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NRA convention underscores anti-gun camp's irrelevancy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the [CCRKBA], and Dave Workman, senior editor of Gun Week:"

"Adhering to a pattern of behavior that has developed over the years, a tiny contingent of gun prohibitionists paraded outside of the Charlotte Convention Center while the [NRA] was hosting its record-breaking members' meeting, but they remained only long enough to get some camera time with local news crews."

"Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign ... came to Charlotte to ... get his name in the local media. Where the NRA can pull more than 70,000 members, the Brady bunch could barely muster two dozen protesters to parade around for perhaps an hour, then leave satisfied that the 5 o'clock news would carry their images." ...
 

Ohio Sovereignty Amendment Approved for Signature Gathering
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Among other things, the Ohio Sovereignty Amendment would allow juries to nullify laws; expand the right to bear arms and maintain militias; permit the recall of elected officials by petition signatures alone; ban federal enforcement of laws except through a county sheriff; and require that all public school operations through the 12th grade be regulated at the district level only." ...
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Author's Note: Also find out about a "fee" increase in Oregon that's reminiscent of nothing so much as a poll tax, why you should book your hotel accommodations with anyone but Marriott, and the latest "Trigger Sports LIVE!" show.
 

The OAS Firearms Convention Is Incompatible with American Liberties
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"Abstract: President Barack Obama has called on the Senate to ratify CIFTA, the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacture of and Trafficking in Firearms, but the convention poses serious prudential risks to liberties guaranteed by the First and Second Amendments. The convention appears to be an end run around domestic obstacles to gun control. Furthermore, ratification of the convention would undermine U.S. sovereignty by legally binding it to fulfill obligations that some current signatories already disregard. The U.S. would be best served by continuing existing programs, cooperating with other countries on a bilateral basis, and making and enforcing its own laws to combat the traffic in illicit arms." ...
 

Guns and Liars Who Lie About Them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When prominent historian Michael Bellesiles (be-LEALs) met fierce criticism of his book, Arming America, in 2000 and beyond, much of academia rallied to his support. It was a failed effort and resulted in a sort of East Anglia/Hockey Stick/Climatic Research Unit epic debacle for Second Amendment opponents."

"Michael Bellesiles was forced to resign his positions at Emory University and suffered the ignominy of being the first winner of the coveted and prestigious Bancroft Prize to have it rescinded."

"Assisted by the New Press, Bellesiles is now plotting his return from humiliating exile with a new screed on Americans and their right to bear arms. ..." ...
 

Stripping away our rights, one constitutional guarantee at a time
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Conservatives understand how the Leftist agenda threatens the prosperity, sovereignty, and fundamental values of our country. But how many realize the extent to which the feminist-progressive effort to curb partner abuse is rolling back many of our most cherished civil liberties?"

"Recently Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, a Washington-based advocacy organization, released a report titled 'Assaulting our Rights: How Domestic Violence Laws Curtail our Fundamental Freedoms:' ..."

"This document exposes, in chilling detail, how our fundamental rights have been casually tossed aside in the name of curing the so-called 'epidemic' of domestic violence." ...
 

Mason, Madison, and Militias: A Progressive for a Right to Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Democrat who argues for a right to bear arms is treated similarly to a Republican who argues for a right to an abortion. Although there is no inherent contradiction in either position, zealots decry any deviation from the orthodox party platform. However, arguing that the Second Amendment refers to an individual right does not mean the gun control debate is over. The fact that Americans have a right to bear arms does not mean they have a right to bear arms in any way they choose. Strict scrutiny, the highest standard available for reviewing the constitutionality of statutes, is far from incompatible with the goals of many gun control advocates. ..." ...
 

NE: Nelson meets Kagan, sees no reason to oppose her
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said he has a 'very favorable' impression of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan after meeting with her in his Capitol Hill office Wednesday afternoon."

"'She was very candid with the discussion,' Nelson said."

"Nelson said he has seen nothing that would prompt him to vote against her nomination but that he withholds final judgement until after her confirmation hearing."

"Nelson said his 20-minute meeting with Kagan included a discussion of the second amendment. Nelson said he opted not to bring up Kagan's decision to boot military recruiters when she was dean of Harvard Law School." ...
 

Distorting Elena Kagan's Second Amendment Record
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Doug Kendall, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, has a long post explaining why conservative legal activist Ken Klukowski is wrong about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and the Second Amendment. At issue is a recent Townhall column where Klukowski asserted that Kagan's 'shocking' decision as solicitor general not to file a brief in the gun rights case McDonald v. Chicago reveals Kagan's deep hostility to the Second Amendment ..." ...

