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ATF ‘shakeup’: Meet the new bosses. Same as the old bosses…
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "What does the Chief Counsel's office have to say about part-timer Jones running the show and making sweeping reforms?" ...
 

IllinoisCarry Spokesperson, Valinda Rowe Named Second Amendment Grassroots Activist of the Year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hundreds of hard-core civil rights activists gathered in Chicago for the Gun Rights Policy Conference hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms."

"Attendees spent two days listening to grassroots activists and organizers, authors, scholars, lawyers, politicians and others speak about the state of 'gun rights' in these United States." ...
 

Why we matter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Those of us who toil every day writing, producing and delivering a daily newspaper, regardless of the format our readers choose, do it for many reasons. But at the core, we do it for freedom."

"History shows us there are two primary pillars to any free society: a free press which is manifested in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the right to bear arms, our Second Amendment."

"Virtually every despot in the modern world did two things upon seizing power: confiscate weapons and abolish the free press. Often those who dared to publish were jailed — or executed." ...
 

Gunfight, or, please don’t shoot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Now, this week, I did a little book review for the Chronicle, about a landmark new book on the gun issue. As the author, Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor, successfully does in his book, I tried to portray his work as, well 'fair and balanced' on this issue – because he is. He shows the faults of various sides, exposes lapses in research on gun control pro and con, and seeks a middle way towards lessening the carnage without infringing on rights. Perhaps most important for future directions, he shows how gun control 'failures' have too often been a foregone conclusion when gun lobbyists ensure that nothing effective will be approved and implemented – a self-fulfilling prophecy policy." ...
 

Franklin Armory’s New AR-15 Is Neither A Pistol Nor A Rifle And No NFA Paperwork Required
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Short Barreled AR-15s are all the rage these days. They’re light, easy to maneuver, and the recoil from a 5.56mm NATO round is still negligible even with the reduction in weight. The only problem is that in order to get one you need to jump through the ATF’s hoops, pay a $200 tax, and tell them every time you travel with it. In short, it’s a pain. Franklin Armory recently announced a new gun that lets you have all the fun of an SBR without any of the paperwork by exploiting an interesting loophole in the law in a frankly genius way." ...
 

New Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Quad Rail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our man Oleg Volk over at (you guessed it) olegvolk.net must be closerthanthis with Kel-Tec. The snapper’s had a KSG bullpup shotgun since ever, and he’s now got dibs on the new Quad-Rail Sub-2000. This could be the Sub-2000 you’re looking for. 'The original quad rail for Sub-2000 had a bit of flex in it,' Oleg reports with uncharacteristic understatement. 'While sights installed on it seemed to keep zero, it didn't inspire confidence.' Thankfully, 'Keltec updated the rail and the new version is rock-solid. ...'"
 

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson Model 60 .357 Magnum (Take Two)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I wrapped my hands around the diminutive Smith & Wesson Model 60, my first thought was 'Honey, I Shrunk The 686!' As I turned it over in my hands, I started to wonder if Rick Moranis had accidentally pointed his shrink-ray at a real gun, because the Model 60 looks and feels like a 2/3 scale model of my favorite .357 Magnum. But trust me: it’s a real gun. In fact it’s a fire-breathing fistful of ballistic fury, and you’ll use two fists if you know what’s good for you . . ." ...
 

ATF Didn't Consult White House On Emergency Request For Controversial Gun Rule
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here's some news for all the NRA members convinced that ATF's rifle reporting requirement in four border states is a diabolical plot by the Obama administration to crack down on the Second Amendment. ATF didn't consult the White House before they published an emergency request for a proposed rule requiring gun dealers in four border states to report bulk sales of semi-automatic weapons in the Federal Register." ...
 

Brady Campaign: NRA on 2nd Amendment Losing Streak
Submitted by: OpposingViews
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"For the NRA, it was not supposed to be this way. After the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment granted a limited right to have a gun in the home, the NRA bragged that it was just the “opening salvo” in a legal war to use the courts to dismantle the nation’s gun laws." ...
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KABA Note: Can anyone imagine an organization gloating: NAACP on Voting Rights Losing Streak?
 

