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SAF Says New Chicago Ruling Bolsters 2A Momentum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A ruling overturning part of Chicago's Firearm Ordinance on Second Amendment grounds reinforces the principle that people should not be denied the exercise of their right to keep and bear arms even if they've been convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor, the Second Amendment Foundation said today."

"The ruling by District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan relied on a strict scrutiny analysis of that part of the ordinance that prohibited Chicago residents from obtaining a city firearm permit if they have been convicted by a court in any jurisdiction of...an unlawful use of a weapon that is a firearm.' ..." ...
 

NRA Will Score Contempt Vote On Holder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chris Cox of the NRA-ILA indicated that the NRA will be using the vote on the contempt citation for Eric Holder to evaluate candidates. They also said that they support the contempt citation for Holder." ...
 

FBI stats show more guns, less crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With two significant court victories in the last four years in the Supreme Court, the Second Amendment has received renewed interest as fundmental civil liberty. Though the Obama Administration and some Democrats in Congress still want to curtail this basic right to appeal to core constituencies, new FBI statistics show that, even though gun ownership is on the rise, crime is down:" ...
 

Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Yasser Lopez
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We know…it’s hard to even look at that x-ray. But that’s what can happen when you don’t pay attention to muzzle discipline when you’re loading your spear gun. Not that we’ve ever loaded a spear gun. But the multiculturally named Yasser Lopez found out the hard way why the four rules apply to just about any kind of gun you can think of. Fortunately for Yasser, though, his aim was darned close to perfect . . ." ...
 

Concealed Carry Rules of Thumb
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Street smarts are an important part of staying safe in every day life. Over the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve collected some personal rules of thumb that I use to help stay out of trouble. I’ve found that if I’m ever breaking more than two or three of these at the same time, I’m probably somewhere I shouldn’t be with people I shouldn’t be around. These aren’t rules in the sense that you should never break them, but like the Pirate’s Code they’re more like guidelines." ...

" * Don’t pick fights."

"Again, I feel like this one doesn’t need to be explained. Don't go around looking for trouble, and you decrease the chances of it finding you. ..." ...
 

Match Etiquette 101: You are not the referee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I don’t read a lot of forums, because for the most part forums are universally terrible. I do however read the IDPA Forum, and I caught this post which just made my head explode. Here’s the text of the first post:"
"How do you deal with that guy from the peanut gallery that runs up to inform the SO of the gross violation that just occurred and has not yet issued a PE for (emphasis mine). There is this person that is not at any club I frequent but shows up at regionals once or twice a year. For what ever reason he ends up on my squad and just ruins the moral[e] of the squad." ...
 

Express Sights
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"I’ve been using XS Sights Express Sights on my handguns for many years. They are easy to see in any light, fast to acquire and rugged. They are also great for teaching new shooters because with express style sights shooters are less likely to try to obtain that 'perfect' sight picture which is not needed at defensive handgun ranges." ...
 

Gun Review: Umarex MP5 A5 .22
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"My life changed one fateful afternoon 15 years ago. The local cinema was playing older movies, discounted on Wednesdays. I bought a 32 oz can of Coke and sat down to an enormous box of Sour Patch kids. My buddies and I readied ourself for Navy Seals. I finished the movie with nary a sip of my beverage and all but three Sour Patch kids still in the box. Here’s what happened . . ."

"Charlie Sheen, while no John Wayne, made the MP5 SD in his hand appear to my young, impressionable eyes as a modern-day Excalibur. The black gun sickness struck me before I could even drive. An economic downward spiral, delving into H&K’s long guns, had begun." ...
 

Heizer DoubleTap Delayed. Again. (video available)
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"To our valued customers:"

"Since HEIZER FIREARMS first introduced our new innovative Tactical Pocket Pistol the DoubleTap™ in November of last year ... we have been overwhelmed with positive response and have orders for literally tens of thousands of pistols, beyond our wildest expectations. ... [A]s we came closer to full production we went from original ExperimentalRevision 1 guns to what are now Revision 8 Production guns. The final production guns incorporate over a dozen notable improvements ... and 7 patents pending transforming the original concept DoubleTap™ from what we introduced as a cool gun to an awesome gun. Our original aggressive timeline to enter series production was scheduled for the first quarter of 2012 . . ." ...
 

