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CT: Ex-cop accused of ditching military training to vacation in Hawaii
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A vacation in Hawaii not only cost a former Connecticut police officer his job, but also led to criminal charges being brought against him.

The Stamford Advocate reports Donald Chen was granted two weeks off from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15 by the Stamford police department so he could report for training with his U.S. Army Reserves unit.

Eight days into Chen's military leave, police received a call from the Army asking where he was. After initially telling a lie involving his "sick" father, police say Chen admitted that he was vacationing in Hawaii with his girlfriend.
 

The Tommy Gun lived up to its original name: The Annihilator
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Despite what many think, the Thompson submachine gun was not the first submachine gun.

But many will argue it was the best submachine gun ever put in the hands of fighting men – whether they were “good guys” or “bad guys.”

“I knew several soldiers who used Thompsons for special operations in Vietnam,” said Alan Archambault, a retired U.S. Army officer and former supervisory curator for the U.S. Army Center of Military History. “Even in the 1960s, the Thompson was still an iconic weapon for U.S. soldiers. Often when one soldier would rotate to the U.S., he would pass the Thompson on to another soldier in theater.”
 

Obama to announce new executive action on guns
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President Barack Obama is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales, people familiar with White House planning said.

Described as "imminent," the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths.

Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could delay an announcement. But gun control advocates are expecting the new actions to be revealed next week, ahead of Obama's annual State of the Union address, set for January 12.
 

Another day, another assault on liberty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The gun grabber faction of Congress has embarked on yet another assault on liberty and the 2nd Amendment, filing a bill called the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2015” (H.R. 4269) in the House. It was initiated by Rep. David Cicilline (Communist-R.I.) with some 126 listed co-conspirators, all communists listed as Democrats.

The bill does not even hide the fact that it is a direct assault on the 2nd Amendment. The first line of the bill reads, “To regulate assault weapons, to ensure the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and other purposes (emphasis added).”
 

VA: Virginia Governor & AG Force Open Carry Of Guns Across State
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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HOWEVER, you do have a few options if you still want to come visit us:

Open carry is legal in Virginia – no permit required and you can open carry in most places in Virginia. Our police don’t bat an eye. VCDL’s website has a list of the places that you cannot carry. And, here’s another good reason to open carry: McAuliffe and Herring HATE open carry. But, hey, it was THEIR brilliant idea to prohibit concealed carry, so they will have no choice but to get used to a whole lot more people open carrying in Virginia!”
 

WA: Washington added more than 31,000 CPLs in 2015
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Washington State added more than 31,000 new concealed pistol licenses in 2015, according to data obtained this morning from the state Department of Licensing, and it is reflective of a trend nationwide that underscores the rush to obtain carry licenses in parts of California following the San Bernardino attack, reported yesterday by KCAL in Los Angeles.

In the Evergreen State, as of this morning, there were 509,578 active CPLs, up from 478,460 reported by DOL back on Dec. 31, 2014. This year saw 31,118 new licenses including the 93,425 in just King County. That number includes 18,505 issued to women and 74,858 to men in the county, a ratio of roughly 20 percent that seems to generally apply statewide.
 

VA: Will Virginia Voters Vindicate Freedom By Defeating Vindictive Politicians?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In late December, Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring announced that the Old Dominion was severing Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with half of the United States—not through legislation, but through executive fiat.

Indeed, the attorney general’s scheme appeared specifically intended to bypass the legislative process: Even the Washington Post characterized it as “part of a national push to circumvent legislatures opposed to tightening gun laws.”
 

WA: Court rules paring knives not protected by Second Amendment
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In a majority opinion written by Justice Charles Wiggins the court said small paring knives are not covered by the amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms.

He called such knives a utility tool, not a weapon.

"While almost any common object may be used as a weapon, that does not necessarily mean that possession of otherwise innocuous objects that could be wielded with malice will trigger the constitutional protections afforded to 'arms'," Wiggins wrote.

The case stems from a traffic stop in which Wayne Anthony Evans was arrested after telling an officer he was carrying a knife after being asked if he had any weapons. He was convicted of unlawful use of weapons.

 

WA: State Supreme Court: Paring knives not protected by 2nd Amendment
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A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Seattle law prohibiting people from carrying fixed-blade knives such as kitchen utensils for self-defense does not conflict with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In a majority opinion written by Justice Charles Wiggins the court said small paring knives are not covered by the amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms.

He called such knives a utility tool, not a weapon.
 

LA: NRA, its members are not the big problem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cohen characterized the San Bernadino terrorist massacre as “Two otherwise ordinary citizens, dressed as soldiers, went to war.” In the face of terrorist activity in our country where defenseless citizens are slaughtered, he believes that “the solution to the menace of domestic terrorism is staring us in the face. It is some sort of gun control.” Ordinary citizens? Gun control as the solution? Really?
 

MD: Man's death ruled justified, removed from Baltimore's homicide total
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The 343 homicides in Baltimore as of Thursday morning constitutes the second most in a single year in the city's history, after the 353 killings seen in 1993. Given that the city has lost about 100,000 residents since the 1990s, this year's total makes 2015 the deadliest year ever, per capita.
 

New Year’s Eve: Cities on High Alert but America’s LEO’s Have a Plan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A growing number of law enforcement officials are encouraging citizens to carry at all times for self defense and protection against violent attacks not just on New Year’s Eve, but every day. LEO’s know they can’t be in all places at all times, and are actively reaching out to strong, law-abiding citizens to help them protect their communities.
 

