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Exclusive Report: Documents indicate ATF, FBI allowed Indiana ‘crime gun’ sales
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has acknowledged an Indiana dealer’s cooperation in conducting straw purchases at the direction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Exclusive documents obtained by Gun Rights Examiner show the dealer cooperated with ATF by selling guns to straw purchasers, and that bureau management later asserted these guns were being traced to crimes."
 

NY: Bloomberg Cries Gun Control; 46 Shot in NYC on Labor Day Weekend
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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Bringing back memories of crack-fueled violence of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a stunning 46 people were shot in New York City over the Labor Day weekend. However, unlike those crack days when most shootings were fatal, just one person was killed in this weekend's rash of shootings.
 

NY: 31 people shot citywide in 48 hours
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In one of the bloodiest weekends in recent city history, 31 people were brutally shot in roughly 48 hours this weekend -- including three kids at a house party-turned-shooting gallery in The Bronx. ...
Police sources believe the three shootings this morning are connected to the pre-dawn festivities leading up to today's West Indian Day parade. ...
Calling the chilling violence "just unconscionable," Mayor Bloomberg demanded that the feds step up their efforts to get illegal weapons off the streets.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Meanwhile, Billionaire Bumbleberg sends his minions around the country to set up stings so he can blame others for his own failings
and sycophant mayors fall for his line and join his cabal.
 

NM: New Mexico Police Officer Fired For Having Sex on Hood of Car
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Bert Lopez, a highly decorated New Mexico state police officer, was fired late last week after surveillance photos of his sexual encounter with an unidentified woman at a remote Santa Fe ranch became public.
 

Paintball injuries hospitalized 20K in '08
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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More than 20,000 people injured by air and paintball guns were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2008, federal health officials say.

Officials at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, said the 20,000 injuries in 2008 is a 20 percent drop in emergency room visits for injuries caused by air and paintball guns in 2006.

Ed.: Their analysis (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb119.pdf) doesn't seem to distinguish injuries due to projectiles from injuries due to playing paintball.
 

TX: Spotty Understanding for the New Guns in Cars Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you work for a Texas company and recently received information from your employer regarding your right to have a firearm in your vehicle while parked in your employer’s parking lot, I’d like to know.

I’d also like to see the document. Most companies have moved toward complying with Final Version of SB 321, which became law on Sept.1st.

This law protects the jobs of Texans wanting to have a firearm in their vehicle. It allows all firearms and ammunition and most industry employees are protected, with or without a concealed handgun license. The exceptions, which are not exclusions, are within the gas and oil industry.
 

Iran: Water gun fight in a park? Iran sees dark designs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Iran is trying to put down a new wave of civil disobedience — flash mobs of young people who break into boisterous fights with water guns in public parks. A group of water fighters was arrested over the weekend, and a top judiciary official warned Monday that "counter-revolutionaries" were behind them.

Police swooped in to arrest a number of people who had gathered on Friday in a Tehran park to hold a water fight, the acting commander of Iran's police Gen. Ahmad Radan said, quoted in newspapers on Monday.

Radan said the group had been planning the water fight through the Internet and had "intended to break customs." He vowed police would act to prevent future attempts and that participants on trial.
 

PA: Turnabout is fair (gun)play
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 15-YEAR-OLD thug who tried to rob a Temple University student early yesterday got an unexpected surprise when the college kid pulled out a piece of his own, in self-defense.

The young gunman and two teenage sidekicks came upon Robert Eells, 21, and a friend just before 2 a.m. on 12th Street near Dauphin. He tried to rob Eells and opened fire, at which point Eells shot back, police said.

Multiple shots were fired, and Eells was struck in the stomach and the robber in the chest and leg. Both were taken to Temple University Hospital, where they were treated and listed in stable condition yesterday, police said.
 

MN: Permit to carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“If you have a permit to carry a handgun, the chances are slim to none you’ll ever actually have to use it,” said Greg Larson. “Ninety-two percent of the time when there’s a gun drawn, no shot is fired because no one wants to find out who’s the faster shot. Just seeing the gun ends the standoff.
Larson said the biggest complaint he’s gotten about the Permit to Carry class for handguns he teaches is that he talks too fast.
“It’s an eight hour class, and I have so much to cover,” he said. “I suppose I could try talking slower....”
 

