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Fast and Furious fundraising email plays into ‘partisan witch hunt’ accusation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "... But the plea to 'Contribute now and stand with us in demanding the resignation or termination of Eric Holder!' leaves several important questions unanswered, not the least of which is if responding with a donation will result in any meaningful action ... perhaps disclosing some of the specific ways that money will be directed toward the presumed purpose would be appropriate."

"If Mr. Whitfield and his Conservative Majority organization have been instrumental in uncovering details about the ongoing and unfolding Fast and Furious story, evidence of that is neither widely known nor readily apparent. ... that leads to the unsettling thought that this may just be about using this issue to raise money for something else altogether." ...
 

Obama backs gay marriage; what about the ‘Pink Pistols?’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"President Barack Obama set off a political earthquake when he voiced support for same-sex unions – believed by some observers to be a political ploy to gin up support for his re-election among gays and liberals – but there’s one growing segment of the gay community he’s remained silent about, and probably will unless prodded."

"Enter the Pink Pistols, an activist pro-gun gay organization founded a dozen years ago and expanded now – according to Wikipedia – to include 60 chapters in 33 states. They even have a Facebook page. ..." ...
 

Armed American Radio Expands Into 5 New Markets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Armed American Radio Network hosted by magazine columnist and author, Mark Walters announces continued expansion of the nationally syndicated radio broadcast into 5 new markets." ...
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Submitter's Note: If you haven't started listening you really should. Great show with good info on self-defense, politics, grassroots involvement . . . lots of useful stuff.
 

Chapman Academy Returns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I had grown up reading about Ray Chapman, the man the late, great Jeff Cooper called 'the maestro' of practical handgun shooting, and got to meet him in Los Angeles in 1978 during a practice session for the National Championships of IPSC ... I was running a particularly difficult stage, and since he was watching I asked, 'Mr. Chapman, could you give me any pointers?' He replied that I should start the stage with my toes pointed in a slightly different direction, and should slap the barricade (the second firing point of the stage) with my support hand when I reached it."

I remember thinking 'Wow, big deal…the World Champion's only advice is move my toes and slap some wood.' But I tried it …" ...
 

Obscure Object of Desire: Knight’s Armament PDW
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Odds are that the only time you have seen this sexy 4 pound aluminum carbine is on Future Weapons. That’s because there have only been about ten of them ever made. The fact that it uses a proprietary 6 x 35 wildcat rounds may be part of the reason it has not really taken off. Nonetheless, everything about this little bullet hose is engineered to the max, and it’s clear that KAC knows how to build the type of weapon system that operators need. From the AR-inspired ergonomics to the AK-inspired rotating bolt and the patented 'ball milled' honey-comb fluted barrel, this little gun is simply awesome. ..." ...
 

NDIA: FN / Unique Alpine Ballista
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The current trend in military / LEO sniper rifles involves designs that incorporate the following features:
  • Modular multi-caliber platforms, typically supporting cartridges such as the .338 Lapua, the .300 Win Mag, and the .308 Win.;

  • Interchangeable quick-change barrels;

  • 1913 Rails surrounding the barrel for mounting night vision devices, etc.;

  • Adjustable alloy folding stocks with rear monopods;

  • Suppressor-capable muzzle-breaks."
"The FN Ballista has all of these and more . . ." ...
 

Bianchi Cup Gear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Bianchi Cup is a weird (but awesome) match, in that it’s a lot friendlier to certain types of gear than other sports/matches; at the same time having the 'wrong' gear in certain areas will really mess you up. This year, I actually have one of the best rigs I’ve ever put together for the match in terms of gun, holster, belt, etc." ...
 

The M-1896 Swedish Mauser: How Finland stopped the Soviets cold
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"In 1940, the tiny army of Finland inflicted a major defeat on thousands of invading Red Army soldiers of Joseph Stalin by their superior use of ski troops winterized against temperatures in the Finnish forests of 30 below zero and a rifle—the Swedish M-1896 Mauser."

