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Gun Control: CCW denied in CA, litigation ensues
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Many agencies deny the rights of the people they serve and depend heavily on people not protesting. Sometimes, when the constituents object, we're treated as pests. Nice relationship, huh. This is the kind of mentality that is killing the country, and it is we who have the say and not the servants."

"When it comes to concealed carry permits for handguns, California state law speaks to a Sheriff or Chief who may issue permit on showing of good cause in the mind of the head law enforcement officer."

"California is out of step with the rest of the country on this topic where more than forty states have a more friendly provision for citizens to be armed wherever they have a right to be. ..." ...
 

No More Free Wacos: An Explication of the Obvious Addressed to Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"... As an amateur historian and keen observer of current affairs I can see it without difficulty."

"You only get one free Waco."

"If the statistics on the sales of firearms and ammunition tell you anything, you ought to understand that the same dynamic is at work now and yet from your point of view you haven't DONE anything to deserve it. Oh, you've muttered occasional threats to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban, but no one believes politicians ..."

"So why, you may ask yourself, is this happening?"

"Like I said, Eric, you only get one free Waco. It was your original sin. The botched raid, the massacre, the cover-ups, we've been through them already. ..." ...

"There will be no more free Wacos." ...
 

Lawsuit Seeks Stronger Gun Rights For California Citizens
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In theory, law-abiding Californians who undergo a criminal background check and pass a government training course can receive a permit from their local sheriff to carry a concealed firearm."

But in practice, many California counties flatly deny permits ... a situation that a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento on Tuesday hopes to remedy."

"The lawsuit filed by the [SAF] and the Calguns Foundation says the routine denials of concealed carry permits violate the right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

"One of the plaintiffs is Deanna Sykes, a lesbian and a firearms instructor who says she believes her sexual orientation and small stature make her a target for criminals. ..." ...
 

Do You Have a Line in the Sand?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Attorney and author Jeff Snyder is a writer I've learned from and admired. His 'A Line in the Sand' and 'A Nation of Cowards' are essential reading for anyone interested in grasping what it means to be a citizen who will not be pushed too far by those who presume authority over our lives and liberty."

"So where is 'too far'? His latest column, 'Plastic People,' tells us, at least for one brave man." ...

"Are there any other laws you would defy, because obeying them would require a betrayal of conscience and surrender of spirit you are not willing to make?"

"Are there laws you would be willing to actively resist? To what extent?"

"Or is that the way it is? ..." ...
 

The Second Amendment vs International Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On March 23, President Obama nominated Harold Koh, former Dean of the Yale Law School, to be Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. As Heritage U.S. Senate Relations Director Brian Darling writes in Human Events, 'one of the many concerns [conservatives have] with Koh is his belief that international organizations should be empowered to regulate the Second Amendment right to own a firearm.'"

"Conservatives are concerned with the shift away from reliance on the Constitution as the final legal authority in the U.S. ... When Koh spoke at Fordham University School of Law in 2002, he advocated a U.N.-governed regime to require the U.S. 'to submit information about their small arms production.' ..." ...
 

Why liberals should get a gun permit
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"What is a life worth? We often hear about the thousands of people every year who kill themselves with guns, the thousands more who kill others with guns and the hundreds of lethal accidents that happen in a year with a gun. The anti-gun crowd wring their hands over this carnage and begs America to disarm. They believe that if we could get rid of guns, all these deaths could be avoided. ..."

"Estimates I have found for the worth of a human life range from $1 million to over 7 million, depending on who is doing the figuring. ... Whatever amount you agree with, in America we value life, and seek to avoid people getting killed needlessly. Getting rid of guns among law abiding citizens will cause more, not less death and violence." ...
 

Tactics in Counterinsurgency
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"From Small Wars Journal:"

"FM 3-24.2, Tactics in Counterinsurgency was released on 21 April and is available here at Small Wars Journal."

"This field manual establishes doctrine (fundamental principles) for tactical counterinsurgency (COIN) operations at the company, battalion, and brigade level. It is based on lessons learned from historic counterinsurgencies and current operations. This manual continues the efforts of FM 3-24, Counterinsurgency, in combining the historic approaches to COIN with the realities of today's operational environment (OE)—an environment modified by a population explosion, urbanization, globalization, technology ..." ...
 

For the record: McRight myths revealed
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"After opining for the DI this semester ... there are still a few common misconceptions about me and many other mainstream Republicans that I'd like to clear up before signing off for the last time. ...'" ...

"Don't tell the NRA, but just because I believe in the Second Amendment doesn't mean every American has the right to own an AK-47. Effective gun control policies, when written correctly, do not have to interfere with a hunter's right to own and use firearms for sport. Enacting laws that encourage gun safety and responsible gun ownership protects both gun advocates and those hurt by gun violence. " ...
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Submitter's Note: You may 'believe in the Second Amendment' but you have no grasp of its meaning.
 