Surplus Locker: CIA’s C93
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Century International Arms originally brought us a semi-automatic CETME in 7.62 NATO. CIA has now downsized the design in the more popular 5.56 NATO caliber and designated it the Model, C93. Heckler and Koch did something similar when they downsized the G3 to 5.56mm caliber dimensions and imported it into the United States as the semi-automatic Model HK93." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Assembling an AR-15 Lower Receiver from a Stripped Receiver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Marty asks:"
"I am new to your site but have already read a number of great articles. So thank you for providing a resource. In a recent article about the best AR platform, you go through various options to address this question. In particular, you mention building a lower and buying an upper as an option. Have you written an article that take a beginner gun builder(me) through the process and the options depending on what uses you are looking for? I would love to see an article that addresses the ability to have multiple caliber/range options off a customized lower platform. Keep up the good work."
"I hate you all. You’re the reason I don’t have any free time. Here we go…" ...
 

Glock Re-Writes the Rules of Gun Safety
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"Most of us learn the four rules of gun safety before we ever pick up a heater. They’re usually imparted by someone older and more experienced who figures they’re as good a place as any to get a new shooter off on the right foot – not to mention insuring he or she retains the full use of his or her right foot the rest of their natural life. The best thing about the four rules: they’re simple, easily remembered and pretty much all-encompassing. You have to violate at least two of them before something that will ruin your day happens. But this is National Safety Month (who knew?). And just like Gaston did when designing his first firearm, our perfection-pursuing friends at Glock have taken the opportunity to re-think the tried and true . . ." ...
 

Hannity Lets His Guests Peddle Discredited Fast And Furious Conspiracy Theory (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "On the June 20 edition of Hannity, two separate guests pushed the claim that the Obama administration deliberately created the Fast and Furious operation in order to undermine the Second Amendment. First, Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin asserted that the Obama administration 'let [the guns] go because they had an underlying gun-control agenda.'"

"Monica Crowley, also a Fox News contributor, said later in the show that Fast and Furious 'may not have been' a 'botched operation,' adding: 'Maybe -- and this is just speculation -- but maybe what they are trying to hide here is the fact that was all by design. ...'" ...
 

Proper respect for guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"My father had particularly strong feelings about guns, violence, gun safety, and 'freedom,' (whatever that is). He never talked about the 'Second Amendment.' In those days it wasn’t considered more important than the other 26 Amendments, plus the seven articles of the Constitution itself."

"He insisted, sometimes to the extremes, that occasionally embarrassed his sons, that one never points a gun at someone, not even a cap gun."

"That makes it tough to play cowboys and Indians. But that also was correct. In hindsight, we can see that sort of thing should never have been glamorized as a game, and demonstrates one of this society’s greatest basic moral illnesses." ...
 

Condolences
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Condolences to David Codrea and his family on the passing of his father this morning. David's father had been ill for some time. Nonetheless, nothing really prepares one for the loss of a parent."

"Also keep Mike Vanderboegh in your prayers as well. He went in the hospital on Monday for what was scheduled to be an out-patient procedure to place a stent in his esophagus. The out-patient procedure turned into an overnight stay and I'm still not sure if he has returned home yet." ...
 

WA: Homeowner Shoots Burglar in the Face (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Tacoma, WA homeowner shot a burglar in the face as the man tried to enter the home through a window. The burglar tried to run away, but collapsed. He is being treated for injuries that are described as 'life threatening'." ...
 

Threats of workplace violence highlight the need for self-defense rights
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"A recent story in the West Des Moines Patch serves as a reminder about workplace violence and the self-defense rights of employees. According to The Patch, Chartis Insurance of West Des Moines received a threat from a citizen in Arizona who was upset that a claim had been turned down by Chartis. The caller threatened to come to West Des Moines Tuesday or Wednesday to 'get the job done.' The person made repeated anti-government and anti-American statements and said that he had ties to the Middle East and access to government-issued weapons." ...
 

OR: Invasion story inspiring (second letter)
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"'Dude, you need to get out of my house' (Wednesday, June 13) was inspiring! A simple .38-caliber revolver (.38 Special) via an armed citizen aborted an aggressive and potentially dangerous home invasion. This confirms my own Sept. 16, 2009, e-vent entitled 'Better than a restraining order.'"

"I wrote, 'A .38 in the hand beats a police dispatcher on the phone.'" ...
 

Pearls of Wisdom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The sentiment in this country among the people is to maintain the Second Amendment. The America people don't want, by a vast majority, any gun control legislation. But that doesn't matter to people like President Kardashian, Eric Holder or any of the Democrat Party or the left."

