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News outlets ignore correction notices for misreporting on ‘submachinegun'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"That several of the major media players in this instance have been informed of this development, yet have chosen to ignore such information, goes beyond laziness and/or deliberate indifference to accuracy."
 

Minority Group Issues Report Card – Top States Infringe on Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In its annual publicity stunt “report card,” the Brady Campaign released its gun control grades for states.

The states that have adopted the most gun control laws promoted by the Brady Campaign get the highest grades.

Points are subtracted from states that allow people their rights to use guns for self-defense, and from states where concealed carry licenses are liberally issued.
 

NJ: New Jersey Second Amendment Society President’s Christmas Message
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When we talk about the right to keep and bear arms, we are speaking about the preservation of innocent life. There is no right to possess arms for any criminal purpose. The concept of innocent life may or may not be familiar to you but the individual who DEFENDS against the INITIATION of the use of force is innocent and MAY NOT be appropriately considered a perpetrator of violence.
 

Wall Street Adviser: Get Guns and Ammo for the Collapse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Financial adviser and Forbes contributor David John Marotta says while he does not think the end of the world is nigh, he does believe many of his clients have legitimate fears about an impending financial and social disaster.

"I, along with many other economists, agree with many of the concerns expressed in these dire warnings. The growing debt and deficit spending is a tax on those holding dollars. The devaluation in the U.S. dollar risks the dollar's status as the reserve currency of the world," Marotta warned, reports the Washington Examiner.
 

MO: Shoppers set sights on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Many parts of the country are reporting good holiday sales when it comes to firearms, and that’s a fact that appears to have held true locally as well.

Many folks aiming to please their loved ones while hunting for that perfect holiday gift this season set their sights on guns, retailers said. In fact, the number of National Instant Background Checks (NICS) run on Black Friday this year was the sixth-highest in history at 144,758, according to the FBI. That’s fewer than the 154,873 NICS checks run on Black Friday last year, but still respectable, local gun shop owners said.
 

WA: Seattle’s check to SAF isn’t in the mail, it's in Bellevue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation finally received its holiday going-away gift from the City of Seattle and soon-to-be-ex-Mayor Mike McGinn’s administration, the $38,000 settlement check from SAF’s successful lawsuit over public records access, announced by this column several days ago.

SAF's attorney Miko Tempski took delivery of the check, noting that it hadn’t been necessary to take the same action against King County and Executive Dow Constantine’s office.
 

OR: Sheriffs' role in guns debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The truth also is that sheriffs, as elected officials, always will (at least to some extent) reflect the standards of the communities they serve. It's worth remembering that Mueller drew wide support from county residents in the wake of his letter to Biden.

It all tosses another bump in the road for those who would tighten restrictions on gun ownership in Oregon: If the measures are destined to be widely ignored by Oregon law enforcement officials, what's the point?
 

SC: Gov. Haley: Santa Gave Me Gun for Christmas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got just what she wanted for Christmas — a nice, new handgun.

The Republican governor, who is a fierce advocate of the Second Amendment, revealed on her Facebook page that one of the gifts under her tree was a Beretta, according to South Carolina's The State.
 

MD: Maryland’s ’2A Tuesday’ Event Is Feb 4th 2014
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Maryland Shall Issue, Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association, and Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, together with gun owners and other groups across the state, are looking forward to the inaugural 2A Tuesday, on February 4, 2012, on Lawyers’ Mall in Annapolis.

We are actively informing people across the region of the need to show up in numbers we’ve never seen before, in support of your Second Amendment Rights.
 

TX: Cruz ends year as he began, with no apologies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In similar fashion, Cruz defended his questioning of Sen. Dianne Feinstein during a March debate over gun restrictions, when she angrily told him she didn’t need a “lecture” as if she were “a sixth-grader.” Cruz said he merely wanted to know why Feinstein didn’t see the proposal as a violation of the Second Amendment. “It was treated as a ridiculous question outside the bounds of reasonable discussion,” Cruz said in the interview. “That’s part of the reason why we have an out-of-control federal government with a $17 trillion national debt, because there is far too little focus on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”
 

TN: Tennessee lawmakers cool to gun law changes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Tennessee gun-rights group is firing at top Republican leaders for displaying insufficient enthusiasm for major changes to the "guns in parking lots" law enacted earlier this year.

Tennessee Firearms Association Executive Director John Harris, in a recent letter to members, called it "shameful" that "the Republican establishment leadership plans to continue ignoring the constitutionally protected rights of law-abiding gun owners, including the right to defend themselves and their families against criminals."

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, said earlier this month they did not intend to take the lead in revisiting the Safe Commute Act, although they expect the issue to emerge.
 

