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UT: Advocates to Utah officials: Campuses are no place for guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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About a dozen gun control advocates at Utah’s Capitol Friday asked state lawmakers and the governor to rethink the state’s campus gun policy.

The state law that prohibits public colleges and universities from blocking students, visitors and others from bringing weapons to class squelches free speech, they said.

Utah’s rule drove feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian to call off a lecture at Utah State University last month amid anonymous threats of a deadly school shooting.
 

DC: D.C. government faces possible contempt over CCW compliance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The District of Columbia may face a contempt citation from the federal judge presiding over the Second Amendment Foundation’s legal action pressing the city to adopt a workable concealed carry law, and it has until Dec. 4 to submit additional arguments in the proceeding, the Washington Times reported late yesterday.

It is the latest chapter in the push for gun rights in the District that has been overshadowed by last night’s speech on immigration by President Barack Obama, and the pending announcement by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri on whether to charge a police officer there in the death of an unarmed teen in August. The latter story could break later today.
 

Smart guns: Can tech bring transparency to law enforcement?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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We'll probably never know the full story of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But what has transpired in the weeks after the tragic event -- the protests, the police militarization, the impending court decision -- has made problems with law enforcement processes glaringly obvious. Many of those problems relate to authorities having to piece together what occurred through multiple accounts: who shot whom, from what angle and where, how much time transpired.

But with new IoT technology, there may soon be a way to avoid much of the confusion that surrounds officer shootings.
 

Dr. Ben Carson hosts conference call to ‘clarify’ his 2nd Amendment stance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Last year, Dr. Ben Carson did some substantial damage to his constitutional credentials by suggesting that the 2nd Amendment was somehow limited by a citizen’s geographic location. Asked where he stood on gun ownership, he told Glenn Beck:

“It depends on where you live. If you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.”

Carson went on to say that if you lived “out in the country somewhere by yourself” he had “no problem” with you owning a semi-automatic weapon.

Ed.: Another hard-core anti trying to change his image before the election.
 

CA: Federal Judge Rules Against California’s Bid to Delay End of Gun Waiting Periods
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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California’s laws requiring gun purchasers to wait at least ten days before taking possession of their lawfully-acquired firearms are one step closer to being history, reports The Calguns Foundation, a gun rights group headquartered in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville.

In a new order released today, Federal District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii rejected two requests made by California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the dispute, captioned Silvester, et al. v. Harris, that was filed in Fresno nearly three years ago.
 

MO: How Much Force Can Business Owners Use to Protect Their Business?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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What if protests after the Michael Brown grand jury announcement turn violent? What rights do business owners have to protect their businesses?

Attorney Richard Lozano says Missouri has a fairly extensive self-defense law.

He says you do not have an obligation to retreat from a threat, but before using a weapon, you do need to reasonably believe that deadly force is necessary to protect yourself.
 

WA: Blowback Against Washington State’s Anti-gun Initiative Just Beginning
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite opposition from individual gun owners, Washington State sheriffs, the state’s Republican Party, and the National Rifle Association, Initiative 594 passed easily on Tuesday, November 4, by 59 percent to 41 percent, with Bloomberg's money promoting myths about it.

This makes Washington the seventh state (along with the District of Columbia) to require universal background checks not only on all sales of firearms but on “transfers” as well, even between friends. Washington is the first state to pass such restrictions through a citizen-driven initiative.
 

DC: Will Judge Hold D.C. In Contempt For Spiteful Gun Carry Law?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The District of Columbia has a population of 646,449 (2013, U.S. Census Bureau).

Of those nearly 650,000 citizens, only thirty have even attempted to go through the absurdly convoluted process that the city only created as a stop-gap measure so that they could attempt to have their complete ban on the carry of firearms reinstated.

Precisely zero have been granted a permit that ultimately relies on the whims of anti-gun Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
 

TX: Expert discusses concealed carry on college campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In light of the yesterday's shooting at Florida State University many people are asking whether students should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on campus.

Those in favor of the idea believe it would reduce the number of campus shootings. Those in opposition believe they would only increase.

Professor Arnold Loewy is the George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law at Texas Tech. He says there are multiple ways the Texas legislature could implement concealed carry laws on campus, but he is not sure guns and universities are compatible.
 

Elena Kagan: How the Supreme Court 'Hazes' New Justices
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A job for life on the United States Supreme Court is "a great gig" – but has its downsides for the new kid on the bench, says Justice Elena Kagan, a newbie for four years now.

"They hazed me, this is true," Kagan joked Thursday of the eight high court justices with more seniority. Though Kagan, 54, joined the court in 2010, there have been no newer vacancies for President Obama to fill, so she's been stuck with a nickname she can't shake.
 

