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ATF developments mask chronic leadership ineptitude, clinging to old ways
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Holder’s plan received fawning backing from ATF Director B. Todd Jones, who reports to him, and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy, whose department receives substantial grant money from DOJ. They both know they were merely mouthing expected words demanded for the performance."
 

CA: Strippers sue San Diego police over 'nearly nude' photos
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A lawsuit filed on behalf of 30 strippers at two local nightspots was filed Wednesday seeking damages from the city of San Diego and the police chief for allegedly violating the strippers' rights during licensing inspections.
The strippers were employed at Cheetahs Gentlemen's Club and Club Expose when members of the police department's vice squad detained them and forced them to pose for pictures during "raids" in 2013 and 2014, according to the lawsuit filed in Superior Court.
The strippers were "nearly nude" when their pictures were taken while officers made "arrogant and demeaning remarks" and intimidated the strippers to keep them from leaving, the lawsuit alleges.
 

TX: Trooper Accidentally Shoots Himself at Madisonville Gym
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MADISONVILLE, TX - An off-duty Department of Public Safety trooper accidentally shot himself Wednesday afternoon outside a gym in Madisonville.

Felipe Garcia, 28, finished working out at the Fantastic Tans and Fitness Center on Main Street. Trooper Jimmy Morgan says when Garcia opened the door of his truck, his off-duty pistol, a .22 caliber pistol, fell out, hit the pavement and discharged. Garcia was hit in the stomach.
 

Playing Mind Games With the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In typical Machiavellian fashion, President Barack Obama is using public safety as an excuse to violate federal law, pry into your personal medical records, and add your name to a federal database tracking individuals with diagnoses of mental illness. Obama originally announced his intent on January 16, 2013, when he signed 23 executive orders purportedly intended to curb gun violence. One of them aims to “address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA], that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.” Notice that the president regards your medical privacy rights as “unnecessary legal barriers.”
 

TX: Open Carry Texas Announces 5th Ward Event / March
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On August 16, 2014, Open Carry Texas will be holding an event in the 5 Ward district of Houston.

Like all of our events, the public is invited to take part in this event to celebrate our right to keep and bear arms and protest our antiquated gun laws.

“We are not going to be marching through 5th Ward,” said OCT Founder CJ Grisham, “we’re going to hopefully be marching with 5th Ward.”
 

Nullification Strategy vs Failed Calls for Federal Agent Arrests
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But a problem remains. No state seems to possess the will to carry out such a program. Missouri failed twice to enact legislation protecting the Second Amendment that included penalties on federal agents. The first time, both houses of the legislature passed a bill, but they could not overcome the governor’s veto. Last legislative session, political pressure led to the removal of penalties, and the existence of penalties on state officials was a factor in the legislature’s failure to give the Second Amendment Preservation Act final approval.
 

DC: Scarce Prospects for Senate Shooting Down D.C. Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Massie also likes to refer questions to the Constitution. He pulled out a pocket-sized copy of the document during an interview with CQ Roll Call when asked to respond to opponents’ gripes that he has not been elected by the residents of the District to write local legislation.

“Actually I am directly elected to do this,” Massie said, flipping through the pages of the tiny read book until he found article I, section 8, clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the authority to exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever over D.C. He said “435 members of Congress have not just the authority, but the duty to look out for the rights of the people of the District of Columbia.”
 

America’s Gun Violence: Time for Action
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Meanwhile, adoption of common sense policies to reduce gun violence as advocated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police must include:

Banning armor-piercing ammunition
Assault weapons ban
Body armor for police
Banning concealed weapons
Firearms enforcement
Firearms offender registry
Firearm purchase waiting period
Closing the gun show loophole
Ending illegal firearms trafficking
 

MI: AR-15-toting Michigan residents fight alien housing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At least 50 people carting weapons, flags and posters expressing anger with the porous border took to Vassar, Mich., streets to rally against a plan to ship some of the illegal minor-aged immigrants to their community.

Many in the crowd carried AR-15 rifles and handguns — the latest sign of the growing unrest around the nation that’s marking the federal government’s response to tens of thousands of illegals crossing into U.S. territories in recent months.
 

CA: Protecting Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Does anyone else find it interesting that our Founding Fathers made no mention of establishing a police force to protect the citizenry of the country?

They did, however, explicitly write into the Constitution that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

The Founder Fathers knew. They knew what it was like to be disarmed. They knew what it was like to be ruled without representation.

And they knew what it was like to have the government infringe on citizens’ rights.

They also knew that citizens needed to be able to defend themselves. No police force can ensure every citizen’s safety all the time. We have to have personal responsibility.
 

NY: NY’s Arbalest Quarrel & Seneca Sporting Range To Hold August Pro-Gun Rally
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Arbalest Quarrel weblog and Seneca Sporting Range are pleased to announce a pro-gun rally the two groups are co-sponsoring.

