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Gun owners should be aware of multiple ATF developments
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Several updates to stories previously discussed in this column that involve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives ought to be understood by all gun owners interested in keeping informed." ...
 

More information on ATF ‘walking’ guns across Mexican border
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "That would make this an international law enforcement incident, would it not?" ...
 

When Congress reads Constitution today, see who leaves before 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Which members of Washington State’s congressional delegation will be present, absent or get up and leave when the Constitution is recited as the House of Representatives convenes this morning?" ...
 

Proof that the ATF Long Gun Registry is for the Long Haul
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When the [ATF] first announced their plan to force some 8500 gun dealers in four states to file a same-day report on any sale of two or more larger than .22 caliber rifles to the same buyer in a five-day period, the ATF called it an 'emergency' measure. ... When acting ATF Head Kenneth Melson stepped-up to the microphone to sell the plan, we learned that the form would be valid for 180-days. The long gun registry is a one-year deal. Worse, the ATF jefe revealed the registry as a 'pilot program,' signaling the ATF’s intention to extend the scope and/or duration of the patently illegal plan after one year ..." ...
 

Mark your calendars, Illinois gun owners; March 10 is the day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's that time of year again: time for gun rights advocates in Illinois to set aside a day to let Springfield know that shall not be infringed isn't a suggestion, and it's definitely not a request. That day is March 10, and the event is Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD). From the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):" ...
 

Second Amendment is not about gun deaths
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It seems syndicated columnist William Collins (Dec. 29, AC-T) missed the target by using Violence Policy Center data as validation that the Supreme Court is out to lunch on the Second Amendment. The VPC claims '...states with low gun ownership have lower rates of gun deaths'. True enough1, but do they have less crime? The second amendment isn't about 'gun deaths' any more than nuclear weapons are about leveling cities full of people. It's deterrence." ...
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1: Actually, it isn't true. But you are correct, even if it were, it would still be irrelevant.
 

On This Weeks American Trigger Sports Network
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"This week on the Trigger Sports Network, Changes in ATF rule will affect your gun purchases for 2011. Rachel Parsons reports from NRA Headquarters and David Codrea dresses down a NZ journalist for her comments on Texas Gun Laws." ...

"AAR host, Mark Walters, disturbed by cop killing, asks…when is enough…enough? Turn-Key Tactical, Rick Porter, makes 'Pics of the Week'”
 

Obscure Object of Desire: Big Horn Armory Model 89 Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TTAG commentator Bob H clocked my lever love in this morning’s post announcing Marlin’s new small-caliber plinkers and served-up a link to this, this, cannon. ..."
 

New Marlin XTTM Bolt-Action Rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the run-up to the SHOT show, Marlin has introduced its new XT-series bolt-action rimfire rifles. Ignoring the specter of Remington’s Triggergate, the new Marlins feature their new XT Pro-Fire® user-adjustable trigger system (from 3 to 6 pounds). Or maybe not . . . 'The XT Series rifles offer the newly designed trigger safety, preventing the trigger from being pulled until the trigger safety is fully depressed for an added level of safety and confidence and freedom from owner lawsuits.' I added that last bit. And Marlin's added a new synthetic stock to this lineup, along with the choice of cheap calibers: 22 LR, 22 WMR and 17 HMR. ..." ...
 

Shooting Instructors (So to Speak): Jeff Cooper vs. Massad Ayoob
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "On a gun blog to be named later, the issue of Jeff Cooper’s qualifications as an instructor came up. And when it did, a whole bunch of people started making some bold statements about them, while simultaneously attacking me for asking the question. Rather than providing Cooper’s qualifications, I kept getting asked who was a qualified instructor. I mentioned that Massad Ayoob seemed qualified. Better qualified than Jeff Cooper anyway. Well, that just opened the floodgates for people to start besmirching Mr. Ayoob’s reputation." ...
 

Map: Where is it Legal to Own Gun Silencer in U.S.?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"AWC, a silencer manufacture had a nice map of where it is currently legal to own." ...
 

White House tightening of Mexico border gun rules delayed
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A planned Obama administration clampdown on Mexico border gun dealers which would require them to report multiple assault rifle sales has been delayed by the White House amid stiff opposition from the powerful gun lobby." ...
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KABA Note: Plus the minor detail that the 'clampdown' is completely illegal.
 

