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ATF denying public access by disqualifying gun trust rule change comments
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'At this time, two months after the scheduled December 9 closing of the comment period, 1074 of the comments received by ATF still have not been posted for public viewing,' Odom advised. 'It appears that ATF has no plans to post any of the remaining documents, more than 11% of the total submitted.'" ...
 

EXCLUSIVE: Ghost Guns
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "In the meantime, de Leόn’s 'ghost gun' terminology could become eerily appropriate, albeit not in reference to the plastic kind. If California 'gunbusters' get their way, they’ll kill the industry and nothing will remain but haunting memories of a betrayed and vanished spirit."
 

The financial downside to gun control bigotry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Nearly one week after the Washington Times published an open letter from the head of Beretta USA about why his company is departing Maryland, today’s Town Hall finance column explains just what that state stands to lose because of the anti-gun myopia of its lawmakers and governor."

"Hint: It’s big money and jobs, and according to Ugo Gussalli Beretta, CEO and president of Beretta Holding, S.p.A. – whose family name has been associated with firearms manufacturing for 500 years – all of that is going to much friendlier real estate in Tennessee." ...
 

Remington R51 Comparison
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"My review of the new Remington R51 was fairly comprehensive. So comprehensive that RF decided that the text and photos comparing the R51 to other, relatively small carry guns was TMI. In particular, I wanted to compare the size and characteristics of the R51 to two handguns: the iconic GLOCK 19 and my Commander size 1911. So, let’s do it . . ." ...
 

AK Or AR Pistol Not Loud Enough? Here’s The Solution
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Is your non-suppressed AR or AK just not loud enough for your tastes? Are you tired of your shooting sessions not attracting enough attention from angry neighbors and sullen LEOs? Ares Armor and Snake Hound Machining have the answer to this question. And if you couldn’t hear the question, it’s probably because you’re already deaf . . ."

"The descriptively-monikered ‘Loudener’ is a single-chamber muzzle brake that doesn’t really give a crap about recoil reduction. It’s designed for only one purpose: maximum muzzle blast. As a free side-benefit, it also maximizes muzzle flash from your SBR, AR or AK pistols." ...
 

Gun Review: Remington R51
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"To hear the dead-tree writers tell it, the Remington R51 is the greatest thing since Gaston Glock’s wundergun emigrated to the U.S. Over at American Rifleman, Mark Keefe extols the R51′s virtues without mentioning a single drawback. Guns & Ammo’s write-up is similarly glowing; the R51 got the author to 'see the light' about compact nines. The R51 sure looked nice from the spec sheet. But TTAG wasn’t on the guest list to Big Green’s all-expenses-paid junket in the desert to test Stage One guns ... The best we could do was a few minutes of fondling at Remington’s SHOT Show booth. And then, last week, the storied gunmaker shipped us a couple of R51′s. I soon discovered some serious issues. Let’s start with the good stuff . . ." ...
 

Pistols and Pacemakers — Why I Won’t Buy a New Gun in Its First Year
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"It takes time to get the bugs out of a new product. This is true in the world of guns, cars, computer software, and any complicated consumer or industrial product. Hop into the TARDIS with me and I’ll illustrate my point. In 1983, I bought a BMW 318i. It was a brand new model in its first production year (nominally 1984, but they released the cars early). Mine was number 54 in the production run and probably arrived on the first boat from Bremen, which should have been enough of a warning . . ." ...
 

ABA President Silkenat: America’s legal response to gun violence is unacceptable
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"In an emotional speech to the ABA House of Delegates on Monday, ABA President James R. Silkenat criticized Congress for failing to adopt gun legislation after the December 2012 shootings in Newtown, Conn. ..."

"Fighting back tears, Silkenat said he has a farm near Newtown, and he knows how the tragedy devastated families who lost loved ones. 'I’m still heartsick that Congress was unable to respond to the tragedy that took place in Newtown,' Silkenat said. 'Congress failed to prevent these tragedies of the future.'"

"Silkenat said many lawmakers appear to be more concerned about their approval rating from the gun lobby than the protection of their constituents." ...
 

