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Latest Rolling Stone hit piece on guns presents ridiculous and incomplete list
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"What’s the plan for when millions of fed up gun owners tell everyone like you where to go and what you can do with yourselves once you get there -- like I'm doing now?"
 

IN: NRA holds national championship in Bristol
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The National Rifle Association is hosting the National Smallbore Rifle Championship in Bristol at the Wa Ke' De Rifle Range.

Competitor Greg Drown's story is a bit different than other entrants. a lifelong shooter, he did it competitively for Ohio State University and qualified for the Olympic trials in 1984.

Then, in the late 1990s, he developed Multiple Sclerosis.

"Disabled or able-bodied, certainly, everybody has a chance here," said Drown.

Competitor Katie Bridges' skills earned her a scholarship to TCU and an invitation to an upcoming international competition.

"Not only is it physically demanding, it's mentally demanding as well," said Staff Sergeant George Norton, Army Marksmanship Unit.

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TX: Federal Agents Arrest Gun-Carrying Illegal Immigrant
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Federal agents raiding a human stash house in Brownsville ended up charging one of the illegal aliens with weapon charges after they found a handgun with the serial number filed off.
Wednesday morning, Oscar Romeo MARTIN-Zacarias – from Guatemala – went before U.S Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya who formally charged him with illegal possession of a firearm by an alien and ordered he be held without bond pending a preliminary hearing later this week.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Border Patrol had raided a home in Brownsville, where they arrested four undocumented immigrants. They spoke with Romero, who told them that he had a gun in a safe inside the house, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas show.
 

NY: Woman Claims NYPD Has Practice Of Arresting People For Recording Officers
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The NYPD on Tuesday was hit with a First Amendment lawsuit, alleging the department has a practice of arresting people for shooting video of officers.
Plaintiff Debra Goodman claimed her rights were violated when she tried to record police activity last September on the Upper West Side.
Goodman was arrested at 73rd Street and Broadway, and alleged that she was pushed by officers and then detained for more than 24 hours. ...
The lawsuit asked a judge to force the NYPD to allow onlookers to record police in public spaces.
CBS 2 contacted the NYPD about the lawsuit. The department has not issued a comment.
 

WI: WI Man Unlawfully Fired For Having Gun In His Car, Wisconsin Carry Funds Lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wisconsin Carry has funded a lawsuit on behalf of a Wausau man who was unlawfully terminated after verifying to a Human Resources Manager that he had a lawfully carried gun in his personal vehicle.

Wisconsin law does not allow employers to prohibit employees with valid concealed carry licenses from keeping a gun in their personal vehicles even when parked on company property.

Our attorneys attempted to seek an out-of-court resolution with Kolbe and Kolbe. After contact with their legal counsel, the HR manager who fired the employee misrepresented the circumstances of the firing suggesting that the employee had the gun outside his vehicle.
 

LA: 'Stand your ground' can be a costly choice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Little studied but highly publicized, stand your ground provisions say that a person has no duty to retreat from someone perceived as an aggressor before using deadly force.

What studies have been done suggest that stand your ground provisions have had little marked effect on crime statistics, other than one significant difference in states where they exist.

The homicide rates in those states, studied over a 10-year period, rose by an average of 8 percent, or 60 more deaths per year.
 

For some U.S. politicians, packing heat is part of the job description
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If guns are a run-of-the-mill prop for politicians in the United States, it was perhaps only a matter of time before things backfired on someone this campaign season.

A candidate in this fall's congressional elections had to yank down an online video in which he used a pump-action shotgun to blow up a pinata of an elephant — the logo of the Republican party.

It was the hint of political violence that people complained about, and not the use of a shotgun in Estakio Beltran's campaign ad.
 

WA: DOJ overreach
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I believe this is a way to bypass the Second Amendment! The DEA spokesman actually said the problem was they were a “drug user” in possession of a firearm. Am I a drug user because I take legal medications and have a concealed weapon permit? They actually are prosecuting citizens who are within the rights of their permits. The article also stated that the Department of Justice has a hands-off approach in Western Washington, however, not so with Central and Eastern Washington.
 

