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Illinois State Police and media continue to confound on new gun rules
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Providing a summary of the state’s new concealed carry law and the process for conducting private firearm transactions, the Illinois State Police posted a press release Monday."

"This column reported Friday on private transfer information being delayed for no apparent reason other than that’s what the ISP wanted to do." ...
 

Under the gun: 2013 was a high power year
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Today’s Seattle Times carries a year-end column by anti-gunner Jerry Large that acknowledges – probably unintentionally – that gun control efforts, including an 18-page gun control initiative here in Washington State, are aimed at 'controlling access to guns,' and he is hopeful that the effort bears fruit in 2014."

"But as the new year looms, it might be a good idea to review some of the top gun-related stories of 2013 to show why the firearms community is at best apprehensive about new gun law proposals, and the people behind them." ...
 

The Psychology Of Open Carry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "The author doesn’t understand open carry. Nor does he understand his own psychological framework for understanding his reaction. I open carry when I can because it’s such a pain to conceal, and because it’s an uncomfortable experience at best. If you decide that you are going to be prepared for self defense, then that’s the controlling decision. It isn’t fun or intimidating. It’s a discipline you must develop, and buying dog food may just be the very time that you need protection. A grocery store in my own home town was recently the target of crimes, and not just a couple. This food store chain both prohibited carrying of weapons ... and suffered multiple crimes at multiple stores from gangsters carrying concealed weapons." ...
 

Daily Digest: The Stupid Tax Edition
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes to you from Millington, Michigan and is for about the most ridiculous reason you’ve heard yet (and keep in mind you’ve heard some doozies). It seems that a female volunteer went to Kirk Early Elementary and asked if she could open carry a handgun in the school. Despite having her carry permit and it being completely legal for her to do so, she was told no, and then the Millington Schools were put on 'modified lockdown' as a security precaution…"

"until Superintendent Males and Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene had determined that the woman was off school property. The schools were placed on lockdown until they could make sure she’d left because she asked a question. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Don't forget to take the related poll.
 

TTAG Exclusive: Kirsten Joy Weiss vs. Toilet Paper (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"No trick shots today ladies and gentlemen. File this addition to the Kay Jay Dubs ballistic oeuvre as an example of 'performance shooting.' It’s a more complete and polished version of our previous TP destructo video. It’s also a love story. In her own words, 'with the Benelli, I just brought the gun up to my shoulder and shot – clear mind. Fluid. One can rarely explain love.' ..."
 

Kay Jay Dubs: The Henry Lever Actions Have Landed!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"There’s just something about a lever-action rifle. They’re ingrained in our history. They’re in every good western and even a few sci-fi flicks. The characters that preferred them are almost as well-known as the lever action itself. The rifle played a part in settling America’s frontier. In short, the lever-action is among a few gun designs that are practically built into America’s DNA. And yet, I had shot one but once . . ."

"Luckily for me, Henry Repeating Arms came to the rescue, sending me not one, not two, but three of their infamous lever action .22s; the H001, H001T Frontier with the octagonal barrel, and the Golden Boy." ...
 

Parabellum Armament AK Side-Charger Mod Almost Ready For Retail (videos available)
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"It may or may not be the quickest or most ergonomic way to charge an autoloading rifle, but slapping down a Heckler & Koch side-charging handle makes you feel awesomely high-speed and low-drag. Foghorn and I independently fell in lust with the Parabellum Armament AK side-charger gas tube when we handled it at last year’s SHOT Show range day, and we’ve both been a little bummed that it got bogged down in development. If you’ve got the side-charging AK jones, the good news is that your fix will finally hit the shelves next month . . ." ...
 

S&W Model 929 8-Shot Revolver Tells NY SAFE Act To FOAD
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"There are two definitions of legally diminished capacity in New York State. The first applies to the state’s ammunition magazines, now limited to ten rounds (of which you can only load seven…) The second definition applies to people so stupid or whacked-out on drugs that they can’t be held legally responsible for their own actions. The governor and most of the state assembly fall into this category. Smith & Wesson’s new Model 929 is an eight-shot revolver based on the N-Frame Mode 29. Loading it up with eight rounds of 115-grain jacketed hollow points, it’s a wonderful way for a New Yorker to defend his home, skirt the retarded provisions of the SAFE Act and send a big FU to the ass-clowns who passed it ..." ...
 

