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Progressive USA endangering ‘gun control’ foot soldiers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "It becomes fair to ask, especially since 'progressives' claim so much credit for championing workplace safety laws that everyone else must abide by, what responsibility does Progressive USA have as an employer/contractor for fully informing those it dispatches of on-the-job hazards?" ...
 

Beckel latest in long line of rape-enabling gun-grabbers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "It’s always been that way with the control über alles crowd. Those of us who’ve been around for a while have seen the ridiculous levels of denial even those who would have us believe they are 'feminist leaders' must resort to in order to mask the disconnect between their claims of empowerment and their practices of ensuring disadvantages forced on women are perpetuated." ...
 

Defense moves to drop remaining counts against N.M. gun dealers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "... The collective testimony of all of the prosecutors with a hand in this ill-baked pie will be relevant and prove to establish either a willful constitutional violation or that there has been a pattern and practice in the U.S. Attorney’s Office under Mr. Gonzales’ tenure of suppressing ... information. ..." ...
 

Agenda-driven research and reporting serve power elites, not public interest
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Those are pretty glaring holes for something representing itself as an unbiased presentation, as opposed to an advocacy piece. But then, Pulitzer notwithstanding, we’re talking about a 'news' organization headed by a billionaire 'progressive' that gets foundation grants from the likes of George Soros' Open Society Foundations, and partners with all the right 'Authorized Journalists' (or as Joe Biden likes to call them, 'legitimate media')." ...
 

SAF launches ‘Equal Gun Rights’ campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Second Amendment Foundation has launched an ambitious campaign to promote personal protection, calling it Equal Gun Rights (EGR), with a short video and website that simply says Self-defense is a human right."

"Because of its timing, SAF's launch could be considered a response to the anti-gun campaign initiated by Organizing for Action against lawmakers who oppose President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda. The Equal Gun Rights website has an on-line petition to support firearms rights for all." ...
 

Eskow – Bumper Sticker Logic Posing as Rationality
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I seem to be doing a lot of these pieces lately, maybe because I’m working on testimony opposing the silly-ass bills the Minnesota legislature has been trotting out to 'address gun safety.' But someone has to vivisect the antis’ dissection of supposed pro-gun arguments. When I saw Richard (RJ) Eskow’s entry into the field, I just couldn’t let it pass. Optimistically titled 12 rational responses to irrational gun arguments, RJ offers little in the way of substance, relying instead primarily on quips and ad hominem attacks. Best of all, he starts by accusing the pro-2A side of relying on … quips and ad hominem attacks . . ." ...
 

Warning: Politicians – We Will Not Allow You To Disarm Us
Submitted by: Tom Price

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"It is time to speak plainly for the good citizens and patriots of this nation who believe unbendingly in the Constitution of the United States of America. Though foreign governments may disarm their subjects, we will not go down that road. We will not disarm and see our freedoms stripped away. The lessons of history are numerous, clear, and bloody. A disarmed population inevitably becomes an enslaved population. A disarmed population is without power, reduced to childlike obedience to-and dependence upon – the organs of a parental state." ...
  • "We will not surrender our handguns."
  • "We will not surrender our hunting arms."
  • "And we will not surrender our firearms of military pattern or military utility, nor their proper furnishings, nor the right to buy, to sell, or to manufacture such items."
 

Black Conservatives: “Gun Control Laws Have Racist Origin” (video story)
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "'The first gun laws were put into place to register black folks to make sure they would know who we were, that we could not defend ourselves,' Swimp said. 'If you look at the Emancipation Proclamation, what was going on down in the Southern States, it’s very clear that the ‘Dixiecrats’ wanted to disarm black people to keep us from defending ourselves against the Klansmen, who were murdering white and black Republicans to control the ballot box.'" ...
 

U.S. cities as bad as deadliest 3rd World countries
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Those pushing President Obama’s gun-control agenda often portray the United States as one of the murder hot spots of the world, but the numbers tell a different story."

"Even more revealing, gun murders in the U.S. are concentrated in big cities that typically have the strictest gun-control regulations. And it is those cities’ gun murder rates that are comparable to the rates in some of the deadliest countries in the world." ...
 

The true history of gun control - Timeline
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "In more recent times the invention and mass production of the firearm made conquering - and then controlling - entire populations much more difficult, which is why the most heinous despots in the last 150 years have moved to limit or ban access to guns. ..."