"The Finns had imported a large number of the weapons from Sweden in 1939. Though the Swedish Mauser helped them stop the Russians cold, inflicting huge casualties on the communists, the Russians eventually overwhelmed the Finns by sheer numbers and forced them to surrender some territory. Later, the Finns participated with German troops in invading the Soviet Union." ...
 

See that red dot right there? That’s where I want the hole.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I am now the proud owner of a Crimson Trace CMR-201 Rail MasterŹ™. I am an unabashed fan of Crimson Trace products and have several of their lasers on my pistols. I've always preferred them over other companies' lasers because of their philosophy of 'positive grip = laser on'."

"Generally, this means molding their lasers to fit on the frames of the more popular pistols or replacing their handgrips altogether. However, there are times when the infinite configurations of every pistol & rifle known to man prevents this from being a universally achievable goal. Hence the CMR-201, Crimson Trace's first universal laser." ...
 

Hornady Shows Off Their Super-Tough Critical Duty Bullets (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Hornady's new Critical Duty ammo went through the FBI penetration test and passed with flying colors."

"You wouldn't think that bullet technology could really be that advanced, but the Critical Duty ammo can pierce some of the toughest materials while other bullets would shatter, be deflected, or get stuck a few inches in. What makes Critical Duty ammo stand out is that it has a ruggedized (we're pretty sure they made that word up) 'FlexLock design, a heavy InterLock band and Flex Tip technology.'" ...
 

Adventures in Open Carry: Regal Shiloh Crossing Stadium 18 Cinema Indiana, Indianapolis
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"TTAG reader Brian Jacobsen writes:"

"Two weekends ago I attended a showing of The Avengers at the Regal Shiloh Crossing Stadium 18 in Avon, Indiana. I’d open carried at this theater several times with no problem. When I went to buy a ticket at the window the ticket taker asked me to leave my weapon in my car. He made this 'suggestion' over the microphone in front of about fifty people. I asked to speak to a manager, who confirmed that this was the theater's policy. So I called their corporate offices to make double sure that this was indeed their position . . ." ...
 

Classic Outdoor Titles Re-Launched As High-Quality Ebooks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Boone and Crockett Club has launched a series of classic hunting and adventure books now digitally re-mastered as eBooks."

"Works from Theodore Roosevelt, William T. Hornaday, Charles Sheldon, Frederick C. Selous and others are being converted to high-quality versions for eReader and iPad users." ...
 

Review: Leupold FX-II 2.5x28mm Scope on a Ruger Gunsite
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"As much as I’ve played with guns lately, I’ve never shot a rifle and scope combination that I like better than the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle and the Leupold FX-II. The two seem to be made for each other, and—in a way—they were. But I’m here to talk about the scope." ...
 

A Riff on Piotti Cool
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Until the Piotti Monaco, I never thought of bespoke shotguns as 'cool.'"

"We often praise custom-made over/unders more in the vernacular of classical beauty than hip transcendence."

"When talking about shotguns today, cool as an adjective usually flies around in conversations about high-tech semi-autos like the Benelli Super Vinci, the Browning Maxus Stalker and the Beretta A400 Xtreme Unico KO, or the awesome 10-gauge Remington SP-10." ...
 

Gander Molehill or Gander Mountain?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "And look, the antis are bragging about it on Facebook--and promising to go after the next venue NRA tries to use--seems they hate the First Amendment as much as they do the Second:" ...
 

In Florida, It’s Often Shoot First, Learn The Law Later
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Earlier this month, I laid out $60 at a gun store in Orlando to take the firearms course required for a license to carry a concealed weapon." ...

"I hoped to learn more about [laws regarding use of force] in my class at Rieg’s Gun Shop, but there wasn’t any instruction at all. ..."

"By the time the shooting was done, my certificate was already printed. ..." ...

"... I called Reig's with some follow-up questions. Chuck McCulley, who identified himself as a co-owner of the store, said he had heard about my visit and apologized for the lack of training I’d received. He said that no one should get a concealed-carry permit without adequate training ... and told me that the manager who had overseen my training didn't work at the store anymore." ...
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Submitter's Note: You know I have never heard of anyone except journalists and antis who have not thoroughly familiarized themselves with the legal moral and ethical aspects of armed self-defense before getting a permit.
 

