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Updates from the Gun Rights Policy Conference
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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This weekend is the 24th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation.

This conference gives national, state, and local gun rights leaders and activists the opportunity to network, share strategy, and follow the latest firearms trends.

OFCC Secretary/Treasurer Daniel White and OFCCC Legislative Coordinator Gary Witt will be representing OFCC at this conference. Follow Daniel on Twitter as he tweets live from the conference!
 

What happens when the 'hate group' is government sponsored?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "If we are to sic the government on the 'voices of hate,' what are we to do when those voices are commissioned by the government?" ...

"The blogger in question ... is charged with threatening the lives of three federal judges ... The FBI acknowledges that they have, in the past, employed him as a paid informant and agent provocateur. Although that relationship was apparently not in effect at the time of his articulating his wish for the death of the federal judges, that was exactly the kind of thing he was expected to say when on the FBI payroll."

"What I cannot help but wonder is what those clamoring for 'justice' against the 'hate speakers' would suggest we do when the 'hate speech' comes at the government's behest."
 

Why Is Plaxico Burress in Jail?
Submitted by: Larry

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"To summarize, Burress is being prosecuted not for damaging another person's body or property, for which that person has filed a complaint, seeking restitution and/or damages; he's being prosecuted for not having a permission slip from the State to carry his own property. And the people who helped him get medical treatment are being threatened for not turning Burress in to the State for not having a permission slip and because the piece of his property, for which he didn't have a permission slip, involved in the victimless incident happened to be a gun; and for not cooperating with the State, once the non-crime came to its attention, in helping it gather evidence to prosecute Burress for the non-crime, and possibly to prosecute them ..." ...
 

Obama's OSHA Nominee Will Be Bad for Business, Critics Say
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"President Obama's pick to serve as the assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is an 'aggressively anti-business' proponent of junk science who should not be confirmed by the Senate, his critics say." ...

"... [Dr. David] Michaels' critics say the epidemiologist, who has conducted numerous studies on the health effects of occupational exposure to toxic chemicals, will bring a junk science-based, anti-business agenda to the post. Second Amendment advocates are also up in arms, saying they expect Michaels to seek stricter gun control in the workplace as an issue of public health." ...
 

Three reasons for Americans to respect hunters & anglers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"National Hunting and Fishing Day is set for Sept. 26, 2009. Congress formalized the annual celebration 37 years ago but organizers say hunters and anglers deserve America's respect now more than ever."

"'Recent-year surveys show nearly 8 in 10 Americans approve of hunting and more than 9 in 10 approve of fishing. That's strong support. But, when viewed in the context of a recession and other modern headlines, our sporting traditions look even better today,' said Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield, Mo., the official home of NHF Day." ...
 

Praxis: Best SHTF Gun? Ask the "shirttail men" with "their cursed twisted guns."
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "An interesting question that seeks a single, simple answer to to an almost unlimited universe of possibilities."

"For example, why would barter zones be disarmament zones? They will be what the consumers demand in terms of rules. You want me to come and trade my horses for your salt? Fine, I stay armed. No? Then you bring your salt to my AO. ..."

"Cops won't let you walk around with long guns? And who feeds them? ... If its like almost every small town I know, Charlie will come into town with his oldest sons and buddies as a security force escorting the wagon of consumables to trade ... Deputy Doug, who's known Charlie all his life will just wave as they come in past the roadblock, armed to the teeth. ..." ...
 

Firearms Fundamentals: holsters
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Anytime you carry a gun on your person, you should use a holster for it."

"Any decent holster will cover the trigger on the gun, decreasing the chance of an accidental discharge ..."

"Another important advantage is that the holster will keep the gun in the same place so you know exactly where it was at. Where this really comes into play is when dropping a gun into a purse, briefcase, or pocket."

"There are companies that make purses, briefcases, backpacks, etc. that are designed for carrying a gun. These have built-in holsters ... Anyone who has ever fumbled for keys in a purse or briefcase knows how important it would be for the gun to be exactly where you know it to be if you need to get at it quickly." ...
 

Snakes on Planes, Guns on Trains
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Amtrak trains could be packing more heat – and just not in the locomotives and café cars."

"On a 68-30 vote last week, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment by Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker that allows passengers to bring handguns on Amtrak trains in checked baggage."

"Wicker had tacked the amendment – with threatens to withhold the $1.6 billion subsidy Amtrak receives if a gun-ban continues -- onto a transportation and housing appropriations bill."

'In our country today, airline passengers may transport firearms and ammunition in secure, checked baggage when declared during the check-in process,' Wicker said in a written statement. 'Amtrak passengers are not permitted to do the same.'" ...
 

Our love of guns is nutty
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On June 24, Iowa lost an outstanding citizen, Ed Thomas, the Aplington-Parkersburg football coach, described by one of his former players as 'a great football coach and an even better man.' Thomas was shot with a handgun." ...

