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Republican ‘Young Guns’ solicited Democrats to support anti-gun Lugar
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"The strategy is insidious: '[I]t is targeted to non-Republicans, as it reminds voters that Indiana's GOP primary is an open one in which Democrats and independents can vote.'”
 

Tenth Circuit Upholds Ban on Gun Possession by Illegal Aliens
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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If the right’s “central component,” as interpreted by Heller, 554 U.S. at 599, is to secure an individual’s ability to defend his home, business, or family (which often includes children who are American citizens), why exactly should all aliens who are not lawfully resident be left to the mercies of burglars and assailants? That must be at least one reason behind the wave of challenges to § 922(g)(5). But courts must defer to Congress as it lawfully exercises its constitutional power to distinguish between citizens and non-citizens, or between lawful and unlawful aliens, and to ensure safety and order.
 

CA: Son, 14, To Be Charged In Murder Of Homeland Security Agent
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A 14-year-old boy is expected to be arraigned Monday for allegedly murdering his father, a Homeland Security agent, as the man sat in the family room of their Carson home Wednesday night.
Myron Chisem, 42, was found shot to death with his own weapon after his son called 911.
The boy, whose name has not been released because of his age, told authorities his father had been shot in the back of the head by a bullet that was fired through a window from the backyard of their home.
Lt. Holly Francisco said evidence at the scene, as well as the boy's statements, led to the arrest. ...
Prosecutors, who say the boy was fighting about grades with his father, will seek to have him tried as an adult when he appears in Juvenile Court.
 

NY: Ex-Officer Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault
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A former New York City police officer who was convicted of sexually attacking a schoolteacher at gunpoint in Upper Manhattan was sentenced on Monday to 75 years to life in prison.
In issuing the sentence, Justice Richard D. Carruthers of State Supreme Court in Manhattan criticized the former officer, Michael Pena, for abandoning his official oath and assaulting the 25-year-old woman "in the most brutal and degrading manner possible."ť
Mr. Pena, who turned 28 on Friday, was convicted in March on three counts of predatory sexual assault and other charges.
 

NJ: Why is the NJ State Police Allowing Prohibited Persons to Get Guns?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Although this law has been in effect for over eight years, the NJ State Police has failed to ask about it on New Jersey’s gun permit application forms and Certificates of Eligibility.

Is the NJ State Police incompetent or is this a conspiracy to criminally entrap unsuspecting gun owners?


 

NY: Judge dismisses charges against wrongly accused 'Gentleman Groper'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The man wrongly accused of being the "Gentleman Groper"ť is feeling pretty good this morning!
A Manhattan criminal court judge dismissed all charges against Karl Vanderwoude, who had been accused of forcible touching, unlawful surveillance and sexual abuse last month after women were attacked in some of New York’s toniest neighborhoods.
"I'm really glad this has come to an end,"ť Vanderwoude said outside court. "I's been hard."
Prosecutor Kevin Rooney revealed today that cops picked up Vanderwoude after an anonymous tipster called Crime Stoppers after seeing footage of a well-dressed man that police suspected in the string of attacks.
 

NY: Phelps teenage trap shooting phenomenon looking forward to another impressive season
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Justin Slater is one teen who aims to better and better. That was confirmed this week after I talked with Leslie Slater, the mother of the teenage, trap-shooting phenomenon. I wrote about him last summer and called to see how he was doing. Justin is currently a senior at Phelps-Clinton High School in Ontario County. He had a great shooting season last year and barring any unexpected problems appears on track to have another one, his mother said.
 

TX: Judge refuses to toss out elderly man’s lawsuit against Lubbock police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police mistook Williams' apartment for the one next door. Officer Curtis Fish claims in court records that Williams fired first and he returned fire. Williams claims it was the other way around.

Either way a grand jury cleared Williams of criminal charges.

The judge refused to let Fish have protection under a legal concept called "qualified immunity." The concept is meant to protect officials from being sued unless they're incompetent or knowingly in violation of the law.
 