MI: Michigan Democrats mount effort to repeal stand-your-ground law
Submitted by: Bob Devour

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"A group of state House Democrats said this afternoon they will mount a long-shot campaign to repeal Michigan’s stand-your-ground legislation, a 2006 act that broadened the circumstances under which Michiganders can use lethal force in self-defense."

"Stand-your-ground laws have been under scrutiny across the country in the wake of the February shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman who claimed he was acting in self-defense." ...
 

WV: Homeowner Shoots Intruder in the Chest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Captain Barley said when the homeowner opened the door the intruder attempted to hit the person with a club and then the homeowner shot the intruder in the chest."

"The alleged intruder is currently receiving treatment at Raleigh General Hospital."

"Barley said he believes he will recover." ...
 

UT: St. George man arrested on marijuana charge after shooting intruder with AK-47 rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A St. George man was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana shortly after he shot an intruder with an AK-47 rifle."

"Stephan Prokay told police that four people broke into his apartment Thursday morning, and he shot one of them."

"Police say the 20-year-old Prokay was within the law to shoot the intruder, but it's a crime in Utah to have a gun and illegal drugs." ...
 

MO: No charges for St. Louis man who shot, killed intruder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A St. Louis resident will not face charges in the shooting death of an intruder."

"Authorities say 38-year-old Jerome Burse and a second man broke into a home Wednesday afternoon and stole property. One of the adults in the home, a 23-year-old man, fired shots at the intruders. Burse collapsed outside and died at a hospital." ...
 

GA: Man fires on suspected burglars in Warner Robins
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Police are investigating a Sunday night burglary in which one of the suspected burglars was shot."

"Shortly before 10 p.m., Gabriel Blair Duncan, 18, was at his apartment at 1005 Elberta Road when two men forced their way inside ..."

"Duncan began shooting at the men, who then fled the apartment ... Police say one of the suspected men, Justin Christopher Gladden, 20, of Warner Robins, was found shot in the 100 block of Dixie Trail. There was a visible gunshot wound in his back, and there appeared to be a second wound in his left shoulder, according to a report from the Houston County Sheriff's Office, which assisted Warner Robins police in investigating the incident." ...
 

The 4 Layers of Effective Home Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"If there is anyplace you should feel secure, it's in your home. But statistically speaking, your home is the most dangerous place to be simply because you spend so much time there."

"There are over 2 million reported home invasions every year ... In a 10-year period, you face a 1 in 5 chance that your home will be invaded. Over a 20-year period, the odds are about 50/50 that you'll be the victim of some form of home invasion."

"Many people plan for this by purchasing a firearm. Being armed is always a good idea, but a gun isn't the only answer. And it's certainly not a 'plan.' Preparing for home defense is really about creating layers of deterrence to lower the odds that a bad guy will enter your home. ..." ...
 

Surprising Self-Defense Strategies (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"It’s a scary statistic. For 84-percent of assault victims, the attacker is a familiar face. Whether it’s a spouse, an acquaintance or a complete stranger, defense instincts may kick in. However, some of those instincts and some of what women have been taught, could backfire."

"People come in all sizes, pointed out Claudia Brown Jackman, an Aikido and women’s self defense instructor with Shuurin Dojo, Omaha. Therefore they shouldn’t rely on certain techniques, which may not work if a victim cannot reach an attacker." ...
 

CA: Police chief: Man who killed Gil acted in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Charges won’t be filed in the stabbing death of Brandon Gil in March, because investigators have determined that the suspect acted in self-defense."

"Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano said Thursday that investigators determined that on March 31, after words were exchanged, Gil and another man, Ricardo Flores, attacked Frank Garcia first, outside El Miramar Restaurant and Bar on Main Street. Gil allegedly stabbed Frank Garcia in the upper body, and Garcia defended himself." ...
 

MI: Good Story On Women Getting Carry Licenses In Detroit (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"This is a great story from Fox 2 News in Detroit on women in that city stepping up to get Michigan Concealed Handgun Licenses to protect themselves and their families. I love the quote near the end from one woman who said, 'I'm not a vigilante but I'm going to protect myself, my family, my property.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: I like the woman who said "I've decided I will not be defenseless again."
 

