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Stauffenberg's Choice: "Es lebe unser heiliges Deutschland!"
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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"Sixty five years ago today, just before one o'clock in the morning, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and [three] fellow officers ... were shot by a firing squad in the courtyard of the Bendlerblock in Berlin for the 'crime' of having tried to kill Adolf Hitler and end the war. ..."

"As his turn came, Stauffenberg shouted, 'Es lebe unser heiliges Deutschland!' ('Long live our sacred Germany!') ..." ...

"... in a time of tyranny and death, every government employee must make Stauffenberg's Choice. Do you cooperate, collaborate and assist the killing machine or do you resist, break it down from the inside, and thus keep your Oath to the Constitution?"

"While I may quibble [Pete's] larger point, though uncomfortable, is quite accurate." ...
 

Washington drops hammer on state gun plan
Submitted by: Kevin Tipton
Website: http://www.myspace.com/kevintipton

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"Federal gun regulators have written to gun dealers around Tennessee, dropping the hammer on a new state law that exempts weapons made, sold and used inside the state from interstate regulations."

"The letter, dated just days ago, was distributed to holders of Federal Firearms Licenses."

"In it, Carson W. Carroll, the assistant director of the [ATF], told dealers the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act, adopted this year, 'purports to exempt personal firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition manufactured in the state, and which remain in the state, from most federal firearms laws and regulations.'"

"The exemption is not right, the federal agency letter contends." ...

"... federal requirements and prohibitions, apply whether or not the firearms or ammunition have crossed state lines,' the letter said." ...
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KABA Note: Funny, the statute says "It shall be unlawful ... for any importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector licensed under the provisions of this chapter to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce any firearm to any person ...

for any person ... to transport into or receive in the State where he resides ... any firearm purchased or otherwise obtained by such person outside that State ...

for any person ... to transport in interstate or foreign commerce any destructive device, machinegun ... short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle ...

for any person ... to transfer, sell, trade, give, transport, or deliver any firearm to any person ... who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe does not reside in ... the State in which the transferor resides ...

It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to transport, ship, or receive, in interstate or foreign commerce, any firearm which has had the ... serial number removed ... or to possess or receive any firearm which has had the ... serial number removed ... and has, at any time, been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
 

Is the Brady Campaign for the children?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence claims that children and guns are a 'lethal combination.' Their recent publication claims that the 'scourge of gun violence frequently attacks the most helpless members of our society - our children.' But before you call up your elected officials, an examination of their data is in order."

"Their report, entitled CHILDREN & GUNS: A LETHAL COMBINATION (Brady used all capitals supposedly to create a screaming headline effect) immediately performs a 'bait and switch' by lumping children (ages 0-14) with teenagers ages 15-17, plus adults up to age 24, contrary to the title of the report. ..." ...
 

Upcoming police exercise is unsettling
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"There will be a government exercise conducted July 27-31. ..."

"Although the focus of this exercise is on terrorism, it will not be focused on bearded men from the Middle East. The focus will be on internal threats: Americans. If this seems a bit absurd to the reader, let me expound on it."

"The Pentagon ... and the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Virginia State Police ... have labeled Americans as possible terrorist threats. These people are known as Christians, pro-life activists, gun-rights advocates ..." ...

"Military troops from Britain, Australia, Canada and Mexico will be participants this year. ... All this information can be found on FEMA's official Web site." ...
 

Constitution 101 - Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"With the recent hearings into the nomination of Federal Appellate Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Associate Justice David Souter, several constitutional issues are once again entering the halls of public debate. While the First and Fourth Amendments will consistently be debated, debate over the Second Amendment seems to be elevated during the nomination process. In the case of Judge Sotomayor, the debate over the Second Amendment was catalyzed by her recent decision in Maloney v. Cuomo, a decision from the Federal 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals." ...
 

ATF busts out: It ain't your Daddy's Good O' Boys Roundup.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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Ever since getting caught on tape by Alabama's Gadsden Minutemen removing black baby dolls from watermelons and proclaiming "the birth of the black race" back in 1995, the ATF has reformed its Good O' Boys Roundup to include a more politically correct entertainment.

