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CCRKBA Hails Interior Dept. Ruling on Concealed Carry in National Parks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Today's announcement that the Interior Department has amended its rules and will henceforth allow licensed concealed carry in national parks was hailed as a victory for the Second Amendment by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms."

"'No longer will American citizens be required to leave their right of self defense at the gates of a national park,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'This common-sense change in regulations reflects not only changes in the laws of 48 states, but more importantly the Supreme Court's ruling in June that upheld the individual right to keep and bear arms that is protected by the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

Larry Pratt defends Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Larry Pratt, the executive director of the Gun Owners of America, discussed the future of the battle over gun control and analyzed gun control as public policy this Thursday evening."

"Gun Owners of America is a right wing, no-compromise lobbying organization. ..."

"During the speech, Pratt spoke about D.C. v. Heller, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to keep and bear arms"

"He also discussed the likely implications on gun control policy of the incoming Obama administration and a Congress controlled by Democrats. He predicted that there will be a legislative attempt to renew the Clinton gun ban within two years among other pro-gun control agendas." ...
 

My View
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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... "I told you all that so I can tell you this:"

"My considered legal/political/regulatory opinion, based on my experience and training as described above, leads me to the following conclusions:"

"1) We're screwed."

"2) There's gonna be a (real bad ugly) fight against the ones who screwed us."

"3) Let's win."

"I'll keep playing along with the political stuff, largely to balm my conscience when the inevitable comes."

"But I know for sure how that is going to turn out."

"Meanwhile, I'll train, organize, support, and prepare."

"No Fort Sumters, for sure."

"But there is going to be a war." ...
 

Codrea: An Early Warning?
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"US report predicts nuclear or biological attack by 2013"
"That's just one scenario. There are plenty of others, both natural and man-made, and at the risk of incurring ridicule, Reichstag fires to justify new 'emergency' powers have been known to happen."

"I wonder what government policy would be in a full-blown martial law national lock-down?"

"I wonder if law and order would completely break down in significant portions of the country and if we in the middle of it would be on our own?"

"I wonder if--Katrina lawsuit rulings notwithstanding--a military/police deployment would try to round up guns in some areas?"

"I wonder if gun owners would accept that?" ...
 

Which is your favorite amendment?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "How do conservatives protect themselves?"

"Guns. The idea is that if the people become oppressed by either their own government or an external force, they will have a way of defending themselves. If the commies invade overnight or if Obama really does hand the oval office over to his buddy bin Laden, then we’ll all be ready with our guns." ...

"How do liberals protect themselves? Speech. If Obama turns out to be a terrible president ... then we can nail him with our freedom of speech and press."

"Guaranteeing the American people their right to broadcast their own ideas and criticisms is also an effective check against the government. In fact, this is much more effective than guns are ..." ...
 

On the Road with the Appleseed Project: Creating Liberty One Rifleman at a Time
Submitted by: Larry

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"I spent the last weekend at the Phoenix Appleseed Shoot in Arizona with a number of fellow shooters. I came with my wife, five children and my other best friend in tow. ... Almost three-dozen shooters showed up for the training which is a fairly respectable turn-out."

"What is an Appleseed Shoot? Fred, the proprietor of Fred’s M14 Stocks ... started and built the program. The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is an umbrella organization that was created to bridge the gap between the Founding of the nation and the present day through educational outreach ... from whence was born the Appleseed Project whose modest goal is to create one million new Riflemen in America. ..." ...
 

Vets and guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the very strange things I have been interested in only lately is the way people that have personal protection are protected by people with guns. Not only are they protected by people with guns but they are protected by people that know when to use those guns and what's even more ,they have the will and skill. A lot of those people with armed protection don't want you to have the same level of protection. In fact they meet regularly to plot against you, to take away your ability to protect yourself." ...
 

Statement of HS-Precision
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

To Our Valued Customers:

H-S Precision has received comments relating to individual testimonials in our 2008 catalog. All of the testimonials focused on the quality, accuracy and customer service provided by H-S Precision.

