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Hail to the Chief?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"But wait a second. This is the guy who said 'What works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne.' Doesn't that count for something?

"A good way to see if words pass the smell test is to compare what someone says when they want something to what they actually intend to do. And in this case, you'll note his proposed 'solutions' under the heading 'Address Gun Violence in Cities' will apply across the board, regardless of whether you live in Chicago or Cheyenne."
 

Dreams of Obama
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "'Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them.'"
"Well, that certainly sounds like following through on his stated conviction--you know, that thing he said to convince gun owners he was on their side and they should vote for him:"
"'I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne."
"Yet his gun control dreams extend throughout the Republic (we still are one, aren't we?) But it sounds good, doesn't it? 'Commonsense'? 'For the children'?" ...
 

Praxis: Afghans Rediscover the Lee-Enfield
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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... "The Lee-Enfield is one of the oldest, and still widely used, rifles on the planet. Over 17 million were manufactured between 1895 and the 1980s. While there are more AK-47s out there (over 20 million in private hands), these are looked down on by those who use their rifles for hunting, or killing with a minimum expenditure of ammunition. The 8.8 pound Lee-Enfield is a bolt-action rifle (with a ten round magazine) noted for its accuracy and sturdiness. The inaccurate AK-47 has a hard time hitting anything more than a hundred meters away, while the Lee-Enfield can drop an animal, or a man, at over 400 meters." ...
 

The bigger picture: Constitutional rights
Submitted by: jghilty

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"President Barack Obama. It's official now ... Some of those who are terrified are basing their fears in rumors that the new president wants to strip everyone of their Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"The [NRA] spent millions of dollars to convince Americans that Obama will do just that ..."

"1) Obama wants to ban the use of firearms for home self-defense ... false claim ..."

"2) Obama will ban rifle ammunition used for hunting and sport shooting ... false ..."

"3) Obama wants to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns ... false ..."

"4) Obama wants to mandate a government-issued license to purchase firearms ... misleading. ..."

"5) Obama wants to pass a federal law eliminating concealed carry rights. This is one the organization got right. ..." ...
 

WV: Gun lobbyist to speak at WVU about landmark Second Amendment ruling
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms for private use will be the topic of a Jan. 23 talk at West Virginia University."

"Attorney and gun lobbyist Richard Feldman will share his views on the high court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller at 10 a.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom of the College of Law. His talk – 'Behind Enemy Lines: The Role of Guns in Presidential Politics' – is free and open to the public." ...
 

IL: Man shot during West Side home invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A man was shot by a resident of a home he was allegedly invading on the West Side late Sunday.

About 10 p.m., a man in his 20s was allegedly committing a home invasion and a resident inside the home at 4453 W. Cortez St. shot him, according to a Harrison District police lieutenant.

Charges were pending Monday morning against the man shot, who was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in an unidentified condition.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that the shooter would face charges also.

Harrison Area detectives are investigating.
 

MO: Homeowner Shoots Alleged Intruder
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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Clay County authorities said a homeowner took matters into his own hands early Wednesday morning when someone tried to break into his home.

Deputies said a man was standing outside of the family's home in the 12000 block of Missouri State Route 92, just west of Kearney, screaming.

The homeowner told police the man forced open the door and started to walk in the house.

The homeowner said he shot the intruder, critically wounding him. He was taken to Liberty Hospital.

Police said the homeowner's wife and two children were there when the incident happened. They are all OK.

A Clay County Sheriff's investigator said the alleged intruder appeared to be "highly intoxicated."
 

TX: Man fatally shoots teenage burglary suspect in east Oak Cliff
Submitted by: jghilty

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"A teenage burglary suspect was fatally shot in an east Oak Cliff home this morning by the homeowner’s son."

"Around 11 a.m., a resident ... left her home, shortly before her adult son came by to drop off a newspaper ... As he pulled up, he saw the front door had been kicked in."

"... 17-year-old Gabriel Flores, who was inside the home, pulled out a handgun and fired it at the resident's son."

"The son, who has a concealed-weapons permit, shot back and hit the teenager."

"A short time later, Flores died at a local hospital."

"Police ... did not say whether the son was injured."

O"fficials say the case will probably be referred to a grand jury."
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KABA Note: Another 'child' tragically killed by a gun. [/sarcasm]
 

TX: [Two 'Civilians' and] Police shoot woman suspected of wounding man with arrow
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A woman accused of shooting a man with a bow and arrow at her father's workplace before being shot by two civilians and a Houston police officer has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon." ...

"After walking into the company's micro-electronics division, Parker shot Silva with an arrow and then pointed the apparent gun at two other employees ..."