Can't ignore rise in mass killings
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"What is going on in this country? Sandy Hook Elementary, Columbine High School, Arapahoe High School, Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's shooting in Arizona, the Navel Ship Yard in Washington, D.C., Clackamas Town Center in Oregon, LAX airport, Cinema 16 in Colorado and many more since 2000. Not counting all of the drive-by shootings that happen on a daily basis." ...
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Submitter's Note: Obviously Lynn can and does ignore the facts. Fact 1) over the last 30 years there have been an average of 20 mass shootings a year. No increase in shootings, just an increase in hysteria.
No Fact 2 required.
 

OH: Almost anything goes?
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"In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting just more than one year ago, a disturbing national trend emerged: Gun sales surged as many states relaxed gun laws already on the books. In Ohio, the Republican-controlled legislature, often eager to follow the National Rifle Association’s agenda, is looking at a number of ways to roll back gun laws."

"One of the most ill-considered would eliminate the requirement to get a license to carry a concealed weapon. The bill, recently introduced by Republican Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Matt Lynch of Bainbridge Township, would allow anyone at least 21 years of age to carry a concealed firearm, as long as no other law prohibited the person from doing so." ...
 

NH: Cab Driver Pulls Concealed Handgun on Suspect Who Bit Him
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"Well, this one is a little weird."

"Apparently a New Hampshire resident really didn’t want to pay his cab fare. When the cab driver confronted him over the fare, the passenger allegedly bit him. Yep, bit him."

"According to Nashua Patch,"
"Brian Paradise, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, pulled out his handgun during the incident, which happened just before 1 a.m. on Route 101A near Northern Boulevard in Amherst." ...
 

PA: Knife, Gun Allegedly Pulled in Fight at Trader Joe's Warehouse
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"In the movie 'The Untouchables,' the policeman played by Sean Connery tells Eliot Ness, played by Kevin Costner, how to 'get' gangster Al Capone."

"'If he pulls a knife, you pull a gun,' the Connery character begins."

"Something like that allegedly happened at an East Allen Township warehouse Monday afternoon, when, police say, a man pulled a 6-inch-long black folding knife on a co-worker, who then pulled a legally registered pistol from his pocket and watched as the knife-wielding man ran away." ...

"The man with the pistol, who told police he 'became scared for his life,' apparently was not charged. He has a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon in Pennsylvania, the records say." ...
 

Nazi Survivor’s Warning To America: 'Keep Your Guns & Buy More Guns' (video available)
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"We may well have mentioned about Katie Worthman before but either way – this is something that all need to see and take on board."

"Here is an Austrian born lady who survived the Hitler period and has given talks about her experiences, and includes warnings."

"A close corollary is to be found within our book offer 'Gun Control in the Third Reich'."

"The thrust of her experiences is that everything she observed began slowly and seemingly for understandable reasons initially, and yet, over time the noose was tightened until the removal of freedoms became absolute." ...
 

OH: Dozens of Ohio Schools Change Gun Policies to Defend Students
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"Dozens of school districts across Ohio made some allowance for handguns on campus in the year following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a recent Buckeye Firearms Foundation (BFF) survey found."

"'There are at least 20 different school districts in Ohio that have authorized individuals such as teachers, administrators and parents to carry firearms in schools,' BFF President Jim Irvine wrote on December 11."

"'The list includes rural, urban and suburban schools. It includes public, private and parochial schools. It covers small, medium and large schools and all grade levels,' Irvine explained. 'In short, it is a cross section of Ohio, and the United States of America.'" ...
 

MN: 'They thought I was easy pickins': Mayoral candidate beaten up by two teenage girls with a billy club at Mall of America Starbucks after having iPhone stolen
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"A former Minneapolis, Minnesota mayoral candidate was mercilessly beaten up by two teenage girls after having his cellphone stolen at a Mall of America Starbucks." ...

"'I was targeted because the phone was out and I'm 63 years old, and I'm sure they thought that I was easy pickins,' he told the Star Tribune."

