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Report points to Clinton-era gunwalking
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"It does lead to some interesting questions, particularly for those demanding to expand investigations to include the Bush-era 'Operation Wide Receiver' program and his then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey. The Twin Cities operation took place under Janet Reno’s watch under President Bill Clinton."
 

Time for Americans to Dust Off Their Guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"On Independence Day 2012 we will celebrate several things: In addition to celebrating the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we at The Firearms Coalition will be celebrating our 28th anniversary as an organization and the 4th anniversary of the release of the book 'Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War,' a compilation by my brother Chris of highlights from our father, Neal Knox’s, extensive writings on the gun-rights movement stretching from 1966 to 2000."

"July 4 also marks the 4th annual celebration of National Training Week, a week set aside in conjunction with Independence Day to remind people that liberty and independence are closely tied to responsible possession of firearms." ...
 

RI Open Carry Day Two: Got No Shadow
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"As I started my stroll down Thayer Street, I clocked the cop on the other side of the street. Bicycle guy. Bright blue jersey. I concentrated on walking normally—which is damn hard when you’re trying to walk normally. I mentally rehearsed my Terry Stop. Say nothing until spoken to. Hands in plain sight. And . . . Didn’t happen. Nor did any Brown students see my gun. Why would they? These proto-Masters of the Universe don’t even look both ways when crossing the road, expecting (as they do) drivers to accept their primacy on planet Earth. The only person who noticed my Caracal: a street vendor selling jewelry ... So I bought a cigar and took my eight-year-old to Sunshine Creamery . . ." ...
 

Issa sneaks wiretap info into the Congressional Record! Transcript of redacted letter for myopic Media Matters mokes provided courtesy of Sipsey Street Irregulars.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "To assist you in better understanding the facts, I appreciate the opportunity to provide relevant and necessary context for some of the information in this wiretap application. Due to the sensitivity of the document, individual targets and suspects will be referred to with anonymous designations. ... Although senior Department officials authorized this application on March 15, 2010, a mere four months after the investigation began, it contains a breathtaking amount of detail.The detailed information about the operational tactics contained in the applications raises new questions about statements of senior Justice Department officials, including the Attorney General himself." ...
 

A strange and dangerous criticism of Holder contempt proceedings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "What is perhaps surprising, though, is the convoluted lengths administration apologists were willing to go to in criticizing the contempt proceedings. Holder's defenders have apparently reached the conclusion that he is best served by pointing out that the aggressive pursuit of the investigation into the administration's culpability in the 'gunwalker' scandal would do nothing for the nation's appalling unemployment rate." ...
 

Gunspec: Doing what Google Shopping Now Refuses to Do
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yesterday we figured out that Google Shopping is no longer providing its service to the firearms community. Turns out there’s already a site out there that does what Google Shopping used to do, but better and geared specifically towards firearms and related equipment. Gunspec.com, which has been online since 2011, already searches listings from everyone from Gander Mountain to Brownells to the Sports Authority to find the best firearms and equipment deals and does it quite well. You should give it a glance. Make the jump for Gunspec’s words to the firearms community…" ...
 

Student of the Gun 3.0 (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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Mediocrity: How to fail and feel good about it.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The attitudes and expressions that men hold are not necessarily the cause but the symptom of something deeper and more troubling. To a great extent lately I’ve been putting pen to paper and extolling the merits of training and practice with firearms. To my chagrin I’ve encountered a voiced resistance to the idea that the path to proficiency and confidence can be found through professional training followed by dedicated practice."

"Instead of considering the suggestions and agreeing or disagreeing internally, the idea that a person should indeed put forth effort and strive for improvement has been met with open contempt. ..." ...
 

Walther Splits with Smith & Wesson. Mostly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Smith & Wesson has been the distributor for Walther guns in US of A since 1999. No more. Walther announced that they’ll be setting up a newco stateside called Walther Arms, Inc. to take over distribution here. But the two aren’t totally splitsville. Some of the relationship will live on (at least for now) as Smith will continue to make Bond fave, the PPK. Likewise, Walther will keep on keepin’ on by producing the M&P 22 for Smith. Full press release after the jump . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Wolff Striker Spring – S&W Sigma
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Sigma from S&W is in many ways THE red headed stepchild of the Smith lineup. Created with a price a few hundred dollars below the M&P, it seems to be a popular choice for the budget-minded buyer who still wants the Smith logo. Buyer beware however, the trigger is something out of a horror movie. A Google search of “Smith and Wesson Sigma Trigger” reveals page after page of forum posts and YouTube videos on how to fix things." ...
 

Pre-Attack Indicators
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I just read an interesting article from BlueSheepdog.com. They are a site dedicated to law enforcement officer training and safety. The article I read was by Lt. Jim Glennon and discussed the indicators or tells that someone is about to attack. While it is written with the law enforcement community in mind, I think much of it applies to the rest of us." ...
 