ATF Death Watch 148: Fast and Furious Explained. And the Rest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The ATF and the Obama administration made—still make—a lot of noise about U.S. gun store guns going to Mexico to arm the drug cartels. It’s one of those “even if it’s true it’s not important” deals. The vast majority of firearms in cartel hands were/are supplied by Uncle Sam via legal sales to the Mexican military and police forces. The official term for the process: “seepage.” We know that over 150k Mexican troops have joined the cartels in the last five years. So there go those guns. We also know that the Calderon administration is in bed with the Sinaloa cartel at the highest levels, opening the door to a relatively straightforward arms transfer. Check this from borderlandbeat.com . . ." ...
 

Issa Report Again Debunks Right-Wing Media's Fast And Furious Conspiracy Theory
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "But in a May 3 memorandum and accompanying report attempting to lay the groundwork for a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, Issa said that the Fast and Furious operation to allow straw purchasers to buy and transfer guns without being arrested was conceived because law enforcement officials 'hoped the weapons, after they were recovered at crime scenes in Mexico, could be traced and linked to cartel operatives including possible high-level financiers, suppliers, and possibly even king-pins.'" ...

"At no point in the 17-page memo or accompanying 44-page draft contempt citation against Holder did Issa assert that the program may have had a different, more nefarious purpose." ...
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Submitter's Note: One question: How? How would picking up guns at crime scenes lead to the "big fish"?
 

Fast And Furious: Why Eric Holder Will Lose The Legal Fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Federal courts could soon decide a fight between Congress and Attorney General Eric Holder on the Operation Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. If Republicans persevere, this is a battle that Holder should lose in what would be a humiliating defeat for President Barack Obama."

"Most Americans have now heard that our government allowed drug cartels to illegally smuggle thousands of guns from the U.S. into Mexico. The National Rifle Association has relentlessly pursued the White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) about Fast and Furious for over a year, and the massive gun-rights organization has only increased its focus in recent months." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually it was not the NRA who "relentlessly pursued" anyone; it was David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh.
 

Hopefully, A Portent Of November
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"In the annual Congressional Shoot-Out, which is a skeet, trap, and sporting clays challenge between Republican and Democratic Congressmen, Team Republican won. This event is sponsored on an annual basis by the Congressional Sportman's Foundation." ...
 

NJ: Gun Owners of America Endorses NJ’s David Larsen for Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Dear Friend of the Second Amendment,"

"Meet David Larsen: a husband, father, successful businessman, firearms enthusiast, and member of Gun Owners of America."

"He is not a professional politician, but he decided to run for Congress in New Jersey in order to restore lost liberty and to confine the federal government to its constitutional role."

"Gun Owners of America Political Victory is proud to endorse David Larsen in the Republican primary in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District." ...
 

Rumor Control: Does S. 1813 bill allow the IRS to seize your passport and your guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reports have been circulating regarding S. 1813--a highway bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate. The story goes that this bill would allow the IRS to seize your passport and your guns if you owe more than $50,000 in back taxes. The claims are totally bogus."

"Although the bill is certainly long and complex, those who suggest that the bill is anti-gun are totally misreading it." ...
 

Craig James says Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton seek treaty to ban the use of U.S. firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Craig James of Texas drew a standing ovation this week after warning that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seek an international agreement banning the use of guns on U.S. soil."

"James, sitting on stage at a Grassroots America candidate forum in Tyler on May 16, 2012, said: 'I’m going to stand up because I want to make sure you don’t forget what I’m going to say right now.' An Austin American-Statesman reporter recorded his remarks." ...
 

Amendment Considered for Restrcting Fed Funds for UN Arms Trade Treaty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Congressman Denny Rehberg’s (Mont.) amendment to restrict the use of federal funds for advocating or lobbying for a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has passed the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations by a bi-partisan vote of 30 to 20."

"The amendment mandates that no taxpayer funds may be used to negotiate a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that would restrict the Second Amendment rights of any United States citizen or regulate firearms or ammunition." ...
 