"As gun control once more becomes an issue, and as some lawmakers, academics, pundits and ordinary Americans call for outright gun bans and confiscation in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in mid-December, it is vital and appropriate to examine the history of gun control around the world, and the carnage visited upon the innocent by gun-grabbing tyrants." ...
 

When Things Go “Bump” in the Dark
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"If you are going to be involved in a violent confrontation, chances are that it will occur at night or in low light conditions and when you least expect it. The confrontation will be 'up close and personal' and you will have little or no time to consider your options. The confrontation is likely to be over in just a matter of moments and what you do during those moments will be critical to your survival." ...
 

TTAG Defensive Tip: Shooting While Moving (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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Three Tips for Parents Teaching Kids How to Shoot (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"You know the trick to training a dog? Buy the right dog. You know the trick to teaching a your child to shoot? Procreate with the right woman (I’m still waiting for Malin Akerman to return my Tweet). OK, yes, that ship has sailed (the whole fleet). Which leaves you working with what you got. In the video above, we’ve got a winner! Sweet kid. Attentive. Respectful. As any parent knows, that’s subject to change without notice. So my pre-tip tip: make sure your kid’s in the mood for instruction when you take them shooting. If they’re not, forget it. Stop. Leave it for another day, year or child. They may come around when you threaten to pull the plug but make NOT teaching your kid the default option. ..." ...
 

Defense Distributed Printed AR-15 Lower: It Works! (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Gun control, to the extent that the current gun control advocates want it, used to be somewhat feasible. Only so many machine shops could produce quality gun parts, and the cost of setting up such a shop was prohibitive for criminals and political dissidents. But now, with a fully functioning AR-15 lower capable of being created on a homemade 3D printer, the genie is out of the bottle. ..."
 

MAC Gets Trigger Time On the New US Tavor (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Our man Nick has one on its way to Texas right now for a complete TTAG-approved test. But, for now, hopefully MAC can satisfy your itch for more information about the Tavor."
 

Biden Chief of Staff: Be Sure to Say ‘Murdered’ When Talking About Gun Violence Victims
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The bummer about email lists is they can be hard to maintain. Sometimes people get messages they’re not supposed to. A TTAG reader forwarded the meeting notes compiled by a member of a group of 120 gun violence victims and relatives. Michael Bloomberg’s civilian disarmament-pushing group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, funded a junket to Washington in early February where participants met with 'Double Barrel' Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Bruce Reed, the first lady and their respective Senators and Members of Congress. All under the watchful eye of MAIG operatives, of course. Click here for the trip notes. One of the more revealing details . . ." ...
 

Left Using Sock Puppetry to Push Civilian Disarmament
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gee, it’s almost as if there’s no one behind the civilian disarmament movement but the professional left and paid 'volunteers.' First it was Progressive USA offering the princely sum of $9-$11 an hour for people willing to work to end gun violence. ... Now, 'A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama’s gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter. Rep Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don’t exist.' Could it be that America really isn’t on the side of gun controllers? Say it ain’t so, Double Barrel Joe! . . ." ...
 

 

Feinstein's 'assault weapon' ban goes to committee, as bans become irrelevant
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) S. 150, to ban so-called 'assault weapons,' and 'to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited,' will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 150 has perhaps an even chance of being passed in committee, and proceeding to the Senate floor. Once there, as St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has noted before, further progress looks exceedingly unlikely, with the caveat that a Beslan-scale massacre committed with such firearms could energize the gun ban fanatics ... beyond anything we have ever experienced."

"Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee members should take note that "assault weapons" bans are on the cusp of becoming irrelevant. ..." ...
 

Magpul Gives Colorado Residents Opportunity to Purchase 10 PMags ASAP Before Mag Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Magpul continues to be the coolest company standing up for gun rights out there."

"I knew there was a reason I owned a dozen PMags (besides the fact that they are awesome)."

"Magpul just announced that they will give Colorado residents (where Magpul is currently based), the ability to purchase 10 PMags per person, at standard rates, directly from them effective in the next couple of days." ...
 

What the 2013 State of the Union *SHOULD* have sounded like!
Submitted by: Tom Price

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AL: Alabama Mother Uses Hi-Point Pistol to Fend off Daytime Burglar (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A mother in Alabama was in fear for her life when she found herself face to face with a man dressed in all black who had broken into her home during the middle of the day."

