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Call for independent counsel better late than never but false premise continues
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“[E]xpecting a truly independent [counsel] to be appointed by a department that is up to its neck in stonewalling and cover-up, by a president whose own role and interests are appropriate for scrutiny, is at best problematic, and at worst a recipe for ensuring those responsible for ‘Project Gunwalker’ are never held accountable for actions that have resulted in human deaths on both sides of the border," this column explained in October, 2011 ... What is needed is to reenact authorization for [an independent counsel], and to maintain such powers under the coequal branch of government comprised of our elected representatives,” the column concluded. “Permanently. Anything less would make the entire investigative effort suspect.”
 

New Modular Precision Rifle from ROBAR the SR21
Submitted by: Justin Sheriff

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ROBAR just released information about their new Sniper Rifle the SR21. ROBAR built precision rifles for the Coast Guard like the RC50 and SWAT teams across the country like the SR60 and SR90. Now they are introducing the SR21 a 0.5 MOA rifle in a modular chassis.
 

GA: Georgia School District Equipping Resource Officers with AR-15s
Submitted by: Tom Price

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On December 16th the Gainesville, GA, school board voted to purchase Colt M4 AR-15s for resource officers in its middle and high schools.
 

CA: The City Of Los Angeles Will Melt An StG 44 Worth $40k Turned In At A Gun Buy Back
Submitted by: mynameisfoxtrot.com
Website: http://www.mynameisfoxtrot.com

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The city of Los Angeles held a recent buy back in which someone turned in a StG 44 that is worth about $40k. What will the city do with this rifle? Melt it down and turn it in to rebar.... Check out this news clip.
 

WA: Rise In Washington CCW Shows Support For Gun Rights, Self-Defense, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Figures obtained yesterday from the Department of Licensing in Olympia showed 448,983 active CPLs, and CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb anticipates that today that figure will reach or exceed 449,000. He noted that Washington is consistently among the top ten, if not the top five states for per capita licensed concealed carry.

Washington's first concealed carry statute was passed in 1935. In 1983, the state adopted model preemption legislation that was strengthened in 1985 and has become the model for many other state preemption statutes.
 

KY: Experts address limits on laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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About 40 people at State Street Baptist Church on Wednesday night learned more about controversial laws relating to personal weapons and self-defense.

The Community Legal Education Coalition forum was comprised of six experts, each from various fields of knowledge, who discussed Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law and castle doctrine.
The castle doctrine refers to a person’s right to defend his or her home with force if an intruder arrives.
 

MI: Michigan Man to Stand Trial in Fatal Shooting of Woman on Porch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A suburban Detroit man charged with shooting an unarmed, drunk woman to death as she knocked on his front door must stand trial for murder, a judge ruled Tuesday.

After a two-day preliminary hearing, Theodore Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., was ordered held while he faces a second-degree murder trial in the death of Renisha McBride, 19, the Detroit News reports. McBride was unarmed on Wafer’s front porch when he shot her in the face in November, and toxicology reports showed that she had alcohol and marijuana in her system. She had wandered about a mile to Wafer’s home at about 4:30 a.m. after crashing into a parked car, and Wafer has said he feared for his safety and acted in self-defense.
 

Gun deaths not easily tracked or tallied
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At Slate, this got us to thinking: Who were the people who had been killed by guns in the days since Newtown? How did they die? What were their stories? So we partnered with a Twitter user, @gundeaths, who since the summer had been linking to news stories about people killed by guns, and thanks to a lot of overnight coding by my colleague Chris Kirk, we created the first version of our interactive feature, "How Many People Have Been Killed By Guns Since Newtown?" which used news reports to create an approximate real-time tally of deaths by gun in the United States.
 

Recent IDPA Nationals could be the catalyst for getting women involved in shooting sports
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is on to something big and they might not even realize it.

A few weekends ago I shot my first match in over a year — the inaugural IDPA Back Up Gun (BUG) Nationals. In a sport that has been known for intricate target engagement sequences and specific rules regarding reloads and the use of cover, those who signed up to compete in the match weren’t sure what to expect for the first national championship featuring small, concealable carry guns. The BUG Nationals presented shooters with short and simple shooting problems, uncomplicated equipment rules and quite possibly one of the easiest ways to get the female demographic into the shooting sports.
 

CA: Michel & Associates Files NRA Backed Lawsuit Against City of Sunnyvale’s Gun Control Measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Attorneys at Michel & Associates filed a lawsuit, supported by the National Rifle Association, in federal court on Monday on behalf of several local residents against the City of Sunnyvale. The lawsuit challenges the initiative in Sunnyvale’s recently passed Measure C that bans the possession of gun magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. The lawsuit seeks to confirm that the Second Amendment protects these common, standard-capacity magazines for self-defense and sporting purposes.
 

CA: Police: Use of BB, toy guns illegal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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To the surprise of even city council members, the Petaluma Police Department dusted off a little-known law last week in an effort to educate the public on the city's regulations regarding toy guns. The move comes in the wake of the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy, who reportedly mistook a replica airsoft gun the teen was carrying for a real AK-47 assault rifle.
 