The management of H-S Precision did not intend to offend anyone or create any type of controversy. We are revising our 2009 catalog and removing all product testimonials.

Sincerely,

The Management of H-S Precision
 

Fiocchi Adds 9mm Subsonic Cartridge To Shooting Dynamics Line
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fiocchi Ammunition's Shooting Dynamics line ... is sure to become of even more interest to consumers with the new addition of Fiocchi's 9mm Luger 158-grain full metal jacketed subsonic load."

"... This incredible variety of product offerings has made this line a favorite of shooters for more than twenty-five-years. Fiocchi, never resting on its laurels, continues to develop and improve upon its Shooting Dynamics handgun ammunition products with the goal of achieving the ideal synergy between shooter, firearm and ammunition. And the addition of the new Fiocchi 9mm Luger 158-grain, full metal jacketed subsonic round is certainly a welcome addition and achieves that goal." ...
 

Report Links State Gun Laws To Rates of Slayings, Trafficking
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"States with lax gun laws had higher rates of handgun killings, fatal shootings of police officers, and sales of weapons that were used in crimes in other states, according to a study underwritten by a group of more than 300 U.S. mayors."

"The report, which was obtained by The Washington Post, found that 10 states, including Virginia, supplied 57 percent of the guns that were recovered in crimes in other states in 2007. The 38-page report is based on an analysis of annual crime-gun data compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The analysis tracks guns used in crimes back to the retailers that first sold them." ...
 

Brady Campaign Blasts Last Minute Bush Administration Move to Allow Concealed Guns in National Parks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sharply criticized the Bush Administration's decision today to rush through a last minute change to rescind long-standing federal rules that for decades have kept national parks and wildlife refuges free of loaded, concealed firearms. Under the new Bush Administration rule, park and refuge visitors may be armed with loaded, hidden handguns and other firearms, endangering park users and threatening our natural resource crown jewels." ...
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KABA Note: "Rush through"? "Last minute"?!? Gun Owners of America sent out an alert telling folks to weigh in on the proposal 7 months ago on May 6, 2008. The comment period was originally supposed to close June 30th, but was extended through August 8.
 

PA: Brady Center rides to DeLeo’s rescue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Washington, D.C., based organization ... is riding to the defense of the Lebanon County sheriff now in a legal showdown with a woman who brought a gun to her daughter's soccer match in September." ...

"Sheriff Mike DeLeo announced ... that he had received a letter from the Brady Center ... stating that the center would offer him pro bono legal assistance after a $1 million lawsuit was filed against him Nov. 24 by Meleanie Hain." ...

"'We routinely take pro bono cases to help law enforcement defend common-sense decisions that defend the public's safety,' Vice said. 'It's outrageous to bring loaded handguns to kids' soccer matches.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So people should only bring guns to places without children like bars and strip clubs?
 

NY: Mayor defends strong comments on Plaxico
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday defended his decision to speak out in the Plaxico Burress nightclub shooting, his strong comments garnering national news."

"'We are not overreacting. We are killing our kids, killing our police officers, killing you and me -- there are too many guns in the streets,' Bloomberg said in his morning radio show."

"Bloomberg's has made stripping the city streets of illegal firearms his signature issue. He is expected to further highlight the issue when he campaigns for a third term next year."

"On Monday, Bloomberg called for the Giants star receiver to be prosecuted 'to the fullest extent of the law' for inadvertently shooting himself in the right thigh with an illegal handgun ..." ...
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KABA Note: Of course it was an illegal handgun! New York laws don't allow any way for Plaxico to have made it a 'legal' handgun.
 

WV: Gun toll
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"AMERICA has far more gun murders than any other advanced nation. For example, Japan has one such killing per 2 million people per year - while America has 284 per 2 million. Repeat: America's gun murder rate is 284 times worse than Japan's, according to government statistics." ...
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KABA Note: Japan also has an overall homicide rate significantly lower than America's. Further, Switzerland and Israel with their significantly higher gun ownership have significantly lower homicide rates. The authors are committing the classic logical fallacy of correlation proves causation.
 

