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UT: Firearms law often shirked
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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Seven states take guns away from a person covered by a domestic violence protection order. In another 12, judges issuing the orders are explicitly allowed to ask police to seize a gun. Utah isn't among them. While federal law bars anyone under a protection order from having, possessing or buying a firearm, it does not set up a mechanism for states to confiscate weapons. Utah relies on an honor system that assumes a person under a protection order will stay away from firearms - even when there is a record of a threat to use one.
 

ID: New Tools unveiled for Firearms Dealers
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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Last week at a distributor show in Salt Lake City, AcuSport unveiled two new programs designed at helping Firearms Dealers.

FFLGuard: Designed by The Chiafullo Group, this program is designed to train and protect firearms dealers. FFLGuard warns that, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (“BATF”) have increased their compliance inspection frequency almost fifty-fold over the last four years.

With the significant decrease in firearms dealers, along with an increase in ATF Inspectors and add to that an ever increasing budget it is no surprise that our industry is being shut down.
 

ID: Idaho heading to Vegas in search of gun manufacturers
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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The State of Idaho is beginning an aggressive campaign to begin recruiting firearms manufacturers and they are now heading to the Shot Show next month. Idaho began their campaign in several months ago and other states have followed suit. Idaho's current laws give it an advantage over others.

State officials say the campaign is targeting gun manufacturers in states that are growing increasingly hostile toward firearms and ammunition manufacturers - at least 12 states have either passed, or are discussing legislation that would make it more difficult for gun manufacturers to operate.

Idaho is now marketing itself as a home for gun manufacturers in light of the state's unique laws that protect gun ownership and manufacturing.
 

Will 'Maximum Mike' be going north now?
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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I've talked about efforts to blame "weak U.S. gun laws" for violence in Mexico (and again here). Now it seems that apparently, violence in Canada is also our fault.

Ed.: Maybe Maximum Mike will like Canada, and decide to stay...
With two Toronto bystanders shot dead in one week, the New Democrats are calling for a cross-border political summit to tackle "the ongoing crisis" of illegal handguns crossing into Canada.

Note that the "ongoing crisis" isn't the preponderance of violent thugs in Toronto, but "illegal handguns crossing into Canada."

"We need a cross-border summit," said Layton, "to develop an action plan to stop illegal guns from coming across the border."
 

Justice for gun owners
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Martin Luther King Jr. put it best: 'A right delayed is a right denied.' "

"The lesson appears to have been lost on the Department of Justice and Solicitor General Paul D. Clement in the amicus curiae brief submitted recently for the government in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, which challenges the city's 31-year-old handgun ban, a horrible gun law that has had its day in court and lost."

"In a transparent exercise of political pandering, Clement and his colleagues named on the brief have strenuously, and correctly, argued that the Second Amendment protects an individual civil right, yet they insist that every restrictive gun law currently on the books should stand." ...
 

DC: The Second Amendment a second class right?
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... "So what the Solicitor General seems to be saying is that, well, sure, the Second Amendment calls for individual rights, and those rights should be afforded 'strict scrutiny' most of the time, but the administration does not believe that gun rights are 'fundamental' rights, and so, therefore, Your Honor, you don't need to be too strict in your decision-making process in this case. In fact, we don't think you should really decide this case, but you should send it back down to the Circuit Court for more study, and while they are at it, tell them they only need to use 'intermediate scrutiny'."

"In essence, the Solicitor General is saying that our Second Amendment rights are second-class rights..." ...
 

To the public, "I proposed tying you together and placing the muzzles of your pistols at each others breasts...", [Louisville 1833]
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"...The following are some of the points I unhesitatingly conceded to your adversaries, in the effort to bring about a meeting. I offered to yield them choice of weapons, choice of time, choice of distance, choice of position, choice of place, and finally, the word; and asked in return the naked privilege of making that word such as would put two brave men on an equal footing, with a probability of their firing to some effect. The method proposed for that purpose was as follows: 'Are you ready,' one--two--three--four--five--six--seven--fire; ..."

"...I proposed tying you together and placing the muzzles of your pistols at each others breasts..."

 

To the people of Virginia, "Let all her men and all her youths procure for themselves the most effective arms...", [1861]
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...Let her stand immovable as a rook peering above the tempest-tossed ocean, and as the red waves of war, from North or South, beat against her firm base, let her roll them back with all their desolation. To enable her to perform this difficult and perilous duty, let her clothe herself in full panoply. Let all her men and all her youths procure for themselves the most effective arms, and then themselves form an independent organization or companies, regiments, and divisions. Let them drill thoroughly, and always be ready to defend their homes and their State from all enemies, within or without. Let them put themselves under the command of brave and faithful men who are known to have no object but the defense and preservation..."
 

Bankers Association Wants 'No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses' Policy
Submitted by: jac

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SARASOTA, Fla. — Responding to a more than one-third hike in bank robbery, the Florida Bankers Association is urging its members to adopt new rules.

