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Beware William Tell's Second Arrow
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "According to the legend, [William] Tell hestitated not at all in fitting an arrow to his crossbow and letting fly, cleaving the apple without harming his child."

"Tell's feat, and the composure with which he carried it off, were sufficient to impress even the porcine, self-enraptured Gessler."

"As Tell collected his son and turned to leave, a second arrow fell from his coat. Noticing this, a puzzled Gessler asked Tell why he'd bothered to grab a second arrow, since the first shot would either have succeeded or brought about the death of his son."

"Fixing the despot with an unflinching stare, Tell replied: 'That second arrow was for you, if the first had wounded my boy.'" ...
 

Mexican Standoff On Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"After a claim by the [ATF] that 90% of Mexican drug dealers' military weapons (machine guns, hand grenades and missiles) come from American gun stores was exposed as a lie several months ago, it's back ..."

"A June 21 CBS '60 Minutes' report ... was clearly coordinated to coincide with release of the GAO report and a similar one by 'activist' Josh Sugarmann."

"You are likely to soon hear and read that the GAO report ... confirms what Mexico's attorney general ... told Cooper: 'Two thousand two hundred grenades, missile and rocket launchers!'" ...

"The facts don't matter. Reinstatement of the federal 'assault weapon' ban that lapsed in 2004 matters, and is nothing short of a fetish among powerful supporters who will tell almost any untruth to achieve it." ...
 

States urge high court to limit gun bans
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Top attorneys from Texas and 32 other states on Tuesday submitted a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging local governments' ability to prohibit possession of firearms."

"'Today's amicus brief reflects an effort by more than 30 attorneys general to defend law-abiding Americans' constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms,' Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement."

"Abbott and the state attorneys general want the nation's highest court to take up a case from Chicago, in which a resident of a high-crime neighborhood challenged the city's ordinance prohibiting the possession of unregistered firearms." ...
 

Faux pro-gun group endorses Sotomayor for U.S. Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The most recent issue of the National Shooting Sports Foundation newsletter, Bullet Points, observes that the faux gun group known as American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), has endorsed the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice."

"As former NRA President Sandy Froman recently pointed out, Sotomayor has a narrow view of the Second Amendment that contradicts the Court's landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. Froman says 'Sotomayor's view on the Second Amendment clearly reflects an extreme anti-gun philosophy.'"

"While AHSA sees nothing wrong with the SCOTUS nominee, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and John Cornyn (R-TX), two stalwart defenders of firearms rights, disagree." ...
 

Gun rights leaders tell US Senate 'No" on Sotomayor nomination
Submitted by: Dave Workman
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"In a bold move today, several of the nation's top gun rights leaders acting as individual American citizens, sent a blistering letter to members of the U.S. Senate opposing the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the next associate justice on the United States Supreme Court."

"It comes on the heels of a more temperate letter from the NRA’s chief lobbyist Chris Cox, who only threatens opposition should Judge Sotomayor appear 'hostile or evasive' on Second Amendment questions during upcoming confirmation hearings. The letters were sent independently of one another." ...
 

Will Congress ask Sotomayor my question?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Several weeks ago, I suggested that one question be asked Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor whether she knows that police have no duty to protect individuals from the criminal acts of others."

"It is amazing how 90 million gun owners know more about this concept and its significance than officials seem to know. Judges pretty much know it by their rulings of same; Police know it. Some attorneys know, not all, and many officials are not aware of it. Does Sotomayor understand this fact that police have no mandate to protect you? The concept has a tremendous impact perhaps in how she is overturned so often; she's missing something." ...
 

NRA's Past President Takes Action
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Last week we told you how NRA's Past President Sandy Froman was calling on all NRA members to vigorously oppose the nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. She did this in response to the 'wait and see' approach that the NRA's upper management has taken in regard to the Sotomayor nomination — an approach that may well allow her to wiggle through and be confirmed."

"Yesterday, Sandy Froman struck again. But this time she was joined with another past president of the NRA and several current Board members, as well." ...
 

Gun rights a growing issue for Sotomayor hearings
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he plans to question Judge Sonya Sotomayor about her position on the Second Amendment and that the issue could become a focal point in the nomination hearings slated to begin on July 13."

"Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told me: 'It is a matter of great constitutional importance and it is a major issue to discuss'"

"The [NRA] sent a letter to Sessions and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Leahy, D-Vt., stating they have 'very serious concerns' about Sotomayor's nomination."

"Sotomayor ruled last year, as one of three members of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, that states can ban weapons because the Second Amendment ... does not apply to them." ...
 

Two-thirds of State Attorneys General File Amicus Brief Supporting Second Amendment Incorporation
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two-thirds of the nation's attorneys general have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in the case of NRA v. Chicago and hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This bi-partisan group of 33 attorneys general, along with the Attorney General of California in a separate filing, agrees with the NRA's position that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms in the home for self-defense, disagreeing with the decision recently issued by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit." ...
 

