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Your Feelings About Guns
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Some people feel guns are bad and they feel better if they hate gun owners. I beg you to keep things in perspective and let me show you the facts. If you’re a hater, the best I can do is try to change your mind.

Changing your heart is up to you.
 

MA: FBI: Help us find our missing sniper rifle, M16
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The FBI lost two guns in Andover yesterday and it wants the public’s help to find them.
“The Boston Division of the FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the recovery of two weapons stolen from a government vehicle,” the FBI stated in a press release today. “The weapons were stolen from an FBI SWAT emergency response vehicle.” ...
The FBI described the weapons as an M16 A1, which is an older version of the military’s classic M16, as well as a .308 caliber sniper rifle.

UPDATE: The two rifles were stolen from an FBI SWAT vehicle in Andover and later recovered in Lawrence.
 

PA: Berks DA: Guns carried by Krick's Korner robbers were stolen
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The guns carried by two men who were fatally shot Monday after robbing a Reading convenience store were stolen, Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said Thursday.

Investigators said Alexander G. Bialek gave the guns to William Medina and Robert DeCarr Jr. for the robbery of Krick's Korner, 1671 N. Ninth St.

Adams declined to say where Bialek got the guns, saying only that they were stolen.

Medina, 24, of Reading and DeCarr, 18, of Muhlenberg Township were shot by a man who saw them robbing the store about 2 p.m. Monday, investigators said.
 

Dick Metcalf precipitated his own fall
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Dick Metcalf’s column “Let’s talk limits” in the December 2013, issue of Guns & Ammo magazine precipitated his “disassociation” from the publication, but not for the reasons being discussed in blogs and deservedly so. Mr. Metcalf holds himself out to be somewhat of an “expert” on firearms law and a journalist specializing in firearms issues. Both of these self-described qualifications impose a responsibility to his readership and his employer. Mr. Metcalf failed in this regard!
 

AK: State law officials explain new self-defense law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Concerns over Alaska's new self-defense law were aired during a presentation by state law officials.

John Skidmore, director of the state Department of Law's criminal division, says the law means individuals can use deadly force in self-defense in any place they have a right to be. The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year and went into effect in September.
 

NE: Neb. man acquitted of charges in fatal stabbing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Bellevue man has been acquitted of charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of his wife’s lover.

A jury returned the not guilty verdict Friday after deliberating for eight hours in the trial of 24-year-old Anthony Utterback. He faced a second-degree murder charge in the February death of 24-year-old Ryan O’Donnell.
 

FL: Florida House panel shoots down bill to repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill to repeal Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law was shot down on Thursday by a panel of state lawmakers.

Before a packed house and after hours of impassioned testimony, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee rejected the proposal to repeal the state’s self-defense law, which removes ones duty to retreat and allows one to use force, including deadly force, if he/she reasonably believes his/her life is in danger, by a vote of 11-2.
 

IL: Protestors call for Alvarez resignation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“It’s selective prosecution,” said Chicago resident Marissa Brown, who joined more than two dozen protesters at the rally outside the county administrative offices in the Loop. “She’s saying that police officers can open fire on men in Englewood and not worry about getting in trouble.”

Prosecutors announced Tuesday that their two-year investigation into the shooting found that Officer Gildardo Sierra had reason to believe his life was in danger when he shot 16 rounds at Flint Farmer in June 2011. They contend the evidence supports Sierra’s assertion that he mistook a cell phone in Farmer’s hand for a gun and acted in self-defense.
 

FL: Rep. Combee's Warning Shot Bill Gains Traction
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But on Thursday, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed the revamped measure, now the Threatened Use of Force Act, by a vote of 12-1. Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, was the prime co-sponsor.

The phrase "warning shot" never came up.

And the measure no longer would amend 10-20-Life — it would amend the "stand your ground" self-defense law. It would permit people to display guns, threaten to use them or fire warning shots if they were being attacked and feared for their lives.
 

IN: Fort Wayne resident shoots, kills one of two suspects during home invasion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters and accessories, continues its ongoing support for IDPA competition with its sponsorship of the inaugural Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.
Comp-Tac Victory Gear joins Apex Tactical Specialties, Brownells, Harris Publications, Michigan Ammo Company, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Self Defense Association, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Taurus, Wilson Combat and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor, in supporting this latest IDPA national championship event. As part of their support, Comp-Tac will sponsor one of the 13 stages in the course of fire.
 

Shoot to Win: Tips, Tactics, & Techniques to Help You Shoot Like a Pro
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I’ve been hard at work putting together a book, “Shoot to Win: Tips, Tactics, & Techniques to Help You Shoot Like a Pro“, that I hope readers from many backgrounds will be interested in reading.
A question I get all the time is how did someone like me who had minimal experience with firearms train to beat seventeen other competitors (from the military, law enforcement, and hunters) in a televised marksmanship competition?
 

CA: Reality Check: Can NRA Win Sunnyvale Lawsuit?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But is the NRA lawsuit more bark than bite?

Of the four gun restriction laws included in Measure C, the NRA is focusing on the one clamping down on high-capacity ammunition
magazines, or those which hold more than 10 rounds.

As it turns out, the gun lobby’s claim that restricting magazine size is “unconstitutional” and an “infringement on the right to keep and bear arms” has been litigated before a federal court before.

To be more specific, this issue came up two years ago before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
 

Shakeup at Guns & Ammo after gun control column backfires
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The top editor of Guns & Ammo became the second employee of the venerable firearms magazine to lose his job after a column advocating gun control backfired, prompting rifle-toting readers to unload on the publication.

In a statement posted Wednesday on the InterMedia Outdoors-owned magazine’s homepage, Jim Bequette apologized to “each and every reader” of the magazine for Dick Metcalf’s column that appeared in its December issue, which generated “unprecedented” controversy and left readers “hopping mad” in regards to the magazine’s commitment to the Second Amendment.
 

