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MD: Gun Rights in Maryland (audio)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court followed up its 2008 ruling on Washington, D.C.'s gun law ... with another far-reaching decision overturning Chicago's gun law. In that June ruling, the Supreme Court decided that states and cities must recognize a citizen’s right to own a gun."

"In the wake of these Second Amendment cases, a challenge to Maryland’s gun laws has materialized. Three weeks ago, the Second Amendment Foundation filed suit, arguing the state had no right to refuse to renew the concealed-carry permit of a Baltimore County resident."

"We talk with Kathryn Rowe, an assistant to the Maryland Attorney General and part of the state’s defense team, and Alan Gura, counsel for the Second Amendment Foundation." ...
 

Winners of gun case arguing to protect 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The team that won the U.S. Supreme Court decision over Chicago's handgun ban ... now is arguing in another court case that such rights need to be protected diligently."

"The Second Amendment Foundation announced today it has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the long-running Nordyke v. King ..." ...

"'This is a very important case,' said Alan Gottlieb, the SAF founder and executive vice president, 'because it could establish the highest standard of scrutiny to which gun laws around the country would be subjected.'"

"He said, 'While gun prohibitionists were upset by the 2008 Heller ruling and demoralized by our victory this year in the McDonald case, they are terrified of a strict scrutiny standard that could be established by the Nordyke case.'" ...
 

When there is a problem with kids and guns, where are the parents?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is one of those 'Excuse me, but let me see if I have this straight' situations that this column alluded to last time."

"A 10-year-old Seattle boy and his half-brothers are in trouble with the law for trying to rob an older kid on a Metro bus. ..."

"It now appears the 17-year-old intended victim had a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol in his backpack. ... When the 10-year-old grabbed the pack and reached inside, the older teen believed he was reaching for the handgun, a struggle ensued and the pistol discharged, wounding the 10-year-old."

"Thursday in Juvenile Court ... the mother of all three suspects tried to keep her youngster out of detention, and accused the court of 'railroading' her kids." ...
 

German socialist: 'Guns for me but not for thee'?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "See, we're really nice guys now. Those other 'old school' progressives, well, they were just perverts. You can trust us with a monopoly of violence. Honest." ...
 

Embracing the gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the red rock and sand of the Arizona desert, just past the retirement villages ... that have made this sun-worshipping city famous, sits the biggest public shooting range in the United States."

"... Residents have the right to carry handguns openly, and starting last month residents ... also are able to carry concealed weapons just about anywhere, without the bother of getting a permit."

"The full embrace of firearms is just as fervent to the north in Montana, where nearly two-thirds of all households have firearms. Montanans feel so strongly about their right to own guns ... that lawmakers passed a measure last year that challenges the federal government's authority to regulate guns made and kept in their state." ...
 

Text-to-video reenactment illuminates the educational value of open carry
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-2782-DC-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"New technology called 'text-to-video' available on web sites like Xtranormal.com allows ordinary folks to reenact real life experiences by way of computer generated voices and animated charachters. The result allows the kind of detached analysis of an event that is not possible with a single person simply re-telling a story in first person."

"The creator of the text-to-video YouTube video below captioned the video with the following statement:"

"'This is an example of a conversation that took place on a corner near my home in front of a corner bakery.'"

"The video portrays in step by step detail the human metamorphisis from 'gun-rights-skeptic' to 'open minded gun rights accomodator' that many open carriers have witnessed ..." ...
 

Buckeye Firearms Association's Ken Hanson awarded the 2009 "Jay M. Littlefield NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 'Jay M. Littlefield NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award,' presented annually by the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), is an honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of the Second Amendment and serves as an example to fellow members of the gun rights community."

"The 2009 'Jay M. Littlefield NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award' will be jointly presented to Ken Hanson of Powell, OH and Mark Becker of Stuart, FL."

"Ken Hanson currently serves as the Legislative Chair to the Buckeye Firearms Association. His committed work to protect the Second Amendment for Ohioans is exceptional ..." ...
 

Mexican President Felipe Calderón Blames Americans for Gun Violence. Again. Still.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Americans began to sell arms as a voracious, ambitious industry, like the American arms industry. This often provokes conflicts in countries that are poor and less developed. Africa, due to the sale of arms, is in a very similar situation to that which is being lived by the Mexican people. For the arms traffickers, it’s a business to sell arms to criminals, and we need to mobilize not just public opinion against this, but unite with international public opinion to show the irresponsibility of the Americans, as much as it bothers them or hinders their political campaigns."
 

