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American Trigger Sports Network Needs Your Help with Telly Awards
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "I’m asking the regular readership to support their entries for several reasons, the most important being to encourage even more programming that presents firearms and associated rights in a positive light–with the preponderance of so much hostile televised media, consider this one more critical front that informed citizens must man. ... every bit of positive sentiment we can introduce into the public forum is important, individually and for a cumulative effect." ...

That’s why I’m asking you to go to the Telly website and watch the trailer for 'Stop the Threat: The Jogger,' where an expert panel analyzes an attack reenactment (the full episode is available here) and for the 'Houston Liberty Festival,' raising money to help build homes for disabled war veterans (with the full program online here), and if you agree with me, give these entries a 'thumbs up.'" ...
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Grassley holds key to bypass balking on Holder contempt charges
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "There is one other option, perhaps the best one, and it’s a course recommended consistently in this column: Reenact the law that expired in 1999 to allow for a truly independent counsel." ...
 

Expect A Coordinated Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Violence Policy Center report that compared "gun deaths" with deaths by motor vehicle is, as I pointed out yesterday, misleading. However, that hasn't stopped their friends in the media and the gun control community along with gullible local media from picking up the story." ...
 

She’s ‘Packing Pretty’ and Blogging About It
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With this first in a series on female gun bloggers, we visit with Gracie McKee, who pens 'Packing Pretty' ..." ...

"Babbs: How did you come to set up this blog and hey, I love the name … what inspired that?"

"Packing Pretty: What inspired me to start Packing Pretty was my desire to share what I know with other women. When I started getting into shooting and concealed carry, I noticed that although there were a good handful of girls’ gun blogs on the Internet, there weren’t many that got down and dirty discussing the more tactical approach to shooting and personal protection for women. When I became an instructor and started shooting competitively, I decided that it was time to establish my own blog." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Prepare to Die
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TTAG has never shied away from a simple truth about armed self-defense: a gun fight is a fight with a gun. In other words, it’s not so much about the gun as much as it is about the fight. It’s entirely possible an armed defender won’t be able to get their gun into the fight. Their firearm may fail (most probably through adrenalin-induced operator error). They may not be able to get a clear shot. Or miss. Or get shot first. ... The standard Karate Kid response to this shit happens truth about gunfights: you must have an indomitable spirit! Keep fighting no matter what! OK, sure. So, how do you get one of them indomitable spirit things then? It’s easier than you think. Start with this . . ." ...
 

And Why Again Is It We Can't Own This? (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I did a post last year on the CZ Scorpion EVO 3A1. Today, a video of it in action was posted by the folks from Guns and Ammo Magazine." ...
 

The West Needs More Elk Hunters!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation hearts elk. Many, if not every single one of their members, like to shoot the animals. Is that so bad? Of course not. Their latest email blast/fund raiser raises the alarm over the alarming rise in population in the American West, without once using the words 'illegal aliens.' Still, point taken: habitat destruction threatens the elk population. The RMEF has a five-point plan to protect Ann Elk (Monty Python fans need explain): land use planning (stop sprawl on lower elevations), land protection (buy land), habitat stewardship (maintain lands), manage predators (hint hint) and . . ." ...
 

Hunting Trip Review: JagerPro Thermal Boar Hunt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Now that I’ve recovered from driving all over Southern Georgia and not sleeping much for 36 hours, I feel comfortable putting electrons to screen about my JagerPro hunt. Without one bit of reservation, I can enthusiastically recommend them and, if you’re so inclined, I encourage you to book a trip as soon as time and budget allow. There is simply no other kind of hunting (or killing) like this . . .." ...
 

Outdoor Channel Adds Gun-Focused Programming For Next Season
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Outdoor Channel is preparing new and returning TV shows for next year that will focus on guns, hunting and shooting."

"Among the returning shows is 'MidwayUSA's Gun Stories,' which features "Criminal Minds" star Joe Mantegna. The show features history, gun reviews and enough slow-motion footage of automatic gun fire to satisfy any gun-loving couch potato. Another promising show will focus on character-centric stories that revolve around real S.W.A.T. members." ...
 