Girls Gun Getaway 2012 – Part 4 (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"1000 rounds of 7.62 needed to be fired. We had to finish off the 7.62 and shoot the 50 Cal and shotgun in an hour or so as we had to start our 4 hour drive back to the airport. With only 6 of the 11 ladies left we had our work" ...
 

“Ooh La La…”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Today I was the featured female gun blogger on Women’s Outdoor News. I had a fun time answering the rounds of questions from Babbs, not THE Babbs, but The WONs Babbs, also know as Barb Baird. Thanks for the opportunity to be a featured blogger, Barb!" ...
 

WV: Woman Shoots Intruder After He Tries To Break In For Second Time
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A WV woman was fed up after a man broke into her home earlier in the week. This time, when the man returned, she was ready. The homeowner opened fire on the would be intruder as he tried to break into the home. He was struck in the leg and taken to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the incident and are trying to find out why the man tried to break into the same home twice in one week." ...
 

WA: Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Don’t Bring a Hatchet to a Gunfight Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We’re always comforted by the apparent lack of forethought and planning most burglars use when pulling a job. Take, for instance, this little caper as reported by newstribune.com. Since the two two would-be Dillingers broke into the house in question at 4:00p.m., it seems a safe bet they weren’t expecting the house to be occupied. And a simple knock at the door probably would have told them that someone was, in fact, very much at home. Not that we’re complaining about how things turned out . . ." ...
 

'Fast and Furious' gun sting had '96 precedent in Minnesota
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A key figure in the federal gun-tracking operation that is under fire for helping to put sophisticated weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels also played a central role in a similar sting involving Twin Cities gangs a decade ago."

"George Gillett Jr., a supervisor in the federal operation in Arizona known as Fast and Furious, is now a cooperating witness in the congressional investigation that could lead to an unprecedented contempt citation against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder."

"As a leader in Fast and Furious, congressional sources say, Gillett has been instrumental in determining who in Washington provided oversight for the operation and whether top federal officials had sanctioned such gun stings before." ...
 

If the House REALLY wants to press the contempt issue...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There is the 'inherent contempt' power, where the House orders the arrest of the defendant, and can try him then and there, and pass sentence. It hasn't been used since 1934, when the Senate sentenced a fellow who destroyed evidence to ten days in jail. It was upheld by the Supreme Court in Jurney v. MacCracken, 294 U.S. 125 (1935). ('Here, we are concerned, not with an extension of congressional privilege, but with vindication of the established and essential privilege of requiring the production of evidence. For this purpose, the power to punish for a past contempt is an appropriate means.') ..." ...
 

Well, This Is A Shock...Not (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Department of Justice announced today that they will not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder. I know that is a shock to everyone that they won't prosecute their own boss. I guess they have forgotten that they took an oath not to Eric Holder and not to Barack Obama but to the Constitution."
 

Justice Department shields Holder from prosecution after contempt vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Justice Department moved Friday to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from prosecution after the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress."

"The contempt vote technically opened the door for the House to call on the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to bring the case before a grand jury. But because U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen works for Holder and because President Obama has already asserted executive privilege over the documents in question, some expected Holder's Justice Department to balk." ...
 

CBS: Fast and Furious whistleblowers now supervised by ATF manager who allegedly threatened retaliation.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Here's the letter from Grassley and Issa on the subject." ...
 

Grassley reacts as DOJ blows off contempt; Issa’s ‘bombshell’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "Grassley’s action was hardly unexpected, considering that he initiated the Capitol Hill inquiry into Fast and Furious. It was Grassley who, lacking his own subpoena power as ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, turned Congressman Darrell Issa onto the scandal 17 months ago. ..."

"It was during yesterday’s heated debate that ... Issa dropped a bombshell into the House record. He entered letters between himself and Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings ... that alluded to detailed wiretap applications investigators had discovered by accident. Those documents are normally sealed, and disclosure is illegal, but as Roll Call reports, Issa may have immunity under an obscure constitutional clause." ...
 

Washington’s delegates split along party lines on Holder contempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Predictably, Washington State’s congressional delegation divided along party lines 4-4 on Thursday’s historic contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder by the House of Representatives." ...
 

Sen. Burr Promotes Bill that Would Return Guns to Veterans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Military reports that once again, Senators are trying to create a law that will protect veterans’ Second Amendment rights."

"A rather complicated legal loophole can rob a veteran of his right to own a firearm. Whenever the Department of Veterans Affairs finds a veteran to be incapable of handling his own finances, that veteran’s name pops up on the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS). Once it’s in the NCIS, that means that neither the veteran nor anyone else in his household can own a firearm."

"Approximately 127,000 veterans have lost their right to hold a firearm because of this technical loophole." ...
 

