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Paris ‘gun prank’ with Pippa points to bigger ‘joke’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Curious, then, that in spite of photographic evidence, French authorities have not filed charges yet because 'no one has come forward with a formal complaint on the matter.'" ...
 

Five years after Virginia Tech: What have we learned?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the [NRA] convention wraps up with today's meeting of the Board of Directors here, CNN and other networks are recalling the last time Monday was on April 16 — coincidentally the last time NRA met in this city — and asking what the nation has learned in the five years since the Virginia Tech massacre."

"This column is en route today back to the Pacific Northwest, reflecting on the past weekend’s events, and what lies ahead for firearm civil rights. If one were to ask Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation ... the horizon is loaded with litigation."

"If one were to ask NRA officials, the days ahead could be perilous, indeed, if gun owners do not get out the vote." ...
 

The Right to Bear Arms is a Human Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At the United Nations, the governments (and the dictatorships) of the world are conspiring to deny their people a means to defend their families and their liberty."

"The Small Arms Treaty and the U.N.'s project on International Small Arms Control Standards seek to impose global restrictions on gun ownership that would apply to Americans and the citizens of every country that ratified the agreements. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to support the treaty, an excuse for governments everywhere to empower themselves and limit their citizens instead of the other way around."

"As long as we’re limited to fighting over the Left’s gun control agenda we’re debating on their terms. We have to go on offense." ...
 

Glenn Beck is Pro Gun Control. For Now. (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Constitutional Carry is the real political litmus test. One that conservative commentator Glenn Beck failed."

"To be fair, Glenn Beck had never heard of Constitutional Carry. And the celebrity hadn’t invited TTAG to his green room to discuss gun rights (even though we were at the NRA’s annual meeting). We sold our chinwag as a chance to get to know Beck the gun guy: shooter, concealed carry permit holder and collector. Which we did. Here’s the whole thing:" ...

"Beck's answer to Constitutional Carry embodies the exact same kind of paternalistic thinking that informs gun control advocates’ arguments. The average schmo is simply not responsible enough to exercise their Second Amendment rights without government intervention." ...
 

Positions for the United States in the Upcoming Arms Trade Treaty Conference
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Second, let me be clear once more on the question of domestic transfers. The Treaty must not touch on domestic transfers or ownership. The United States has received widespread international support for this oft-repeated position that only international transfers would come within the purview of this Treaty. We will not support outcomes that would in any way infringe on the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. ..." ...
 

Poll: Vast Majority in U.S. Support Concealed Carry, Self Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite anti-gun zealots’ exploitation of Trayvon Martin’s now-infamous killing in late February, a new survey revealed that the vast majority of Americans continue to support the use of deadly force if needed in self-defense — even outside of the home. Laws permitting the carrying of concealed weapons have overwhelming public support as well, according to the Ipsos/Reuters poll released last week."

"A whopping 87 percent of respondents ... said they support laws allowing citizens to use deadly force to protect themselves from danger in their own homes. Less than 10 percent opposed such laws. In public places, more than two thirds said the law should allow people to protect themselves from danger with deadly force." ...
 

Gear Review: Comp-Tac CTAC Holster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I had the pleasure of being introduced to the world of Comp-Tac through Karl Rehn at KR Training during the Defensive Pistol class I took there. Karl loaned me his M&P 9 and CTAC holster to use during the class and I was very impressed with both. Once I settled on starting my CHL life with the M&P 45C that Smith & Wesson loaned me, I called up Comp-Tac to get some holsters to review. Having used the CTAC during the class, I was curious to see how it would do as a carry rig . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Kahr PM9 Initial Impressions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am on record as hating small pistols. Except that I don’t. I just haven’t found one that works with the kind of reliability I think a self defense weapon requires. My experience with my Kel Tec P3AT was dismal. The Rohrbaugh R9 I had generally functioned well, but was finicky about ammo, required recoil spring changes and cleaning frequently, had a funky tail hook mag release and it’s slippery as a bar of soap finish made it a difficult gun to enjoy shooting. The R9 is great for its occasional use design goal, but if I own a gun, I want to shoot it. Hopefully frequently . . ." ...
 