9mm Faceoff: Glock 19 vs. Caracal-C
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When a company calls its products 'Perfection,' boldly proclaims itself to be America's Gun (as if we have only one) and outsells every other marque of polymer-frame pistols, it had better be prepared for challenges to its market dominance. Enter the Caracal-C, a plastic 9mm manufactured in the UAE and Germany. The pistol is cleverly named after a desert feline with ears as long as a mother-in-law's memory. The Caracal clearly has the Glock 19 in its very odd sights, but the question must be asked: is the Caracal a pussycat, or should the manufacturer pound sand?" ...
 

What is Plinking?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With several rimfire related reviews coming up in the near weeks, I thought I’d throw out a few thoughts about the fast dying art of 'PLINKING.' The word 'plinking' is often (or WAS often) used in shooting circles to describe a practice most often done with rimfire guns. When I was growing up with a .22 or often times an air rifle or pistol in my hand, I would set out with a pocket full of ammo and 'plink' to my heart’s delight. If you’r ever in a gun shop and hear someone use a phrase like 'It’s a fun little plinker' they’re most likely talking about their favorite rimfire used for the practice of plinking." ...
 

The Double/Single Action Pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m a big fan of DA/SA guns and have been for many, many years. While they’re often maligned by today’s generation of Glock-centric shooters (and instructors), there are quite a few things going in favor of the traditional double action gun. Recently, some folks at pistol-forum.com asked me to discuss my thoughts on the subject. Basically, it boils down to these pros & cons." ...

"You can read the entire thing in detail at pistol-forum.com." ...
 

SIG Introduces New Second-Strike-Capable P290 RS
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The launch of the SIG P290 9mm single-stack sub-compact pistol last year was not an easy one. Initially well-received, P290s 'in the wild' suffered from light strikes and short-stroking issues that induced very serious malfunctions. Many of the guns ran great, but one bad apple..." ...

"A new model of P290 was called for, and SIG is delivering. Called the P290 RS, this new model is a true DAO pistol with a trigger that operates in a way more familiar to many shooters. Short-stroking the RS isn't the issue it is with the standard P290, and should you have a dead primer or misfire then you can pull the trigger again to attempt to restrike (RS) the cartridge." ...
 

Keltec Su-16CA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I always enjoy getting my hands on a rifle I’ve never fired before. The Keltec Su-16CA was a unique experience. The Su-16CA is a 5.56mm rifle weighing 4.7 pounds. The most notable thing about this particular rifle is the ability to transform its heat shield into a bipod." ...
 

Young shooters invited to the 2012 National Junior Pistol Camp
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some of America's top shooters will be in the news as they compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Junior shooters with their own Olympic dreams should sign up early for NRA's annual Junior Pistol Camp, to be held July 10-14 2012, at Camp Perry, Ohio in conjunction with NRA’s National Rifle and Pistol Championships."

"This camp is without doubt one of the single most effective training sessions in competitive pistol shooting a Junior can find." ...
 

Warm Weather Solutions: Picking a Handgun for Summertime Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every year the same thing happens, the snow melts, the birds come back from the south, and we put away our winter coats and start wearing shorts and t-shirts and looking like tourists at Disney World. The trouble is, many people don’t put a lot of thought into the handguns they carry during those warmer months and some folks even leave their gun at home because it is too hot and the gun is either too big to conceal carry or they don’t have anywhere to carry it at all. The gun ends up at home, and what good is that?" ...
 

Ask Foghorn: How to Load an EnBloc Clip for an M1 Garand (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tyler Kee and I have recently purchased a pair of M1 Garand rifles. We have some grand plans for these guns involving much hog slaughtering and paper punching, and are planning to put them through their paces this Saturday. But before we can fire them, we need to load them. And I get the idea Tyler has no idea how that whole 'clip' thing works. So, in the five minutes between the time my box of M1 clips arrived and when I had to go to work today, I slapped together this video."
 

MAIG $75K grant funded ‘gun violence prevention’ post for Seattle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The City of Seattle received two grants totaling $75,000 to fund the position of a 'gun violence prevention coordinator' in its Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) through the end of 2011, but assured the Gun Rights Examiner Wednesday that the position is no longer funded."

