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Twin Falls, ID Repeals Illegal Gun Ordinance – Thanks to SAF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state. The laws have proven to be very popular, allowing gun owners to move freely without worrying about complying with a patchwork of laws from county to county, city to city. All states have some form of preemption law in place. In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances. In the case of Twin Falls, Idaho, an old ordinance prohibited carrying guns in county parks. The ordinance was in direct violation of state law . . ."

"The matter was brought to their attention by the Second Amendment Foundation, and commissioners voted unanimously to repeal the offending language. ..."...
 

Breaking: CCRKBA’s Gottlieb ups the ante in his challenge to debate Gates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"After days of waiting with no reply from billionaire Bill Gates in his challenge to debate the merits, or lack thereof, of Initiative 594, gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb today upped the ante, offering to face both Gates and anti-gun former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, another billionaire backing the initiative."

"Gates and Bloomberg have each added more than $1 million apiece to the I-594 campaign coffer. That war chest is overflowing with money, yet the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) over the weekend appealed for $3 donations to battle the first series of advertisements being run to support rival Initiative 591." ...
 

Exclusive: Garden State Gun Criminal
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "Not that appeals to founding intent are likely to be persuasive on ambitious Garden State prosecutors. Nor, evidently, will appeals to basic humanity and decency work on judges where mandatory sentences are involved." ...
 

Teacher’s arrest over future school shooting novel suggests antigun hysteria
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "Pending the release of further information, it’s impossible to tell if McLaw did or said anything beyond authoring novels reflective of contemporary commercial fiction that gave authorities credible reason to believe he was a real threat to himself and/or others. Without such details, speculation about 'Soviet-style punishment for a novelist' are to be expected, as is an equally likely possibility that this could simply be the type of zero tolerance insanity that results in bizarre gross official overreactions, like a student being suspended for writing about shooting dinosaurs." ...
 

Gun Ban Zealots Offer Libertarians Choice: Police State or . . . Police State
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We recently noted that ostensibly 'conservative' David Frum blames the militarization of police on widespread gun ownership by private citizens (or by 'the policed'--Frum's term for theoretically free citizens). This is becoming a popular theme of late, to the joy, no doubt, of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence."

"Writing for the New Republic, Alec MacGillis has jumped enthusiastically aboard that bandwagon, with his 'Libertarians Who Oppose a Militarized Police Should Support Gun Control—But They Don't, of Course.'"...
 

Labor Day In Newtown: Life Has Returned to Normal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "So, this weekend, I joined my family to watch the Newtown Labor Day parade. We set our chairs up along the parade route and settled in to watch the days activities. As I waited for each float to go by, I noticed three young boys playing nearby with some toy firearms apparently purchased from a hawker who came to sell goods at the parade. One had a toy pistol (with requisite orange tip) and two had toy AR-15s (also with requisite orange tips) but, with enhanced 'machine gun' sound effects."

"... I watched and watched and no one seemed to give them a second look (or a first look for that matter). They were surrounded by hundreds of other people, and they were playing and 'shooting' and no one seemed to mind at all."...
 

Cultural divide deepens as businesses take stands on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yesterday’s Washington Times published a story about how there are now more than 57,000 “gun-friendly” bars and restaurants across the country, and how a couple of websites are now promoting the notion that catering to armed customers is good business."

"It’s an idea that runs in the opposite direction from a continuing effort in Seattle, started under former anti-gun Mayor Mike McGinn, that encourages businesses to post their premises off limits to firearms. The Washington Times story ended by recalling the now-infamous Pit Authentic Barbecue armed robbery in Durham, N.C. earlier this year." ...
 

The ‘armed citizen deterrent’ goes to work in Chicago, Toppenish
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) yesterday reported on what appears to be a deterrent effect concealed carry in Illinois that has been followed by lower crime rates in Chicago, and KIRO Eyewitness News reported that the Toppenish School District over in eastern Washington’s Yakima Valley is arming 11 of its administrators to be first responders in the event of a school attack." ...
 

