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IL: Residents seeking gun range sue city
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ezell is the victim of three attempted burglaries and applied for a Chicago Firearms permit and would like to continue recreational shooting but because of illness finds it difficult to travel outside of the city, according to the suit.

Brown is a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II and is the American Legion Chairman of the Marksmanship Committee for the Department of Illinois, according to the suit. Hespen is a retired Chicago Police detective, the suit said.

The suit claims Brown and Hespen would use a recreational shooting facility in the city.

The two-count suit is seeking injunctive relief against the city’s allegedly unconstitutional policy of banning shooting ranges.
 

TX: Judge shoots down gun ban worries
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Second Amendment advocates up in arms about a commissioners court agenda item calling for a ban on handguns at county facilities can holster their calls to the National Rifle Association.

The agenda item is more about housekeeping and keeping current with state law than it is denying gun owners their right to bear arms.

Item No. 24 of today’s agenda reads: “Consideration of an order banning the carrying of handguns within the premises of various county owned and leased buildings, parks and other facilities submitted by county legal.”

At first glance, the order would appear to ban handguns from all county facilities.
 

A Constitutional punching bag
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At the beginning of August Arizona newspapers reported Arizona's senior Republican Senator proposed revoking Second Amendment rights. Well sort of.

It was reported that Arizona Republican Sen. John Kyl backs a proposal to repeal the 14th Amendment. If the 14th Amendment is repealed, local governments will be able to regulate guns. The recent Supreme Court case striking down Chicago's gun control ordinance would be reversed.

Ironically the 14th Amendment was proposed, pursued and passed by Republicans during the Reconstruction years that followed the Civil War.
 

TX: Bryan Convenience Store Clerk Speaks Out After Robbery
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Friday evening Mike was working at the Prince Food Mart in Bryan when three men came inside for one thing.

"They say open the register if not I will kill you, I say ok, go ahead and he's telling me this and this cursing," he said.

With recent robberies including the April 2 death of College Station convenience store clerk Johannes Kinny racing through his mind, Mike decided to fight back with his Glock 40 caliber pistol.

"I gotta chance, I got the gun out, I was unable to pull the gun in front of them because they were pointing the gun at me so when I got a chance I pulled out the gun and I fired it," Mike said.

Mike fired four times and hit one of the suspects as they fled.

 

LA: Judge tosses indictments
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A state district judge threw out indictments Tuesday against three men accused in the July 2009 shooting death of a Clinton man during an alleged drug deal.

Twentieth Judicial District Judge George H. Ware Jr. ruled that the East Feliciana Parish grand jury that indicted the trio may have been led to believe that a person cannot claim self-defense in a shooting that occurs during a drug deal.

District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla said he will submit the case to a new grand jury on Sept. 21 to seek new indictments against Anthony Manzella, 20, and Andrew Robertson, 24, both of Hammond, and Johnny Barnes, 28, of Jackson.
 

Russia: Rap Against The Machine
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Noize MC is at it again -- and his timing couldn't be better.
After spending 10 days in jail for performing a song mocking police at a music festival in Volgograd, the irrepressible rapper has released a new song and video -- mocking the police.
"Goodbye to the city of Stalingrad," Noize MC -- whose real name is Ivan Alekseyev -- rapped using the city's Stalin-era name. "Now it is clear to me where the capital of our police state is located."
The video streams footage of police brutality, including officers stopping and assaulting a motorcyclist, punching a woman in the face during an anti-government protest, and kicking and beating patrons at a casino.


 

WV: Death In Webster County But No Charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Evidence will be presented to the Webster County Grand Jury to decide if any criminal charges will be filed in connection with a man's death.

The body of Gary Jackson, 60, was found in a cabin on his property on Williams River Road near Cowen Sunday. Police had gone to the residence to check on Jackson after a 21-year-old man had reported being assaulted by him.

The man, who is not being identified at this time by authorities, was at Webster County Memorial Hospital when he spoke with police.
 

MI: Arts, beats & guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Just because the law allows someone to do something doesn't mean they should do it. Showing up at Royal Oak's Arts, Beats & Eats festival packing a holstered pistol in plain view is silly and needlessly provocative -- and may damage attendance at the festival.

The Royal Oak City Commission voted 4-3 this week to rescind a portion of the city's contract with the festival, scheduled for Sept. 3-6, that banned the open carrying of guns. The city commissioners were confronted with the fact that state law apparently allows people who are licensed to own guns to carry them openly, with certain restrictions.

The commission also voted to ask state lawmakers to modify state law to allow localities to adopt limits on [open carry] ...
 