Taurus: No More Bull
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Taurus wants to get big and they ain’t goin’ home. The Brazilian-based gunmaker has ambitious plans to re-brand and expand their North American ops. Taurus's box-fresh President and CEO Mark Kresser's the Man. He's promising new products, better customer relations and higher quality. True story: Kresser's aware that Taurus's rep needs a reset. He's asking gun guys and gals for one thing and one thing only as he pulls on the wheel of the Taurus-shaped aircraft carrier . " ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Best Hog Hunting Scope
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chase asks:"
"I read your articles about building an AR. I built a 6.8 with 16' barrel. I am new to building guns and the 6.8 round. Do you think you could recommend a scope with the best value, I would want to use it to hog hunting and then just target shooting."
"I think I can help, especially if it encourages more hunting of this delicious pest species . . ." ...
 

Is a "cold range" a safe range?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the things that I missed when I made the move to Iowa in 2006 was access to a good shooting range. When I lived in Virginia, I had several indoor ranges to choose from, as well as a number of outdoor ranges. ..."

"In central Iowa, though, I haven't been able to find any indoor ranges that are open to the public. Outdoor ranges are there, but there are only a few choices. There's one in particular that I ended up joining because it was somewhat close to my house, the price was right, and I liked the relatively 'easy going' attitude of those who belonged to the club. However, I believe I've paid my last visit to their range, and here is the reason why." ...
 

A reply to critics who favor gun-toting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It has been said that you can tell what a man truly worships by what really makes him angry. Evidently in my recent Column concerning the Trayvon Martin murder I tweaked some deeply devoted followers of the real 'American Idol': the Second Amendment to the Constitution. I was soundly hammered over my grief for Trayvon and his family, for the then injustice of his killer still walking free, and for the tragic and deadly proliferation of hand guns in America. Evidently the 'pistol packing papa's[sic]' don't like their 'concealed weapons of mass destruction' called into question. I'll plead guilty to that in the Column, having voiced similar concerns in the past, and probably will in the future." ...
 

Walker goes all in for NRA/ALEC ‘shoot first’ agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Los Angeles Times was gentle in its description, suggesting that [Romney] 'may not have been the sentimental favorite among the speakers at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention.'"

"So who did they love?"

"Scott Walker."

"The Republican governor of Wisconsin was accorded a hero’s welcome when he appeared Friday ... to accept the group’s 'Defender of Freedom' award."

"And he handed them raw meat. 'I am proud to have a rifle, a shotgun and even a bow,' Walker told the crowd of 5,500 people in St. Louis."

"But the real winning line was Walker's absolute embrace of the state-based 'kill at will' laws such as the castle doctrine measure he signed in Wisconsin and Florida’s 'stand your ground' law. ..." ...
 

Stand your ground somewhere else
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The days of the lawless Wild West should be behind us. But as we’ve seen, there is plenty of shoot-em ‘up violence across the country. Some is caused by crushing poverty and a culture of prejudice that infects all corners of our society. Generations of people, mostly minorities, have been economically and political disenfranchised, so I understand the high rates of crime in historically poor areas. But then horrible instances like the Trayvon Martin murder (yes, it was murder) arise, and we see the easily preventable side of gun violence." ...
 

Quote of the Day: Ted Nugent Threatens Barack Obama
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"Ted Nugent -- the proud gun-owner, poorly coiffed Michigander, and washed-up rocker -- has said some silly and offensive things in the past ... 'Obama, he's a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary [Clinton], you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.'"

"So that's his level of political discourse. ... But he made another rather appalling statement over the weekend at the NRA convention in St. Louis:"
"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
"... (The folks brandishing rifles in the background of the video above add another element of surrealism to the proceeding.)" ...
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KABA Note: David, you've got to learn the difference between "inspecting" and "brandishing". Two entirely different breeds of cat sweetie.
 

Second Amendment and Beyond: Pondering Gun Rights, Laws and Culture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the Trayvon Martin case, the recent school shooting in Ohio and the trial of Anders Behring Breivik in Norway, debate about guns and gun restrictions are in the news, and, perhaps, the subject of discussion in your classroom or home."

"Here are five ways to use The New York Times to teach about firearms."

"How do you address this topic with your students and children? Please share other ideas in the comment box below." ...
 

