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Politicians' views on guns reflect constituent ignorance and apathy-then and now
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"One might ask where the hell gun owners were when these swindlers were out there hawking their political snake oil in the hopes that enough rubes would swallow it to give them political power. And the answer is, for the most part, asleep at the wheel."

Submitter's Note: Download a 50-year-old copy of GUNS Magazine.
 

Newsweek white supremacist story hides mention of PATCON
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Newsweek’s just-published exposé on a mole’s infiltration of white supremacists purposely omits all mention of PATCON, the Federal Bureau of investigation’s undercover investigation of the 'patriot conspiracy' movement, an exclusive Sipsey Street Irregulars analysis charges."

Submitter's note: Includes exclusive document.

 

NRA News Minute: Eric Holder Continues "Fast & Furious" Denials [video]
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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(Opposing Views editor's note: in the latest NRA Grassroots News Minute, Krista Cupp gives an update on Attorney General Eric Holder's latest denial about the Fast and Furious gun scandal)

Ed.: A video story.
 

NY: Virginia Avenue Shooting
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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A Johnson City homeowner allegedly shot an intruder this weekend after the man tried to break down his front door.

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JC Police say the burglar did manage to get inside and that's when the owner shot him.
 

NRA Fights Restrictions on Shooting on Public Lands
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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FAIRFAX, VA -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) will fight the proposal by the Obama administration and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to drastically restrict recreational shooting opportunities on public lands. The NRA is particularly concerned about the stated motive of this action. A spokesman for the BLM told U.S. News and World Report that the proposed ban was being enacted in response to "urbanites" who "freak out" when they hear shooting on public lands. The spokesman also acknowledged that the impetus for this restriction was not rooted in safety, rather it was introduced to reduce "social conflict."
 

IL: Terry Bratcher Gets Life in Prison; Killed Gun Activist, Stole Guns
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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An Illinois man was sentenced to life in prison for killing a prominent retired attorney who was also a gun activist, during a robbery to steal his gun collection. The Courier-News reports that 82-year-old Carl Kuhn invited Terry Bratcher into his home that fateful night in 2009 because he knew him well -- Kuhn represented Bratcher several times, even loaned him money and got him a job. Bratcher returned those multiple favors by killing Kuhn. Bratcher and another man smothered Kuhn, who was a former official with the Illinois State Rifle Association, by forcing his face into a couch cushion. Then they stole 46 weapons, hoping to sell them and use the money to buy drugs.
 

LA: Here's a New One -- Guns-for-Gas
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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We all know about guns-for-cash programs, even guns-for-toys during the holiday season. But with the price of a gallon of gasoline skyrocketing, in Louisiana they have come up with a novel guns-for-gas idea. According to a report in The Daily Reveille, for the second straight year the East Baton Rouge local government set up such an exchange program. People turned in their guns this weekend and got gas cards ranging from $50 to $300, depending on the type of weapon surrendered. Officials admit the program does not take guns out of the hands of the bad guys.
 

More police departments look to tune public out
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Police departments around the country are working to shield their radio communications from the public as cheap, user-friendly technology has made it easy for anyone to use handheld devices to keep tabs on officers responding to crimes.
The practice of encryption has grown more common from Florida to New York and west to California, with law enforcement officials saying they want to keep criminals from using officers' internal chatter to evade them. But journalists and neighborhood watchdogs say open communications ensure that the public receives information that can be vital to their safety as quickly as possible.
 

2nd Amendment Foundation Sues California Over Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons,” claiming that the statute is “vague and ambiguous” in its definition of assault weapons, leading to the arrest of a California man on two different occasions. SAF is joined in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, by the CalGuns Foundation and Brendan John Richards, an honorably-discharged Marine and Iraq war veteran, who was arrested and jailed in May 2010 and August 2011.
 

FL: Brevard County Sheriff's Office Raids Gun Conversion Manufacturer
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First reported on BrevardTimes.com, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office raided a Cape Canaveral business located at 8700 Commerce Street at around 6:00 p.m. today.

Public records show that the business located at this address is that of Jonathan Arthur Ciener, Inc., a company that advertises gun conversion kits on www.22lrconversions.com.
 

SAF v. Sacramento in federal lawsuit over Cal. ‘assault weapons’ ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the California ban on so-called “assault weapons,” alleging that the statute is written in such a way as to be unconstitutionally vague and ambiguous to the point that cops can’t tell what is legal and what is not.

There is living proof in the personage of an honorably discharged Marine named Brendan John Richards, who did a tour in Iraq. He has been arrested not once, but twice – in May 2010 and again in August of this year – for the same offense: possession of assault weapons.
 

NC: New GRNC Weapons Help Defend Your Gun Owner Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Many of you have asked for an updated GRNC web site. Now you have it. With menus that provide ready access to vital information, easily accessible legislative alerts, searchable content, and the ability to contact GRNC leadership on vital issues, the new site equips you to defend against new and insidious threats to your rights.

As always, check: www.GRNC.org
 

NY: Carrying Concealed Weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The House passed a bill that would require states to honor permits issued by other states that allow people to carry concealed weapons. One of the leading opponents of the bill is Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-Garden City, whose husband, Dennis, was one of six people shot to death on a Long Island Rail Road train on Dec.7, 1993.

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Should New York Have to Accept Other States' Concealed-Weapons Permits?
 

