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A Journalist's Guide to 'Project Gunwalker'-Part Six
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Examiner.com article character limits preclude adding more updates to the initial and subsequently-posted Journalist's Guides to Project Gunwalker. This is a continuation of updates from this column and Sipsey Street Irregulars beginning September 9, 2011, and will continue to be updated until file size limitations necessitate a new volume. It includes contributions from regional Gun Rights Examiners."
 

AZ: 2nd Arizona crime scene yields guns from ATF sting
Submitted by: John Fansler

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Guns tied to a botched federal weapons-smuggling investigation have been recovered at a second Arizona crime scene ...

[snip] two guns were found in the back of a stolen car in Maricopa last year that had rammed two Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicles.

Federal agents contacted the DPS this week and said a trace of the guns revealed they were part of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sting in 2009 that inadvertently put hundreds of weapons bought at Arizona gun stores into the hands of Mexican criminals.

Two guns also were recovered at a December shootout in Rio Rico, where a Border Patrol agent was fatally shot
 

NY: Jury acquits Craig Hasman in road rage shooting
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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A jury on Friday acquitted Craig S. Hasman of first-degree assault, a felony, related to an alleged road rage incident. Hasman was accused of shooting Michael Lee of Rochester in August 2010. Hasman's attorney, J. Matthew Parrinello, argued at trial that the shooting was justifiable self-defense.
 

CA: Citizen Ticketed For Directing Traffic After Police Fail To In South Pasadena
Submitted by: Anonymous

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We've all heard the saying: no good deed goes unpunished . . . and that's exactly what happened to a South Pasadena resident who was issued a ticket by police for his charitable act.
When a major traffic light in the area went out Thursday morning, Alan Ehrlich took matters into his own hands, directing traffic ...
Before Ehrlich stepped in, traffic was backed up for more than a mile and it took more than 30 minutes to get through the busy intersection. ...
[Richard Gerrish who works at an office located at the intersection] said Ehrlich cleared up the mess in 10 minutes. ...
Police responded to the scene and told Ehrlich to stop and issued him a ticket, but never stepped in to direct traffic themselves.
 

CA: Citizen Directs Traffic Since Cops Won't--And Gets a Ticket
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... South Pas resident Alan Ehrlich ... says traffic was backed up for blocks due to a broken traffic light. He noticed the mess when taking his kids to school and decided to take initiative. ...
Onlookers say traffic was cleared within 10 to 15 minutes of Ehrlich directing vehicles.
Yet after about 20 minutes, he was issued a citation by South Pas Police for "pedestrian on roadway," he said.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: This is cop stupidity at its most egregious.
One of the characteristics that has made our country great, both in peace and war, is our willingness to step in when needed and take action.
The only just response to this insult is for Police Chief Payne to issue a formal apology and a separate commendation to Mr. Ehrlich.
 

FL: Florida Forces Towns to Pull Local Laws Limiting Guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The signs — “No Guns Allowed” — are being stripped from many Florida government buildings, libraries and airports. And local ordinances that bar people from shooting weapons in their yards, firing up into the air (think New Year’s Eve) or taking guns into parks are coming off the books.
The state has spoken, again, on the matter of guns, and this time it does not want to be ignored: since 1987, local governments in Florida have been banned from creating and enforcing their own gun ordinances. ...
But this year the Legislature passed a new law that imposes fines on counties and municipalities that do not do away with and stop enforcing their own firearms and ammunition ordinances by Oct. 1.
 

MO: Assaults On Police Continues To Rise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Assaults on police officers are continuing to rise, especially in the metro areas of Missouri.

The FOP says conceal and carry laws have led to more vehicle break-ins, because criminals think there may be guns inside, especially when people leave weapons in their cars at churches and sporting events where guns are banned.

Ed.: Yet another way that victim-disarmament zones endanger people.
 

SC: Carnage shows value of concealed weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yet another random shooting by a crazed person at a restaurant in Nevada. What happened to the prospect of the state of South Carolina allowing residents to carry a concealed weapon without needing a permit?

I can't help but think that if that horrible event happened here, someone with a weapon on them might have prevented the magnitude of such a disaster.

I'm talking about allowing a person who has a clean background to carry a gun for self defense.
 

WI: Concealed carry law could be reason hunter education courses are filling quickly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state's hunter education classes are filling up fast, and that could be because people are using the offerings to receive their required training to obtain a concealed weapon permit.

Under the law signed by Gov. Scott Walker in July, residents must prove they have completed training before receiving a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The law takes effect Nov. 1.
 

Okay, so let’s try real science
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So what we need to do is isolate part of the country to be the control group. They’ll be free from new taxes, won’t take part in government programs and regulations and can have all the guns they want. In the rest of America, politicians can go crazy with every Keynesian idea, ban trans fats and salt and just generally control everything. Then we can compare the results of the two groups and finally have a scientific answer on what works.

...

If, on the other hand, science tells us huge government is better, then we’ll impose government regulation and high taxation on everyone -- though it might be a little bit difficult since the control group will have lots of guns.
 

WA: Take time to think about safety during hunting season
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We recommend an early start. Hunter education classes for first-time license holders are fantastic, in addition to being mandatory. They teach not just the obvious firearm handling precautions, but conservation management and how to be environmentally friendly. There's no comparison between today's programs and what was available as recently as 30 years ago.