IL State Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduces gun registration Intolerable Act
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "Already we encounter a serious logic problem. When talking about 'individuals who acquired the firearm through illicit means,' we are presumably referring to people who could not acquire firearms by licit means, by virtue of being a 'prohibited person' in the context of gun ownership ... Rep. Cassidy proposes to stop this, by requiring registration of firearms."

"Could it be that she is unaware that, as National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea observes, those prohibited from owning firearms--the very people Rep. Cassidy claims to be targeting with her registration bill--cannot be required to register firearms, because such a requirement would violate their right to refuse to incriminate themselves?" ...
 

Gabrielle Giffords Plans Book on Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is working on a book about gun control."

"The Arizona Democrat and her husband, the retired Navy captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, are collaborating on 'Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence.'"

"The book is based on an essay by Giffords that appeared in The New York Times last April, when she responded to the fatal shootings of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012. Giffords chastised senators who blocked gun legislation that included expanded background checks and a ban on assault weapons." ...
 

Mayors Leave Bloomberg's "Gun Confiscation" Organization in Droves
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Mayors once part of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns [MAIG] continue to leave the organization in droves, citing attacks on the Second Amendment and law abiding citizens as the reason for exiting."

"Mayor John Tkazyik of Poughkeepsie, New York is one of the group's most recent defectors. Writing in the Poughkeepsie Journal this week, Tkazyik explained in detail that Bloomberg's anti-gun organization isn't about enforcing gun laws, but instead about promoting gun confiscation." ...
 

Understanding firearms rights and responsibilities
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"With medical costs due to gun violence rising rapidly and the human cost running in the thousands of casualties each year, it is time to re-examine the rights and responsibilities regarding firearms."

"First of all, the Second Amendment actually became moot in the early 20th century when the state militias were abolished and replaced by the National Guard, and the people who had served in the militias no longer had a need to keep and bear arms for this purpose. It would seem that the critical issue is not to keep and bear arms but rather the right to own firearms, which actually has been an inherent right with Americans from our earliest days. ..." ...
 

The New AR-15 Design is Compliant with “SAFE Act” and Has Gun Control Activists in a Tizzy
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"Prototypes for the newly designed AR-15 are hitting gun shops across New York, as gun shops and machinists have designed a rifle that complies with the anti-gun law."

"At least one gun shop has received a letter from state police saying that the new AR-15 style rifles should be legal in the state as long as they don’t have some of the features that the law prohibits." ...

"Features like adjustable stocks, pistols grips, and flash suppressors has been deemed to be unlawful on these rifles, mainly because it makes them LOOK mean. ..."

"The new AR-15 design did away with the pistol grip which gives the gun an odd paintball gun look ... but at least New Yorkers now have a legal way to own an AR-15, a fact which is still driving some gun control activists mad." ...
 

My letter to the Russian Embassy regarding Mike Lawlor.
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "I am writing you to ask your guidance on what it takes to initiate an historical records search of the KGB archives relevant to those records which are certainly extant on Mr. Lawlor. I and other journalists will be filing Freedom of Information Act requests regarding Mr. Lawlor with both the FBI and the CIA, but we have no experience in seeking records now under the authority of your FSB. Please have one of your subordinates contact me if you can help assist me in any way." ...
 

CA: Calif. man kills suspect in home invasion robbery
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"Police say the San Francisco Bay Area homeowner who shot and killed a man during a home invasion robbery knew the suspect."

"The homeowner told officers who were called to his Hayward residence on Sunday evening that he shot at least two people."

"Hayward police Sgt. Eric Melendez says he also said he met the man he shot dead a long time ago." ...
 

OK: Man Shot by Homeowner after Allegedly Breaking into Home
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"At 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning Tulsa police officers responded to a shooting on the 2500 block of East First Street."

"Upon arriving, police made contact with the female homeowner and then found a 19-year-old male who had been shot in the backyard."

"The initial investigation shows that the 19-year-old male had entered the home through the window of the room of homeowner's 19-year-old daughter, according to TPD captain Steve Odom."

"The 19-year-old daughter then reportedly got involved in an altercation with the man and was punched in the face."

"The daughter then reportedly screamed for help, which the homeowner heard."

