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OR: School officer loses his gun
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"Any time we have a weapon unaccounted for in the public, it's a concern for us," Okada said. "There's a myriad of possibilities that it could lead to tragic results."

After the district was notified of the missing weapon, school principals and extra staffers were called in early to double-search the buildings.
 

WA: No grand jury for cop in fatal shooting of John Williams
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King County Superior Court judges have declined to convene a citizens' grand jury to determine whether former Seattle police Officer Ian Birk should be charged with a crime for the fatal shooting of John T. Williams.

In an order dated Thursday, Presiding Superior Court Judge Richard McDermott wrote that the court reviewed a petition filed by lawyers representing Williams' estate and "a majority of judges having declined to summon a grand jury."

McDermott wrote that the judges reviewed details of the case, as well as an inquest hearing during which Birk testified about why he shot Williams. The eight-member inquest jury reached mixed findings on the shooting. Four of eight jurors found Birk wasn't facing an imminent threat when he
 

OR: Employee with knife runs off would-be robber
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An employee of a Chinese restaurant in Southeast Portland fended off a would-be robber with a butcher knife late Thursday night.

Portland police said the man came into the China Garden, at 14908 SE Powell Boulevard, just before midnight and told Barbara Lane to “move back” from the cash register.

Lane armed herself with the knife and replied, “No, you move back,” according to police.

The suspect then tried to grab the register, but Lane struck him and he ran off.

“I smacked him across the wrist with the knife when he couldn’t get away from the cash register,” she said. “The knife was dull, so it probably didn’t hurt him much.”

The suspect got away empty-handed.

"I just did what ... it's just me, my personality," Lane said
 

New law school textbook on the Second Amendment and firearms regulation
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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Very early next year–in time for 2d semester classes in the 2011-12 academic year–Aspen Publishers will publish the first law school textbook on the the Second Amendment. The title is Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy. The co-authors are Nicholas Johnson (Fordham), Michael O’Shea (Oklahoma City), George Mocsary (Connecticut), and Dave Kopel.
 

WV: Charges against Jesus Canul dropped
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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Murder charges have been dropped against a Logan County man arrested last month for killing his alleged robber, though county prosecutors appear to be keeping their options open for future litigation.

In a motion filed Monday in Logan Magistrate Court, county prosecutor John Bennett and Chapmanville attorney Mark Hobbs requested the state of West Virginia dismiss charges against Jesus Canul.

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Prosecutors charged Canul with first-degree murder after he shot and killed David Abbott, 37, at the Logan Walmart on Aug. 22.

Police say Abbott watched Canul cash his paycheck inside the store and followed him outside, where put a "sharp object" to Canul's neck and took his wallet.
 

OR: Intruders shoot man; girlfriend fires back
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A Eugene woman said she fired several shotgun blasts at two intruders who had sneaked into her home early Friday morning and shot her boyfriend in the leg.

The 29-year-old woman said she suspects the two men who fled after she opened fire on them had planned to steal the medical marijuana plants growing on the Bethel area property. The Register-Guard does not generally identify crime victims.
 

VA: Old Dominion University Planning Gun Ban Regulation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Old Dominion University (ODU), which is situated in an area where crime is fairly high, is planning to use a regulation to ban guns, including those carried by CHP holders, from University buildings and special events.

While the University cannot prohibit those who are NOT students, faculty or staff from carrying OUTSIDE of ODU buildings and special events, they can prohibit self-defense in all other areas, which will make ODU more dangerous since gun bans only disarm the law-abiding.
 

Kids and Guns: Why Doctors Have a Right to Know
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A federal court has blocked a new Florida law that limited the ability of doctors to ask patients if they had guns in the home. Judge Monica Cooke, a Republican appointee, rightly said that the law interfered with both doctors' right to free speech and patients' right to receive information.

The ruling, which came down last week, struck an important blow for freedom of expression. But it did something more: it dealt a rare setback to a gun-rights lobby that is increasingly using its considerable political power to support policies that have little to do with the right to bear arms and needlessly put innocent people at risk.
 

CA: California open-carry is under attack once again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A few weeks ago, Assembly Bill (AB) 144 passed both legislative houses in Sacramento and is sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk. This bill threatens to further restrict our Second Amendment constitutional right to defend ourselves in public.
 

Right to Bear Arms Secure, Gun Lobby Goes to Extremes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Bravo to the federal court that blocked a Florida law restricting a doctor’s right to ask patients whether they own guns, writes Adam Cohen in Time. The court’s move wasn't just a free-speech victory: It was a "rare setback" for gun-rights advocates who, these days, "have to look hard for things to complain about." Indeed, "the basic right to have a gun for self-defense is more secure than it has been in decades." So absent bigger fish to fry, the gun-rights lobby has recently been pushing for "policies that have little to do with the right to bear arms and needlessly put innocent people at risk," Cohen argues.
 