"Kagan decided not to file a brief in a case where the federal government had no direct interest and where there was no federal law at stake. It's really quite a stretch to equate this with hostility to the Second Amendment." ...
 

Three-Step Guide to 3-Gunning
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tri-Gun Challenge competitor Neil Davies pulled into the Del-Tone/Luth gun club parking lot and wasted no time preparing his ensemble. He wore a Hornady hat, shooting glasses, Adidas football cleats and more rounds of ammunition than there are rainy days in St. Cloud, Minn. He had five 30-round AR mags full of .223 Rem. ammunition strapped to his leg, four extended Glock mags around his waist and enough No. 8 shotshells to fend off an Argentine dove rebellion. His long guns, a souped-up Benelli M2 and a DPMS MK 12 AR-15 lay freshly oiled on the tailgate of his Chevy. ..." ...
 

Kids Kill Kids When There's A Gun in the House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As if we needed any more proof to fight the fanatics at the NRA claiming that every home should have a gun… (and every car, truck, footlocker, desk drawer, etc.)… New research from the Harvard School of Public Health informs us that more than three-quarters of children under 15 who die in shooting accidents are shot by someone else, usually another child. The study was the first multi-state, in-depth study of who fires the shots that kill unintentionally. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: With an average of 70 children (14 and under) a year accidentally killed with a firearm, and an average of 835 children a year accidentally drowning, wouldn't the 'Harvard School of Public Health' be better off working on reducing drownings?
 

In War With Cartels, What's The Answer On Guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pressure from the Mexican government to stop cross-border gun purchases by drug cartels is giving some lawmakers hope for a compromise on gun control."

"In a joint White House press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon today, President Obama spoke of shared responsibility on security measures to stop the cartels from buying guns in the U.S. Approximately 90 percent of the guns seized from cartels from fiscal 2006-2008 were purchased in the United States, according to a Government Accountability Office report released last year. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: No matter how many times you repeat a lie, it is still a lie. 90% of trace requests came back as US guns, but only 20% of seized guns were submitted for tracing, which means that 18% of guns seized were traced to the US. Never answered is the question of how many of those guns were supplied by the US to the Mexican gov't who then 'lost track' of them.
 

UT: Good gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court's decision on the Second Amendment establishing the right of people to bear arms should halt any fears of government confiscation of guns. We should now proceed to produce intelligent gun laws that save lives."

"Assault weapons, like machine guns, should require rigorous government regulation to protect both police and citizens. All gun sales should go through a licensed dealer with a background check to keep guns from felons, suspected terrorists and the mentally deranged. Plus, registering handguns would assist the police in tracing guns used in committing a crime. ..."

"These are simple and hardly egregious laws. Responsible gun laws make responsible gun owners responsible citizens."
 

Saudi Arabia: She Fought The 'Law' — And She May Win
Submitted by: Larry

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"The young couple was enjoying an afternoon at the local amusement park when their day was suddenly blighted by the arrival of a uniformed government functionary."

"The police officer demanded identification from the couple. This caused the young man to suffer an apparent panic attack. The woman, however, erupted in fury, beating the policeman so severely that he had to be hospitalized."

"Amazing as it may seem, the woman was not arrested and thrown in a cell. She has yet to be formally charged. If she is charged with, and convicted of, assault on a public official, the punishment could be a lengthy prison term and severe corporal punishment." ...
 

OK: Shooting At Tulsa Gas Station Leaves One Man Dead
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"... a man claiming to be a Okmulgee County Reserve Deputy opened fire at a midtown Tulsa gas station about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday." ...

"Police officers say the man ran into a person he claimed to have arrested in the past. Witnesses say that person started an argument and flashed a gun."

"'At some point, he pulled up his shirt and told the guy, 'hey you know you can get some of this,' said Captain Karen Tipler, Tulsa Police. 'And he was fearing for his life so he pulled his gun and made sure that if the gun battle was going to ensue, he was going to be on top of it.'"

"The man was hit in the chest, and was pronounced dead, inside the convenience store."

"No one else inside the store was hurt." ...
 

PA: Elderly Stroudsburg couple holds burglar at gunpoint
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An elderly couple held a burglar at gunpoint while waiting for police to arrive at their Stroudsburg home Saturday morning.