WI: Castle Doctrine and home invasions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With two recent armed robberies in the area, we wanted to know if anything might change with a new self defense law in place. A bill known as the ‘castle doctrine’ cleared the senate and assembly earlier this month.

Monday morning in two separate incidence's two homes were robbed at gun point. One was in Eau Claire the other was in Hudson. In both cases the suspects were arrested a short time later but home invasions could soon change in Wisconsin.
 

IN: America's too crazy about its weaponry, sure as shootin'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Looking for a stocking stuffer? You might think about an AK-47 or a Glock or an even more exotic expression of your civil rights. And if you live in the correct state and have taken the proper legal steps you don't have to worry even if you or the person you intend to present with a firearm gift have been convicted of a violent crime.

You might be a little cautious, if the intended recipients have spent some time under lock and key for manslaughter or armed robbery or other crimes where a gun comes in handy. They might get angry they didn't get the gun they really wanted. Oh, well. Guns don't kill people. People kill people.
 

In Tampa, site of the 2012 RNC, police policy bars pepper spray to disperse crowds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But it wouldn't happen in Tampa under a police policy that strictly forbids the use of pepper spray in crowd control.

In Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, pepper spray is used by police only as a defensive weapon.

Pepper spray "shall not be used to disperse or control crowds," one of only two specific prohibitions in the policy.

Ed.: The articles continues on to compare polices of several area police departments.
 

IN: Md. man dies from shooting by Indiana store clerk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say Wilson and another man had their faces covered by bandanas when they entered the store. Jeffersonville police Detective Todd Hollis tells The News and Tribune that Wilson had a gun and investigators believe the clerk fired in self-defense.
 

OH: Store clerk shoots, kills robbery suspect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When Lamar Allen and another man entered a North Toledo carryout Monday and allegedly threatened a clerk with firearms and allegedly began emptying the register of cash, the clerk was ready for them.

Allen, 25, whose last known address is 1029 Bronson Ave., was killed by the clerk about 9:45 a.m. at the Express Carryout, 1920 Mulberry St., in an exchange of gunfire.

Shot more than once, he collapsed by the counter. The man with him fled. The clerk, whose name was not released, was uninjured but shaken, Toledo police said.
 

Reader Responses to McCabe's Support of H.R. 822
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Response to McCabe’s call for readers to support H.R. 822, the National Concealed Carry Bill:

1. I think the NRA was wrong on this bill and you should not have supported them. See below:

Republican Congressman Justin Amash (MI-03) fought back against the institutional gun lobby for its support of H.R. 822: "It's remarkably bold of the National Rifle Association to send out false and misleading messages regarding H R 822, an unconstitutional bill that improperly applies the Commerce Clause to concealed carry licensing.
 

Home Defense 101: Sentinel or Sitting Duck?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Everyone should have at least one of these at home at the ready. An AR style rifle such as this Ruger SR556 will give you options. Hopefully, you can neutralize the problem before it comes to this in the home.

Whatever your state’s laws are with regard to “Castle Doctrine,” the fact remains that your home is your castle. That means that, regardless of your socio-economic status and where you live, you have a basic right to live in a safe and secure home.
 

NSSF Time Capsule Marks 50th Anniversary & State of Hunting and Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation has packed a time capsule with materials that reflect the state of firearms ownership, target shooting and hunting in the year 2011 and that tell the story of how NSSF, the firearms industry’s trade association, has helped promote, preserve and protect those freedoms over the last half century.

The time capsule project is the last major event commemorating NSSF’s 50th Anniversary celebration this year. It was a half century ago this month that NSSF was officially incorporated.
 

IN: Legislative leaders OK fix for cop entry ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House and Senate on Monday endorsed legislation to clarify Hoosier self-defense rights after a controversial Indiana Supreme Court ruling.

The General Assembly's Legislative Council unanimously approved a proposal allowing a person to use force under some circumstances to stop the illegal entry of a police officer into a home as long as the person does not know it is a police officer, the officer does not identify himself or herself as police and the officer is not wearing a badge or uniform.
 

California's Assault Weapon Ban Challenged in Federal Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation sues to challenge California's assault weapon ban. Details from its press release:

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons,” claiming that the statute is “vague and ambiguous” in its definition of assault weapons, leading to the arrest of a California man on two different occasions.
 

IL: City Council puts its support behind Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Quincy City Council Monday night passed a non-binding resolution supporting a Concealed Carry handgun law.

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Alderman Mike Rein (R-5) put the resolution before the Council. He said he wanted to get the conversation rolling because it's an important one. Illinois is the only state that doesn't allow Concealed Carry.

After Rein made a motion for his resolution - which mirrors that of the one the County passed in May - Alderman Tony Sassen (R-4) seconded. But Alderman Steve Duesterhaus (R-2) had a few questions for Rein.
 

Holder Needs to Go, President Should Show Him the Door
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., should resign immediately and if Holder does not do so on his own, President Barack H. Obama Jr., should demand Holder’s resignation.

Here is why. Someone at either ATF or DOJ during a meeting one day came up with and proposed what they thought was a brilliant idea.

“What if we let straw purchasers buy guns from U.S. gun shops and take them across the border into Mexico? They will take the guns to the drug cartel leaders in their secret hideouts and we can swoop in and grab them. It’ll be great!”
 

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