Interior Announces Final Firearms Policy Update
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Lyle Laverty today announced that the Department of the Interior has finalized updated regulations governing the possession of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. The final rule, which updates existing regulations, would allow an individual to carry a concealed weapon in national parks and wildlife refuges if, and only if, the individual is authorized to carry a concealed weapon under state law in the state in which the national park or refuge is located. The update has been submitted to the Federal Register for publication and is available to the public on www.doi.gov." ...
 

New rule eases ban on firearms in national parks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"People will now be able to carry concealed firearms in some national parks and wildlife refuges."

"An Interior Department rule issued Friday allows an individual to carry a loaded weapon in a park or wildlife refuge — but only if the person has a permit for a concealed weapon, and if the state where the park or refuge is located also allows loaded firearms in parks."

"The rule overturns a Reagan-era regulation that has restricted loaded guns in parks and wildlife refuges. The previous regulations required that firearms be unloaded and placed somewhere that is not easily accessible, such as in a car trunk." ...
 

Department of the Interior issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"United States Senator John Thune (R-SD) today announced that the Department of the Interior finalized updated regulations regarding the possession of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges ..."

"The ruling allows an individual to carry a concealed weapon in a national park or wildlife refuge if that person is permitted to do so under state law in the state in which the national park or refuge is located."

"Last December, Senator Thune, along with 50 of his Senate colleges, signed a letter urging Secretary Kempthorne to remove Department of the Interior prohibitions on law-abiding citizens from transporting and carrying firearms on lands managed by the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service." ...
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Submitter's Note: As the Bradys say, this is a good first step.
 

TX: Burglar shot dead in Cedar Hill driveway
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police said a Cedar Hill resident shot and killed a person attempting to break into a vehicle in his driveway Friday morning."

"The gunfire erupted at 7:30 a.m. in ... one of the city's nicest, most established neighborhoods."

"Police said the homeowner heard an alarm going off on his pickup truck. He grabbed a gun, went outside, and opened fire when he saw the alleged burglar attempting to remove a stereo system."

"The suspect died at the scene."

"'This is extremely rare,' said Cedar Hill spokesman Corky Brown. 'This is a really quiet neighborhood like most of ours in Cedar Hill. It's very shocking to the neighbors to have something like this occur.'" ...
 

Malls boost security as shopping season starts
Submitted by: Paul

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"Malls across the country have boosted security in recent months, adding rooftop observation posts, parking lot cameras and more patrols to keep shoppers safe." ...

"Cosper says malls have increasingly focused this year on their outdoor spaces, which he calls 'the Achilles' heel of the shopping center.'"

"He says malls have set up rooftop lookout posts to spot cars roving the parking lot without regard for empty spaces. Malls also send more patrols outside on foot and in vehicles, Cosper says." ...

"The training teaches security officers to look for unusual signs such as a jutting hip or someone constantly tapping something under his coat, both indications that someone could be carrying a concealed weapon." ...
 

MS: Deaths loom over self-defense laws
Submitted by: Paul

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... "[T]he legal plights of the two clerks highlight the uncertain impact of National Rifle Association-backed laws sweeping the nation that make it easier to justify shooting in self-defense."

"In 2006, Mississippi adopted its version of the so-called castle doctrine, which lifts requirements that individuals first try to flee before using deadly force ..." ...

"All a defendant has to do is establish a threat, and usually the other witness is dead. That shifts the burden to prosecutors and police investigators, who have to gather evidence to show beyond a reasonable doubt that deadly force wasn't justified, according to a report released this summer by the National District Attorneys Association." ...
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KABA Note: Oh, so you mean the person is presumed innocent? Well we can't have that now can we!
 

Gun control didn’t help India
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Western India was under siege last week when 171 people were killed by armed terrorists. In Mumbai, the protection in railway stations ... were bamboo sticks called lathis. Security guards at hotels had metal detectors, but no guns because Indian gun laws made it difficult to arm security guards."

