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What role does government play in arming Taliban?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's not just corrupt Mexican officials and drug cartels benefiting from U.S. government-supplied and approved weapons exports. Michael Crowley's 'Outrageous: Friends Like These' in the September issue of Readers Digest (posted online as 'American Weapons in the Hands of the Taliban') shows the same thing happening on the other side of the globe."

"How?"

"Our allies in Pakistan and Afghanistan are using our money to pad their pockets—or worse, giving it to terrorists."

"But what about weapons?"

"A check of 30 magazines taken from the dead insurgents' rifles found that at least 17 held ammunition that bore the distinctive factory stamps of U.S. suppliers..." ...
 

Gun Rights 101: Should felons’ gun rights be restored…ever?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A remarkable ruling by the North Carolina Supreme Court has held that a state statute barring convicted felons from possessing firearms for life is unconstitutional, thus raising a question among legal scholars, gun rights activists and gun prohibitionists: Should convicted felons ever be allowed by law to regain their constitutional right to keep and bear arms?" ...

"This case does raise a question: Should convicted felons ever be allowed to own firearms?"

"At what point would a felon’s right to own a firearm be considered for restoration?" ...
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H/t to David Codrea with whom your submitter agrees. "Anyone who can't be trusted with a gun can't be trusted without a custodian."
 

A right vs. a Right?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I’ve been pondering this question about a healthcare 'right' and how to better understand it. GOA and JPFO have done a good job of explaining the threat to gun rights if the government should run the healthcare industry. I'm sure I'm not the first guy to think of it this way: If healthcare is a 'right' and the government is obligated to provide or enforce this 'right', then why is the government not providing for, or enforcing upon each of us the right to keep and bear arms? (An answer later)"

"If we have Miranda rights (right to an attorney …), why can't the same be said for the 2nd Amendment? ... I turned of age 20 years ago and I'm still waiting for my battle rifle from Uncle Sam." ...
 

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog – Covering National Firearms Act Gun Ownership & Gun Trust Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"AmmoLand.com’s featured Gun Blogger of the Month, for September 2009, is the GunTrustLawyer.com."

"Is technically a legal blog that covers National Firearms Act gun trust law, NFA news and NFA related events dealing with gun trusts law. It is written by Jacksonville, Florida Gun Trust Attorney David M. Goldman."

"Topics coverd include :"

"Assault Weapons Trust (3)
Class 1 Firearms (51)
Class 3 Firearms (66)
Class 3 SOT – Dealers (1)
Criminal Penalties (10)
Curios & Relics (8)
Destructive Devices (DDs) (50)
FAQ’s (76)
Firearms Articles (37)
Firearms Case Law (14)
Form 1 – 5320.1 Manufacture (7)
Form 20 – 5320.20 Transportation (2)
Form 4 – 5320.4 Transfer (17) ..." ...
 

NRA’s Training Department Debuts New Website for Firearms Instructors
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association’s Training Department is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, NRAInstructors.org. With this new site, NRA Certified Instructors can promote firearms training opportunities, allow online student registration, and streamline the process of reporting courses."

"This secure web-based environment allows NRA Certified Instructors to advertise their courses, register and manage students, and market future courses to prior and prospective students, all at no charge. Trainers can now view and submit all course reports online via NRAInstructors.org, and even purchase training materials through the site." ...
 

Court restores gun rights to felon, some worry about precedent set
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"The North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that Barney Britt, who was convicted of selling Quaalude pills in 1979, could have his gun rights restored."

"In 1987, Britt petitioned the court for restoration of his rights after keeping his record clean for eight years and his petition was granted. In 2004, despite no further infractions on his part, he lost those rights again in the wake of a new, tougher state law regarding ex-felons. Britt again went to court and after a four-year battle successfully argued that the new law is too broad and has no allowances for restoration of rights for non-felons, a process that exists in many states."

"Gun control advocates fear this could open the door for violent felons to be allowed to have guns, yet this has not been a problem in any of the many states, including Ohio, where such a process exists." ...
 