Shooting Illustrated Looks At AR-15 Slings
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Their July issue features a comprehensive look at the advantages and disadvantages of today's most popular AR-15 sling styles. Former Special Forces operator Steve Adelmann's experience shows as he sheds light on the tactical challenges addressed by different styles of slings, which ones lend themselves to offhand shooting, where others fall short, materials and much more."
"'If you have a new AR and are thinking about giving it a good sling, you need to pick up this month’s issue,' said Shooting Illustrated Editor in Chief Guy J. Sagi. 'Adelmann's article gives you solid details on which styles work best for particular applications and he even goes into the types of buckles you should not consider.'" ...
 

Where do we draw the line on guns?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I read with interest James Simpson's editorial, 'No logic to gun fears.' I've enjoyed James' libertarian views on many issues. While I am in favor of the Second Amendment, I did have a couple of observations on this topic." ...

"2) I've always wondered where we draw the line on bearing arms. Again, I am in favor of gun ownership. But, I wonder if rocket propelled grenades should also be protected by the 'right to bear arms.' Mortars? 'Cop-killer bullets?' I wonder if we could ever agree on a definition of 'arms.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Well Ken I hate to call someone I don't even know an idiot, but, you're an idiot. RPG's - yes. Mortars - yes. "Cop killer bullets" - fairy tale. ' Arms' - Portable weapons like firearms, and field artillery. These were the 'arms' that the British were sent to sieze from Lexington and Concord.
 

From Coast to Coast, State Lawmakers Categorically Reject Forcing Guns Onto College Campuses
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"As state legislatures across the country gaveled their sessions to a close, it signaled the culmination of a long, unanimous rejection of one of the worst ideas in modern political debate -- the notion that state lawmakers should force colleges and universities to allow students to take loaded, hidden handguns into classrooms." ...
 

NY: Nassau Handgun Ban Lawsuit Benefits Gun Owners – AGAIN!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"An important new ruling from a New York intermediate appellate court found that the fundamental right to possess a handgun applies in New York. ..."

"People v. Perkins ... cites Chwick for the proposition that the United States Supreme Court's Heller decision ... applies to challenges of New York gun laws through Civil Rights Law § 4. That state law mirrors the Second Amendment in the United States Constitution. In briefing Chwick, the petitioners argued that Heller must apply to New Yorkers because prior New York rulings held that the interpretation of the right to keep and bear arms provision in state Civil Rights Law follows federal case law on the Second Amendment. ..." ...
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h/t to David Codrea.
 

MO: Two injured in early-morning shootings in KC
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A homeowner shot a man outside his home with a shotgun early today. Police were investigating whether the gunman was responsible for a shooting that occurred one block away moments earlier."

"The incident began about 4:30 a.m. when a caller told police someone was firing a shotgun into an apartment ... The apartment was occupied, but no one was hit." ...

"Moments later, police received another call from a man who heard a commotion outside his home ... The homeowner saw a man running with a shotgun and told him to drop the weapon. The man with the shotgun allegedly threatened the homeowner and the homeowner shot him."

"The shotgun-wielding man suffered serious injuries, police said." ...
 

MD: Shots fired during home invasion
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... "According to Robbie Snyder who lives in another building on the property, a white man of medium build, between 25 and 30 years old, broke into his mother and his uncle's home between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. by breaking a lock and window in the back door. Snyder said both residents are in their 80s and his uncle is wheelchair bound."

"His uncle fired two shots from a 38-caliber revolver at the intruder who then fled the scene, Snyder said."

"This is the third time the man has broken into the home and the fifth time he has been there, Snyder said. The first two times Snyder said his uncle gave the man named Kevin money after hearing a 'sob story.'" ...
 

NC: No charges filed against Sneads Ferry man who shot intruder
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"A Sneads Ferry man who shot a teenager charged with trying to break into the man's home Monday will not be charged, authorities said."

"Landon Crews, of Crows Nest Lane, shot 18-year-old Cyle Norris early Monday morning. Detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff's Department said Norris was trying to crawl through a broken window when Crews shot him in the right forearm with No. 7 shot from a 12-gauge shotgun."

"Norris and three other local men were charged with first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy." ...
 

Arizona hiker gets new trial in fatal trailhead shooting
Submitted by: Dave Workman
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"It is a back country wanderer's worst nightmare; arriving at a remote trailhead to find yourself accosted by two growling, snarling off-leash dogs, and then their owner, who threatens to kill you for having taken action to deter the approaching canines."

"That's what retired Arizona teacher Harold Fish told investigators in May 2004 at the end of a dayhike in the Coconino National Forest that put him in a deadly confrontation with a man named Grant Kuenzli. Fish said he yelled a warning to Kuenzli to call off the dogs—a warning apparently ignored—then drew his 10mm Kimber semiautomatic pistol and fired one round into the ground when the dogs were about seven feet from him. The dogs split up, one to each side of Fish." ...
 