"Seattle was one of several cities named in a breaking story that is flashing across various gun rights internet forums this week. The initial revelation came from Florida-based gun rights activist Sean Caranna, who operates a blog site called All Nine Yards. Other cities named in the story include Milwaukee, Wis., Orlando, Fla., Lewiston, Maine and Minneapolis, Minn." ...
 

ALEC Runs from NRA's Paranoid Trayvon Martin Agenda
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"In the weeks since George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin, corporate America has been force fed a crash survey of public opinion on gun policy." ...
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KABA Note: Actually they've had a crash course in the cynical manipulation of a situation by a race-baiting, gun-hating media.
 

New York State Pays Gun Companies Over $6 Million in Taxpayer Money
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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... "New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Executive Director Jackie Hilly slammed the corporate welfare: 'Giving millions of dollars of taxpayer money to the gun industry in sweetheart deals while thousands of innocent New Yorkers die each year by guns cannot be justified.'"
 

"More People Die from Guns Than Car Accidents in Michigan"
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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... "But wait: The number of accidental gun deaths in Michigan in 2009 (the most recent year reported in WISQARS) was … 12, compared to 962 accidental motor-vehicle-related deaths. 99% of the gun deaths in Michigan that year consisted of suicides (575) and homicides (495)."

"Now say what you will about whether some gun control laws might reduce suicides or homicides, but it’s extremely unlikely that any 'safety-related changes' or 'regulat[ions] … for health and safety' are going to eliminate all but a tiny fraction ... Yet curiously the op-ed says nothing about how few of the gun deaths were accidental, and how few homicides or suicides could be prevented by 'safety-related changes' along the lines of the safety regulations imposed on cars." ...
 

Gun Deaths in Indiana Surpass Traffic Accident Fatalities
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"A new study conducted by the Washington, D.C., Violence Policy Center reveals shocking gun violence statistics from the state of Indiana. According to policy center research, in 2009 more Indianans were killed by gun violence than traffic accidents." ...
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KABA Note: Are they as shocked as Captain Renault?
 

MI: More people die from guns than car accidents in Michigan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Michigan is one of 10 states in which gun deaths now outpace motor vehicle deaths, according to a study released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center."

"But don’t expect the from-my-cold-dead-hands crowd to embrace the center’s conclusion that the disparity has everything to do with federal regulation — extensive and wildly successful in the case of motor vehicles, and virtually non-existent in the case of firearms." ...
 

LEGO Gun Book Causes Online Tizzy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Parents preoccupied with creating a conflict-free Utopia for their kids would seem to have little to fear from a Danish toy maker, an ingenious and enterprising British youth, and a small San Francisco publishing company."

"Yet this trio causes much handwringing in the May 16th edition of 'The Mommy Files,' ... an online parenting blog published by the San Francisco Chronicle."

"The source of the anxiety is LEGO Heavy Weapons[video available at link], a guide to building toy guns out of LEGOs. The author is Jack Streat, a 17-year-old resident of the United Kingdom, and the book is published by the San Francisco imprint No Starch." ...
 

10 Largest Caliber Weapons Ever (videos available)
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://weprotectyourkids.com

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"Most weapons, from .45 automatics to 155-mm howitzers, are described in terms of caliber—the diameter of their projectile. These are the biggest of the big. Some are impractical showpieces built to satisfy the outsize egos of dictators such as Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein. Others are pure demonstrations of extreme gunsmithing. All of them pack a punch." ...
 

NC: Store Clerk Shoots Two Robbers Who Attacked Him (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A NC store clerk shot and killed 2 men who tried to rob and attack him. During the incident the store clerk retrieved a gun, shot and killed both men." ...
 

TX: Father Shoots 1 of 3 Armed Home Invaders Who Were Holding His Son Hostage (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three armed men in ski masks broke into a Texas home and immediately held a 12 year old boy hostage. The boy’s father grabbed his gun, confronted the men, shot one and saved his son. The other 2 suspects managed to escape, but the man who was shot is in police custody." ...
 

Canada: Grabbed from the 'throne': Man on camping trip survives outhouse bear attack (video available)
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"A 65-year-old Canadian man had a trip to the outhouse that he’ll never forget."

"Gord Shurvell of Winnipeg says he was doing his business when a black bear barged in and attacked him, leaving him with scratches and a head puncture wound, before his friend shot the animal." ...

