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CCRKBA Pans Proposed ‘Violence Tax’ On Guns, Ammo In Cook County
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"The [CCRKBA] today criticized a proposed 'violence tax' on firearms and ammunition sold in Chicago and surrounding Cook County suburbs as a means of closing a multi-million-dollar budget gap."

"The tax proposal by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle would be designed to help close what the Chicago Sun-Times reports is a $115 million gaping hole in the 2013 budget. ..."

"'Law-abiding firearms owners in Cook County should not be shouldering the bills for criminals,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'Under Preckwinkle’s plan, honest citizens would be financially punished for the bad behavior of a criminal element that appears to be rampant and unchecked, considering the number of shootings and murders that have been tallied.'" ...
 

Obama website shows gun control never really went under the radar
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "In short, the president wants to enact a measure opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police because it could compromise ongoing criminal investigations, he wants to end private sales, he wants to mandate nonexistent technology ('Only Ones' exempted, of course, even though the genesis of 'smart gun' research and development was to mitigate police 'takeaway' incidents), and he wants the federal government to withhold 19th Century firearm technology from 'We the People.'" ...
 

An Interview with Cody R. Wilson of the WikiWeapon 3D Gun Printing Project
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.TheTruthAboutGuns.com

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"We’ve been covering the coming manufacturing revolution in firearms pretty closely, with the latest installment being Dan’s post yesterday. Simply put, 3D printing has enabled the home user to manufacture items easily and cheaply using plans downloaded from the internet, and most people see the next logical step being the home production of firearms. And while that scares most of the anti-gun crowd, one law student from Little Rock, Arkansas is pushing the envelope and trying to design a 3D printable firearm that he will make available on the internet. For free. And I had a chance to talk with him Monday afternoon about what’s going on . . ." ...
 

There’s a social lesson from WDFW on dealing with predators
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Washington Fish & Wildlife Director Phil Anderson and his troops made the right call on dealing with wolves in The Wedge, and in the process, his agency just might have given society a hint on how to deal with predators of another kind.

Some Seattle Times readers, responding to a story in Sunday’s edition, are having fits over the removal of the Wedge wolf pack because the animals simply would not stop preying on cattle. They didn’t take the hint when a couple of animals were killed, and when a predator doesn’t take a hint, there is really only one way to deal with it. ...
 

Government will push back against home manufactured guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has recently been taking a close look at the concept of entirely bypassing gun purchase laws (and any form of gun registration), by building one's own guns. This idea has been in the news lately, as University of Texas law student Cody Wilson's Defense Distributed group advances its 'Wiki Weapon' project, with the goal of designing a handgun that can be entirely produced by a 3-D printer, and then making the design available, free of charge, to anyone in the world with internet access." ...
 

Chicagoland Madness Strikes Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TWe see this from the Chicago Sun-Times, sent to me by a retired big-city police official whose career taught him to carry his gun always. He still does, and recommends that other good people do too, even if they aren’t ex-cops like him. http://www.suntimes.com/15644719-761/cook-county-mulling-violence-tax-on-guns-and-ammunition.html ." ...
 

The Top Five Second Amendment Enemies and Hypocrites
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan recently challenged a feisty reporter in Michigan on the Second Amendment."

"Ryan countered a loaded question from the reporter about 'gun problems' saying 'this nation has a crime problem.' Instead of proposing gun bans Ryan gave credence to enforcing current laws as well as focusing more energy on community groups, charities, education and youth programs. ... Anti-gun groups were clearly hopeful that gun control would be brought up at the last debate. With the first VP debate scheduled for this Thursday as well as two Presidential debates left to go, the chances are likely it could come up. It would be foolish to assume every politico is as pro-Second Amendment as Congressman Ryan." ...
 

Winter Carry
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Ebbs broaches the subject of winter carry over at his place today. Yes, its that time of year again. It was darn cold here yesterday (unusually) and that means that colder weather will soon be here for good." ...
 

Gun Review: MAC on the Springfield XD-S (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.TheTruthAboutGuns.com

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What's up at Calico? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I happened across a picture of a Calico 9mm, my first thought was not flattering. I mistook it for a toy. It looks like a squirt gun. The big magazine that rides on top of the Calico looks like a tank for water. Even then, when I thought was a toy, I found it really strange.

But its not a toy. The Helical magazine on top of the gun holds cartridges. Lots of them." ...
 