"The woman quickly grabbed a pistol from underneath her mattress and pointed it at the intruder, who then fled after the woman told him he needed to go as she kept the weapon aimed at him."

"In an odd twist, the suspect returned before police could arrive and left a letter saying he was sorry." ...
 

IN: Pizza Delivery Driver Shoots 1 of 2 Armed Robbers During Hold Up (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A pizza delivery driver in Indianapolis found himself looking down the barrel of a gun during a routine delivery on Saturday."

"Two teens held the driver at gunpoint and demanded his money, phone and pizza."

"One of the teens took the pizza from the car while the second suspect held the driver at gunpoint."

"When the driver said he had to get the phone out of the car, he actually grabbed his own firearm and opened fire on the suspects." ...
 

It’s election time and there are NRA board members who need to go
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"Former Texas Ranger and NRA Board Member Joaquin Jackson likes to pose with a lever action rifle. And apparently, if he had his way, that would be practically all that you would be allowed to own." ...
 

Beretta to Leave Maryland if Gun Control Laws Passed
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "Earlier this month, Reh testified before the Maryland legislature and reminded them that when Maryland began increasing gun restrictions, Beretta responded by moving its warehouse to Virginia. Reh stated:"
"'I think they thought we were bluffing, but Berettas don’t bluff.'" ...
 

NSSF Highlights Connecticut’s Firearms Business, Jobs (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The NSSF talks to execs and employees from Mossberg, Stag Arms and Ammunition Storage Components about their businesses and the current climate in Connecticut. What, no Colt? Is this just a (not very) thinly veiled threat that they’ll pull up stakes and relo to friendlier states should Governor Dan Malloy’s gun control agenda pass? You make the call. The NSSF’s press release is after the jump . . ." ...
 

NY: Local gun advocates to join rally Thursday in Albany
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Local gun rights advocates will be rallying Thursday in front of the Capitol in Albany to repeal the NY SAFE Act."

"At least five busloads from Orange County will be travelling to the noon rally, which will be followed by lobbying of state legislators, said OCShooters.com webmaster George Romero. National Rifle Association President David Keene is scheduled to speak at the event organized by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association." ...
 

NY: Schuyler committee passes resolution opposing gun law
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"A resolution drafted by Schuyler County’s sheriff and clerk opposing the new state gun law passed the county legislature’s Public Safety Committee unanimously Monday morning."

"The committee passed the resolution by a vote of 4-0. Sheriff Bill Yessman said the Monday morning crowd of more than 50 people was the largest ever for the committee."

"'We’re unhappy with the way this law was passed, the process they used ... what we feel are Second Amendment rights violations,' Yessman said Monday. 'The law does nothing to address gun violence. It really doesn’t.'" ...
 

NY: St. Lawrence County okays resolution opposing NY SAFE Act
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"St. Lawrence County legislators unanimously went on record Monday opposing parts of the NY SAFE Act during a sometimes raucous meeting attended by more than 150 gun enthusiasts."

"'What the bill does not do is make anyone safer,' said Assemblyman Marc W. Butler, R-Newport, who attended the meeting that had to be moved from the Board of Legislators chambers to the state Supreme Court room because of the crowd. 'We're getting a great deal of push-back on this. I think the bill is flawed.'" ...
 

CO: Date set for Operation Mountain Standard – CO Magazine Giveaway
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"I mentioned this a while back, but there is a non-profit fundraiser going on aimed at flooding the state of Colorado with standard capacity magazines which will be grandfathered in after their new civilian disarmament bill is passed." ...
 

NY: Pulse of The People: Gun law will turn police into criminals
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Kudos to the Rensselaer County Legislature for its Resolution condemning Gov. Andrews Cuomo’s irrational gun and magazine ban. Now, as a former police legal advisor and alumnus of the FBI National Law Institute ... I propose the real dangers to law enforcement be considered. First, it is plain that the new law fails to exempt police from being felons if they carry firearms onto school property. Indeed, it technically makes it a crime for anyone — including police — to possess any firearm. There are many other 'mistakes' too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say that this law was drafted and passed by a bunch of incompetent ideological zealots who rushed it through in the middle of the night to escape rational review." ...
 

NY: Short-circuiting the democratic process fans gun control opposition in New York state
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to act quickly to tighten New York’s gun laws, before the horror of Newtown faded and opponents had a chance to weaken their strict provisions. But haste and an utter lack of transparency threaten to undermine his efforts."