"He said the bear got a hold of him by the right shoulder and dragged him out of the outhouse toward the bush."

"'I’m screaming for my buddy to come with a gun,' he said." ...
 

GOP 'leadership' apparently proving Holder's 'nation of cowards' charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The long-anticipated fulfillment of Representative Darrell Issa's (R-CA, and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee) threat to charge Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress, in response to the willful refusal of the Department of Justice to comply with subpoenas issued in the 'Project Gunwalker' investigation, appears to alternate between imminent, and doomed to not happen at all. Sometimes these oscillations occur remarkably quickly, with Politico reporting Monday 'GOP closer to holding Eric Holder in contempt,' and The Hill one day later speculating that 'Rep. Issa might not have the votes to push forward Holder contempt charge.'" ...
 

Two Primary Victories for Gun Owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One week after Richard Mourdock’s defeat of anti-gun incumbent Senator Dick Lugar in Indiana, the pro-gun community is celebrating tremendous victories in U.S. House races in Arkansas and Kentucky.
Tom Cotton, who was supported by GOA in his race, won a narrow victory in Arkansas' 4th Congressional District."

"Tom is a Harvard Law graduate who, after 9/11, put his law practice on hold and served five years as an infantryman in the Army. A decorated combat veteran and constitutional scholar, Tom will be among the strongest Second Amendment defenders in Washington."

"In Kentucky’s 4th District, Gun Owners of America was the only national gun group to support Thomas Massie in the Republican primary." ...
 

TX: Ted Cruz Is A Warrior For The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Other politicians talk the talk, but Ted has led the fight to defend the individual right to keep and bear arms."

"GOA is proud to endorse Ted Cruz for Senate in the Republican primary in Texas. Ted is a proven leader and a fighter who will represent gun owners not only in Texas, but also across the country."

"Mr. Cruz played a leading role in winning landmark victories at the U.S. Supreme Court protecting our rights, and he’s been an outspoken critic of the Fast and Furious debacle, leading the call for Eric Holder’s resignation or impeachment." ...
 

AZ: In their own words
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Barber, Kelly and Manolakis quotations from last night's Congressional District 8 debate." ...

"[Ron Barber:] 'The Second Amendment is one of the most important amendments in our Constitution and I support it. ... A lot of people say, 'Ron, do you want to change the gun laws?' I say no. I want to change how it is that we restrict people who shouldn't have guns from having them.'" ...

"[Jesse Kelly:] 'The Second Amendment is very clear. ... The government has no right to take away your ability to protect yourself.'" ...

"[Charlie Manolakis:] 'We should realize that pepper spray is a better weapon, often, than a gun. ... I do support gun rights also because sometimes pepper spray won't be enough. But often it would be.'" ...
 

NY: Bellavia tries to outgun Collins in speech on right to bear arms
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Ask either of the Republican contestants for the new 27th Congressional District about gun rights, and they’ll tell you point-blank they’re better than the other guy in defending the Second Amendment."

"Iraq War veteran David Bellavia points to his unequivocal support of gun rights and rattles off a list of credentials he says qualifies him in a region where hunters and sportsmen abound."

"Former County Executive Chris Collins points to the gun permit he has carried for 25 years, the four pistols he owns and the backing provided by the National Rifle Association when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1998." ...
 

NC: Update On Attempt To Negate Bateman Win
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Grass Roots North Carolina sent out an update this evening regarding the NC Senate Judiciary I committee substitute for HB 489. The proposed language of this substitute would effectively negate the win that Alan Gura secured in Bateman v. Perdue."

"The substitute has been pulled from the calendar to give the Judiciary I committee 'more time to study the issue.' As to why it was even proposed, GRNC speculates that it was legislative staff run amok." ...

"GRNC is now asking that people contact their state senator (as opposed to the committee members) and make their displeasure known. ..." ...
 

NJ: Christie misses the target with the gun crowd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last month I gave a talk on politics at a session of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society. This is a group that, as the name implies, is devoted to expanding gun rights."

"As I chatted with the members afterward, I found something that surprised me. To a man — or woman — they said that if it comes down to a choice between Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) in a race for governor next year, they’re going with the Democrat." ...
 

