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How the right to arms saved the non-violent civil rights protesters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "For Salter, the right to own a handgun was apparently a crucial part of his ability to exercise his right to defend himself and his family, which was a sine qua non of his ability to stay alive in order to ... advocate for enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment."

"Yet in modern Chicago, decent law-abiding citizens are forbidden to own handguns. As I detailed in my amicus brief in McDonald v. Chicago ... many people find that a handgun is best choice for family defense, especially in urban areas such as Chicago. As the history of the Civil Rights Movement demonstrates, the denial of the constitutional right to own a handgun could endanger other constitutional rights, particularly the rights of community organizers."
 

East Palo Alto cop: Shoot a gun owner, get '2 weeks off!!!'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "We've seen the 'Only One' attitude at its most ridiculous--I developed the meme in response to DEA agent Lee Paige: 'I'm the only one in this room professional enough that I know of to carry this Glock .40,' he told a roomful of school kids in an anti-gun/drug lecture, then proceeded to shoot himself in the foot trying to holster the weapon."

"Now we see it manifest itself in police state elitism that's chilling--particularly the implication that a citizen breaking no laws can be murdered and the state perpetrator will be rewarded with paid time off. And the rest, who are intimidated into defenselessness, are to be laughed at and held in contempt by armed enforcers." ...
 

The Tyranny of Emergency – Gun Rights Suspended…Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While inches turned into feet of snow and life along the East Coast came to a standstill, government agencies were far from dormant."

"While some southern cities struggled to cope with the massive amounts of fallen snow, some local governments seized this opportunity to declare states of 'emergency.'"

"Sounds benign, right? After all, government is here to help…"

"Authorities in King, North Carolina declared a state of emergency which not only prohibited citizens from driving on the snow-packed roads, but also banned the sale alcohol and banned the purchase or possession of firearms outside of their homes." ...
 

National parks carry - beginning February 22, 2010
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We can thank Senator Tom Coburn and all gun rights members of the Congress for passing an amendment to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 to allow citizens who are authorized to carry firearms according to their state law, to also carry firearms into National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. The amended bill was passed by the Senate 90-5 and by the House of Representatives 361-64. The Bill was signed into law by Barack Obama on May 22, 2009."

"The new law goes into effect nine months after signing so February 22, 2010 will mark the return of lawfully carried firearms in the National Park system and the National Wildlife Refuge System." ...
 

The NRA Muscles into McDonald v. Chicago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court case that will settle whether or not the Second Amendment applies to states and localities, is gearing up to radically challenge Court precedent when it comes to defending rights against state infringement."

"Alan Gura, lawyer for the Chicago plaintiffs whose right to effectively defend their lives in their own homes has been abridged by the city's ban on handgun possession, previously won 2008's D.C. v. Heller ... Gura is responsible, then, for the rehabilitation and revival of one constitutional amendment already. In McDonald, rather than merely extending the Second’s reach, he is aiming to rehabilitate and revive the 14th Amendment as well." ...
 

NRA: Final 2 States Without Right-to-Carry Gun Laws Will Fall
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are only two states in this entire country that don't have some sort of law on the books to allow people to carry handguns for self-defense: Illinois and Wisconsin. Wisconsin's legislature has approved 'shall-issue' Right-to-Carry not once but twice, only to have the legislation vetoed by Governor Jim Doyle. But with Governor Doyle term-limited, and Right-to-Carry getting increasing support in Illinois, some anti-gun politicians seem to be concerned that Right-to-Carry is inevitable. That's why they're doing their best to sound reasonable, while instead asking gun owners to accept a poison pill agreement." ...
 

California court upholds ban that prohibits felons from possessing firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Court of Appeals in the Eastern District of California expressed their support of the federal ban on convicted felons possessing firearms last Monday, prosecutors said Wednesday."

"Peter Vongxay had been charged ... with the crime of being a felon in possession of a firearm ..."

"After Vongxay’s conviction at trial, he was sentenced to five years in prison, but he later appealed saying that the federal statute prohibiting felons from possessing firearms was an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"The three-judge panel ... unanimously declared the defendant's conviction ... 'felons are categorically different from the individuals who have a fundamental right to bear arms.'" ...
 