Curious to know how this was working out, once again Alabama militiamen infiltrated the jack booted thugs at play and retrieved some amazing intelligence.
 

Sotomayor: the abstract justice?
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.OpenCarry.org

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... "Pointedly, when Sotomayor was asked by Senator Coburn (R-Oklahoma) what she thought about 'the right to self-defense,' Sotomayor told the Oklahoma senator that she didn't know if 'that legal question has been ever presented' and called it an 'abstract question.'"

"Contrast Sotomayor's response above to Chief Justice John Roberts' forthright 'look 'em in the eye and answer the question' approach during his nomination hearing. When asked if there is a 'right to privacy,' he replied directly: Of course there is, it's 'the right to be left alone.'"

"Sotomayor will almost surely be confirmed. But America's gun owners will have to wait and see what the abstract justice will do on the bench."
 

Stephen P. Halbrook in Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing (video)
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Stephen P. Halbrook, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the book The Founders Second Amendment, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
 

Sotomayer Overlooks All 14 Supreme Court Self-Defense Cases
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"In Congressional testimony, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayer claimed she couldn't think of a self-defense case having come before the Supreme Court, adding, 'I could be wrong, but I cant think of one.' Independent research shows that fourteen separate Supreme Court cases, from 1895 to 1985, addressed every basic aspect of personal self defense. All of them held that self defense is a valid, justifiable and long-standing tenet of American law." ...

"The Supreme Court has recognized, addressed and answered all the most fundamental questions about self defense. The idea that they have never addressed this core American issue is completely false, as the numerous cases clearly demonstrate. ..." ...
 

Statement of Paul Helmke On Senate Rejection Of Thune Amendment
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... "'The United States Senate today defeated a dangerous proposal that would have undermined public safety and the safety of our police officers. This proposal would have let people from states with the weakest gun laws in the nation carry hidden, loaded weapons in states with much stronger gun laws. It was a profoundly bad idea.'"

"'I'm grateful for the leadership in this fight of Senators including Richard Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Charles Schumer of New York and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. I am hopeful that our Congress will now start addressing proactive measures to reduce gun violence in this country by doing things like requiring background checks for all gun sales ..." ...
 

Freedom States Alliance Praises Senators' 'Conscience and Sense of Duty' for Stopping Dangerous National Hidden Handgun Law
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"Thirty-nine United States Senators demonstrated their 'conscience and sense of duty' today by standing up to the gun lobby in a dramatic victory for gun violence prevention ..."

"If enacted, Sen. Thune's hidden handgun proposal would have gutted and trampled on states' rights and forced communities across the nation to permit untrained and dangerous individuals from other states to carry hidden and loaded handguns in public. The amendment ... would also have put law enforcement officials at greater risk and increased illegal gun trafficking by putting more lethal weapons on the streets and into our communities. ..." ...
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KABA Note: They forgot to mention "... a disaster of biblical proportions ... Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes... The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!"
 

US Senate defeats gun lobby attempt to overturn NJ concealed carry law
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"The gun lobby suffered a major stumble today in its campaign to increase gun industry profits by arming all Americans, when its pet national legislation, the Thune Amendment ... was defeated ..."

"Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Ceasefire NJ ... said: 'Today's narrow victory for public safety over the profits of the gun industry should be celebrated by all New Jerseyans with any desire to make our homes, schools and communities safer from the scourge of gun violence.'"

"The Thune Amendment would have forced states to honor permits to carry concealed weapons (CCW) from other states, trampling on the rights of each state to set its own public safety and gun laws and policies." ...
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KABA Note: Nonsense! Permit holders would still have to follow all "public safety and gun laws" wherever they were.
 

Senate Rejects Republican Bid to Loosen Weapon Laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The U.S. Senate defeated a Republican bid to expand gun ownership rights by letting people carry concealed weapons across state lines."

"The Senate voted 58-39 for the proposal by John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, two votes short of the 60 needed. It would have allowed truck drivers, salespeople and anyone else permitted to carry concealed weapons to take them into any of the 48 states that allow hidden firearms." ...
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Submitter's Note: Nope, no media bias here: With 38 Republican and 20 Democratic supporters how is this a 'Republican bid'?
 