Studying and tests are just part of the curriculum. Prospective hunters must also pass a shooting and skills test. The skills test consists of walking through the woods with a partner. During the walk students must traverse downed logs, fences and other obstacles. Instructors grade them on how they work together to be safe.
 

Guns on Campus: As vital as CPR training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The armed student or any armed citizen has a great deal in common with the layman who is trained in CPR. I have released The CPR Corollary as a stand alone monograph. It is developed now into fifteen equivalents of moral purpose and public interest between the armed citizen and the CPR-knowledgeable citizen. The two are identical.
 

WI: Guns on campus, not in buildings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With less than two months left before Wisconsin’s new concealed carry law allowing licensed individuals to bring weapons onto campus goes into effect, the UW System has announced that it will support universities in banning weapons within campus buildings.

However, universities are responsible for placing signs at every building entrance on campus in order for the ban to be legal, giving each institution some flexibility. So far, UW-Madison is the only institution to announce that it will post these signs, but all UW members are expected to adopt the same policy.
 

AZ: Gun store owner had misgivings about ATF sting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the fall of 2009, ATF agents installed a secret phone line and hidden cameras in a ceiling panel and wall at Andre Howard's Lone Wolf gun store. They gave him one basic instruction: Sell guns to every illegal purchaser who walks through the door.

For 15 months, Howard did as he was told. To customers with phony IDs or wads of cash he normally would have turned away, he sold pistols, rifles and semiautomatics. He was assured by the ATF that they would follow the guns, and that the surveillance would lead the agents to the violent Mexican drug cartels on the Southwest border.
 

FL: Jeri Muoio's gun ban at West Palm Beach city hall draws fire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mayor Jeri Muoio might negotiate on some issues, but when it comes to guns in city hall, she holds her ground: No weapons allowed.

She has even invoked a rare executive order to ban weapons in the building where the city carries out its business, citing the safety of residents.

"You absolutely cannot come into this building with a gun," Muoio said at a city commission meeting last month. "If you're coming into city hall, leave your guns or weapons at home or in your car."

Muoio's stance is drawing the ire of pro-gun-rights lawmakers and lobbyists, who say she's not abiding by a state law set to take effect Oct. 1.
 

WI: Happiness is no guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Now that concealed carry has been approved for all University of Wisconsin system campuses, each college must decide whether to ban guns, tasers, billy clubs and various types of dangerous knives from campus buildings. It is our belief that UW-Milwaukee should follow UW-Madison’s lead and prohibit weapons from all campus buildings, including all residence halls and Engelmann Field.
 

Don’t Cherish the 2nd Amendment!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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However, I often wonder if the people who cherish the 2nd Amendment also cherish freedom. They are not the same concepts. Like everything else in the Constitution, the 2nd Amendment is subject to interpretation. Until the year 2008, it was a subject of much debate whether the 2nd Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms or a "collective right" to allow the states to organize a national guard. Incidentally, I have no understanding of what a "collective right" is, and I suspect neither would any of the drafters of the Constitution.
 

ID: Charges Dropped In Bear Self-Defense Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When the government infringes upon Second Amendment rights through regulation and harsh gun control, it is accused of violating one’s right to self-defense. There is no greater example of this violation, however, than when the federal government attempted to punish a man for killing a grizzly bear that threatened his life and the lives of his family. Fortunately, when the story was publicized and received a great deal of negative media attention, federal prosecutors decided to drop the charges.
 

IL: Illinoisans should demand gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I am a sportsman and a gun owner who feels compelled to write this letter. I hope others also be compelled. It is high time that we all send a message to Springfield demanding our Second Amendment rights.

It’s not right when people from surrounding states have more gun rights than we do. Even when an Illinois citizen goes outside the state to buy a gun, there is a waiting period — even when that state doesn’t have a waiting period. We as Illinois citizens are all guilty until proven innocent.
 

Concealed Handguns in New York City Backed by 243 in U.S. House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I’ve never touched a handgun and I haven’t been to Florida in decades, yet this month Florida officials mailed me a permit to carry a concealed gun.

If Congress adopts a bill that the National Rifle Association is pushing, Florida’s licenses would apply to 49 states in all -- allowing their holders to carry hidden guns in places such as midtown Manhattan, where the New York Police Department rejects most such applications for “concealed- carry” permits.

Only Illinois and Washington D.C., where residents aren’t allowed to carry concealed handguns at all, would be exempt.
 

First Generation Of New Fn Sc-1 Over And Under Shotgun Launched
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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FNH USA, LLC is pleased to announce the limited release of its SC-1 over and under sporting competition shotgun, which is the first over and under shotgun sold by FNH USA.

“The FN SC-1 establishes a striking new standard in both performance and appearance that sets it apart from traditional over and under shotguns,” said Ken Pfau, Senior Vice President of Law Enforcement and Commercial Sales for FNH USA. “This is a magnificent 12-gauge shotgun that is ready to go out of the box and will definitely turn some heads at the team’s upcoming matches.”
 

NY: New York Banned Handguns 100 Years Ago ... Will We Ever See that Kind of Gun Control Again?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This month New York’s Sullivan Law enters its hundredth year, and while no birthday parties have been scheduled for the legislation that ten decades ago turned handgun ownership in the Empire State from a right to a privilege, its centennial provides a timely occasion to reflect on the past and future of gun control in America.
 

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A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie. — VLADIMIR ILYICH LENIN

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