Federal court upholds felon body armor ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 9th Circuit Court of appeals last week upheld a federal ban on the possession of body armor by felons. Technically speaking, that ruling was actually reached in May, 2009, but last week, the court refused an en banc hearing, in which the entire court would have had the opportunity to overturn the earlier, 3-judge panel's ruling."

"We have discussed recently ... the hysteria in some California law enforcement circles over the overturning of California's similar state-level law. This sky-is-falling fear mongering seems especially silly when one considers the existence of the federal ban." ...
 

Praxis: M-14 Magazines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This just in from Irregular Steven L:"

"Mike,
Do you have any recommendations on M1A magazines? I inherited 7 mags with my M1A and 5 of them cause malfunctions such as failure to feed, double feed, failure to eject, etc. and only two perform flawlessly. They are all in pretty good shape but none of them are original Springfield mags. Are there any followers made that I can swap out with the metal ones that are currently in there? I just bought a new Wolf spring and I am going to put it into one of the bad ones and see if that makes a difference. Any recommendations or guidance you can provide me would be greatly appreciated as I would hate to scrap 5 mags that are in good to almost brand new shape." ...
 

Praxis: M-16/M-4 Magazines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My sincere thanks to Pete at WRSA for drawing my attention to this."

"I will have a longer post dealing with the larger issues raised in this monograph, but for now let me draw your attention to this snippet below on magazines. I have been slowly going over my cached mags, replacing black followers with green and swapping GI springs for Wolff. As I do, I inspect the mag bodies for problems, throwing any with dings, cracks or bulges into the trash along with the black followers. If I had the money, I would buy all P-Mags for the girls' M-4geries, but I don't, so I continue to upgrade the mags I have as I can afford it. ..."

"Anyway, here is MAJ Ehrhart on the subject of magazines." ...
 

Praxis: Weapon Retention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This just in from SGT Vanderboegh." ...

"Be sure and go to the link and watch the video clip."

"-- Mike
III"

"Sneaky Weapon Retention When Fighting in Built Up Areas

"You often have very little room to maneuver when you're fighting in built up areas like urban or suburban environments. Battlefields, defending against a home-invasion robbery and facing off against a violent urban attacker all place you at greater risk because your maneuvering space can be so restricted."

"When you're fighting in built up areas, gaining access to a weapon is one of the most important survival principles. ..." ...
 

A Nation Without A Country, Part I: Understanding the Battlefield
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"The first in a six-part series by Tom Baugh, author of Starving the Monkeys:"

"Even a casual blog reader will note that secession is an idea which has broken through the crust of contemporary political thought. As Russ Longcore points out in his editorial notes for a recent article on DumpDC, when the topic appears in the progressive rags, then something is afoot. Reading over the list of speakers at this year’s Free State Project Liberty Forum, you can bet that secession will be a key topic at that event, and many others like it."

"And yet, the public, by-and-large, has been trained to view secession as something which only evil slaveholding racists, or other antisocial malcontents, would seriously consider. ..." ...
 

Facebook Comment Stirs 'Open Carry' Debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A controversy was brewing in East Palo Alto Tuesday night after a police detective made apparently joking comments through his Facebook account saying 'open carry' advocates who visibly carry guns in public should be shot."

"Now East Palo Alto has become a reluctant testing ground for a battle of constitutional amendments: one police officer's 'freedom of speech' versus a group’s 'right to bear arms.'"

"Area resident Adnan Shahab is an 'open carry' advocate who frequently goes out in public displaying an unloaded gun on his belt. Such activity is legal in California with certain restrictions, such as staying clear of schools." ...
 

UK: Cleared: Father who chopped off intruder's ear with samurai sword after he threatened to rape and kill his family
Submitted by: Paul

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"A father who defended his family from drug-crazed thugs by wounding one with a Samurai sword has been cleared by a jury."

"David Fullard, 47, was prosecuted for attacking the two strangers who forced their way into his home and threatened to rape his partner and kill his two teenage children."

"He insisted he was a desperate man acting legally in self-defence ..."

"The prosecution refused to accept that his actions amounted to lawful self-defence and argued it was 'over the top' to attack a man armed with a knuckleduster by using a 'battlefield weapon'." ...

"But after a five-day trial at Hull Crown Court, Mr Fullard, a builder, broke down in tears as he was found not guilty of unlawful wounding." ...
 