PA: Common Sense: Let's All Remember That Rights Come With Responsibilities
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"While the focus of John Noble's trial for taking a gun to a presidential rally[sic] in Beaver on Aug. 29 was on his Second Amendment right to bear arms, two First Amendment rights were involved, albeit indirectly ..."

"Clearly, Noble had a constitutional right to show his displeasure with Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's guns-and-Bible comment by staging a protest near the event."

"Whether it was wise to wear a holstered 9mm pistol while doing so is another matter altogether. Under the circumstances, it was understandable that state police took Noble into custody that evening. ..." ...
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Submitter's note: Under the circumstances, it was understandable that Bull Connor used fire hoses and police dogs to maintain order in his city. After all, we can't have pesky things like 'civil rights' interfere with the police state.
 

AK: Ceiling fan at center of three-man battle in Soldotna
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Daniel Ames reckons he dealt one for the good guys on Saturday night near Soldotna when he came home, found two burglars in his house, wrestled with them over a pistol, then took them down, telling them he was going to blow off their knees if they didn't start following his orders." ...

"Ames said he wasn't going to let those guys get away with burglary."

"'What are you two buttheads doing in my house?' he said." ...


"To that, apparently, one of the young men said, 'Who are you calling buttheads?' and began to pull out a Glock pistol."

"Ames grabbed for it ... The gun broke loose and ... the men looked ready to carry on with their fists. That's when he pulled out his own concealed weapon, also a Glock. ..." ...
 

TX: HPD: Deadly shooting involving man, nephew appears to be self-defense
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"Houston homicide detectives are investigating a shooting in Southeast Houston involving an uncle and a nephew."

"Police arrived at the scene ... around 2 a.m. Tuesday."

"When they got there, officers said they found a 40-year-old man in the middle of the street with a shot to the chest."

"That man was transported to Ben Taub in critical condition and later died."

"The mans uncle said he called police after shooting his nephew."

"... it all started late Monday night when he asked his nephew to leave his house."

"The uncle told police the nephew left, but then he came back armed with a pipe."

"The uncle said the nephew advanced toward him in a threatening way, so he shot him." ...
 

The criminals are training...are you?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The entire nation is engrossed by the media coverage of the armed thugs that killed a Florida couple known for adopting developmentally challenged children. It seems that the criminals attacked and killed a truly generous and caring couple who had dedicated their life to helping the less fortunate."

"What most people missed in the coverage, however, is that the criminals apparently trained for weeks prior to the home invasion, and it took place with near military-like precision."

"All of the anti-gun loons out there who claim calling the police is the best option can't refute that the thugs who committed this horrible crime were in and out before anyone could respond." ...
 

A Constitutional Right to Self-Defense?
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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"Senator Coburn's exchange with Judge Sotomayor last week brought up the question whether there's a constitutional right to self-defense. A few thoughts, from a post from a year ago:"

"1. Heller>/i> recognized a right to keep and bear arms in self-defense, which logically presupposes some legal right to self-defense. Why would the Constitution let you keep an object for a certain purpose, when all use of the object for that purpose could be outlawed?"

"2. Heller often talks of a 'right to self-defense' in contexts that suggest it is of constitutional stature ..." ...
 

AZ: Arizona man in self-defense case out of prison
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"A 62-year-old man who spent nearly three years in prison after being convicted in a fatal shooting and is being released from custody Tuesday, his attorney said."

"Coconino County Superior Court Judge Mark Moran signed an order Tuesday morning that allows Harold Fish to be released from the Lewis prison in Buckeye, pending a new trial in the case."

"Fish's attorney, Lee Phillips, said his client plans to return home to Mesa with his wife and children." ...

"Fish claimed he acted in self defense when he shot Grant Kuenzli in May 2004 while hiking in the Coconino National Forest near Payson. Prosecutors said Fish overreacted and that self-defense was not justified." ...
 

Senate rejects law on carrying concealed weapons
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Senate narrowly rejected a measure to allow people to carry concealed weapons from state to state Wednesday."

"The vote was 58 to 39. The amendment needed 60 votes to pass."

