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Gun rights focus of conference in St. Louis Friday
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The 24th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference this weekend will feature speakers from across the country."

"The event, Friday-Saturday at the Airport Renaissance, 9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, will include representatives from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the Second Amendment Foundation, the National Rifle Association and Missouri Concealed Carry."

"This year's agenda includes panel discussions on campus concealed carry, gun rights litigation, the United Nations threat to gun rights, federal and state legislative updates, media bias, self-defense and right-to-carry, open carry and guns and the 10th Amendment." ...
 

Misunderstanding the revolution
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Once again a racist has made some rather self-incriminating statements and has illustrated his lack of understanding and lack of principles all at the same time."

"From the Twin Cities Daily Planet comes this 'gem' from Ralph Remington ... He doesn't understand what is happening in the world around him, and is blaming others. So let me educate him." ...

"If the Black Panther incident he mentions from May 2, 1967, happened just as he relates, given the opportunity I would be right there to support the absolute right of those activists to own and to carry their arms wherever they wish, as long as they do not initiate force, and I loudly condemn the rights-violations by the police who responded ..." ...
 

Crime rate drops while Cleveland tries to kill golden goose
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"The overall crime rate continues its four year decline in Cleveland despite the City's efforts to overturn state gun laws and once again take gun rights away from residents." ...
 

Will Gov. Schwarzenegger sign ammo control bill?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"It will, of course, not stop one gangbanger from getting a gun or getting ammunition for it. They have networks all over the country. If anything, it will increase crime by this very dangerous segment, which will now have lucrative incentives for boosting outside the law supply chain activities."

"What it will also do is create further economic hardships for and harassment of people who continue to endure in-your-face infringements from politicians who hate everything they stand for. Which is part of the intent."
 

Gun rights are for everyone
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "Apparently, back in July, I failed to make something clear, and for that I sincerely apologize. Today, let me correct that lapse. Bigots, I am not on your side. I flatter myself with the notion that I stand (well, sit, in my case) with Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership, with Pastor Kenn Blanchard, with the Pink Pistols. My heroes include the Deacons for Defense and Justice, and if the opportunity ever presented itself, I would joyfully perform messy bodily functions on the grave of William Luther Pierce. You, bigots, are at least as good a reason as the potential of an out of control government for the good citizens of this nation to arm and train themselves." ...
 

How DC residents can buy guns without registration
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.OpenCarry.org

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"Last February I explained how, counter intuitively, the DC City Council's 2008 action to repeal the DC Police Chief's power to issue handgun carry permits made it possible for DC residents to apply by mail for handgun carry permits from Pennsylvania Sheriffs. " . . .

"So how can DC residents legally acquire guns without jumping through all the hoops erected by the DC City Council? It turns out it's pretty simple - you must either maintain a second residence in another state, temporarily become a 'resident' of another state, or inherent the gun through intestate transfer." ...
 

AZ Governor Candidate Hugh Kealer Volunteers Answers to Gun Rights Questionnaire
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"The gun rights political questionnaire may be taking on a life of its own. Not only am I get responses to inquiries from an increasing number of races, I have just had a candidate approach me and volunteer answers."

"Hugh Kealer is running for governor of Arizona. Here's the Q&A... "

Today's second Gun Rights Examiner column marks a first.

Candidates wanting to prove to us how strong they are on RKBA--and making public statements that could be used brought up later--isn't a cure-all. By the same token, it's a pretty good sign.
 

Brady Campaign 2008 state scorecard: Higher score, more crime
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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence publishes an annual scorecard, rating states on their gun control laws (e.g., one handgun purchase per month, ballistic fingerprinting, requiring a permit to purchase a gun, no concealed carry law, workplace ban)."

"A previous article noted that as Brady 2007 scores increased, so did violent crime. Depending on which side of this issue you stand, the news has only gotten worse." ...
 