"Indian gun laws stem from colonial days when the British wanted to keep the Indians without power ... They could have used that power last week. Gun laws failed to keep people of Mumbai safe, but here in Minnesota, many still labor under the belief that they do."

"To challenge that belief, a group at St. Cloud State University recently held a forum to confront and dispel misconceptions about Minnesota’s conceal and carry law." ...
 

India: 'We were lined up and shot,' Mumbai family tells ordeal
Submitted by: Paul

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"A group of guests at Mumbai's Oberoi hotel were lined up against a wall. Then two terrorists simultaneously fired at them, killing most ..." ...

"'Then, in a scene right out of the Holocaust, they simultaneously opened fire on the people. My father was towards the centre of the line with his two friends on either side. Out of reflex, or presence of mind, he ducked as soon as the firing began.'" ...

"'They constantly heard gunfire and hand grenades going off in the other parts of the hotel. They feared that any noise would bring the terrorists back." ...

"His father, who had two minor bullet wounds is recovering well, the son wrote. 'He, however, lost his two best friends he was dining with that night.'"
 

NY: Bloomberg Snarks About Plaxico Shooting
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg made it very clearly earlier this week that he wants to throw the book at Plaxico Burress, who accidentally shot himself with his illegal gun (Bloomberg hates illegal guns!). And he's probably less thrilled, now that it seems the Giants didn't contact the police about the shooting either. But he's having some fun with it: The Post has video of Bloomberg making a joke related to the incident."

"After Governor Paterson introduced and thanked the Mayor for attending, pointing out that Bloomberg could have been elsewhere, the Mayor opened with, 'Of course, I don't have to be here. I could be at a Giants game, but I am probably safer here at the moment.' Okay, it's not that funny ... but he does get points for being pissy!"
 

AL: Birmingham mayor Larry Langford arrested by FBI today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a news conference this morning, US Attorney Alice Martin announced a 101 count indictment of Larry Langford, mayor of Birmingham ..."

"Larry Langford, mayor of Birmingham, was arrested early this morning. He claims the charges lodged against him are false and says a jury will see the truth. The FBI took Lanford into custody today. He was indicted on charges of money laundering, fraud conspiracy, filing false tax returns, and bribery." ...
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Submitter's Note: Larry is a member of Mayors Against Illegal (And We Think They Should All Be Illegal) Guns.
 

Don't Take Your Guns to Town
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen. I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne.' That was Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on June 26, 2008, responding to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which ... held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms—not a collective one."

"'I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals,' Obama went on, 'but I also identify with the need for crime-ravaged communities to save their children from the violence that plagues our streets through common-sense, effective safety measures.'" ...
 

OH: Ohio Sportsmen Should Say No to 'Puppy Mill' and Vaccine Bills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohio hunters should be on high alert. The state House of Representatives, which is under intense pressure from animal rights groups and the media, is considering passing legislation creating a new state agency to regulate dog breeders and kennel owners."

"The proponents claim House Bill 223 would only affect 'puppy mills' but instead it would eliminate many sporting dog kennels through a tidal wave of fees, fines and red tape while instituting a statewide enforcement authority. The bill treats sporting dog kennels and abusive commercial breeders with the same iron fist. For a complete analysis of HB223 click here." ...
 

NY: NYC court: Big city guns can equal stiff sentence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Federal judges can give harsher penalties to people who help bring illegal guns to big cities ..."

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved the practice in its ruling for the case of an illegal gun dealer who got two years in prison, which was six months more than federal sentencing guidelines recommended."

"When he imposed the sentence in 2004, U.S. District Judge Charles P. Sifton in Brooklyn said there was a 'crying need' to deter gun trafficking into large metropolitan areas."

"A three-judge appeals panel initially had overturned Sifton's ruling. The judges then reheard the case and ruled in Sifton's favor Thursday." ...
 

NC: N.C. ACORN Proposes Stricter Ammunition Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The grassroots community organization, ACORN, is fighting for a new law it says will save lives."