TN: Tennessee law a gauge for gun rights support
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Like many Tennesseans, Mary Beth Sauls supports the right to bear arms. But as she sat by a public pool full of splashing kids recently, the 54-year-old grandmother said she was worried about a new state law that may soon allow gun-permit holders to carry their weapons into city parks like this one."

"'I don't think this should really be a place for guns, with all these children around,' said Sauls, as she watched a grandson competing in a swim meet."

"The Tennessee law, which takes effect Sept. 1, is the latest in a nationwide push by gun-rights advocates to tear down the legal walls that have prevented permit holders from packing their weapons into previously forbidden territory." ...
 

The Police And Weapons Confiscation
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"According to this article some police officers are worried about the future and our Second Amendment Rights. I can only hope they're sincere and willing to stand for the Constitution and refuse to disarm average Joe citizen, when the order is given."

"A few will, the majority won't." ...

"Sure there are decent cops who will refuse to follow orders of confiscation, but a majority will follow those orders for the sake of keeping their jobs and their guns. They will obey orders and enforce the 'law' no matter how unconstitutional those laws may be."

"Remember the National Guard going house to house Confiscating Guns in New Orleans (video) after Hurricane Katrina - like Germany from 1933 thru 1939 they were just following orders." ...
 

LA Sheriff Reports on 'Street Justice' Nostalgia
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"So what's the point? Just that a free society cannot tolerate 'street justice' administered by government employees. Reports of abuse by those in authority are daily occurrences, and we, as citizen overseers of our employees, need to be alert and need to take action when they come to our attention."

"What I did here should not be unique. Each of us should feel free to pursue similar inquiries whenever we deem them appropriate."
 

OH: Judge Acquits Newburgh Heights Cops Accused Of Going Taser Crazy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

New developments in the felonious assault case against two Newburgh Heights cops.

Judge Brendan Sheehan did a judicial acquittal for Newburgh Heights Officers Joseph Szelenyi and Bobby Hoover.

Szelenyi and Hoover were accused of holding a Cleveland woman captive for hours at their police station and torturing her with a taser, an electroshock weapon that temporarily incapacitates its target.

The victim took the stand yesterday and was apparently terrible so the defense attorneys asked the case to be thrown out.

The officers will, however, be back in court next Tuesday to stand trial on other charges from a completely separate victim.
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WV: McGraw backs NRA in Chicago case
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"West Virginia is one of a group states that has joined in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court defending the Second Amendment rights of individuals who live in cities that have banned handguns at home."

"Thirty-three state attorneys general have submitted the brief in a National Rifle Association and Otis McDonald case against the City of Chicago. McDonald is a community activist who lives in a high-crime Chicago neighborhood and can't protect himself from threats by drug dealers, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said." ...
 

NY: Rising gun sales make some LIers uneasy
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Local politicians and activists expressed concern Tuesday about reports that handgun sales and permit applications have increased in recent months."

"... police and state figures show that so far this year, pistol applications on Long Island are up 50 percent over last year."

"One reason cited is the fear that a Democratic president and Congress could legislatively snatch away access to guns, local gun shop owners said. Another is that a poor economy is driving some fearful people to arm themselves for protection."

"Rep. Carolyn McCarthy ... called the latter reason mainly a product of hysteria, fomented by pro-gun groups."

"'It's kind of scary,' she said. 'And I think we're seeing more and more of that because of the Internet. ...'" ...
 

OH: Get Inside: Mountain Man Tradin Post
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Advertiser-Tribune ran a great article about Tiffin, Ohio sporting goods store the Mountain Man Tradin Post."

"This shop has a wide selection of sporting goods available including hunting and shooting supplies, fishing gear, archery equipment, camping gear, and much more."

"With the recent trends in sales of guns and ammunition, those are their hot items currently as well. Jeff Harper, who co-owns the store with John Miller, told the Advertiser-Tribune that despite the brisk sales they are keeping prices on ammunition, which they've had success keeping in stock, at a reasonable level." ...
 

CO: Guns popular along the Teller County frontier
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"Firearms play a large roll in Teller County. More than twice as many county citizens own firearms than the state average."

"'I think a lot more than 50 percent of county residents have at least one firearm in their homes,' Teller County Sheriff Kevin Dougherty said. 'That's a huge underestimation, it's probably closer to 75 percent.'"

"The state average for household firearm ownership is about 34 percent, according to a 2001 survey ..." ...

"To carry a concealed firearm requires a permit issued by the county sheriff. Dougherty's office has issued slightly more than 3,000 concealed weapon permits ... most of them after Colorado law changed in 2003. Teller has a population of about 22,000." ...
 

OH: Middletown shotgunner wins third state trapshooting title
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Dayton Daily News reported recently that Middletown's Pat Neff beat out 1,208 other competitors to win a singles title last week during the Ohio State Trapshooting Association state championships in Marengo." ...
 

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