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Why should 'disrupting' turtles result in lifetime gun ban?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "If convicted of a felony, the privacy-yearning Ms. Schultz will have more than that stripped from her. She will also be, by federal law, a 'prohibited person,' forbidden to own a gun." ...
 

In Debate Over Gun-Carry Laws, Critics Are Quick to Shoot Down the Facts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A newly revised study by the Brady Campaign and the [VPC] found that even those individuals who have legally obtained permits to carry concealed handguns are extremely dangerous. ..."

"The gun control organizations have frequently made these claims in the press ... But the gun control advocates inaccurately describe many shooting cases, choosing to ignore that the majority of incidents involve people properly defending themselves."

"Over the past three years, the number of active permit holders in the United States has gone from about 5 million to more than 6.2 million today. The numbers issued by the state regulatory agencies show time after time that these permit holders abide by the law." ...
 

The debate over the publication of permit holders lists rages on
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Word comes from OregonLive.com today that a Sheriff in Oregon has been ordered to release the list of permit holders in his county. ..."

"Apart from the lawsuit about a teacher carrying her gun to school ... the newspaper wanted to get the list of 'licensees' not to publish them, but to use them for news purposes. The problem with that argument is - how do you prove or enforce that? ..."

"Fast forward to Iowa. Papers like The Press-Citizen routinely publish the names and adresses of Iowa PCW holders, ostensibly under the guise of 'public safety.' It should be noted, however, that some sharp-eyed readers have discovered that often absent from those lists are government officials and law-enforcement officers. ..." ...
 

It's Monday for SCOTUS ruling in SAF's McDonald v. Chicago case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As expected for weeks, the Supreme Court is holding off its ruling in the Second Amendment Foundation’s case against the Chicago handgun ban until the last day of the current session, which is next Monday."

"Joining in the case was the Illinois State Rifle Association and four Chicago residents, including Otis McDonald, for whom this sure-to-be-landmark case is named."

"An affirmative ruling will strike down the ban as a violation of the Second Amendment, which the court is expected to incorporate to the states through the 14th Amendment. It will also mark the second time that crack attorney Alan Gura will have won a major gun rights victory before the high court. ..." ...
 

The case against Kagan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Solicitor General Elena Kagan is too political, too leftist, too inexperienced and too disrespectful towards existing law to be confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court. ..." ...

"We know Ms. Kagan is hostile to gun rights. Curt Levey of the conservative Committee for Justice has closely and fully analyzed the record. His conclusion is worth quoting in full: 'When it comes to firearms, Elena Kagan's liberal bias stands out again and again ... The Second Amendment consistently plays second fiddle to gun control in Kagan's analysis across issues such as gun-show regulations, trigger-lock mandates, the Brady Bill, municipal lawsuits against gun manufacturers, the congressional ban on assault weapons, ...'" ...
 

Chicago mayor won't 'roll over' if gun ban lifted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Chicago's handgun ban, the city will likely do what Washington, D.C., did when its own ban was overturned ... Put in place all sorts of restrictions to make it tougher to buy guns and easier for police to know who has them."

"Prospective gun owners in D.C. now are required to take training courses that include spending one hour on a firing range and several hours in a classroom learning about gun safety. They also must pass a 20 question test based on D.C.'s firearm laws."

"Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he's encouraged by what he sees in D.C. and vows not go down without a fight." ...
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Submitter's Note: Translation: This is Chicago, the rule of law is meaningless.
 

McDonald vs. The City Of Chicago Decision Any Day Now
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A decision on the landmark Supreme Court case 'McDonald vs. The City of Chicago' is expected by the end of June." ...

"On the Internet there are many articulate evaluations of the oral arguments the Justices heard in McDonald in March. It is assumed that a favorable 5-4 victory for gun owners is in the wind."

"The question remains: How definitive a victory will it be?"