Devin Tyler Ayala, 24, of Stroudsburg ripped a screen on a porch, climbed through and entered the Sarah Street home through a door. That set off an alarm. A 68-year old woman had been sleeping on the couch on the first floor. She awoke, pushed past Ayala and screamed for help to her husband who had been sleeping upstairs.

The husband, 74, came down stairs with a gun and kept Ayala in place until the Stroud Area Regional Police responded according to the police report.

Ayala is charged with burglary, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
 

FL: Fort Pierce police: Woman forced to perform sex act shoots suspect with own gun
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"A 19-year-old man was arrested after a woman told police the armed man sexually battered her before she took his gun and fired, apparently hitting him in the leg, according to a recently released affidavit."

"Major Lee Barnes ... faces sexual battery, robbery with a firearm and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charges after the May 14 incident that happened about 12:02 a.m."

"A Fort Pierce police officer went to the area of North 10th Street at Avenue H following a complaint of a man shooting a handgun in the air and was flagged down by the reported sexual attack victim." ...
 

AR: Woman takes gun from restaurant robber, shoots him
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Police in Pine Bluff say a woman working in a fast food restaurant struggled with a robber and then shot him after he put aside his gun so he could stuff cash into a bag.

The suspect, 22-year-old Jason Robinson, was treated early Tuesday for a thigh wound and taken to jail. Formal charges are due Wednesday.

The Burger King worker told police she was counting money when the robber approached the restaurant's office late Monday night. The robber threatened to kill her, and then put the gun down so he could put the night's take into a bag.

Police say the worker grabbed the gun. She and the robber started to wrestle and was shot in the struggle. The woman put Robinson in a headlock and called police, who arrested Robinson.
 

NRA 2010 convention in Charlotte, Part II: Friday leadership forum features Sarah Palin
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NRA members were excited to hear Sarah Palin speak at the Friday Leadership Forum. In her classic, no holds barred style, she greeted all the Bitter Clingers to a great round of applause. Palin said that the media want people to believe that guns lead to violent death. She recounted a conversation she had with her seven year old daughter, Piper, about having guns taken away. Piper's response,"
"Well, we'd be losers, 'cause we would be just left with bows and arrows."
"Piper, even at her young age, obviously recognizes the disparity of force created by depriving the law-abiding of firearms." ...
 

A look at the Brady Campaign's brief against the Montana Firearms Freedom Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last evening, National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea reported that the Department of Justice and the Brady Campaign had both filed court briefs in opposition to Montana's Firearms Freedom Act. More specifically, the briefs are in opposition to the state's lawsuit against the federal government, over the feds' announced intention to interfere with strictly intrastate firearms commerce that complies with Montana law."

"The Department of Justice brief (pdf file) is perhaps a topic for another time, but I do have a few quick obervations to make about the Brady Campaign's brief ..." ...
 

OH: National Rifle Association files amicus brief in City of Cleveland v. State of Ohio preemption challenge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One week after Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, via the Solicitor General, filed a strong merit brief in support of Ohio's 'preemption' law, R.C. 9.68, the National Rifle Association has followed suit, filing an Amicus, or 'friend of the court,' brief in support of upholding state law." ...
 

PA: Gun Control Debate Comes out of the closet in PA Politics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When two Western Pennsylvania politicians running for governor squabble over who has a better record on gun control, you don’t have to be a political scientist to know that change is in the air."

"But that’s what happened during the campaign when Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, touting his high score from CeaseFirePA, a statewide organization fighting for common sense gun safeguards, and State Auditor Jack Wagner tussled over who had the better record on banning assault weapons while serving on Pittsburgh City Council." ...
 

KY: Rand Paul Too Extreme For Kentucky
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The day after Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway secured the Democratic Senate nomination he took direct aim at his Republican opponent, Rand Paul, calling the tea party favorite outside the mainstream." ...

"As for himself, Conway pushed back on Republican claims that he's a liberal. Conway was billed as the progressive choice in the primary -- earning endorsements from MoveOn and DailyKos -- but he told me today he doesn't apply the label to himself."

"'I call myself moderate, always have,' Conway said. He pointed to his record of fighting child pornography as attorney general ... and his support for the Second Amendment as evidence that he was a mainstream Kentucky politician." ...
 

Rep. Bobby Scott Pledges Hearings on Gun Show Loophole Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence today expressed their appreciation to Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) for making a commitment to hold a hearing on legislation to close the gun shop loophole."