New Zealand: Americans take pot shots at us
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "... There was no lie, no lack of integrity." ...
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KABA Note: *snicker*
 

CT: Um, Can I Ask You a Question?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But I've decided there is one question that, without question, would move from the Doozy List onto the Must-Ask list for first time playdates. And here in Wilton, where right-leaning voters are in the majority, I might find myself stepping on a few toes as soon as I ask it. But it's a pledge I'm going to make to my kids and to myself, even if asking it makes everyone uncomfortable."

"'Do you have a gun in your house?'" ...
 

NH: Guns in the House: OK, but it's not a right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Citizens, you may now carry firearms in the State House. In the House gallery, anterooms and chamber, guns must be carried concealed. In other parts of the building, they may be carried openly. If that is a little confusing, it's nothing compared to the logic some Republicans used in passing the new rules." ...
 

Passages
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My condolences to all who lost people they cared about during the recent holiday season."

"Brother trainer Rich Grassi alerted me to the fact that Jerri Lindell had just passed at 81. ... She was the wife of one of my mentors, Jim Lindell in Kansas City, the master police instructor who refined the lateral vascular restraint technique and whose system of handgun retention – which I still teach – has been estimated to have saved as many police lives as everyday-wear body armor. ..."

"I learned from our mutual friend JD Jones that Larry Kelly, founder of Mag-na-port, had succumbed to lung cancer ..."

"... Aaron Zelman, founder and director of Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership ..." ...
 

NH: NH Rep. Holds Home Intruder at Gunpoint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A freshman legislator in New Hampshire made front-page news by holding an intruder at gunpoint Tuesday night until the police arrived at his Amherst home. State Rep. Peter Hansen, 67, told police the intruder broke into his home late Tuesday night, claiming he had been shot. When the man walked through the kitchen and lay down in the coatroom, Hansen retrieved his pistol and called the police ..." ...
 

FL: Man holds accused burglar at knife point in his underwear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Fort Myers man wakes up early in the morning and remembers he left expensive tools in his SUV."

"He goes out to lock it and finds a man sitting in it." ...

"He grabbed his appropriately labeled NRA knife sitting on the dashboard."

"'It's got the second amendment on it where we have the right to bear arms. I said if you try to get out, I'm going to stick you, so he stayed there. The funny part is that all I had on was my underwear so I was holding him at bay with this little tiny knife, and I said, now what am I going to do.'" ...
 

AR: Police: Boy, 14, ends burglary by shooting suspect
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Hot Springs police say a 14-year-old boy home alone shot a 17-year-old boy in the face, ending an attempted burglary." ...

"... [A]n 18-year-old and two 17-year-olds tried to burglarize the home before the 14-year-old fired at them, hitting one of the 17-year-olds." ...
 

NY: Mount Vernon Man Hospitalized After Brutal Dog Pack Attack Witnesses: 'They Were Eating The Guy'; 'Leg Was Ripped Open'
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"When Maureen Martin looked out from her Mount Vernon second floor apartment, she saw a pack of dogs attacking her neighbor on Wednesday night." ...

"The victim was just trying to get to his front door but the dogs kept attacking. They brought him down, chewed him up and began dragging him back toward the street. Horrified neighbors alerted by his screams began throwing things out the window. A brick finally hit one of the dogs and seemed to break the spell." ...

"Responding Mount Vernon Police officers shot and killed one of the animals and captured another. Witnesses said the third dog got away." ...
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Submitter's Note: But, this being New York, neither the victim nor his neighbors had the means to defend his life but had to wait for "only ones" to come with guns.
 

PA: Police: Legless Baldwin man possibly targeted
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A McKees Rocks teenager might have targeted double-amputee Rocco Bombara's apartment after seeing him in his electric wheelchair, the Baldwin Borough police chief said yesterday." ...
 

PA: Baldwin Police Chief: Legless Man Shot Intruder In 'Self-Defense' (follow-up)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Baldwin police chief said a double-amputee fatally shot an intruder in self-defense, although the district attorney has yet to formally rule that the man will not be charged."

"... Rocco Bombara, 51, pulled a handgun from under his wheelchair cushion and fatally shot the rifle-toting intruder, but only after the man fired two shots into Bombara's apartment at about 2 a.m. Sunday while trying to climb in through a window." ...
 

IA: Ames, Story County consider new state gun laws
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Ames and Story County officials are concerned changes to Iowa’s concealed weapons laws will have a 'chilling effect' on interactions in government buildings."

"The changes to the state law took effect Jan. 1 and require county sheriffs to issue permits to anyone who meets the legal qualifications to carry a weapon. ..." ...
 