FL: Florida, standing its ground, will allow guns at the Republican convention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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File this under the rubric Only in America – sticks, poles and water guns will be banned from the centre of Tampa at the Republican Party’s national convention next August. Guns, however, will be allowed. The logic behind that is drawn from the U.S. constitution. How so?

The constitution’s second amendment protects the right of citizens to “keep and bear arms” and that is taken to mean firearms. Sticks, poles and water guns do not enjoy constitutional protection. That, in a nutshell, is the argument the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, used to turn down a request by the mayor of Tampa for guns to be kept away, just for four days, from an event forecast by the organizers to draw at least 50,000 people to the city.
 

2012 a Make or Break Year for Life, Gun Rights & Economic Freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The elections in November are most important in determining what path the United States will be following in the years to come.

Ed.: Video story.
 

MI: Michiganders Push for Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights advocates are happy with the way things are going -- mostly. They believe that this new legislation is on the right track, it just doesn't go nearly far enough. They want to make Michigan the fifth Constitutional Carry state, and John Roshek, the president of the Citizens League for Self Defense, stated, "the political climate is getting right" to bring about this change.
 

TN: TFA: GOP Needs to Make TN ‘Citizen Friendly,’ Focus Less on ‘Big Business’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As news reports start to surface that the Tennessee Republican controlled Legislature passes legislation that is oriented toward big business and passed little if any laws to restore or strengthen the constitutional rights of citizens, we see confirmation of what TFA has been concerned with for the last 2 years. The Republican leadership in the General Assembly has taken constitutional issues and core constitutional interest groups for granted and is instead pandering to Big Business primarily for money.
 

PA: PA State Police Suspension Of Second Amendment For PICS Upgrade ‘Inexcusable’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A complete shutdown of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System by the state police for a period of 60 hours later this month for a system upgrade is “inexcusable,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
 

PA: PA flap could serve as warning to all gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The State Police will shut down PICS beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 19 and not boot up again until 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 22. That will not have a direct impact on Northwest gun owners, but in the firearms community, there’s something of an unwritten code that, in laymen’s terms, says that if one group is in trouble, it’s a problem for all shooters, everywhere.
 

OH: Petty, anti-gun antics from the Ohio Democrat Party and its allies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The anti-gun lobby, the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence and Democratic state officials are aiming their pointy little fingers at state Republican Rep. Margaret Conditt of Liberty Township because she plans to have an election fundraiser at Middletown Sportsmen’s Club on May 12.

The club is a -- danger alert -- firing range, and apparently a big no-no if concerned citizens care about gun violence and young people. Firing ranges, being operated by the experts, taking the best possible precautions, are practical, effective and legal; so what is the problem with having a politician conduct a fundraiser at a local firing range?
 

MI: Bill allowing concealed guns in Michigan schools, churches, hospitals gains steam
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A proposal to create an enhanced concealed-pistol license allowing carriers to bring firearms into schools, churches, hospitals and sporting events is gaining traction in Lansing.

Under the proposal, a concealed-pistol holder would have to complete additional hours of training and class time to be eligible for the enhanced license, which would provide an exemption from the law's gun-free zones.

Churches, schools, hospitals, day-care centers and sports arenas are on the state's list of gun-free zones for concealed-pistol holders.
 

NY: Lawyer: Shooting was in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hubbard said Saul was asleep on a mattress in the back of his store, which also is his home, when he heard the front door glass break. Saul then heard the glass counter break and "accosted the guy verbally."

"(Saul) said in so many words, 'Hold it.' And the burglar's answer was, 'I'm going to kill you.'" Hubbard said.

But Saul -- whose store has been burglarized in the past -- was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun he routinely keeps by the mattress
 

CA: Growing numbers of women are arming themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A growing number of women are arming themselves with self-defense knowledge and weapons, they say, to protect their families and property from crimes.

Even in the middle of the day, walking alone makes Cindy Curwick a little uneasy. "And suddenly he came up behind me, jumped on my back, and threw me down and put a knife to my throat."
 

The Right Self-Defense Ammo & 1-Man Go Bags This Week on Student of the Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Not all ammunition is created equal.

