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One tip enough to put name on watch list
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A year after a Nigerian man allegedly tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials say they have made it easier to add individuals' names to a terrorist watch list and improved the government's ability to thwart an attack in the United States.

The failure to put Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on the watch list last year renewed concerns that the government's system to screen out potential terrorists was flawed. Even though Abdulmutallab's father had told U.S. officials of his son's radicalization in Yemen, government rules dictated that a single-source tip was insufficient to include a person's name on the watch list.
 

NC: Blizzard Strips Gun Owners of Concealed Carry Privilege
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The recent blizzard that hammered North Carolina is also taking its toll on the state's law abiding gun owners. Citizens possessing concealed carry permits who are caught packing heat during the "state of emergency"ť will be subject to criminal charges, per the state's firearms law.
On Christmas Day, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton, in consultation with Governor Bev Perdue, called in the National Guard as snow covered every county in the state. Once a state of emergency is declared, concealed carry permits become null and void, and those who aren't familiar with this bizarre stipulation in the law are subject to arrest and criminal prosecution: ...
 

NJ: Fatal stabbing at Newark liquor store marks city's first homicide of 2011
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A 40-year-old man was fatally stabbed in a liquor store late Saturday night, marking the first homicide in the city in the new year, authorities said today. Thirty minutes later, two people were shot in the city's west ward.
Donald Andrews, of East Orange, was stabbed at 11:55 p.m. ...
Andrews was taken to University Hospital in Newark where he died a short time later.
Early this morning, just minutes after Andrews was stabbed, two men were shot on the 100 block of Halstead Street, said Newark Police Detective Hubert Henderson, a spokesman. The men were shot at 12:26 a.m., one was struck in the arm, the other in the chest, Henderson said. They were taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Henderson said.
 

Does Ohio state gun law preemption do ‘violence’ to ‘home rule’?
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"Funny. I don’t seem to recall any of the anti-personal defense crowd recommending regional 'home rule' carve-out exclusions to any of their dream edicts. They always seem to be binding everywhere…you know, one size fits all…"

"And by the way, what exactly 'works in Chicago'?"
 

NJ: New Jersey sees 15-percent spike in homicides over past year
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Homicides rose by 15 percent in New Jersey last year, marking the first time in four years that the state saw an annual increase in slayings, according to a Star-Ledger survey of county prosecutor's offices.
Most of New Jersey's homicides were related to disputes over narcotics or gang territory, according to Paul Loriquet, spokesman for state Attorney General Paula Dow. He said it would be hard to pinpoint a reason for the spike. ...
Law enforcement officials around the state said several factors--the increased presence of street gangs in New Jersey, the stagnant economy and a statewide jump in nonfatal shootings--could have served as catalysts for the increase.
 

Shania Twain wedding displays elitist attitude toward guns
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"But here’s the thing about the privileged Ms. Twain employing armed guards (lawbreaking or otherwise) in the first place—she’s a big advocate of infringements against those of us who can’t afford an armed security presence and must rely on being our own first line of defense."
 

FL: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tampa
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With New Year's Eve only days away, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects this to be one of the deadliest weeks of the year on the roads.

But now a new weapon is being used in the fight against drunk driving.

It's a change that could make you more likely to be convicted.

"I think it's a great deterrent for people," said Linda Unfried, from Mother's Against Drunk Driving in Hillsborough County.

Florida is among several states now holding what are called "no refusal" checkpoints.

It means if you refuse a breath test during a traffic stop, a judge is on site, and issues a warrant that allows police to perform a mandatory blood test.
 

TX: 'No Refusal' Weekend Program To Exist Year-Round
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Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed announced plans this week to extend "No Refusal" weekends to every weekend in 2011 as opposed to certain holiday weekends, like New Year's and the Fourth of July.
 

WI: Will Wisconsin pass a similar law?
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Wisconsin is one of only two states that completely prohibits anyone but police officers and sheriffs' deputies from carrying weapons for self defense. Illinois is the other -- as well as the District of Columbia.

