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Taurus Model 82s TAURUS police trade-in imports are junk
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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I saw an ad for used Taurus Model 82 .38 Special pistols for just shy of $200 each, out the door, in a recent GunNews and thought I might pick up a couple for loaner guns for training courses. As these were Taurus’ copy of the 4” K-frame Smith & Wesson revolvers, I thought they would be a perfect complement for the existing Smith and Wesson K-frame guns we already have.

I pawed over about a half-dozen specimens at Liberty Guns and frankly, these guns were rough. The finish was poor, the grips horrid and cosmetically, these were very ugly guns.

I selected a pair that seemed significantly better than the others.

We used them in our February class and we pulled them off the line almost immediately as they were spitting lead.
 

NY: B’klyn bat man: Run, looters!
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Hardened New Yorkers are ready to battle lowlife criminals to protect their homes and stores in storm-ravaged areas plagued by looting and break-ins. In Coney Island, several residents were loading up their guns, sharpening their machetes and brandishing other deadly weapons.
 

Supreme Court to rule on whether treaties break constitutional bonds
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-washington-dc/mike-stollenwerk

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The Obama Administration’s Department of Justice is expected to continue to argue before the Supreme Court in this case that the federal government may expand its powers over the people and the states by way of international treaties, . . . .” If the Supreme Court agrees with the Department of Justice, then it will be clear that entering into an international small arms treaty would provide the federal government potentially unlimited power to regulate firearms.

No matter what you think now, everybody better grab some popcorn and pay attention. The stakes are high and the Supreme Court has, as noted by Ilya Somin, not only issued a "rare unanimous decision on a federalism issue" . . .
 

A WWII Hero: OB Streeper, Silver Star recipient addresses Guns Save Life meeting
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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OB Streeper finally agreed to address our audience with the story of his time spent in France, behind German lines, during World War II. His presentation was superlative!

Streeper enlisted as a young man in 1943 was assigned to the 461st Bomb Group, 767th Squadron.

He began his presentation by saying he had it “good” during that time. Unlike the ground troops, he slept in barracks, ate good chow and even got a couple of drinks of whiskey after each successful run. He also got one of those bomber jackets that the girls all liked. “Those girls would chase after us guys in bomber jackets,” he chuckled. “I wasn’t such a good runner and some of those girls might have caught me.”

Great pics and videos of his presentation included...
 

NY: Hurricane Sandy aftermath is ‘medieval’
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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James Yeager of Tactical Response just sent this note out:

“I am getting reports from my Alumni in NY. Things are BAD. The news is under-reporting the violence. Shooting and home invasions are rampant. My Law Enforcement Alumni are telling me it is like a 3rd world country… Medieval. They say this will make Katrina look like a day at Disney.”
 

NY: Queens residents arm themselves in the post-storm blackout from looters
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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When night falls in the Rockaways, the hoods come out. Ever since Sandy strafed the Queens peninsula and tore up the boardwalk, it’s become an often lawless place where cops are even scarcer than electrical power and food. Locals say they are arming themselves with guns, baseball bats, booby traps — even a bow and arrow — to defend against looters.
 

Took my training… Now what?
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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Ok, so you purchased your gun. You took some training. You feel confident. Now what?

What will you do at 2am when the door gets kicked in? How will you respond in all of the confusion?

Will you remember where your gun is? Will you remember how to load it? Will you take the appropriate amount of time to recognize a threat versus a family member? Will you be able to clear a feed jam without freaking out? Can you do all of these things with a moment’s notice?

Firearm training is just like life… Just because you take a class or two does not mean you can perform in the heat of the moment. ...
 

Sitting Out This Election Year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Not only is this a position that panders to these voters but it is a position that does not seek to address substantively what the Second Amendment guarantees and what the Founding Fathers intended. They certainly did not intent that even law abiding citizens should have access to assault rifles or high yield weaponry that can kill many people in a short amount of time.
 

IL: Chicago gun owners to pay new tax on firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Friday, to the surprise of Second Amendment advocates, residents of Cook County, Illinois, which includes the city of Chicago, witnessed the imposition of a new tax on firearms. The county's commissioners claim the tax is needed to pay healthcare costs that result from gun violence, according to a law enforcement official.

The Board of Commissioners voted 9-7 to impose a $25 tax on each firearm sold within Cook County. The tax is expected to raise $600,000 in revenue in 2013, although critics believe it will raise less money since Chicago has one of the nation's toughest gun control laws.
 

LA: Louisiana voters to consider concealed carry amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Election day is under 36 hours away, and for voters in Louisiana, the president isn't the only vote on the ballot capturing attention.

There are nine state Constitutional amendments you'll be asked to decide on.

"Way too many gun laws," said a SWLA resident. "We have the second amendment. I'm a pure defender of the second amendment."

While the second amendment isn't changing., voters may make some changes to Louisiana's constitution regarding guns.
 

OK: Apparent self-defense fatal shooting under investigation in Delaware County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Delaware County man was briefly detained and later released by law enforcement officers after a fatal shooting in apparent self-defense on Saturday night, a law enforcement official said Sunday.

William Alan Martin, 48, of Leach, was fatally shot about 7 p.m. Saturday outside an acquaintance’s residence, said Delaware County Sheriff’s Capt. M.G. Wells.