Some ammo is made to be cost effective for training while other ammunition is pricey but designed to save your life.

We take a look at the characteristics you should demand from ammunition you’ll potentially use to save your life.
 

GA: Georgia's Stand Your Ground Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Georgia is the first state having its “Stand Your Ground” law scrutinized by a federal court. An Atlanta civil rights leader filed a federal case challenging the law in response to the February shooting death of unarmed Florida teen, Trayvon Martin.

Here’s how Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law works: If you think someone is about to kill you, you can use deadly force to defend yourself. It’s been Georgia law since 2006.
 

TN: Woman beaten with handgun, uses box cutter in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police report that Harrison and his girlfriend got into a fight and when she attempted to run away, he grabbed her by the shirt and began to strike her in the face with a handgun. Harrison then allegedly pushed the woman to the ground and hit her several more times on the back of the head with the same gun.

As the altercation continued, reports indicate that he also tried to choke her on the couch – but she was able to escape.

Police say the woman was finally able to escape by using a box cutter in self-defense.
 

MA: Springfield City Council set to oppose proposed Massachusetts 'Stand Your Ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The City Council will consider taking a public stance on Monday opposing a proposed Massachusetts law patterned after the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida governing the use of deadly force.

The council meeting is at 7 p.m., at City Hall.

Under the resolution proposed by Council President James J. Ferrera III, the council would urge the state Legislature to reject a bill titled "An Act Relative to the Common Defense," otherwise known as "Stand Your Ground."
 

WI: In defense of the castle and the doctrine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That castle doctrine laws come with the occasional accident does not make them bad policy. Would you rather the headlines read, "Community columnist murdered in own home; local idiot even offered his killers water"? Don't answer that.

Opponents go further and suggest aggressive self-defense policies give outlet to racism, as criticism in the Trayvon Martin and Bo Morrison cases demonstrate. ...

If the side effect of making cynicism a matter of public policy is that more people are afraid of trespassing on private property and provoking strangers, well, that's kind of the point.
 

House Oversight Committee Makes Case for Contempt of Congress in “Fast & Furious”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Back in February, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) promised to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if Holder didn’t hand over Justice Department documents that had been subpoenaed as part of an ongoing investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ now-infamous “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-walking operation.
 

Gun Review: Charter Arms Pitbull
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Charter Arms Pitbull is a bit of a revolver oddity. It was designed specifically for rimless cartridges normally found in semi-automatic pistols.

Most revolvers are designed for rimmed cartridges that allow the rounds to easily seat and extract from the cylinder. A few revolvers are chambered for rimless cartridges that make use of thin metal clips into which the cartridges snap. The rounds are then loaded and extracted en mass.
 

Libertarian Party ticket has strength, credibility
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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During his two terms as governor from 1995 to 2003, Johnson earned a reputation as a strong fiscal conservative, a state chief executive not afraid to wield the veto pen to rein in spending by the legislature. He was and remains a strong supporter of the Second Amendment — not surprising as a Westerner, but a strong card to play in the upcoming election. Johnson is a successful businessman, something that will enable him to go toe-to-toe on many issues with the presumptive Republican nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
 

LA: "Trayvon Bill" to hit House floor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Representative from Shreveport, Burrell authors what's now dubbed the "Trayvon Bill."

If passed, it will re-write the "Stand Your Ground" law. SYG currently doesn't let a judge or jury consider pursuit to identify an aggressor; in this case, George Zimmerman pursued Trayvon Martin, even after contacting police.

"We have to know that guns kill," Rep. Terry Landry said. "We have to leave the policing to the authorities."
 

FL: Conflicted society puts birthright at risk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Why, for some Americans, is the killing of a 17-year-old boy not a tragedy? How can we take sides against the victim, denigrate his reputation and call him a thug? That "Trayvon got what he deserved," is among the many comments I have read on posting boards and blogs.

Ed.: Perhaps because the evidence strongly supports the notion that your 'victim' was using of deadly force against Zimmerman prior to Zimmerman shooting him, which makes Zimmerman the victim?
 

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