Gun Owners' Next Victory in D.C.
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Supreme Court ... declared that Washington's 32-year ban on all functional firearms violated the Second Amendment. Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion, however, applied only to possession of guns in the home. The court did not address, and was not asked to address, firearms carried outside the home. That's the issue posed in a new lawsuit against the District by Tom Palmer ... and four other plaintiffs — represented by Alan Gura, the lawyer who successfully argued Heller before the court."

"... D.C. law still states that '[n]o person shall carry within the District of Columbia ... a pistol, without a license.' Currently, the city affords no process by which to issue such a license. ..." ...
 

'No fly' suspects can still buy guns
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... "... Under current law, there is no automatic basis to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm because they appear on the terrorist watch list. Instead, there must be an independent disqualifying factor — such as a felony conviction or an illegal alien status."

"This is the 'terror gap' — where individuals on the terrorist watch list can be stopped from boarding planes but cannot be prevented from purchasing firearms. It in part prompted Sen. Frank Lautenberg to re-introduce legislation to prohibit the sale or distribution of firearms or explosives to individuals whom the Attorney General determines are engaged in terrorist activities a parallel bill was introduced in the House by Republican Peter King)." ...
 

USA Today Misses Mark on Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In an August 31 editorial, the editors of the USA Today have entered the debate over the presence of firearms at political protests with a seemingly-reasonable point of view: Use common sense. In the words of the editorial: 'Carrying guns openly outside presidential events may be legal in many states, but it sure isn't smart.'"

"Undeniably, many staunch defenders of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms cringed at the decision of some gun rights activists to openly carry guns to anti-Obama protests. ..."

"However, one area where the USA Today editorial falls woefully short is in confronting the way in which various media outlets have grossly distorted the fact concerning the presence of guns at various rallies. ..." ...
 

Maddow on Love for Guns: 'I Just Don't Think We Should Be Allowed to Bring Them Home'
Submitted by: Paul

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... "The MSNBC host of the 'The Rachel Maddow Show' appeared on Jimmy Fallon's Aug. 31 NBC show and told the host about her first date - at a shooting range."

"'My first date with my girlfriend Susan was at a shooting range,' Maddow said. 'That was awesome. It was ladies' day on the range. Her sister is a lifetime NRA member and she was organizing ladies' day on the range at her gun club. ...'" ...

"But NRA members shouldn't get too excited. Maddow isn't a closet Second Amendment enthusiast. No, in fact she views guns as amusement devices that should be regulated to the point that you're only allowed to shoot them at shooting ranges, galleries or gun clubs." ...
 

TN: City to allow permitted guns in park -- New law takes effect today, forces schools[sic] to restrict student use
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Tennessee's new guns-in-parks law goes into effect today. Around Nashville, most communities rushed to institute local gun bans for their parks – but not the City of Fairview."

"The countywide middle school cross country meet for Bowie Nature Park was nearly cancelled after the city commission chose not to 'opt out' of the new state law. That law and the city’s decision to uphold it is in direct conflict with a law banning firearms from schools and school activities – including those activities that take place off of school grounds." ...

"[Mayor] Brison said he was satisfied with a recent state attorney general's opinion that said the state's ban on guns at school events overrode the guns in parks bill. ..." ...
 

TN: Guns in parks not a simple issue
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Cities, towns all over Tennessee have been facing the same question about 'opting out' of a new law that permits firearms to be carried in city parks. And while many are passing the opt-out clause and prohibiting guns in public places, they are facing the ire of many residents who believe the law is infringing in their individual right to bear arms ..."

"Did the framers of our constitution intend for anyone and everyone to be able to carry a gun anywhere, anytime? Or is that amendment specifically talking about militia – and the right of the people to defend their selves from invasion or tyranny?"
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Submitter's Note: But it is "a simple issue". Gun bans in public spaces violate individual civil rights just as much as "No Blacks" signs did.
 

AZ: Bar, restaurant owners rush to post signs to ban firearms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Bar and restaurant owners are scrambling to post new signs banning firearms in their establishments before a new concealed-carry law takes effect this month."