Maryland files final brief in Woollard v. Sheridan
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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... "The case is Woollard v. Sheridan and the primary issue is whether or not Maryland’s discretionary may-issue handgun permitting scheme is constitutional."

"Underlying that issue is the broader question of whether or not the Second Amendment right articulated in District of Columbia v. Heller extends to 'bearing arms' outside the home and, if so, to what extent." ...

"This article addresses the state’s final brief which was submitted to the court today." ...
 

Gun Forfeiture and the Defendant Who "Remarked How Easy It Would Be for Someone to Shoot the President"
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"In October 2009, defendant worked as a security guard for a private company at Newark Liberty International Airport. Vice–President Biden had recently flown into the airport, and President Obama was scheduled to arrive the next day on Air Force One."

"Defendant and two other individuals who worked at the airport were standing at a lunch truck near the runway where the President’s plane was scheduled to land, when defendant remarked how easy it would be for someone to shoot the President. ..." ...
 

NH: Council confirms Bassett to Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Citing his fairness and keen grasp of the state constitution, the Executive Council on Wednesday confirmed Jim Bassett to the state Supreme Court." ...

"Ahead of the vote on Wednesday, District 2 Councilor Daniel St. Hilaire and District 4 Councilor Ray Wieczorek said they received a number of calls and e-mails expressing concerns about Bassett, primarily about his position on the Second Amendment."

"Both said that conversations with Bassett allayed these concerns."

"'He is a strict constitutionalist,' St. Hilaire said. 'He derives his opinions from what the Constitution says.'" ...
 

FL: Sanford judge rules in favor of motorist who flashed his headlights
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"A judge in Sanford ruled Tuesday that a Lake Mary man was lawfully exercising his First Amendment rights when he flashed his headlights to warn neighbors that a deputy had set up a speed trap nearby.

That decision is another victory for Ryan Kintner, 25, who sued theSeminole County Sheriff's Officelast year, accusing it of misconstruing a state law and violating his civil rights, principally his right to free speech."

"He was ticketed Aug. 10 by a Seminole County deputy, but Kintner alleges the officer misapplied a state law designed to ban motorists from flashing after-market emergency lights." ...
 

LA: Court takes another look at gun rights suit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a gun rights case backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal appeals court Tuesday ordered New Orleans law enforcement authorities to explain why they’re holding onto a handgun seized from a painting contractor nearly four years ago after charges were dropped."

"The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that New Orleans officials must demonstrate why they’re holding Errol Houston Jr.’s handgun. The ruling comes two months after the same appeals court panel ruled that a federal judge correctly dismissed the lawsuit against the city of New Orleans." ...
 

Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones
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"With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft."

"Drones have been used overseas to target and kill high-level terror leaders and are also being used along the U.S.-Mexico border in the battle against illegal immigration. But now, these drones are starting to be used domestically at an increasing rate." ...
 

MA: Fitchburg officer fired for friendship with suspected drug dealer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A veteran Fitchburg police officer has been fired for his friendship with a suspected drug dealer."

"A department spokesman says 19-year veteran Lt. Joaquin Kilson was fired Friday after a hearing upheld charges of untruthfulness, improper associations and conduct unbecoming an officer.
Kilson has not been criminally charged." ...
 

IL: Two Men Say Chicago Police Unlawfully Detained Them During NATO Protest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Five plain-clothed officers, who got out of an unmarked black minivan, started to scream at Yocco and Paczesny to put their hands out. One officer flashed a Chicago Police Department badge and asked what the two were doing. Yocco said they were taking pictures."

"Then a man wearing riot gear asked Yocco where his car was and if they could search his vehicle."

"'I said, 'Absolutely, I mind. I don’t want you to search my car,' he said. The officer told Yocco he was going to search his car anyhow. The officer walked up to Yocco, put his hands into Yocco’s pockets and grabbed his keys."

"Yocco said he pulled the officer’s hands out of his pocket and said, 'Man, what are you doing? You don’t have a right to touch me like that.'" ...
 

FL: Taxpayer funded, MAIG Gun Control Czar is a Budget Cut Protected Police Official?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Does the Mayor of Orlando consider his Taxpayer Funded, MAIG Employed, Brady Lobbyist, Gun Control Czar to be a Police Official?"