"In a rebellion that even the iron-fisted governor may not be able to contain, more than 20 Upstate counties have passed non-binding resolutions calling for the repeal of the NY Safe Act. The Onondaga County Legislature could become the next, if Legislator Kevin Holmquist, R-Manlius, prevails." ...
 

NY: Those opposing SAFE Act plan to rally this week
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"As state lawmakers return to Albany after an extended mid-winter vacation, they'll be greeted by yet another protest against Governor Andrew Cuomo's sweeping gun control legislation passed in January. Supporters hope Thursday's rally will draw as many as ten thousand people."

"'It's to show the governor that there's a grassroots coalition that is growing to voice their opposition to this legislation,' said Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association." ...
 

NY: Sportsmen rally locals to protest SAFE Act
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"The Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation said Monday they have mustered about 250 county residents to lobby state legislators about New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Organized by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Thursday’s action has been billed as a Citizens Lobby Day at the state Capitol."

"Speakers scheduled to address a rally held at Capitol Park include Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose, state Senator Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon, NYSRPA President Tom King and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association. Participants are encouraged by NYSRPA’s website to schedule an appointment with their assemblyman or state senator for Thursday." ...
 

NY: Opposition to New York SAFE Act Grows (graphic available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I know what you’re thinking: where were all these people when the SAFE Act was hurtling through the Empire State legislature, exploiting the post-Sandy Hook spree killing hysteria? Remember that their elected representatives had twenty minutes to read the Act before they voted on it. ..." ...
 

NY-Based Allstar Tactical Joins LEO Boycott, Considers GTFO
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Allstar Tactical strongly believes in our liberties and Constitutional rights as United States Citizens. Specifically, we fully support the second amendment to the United States Constitution, our right to Keep and Bear Arms. We vehemently oppose any attempt to illegally disarm law-abiding American citizens. Due to the infringement of our second amendment rights through pending and passed illegal legislation regarding our right to Keep and Bear Arms, Allstar Tactical has been forced to review its policies and procedures for providing any products to state and local government agencies . . ." ...
 

Deal on gun background checks hinges on tracking sales
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"A bipartisan group of senators is close to a deal that would extend background checks to most gun sales, but are still in talks over how to manage paperwork for firearm sales between private citizens, according to sources close to the discussions."

"Although the issue over where to store the records from gun sales between private citizens seems to be merely clerical, gun rights activists have said the paperwork issue is critical." ...
 

Congressman Blasts Obama For Using Fake Twitter Messages To Fight Gun Control
Submitted by: Tom Price

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"Rep Steve Stockman (R-TX) made accusations against Barack Obama on Monday over his gun control campaign claiming that is it fraud based with fake messages over Twitter. Stockman claims that Obama is seeking to give the appearance of support greater than what he has for gun control legislation by flooding Twitter with messages from people that don’t exist."

"'Obama’s anti-gun campaign is a fraud,' Stockman said. 'Obama’s supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress,' he added. 'I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign.'" ...
 

Are Senate Supporters of Sane Gun Laws Ready for a Deal?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"For supporters of gun regulations, a reckoning is here. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, released a package of gun legislation this week and plans hearings Feb. 28 on an assault weapons ban. A substantial majority of Americans supports universal criminal background checks for gun sales. Smaller majorities support a ban on assault weapons and on high-capacity magazines." ...
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Submitter's Note: Except, "the freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil and Constitutional right -- subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility" - L. Neil Smith
 

Time Grows Short
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"We’re getting to crunch time. According to the folks at Breitbart, the Feinstein 'assault weapon' ban bill goes before the Senate committee Thursday, February 28. ..."

"People, we’re up against the heaviest and most underhanded full-court press against the civil rights of gun owners that this nation has ever seen. Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly threatened Democrats in the Colorado state legislature that if they didn’t vote for Draconian gun bans, he’d use his billions to finance Democrat challengers to unseat them in the next election. The White House is calling state legislators to intimidate them into voting for gun bans at the state level." ...
 

“Officials warn sequester could hinder gun control” The Problem Being…?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"If this was a purely political blog, I’d run a post entitled 'OMG! The Feds Cut Spending! OMG!' I support the sequester with the same fervor that herpetologists support Sofia Hellqvist's interest in their legless friends. Speaking of scales, it’s time to face the music. Anything that cuts the federal budget is OK with me, from the Obamaphone program to defense spending. And now we learn that the sequester could cut federal funds spent on 'gun control.' As someone who believes there shouldn’t be any gun control laws—zip, zero, none—I couldn’t be happier. Well, I could be if the bill completely defunded the ATF. But I’ll take what they won’t get. Specifically . . ." ...
 