"A bill requiring Brady background checks on all firearms purchases at gun shows was introduced last year by Representatives Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Michael Castle (R-DE). Scott, who chairs the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security of the House Judiciary Committee, pledged to hold the hearing at a recent meeting with Lori Haas, whose daughter, Emily Haas, survived the April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that left 32 dead." ...
 

Support Grows for Gun and Ammunition Excise Tax Reform
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"As many as 37 members of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP), including the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited, sent letters in support of federal excise tax reform legislation to Congressman Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (D-IA), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. David Camp (R-MI), ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee." ...
 

Should those on terror watch list be able to buy guns?
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"Add the threat of terrorism to the mix and the battle over gun rights gets even more fired up. A Democratic senator from New Jersey is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit people who are on the terror watch list from buying weapons. The National Rifle Association is having a cow."

"In 2007, when the Bush administration backed the same bill by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the NRA said it would 'allow arbitrary denial of Second Amendment rights based on mere 'suspicions' of a terrorist threat.' Three years later, the Obama administration is backing similar legislation proposed by Lautenberg, and like clockwork, the NRA is making the same claims." ...
 

TN: Bredesen vetoes new 'guns in bars' bill
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"Gov. Phil Bredesen on Tuesday vetoed legislation allowing Tennessee's estimated 270,000 handgun-carry permit holders go armed in restaurants, bars, museums and other establishments licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption."

"In his veto message to the General Assembly, Gov. Bredesen said the latest version of the so-called 'guns-in-bars' bill is an 'even more expansive and dangerous form' than the 'reckless' version he vetoed a year ago."

"Lawmakers easily overrode last year's veto. But a judge later overturned the 2009 law, calling it unconstitutionally vague because it allowed guns in establishments meeting certain food service requirements that permit holders could not reasonably be expected to determine." ...
 

CA: Gun buffs push 'Open Carry' agenda
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"Whatever those framers of the Constitution meant, their second amendment writing seems to have kept us all up in arms, so to speak, since about 1791. The latest battleground has gun buffs lining up in California to take aim at AB1934, a bill now pending in the state legislature which would make it illegal to carry an unloaded gun in plain view."

"On one side are the 'Open Carry' folks. They have taken offense at the fact that everyone who applies for a permit to carry a concealed weapon is not immediately granted that permit, even if he or she is a law-abiding citizen. You want to pack heat? The Open Carry folks think nothing should stop you. ..." ...
 

OR: Fairview city councilor's handgun making colleagues nervous at meetings
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"Fairview City Councilor Ken Quinby likes to have his .40-caliber Glock G27 handy at council meetings. Quinby says he carries the handgun - which he has a license for and keeps in his fanny pack, along with his cell phone and reading glasses - in case of attack by a disgruntled citizen."

"Quinby's gun-packing proclivities, however, make fellow council member Barbara Jones nervous. So much so that she would like to ban guns and other weapons at City Hall."

"'I understand the Second Amendment allows you to bear arms; however my 'pursuit of happiness' and ability to live my life safely seems to be taking a back seat to those who run around with concealed weapons,' Jones said in an e-mail Monday ..." ...
 

TN: Bredesen vetoes gun rights bill on last legal day-so who's the grandstander?
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... "A lot of people on the moderate-to-liberal end of Tennessee's political spectrum have made statements to the effect that they believe that efforts to allow the greater exercise of our Second Amendment rights amounts to political grand-standing. Grand-standing would be catering to some kind of populist mood and using that for pure political gain or as an obvious political shot. ..."

"If anyone has grandstanded politically, it is Governor Phil Bredesen, who had already vetoed the bill but waited until yesterday to release that veto knowing that an over-ride has the potential to drag out the legislative calendar when the General Assembly is trying to wind down. ..." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Opposes Recently-Passed Microstamping Bill
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The New York State Assembly has once again embraced feel-good gun legislation that will – most likely at great expense – do nothing to make New Yorkers safer or apprehend criminals. The recently-passed bill requires all semi-automatic pistols manufactured or sold in the state to be capable of microstamping ammunition. Independent research (including a study conducted by the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory in Hauppauge, NY) has found microstamping technology to be ineffective and easily defeated. Moreover, this is single-source technology; its true cost to manufacturers and consumers is totally unknown." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma governor vetoes Firearms Freedom Act… again
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"Oklahoma governor Brad Henry vetoed HB 2994, the Firearms Freedom Act, on Tuesday. This is the second version of the Firearms Freedom Act which Governor Henry has acted upon this legislative session, as he vetoed SB 1685 last month. Henry referenced 'benefits to criminals and concerns about safety for citizens and law enforcement' as reasons for turning back the bill."