Introducing the Ruger LCRx, the new DA/SA LCR
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ruger is introducing a new model of LCR snub-nosed revolver, and for all that is proven and familiar, one thing is very different. The LCRx is a compact, polymer-framed five-shot backup revolver like most other LCRs, except this revolver has an exposed hammer.
 

FL: Guns on campus OK — if kept in cars
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a gun-happy state like Florida, there is little shock when rulings and legislation are produced that put more weapons in play.

But thankfully, the latest favorable ruling on guns shouldn't put more people in danger, and essentially follows state law.

The ruling came down last week, when the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with a University of North Florida student and a gun rights group, who challenged a university rule that banned students on campus from storing guns in their cars.
 

FL: Best course for advancing gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It seems to me that those who wish to bring about gun control should work for the repeal of Second Amendment, not for legislation that would conflict with it and would not be enforced by the courts.
 

CO: Judge cuts sheriff plaintiffs to 11
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Krieger ruled the 44 aren’t entitled to sue, known by the term of “having standing,” as long as they remain in office as sheriffs. The judge said sheriffs don’t have standing because they are not likely to be prosecuted if they break those laws and they are not likely to lose any constitutional rights as a result of the two laws.

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The judge said she knew that having current sheriffs as plaintiffs “attracted attention” to the case, but said “Lady Justice blindfolded” symbolizes that justice is to be served regardless of who the litigants are.

Ed.: Wow. The sheriffs don't have standing because they are above the law?
 

CA: Officials: Father shoots knife-wielding son in self-defense in South Whittier
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Because of the suspect’s behavior, the suspect’s father armed himself with his handgun and tried to get the suspect to stop fighting with his girlfriend,” Evans said.

“The suspect reportedly lunged at his father with the knife, and in an apparent act of self-defense, the father fired his handgun at the suspect striking him in the torso and causing him to drop the knife.”
 

IL: Highland Park assault weapons suit in federal court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Highland Park man's recent lawsuit against his town, challenging the constitutionality of its ban on assault weapons, has landed in federal court, according to court documents.

Arie Friedman, a Highland Park pediatrician, along with the Illinois State Rifle Association, filed suit against Highland Park on Dec. 12 in response to the city's new ban on assault weapons. Last summer, Highland Park was one of several Chicago suburbs that raced to enact municipal ordinances regulating or banning the use of assault weapons before the state's concealed carry law pre-empted home-rule authority.
 

Gun Control Activists Seek to Reboot After Newtown Shooting Momentum Fades
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“We here in Washington have a history of leading the country from software and coffee to marriage equality and environmental stewardship,” Zach Silk told the crowd. “Acting together, we can stand up to the gun lobby and change the conversation in the country.” Silk, who heads the gun control group Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, then outlined a path to passing a ballot initiative next November that would expand background checks on gun purchases.

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“We’ve probably seen more thrown at us this year then in the whole history of the debate,” says Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights organization in Seattle.
 

Talking with pro shooter who’s ‘gay for guns’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Top Shot champ and professional shooter Chris Cheng decided to take on not just one, but two hot button issues of the year as he publicly announced that he’s gay on Tuesday.

In his announcement, Cheng said he wanted to be honest and upfront about who he is as he enters a new chapter in his life. He’s currently working on new TV show that documents the diversity of the gun community, and writing a book about leadership and marksmanship.

So far his career in the shooting world has been an exciting one. Since he won on the History Channel’s Top Shot season 4, he joined the Bass Pro Shop shooting team where he tours around the country making appearances at stores and participating in major shooting competitions.
 

NJ: Everything You Need To Know About The NRA Official Under Fire For His Holocaust Remarks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Bach's widely criticized claim about Fulop was hardly the first time he has invoked the Holocaust to argue against gun regulation. During a July 2012 interview, Bach claimed that, "Ironically, Hitler was pro-gun control," while stressing the importance of an "armed populace." In an essay on his website, Bach suggests that the Holocaust was made possible by "a gradual and systematic program of gun control" and that the atrocity might have been prevented "if the victims had not first been disarmed under the pretext of public safety"
 

IN: NRA arguments deny reality
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It didn't take long for the deep thinkers at the National Rifle Association and other members of the gun lobby to try to book passage for us on another cruise on the river denial. The voyage is always to a place where down is up, black is white and fiction is fact.

Once everyone's on board, the gun lovers scream at and try to shout down victims and their surviving parents, spouses, siblings and friends who have the temerity to argue for even the mildest gun control measures - all the while reassuring us that they, the gun lovers, have a reverence for family and community and that they feel just awful about the victims' suffering.
 

MO: Paper shows disdain for those who support Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You state that Dan Zimmerman does not look like a gun guy. What does a gun guy look like? Over 180,000 Missouri residents possess a conceal and carry permit issued by the state. In addition, there are countless hunters licensed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Can you identify us? We are your neighbors, co-workers and friends, yet you seem to think you know what a “gun guy” looks like and that he or she is “not nice.” Wow!
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Our Founding Fathers were proud that Americans were trusted with arms because they knew that only when people are armed could they truly be thought of as free citizens. And that's where the circle closes. Those who want to deprive you of your right to keep and bear arms are intending to deprive you of your freedom, period. Like the criminals their policies encourage, these elitists know that it is always best to disarm victims before you enslave them. — Charley Reese

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