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SAF Announces 2013 Diamond Sponsor Cheaper Than Dirt!
Submitted by: Cheaperthandirt.com
Website: http://cheaperthandirt.com

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"The Second Amendment Foundation today announced that CheaperThanDirt has made an unprecedented contribution of $100,000, making the online sporting goods retailer SAF’s first-ever Diamond Level sponsor. Created in response to the generous donation from CheaperThanDirt, the Diamond level of sponsorship indicates the highest level of support for SAF’s continued efforts to restore firearms rights 'one lawsuit at a time,' as SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb explains it. " ...
 

Zapata lawsuit charges government conspiracy and cover-up
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Included in the list of answers the plaintiffs are seeking is the key question that has so far evaded investigators in determining a definitive answer for: 'Who authorized the gunwalking? Where is/are he/she/they now?'" ...

Submitter's Note: Others are reporting on it. Today's Gun Rights Examiner report brings you an exclusive copy of the complaint itself, so you don't have to rely on their interpretation.
 

.2/23 National Day of Resistance: Will You Be There?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"As you might have heard, February 23 has been named a national day of resistance against gun control and civilian disarmament, a day of scheduled nation wide. Here in New Hampshire we are gathering at our state house (there’s a proposal to eliminate our 'stand your ground' protections) at noon to show our support for gun rights both federally and locally . . ."

"Rallies can be a great way to get the message out, but it’s critical not to scare off honest folks who may be on the fence about the issues at hand. ..." ...
 

York Arms to NY Govt and LEO Customers – FOAD
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Another firearms company chooses not to do business with those who make it their business to disarm civilians. From York Arms’ web site:"

"Based on the recent legislation in New York, we are prohibited from selling rifles and receivers to residents of New York. We have chosen to extend that prohibition to all governmental agencies associated with or located within New York. As a result we have halted sales of rifles, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, and silencers to New York governmental agencies . . ." ...
 

IL: Why should gun rights advocates in Illinois support ANY concealed carry bill?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Madigan has over the years played a significant role in thwarting efforts to bring legal armed self-defense to Illinois ..."

"Why the sudden reversal? Not a change of Madigan's black heart--a heart that would rather see a 71-year-old woman, licensed to carry a firearm in many states (but not the one in which she lives and pays taxes), brutally beaten and left for dead by a recently paroled felon, than see her legally defend herself (see sidebar video)."

"No--the reason is that in December ... the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Illinois' outright ban of defensive firearm carry (openly or concealed) violates the Second Amendment, and gave the state six months to correct this unforgivable injustice." ...
 

Massad Ayoob: On Valentine's Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"On St. Valentine’s Day, I wish happiness and romance to lovers and spouses. It’s a time to reflect on our raisons d’etre. In an adult lifetime spent debriefing firefight survivors, I learned that the almost universal epiphany in the aftermath of such events was the realization that when you fight to survive, you’re really fighting to return to the people you love…the people who define your existence."

"We are embroiled in a battle that will, in the end, determine whether or not we keep the wherewithal to protect the people we love, and for them to protect themselves, now and in future generations. The juggernaut of ridiculous laws that began at the state level in New York now seems about to crush rights in Colorado. ..." ...
 

SAF gets $100K contribution from Cheaper Than Dirt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Second Amendment Foundation revealed today that it has received the single largest contribution ever from a corporate sponsor, a $100,000 check from CheaperThanDirt, one of the nation’s largest on-line retail sporting goods dealers."

"SAF’s Alan Gottlieb, rebounding from his trek to Olympia Wednesday to oppose a so-called 'universal background check' measure, said the donation provides a huge boost to the foundation’s legal and educational efforts. Gottlieb had been to Olympia representing the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which he chairs." ...
 

NIJ memo shows new gun laws can only 'work' with registration, confiscation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner is a frequent and vocal critic of the NRA (see here and here for recent examples), often wondering if the organization's leadership is merely naively optimistic, à la Neville Chamberlain, in its dealings with the forcible citizen disarmament extremists, or actively collaborationist, à la Vidkun Quisling. Honesty requires, however, acknowledgement of effective steps the NRA does take in defense of gun rights." ...
 