NJ: NJ Slaps Gun Owners in Face in Right to Carry Case – Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Squandering an opportunity to redeem the Garden State for its long disparagement of the Second Amendment – and in particular, the right to carry – New Jersey’s newly appointed Attorney General has instead slapped gun owners in the face in the latest set of papers in a federal lawsuit brought by ANJRPC and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) to overturn New Jersey’s unconstitutional handgun carry laws."

"The State’s latest filing maintains its absurd position that the Second Amendment does not exist outside the home, and that it is the State’s responsibility to protect the public from law abiding citizens with firearms." ...
 

IN: Online threat — but SWAT team raids wrong house
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"Imagine you're sitting at home, comfortable on the couch, watching the Food Network, when all of a sudden a heavily armed SWAT team breaks down your door and storms into your living room."

"That's what happened to 18-year-old Stephanie Milan, who was watching TV in her family's Evansville, Ind., home last Thursday (June 22), when a team of police officers broke down her storm door — the front door was already open — and tossed a flash-bang stun grenade into the room."

"'The front door was open,' Ira Milan, Stephanie's grandfather and the property owner, told the Evansvile Courier & Press. 'To bring a whole SWAT team seems a little excessive.'" ...

"Turns out, however, that the SWAT team had the address wrong." ...
 

MA: Boston police officer charged with OUI after wreck (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A woman who was hurt in a crash with an off-duty Boston police officer is criticizing the Boston police department. After 33 days, the officer was charged with OUI, failure to stop, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle."

"Briana O’Neill, 22, said she was starting to drive through an intersection in Hyde Park in May when off-duty officer Richard Janetti allegedly came barreling through a stop sign and slammed into her Honda Accord and another vehicle."

"O’Neill wants to why it took BPD 33 days to file charges."

"'I have a punctured artery that goes to my brain. I have a C-1 fracture in my neck,' O’Neill said. 'It really upsets me. If it would have been me, I’d be in jail right now.'" ...
 

NY: Upstate NY police chief charged with misconduct
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Authorities say an upstate New York police chief knew about sex crimes against underage victims but didn't do anything about it."

"Ulster County District Attorney D. Holley Carnright says Town of Ulster Chief Matthew Taggard has been suspended and charged with official misconduct." ...
 

NY: The NYPD Is Working on Its Manners
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"The [NYPD]'s stop-and-frisk policy may not have had much effect on the number of shootings citywide, but it has certainly left its mark in ways that are harder to quantify. The searches, overwhelmingly conducted on men of color, have become a fact of life for black and Hispanic teenagers, many of whom are resigned to being treated differently than their white peers. But adults, too, are left with 'raw feelings' after being frisked, according to an informal ... survey. Respondents describe that being called 'sir' is not necessarily better than 'bro' or 'immigrant' while being forced to stop, although the common refrain 'Where's the weed?' is just plain rude. The department, though, is attempting to lighten up the interactions." ...
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KABA Note: What, they're actually going to start requiring cops to have "specific and articulable facts" before stopping folks and "reasonable and articulable suspicion" that they are "armed and dangerous" before frisking them?
 

NY: NYPD Publishes Poster of "Professional Agitators," aka Citizens who Record Cops (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The New York City Police Department issued a notice to officers to be aware of a pair of 'professional agitators' who like to video record police performing their duties."

"It was the agitators themselves who discovered the flyer when they walked inside the 30th Precinct for a community board meeting." ...
 

Is the U.S. Legal System Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"My friend Dean Rieck recently published an excellent article on the three guns you will need to survive the imminent Zombie Apocalypse. ... I know what you are thinking...Zombie invasion is not my problem. My friend, I found myself thinking the same thing."

"I then realized I had slipped into the sheep mentality. Lt. Col. Grossman is coming back to town to once again to prepare hundreds of Buckeyes to be mentally prepared for any crisis. Shame on me for thinking Zombie invasion is something that happens to the 'other guy.'"

"Given my profession as an attorney, I began to immediately examine how prepared the U.S. legal system is for a Zombie invasion. I am afraid to report that our legal system is woefully unprepared ..." ...
 

These 6 Slides From Smith & Wesson Show America's Obsession With Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Smith & Wesson announced another monster quarter for gun sales."

"Some have argued that America's gun business has been booming out of fear that President Obama would push through legislation to make it more difficult to purchase firearms."

"Whatever the explanation may be, America's gun makers are cleaning up ..." ...
 

TX: BB gun amendment falls into constitutional gray area
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following a proposed amendment to ban air guns from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. in Odessa, some are asking: Would the amendment be constitutional?"

"And the answer seems to be: Maybe." ...
 

OH: Dueling editorials on HB495 expose difference between logic and emotion, facts and fallacy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two northern Ohio newspapers have recently published editorials on House Bill 495, which was passed out of the Ohio House on June 13 by a 59 - 28 margin."

"The contrast between editorials by The Lima News and The Cleveland Plain Dealer addressing passage of the bill, which seeks to reform Ohio concealed carry law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and continue a trend toward making Ohio law similar to other states, could not be more stark." ...
 

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