"The mother grabbed her revolver and allegedly shot the man." ...
 

TX: Houston, TX – Armed Store Clerk Shoots Armed Robber Multiple Times
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"According to media reports, a man tried to rob the 'Stop and Gone' convenience store in Houston, TX. However, the suspect quickly learned he was facing an armed citizen."

"The store’s clerk drew a firearm and opened fire, striking the suspect multiple times."

"The suspect was able to flee the store and a third party brought the suspect to an area hospital. It is currently unknown if this third party was an accomplice to the crime, has been identified or if they will face charges connected to the incident." ...
 

SC: 76 Year Old SC Resident Shoots and Kills Suspect Who Tried to Attack Him With a Stun Gun (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"According to media reports, a 76 year old resident of Lincolnville, SC was walking to his car when he was attacked by a suspect allegedly armed with a stun gun."

"When the suspect tried to attack the elderly resident, the resident drew a firearm and fired three shots at the suspect. It is unclear from reports if the resident was carrying the firearm or if he was able to retrieve it from his home or vehicle."

"The suspect was found collapsed near the resident’s carport by responding officers. He was declared dead at the scene. A stun gun was also found at the scene of the crime." ...
 

SC: Orangeburg County woman killed boyfriend in self-defense, sheriff says
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"An Orangeburg County woman who fatally shot her boyfriend Sunday was acting in self-defense and won't be charged, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Tuesday."

"'Based on the evidence at the scene, autopsy results, and witness statements, this victim feared for her life during the physical assault she endured early Sunday morning,' Ravenell said in a statement. 'This is an example of the domestic violence that is taking place in so many households in our county and we must work collectively to change this epidemic.'" ...
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Protecting the Citizen and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Have you heard or read about the terrible shooting that took place in Alabama earlier this month? Has this horrific incident been covered by every minor and major news station out there? Have you mourned alongside the rest of the nation at the senseless loss of life? No? Well, that’s because the shooting didn’t actually happen, at least not in the way that the shooter probably intended."

"When a deranged man entered a Dollar General, waving his gun in the air and promising to kill customers, his intentions were clear and numerous lives hung in grave danger. So why didn’t you hear about the incident? ... A customer in the store happened to be carrying a concealed firearm and ended the gunman’s life before he could end anyone else’s." ...
 

Nat'l Guard drill envisions pro-Second Amendment domestic terrorists
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A training drill conducted by the 52nd Civil Support Team of the Ohio National Guard positioned supporters of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms who expressed 'anti-government' opinions as domestic terrorists, Media Trackers reported Monday."

"The scenario of the drill conducted last year envisioned a plot from local school district employees to use biological weapons in order to advance their beliefs about 'protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights.'"

"At the time, Portsmouth Chief of Police Bill Raisin told NBC affiliate WSAZ-TV in Huntington, W.V., that the drill accurately represented 'the reality of the world we live in,' telling the station that such training 'helps us all be prepared.'" ...
 

National Guard Trained To Fight 2nd Amendment ‘Terrorists’
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Early last year, an Ohio television station filed a brief report covering a mock National Guard drill in the town of Portsmouth. For its context, the training exercise envisioned a terror attack staged by '[t]wo school employees who are disgruntled over the government’s interpretation of the Second Amendment.'"

"After repeated, unsuccessful requests to see the training documents, a media watchdog finally issued a report of its own on Monday, outlining the logic behind staging a terror drill involving people who aren’t actually mobilizing to terrorize anyone." ...
 

Second Amendment Supporters
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Ohio Army National Guard's 52nd Civil Support Unit and first responders in hazmat suits performed a mock training exercise in Portmouth, Ohio last Thursday."

"The mock disaster training exercise imagined weapons of mass destruction in the tiny town, a scenario that seems highly-unlikely to most people, but not to local law enforcement."

"'It's the reality of the world we live in,' Portsmouth Police Chief Bill Raisin told WSAZ. 'Don't forget there is such a thing as domestic terrorism. ...'"

"MediaTrackers.org has published internal documents of the Ohio Army National Guard's imaginary scenario, which portray the domestic terrorists as having 'anti-government' beliefs and 'protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights.'" ...
 