Learn About Guns: Some Felonies Are More Felonious Than Others
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our lawyer pal over at learnaboutguns.com (LAG) blogged a Florida's DA's decision to drop charges against Megabyte Records CEO Lamar Coaston. ... 'Coaston, who was attacked by the burglar, grabbed his girlfriend's gun and fired in self defense, striking the intruder and saving himself, according to reports. Unfortunately for Coaston, he is a convicted felon, and was alleged to have violated the Florida law that bans convicted felons from possessing firearms. Luckily for Coaston, the State's Attorney’s office decided not to purse charges ... The fact that the burglary may have had something to do with a drug deal gone bad isn't relevant, I suppose. LAG identifies a wider issue raised by the case . . ." ...
 

 

You Lucky Buckeyes: Knight's Panorama of Andrews' Raid on display at the Ohio Historical Society
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Great Locomotive Chase or Andrews' Raid was a military raid that occurred April 12, 1862, in northern Georgia during the American Civil War. Volunteers from the Union Army commandeered a train and took it northwards toward Chattanooga, Tennessee, doing as much damage as possible to the vital Western & Atlantic Railroad (W&A) from Atlanta, Georgia to Chattanooga as they went, pursued by other locomotives. Because they had cut the telegraph wires, Confederate forces along their route had no notice of their arrival. The raiders were eventually captured and some were executed as spies. Some of Andrews' Raiders became the first recipients of the Medal of Honor. -- Wikipedia." [link added] ...
 

MI: Firearms law deserves a second look
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The growing debate about Michigan's gun law has a simple resolution: Gun-free zones should be expanded."

"That's not the aim of Open Carry Inc., an activist group aggressively pushing the Second Amendment right of citizens to pack their pistols in public places, but their efforts make a good case for state lawmakers to act."

"Open Carry's mission is to assert citizens have the right to bear arms. We get that."

"Brandishing[sic] their pistols at festivals and other public gatherings doesn't make their case any stronger. It reminds the public that the Second Amendments should be upheld but with some reasonable limits." ...
 

Stewart: 'Is Fox News a terrorist command center?'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a recent Fox News segment, panelist Eric Bolling held up a card claiming to show links between Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the mosque near Ground Zero, and Hamas and Iran."

"Comedy Central's Jon Stewart responded by using the same guilt-by-association technique to link Fox News to Islamist terrorism." ...

"Stewart then rolled footage of actor-turned-gun-rights-activist Charlton Heston, defending the NRA after the Columbine shooting in 1999. While Heston's speech was meant to defend Second Amendment rights, Stewart said it could just as easily apply as a defense of First Amendment freedom-of-religion rights." ...
 

Chicago's handgun law a childish act of arrogance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WHATEVER SPIN Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and the city council wish to offer, it is their stubborn arrogance that has resulted in more gun rights lawsuits filed against the city ..." ...

"The city's childish stubbornness is going to cost taxpayers a small fortune. Mayor Daley and his anti-gun city council adopted what amounts to a 'tantrum ordinance' that essentially spits in the high court's face. Sure, the city adopted an ordinance that – at least on paper – allows Chicago residents to own a handgun; but in reality, it is one huge 'Catch-22' that was deliberately crafted to discourage residents from exercising their Second Amendment rights." ...
 

Second Amendment Crazy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) recently introduced a TV ad attacking his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle for a comment she made about the Second Amendment."

"During an interview on the Lars Larson Show Angle commented that ... she feared that people would resort to the Second Amendment as a means of correcting the nation's course. The Reid ad features a spokesman who identifies himself as a police officer ... He declares his own support for the Second Amendment and then calls Angles statement 'crazy.'"

"Of course there was nothing crazy or extremist about Angles statement. If politicians disregard the rule of law under the Constitution it is the peoples' right and responsibility to force compliance ..." ...
 

IL: ACLU sues Illinois over absurd law forbiding recording of cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's been a misconception in the media lately about it being illegal to videotape cops in three states; Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois."

"That's not exactly true."

"In Massachusetts, it is illegal to secretly record anybody without their consent, but there is no law against openly videotaping anybody in public ..."

"In Maryland, state police and a certain prosecutor treat it as if it is illegal but another state attorney as well as the attorney general disagree that it is illegal to videotape cops in public. ..."