A dangerous notion of freedom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Just so the gun-toting folk of the NRA didn't feel too lonely at the convention, Newt Gingrich, also running for the Republican nomination but far behind Romney, also spoke to them. Gingrich told them what they wanted to hear. They loved it. How could they not? They were told their reason for being emanated from a higher source. It was sublime theatrical tour de force, and tripe."

"Gingrich exclaimed: 'The right to bear arms comes from our creator, not our government. A Gingrich presidency will submit to the UN a treaty that extends the right to bear arms as a human right to every person on the planet.'" ...
 

NC: Resident Shoots and Kills 2 Home Invaders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two home invaders are dead after attacking a group of 3 people around 2am as they returned home. One of the residents was armed and shot both of the suspected robbers, killing them both. All of the residents were taken to the hospital for minor injuries and were released." ...
 

In Which your Correspondent Considers Protecting Others While Armed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I said all that to say this. Even as I did not learn to swim in order to be a lifeguard I don’t think I could be true to Christ and stand idly by while my neighbor drowned. While I did not arm myself in order to protect anyone but myself and my loved ones, I do not think I could be true to the enormous sacrifice my Savior made for me if I stood by while someone I thought was otherwise innocent was in great peril."

"I do not think the myriad examples in scripture, and in the history of the faithful throughout the ages were given to me so I could ignore the innocent in peril." ...
 

Campus commandos, or safer students?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Oikos University tragedy managed to occur just in time to coincide with the first day of the annual campus gun ban protest."

"Students this week will wear empty holsters to class to symbolically represent what they see as a Constitutional right stripped away."

"Members of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry feel they would be safer if they were permitted to bring licensed firearms to school. Opponents say more guns equal more gun problems, and dispute that conceal carry would prevent school shootings." ...
 

'Stand Your Ground' the Law in Blue California Too
Submitted by: Rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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... "To date, Democrat governors who have either signed a stand your ground bill into law or at least refused to veto it include, 'Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana, Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Brian Schweitzer of Montana, John Lynch of New Hampshire, Brad Henry of Oklahoma, Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Janet Napolitano of Arizona.'"

"And here’s the kicker folks—California, one of the most staunchly liberal states in the union, is a stand your ground state. This is truly bad news for the Democrats who’ve been shouting down guns rights in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, because they’ve so wanted us to believe such laws could only be found in those red, 'hayseed states' like Florida. ..." ...
 

Why does Missouri demand defenselessness for mass transit passengers?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In St. Louis, carrying a defensive firearm on public transportation is illegal. On buses and on the MetroLink light rail system, the "crime" of equipping oneself with the effective means of self-defense is a felony." ...
 

TX: Gun Free Workplaces: Swing and a Miss
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This news hits close to home. I work in Texas. And I work in IT. I also work in a gun free workplace. The people in this building are damn lucky that security/law enforcement (the article wasn't clear) searched this guy. It’s not likely that the employer’s stern 'no guns allowed' sign would have slowed Trammell down much."
 

MSNBC Slimes NRA as Having 'Blood on Its Hands,' Is Responsible for 'Dead' Americans (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"MSNBC analyst David Goodfriend appeared on Tuesday's Dylan Ratigan Show to slime the National Rifle Association as having "blood on its hands." Goodfriend, who was only identified as a Democratic strategist in an onscreen graphic, accused the pro-Second Amendment group of killing people via legislation: 'Americans are dead because of what the NRA has done.'"

"Goodfriend's diatribe was labeled an editorial 'rant' by MSNBC, but typical of the network's hateful tone. Goodfriend's proof? He cited the anti-gun, liberal Brady Center and shilled for donations ..." ...
 

Secret Service to Investigate Ted Nugent "Threat" Against Obama
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"The Secret Service said it will investigate comments rocker and gun advocate Ted Nugent made over the weekend that could be interpreted as a threat to President Obama."

"Speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in St. Louis, Nugent said, 'If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.'" ...
 

NBC’s Anti Gun Agenda (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NBC edited and ignored numerous readily available facts in an effort to undermine our firearm freedoms."

"Brian Williams and his reporter, Scott Cohn, are both on record advocating for heightened monitoring and regulation of the firearms industry and individual gun owners." ...
 