Disarming American Civilians and Police is not an “obvious solution”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It is not uncommon for people in the UK to suggest total disarmament as a solution to the United States’ gun problem. Far removed from the realities of the US, the right to keep and bear arms seems strange to many people here. However, to suggest that “disarming US civilians and police” is in any way an “obvious” solution is rather naďve. The final sentence of last week’s article gives an alarmingly throwaway tone to what is, in reality, an extreme solution."

"On a practical level – regardless of your own beliefs on the right to bear arms – the difficulties with such a 'solution' are great. ..." ...
 

Gear Review: Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Shortly after my wife and I moved into our new home, I was in the shower around 10:00 PM on a weeknight when my wife came in to tell me that somebody was banging on our front door. I rinsed the shampoo out of my hair, dried off, put on pants, grabbed my FNS 9 and Streamlight TLR-1 from the bedside table and headed downstairs to see what the commotion was about. Fortunately, the doorknocker had left, but I realized that I needed a better lighting situation as the TLR-1 that I have is the GameSpotter edition which is a bit large, and hard to mount to a pistol. I mentioned it to Nick and the next time we saw each other he tossed me a Rail Master Pro to try out…"...
 

Gun Review: MasterPiece Arms Bolt Action MPA-308 BA Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When Masterpiece Arms announced that they were planning on releasing a bolt action rifle at SHOT Show, I wasn’t all that impressed. Masterpiece Arms has a bit of a reputation for making odd firearms, and they’ve never really been known as a precision firearms manufacturer. That was before I took a trip down to Georgia to see their operation in person, and the impression I had of their products changed a great deal following that weekend. To make sure that their build quality wasn’t a fluke I asked to test one of their new bolt action rifles back in Texas and see if it was really worth the coin . . ."...
 

Charlie Sisk Updates the STAR Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We reviewed Charlie Sisk’s STAR rifle a year and a half ago, but Charlie hasn’t been resting on his laurels. Instead of just running with his precision rifles and cranking out the same thing time and again, he’s been hard at work perfecting the stock system he designed and adding a few new bells and whistles. We recently got our hands on one of his latest rifles that is destined to be donated in support of HAVA, an organization that helps disabled soldiers transition back to civilian life, and the differences are night and day . . ."...
 

Gun Review: Dan Wesson Valor (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Few can deny the timeless lines of a classic 1911. Unfortunately, a lot of manufacturers screw up Old Slabsides by treating all that real estate like billboards. Not Dan Wesson. The Valor, like most of the DW line, is one of the cleanest looking pistols out there and is a true testament to exceptional quality materials, workmanship, and finish. You can spend a heck of a lot more on a custom 1911, but a gun like the Valor makes that additional money a lot harder to justify . . ."...
 

Germany Might Be About to Adopt the HK416 Instead of G36
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Heckler & Koch has been under fire recently in Germany for their G36 rifles. Soldiers in the field have been complaining about the terrible accuracy they are seeing during sustained firefights, and the complaints have been so persuasive that the German government stopped buying them altogether. A proper solution to the issue hasn’t been found yet, but there’s some circumstantial evidence to support the idea that Germany is about to switch from the G36 to the newly designated G38 — otherwise known as the HK416 . . ."...
 

Geraldo Rivera: 'Why Do You Need 30 Rounds In The Clip Of Your Glock?'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On September 1, Breitbart News reported that Geraldo Rivera responded to the tragic death of Arizona gun instructor Charles Vacca by calling the Second Amendment 'blind and stupid.' He also criticized the NRA and mocked 'gun nuts' in 'this gun crazy country.'"

"A look at other comments Rivera made in the past shows that this attack on the Second Amendment, the NRA, and "gun nuts," is by no means an anomaly." ...
 

Gun violence costs taxpayers $500 million
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gunshot wounds are costing the American taxpayer half a billion dollars a year, according to a study from the Urban Institute."

"Most of the victims are either uninsured or on public insurance like Medicaid, which means that the hospital costs get passed on to the taxpayer, the think tank said."