"Although I disagree with political conservatives on many issues ... I at least understand why they believe as they do. Gun control, however, is different. I fail to understand how any intelligent thinking person can believe that more guns, carried by more people, at more locations, will result in a safer and more peaceful society!" ...
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Submitter's Note: Because of all the credible, detailed research done on the subject which shows it to be true?
 

'Traffick Jam' looks at sources of illegal guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When a crime involving a firearm is committed, people focus their attention on the shooter. Rarely is thought given to how the criminal got the illegal gun in the first place. ..."

"The 'Traffick Jam,' as the event was called, was organized by Citizens for Safety, an organization that strives to 'keep guns out of the hands of criminals and youth without abridging the freedoms of law-abiding Americans. ..."

"[The] executive director of Citizens for Safety in Massachusetts, spoke of the 'Iron Pipeline' that is supplying criminals and youths with firearms. ..."

"'Do we ever focus on this end of the pipeline?' she asked, pointing the manufacturer. 'No. We need to crack down on the sources.'" ...
 

Berkeley Law Student opposed to and ignorant of, the Second Amendment (video)
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At 3:57 of of 10:00, a Berkeley law student opines on the Second Amendment.

http://www.pjtv.com/
top right

or

http://www.youtube.com/user/Pajamasmedia#play/uploads/3/rytC4QsIiG8
 

Gun debate topic at VT Peace Center event
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The first campus event for Virginia Tech's Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention happened Thursday."

"The Center was created after the April 16th tragedy."

"The group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus showed up as well as members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League."

"This was supposed to be a discussion on violence prevention but it quickly turned into a gun debate."

"There were some tense moments."

"'Frankly it was not planned as a debate,' says Lori Haas, Mother of April 16th survivor."

"'We're here to discuss the issues of gun rights,' says Ken Stanton with Students for Concealed Carry." ...
 

IN: Music store to arm employees
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"An East Side business that has been the target of vandals or burglars several times over the last few months plans to arm its employees to combat the uptick in crime."

"Brad Linzy, a manager at Moore Music, said the Morgan Avenue business has had its front windows broken three times in as many months. On one occasion, someone got inside and stole an expensive guitar."

"The latest incident happened Thursday morning."

"'We're fed up with it,' Linzy said."

"'We're going to stand up for ourselves. This is still the United States, and we have a Second Amendment. So, we plan on exercising it in defense of our property and our customers.'" ...
 

MI: Detroit woman kills alleged purse snatcher
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"A 43-year-old woman shot and killed a suspected purse snatcher who confronted her at a northwest Detroit gas station this morning, according to police."

"Two men approached the Detroit woman at about 5:30 a.m. at the Schoolcraft and Southfield Mobil station, Detroit Police spokesman John Roach said. The woman is licensed to legally carry a gun for self-defense, he said."

"'They didn't realize she has a CCW (license), so she had a weapon of her own,' Roach said. 'She fired several rounds at the suspects and they fled.'"

"The pair made off with the woman's purse. But about a half-hour later, a man with several gunshot wounds went to Sinai-Grace Hospital for treatment and died later this morning." ...
 

TN: Woman In Shower Shoots At Intruder
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A woman in Mount Juliet got a scare this week when a man broke into her home while she was in the shower.

The intruder quickly ran out, but the woman grabbed her gun and shot at his car.

Police arrested Franklin Fish a short time later. The woman identified him as the burglar.

Detectives believe Fish is wanted for several other home break-ins.
 

Jessica Simpson's dog, Daisy, missing after coyote attack
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"My condolences to Jessica Simpson for the loss of her dog, Daisy. Miss Simpson reportedly last saw Daisy, a Maltipoo, being carried away in the mouth of a coyote ..."

"Coyotes are abundant in the West Hollywood area, especially in the Hollywood hills. ..."

"Here are suggestions to keep yourself, your pet, and your family safe from coyote attack:"

Keep your pet inside unless a responsible adult is outside overseeing the pet's care." ...

"If you frequent areas that have open space carry pepper spray or an air-horn which will create a startling sound loud enough to scare away a coyote. Yelling and waving your arms will also be effective at dissuading an attack." ...
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Submitter's Note: I can think of a more effective 'noisemaker'.
 

NV Senate candidate Terry Suominen responds to gun questionnaire
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional."

"'HS: MY PERSONAL BELIEF IS THAT ASSAULT RIFLES SHOULD BE REGULATED. I AGREE THAT FELONS AND MENTALLY INCOMPETENT INDIVIDUALS ARE EXEMPT FROM THE SECOND AMENDMENT AS THE SUPREME COURT HAS RULED AND I AGREE THAT ONE SHOULD HAVE TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON. ALSO I BELIEVE IN THE SAFE ZONES AROUND SCHOOLS'"
 

SC: Upstate man launching political campaign by giving away AK-47
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Greenville candidate for adjutant general is reportedly planning on launching his campaign this weekend by raffling off an AK-47 assault rifle."

"The Greenville News reports that 58-year-old Republican Dean Allen said the free sweepstakes is his way of celebrating gun rights and the Second Amendment."

"Allen said the winner will still have to meet all the criteria required for gun ownership, including an FBI background check."