"In his veto message, the lame duck governor states:"
"This legislation does nothing to enhance 2nd Amendment protections…"

"… this legislation would endanger law enforcement officers and citizens without doing anything to strengthen an individual's right to bear arms.
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"Governor Henry has failed to grasp the true meaning of the main declaration of the Second Amendment. ..." ...
 

CIA domestic ops go far beyond Shahzad probe
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"People upset about the CIA's involvement in domestic interrogations might be surprised to learn that the spy agency's most explosive growth in recent years has been right here in the USA -- not in the back alleys of Karachi or in the mountains of Afghanistan."

"According to some insider estimates, most of the CIA's recruitment of foreign spies now takes place in the United States. ..." ...

"Advocates say it's a lot easier, and safer ..."

"But the strategy has its critics, too, especially former CIA operations officers who say the spy agency is playing it too safe -- and not delivering the goods to U.S. commanders who need strong intelligence in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan." ...
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Four Hutaree members released from jail
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... "It does make one wonder how truthful the U.S. Attorney's office was being when they fought any release earlier, saying 'no set of conditions or combinations could ensure the safety of the public,' because that is clearly not the case here." ...
 

NJ Mom Recognizes Census Worker as Sex Offender
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"A man with a U.S. census badge knocked on Amy Schmalbach's door on May 4. Thinking that answering the door to a government worker was a safe bet, she did. And then she wondered why he looked so familiar."

"As soon as the man left her Pennsauken home, Schmalbach realized where she had seen him before: on the state's sex-offender registry."

"'I figured this is a government worker, I'm safe,' Schmalbach, 33, told the Inquirer. She had given him names and birthdates of her family to the man who called himself 'Jamie.'"

"The man's real name is Frank J. Kuni, but goes by many aliases, including Jamie Shepard. It was under the name 'Jamie Shepard' that he applied for a door-to-door job with the census bureau." ...
 

MI: Detroit Police Chief Says Probe in Case of Girl Shot in Raid 'Won't Be Pretty'
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"The police chief acknowledged Tuesday that findings from an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old girl who was shot during a police raid 'won't be pretty, but they will be honest.'" ...

"'Although the investigation into the circumstances of Aiyana's death is now being conducted by the Michigan State Police, the Detroit Police Department has its own painful self-examination to undergo,' Evans said in an e-mail statement."

"Aiyana was shot in the neck when police raided her home while searching for a 34-year-old murder suspect."

"Her family was represented by attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who demanded that police provide answers." ...
 

WA: Is Sacramento’s Braziel SPD top cop front runner?
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"If one reads Wednesday's Seattle Times, it appears that Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel may be the front runner to fill the police chief's office, months after the departure of Gil 'The Empty Holster' Kerlikowske, an anti-gunner who couldn't keep track of his own."

"Braziel appears to be highly respected in Sacramento, where he has spent a career, climbing the ladder to the chief's position. Among his many accomplishments, outlined in his resume, was the creation of an 18-member Police Advisory Committee. Members, he said, 'represent the diverse community I serve including African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, LGBT, ACLU, NAACP, and seniors.' Noticeably absent from that list are gun owners." ...
 

MO: Census Worker's Dog Bites A South St. Louis Man
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A Census worker's dog took a bite out of a South St. Louis man. Dan Vacca says a census worker approached him outside his South St. Louis condo on Tuesday. He thought it was odd that the worker had his dog with him. While he was answering questions, Vacca says the dog jumped up and bit him in the stomach. He is not pleased to say the least and wonders why the worker was allowed to leave with the dog.

Animal control officer says it will monitor the dog for rabies. The case will be reviewed to see if the dog can remain with it's owner.

The census taker was unavailable for comment.
 

PA: Ex-officer held for trial in water fight shooting
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"A former Philadelphia police officer will stand trial in the shooting death of his brother-in-law over what witnesses described as a neighborhood water fight."

"Twenty-six-year-old Rudolph Gary Jr. was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges including first-degree murder in the slaying of 22-year-old Howard Williams earlier this month."

"Investigators say Gary retrieved his service weapon from his car shot and Williams, the brother of his estranged wife, following an dispute sparked by a good-natured squirt gun battle. Two other people were injured."

Police say Gary was angry that his current girlfriend was splashed with water." ...

"Gary was fired from the department after the shooting."
 