NY: Gun Charges in Harlem Fight
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The man who survived more than 20 bullets in a fatal Harlem shootout involving police earlier this month was charged Monday with three illegal weapon charges, instead of the attempted-murder charge for which he initially was arrested.
Angel Alvarez appeared in court with bandages and his right arm in a sling, injuries that stemmed from a shooting in which at least 50 shots were fired—46 by police—one man was killed and several others were wounded.
Police had also charged Mr. Alvarez with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm upon his release from Harlem Hospital Saturday.
 

Why is Obama administration blocking import of surplus rifles?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"The truth could not be simpler: Older rifles can be safely maintained and sold. Just ask the Civilian Marksmanship Program. I got my M1 Garand back when the Director of Civilian Marksmanship program was controlled by the Department of the Army and it remains a favorite gun."

"And the bad guy excuse could be used to object to the sale of all guns everywhere. Meanwhile, they're denying an opportunity to good guys--you know, the ones the Founders deemed 'necessary to the security of a free State'..."

"This is ridiculous, offensive and subversive."
 

Obama Bans More than 100,000 American-Made Rifles
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According to The Korea Times, the Obama administration has blocked efforts by the South Korean government to sell over a hundred thousand surplus M1 Garand and Carbine rifles into the United States market. These self-loading were rifles introduced in 1926 and 1941.
 

NV: Near Lake Tahoe There's a Bear So Tough, Bullets Bounce Off His Head
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In hot pursuit of a notorious burglar along the shores of Lake Tahoe this year, Carl Lackey, a biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, organized a night patrol to catch the perp. His tools included a fire extinguisher, pepper spray and two dogs that respond only to commands in Russian. ...
Mr. Lackey's nemesis: a 700-pound black bear dubbed Bubba. ...
Some of Bubba's exploits and escapes are the stuff of legend. In one incident in mid-2009, a bear matching Bubba's description confronted a frightened homeowner, who told officials that he shot the bear between the eyes with a .44 Magnum. The bullet apparently bounced off the bear's skull, leaving him wounded but still alive, Mr. Lackey says.


 

FL: Pittsburgh police officer arrested on shoplifting charge at Universal Orlando
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A Pittsburgh police officer was arrested over the weekend at Universal Orlando after police said he shoplifted Harry Potter merchandise.
 

NY: Angel Alvarez, shot 23 times, shows no limp - or emotion - as cops escort him to court
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Eight days after he survived 23 bullet wounds for a new city record, Angel Alvarez walked up the sidewalk behind the courthouse with barely a limp.
He did have his right arm in a sling and there were bandages on his left forearm, as well as both legs, and there was some kind of surgical material on both feet.
But even in the black plastic clogs that replaced his bloodied shoes, he was having no trouble keeping pace with the three detectives escorting him from the black unmarked car parked at the corner.
Procedure would have mandated him being handcuffed behind his back. That was complicated by the sling, so the detectives had improvised by snapping one bracelet on his left wrist and the other to the waistband of his black shorts.
 

NY: Underwhere?! Drug suspect warns cops of criminals wearing underwear with hidden pockets
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The NYPD is warning cops to be on the lookout for criminals wearing underwear with hidden pockets for their stash.
Police said Monday they learned about the invention during the bust of a Brooklyn marijuana suspect last month.
"It was found that many companies carry this type of underwear with a secret pocket for males and females," police said in an officer safety alert. "The arrested perpetrator gave information that drugs and weapons are being concealed in underwear that contains secret pockets."
Several companies make such undergarments, but the memo cites the $12 Pocket Boxer Briefs made by Stashitwear. The company's website shows a 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola tucked into the 15-inch deep pocket.
 

Former TSA supervisor admits stealing $20,000 in jewelry from checked luggage
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SEATTLE – A former supervisor for the federal Transportation Security Administration has pleaded guilty to stealing $20,000 worth of jewelry and other items from checked luggage at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle says 50-year-old Randy Pepper entered the plea Monday at U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Pepper was fired in July 2009 after another TSA worker saw him removing items from checked luggage. Surveillance video confirmed it, and investigators discovered Pepper had pawned the items. Prosecutors say they included gold diamond rings and sterling silver necklaces and earrings.

Submitters note: One out of how many that didn't get caught.

 

Gun-toting soccer moms a scary thought in D.C. area, but not out west
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the red rock and sand of the Arizona desert, just past the retirement villages and golf greens that have made this sun-worshipping city famous, sits the biggest public shooting range in the United States.

Not far away are the Wal-Marts where Arizonans pay Sun City retirees to wait in line when a new ammo shipment arrives, lest the supply run out. Residents have the right to carry handguns openly, and starting last month residents who have no criminal records and are at least 21 also are able to carry concealed weapons just about anywhere, without the bother of getting a permit.
 