IL: Democrats Try to Introduce Their Own Incredibly Strict Concealed Carry Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Illinois Democrats are trying to sabotage a bill in the Illinois State House of Representatives which would layout numerous restrictions and hurdles for someone seeking a concealed weapons permit."

"The requirements of note are:
- 40 hours of training, 20 of which is range training
- Applicant is responsible for all training costs
- Applicant would have to carry a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy
- Training would be administered only by the Illinois State Police (according to one amendment, there are currently only 5 State Police firearms instructors)
- Certain proposed amendments would make the permit a 'may issue' permit ... Other proposed amendments mention a 'shall issue' permit ..." ...
 

United States: Weapons At Work? States Consider Requiring Employers To Allow Firearms In Employees' Vehicles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Several states – including Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina – are currently considering legislation that would require employers to allow their employees to bring firearms to work and store them in their vehicles regardless of the employer's human resources policies. The legislative push – largely backed by the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun rights groups – has met resistance from employers who argue the laws would make it easier for disgruntled employees to cause harm and infringes upon their private property rights." ...
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Submitter's Note: Do these companies even think about what they are saying? No guns in cars so "disgruntled" employees, instead of getting mad, going out to their car for their gun and coming back inside to commit murder will instead, what, go out to their car, drive home, get their gun so they can murder their boss and then ... decide to make a sandwich instead?
 

IL: Anti-gun Democrat backed by NY mayor wins Chicago primary to replace ex-US Rep. Jackson Jr.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The newly-elected Democratic nominee to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. vowed to become a leader in the fight for federal gun control and directly challenged the National Rifle Association in her victory speech."

"But it remains to be seen if Robin Kelly's primary win Tuesday night in the Chicago-area district, aided by a $2 million ad campaign funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC, would fuel the national debate." ...
 

NY: Talking Points: Experts and Politicians Discuss State Gun Legislation
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"What would you do to amend the state’s new gun legislation, if anything?" ...
 

NY: Ortiz Holds Forum On Gun Control
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Assemblyman Felix Ortiz announced today he would hold a forum to discuss January’s gun control law, gun violence and mental health issues day after protestors come to Albany for another rally to oppose the measure."

"In a news release, Ortiz’s office says the event will look at the 'chain of mental illness and gun control' along with programs for the mentally ill closing due to budget cuts." ...
 

MO: Anti-gun Missouri legislator plays 'race card'--badly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) claims that those colleagues of hers who oppose her bizarrely restrictive gun bill (that would be the vast majority of her colleagues) do so only because they do not value 'black lives.' From the St. Louis Beacon:" ...
 

IL: Illinois another step toward legal armed self-defense; Politburo strikes back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The anti-self-defense extremists in Illinois lost another round Friday, when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state's request for an en banc appeal to the court's Moore v. Madigan/Shepard v. Madigan ruling, which found that the state's outright prohibition of armed self-defense in public violates the Second Amendment. ..." ...

"Judge Posner's ruling gave the state 180 days (that puts the deadline at June 10) to replace the outright ban on armed self-defense with some other regulatory framework short of a ban. If no such law is passed in that time, then concealed and open carry would basically become unregulated ..." ...
 

OH: Hundreds gather at events around the state to express support for gun rights
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"Hundreds of Ohioans who love the Constitution joined thousands upon thousands at more than 100 'Day of Resistance', or .223 rallies, events in all fifty states to express their support for the Second Amendment on Saturday, February 23." ...
 

NY: Spotlighting NY’s gun thugs
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"In other cities, violent gun felons are released by the court system and allowed to disappear back into the alleyways and dark corners that spawned them, but here in New York, we keep them fixed firmly in the spotlight of the law. Now it’s time to shine that light statewide."

"Back in 2006, Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn and I spearheaded an important anti-crime innovation — keeping track of gun offenders who’ve done their time. And Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. recently suggested a statewide expansion." ...
 

NY: At the Capitol Thursday: Pro-gun rally outside, gun-control presser inside
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"Republican lawmakers and gun-rights activists are gearing up for a rally Thursday that’s expected to attract 10,000 people, according to organizers."