"The measure would have required each of the 48 states that allow concealed firearms to honor permits issued in other states." ...

"Supporters of the measure argued it would help deter criminals; opponents claimed it would endanger innocent people by effectively forcing most of the country to conform to regulations in states with the loosest gun ownership standards."

"Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican who is a co-sponsor of the amendment, argued Wednesday that gun licenses should apply across state lines, like driver's licenses." ...
 

National reciprocity for concealed carry holders fails to pass in U.S. Senate
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The United States Senate failed to pass an amendment that would have made concealed carry licenses valid in all states that issue them. ..." ...

"If enacted, this would have allowed a person who possesses a valid concealed weapons license issued by the state they reside in to carry a gun in every state that issues licenses ... It would not have changed any state's requirement for obtaining a license, or the state's rules that apply to license holders."

"It is interesting to note the 39 Senators went with the big money, and seemed more swayed by full page ads ... than the thousands of phone calls and emails from constituents that were overwhelmingly in support of passage of this common sense amendment." ...
 

[NJ] Gov. Corzine speaks in Washington against federal concealed weapons bill
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"Gov. Jon Corzine joined the New Jersey's two U.S. senators today to warn of dire consequences if a South Dakota senator is able to change federal law to make it easier for people to carry concealed guns."

"'It would be very dangerous for the day to day lives of our citizens,' Corzine said at a news conference in the Capitol. ..." ...

"That would effectively toss aside New Jersey's strict rules barring nearly everyone except police from carrying concealed handguns because any permit from a state with laxer rules would allow its owner to carry a weapon in the Garden State."

"Corzine said he had instructed the state attorney general to draft a lawsuit to block the provision from taking effect if it were to become law." ...
 

Corzine to Millions of Honest Gun Owners: You're Potential Criminals and a Threat to Public Safety
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"Memo to the millions of American citizens who have managed to qualify for government permits to carry firearms: you are 'potential criminals,' and you are 'a threat to our citizens' safety and well-being,' even though you have passed criminal background checks and satisfied state firearms proficiency standards. That according to New Jersey governor Jon Corzine (D), who apparently thinks that the path to re-election later this year is paved by trampling the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

NY: Utica Mayor weighs in on national gun rights debate
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The United States Senate is planning to vote on a Second Amendment issue Wednesday afternoon, Tuesday night, Mayor David Roefaro weighed in on the matter."

"The mayor is urging Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to vote against the Thune Amendment ..."

"The Thune Amendment ... would require states granting concealed weapons permits to honor other permits issued by any other state."

"Mayor Roefaro is worried that people from states with lesser gun regulations than New York will commit gun crimes once they arrive here. ..." ...
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KABA Note: So the 47 other permitting states lack criminal opportunities, but such opportunities abound in New York State?
 

Thune Amendment: Great idea, wrong vehicle
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.openCarry.org

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"Today the so-called Thune amendment to require states to accept each other's handgun carry permits failed 2 votes short of the Senate's 60 vote cloture requirement. Senator Thune's (R South Dakota) bill was a great idea in intent, but the mechanics were unconstitutional."

"The Congress' power is limited to what is enumerated in Article I of the United States Constitution. Congress does not have the same general police power over citizen conduct as do the several states, and federal statutes criminalizing conduct absent a federal power hook are unconstitutional, see United States v. Lopez (striking down federal ban on gun carry in and near K-12 schools)." ...
 

NY: New gun threat to New York
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The Senate is expected to vote today on a controversial measure that would force New York to honor concealed-weapon permits from other states -- touching off outrage from Mayor Bloomberg and other leaders."

"Critics are warning the vote could be close." ...

"Asked what it would mean for New Yorkers, Bloomberg said, 'Your life and your family's lives are at stake.'"

"'The person sitting next to you on the subway, bumping into you on the street, staggering out of a bar after too much to drink . . . The likelihood of them carrying a concealed weapon is much greater [if the measure becomes law].'" ...
 

National ccw reciprocity bill vote likely today
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Reports claim that the amendment being considered in the Senate to mandate all states who issue concealed carry licenses or otherwise allow concealed carry recognize ccw permits issued in other states will be voted on late this morning."