Not additional guards or cameras, but a dress code for customers.

The group rolled out a "No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses" program, which includes lobby signs asking customers to remove those items before approaching a teller.

Submitters note: Yeah right. Criminals will ignore laws prohibiting guns and robbing banks, but will follow regulations to remove one's hat and sunglasses. Where do they come up with such stupid ideas.
 

Arm Yourself
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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I'm afraid too many of us have spent our lives in an urban environment and have thus lost touch with the reality of the outdoors. When you go into the woods by yourself, you leave not only your car behind, but the protection of the law. When you are by yourself, whether on an urban street or in a forest, and someone comes along with the intention of assaulting you, you are on your own. There is no help. Your choice is run or fight. And a fight is a physical thing, not an intellectual matter.
 

The ATF continues to strong arm firearms dealers out of business
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (”BATF”) have increased their compliance inspection almost fifty-fold over the last four years.”

I cannot vouch for the drastically increased inspections but the contention is supported in a previous post which describes Sullivan recently putting $10 million of your tax money toward adding 35 agents and 10 inspectors to further police the stated 7,000 firearms dealers along the U.S. / Mexico border. This is in addition to the 100 agents and 25 inspectors who were placed there over the past two years ago. The ATF is flush with your money and they mean to use it against you and your firearms dealer in the guise of stopping gun trafficking into Mexico.
 

FL: Man Robbed In Driveway While Fixing Car
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A man working on his vehicle in the driveway of his home on Sunday night had a gun pointed at his head and was robbed by two men, Orange County sheriff's deputies said.
The incident happened at about 8:30 p.m. at 1931 Wakulla Way in Orange County.
According to an Orange County sheriff's report, a 38-year-old man was making repairs to his vehicle when two men approached him. One of the assailants pointed a handgun at the man's head, and the victim was ordered to look down at the ground while the other culprit searched his pockets and removed his wallet, deputies said.
The thieves ran westbound on Wakulla Way and entered a dark-colored vehicle, which traveled west on Wakulla Way before turning north onto Texas Avenue.
 

Fifth & Sixth ARTICLES of the Treaty of Neutrality in America, "TIS also agreed that in case the Subjects and Inhabitants of either . . . by firing Musket Thrice", 1686
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...TIS also agreed that in case the Subjects and Inhabitants of either of the Kings with their Shipping (whether Publick and of War, or Private and of Merchants,) be forced thro' Stress of Weather, pursuit of Pirates and Enemies, or any other urgent necessity, for seeking of Shelter and Harbour, to retreat and enter into any of the Rivers, Creeks, Bays, Havens, Roads, Ports and Shores belonging to the other in America . . . at their coming in, to hang out their Flagg for the Colours of their Nation, and give Notice of their coming, by Thrice firing a Cannon; and if they have no Cannon, by firing Musket Thrice, which if they shall Omit to do, and yet send their Boat on Shore, they shall be lyable to Confiscation..."
 

VA: Gun Loophole Debate Rolls On
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Opponents criticized the bill, saying it would do little to curb crime as there are few statistics showing that criminals bought their guns at gun shows. The only study quoted Monday stated that 0.7 percent of guns used in crimes could be traced back to gun show sales.

They also urged committee members to support bills that allowed students and faculty to carry their firearms on campus for self defense.

"It doesn't matter how they got it, be it a private sale, a gun shop or a gun show. All that matters is that someone's there to stop it," said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
 

FL: Family Sues Over Teen's Pellet Gun Death At School
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FULL STORY BELOW:
The family of a teenager fatally shot by a police marksman two years ago at his school is suing the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
Christopher Penley was killed while barricaded in a middle school bathroom in January 2006.
He had brought a pellet gun to school and brandished it as though it were real.
Sheriff's Lt. Mike Weippert told investigators he shot the teen in the head out of fear for his life.
Prosecutors cleared Weippert of any wrongdoing, but Penley's family said he was "an overzealous police officer."
The family says Weippert and the sheriff's office violated the teen's civil rights and wrongfully caused his death.
They are seeking unspecified damages.
 

FL: Grandma's McDonald's Arrest - Charged w/Not Pulling Forward
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Grandma's McDonald's Arrest - Charged w/Not Pulling Forward

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A 75-year-old woman was arrested at a Clearwater McDonald's drive-thru, because police say she wouldn't pull her car forward.
Authorities said Jean Merola, a grandmother of eight, was arrested for disorderly conduct after she refused an officer's orders to move her car while she waited for the coffee and fries she ordered at the drive-through window.
Merola said the McDonald's employees told her to wait there for her food.
Merola was handcuffed behind her back and put in the cruiser.
Another officer arrived and took her to the Pinellas County Jail .
 

Office OF BRUFF, BROTHER & SEAVER, "and respectfully solicit orders from cash or prompt-paying customers . . . BRUFF'S STEEL BARREL DERINGER PISTOLS", Feb. 1, 1861
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"...Office OF BRUFF, BROTHER & SEAVER,
New Levee St., opposite the New Custom House.