"That leaves us with Illinois where Radley Balko reported that it is illegal to audio record cops, even if they happen to be in public with no expectation of privacy." ...
 

CA: Gun Registry Bill Moves Forward in California
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun registry bill in California is dangerously close to passage."

"The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance sent out an action alert to California sportsmen earlier in the week on Assembly Bill 1810."

"The bill ... would require the state to keep registration information for all firearm transfers, including from transfers of commonly used hunting rifles and shotguns."

"Current California law requires the state to keep a database containing information acquired from handgun transfers only. The information kept by the state includes the owner’s name and address as well as a description and serial number of the handgun. Under AB 1810, this same information would be kept for all firearms transfers." ...
 

G-woman Goes Down For Hiring Illegals
Submitted by: Federale
Website: http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/

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"For more than 10 years, a longtime Dallas-based FBI agent knowingly employed illegal immigrants at a deli she owned and has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge, according to court documents. The agent no longer works for the bureau, the FBI said."

"Ann Cox, 49, signed a plea deal admitting that while she owned Schlotzsky's Deli in Rockwall, she hired six illegal immigrants from August 1997 until December 2008. She is scheduled to enter her plea before a federal judge Aug. 27."

"FBI spokesman Mark White described Cox as 'a former agent,' but declined to say when she left the agency or if she was fired or resigned." ...
 

WA: Video shows Seattle police beating mentally disabled teen for jaywalking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Seattle police were caught on camera beating a mentally disabled teenager who was jaywalking."

"The incident occurred last year but the video just surfaced as part of a lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department ..."

"The video was shot by a friend of the teen."

"The teen is accused of walking in the street and blocking traffic, so he obviously deserved to be beaten by five cops, including one who can be seen in the video running up to him and punching him in the stomach."

"Once the story made the news, police released a statement saying that we should not be concerned about them 'guiding the suspect to the ground and handcuffing him' because they conducted their own investigation ... and found no wrongdoing."
 

SD: Police: Drunken man who lost cash at casino leads cops on two-state chase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The law enforcement job prospects for Joshua Carl Holtquist may have taken a hit this week after Lead police officers have accused him of felony eluding, and misdemeanor reckless driving, discharge of a firearm in a moving vehicle and possession of a firearm while intoxicated." ...

"... Holtquist allegedly told police he fired a .22 caliber handgun out the window of his pickup at least 10 times. 'Joshua stated that he had been consuming alcohol and lost all his money at the Saloon Number 10,' ..."

"Holtquist said he was frustrated because of the vehicle in front of him. Holtquist allegedly told investigators that being caught would jeopardize his possible future employment with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office." ...
 

NY: NYPD cop threatens citizen with jail and rape for being "disrespectful" (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An undercover New York City police officer threatened to throw a man in jail for being 'disrespectful,' then proceeded to tell him he would get brutally raped over a three-day stay while waiting to see the judge."

"The cop had no qualms about saying this in front of a video camera."

"The incident took place last Friday in a collective art space in Brooklyn that was being raided, apparently for running 'an illegal social club,' according to the Glass Bead Collective, which posted the video on its Youtube channel." ...
 

CO: Is Denver turning into a police state?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It sometimes gets hard to keep up with all the police abuse caught on camera sweeping the country these days, especially because I've been busy with loads of other projects, so I'll leave you with the above two videos involving Denver police that are making the rounds throughout the country."

"The first video was shot by a surveillance camera outside the Denver Police Department shows a cop beating a 23-year-old man talking on a cell phone for no apparent reason. The camera coincidentally swings away from the beating but not before we see the damage." ...

"The second video shows a 32-year-old man beaten by two Denver police officers after he was taking photos of a traffic investigation." ...
 

TN: THP Officer Faces Drug, Prostitution Charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Tennessee Highway Patrol officer is accused of doing drugs and spending time with a prostitute."

"The TBI arrested Cesar Maldonado for crimes that allegedly took place in his squad car this past May after the historic flooding."

"'They are in the community to act as role models. That's something they have to remember when working,' said Kristen Helm with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation."

"The grand jury indictment states Maldonado removed 'methamphetamine from an official Tennessee highway patrol container,' and then 'injected into himself.'"

"Prosecutors said he then had sex with a prostitute in his squad car while assigned to work flood patrol in Sumner County." ...
 

IN: Prosecutor: We do not believe that blood draw is admissible as evidence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said in a news conference Thursday that the evidence that shows Officer Dave Bisard was drunk at the time of the fatal accident may not be admissible in court."