IA: Fort Madison City Council reverses itself on gun issue
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"After listening to a stream of citizens object to a proposed ordinance banning those with permits from carrying guns on city properties, the Fort Madison City Council changed its mind Tuesday night."

"The five council members present rejected the second reading of the ordinance they had endorsed just last month after listening to citizens question the constitutionality of it and predict future litigation. ..." ...
 

Obama Re-Nominates Andrew Traver for ATF Head
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I spoke too soon. It seems like the Obama administration HAS been drinking and IS spoiling for a fight with the NRA, GOA and right-minded gun owners everywhere. All the President’s Men (or at least the ones who think it’s a good idea to stir-up the Democratic party’s far-left base) have renominated Andrew Traver to head the headless Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires). ..."
 

NH: New Hampshire Lawmakers Can Now Bring Guns to Work
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"On Monday, January 4, the Joint Committee on Legislative Facilities voted 10 to 1 to change the House rules and restored the Second Amendment at the State Capitol complex by allowing the possession of firearms by concealed carry permit holders." ...
 

SD: Concealed carry citizenship requirement came in response to 9/11
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A South Dakota law denying concealed carry weapon permits to non-citizens was enacted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when states were looking for ways to tighten security and guard against future attacks, Secretary of State Jason Gant said Thursday."

"Gant provided history on the 2002 law change after it was challenged Monday in federal court by the South Dakota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union." ...
 

SD: ACLU Sues to Protect Immigrant's Gun Rights From Change in South Dakota Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In what might appear to be a shotgun wedding of opposites, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a non-U.S. citizen alleging that South Dakota's concealed weapons law violates his constitutional right to bear arms."

"But gun rights advocates surprisingly are not all cheering the case, and at least one group questions whether the ACLU is just trying to open the door to secure gun rights for illegal immigrants." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, since the right to bear arms is a individual, civil and human right, rather than a legal artifact, illegals should have that right recognized.
 

FBI employee in S.F. convicted of lying
Submitted by: Federale
Website: http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/

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"An FBI employee who oversaw background investigations for the agency in San Francisco pleaded guilty today in federal court to lying about the amount of money she owed on her properties."

"Rachelle Thomas-Zuill, 39, of Pittsburg said on a financial disclosure form that she owned three properties with an outstanding mortgage debt of $866,000, when in fact she owned six properties and had a debt of more than $2.2 million." ...
 

WI: Milwaukee police looked into 'Punishers' group
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shortly after Frank Jude Jr. was beaten, a Milwaukee Police Department commander investigated a suspected rogue group of officers known as 'the Punishers,' who wore black gloves and caps embossed with skull emblems while on patrol, according to newly released documents."

"Capt. James Galezewski examined what his report calls a 'gang,' first in 2005 and again in 2007. The police academy supervisor concluded both times the Punishers represented a danger that warranted further investigation and action by the department ..." ...
 

WI: Charges against officer in the center of police brutality probe dropped
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"Charges have been dismissed against a Fond du Lac man who was injured by a Fond du Lac Police Department officer who later was suspended for three days for excessive use of force." ...

"Gudex and Officer Jeff Klintworth transported Lund to the Fond du Lac County Jail. A video at the jail shows Lund, who was handcuffed, walking without incident into the booking room with Gudex. Gudex grabbed Lund by his clothes near his neck and pushed Lund onto a table, where Lund struck his head." ...
 

KS: Citizen complaint spurred inquiry into KCK police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four members of an elite Kansas City, Kan., police squad were arrested and suspended without pay following a sting operation Tuesday to root out police misconduct."

"'I think we're all sick' about the allegations, Police Chief Rick Armstrong said at a news conference at police headquarters Wednesday. 'I think we’re embarrassed.'" ...
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H/t to David Codrea who muses "Kind'a makes me wonder about the ones who aren't so special and trusted..."
 

MI: Inmate captured but escape prompts investigation about transfer procedure
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"After a 30-hour search, escaped rapist Willie B. Wright was arrested Wednesday at Harper Hospital -- the same hospital he had escaped from a day earlier." ...

"'We wanted to get this man back into custody before he could harm anyone else and that's exactly what happened,' said Sheriff Benny Napoleon."

"But earlier, an investigation had begun to determine whether Wayne County deputies followed proper procedures when Wright escaped from Harper ..." ...
 