TN: Corryton man shot in home invasion in 'very critical condition'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Corryton man who was shot during a Saturday night robbery at his home is in 'very critical condition' at the University of Tennessee Medical Center ..."

"Billy Graves, 42, was shot in the abdomen during an exchange of gunfire with two masked robbers who burst into the home he shares with his wife ... just after 9 p.m., said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley. His wife, 47-year-old Vickie Graves, wasn't injured."

"Authorities don't know if either of the robbers was hit, and authorities don’t have detailed descriptions of either male suspect because they wore bandanas over their faces ..."

"A safe that was stolen during the robbery was later found near the couple's home with the contents missing ..." ...
 

WA: Pistol-packing pharmacist scares away robbers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A small sign in the Bob Johnson Pharmacy window says it all: Mike Donahue does not put up with anyone trying to steal from him."

"The sign lists a half-dozen people who Donahue says have tried to rob the Crown Hill pharmacy since 1988. 'None of them got away with it!' the sign reads. Donahue has security cameras set up, a security system and ... he's armed with a Glock 19 handgun under his lab coat."

"This is surveillance video of Donahue chasing a would-be robber out the front door. 'When someone comes in to rob my pharmacy or put my patients at risk I have something to help protect us,' he says. He's pulled the gun on three potential thieves, most recently a few months ago." ...
 

TX: Grand jury: city homicide justifiable
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Weatherford home owner who shot and killed an intruder in March will not face criminal charges, a Parker County Grand Jury recently determined." ...

"On the morning of the incident, Robert Earl Bardwell, 57, of Weatherford, was shot multiple times after police say he forced entry into a residence and started assaulting the elderly owner's 34-year-old son."

"The home owner, identified as a 66-year-old white male, reportedly attempted to warn Bardwell by firing one shot from an automatic pistol into the ceiling. However, when the assailant failed to heed the warning and continued to assault his son, police say the father shot the intruder several times, fatally wounding him." ...
 

When it comes to armed robbery, comply and you might die
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"We often hear advice being given suggesting that during a robbery you should offer up no resistance and do exactly what you're told. After all, the robber is only after your money, right? Setting aside the fact that, for women, rape is a very real possibility as a secondary crime during a robbery, we can look at several real life instances to see if the "always comply" advice is sound." ...
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Author's Note: "Do exactly as you are told. DO NOT RESIST!" That advice for how to survive a robbery is often given by "experts" who don't understand the criminal mindset. Far too often, even full compliance leads to the injury or death of the victim. Sometimes, resistance isn't futile.
 

Book review: To Heller and Back
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When the Supreme Court last June handed down its ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, a friend of mine sent out an e-mail exclaiming, 'I'm Legal!'"

"Shortly before moving to our nation's capital, he had purchased a handgun for self-defense. As far as he was concerned, D.C. law said one thing about owning firearms and the Second Amendment said something else. Thus, he was excited when the Supreme Court ruled 5–4 that the Second Amendment protected an individual right to own a firearm, thereby tossing out D.C.'s odious handgun ban."

"Alas, his joy was short-lived. ... The D.C. City Council had rewritten its gun law, this time banning any handgun that held more than 12 bullets ..." ...
 

Book review: The Ohio Guide to Firearm Laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I recently finished reading The Ohio Guide to Firearm Laws by Ken Hanson, now in the third edition. For all the people who have acquired their first CHL in the past year, this book should be considered a must-read. For those who have already read one of the previous editions, there is enough new material in the latest version to make it worthy investment of your time and money."

"If you are going to play a game, you need to know the rules. Carrying a gun, or using it for self defense, are far more serious than any game, and it is infinitely more important that you fully know and understand the rules. This is complicated by the fact that the rules keep changing. Ignorance is no excuse." ...
 

Gun Control: The GOP asks what to do, Part I
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The GOP seems to be without direction. Still. Again. This is not a single issue article, it is a catch-all issue that is good for the country. Since you asked, stay with me."

"When it comes to crime in America, the problem is far from intractable. Like most crises, it is only made to seem intractable. Millions of completed acts of brutality, theft, homicide and others are completed largely for lack of resistance. Political guidance to cooperate is not only surrender, but is a very bad bit of advice from people who don't live the life of the everyman and who do not face everyday risks. Advice to do nothing grows crime, and to 80 million adult gun owners, the advice is suspicious. ..." ...
 

Carrying a defensive firearm should not require surrendering one's privacy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The legislatures of both Tennessee and Oregon appear poised to take long-needed steps to protect the privacy of carry permit holders. While some states (including Missouri) keep licensees' data private, many others do not, so far. Changing that is as much a privacy rights issue as a gun rights issue." ...

"The Senate sponsor of the legislation has said that he might bring it up for a Senate vote as early as next week."