CT: Untold Thousands Flout Gun Registration Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Everyone knew there would be some gun owners flouting the law ... requiring residents to register all military-style rifles with state police by Dec. 31."

"But few thought the figures would be this bad."

"By the end of 2013, state police had received 47,916 applications ... An additional 2,100 that were incomplete could still come in.

"That 50,000 figure could be as little as 15 percent of the rifles classified as assault weapons owned by Connecticut residents, according to estimates by people in the industry ... No one has anything close to definitive figures, but the most conservative estimates place the number of unregistered assault weapons well above 50,000, and perhaps as high as 350,000." ...
 

Obama’s surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy is a radical gun grabber
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"President Obama is using every executive power in his arsenal to infringe on Second Amendment rights."

"His latest maneuver is to nominate a rabidly anti-gun doctor to be the next U.S. surgeon general. Dr. Vivek Murthy is facing Senate approval in upcoming weeks."

"Dr. Murthy is the 36-year-old president and co-founder of Doctors for America, a group that advocates for Obamacare and gun control laws."

"The group calls gun violence 'a public health crisis.' It pushes for Congress to ban 'assault weapons' and 'high-capacity' magazines and calls for spending tax dollars for more gun-control research." ...
 

Murray’s fifth term desire bad news to gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Yesterday’s Seattle Times report that U.S. Senator Patty Murray, an 'F'-rated anti-gun Democrat, will seek a fifth term in 2016 is being met with groans, and not just from gun owners, but from many of her constituents on other issues, as Times reader reaction suggests."

"Murray, who was first elected in 1992 as the 'mom in tennis shoes,' should be asked repeatedly when she has ever fought for the interests of more than a million Evergreen State gun owners. The 63-year-old Murray got her 'F' rating from the National Rifle Association the proverbial 'old fashioned way,' gun rights activists will say. She earned it." ...
 

Udall voted to let U.N. take our guns
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"Gun owners please take note: Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Mark Udall voted to let the United Nations take our guns. A total of 46 senators voted to give your Second Amendment Constitutional rights to the U.N. Fortunately, 53 senators voted no."

"In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations arms trade treaty. The statement of purpose from the bill reads: 'To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.'" ...
 

TX: Is she shooting straight with us?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Wendy Davis is the queen of the left-wing in Texas."

"... She ... has run into some political trouble as of late. This time from something she said last week."

"Now, Ms. Davis was once on the Fort-Worth City Council and she made it no secret she tried to get gun shows out of the city. She also said she wanted to do away with the dreaded gun show 'loophole' so many on the left fain about. She came right out and said if she was elected governor, she'd pass any gun-tightening legislation that crossed her desk into law."

"Well, last week, she said something that has lead her loved ones to scratch their heads and wonder where in the world this came from."

"She said she's supports the open-open carry gun law in Texas." ...
 

MO: Senator: Right to bear arms unalienable
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Just like the U.S. Constitution, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer told the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Monday night, the state Constitution protects Missourians’ right to bear arms."

"But that right needs to be strengthened, he said."

"So the Columbia Republican wants lawmakers to put a proposed constitutional amendment onto the Nov. 4 ballot, so voters can have their say, too." ...
 

FL: Florida Aims To Protect Kids Who Play With Imaginary Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Jordan Bennett was suspended from his central Florida public school last year for playing cops and robbers."

"The 8-year-old’s crime? Using his thumb and forefinger to mimic a gun."

"Kids in other states have faced similar, if not harsher, punishments for brandishing fake or imaginary firearms in their schools."

"In the last 12 months, a seventh-grader in Rhode Island was suspended over a miniature toy gun keychain knickknack. A 7-year-old boy in Maryland was suspended for chewing a 'Pop-Tart-like pastry' into a shape resembling a handgun ..." ...

"But a new proposed committee bill in the Florida Legislature would put an end to treating young students like violent offenders. ..." ...
 