"Is spending city money on private anti-gun organization employees fiscal responsibility in action?"

"Does Mayor Dyer really think that spending taxpayer money to support Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a spending decision that reflects the values of Floridians?"

"I think there’s at least one more city position that needs to be eliminated. Let MAIG and the Brady Campaign employ their own people completely at their own expense."
 

CO: Cop Driving Impaired at 143 mph Could Keep Job (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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ID: Idaho Officer Faces Decertification Hearing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"May 22--A decertification hearing that could end a Lewiston police officer's law enforcement career is under way at the Nez Perce County Courthouse."

"A hearing officer from the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training program at Meridian began taking testimony Monday morning in a closed hearing regarding allegations of off-duty misconduct by Officer Richard Fuentes, a seven-year veteran of the department." ...

"[Lewiston Police Chief Steven] Orr declined to give specifics about the complaint because it involves a personnel matter protected by law. He did confirm the incident involved a party attended by both department employees and civilians." ...
 

CA: Cops in California Confiscate Firearm From ‘Open Carry’ Activist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Not willing to sit idly by while government lawmakers trample his Second Amendment rights, South Bay resident Charles Nichols grabbed his unloaded 12-gauge Harrington & Richardson shotgun and took to the sun-filled streets of Redondo Beach in protest, this past Monday."

"Police eyed Nichols as he marched down to the pier and stopped him once he entered Veterans Park. Citing a city Municipal code banning firearms in public parks (a misdemeanor offense similar to the one for openly carrying a handgun), the officers confiscated Nichols’ gun. He wasn’t arrested, but Police told the Daily Breeze that a criminal complaint was submitted to the City Prosecutor's Office." ...
 

NV: Officer Arrested For Lewdness With Minor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Metro Police officer faces a felony charge of lewdness with a minor under the age of 14."

"Authorities say 43-year-old Garrett Vandereecken surrendered yesterday afternoon. He has been relieved of duty without pay pending investigations." ...
 

CA: Berkeley chief used police to look for son's phone
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"Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, already under fire for sending an officer to a reporter's house after midnight, ordered police - some on overtime - to look for his teenage son's stolen cell phone in Oakland, authorities said Monday."

"Officers did not file a police report about the January incident, 'an oversight that came to our attention when researching your questions,' said police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, a department spokeswoman." ...
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KABA Note: "It's good to be the King."
 

IL: Feds charge former EC cop with fraud
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"A former East Chicago police officer has been charged in federal court with charging a housing complex for work he supposedly did as a security officer when he was actually on duty as a police officer."

"Shawn Pitts faces four charges of mail fraud in connection with the case." ...
 

DC: Iraq vet brutalized over guns in D.C.
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"The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) seems to have it out for our military. The department is using the city’s pointless firearm registration mandate to harass, arrest and jail servicemen."

"Army 1st Sergeant Matt Corrigan was woken in the middle of the night, forced out of his home, arrested, had his home ransacked, had his guns seized and was thrown in jail -- where he was lost in the prison system for two weeks -- all because the District refuses to recognize the meaning of the Second Amendment. This week, the city dropped all charges ..."

"This story will describe how Sgt. Corrigan went from sleeping at home at night to arrested. Subsequent installments of the series will cover the home raid without a warrant, the long-term imprisonment and the coverup by MPD." ...
 

MI: Mortician discovers gunshot wound in body after man's death ruled natural
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"Detroit police and EMS workers said Leslie Brooks died of natural causes during the weekend. But when his body arrived at a funeral home, the mortician saw it differently."

"As she prepared to embalm the 59-year-old Brooks on Saturday morning, mortician Gail Washington peered at a small burned area on his skin, right above his heart. Her assistants had pointed it out, and Washington now agreed: This was no natural death."

"Brooks had a small-caliber gunshot wound in his chest. And now Detroit police are scrambling to figure out what happened." ...
 

GA: EEOC warns PTC Police Chief Clark: Stop intimidating witnesses
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... "Peachtree City Police Chief H.C. 'Skip' Clark has been warned to 'cease and desist' intimidating witnesses in a discrimination case pending before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission."