"Not one to sit ideally by while a wrong is committed, Andrew got up and chased after the man but was stopped by his two teenage girl friends." ...

"The women, one of them armed with a billy club, didn't let Mr Andrew get away and mercilessly beat him over the head until he started bleeding profusely." ...
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Submitter's Note: In case anyone was wondering, the MoA is a Victim Disarmament Zone.
 

All fish fired. Tie the broom to the mast, boys. Toys for Totalitarians report
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... "With the previous smuggling and the TFT campaign, we have now expended all the magazines y'all donated over the past months. If I had had more in the TFT effort (and the postage to send them on their way), I would have fired off more. In total we have smuggled, publicly and privately, more than 300 mags to CT, NY, MD and CO. To continue the smuggling campaign, we'll need more if you can give 'em."

"I'll have updates as the final gifts track to their destinations." ...
 

Today should be a big day in the Toys for Totalitarians campaign. Not one more inch.
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"We have seven fish currently in the water, running true ... If the post office box delivers up some more postage expense money, we'll fire the last four torpedoes today."

"After that, we'll see how the totalitarians react. A friend (and resident of Maryland) wrote, 'I think you stuck your head in the craw of the lion, sending what you did to O'Malley. . . Please watch yourself.'"

"Well, I can understand O'Malley might be a bit tiffed. It isn't often, I imagine, that somebody tells a man of such monumental ego and not inconsiderable power to 'kiss me arse.'" ...

"The letters and gifts are, from our point of view, certainly funny. But they also evince a deadly seriousness on our part. Not one more inch. NOT ONE MORE INCH." ...
 

Defiance: 'Toys for totalitarians' kicks into high gear
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... "Citizen journalist and gun rights activist Mike Vanderboegh thus conceived the concept of sending to the infantile tin pot despots standard capacity gun magazines that will hold more rounds of ammunition than the arrogant ones will allow in places such as Connecticut, New York, California, and Colorado."

"Vanderboegh kicked his campaign into high gear today in order to insure that the recipients receive their magazines before the end of the year."

"Today, Vanderboegh sent the toys to Connecticut RINO John McKinney, NBC News reporter David Gregory, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. Previous recipients were Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley." ...
 

Toys for Totalitarians award to CT RINO John McKinney
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... "Congratulations! Enclosed you will find my belated Christmas gift to you, one twenty-eight-round standard capacity AR-15 magazine in 7.62x39 caliber ... You have been awarded this gift as part of what my friend David Codrea calls my 'Toys for Totalitarians Campaign.' We had a few magazines left over after sending them to the governors of Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and New York so we decided to select certain state legislators who likewise deserved our scorn as self-declared domestic enemies of the Constitution ..." ...

"But I send this Toys for Totalitarians award to you as a reminder that there is no law that you can pass that liberty-minded Americans ... cannot defy, resist, evade and smuggle in opposition to it." ...
 

The Toys for Totalitarians award to David Gregory, NBC News
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "Anyway, now that you’ve accepted another piece of technology that is illegal within the confines of the District of Columbia, you are once again in violation of the law. Why don’t you go down and turn yourself in for arrest? I mean, if you are intellectually honest you would, right? Oh, wait, the terms 'intellectually honest' and NBC cannot be used in the same sentence, now can they?"

"As for myself I will continue my campaign of armed civil disobedience -- including smuggling -- against this latest spate of unconstitutional state laws. You may choose to twist that news in service to the collectivist meme however you like. You always do." ...
 

CA: California Gun Registration Starts Jan 1, 2014
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"2013 has been a tough year for California gun owners... We've had some ups and downs and despite the possibility of the removal of the 10 day waiting period, a terrible new gun law will go into effect on January 1st, 2014. Right now, any pistols purchased in the state of California are recorded by make, model, and serial number in the state's database. Rifles, shotguns, and other long guns weren't subject to this type of registration, but they will starting January 1st."

"AB 809 was actually signed into law way back in 2011 and finally goes into effect in just a few days. Here is a quote from a letter that Governor Brown wrote back then:" ...
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Submitter's Note: Starting on January 1, 2014, the state of California will begin registering all long gun purchases. With weapons confiscation through the APPs program, this is a scare step in the wrong direction...
 