Court considers county's right to regulate guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A divided federal appeals court wrestled Thursday with potentially the most important gun case in its history, a dispute over a firearms ban at the Alameda County Fairgrounds that has expanded into a constitutional battle over state and local authority to regulate gun possession."

"Some judges on an 11-member panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appeared to agree with gun-rights advocates that the Second Amendment ... is binding on the states and can be used to challenge the county ordinance."

"Others noted that the high court has never overturned its own 19th century rulings that said the Second Amendment applies only to the federal government. ..." ...
 

Best SHTF Gun
Submitted by: david wolfe

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"The issue of the best SHTF gun has been worked top to bottom, bottom to top and side to side and back again, it is nothing new."

"Some will say a .22 rifle or shotgun, others will suggest an AR-15 or some other center-fire magazine fed rifle and a few will tell you a bolt action is the most logical choice."

"While they aren't wrong – at least under certain circumstances, they fail to see the big picture or fail to realize what really happens after a collapse."

"It would seem many survivalists have been influenced by Hollywood or writers of fiction and can't separate reality from illusion. Leave make-believe to armchair commandos and teenage boys." ...
 

Armed Response: An interview with David Kenik
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I've been a fan of David Kenik ever since I first read his book, Armed Response. Unlike a lot of 'fluffy' books on self-defense, Armed Response is loaded with solid and practical information."

"I didn't know David had turned the book into a series of videos until recently. And I was so impressed, I contacted David and asked if we could sell his videos on our website. As an avid gun rights supporter, he said 'yes' before I could finish my question. You can order these videos anytime in our Gun Stuff Mall."

"Here's an interview I did with David a few days ago." ...
 

Tactics and Techniques for Defensive Shooting (video)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"If you carry a gun for self-defense, it is your responsibility to know how to use it. Here's a sample chapter from Tactics and Techniques for Defensive Shooting, one of the excellent Armed Response videos we are proud to sell in our Gun Stuff Mall." ...
 

Tragic Shooting Shows "Paradox of Gun Advocacy in America"
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun enthusiasts often repeat this as the first rule of gun safety: Every gun is always loaded."

"The second rule: Never point a firearm at something you are not prepared to destroy."

"The third should be: Remember the law of unintended consequences, because the gun bought 'for protection' is often the gun used against one's self or family, instead."

"The tragic story below, reported yesterday from Missouri, encapsulates the paradox of gun advocacy in America."

"The gun lobby not only fought tooth and nail for Mr. Looney’s right to own a gun, they helped convince him that he needed one to protect his family — right up to the point he shot himself in the head with it." ...
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Submitter's Note: A hard-hearted person might note that this was not a tragedy, it was evolution in action.
 

KY: Would-Be Burglar Stopped By Homeowner
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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A Lexington man is behind bars after police say he tried to break into the wrong home overnight.

A man says he was taking a shower early this morning at his home on West Fourth Street, when he heard something just outside his house.

He told police he went around to check it out, and saw a man trying to break in through a window. That's when the homeowner grabbed a gun and held the would-be burglar at gunpoint, while he called 9-1-1.

Police later caught up with and arrested Donovan Campbell. He's now in jail, charged with burglary.

That homeowner runs a business out of his home, and he says he was tired of being broken into, so he decided to put a stop to it.
 

In Defense of Self Defense
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Self defense ..."

"The primary uses of firearms are recreation and self-defense. Relatively few people have any issues with firearms used for the recreational purposes of target shooting and hunting."

"More people seem to have issues with firearms used for self-defense."

"Every living thing on this planet is born with a natural right to defend itself. Every bug, every cat or dog, and every human being. Some people doubt this, at first. To those I ask, 'Do you own your body? Or do the police?' (...pause for reflection...) 'If you own your body, are you not responsible for its well-being and protection?'" ...
 

TN: Gubernatorial rivals blast Haslam on gun stance
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Bill Haslam's rivals for Tennessee's Republican gubernatorial nomination are finding ammunition in the Knoxville mayor's position on guns."

"Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga, both vocal supporters of gun rights, are targeting Haslam's support for a Knoxville City Council vote earlier this week that keeps in place a ban on handguns in city parks, playgrounds and sports fields."

"'Once again Mayor Haslam comes down on the wrong side of our Second Amendment rights guaranteed in the Constitution,' Wamp said in a statement." ...
 

TN: Parking lot gun duel is on
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Emboldened by stunning success in the Tennessee General Assembly last spring, the gun lobby is going after bigger game next year."

"This quarry might not go down easy. Firearms proponents want to make it illegal for employers to ban guns from their parking lots, and employers are resisting."

"Employers have a strong argument on their side. As compelling as the Second Amendment has proven to be for the gun lobby, private property rights are among the fundamental building blocks of conservative politics and culture. In a showdown, they could give gun rights some stiff competition." ...
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Submitter's Note: It's simple: don't make it about guns. Have the law state that employers can't ban any legal possession from their parking lot.
 

The United States Government Thinks You're A Terrorist
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As you know, in a recently released report, the goons at Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security classified gun owners, honorably discharged veterans and little old church ladies as threats to the security and stability of the [USA]."

"Even a gesture as simple as placing a pro-gun bumper sticker on your car, or supporting a pro-gun candidate makes you a potential 'domestic terrorist' ..."

"Obviously, your First Amendment rights of free speech mean as much to Obama's [DNS] as your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms."

"And to add insult to injury, Barack Obama's Surveillance Czar Janet Napolitano sees no difference between law-abiding gun owners like you and violent racists who murder and vandalize." ...
 

NJ: Animal-cruelty charges dropped against Burlington County cop
Submitted by: Larry

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"If animals could talk, a few cows in Burlington County might ask state legislators to hurry up and outlaw bestiality."

"During a bizarre hearing there yesterday, a Superior Court judge dismissed animal-cruelty charges against a Moorestown police officer accused of sticking his penis into the mouths of five calves in rural Southampton in 2006, claiming a grand jury couldn't infer whether the cows had been 'tormented' or 'puzzled' by the situation ..." ...

"Sex with cows is the least of Melia's problems, though."

He and former girlfriend ... are also accused of sexually assaulting three young girls over a five-year period, sometimes in Melia's Cottage Avenue home in Moorestown, where he was a patrolman, authorities said." ...
 

IN: Convicted Indiana Officer Will Collect Pension
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A former Logansport police officer has pleaded guilty to shoplifting in exchange for a brief jail term and probation." ...

"Bushaw reportedly admitted to numerous thefts from the store. The thefts had reached a level that Target's corporate office sent a special security officer to Kokomo. Store security had reportedly been watching Bushaw for weeks and had captured him on surveillance video committing multiple thefts."

"The theft accusation cost the 21-year police veteran his job. Within two weeks of his arrest, Bushaw retired from the police department. However, because of his years of service, he could not be denied his pension, which he will collect from the Indiana Public Employee Retirement Fund." ...
 

MD: Woman Injured by Deputies Awarded $261,000
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A jury in Prince George's County on Monday awarded $261,000 to a woman who said she was pepper-sprayed and punched by sheriff's deputies after they forced their way into her Greenbelt apartment to serve an arrest warrant on a man who was not there."

"The jury determined that the two deputies violated Kimberly Jones's constitutional rights, even though they followed sheriff's department protocol." ...

"Cary J. Hansel, one of Jones's attorneys, said the verdict means that 'law enforcement agencies will have to start paying attention to the training and supervision of their employees. The sheriff's department's training and procedures are such that if you follow them, you will violate the rights of citizens.'" ...
 

Canada: Police searching for lost guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Right at this moment in Toronto, there are as many as 4,000 illegal guns tucked under beds, stashed in closets or hidden in dresser drawers."

"Complicated amnesty laws around gun legislation have many owners confused. ..." ...

"So Getty and [the city's Guns and Gangs unit] are going through tens of thousands of old gun registry documents to try and locate weapons where registration may have expired."