"The Urban Institute's study was based on statistics from 2010, when hospital costs from firearm assaults totaled $669.2 million. About 73% of that amount came a combination of uninsured victims ($193.8 million) and those on government insurance ($294.2 million)." ...
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Submitter's Note: Reminds me of that insurance commercial: If you had a dollar for every dollar car insurance companies say they'll save you ... you'd have, like, a ton of dollars.
 

Armed to kill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Here’s a question for psychologists: Why do millions of Americans want to be armed to kill? The latest federal report estimates that 8 million U.S. adults hold permits for concealed pistols. In West Virginia, permits have quadrupled since 2009."

"Another question for psychologists: Why do vastly more Americans not feel such a need? The Census Bureau says the nation has 240 million adults — so the 8 million legal pistol-packers are about 3 percent. In other words, nearly 97 percent of Americans don’t become licensed to hide deadly weapons in their pockets." ...
 

7-year-old hit in the chest at “homemade” shooting range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The latest in 'Disasters that happen when you take a child shooting' took place at a homemade shooting range in Sacramento, California. ..." ...

"Following the tragic accidental death of a shooting instructor at the hands of a 9-year-old with an Uzi, this story comes as a reminder of two important points: 1) Children should not be shooting guns, like, ever. 2) Despite the popular refrain of Second Amendment supporters, guns really do kill (or injure) people. Not the other way around."
 

Piers Morgan exits CNN with vow to NRA: ‘I haven’t finished with you’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Piers Morgan took to Twitter to announce his decision to cut ties with CNN, during which he also sent a stark message to the National Rifle Association: I’m still gunning for you."

“'BREAKING NEWS: I am no longer a @CNN employee,' Mr. Morgan first tweeted Tuesday."

"He then tweeted: 'I was offered a new 2-year deal by @CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview 'specials.'"

“'But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it — and to try pastures new,' Mr. Morgan said."

"The staunch advocate of stricter gun control then warned the NRA that his work to crack down on Second Amendment rights wasn’t ending just because his CNN hosting days were." ...
 

Doctors Want Courts To Reconsider Florida Gun Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In their defense of the Second Amendment, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has managed to strip physicians of their First Amendment rights."

"That’s the argument made by the ACLU, the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and a host of other medical societies in a brief filed last week with the U.S. Court of Appeals. In the case of Wollschlaeger vs. Governor of Florida, physician Bernd Wollschlaeger challenged the Florida Firearm Owners Privacy Act (FOPA), which prohibits Florida doctors from asking patients if they own or possess firearms."

"'The state equally could prohibit doctors from discussing with patients the health risks of smoking ...' Wollschlaeger said in a separate brief." ...
 

NC: Concealed carry of firearms approved in county buildings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Concealed carry of firearms is now legal in county-owned buildings, but work still remains, according to county officials."

"The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that makes concealed carry legal in certain county-owned buildings. The decision came after a lengthy discussion by commissioners and several, mixed public comments." ...
 

CO: Shogan offers fresh voice for senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This November, Colorado voters have a choice to make. In a Senate race where our two leading candidates are part of a Congress that is seeing its lowest approval ratings in 40 years, many people across Colorado are dissatisfied with the current administration, and long for a better option. ..." ...

"This brand of compromise offered by Shogan’s campaign extends to other issues in the political forefront. For example, according to his website, he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, yet he also favors some regulation of the industry, on the argument that all potentially dangerous objects in our society are regulated to a degree. ..." ...
 

PA: Brad Fox Law keeps guns out of the wrong hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We’re not big fans of mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Many studies indicate they simply don’t do what their proponents so loudly proclaim - that is deter crime."

"We’re making an exception today."

"And we have Officer Brad Fox to thank for it. We sincerely wish that was not the case."

"Fox is the Montgomery County police officer who was gunned down in September 2012 while pursuing a suspect. It turns out the gun used to snuff out the life of this young husband, father and lawman got into his killer’s hands in an illegal practice commonly referred to as a 'straw purchase.'" ...
 

NY: From critic to team player
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yes, politics makes for strange bedfellows — even if the metaphorical bed more closely resembles a shooting range."