From Obama administration about 'Gunwalker': 'Be reasonable,' and 'Calm down'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Obama administration has some advice for those of us who are outraged by the deadly atrocity that is 'Project Gunwalker,' and what we suspect to be the motivation behind it. Eric Schultz, who was hired by the Obama administration right around the time the congressional investigation of the 'Gunwalker' scandal started picking up steam, and whose specific duties include, as a key component, 'dealing with' Representative Darrell Issa's (R-CA) oversight efforts, recently told CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson--in no uncertain terms--to 'be reasonable' in reporting on the scandal. This is how she explained it on Laura Ingraham's show, as quoted by the Weekly Standard:" ...
 

Reports Surfacing that the White House is Strong Arming Media Outlets that Cover Fast & Furious (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It seems that multiple sources are reporting that White House staff are strong arming reporters and news outlets 'behind the scenes' to keep reporting of Obama’s Fast & Furious Second Amendment Attack to a minimum and off the national stage." ...
 

Grassley, Issa ramp up criticism of AG Holder, release documents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa have ramped up their criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder, releasing the documents that have this week put Holder and his staff, and the White House, on the defensive, to the point of shouting at a CBS reporter for her probing coverage of Operation Fast and Furious." ...
 

Sipsey Street Exclusive: "In at the beginning." The State Department & the Gunwalker Scandal. Part 1. "To take the fight to the Mexican drug cartels."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Since early March, this reporter has been using what sources I could find to explore what the State Department knew about the Gunwalker Scandal and when they knew it. Two names kept popping up in the mixture of whispered facts and gossip. One was James Steinberg. He was, I was told, 'In at the beginning.'" ...
 

BATFE Out of the Frying Pan… but Where To Next?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rumors are surfacing regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s plans to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE)."

"The blood soaked debacle of BATFE’s 'Operation Fast and Furious', the blatantly felonious scheme of running guns to murderous Mexican drug cartels, may have put the nail in the coffin for what is almost certainly America’s most sordid federal agency." ...
 

Rep. Labrador calls for Holder’s resignation; Obama defends
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador (R-1st District) this morning called for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder at about the same time that President Barack Obama was defending Holder during a press conference." ...
 

So Holder ignored not one, not two, not three, but five memos about Fast and Furious?
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://weprotectyourkids.com

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"It was never a comforting thought to think the Attorney General just can’t be bothered to read his weekly briefings, but it was at least plausible to think Eric Holder overlooked one or two memos about the pernicious and fatal Fast and Furious program. But make that five memos and the AG’s incompetence and negligence appear especially gross"
 

CO: Medical-pot users fuming over ATF’s gun-sale ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The conflict illustrates the contradictory state of affairs between the states and federal government on the subject of medical marijuana. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have passed medical-marijuana laws, a situation the Justice Department has agreed to tolerate despite continuing to enforce federal laws banning marijuana use."

"Where the agency draws the line is often a source of confusion. The Sept. 21 letter was issued in response to gun sellers who asked the agency for guidance because buyers were showing them medical-marijuana cards as identification." ...
 

KY: Beshear campaigns in central KY, touts NRA rating
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Steve Beshear rolled out a plan to strengthen the state's prescription drug monitoring program and touted his 'A' rating from the National Rifle Association on Thursday during campaign stops in Lexington." ...
 

FL: Hasner touts his Republican credentials at county GOP fundraiser
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Senate candidate and former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner talked Thursday night about momentum and political connections." ...

"Thursday, Hasner noted that he is a lifelong Republican raised by liberal Jewish Democrats from Brooklyn. After moving to Florida, he was a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment Republican in the typically Democratic stronghold of Palm Beach County." ...
 

Stand with Ron Paul – End Criminal Safezones with H.R. 2613
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Courage is being scared to death — but saddling up anyway.'"

"That’s one of my favorite quotes of all time from one of my favorite actors of all time, John Wayne."

"He was right …"

"… there are times when we all have to do things that we are scared of or aren’t comfortable with, but go forward with anyway."

"The fact is, gun rights activists like you and me are under constant assault." ...
 

Bill to provide consistent gun rules for federal lands introduced in Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced legislation to make gun regulations consistent across all federal recreational lands by bringing Army Corps of Engineers rules in line with other federal agencies. Last Congress, legislation was signed into law allowing individuals to possess firearms in the National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, provided they are not breaking state laws or otherwise prohibited from possessing the firearms. However, current regulations prohibit these same rights on many of the lands operated by the Army Corps." ...
 

Gun groups divided over concealed carry bill
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"House bill H.R. 822, the so-called National Reciprocity Act that would effectively make concealed weapons permits in one state effective in all states, has caused a stir nationally, even though it has little chance of passing." ...
 