NBC Manipulating the Facts Again?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Journalist Scott Cohn’s piece on Remington Arms Company's allegedly faulty trigger mechanism that aired on NBC News’ Rock Center With Brian Williams on Wednesday night, April 11, made it sound as if Remington not only has known it produces a faulty trigger but has steadfastly refused to do anything about it, for 60 years."

"Opening with a heart-rending interview of Justen Yerger, who was shot when his Remington Sportsman 12 shotgun allegedly went off by itself, Cohn made clear the primary purpose of the interview: to promote government control of guns:" ...
 

Issa promises NRA that F&F investigation will hold DoJ officials accountable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"California Congressman Darrell Issa promised members of the National Rifle Association gathered here that his probe of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal will continue until those responsible for the debacle are held accountable."

"If the investigation continues into the summer — as some sources here have suggested to this column, with significant action coming around the time of the Republican convention — it could become the major campaign issue many gun rights activists believe it should be."

"The downside, noted one source, is that the mainstream press could dismiss it as political theater." ...
 

GSA scandal proves Fast & Furious is ‘tip of the iceberg’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent eruption of a spending scandal at the General Services Administration appears to prove long-running assertions by gun rights activists that Operation Fast and Furious definitely was the proverbial 'tip of the iceberg' in a pattern of corruption that has thrived under the Obama administration."

"Ironically, the same man – Congressman Darrell Issa – is investigating both scandals as head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has emerged as a Capitol Hill dyanamo over the past year." ...
 

No Pulitzers for Fast and Furious coverage, no surprise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday and among them were the Seattle Times and Seattle’s alternative newspaper The Stranger, but surprise of surprises, nobody working to expose the Operation Fast and Furious scandal even got an honorable mention." ...
 

Press and Praise for Katie Pavlich's Fast and Furious Book
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our own News Editor Katie Pavlich's new book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up has been taking the country by storm. A fast-paced exposé of the ATF operation that smuggled weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels who then used those weapons to kill Americans, the book is a must-have for those who are concerned with the Obama Administration's claims of extralegal authority." ...
 

NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre Addressing the 2012 NRA Members Meeting (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In human history, seldom has there been a meeting quite like this."

"A voluntary gathering of people so devoted, so loyal, so fearless, so involved, so self-reliant, so determined, so patriotic."

"A body composed of all ages, all political parties, all races and religions. Not just those of us in this room, but the 4 million NRA members you represent, all those watching online, and all of the gun owners who will see this speech through a viral Internet distribution that will eventually reach hundreds of thousands of viewers." ...
 

Shock and awe at the NRA convention, a 2012 happening
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Semi-automatic weapons, silencers, night vision devices, scantily-clad women posing with guns and signing souvenir posters, people who seemed a bit too paranoid -- or perhaps in need of some type of medication -- good guys who might just be confused and Mitt Romney talking about his new path for America, it was all part of the 141st Annual Convention of the National Rifle Association held April 13-15. What a happening for the NRA, considered to be the most influential lobbying group in the U.S."

"For his part, Romney said, in a speech as lacking in substance as it was overflowing with broad platitudes, that 'our economy is fueled by freedom,' which the Obama administration, of course, is bent on destroying." ...
 

House Passes Hunting-Friendly "Sportsmen’s Heritage Act"
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, hailed today’s passage of the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089). The bill passed the House with a 274-146 vote."

"Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the bill combines four legislative priorities that will expand recreational hunting, shooting and fishing opportunities and also reaffirms existing law and heads off determined bureaucratic efforts to deny hunters and shooters from using traditional ammunition. This important legislation is supported by more than 35 national conservation and sportsmen’s groups." ...
 

Hunters win in vote about dead polar bears
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"House Republicans on Tuesday rode to the rescue of 41 hunters who shot polar bears in Canada at least four years ago but have been unable to bring their trophies back into the U.S. because the bears were subsequently declared an endangered species."

"Powered by gun-rights and hunting advocates, the House voted 262-155 in favor of letting the dead bears into the U.S. - with backers citing everything from Second Amendment priorities to the fact that two of the hunters caught up in the situation were wounded American troops." ...
 

Rocker Nugent, a Thompson endorser, is in hot water
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But Nugent got himself into hot water over the weekend after saying he would be 'dead or in jail by this time next year' if President Barack Obama is re-elected. Nugent made those comments during the National Rifle Convention in St. Louis."

