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OK: OSBI sees spike in gun license applications
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oklahomans applying for a gun license may have to wait up to 3 months, due to a recent rise in interested applicants.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, when a new law was passed in May the number of applicants have gone up.

The new state law will allow concealed gun license holders to legally openly carry a handgun.

On Sunday more than 30 people attended a gun safety class in Tulsa.
 

Scalia Suggests ‘Hand-Held Rocket Launchers’ Are Protected Under Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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WALLACE: What about… a weapon that can fire a hundred shots in a minute?

SCALIA: We’ll see. Obviously the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried — it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons — but I suppose here are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided.

WALLACE: How do you decide that if you’re a textualist?

SCALIA: Very carefully.

Ed.: Also a video.
 

SAF Sues Over Missouri Ban on CCW By Legal Resident Aliens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Canadian citizen who is a legal resident of Missouri, challenging that state's statutory prohibition on the carrying of concealed firearms by non-citizens.

The case seeks to overturn the state's non-citizen concealed carry ban on constitutional grounds, specifically the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.
 

CA: Rhetoric and reality follow movie massacre
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For starters: Fact or fiction? The Colorado movie massacre is the worst in American history. Most (I didn't say all) mass media markets claim it is. The criterion used appears to be the total number of people shot (killed + wounded).

If more writers, editors and bloggers had taken the time to really investigate, they would have found that's not true. The worst case of civilian-on-civilian gun violence in our history was the Colfax Massacre of 1873, where more than 100 people were killed.
 

CA: Restrict assault rifles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I agree with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, who are opposed to unrestricted ownership of assault rifles such as the M-15 semi-automatic rifle, the M-16 military assault rifle and the Russian Kalashnikov AK-47.

These types of rifles are for the armed forces and law enforcement only.
 

FL: Should Guns be Allowed Inside RNC Event Zone?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott turned down Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's request to issue an executive order allowing the city to ban concealed firearms in the zone. Scott argued it would be a violation of the Second Amendment, the Times reports.

From Aug. 26 - 30 the expansive "Event Zone" will cover more than 7-square miles of the city. On Aug. 26, Tropicana Field will host the official RNC 2012 Kick-Off Party.
 

Rights & reason
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We don't allow private citizens to own Claymore mines or Stinger missiles.

That's reasonable.

But we do allow citizens to own semi-automatic assault weapons with banana clips?

That's unreasonable.

We do allow citizens to buy such weapons and ammunition over the Internet.

That's unreasonable.

We do allow people to buy such weapons at gun shows, often without background checks or waiting periods?

That's unreasonable.
 

Is Gun Control the Answer to Aurora?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“The right to bear arms shall not be infringed.” That sounds pretty clear to me. When people argue over the Second Amendment, they tend to argue over a clause enclosed in commas that gives insight into the reasoning behind creating the Second Amendment, which refers to a “well-regulated militia.” It has been argued that “well-regulated militia” describes the National Guard, rather than individuals. Right now, the Supreme Court has sided with individual ownership, but that has not always been the case throughout U.S. history.
 

NY: Lawful gun owners keep crime rate down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Over the last decade, literally millions of firearms have been sold, many of them semiautomatic rifles and pistols. More states have passed concealed carry laws and castle doctrines. At the same time, violent crime nationwide has gone down, not up. This is a simple fact, not my opinion. Yet folks like Ms. Graham would gladly destroy my rights, and the rights of all National Rifle Association members for her version of security. No doubt she is a firm Obama fan.
 

AZ: Kelly Townsend receives NRA Endorsement and “AQ” rating for Arizona House District 16
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The NRA Arizona State liaison, Brent Wm. Gardener contacted Ms. Townsend Friday to thank her for her strong support of the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. Townsend’s pro-gun/pro-hunting candidacy earned her an “AQ” rating, the highest possible to be awarded to non-incumbent candidates.
 

OH: The sale of guns in Ohio has risen since the Colorado movie massacre
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The sale of guns in Ohio and around the country has gone up since the killing of 12 people and injuring of 58 others at Cinema 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

Gun sales always rise after a mass shooting, it happened after the school shootings in Chardon, Ohio, February 28, 2012, and it has happened after many other mass shootings throughout history.
 

NC: Authorities: Stepson shoots and kills stepfather in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police say a Catawba County man shot and killed his stepfather in self defense.

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The stepson told deputies he only opened fire after his stepfather threatened him.
 

Rotten apples and free exercise thereof
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Over and over again the Framers of the Constitution made clear that the First and Second Amendment were intricately tied together. Whether it be Alexander Hamilton who wrote in Federalist #29


"[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens."
 

AL: Bentley reaffirms support for 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Bentley said he’s a “strong supporter of the Second Amendment” to the constitution.

“I’m a strong believer that people have a right to bear arms,” he said. “I’m not going to change my stand on the Second Amendment. I believe in the Constitution and the right to bear arms.”
 