"This assertion of executive privilege just shows how important Fast and Furious was. You can't claim it's just some low-level, rogue operation and then go out and assert executive privilege. You don't assert executive privilege for low-level operations." ...
 

DC: Vote to Sanction Holder Escalates Gun-Probe Fight
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"A standoff between Republicans and the Obama administration over a botched[sic] gun-trafficking operation escalated Wednesday, with a House committee voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress."

"The party-line vote came hours after President Barack Obama, for the first time, asserted executive privilege, aiming to block Republicans from gaining access to Justice Department documents about the operation." ...
 

Blistering criticism of Holder as Oversight Committee debates contempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Attorney General Eric Holder is in trouble, and the Obama White House’s claim of executive privilege on his behalf in what appears to be a massive cover-up regarding Operation Fast and Furious is not likely to save him from a contempt citation." ...
 

Fast and Furious -- Holder's day of reckoning has finally arrived
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With the House committee voting Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the stalemate between the Obama administration and Congress ultimately boils down to about 1,300 documents."

"Congress wants to know who prepared a February 4, 2011 letter where the Obama administration claimed that the U.S. did not knowingly help smuggle guns to Mexico (so-called 'gun walking'), including the gun used to kill US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry." ...
 

Holder had his chance, now it is Issa’s move
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The House Committee will consider a vote Wednesday morning – certain to be split along party lines – on whether to cite Holder for contempt of Congress. Holder could have headed this off Tuesday if he had provided a fraction of the requested documents, but instead, as Iowa Senator Charles Grassley observed, he offered a 'pig in a poke.'" ...
 

Contempt vote sets up confrontation over Fast & Furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The contempt motion could go before the full House sometime next week."

"Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said the assertion of executive privilege by the Obama White House gives the appearance that the administration is trying to hide something. There is also considerable hypocrisy in the executive privilege claim, he said, referring to the CNN interview then-Senator Barack Obama gave to CNN’s Larry King in which Obama accused the Bush administration of 'hiding behind executive privilege.'" ...
 

Obama now owns 'Project Gunwalker' scandal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "This is a pivotal moment. By claiming executive privilege, Obama is very actively, and publicly, obstructing the investigation. This makes it official that Obama is--at the very least--an accessory after the fact to the crimes referred to as 'Project Gunwalker.' Obama, who on his very first day of office promised the 'most transparent government in history,' has now become the 'Stonewaller in Chief.'" ...
 

Obama claims executive privilege over "Fast & Furious" documents; Congress to move ahead with Holder contempt vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'You know, there's been a tendency on the part of this administration to -- to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there's something a little shaky that's taking place. And I think, you know, the [Bush] administration would be best served by coming clean on this. ...I think the American people deserve to know what was going on there.' - Barack Obama, 2007" ...
 

Committee Votes Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress After Obama Asserts Executive Privilege (video available)
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"A House committee voted Wednesday along party lines to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide documents to congressional investigators from the 'Fast and Furious' gun walking operation."

"The White House dismissed the vote and the proceedings as 'political theater,' but the contempt vote will increase political pressure on both Holder and the Justice Department. The full House of Representatives could consider the contempt resolution as soon as next week." ...
 

Obama invokes executive privilege as Holder faces contempt vote
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"President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege on Wednesday for the first time since taking office to withhold certain Justice Department documents tied to the flawed[sic] 'Operation Fast and Furious' gun-smuggling investigation from lawmakers demanding them. Obama's 11th-hour decision, revealed in a letter from the Justice Department to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, did not derail the California Republican's plans to hold a vote declaring Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress." ...
 

Breaking: President Obama Claims Executive Privilege Over Fast and Furious Documents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'The Justice Department requested that Obama assert the privilege in refusing to turn certain documents over to Congress concerning the botched gun smuggling operation,' USA Today reports. OMG. WHEN is the mainstream media going to stop calling the ATF's supposedly anti-gun smuggling gun smuggling program a 'botched sting'? As regular readers of this website know full well, the [ATF] made no attempt to follow the guns from U.S. gun stores to their ultimate destination. Be that as it is, 'In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa ... [Deputy Attorney General James Cole] said executive privilege applies to documents that explain how the department learned of problems with the investigation.' Here’s some of the text." ...
 