"What started in February 2011 as an EEOC complaint by former Peachtree City Police staff assistant Lisa Ficalore against Chief Clark on grounds of discrimination due to gender and disabilities has turned into two amended charges in April 2011 and an April 2012 letter from the Atlanta EEOC director telling Clark that the commission has reason to believe that he engaged in conduct that amounts to controlling or intimidating witnesses in Ficalore’s complaint." ...
 

Should DGU Witnesses STFU Too?
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"Armed Intelligentsia member Tommy Knocker asks:"
"I was watching the news today and I see how witnesses to the Trayvon shooting are starting to change their story. Soooo….got to thinking…..As the cardinal rule for DGU situations is to STFU, is it necessary for eye witnesses to also STFU? Being a witness to a major crime and having your name and story circulate in the news media can be detrimental to your health. It can be detrimental to your immediate family. Nothing like having some angry guys hunting you down cause you said something in court."

"... I suspect that this effect may be at work in the Trayvon case now. I would like to hear what you folks think about this." ...
 

Less Than 50% of Blacks Think George Zimmerman Murdered Trayvon Martin
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"'47% of black adults still feel Zimmerman should be found guilty of murdering the black teenager, compared to 55% in March,' according to a Rasmussen poll. 'Now nearly as many blacks (40%) think Zimmerman acted in self-defense.' ..."
 

Four Witnesses In Trayvon Martin Case Changed Their Stories
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"Evidence released in the case against George Zimmerman for second-degree murder reveals that in a series of interviews with law enforcement officials four key witnesses altered their accounts of the fatal struggle ..."

"The four witness statements ... include a person who lives only a few feet from where the fight occurred, who on the night of the shooting described a black man on top of a lighter-skinned man 'just throwing down blows on the guy, MMA-style.' The witness also told lead investigator Chris Serino that the person crying for help was the one getting beaten up, meaning Zimmerman. But in an interview with a [FDLE] agent weeks later, the man said he was no longer sure which person called for help. ..." ...
 

NY: Daily News Freaks Over Gunmaker Grants, Shoots Wide of Target
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"Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. The New York Daily News is all aflutter over word that the fiscally challenged state of New York has given grants totaling about $6 million to Remington and Kimber. And their outrage seems to be based on the fact that both gunmakers are ardent opponents of Andy Cuomo’s ludicrous microstamping proposal (their distaste for the merchants of death goes without saying). The thinking, apparently, is that any company that opposes 'meaningful gun control' should be ineligible to receive public funds. Just like the proverbial stopped clock, the News is right to be up in arms. But it’s for all the wrong reasons . . ." ...
 

CA: Randy Smith Converts Super Soaker into Shotgun, Cops Not Amused
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"In Fresno, California, police stopped Randy Smith, who was walking around with a 'Super Soaker' water gun, which had been converted into a real gun, carrying a shotgun shell." ...
 

ID: Idaho town seeks to lure gun and ammo makers
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"This small community in the forested, western foothills of the Rocky Mountains was created as a company town to house workers for the nation's largest white pine sawmill, and its tidy homes and straight, tree-lined streets are a testament to its planners."

"But the town has slumbered since the Potlatch Lumber Co. mill closed in 1981, and was searching for an economic future when an ammunition maker decided last year to move its operations from the liberal Seattle area to this more conservative region."

"The move by PNW Arms was like a signal flare to business and political leaders ..." ...

"Potlatch, they decided, would go from timber town to gun town. It would try to lure firearms and ammunition makers, and plans also called for hunting-themed housing and retail development." ...
 

NY: 2 gun makers who oppose bullet microstamping bill got $6M in state grants since 2009
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"Two gun-makers who have opposed a police-favored bill for bullet microstamping received more than $6 million in state economic development funds since 2009, the Daily News has learned." ...
 

WA: Can Marysville officer get fair trial in daughter’s death? Prosecutor says ‘Yes’
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"Now that the long-awaited charge of second-degree manslaughter has been filed against Marysville Police Officer Derek Carlile in the tragic shooting death of his daughter in March, one question needs an immediate answer."

"Can Carlile get a fair trial? Yes, according to Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe, who told Examiner in a telephone interview Wednesday that he believes he can find a jury that will hear all the evidence and reach a just verdict." ...
 

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