"Starting Sept. 29, gun owners with permits to carry concealed weapons will be able to take their weapons into establishments that serve liquor, so long as they do not drink."

"The state's 5,900 bars and restaurants that sell alcohol can ban firearms at their establishments but only if they post a conspicuous sign advertising the ban." ...

"Bar and restaurant owners have expressed concerns about the difficulty of determining whether patrons who are drinking are carrying concealed weapons ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So what do they do now to determine "whether patrons who are drinking are carrying concealed weapons"?
 

CA: 'Open-carry' gun advocates pack heat at Escondido mall
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A group of gun advocates openly carried their unloaded firearms to an Escondido mall Tuesday afternoon."

"Many of the patrons at nearby restaurants said their actions were intimidating."

"'I don't like it. This ain't the wild, wild west,' said James L. Higgins III of Vista."

"His nephew, Kareem Higgins, also of Vista, agreed."

"'Guns represent life and death,' he said. 'They're about having power over others. It's overkill.'"

"The six men and two women, ages 24 to 77, drank some beverages from Starbucks at the Signature Pavilion on West Valley Parkway and left after an uneventful hour." ...
 

Congress Should Enact National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Legislation, says Gun Law Expert
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"'Congress should enact national concealed carry reciprocity legislation when it returns to Washington, D.C. at the conclusion of its summer recess,' says gun rights expert John M. Snyder."

"A former [NRA] magazine editor, Snyder is Public Affairs Director of the [CCRKBA], and Treasurer of the Second Amendment Foundation. Shotgun News recently named him the senior rights activist in Washington."

"'Individuals with state-issued licenses to drive a car may drive an automobile throughout the United States,' he observed. 'What we propose is similar, that an individual with a state issued permit to carry a concealed firearm be able to carry a concealed firearm throughout the United States.'" ...
 

NRA-ILA Applauds The Efforts Of U.S. Representatives Steve King & Zack Space
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"We would like to applaud the efforts of U.S. Representatives Steve King (R-Iowa), and Zack Space (D-Ohio) for their pro-Second Amendment advocacy in introducing H.R. 2296: The 'Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2009' (a companion bill—S. 941—was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.))."

"These bipartisan bills are mainly aimed at one problem: Around the country, gun stores—small and large—have been threatened with closure over minor, unintentional record-keeping violations. ..." ...
 

TN: Guns in parks becomes law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Eddie Clark, chairman of the Franklin County Commission, has a permit to carry a handgun in Tennessee."

"Earlier this summer, when he and other commissioners were asked to decide whether permit holders such as himself should be allowed to bring guns to the county’s one park, he was torn."

"'We only have one park, Dry Creek Beach on Tims Ford Lake, and I saw no reason to carry a gun there,' said Mr. Clark, who voted against allowing guns in the park. 'I have a permit, and there are some parks where it’s OK to bring a gun, but not there with all those kids.'"

"When the vote was called, commissioners split 8-8 and the motion to restrict weapons failed." ...
 

NE: Concealed-carry crosses state lines
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Folks from Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and at least 31 other states are welcome to bring their concealed handguns into the Cornhusker State. But those from South Dakota and 11 other states are not."

"That's the word from the Nebraska Attorney General's Office, which was required by a new state law to determine which states have comparable concealed handgun permit laws to Nebraska's. That determines which states' residents could legally carry concealed handguns in Nebraska, as well as their home state."

"The review found that 34 states have standards equal to or greater than Nebraska's." ...
 

KY: Otter Creek officer charged with rape
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A corrections officer at the troubled private women's prison in Eastern Kentucky was indicted Tuesday on one count of first-degree rape involving an inmate."

"Charles Prater, 54, of Hueysville, is the sixth worker at the Otter Creek Correctional Center in Floyd County charged with a sex-related crime against an inmate in the past three years."

"But the indictment, returned by a Floyd County grand jury, marks the first case in which the charge is a felony. The other cases involve misdemeanor sexual abuse charges."

"Four of those defendants were convicted, and one ... is expected to go to trial later this month."