"'Stop the Bullet' is a campaign that would make it harder for felons to buy ammunition from stores."

"When you buy a gun, gun shops have to run a background check first to make sure you're not a convicted felon."

"Although it is also illegal for convicted felons to buy bullets, a background check is not required. As it stands now, gun shops aren't required to ask any questions before selling bullets, as long as the buyer is 18 and can present identification."

"Community organizer for the local NC ACORN group, The Rev. Melvin Whitley, says it's too easy for criminals to buy ammo, and he plans to close that loophole." ...
 

OH: HB450 (Armed Services 18-21 gun rights restoration) scheduled for third hearing & possible vote in Senate committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by Sen. Tim Grendell (R-18), will hear proponent, opponent and interested party testimony on Rep. Bruce Goodwin's HB450, legislation that would restore gun rights to members of the armed services or the Ohio National Guard who are between the ages of 18 and 21, on Wednesday, December 10 at 9:00 a.m. in the Senate Building's North Hearing Room (a tentative hearing has also been planned for the same time and location on Dec. 11, if needed)."

"The Chairman has indicated that a substitute bill may be offered, and that the bill may receive a vote out of committee!"

"The Ohio House of Representatives passed HB450 on May 22 with a strong bi-partisan 90-3 vote." ...
 

AZ: Lawmakers anticipate departure of Napolitano and her veto pen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The ink had barely dried on Gov. Janet Napolitano’s signature to veto a bill that would have lifted a key restriction on carrying a concealed weapon when lawmakers, undeterred, sent another piece of gun legislation to her desk."

"The second bill, which would have reduced the penalty for gun misconduct, suffered the same fate." ...

"With the prospect of Jan Brewer, the Republican secretary of state, succeeding as governor, many lawmakers are brushing the dust off their bill folders, hoping those vetoed by Napolitano would meet a more favorable outcome this time around."

"Some said they were preparing to introduce those bills regardless of who is in charge of the executive tower." ...
 

OK: On-duty police officer arrested for being drunk
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

An on-duty reserve police officer is arrested on several charges, including suspicion of being drunk.

Okay reserve officer Matthew Pruegert was arrested at a convenience store by a Wagoner police officer.

The officer from Wagoner said he smelled alcohol on Pruegert.

At the time of his arrest, Pruegert was driving an Okay police car and wearing a gun, badge and uniform shirt.

He was booked into the Wagoner County Detention Center and later released on $3,000 bond.
 

OR: Couple alleges off-duty cop threatened them at gunpoint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Scappoose husband and wife are hoping the law works in their favor following a run-in with an off-duty Hillsboro police officer last week that resulted in the officer allegedly brandishing a handgun and threatening to shoot the couple."

"In the course of the altercation, Kevin said Hanley never identified himself as a police officer." ...

"Kevin said Hanley appeared agitated, and several times said that he had connections with the Scappoose Police Department. In fact, it was Hanley who summoned Scappoose police to the scene."

"Scappoose Police Chief Doug Greisen said Hanley was not arrested because it was unclear whether actual menacing had occurred, and added that he also intends to review the recorded tapes."
 

MA: In rush-hour labor, ticket delivered
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Jennifer Davis was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Nov. 18, her contractions just 3 minutes apart. Her husband, John, was trying to appear calm for his wife's sake, driving in the breakdown lane of Route 2. They pulled up behind a state trooper to ask whether they could continue using the lane to reach the next exit, near Alewife Station."

"Not only did the trooper say no, he gave them a $100 citation for driving in the breakdown lane, made them wait for their citation while he finished writing someone else's ticket, and even seemed to ask for proof of pregnancy, Jennifer Davis said." ...
 

CA: Baca's no-gun policy endangers deputies
Submitted by: John Jorgensen/GS2AC
Website: http://www.gs2ac.com

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"Earlier this year, an off-duty New York City police detective was trying to help a beating victim when the assailant pulled out a TEC-9 handgun and began firing at the officer outside a night club. Detective Ivan Davison, a 15-year veteran of the department, returned fire, wounded the gunman and called 911." ...