Sold out by a Dead Elephant Party governor who ought to know better. Bob Wright reacts to the New Mexico version of an Intolerable Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Here's the bad news for New Mexicans: 'New Mexico House votes to close gun show loophole.'" ...

"Not surprisingly, this does not make my old friend Bob Wright of the 1st Brigade, New Mexico Militia, very happy:"
"An Open Letter to Senator Carroll Levell, and all Senators in the New Mexico Legislature"

"Soon you will be asked to vote on HB 77 or its equivalent in the Senate."

"I ask that you vote 'NO' on this odious attempt to infringe upon the God Given Rights of free New Mexicans."

"As you know, Senator, the only mechanism the Federal Government could use to regulate firearms in America was a highly controversial and very cynical reading of the Interstate Commerce Clause. ..." ...
 

Common sense is gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The so-called leaders of our country are following their let no tragedy go unused approach with their attack on the Second Amendment. They cite a ban on all assault weapons. Common sense would define an assault weapon as any weapon that would be used to inflict bodily harm or death to another person or persons."

"Knives, hammers, automobiles, all could be an assault weapon."

"What they are actually trying to do is have the appearance of doing something when doing nothing and continuing to destroy what makes our country exceptional." ...
 

Guns And Ammo Production Maxed Out: “This is a Society Preparing For War”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"President Barack Obama is, arguably, the best gun salesman ever. Over 65 million guns have been purchased since the President took office in 2009. FBI background check statistics indicate that, over the last twelve months, Americans purchased a new gun every 1.5 seconds, a figure which suggests there is much more to the recent panic buying than people just stocking up to go hunting or sports shooting."

"The following guns and ammo industry report indicates that every major gun and ammunition manufacturer in the country is running at 100% capacity, with many so far behind that they’ve stopped taking new orders altogether." ...
 

Practice For When Ammo Is In Short Supply (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When ammo is in short supply or rising in cost, many people don't get in the practice that they need to stay proficient with their handguns. This new video from the National Shooting Sports Foundation discusses an alternative - dry-firing. Charlie McNeese of Gunsite Academy discusses the many important skills that you can hone with dry-fire practice at home. ..."
 

To Reduce Suicide Rates, New Focus Turns to Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Craig Reichert found his son’s body on a winter morning, lying on the floor as if he were napping with his great-uncle’s pistol under his knee. The 911 dispatcher told him to administer CPR, but Mr. Reichert, who has had emergency training, told her it was too late. His son, Kameron, 17, was already cold to the touch."

"Guns are like a grandmother’s diamonds in the Reichert family, heirlooms that carry memory and tradition. They are used on the occasional hunting trip, but most days they are stored, forgotten, under a bed. So when Kameron used one on himself, his parents were as shocked as they were heartbroken." ...
 

How we talk about guns in my Chicago classroom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke about gun violence, and he continues the discussion in Chicago today. He recognized in his speech, 'our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country.'"

"As a high school teacher in Chicago, I want to hear more than an acknowledgment that shootings are happening, that young people are dying violently and unfairly. I want to hear his determination to push through Second Amendment politics and assure us his leadership will make our streets safer. We might not be able to prevent every senseless act, but we must decrease the desensitization that encourages only one-word reactions to shootings: 'Again?'" ...
 

Is Change Possible? Continuing Thoughts on Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "... I was proud of my National Rifle Association certificates; was very happy when I got my Marksman First Class bar ... Had someone gotten preachy with me about shooting I know I would have turned a deaf ear."

"In time my feelings grew ambivalent. Then a friend of mine from summer camp was shot to death in LA and the joy of shooting left me. My brother was accosted with a gun, and moved to another city only to survive a sniper attack on his building there. My feelings about guns darkened. Then I became a rabbi and within a few years a congregant’s beloved mother was gunned down, one of a number of victims in a gruesome mass murder in Binghampton, NY. I strained to find words of solace for the family. ..." ...
 

National Rifle Association has helped save lives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A recent letter to the editor referred to the National Rifle Association as a gun club and a recreational club, stating it should not influence laws in America."

"Yet every day organizations such as the National Education Association, AARP, unions, political parties and other organizations we as individuals support lobby on our behalf because we as individuals do not have the time, money or talents to do so."

"By muzzling the NRA, we would be taking away not only its freedom of speech but that of its members, and we could then end up denying all of us our First Amendment right to the freedom of speech and eventually our Second Amendment right to bear arms." ...
 