CA: Whose Right to Bear Arms? (video available)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Walter Stanley has practiced 'open carry' for more than a year." ...

"While he says he openly carries a weapon to protect himself, Stanley also arms himself with a pocket video recorder and an impressive understanding of California law as it applies to bearing firearms in public."

"Why?"

"To ensure his rights are not violated when cops stop him to perform what Stanley calls a '12031 (e)' -- the California law that allows an officer to check if a firearm carried in public is loaded." ...
 

NY: Use-of-force probe: Beacon police broke no law
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"The U.S. District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the city Police Department to resolve a six-year investigation into allegations of police brutality.:

"Though the probe found no laws were violated, the agreement requires the Beacon Police Department to continue to implement 40 reforms and improvements that were outlined by the Justice Department in 2005 and 2008." ...
 

NE: Robert Butler used father's gun in Omaha school attack
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"A US student who shot two school officials, killing one, had been suspended for 19 days just before the attack, officials have said." ...

"Police said the gun he used belonged to his father, an Omaha police detective." ...
 

CA: Former L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted of shooting gun, endangering children
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"A former Los Angeles County deputy was convicted Thursday of filing a false police report against her ex-husband and firing a gun in her Westminster home that endangered nearby children, authorities said."

"Patricia Margaret Bojorquez, 43, was sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation, the Orange County district attorney's office said. She was off duty at the time of the crimes." ...
 

NY: Italian Tourists Investigated for Videotaping Gas Tanks in NYC
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"Fortunately, they were only Italian tourists and not Middle-Eastern tourists because they would be in the Guantanamo Bay military prison by now."

"But the fact that they looked Middle-Eastern made them suspicious, even though all they were doing was videotaping natural gas tanks from a busy public street in broad daylight with a large video camera." ...

"The Post also reveals that the union transit workers are pissed off at cutbacks to security in recent years." ...
 

MO: St. Louis Cop Beats Man Down in Youtube Video (video available)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Congratulations, St. Louis police, you earn the distinct honor of winning the first viral police abuse video of 2011."

"And it appears that St. Louis police already tried to get Youtube to remove the video because it did remove it, according to the Riverfront Times." ...
 

UK: No charges over Enfield Police abuse claims
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"NO charges will be brought against Enfield police officers under investigation over claims of abusing suspects and stealing their property, it has been announced." ...

"Mr Clements said, referring to the handling of stolen property, that senior officers condoned what took place and it was done openly, therefore it would not be possible to prove anyone had acted dishonestly."

"He added: 'It is clear that internal police procedures were flouted and breached on a regular basis. But we cannot prosecute members of a squad unless we can show to the criminal standard that they acted dishonestly.'" ...
 

MI: Open-carry defenders aim to educate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Scott Webb's final act before he left for the grocery store on Thursday was to pick up a handgun and strap it to his waist — a routine he's followed for 14 years."

"Scott is the president of the Michigan chapter of Open Carry Inc., a pro-gun lobby whose goal, members say, is to educate residents and even law enforcement on the right to carry an unconcealed weapon in public. The state has always allowed people to carry a firearm — with a few exceptions — but awareness is growing as the group continues to challenge municipalities that try to limit people from walking around with a gun." ...
 

OH: Exposed: Ohio anti-gunners' 2008 & 2009 IRS returns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the State of Ohio celebrates completion of another successful year of concealed carry, with applications and renewals continuing at a healthy pace, it is time once again take a our bi-annual look at where the most vocal opponents of the law find themselves seven years after the law was passed." ...

"It does me considerable pleasure to report that the latest records available - 2008 and 2009 - reveal that the OCAGV may literally be on life support." ...
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Submitter's Note: We have similar good news in MN regarding the astroturf group Citizens for a Safer MN.
 

CO: Concealed-carry permits haven't caused problems
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Since 2007, the number of concealed-carry permits in El Paso County has more than doubled, but there has not been a corresponding jump in gun violence by the permit holders."

"You can believe whatever you want, but at some point it comes down to results, and nothing suggests that life here has become more dangerous because of concealed-carry permits." ...
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KABA Note: Iowa Chicken Littles, please take note.
 

NH: Statehouse gun ban was not a deterrent
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The problem with any gun ban is that they don’t have any discernible effect on people with felonious intent. If a would-be murderer doesn’t obey laws against murder, by what sound reasoning do proponents of gun bans believe a would-be murderer will obey a law making it a crime to carry a gun into a public or state building?" ...
 

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