"Davison was returned to duty after an investigation found he acted properly. But if Davison was an off-duty deputy in Los Angeles, he could be receiving unemployment checks instead of calls for medals under a new policy Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca wants to force on the department."

"That's because investigators found Davison had a blood-alcohol content of 0.09 percent ... immediately following the shooting." ...
 

PA: Sheriff Michael DeLeo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It appears that the sheriff of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, thinks he's the chief law enforcement officer of Lebanon, the country. ..."

"DeLeo claimed he revoked Hain's permit because she showed poor judgment. He insisted that his decision was based on a state law that prohibits such permits from being given to people whose character and reputation make them a danger to public safety."

"How ironic he would say that since he's the one who showed poor judgment by revoking Hain's permit in the first place while displaying complete disregard for the Second Amendment. Lebanon County Judge Robert Eby essentially concurred with that assessment and reinstated Hain’s permit on October 14." ...
 

MD: A Cop, a Dog, a Gun: Guess the Ending
Submitted by: Larry

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"A Waldorf, Md., family's dog was euthanized after a deputy shot the dog outside their house Thursday night. The family says two children were watching ..."

"The homeowner said deputies asked her to put her 2-year-old sheep dog, Dixie, inside the house while they sorted things out. The homeowner complied, but her 2-year-old niece pushed the door open a short time later. Dixie came running out, and the deputy shot the dog ..."

"At least it was the dog and not the 2-year-old who came running out."

"Here's the official explanation: 'It is unfortunate that the accidental release of the dog, when a child opened the door, resulted in a situation where an officer felt his safety was threatened.'"
 

WV: Woman alleges trooper forced sex
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"West Virginia State Police are investigating a state trooper accused of rape by a Charleston woman."

"The woman alleges that she was drunk and forced to have sex with the trooper last month after he followed her to a friend's house where she was staying."

"'I was nervous and scared because I didn't know what he was going to do to me,' the woman said in an interview Thursday. She ... also showed a Gazette reporter part of a videotape that apparently shows the woman and a man wearing a State Police uniform inside the woman's residence."

"State Police superintendent Col. David Lemmon said the trooper is on restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigations. ..." ...
 

MI: Detroit Police Burn Confiscated Money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Detroit police department has announced they will be burning tens of thousands of dollars in cash which was confiscated in 2008."

"Ok, that's not entirely accurate, but it might as well be. Would it make sense to destroy cash confiscated as a result of criminal investigations? Then why are they so proud of the fact that they are destroying more than 500 confiscated firearms this week, part of a total of nearly 4,000 destroyed for the year?"

"Ok, so these were guns that were illegally owned. Big deal. If they are in working order, sell them! In the previous example, they wouldn't say, 'hey, that money was earned selling drugs, it is bad money, we need to destroy it.' Heck no, they'd be spending it as fast as they could!" ...
 

WV: State officials violated wildlife sanctuary owner's rights, federal judge rules
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"State officials violated the constitutional rights of wildlife sanctuary owner Joel Rosenthal, according to U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey."

"On Nov. 13, Bailey stripped state Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro, assistant attorney general William Valentino and DNR conservation officer Sean Duffield of the immunity from lawsuits that state employees generally enjoy."

"Rosenthal has accused them of defamation and malicious prosecution under West Virginia law and violation of due process under the U.S. Constitution. "

"'In this case the pleaded facts, taken as true, demonstrate that the defendants violated the plaintiff's constitutional rights,' Bailey wrote." ...
 

Tell Santa to bring more assault rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Guns and ammo sales are up since the election of Barack Obama. And they've stayed bullish, fueled by everything from conspiracy talk at gun shows to a sales tax-free gun shopping weekend in South Carolina."

"Taking a bird's eye view of it, as shaken out from a selection of headlines from counties across the nation, the drivers of the surge seem remarkably consistent." ...