NC: Hundreds Bear Arms For 2nd Amendment
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Hundreds brought their guns to a Tea Party rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on Saturday to peacefully demonstrate that the Constitution protects the right to own and carry a firearm.

Two hundred attended the Restore the Constitution Rally at the Guildford Courthouse in Battleground Park, openly carrying their pistols and rifles in recognition of a new law allowing people to carry guns at federal parks.

“We want to remind Americans that they have a basic human right to keep and bear arms – both for self-defense and to preserve individual freedom – that is not only enshrined in the Bill of Rights, but is protected only by Americans’ willingness to actually exercise that right,” wrote rally organizer Randy Dye in a statement.
 

MI: The Way of The Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So yeah, I believe guns can help you manage certain threats. But I also believe it's extremely dangerous to rely on guns to help you manage your fear of those threats. A gun isn't some magic force field that will safeguard you from any and all danger. Guns don't make you invincible, just that much more dangerous.

That's why, when I see gun owners making arguments to openly carry weapons to places like the upcoming Arts, Beats & Eats cultural festival in Royal Oak, I'm left shaking my head. I mean, I know what the law may say, but do you really need a sidearm at an outdoor festival that'll be attended by tens of thousands of people in one of the most granola suburbs in our area?
 

MI: City yields, allows guns at annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival in suburban Detroit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Royal Oak officials have voted to allow licensed handgun owners to openly carry their weapons at a popular Detroit-area summer arts festival.

Commissioners on Monday night struck down a contract clause between the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival and the city about 10 miles north-northwest of Detroit that prohibited guns at the annual Labor Day weekend event.

Residents and public safety officials for weeks had expressed safety concerns. Proponents said state law and the Second Amendment allow a person who is licensed to carry a firearm, holstered and in plain sight.

Festival organizer Jon Witz said he supported the commission's decision.
 

SAF sues Chicago again; CeaseFire exec reveals anti-gun mindset
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On Monday, the Second Amendment Foundation filed another lawsuit against the City of Chicago, challenging the city’s new gun control ordinance that seems to have been deliberately designed to invite legal action.

Once again joining SAF is the Illinois State Rifle Association, this time along with Action Target, Inc., and three individual plaintiffs including a retired Chicago police detective, according to a SAF press release. Likewise, they are once again represented by attorneys Alan Gura of Virginia and David Sigale of Chicago, who teamed up with SAF and ISRA on the recent historic case of McDonald v. City of Chicago.
 

New Suit Filed Over Chicago Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Chicago is getting sued again over the city's new gun limits ordinance.

According to a report on worldnetdaily.com , the same group that won the Supreme Court decision throwing out the city's old gun ban law has filed another suit.

A spokesperson for the Second Amendment Foundation said while the new ordinance requires gun owners to get gun range practice, it also bans gun ranges within the city limits.
 

OH: Support a candidate who will protect our right to bear arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Security is at the very heart of this debate, and while a certain measure of security is important; we shouldn't forget that throughout history it has often been a tool of tyrants -- an illusion, set up by dictators to lull the sensibilities of the paranoid and simple minded. For if the day ever comes that we get conned into voting away a freedom because of the promise of security, we certainly have destroyed both.

When election day comes this year, please vote to keep our hunting and firearms traditions safe. Vote for Rob Portman who has a long history of protecting our Second Amendment rights. A vote for Rob Portman for U.S. Senate is also a vote for jobs for Ohio.
 

Gunowners Should Expect the Worst from a Lame-Duck Congress
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Obama has recently dropped his cagey and coy dissembling about his true “gun control” plans. In July of 2007 he once again made it completely clear that he was in favor of a renewed “assault weapon” ban.

Obama is no longer laying low on the issue. We also know where Obama’s ... Supreme Court appointees Sotomayer (who voted against the McDonald decision), and almost certainly Kagan, stand on citizens owning firearms. Kagan is just another Sotomayer when it comes to 2A. Like Sotomayer, she waffled and said all the right things to gain her confirmation by the Senate.

Do you really think Kagan would have voted in favor of Heller or McDonald?
 

WI: Group backs Jackson County DA's gun stance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Hoffman said Monday's action was intended to let County Board members know the group did not want Skolos prosecuting weapons cases Fox declined to prosecute.

Skolos has said he disagrees with Fox's interpretation of the McDonald v. City of Chicago decision and that his office would continue to prosecute county ordinance cases regarding the possession of firearms in public places.

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision July 28 struck down Chicago's ban on firearms, ruling that such laws violate the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms.

"I'm just doing what I swore to do; uphold the laws," Fox said Monday. "I might be wrong, but if I am, I'm erring on the side of promoting the right of fundamental liberties."
 

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