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FL: George Zimmerman leaves Fla. jail on $1M bond
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed black teenager was released from a Florida jail Friday for a second time while he awaits his second-degree murder trial in a case that inflamed racial tensions.

George Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty and claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, left the Seminole County Jail a day after a judge granted a $1 million bail with strict conditions.
 

State Dept. says UN arms treaty won't 'handicap' Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“The Arms Trade Treaty will not in any way handicap the legitimate right of self-defense,” Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller said in a tweet.

The tweet links to a list of “redlines” the administration has established for the treaty, which aims to “establish common international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional arms to help prevent the acquisition of arms by terrorists, criminals, and those who violate human rights or are subject to UN arms embargoes.”
 

NY: Case of Marine Veteran Killed by Cops May Be Worse than Trayvon Martin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Nov. 19, the 68-year-old Chamberlain was shot to death by White Plains Police Officer Anthony Carelli following a confrontation at Chamberlain’s apartment, where police responded to a medical alert from a Life Aid device.

Chamberlain, who had a heart condition, apparently accidentally pressed the device in his sleep. When police arrived, he refused to let them enter his apartment, explaining the call was a mistake.

LifeAid Medical Alert Services, the company that issued the medical device, confirmed to police that the call was in error, but the officers insisted on being admitted into the apartment.
 

FL: Doctors can talk about guns — and should
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Scott is said to be considering an appeal of Judge Cooke’s decision to throw out the doctor-gag law. Obviously, he should not waste any more of the state’s money doing so. He should be thankful that Judge Cooke so carefully and completely rid the state of a dangerous law whose primary result would be to place children at greater risk for gun injuries.
 

CO: Shoot this: Democrats have fun after NRA endorses Republican Joe Coors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Democrats decided to do some shooting of their own, and took a picture of this “no firearms” sign on a security fence at the Coors Brewery, which Joe Coors has never had a hand in running.
 

CT: Loopholes allowing guns into Mexico
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fast and Furious was doomed from the start because of “straw purchase” firearms, an illegal option that allows someone older than 18 to legally purchase a gun for someone who cannot legally do so.

Eliminating this option may hamper profits for the greater Phoenix area’s 853 federally licensed gun shops, but this would not infringe on anyone’s Second Amendment right.

Ed.: A straw purchase is already a crime. Since when is a "loophole" defined as violating an existing criminal statute?
 

Google’s values, Government sharing spectrum, Wikipedia founder against copyright
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Things that are compatible with Google’s values: Prostitutes. Websites for copyright infringement. Illegal drugs. Pornography. Mortgage scams. Spying on people’s wireless networks. Things that are incompatible with Google’s values: legal exercise of Second Amendment rights.
 

Soros Promotes UN Control Over Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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George Soros is financing the fight to give the United Nations control of your guns.

Through his Media Matters organization, Soros is dumping pro-UN gun control propaganda into the mainstream media to coincide with the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty being held in New York July 2–27.

In a blog post published on July 3, Timothy Johnson of Media Matters describes the notion that the United Nations would ever try to take away the right of Americans to keep and bear arms “laughable.”
 

CO: Man claims self-defense in Box Elder Co. shooting
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Authorities are reviewing whether to file charges in a shooting that left an Ogden man hospitalized.

Box Elder County Chief Deputy Kevin Potter says 61-year-old Kevin Angus told detectives he shot the victim in self-defense Thursday night when an argument escalated at his home in northwest Utah.
 

GA: Georgia Tech students consider self-defense against rising crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The recent spike in armed robberies has renewed interest in the student group Georgia Tech Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

Robert Eagar is Campus Leader of the group.

“Students over the age of 21 who have concealed weapons permits who can legally carry off-campus should have the same right to carry on campus and be able to defend themselves just as they can anywhere else in the state of Georgia.”
 

Zimmerman Bail Set at $1 Million, Death Threats Resume
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“The Twitter lynch mob sprang into action immediately,” noted a July 5 Twitchy staff report about the threats. “At least two Twitter users threatened to murder Zimmerman.” Numerous other tweeters cited in the report encouraged violence or asked fellow users to kill the defendant instead.