NY: Schneiderman wins major gun-control case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Despite his organization's loss in New York State Southern District Court, Dave Workman, spokesman for the Second Amendment Foundation, remains optimistic. "I think it's a little too soon for the defendants to be having a victory dance … this case is going to be appealed," he said. "Our attorney Alan Gura lost the two cases (Heller and McDonald) … in the lower courts, but managed to bring them all the way to the Supreme Court … he won where it counts."
 

Captain America Makes Second Amendment Stand
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But with the most recent edition of Captain America, Fear Itself #6, there's no ambiguity in where the superhero stands.

As Rich Johnston blogs on www.bleedingcool.com on Sept. 14, "... as destruction rains from on high, Captain America embodies the Second Amendment. As the apocalypse rolls across the Earth, he picks up a rifle, bearing arms. And appeals to raise a militia to make a stand."
 

Did You Hear What Rick Perry Said on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nothing. He said nothing.

Rick Perry’s response to gun owners was…… silence.

Last week, Governor Perry’s deadline passed to return his National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey.

Over the last few weeks, tens of thousands of NAGR members and supporters phoned Governor Perry and his campaign staff urging him to return his NAGR Presidential Survey 100% in support of our Second Amendment rights.

Mr. Perry refused.
 

Gun Rights Policy Conference Gun Grabbers Need Not Attend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Imagine, for a moment, that you are sitting at a public meeting on the topic of gun ownership and from the podium you hear nothing but the truth – not a single lie uttered about the 2nd Amendment or American gun owners.

Imagine hearing stories of rugged American individualism and selfless loyalty to the Constitution without once hearing phrases like “deadly assault weapon” or “reasonable gun control” or “cop-killer bullets.”

Imagine how nice it would be to spend a weekend with nobody but folks like yourself who respect and honor our Constitution.

Well, stop imagining and start experiencing!

This weekend, the Second Amendment Foundation is bringing its highly regarded Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) here to Illinois.
 

Give a boy a gun and feathers, squirrels fly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But once we saw a dove walking a little too smugly for our liking along the roof line of a house behind the alley. It looked like something in a shooting gallery. We took aim, fired, and the dove disappeared from sight.

We didn't know our granddad had been watching.

"Did you just shoot a dove?" he asked sternly, and he was rarely stern with us.

"I think so," we replied.

"Why did you do that?"

Um, because we had a gun?

He took us around the block to the neighbor's house and asked if we could come in the back yard. We retrieved the dead dove and granddad plucked it and cleaned it and cooked it and placed it in front of us and we ate it.
 

NM: Guns don’t make moral judgments
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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However, the truth remains that they will have been killed by the decision of another human being, not by the decision of a gun.

In closing, while I respect Mr. Burbank’s right to not like or carry guns, my guess is that if he is ever in a life-threatening situation, he will be happy to cower behind someone who is defending himself with one.
 

Armed Response-Handguns 101
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fortunately, there are a variety of new-shooter friendly resources available if you know where to look. The Armed Response video training series is one of those places to look.
The Armed Response series is a collection of DVDs produced by veteran gun and tactics writers David Kenik and Ralph Mroz. The videos cover a wide range of topics including defensive shooting tactics, the legal aspects of the use of force, the use of white lights, using a laser aiming device and various drills to help you develop the skills you need in a gunfight.
 

Grizzly Legislation Protects Acts of Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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NRA-News is a valued partner that continues to cover breaking gun rights news with a new and improved short video format in the “NRA News Minute” videos.

To view the current firearms or gun rights news video, please click above:

Cam Edwards talks to Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) regarding a bill to provide for killing of Grizzly Bears in Acts of Self Defense.
 

House Crime Subcommittee Holds Hearing on National Right-to-Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.

The bill, introduced earlier this year by Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and cosponsored by more than 240 of their colleagues, would enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.
 

CA: S.F. woman stabs home intruder to death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A woman fatally stabbed a San Francisco man after he allegedly broke into her Bayview home and tried to choke her, police said Monday.

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She fought back and stabbed him with a knife, killing him, police said. Investigators have not released any more details on the incident, and said they were looking into whether she had acted in self-defense.
 

NC: Havelock, NC joins the “Municipal Promotion of Dangerous Parks” Party
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders, “I’m not going to get into the Constitutional rights, all I want to say is I would plead with this board to direct the city manager to work to get an ordinance that does not allow concealed weapons in recreational facilities. I cannot put it any farther or any plainer!”