"New Orleans, February 1st, 1861.

"Gentlemen:

"We have now in store a full assortment of the following goods, and respectfully solicit orders from cash or prompt-paying customers..."

"...COTTON ROPE, Common and Fine Thread, on Reels. MANILLA ROPE.
LADIES' GARDEN TOOLS--in sets of Hoe, Rake, Spade and Fork.
BRUFF'S STEEL BARREL DERINGER PISTOLS, with Brass Mould and Charger.
GENUINE FRENCH LOCKS, all sizes.

 

GENERAL ORDERS, "The Cavalry will provide themselves with pistols and sabres; the Infantry with rifles", Nov. 24, 1812
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"...The Major-General of the second Division is commanded by his excellency, Governor Blount, to call into service the organized volunteers, who are destined for the defence of New-Orleans and the lower Mississippi. The whole of the volunteers from the second Division are included in this order. They will accordingly rendezvous in Nashville on Thursday the tenth of December, prepared to descend the river without delay. The Cavalry will provide themselves with pistols and sabres; the Infantry with rifles, as far as it may be convenient; for which they will be allowed a fair compensation..."
 

NY: Take a load off
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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It looks like a Coke with ice - but it could be stashing a Colt with bullets. An Internet firm peddling a cup carrier designed to hide a loaded pistol underneath a drink abruptly yanked its product off the market amid flak from law-enforcement authorities. Firearm Access System Technologies recently began advertising its "FAST cup holster" for $29.95, saying it would let a driver to conceal a handgun beneath a 44-ounce plastic beverage cup.
 

NC: 2 Durham Officers Resign Amid Sex Probe
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Durham — Two police officers have resigned in the wake of a Durham Police Department investigation into sexual misconduct allegations involving a prostitute, officials said Friday.

Sgt. Keith Cheeks and Officer Demond Gooch had been involved in misconduct unrelated to the sex allegations, Chief Jose Lopez said. He didn't disclose the nature of the misconduct but said the pair would have been fired if they hadn't resigned.
 

NY: Gun Wound Leads to Weapons Trove
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A 37-year old man who was storing weapons, including pipe bombs, crossbows, guns and silencers, in his Brooklyn Heights apartment was also responsible for writing a rash of hateful messages aimed at Jews in his neighborhood last year, the police said.
The man, Ivaylo Ivanov, was arrested on Sunday after he approached police officers and told them he had been shot in the index finger on a Brooklyn street. As the police investigated his claim, they came upon the cache of weapons in his house, including six or seven pipe bombs and tools used to make them.
The police determined that Mr. Ivanov had shot himself, probably while cleaning a gun.
 

FL: Two bills would tighten Florida's gun license laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Two bills have been offered in the state Legislature that would make it harder for people in Florida to get or keep licenses to carry guns.

In the House, a North Miami lawmaker is proposing to increase the time people have to wait before getting concealed weapon licenses if they've pleaded guilty or no contest to felonies but had convictions "withheld."

People given those court breaks would have to wait five, not three, years after serving probation to obtain licenses to carry guns. The bill also increases the wait time from three to five years after conviction for certain crimes involving drugs and alcohol, violence and drunken driving.
 

FL: Would-be robber shot by 85-year-old
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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An 85-year-old Shenandoah, Fla., man reportedly shot and wounded an alleged would-be car thief Monday in order to protect his grandson.

Miami police said a 29-year-old robbery suspect was allegedly trying to steal a car when the owner, who was armed, confronted him, the Miami Herald reported.

The two engaged in a "vicious fight," said police spokesman William Moreno.

The car owner's grandfather, Florentino Jauregui, also armed, rushed out of the house and "fearing his grandson was being overpowered," shot the thief once, added Moreno.

The shooting could be ruled justified under Florida's self-defense law.
 

DC: The Federal Government’s Brief in the D.C. Gun Ban Case: A Glass That Is More Than Half Full
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Although some thoughtful lovers of liberty have lamented the half-empty aspects of the U.S. Solicitor General's recently-filed brief in the D.C. gun ban case (District of Columbia v. Heller), the portion that is full is legally far more significant in securing Second Amendment rights in the arena that counts most: the Supreme Court. On careful analysis, the brief's departures from sound principle are internally inconsistent and otherwise not particularly effective. Americans should recognize the importance of the government's concessions to individual liberty and ignore its predictable, bureaucratic attempt to defend existing federal laws. That is what the High Court is most likely to do.
 

DE: Discourage self-ordained citizen police for their and the public's safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Shoppers called police but before troopers could get there, a 58-year-old man brandished a pistol and ordered the trio to "get to the ground," according to court records.

According to police he told his "suspects" he had every right to have a gun and did not need to prove he was a police officer or show identification as one of them requested.

...

Police arrested and charged him [the 58-year old man] with felony aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm during a felony as well as carrying a concealed deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.
 

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