NH: Gun Control: The truth Democrats won’t tell Granite Staters about HB 1589 (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The New Hampshire House could be voting on HB 1589 this Wednesday. This is a gun control bill that was written by out-of-state gun control groups as admitted by Democrat Representative Butler in sub-committee (see the video by Ken Park Jr.). There are no gun crime issues in the Granite State. As a matter of fact, New Hampshire has some of the lowest gun crime in the country – far lower than neighboring Massachusetts which has draconian gun laws in place. Democrats are pushing this unnecessary gun control bill based on outrageous lies. The following shreds some of their most egregious claims with the facts. All HB 1589 will do is turn law-abiding citizens into felons and could lead to a gun registry as many opponents fear. ..." ...
 

RI: The Real "Gun" Candidate
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Guns have become a political weapon in the 2014 Campaign. The Democrats are trying to prove who is the most in favor of gun control and meanwhile the Republicans need to court the 'gun vote.'"

"Over 20,000 Rhode Islanders are registered members of local sportsmen clubs. In the past sportsmen clubs have been popular political hangouts for Republicans and sportsmen have been integral volunteers for Republican campaigns. But this time around it is unclear where the sportsmen vote will go."

"The mainstream Democrats ... have all made it clear they support some form of gun control. So it is unlikely any of them will court the sportsmen votes. Then there are the Republicans, Ken Block and Allan Fung." ...
 

AZ: AZ Senate Panel Approves Bill To Nullify Federal Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"On February 10, SB 1294--the Second Amendment Preservation Act--cleared its first hurdle by passing in the Judiciary Committee on a vote of 6 to 3." ...
 

NV: Firearms PAC targets Nevada senate race
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A gun rights advocacy group announced Monday the formation of a political action committee that hopes to unseat a state senator who failed in his push to require background checks for gun purchases."

"Sen. Justin Jones, D-Las Vegas, was the primary sponsor of SB221 that was passed by the 2013 Legislature and vetoed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval."

"The bill came about in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook ... It would have required all purchasers of firearms to undergo a background check. It also would have required courts to more quickly report people found mentally incompetent and imposed new requirements on health care professionals to report people believed to be dangerous to themselves or others." ...
 

AZ: GOP to cities: Uphold 2nd Amendment — or else
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"State lawmakers sent a warning Monday to local officials: Do anything to help the federal government enforce its guns laws in violation of the Second Amendment and find yourself out on the street."

"The legislation approved on a 6-3 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules and regulations that violate the 'true meaning and intent' of the Second Amendment 'are invalid and void in this state.' ..."

"But the measure also says any agent or employee of the state or local government who knowingly violates the law 'is deemed to have resigned any commission' the person possesses and is 'forever after ineligible to hold any office of trust, honor or emolument under the laws of this state.'" ...
 

NH: Bloomberg Moving New Hampshire Closer To Gun Owner Registration
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"Tuesday Feb 4th 2014, Freedom and liberty took a step back when the New Hamsphire House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee voted 10-8 on a straight party line vote 'Ought to Pass' (OTP) on HB 1589. 'Sell a gun to a friend go to jail.'"

"Now, some will say the bill was amended and it is no longer anti-gun. Well that is simply not true."

"HB 1589 (as amended) still creates a new crime if you sell a firearm privately. The first time it is a Class B Misdemeanor which carries a fine up to $1200 but the second and all subsequent offenses are Class A Misdemeanors that can put you in jail for a year. ..." ...
 

AZ: Arizona senate panel approves bill to virtually nullify all federal gun laws
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"Today, an Arizona state senate committee approved a bill that would virtually nullify all federal gun acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations. The vote was 6-3."

"Along with twelve sponsors and co-sponsors, Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. SB1294 prohibits the state from enforcing 'any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.'"

"'We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,' Ward said. 'We’re going to pass this bill and stop the state of Arizona from helping the feds violate your rights.'" ...
 

TX: Candidate comments critical in govenror's [sic] race
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"The leading candidates for Texas governor are learning that sticks and stone may break bones, but words last forever."

"Democrat Wendy Davis shocked many in her party last week by coming out in support of allowing those with concealed handgun licenses to carry their pistols openly in public. ..." ...