Obama, DOJ Play Musical Chairs at BATFE
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Gun Dean decried the Aug. 30 personnel changes in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office in the wake of the Fast and Furious scandal.

"The Obama administration has been reduced to playing musical chairs at the Justice Department," said John M. Snyder, who as the senior gun rights expert and advocate in Washington earned the moniker: The Gun Dean. Snyder is a former journalist for National Rifle Association publication and is a founding member of the Citizen’s Committee to Protect the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
 

Daddy, Can You Teach Me How to Shoot?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I loved it. I had been waiting patiently for years to hear those words from my son’s mouth. I had no idea when he might show an interest in learning to shoot and I often wondered when he would begin asking the telltale questions.

Of course he is well aware that dad works around and spends a lot of time around firearms. He sees me cleaning them or watches me admiring the new one as I take it from the box or place it in the safe and he has accompanied me to the studio to watch the Armed American Radio show live on occasion, so it was not an unexpected question…It was just a matter of when.
 

OR: Labor Day Machine Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Labor Day is usually associated with rest, relaxation, and last minute school shopping.

Today, some people spent their holiday firing machine guns.
 

‘Gun Fight’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Anti-gun-rights books are common enough. But they never quite resonate with the public because they avoid the well-documented history. To rewrite history in this way, they fail to acknowledge that “militia,” as defined in early dictionaries, included all able-bodied males; they also ignore the fact that the phrase “the people,” as it is used in other parts of the U.S. Constitution, is always used in the context of “we the people.” Then they dramatize the victims of armed criminals but don’t make the slightest mention of the many Americans who defend themselves, or even prevent crimes, by using their individual right to bear arms.
 

Mexico: "Fast and Furious" fells US gun control chief
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A report released by a gun control advocacy group a few days after the ATF shake-up pointed to what may be an important source for the US weapons that end up with Mexican drug traffickers. Using ATF data, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence found that 16,485 guns have disappeared from the inventories of some 4,500 US gun manufacturers during the past two years. There are no records of their having been sold. "Firearms that disappear from gun manufacturers' plants without records of sale are frequently trafficked by gun traffickers and prized by criminals," the report says. "Guns taken from gun manufacturing plants may also be removed before they have been stamped with serial numbers, making them virtually untraceable."
 

Russia: A Farewell to Arms! Or, Welcome to Arms?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, an advocacy group for tightened gun laws, has released a report stating that since 2009, thousands of firearms have gone missing from manufacturers' inventories since 2009 "without a record of being legally sold." The Brady Center estimated the amount of missing guns at 16,485.

"It is shocking that gun makers are so oblivious to public safety that they lose track of thousands of guns every year," Henigan, acting president of the Brady Center, said in a statement. "Given the lethality of its product, the gun industry has a special duty to act responsibly. Instead, it has a scandalous record of carelessness."
 

AZ: GOP Gun Raffle in Giffords County ‘Stupid,’ ‘Successful’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republicans in Pima County, Ariz., where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head eight months ago, had a brilliant idea for a fundraiser: Let's raffle off a gun! Who cares if it's the same brand as the gun used in the Giffords shooting?

Well, a lot of people. But proving once again why Arizona is #1, the scrappy Republican party managed to stop commenting on YouTube just long enough to make the fundraiser so successful the party had to add a second gun:
 

White House Was Briefed About "Fast and Furious" Gunwalker Scandal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At least three White House officials received email updates on "Operation Fast and Furious," a gun-walker scandal that saw the transfer of some 2,000 weapons into the hands of the Mexican-based Sinaloa drug cartel. CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson reported September 2 that "three White House officials were briefed on gun trafficking efforts that included Fast and Furious. The officials are Kevin O'Reilly, then-director of North American Affairs, now assigned to the State Department; Dan Restrepo, senior Latin American advisory; and Greg Gatjanis, a national security official."
 