"Tom King, president of the state Rifle and Pistol Association, said 80 buses from around the state will travel to Albany for the protest on the Capitol lawn, where participants will denounce Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s so-called SAFE Act." ...
 

IL: Chicago unites in fury at Bloomberg intervention in special election
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"Bob Jackson might be thought to have reason to welcome the mayor of New York splurging millions to make guns the issue of a Chicago election."

"After all, Jackson heads a group, Roseland Ceasefire, struggling to contain a surge in shootings in one of Chicago's poorest and most violent neighbourhoods. ..."

"Michael Bloomberg, one of the most high-profile supporters of stricter gun controls, has used his money to oppose one candidate and back another in a special primary election ... For New York's billionaire mayor, the key issue has been the candidates' position on a federal assault rifles ban. But his intervention, far from rallying campaigners like Jackson, has instead angered people on all sides of the guns debate." ...
 

NJ: Teachers Union Backs Bill to Create More “Gun Free Zones”
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"The NJ teachers union has backed a measure that would see more 'gun free zones' aka defenseless victim zones in the state." ...
 

IL: Madigan’s Illinois Concealed Carry Bill Revealed
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"John Boch of Guns Save Life warned that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan would try to pull a legislative fast one by pushing through his own court-mandated concealed carry bill rather than the one backed by the NRA. Madigan’s opus is spiked with restrictions so onerous that most Land o’ Lincoln gun owners would sooner turn down a date with Danielle Knudson than jump through the hoops required to legally pack heat. Under the Speaker’s scheme, prospective toters would be required to carry $1 million in liability insurance coverage and undergo 40 hours (yes, one full work week) of training. And that week would also include . . ." ...
 

Federal Court Finds No Constitutional Right to Carry a Concealed Weapon - We Explain The Decision
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"While gun rights supporters might like to think the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is an absolute guarantee against government interference, according to at least one (relatively conservative) appeals court, they are severely mistaken. ..."

"Last Friday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision in the case of Peterson v. Martinez, a case involving the question of whether a state has an obligation to provide a concealed carry license to anyone who has been granted such a license in another state. Their answer was, to put it mildly, 'no.'"

"In fact, the court adopted a fairly novel approach in explaining why the right to keep and bear arms didn’t apply in this case: ..." ...
 

Vietnam Vet Barred From Owning a Gun Because of a Teenage Misdemeanor 45 Years Ago
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"A 19-year-old sailor stationed in Annapolis, Md., in 1968 was arrested for getting into a fight with an alleged member of a street gang."

"Now, more than four decades later, the 64-year-old U.S. Navy veteran has been stripped of his right to own a gun." ...
 

Police sex assault kidnap case opens question: Who will guard the guards?
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... "It would be interesting to ask Chief Drummond how many concealed carry permits he has issued and if he believes the women allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted by his officer should have had the means to defend themselves instead. ..." ...
 

Political police execs to push gun control at Wednesday event
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"More than 25 police officials from around the country will gather in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon for a press conference during which they will demand a ban on so-called 'assault weapons' and push for background checks on all firearms purchasers." ...

"Noticeably absent from this gathering are any of the sheriffs from around the country who have announced they will not enforce any unconstitutional firearms regulations. That list includes 30 of New Mexico’s 33 county sheriffs, several Oregon sheriffs ... and various others who may or may not be members of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association."

"This column earlier discussed the difference between elected sheriffs and political police officials."
 

Firearms Laws: One Rule for You, One Rule for the FBI
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"The recent and growing boycott of law enforcement agencies within New York by firearms industry folks is a fascinating and in some ways unprecedented development. It’s the realization of a theme that we’ve been mooting since the site began: cops are civilians too. Citizens should have access to the same self-defense tools as the police and the police should be held to the same standard of firearms responsibility as citizens. Only they’re not, are they? To wit: a member of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia recently sent us a link to some declassified FBI discipline rulings from the Agency’s Office of Personal Responsibility. Our reader remarked, 'this stuff makes for interesting reading.' Yes. Yes it does. Specifically . . ." ...
 

See police confiscate guns from Americans
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"Is it possible – or even imaginable – that in the United States of America, police could go door to door and confiscate citizens’ legally owned firearms?"

"To many, such a concern is conspiratorial and evidence of paranoia. They might be surprised to learn that not only has outright gun confiscation of legally purchased weapons already occurred in a major way in the U.S., but public officials in some areas are right now attempting to pass legislation to allow more of the same." ...
 