Open carry gun advocates test waters at Starbucks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Gun owners who want to carry their weapons in public have recently been banned from two Bay Area chain restaurants. Now, advocates of California’s open carry law are testing the boundaries at Starbucks.

Gun owners demonstrated their Second Amendment rights at a coffee shop in Antioch Saturday.

“We’re just a bunch of citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights, which if you don’t use them, you’ll probably lose them,” Gus Konstantaras with East Bay Open Carry told ABC7.
 

Gun control group wants Starbucks to choose sides
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A national gun control organization wants Starbucks to take a stance on its gun policy."

"Paul Helmke, president of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, told KIRO Radio's Dave Ross on Wednesday there has been a recent surge in customers carrying unconcealed weapons into California stores."

"Helmke explained that people in large groups are banning together and carrying their guns unconcealed into businesses to flaunt their Second Amendment rights." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yeah! What do those fanatics think they are doing 'flaunting' their civil rights and obeying the law!
 

Safer Streets 2010: Starbucks with thanks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With so much news about Starbucks and how they are praised for supporting the rule of law and how this includes the second amendment in this case, one can see how the Brady Center furnished the positive public relations opportunity."

"Since we never let a good opportunity go to waste, try this: every single gun owner carrying or not carrying necessarily should walk into a Starbucks, order one of those delicious scones, order a cup of that good coffee, and shake the hand of the server helping them. ... Oh, and why not offer a warm thank you for supporting the Constitution of the United States and the Second Amendment. Just so they know how much they are appreciated and why. In a competitive business, Starbucks just got an edge." ...
 

Atlanta area Starbucks locations respect the right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the face of attacks and pressure by the influential gun control group, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly known as Hangun Control, Inc.), Starbucks is sticking to its guns and welcoming armed customers in its Atlanta stores."

"Following a Huffington Post article by two officers of The Brady Center, in which words like 'disturbing' and 'scary' were repeated, and decrying what the authors see as 'normalzing the carrying of guns in public places, openly and concealed,' Starbucks corporate headquarters released a comment clearly indicating that they were not going to bow to The Brady Center's intense pressure." ...
 

Portman tops Fisher in fundraising for U.S. Senate campaign
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Republican candidate Rob Portman outdid Democrat Lee Fisher, as well as all other candidates, in fundraising for his campaign for the U.S. Senate." ...

"... Ohioans For Concealed Carry PAC donated $1,000. Fisher ..."

"Portman has a history of support for gun rights and has been an A-rated candidate by the NRA. When he was a representative from Ohio, he voted to prohibit suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse and to decrease gun purchase waiting periods. Portman was a key speaker at last year's Party in the Park, the annual member's meeting of Ohioans For Concealed Carry."

"In contrast, Lee Fisher is an F-rated candidate by the NRA. He once served on the Board of Directors of Handgun Control Inc. ..." ...
 

CA: Sheriff candidates show their colors at debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Both challengers of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens attacked the incumbent at a candidates forum Tuesday night, but distinctions between all three were clear. ..."

"Former [OCS] Lt. Bill Hunt repeatedly emphasized the Second Amendment and his vow to make it easier to get concealed weapons permits ..." ...

"[Hutchens] also responded to Hunt's attack on her concealed weapons policy, noting that she approve 90 percent of the applications. She revised the county's concealed weapons policy after complaints that Carona had awarded the permits to cronies."

"Hunt responded that he would be more generous in handing out the permits."

"... 'The burden should be on (the sheriff) to show why you shouldn't have a concealed weapon.'" ...
 

OH: Mike DeWine to have pro-gun primary challenger (despite Ohio Republican Party's best efforts)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just two weeks to the day after Ohio GOP chair Kevin DeWine worked to orchestrate an unopposed primary for his anti-gun cousin Mike by enticing pro-gun candidate Dave Yost to drop out of the race for Attorney General, the Dayton Daily News is reporting that Hardin County attorney Steve Christopher has announced that he will challenge DeWine." ...

"Last week, Christopher contacted Buckeye Firearms Association about his potential candidacy, noting he is 'a life member (sustaining) of the NRA,' a member of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association (OGCA) and Pheasants Forever. He informed BFA that he is a strong supporter of concealed carry, and is himself an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL)-holder." ...
 