"In Davis’ case, she was trying to pre-empt growing criticism that she doesn’t support the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. Conservatives have been making a big deal about her vote to require background checks at gun shows in Fort Worth, where she served on the City Council, and nothing turns out conservative voters quite like a politician imposing restrictions on guns." ...
 

TX: Wendy Davis Wants ‘Cities, Schools, Hospitals’ Etc to Decide on Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The education of Wendy Davis continues. During her time on the Fort Worth city council, Wendy Davis tried to kick gun shows off municipal property. Now that she is running on the Democrat ticket for governor of conservative Texas, Davis has come out claiming to support open carry for gun owners. That puts her farther than where state law currently is, and farther than many in her own party want to go, but it puts her where most Republicans are — if anyone believes Davis’ current positioning."

"It’s not very believable, and now there’s evidence that she hasn’t really thought her newfound position on gun rights through. Davis said today that she believes cities and even smaller entities should have a say on the Second Amendment." ...
 

AZ: State lawmakers warn local officials on federal gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"State lawmakers sent a warning Monday to local officials: Do anything to help the federal government enforce its guns laws and find yourself out on the street."

"The legislation approved on a 6-3 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules and regulations that violate the 'true meaning and intent' of the Second Amendment 'are invalid and void in this state.' SB1294 also forbids the use of state personnel or resources to enforce those rules." ...
 

KS: Correcting course in Kansas
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "Despite the years of comparative balance in the Kansas Legislature, as the power and financial resources of 'nonprofit' lobbying organizations such as the NRA and the powerful petroleum industry has grown, so have the campaign chests of issue-friendly candidates. ..."

"This influence has sometimes led to legislation that flies in the face of what seems beneficial to Kansas. Ignoring the wishes of the less extreme supporters of the Second Amendment, even the most reasonable of limitations on firearms have been cast aside, resulting in either oppressive costs to install metal detectors in ... public buildings unwilling to acquiesce to the law or acceptance of an unfettered policy of an open-/concealed-carrying public. ..." ...
 

FL: Cape gun-rights fight now focused on Tallahassee (video available)
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"Gun-rights supporters in Southwest Florida's largest city are retooling their strategy after a stinging defeat."

"Last week, Cape Coral council members shot down a resolution in support of the second amendment right to bear arms... for a second time."

"Members of the Southwest Florida Citizens' Alliance are fired up and have spent the week planning their next move."

"One of the group's most active residents, Matt Worley, put out a call on his internet radio show -- Paul Revere Radio. The group now turning its sights on Tallahassee." ...
 

FL: Florida Bill Would Penalize Insurance Companies Charging Gun Owners Higher Rates
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"A bill introduced into the Florida House of Representatives aims to penalize property and auto insurance companies who refuse coverage or charge higher rates because an individual legally owns a gun."

"Sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, the measure would allow individuals to directly sue insurance companies for discrimination."

"The law makes it illegal to 'charge an unfairly discriminatory rate in this state based on the lawful use, possession, or ownership of a firearm by the insurance applicant, insured, or a household member of the applicant or insured.'" ...
 

Supreme Court Asked to Clarify What it Means to ‘Bear’ Arms
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"You might think the question would be settled by now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to opine on whether the Second Amendment right to 'bear' arms for self-defense extends outside the home."

"We may soon get an answer. Lyle Denniston, writing for the Constitution Daily, reports about two gun rights cases that may get a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Both cases, dealing with restrictions on the ability of minors to possess weapons in public, hinge on the difference between the right to 'keep' a gun and a right 'bear' one. ..." ...
 

Handgun manufacturers are suing the state of California over microstamping laws.
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"Californians are starting to feel the squeeze the microstamping bill that recently went into effect. For those of you not familiar, CA has an approved handgun list. This list limits which pistols can legally be purchased in the state of California, and as to be expected, this list is all about 'perceived safety.' The state charges gun manufacturers a ton of money to get on this list and then makes them submit the weapons for a drop test (btw, the weapons don't get returned)."

"Ultimately the point of this list is to slow the flow of handguns in to this state. ... CA's handgun roster list has now incorporated a new clause which requires that any pistol added to the list must be equipped with microstamping capabilities." ...
 