KS: Kansas Mandating Effective Gun Free Zones
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"Kansas recently passed legislation requiring that local governments that ban the legal carry of concealed weapons in public buildings, do so for people who ignore the law as well."

"The logic is simple: If a person is willing to do illegal harm with a weapon, then ignoring a simple sign that forbids people from having weapons on the premises will not be much of a deterrent."

"This creates a situation where only those who are willing to ignore the law are armed. John Lott has noted that all of the public mass shootings since 1950, except one, have been in places where the public is not allowed to carry guns, 'Gun Free Zones'." ...
 

TX: Steve Stockman: ‘Liberal tears’ make the best gun lubricant around
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"Steve Stockman has once again outdone himself when it comes to outlandish, attention-grabbing antics."

"The Texas Republican, who is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in next spring’s United States Senate primary, tweeted Monday a picture of an aerosol can being pointed at a gun. The words 'Liberal Tears' and a drawing of tears are written on the can." ...
 

NY: NY SAFE Act Results in Almost 1,200 Felonies for Gun Owners
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"Thanks to the restrictive SAFE Act Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law last January shortly after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, what used to be a misdemeanor is now treated as a felony in New York -- turning gun owners into criminals."

"From the Times Union:"
"The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) data from arrests and arraignments statewide showed 1,291 charges under the new gun law, with 1,155 for felony firearm possession, formerly just a misdemeanor, and 1,041 of the cases in New York City, mostly in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The new felony took effect in March, elevating the charge and penalty for illegal possession of a firearm." ...
 

MO: Fight over gun laws heading for Round 2
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"The legislative fight over whether federal gun laws will continue to be enforced in Missouri apparently will resume when the General Assembly starts its next session in January."

"Supporters of an aggressive gun rights bill in the General Assembly were defeated during the September veto session. Republican lawmakers fell shy of overriding Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 436 — known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act — when Republican leadership in the Senate voted no on an override, going against the majority of fellow GOP members." ...
 

Rutherford Institute Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Ensure that Lawful Gun Ownership Is Not a Trigger for ‘No-Knock’ Police Raids
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"Warning against encroachments on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, The Rutherford Institute has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a Texas man whose home was subject to a no-knock, SWAT-team style forceful entry and raid based solely on the suspicion that there were legally-owned firearms in his household. Although police had obtained a search warrant for John Quinn’s home based on information that Quinn’s son might possess drugs, the warrant did not authorize police to enter the residence without knocking and announcing their entry. During the raid, Quinn was shot by police because he had reached for his lawfully owned firearm, thinking that his home was being invaded by criminals. ..." ...
 

NJ: Christie lets concealed gun law go undefended during appeal
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"Governor Christie’s administration did not defend one of the state’s stringent gun laws in a case where two retired arson investigators challenged rules over who can carry a concealed weapon ..." ...

"In Monday’s ruling, a state appeals court upheld restrictions on gun carry permits, and noted the Attorney General Office’s failure to defend the state’s own statutes saying the attorney general 'regrettably' decided not to participate." ...

"Grall upheld a lower court’s decision to deny handgun carrying permits to two retired arson investigators ... The former officials said rules requiring they show a 'justifiable need' to receive a carry permit violated their constitutional rights. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Sucks to be a regular citizen, doesn't it?
 

Outgunned My Ass
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"'The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the days of the Wild West, according to a report released Monday,' seattlepi.com reports. 'The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by8 percent and were the fewest since 1959. ...'" ...

"Tell me again why cops need MRAPs and SWAT teams, and why cops can swan around with AR-15s while law-abiding Americans in many parts of the United States are denied 'assault rifles' or 'high capacity magazines.' Meanwhile, let’s drill down a bit . . ." ...
 

2013: Fewest Police Deaths By Firearms Since 1887
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"The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the days of the Wild West, according to a report released Monday."

"The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959."

"According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012."

"Forty-six officers were killed in traffic related accidents, and 33 were killed by firearms."

"The number of firearms deaths fell 33 percent in 2013 and was the lowest since 1887." ...
 