"Nugent also compared Obama and his administration to 'coyotes' that needed to be shot. He also encouraged voters to "chop (Democrats') heads off in November." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association works with governor's office to protect gun owners on drug trafficking bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senate Bill 305, introduced to combat hidden compartments in vehicles used to transport illegal drugs, is not a 'gun bill.' However, as with any law, SB305 could have unintended consequences for gun owners who use safes and compartments to secure their firearms in their vehicles. As a pro-gun group, we view our narrow mission as protecting firearm rights."

"When we made Governor John Kasich's office aware of our concerns, his staff reached out to us to help change the bill to protect firearm rights. ..." ...
 

PA: Bracey among Pa. mayors who decry new gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation crafted in part by the National Rifle Association and proposed by a local state senator is facing a backlash from some Pennsylvania mayors, including York City's, who say it amounts to another obstacle in the fight against urban gun violence."

"If it becomes law, the Senate bill would essentially shut down local governments' efforts to hold gun owners responsible for alerting law-enforcement authorities when their gun is lost or stolen, York City Mayor Kim Bracey said." ...
 

AZ: Brewer again vetoes bill allowing guns in public buildings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the second year in a row, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to carry guns in government buildings."

"HB2729 would have required any government entity in Arizona to allow firearms in public buildings, unless the buildings had adequate security measures to ensure that no one could bring a gun inside."

"'I vetoed a similar measure last year, and it appears the majority of my concerns were not addressed in House Bill 2729,' Brewer said in her veto letter. 'I am a strong proponent of the Second Amendment and I have signed into law numerous pieces of legislation over these past few years to advance gun rights. However, I cannot support this measure in its current form.'" ...
 

CA: Pinole City Council votes to ban home gun sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man who wants to sell guns out of his home in Pinole in Contra Costa County has sparked a citywide debate about Second Amendment rights."

"The Pinole City Council took up the issue Tuesday night and had a special request for those attending the meeting: don't bring your guns inside." ...
 

AZ: Concealed Gun Carry Bill Goes to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Last Thursday, the Arizona Senate voted 19 to 11 in favor of House Bill 2729, allowing concealed weapons in public buildings that lack adequate security measures. The state House passed HB 2729 by a 37 to 21 vote on March 6. The bill is now with Governor Brewer for her consideration."

"HB 2729, sponsored by state Representative David Gowan (R-30), would amend various sections of the Arizona Revised Statutes to remove the current prohibition on entering a public establishment or attending any public event while carrying a weapon on one’s person. Instead it would provide for regulation of firearms and ammunition on public property only if specific criteria are met." ...
 

CA: Anti-Gun Bills Making Way Through California Legislature
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"This Tuesday and Wednesday, four firearm-related bills have been scheduled to be heard in their respective state Senate and Assembly committees. Anti-gun Senate Bill 1315 will be heard in the state Senate Committee on Public Safety. Anti-gun Assembly Bill 2460 and pro-gun Assembly Bill 2615 will be heard in the state Assembly Committee on Public Safety. Anti-gun Assembly Bill 1527 will be heard in the state Assembly Committee on Appropriations." ...
 

MI: Guns banned from city buildings in Zeeland (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A new gun ban for city buildings in Zeeland is sparking a debate over Second Amendment rights. Monday night, an ordinance passed that will ban city employees from carrying any type of weapon while they're inside a city building."

"City council member Richard Van Dorp is against the ban even though he doesn't carry a gun."

"'If someone's trying to do harm, they're not going to care about a city ordinance,' says Van Dorp." ...
 

LA: Students react to advancing gun bill (poll available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While campus was empty and docile during spring break, the Louisiana Senate was in session and furthered a bill that could allow guns at the University."

"The bill, SB 303, makes regulation and prohibition of firearms in Louisiana more difficult in an effort to protect the Second Amendment. It was first approved by a Senate judiciary committee April 3, and after debate on the Senate floor, the bill passed with an overwhelming 31-6 vote on April 9."

"Gov. Bobby Jindal said he supported the bill at a National Rifle Association meeting on April 13, according to The Associated Press. The NRA is also an outspoken advocate of the bill." ...
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Submitter's note: Don't forget to vote in the poll!
 