Are 3-D Printed Guns a Cause for Concern?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With one pull of the trigger, Wilson forever blurred the line between gun control laws and censorship.

It’s a polarizing topic, depending on who you ask.

While some see Wilson’s efforts to circumvent gun control laws as immoral, others believe he’s an incredible patriot. That is, one fighting to preserve our Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Either way, wouldn’t you have expected the 113th United States Congress to take swift action?

I mean, what’s to stop a lunatic from printing a gun and assassinating a world leader?

Well, Congress’ response will likely surprise you.
 

CCRKBA Files Lawsuit Challenging Federal Law On Handgun Purchases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has filed a lawsuit today in federal court in Texas against Attorney General Eric Holder and B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, challenging the current federal law prohibiting cross-state handgun purchases.

CCRKBA brings this lawsuit on behalf of its members throughout the country, who would legally buy and sell handguns outside of their home states, just as they currently do with long guns.
 

KS: Man with concealed gun had to leave Salina theater
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man with a legal concealed weapon was asked to leave a Salina movie theater after other customers complained.

Salina police Capt. Mike Sweeney says officers went to the Central Mall movie theater Tuesday when the man became upset when he was asked to leave. The theater reports other customers asked for their money back before the man was asked to leave.

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Sweeney says the man didn’t threaten anyone and no charges are being pursued.
 

TX: Open Carry Gun Advocates Claims "Win For Freedom" After Judge Ruled Against Arlington Ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It may be true that we can't start limiting free speech because it makes someone uncomfortable, but it is also true that we can't yell fire in a crowded theater -- meaning all rights have limits. Open carry advocates would have a better argument for reducing restrictions on their Second Amendment if only they would learn to better self regulate.
 

MA: Massachusetts Senate Introduces its Own Version of Gun Control Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Late Monday, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee introduced its own version of gun control legislation, Senate Bill 2265.

This language is the replacement language for House Bill 4285, and will be considered on the Senate floor this Thursday, July 17 2014.
 

KY: State lawmakers tweak gun regulations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That is, of course, unless you're under the protection of an emergency protection order (EPO) or domestic violence order (DVO) after July 15.

As part of House Bill 128 — which amends many firearm laws in Kentucky — those protected by the two court orders will have the opportunity to apply electronically for a temporary concealed carry weapons permit and receive an answer from the Kentucky State Police in one business day.

The temporary permit will last for 45 days after it is granted. The idea behind such legislation is that those protected under an EPO or DVO will use the time to complete the weapons training course and any other requirements for a standard CCW license.
 

MT: Court: Lau must testify to explain self-defense claim
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Montana Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that Martin Lau, a Great Falls financial adviser charged in a fatal 2012 shooting near Fairfield, will not be able to use an out-of-court statement to provide his version of events leading to the death of Don Kline.

As a result, despite a 2009 law that expanded legal protections for Montanans seeking to justify use of force on self-defense grounds, Lau will likely have to take the witness stand to explain his actions — giving prosecutors the opportunity to question his account through cross-examination.
 

FL: Stand Your Ground may be defense for felon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-toting felons have the same rights as law-abiding citizens to use the Stand Your Ground law to avoid criminal charges, according to a new appeals court ruling.

Reversing an opinion from 2012, the 4th District Court of Appeal said Wednesday a felon from Riviera Beach now can try to get his 2009 aggravated battery with a firearm charge dismissed under the controversial self-defense law.
 

Bloomberg Off Target Trying To Stomp Out Your Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last week I reported on Mike Bloomberg and his Demanding Moms’ propaganda campaign to convince Target to ban guns from their stores.

This week, Target’s acting CEO released a statement saying that guns were not conducive to the family atmosphere the company strives for in their stores, and that, while they were going to continue to be ruled by local laws on the subject, they were respectfully requesting that customers not bring guns into their stores.
 

Rolling Stone thinks the worst of kinds of guns are guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rolling Stone thinks the worst of kinds of guns are guns – little ones, big ones and tiny ones.