WA: Wash. gun owners have clear choices in races for Gov., AG
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A remarkably candid and revealing piece in Sunday’s Seattle Times has provided Evergreen State gun owners with clear choices when they vote in November for a new governor and attorney general.

Reporter Andrew Garber nails down the differences between gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee, and would-be attorney general Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson, and the subject is gun rights.
 

Should Congress Enact Tougher Gun Laws?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“It is ridiculous to argue that hunters or civilians who own weapons for self-defense need a 100-round drum magazine,” he said in the LA Times. “As we have seen, people don’t stand a chance against this kind of firepower.”

Police say the weapons and ammunition used by Aurora shooting suspect James E. Holmes were legally purchased.
 

Don’t hold your breath waiting for gun controls
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As Massachusetts governor in 2004, Romney signed into law the first state ban on assault weapons. It outlawed the AR-15 type of rifle, which was one of the guns used in that shooting. It was enacted as the federal ban on assault-style semiautomatic weapons was about to expire. In 2007, Romney, on “Meet the Press,” said he favored laws to “keep weapons of unusual lethality from being on the street.”
 

KS: Group aims to reverse open-carry firearms law in Wichita
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And then some council members, upset that the city is bound by a state law they call too liberal on the gun issue, set about trying to figure out how to change it.

“I think we need to go back and do two things,” council member Jeff Longwell said. “Be out of compliance and be more restrictive, which I believe we can be. Or do we lobby the state? There could be some of that.

“We’ve got some questions to ask and figure out.”
 

WA: U.N. wants to take away our guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.N. is nearing completion of an arms treaty that could disarm all American citizens. Yes, they want to take away our Second Amendment rights by taking away our guns. This could be just the first step in removing all the freedoms our founding fathers worked so hard for, gave their lives for.
 

A great month for American sovereignty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kerry’s friends at Turtle Bay suffered another setback last week when the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty ended in failure, ensuring that the Second Amendment needn’t be excised from the Constitution just yet. On July 27 — the last day of the conference — the Obama administration told delegates meeting in New York that it needed more time to review the proposed text. The conference deadline came and went, and the U.N.’s strongest-ever effort to strip Americans of the right to own firearms was turned back.
 

Bloomberg becomes a laughingstock
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He suggested that the two men who have absolutely no power to pass gun control laws tell us what they're going to do about gun control. He claimed that armed, law-abiding citizens pose a threat to public safety, and would be of no use in stopping madmen like the one that shot up the Aurora movie theater.

I don't know if that's the case or not. But supporters of right-to-carry laws and Second Amendment rights have brought a curious point to my attention: How come maniacs that go on shooting sprees aiming to kill large numbers of people never, NEVER attack a police station?
 

Colorado shooting fires up old debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The now-familiar conversation among gun owners with concealed handgun permits is to wonder whether an armed audience member could have short-circuited the shooter’s deadly actions.

Unlikely under those circumstances. It takes hour upon hour of scenario training to be prepared for something as unexpected as debilitating gas and gunfire in a dark, loud and crowded movie theatre. One doesn’t learn the skills or develop the combat mind-set needed to neutralise that aggressor by spending Saturday mornings plugging holes into a stationary target.
 

Democratic gun reformers give Obama a pass as they push for tougher laws
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Democratic gun reformers are giving President Obama a pass as they push support for tougher gun laws.

In the wake of last week’s shooting massacre in Colorado, Obama has called for a broad approach to fighting gun violence, but he’s stopped short of pressing Congress to pass new gun reforms, which are increasingly seen as a third-rail in Washington politics.
 

Arms treaty negotiations fail in U.N.
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A U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade will have to wait after member states failed to an reach agreement, and some diplomats and supporters blamed the United States for the unraveling of the month-long negotiating conference.
Hopes had been raised that agreement could be reached on a revised treaty text that closed some major loopholes by Friday's deadline for action. But the U.S. announced Friday morning that it needed more time to consider the proposed treaty; and Russia and China then also asked for more time.
 

Scalia: Guns May be Regulated
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Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court's most vocal and conservative justices, said on Sunday that the Second Amendment leaves room for U.S. legislatures to regulate guns, including menacing hand-held weapons.

"It will have to be decided in future cases," Scalia said on Fox News Sunday. But there were legal precedents from the days of the Founding Fathers that banned frightening weapons which a constitutional originalist like himself must recognize. There were also "locational limitations" on where weapons could be carried, the justice noted.


 

NY: Sen. Peralta Calls For Bipartisan Gun-Control Law
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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State Sen. Jose Peralta called for legislators to set aside partisanship to pass a new gun control law to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. "Believe it or not, in New York State, a violent, mentally ill individual can keep a gun even after being identified by a court as a danger to society," Peralta said. The legislation, Peralta said, would allow a judge to take away an individual's gun license if that person is determined to be mentally ill. Currently, according to Peralta, the judge has an option to ask for the gun license, but this legislation would mandate it.
 

Scalia’s establishment take on ‘gun control’ should be no surprise to gun owners
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"For someone represented by the establishment as an 'originalist,' Scalia’s views are anything but."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? — Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836

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