Gun Review: SIG SAUER 716 Patrol Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.TheTruthAboutGuns.com

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"There’s a debate raging in the AR15 community. The point of contention: operating systems. Traditionalists favor direct impingement. Designed by Eugene Stoner, DI harnesses the power of the gasses trapped in the barrel to cycle the rifle’s action. It’s a remarkably simple system with one critical flaw: the gasses blow directly into the rifle’s upper receiver and bolt carrier. Over time, this leads to a dirty rifle. In a gas piston system the propellant gases push a solid rod that pushes the carrier to the rear. That makes for a cleaner running gun. While the controversy continues, SIG SAUER has covered its bets with their piston-driven 516 and, now, the 716 . . ." ...
 

'Fast & Furious' report leaves Americans with crucial questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Finally, the media is showing the staggering human cost of Operation Fast & Furious. But the news broadcast wasn't in English."

"Sunday, Univision, the Spanish language television network, ran a program showing the faces and stories of dozens of people who have been killed in Mexico with guns the Obama administration supplied to Mexican drug gangs. One Mexican interviewed summed up the theme: 'Americans aren't moved by pain beyond their border, only with their own.'" ...
 

Six Big Reasons Gun Owners Should Vote Like Rights Are At Stake
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Think it’s alright to relax now? After all, didn’t a record number of people purchase firearms just before the 2008 presidential election anticipating a worst-case gun control scenario that never materialized? Whereas during his campaign Senator Barack Obama supported reintroducing the lapsed assault weapon ban, promised to eliminate an amendment requiring the FBI to destroy records of gun purchasers’ background checks and closing the so-called 'gun show loophole', he has not done any of these things. ... the Union address only weeks after the tragic Tucson shootings of Senator Gabrielle Giffords and others, made no mention of guns at all."

"So why worry? Well, here are six big reasons:" ...
 

Ryan Thinks Obama Has A Secret Plot To Ban Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"RYAN: What I worry about as a hunter, as a person who believes in the Second Amendment, as a gun owner, is knowing that President Obama – in his earlier career, prior to his presidency – was an advocate for gun control."

"I worry about what his attitude will be once he never has to face voters again. And that to me is a concern just as a gun owner, that this is somebody who has a history of being hostile to the Second Amendment. He hasn’t, for political reasons I believe, done much to go after the Second Amendment, but his history, his party, lead me to be concerned about what he would be like in a second term." ...
 

‘Gun Control’ Questions On The Campaign Trail: Be Careful What You Wish For
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"After the dust cleared from the last debate, the gun control question that wasn’t still looms large."

"PBS’s Jim Lehrer, the moderator of the debate, chose to stick to the economy and put gun control questions pushed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and the Brady Campaign in the deep freeze. Perhaps surprised by the debate snub, the Brady Campaign released the wrong statement on one of their social media accounts after the debate." ...
 

NY: Democrat Andrews says there are ‘too many’ gun laws
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews diverges from Senate Democrats on two of their key priorities: increasing the minimum wage and tightening the state’s gun laws."

"Andrews, who is running in the 43rd District against Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione, said she would only back a minimum wage increase that was twained with some sort of package helping small businesses ..." ...

"Andrews also said there are 'too many' gun laws in New York — an apparent contradiction of colleagues like Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris who in the wake of mass shootings over the summer began a push to tighten gun laws." ...
 

IL: Cook County mulling violence tax on guns and ammunition
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... "Such a tax alone wouldn’t close a $115 million budget gap in 2013, but it could at least funnel money into the county’s $3 billion operation — where roughly two-thirds of the budget pays for both the county’s public health clinics and two hospitals along with the criminal justice system that includes the courts and jail."

"'If we were to pursue a tax on something like guns and ammo, clearly that wouldn’t be popular with the [gun lobby] out there, and it may not generate $50 million, but ... it is consistent with our commitment to pursuing violence reduction in the city and in the county,' Kurt Summers, Preckwinkle’s chief of staff, said on Monday." ...
 

IL: Illinois Democrats seek new punitive taxes on ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With violent crime in Chicago (which still--even after McDonald v. Chicago-- has some of the most oppressive gun laws in the country) going through the roof, officials in Chicago and Cook County are scrambling for solutions. Well, "solutions" is probably not the most accurate term. "Excuses" works, as does 'scapegoats." ...
 