"Those employees, who are licensed to carry concealed handguns, fired 'numerous' shots at Parker, hitting her several times ..." [emphasis added]

"Parker dropped her pistol ... and retreated to an office with the bow and arrow ... Workers at nearby businesses took cover and called police." ...
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Submitter's Note: Imagine the result if the employees had been disarmed by company policy.
 

Unarmed and unsafe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the 11 years since England enacted some of the world's strictest gun-control laws, gun crime there has doubled. No surprise. Wherever they're tried, such laws only disarm ordinary citizens, making them easier prey for criminals."

"England's laws also produced a spike in violent crime and contributed to the proliferation of teen gangs. This in turn has led to a nationwide decline in the average age, from 24 to 19, of violent criminals and their victims. Some adults fail or refuse to connect the gun-control dots, but young thugs aren't so obtuse. They know gun restrictions make crime, by gun, blade or other weapon, easier."

"This lesson hasn't been lost on the potential targets, either ..." ...
 

Holder Delayed
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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From CNN:"
"The initial confirmation vote for Eric Holder, President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, was postponed for a week Wednesday after a rancorous meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee."

"Republicans, who want to question Holder about his role in a controversial presidential pardon when he worked in the Clinton administration, used a procedure that allows them to put off the vote."
"I'd prefer they went after him over his hostility to the Bill of Rights, but I'll take what I can get."

"Use the delay to pile it on. If you're a gun owner and you haven't contacted your senator yet, there's still time. Just do it." ...
 

Gun 'buy backs': misnamed and misguided
Submitted by: Kurt Hofmann
Website: http://armedandsafe.blogspot.com

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Critics say that gun buy back's don't work. Studies show that few gun buy backs can ever be directly credited for decreases in crime or in some cases, crime goes up even in the wake of a gun buy back.
Well heck, Chief--you've convinced me.
I can't say for sure what impact gun buy backs have on a community, but I can say this. There are now 997 guns that from this day forward cannot be used in any future crimes.
And I can say that "there are now 997 guns that from this day forward cannot be used" by a woman to stop a rapist, by parents to defend their children, or by a senior citizen to avoid being the helpless prey of the young, strong, and thuggish.
 

Get Inside: B&T Shooting Supplies
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"B&T Shooting Supplies is a chain of gun shops in Northeast Ohio boasting a large selection of firearms and accessories."

"B&T was founded in 1994 by Mike Titlow, a lifelong firearms enthusiast formerly working in the real estate business. Inspired to not give up his gun rights without a fight during the Clinton administration and in the wake of the Assault Weapons Ban, Mike obtained his Federal Firearms License and eased his way into the business. For almost a year, Mike sold guns at various gun shows before opening his first storefront in Middleburg Heights. Today, the Middleburg store remains the largest store and is the home for B&T's gunsmith, who is also a certified Glock Armorer." ...
 

WI: Mayor Becker resigns
Submitted by: jghilty

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"[MAIG member] Gary Becker resigned his position as mayor effective 5 p.m. Tuesday." ...

"'He decided this was in everyone's best interest and he is hoping the city can now move on,' Cafferty said."

"Becker intends to enter not guilty pleas to the six felony counts against him at his Feb. 10 arraignment, Cafferty said."

"The felony counts include: child enticement, possession of child pornography, exposing a child to harmful materials, attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and misconduct in public office." ...
 

Obama now must confront reality of nation's problems
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Tuesday, we watched a cool cat be sworn into office. As Barack Obama jauntily sauntered in and out of various public functions arranged at the most expensive inauguration celebration in history — where he warned of tough economic times." ...

"We also see the attorney general designee and former Clinton deputy attorney general, Eric Holder, being asked a few questions by fawning Senate members. ..."

"Of real interest to those here in the West should also be Holder’s belief that the Second Amendment is essentially a typographical error. At the time of the recent Heller case, where the Supreme Court found the Second Amendment constituted an individual right, Holder filed a brief in strong opposition to that notion." ...
 

The Liberty Sphere's Political Buzz: Executive Orders
Submitted by: The Liberty Sphere
Website: http://www.thelibertysphere.blogspot.com

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"The buzz in and around the Beltway today is that a ton of executive orders await President Barack Obama's signature that will signal a major shift in policy on several fronts."

"It is to be noted that executive orders require no act of Congress or prior Congressional approval." ...

"Second, many believe that there is an executive order awaiting Obama's signature that will revamp from top to bottom the export-import of firearms and ammunition. One dealer states that a shipment of Russian-made ammo, already bought and paid for, has been detained at port due to the anticipated executive order." ...
 