"So far, they've gone through 5,000 and located 400 guns. Offending individuals are either given an opportunity to obtain the necessary permits and educate themselves on safe storage procedures — while Toronto police hold the gun for safe-keeping — or else the weapon is destroyed." ...
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As David Codrea says: "So stop being paranoid about confiscation --registration is merely a 'common sense gun safety measure.'"
 

Ammo Scarce as Americans Load Up
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As Americans continue to purchase record-setting stockpiles of ammunition, manufacturers are being forced to work literally around the clock to keep up with demand, but even this isn't enough to avoid shortages, the Associated Press reported on September 23."

"The cause of the unprecedented shortage of ammo, especially for handguns, appears to be an arguably justifiable mistrust of President Barack Obama and the Democrat-dominated Congress. While no specific anti-gun legislation is pending at the moment, Americans realize that their God-given right to self-defense as protected by the Second Amendment could be in jeopardy given the current political climate." ...
 

Regulation fears spur gun owners to increase stock
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Patrick Jones has trouble keeping ammunition supplies on the shelves these days." ...

"Ammunition continues to be in high demand, some 10 months after President Obama's election and eight months into his term." ...

"The Obama administration has not proposed anti-gun legislation, but a fear of such action remains among many gun enthusiasts."

"'That's what I'm hearing people worry about, that the president will cut the supply off,' Jones said. 'They're afraid it will be taxed more. A lot say they are getting it for personal protection.'"

"The [NRA] notes about 7 billion rounds of ammunition are purchased annually in America in most years. Some 9 billion rounds have been purchased in the past year." ...
 

Guns Aplenty, But There's Now a Bullet Shortage in the U.S.
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's been previously reported that when President Obama was elected last fall, gun sales skyrocketed ... All of those extra guns needs bullets to be effective, and the rush to lock-and-load has now led to a bullet shortage."

"'It's a phenomenon that I have not seen before in my 30 years in the business," said Al Russo, spokesman for ... Remington Arms Company, which makes bullets for rifles, handguns and shotguns. 'We are working overtime and still can't keep up with the demand. We've had to add a fourth shift and go 24-7.'"

"The FBI's [NICS] reported that 6.1 million background checks for gun sales were issued from January to May, an increase of 25.6 percent from the same period the year before." ...
 

FL: Gun and ammo sales still booming in Jacksonville
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Denise Gavin doesn't feel safe anymore without a handgun."

"That is why Gavin, a Jacksonville resident who lives on the Westside, was at St. Nicholas Gun and Sporting Goods last week to purchase a handgun."

"Gavin is just one of the more than 661,000 people who have undergone a background check since January 2008 in Florida, according to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which was mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993."

"Because of people like Gavin, gun and ammunition stores are still having a problem keeping supplies in stock." ...
 

UT: Guv doesn't want Utah to be gun-permit clearinghouse
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he is open to tightening up Utah's concealed weapons permits to potentially give the state more oversight of those who receive a state permit to pack a gun."

"'I think we need to protect the Second Amendment, that's for sure, and Utah should stand tall in that regard,' Herbert said during his monthly KUED news conference. 'That said, I don't want to be a wholesale clearinghouse for anyone who comes to Utah who we don't have the ability to track ... and then they go outside our borders and conduct themselves inappropriately.'" ...
 

OH: Help Support the OSU Rifle Team!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Academia is not generally considered to be friendly to firearms and the Second Amendment. This is why it is particularly important that we strongly support any legal and safe firearms-related activities on the campuses of our colleges and universities."

"A good opportunity for doing just that is coming up soon. Many people are unaware that collegiate shooting is alive and well in the U.S. Ohio is privileged in having two NCAA Rifle teams, at the University of Akron and at The Ohio State University. The coach of Akron's team, Newt Engle, was recently named chair of the NCAA Men's and Women's Rifle Committee." ...
 

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Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. — James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46

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