FL: 99% Chance That This Florida Attorney General’s Brief Was Filed by Someone Not Licensed to Practice Law
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/SW-Model-10-Military--Police-Revolver-A-guns-autobiography

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"Odd, you say — wouldn’t it be pretty likely that whoever is signing the brief is likely licensed to do so? Well, I can prove it: Less than 1% of the Florida population is licensed to practice law. Thus, given the small percentage of the population that is licensed to practice law, the overwhelming majority of briefs are not licensed. Thus, my suspicion that the brief was signed by someone who isn’t licensed would be reasonable because, in any given case, there would be, statistically speaking, a 99% likelihood of unauthorized practice of law."

"Nonsense!, you say. Nonsense indeed — yet it is the argument that the Florida Attorney General made with regard to licenses to carry concealed firearms." ...
 

Homeland Security Learns to Love Small Spy Drones
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"There was a time when the Department of Homeland Security wasn’t enthusiastic about its drone fleet. Unmanned flying surveillance ‘bots had the potential to freak out the public, top DHS science and technology officials worried. That time has evidently passed — particularly for smaller flying spies." ...
 

CO: Fear restricts progression
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment debate is getting old. Gun rights activists and anti-gun rights activists routinely take aim at each other’s arguments without much reverberation. Even in the wake of the Aurora shooting and many other incidents, some still find validity in arguing that guns are still acceptable everyday accessories – like a cell phone or wallet.." ...
 

WI: 4 Milwaukee police officers charged in strip-search case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four Milwaukee police officers were charged Tuesday with felonies related to illegal rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the past two years."

"In one case, an officer held a gun to a man's head as two others held his arms and a third put him in a choke hold while jamming a hand into his anus, purportedly searching for evidence, according to the criminal complaint. Another man bled from his rectum for several days after his encounter with police, the complaint says." ...
 

FL: Police Officer Suspended After Punching Suspect 10 Times
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A police officer in Florida is suspended after he was caught on surveillance video attacking a suspect."

"In August, police tried to arrest the victim for public intoxication and disorderly contact."

"The suspect put up a fight and that’s when things got ugly." ...
 

TX: Ex-HPD officer sentenced to life in rape By Jayme Fraser | Monday, October 8, 2012 | Updated: Monday, October 8, 201
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Abraham Joseph struggled to find anything to say before a judge on Monday affirmed the verdict of two life sentences."

"Braced stoicism melted from his face as he started to talk then stopped. The former Houston Police Department officer looked down, shaking his head and began to cry." ...
 

NC: Burke County sheriff's deputy charged with exchanging drugs for sex
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Burke County sheriff’s deputy was charged Monday with exchanging a schedule III controlled substance for sex."

"Robert Keith Whisnant, 45, of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office was arrested by agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation while trying to exchange prescription medication for sexual favors. He was charged with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance." ...
 

TX: 8 Texas deputies out after a sex misconduct probe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The sheriff of the most populous county in Texas says 8 of his employees have been fired, quit or retired after an internal investigation of sexual misconduct at the county jails."

"Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says one former employee had been fired and indicted in February. Another supervisor and four detention officers were fired Friday, while a deputy resigned and a supervisor retired during the yearlong investigation." ...
 

WA: Washington on leading edge of knife law reform
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Washington has joined a small but growing list of states that are gradually improving their laws regarding knives, which makes sense to armed citizens because virtually everybody who carries a gun typically carries a knife." ...
 

UT: Utah needs to establish reasonable gun restraints
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is limited. Government may impose time, place and manner restrictions on our rights of free speech; it may limit our free exercise of religion provided it has a compelling interest and the limit is narrowly tailored; the press may be denied access to information in certain circumstances."

"Meanwhile, the Utah Legislature continues to push for unlimited gun rights, claiming that these are "Second Amendment rights." Last session, Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, promoted a bill that would have the effect of telling individuals not to be alarmed when they see someone walking around their neighborhoods, churches, grocery stores or just about anywhere else with a visible firearm ..." ...
 

NY: Long Island’s Second Amendment Rights Organization Gets Nominated, Best Of Long Island
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Long Island Firearms, New York’s foremost online firearms enthusiast community has been nominated for the Best of Long Island."

"A local website is making strides for the NRA and the Second Amendment on traditionally gun-unfriendly Long Island, New York. The website, Long Island Firearms has been nominated to the 'Long Island’s Best' ballot list in the 'best website' category." ...
 

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