Posner on Posner, a Crowd-Sourced Interview
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A sampler: When asked by University of Chicago Law School professor Geoffrey Stone to name the Supreme Court’s worst decision of the last decade, Posner replied, “That’s a sensitive question to put to a judge. Heller v. District of Columbia and McDonald v. Chicago for sure, and going back a few years, Clinton v. Jones and Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council.” The first two decisions dealt with the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and the others involved presidential immunity and deference to government agencies, respectively.

Ed.: It should be noted that Judge Posner ruled that the 2A protects a right to carry a gun outside the home, precipitating Illinois' concealed carry law.
 

WA: Gun background check law raises museum concerns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A small museum in Washington near the Canadian border is removing World War II-era weapons from an exhibit to avoid having to comply with a new voter-approved law requiring background checks on gun transfers.

The law also has the executive director of Fort Walla Walla Museum wondering what he should do with weapons on exhibition there, even if he wanted to loan them to another museum.
 

Guns & Ammo Magazine threatens Illinois pro-gun group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, John wrote a story about G&A's recent review of the new Taurus .380 "Curve."

He didn't pull any punches.

John called the new pistol a "Turd," and he took the magazine to task for its glowing review, which he said was fueled by advertising dollars.

The next day, he got an email from Dusty Gibson, G&A's Online Shooting Editor, ordering him to remove his post by 8 a.m. Friday morning, or else.

"If the material is not removed by that time, we will seek legal action immediately," Gibson wrote.

"The fact I effectively called into question G&A's objectivity does not, in and of itself, make that a defamatory or slanderous statement," John told me Friday, about two hours after the magazine's deadline expired.
 

FL: Florida State University President Thwarted Concealed Carry For Self-Defense On Campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As news reports announced 31-year-old Florida State University alumnus Myron May drew a handgun and opened fire "in or near" the FSU library on November 20, one aspect of the story was conspicuously missing—namely, that FSU President John Thrasher played a key role in defeating a bill to allow students with concealed carry permits to carry guns on campus for self-defense.

 

UT: Concealed Carrier Ruled Justified In Utah Domestic Violence Incident
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man who escorted his sister to her home in Hyrum, Utah on October 14 after a domestic violence incident was ruled justified in shooting his brother-in-law at the residence, thanks in part to having a valid concealed carry permit.
 

Washington Post: 'Educated Judgments' Show Concealed Carry Laws Associated With Higher Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On November 14 The Washington Post ran a story on Stanford law professor John Donohue's claim that "educated judgments" show concealed carry laws are associated with higher crime rates.

These "educated judgments"--i.e., educated guesses--come from a law professor who previously said "restriction has to be at the core of...the right to self-defense."
 

AL: Shooting Blanks: Alabama's New Gun Rights Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Alabama voters, on November 4, overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment providing that:

every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right would be subject to strict scrutiny; and to provide that no international treaty or law shall prohibit, limit, or otherwise interfere with a citizen's fundamental right to bear arms.
 

MI: Police officer charged in 'super drunk' case told deputy he had no memory of crashing truck
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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With bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath, a Sturgis police officer told a Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy last month that he had been out celebrating his birthday and admitted to drinking before crashing his pickup truck near Climax.

From there though, things got a little "fuzzy" for 29-year-old Bryan Lee Stuck, according to the deputy's Oct. 26 report obtained this week by the Kalamazoo Gazette under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

"He stated that he had no memory of the accident nor any memory of driving. He stated he did not know where he was coming from nor where he was going to. I asked him if the pickup that was off the roadway on its side was his and he stated he was pretty sure that it was."
 

Russia turns to guns to stem high murder rate
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"The move to liberalize gun laws there contrasts with well-financed efforts to increase restrictions in this country, despite documentation from the Bureau of Justice Statistics that prompted Forbes to acknowledge, 'As gun sales soar, gun crimes plummet.'”
 

Israel needs more than temporary gun solution to stop “final” one
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"That the government of Israel evidently did not learn the lessons of 20th Century Europe is evident. A temporary solution that does not include the right of the people to keep and bear arms is no solution at all, and certainly no long-term deterrent to those who make clear their evil determination to impose a 'final solution.'”
 

NY: NYPD officer fatally shoots unarmed 28-year-old man in Brooklyn's Pink Houses project
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The uniformed officer fired a single, fatal shot into Akai Gurley's chest moments after he and his girlfriend entered a stairwell in the Pink Houses on Linden Blvd. in East New York on Thursday night, police said. Gurley was not armed, a police source said. 'They just started shooting,' Gurley's girlfriend said.
 

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