First Amendment Right to Record the Police Performing Their Duties in Public
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"The U.S. Justice Department opined May 14 that the First Amendment does secure such a right, reaffirming a January letter that I had missed. 'Recording governmental officers engaged in public duties,' the letter reasons, 'is a form of speech through which private individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern, including the conduct of law enforcement officers.'" ...
 

WV: Judge says State Police can keep internal reviews secret
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"A Kanawha County judge on Thursday denied a civil action that would have forced the West Virginia State Police to provide The Charleston Gazette with documents that detail internal investigations of trooper misconduct."

"In 2010, the Gazette filed a lawsuit against the State Police, seeking documents and complaint logs detailing the agency's investigations into brutality and sexual misconduct accusations against troopers." ...
 

Former top FBI agent charged with child porn distribution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former supervisory FBI agent has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges."

"Donald Sachtleben was taken into custody and charged Monday after a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal child porn images traded over the Internet."

"The 54-year-old resident of Carmel, Indiana, has pleaded not guilty and has a detention hearing in federal court Wednesday." ...
 

ATF invites Alaska gun dealers to seminar after gun records flap
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Anchorage-area firearms dealers are being invited to a June 5 seminar by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives nearly two months after a controversy erupted that set off alarms among Northwest gun rights activists and got the attention of Alaska Congressman Don Young."

"The ATF field office in Anchorage takes direction from the Seattle Field Division office, and in January, an agent in Anchorage approached several local gun shops including Great Northern Guns, asking for their bound books, containing information on all gun transactions, so he could make copies. Great Northern Guns, as this column noted, refused. The agent departed, but that was hardly the end of things." ...
 

Videos Exonerate Photographers On Both Coasts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Alexander Arbuckle, a 21-year-old New York University journalism student, believed police were being portrayed unfairly in media stories about the Occupy Wall Street protests last year."

"So he began a photojournalism project in an attempt to show officers in a more positive light."

"He ended up getting arrested."

"New York City police claimed he had been standing in the middle of the street blocking traffic on New Year’s Day, so they charged him with disorderly conduct, which as we all know is the catch-all charge when a crime has not been committed."

"Thanks to videos from fellow photographers as well as police that showed he never left the sidewalk, Arbuckle was acquitted this week." ...
 

TX: Ex-Houston police officer’s acquittal over teen suspect’s alleged beating upsets black leaders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A jury’s acquittal Wednesday of a former Houston police officer in the alleged beating of a 15-year-old burglary suspect during a videotaped arrest upset black community leaders who criticized the verdict as unjust and racist."

"Andrew Blomberg, 29, was the first of four fired police officers to stand trial for their roles in the alleged beating of Chad Holley during a daylight arrest on March 2010. The incident involving the black teen, now 18, prompted fierce public criticism of the Police Department by community activists who called it another example of police brutality against minorities." ...
 

TX: Officers suspended for keg transport
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"According to Austin Police Department general conduct and requirements of duty rules, officers Brian Spain and Ricky Hollis went against civil service rules in December when they used an unmarked patrol unit for personal use."

"The case was reviewed after a citizen brought the incident to the attention of APD via email, and suspension orders issued this month." ...
 

DC: Soldier wants his guns back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Republicans are trying to ensure the District respects the full constitutional rights of our military personnel. The House this week is expected to take up a measure by Rep. Phil Gringrey, Georgia Republican, expressing the sense of Congress that the approximately 40,000 active-duty military personnel who live in or are stationed in Washington should be exempt from local firearms restrictions. While the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would not be binding, it adds to the mounting pressure on the liberal D.C. Council to consider allowing carry rights." ...
 

MD: Former Baltimore cop convicted of 2nd degree murder on Eastern Shore (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A jury in Queen Anne's County has found a former Baltimore city police officer guilty of second degree murder in the killing of his neighbor. Charles "Pete" Richter, of Stevensville, was on trial for the shooting death of his neighbor, Mark Xander, in April 2011."