WA: Cop Who Raided The Wrong House Tells Homeowner ‘You’re Lucky I Didn’t F--King Shoot You’ (Video available)
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college graduate in Washington says he wants an apology after deputies in Spokane County mistakenly raided his home, with guns drawn ..." ...

"A man yelled 'Sheriff’s office' and told him to come out of the house."

"'I'm wondering why the hell there is a gun being pointed at me right now!' he said. 'They directed me to take a knee, well both knees. The gun [was] still drawn.'"

"Deputies reportedly said Guerrero was trespassing ... Not until they looked at his I.D. did they realize Guerrero did live there and they had the wrong home."

"Instead of apologizing, one of the deputies told Guerrero, 'You’re lucky I didn’t f--king shoot you.'"

"'We went to the wrong house, yes,' said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. ..." ...
 

WI: Unbelievably lenient sentence for cop who fingered suspects’ anuses
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"The end of 2013 brought a measure of closure to a long-running Milwaukee police scandal, though some say the officer — and his cohorts — who repeatedly and illegally shoved his fingers up black male suspects’ anal cavities got off with a light sentence considering the flagrant nature of his abuses."

"The ringleader was identified as officer Michael Vagnini, a white man who routinely targeted black males as young as fifteen for sadistic — and blatantly illegal — anal searches." ...

"Wisconsin law clearly prohibits police officers from administering cavity searches. Only medical professionals may do so, and only when authorized by a warrant." ...
 

IA: Police: Girlfriend says officer threw her down stairs (video available)
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"A Des Moines police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after domestic assault charges were filed against him."

"Cody Grimes, 33, was charged with domestic assault in connection with an incident about 3:30 a.m. Friday at a home on Des Moines south side."

"A police report shows a woman who said she was Grimes girlfriend said he grabbed her jacket and threw her downstairs."

"She said she went to Grimes' home because she was concerned about his well-being and she needed to pick up a Christmas tree and lights. After threatening to call 911, the woman said Grimes threw her again and she hit a kitchen island with her hand and then a door with her head." ...
 

LA: Covington police officer who arrested football referees suspended, demoted
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"A Covington police officer who arrested two referees during a high school football game in October, igniting a firestorm of controversy, has been suspended without pay for 10 working days and demoted from lieutenant to sergeant, Police Chief Tim Lentz announced. ..." ...

"Lentz said Short violated several departmental policies by his actions on Oct. 11 ..."

"He failed to seek alternatives to physical arrests and failed to 'exercise reasonableness, and failed to consider the surrounding circumstances. ...'"

"Short violated rules regarding professional conduct and responsibilities, Lentz said. ..."

"Short also failed to display a working knowledge of laws and ordinances in force in the city and state ..." ...
 

IL: The irony: Chicago cops ordered to register all their guns
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"Oh, the irony."

"We like Chicago cops in general, but wouldn’t urinate on the CAGE unit Chicago coppers if they were on fire."

"The irony in recent days is rich as the Chicago Police Department has ordered all Chicago cops to register their guns – both department-issued guns and their personal guns."

"Yes, the guys who were responsible for enforcing Chicago’s nuisance gun laws all these years are now the only people in IL required to register their guns." ...
 

PA: PA State Trooper Prohibited From Gun Possession While Off Duty
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"If you ever needed clinical proof that our nation’s gun laws are certifiably insane, here’s a prime example. A Pennsylvania State Trooper, who carries a gun on a daily basis while enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth is federally prohibited from carrying – or even possessing – a firearm while off-duty with no way to restore his firearms rights. Ever. Of course, there are two ways of looking at any story. The first paragraph is only the nice way of describing this gun law fustercluck. If you’re more cynical (like me), read on . . ." ...
 

Scotland: Police officer jailed for beating up wife gets his job back
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"A POLICE officer who was jailed for 18 months, after subjecting his partner to a series of brutal attacks, has been given back his job."

"Critics say the decision to re-instate George Park, 46, flies in the face of Police Scotland’s own 'zero tolerance' campaign on domestic violence."

"In June 2010, Park was convicted of three attacks on his wife Frances, at their home in Ayr and at his parents’ address in the town."

"Yesterday, Police Scotland confirmed Park had been reinstated following an appeal, although he remains suspended on full pay." ...
 