New York Legislature Seems Determined To Test Gun Makers’ Resolve
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We’ve already written about Remington’s threat to 'reconsider its commitment to the New York market altogether' if microstamping becomes law in the Empire State. The State Legislature seems thoroughly unimpressed. They passed the microstamping bill yesterday by a comfortable 79-52 margin. If it passes the Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s already indicated he’ll sign it into law. But don’t worry, it won’t be a burden to New York gun owners . . ."

"That’s the fertilizer Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was freely applying after the vote, anyway." ...
 

NY: Long Island Lawmakers Disagree on Crime Gun Bill
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"Two Long Island State Assemblymembers are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the recent passing of A. 1157-B, the Crime Gun Identification Act of 2012. New York State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) expressed disappointment today at the passage of A.1157-B ..." ...

"In his continuous effort to give police more tools to solve crimes, Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood) announced the Assembly passed the Crime Gun Identification Act of 2012, legislation he supported that would help law enforcement trace spent bullet cartridges to the guns that fired them ..." ...
 

NY: Losquadro: Microstamping Bill is a backdoor attempt to infringe on the 2nd Amendment
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"Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) expressed disappointment today at the passage of A.1157-B, which requires microstamping of semi-automatic pistols sold in the state of New York. Losquadro noted the legislation is near impossible to implement and will cost the state jobs, as firearm manufacturers will move operations to other states, and is ineffective at preventing firearm-related crimes." ...
 

Nag, Nag, NYAGV
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"New Yorkers Against Gun Violence[sic] are all in favor of microstamping because this time their horrendously expensive and completely useless gun tracking database will work. Having finally been hit with a big enough clue-stick ($45+ million and nearly a quarter million man hours for precisely 2 hits, neither of which was useful) they are admitting that CoBIS was a colossal waste of resources not as effective as they had hoped. From their release:" ...
 

NY: Hawley votes against microstamping of ammunition
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"Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) recently voted against an unproven, illogical mandate on firearms producers known as microstamping. The proposal would force manufacturers to develop technology leaving unique imprints on rounds of ammunition, a costly process that would force producers to take their jobs out of state even though the procedure has not been proven to benefit public safety." ...
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KABA Note: And even if it were "proven to benefit public safety" the fact remains that "the freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right -- subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility." - L. Neil Smith Letter to a Liberal Colleague
 

NY: A.1157-B “a backdoor infringement on 2nd Amendment” says Long Island Assemblyman
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"New York State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) expressed disappointment today at the passage of A.1157-B, which requires microstamping of semi-automatic pistols sold in the state of New York. Losquadro noted the legislation is near impossible to implement and will cost the state jobs, as firearm manufacturers will move operations to other states, and is ineffective at preventing firearm-related crimes." ...
 

NY: Microstamping passes Assembly
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"As the legislative session dwindles to a close, the Assembly on Tuesday passed controversial legislation to mandate microstamping in New York state. The bill has been delivered to the Senate, where it is unlikely to see a vote on the floor." ...
 

OH: Rep. Patmon's HB563 (Mandatory "Safe" Storage of Firearms) is based on several anti-gun myths
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"Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10) has introduced HB563, gun control legislation that would 'prohibit any person from storing or leaving a firearm in the person's residence unless the firearm is secured ... knows or reasonably should know that a minor is able to gain access ...'"

"Unfortunately, this bill, filed as a knee-jerk reaction to a recent tragedy in which a 3 year-old child in Ohio found a gun and died from a self-inflicted wound, is based on a number of myths, and would be impotent at solving the problems it seeks to address." ...
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Submitter's Note: To say nothing of the horror a law like this brought the Carpenter family of Merced, CA.
 

CA: [Court of Appeals] Rejects Second Amendment Challenge to ‘Dirk or Dagger’ Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Second Amendment does not bar the state from banning the carrying of concealed weapons in public places, the Court of Appeal for this district has ruled."

"Div. Eight affirmed Frank Quinones’ conviction on charges of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and making criminal threats. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gail R. Feuer sentenced him to three years, eight months in prison, including a prior-prison-term enhancement."

"The defendant argued on appeal that the dirk-or-dagger statute ... violates the 'not unlimited' individual right to keep and bear arms ... He claimed the statute is overbroad because it bans 'a substantial amount of constitutionally protected conduct.'" ...
 