CA: Officer Claims Cops Sell LAPD Guns to Civilians and Dealers
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"Los Angeles police officers bought and sold guns from the police armory for profit, and told the lieutenant in charge of the armory to 'watch his back' after he reported it, the 25-year LAPD veteran claims in court."

"Armando Perez sued the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department in Superior Court."

"Perez, who joined the LAPD in 1987, claims he was retaliated against, suspended and threatened after he discovered, through his job as 'Officer in Charge of the Armory,' that officers in the Metropolitan Division were buying and reselling guns to other officers, civilians and gun dealers." ...
 

IN: Former Gary Cop Pleads Guilty To Gun, Drug Charges
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"Former Gary police officer David Finley Jr. will admit he knowingly sold a gun to a felon in August and sold that same person drugs later the same day."

"Finley’s attorney John Cantrell filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court a notice for Finley, of Merrillville, to plead guilty without the benefit of an agreement with federal prosecutors." ...
 

IL: Former [Northern Illinois University] cop re-indicted on rape charges
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"A DeKalb County grand jury has re-indicted a former Northern Illinois University police officer for rape, nearly three months after prosecutors dropped identical charges against him and just days after the school fired its police chief for allegedly mishandling the case."

"Andrew Rifkin was charged today with criminal sexual assault, according to a statement from DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack. The felony charge carries up to 15 years in prison." ...
 

CA: Officials: 3 Irwindale police officers subjects of criminal investigations
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"A former Irwindale police sergeant and two current officers are the subjects of criminal investigations - two for alleged sexual improprieties and one for the alleged theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars, officials confirmed Thursday."

"Irwindale Police Chief Dennis Smith, who has 17 officers on his staff, declined to name the officers or discuss the nature of the allegations against them, adding that he was prohibited by law from discussing 'personnel matters.'" ...
 

TX: HPD officer accused of seeking sex to quash tickets
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"A Houston police officer is accused of telling two women, including an undercover HPD investigator, he would tear up their traffic tickets in exchange for sexual favors." ...
 

LA: Let Them Eat Cake? Government Destroys 1,600 Pounds of Deer Meat for Homeless Just Because
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"Hunters and homeless people in Louisiana are righteously outraged after state health officials forced a homeless shelter to throw out nearly a ton of perfectly good venison."

"The meat that had been donated to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission could have fed more than 3,000 people. Instead, it was tossed in trash bins by officials from the Department of Health and Hospitals who say that state law prohibits the serving of venison in homeless shelters."

"Not only did the officials toss the meat, they doused it with Clorox to make sure it couldn’t be eaten by animals or, presumably, people." ...
 

Media's Inconvenient Victim: Columbine's Evan M. Todd
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"Evan Todd is a Columbine survivor -- a student who was shot and wounded in 1999 during what is still the deadliest school shooting in American history. With an open letter penned to President Obama, Todd dove head first this week into the gun control debate."

"Unless you look at right-leaning media, though, you have likely never heard of Evan M. Todd. To the supposedly 'objective' media, he's what you might call an inconvenient victim. Therefore, he'll receive little to no attention there. You see, Todd not only opposes President Obama's gun control measures; through his letter, he makes a respectful, thoughtful, rational, and compassionate case against the president's proposals:" ...
 

ABC broadcast edits out Michelle Obama claim that Chicago teen was killed by an ‘automatic weapon’
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"In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C."

"'She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn't need,' the First Lady explained. 'I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.'" ...
 

GA: Kennesaw, Georgia 1982 law requires all households have a gun
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"Here's an interesting perspective on the gun control debate. WUSA9 found a town where every household is required, by law, to own a gun and the ammunition to use it."

"It's a community 25 miles northwest of Atlanta that put itself on the map in a most unusual way."

"'We don't have shootouts. It's not a Wild West,' said Lt. Craig Graydon of the Kennesaw Police Department."

"Sunrise over Kennesaw, Georgia reveals a sleepy town of 30,000 and a landscape dotted with flags, American and Confederate. Gun ownership is a way of life here." ...
 