PA: Hatboro to vote on gun ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hatboro Mayor Norm Hawkes proposed a lost or stolen handgun ordinance to borough council Monday night that he said would help keep firearms out of the hands of criminals."

"If adopted, the ordinance would require citizens to report their lost or stolen handguns to the police up to 72 hours after discovery."

"Anyone who violates the ordinance would be subject to a fine of no more than $1,000, or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both, reads the draft ordinance."

"Council will vote at its meeting Feb. 22 if it will advertise the ordinance for a future vote."

"Officials will also vote whether to send a resolution to state legislators in support of a statewide adoption of the lost or stolen ordinance." ...
 

IL: Huge turnout reveals concealed carry is statewide issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois is one of only two states left that prohibit the carrying of firearms for personal protection, leaving citizens to follow advice posted on the [ISP] website encouraging the use of hair combs ... to ward off violent attacks."

"Pundits say the issue of carrying a firearm for self-defense is a geographical issue in Illinois, limited to the more rural downstate area. Some upstate legislators deny the need for a carry law and argue Illinois citizens north of Interstate 80 have no interest in the right to carry a firearm for self-defense."

"Without a doubt, they were proven wrong last week when a standing room only crowd of 500-plus citizens from all over McHenry County turned out in support of Right to Carry in Illinois." ...
 

NY: Legislation to prohibit carrying a gun while drunk
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Don't drink and drive may soon expand to 'don't drink and carry a weapon.'"

"City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Chair of the Public Safety Committee, joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg, State Senator Jeffery Klein and Assemblymemeber Jose Peralta last week to announce the introduction of legislation that would make it illegal to carry a gun while intoxicated in New York State."

"The measure uses the same legal standard as driving while intoxicated to prohibit carrying a gun while drunk." ...
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KABA Note: So does this apply to all people who carry a gun or does it exempt "Only Ones" and just target permit holders?
 

IN: Pro-gun legislation targets votes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Several firearms-related bills have gained traction in the General Assembly this year, largely due to a gun-friendly citizenry and an important election."

"One of the bills – House Bill 1065 – previously was blocked in the Democratic-controlled House, but this year it passed with 76 votes."

"'It's an election year and it’s an important one, so they may be looking for some things to hang on their mantel and get extra credit,' said Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis."

"The legislation would allow employees to have firearms in their locked vehicles at work. ..."

"The other – House Bill 1068 – shuts down public access to the database showing Hoosiers who have a license to carry a handgun ..." ...
 

UT: Utah lawmakers pass gun regulation exemption bill
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"Guns made and kept in Utah would be exempt from federal regulations under a measure passed by the Utah Legislature."

"Senate Bill 11 was passed Wednesday by the Utah House 56-17. It now goes to the governor."

"The proposal mirrors one Montana signed into law last year that's intended to trigger a federal court battle."

"The measures would allow guns made in the respective states to be exempt from federal gun registration rules like background checks."

"The goal is to circumvent federal authority over interstate commerce, the legal basis for most gun regulation in the U.S." ...
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Submitter's Note: WRONG and typical media bias, the goal is to assert rights the state ALREADY HAS!
 

WV: Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in House of Delegates, Must Be Stopped!
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Today, at the request of the Supreme Court of Appeals, several members of the House Judiciary Committee introduced House Bill 4422. HB 4422 radically changes the law governing when a person becomes prohibited from possessing firearms because of a domestic violence protective order."

"Under current state law ... which is identical to federal law ... a domestic violence protective order does not result in the respondent being prohibited from possessing firearms unless the order 'was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice and at which such person had an opportunity to participate.' HB 4422 eliminates the requirement of a hearing and the respondent's opportunity to participate ..." ...
 

IL: Illinois handgun dealer licensing bill is back from the dead . . . again. (HB180)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Now, no one get too alarmed, but it does seem that zombie gun control bills are beginning to rise from the dead in Springfield. The first lumbering corpse ... is House Bill 180, the 'Handgun Dealer Licensing Act.' This is the same bill gun owners have been stopping for years, over and over and over--but it always comes back. Normally, that process takes time, as a bill that went down to defeat in a floor vote the year before must be re-introduced and go through the committee process again before reaching the floor ... However, there was no floor vote on HB180 during the 2009 session, so it went back to the Rules Committee . . . which sent it back out to the floor late last week. ..." ...
 