IL: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Second Amendment: FU
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Calling tougher gun laws pivotal to Chicago’s crime-fighting strategy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel [above] said Wednesday he would do whatever it takes to protect the legal integrity of the city’s firearms ordinance, a portion of which was overturned by a federal judge,' suntimes.com reports. 'Emanuel refused to say whether he would appeal U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan’s ruling, or simply rewrite the overturned section used to deny a man a gun permit because of a prior misdemeanor conviction.' Blood not boiling yet? Take your heart meds and make the jump for the money shot . . ." ...
 

DE: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Includes Knives
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"In Delaware, carrying any knife — including a kitchen knife or a paring knife or anything other than a closed folding knife with a blade of 3 inches or shorter — concealed is a felony, even in your home, unless you have a concealed weapons license. ..." ...

"Monday, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed (State v. Griffin (Del. June 18, 2012)) — the Delaware Constitution’s right to keep and bear arms provision, the court held, generally protects a right to carry concealed weapons, including knives, in the home, so long as they are carried for a lawful purpose. ..." ...
 

PA: ‘Death Wish’ New Jersey cop surrenders after 10-hour standoff with police outside estranged wife’s home -- 'Tell the police...this is the way I want to die,' desperate off-duty cop says in email
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"A New Jersey cop embittered by his divorce and angry about his job had a haunting Father's Day wish: to die in a hail of police bullets."

"'They will do the job I couldn't and take my life,' Clifton cop Richard Klementovich wrote in an email to his estranged wife after barricading himself in their former home in Pennsylvania with several high-powered rifles and piles of ammunition on Sunday, the Doylestown Intelligencer reported."

"'I hope whomever comes to our house is ready to die tomorrow because I will be.'"

"In the end, the disturbed 42-year-old climbed out a second-story window, wearing a bullet-proof vest and a gas mask, and surrendered to police, the Doylestown Intelligencer reported." ...
 

TX: Motorcyclist says Dallas crackdown went too far (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It was Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and Chris Moore — riding southbound on Stemmons Freeway in Dallas in a pack of 50 to 100 sport bikes — was pulled over while traveling below the speed limit."

"'I didn't expect that at all,' Moore said."

"Officers were out in force that weekend, working to prevent another shutdown of a Dallas freeway like the one on Memorial Day weekend 2011 that ultimately led to three arrests."

"So why was Moore pulled over?"

"Dallas Deputy Sheriff James Westbrook said he wanted to see what was on Moore's camera." ...

"The way Moore sees it, it's not illegal to have a video camera. But when the Deputy returned, he arrested Moore for having a concealed license plate." ...
 

NY: Former Auburn cop found guilty of stealing thousands of dollars from officers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Auburn police officer has been found guilty of stealing thousands of dollars from the Cayuga County Police Benevolent Association."

"Brian Hutchings, 50, was found guilty by Cayuga County Court Judge Mark Fandrich on two counts of scheme to defraud and four counts of grand larceny. All of those are felonies." ...
 

KY: Former Police Chief Accused Of Wire Fraud
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former northern Kentucky police chief, arrested Friday on wire fraud and identity theft charges, will appear in court today for a detention hearing."

"A federal indictment was unsealed late Friday afternoon."

"It charges Carl Mullen, 49, the former chief of the Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority, with scheming to defraud his own department out of more than a hundred thousand dollars. ..." ...
 

GA: Atlanta police officer charged with DUI (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Atlanta police officer was arrested for drunk driving last month after reaching speeds over 120 mph, according to a DeKalb County police report obtained Monday."

"A DeKalb police officer clocked Jarvis Farley at 128 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-285, near Lavista Road, just before 3 a.m. May 25, police said. The officer pursued Farley, who was driving southbound in a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, until he exited onto Ga. 78 and pulled over."

"The officer approached the car, and Farley immediately showed his police identification and apologized for speeding. ..." ...
 

PA: Phila. police officer arrested in drug sting ID'd (video available)
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"A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested after authorities conducted a drug sting."

"23-year-old Philadelphia Police Officer Jonathan Garcia was arrested last night and indicted in federal court today."

"He is charged with four counts of distribution of heroin and two counts of carrying a firearm during a drug transaction." ...

"Garcia was in uniform when he sold heroin to the source on May 16, 2012 and June 5, 2012, according to the affidavit." ...
 

TX: 2 Ex-deputies Charged in South Texas Drug Run
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"Two former South Texas sheriff's deputies have been indicted on federal conspiracy charges arising from an undercover federal bust of a drug trafficking operation."

"A Justice Department statement Tuesday says Ruben Silva and Victor Carrillo were Duval County deputies at the time of an undercover bust last month's bust. ..." ...
 