OMG! It’s an Essay! About a Gun Show! OMG!
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"It sounds like a Denton, Texas high schooler did just what his English teacher asked of him. That’ll learn ‘im. According to myfoxdfw.com, 'Marshall Williams said he and his classmates were told by Mr. Dewey Christian at Denton High School to write a report on anything that they were interested in using different types of sentence structures. He chose to write about the Fort Worth gun show.' Ruh roh. Did you say, 'gun show' Marshall? Mr. Christian mutinied when young Master Williams handed in his theme, telling the lad he’d receive a zero grade because of the subject matter he chose. When Marshall’s mom heard the story, she confronted the hoplophobic instructor . . ." ...
 

Magpul to Flood Colorado with Cheap 30-Round Magazines
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"Magpul just announced via Facebook that they are planning to install an express lane for Colorado customers to buy PMAGs directly from the factory, and will be offering flat rate $5 shipping anywhere in the state. Thanks to the impending legislation that would make simple possession of an inanimate object a crime, Magpul is going to do its best to get these mags into the hands of as many Colorado residents as possible before the ban goes into effect. Their limit will be 10 per customer, with full details to follow. Make the jump for the full skinny . . ." ...
 

What applies to one amendment applies to all
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... "Thus, they argue, the Second Amendment protection doesn’t extend protection to today’s semi-automatic rifles and pistols with high-capacity magazines. Those of you who buy into this nonsense should be aware of the implications such doctrine would have."

"If that logic is applied to one amendment, it must be applied to all amendments. Consider its impact on the First Amendment. The principle excludes from protection any technology that did not exist when the Founding Fathers wrote the amendment." ...
 

Focus on criminals to reduce gun crimes
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"Many liberals think the answer to mass shootings and street crime lies in stricter gun regulation: banning 'assault weapons,' limiting the capacity of magazines or, in their unrestrained moments, adopting ultra-stringent laws like those in Britain or Australia."

"But most of these ideas are irrelevant or impossible. Even if the Second Amendment didn't prevent it, Americans would never stand for a near-total ban on ownership of semiautomatic weapons, á la Australia, or of handguns, as in Britain." ...
 

TX: 4-year-old kills himself with dad's stolen gun
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"A 4-year-old Houston boy fatally shot himself with his father's stolen handgun Sunday morning, police say." ...

"The weapon, a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, was stolen during a burglary in 2011 ..." ...

"While some officers pursued Pratt, others performed CPR on the young victim, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene."

"The officers who followed Pratt into his apartment discovered marijuana and crack cocaine along with weighing scales and other items used to sell drugs ..." ...
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KABA Note: But the Brady's will try and use this tragedy to impose "safe storage" laws on those of us who aren't burglarizing drug dealers.
 

CA: California poll respondents would trample gun owner rights
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"An independent survey by the Field Poll has revealed that a majority of California voters are willing to trample the civil rights of gun owners by a 61-34 percent margin, and that more Californians have a negative view of the National Rifle Association (43 percent) than a positive one (37 percent)." ...
 

TX: As if the Guns and Ammo Shortage Isn’t Bad Enough . . .
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"'Republican State Rep. Jeff Leach has filed a bill to give Texas gun-buyers a break — making Texas Independence Day (March 2) a tax-free holiday for anyone who purchases a rifle, pistol, shotgun or semi-automatic,' trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com reports. ..."
 

NY: Gun law stymies county clerks
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"It has been a week since the Ontario County Clerk’s Office began accepting the pistol permit 'opt-out' privacy forms, and already, the office has been inundated with forms, said County Clerk Matthew Hoose."

"The office started accepting the forms — which ensure that permit holders’ private information will not be released publicly — on Feb. 15, and has since received upwards of 500 forms."

"'They’re coming in droves,' said Hoose." ...
 

OH: Spring Is On Its Way, Area Shooting Ranges Open Soon
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"Just like the return of the red-winged blackbird, another true sign of spring's arrival is the annual reopening of the Ohio Division of Wildlife's Class 'A' shooting ranges. Public shooting ranges operated by the ODNR Division of Wildlife in District One will open for the year on February 27th. Two different counties in central Ohio (Delaware and Fayette counties) offer rifle, pistol, shotgun, and archery ranges." ...
 

MT: Montana Sheriff Says Threats Of Feds Are “Purely Fictitious”
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"I’ve received an email, which is currently in circulation on the internet regarding Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman claiming that Federal agents have threatened him with arrest should he not uphold gun control policies. Sheriff Hoffman told Freedom Outpost via telephone that the email is 'purely fictitious.'" ...
 

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