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Anti-gun politician convicted over teen staffer vowing revenge
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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“His litany of transgressions includes a courthouse fistfight, fraud, and berating and threatening judges,” an earlier Washington Post report recalled. “Legal panels have described him as unethical, unprofessional and deceitful. His law license has been suspended and revoked, and he has been banned from practicing as an attorney.”
 

NJ: 'It shocks the conscience' - N.J. man unable to use arms remains jailed for 4 months on gun charge
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A Salem man who has no use of his arms due to a spinal condition has remained jailed on a gun possession charge in Mercer County for four months despite pleas from his attorney that he should be released without bail.
“It shocks the conscience," Caroline Turner, the attorney for Marcus Hubbard, 28, said Tuesday during a bail hearing. "How could held for four months on a gun charge? He cannot move his arms. They are useless to him."
Hubbard, who wore a back brace and struggled to stand during the hearing, suffered spinal injuries in a car accident and may also be suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Turner said.
 

MT: Montana homeowner found guilty in slaying of German exchange student
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A jury on Wednesday found a Montana homeowner guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage in a case that tested the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law.

Prosecutors painted Markus Kaarma as an armed aggressor who lured a non-violent would-be burglar to his death. Authorities say Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg, was killed in April while "garage hopping" at night in Missoula in a possible search for alcohol.
 

George Zimmerman Calls in Live on Armed American Radio with Mark Walters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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During this week’s Armed American Radio national broadcast, host Mark Walters and his on-air guests, self-defense expert Massad Ayoob, Gail Pepin and Claude Werner were surprised when they received a call from George Zimmerman.
 

MT: Jury takes 9 hours to convict Missoula garage shooter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Yet even then, it's likely not this is the last we'll hear of the Kaarma case. Because of the complexities in the self-defense laws an appeal seems likely. And there's already talk of addressing the "Castle Doctrine" issue during the upcoming legislation session.
 

NC: Deadly break-in raises question of gun use among teens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The­ deadly shooting of an intruder by a teenager with a gun is sparking conversations around the dinner table Wednesday.

Parents are going over guns and safety with their kids.

That prompted NBC Charlotte to take a look at who is buying and using them, and if the rush on guns is as strong now as it was a couple years ago.
 

MA: Massachusetts doctor confirmed as surgeon general
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association opposed Murthy’s nomination. In March, the NRA wrote, “He also has a history of promoting gun control, of slamming the Second Amendment and has publicly called guns a ‘healthcare issue’ and public health threat.”

The nomination reached the Senate last January, and Murthy won confirmation on a 51-43 vote Monday, amid a lame-duck session before power transfers to Republicans.
 

KS: Guns and young children are dangerous mix
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Loaded handguns and children are a dangerous mix, anywhere, and responsible gun owners know enough to keep the two separate and safe.

If there are guns in a home, it’s best that young children don’t know where they are to be found. Trigger locks and gun safes also provide a measure of safety and security. Granted, gun owners who keep a weapon for home security don’t want to fool with a trigger lock or run to a safe if danger presents itself, but there’s no excuse for keeping a loaded gun where it can be picked up by a young child.
 

Guns In The Workplace Versus Employer’s Property Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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There is a growing trend of state laws prohibiting employers from banning firearms on employers’ property. These laws are otherwise known as “parking lot laws.” At the state level, more and more states appear prepared to enact laws that would ban an employers right to prohibit firearms on their property. Some of these laws provide employer’s with immunity from liability if those employees cause harm with those firearms on the property. Other proposed laws provide no such protection from liability. In either case, the extent of an employer’s liability and what they should do to minimize it is not clear.
 

TX: Texas considers allowing open carry of handguns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.

That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights.

"If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for the state of Texas," Abbott said the day after his election last month.

And if Texas, which allows concealed handguns, embraces open carry - rolling back a 140-year ban - it would be the largest state to have done so.
 

CT: Newtown is no excuse for ending democracy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Horrible as the massacre at the school in Newtown two years ago was, it is not justification for whatever its survivors and allied politicians want to make of it. Indeed, they have gone too far with their class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the military-style rifle used in the massacre, the AR-15.

The rifle is legally sold throughout most of the country and was legal in Connecticut at the time of the massacre. So the lawsuit claims that the rifle is beyond proper operation by civilians and thus should not have been made available to them -- a claim of "negligent entrustment."
 

NV: Proposed Closures to Recreational Shooting in Las Vegas-Pahrump Area of Nevada
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of 3.1 million acres of public land by the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices in southern Nevada.
 