Martin went to the residence to check on a relative when a confrontation ensued between him and Justin Tehee, 23, of Leach, he said.

Wells said a “high power rifle” was used in the shooting. Martin reportedly made threats to Tehee over the telephone and a loaded handgun was recovered on the roof of Martin’s vehicle, Wells said.
 

MN: NRA chief in Minn. to campaign for Cravaack
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The head of the National Rifle Association was in Duluth on Saturday afternoon to help Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack with his re-election campaign.

NRA President David Keene has been traveling the nation since late September promoting NRA-endorsed candidates like Cravaack. Cravaack maintains that his DFL challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan, supports of gun control measures.
 

NY: Hi-Point at center of liability test sought by Brady law activist group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence hopes to use a shooting victim’s lawsuit against Hi-Point Firearms to limit the scope of a federal law that has protected gun manufacturers against liability claims since 2005.

Beemiller Inc., doing business as Hi-Point Fire Arms, 1015 Springmill St., was sued by Daniel Williams of Buffalo, N.Y.

Williams was a 16-year-old high school basketball star with prospects for a college sports scholarship when he was shot and seriously injured in August 2003 by Cornell Caldwell, who apparently misidentified him as a rival gang member.
 

From abortion to pot, the ten most important ballot issues of 2012 election
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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6. Sticking to their guns

A handful of solidly red states are attempting to bolster their second amendment rights through the use of ballot measures. Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska and Wyoming all have amendments solidifying hunting and fishing rights and/or gun rights
 

PA: Get tough with 'straw' gun buyers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pennsylvania judges now can enforce tough minimum penalties on people found guilty of buying more than one gun for criminals who can't legally buy a firearm themselves.

It's too late to help Officer Bradley Fox from Plymouth Township outside Philadelphia. Barely seven weeks ago, a convicted felon shot Fox to death. Police say a "straw" purchaser obtained the murder weapon and eight other guns and turned them over to the killer.
 

Canada: Conservatives defy UN gun controls
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rifle enthusiasts celebrating the destruction of most long-gun registry files last week have more to cheer about after the government again deferred a plan gun-control advocates say would combat illegal arms trafficking.

Opponents argue the United Nations protocol signed by a previous Liberal government would drive up the cost of guns by as much as $200 apiece, killing jobs and creating more red tape in an already overregulated industry.
 

WA: Plastic or no, displaying gun big mistake
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Question: A man I’m seeing keeps a plastic squirt gun under the seat of his car. It’s red, but otherwise looks like the real thing.

He says he keeps it there in case he ever needs to show it to somebody who messes with him in traffic.

He wouldn’t actually point it at anybody, he says, just show it to them.

I’ve never seen him do it, but if he does, could it get him in trouble?

Lisa, Lakewood

Answer: Yes, he most definitely could get into trouble – not only with the law, but also with another road warrior who might pull out a real gun.
 

LA: Nine state constitutional amendments on the ballot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Scrutiny Standard for Gun Laws

» A "for" vote would require that any laws restricting the right to keep and bear arms be subject to the highest level of judicial review, known as strict scrutiny. Also, the amendment would say that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental one in Louisiana. It would delete a line in the Constitution that says the right to keep and bear arms shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons.
 

FL: Kim Kardashian: Leather Clad Miami Gun-Toting Defender
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Defend Yourself! Ok, I know that she has the right to bare arms but what about Kim Kardashian’s right to bear arms – does she need to own a gun? Ms. Kim showed up in a tight leather dress at Miami’s Pembroke Gun & Range store to load up on gun equipment to protect herself. Big sigh.

This is all supposed to be under the pretext that she needs to protect herself since an unwanted intruder allegedly showed up at her door this year with a suitcase. Chicas!! Her house is gated and she has security, giggle. But nonetheless a woman has to protect herself, right?
 

MT: Effort afoot to allow guns on Mont. campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While some argue that the state’s policies work just fine, as evidenced by the lack of problems reported by campus police, Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, stands among gun rights advocates who believe that the Board of Regents has no authority to ban firearms on campus.

Marbut argues that current laws leave students and faculty vulnerable to others with ill intentions. He says the time has come to revisit Montana law as it pertains to firearms on campus.

“I think people tend to agree with us, pretty generally, that the Montana Constitution doesn’t give the Board of Regents any authority to abolish the (U.S.) Constitution,” Marbut said.
 

IL: 9 counties to consider concealed carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With most voters focused on the economy or health care when they vote on Tuesday, some in Illinois will get a chance to send a message about gun control.

Gun-rights advocates in at least nine mostly rural counties have placed measures on ballots asking voters if they want Illinois to allow its residents to carry concealed weapons. Currently, it is the last U.S. state where it’s entirely illegal.
 

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To trust arms in the hands of the people at large has, in Europe, been believed...to be an experiment fraught only with danger. Here by a long trial it has been proved to be perfectly harmless...If the government be equitable; if it be reasonable in its exactions; if proper attention be paid to the education of children in knowledge and religion, few men will be disposed to use arms, unless for their amusement, and for the defence of themselves and their country. — Timothy Dwight, Travels in New England and New York [London 1823]

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