Voters Split on Need for Stricter Gun Control
Submitted by: jghilty

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"American voters are evenly divided on the need for stricter gun control laws but don't think city government should have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns in their city."

"The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% say stricter gun control laws while another 44% disagree and 12% are not sure. ... Overall, the desire for stricter gun control laws is little changed from last December."

"However ... only 26% believe that city governments have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns in their city. Sixty-four percent (64%) disagree and say such a restriction is a violation of the Second Amendment. ..." ...
 

NE: Crawford concealed carry rule complies with AG opinion
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"An opinion by the Nebraska Attorney General's Office may have several communities in Nebraska wondering how to deal with their city-wide bans on carrying concealed weapons, but Crawford is ahead of the game."

"The AG office released an opinion last week that states that cities cannot ban lawful permit-holders from carrying their concealed weapon in a city or village in its entirety. ..."

"Crawford is one of the cities that had a ban on concealed weapons ... The city updated its ordinance in July 2008, said city clerk Sandy Seidel. The new ordinance says it is unlawful for anyone to carry a concealed weapon in Crawford except for police officers and anyone who has a valid permit under the state's concealed carry law." ...
 

TX: Kerrville ponders local gunfire rules
Submitted by: jghilty

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"City officials are drafting a proposed ordinance to regulate the discharge of firearms after a resident expressed concern about being shot by hunters who now prowl some larger tracts inside Kerrville for game."

"Interim City Manager Don Davis said Tuesday that he was surprised to learn of the absence of city regulations over shooting guns when a Guadalupe Street resident raised the issue at a council meeting last week. The man said he could hear gunfire across the Guadalupe River from his home."

"Council members also heard from hunters who asserted that shooting game was perfectly safe on large-acre tracts. Another consideration was bow-hunting, which periodically occurs at city-owned parks to cull deer herds." ...
 

TX: Important Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Introduced in Texas!
Submitted by: jghilty

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"The Legislature convened for its 81st Regular Session last week, and pro-Second Amendment legislation continues to be filed to benefit law-abiding gun owners in Texas."

"State Representative Carl Isett ... has introduced House Bill 410, a measure repealing the requirement that Concealed Handgun Licensees display their carry license if they are in possession of a handgun and are stopped by a law enforcement officer who requests identification. ... When HB 1815 ... passed and was signed into law in 2007, it legalized the carrying of handguns in private motor vehicles by non-CHLs, and it contained no similar 'notice' requirement. HB 410 would remove the double-standard 'notice' requirement that remains imposed by law on CHLs." ...
 

NY: NSSF on Ball
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"New York Assemblyman Greg Ball (R-99) was named the 2008 Legislator of the Year by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Ball received the award at the SHOT Show, which is owned and operated by the NSSF."

"'Mr. Ball's leadership in the New York Assembly has helped to ensure and protect our hunting traditions, firearms freedoms and the livelihood of law-abiding firearms retailers throughout the Empire State,' said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. 'The NSSF is pleased to honor Assemblyman Ball as the 2008 Legislator of the Year and looks forward to continuing a constructive dialogue with him on public policy matters affecting the industry in New York.'" ...
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H/t to Politics on the Hudson.
 

VA: Petition to Repeal the Restaurant Ban (VCDL)
Submitted by: Mile66

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VCDL has set up an online petition to Repeal the Restaurant Ban on concealed carry in restaurants.

Click Here to Sign The Petition

We want to let the Legislature AND the Governor know that Virginians WANT this absurd ban repealed!

Even if you can't attend Lobby Day, you can make your voice heard -- sign the petition.

Spread the word. Post the petition link on blogs and discussion forums. Get your friends, family members, and shooting buddies to also sign the petition.
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Submitter's note: Only VA residents may sign the petition. It takes about 2 minutes of your time. The link will open VCDL's webpage, scroll down to the 3rd section and click "Sign the Petition" in blue. Thanks!
 

NY: Gillibrand defends her 2nd Amendment stance
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"New York gun control supporters are urging Gov. David Paterson to pass over Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand when he selects the state’s next senator, because, they say, her support of gun rights pus her 'well outside the mainstream of most New Yorkers.' But Gillibrand today proudly defended herself as a supporter of the Second Amendment, after noting the importance of hunting to her upstate New York district and her own family."

"'I come from a hunting family,' said Gillibrand, after noting that her mother shoots the Thanksgiving turkey almost every year. Last fall, Gillibrand said, her mother 'got a turkey' and 'got a deer.' According to Gillibrand, her mother 'was on her rifle team in college' and is 'the best shot in our family.'" ...
 