CA: Garbage Truck Drivers Are Crimefighters Too
Submitted by: Larry

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"Trash and recycling truck drivers can add one extra responsibility to their list of job duties. Besides keeping the streets clean, police hope they may be able to help keep them safe too."

"Law enforcement agencies are joining forces with Waste Management to train trash-haulers on reporting suspicious activity and potential emergency situations." ...
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H/t to LRC Blog's Get a Load of This Garbage which points out that "Big Brother doesn’t care how low it stoops or, in this case, snoops".
 

PA: Daniel Rubin: Another TSA complaint close to home
Submitted by: Larry

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"Last month's column on the TSA worker who jokingly planted a bag of white powder on a passenger at Philadelphia International Airport generated a half-million page views and scores of tips of other alleged abuses by those who work to keep us safe."

"Until last week, none of those complaints involved Philadelphia."

"Then I heard about Nadine Pellegrino, who learned just how powerful the government's word can be."

"The businesswoman spent a night in the lockup at 55th and Pine after Transportation Security Administration agents said she assaulted them during a screening at the airport."

"Pellegrino's story differs dramatically from statements TSA agents gave to police and made in court. ..." ...
 

CO: Commerce City family outraged when cops shoot their dog
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Zoey was a mutt adopted from an animal shelter in 2003."

"She had never bitten anyone, her owners said, although she'd always bark at visitors who came to their 10-acre property in Commerce City."

"About 3 p.m., Wednesday, Zoey was shot dead by a Commerce City police officer." ...

"The couple's answering machine wasn't operating properly. ... Frank was trying to fix it."

"In doing so he accidentally hit a pre-programmed 911 button."

"When he did, the Commerce City Police called back to find out if everything was OK. He told them everything was fine."

"Commerce City police decided to send an officer to the residence to make sure - without telling the Agazios they would soon be there." ...
 

TN: Man with AK-47-style pistol in park sues ranger
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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for three hours while carrying an AK-47-style semiautomatic pistol at Radnor Lake State Park is suing the ranger who stopped him."

"Leonard Embody filed a lawsuit in federal court in Nashville on Monday. He claims Park Manager Steve Ward violated his civil rights by detaining him without probable cause and for longer than was necessary to determine he was not committing a crime."

"Embody has a handgun carry permit ... However, ... spokeswoman Tisha Calabrese-Benton has said Embody was detained because his weapon looked like a rifle and startled hikers had complained." ...
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Submitter's Note: And it took three hours to determine that it was not a rifle?!? Don't insult our intelligence Ms. Hyphenated.
 

WA: Seattle Bus Tunnel Guards Watch Brutal Beating (another video)
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Submitter's Notes: A girl in the Seattle bus tunnel pleads for help from 3 "security guards", they refuse and she is beaten to the ground, stomped and kicked in the head and face. Her bag is stolen by one of the black youths.

The city manager Kevin Desmond making $150K+ to moisten a chair, says nervously "weapons are things that policemen carry", 'we won't allow our guards to be armed'. When asked about mace or tasers, he repeatedly states that "we'll look into that, and review our policy." The quickest response by metro police is "40 minutes" and it "usually takes over an hour" for a response according to a former guard. A security company owner stated that even police are not bound under law to help you, "they could just stand there and watch too."
 

WA: Caught on Tape: Security Guards Stand By as Girl Brutally Attacked (video available)
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"KING-TV reports: The guards are not trained police officers or Metro Transit employees. They're contract workers from Olympic Security Services out of Tukwila. According to their contract, the guards are to 'observe and report' problems, not to get involved. Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond says that policy is now out of date."
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Submitter's note: Heaven FORBID we be man enough to think for ourselves and go against the precious "policy" to stop a felony assault going on just inches from our face.

KABA Note: No duty to protect . . .
 

CA: Second Amendment lawsuit takes aim at [San Diego] Sheriff Gore
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are many reasons applicants are denied the right to carry a hand gun, ... however in San Diego it appears if they just don't like you your conceal carry permit application it is stamped – DENIED." ...

"In paperwork obtained from Peruta, the San Diego Sheriff 's office had this to say. 'Despite the fact Peruta was told he did not meet the criteria for a CCW license Peruta insisted this office accept his application. Peruta was advised that no monies would be refunded once his application was accepted.'"