“Imma bail George Zimmerman @$$ out ...... Then kill his @$$ then get the money back somehow,” tweeted a user going by the screen name “MacAHoe.” Another Twitter user, “Millissa Hinton,” said this: “I need to take a trip to florida cause as soon as George Zimmerman get out again, ima be right thea to pop one off in em.”
 

PA: Four years later, two officers charged in 'peacemaker's' shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After nearly four years of investigation, two former Philadelphia police officers were charged Friday in the fatal off-duty shooting of a West Oak Lane teenager trying to play "peacemaker" in a dispute over a stolen pizza, District Attorney Seth Williams announced.

Chauncey Ellison Sr., 39, a former sergeant assigned to the 22d District, was charged with voluntary manslaughter for shooting Lawrence Allen, 19, once in the back in November 2008 outside of Allen's home on the 1900 block of Renovo Street.
 

NRA Bid For $1.7 Million in Attorneys Fees Fails
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal judge refused to grant the NRA's motion for $1.7 million in attorneys' fees for its role in overturning Chicago's handgun ban and ordered them to recalculate their request.
In McDonald v. City of Chicago, the Supreme Court overturned Chicago and Oak Park's bans on handguns in a 5-4 decision. The 2010 ruling followed the high court's decision in 2008 to strike down a Washington D.C. law banning handgun possession, and extended the Second Amendment to the city and state level.
Along with lead plaintiff Otis McDonald, the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed companion lawsuits to invalidate the handgun bans and presented briefs to convince the five justices of their position.
 

IL: Tea Party's Petition Aims to Create Local Conceal Carry Law
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Rockford's Tea Party has been rigorously attempting to get signatures on their petition to put a conceal carry law on the books in Illinois. The count of names on the petition grew to over 4,000 this week. The petition aims at getting Springfield to take action, but the immediate goal is smaller. The group would like to see a conceal carry law pass at the county level.

David Hale, Rockford's Tea Party Coordinator, says the state's lack of a conceal carry law violates Illinois' constitutional statute allowing its citizens to bear arms.
 

WI: Supreme Court won't hear guns in courtroom issue; DA to file with Court of Appeals
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Winnebago County District Attorney Christian Gossett isn't ready to take no for an answer on his staff's ability to carry concealed weapons in the county courthouse.

The Supreme Court decided not act on Gossett's petition challenging county circuit court rule that anyone other than an on-duty law enforcement officer needs a judges permission to carry a weapon in the judge's courtroom. However, Gossett on Friday said he intends to file the petition with a lower court in hopes of having the issue addressed.
 

DC: D.C. arrests vet for unregistered ammunition (part 2)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Former Army Specialist Adam Meckler was arrested in Washington last year for possessing ordinary self-defense ammunition -- without a gun. He had been in the nation's capital to fill out the paperwork that's part of the process of leaving the military after nine years. To avoid the legal expense and time, he felt he had no choice but to plead guilty. He now wants to find a way to clear his record.
 

WI: Fed court reverses Milwaukee man's conviction for illegal gun possession
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A federal appeals court says a Milwaukee man should not have been convicted of illegally possessing a gun as a convicted felon, just because he lived with his parents who owned guns.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has reversed Cory Griffin’s conviction for illegal gun possession.
 

GunBroker.com Gives Away New Springfield XD-S .45ACP – Enter to Win
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GunBroker.com, the world’s largest Internet auction site for firearms and accessories, today announced its “GunBroker.com Springfield XD-S Giveaway.”

New and existing GunBroker.com registered users interested in winning a Springfield Armory XD-S Compact .45ACP Pistol may get into the action by completing the official online entry form.
 

MT: Off target: Slob shooters taking a toll on public lands
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Standing near the Crystal Creek Trailhead, Kathy Bushnell grimly shakes her head in wonder at the damage done to the Helena National Forest by people shooting guns. The evidence shows that just about every rule covering target practicing was broken here recently.

While people are safely using a hillside as a backdrop, they have to shoot at it from across the road. Up from the trailhead lie bullet casings and sporting clays, revealing how people are shooting up the trail. Cement posts, meant to keep motorized vehicles off the trail, are pock-marked from being shot. Broken sporting clays lie in the creek. Live trees are shot in half or are missing branches.
 

TX: Texan Shoots Drunk Man in Self-Defense
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Witnesses report that a drunk man stumbled into the EZ Trip Food Store in Dallas, Texas and began harassing customers. He repeatedly slapped one customer in the face until the customer ran from the store, so the drunk man switched his sights to another target. He began punching another man in the face and followed the fleeing man into the parking lot.