Antigovernment Speakers Denounce Washington State Gun Law, Threaten Violent Revolt
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With cries of “Second Amendment remedies” to “government tyranny” ringing in their ears, a crowd of several hundred people gathered near the state Capitol in Olympia, Wa., on Saturday, to voice their defiance of Initiative 594, the new state law requiring background checks on most gun sales.

Most people in the gathering carried firearms of one kind or another, and a number of them openly exchanged weapons as a way to make a statement supporting the “We Will Not Comply” rally. There was even a table marked “I-594 Violation Station,” where attendees could openly swap or sell firearms.
 

Australia: Pro-gun senator says Australia must consider "self-defense" measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Calm and measured discussion about the right to "practical self-defense" was necessary in the wake of the deadly Sydney siege, a pro-gun Australian senator said on Thursday.

David Leyonhjelm, federal crossbench senator for the Liberal Democrats, said Australia is a nation of "disarmed victims," unable to protect themselves with weapons.

The Sydney siege would not have happened in Texas or Florida, he said.
 

FL: College students need means to protect themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Thankfully, there were no fatalities when Myron May entered the Strozier Library on the campus of Florida State University last month and opened fire. However, one student, Farhan “Ronny” Ahmed, was left permanently paralyzed; Nathan Scott, a member of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, was shot in the leg; Elijah Velez, another student, was grazed by a bullet and his bike also was hit; a fourth, Jason Derfuss, was saved by a book that stopped the bullet meant for him. Could someone have had an opportunity to immediately stop the FSU shooter, but was unable to because of the prohibition on campus carry? Of course, that law didn’t stop the armed attacker.
 

CT: Conn. Supreme Court: State Law Violates U.S. Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning people from transporting weapons between residences violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Police discovered DeCiccio's knife and sword collection in his Jeep after he got into an accident in Clinton while moving to Bolton, Massachusetts, to take a job with the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. The weapons were mementos from DecIccio’s military service in Afghanistan, Germany, and Kosovo.

In acquitting DeCiccio, the high court ruled that he had a Second Amendment right to posses the weapons in his home for self-defense and the right to transport the weapons to his new home.
 

NC: Teen Kills Home Invader That Targeted His Grandmother
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 14-year-old North Carolina boy shot and killed one of two drug-craving home invaders who were attempting to break into his grandparents’ home to steal her prescription drugs.
 

AZ: Republican Martha McSally wins last House race of 2014
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The race for Gabrielle Giffords’ former Ariz. seat had gone to a recount.

Republican Martha McSally has prevailed in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District over Democratic Rep. Ron Barber following a recount after initial vote totals showed McSally ahead by fewer than 200 votes.

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Giffords’ gun-control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, spent more than $2 million on Barber’s behalf, including a 60-second TV ad in October that featured Giffords, who still has trouble with her speech.
 

VA: Democratic Virginia Governor, GOP Spar Over Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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McAuliffe on Monday announced a broad package of gun-control measures he wants the Republican-controlled Legislature to take up next month. His measures include reinstating a ban on the purchase of more than one gun a month, denying concealed-carry permits to parents who fail to pay child support, and requiring private vendors at gun shows to conduct criminal-background checks.
 

DC: Council Approves Permanent Version Of Concealed Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"If the Court finds that the 'new' law does not effectively change the enjoined practice (an issue that the parties have briefed before), defendants’ current enforcement conduct constitutes contempt," an attorney for the plaintiffs argued in a December 11 memo. "After all, whatever the scope of the Court’s equitable powers—another matter of significant dispute between the parties—surely, the Court can require that the City not re-enact and enforce the same law. Respectfully, this is all that Defendants have essentially done, and it suffices to support a finding of contempt."
 

MT: Gun law advocates parse Kaarma conviction
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But a legal change that Marbut supported in the 2009 Legislature did get tested and come through with a good result, he said. That was a new law that required the prosecution to prove someone claiming self-defense was in fact guilty, instead of making the defendant prove innocence.

“That’s the standard that applied to the Kaarma trial, and the prosecution was able to meet that burden,” Marbut said.
 

IN: Gun advocates lobby for carrying on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Another gun battle may be looming at the Capitol, this time involving firearms on campus.

Gun advocates again hope to prevent state colleges and universities from restricting students who want to bring licensed handguns on campus.

A measure in the works would allow students the protection of a gun from menaces lurking on and near campus, advocates say - especially at night.
 

ID: Cd'A council: OK to carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Guns are now allowed at public events in Coeur d'Alene after a unanimous vote on the issue by the city council.

During Tuesday night's regular meeting of the council, City Attorney Mike Gridley presented the proposed amendment, which addresses a city municipal code regarding weapons at public events such as parades. The resolution adopted by the city council amends the code by removing the word "firearm" from a list of weapons not permitted at public events.
 

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