WA: City Of Seattle Settles Saf Public Records Lawsuit For $38,000
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation has accepted a $38,000 settlement from the City of Seattle for the city’s failure to release public records about the city’s gun buyback in January.
As part of the agreement, the city has acknowledged that it did not promptly or properly provide all of the documents sought by SAF under the Public Records Act. SAF was represented by Bellevue attorney Miko Tempski.
 

Is there anything we can talk about?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If we have learned anything in the year that has passed since 20 young children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (also dead were the shooter, Adam Lanza, and his mother, Nancy), it’s that Americans are incapable of having a rational discussion of the role of guns in our lives no matter how many tragedies they have endured.

Ed.: If we have the discussion and the anti-gunners lose, then it must have been an 'irrational' discussion. That makes sense.
 

Suicide should not be classified as ‘gun violence’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The author asserted, “Six hundred twenty five persons become corpses annually in Washington from gun violence,” attempting once again to perpetuate the misconception that hundreds of people here are murdered every year in gun-related crimes. This column checked the most recent data available for homicide in Washington, included in the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report. It reveals that of the 194 homicides that year, 106 involved firearms. Of those, 71 were committed with handguns, four with rifles, three with shotguns and 28 with a gun that could not be determined.
 

VA: The Virginia Definition of Firearms ‘Brandishing’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Several people have asked me what the definition of “brandishing” is in Virginia law.

Brandishing is when someone displays a firearm in a manner specifically intended to induce the fear of being shot in another person. The key is INTENT.

Generally one has to be holding the firearm to brandish, but not always.
 

CA: Bad Bills Brown Signed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This last session saw a full assault on Californian’s Second Amendment rights.

AB711 will require the use of non-lead ammunition in California for hunters. First, there is no sound scientific evidence that lead ammunition causes harm to wildlife. Second, the Fish and Wildlife Department is conducting a study on this issue, and it would have been prudent to see the conclusions of the study before the Legislature acted. Third, hunters will be forced to use hallow-tipped bullets, also known as “cop-killer” bullets because they have the ability to pierce armor. I believe the purpose of this legislation is to establish a de-facto ban on hunting.
 

KS: Commissions side with the rights of the people
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After Seward County approved concealed carry by a 5-0 vote and the City of Liberal followed suit with a 3-2 vote, the groundwork has been set for local agencies to comply with state laws.

This is an important local issue.

Some have deflected the issue from a Second Amendment right to a safety issue, but both sides could make that argument.

Those opposed to concealed carry as a point of policy could claim they believe it harms public safety. Supporters would claim that the public is safer when those looking to defend against the illegal use of a gun should be prepared with a weapon to do so.
 

NC: Gun-free zones the real problem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Despite the misleading and myopic focus on “gun violence,” all violent crime is down 50 percent from early-1990s peaks. At the same time, concealed carry has become commonplace. Two-thirds of the 30,000 “victims” of “gun violence” cited in the editorial are unfortunate suicides. About three-quarters of the remainder are felons killing other felons over drugs. Excluding “gun free” cities like Chicago, U.S. violent crime rates are comparable to those of European countries. We are an armed society by design. “Progressive” efforts to pretend we’re not have led to the real problem: “Gun Free Zones.” Let’s eliminate them and enjoy the peace that comes with accepting responsibility for self-defense.
 

CA: CalGuns Foundation Focuses Sunshine On Sunnyvale’s Firearms Policy Hypocrisy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In response to the City of Sunnyvale’s recently-passed (and now infamous) Measure C – sweeping new and unconstitutional gun control laws that directly [negatively] affect law-abiding people — The Calguns Foundation (CGF) sought out public records to better understand the City’s own policies and practices as they relate to firearm/magazine acquisition and possession for its employees and contractors.
 

ID: Board adopts Second Amendment resolution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Bonner County commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday calling on the governor and state lawmakers enhance protections for the right to bear arms.

The resolution is patterned after a resolution the Idaho Republican Party is urging all 44 counties to adopt, but omits language that would direct Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler to prevent federal action that would violate the Second Amendment.
 

Change.org Promotes Duck Dynasty Petition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The petition argues that family patriarch Phil Robertson, who is under fire for homophobic and racially insensitive remarks, is being deprived by critics of his First and Second Amendment rights. (The reference to Second Amendment rights actually makes no sense, since Robertson’s critics are not trying to block him from bearing arms or joining a well-regulated militia, and the petition makes no attempt to explain that claim.) Earlier this month, A&E, which airs “Duck Dynasty,” suspended Robertson from the show.

Ed.: What? Did A&E try to take his guns? Probably another case of Amendment confusion.
 

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Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. — Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and punishment (1764).

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