"In Justice Scalia’s majority commentary on the Heller decision there was unfortunately enough 'wiggle room' in his language to allow D.C. to immediately pile layer upon layer of taxation, licensing, and bureaucratic barriers that the D.C. ban on ownership of a handgun in one’s home is still effectively in place." ...
 

Senators Supporting Kagan May Face Difficulty With Voters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Undecided voters overwhelmingly state they would be less likely to support a senator who voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan based on her past positions on Harvard military recruitment and the District of Columbia's handgun ban according to a newly released Resurgent Republic national survey."

"'Less than half of likely voters support Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court (46 to 28 percent), and her past stands on military recruitment and the second amendment are trouble signs and could erode support of those who vote in favor of confirmation,' said Ed Gillespie, Resurgent Republic Board Member." ...
 

Gun Decision Now Expected During Kagan Hearing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Conservatives are hoping for a windfall when the U.S. Supreme Court releases a highly anticipated decision about gun rights — likely on the opening day of Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing."

"A decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago ... is all but certain to come down Monday when the Court sits for the last time this term. The justices heard arguments in March in the case, which is a follow-up to the Court’s 2008 decision in D.C. v. Heller in favor of a constitutional right for individuals to own guns."

"Curt Levey, executive director of the conservative Committee for Justice, said he’s hoping the decision will concentrate the attention of senators and Second Amendment advocates on the role of the courts." ...
 

Dems to Supremes: DISCLOSE that!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill free-speech advocates have described as a 'pernicious' facilitator of the censorship of political comments critical of the Democrat majority was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today."

"'This is a backroom deal to shred our Constitution for raw, ugly, partisan gain,' ... the House minority leader, said after the vote today endorsing H.R. 5175." ...

"'With this misguided bill, Democrats would restrict free speech and violate the First Amendment. But not for everyone. This bill would muzzle small businesses but protect labor unions. ... The NRA is carved out and gets a special deal in this bill ... apparently its leaders don't care about protecting the First Amendment. That's very disappointing," he said.
 

House narrowly passes campaign spending disclosure bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would require most independent groups that pay for campaign ads to disclose their donors." ...

"However, the president of Citizens United, the group that filed the lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court ruling, criticized Democratic sponsors of the House bill for exempting major organizations including the National Rifle Association, labor unions and others."

"'Citizens who are members of other grassroots groups will be muzzled by this legislation for no reason other than that they belong to a group without the financial and lobbying muscle to exempt itself from this bill,' said the statement by David Bossie of Citizens United." ...
 

Boehner chides NRA for backing campaign finance bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) chided the NRA for signing onto a Democratic-led campaign finance bill."

"The top House Republican criticized the NRA for backing the Disclose Act, in a move Democrats said was an example of the GOP throwing a traditional ally in the NRA 'under the bus.'"

"'Now the NRA are the big defenders of the Second Amendment of the constitution, the right to bear arms,' Boehner said in a House floor speech. 'But yet they think it's all right to throw everybody else under the table so they can get a special deal, while requiring everyone else to comply with all the rules outlined in this bill, and frankly, I think it’s disappointing.'" ...
 

DISCLOSE Act passes House
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "NRA might be unwilling to 'expend political capital,' but I urge gun owners to take note of the politicians voting for this and count it against them. There's really no legitimate reason not to." ...
 

House Passage of the DISCLOSE Act is Unconstitutional Political Charade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"FRC Action ... released the following statement criticizing the House passage of the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175), which would limit free speech for organizations during election cycles. ..." ...

"'It is up to the Senate to reject this unconstitutional bill. The focus should not be protecting one organization over another but rather upholding the U.S. Constitution. The Second Amendment, Third Amendment, Fourth Amendment and so on mean nothing if not for the protections guaranteed in the First Amendment.'"
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Submitter's Note: I personally would say that the First Amendment, Third Amendment, Fourth Amendment and so on mean nothing if not for the protections guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
 

Palin Endorses Tiahrt Over Moran in Kansas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Thursday backed Rep. Todd Tiahrt over Rep. Jerry Moran in the Kansas GOP Senate primary, giving a high-profile boost to the Congressman who currently trails in public polling."