That was the biggest mistake of his life. The punched customer, who was a concealed license carrier, pulled out a gun and shot the drunk man. He hung around and waited for police to arrive and was taken into custody without any trouble.
 

Help Senator Moran Put A Stop to UN Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Moran letter quotes a draft of the treaty, noting that it requires nations to “monitor and control” arms in transit and to prohibit the unauthorized “transfer of arms from any location” -- a requirement, he says, that implies a huge “expansion of federal firearms controls that would be unacceptable on Second Amendment grounds.”

And the draft version of the treaty calls for the creation of a “U.N.-based firearms registry for all firearms that are either imported into or transit across national territory.”

Can you imagine any greater infringement of your privacy … giving UN bureaucrats the “right” to collect information on you as a gun owner?
 

Defensive Shotgun This Week On Gun Talk Television
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Whether you’re shooting bird shot, buck shot or slugs, a shotgun can be a very effective tool in defending yourself and your family.

This week on Gun Talk Television, Ryan Gresham visits Gunsite Academy in Arizona to participate in their Defensive Shotgun course.
 

FL: Very smart people sometimes make very bad decisions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We can now add the chief justice of the Supreme Court to the list in the legal arena. Siding with the four liberals in ruling that Obamacare is constitutional, he has agreed with the liberals that there are no limits to the power of the federal government. As long as the federal government applies a tax, it can do anything.

Here would be an example: The federal government rules that everyone who owns a gun must buy a gun safe of a certain size, and if you fail to do so, the government will tax you $2,000.
 

Guns blamed for starting some wildfires in parched West
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"When your pleasure hobby is infringing or threatening someone else's right to have property or life, shouldn't we be able to somehow have some authority so we can restrict that?" she asked.

Ed.: It isn't a 'pleasure hobby', it is a fundamental individual civil right with an explicit Constitutional prohibition against infringement, so no, you can't restrict it. You need to find an alternate solution.
 

Are Guns a Pre-Existing Condition?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The abiding insecurities of the heavily armed inspire an enormous amount of public policy, much of it awful (see, e.g., "Stand Your Ground" -- and this). Cooke's ruling has scuttled, for now, the Firearm Owners Privacy Act. It's not clear if the state will appeal or turn its attention to churning out more bad law. Meanwhile, in addition to its own resources spent defending the gun gag, Florida may also be liable for the plaintiffs' legal fees.
 

PA: Allentown asks residents to trade guns for gift cards
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Allentown doesn't care where you got it or who gave it to you.

But if you turn in a gun, you can leave with a gift card.

That's the idea behind the city's first gun buyback in at least seven years — a program that city officials say at best could help curb gun violence and at worst won't trigger more.
 

OH: Pink guns becoming more popular as more women learn to shoot
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A growing number of girls and women are learning to shoot, explaining why an astonishing number of pink guns available at stores recently.
 

IN: Hutaree militiaman Thomas Piatek gets his guns back
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier this year, Thomas Piatek of Indiana was freed by a judge who tossed out charges he and fellow militia members plotted to overthrow the federal government. Friday, Piatek got his guns back.

Piatek arrived at the Hammond, Indiana, police station eager for the justice inherent in federal authorities having to give him back his property.

Piatek came armed.

"Just a piece, you know, whatever," Piatek said. "You got a phone, keys, whatever. It ain't a thing with me."

Then the unloading began: 41 guns, some 100,000 rounds of ammunition, crossbows, swords -- enough for Piatek and his supporters to have to make two trips home.
 

Shooting Essentials of the New Age
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Shooting is a second amendment right and one of America's favorite pastimes but it has dramatically evolved through the years. Today, you can shoot with some of the best gear of the times with confidence, safety and affordability in mind.
 

What are you if you aren’t free? The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms
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In a stand for their freedom, the Second Continental Congress wrote the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms. In the Declaration the Congress did not wish to go to war, nor did they defy the King, but they believe that taking up arms to fight for their freedom was the only way to regain their liberty. “Being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves,” says the Declaration.

Ed.: The Declaration text is available at http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Declaration_of_the_causes_and_necessities_of_taking_up_arms
 

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