"Sources report that support for the Thune-Vitter Amendment is nearly evenly split and the vote could go either way with only a few undecided Senators meaning the difference."

"Meanwhile, the debate rages as those opposing the amendment continue to spread lies and use scare tactics in order to try to win the day." ...
 

Concealed guns legislation that worried Mayor Bloomberg narrowly defeated in the Senate
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The Senate has narrowly defeated a gun rights bill that Mayor Bloomberg and most big city mayors charged would have allowed pistol-packing out-of-staters to prowl city streets with hidden weapons."

"The vote on the politically-charged bill, an amendment to the Pentagon's budget which required 60 votes to pass, was 58-39, falling two votes short of passage."

"Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chief sponsor of the bill, said citizens with concealed carry permits under the laws of their state should be able to bring the weapons to other states to protect themselves." ...
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KABA Note: Don't forget to vote in the poll.
 

Staten Island District Attorney applauds Senate rejection of gun bill
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"Elected officials, including Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are applauding the Senate's rejection of a measure that would allow people a concealed weapon permit in one state to also hide his firearm when visiting another state." ...

"'I'm grateful to the members of the Senate who opposed this bill for their votes today,' Donovan said. "While I remain a steadfast supporter of the 2nd Amendment, this bill was ... an attempt to strip away the rights of individual states and localities to create gun laws that best protect their citizens.'" ...
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KABA Note: Balderdash! This bill explicitly stated that permit holders would have to follow the laws of the state they were in.
 

Senate Vote 237 - S.1390 [Thune Amendment Vote Roll Call]
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"On the Amendment To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the State in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another State that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the State." ...
 

NY: Concealed gun law would hurt Upstate cities
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
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"One size doesn't fit all, especially when it comes to The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Thune Amendment, which will up for a vote today in the U.S. Senate."

"The Thune Amendment has one purpose -- to pass an across-the-board, one-size-fits-all gun carrying permit law, irrespective of every states' rights, wishes and laws[sic]. Even more troubling, the Thune Amendment seeks passage by circumventing the leadership and understanding of our local leaders -- the ones who know our state, the ones who know what we need, the ones who know one size doesn't fit all." ...
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KABA Note: The amendment explicitly states that carry is permitted "subject to the laws of the State in which the firearm is carried".
 

Measure to Expand Gun Rights Falls Short in Senate
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"The Senate on Wednesday turned aside the latest attempt by gun advocates to expand the rights of gun owners, narrowly voting down a provision that would have allowed gun owners with valid permits from one state to carry concealed weapons in other states."

"A group comprising mostly Republicans, along with some influential Democrats, had tried to attach the gun amendment to the annual defense authorization bill, a must-pass piece of legislation. But the provision got only 58 votes, two short of the 6o votes needed for passage under Senate rules."

"Two Republicans, Senators Richard G. Lugar of Indiana and George V. Voinovich of Ohio, joined with 37 Democrats to reject the amendment ..." ...
 

Senate Rejects Concealed Weapons Measure
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"An amendment that would have allowed gun owners to carry their weapons across state lines fell just short of passage Wednesday in a vote that revealed deep divisions among the Senate's Democrats."

"Supporters included all but two Republicans and 20 Democrats, but on a 58 to 39 vote, the measure fell two votes short of the 60 needed under Senate rules."

"... Rather than a setback, those backing the effort consider the vote a sign of strength for the Second Amendment and are planning more gun-related amendments to other legislation throughout the year. Afterward, Thune said he hopes the Senate will 'reconsider this important issue' later this year." ...
 

Democrats kill Thune Amendment that would allow concealed firearms across state lines
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"Earlier this week, Senator John Thune offered a Concealed Carry Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill. Today, the Senator issued the following statement after his bipartisan amendment ... was defeated by a vote of 58 to 39:"

"'Today, overheated rhetoric and fearmongering overcame common sense. My amendment would allow responsible firearms owners to protect themselves while obeying the firearms laws of the states they visit. The individual right to self-defense should not end at the state line. Despite today's defeat, this amendment had bipartisan support and I hope the Senate will reconsider this important issue in the future.'" ...
 