"Even before Monday evening's passage (by a landslide) in the House, the editorial board of the Memphis Commercial Appeal was not happy." ...

"Cleverly, the paper paints it as an issue of open government, rather than of personal privacy. Who, after all, would be opposed to government transparency ..." ...
 

Gun control laws are a threat to our liberty
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Whoopee! A couple new gun control laws have been passed by the New York State Assembly. Somebody shot somebody. Quick! Let's punish those who didn't do it. What profound wisdom. It is mind-boggling. How the anti-liberty crowd must have salivated when that fool shot up that place in Binghamton. Another chance to take a bite out of liberty, they must have thought."

"Well, folks, I doubt that there's anyone left awake in America who does not understand what all the anti-gun laws are about. The type of governments that are evolving ... need to get guns out of the hands of honest, law-abiding people. Armed honest people just might put an end to the galloping fascism that threatens to sink liberty in the USA." ...
 

OH: Ohio's Alaska-style concealed carry legislation gains press attention
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The (St. Marys, OH) Evening Leader is reporting on State Rep. John Adams' introduction of House Bill 129, legislation that would amend Ohio's concealed carry law to a model similar to the State of Alaska."

"Under the proposal, Ohioans who are legally allowed to possess and purchase firearms would not be required to obtain a license to carry one. Other changes include removing the requirement that license-holders inform approaching law enforcement officials that a person is carrying a concealed weapon." ...
 

OH: Rep. John Domenick introduces HB158, seeks to waive CHL fees for certified instructors
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Representative John Domenick (D-95) of Smithfield has introduced House Bill 158, which seeks to add instructors who are certified to teach courses that meet the requirements of Ohio's concealed handgun license (CHL) law to the list of persons who are exempted from paying a fee to obtain a CHL."

"What follows is the pertinent language from the bill, with the proposed language underlined:" ...
 

CO: Risking the lives of our students
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"University of Colorado regents, undo your gun ban before you get people killed. If there's a psycho-killer free-for-all, aided by your gun ban, the blame will be yours."

"Despite a state law that requires sheriffs to issue concealed carry permits to law-abiding persons who've met training standards ... the Colorado Board of Regents maintains a rule that forbids students and employees with permits to have guns on campus. ..."

"Three outraged students sued, hoping the court would provide an important component of campus safety. ..."

"In a five-page decision April 30, 4th Judicial District Judge G. David Miller sided with the regents, though he acknowledged that armed students and faculty could save lives." ...
 

Mexico's Weapons Cache Stymies Tracing
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"Deep inside a heavily guarded military warehouse, the evidence of Mexico's war on drug cartels is stacked two stories high: tens of thousands of seized weapons, from handguns and rifles to AK-47s, some with gun sights carved into the shape of a rooster or a horse's head."

"The vault nestled in a Mexican military base is the government's largest stash of weapons — some 88,537 of them — seized from brutal drug gangs. ..." ...

"The U.S. has acknowledged that many of the rifles, handguns and ammunition used by the cartels come from its side of the border ..." ...

"It's less clear how cartels are getting military-grade weapons. Amid the shelves of pistols and rifles, there is a 9 mm grenade launcher and a portable shoulder-fired anti-tank rocket launcher." ...
 

New information in Patriot Act detention of Ashton Lundeby
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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"On March 5, 16-year-old Ashton Lundeby of Oxford, NC was arrested in a late night raid on his home by a team of FBI agents and local police. Accused of delivering bomb threats via the Internet, he has been denied due process of law and has apparently been detained ... under the sweeping powers of the Patriot Act. ... new information indicates FBI intent to misrepresent facts in order to bolster the government case." ...

"In an interview on the Alex Jones show, she said: 'They posted my son’s IP address on YouTube.' As Jones noted during the show –... 'Skype hacking' is a common and very real threat. Yet according to Mrs. Lundeby, FBI agents lied at Ashton's detention hearing:" ...
 

Your local Sheriff, the 10th Amendment and the Orders We Will Not Obey
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sheriff Richard Mack states this in his video and here is an exerpt followed by his video presentation:" ...

"'My name is Richard Mack....the founding fathers established a system that would keep the federal government impotent. This is the time to reenact that. The 10th Amendment basically tells the federal government if you ever go outside Article I, Section 8 where the Constitution delineates and details what they can and cannot do, if they want to get creative, or if they want to expand the federal bureaucracy, or if they want to expand the power of the central government, they must refer to the 10th Amendment, which clearly states, 'If we forgot anything, you can't do that, either.'" ...
 

WA: It may be possible to revise CCW regulation for WA black powder, bow hunters
Submitted by: Dave Workman
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"About two weeks ago, a controversy erupted over a new Evergreen State hunting regulation that allows bowhunters and muzzleloaders to carry a modern handgun for personal protection while hunting. ..." ...