"Brizzi said his office has discovered the blood draw process may have been faulty, meaning it would not be acceptable to use evidence against the officer. The draw was conducted by a lab tech, not a phlebotomist and was also not done at a hospital as required by the law." ...

"The blood test in question shows that Bisard's blood alcohol content level was more than twice the legal limit when he plowed into two motorcycles, killing one person and seriously injuring two others." ...
 

CO: We're the Only Ones On the Beat Enough
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What started as a walk to the park with his dogs ended with a trip to the hospital for a Denver dog owner. 32-year-old Mark Ashford says he was beaten black and blue by two Denver Police officers. [More]"
"That'll teach him to offer an abuse victim his services as a witness! We won't stand for 'uppity'!"

"Make sure you watch the video."

"Notice the headline said 'New case'? Here's the other recent one."

"It's a good thing we have all those cameras, as this Denver Police incident shows. That way, we can turn them away when the beating starts--but in fairness it does redirect to let us watch the kid get dragged into the cruiser and see a door slammed on his ankle."

"That'll teach him to call his dad when a friend is being manhandled!" ...
 

CA: California Deputy Gets DUI After Van Crash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A detentions deputy has been accused of driving under the influence after she was found crashed into a pole with two inmates."

"Around 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 13, the California Highway Patrol responded to a report of a crash in the parking lot of the Kern County Lerdo Jail Facility."

"An officer found detentions Deputy Louise Marie Willis at the crash site." ...

"The officer conducted a DUI investigation and determined that Willis had been driving while under the influence of alcohol ..."

"... Willis was traveling eastbound through the parking lot at 25 mph."

"[Officer] Rodriguez said that due to her level of intoxication, she steered her vehicle to the left and crashed into a concrete base of a light pole." ...
 

GA: Clayton police officer indicted in federal court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Clayton County police officer was indicted in federal court Wednesday on charges of taking money and using his law enforcement position to protect drug dealers."

"Jonathan Callahan, 27, also was indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing guns and money from people during two traffic stops."

"U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Christopher Hagy released Callahan on an unsecured bond Wednesday, according to his attorney, Page Pate. He is suspended with pay from the Clayton County Police Department pending the resolution of the case, Pate told the AJC." ...
 

OH: Squirrel Season Offers Hunters Preparation For Fall Hunting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohio's squirrel season will open on September 1, providing hunters with an opportunity to take as many as six squirrels each day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife."

"A long-time tradition for many hunters, Ohio's squirrel season offers ample hunting opportunities for fox and gray squirrels across the state. It is a great time to get out in the woods and scout for the upcoming deer and fall wild turkey hunting seasons or take a youth hunting. Legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily." ...
 

TX: Chappell Hill Bank Allows Customers to Carry Guns Inside (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bank in Chappell Hill is taking the second amendment out of the vault by letting their customers carry guns inside."

"At first glance, you might not notice anything unusual about the Washington County bank, but take a closer look."

"'If you've got a handgun carry license I don't have any problem at all and I encourage you to bring it in the bank,' Chappell Hill Bank President Edward Smith said."

"Chappell Hill Bank is one of the oldest banks in Texas, and it's also one of the first banks to encourage the right to bear arms."

"'I've been looking at what's been happening in this country; lawlessness, and we've been robbed several times, so I changed it to reinforce the second amendment,' Smith said." ...
 

FL: Hometown Happenings 0821 (ninth item)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Second Amendment Club of America will meet Monday, Aug. 23, at the Cotee River Café, 12830 Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m., and the general meeting will be held at 7 p.m. The club is open to all who believe in and support the second amendment regardless of political party. For information, call 727-841-8507 or visit its website at www.secondamendmentclub.org." ...
 

FL: Just one class needed to carry a powerful weapon -- a concealed weapons permit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Behind the doors of a small gun shop in Naples, on an otherwise quiet Wednesday night, Craig Wendel prepares a round of simunition for each of his students as part of the test for a concealed weapon permit. The practice rounds made of plastic are unassuming but pack a power pop. Students take their turn firing a round at a small black and blue target."

"'It's like a cap gun',' Wendel explains as he monitors each student’s knowledge and understanding of the weapon."

"The room is filled with eight students ranging in age from 80 to 20, males and females. It’s a diverse group but one thing ties all of them together — their desire to carry a concealed weapon. ..." ...
 

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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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