Crimson Trace Displays Continue in Cabela’s
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you are seeking an opportunity to “test drive” a Crimson Trace product and determine how it feels in your hands, then consider heading to a Cabela’s store near you.
At numerous Cabela’s stores across America, customers will be able to feel and engage various Crimson Trace products—Lasergrips, Laserguard , Lightguard , Rail Master and others—that are preinstalled on special display handguns. The displays help gunowners experience Instinctive Activation™ that activates the laser with a normal grip of the firearm.
 

WA: Maple Valley medical marijuana grower charged in self-defense shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Washington state law allows marijuana possession for personal use and marijuana cultivation for medical purposes, but pot is still absolutely banned under federal law. While they appear disinterested in doing so, federal authorities can prosecute medical marijuana growers.

Speaking Friday, Loken’s defense attorney Keith Hall said it appears federal prosecutors have drawn a line and will prosecute marijuana growers who use guns to protect themselves.

“People just don’t know this,” said Hall of Newton & Hall Attorneys at Law. “If you are going to have a marijuana grow and you’re going to have guns around, you’re going to get in trouble. …
 

AZ: Trayvon Martin Iced Tea v. Watermelon Juice Error Led to Self-Defense Debate, Activist Says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Our October 31 article on self-defense laws in Arizona had two mistakes, as far as we know.
Culling information about the Trayvon Martin case from media reports, we misidentified the beverage Martin had on him when he was shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, as "an Arizona Iced Tea."

In fact, as firearms activist and author Alan Korwin pointed out to us, the beverage was Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail.
 

CA: California ammunition sales limit overturned
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Most types of ammunition are not limited to handguns, but can be used in rifles and other firearms, the Fifth District Court of Appeal said in a 2-1 ruling Wednesday. As a result, the court said, those affected by the law would not have fair notice of whether it applies to their transactions and when they might be at risk of prosecution.
 

MI: A Person Not A Political Prop: Questions About Renisha McBride’s Tragic Death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Let’s consider some of the many factual questions that remain.

Was there another driver involved in Renisha’s car accident? If so, what does that person know?

What was Renisha doing during the approximately two hours in between her accident and when she was killed? Four blocks, the distance between the car accident and the shooter’s home stated by the family, is not a long distance to cover over two hours. Was Renisha injured in the car accident?

If Renisha was going door-to-door asking for help after her accident, did she approach other homes or businesses in the area before approaching the home where she was shot? Were any businesses in the vicinity open during those hours?
 

OH: Female clerk shot during robbery, returns fire killing the suspect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An attempted robbery at a Stop and Go gas station resulted in an exchange of gunfire, leaving the female clerk in the hospital and the would-be robber dead Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio.

Christopher Shockley, 28, entered the store armed with a gun just after 9 o’clock with the intention of robbing the place. Although exact details of how the events transpired haven’t been made public, police did confirm with Northwest Ohio News that Shockley fired first, striking the store clerk, 29-year-old December Long, in the abdomen. However, Long then pulled out a gun of her own from behind the counter and returned fire.

“He came in to do the armed robbery. It turned into a gun fight,” Toledo Police spokesman Joe Heffernan said.
 

KY: Kentucky Senate race 2014: Alison Lundergan Grimes to Mitch McConnell: ‘Shoot with me’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Firing a twitter shot at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday challenged the incumbent to join her on her shooting range while jabbing his service to the state.
 

There Is Nothing Less Scary Than This 3D-Printed Metal Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The other thing we learned while trying to build a 3D-printed gun is that there are much easier ways to make an illegal gun. (And, we learned: printing a gun here in New York City was almost certainly illegal.) All you need in order to shoot a bullet is a firing pin and a tube. The bullet is in the tube, gets struck by the firing pin, and shoots out of the tube toward the thing that you want to see die. If your kid is looking to open a gun manufacturing facility in the basement, tell him to head to Home Depot and pick up some penny nails and piping. Maybe some rubber bands. And you should probably make sure that you've got a low-deductible health plan.
 

MT: Americans 'collecting torches, pitchforks' over feds' arrogance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The plaintiff in a Montana lawsuit seeking freedom from federal gun regulations has written an open letter to members of the U.S. Supreme Court, where his case soon is to be appealed, pleading with them to rein in the federal government’s arrogance and conceit.

“The natives are beyond restless. They are at the stage of collecting torches and pitchforks and preparing to head for the castle gates en masse,” writes Gary Marbut, president of Montana Shooting Sports Association and author of “Gun Laws of Montana.”

Marbut sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009 seeking a court order that would allow him to manufacture and sell within Montana his self-designed “Montana Buckeroo” .22 rifle without complying with federal gun laws.
 

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly announced veterans gun-control group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The sister organization has enlisted efforts from over 100 retired military veterans who are strong supporters of the Second Amendment and skilled with the use of firearms.

Capt. Mark Kelly, a retired combat veteran, said on a Friday conference call that their organizations are not seeking to undermine or repeal the Second Amendment.

A retired Army major general, Vance Coleman, said on the call that while he is a gun owner himself, not everyone should have access to firearms, especially the mentally ill and those with a criminal background.

“They should not own guns and the Congress needs to do something about that,” Coleman said.
 

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You are bound to meet misfortune if you are unarmed because, among other reasons, people despise you....There is simply no comparison between a man who is armed and one who is not. It is unreasonable to expect that an armed man should obey one who is unarmed, or that an unarmed man should remain safe and secure when his servants are armed. In the latter case, there will be suspicion on the one hand and contempt on the other, making cooperation impossible. — Niccolo Machiavelli in "The Prince."

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