That could change in Wisconsin with Republicans controlling the Senate, Assembly and governor's office.

Governor-elect Scott Walker has said he would sign a bill allowing gun owners to carry firearms. Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, previously vetoed such bills.

Southwest Wisconsin lawmakers, State Sen. Dale Schultz, Rep. Lee Nerison and 49th Assembly Dist. Rep.-elect Travis Tranel, all Republicans, agree carry permit legislation will be enacted this year.
 

FL: 'Stand Your Ground' cases on the rise
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A decade-old law that gives criminal immunity to some people who defend themselves with knives, fists, sticks or guns is rearing its head more frequently in Volusia County courtrooms.

Under what is known as Florida's "Stand Your Ground Law," a Daytona Beach man recently avoided up to 15 years in prison for smashing another in the face with a 2-by-4 while defending himself and his girlfriend from a drunk attacker.

Circuit Judge Patrick Kennedy on Dec. 2 ruled that Vincent Strollo is immune from prosecution, records show.
 

DE: Control guns for the 'common good'
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Those who advocate the deregulation of handguns enjoy a benefit enjoyed by a few at the expense of the majority and to the detriment of the common good.

In 2010, McDonald v. City of Chicago held, for the first time in American history, that states and local governments cannot abridge the Second Amendment right of an individual to bear arms, specifically, handguns for the purpose of self-defense.

Though expected since 2008, when the high court struck down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban in Heller v. District of Columbia as unconstitutional within a federal enclave, McDonald was nonetheless monumental.
 

FL: Openly carrying handguns seems certain to be legal here soon
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Florida was, at the time, struggling to counteract tourist-scaring national media coverage of crime in the state, earning a Gunshine State tag in TV shorthand. In the week after the effective date of the conceal-carry law and the supposed end of prohibitions against open-carry, a number of activists walked around with holstered pistols. Lawmakers felt the need to act quickly, and did so. Gov. Bob Martinez signed the open-carry prohibition as soon as he got it.

Now, 23 years later, the National Rifle Association wants to undo it. And why not, with the stated support of incoming Gov. Rick Scott and huge GOP majorities in both the House and Senate? Florida is one of seven states with a full ban on open-carry.
 

New Laws Govern Guns, Web, Banks
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States also targeted gun use restrictions. In Iowa, local sheriffs will have less discretion to reject gun permit applications. The new right-to-carry law says sheriffs can only turn down applications for specific reasons, such as a previous criminal record. The new law also allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons in bars as long as the gun owner isn't legally intoxicated.
 

Rule of Law in the Age of Obama
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Supremacy of Law doesn't support any conclusion as to whether the federal government is supreme over state governments or vice-versa. The proper interpretation is that those powers reserved to the states and those powers delegated to the federal government must be adhered to because it is stated in the Constitution, and the Rule of Law embodies supremacy of law.

Likewise, the supremacy clause is applicable only to those powers ceded to the federal government. If Congress passes an act within the limited powers ceded to it, then the law is binding and supreme over any state law or state constitution. This is what "shall be made in Pursuance thereof" means. Otherwise, the law is not binding and, therefore, not supreme law.
 

IL: Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day 2011 -- IGOLD
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You won’t want to miss the largest turn out of Second Amendment supporters Illinois has ever seen!

Where:
Thurs. March 10, 2011
Prairie Capitol Convention Center, Springfield, IL

* 10:30 a.m. – Doors open
* 11:00 a.m. – Concessions open
* Noon – Legislative Briefing
* 1:15 p.m. – March to State Capitol!

Watch for details as they develop at IGOLD.isra.org. and reserve a seat on one of the many charter buses headed to Springfield.
 

Iraq: Iraq’s Health Ministry held a campaign banning weapons in Iraq
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Iraq’s Health Ministry held a campaign banning weapons in Iraq. However, the type of weapons that are prohibited is not a deadly weapon because the opposition is a toy weapon.