"'Todd is a protector of our Constitution, a pro-family, pro-Second Amendment Commonsense Conservative who has never voted for a tax increase and has fought to end the wasteful spending coming out of Washington,' Palin wrote in her endorsement on her Facebook page. 'He didn't just stand on the sidelines complacently, but instead actually battled against the bailouts, the debt-ridden stimulus spending, the cap-and-tax energy schemes, and Obamacare. ..." ...
 

TN: Ron Ramsey's views on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ron Ramsey is on record as being the most friendly to gun owners and conservatives."

"Recently, Ramsey was at Joe's Steakhouse, near Union City, and in the article by Glenda Caudle, we find that he says,"
"'Six hundred thousand people are expected to vote in Tennessee’s Republican primary Aug. 5. There are 317,000 gun carry permit holders in the state. If I get 300,000 of those, I win.'" ...
 

MS: Congressman boasts of being targeted by D.C. voting rights protesters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Mississippi congressman targeted by D.C. voting rights activists is actually touting the protests in his reelection campaign."

"Members of D.C. Vote stood outside the Capitol South Metro station Thursday morning distributing fliers featuring an illustration of Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) wearing a monocle and straw hat under the headline 'Travis Childers for DC Mayor?'"

"'Childers is acting more like DC's mayor than a Congressman from Mississippi,' the flier reads -- referring to his sponsorship of a law that would strip most city gun laws."

"Childers, in response, issued a campaign news release noting that "members of the anti-Second Amendment group, DC Vote, handed out fliers and ran a newspaper ad ...'" ...
 

AZ: NRA Chooses Brewer Over Own Board Member
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NRA will support AZ Gov. Jan Brewer's election bid, the group announced today, bypassing a member of the group's own board of directors."

"Brewer is running for a full term this year after replacing Janet Napolitano (D), who left to serve in Pres. Obama's cabinet. One of Brewer's primary rivals is Owen 'Buz' Mills (R), a member of the NRA's board."

"Brewer received an A+ rating from the NRA, and Chris Cox, the group's chief lobbyist, called her 'a champion and strong defender of the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding Arizona gun owners, hunters and sportsmen.'" ...
 

NY: AG Candidate Daniel Donovan Vows to Fight Political Corruption
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fighting political corruption in Albany is what Republican candidate Daniel M. Donovan Jr. says will be his top priority should he be elected the next New York Attorney General ..." ...

"In responding to legislation that would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons not equipped with microstamping on shell casing, Donovan said he was in favor of it. 'That will help us find a lead. Right now, shell casings don't lead us to anything,' he said. He also emphasized that while he is in favor of the technology, he is also a believer in the second amendment. 'Outside of our areas, and even within our areas, there's a huge hunting community,' he said 'This would have no effect on them at all.'" ...
 

MO: Controversial Raymore Gun Ordinance Set to Kick In
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A controversial gun ordinance is set to take effect in Raymore starting on Monday, but there is a challenge to the ordinance brewing as a petition drive could put the proposal before the voters."

"Currently, no citizen or council member, even those who have a conceal and carry permit, is allowed to bring a firearm into a city owned building in Raymore, including council meetings. But on Monday that will change, as the city will allow citizens with conceal and carry permits to enter a city owned building with their firearms, but just not during a council meeting."

"The new ordinance also allows city council members and the mayor to posses a firearm during council meetings. ..." ...
 

NY: Legislators urge passage of microstamping bill
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Following a June 16 shooting spree that began at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow and ended in two deaths, a pair of state legislators gathered with supporters there to promote new legislation aimed to improve gun identification."