NM: 87-year-old man saves woman from attacker, possibly prevents rape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"... a 24-year-old pregnant woman with her 3-year-old daughter, a 49-year-old man that attacked her and an 87-year-old man who saved her life."

"The woman was doing laundry ... when the man approached her and proceeded to make sexual advances towards her. After refusing his advances, the man became angry and pushed her down. She managed to get away from him and run with her daughter to her landlord’s house next door."

"However, her attacker followed her, forced his way inside, again knocking her down, then repeatedly hitting her in the face. The landlord then intervened and shot the attacker in the torso. The attacker then turned his anger towards the landlord and came after him when the landlord shot him for a second time." ...
 

MD: Maryland Homeowner Comes Home to Burglary in Progress, Shoots & Kills Suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Maryland homeowner, who is a Sheriff’s Deputy, off duty at the time, came home to find his front door damaged."

"When he went inside he encountered a burglar in his home."

"The homeowner drew a firearm and shot the burglar, who died from his wound." ...
 

KY: Kentucky Homeowner Shoots At, Scares Off Two Intruders Who Forced Their Way Into Home and Assaulted a Teenager
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Kentucky homeowner was lucky to be armed when two men forced their way into his home and punched a teenage resident in the face."

"The men originally knocked on the door and asked for a man named John before forcing their way into the home and assaulting a teenage resident."

"The homeowner grabbed a gun and fired a shot, which sent the pair of intruders running." ...
 

MI: No charges against Detroit basketball coach who killed teen
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"The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has declined to charge a Martin Luther King High basketball coach in the shooting of two teenagers, one fatally, after they allegedly attempted to rob him at gunpoint."

"'The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office will not charge the basketball coach with any crime,' Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy said. 'This case is a textbook example of lawful self-defense. The coach is a victim, so we are charging the 15-year-old accomplice in this case.'"

"'What is left here is absolutely tragic by any standard.'" ...
 

Dorner case shows folly of arming oneself to combat government
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The nutty notion that a citizen can be heavily enough armed to fight off the government went up in smoke near Big Bear Lake."

"This may sound crazy to most normal people, but there are some obsessed gun owners — although a minority, surely — who believe they need to arm themselves to perhaps combat government oppression."

"One reader wrote recently that he supported gun control 'as long as I'm armed as well as the police,' whom he didn't trust and felt he needed to be prepared to battle in a shootout." ...
 

CNN host: Can Dorner teach us anything about gun violence?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"CNN’s Carol Costello asked her panel a question Wednesday morning that might have a few people scratching their heads. The 'CNN Newsroom' host asked nonprofits founder Van Jones, Politic365’s Jason Johnson and The New York Times' Ross Douthat if the Christopher Dorner case teaches us anything about guns." ...
 

Breaking: Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Won’t Run Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"What does it take for New Jersey to keep a senator in office these days? Most Americans don’t give a damn, since the Garden State’s senatorial delegation is among the most scandal-plagued in the nation. Unfortunately for the Constitution, Frank Lautenberg has avoided the kind of scandals that plagued former senator Robert 'The Torch' Torricelli and current senator Robert Menendez . . ." ...
 

Fisking Federal Gun Control Proposals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I was asked recently what I thought about the proposals offered by the Obama administration in response to the Sandy Hook spree killing. I responded that I hadn’t looked at them carefully, mostly because I suspected they would likely be some kind of kabuki dance that, had they been in place at the time of the shooting, would have done absolutely nothing to stop the Sandy Hook killer. But I found a list at the New York Times and read through them. As I suspected . . ." ...
 

Question of the Day: Why Wasn’t Mark Hess Invited to the SOTU Speech?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"If you managed to sit through the state of the union speech the other night, you were treated to sympathetic shots (so to speak) of victims. Victims of gun violence — people who had either been shot themselves or had a loved one killed by someone with a gun ... Like all SOTU speeches, they were there as an act of political theater — agitprop designed to further the President’s civilian disarmament agenda. As Emily Miller describes the evening’s stage management, 'Arrangements were made so TV cameras would pan to the faces of victims of gun violence in the House galleries. Emotional drama, as opposed to reasoned argument, is the primary weapon in the administration’s campaign to undermine a fundamental constitutional right.' ..." ...
 