Baghdad toy market is filled with plastic guns with a variety of prices and sizes, starting from toy guns, tanks, knives, military uniforms, even a silencer.

“The people responsible get rid of these toys,” said Dr. Emad Abdulrazaq, national mental health adviser at the Ministry of Health. “These toys makes a child more easily lapse into actual violence because every day he is having fun with guns.”

Ministry of Health, which has no regulatory authority over arms sales, also urged the government to ban all toy guns.
 

FL: Free sporting clay clinic for women, kids
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The guns, the ear protection and the eye protection are all there.

All that is needed is volunteers ready to aim and fire.

Roger Gascoigne, a certified coach with the British Clay Pigeon Shooting Association and a member of the Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors, will run a clinic to teach shooting clays to women and children.

And it's free of charge Sunday at FishHawk Sporting Clays, 13505 Hobson Simmons Road, Lithia.
 

NY: Another tragedy must be prevented
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In 2001, 72 children under age 14 died from unintentional firearm injuries. In 2002, more than 800 were treated at emergency rooms for them.

...

More than 22 million children live in homes where there are handguns present. A study of firearm storage patterns showed that of homes having both children and firearms in them, 55 percent of those homes had one or more guns in an unlocked place. Another 43 percent had guns without trigger locks in an unlocked place. A 2005 study found that there are 1.69 million children living in homes in which guns are unlocked and loaded.

Ed.: And, in 1998, 114 children less than 14 years old died due to falls. Shall we legislate gravity out of existence? Source: CDC WISQARS
 

MT: Grizzly bear deaths near Yellowstone were up in 2010
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"In general, if you were going to make a bet on whether a bear died because of people versus natural causes, it would be people," said Chuck Schwartz, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist who leads the multi-agency grizzly bear study team. "Eighty-five-plus percent of independent bears that die, die because of people," he added.

Hunting grizzlies remains illegal, but at least 15 were killed this year by hunters who shot them in self-defense or after mistaking them for black bears.

Over the summer, two adult bears were killed by government wildlife agents after the animals attacked and killed humans — the first fatal maulings in decades in the region.
 

SC: Stopping Gun Violence Rally Coming To The Upstate
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Trying to keep guns out of kids’ hands is the ultimate goal of a new Upstate group.

“Put the Guns Down” will be holding a crusade Monday evening.

Group member Jack Logan says their even is about two things: protecting the life of innocent people and preventing the youth from spending a life in prison.

Members of the group spent Sunday passing out fliers to get as many people as possible to come to the rally.
 

MD: Right-to-carry proposal stirs debate in Frederick County
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But the proposal is attracting opposition -- or at least serious questions -- from an unlikely group of lawmakers: Republicans who are pro-gun rights.

Delegate Michael Hough, who represents Frederick and Washington counties, said for years, gun rights advocates have fought local gun control bills by saying guns should be regulated at the state level. If they allow Frederick County to "pre-empt" that responsibility, other jurisdictions could want to take it over as well.

"Once you poke holes through pre-emption, even for something good like right-to- carry, it opens it up when we try to kill gun control bills," Hough said.
 

OH: Ohio Supreme Court Rules for Ohio Gun Owners
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Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray hailed this morning’s ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court, which affirmed the constitutionality of Ohio’s firearms statutes.

“This is an important victory for every gun owner in Ohio,” Cordray said. “Before 2006, Ohioans faced a confusing patchwork of local ordinances with different restrictions on gun ownership and possession. The General Assembly stepped in, enacting a comprehensive set of rights and responsibilities for every citizen seeking to exercise his or her Second Amendment liberties. We vigorously defended that law, and today the Court upheld it.”
 

IA: Carry on: Gun holders grow
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Over the past month, more than 250 Dubuque County residents have applied for the first time to carry a gun in public.

One man was the victim of a robbery several years ago in downtown Dubuque by a group of men carrying weapons, including a bat and a knife. Another man was charged in 2001 of domestic assault causing injury to his girlfriend. He received a deferred judgment and probation. The charge eventually disappeared from the court records.
 

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