ND: Group Wants Concealed Carry At Public Gatherings And On College Campuses
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"A reader calls my attention to House Bill 1348, which would exempt holders of concealed carry licenses from the ban on carrying firearms at public gatherings in North Dakota. This would allow concealed carry in parks, churches, on campus and at political rallies."

"There would remain a ban, however, on concealed carry while on K-12 school property ..." ...

"But back to HB1348, I think this is a good idea. Far too often I think we lose sight of the fact that keeping and bearing arms in this country is a right, not just some weird fetish gun enthusiasts like to engage in (which is no doubt how the anti-gun people see it). Before that right is curtailed we must have good reason ..." ...
 

UT: Gun battle
Submitted by: jghilty

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... "Utah permits are inexpensive, simple to acquire, slow to expire, easy to renew and are accepted in 32 other states through reciprocity agreements. ... Approximately half of the new permits issued by the state in recent years have been acquired by nonresidents ..."

"But that could change. There's a gun battle shaping up on Utah's Capitol Hill."

"State Sen. Scott McCoy, D-Salt Lake City, fired the first shot last week, filing a bill that would prevent nonresidents from obtaining Utah gun permits. And gun advocates, who claim to have been ambushed by the proposal, appear determined to shoot it down."

"There are three good reasons why McCoy's bill should be enacted into law." ...
 

NV: Former Metro officer charged with lewdness with a minor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A former Metro officer is facing several charges following accusations he molested two girls when he was still on the job.

North Las Vegas Police arrested Richard Gagnon on over two dozen counts of lewdness with a minor under 14.

Court documents say the alleged victims came forward last November and the incidents happened between 2001 and 2003.

Gagnon resigned from the force in 2006.
 

KS: Plan would expand gun law -- Concealed-carry bill would let prosecutors be armed in court
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"Reno County prosecutor Thomas Stanton says decades of holding dangerous, unpredictable felons to account for crimes sometimes triggered death threats that left him feeling vulnerable." ...

"Stanton said he would carry a concealed firearm for defensive purposes, but a 2006 law forbids federal, state and county prosecutors from packing that kind of firepower in a courtroom and other special locations."

"... If supplemental training was completed, the prosecutor working in Kansas would be viewed more like a law enforcement officer in terms of locations a concealed weapon could be taken." ...
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KABA Note: So prosecutors are tired of being treated like 'civilians' and so want to become more special?
 

Guns' Number One salesman
Submitted by: Michael Francis
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1349-Georgia-Congressional-Oversight-Examiner

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"We talked a lot over the past few weeks about incoming Cabinet appointments and what we can expect to see during this inauguration and after Barack Obama officially becomes president."

"While most other folks seem to be basking in the glory of hope and change, many folks (probably around 48%, maybe slightly more) have looked to 2009 and today with a measure of gloom and dread."

"Since November 4, one of the interesting trends we've seen is a sharp increase in the purchase of firearms. People who would have probably NEVER have considered owning firearms before the election are now full-fledged gun-owners. ..."

"Now, again, in January, we are seeing a further increase in sales of firearms. ..." ...
 

CA: Fear Leads to Gun Purchases
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After Barack Obama was elected to be the 44th president of the United States, the sale of firearms spiked."

"[Professor] Gary Kleck ... said increases in gun purchases occur when people feel their personal safety is threatened, or when the government tries to limit access to fire arms."

"People began to believe rumors that Obama was going to clamp down on the Second Amendment, said Kleck. But rumors tend to be the added dash to the mix." ...

"Owner of Old West Shootery & Supply, Kevin ... said law enforcement agencies don't have the supply to do their job to the fullest extent with the budget cuts they face year after year. 'They don't have the manpower to protect everybody,' he said." ...
 

MO: Gun control fears spark surge in concealed-carry permits
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"Gun rights supporters fear the new president will get Congress to impose new gun control laws. That fear triggered a surge in gun sales nationwide after the election in November."

"Instead of waiting, more people are exercising their right to personal protection."

"'I know Obama said he wouldn't take away any of our gun rights but that remains to be seen,' said Glen Hirsch, who was buying a gun on a recent day."

"In Springfield, concealed carry courses are booked full through April." ...

"Instructors even added Sunday sessions." ...

"The demand increased from 381 applications in 2006 to more than 1,100 last year; 12 percent of the applicants are women." ...
 

UK: Murder gun 'used six other times'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun used to murder a man at a Chinese takeaway in Manchester had been used in six other shootings, police have said."

"The silver revolver used to kill Halton McCollin, 20, at the China Garden in Stretford one year ago was found at a house in Parrs Wood Road last May." ...
 

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