PLACE: Seneca Sporting Range, 1716 Weirfield Street, Ridgewood/Queens, N.Y. 11385

TIME: Saturday, August 16, 2014 (1:00 P.M. to 2:00 PM)
 

MO: Governor’s actions on truly agreed bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senate Bill 656 started as a simple bill to remove the requirement that applicants for a concealed carry (CCW) permit train and test with two different weapons. The House added several pro-Second Amendment provisions, including the creation of school protection officers and reaffirming Missouri’s open carry laws. The governor vetoed SB 656.
 

CT: An arbitrary ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For now, Stag Arms is not moving, but we have lost business from law-abiding Americans outside Connecticut who will not purchase firearms made in a state where elected officials show little respect for their own manufacturers or for the Second Amendment.

It has been widely reported that PTR Industries moved all its operations and 50 jobs from Bristol to South Carolina, where an appreciative governor cut the ribbon to a new facility. North Haven-based O.F. Mossberg & Sons made the decision to expand production in its Texas plant, not here.
 

Walmart, so far, indicates it won't join Target in refusing gun toters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For now, Walmart, which is a major weapons retailer, is standing fast.

"Our policy is to comply with all state, federal and local laws as it pertains to carrying firearms," Walmart spokesman Brian Nick told HuffPost on Thursday. "We're not considering any changes at this time."
 

WA: Poll: Washington voters support competing gun initiatives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If the election were held today, Washington state voters would back an initiative to broaden background checks on gun purchases. They would also vote to prohibit the state from conducting more background checks than the federal government requires, raising the possibility that voters could ratify two ballot initiatives that stand in direct contradiction of each other.
 

TX: Open Carry: What is allowed in a demonstration, and what is not
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Open Carry Texas (OCT), Liberty County Chapter, has informed the Liberty Police Department that they will be conducting an open carry walk on July 26, 2014, at 10:00 am, in Liberty. The walk will be from Jefferson and Main to the Courthouse and then back to Jefferson and Main.

Open Carry groups have been conducting these walks nationwide to demonstrate their Second Amendment right to own weapons. The OCT members have indicated they will be carrying long guns, meaning rifles and shotguns, and possibly some black powder pistols which, in Texas, are exempt from the Concealed Carry law provided they meet certain restrictions.
 

NH: Fatal Rochester shooting deemed self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said Thursday that no charges will be filed against a man who shot his friend to death during an altercation in May.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said Robert Crichton, 39, shot to death Richard Dumont, 37, both of Rochester, as Dumont was choking Crichton and attempting to pull him from his car.
 

FL: Appeals Court: Felons Not Blocked From Claiming Self Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Can a convicted felon, who’s not supposed to have a gun in the first place, still use a gun legally for self-defense? That depends which Florida self-defense law he uses, according to a recent appeals court ruling. The first law doesn’t say convicted felons can’t defend themselves with guns. The second one – the so called “Stand Your Ground” law – specifically says they can’t. Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) who authored the Stand Your Ground law, says he’s watching what happens next in the courts.
 

WA: No simple answer on firearm initiatives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We’ll begin our examination of 2014 electoral issues today with an attempt to dispel some of the confusion that may be developing among Washington voters on the two firearms initiatives that will appear on the November ballot.
 

TX: Free speech might make people uncomfortable
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If members of Open Carry Tarrant County aren’t out in all their gun-toting glory this weekend, handing out gun-rights literature and pocket-sized versions of the Constitution at a busy Arlington intersection, I’ll be surprised.

Open Carry won a major legal victory this week in its effort to preserve constitutional rights, not specifically the Second Amendment rights that are its usual focus but the First Amendment right to free speech.

Frankly, I’d rather Open Carry didn’t do these demonstrations. It makes me nervous to see people with AR-15s, Mossberg 20-gauge shotguns and modified AK-47s slung over their shoulders passing out stuff to people in cars stopped at red lights.
 

MA: Senators pass an altered gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Under pressure from gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association, state senators Thursday rejected a provision aimed at keeping rifles and shotguns out of the hands of dangerous people before approving a broad bill meant to reduce firearm violence.

The provision, which was included in the House version of the legislation that passed last week and the Senate bill that was debated Thursday, would give police chiefs discretion to deny issuing permits for shotguns and rifles to those they deem unsuitable.

Gun control advocates cried foul and expressed hope that the provision would be reinstated as the two chambers hammer out a compromise measure.
 

About those sanctions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you haven’t heard, the Treasury Department has released the latest round of sanctions against Russia for its activities in Ukraine, and some Second Amendment advocates are suspicious, to say the least.

Earlier today, the Department of Commerce announced new sanctions against Russian products and companies operating in the United States. Previous sanctions only tangentially impacted the import of cheap and reliable firearms from Russia into the United States, but now the Obama administration is specifically targeting the makers of Saiga rifles and shotguns, as well as other companies.

There’s going to be a lot of information out there in the next few days, so let’s get a few facts out of the way.
 

A Tale of Two Victims
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In San Bernardino, CA, two armed thugs attacked a 78-year-old great-grandfather gassing up his truck. Video shows one attacker walking up and blind-siding him as he tries to negotiate, knocking him out. Then they robbed him while he’s on the ground.
 

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