More than one opinion matters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am astounded and appalled that Sen. Dean Heller opposes the appointment of Judge Elissa Cadish to the federal bench and that so many letters to the editor seem to praise him for that decision. In 2008, Cadish answered a question about the Second Amendment before two U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the issue. At the time, there was a legitimate scholarly debate about whether the Second Amendment pertained only to militias or in fact stood for individual gun ownership. Many constitutional law professors were of the opinion that the Second Amendment pertained to militias only, and that was obviously the basis for Judge Cadish’s response." ...
 

OMG OMG! It’s a Hunk of Blue Metal! OMG!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AI member Tyler relays a tale of wanton death and destruction that was only narrowly averted by the vigilance of our friends who work for the Transportation Safety Administration. We’re not sure what Tyler was thinking – trying to carry such a dangerous item on board a commercial aircraft – but here’s his story . . ." ...
 

ATF showdown in Anchorage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to a report by a trusted source in Anchorage, Alaska, a top aide to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has met with ATF officials concerning the agency's request that gun stores in the region turn over their 'Bound Book' containing the names, addresses, background checks, and purchases of customers who bought firearms and ammo at the stores."

"Senator Murkowski's office was contacted directly and confirmed that the meeting took place yesterday."

"The ATF officials stated that they would begin an investigation into why local ATF field agents are making the unauthorized request of the gun stores, particularly when such a request violates the law ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yeah, and "walking" guns to narco-trafficates in Mexico violated U.S. and Mexican Federal laws, AZ state laws, several international treaties and led to the deaths of two US LEOs and hundreds of Mexican citizens. Laws don't apply to these people!
 

MT: Judge Gets Probation for Taking Bribes
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"A former state judge who pleaded guilty to takes bribes to dismiss traffic and misdemeanor tickets was sentenced to 5 years of probation, federal prosecutors said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Who'd he have to pay off to get off that easy?
 

TX: Hays Co. couple indicted
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"The attorney representing a former San Marcos policeman tells KVUE News that he is “outraged” that a grand jury indicted his client on a charge of deadly conduct following an incident on a county road last November."

"Attorney David Sergi says the grand jury indicted the wrong people."

"On Thursday indictments came down against former policeman Dan Misiaszek and his wife Kathy, who is a detective in the San Marcos Police Department. Dan Misiaszek is charged with one count of deadly conduct, a felony. Kathy Misiaszek is charged with two counts of deadly conduct, both misdemeanors."

"The indictments stem from an incident on Nov. 23, 2011 in which Dan Misiaszek is accused of firing three shots at an SUV." ...
 

TX: Ex-Houston officer gets 15 years in drug smuggling case
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"A former veteran Houston police sergeant who took a bribe and used his patrol car to escort a load of cocaine - while clad in his uniform - was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole."

"Leslie Aikens 47, was convicted by a jury of corruption in November after being snared by FBI agents and Texas Rangers working on a tip he was in the pocket of drug traffickers." ...
 

CA: Rialto police officer on administrative leave arrested for alleged threats, bomb possession
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"A Rialto police officer, who was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly accepting a bribe, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an explosive device and threatening two high-ranking Rialto police officers."

"Aaron Scott Vigil, 41, of Highland, was arrested Saturday at his home by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies following a complaint from the Rialto Police Department about threatening phone calls, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman."

"Rialto police officials said they were concerned about Vigil's welfare, Bachman said."

"During a search of Vigil's house, deputies allegedly found an explosive device. Details about the nature of the device were not released, she said." ...
 

UT: Former sheriff's captain pleads guilty to keying cars
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"A former Carbon County sheriff's captain pleaded guilty Monday to criminal mischief."

"Guy Adams, 44, pleaded guilty to the class A misdemeanor as part of a plea in abeyance, just days after tendering his resignation from the sheriff's office. The plea means that if Adams commits no additional violations of law for 12 months, the charge will be dismissed." ...
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Submitter's note: If cops are THIS emboldened and think they can do whatever they want, what do they commit when it's NOT a prank.
 

TX: Outrage in Austin: Cop Shoots & Kills Dog
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"Anger is growing in Texas and on the Internet over a police officer who shot and killed a pet dog."