CA: California DOJ Drops 28 Handguns from Roster after Firearm Manufacturers Back Gun Lawsuit
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"Law-abiding Californians are facing an increasing infringement on their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, say gun rights organizations Second Amendment Foundation and The Calguns Foundation."

"28 handgun models in common use were removed from the handgun roster by the California [DoJ] since January 28, 2014 ..."

"However, California gun owners have reason to be optimistic, say the groups. In a major development, firearm manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., have joined handgun maker Glock, Inc., in support of a federal Second Amendment civil rights lawsuit ..."

"'SAF will be eternally grateful for the timely support from all three companies, which we believe strongly reinforces our case,' said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb." ...
 

New York State Homeland Security Commissioner: “I Have Verbal Authorization to Carry on State Property”
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"You may recall our recent Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day post on New York State Homeland Security Commissioner Jerome Hauer. A reporter reported that Mr. Hauer drew his GLOCK and used its laser to enhance a Powerpoint presentation at a 'highly secure state emergency operations center below State Police headquarters.' The kicker: the Commish’s laser lasered several members of a Swedish delegation. ... 'Spokesmen for Hauer and the governor’s office had declined to answer questions about the incident for weeks before the story was finally published,' capitalnewyork.com reports. 'In an interview with Capital this weekend on a separate topic, Hauer [finally] denied the report.' Ready? So . . ." ...
 

MS: Former Gautier police officer pleads guilty to sex crimes, sentencing March 27
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"Former Gautier police officer Robert Brian Hill has pleaded guilty today to three counts of sexual battery and one count of touching a child for lustful purposes."

"The 20-year veteran law enforcement officer entered the plea Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court." ...
 

CA: Oakland Police Officer Arrested At SF Restaurant For Pointing Gun At Patron
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"A rookie Oakland police officer was arrested last weekend for allegedly brandishing a gun in a San Francisco restaurant to impress a woman, San Francisco police said today." ...

"Oakland police Officer Kevin Kelly, 24, had been talking to another patron having breakfast at a restaurant there and told her he was a police officer, but she didn’t believe him, Esparza said."

"To prove it, Kelly, who had been drinking, allegedly pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the woman and at the restaurant’s ceiling, Esparza said." ...
 

CA: California Handgun Roster Decimates the Availability of New Handguns for Lawful Gun Buyers
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"California has a state law and regulatory scheme that arbitrarily bans handguns based on a roster of 'certified' handguns approved by the State."

"California uses this list despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that protects handguns that ordinary people traditionally use for self-defense, and a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments."

"Whilst still ignoring the legal precedent the California scheme will eventually ban the purchase of almost all new handguns by drying up the list of available new handguns that past the list standards and as manufactures decide not to build guns that comply with CA’s law." ...
 

GA: Police sergeant arrested
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"A Savannah-Chatham police sergeant indicted in January for making false statements and violating his oath as an officer was arrested and charged with nine felony counts on Sunday afternoon."

"Sgt. Malik Abdul Khaalis was charged with two counts of violation of oath by public officer and seven counts of false statements and writings. The charges stem from a 2010 investigation of police corruption." ...
 

TX: Beaumont, TX police cite man dressed as banana carrying AK-47
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"Beaumont police were called to Eastex Freeway ... Saturday morning by people complaining about a man dressed as a banana holding an AK-47."

"Derek Poe, owner of Golden Triangle Tactical, told 12News Saturday that it was part of the store's grand opening after moving locations from Parkdale Mall."

"Poe said the man in the banana suit was holding an AK-47 across his back with the barrel pointing down and holding a sign with an arrow pointing toward the store. He said this idea was to attract customers to the store."

"A Beaumont police spokesperson said officers temporarily detained the 18-year-old ... The spokesperson said the teen was cited for violating a city ordinance that prohibits soliciting in and alongside roadways." ...
 

Possible to ban guns by repealing Second Amendment? Ask USA TODAY (video story)
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"A reader wants to know what it would take to repeal the Second Amendment and whether doing that would be an avenue for banning guns. Editorial writer George Hager answers this reader question. ..."
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Submitter's Note: Unfortunately USA TODAY neglects to address the fact that the Bill of Rights does not create new rights but instead protects existing ones. Thus even if the First Amendment were repealed individuals would still have the right to speak freely and worship as they chose.
 