OK: Rep. McCullough leading review of Oklahoma’s gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the first time in at least a decade, state lawmakers met to review the status of Oklahoma’s gun laws in an effort to maximize citizens’ rights."

"'We are conducting a serious, thoughtful examination of Oklahoma’s gun laws,' said state Rep. Mark McCullough, a Sapulpa Republican who requested the study. 'Our goal is to develop responsible proposals for expanding the right to carry firearms in self-defense.'" ...
 

OH: Bill which would shine light of openness on Media Access Loophole requests opposed by Ohio Newspaper Assoc.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Gongwer News Service is reporting that HB328, introduced by Rep. Joseph Uecker (R-Loveland) to force journalists who want access to concealed handgun license-holders' private information to seek the permission of a court in a public hearing, has drawn the ire of open-records advocates and applause from members of the gun-rights community." ...
 

Guns On College Campuses? Oregon Court Allows Permit Holders To Bring Guns To School Grounds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oregon has become the latest state to allow permit holders to bring weapons to their college campuses."

"The Oregon Court of Appeals overturned a longtime policy of the state university system last Wednesday that barred guns from college campuses, regardless of permits, according to Inside Higher Ed. The controversial ruling makes it legal for permit holders to carry loaded weapons anywhere on public college grounds."

"But according to The Register Guard, the ruling may even extend beyond concealed weapon permit holders, to those who openly carry guns." ...
 

Fed court to reexamine library web filters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Central Washington’s library system will head back to federal court Oct. 25 to further argue its filtering of public Internet access."

"The hearing in Richland before U.S. District Court Judge Edward F. Shea will consider motions left dangling after the Washington Supreme Court last year upheld the North Central Regional Library district practice of narrowly filtering Internet pages related to pornography and gambling."

"The state court’s 6-3 decision sided with the NCRL and its 28 branch libraries in a 2006 suit brought by the [ACLU], ... and the Second Amendment Foundation. That gun rights lobbying group managed a magazine website, womenandguns.com, which was blocked by the library’s filters." ...
 

OR: Guns on Oregon's campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Oregonian's Oct. 1 editorial 'Keeping guns off our campuses' is an interesting exercise in cognitive dissonance. 'A drawn pistol in self-defense or in the face of perceived threat is as much the beginning of a gunfight among amateurs as it is an effective signal to desist' it says, without a single example to back up this highly speculative suggestion. The editorial also states, 'But unstable, armed people do find their way around our communities and, sadly, onto campuses,' yet the Editorial Board believes that in spite of this reality, trained, state-approved adults should be denied any opportunity to protect themselves on those same campuses." ...
 

GA: GA gun advocates want to pack heat in the pews
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Many think of places of worship as sacred ground, and on Sundays, Sgt. Tony Tilley with the Anderson Police Department puts away his badge and answers to the title of reverend."

"'In South Carolina the concealed weapons law does allow you to carry in a house of worship,' Tilley said."

"He's a pastor at Freedom Baptist Ministries in Anderson County, and while armed with scripture, he's also armed with a gun."

"'I really don't feel right leaving home without it,' he said."

"But cross the state line into Georgia and it's illegal to have a gun in church even if you have a concealed weapons permit. ..." ...
 

GA: Court considers Ga. ban on guns in churches
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's a legal battle brewing in Georgia over whether licensed gun owners should be allowed to carry firearms to churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship after state lawmakers banned them from doing so last year." ...
 

NY: Video: Cops Use Nightsticks & Mace on "Occupy Wall Street" Protesters (video available)
Submitted by: OpposingViews
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"New York City police appear to be running out of patience with "Occupy Wall Street" protesters in the third week of their demonstrations -- cops used their nightsticks and mace on them during their latest march." ...
 

NY: Barbara Sheehan: Shoots Husband 11 Times, Acquitted of Murder
Submitted by: OpposingViews
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"A New York City woman who shot her allegedly abusing ex-cop husband 11 times was acquitted Thursday of murder. She was convicted on a weapons charge, so she will likely be going to prison, anyway." ...
 

WI: AG Defends Concealed Carry Rules
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is defending the state Justice Department's concealed carry regulations."

"The Department of Justice is drafting rules to enact a new law that allows Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons."

"The National Rifle Association sent Van Hollen a letter Wednesday accusing the DOJ of going beyond the law's intent by imposing a minimum of four hours of training that must include hands-on practice." ...
 

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