"Richter, who served on the Baltimore city force during the 1970-80's, was also convicted on the charge of using a hand gun in the commission of a crime. Prosecutors charged him with first degree murder and assault after they say he shot Xander in the back after the two argued about Xander's dog." ...
 

NC: North Carolina Man Arrested For Trying To Report Suspected Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"John Nix pulled out his cell phone after spotting what he thought was a gang of thugs mugging a man in the parking lot of a North Carolina shopping mall last week."

"The former city council candidate ended up in jail after the men who were in street clothes turned out to be cops arresting a suspected shoplifter."

"They thought he was taking their picture." ...
 

FL: Broward Sheriff's Deputy Criminally Charged After Deleting Video
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Here is something you don’t see often; a law enforcement officer arrested for deleting video footage."

"His own, in fact, when he realized it would be used against him by investigators."

"That decision ended up costing Broward Sheriff’s Detective Anthony Costanzo an additional charge of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison (he's facing life in prison on other charges but more on that in a second)." ...
 

NJ: At Newark bail hearing, former Essex County sheriff's officer faces extortion charges
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"John Balsamo, a former longtime Essex County sheriff’s officer, stood in a federal courtroom Wednesday, wearing a tight black T-shirt and a tense expression as he listened to charges that he allegedly threatened mob violence while extorting money from a man who federal authorities say owed one of Balsamo’s co-conspirators $50,000." ...
 

IA: A moving car is more dangerous than a stored handgun
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... "As expected, Johnson County Sheriff Lonnie Pulkrabek is using this incident to point out what in his opinion is a glaring flaw in Iowa's 'Shall Issue' law. According to Sheriff Pulkrabek, Mr. Dunlap was arrested for OWI on March 7, 2010. He applied for a PCW on March 26, 2010, and Pulkrabek subsequently issued the permit because he knew that 'two or three substance abuse arrests were typically required to deny someone the permit.'"
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Unfortunately, Sheriff Pulkrabek is not being truthful ... In 2010, Iowa was still a 'May Issue' state. ... Therefore, when Mr. Dunlap applied for a PCW in 2010, Pulkrabek could have denied the application for any reason he could come up with." ...
 

CA: Calguns Foundation Defends Innocent Gun Owner From Criminal Charges, Secures $35,800 Settlement From City Of Calexico In Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit
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"In an excellent conclusion to another federal civil rights lawsuit, The Calguns Foundation has secured a settlement agreement from defendants the City of Calexico, the Calexico Police Department, Chief of Police James Neujahr, and Calexico PD officer Mario Alcaraz. The case, Ian James Farias v. City of Calexico, et al., alleged that the defendants violated Mr. Farias’ Fourth Amendment rights by improperly arresting him and seizing his lawfully-possessed shotgun. The lawsuit also alleged that the Calexico PD failed to properly train their officers on firearms issues, leading to Mr. Farias’ arrest." ...
 

CA: Hearing postponed for Long Beach Police officer charged with sex crimes
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"Arraignment and a bail reduction hearing was postponed Wednesday for a Long Beach Police Officer charged with 39 criminal counts related to sex crimes with more than a dozen underage girls."

"Noe Yanez was already under suspicion of lewd behavior with one minor and possession of child pornography when he was charged last week with dozens more criminal counts for allegedly engaging in lewd acts with 13 girls, all under 18, dating back to 2008." ...
 

IL: Trial starts in 2007 bar fight
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"A Staunton man faced a jury Tuesday on charges stemming from a 2007 fight at a bar near Granite City, while he was a police officer."

"Walter C. Milton ... is on trial in Madison County Circuit Court on charges of aggravated battery and unlawful restraint."

"The incident occurred Feb. 20, 2007, ... just outside Granite City."

"Milton allegedly kicked a man hard enough that the victim required surgery to install metal plates in his face to hold the bones in place. Milton ... was off duty at the time of the bar fight."

"'All of a sudden, I saw a boot coming at me,' said Dana Howard, a truck driver, who told about the alleged attack. He said he was kicked as he was getting up off the floor from a fight." ...
 

TX: Officer's gun accidentally fires in San Antonio Middle School
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"An officer has been placed on administrative leave after school officials say his gun discharged inside a north-side middle school on Wednesday morning." ...
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Submitter's Note: Must have been one of those possessed guns Plaxico talked about (NSFW audio track).
 

