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Mayors Push for Enforcement of Background Checks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Members from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition gathered in New York this morning to advocate for a simple solution to cutting down on gun violence: just adhere to the existing laws already on the books.
 

Mayors, Martin Luther King III and Family Members of Gun Violence Victims Urge Congress to Fulfill Intent of Historic 1968 Gun Law and Fix Nation's Broken Background Check System
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The bi-partisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, was joined by Martin Luther King III and dozens of survivors and family members of gun violence victims to launch a national campaign urging Congress to take two simple but critical steps to fix our nation's broken background check system: 1) fulfill the letter of the historic 1968 gun law and ensure that all names of people prohibited from buying a gun are in the background check system; and 2) fulfill the intent of the historic 1968 gun law by subjecting every gun sale to a background check.
 

Mayor Bloomberg, Victims' Families, Go After Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Mayor Bloomberg today assembled a massive gathering of people touched by gun violence to push for two major fixes to the nation’s gun background check system.
 

TX: Arlington Officer Fired After Second Arrest, IA Investigation
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Just one day after he was arrested by Cedar Hill police, Arlington police officer Tibor Kovacs was fired.

Kovcas was terminated Friday while on administrative leave, based on information gathered during an internal affairs investigation.

Kovacs was placed on leave Nov. 1, 2010, after allegations surfaced that he had inappropriate contact with a woman while on duty in October.

Arlington's criminal investigation is still ongoing.

Last Thursday, Kovacs was arrested by Cedar Hill police and now faces domestic violence charges including aggravated sexual assault and assault of a family member.

 

Police fear 'war on cops'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A spate of shooting attacks on police officers has authorities concerned about a war on cops.
In just 24 hours, at least 11 officers were shot. The shootings included Sunday attacks at traffic stops in Indiana and Oregon, a Detroit police station shooting that wounded four officers, a shootout at a Port Orchard, Wash., Wal-Mart that injured two deputies. On Monday morning, two officers were shot dead and a U.S. Marshal was wounded by a gunman authorities were attempting to arrest in St. Petersburg, Fla. ...
"It's not a fluke," said Richard Roberts, spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations. "There's a perception among officers in the field that there's a war on cops going on."
 

WV: Gun rights group takes on local city governments
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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A West Virginia gun rights advocacy group has gone to federal court to fight handgun laws in Charleston, South Charleston and Dunbar.

Members of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court on Monday challenging handgun laws in the three Kanawha County cities. Attorney Jim Mullins, who filed the complaint, alleges the cities' laws violate the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment right for citizens to keep and bear arms.
 

ATF technical classifications create back door ‘gun control’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Will .22 rimfires fall under new reporting controls? Will CA bullet button system be classified as detachable magazine?"

Submitter's note: Monday's Gun Rights Examiner column looks at the latest bit of dictation insiders tell me we need to take down.

Also listen in on Sunday's Project GunTALKer broadcast.
 

WV: WVCDL Sues Cities of Charleston, South Charleston, Dunbar, and Martinsburg
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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This morning, WVCDL filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against the cities of Charleston, South Charleston, and Dunbar, and their respective mayors and police chiefs, challenging the constitutionality and statutory validity of ordinances in each of those cities prohibiting carrying a firearm on city-owned property. Additionally, WVCDL is challenging the constitutionality of Charleston's restrictive handgun sales ordinances.
 

NY: Bloomberg Pushes Stricter Gun Control Measures
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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Monday used a parade of relatives and friends of victims of several high-profile shootings, including the recent killings in Tucson, to urge Washington to strengthen existing federal gun control laws to prevent guns from falling into the hands of buyers with a history of violence or mental illness.
Mr. Bloomberg, who has sought to make stricter gun control a national issue, said a law passed in 1968 after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. intended to prevent certain people from having guns has never lived up to its full potential.
The law was supposed to apply to convicted felons, drug abusers and the mentally ill, among others.
 

Tucson shooting spotlights US shift on gun control
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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Since the Tucson shooting on Jan. 8, federal gun control advocates have made little headway and many states are considering expanding gun rights. Why?
 

MI: 4 Detroit police officers shot, gunman dead in 'horrifying' attack
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It was just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday when the gunman walked into the police station.
Sgt. Carrie Schulz was shot first. Cmdr. Brian Davis raced out of an office and exchanged fire with the gunman. Davis took a bullet in the back.
Then the gunman rushed the horseshoe-shaped front desk with his weapon drawn. Sgt. Ray Saati and Officer David Anderson were hit before police killed the 38-year-old shooter.
That's how terror unfolded in the Detroit Police Department's Northwestern District, according to interviews with police sources.
All of the officers are expected to recover, according to Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr., but the incident has raised concern about security in the city's many community police precincts and districts.