"Houston we have a problem, collecting 100 percent of the fees and not refunding money is against California Penal Code."

"This is where the San Diego Sheriff Department's claim begins to unravel. ..." ...
 

IL: We're the Only Ones with secret performance evaluations enough
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I don't usually do 'Only Ones' posts ... but this is something I stumbled on in my own Area of Operations. ..."

"As I was going through a block of bills for which I'm responsible, I stumbled on one that doesn't really have anything to do with gun rights, but caught my eye anyway: SB 3040"

"Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from disclosure information relating to performance evaluations of law enforcement officers covered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and sworn peace officers employed by the State. Effective immediately.
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"Can't have the uppity peasants getting too much information about their betters' paid enforcers now, can we?" ...
 

WA: Seattle mayor wants public suggestions in search for new top cop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn – he’s the new defendant in the Second Amendment Foundation/National Rifle Association lawsuit against the city’s illegal park gun ban which will be argued before Judge Catherine Shaffer this Friday at 2 p.m. in King County Superior Court – is asking for public input as he develops selection criteria for a new police chief." ...

"Now would be a proper time to ask how they might handle a powder keg issue that has exploded in East Palo Alto, CA involving a controversial Facebook entry by a police detective on that city’s department that suggests open carry activists might be forced to the ground and shot if they made a 'furtive gesture.' ..." ...
 

Canada: Gun owners -- Blatant invasion of privacy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last fall, then-federal public safety minister Peter Van Loan said it was 'offensive and inappropriate' that the RCMP had handed over the personal information of gun owners -- collected by the Canadian Firearms program -- to a polling agency."

"Van Loan said gun owners' privacy rights had been abused and, as a result, he filed what seemed to be a well-founded complaint to federal privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart."

"It turns out the RCMP gave a master CD containing the personal information of 37,495 licensees from the Canadian Firearms Database to the EKOS polling firm." ...
 

OH: Deer Hunting Regulations for 2010-11 Proposed to Ohio Wildlife Council
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hunters in seven northwest Ohio counties will be given a higher deer bag limit if the proposed regulation is accepted by the Ohio Wildlife Council in April, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife."

"A proposed change to the deer zones includes moving seven northwest Ohio counties from Deer Zone A to Zone B. ..."

"A proposal to eliminate the requirement that hunters must purchase a regular deer permit before purchasing antlerless deer permits was heard. The sale of reduced priced antlerless permits would cease after November 28, so hunters need to commit early to buying and using the extra reduced-cost permits to take full advantage of this opportunity." ...
 

SD: S.D. to weapons makers: We're open for business
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Spreading the word that South Dakota is home to a 'culture of hunting,' the state's delegation to January's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference made a splash with participants." ...

"'We don't just talk about the outdoor industry. We live it. We get it. South Dakota is absolutely not going to regulate the firearms industry out of business.'" ...

"The state already is home to a thriving ammunition manufacturing base in the Black Hills. Other, smaller, businesses that do custom firearms work are spread across the state."

"But the message South Dakota wants to give manufacturers: We're open for business - and we've got plenty of incentives for you to move here." ...
 

AZ: UA debates campus gun bill
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"Approximately 50 students and faculty members stood up to express their views regarding guns on campus at last night's public forum hosted by the Associated Students of the University of Arizona." ...

"ASUA senators and Executive Vice President Emily Fritze sat at a long, horizontal table looking out into the crowd of eager forum participants and speakers were each given three minutes."

"The first speaker, Pete Gamble, urged the need for guns on campus along with gun safety classes. ..."

"He told the crowd and senators that he was opposed to the resolution and the ban on guns on campus. Gamble is a retired U.S. Navy and currently an National Rifle Association safety instructor." ...
 

WI: Gun free school zone problem persists
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... "The only way for the average citizen to become immune from the State and / or Federal gun free school zone laws is to get a permit to carry but the carry law must include training and a background check verifying that the individual is qualified to receive the permit or license."

"So the obvious remaining question is what good will result should the Wisconsin Gun Free School Zone law be overturned in Federal court without also overturning the Federal Gun Free School Zone law? If the Federal law remains intact, armed citizens found in a school zone can still be arrested for breaking a Federal law. ..."
 

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