TX: Agreement between HPD, Ministers Against Crime ends
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"For years, ministers across Houston worked with police to help stop violence. But today that agreement ended because the ministers wanted to be able to speak their minds about ongoing cases." ...

"Reverend Jefferson is one of dozens of ministers who are no longer working with HPD. Houston Ministers Against Crime and the police department had a partnership for more than three decades. But just recently, HPD adopted new guidelines for the Police and Clergy Alliance ..."

"'In PACA, you cannot speak out against the city, nor the police department, you cannot associate yourself with people who are speaking out, and you cannot cause any kind of problem in the city as long as you're carrying a PACA badge,' said Rev. Jefferson." ...
 

George Zimmerman fund raises $1,000 daily
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"George Zimmerman’s new professionally administered legal defense fund has raised more than $1,000 a day in the two weeks it has been online, his lawyer announced Thursday."

"Attorney Mark O’Mara established an account for Zimmerman — accessible on www.gzdefensefund.com — which has raised $15,424 so far. Almost $4,000 of that came from checks and money orders, he said."

"'The largest donation received was $3,000, then $2,000 and the lowest was one dollar,' a statement posted on his website said. 'Most donate between $25 and $100, and many include notes of support for Mr. Zimmerman and his family.'" ...
 

FL: Cops, Witnesses Back Up George Zimmerman's Version of Trayvon Martin Shooting
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"Two police reports written the night that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin said that Zimmerman had a bloody face and nose, according to police reports made public today."

"The reports also note that two witness accounts appear to back up Zimmerman's version of what happened when they describe a man on his back with another person wearing a hoodie straddling him and throwing punches."

"It has been such a contentious case that even the evidence is being disputed." ...
 

Report: Drug Found In Trayvon Martin's System
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"Trayvon Martin had marijuana in his system. He was shot through the heart at close range. George Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts on the back of his head."

"The lead investigator wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter in the weeks after the shooting but was overruled."

"These are among the details revealed in nearly 200 pages of documents, photos and audio recordings that were released Thursday in a case that has riveted the nation. Yet it's still unclear what exactly happened and whether it was racially motivated."

"The evidence supports Zimmerman's contention that he was being beat up when he fired the fatal shot. At the same time, it bolsters the argument of Martin's parents that Zimmerman was profiling Martin ..." ...
 

NY: Second amendment rights meeting set for Tuesday
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"A presentation on the right to bear arms according to the second amendment will be given on Tuesday, May 22."

"The Corning area Tea Party will host the event, which will be led by Mike Frost and Misha Zigas. ..." ...
 

NY: Packing All the Heat a Movie Could Want -- The Specialists, Prop Weapons Supplier to ‘Men in Black 3’
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"DEEP inside a nondescript building in SoHo, a two-story steel vault marked 'Fort Knox' holds a huge arsenal of weapons that has armed action heroes and their adversaries, fake armies and feds, and Tony Soprano."

"The collection, of more than 5,000 firearms, includes sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, revolvers, pistols, machine guns and even a 15th-century wheel lock, one of the world’s first practical handguns. The deadly decorations hang on the vault’s white walls, and each has, at one time or another, played a role in film or television." ...
 

NC: Interesting Offer For Those In The Raleigh-Durham Area
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"I got an email a few minutes ago from Trophy Research. They are looking for people to serve in a focus group in the Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) area on May 22nd to discuss lever guns. They will pay you a $100 for your time." ...
 

OR: Oregon man ejected from board meeting wins Glock pistol in campaign fundraiser
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"A Portland man whose disruptive behavior prompted his booting from a county commissioners meeting has won a 9 mm Glock pistol in a campaign fundraiser held by a candidate who is trying for a seat on the board."

"A sheriff's deputy ejected Richard Langdon from last month's meeting of the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners. On Tuesday, he won the pistol in a fundraiser held by Tootie Smith, a former state representative and longtime Second Amendment activist ..." ...
 

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Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest. — Mahatma Gandhi

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