NY: Roefaro praises defeat of federal gun law
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The Thune Law was voted down in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday with the help of Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, earning them the praise of city Mayor David Roefaro, who had adamantly opposed the law.

The federal legislation would have allowed people with concealed weapons permits the right to carry their firearms into other states that have similar gun laws.

"This amendment was outright dangerous, and defeating it marks an important victory for all states, and their autonomy to maintain their own constitutional, common sense laws to prevent alcoholics, people with long criminal histories and other dangerous individuals from carrying guns in their communities," Roefaro said.
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KABA Note: Riiight, because substance abusers and criminals can so easily get permits.
 

The Anti-Gun Schumer Returns
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
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"In the minutes before the Senate barely voted down an amendment that would have allowed gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines, Chuck Schumer delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor urging his colleagues not to back the measure." ...

"It was like watching the Ghost of Schumer Past."

"As a member of the House of Representatives, Schumer was a proudly outspoken big-city advocate of gun control who played a key role in the drafting and passing of the Brady Bill and the Ass[AWB]. But when he got to the Senate, representing an area much larger than Brooklyn (where guns meant violent crime, not hunting), he became considerably less vocal in his advocacy of gun control, while still maintaining his positions." ...
 

NJ: Corzine's gun law may see changes
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"Gun-control advocates are praising Gov. Corzine's work to secure the passage of a one-handgun-a-month buying limit ...
But the law might not be in its final form."

"Corzine pushed the bill through the Legislature ... only after agreeing to create a task-force team whose first job will be considering amendments to ensure that collectors, competitive shooters, and recreational gun users 'are not adversely affected.'"

"That could open the door for exceptions."

"With the plan stuck one vote short of passage in the Senate, the compromise was needed to win over Sen. Fred Madden ... who agreed to vote 'yes' on the condition that concerns of law-abiding gun users - specifically collectors and competitive shooters - were addressed." ...
 

NEVER Believe Uncorroborated Police Testimony
Submitted by: Larry

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... "Whenever police commit criminal acts against innocent people, they do so in the serene confidence that their uncorroborated testimony about the incident will be accepted by judges, and most juries, as the truth."

"The only exceptions would be those instances in which audio or video records of such episodes exist which is why police have started to confiscate cell phones of witnesses and use wiretapping statutes against people who make audio recordings of police encounters. This fact was infuriatingly put on display last August in Philadelphia." ...
 

Is FBI Agent Charged with Illegal Gun Dealing Just a Collector?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Perhaps this will present an opportunity to increase visibility for Oath Keepers, and to develop allies. But at the very least, the record will show that while the government and media have been universally painting a federal LEO as guilty, it was the 'anti-government right wing gun extremists' doing the reminding that we need to consider his innocence until the burden of proof requirement has been satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt."

"If we want that for ourselves, we must demand it for John Shipley."
 

FL: Video draws ire of Sarasota city manager
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Several Sarasota police officers, the police chief and a city employee may face disciplinary actions in the wake of an investigation that the city manager said he was troubled by." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who points out "What's to be irate about? It's just a little good old-fashioned 'foot-stomping street justice.' And with the involvement of the entire chain of command in the lying and cover-up, it's not like we can blame a few bad apples. Hell, this is obviously SOP, and for City Manager Bartolotta to pretend he thinks otherwise ain't exactly convincing."
 

WA: County settles 'donkey kick' death suit
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"The Spokane County Commission voted unanimously today to approve a $425,000 settlement that will eventually be paid to the children of a man who died following a struggle with jailers."

"Benites S. Sichiro suffered multiple Taser shocks, was beaten unconscious and struck with jailer's 'donkey kick' before the 39-year-old died of a lacerated liver on Jan. 29, 2006." ...

"The medical examiner ruled Sichiro's death as a homicide after determining he died from a lacerated liver and other internal injuries."

"John C. Elam, the jailer who delivered the donkey kick, was hired three weeks later to become a Spokane police officer a job he held a brief time before being dismissed from the force for lying." ...
 