"The president of a leading gun rights group on Tuesday suggested that his members should vote for progressive academic Tim Wu rather than former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. Hochul has earned the ire of many Second Amendment groups for her recent statements supporting the gun control policies of her running mate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo." ...
 

AL: The politics of fear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Alabama’s economy is moribund, schools still need improvement and services will be underfunded yet again, but the Legislature wants you to know you can be armed to the teeth with the state’s blessing."

"The Legislature last year passed a resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot that, if approved, would make it exceptionally difficult to enact restrictions on firearm ownership. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, said, 'We want to have that very strong fundamental protection for individual gun rights.'"

"That’s odd logic for several reasons." ...
 

CT: Connecticut gun rights group calls candidates ‘delusional’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Calling the contenders for office in the state this November 'downright horrible,' and 'absolutely delusional,' pro-Second Amendment group Connecticut Carry is endorsing no one."

"This news came Tuesday following signs that another gun rights group in the state is endorsing Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley in a run up to moving Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy from office. Malloy, who signed a draconian set of gun control legislation into law following the 2012 Newtown School shootings in the state, is now facing those laws as an obstacle on the campaign trail." ...
 

OR: After investigation, Oregon Village Board accuses its police chief of 'reprehensible' behavior
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An investigation launched by the Oregon Village Board alleges longtime Police Chief Doug Pettit withheld information about the extent of police calls to a sports and entertainment facility where he and some of his officers routinely performed off-duty security work."

"A full accounting by Pettit to the Village Board of the number of police calls to Union Sports Club, 155 Braun Road, would have resulted in the business losing its liquor license long before it did, village President Steve Staton said Thursday."...
 

OK: No Jail For Oklahoma Cop Who Lied About Beating Motorist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Miami, Oklahoma police officer Teresa Lashmet will not spend any time in jail after admitting that she committed perjury to cover up the brutal beating of a motorist that was caught on a dashcam video. Ottawa County Judge Bill Culver on Tuesday imposed a sentence of unsupervised probation for three years, deferred, and a $300 fine after she entered a plea of no contest to a charge of 'outraging public decency.'" ...

"When Ottawa County Assistant District Attorney Ben Loring opened an investigation into the incident in October 2013, he found Miami Police detectives were willing to go on the record to confirm that incidents similar to Payne's were common."

"... '[Detectives] also stated that because nothing happens to the violating officers, the general mood of the midnight shift is that everyone might as well go along with the inappropriate behavior as it has become the norm.'" ...
 

CO: No prison time for ex-Boulder cop who killed beloved elk (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former Boulder police officer convicted of killing an elk was sentenced Friday to four years of probation, some community service and was fined."

"Sam Carter was found guilty in June of 9 charges in the death of a neighborhood elk including poaching, forgery and evidence tampering."...
 

TX: Reserve Officer Arrested For Possession Of Child Porn
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" A sergeant with the Bryan Police Department’s reserve unit is arrested on child porn charges because of what a friend found while installing an app on the suspect’s smart phone."

"According to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the friend ran across pornographic images of two female children, under the age of 17." ...
 

NY: SAFE Act Used to Force NY Gun Store to Turn Over Sales Records
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Joseph Palumbo, co-owner of the Albion Gun Shop, reports that New York State Police officers from the Narcotics Enforcement Unit demanded records of all customers who purchased New York SAFE Act compliant rifles. The order was made during a warrantless SWAT team raid . . ."

"Since the passing of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Act, the New York State Troopers Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) has been delegated to enforce the S.A.F.E. Act and to handle all matters pertaining to the S.A.F.E. Act."...
 

TN: Alexander Statement on Beretta U.S.A. Groundbreaking in Tennessee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on Beretta U.S.A.’s decision to relocate its entire manufacturing operation from its existing location in Maryland to a new facility in Gallatin, Tenn., following passage of new restrictions on firearms in Maryland:"

"'Beretta’s decision to relocate to Gallatin shows that our state is right to have such strong laws upholding the Second Amendment, and is yet another sign that Tennessee is an ideal place for companies to invest. ...'" ...
 

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