 

WA: Pro-2A Wilbur already being demonized as state GOP chair
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wilbur, off the air for the past 14 months save for a spot as fill-in host here and there, is also a candidate for a spot on the Board of Directors for the Washington Arms Collectors. He is smart, has retained his business savvy from the days he ran his own company, is a devoted shooter and he knows that politics in Washington State is a full-contact sport. Because of the latter, he may become the worst nightmare of the Seattle liberal clique that insists a good conservative is someone who sits back and lets liberals have their way, even when they are wrong.
 

IL: Illinois should adopt ‘Castle Doctrine’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Because of scientific findings on inter-personal aggression, Illinois’ “6 seconds to safety” self-defense guidelines must be scrapped to accommodate “Castle Doctrine” philosophy.

SNS — the sympathetic nervous system — is activated when the brain perceives a survival threat. That results in immediate stress hormone discharge and the “fight or flight” phenomenon.

Increased blood flow arterial pressure to large muscle mass enhances gross motor skills, while creating vasoconstriction or draining of minor blood vessels. That automatic and uncontrollable reflex dominates all voluntary and involuntary systems.
 

FL: Defendants try Stand Your Ground defenses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In that case, Thompson and Nicholas Barter got into a fist fight in a Panama City Beach motel room in 2009 that ended when Thompson subdued Barter, according to an arrest affidavit. According to Thompson’s motion to dismiss the charges against him, the fight was “extremely physical with both (Thompson) and Barter bleeding.”

After turning away from Barter, Thompson allegedly shot Barter twice, killing him, when Barter approached him again with his fists cocked. Thompson had a permit to carry the pistol used in the shooting.

Even when a judge rules against dismissal, Stand Your Ground can be used as a defense at trial, State Attorney Glenn Hess said.
 

Mayor Wants President to Get Tough on Guns; Son of Gun-Toting Civil Rights Leader Blames Violent Entertainment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a press conference, Bloomberg, one of the linchpins of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, called for better and more efficient background checks that he thinks should better capture anyone's interactions with the mental health system anywhere.
 

MSNBC’s O’Donnell Slams ‘Merchants of Death’ Who ‘Buy Their Political Protection from the NRA’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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He went on to plead with President Obama to talk about gun control in the State of the Union Address, or otherwise "become part of the problem." O’Donnell:

If the President follows Republican and Democratic tradition tomorrow night and says not a word about gun and ammunition control, if he does not use this moment of his increasing popularity, if he does not believe he has the communication skills to convey the necessity to control the capacity of automatic weapons, then I, for one, will become disappointed in him for the first time. And he will become part of the problem.
 

A Note for 2nd Amendment Absolutists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When charged with governing, the Founders showed showed no sanctity to gun ownership. From its first days as a proto-national government, the 2nd Continental Congress advised States to disarm individuals suspected (but not convicted) of disloyalty and to impress the arms of those living in areas where arms might fall into British hands. George Washington’s first action of 1776 was a campaign to confiscate the private arms of the citizens in Queens Co., New York. Different local militias in New Jersey confiscated arms from African-Americans and inhabitants of the vulnerable shoreline.
 

CT: Himes introduces legislation to ban high-capacity ammo magazines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th) has introduced legislation that would restore the prohibition on high-capacity gun magazines, such as those used in the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act (H.R. 308) was cosponsored by more than 40 Members of Congress and is supported by a wide variety of leading national advocates for reducing gun violence, according to Himes’s office.
 

OK: Legislators Hopeful About Open-Carry Laws Under New State Government
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two state lawmakers said they will introduce bills this year for a second time to allow the open-carry of guns in the state.

Similar legislation passed the Republican controlled legislature last year but was vetoed by the governor at the time, former Gov. Brad Henry. But with a new Republican governor, supporters of open-carry laws said they expect a different outcome.

"It's a Second Amendment right and there shouldn't be any restrictions at all on the Second Amendment," said Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore.
 

CO: Clamp down on gun-clip overkill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Let's agree, for argument's sake, that most of us wish Jared Loughner did not have a 33-round ammunition clip for his Glock semiautomatic pistol that tragic day in Tucson.

If so, it should be just as easy to agree — with six dead and 19 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — that it's time to address, at the very least, the high-capacity clips.

It wasn't so long ago that Loughner couldn't have bought a gun magazine of that size. The restriction was part of the assault weapons ban passed in 1994 during the Clinton administration with the support of Presidents Reagan, Carter and Ford.

Ed.: The AWB did not prohibit the purchase of magazines, only of so-called 'high-capacity' mags manufactured *after* the ban.
 