HI: Registered Guns In Hawaii At All Time High -- 2009 Firearms Permits Issued Up 29.6%
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In 2009, 95 percent of the applications were approved, meaning a record high 33,678 firearms were registered last year, outpacing the previous year by 30 percent."

"A record 66 percent of the guns registered were so-called long arms such as rifles and shotguns in which only one permit is needed for several guns. Handgun owners need a permit for each gun."

"The numbers don't come as a surprise to the president of the Hawaii Rifle Association who says more people these days want to protect their homes."

"'We have a fantastic police force here, but they can't be everywhere all the time,' said Harvey Gerwig, Hawaii Rifle Association president. 'People are recognizing 'it's my responsibility to protect me and my family.'" ...
 

MI: Taylor gun ban draws foes
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"Proponents of a state law that allows a person to carry a firearm that's holstered and within plain sight stood up for their Second Amendment rights in a city that prohibits guns openly in public."

"About 20 gun rights advocates said they object to a city ordinance that bans handguns carried openly in public in the city."

"'All we're doing is following the law like were supposed to be doing. We're law-abiding citizens,' said Scott Webb, a member of Michigan Open Carry Inc., who attended a City Council meeting with his black semiautomatic strapped to his khakis on his right hip." ...
 

NM: TEA Party rally was respectful gathering
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"The April 21 edition contained a letter from Abigayle Tobia condemning the TEA Party rally held Saturday, April 17, of candidates campaigning on public property, blocking the northern entrance to Gateway Museum, bullying city council members into letting us use the area and carrying handguns. A thorough investigation of these allegations has been made." ...

"Fourth, yes, several of the participants were carrying handguns responsibly, as they do each day of their lives, creating a safer environment for all present!"

"We are grateful to Ms. Tobia in recognizing and stating the First and Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Farmington and of those all across America." ...
 

CA: Defend Second Amendment rights against harmful erosion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I applaud Charles Simpson's letter regarding pending legislation to further erode our Second Amendment rights. ... As I understand high school English, we can own and carry weapons without government interference. Only convicted felons lose this and other rights for breaking our laws."

"When a sheriff or police chief denies their citizens access to concealed carry permits, they deny their citizenry access to a 'right' that other Californians and Americans have. This capricious ability and power seems to violate the 10th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Second Amendment clearly states we all can 'bear' or carry arms, and is likewise violated." ...
 

VA: Responsible gun ownership is key to NRA basic training course
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"The idea of a responsible American exercising his or her second amendment right to bear arms has never scared or threatened me."

"As someone whose job is to write about crime on a regular basis, I'm very supportive of law-abiding citizens who want to do any and everything possible to protect themselves."

"But I recently learned that the first step to protecting yourself from violent criminals is not going out and buying a gun."

"The first step is education. That's why I found a recent National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Shooting course I took ... to be very beneficial." ...
 

CA: California police chief misunderstands Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Emeryville's Chief of Police, Ken James – outspoken proponent of a measure that would criminalize the open carrying of firearms in all public areas of the state – will be attending a public forum debate on May 26th entitled, 'Exploring California's Open Carry Policy.'"

"James has argued that AB 1934, which the California Assembly Appropriations Committee recently passed, would eliminate the imminent risk to police officers that he feels open carrying promotes. However, the police chief isn't for criminalizing open carry for all private citizens, as he seems to favor protection for specific groups such as the Northern California Militia." ...
 

NY: Pistol permits may go high-tech in Greene County
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to bring its pistol permit system into the 21st century."

"Lt. Tor Tryland said the Sheriff’s Office has asked the Greene County Legislature to allow it to buy hardware, software and supplies to use the digital Gun Keeper II permit system. He said the cost is about $24,200 and would include the purchase of a computer."

"Tryland said the new system would not contain new information about people’s guns or mandate a yearly fee. Rather, he said, it simply would be a digital version of the service already provided, though plastic cards would be issued in the future rather than the paper permits currently used." ...
 

MT: Convention draws far right lineup
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"Mona Docteur, the founder of a Ravalli County group called Celebrating Conservatism, will host this coming weekend what she hopes will be a gathering of thousands at the University of Montana." ...

"One of the central tenets of Celebrating Conservatism’s gatherings at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds has been active observance of the right to bear arms."

"But the Liberty Convention is being held at UM’s Adams Center. And that means the Second Amendment observance won't be possible, as Montana University System policy prevents[sic] firearms on campus." ...
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Submitter's Note: I believe MUS policy prohibits firearms but does nothing to prevent them from being on campus.
 

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