At least the Mayor is honest enough to admit that he doesn’t care about the Constitutional rights of Havelock citizens.

Now, with similar honesty, we need to inform him that in addition to defense against violent crime, this type of governmental arrogance is exactly why the Second Amendment needs protection!
 

MI: Walgreens: Video of pharmacist shooting at robbers supposed to be confidential
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dramatic security video showed Walgreens' pharmacist Jeremy Hoven shooting at armed robbers who fled in fear, even leaving behind one of their guns.

But Walgreens didn't expect everyone to see it.

The company has filed an emergency motion to keep the video confidential. This, after Hoven's attorneys released the video, part of an effort to get the public on his side after Walgreens fired him for opening fire.
 

A Summer of Humans vs. Grizzlies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Amid a public outcry, the criminal charges were dismissed, although Mr. Hill agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. If he had been convicted of the killing, he would have faced a $50,000 fine.
Meanwhile, in a show of support from locals, Mr. Hill’s daughter Jasmine sold her prize pig, Regina, 15 times, netting nearly $20,000.

The controversy led three members of the Congressional delegation from Idaho, where emotions about federally protected predators runs deep, to introduce an amendment to the Endangered Species Act they say will make it easier to kill grizzlies in self-defense.
 

WI: Politicians shouldn’t add to gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Regardless of your stance on Second Amendment issues, the Wisconsin Legislature and the governor have done the will of the people of Wisconsin by enacting legislation allowing citizens the ability to fight an armed attacker on a level playing field. That is all I have ever asked when concealed-carry laws are debated: the ability to fight on a level playing field. I can't exactly ask an armed attacker to lay down his weapon and fight with fists now can I?

When your time comes for re-election, this is one area I will be remembering when I cast my ballot for my Kenosha County Board representative.
 

Bloomberg Predicts NYC Riots; How Do People Defend Themselves, CCRKBA Asks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Unfortunately,” he continued, “Mayor Bloomberg’s solutions to violent crime are typically counter to common sense, so we shouldn’t expect too much in the way of economic wisdom, either. He would keep law-abiding citizens disarmed to prevent crime, so his response to rioting would probably be to arrest people who defend their homes and businesses.

“Bloomberg’s policies,” Gottlieb said, “penalize the wrong people and he knows it. He founded ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ but has pushed policies that make it harder, if not impossible, for citizens to legally obtain firearms. He would drown people in paperwork for simply seeking the means to defend themselves against this predicted chaos.
 

AL: Beware of hasty gun use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We’re not too worried about the consequences for an intruder who walks into a well-armed home. We do worry, however, about the wide range of innocent victims who could meet an undeserved fate.

One man at the meeting was worried about the safety of his wife and children. “I’ve told her if someone pounds on the door to not be afraid to shoot,” he said.

That could be bad news for the neighbor who just needs help with a sick child, the husband who lost his key or the stranger who needs help after a wreck.
 

PA: Collegiate Carrying
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But gun violence is only worsened by the number of people carrying firearms–legally or illegally.

The Temple News encourages students to consider a holistic approach to safety, rather than equipping themselves with weapons that could lead to more bloodshed. This includes choosing where to live and recognizing times when sitting outside isn’t necessarily the safest bet.

Being outside at 2 a.m. for the sake of being outside isn’t safe–and perhaps the gun-wielding Eells knew that.

Rather than carrying, students should be proactive by making smart decisions that can help them from falling into a dangerous situation. If they do, there won’t be a need to pull the trigger.
 

CA: Deputy DA files rejection form
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mitchell armed himself with a handgun and went to the area of his home where he heard the crash. Once Mitchell went into the room the vehicle drove into, he was confronted by Quinn who exited the vehicle.

Quinn advanced toward Mitchell in an allegedly threatening manner while making threats to kill him, according to the Clearlake Police Department (CPD).

Mitchell was reported to have retreated from the room and attempted to run from his home.

CPD stated that as Mitchell was trying to exit the house Quinn caught up to him. Mitchell fired his handgun at Quinn and struck him multiple times. Mitchell reportedly went outside the residence to notify police.
 

VA: ODU's new gun regulation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Old Dominion University's efforts to bar everyone but police from carrying firearms into academic buildings, athletic stadiums and dining facilities is hardly the affront to liberty that gun-rights advocates would suggest.

For years, the university had a policy banning students, faculty, staff and guests from carrying firearms. But this summer, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli opined that such policies don't apply to uninvited guests who have a concealed carry permit.
 

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