MT: Extended clip unnecessary for self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That said, I think there are limits. Either for self-defense or against a tyrannical government, why do we need or even want 30-shot handguns? The extended clip makes such a weapon totally impractical for those with carry permits. Getting such a clumsy weapon out of the bedside drawer to stop an intruder in the middle of the night be fatally cumbersome. And, if the government ever comes to get our guns I’ll be defending mine at gunpoint, but I sure won’t be doing it with a 30-shot pistol. Neither will anybody else who is serious about power and accuracy.
 

ID: Law student sues University of Idaho over gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The University of Idaho is being sued by one of its law students who claims he should have the right to keep firearms in his on-campus apartment.

Aaron Tribble, a second-year law student at the UI, is representing himself in the suit, which he filed last Tuesday in Latah County Second District Court.
Tribble, 36, and his family live in one of the university’s South Hill Vista apartments for married students and students with children.

He claims the UI's policy banning firearms from campus — and by extension, his current place of residence — is a violation of his Second Amendment right to bear arms and his 14th Amendment right to due process.
 

IA: The ISSDA lists their priorities for the 2011 session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I received a copy of the Iowa State Sheriffs & Deputies Association (“ISSDA”) 2011 Legislative Priorities & Policy Statements from an anonymous source this afternoon. Some of my readers might be contributors to the ISSDA when they come knocking on the door for fund-raising efforts, so I figured it might be a good idea to let folks know what the ISSDA feels are important topics for discussion with lawmakers in 2011 – at least as it pertains to gun rights in Iowa.
 

AZ: It’s hard to kill a bad guy. Just ask a cop
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Quotes from blowhards about how if they had been there they would have shot Loughner dead is just a bunch of tough talk from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.

It’s hard to shoot a bad guy who is shooting other people. Don’t think so? Just ask a cop.

Police officers go through many hours of weapons training that teach them to not only shoot accurately but also when not to shoot.
 

Bill Maher "Second Amendment is the problem"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Bill Maher doesn't want more civility between Democrats and Republicans, he wants less and he thinks the second amendment is the problem.
 

IA: Store clerk stops robber with hammer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"'I got a knife, and I want the money out of the cash register.' And I says, 'What did you say?' He repeated it, and the third time he repeated it, I hit him in the head with a hammer," said clerk Glen Zirbe. "I expected him to drop, but he didn't. Yeah, I hope he's got a headache."
 

Gun Supply CEO & NRA Board Member Pete Brownell On High-Capacity Gun Clips: ‘It’s Just An Advantage’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pete Brownell is President of Brownells, Inc, — “the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories and gunsmithing tools — and was elected to the NRA Board last year. ThinkProgress caught up with Brownell at the SHOT Show convention in Las Vegas last week and asked him about this symbiotic relationship. Brownell denied that the NRA is working to benefit the gun industry financially, claiming that it only defends the Second Amendment. He also denied that his role at the NRA as a current gun supply company CEO is in any way nefarious:
 

CA: Formal Injunction Against Enforcement Of California Ammunition Sales Ban Regulations Issued
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today the Fresno Superior Court issued an Order of Permanent Injunction in the NRA – CRPA Foundation funded legal challenge to AB962, Parker v. California.

The order permanently prevents the state and its agents from enforcing the provisions of AB962 (Penal Code sections 12060, 12061, and 12318). A copy of the Order is here.

The Order comes following a dramatic ruling giving gun owners a win in a National Rifle Association / California Rifle and Pistol (CRPA) Foundation lawsuit.
 

OH: Gallia Shooting Leaves One Dead, Questions Unanswered
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One man is dead after a shooting in Gallia County Sunday night. Now, the sheriff says he's investigating all sides of the story involving a fatal shotgun blast from a frail cancer patient.

Medicated and in chemotherapy, Ray Fillinger says he had no choice but to fire when a man he knew barged into his home Sunday afternoon.

Investigators say Fillinger's story may be true, but they need to know more before possible criminal charges are dropped or filed.

"He threatened me physically and threatened to take a belt to my daughter," Fillinger said.
 

WV: WV City Gun Carry Laws Challenged
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A group dedicated to the protection of the Second Amendment has filed a pair of federal lawsuits challenging several municipal ordinances centering on the possession and sale of guns.

The West Virginia Citizen Defense League filed lawsuits in federal court in Charleston and Martinsburg that challenge a range of city ordinances in the municipalities of Charleston, South Charleston, Dunbar, and Martinsburg. WVCDL General Counsel Jim Mullins says the most serious provisions forbid law abiding citizens from carrying firearms legally with concealed carry permits on city property.
 

OK: Gun laws attract attention in local, national political circles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Members of the Oklahoma City Council and U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn made comments this week regarding gun laws.
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Military-style rifles, high-capacity magazines and access to guns for the mentally ill are under discussion in Oklahoma City after a police officer was shot and across the nation following an assassination attempt on a congresswoman.

Whether such talk will translate into legislation at any level is questionable.
 

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