"The legislators were joined last Saturday at NUMC by members of Long Island's law enforcement community and Malverne resident Steven McDonald, an NYPD detective who was injured by gun violence and paralyzed in 1986." ...
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KABA Note: But Det. McDonald was shot by 15 year old Shavod Jones who was tried and convicted. So what does that shooting have to do with microstamping?
 

Panel divided on keeping all remaining jailed Hutaree behind bars
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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..."We've discussed the release of four Hutaree members in a previous Gun Rights Examiner column. We've also looked at evidence of prosecutorial misrepresentation to prevent that from happening, and looked earlier at why the lower court deemed all defendants eligible for bail." ...
 

IL: Broke Illinois Department of Corrections releasing, losing violent parolees
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last autumn, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that in order to save money, about 1,000 prison inmates would be released early. People can perhaps be forgiven for reacting with trepidation to such news, but as the, Chicago Tribune told us the state was being careful." ...

"Well, best-laid plans, and all that. From the Associated Press:"
"Repeat drunk drivers, drug users and even people convicted of battery and weapons violations are serving less than three weeks' total time behind bars under a secret change in policy by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's prison system, The Associated Press has learned." ...
 

WA: Cop fired for spying on wife sues to get job back
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"A fired Kirkland police officer accused of using law enforcement databases to spy on his wife is suing the state oversight board that stripped him of his badge."

"In a civil lawsuit ... an attorney for ex-officer Charles Evans Jr. contended that the state Criminal Justice Training Commission erred in revoking Evan's law officer certification."

"That decision ... came after Evans allegedly unlawfully used several law enforcement databases ... to research the identity of a man who'd been corresponding with his wife."

"... the panel unanimously found 'clear, cogent and convincing evidence that (Evans) engaged in conduct that would constitute a crime committed under color of authority as a peace officer.'" ...
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KABA Note: So was Evans ever charged with "a crime committed under color of authority as a peace officer"?
 

WA: The Buzz (third item)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There aren’t many benefits in this area where folks can bid on or win shotguns, rifles and revolvers."

"Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club offers a fundraising auction, raffle and dinner Saturday at 3334 E. Brooks Hill Road in Langley."

"Proceeds support Second Amendment rights, gun safety training and improvements to club facilities. They have a new trap shack with classrooms for firearm safety and hunter education classes."

"Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a Cowboy Quick Draw competition. A silent auction and bucket raffles will be followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and a live auction at 7 p.m."

"They've collected more than $15,000 in prizes to be auctioned and raffled. For a list of goods, visit www.hhrodandgun.com." ...
 

OH: Ohio Editorial Boards Continue Their Love Affair With The Gun Lobby Bogeyman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's been three weeks since Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Thomas Suddes flexed the hive mind of Ohio's newspaper editorial boards, and now two additional columnists are group think-fantasizing about the Gun Lobby Bogeyman. In another exercise of editorial denial, The Toledo Blade's knee-jerk, anti-gun Marilou Johanek accuses Ohio Governor Ted Strickland of 'caving in to the NRA.' Once again the usual suspect is the Gun Lobby Bogeyman, equipped with piles of cash and Jedi mind tricks, traveling the country to thwart the beliefs of the common sense majority in order to advance the radical cause of the gun nut minority." ...
 

DC: The hustle and bustle along the District's Florida Avenue and its arteries Thursday morning betrayed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The hustle and bustle along the District's Florida Avenue and its arteries Thursday morning betrayed what occurred less than 24 hours earlier when urban desperados shot a father and son."

"... manned police patrol cars and ubiquitous yellow crime-scene tape told a different story."

"It's the story of a city whose leadership wants to deny Second Amendment rights to its citizenry and business owners, while, at the same time, play liberal politics on behalf of the 'perps' who prey on ordinary people ..."

"By all accounts, the family that owns and runs Lida Wholesale ... were going about their day when gun shots rang out ... Two gunmen left the father mortally wounded and his son facing life-threatening wounds." ...
 

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