"Kentucky State Police plan to present another case to the grand jury the next time it meets ..." ...
 

GA: Sheriff's officer charged with felonies
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"A housing sergeant at the Whitfield County Jail was arrested Saturday night on felony domestic violence charges in Murray County."

"Marcus Teran Vanmeter, 30, of 432 Dawnville Road in Dalton, was charged by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office with false imprisonment and battery (both felonies) and interference with a 911 call."

"Major John Gibson of the Whitfield sheriff’s office, which manages the jail, said the department took action when they heard about the arrest."

"'He was put on administrative leave with pay until we can conduct an investigation and determine the level of his culpability,' he said." ...
 

MI: Gun advocate heats up Tea Party gathering
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Larry Pratt has backed Second Amendment rights for Americans to bear arms for nearly three decades."

"The executive director of Gun Owners of America has more help now to pressure national government actions as the Tea Party movement attracts thousands of United States residents ..."

"'Americans have increasingly come to the conclusion that our government is out of control,' said Pratt in a telephone interview from his office ..."

"'It's time for elected officials to behave as employees and listen to what the boss wants.'"

"He makes his first appearance in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Sept. 12 in an event dubbed 9/12 Tea Party. It's hosted by the Northern Michigan Liberty Alliance and Soo Tea Party." ...
 

NC: Felon wins the right to own a gun -- Narrow ruling causes big stir
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"A state law barring felons from owning firearms unfairly prevented a Garner man from owning guns, the N.C. Supreme Court ruled Friday, thrusting the court into the national debate over gun ownership."

"The opinion applied only to Barney Britt, who was convicted of a drug crime in 1979, and it didn't have an immediate effect on the thousands of other felons in the state. Criminal defense lawyers ... don't know what effect, if any, the opinion will have on federal rules ..." ...

"Though the opinion focused just on Britt's case, both sides of the gun control issue saw the ruling as significant because the state's highest court found that Britt had a right to bear arms that trumped the state's ability to restrict him from owning any weapons." ...
 

MI: Second Amendment March making a bang in Bay City
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Second Amendment March, which advocates for protection of the right to bear arms, will hold a Town Hall Style Meeting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at James Clements Airport in Bay City."

"The meeting will focus on what is happening in Michigan and nation-wide with gun rights and laws ..."

"The march is set to take place on April 19, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The Michigan march will be held April 13, 2010 in Lansing."

"Those who wish to attend the meeting are encouraged to bring their own chairs."

"Terri Stocke, the president of the March, will speak at the event along with representatives from groups like the [NRA] and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, Duncan said." ...
 

OH: Attention Ohio CHL-holders: Calanni Auto Service wants your business!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"One of the more frequent compaints from Ohio concealed handgun license (CHL) -holders is the number of 'no-guns' signs posted in businesses. Although the number of signs has definitely decreased in the five years since the successful self-defense law was passed, far too many businesses - especially in urban areas - still post signs telling some of their customers that they are not welcome."

"So it is a welcome change indeed when a business not only refuses to post the offensive and unsafe signs, but actually spends marketing dollars to encourage CHL-holders to shop at their store. And that is exactly what an automotive repair facility in northeast Ohio is doing!" ...
 

LA: Hunters' tax-free weekend nears
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"If you didn't buy a gun or hunting supplies during last month's state-sales-tax-free weekend, you'll have another chance this weekend as Louisiana's inaugural Second Amendment Weekend tax-free holiday rolls around Friday through Sunday."

"But it's not just for guns ... It covers almost anything you might need for going into the woods or to the duck blind."

"Included in the list are handguns, shotguns, rifles and ammunition But it also includes all-terrain vehicles, airboats, pirogues and paddles, decoys, waders, float tubes, archery items, hunting clothing and boots, binoculars, bags, tools, range finders, knives, tree stands, blinds, chairs, optics, holsters and gun cases." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Those, who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people. — Aristotle, as quoted by John Trenchard and Water Moyle, An Argument Shewing, That a Standing Army Is Inconsistent with a Free Government, and Absolutely Destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy [London, 1697].

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