"Over the weekend an officer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a house in Austin. The officer didn't know it at the time, but the person who called 911 to give the report provided the wrong address."

"For some reason when Officer Thomas Griffin got out of his car, his weapon was drawn, confirms the Austin Police Department."

"He came up against a man, Michael Paxton, and his dog, Cisco."

"On audio from the dashboard cam, Griffin can be heard ordering Paxton to put his hands up and control the dog. But the dog came charging at Griffin, so he shot him. ..." ...
 

NY: Arm NYC Transit Workers with Tasers?
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"A New York legislator wants to arm transit workers with Tasers. The New York Daily News reports:"

"[New York State Senator Eric] Adams, a retired NYPD captain, introduced a bill last year to allow Amtrak and commuter railroad workers and subway train crews to carry Tasers. It was buried in the state Senate’s Codes Committee. But now, spurred by the rise in attacks on bus and subway workers, the Brooklyn Democrat is amending the bill to include bus drivers, believing it may fare better in a different Senate committee, such as Transportation." ...
 

NRA Chief Lobbyist Cox Says "We Will Defend" Stand Your Ground Laws (audio available)
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"At an event during last weekend's National Rifle Association annual meeting, NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox said that the group doesn't 'apologize' for its support for 'Stand Your Ground' self-defense legislation in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, adding, 'We will defend our efforts. We will defend those laws.'"

"Cox's comments came during an appearance at Friday's workshop on 'Grassroots Campaigning in a National Election Year' attended by Media Matters. The head of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action was asked by an NRA district organizer to defend the NRA's support of 'Stand Your Ground' legislation given the controversy currently swirling around such laws." ...
 

Conversation continues in Florida shooting
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"The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in a Sanford, Florida, gated community on February 26 has stimulated a nationwide conversation on a number of topics."

"A major one is on the place and use of guns in our nation. In our pioneer days firearms were so highly regarded, especially in terms of providing arms for our militia, that they were mentioned in our Constitution's Second Amendment. ..."

"This past December over 1.5 million guns were bought in our nation—the highest number ever in a single month. ..."

"One thing is evident, however: guns are increasingly being used in multiple fatal shootings by people suffering from a variety of influences: mental illness, anger, frustration, grudges, jealousy, fear, paranoia, and racial bias." ...
 

OH: Martin case sparks local gun debate (video available)
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"Charges against George Zimmerman prompt New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NAACP to launch a campaign against gun laws they say encourage vigilantism."

"The Martin case certainly has triggered debate here in Ohio, but keep in mind gun laws here are different than those in Florida where Martin was killed." ...
 

NC: Second Amendment intent clear
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"Normally, I find myself agreeing with Don Clement and I often look forward to his letters to the editor. However, on the Second Amendment (Public Forum, April 13), I find myself completely disagreeing with him. He implies that the NRA isn’t leading the charge for responsible gun use. In fact, they do encourage responsible gun use via their Eddie Eagle program. This is aimed directly at children. Eddie Eagle’s message? If the child finds a gun, they should, 'Stop. Don’t touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.'"

"Regarding overall firearms training nationwide, I agree with Clement that this could definitely be improved. However, North Carolina’s concealed carry (CCW) program is highly regulated, and the training is rigorous." ...
 

TN: Businesses cite own rights in gun dispute
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"FedEx may be the dominant Memphis employer opposed to proposed guns-in-parking lots bills, but it's hardly the only one."

"Many Memphis employers lined up against the bills are represented by the 100-member Tennessee Retail Association."

"'Obviously we support the Second Amendment and gun ownership because some of our member companies sell guns, but we oppose these bills,' said Roland Myers, retail association president and CEO."

"'This legislation would take away employers' rights to control their properties, including parking lots,' Myers said." ...
 

CA: Second Obama term threatens Second Amendment
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"After reading 'Romney; Obama will erode gun owners rights': It's so right. As you can see, for nearly three years now, the Obama administration — since its first days in office — has made a concerted effort to attack the rights of American gun owners. That it has chosen an operation of such magnitude, and the resulting cover-up equal in scope, to wage war against the Second Amendment speaks of the loathing this administration harbors for our freedom." ...
 

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