"'I'm not worried about people that legally own weapons,' Allen told the paper. 'I'm worried about people that get them illegally without meeting all these criteria.'" ...
 

TN: Mayor Bill Haslam's statement on guns in parks
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I was very pleased by last year's Supreme Court ruling [in Heller] ... I have always felt that if a carry permit holder can legally walk down Market Street, it makes little sense that they cannot legally walk across Krutch Park. I also have understood the concern about guns in parks with playgrounds and ball fields."

"Unfortunately we could not amend our city ordinance to apply only to some parks. ... I thought it best to avoid monkeying with this situation and risk ending up with criminal penalties in some parks and no penalties in others. My greatest concern was that criminal liabilities are removed from all parks." ...
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Submitter's Note: So he doesn't trust permit holders to protect children. Who does he trust to protect them?
 

Draconian Bill On California Governor's Desk
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The California house and senate have reportedly passed an egregious law that will profoundly hamper honest citizens' ability to purchase ammunition there."

"Cabela's, one of the nation's leading retailers of ammunition for hunting, target shooting, and home and personal defense, has stated that it will not sell ammunition in California if the Governor signs it into law. Links HERE and HERE."

"If you live there, or even if you just care, you owe it to yourself and 'the cause' to write a polite, sincere letter to Governor Schwartzenegger. This would be a truly ominous and ugly precedent."
 

PA: Stroudsburg mayor under fire for joining group opposing illegal gun possession/use
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Most Americans probably are familiar with the philosophy, 'If guns were outlawed, then only outlaws would have guns.'"

"Stroudsburg Mayor Charlie Baughman has come under fire from the [NRA] and Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association for recently joining the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition. That's because both associations believe MAIG wants to take away Americans' right ... to legally bear arms*."

"'It's not about taking away any law-abiding citizen's legal right,' Baughman said this week. 'I legally own a gun myself and I wouldn't like it if someone told me I didn't have the right to own it. This is about working to keep guns out of the hands of those not permitted to own them.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: What it's about is incrementally making it more unpleasant, expensive and more of a hassle to own a gun, to exclude more and more people from gun ownership with "common sense restrictions" and to make penalties so onerous that the law-abiding don't dare try to own guns.
 

UT: Gov. Herbert: Gun permits deserve a closer look
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gov. Gary Herbert will have a fight on his hands if he tries to change Utah's gun permit laws. That reaction came from firearm advocates in response to a statement the governor made Thursday."

"This weekend, the Crossroads of the West gun show will run in Sandy. It's one of the largest gun shows of the year, and people who attend have strong feelings about the Second Amendment--and about keeping Utah's gun laws the way they are."

"'Our groups do not support any such change in the permitting process or the reciprocity process,' said firearms instructor Clark Aposhian." ...
 

Now in the United Socialist States of America
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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Remember our recent piece about the stationing of an LRAD (long-range acoustic device) acoustic weapon at a San Diego Congressional town hall meeting?

The linked video shows one in use, albeit presumably in test/demonstration mode, as part of the "overwhelming show of force" supporting the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh.

Submitter's Note: Read it all, as well as the slideshow at the end of the post.

And yes, I do know against whom this tool is being used today.

Please remember your Niemoller, would you?
 

TX: Alton police chief charged with public lewdness
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Alton Police Chief Baldemar Flores turned himself in to authorities Monday morning after learning he was wanted for public lewdness."

"The arrest came after Mission police received 'several complaints' from store personnel of a suspicious vehicle parked behind Auto Zone and the H-E-B ..."

"Store employees told police that the same man and woman were having sex inside vehicles while parked 'in plain view,' ..." ...

"Employees told police the same two people had been going to the same location, sometimes twice a week, since last year, police said."

"Flores, 34, learned of his arrest warrant and turned himself in to Mission police at 9 a.m. Monday, authorities said." ...
 

Canada: Safety minister takes shot at RCMP for disclosing gun-registry info
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan has asked the federal privacy commissioner to investigate whether the RCMP abused the personal information of gun owners by handing their names over to a pollster to use for a survey."

"'This use of long-gun owners' personal information was offensive and inappropriate,' Van Loan said ..." ...

"Van Loan seized on the RCMP's move as evidence that the fears of gun owners — that their personal information would be abused — has come to fruition." ...

"... the minister asked the federal privacy commissioner to investigate, after learning the RCMP had given information on gun owners to the polling firm EKOS ... The poll was commissioned by the RCMP to measure public satisfaction with gun control." ...
 

FL: Ammunition shortage easing for gun enthusiasts
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Local shooting ranges are beginning to reload, but for nine months, bullets were hard to come by."

"The shortage was due in part to anxiety gun enthusiasts had that President Barack Obama would pass antigun legislation or set hefty taxes on ammunition and firearms, said Mark Little, the operations supervisor of Shooting Sports, a shooting range on North Dale Mabry Highway."

"No such laws have been proposed and Obama has said he respects Second Amendment rights, but favors 'common sense' on gun laws. Last month, Obama signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks." ...
 

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For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution. [Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)

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