"It's Not About Keeping Kids Safe In School" - Wayne LaPierre (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO and Exec. VP, gave the NRA's response to the State of the Union address at the 37th Annual Convention of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He discussed how the emphasis has shifted from keeping kids safe in school to the gun control agenda. As he pointed out, President Obama made no mention of school safety in the State of the Union address." ...
 

Obama to talk gun control in violence-plagued Chicago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Days after delivering an emotional pitch for stronger national gun laws during his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama is taking his message home to Chicago, a city riddled with homicide deaths, as part of his administration's ongoing campaign to build public support for a sweeping series of proposals to reduce gun violence."

"Today, Mr. Obama is expected reiterate that call, heading to Chicago's South Side where he will deliver a speech focused on the economy speech at Hyde Park Academy but will briefly touch on his proposals to curb gun violence." ...
 

State of the Second Amendment
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"It’s clear from President Obama’s State of the Union address that gun control is a major goal for his second term." ...
 

NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
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"The National Rifle Association’s CEO on Thursday accused President Barack Obama of orchestrating a 'charade' to dismantle gun rights in his State of the Union address this week."

"Wayne LaPierre, the gun lobby group’s executive vice president and CEO, used a speech at a National Wild Turkey Federation conference in Nashville to decry the push for stricter gun laws made by Obama at the conclusion of his annual policy address on Tuesday."

"'For our Second Amendment freedoms, Mr. President, we will stand and fight throughout this country as Americans for our freedoms,' LaPierre said to applause. 'We promise you that.'" ...
 

MN: Rules? We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Rules
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While self-defense advocates (okay, gunnies) were taking time off work and away from their families to show up for and testify at hearings on some seriously ugly gun bills in Minnesota, DFL Rep. Alice Hausman who sponsored two of them – an 'assault weapon' ban and a mag cap limit – couldn’t be bothered to show up to defend them herself. Instead she sent Heather Martens, a paid flack for the Joyce Foundation-funded AstroTurf® organization, Protect Minnesota ... According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune – no friend of gun rights, they — 'That is an extremely unusual practice for a legislator seeking to get bills passed in the Legislature.' Unfortunately, Ms. Hausman had 'other commitments' . . ." ...
 

NJ: Armed principal plan moves forward in NJ district
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A school board in New Jersey has taken an initial step toward allowing a principal, who is a retired police officer, to carry a handgun in school, according to an Associated Press report." ...
 

Enter the SCAG -- Federal Legal Whore for Firearm Confiscation. “Federal agents are immune from state prosecution even when their conduct violated internal agency regulations or exceeded their express authority.”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'SC Attorney General: Come Get the Guns!'"
"In an opinion requested by Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, SC Attorney General Allan Wilson suggest that if federal gun confiscation was ordered that neither state law nor state law officials may interfere or otherwise impede federal law enforcement officers as they perform their lawful duties. ..." ...
 

NJ: From The NJ Second Amendment Society
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The New Jersey Law and Public Safety Committee held hearings yesterday on 23 gun control bills and the pushed all of the bills out of committee to the full house. As the release below from the NJ Second Amendment Society makes clear, it was the intention of the committee chairman that all of these bills would pass his committee." ...
 

WA: NRA flunks former ally in Olympia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I guess there’s no fury like the NRA scorned."

"After Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, sponsored a gun background-check bill, he knew his lifetime 'A' rating with the National Rifle Association would get a downgrade."

"But he didn’t think the gun-rights group would blanket his district with anti-Mike Hope postcards. Nor stop speaking to him."

"'It looks like I went straight from an A to an F,' Hope says."

"The NRA mailed cards to Hope’s 44th District last week that read: 'Urgent: Your State Rep. Mike Hope Co-sponsored Sweeping Gun Control Bill.'"

"The cards derided Hope’s proposal as both an attack on the Second Amendment and a sneaky step toward registering all firearms and their owners." ...
 

OH: Ohio Sen. Kris Jordan (R) introduces bill that would bar new local/federal/ international gun bans from being enforced in Ohio
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"WTVG (ABC Toledo) is reporting that State Senator Kris Jordan (R-19th District) has introduced Senate Bill 36, legislation that he says would keep Washington from running wild over the constitutional right to own a gun." ...
 