Virginia man creates website to link pro-gun consumers, businesses
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"The windows of restaurants and businesses are often crowded with signs and stickers denoting store hours and accepted credit cards, but a Leesburg restaurateur is looking to add one more decal in the name of constitutional rights."

"Bryan Crosswhite has created 2amendment.org, an online database where gun-rights businesses can register their names and addresses and get stickers for their windows that signal they are friendly to legal gun owners who exercise their right to bear arms." ...
 

IL: No rights available for the poor
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... "I and my son-in-law have completed the required 16-hour [gun permit] course. My cost was $190 (I’m a veteran) and my son-in-law’s cost was $315 (for non-veteran). Then we must each pay another $150 to the state of Illinois. My total cost will be $340. My son-in-law’s total cost will be $465."

"My question is how many poor people have an extra $340 or $465 to protect themselves? I don’t think the politicians of Illinois have the poor people of Illinois’s interest in mind."
 

FL: Second Amendment education (first letter)
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"Regarding 'Gun to the head' (Your Views, Dec. 27) by Arthur C. Hayhoe. Knowing that Hayhoe is the executive director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Inc. allows one to read his rantings and understand that his organization firmly believes that no person should be allowed to own any type of firearm in the USA or possibly the world. They probably would also like to disarm all the armies of the USA/world which would allow all the criminals in the world to do what they please. Great thinking."

"It’s obvious that they need help in understanding the Constitution ..." ...
 

FL: Fourth Amendment issue (second letter)
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"Regarding 'Gun to the head:' The writer wants more gun control, and he wants to infringe and diminish the Second Amendment. Their arguments are always the same — emotional in basis and never in fact. The NRA and legal gun owners have done more to ensure gun safety than any organization in the country and certainly more than gun control zealots who are only concerned about controlling and monitoring law-abiding citizens. How about going after criminals with the same degree of zealotry and hostility as they do legal, law-abiding citizens? Why do they not advocate the infringement of the Fourth Amendment? That would surely give law enforcement an opportunity to clean up the streets." ...
 

FL: Florida's Top 10 gun stories of 2013
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"Overall, 2013 was a good year for Florida gun owners."

"Some great legislation was passed, although some controversial bills became law too."

"The state reached some important milestones, which speak to the ever increasing popularity of gun ownership among residents and visitors."

"Given what's happening elsewhere, such as mandatory registration of modern sporting rifles and their magazines in Connecticut, or New York's outright prohibition of certain types of popular firearms, or California's ban on lead bullets, things could be a lot worse."

"The following are my picks for Florida's Top 10 gun-related news stories of 2013." ...
 

NY: 2013 was unlucky for sportsmen
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... "... when the ball dropped on 2013 last New Year’s Eve, I never gave it a second thought. After all, the number 13 is only one in a gazillion ..."

"On the other hand, had I known that sportsmen would end up holding the short end of the stick on just about every turn, I might have been more concerned. And when it came to issues, guns and gunowners were the target throughout much of the year, beginning with the NY SAFE Act, a measure Gov. Andrew Cuomo — with help from turncoat Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos ... — passed through a procedure known as a 'Message of Necessity.' It’s a process in which the governor ... can by-pass the three-day waiting period that gives lawmakers proper time to review the bill in question." ...
 

CA: New gun law boosts sales
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"Business is booming at Second Amendment Sports in Palm Desert."

"'I have folks coming in buying not just one, but maybe two or three at a time,' General Manager, Alex Talley, said. 'Just to get those firearms in their possession before the registration takes effect.'"

"Starting January 1st, long guns must be registered with the California Department of Justice just like hand guns already are. That means specifying the make, model, and serial number of each weapon sold. Previously, firearms dealers destroyed long gun specific information following the background check. The new law will expand the states database to include records of all guns sold." ...
 

CA: Law spurs gun buying frenzy
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"Currently only handgun purchases in California require entry into a database that tracks detailed information about the gun and the purchaser."

"But that’s all going to change on Wednesday."

"Manteca and Ripon gun dealers have been dealing with a crush of customers flooding in to purchase long guns – rifles, shotguns and AR-15-based models that will be included in the new law that will go into effect on Jan. 1 – so they won’t be entered into a database." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
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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