WI: I was kicked out of Pick 'N Save for legally carrying a firearm
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"I am an American citizen, a college graduate, an Iraq War veteran, a brother, a friend, a role model ... For each of these people that I am, there is always one constant: I carry a firearm, concealed or open, legally, for the protection of myself, my family and my friends."

"I do not carry it to be tough or to start a fight; I carry it because it is my right and to protect the ones I love. Yet even with the welfare of others in mind, I am scrutinized and mocked for exercising my Second Amendment right."

"I have become the target of unnecessary heckling and badgering; I know of others who have had similar experiences. My experience in late January at the Pick ’N Save grocery store in Weston is only the most recent example." ...
 

TX: Regardless of whether the idea comes from Wendy Davis or Greg Abbott, an open carry handgun law in Texas is a bad idea.
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"Wendy Davis’ support for expanding firearms laws in Texas to allow the open carrying of handguns bothers me, but not for the political reasons my colleague Mike Hashimoto makes in this column."

"I don’t think it reflects her not knowing her market. And, yes, I find her statement to be pandering. But this is Texas and affirming gun rights in some form is a political rite of passage. She’s not the first nor will she be the last politico to adopt a position to protect a potentially vulnerable flank. And who knows, she may actual hold this position for reasons other than the politics of it."

"My concern is that allowing the open display of handguns is simply too provocative. ..." ...
 

WY: 4-H Shooters receive NRA grant
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"The National Rifle Association recently awarded the Natrona County 4-H Shooting Sports program more than $20,800 to support the club’s shooting activities. Debora Donnelly, mother of two members of the Natrona Country Shooters Club, said the leader of the shooting sports group, Jennifer Leinonen, spoke to the regional representative for the NRA in Wyoming last fall."

"'He told her about grants that they do for 4-H clubs, kids groups, and even towns that want to put together a shooting program for kids. He told her that we should apply for [a grant] because [what our club is doing] is exactly what they like to do — teach kids about gun safety, about our second amendment rights and stuff like that,' she said." ...
 

FL: Who should the tea party aim for next?
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"Regarding Bill Press' Feb. 10 column, 'Tea party's constant hate aimed directly at Obama:'"

"It seems to me that the tea party, which is actually hundreds of independently organized patriotic action groups who aim their Second Amendment muskets directly at Obama, makes perfect sense."

"That they constantly state the truth in civil terminology — without violence — has apparently escaped the notice of Mr. Press, the wrong-all-the-time radio host of 'Full Court Press.'" ...
 

OK: Pro-Firearms Group Rallies At Oklahoma Capitol
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"A pro-firearms group is rallying at the state Capitol and calling for expanded gun rights in Oklahoma."

"A few dozen activists met in the Capitol rotunda on Monday for a rally hosted by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association." ...
 

NY: Gun-control activist own efforts land him a felony charge for carrying gun to school
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"A New York gun-control activist who helped push the state’s new restrictions on the Second Amendment last year caused a major scare last week when he was arrested carrying a gun on school grounds."

"And thanks to his own efforts, he’s now facing a felony charge."

"According to WIVB-4, Dwayne Ferguson, 52, was arrested Thursday when an army of law enforcement officers – including a SWAT team, police dogs and a sheriff’s helicopter – descended on Harvey Austin Elementary School in Buffalo after receiving an anonymous call that there was an armed man on campus." ...
 

CT: Subtle assault rifle changes still deadly
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... "But as weapons manufacturers try to adapt to a regulatory landscape and political climate reshaped by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, some are turning to a most unusual guide to bring their latest prototypes to market in the state with the toughest gun law in the nation -- the Connecticut State Police."

"When Stag Arms of New Britain wanted to produce a scaled-down version of a popular AR-15 rifle that was banned last April by Connecticut ... it ran the specifications by law enforcement."

"'Right off the bat, they were helpful,' said Mark Malkowski, the company's president and owner. '... After that, they said it really wasn't their responsibility to determine what was legal or not.'" ...
 

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