AR: Wister Man Says He Has Witnesses To Beating
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"The Wister man who alleges he was beaten by Wister's police chief said that contrary to the chief's denial, the chief did batter him in front of witnesses." ...

"Thornburg said he raised his arms in compliance and asked what he had done wrong."

"(Loomis) grabbed my arm, punched me on the nose and kicked my feet from under me,' Thornburg said." ...

"Thornburg said Loomis proceeded to batter his head with elbow strikes."

"'The whole time Im screaming, 'I'm not resisting,' Thornburg said."

"Joey Whybark ... said he watched Loomis detain Thornburg with excessive force."

"'(Loomis) dropped his elbow right down on the side of Robert's head,' Whybark said. 'He dropped an elbow and knee onto him every time Robert said he wasnt resisting.'" ...
 

GA: Suicidal woman, mother who called police die in shooting
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"A 75-year-old suburban Atlanta woman who called police for help was shot and killed during a confrontation between the officer who responded and her suicidal daughter, police said Wednesday." ...

"In her call for help, Baker said her daughter was trying to shoot herself ... But when a police officer arrived, Baker told him her daughter had been saying 'that she wanted the police to shoot her.'"

"As Baker talked to the officer inside the home, Schwartz 'came downstairs and ... pointed a gun at the responding officer,' ...

"'The officer opened fire and the mother and daughter [were] shot,' ..."

"'The exact circumstances of how the mother was shot are unknown at this time and this incident is under investigation,' police said." ...
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Submitters note: Don't call the police for help.
 

NJ: NJ gov redoubles efforts to trace illegal guns
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Gov. Jon Corzine says recent deadly shootings in Jersey City and Newark show "we must do everything in our power" to stem the flow of illegal guns into New Jersey.

Corzine made the remarks Wednesday as he and Attorney General Anne Milgram announced the indictments of 12 people for owning or selling firearms later used in crimes. The governor credited the weapons trafficking charges to a two-year-old federal, state, local gun-tracing partnership.

The shotgun blast that killed Jersey City Detective Marc A. DiNardo came from a weapon stolen in North Carolina and trafficked to New Jersey, authorities say.

In a related matter, Corzine said he would sign a bill limiting handgun purchases to one a month within a week.
 

TN: Moore To The Point-Carrying A Handgun
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"It looks as though many municipalities will opt out of the Guns in Parks Law that was recently passed ..."

"This law will allow handgun carrier-permitted people to carry their firearms in State and local parks, but local municipalities may enact ordinances tomake it expressly illegal to carry a handgun in their local parks, greenways, etc. A violation would be a Class E felony."

"Personally, I don't think that local law trumps the Second Amendment. Were I to possess an HCP (maybe I do), I would carry concealed."

"How will anyone know if I am armed at Cane Creek Park? That's for me to know and the authorities to find out. You can bet on one thing: a criminal will have no second thoughts about carrying his gun." ...
 

UK: Schoolgirl, 13, arrested after sub-machine gun found in her wardrobe
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"A schoolgirl of 13 has been arrested by armed police after an assault rifle was found hidden in her bedroom."

"The M16 automatic machine gun, which is believed to have been placed under a wardrobe by her gangster brother, was discovered wrapped in several pieces of clothing."

"Fifteen officers armed with sub-machine guns yesterday stormed a block of flats in Croydon, South London, after a tip-off about the weapon."

"Roads were cordoned off and residents ordered to stay in their homes as police searched the fourth floor flat on Monks Hill Estate in Selsdon."

"Although the weapon is thought to be a replica, police were awaiting results of a forensic examination last night." ...
 

UK: Deaths Up During Anti-Knife Drive
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"The number of knife deaths in areas targeted by an anti-knife crime scheme has risen, the Home Office has said."

"The government's Tackling Knives Action Programme started last July in 10 police areas in England and Wales."

"In its first nine months, 126 people died after being attacked with a knife or other sharp object - seven more than in the same period the previous year."

"Overall knife-related violence fell by 10%, but the number of deaths among teenagers remains unchanged."

"The Home Office-led Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP) was triggered by a series of high-profile teenage stabbings."

"Police have stepped up searches and patrols in knife crime hotspots ..." ...
 

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