FL: Florida 911 Dispatcher Accidentally Shoots and Kills Daughter
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A 27-year-old Florida woman was pronounced dead Wednesday morning, the victim of a shooting by her mother, who mistook her for an intruder.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Sherry Campbell, who works as a 911 dispatcher, told investigators she was awakened by what she thought was a stranger breaking into her home. That noise was actually the sound of her daughter, Ashley Doby, moving about the house. Campbell fired a single shot that fatally struck Doby in the chest.
 

TX: Why Texans worry about open carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A few months ago, an angry patient walked into the clinic where I work as a family physician. He threatened staff in the waiting room. His physician was pulled from her exam room and advised to stay behind a locked door. Security called 911. It took local police about 25 minutes to arrive. I am grateful he did not have a gun and would have felt no safer if another patient or clinic staff member had been carrying a firearm.
 

NV: Court limits use of deadly force by private citizens
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Newell appealed his conviction for battery with a deadly weapon and assault on grounds he believed Theodore Bejarano was committing felony coercion against him. He argued nothing in statute requires the amount of force used in self defense be “reasonable and necessary or that the person battered pose a threat of serious bodily injury in order for deadly force to be used.”

The opinion by Saitta says that plain interpretation of the law leads to an unreasonable or absurd result because it would allow deadly force as a response to any felony, even the most non-violent.
 

WA: Daunting year ahead for Second Amendment activists
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Guns.com this morning reported the “legislative year in review,” including mentions of the new gun restrictions that take effect tomorrow in California, and the open carry law that becomes effective tomorrow in Texas. Bellevue’s Second Amendment Foundation will be looking for a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court on whether it can pursue its legal action against Initiative 594, which was tossed by a federal judge in Tacoma earlier this year; a decision that was quickly appealed.
 

TX: Open Carry of Handguns Is Now Legal in Texas
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As of today, gun owning Texans will be able to openly carry their handguns in public. The state already allowed citizens to carry rifles and shotguns, but the open carry of handguns had been prohibited since after the Civil War.

Some Second Amendment advocates like the group Open Carry Texas were so eager for the new freedom to go into effect that they had a countdown to the New Year.

Ed.: And yet, there is still no recognized right to carry a handgun in Texas.
 

CA: New California law allows police to seize guns without notice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the most controversial new laws of 2016 will go into effect Friday in California, where the state will allow judges to seize guns from even law-abiding citizens if they are judged to be a risk to themselves or other people.

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The law, known as the “gun violence restraining order” will allow family members and law enforcement to request an order from a judge to have guns removed from those seen as a danger.

Under the new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, a restraining order could be issued without prior knowledge of the person, KPCC reported. Therefore, a judge could technically issue the order without ever hearing from the person in question.
 

CA: Gavin Newsom’s gun-control measure hits streets for signatures, collects cash
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed gun-control initiative is coming to a shopping center near you.

On Thursday, Newsom was cleared to begin gathering the nearly 366,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the November ballot. It would require most people to pass background checks to purchase ammunition, the sales of which would be made through licensed vendors and reported to the Justice Department.
 

TX: Tarrant County’s gun ban open to challenge
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Tarrant County commissioners seemed confident this past week when they declared five county buildings that house courtrooms to be off-limits to people carrying guns.

But under a new state law that went into effect in September, their decision is open to challenge from gun rights advocates. Given that Tarrant County is home to some of the state’s most vocal of those advocates, the odds of a challenge being filed seem pretty high.

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The law calls for stiff fines — up to $10,500 a day — against government subdivisions that ban guns in places where they should be allowed.
 

MS: Focusing On Gun Sales
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Gun sales have apparently shot through the roof in North Mississippi. And the number of background checks in the country has soared from about 1.8 million last November to 2.2 million this year.

When it comes to local gun sales, this past Christmas Holiday season was a good time where gun and pawn shop owners are experiencing a bang of a bottom line.

“And we bought it for security purposes. And I told him if I bought the gun there better be a diamond under my tree. And there was, ha, ha, ha,” said Donna Fowler/Eupora.
 

Improved gun buyer background checks would impede some mass shootings, Stanford expert says
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Stricter gun laws, especially background checks for buyers who are mentally ill or have engaged in criminal misconduct, could help reduce the frequency of mass shooting tragedies, a Stanford law professor says.

John J. Donohue III, the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford, has been conducting empirical research on gun violence and gun control over the last 25 years. He has written on issues such as whether widespread gun ownership makes people safer and how U.S. gun control compares to the rest of the world. Stanford News Service recently interviewed Donohue about the issue.
 

NRA mocks Clinton's gun-control push, has her laughing at Constitution
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Signaling that it plans a major anti-Clinton push in the upcoming presidential election year, the National Rifle Association on Thursday released a video showing Hillary Clinton laughing at "resolutions" to read the Constitution and understand firearm ownership.

The video, produced by the NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, concludes with it's own message: "We have resolutions for 2016, too."
 

TX: Seminar Set For Cooper On New Gun Laws
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“We will cover four main items: knife laws, campus carry, unlawful exclusion for CHL holder and open carry,” said Texas Carry Executive Director Terry Holcomb Sr. “When you leave the seminar, you will be very well educated. I encourage anyone – not just gun carriers – but citizens and business owners alike to attend this free event. We want the community and law enforcement to both have a better understanding of gun laws. I give the facts and statistics in a straight up manner. I can also answer questions.” Bankston is passionate about the topic and invited Holcomb to Delta County.
 

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