Three Fall Guys Won't Make Fast and Furious Go Away
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Kenneth Melson, then-acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), was reassigned because of his involvement in the gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. At the same time, it was announced that Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney in Phoenix, was resigning his post due to his involvement in Fast and Furious, and that federal prosecutor Emory Hurley would be moved from “the criminal division in the U.S. attorney's office in Phoenix” to the civil division.
 

WI: Don’t ban guns from UW buildings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a couple months the citizens of Wisconsin will be free to carry concealed weapons on University of Wisconsin campuses, public property owned by those citizens. But they will be banned from any buildings, also public property they own.

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Will us gun owners be provided with separate drinking fountains as well, seeing how we’re second-class citizens for supporting the Second Amendment?
 

CA: 'I shot him so he wouldn't kill me'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A former Las Vegas casino worker says she fatally shot a neighbor Saturday night in self-defense after he attacked her.

Venesa Mascolino, 51, and other neighbors identified the man, but police wouldn't confirm his name until family is notified.

The coroner’s office identified him as 39 years old, but still did not release his name Monday. It cited the need to notify next of kin and law enforcement’s request to withhold the name.

Palm Springs police Lt. Mitch Spike said the investigation is continuing.
 

FL: Right to defend ourselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This is in reference to the "Intrusive gun law" letter of Aug. 27. I can't believe the paranoia over law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons. Like it or not, you are surrounded by people in public places that have guns hidden on or about their persons.

They are people who have been fingerprinted, tested and registered, and are allowed to carry within strict limits of the law. A person with a gun permit can go to jail for three years for accidentally exposing a gun in public, even if it is unloaded. They are not the problem, and criminals could care less about your laws or your signs.
 

CO: Volunteer Fire Department Raffling 4 Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Raffles are a common way for non profits to raise money. What's uncommon is to have the prizes be firearms.

That's exactly what the Kiowa Volunteer Fire Department is doing for its Halloween raffle.

"There is probably very rarely a house that we go into that doesn’t have a firearm," said Tim Rosette, division chief of the Kiowa Fire District. "In this community we think it is something that will be perceived really well."
 

WI: New law permits guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As of Nov. 1, it will be legal for individuals to carry concealed weapons on the UW-Madison and all other UW schools' campuses.

Gov. Scott Walker signed 2011 Wisconsin Act 35 into law on July 8. The law legalizes licensed citizens to carry a weapon as long as they do not display criminal intentions.

A permit to carry a concealed weapon, good for five years, will be issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice for $50.

While the law prohibits armed individuals from entering police stations, sheriffs' offices, schools, courthouses or prisons, it does not ban them from entering university campuses and buildings. Wisconsin state legislators denied requests from UW staff to add such provisions to the law.
 

VT: Feds to return 130 antique guns to Vt. dealer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The federal government is planning to return 130 antique guns seized from a St. Johnsbury gun dealer who once owned firearm that was later used in a Boston killing.

But federal prosecutors say the remaining 370 weapons taken from the home of Phillip Ciotti on Aug. 3, including at least one short-barreled shotgun and one short-barreled rifle, are being "retained as evidence of federal criminal violations."
 

NJ: Wealthy athletes should be able to be armed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the main reasons one needs to keep and bear arms is to prevent themselves from being victimized, especially if they are known to be wealthy or in possession of valuable property.

Now everyone knows professional athletes are well-paid, and they cannot go out without being recognized. For this reason, NFL players are targeted by criminals. Athletes like Fred Lane, Sean Taylor, Darrent Willims and Steve McNair have all been murdered by violent criminals. The need for professional athletes to be armed is as apparent as it is for diamond merchants in Manhattan.
 

MI: Freeland family thankful for law that eliminates age restrictions on hunting in Michigan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Considering his gray Ernest Hemingway beard and lifelong passion for hunting, it’s fitting that Greg King’s two ginger-haired grandsons call him “Papa.”

Thanks to House Bill 4371, which took effect July 27 and eliminated the hunting age minimum of 12, the Freeland trio — King, 60; Jake Berry, 9; and Tom “Tommy” Berry, 12 — this autumn will tromp, as Hemingway once did, over fallen Michigan leaves searching for game together.
 

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To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense or by partial orders of towns...is a dissolution of the government. — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788).

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