One might expect that the list posted on the Rolling Stone’s website entitled, “The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America,” would let you know which weapons are most frequently involved in accidental shootings or chosen by nutjobs who go postal at the post office. But to do so would set your journalistic expectations above the level of the Rolling Stone.

The magazine posted a photo slideshow on its website this week that promised to inform its readers what specific guns were causing the most harm, but, instead, it mostly serves as a definition of the word tautology.
 

WA: ‘There is no right of privacy for gun owners’ – the anti-gun mindset
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today’s Seattle Times report about the latest Elway Poll on Washington State’s dueling initiatives provides a few revealing looks into how anti-gunners think; an alarming perspective that surfaces elsewhere in the gun debate whenever gun prohibitionists allow their true mindset to escape from behind the façade of “being reasonable” that they try to project.

In the reader section of today’s story, one supporter of Initiative 594, took umbrage with an opponent who noted, “We deserve the protection of a well-written background check law that protects the right of privacy for lawful firearms owners.” The I-594 backer responded, “There is no right of privacy for gun owners, lawful or otherwise.”
 

WA: Needed: 500 responses to questions about dueling initiatives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association today is running a poll with questions that critics might argue are intended to elicit a favorable response to its political agenda; a survey that by no small coincidence comes 24 hours after the Elway Poll reported continued strong support for Initiative 594 and less support for competing Initiative 591 in Washington State.

One should take the NRA survey. It only takes a couple of minutes.

The Elway Poll, reported by the Seattle Times, is eliciting a strong reaction, and some suggest the outcome would be different if participants were asked a couple of key questions about facts that are not clear to many people on both sides of the gun control debate.
 

The best defense when seconds count
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A recent column placed in USA Today draws needed attention to what the national media loves to sweep under the rug: statistics prove that guns can and do save lives.

The column was a paid advertorial called “The First-Responders Report” which features real-life situations in which first responders — the intended victim — were able to shoot down the people who attacked them or chase them off by show of arms.

The column is the first in a planned series by GunLaws.com, the website of Bloomfield Press, the country’s largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books, based in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 

Maloney Calls for Investigation Into Threats From Pro-Gun Leader Larry Pratt
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., wants Capitol Hill law enforcement officials to investigate a prominent gun rights advocate’s praise for threats on her life, calling them evidence of “just how outrageous the extreme pro-gun movement has become.”

In a Rolling Stone article published Monday, Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt is quoted saying that the Second Amendment is for “for restraining tyrannical tendencies in government … especially those in the liberal, tyrannical end of the spectrum.”
 

OR: Sheriff: Suspects beat man with bat, but call cops when he fires gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two homeless men who attacked a man with a baseball bat called police after the victim fired two rounds from a shotgun into the air, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said.

Law enforcement responded to a Stock Slough Lane home just before 3 a.m. Wednesday to a report of shots fired.
 

TX: Texas Jury Refuses To Indict Man Who Shot and Killed Officer During ‘No Knock’ Raid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We have previously discussed our concerns over the seemingly exponential increase in “no knock” raids in the country where police give no warning before raiding a home.

Now in a remarkable ruling, a Texas grand jury has refused to indict Goedrich Magee, 20, who shot and killed a law enforcement officer, Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, 31, during a no knock entrance into his home. Magee said that he thought he was being robbed and acted to protect his pregnant girlfriend and children. The grand jury “no billed” the case in February.
 

Shooting the Bull: Synthetic Stock Upgrade from Spam to Glam
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Whether you love them or loathe them, synthetic gunstocks are here to stay. Even the most casual perusal of your local gun shop or big box store will reveal that the majority of the firearms available will be bolted into a synthetic stock of some sort. The odds are very good that your favorite model of centerfire or rimfire rifle, shotgun or even handgun is offered in a synthetic-stocked version.
 

ID: ACLU calls on Boise State to fix event policies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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he American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho has joined the Idaho Freedom Foundation urging Boise State University to reconsider its on-campus event policies.

Earlier this month, IFF officials said they were willing to pursue all options, including a lawsuit, against BSU unless the school revises its event polices. The IFF objects to the way school officials handled a Second Amendment rights event in May.
 

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