WY: Wyo. House votes to approve silencers for hunting
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"Wyoming hunters could use silencers on firearms for all types of hunting under a bill that cleared the state House of Representatives on Wednesday."

"The House stripped off an amendment it had adopted earlier this week that would have allowed silencers for hunting predators and small game but not for big-game species such as elk and deer. It passed the final bill 44-14." ...
 

ID: Boosting gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fearful that President Barack Obama will move aggressively to limit firearms, a Republican lawmaker said Thursday at least two bills meant to bolster gun rights will begin their journey through the Idaho Legislature starting early next week."

"Rep. Judy Boyle, of Midvale, said one measure, slated for introduction in the House State Affairs Committee Monday, will strengthen state law enforcement agencies’ ability to resist any federal attempts to confiscate weapons or ammunition declared illegal under federal law." ...
 

MO: Missouri Introduces Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – 90 Days to Turn em in
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..."4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:" ...
 

WA: Washington bill S.B. 5737 to ban “assault weapons” and magazines over 10 rounds
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"The bill, S.B. 5737, right now in the Washington State Senate proposes banning the sale, possession, and transfer of what they deem to be 'assault weapons.' ..."
 

Heavy hitters support SAF motion to Supreme Court on carry case
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"The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation is getting some heavyweight support in its petition to the Supreme Court for a Writ of Certiorari in a case challenging the gun permitting statute in the State of New York; a case that will have national impact because it could affect every concealed carry statute in the nation."

"Supporting the motion are 20 state attorneys general, and gun owners in the other 30 states are wondering why their attorney general has not signed on. Washington’s new Democrat Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s name is not on the list." ...
 

Surge of sheriff groups opposed to Obama gun control rises to 11
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"In less than four weeks since President Obama proposed sweeping new gun control laws and a ban on assault-style weapons, the backlash from law enforcement groups that strongly support the Second Amendment has surged and now there are 11 state sheriffs associations opposed to the president."

"The Illinois and Montana Sheriffs Associations became the last to join the growing crowd of police opposed to Obama, arguing this week that the president and state legislatures should instead be focused on mental health, not gun hardware." ...
 

FL: Officer fired for punching man won't be prosecuted
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"The former Sarasota Police officer who was fired after he was caught on camera repeatedly punching a man in the face at a Main Street nightclub will not be charged with a crime."

"Sarasota Police internal affairs investigators concluded that former officer Scott Patrick used excessive force when he tried to arrest Jason B. Dragash, 29, at Club Ivory during the early hours of Aug. 4."

"Prosecutors now say there was no excessive force ..." ...
 

MT: Judge: Bozeman police intentionally erased audio
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A judge has found Bozeman police intentionally erased a portion of an audio recording made during a welfare check on a man who claims officers used excessive force against him." ...

"The judge said he will instruct a jury that the missing audio 'would be relevant and favorable to some or all of the plaintiff's claims of excessive force' if the case goes to trial."
 

CO: Colorado police chiefs group supports magazine ban, background checks
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"The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police supports a state bill requiring background checks for private gun sales, as well as a measure that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, the organization's president said Wednesday."

"'We understand that background checks will not stop all illegal gun sales, but it will stop the many people who easily can possess a weapon who should not be allowed to do so,' Broomfield Police Chief Thomas Deland said ... He said criminals are using the 'background check loophole' to buy their weapons. 'The ability of background checks to reduce homicides and gun violence is significantly diminished by this giant loophole for private firearm sales that criminals and traffickers exploit.'" ...
 

UT: Utah parole officer accidentally shoots own leg during gun exam
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Utah parole officer shot his own leg by accident during a gun exam."

"The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the veteran officer was hospitalized Monday after pulling the trigger at Utah's police academy. No one else was injured." ...
 

FL: Cop Leaves Loaded AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle In Police Car Parked With Window Open (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While advocates fight to take assault rifles off the street, one City of Orlando police officer left his loaded and sitting in a patrol car parked with the window open."

"The unnamed officer told WESH.com he had been in court that morning, but declined to say how long he'd left his take-home patrol car on a Baldwin Park street with the window rolled down and his loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in clear view." ...
 

