'closed fracture' of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation." ...
 

Gun News: Chris Cheng Wins on 'Top Shot' Finale
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"Securing a spot on Top Shot is a huge accomplishment. Making it to the finals is even bigger. But there was still a long way to go. Seven stages based on previous challenges awaited the finalist. And it was his last elimination challenge, against FBI Law Enforcement Specialist William Bethards, that helped make the difference." ...
 

TTAG at NDIA 2012: Aww Yeah, Here We Go Again (videos available)
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"The National Defense Industry Association is the trade group that deals with the military and their toys. And just like the NSSF (the civilian firearms industry trade group), the NDIA puts on an annual trade show with a live fire demonstration tacked on so that military leaders can get their hands on the latest and greatest military hardware and figure out what they want to buy for the troops at the pointy end of the spear. ..."
 

Bank of America to NSSF (re: McMillan Arms): No Ban on Firearms Companies
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"Back in April, McMillan Rifles’ Director of Operations reported that the Bank of America told him to drop dead [paraphrasing]. According to Ryan McMillan the company that bears his name was DOA with BOA because McMillan made firearms. The blowback may not have rocked the Bank to its core, but more than a few members of the gun rights community closed their BOA accounts in protest. Being a 'why can’t we all just get along?' kinda industry lobby group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) contacted BOA and 'insisted' on a response to Big Mac's kvetch. Just under a month later, an NSSF email blast reveals the altogether surprising fact that . . ." ...
 

NY: The Beretta Gallery or Brett Does the Upper East Side
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"Yesterday my family and I took a stroll around the Upper East Side. I happened to get a parking spot in front of the Beretta store on Madison Ave., a place I’d always wanted to check out but hadn’t had the chance to before. The Beretta Gallery isn’t your typical Bass Pro Shop or Cabela’s brand of outfitter. Befitting the neighborhood, the Beretta store blends right in with the adjacent tony shops such as Longchamp and Devi Kroell. In fact, there’s zero chance of assaulting the typical New Yorker’s sensibilities with anything so crass as a firearm. Waking by, they’d never know there’s a store in their midst that sells – gasp – guns for hunting. No PX4 Storm window displays in Mike Bloomberg’s town . . ." ...
 

CA: OMG OMG! There’s an Online Business! In My Neighborhood! OMG!
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"What’s wrong with California? Hmmm, where to start…. Fiscally speaking, this is as good a place as any: 'Today (Gov. Jerry Brown) will unveil his revised budget and explain what additional spending must be cut. Tax collections have run $3.5 billion below what he calculated four months ago. Spending has grown $2 billion above projections. ...' The solution? Well, besides higher taxes nothing’s better than convening an economic summit, of course. ... What does all this have to do with guns? Just ask Rico Tedjakusuma . . ." ...

"Rico wants to do something that’s damned hard in the Golden State these days – he’s trying to get a new business up and running. An enterprise that will produce income, profit and tax revenue ..." ...
 

GA: GCO Announces 4th Annual Convention – August 10 & 11
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... "This year’s convention will be the celebration of GCO’s 5th Anniversary with much to celebrate and enjoy at this convention."

"Our Guest Speaker will be David Codrea, long-time gun rights activist and grassroots leader. David Codrea has been writing professionally on the subject of the right to keep and bear arms since 1999, initially for GUNS & AMMO magazine, then moving on to HANDGUNS, and for the last 6+ years at GUNS, where he is a field editor producing the monthly 'Rights Watch' column. " ...
 

MS: Man found guilty of weapon possession at MSU
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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 sentenced to three years in prison ..." ...

"Allgood said several aspects of Hill's case made it clear it was not simply a matter of a student who happened to have a deer rifle in his apartment."

"'The rifle was a Russian model, the same that the Soviet military uses,' Allgood said. '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.'" ...
 

AZ: Enough is enough!
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"Over the last few months, I find that I cannot take my mind off of the idiocy of our gun laws and the deaths that they have created. It breaks my heart when I think of the children that have been killed and wounded and the families that have torn apart by the total incompetence of our state and Federal lawmakers or the incompetence of others that handle guns improperly."

"It makes me furious when I think of the complete and total preventability of shooting accidents and most school/workplace shootings. In light of recent events, I would like to share my thoughts about this." ...
 

CA: Home Gun Sales Trigger Concerns In Pleasant Hill - What Do You Think?
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"Rick Tedjakusuma wants to buy and sell guns online, using his Pleasant Hill condo as a base of operations. And so far, city hall is giving him the green light. But it might be taking a second look now that the issue has come under community scrutiny."

"After a story was published in the Contra Costa Times on Monday, eyebrows began going up. The property managers of the Tres Lagos North development had no idea until a reporter called that one of their residents was planning such an operation, and they seemed none too happy about it." ...
 

PA: Insulting hyperbole
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... "Mr. Zorbaugh in his diatribe (May 6) does make some points which could be considered reasoned arguments for his position, but he has lost all credibility for the points he makes, and he has lost all interest to a neutral audience, when he begins with such a ridiculous statement1. I can only assume his real intent is to insult that portion of the community which looks to the Bible for guidance on issues of morality. If that is his intent, such an offensive caricature of that community only demonstrates his inability or unwillingness to engage in meaningful dialogue with all members of the community -- a sort of 'you're so stupid, I don't even need to consider your point of view' mentality." ...
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1: "There are 788,258 words in a standard King James Bible. The word 'gun' isn't one of them."
 

NY: Schenectady County tries gun buy-backs
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"The impetus for a gun buy-back program came months ago at a community forum on violence stemming from the shooting death of a Schenectady High School basketball standout." ...
 

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