IL: Mayor determined to preserve city gun law despite judge’s ruling
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"Calling tougher gun laws pivotal to Chicago’s crime-fighting strategy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he would do whatever it takes to protect the legal integrity of the city’s firearms ordinance, a portion of which was overturned by a federal judge."

"Emanuel refused to say whether he would appeal U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan’s ruling, or simply rewrite the overturned section used to deny a man a gun permit because of a prior misdemeanor conviction." ...
 

GA: Former Savannah-Chatham police officer pleads guilty to bigamy
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"Former Savannah-Chatham police officer Allan Clairmont pleaded guilty Tuesday to bigamy and was given four years probation in Chatham County Superior Court by Judge John E. Morse Jr."

"He was also sentenced to 12 months probation on misdemeanor domestic violence battery and domestic violence simple assault.
The charge of false imprisonment was dismissed." ...
 

AR: Are Arkansas law enforcement agencies registering gun owners?
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"One of the NRA’s and other Second Amendment advocates’ chief worries is that the government will someday begin registering firearms owners. In Springdale, Arkansas, registration may already be taking place, albeit on a smaller scale."

"Alerted by a post on their website, Arkansas Carry began investigating the possibility that law enforcement agencies are keeping and illegally utilizing records of individual transactions at local pawnshops." ...
 

SC: Former SC trooper sentenced to 5 years in marijuana case
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"A judge today sentenced former state trooper Kurt Steffen to five years in federal prison for his role in a marijuana growing operation that included using his police cruiser to ferry pot."

"Steffen, 30, pleaded guilty in February to growing and possessing at least 100 marijuana plants with intent to distribute. He entered his plea on the day jury selection was to have begun in his case." ...
 

IA: Video Shows Cops Tasing a Restrained Woman In Accordance With a Policy That May Not Exist
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"Let's all sing the praises of video-recording technology and whistleblowers. And journalists looking for a big story. That's what it took to expose the tasing of a 'mentally troubled' 34-year-old woman by Chariton, Iowa, police who had, ostensibly, pulled her and her boyfriend over because they feared she was the victim of domestic abuse. They ended up zapping her after they had her handcuffed and confined to a police car. And they zapped her according to a Use of Force Policy that may not exist." ...
 

TX: Former APD officer gets year in prison for tax evasion
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"Saying failure to pay taxes is among the most serious crimes, a federal judge today sentenced a former Austin police officer to a year in prison for failing to report income from private security jobs performed while he was on the force."

"U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said that the sentence doled out to Randall Keith Ballard, 36, is in part designed to deter others from evading taxes. Sparks said that Ballard failed to report about $63,000 in federal taxes on about $323,000 income." ...
 

FL: Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee fired in wake of Trayvon Martin case
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"The Sanford police chief who failed to arrest George Zimmerman immediately after the fatal shooting of Miami-Dade teen Trayvon Martin four months ago — and brought national attention and derision to the Central Florida city — has been terminated."

"The announcement was made late Wednesday night by Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte, who said in a news release that Police Chief Bill Lee 'has been relieved of his duties' effective immediately. The chief had been on paid leave." ...
 

Ice-T Loves Coco and Guns, Too (video story)
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"Rapper and actor Ice-T sat down for an interview with CNN and revealed that he’s a gun enthusiast."

"The question was sent in by a self-proclaimed gun lover, who commented that he’d seen Ice-T wear a lot of shirts with guns. The fan asked Ice-T if he collected firearms."

"He answered, 'I think men are very simple. You give ‘em cars, gadgets, guns, food and [beep] -- he’s staying in the house.' We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that the bleep replaced 'ass.' After all, it was the one thing conspicuously missing from that list." ...
 

IL: Police To Hold Gun Turn-In Event This Weekend (audio available)
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"Using the lure of $100 gift cards, the Chicago Police Department is encouraging people to get guns out of their homes and turn them in this Saturday, during the annual gun turn-in program."

"As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the Police Department is partnering with 20 churches." ...

"'No questions asked,'[First Deputy Supt. Alfonza] Wysinger said. 'Just show up at the church, and hand over the weapons to the CPD officer that will be there, and get your $100 gift card. So we strongly suggest that people come out that have weapons lying around the house, or weapons, maybe, that they don’t necessarily want in their house. This is a chance to get some money for their weapon, and get another dangerous weapon on the street.'" ...
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Submitter's comment: Did Wysinger really say "on the street"?
 

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