"A common thread was it's a response to the Democrats, or rather, fear of them. Gun sales traditionally spike a bit when they come to Washington - it also happened when Bill Clinton ascended to power. Although Barack Obama has said he wants common sense regulation and respect of the second amendment, this really makes no difference." ...
 

The Obama Economic Boom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We're still more than a month away from Inauguration Day. The US economy and bailout money remain hot topics amongst the chattering classes. Who should Washington bailout next? Is there a single industry left that doesn't merit a bailout when the buzzards are circling?"

"One American industry, however, is experiencing a pre-inauguration 'Obama boom' - firearm manufacturing. Several news outlets have reported on a surge in firearm sales prior to and in particular following the election. ... The only reason sales haven't continued at such a frenzied pace is a lack of guns available for sale." ...
 

IN: Gun Owners Fear Obama Presidency
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun sales jumped 50 percent in the suburbs after Barack Obama was elected president. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin accused the gun industry of whipping up 'hysteria' about Democratic plans for new gun laws." ...

"Even at mid-afternoon, a steady stream of customers came to the gun department. Cabela's in Hammond, Ind. is a scrupulously law-abiding weapons dealer."

"Ken Roper was one of many new gun buyers today, taking home a nine millimeter semi-automatic handgun with a magazine that holds 19 bullets. Like most of those who talked to us, he said he's afraid that Democrats who won the White House and huge majorities on Capitol Hill plan to impose new gun controls." ...
 

IL: Gun sales boom 'definitely because of Obama'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Suburban gun shops report that sales are up since Barack Obama was elected president, because gun buyers are afraid Obama will push to ban ownership of some weapons."

"'Of course they're up -- 25 to 30 percent over last year,' said a salesman at Midwest Guns & Pistol Range ... 'It's across the board -- sales are up on everything.'"

"'Definitely, it's because of Obama,' said a saleswoman at Freddie Bear Sports ... The saleswoman ... said that the boost is more for the 'long guns,' like AK-47s and assault rifles."

"A spokesman for the Illinois State Police confirmed that the agency conducted 24,076 background checks for gun purchases in November, 39 percent more than the 17,363 during the same month a year ago. ..." ...
 

AL: Gun Run?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Central Alabamians are among many gun enthusiasts who are stocking up on weapons and ammunition!"

"Many gun owners are flocking to the nearest gun store before President-Elect Barack Obama takes oath of office."

"Most of them fear a potential crack down on current gun laws."

"Kevin Bailey isn't taking any chances."

"He's selling his gun now, while the market is hot."

"Bailey says, 'I think everyone is buying their guns now, before they can't buy them.'" ...

"Two firearms in particular are shooting off store shelves."

"Fred Daniel says, 'The AR 15 and AK 47 are in such demand right now, that the the last two or three months they are impossible to find.'" ...
 

CO: Many aiming for guns this holiday season
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Quintin Gray of Delta remembers the Christmas his dad got him a gun."

"Gray was 12 or 13 years old. The gun was an Ithaca 20-gauge, single-shot shotgun."

"'It was an awesome Christmas. Heck yeah,' Gray said." ...

"Guns sales always go up at Jerry's between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, said Jerry Stehlman, who owns the store. People buy a variety of guns for their loved ones each year, he said, but he predicts this year sales will skyrocket post-presidential election. Stehlman said he worries President-elect Barack Obama may increase taxes on guns and ammunition, and some of his stockpiling customers agree."

"Comparing November 2007 to November 2008, sales went up 320 percent at Jerry's." ...
 

MI: Fired up on the gun beat
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"As Slate's Jack Shafer noted last month, everybody is doing the 'Barack Obama election=surge in gun sales' story. ..."

"The story followed the national script with recent stats from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Oakland, for instance, recorded 769 concealed weapons permits in October 2008 compared with 328 in October 2007."

"Obama backs, as Wilkins quotes from the Obama website, 'commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.' Specifically he has said he'll close a loophole allowing the purchase of firearms without background checks at gun shows and renew the expired federal ban on assault weapons."

"Hence the mentality of get-them-while-you-can — and a surge in sales." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution. [Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)

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