"The regulation adopted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission clearly is in conflict with the language of a long-standing state statute ..." ...

"there has long been a suspicion among many gun rights activists that one way to reduce the number of gun owners in America would be to reduce the number of hunters. Nobody in his right mind would seriously suggest that the WDFW is involved in some anti-gun conspiracy. The notion is ludicrous."

"But WDFW policies have evidently resulted in a dramatic net loss of hunters ..." ...
 

NY: Suspended Greece Police officer charged today with bribery
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com

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"A Greece Police officer accused of coercing a woman into sex was arrested today on more charges from a different incident by State Police."

"State Police have charged suspended Officer Gary Pignato ... with third-degree bribery of a public servant, a felony; second-degree coercion, official misconduct ..."

"Pignato goes to trial June 1 on an earlier felony count of accepting a bribe and misdemeanor counts of coercion and official misconduct. In that case, a Greece woman alleges that Pignato came to her home in August in response to a domestic dispute, then coerced her into a sexual encounter later."

"Assistant District Attorney William Gargan said the new allegations are similar in substance to the earlier charges. ..." ...
 

MA: Audit finds celebrity records improperly checked
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"It turns out Massachusetts law enforcement officers have been engaging in a bit of star search themselves—on the likes of Tom Brady and Matt Damon."

"A new audit says law enforcement and judicial employees have conducted hundreds of criminal record searches on Massachusetts celebrities. ..."

"The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of privacy concerns, says other celebrities checked include Oscar-winning actor Damon, singer James Taylor and Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce."

"Criminal Systems History Board Director Curtis Wood said agencies are determining if the queries were legitimate. He said illegitimate checks will be punished."
 

NE: High court says treatment shouldn't deny gun permit
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"An Omaha man who once expressed homicidal and suicidal thoughts was wrongly denied a state handgun buyer’s permit by the Douglas County sheriff, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday."

"Joseph D. Gallegos had never been 'committed' to a mental institution under the definition of the 1968 federal gun law, according to the court’s unanimous opinion."

"He should not, therefore, have been denied a handgun permit in 2007, the court said."

"In 2001, Gallegos, a veteran, sought voluntary treatment at the VA hospital in Omaha for post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression."

"... he was admitted to a hospital for three days under emergency protective custody." ...
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Submitter's Note: This is the Vet who was decorated for valor in Iraq, but denied a gun permit.
 

Increased interest spurs ammo shortage
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Customers looking to buy ammunition for their handguns may be hard pressed to find cartridges in stock this time of year, since many stores have bare shelves waiting for shipment."

"The shortage of availability for rounds like a .223, .308, 9mm, .38 Special and others is a combination of consumer demand and a lack of product from the factory ..."

"'This has been coming for awhile, starting with 9/11 when we saw a 400 percent spike in military training to Hurricane Katrina that caused a huge demand for copper and lead ...' he said. 'In America, we also have people who are not comfortable with the Democrats being in power, since they haven’t ex¬actly proven to be the most firearm friendly people on the planet.'" ...
 

People 'Running' Into Gun Shows, Panic Buying Ammo
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A San Francisco Chronicle report about a gun show in Daly City notes that when the doors were opened, people came running in and immediately started panic buying ammo, again emphasizing fears about shortages and the Obama gun ban agenda."

"'Everybody’s panic buying,' said a wholesale ammunition dealer, who also requested anonymity. 'When the doors opened (on Saturday), people were running in,' ..."

"Gun dealers across the country are reporting a virtual run on ammo as prices soar."

"Semiautomatic firearms 'are going fast,' according to a dealer quoted in the report. 'People are afraid the Obama administration will ban assault weapons.'" ...
 

Gun ownership threatened, demand for firearms, ammo and training increases
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's no secret that one sector of our struggling economy today is doing quite well. That portion of America's economy has to do with the sale of guns and ammunition. The new owners of the arms and ammunition are the private citizens of the United States and they're not buying quantities of guns and ammunition because they're afraid that the new administration is going to ban guns. They're buying their private weapons for self-protection from a citizenry that could turn violent if the economy really bottoms out and as a hedge against proposed enormous taxation on guns and ammunition that could happen in the near future." ...
 

OH: Your help improves access to hunting ground in the Buckeye state
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The difficulty of obtaining access to hunting ground is increasingly given as a reason fewer hunters are going afield each year. Rumors of badly-behaved hunters and liability concerns are increasingly given as a reason fewer farmers are willing to give permission, even though Ohio's deer herd causes millions of dollars in damage to farmers' crops each year in the Buckeye state."

"The Ohio Division of Wildlife and Ohio Farm Bureau are teaming up to do something about it, and they need hunters' help."

"Last week, the Ohio Division of Wildlife announced that it was teaming up with the Ohio Farm Bureau to consider a pilot program that will help manage local deer herds and expand hunter access." ...
 

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