CA: Ex-cops like Dorner may own banned guns
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"The case of fired Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner highlights a significant exemption in California's assault weapons ban: Law enforcement officers can purchase high-powered weapons that the general public is forbidden to possess, and they can keep them if they retire or are dismissed from the force." ...
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h/t to David Codrea who says: Attention Ex-Only Ones: Your elite status is being eyed. They're coming for you.
 

IA: More guns won't stop killings, violence
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"A sad sight for me was a recent picture on the front page of The Daily News Journal showing people eagerly buying weapons, particularly assault weapons. If I thought these weapons would actually be used for protection, I would not be so perplexed about the rush to buy them."

"I certainly understand people working in some businesses, such as a convenience market, needing a gun for protection. On the other hand, I understand restaurants and college campuses prohibiting guns at their sites. In this vein, we should also listen to police, first responders and military, generally advocating gun control and prohibition of guns at various places." ...
 

IL: Schaumburg sued over cops accused in criminal corruption case
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"A lawsuit against the village of Schaumburg claims that two police officers recently accused of corruption improperly raided a man's home as part of a pattern of illegal conduct allowed by the department."

"The man who filed the suit, Kelley Altom, contends that police trumped up evidence against him in order to secure a warrant for an illegal search of his home. Altom, 41, was charged with felony possession and production of marijuana as a result of the 2011 raid, but the charges were later dropped." ...
 

MO: Lawsuit filed against cops, prosecutors
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"A lawsuit against the village of Schaumburg claims that two police officers recently accused of corruption improperly raided a man's home as part of a pattern of illegal conduct allowed by the department."

"The man who filed the suit, Kelley Altom, contends that police trumped up evidence against him in order to secure a warrant for an illegal search of his home. Altom, 41, was charged with felony possession and production of marijuana as a result of the 2011 raid, but the charges were later dropped." ...
 

TX: Former Kingsville police corporal indicted on charge of sexual abuse of child
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"A former Kingsville police corporal was indicted on a charge of sexual abuse of a child."

"David Cerda, 41, was indicted Thursday on continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 years old, according to the Kleberg County District Clerk’s Office."

"He is being held at the Kleberg County Jail on $100,000 bail."

"An investigation began after a girl at Ricardo Elementary School told her teacher she had been touched inappropriately." ...
 

WA: Domestic-violence charge against Seattle cop may be dropped
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"A Seattle police lieutenant who was charged with violating a domestic-violence court order reached an agreement Friday that could lead to the charge being dropped."

"Under the dispositional continuance, the case against Lt. Donnie Lowe will be pending for 12 months. If Lowe complies with certain conditions — no criminal law violations, carries no weapons except his service weapon and pays court costs — the charge will be dismissed in a year." ...
 

Frederick, Md. outdoor show hopes to attract more vendors, visitors after cancellation of Harrisburg event
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"Outdoor enthusiasts who were upset when a major gun show was canceled in Harrisburg, Pa., in early February will be able to attend a Frederick event this summer, according to Tim Hagan, of Frederick."

"Hagan is president of Catfish Nation, which coordinates fishing tournaments, and he interviews outdoor enthusiasts on a weekly radio show. He is planning a show Aug. 9-11 at the Frederick Fairgrounds."

"The show, Stand Tall & Give Back, will benefit organizations that help wounded veterans, Hagan said, as well as showcase vendors representing all aspects of outdoor activity." ...
 

OR: Love of guns reveals our collective fear
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"I find it interesting that no one seems interested in our society’s situation and conditions that existed when our Constitution was written. Picture this: The soldiers were armed with flintlock rifles that are muzzle-loaded with powder and ball one shot at a time. These were also the hunting rifles of the day."

"That same weapon and its capabilities were the basis for our founders when they engaged in deep thought and wrote the second amendment. Now, how does one translate that firepower to this day? Are we to believe the justification for an AR-15 and other military-type weapons of today is the same as for the flintlock?" ...
 

NJ: Bill of Rights protects each person (fourth letter)
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"The writer of the letter 'We the people' (Feb. 12) tries to make the case that 'our forefathers can arguably be said to have been concerned about the rights of a collective when drafting the Second Amendment, and not the rights of the individual.'"

"As proof of this, he points to the dictionary definition of the word 'people' to prove that it means collective rights, not individual rights."

"The writer could not be more wrong. ..." ...
 

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