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Bellevue group calls for Senate investigation of ATF controversy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Alarmed at the growing controversy surrounding a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gunrunning sting operation, the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms urged its members Friday afternoon to call the U.S. Senate and demand a 'full and open inquiry' into the affair." ...
 

CCRKBA Calls for Senate Investigations of ATF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's been an exciting new development in the efforts of gun rights advocates to press for 'Project Gunwalker' investigations:"
"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is urging its members to contact the Senate and demand a full and open inquiry into a controversial gun trafficking sting operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that may be linked to the December slaying of a federal peace officer." ...
 

Phoenix television reporter conducts exclusive interview with Terry stepmother
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Referencing the letter from Sen. Charles Grassley to Attorney General Eric Holder obtained and posted in Wednesday’s Gun Rights Examiner column, the story presents a report by New 3 Tonight‘s Stacey Delikat (see sidebar video player), who obtained an exclusive telephone interview with Carolyn Terry, the slain agent’s stepmother." ...
 

Fresh Takes On Recently Discussed Issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We’ve been discussing the 'high capacity magazine controversy' here of late, and it’s good to see someone getting the message across in mainstream media. Here’s what novelist/critic Stephen Hunter, one of the best writers of our time in my opinion, had to say on the subject in the Washington Post:" ...
 

'Suspect Person': Another reason to fight mulitple rifle reporting requirement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The far more significant issue, though, is brought up by Gunleaders.com (a daily must-read, by the way):"
"ATF plans for rifle buyers if you buy more than one. You end up on a criminal investigation database, the impact of which is not publicly known. Once you land on the 'Suspect Person Database' how do you get off of it? This list can be shared with foreign governments among other 'special people'." ...

 

One Washington to the other: Crime stats tell the tale
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A spokeswoman for the Seattle Police Department said today that the city posted only 19 homicides in 2010, the lowest figure in recent memory, while Washington, D.C. – a city with a similar-sized population – logged 131 homicides, according to the Metropolitan Police Department’s website."

"This column checked that department's website after speaking with SPD spokeswoman Renee Witt."

"That is not bad news for the District, however, because for the second year in a row, the number of murders in the nation’s capitol declined ..." ...
 

Crimson Trace Lasers for Kimber Solo, Ruger LCP
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I called Kimber for a non-Ammoland jpeg of the new Kimber Solo Carry mit lasergrippen. Celia Crane told me that the Ammoland image is a mock-up; Crimson Trace is still about ten weeks away from producing the real deal. Meanwhile, some 500 Solos have shipped to dealers. The testing and evaluation guns, not so much. Anyway, Crimson Trace has the image. All the left-coast Crimson Tracers are in a meeting—trying to figure out how they can make a grip-based laser for people who 'high index' their trigger finger. Well, that’s what they should be doing. ..." ...
 

Gear Review: Eotech vs. Aimpoint vs. Primary Arms Red Dot Scopes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Throughout my dedicated but chronically under-funded shooting career, I’ve spent plenty of time peering through budget-priced optics. Some of them, like an $80 Romanian POSP (manufactured in ages past by the legendary IOR Valdada firm) were 'cheap' only in price; otherwise they were rock-solid, crystal-clear and battle-ready. Others, like a $30 Japanese-made Tasco from the early 1980s, were surprisingly well made for their price and provenance, and certainly fit to mount on a working man’s hunting rifle. Others—many others—were utter crap . . ." ...
 

Machine Pistols: A Pocketful of Rock & Roll
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are handguns. There are submachineguns. In between those two classifications: the machine pistol. In theory, it's a great concept: maximum firepower in minimum size. In practice . . ." ...
 

Who Is John Galt? (Atlas Shrugged trailer)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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And its release date is April 15 of all days!
 

Stoeger Coach Gun Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Zombie Snowmen (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The good folks at Stoeger have provided Mr. Hill with a Stoeger Coach Gun for testing and evaluation. And this is how he tested it. Roy promises to evaluate the gun on a more, uh, scientific basis for his forthcoming review ..."
 

Fed. Dist. Ct. enjoins South Dakota ban on concealed carry permits for legal resident aliens
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"... Not decided on Second Amendment or other RKBA grounds. Very straightforward application of existing doctrine on equal protection and legal aliens. In short, state (but not federal) discrimination against legal aliens is subject to strict scrutiny ..."
 

TX: Pistol-packing pastor stops church burglars (video)
Submitted by: Tom Price

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OH: Southern Ohio home invasion victim defends own life with firearm; Castle Doctrine offers further protections
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Another crime victim in Ohio has been protected from unwarranted legal expense and even prosecution thanks to Ohio's Castle Doctrine law."

"Pike Co. Sheriff Richard Henderson told the media that a property owner in Bainbridge interrupted a home invasion in progress this past Monday morning." ...
"'Two male subjects entered a home and held the homeowner at gunpoint when he came in,' Henderson said. 'They were stealing his stuff and once they left, as they were leaving the premisses[sic], the homeowner found a gun, and came out onto the front porch. One of the suspects pointed a gun back at him, and (the homeowner) proceeded to shoot at them. He ended up killing one of the suspects.'" ...
 

CA: Would-be robbers flee after market employee fires gun in air
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four men tried to rob a Sacramento market Friday evening, but ran away without taking anything when a store employee fired a gun into the air, police said."

"No one was hurt, police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said" ...
 

Concealed carry banned on college campuses: Increased safety or death sentence?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What was once the subject matter of fiction is now ingrained in the minds of many as concrete history. Campus shootings and violence have become a genuine concern in the lives of students, faculty and citizens across our nation today. Only several weeks into the new year, this nightmare has already become brutal reality for various Ohio college campuses." ...
 

Those with concealed weapons permits are the 'good guys."
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"The recent articles about 'Protect thyself, should you buy a gun' were great. I applaud the Herald and News for printing them. It's not often you see nonbiased, factual information about guns in the media."

"The police were right about not fearing legal gun owners with a concealed carry permit. They're the 'good guys.'" ...
 

Ronald Reagan: Armed Citizen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Editor's Note: As we mark the 100th birthday of President Ronald Wilson Reagan, we remember a story that always seems to escape the attention of the establishment media." ...

Melba King was a 22-year-old nursing student in Des Moines in 1933. She was walking home one autumn night when a mugger came up behind her with a gun and demanded her money.

"At that moment, Ronald Reagan -- who was a Des Moines radio sportscaster at the time -- came to her rescue. Reagan pointed a .45-caliber revolver at the robber from the window of his second-floor rented room."

"'And he said, 'Leave her alone or I'll shoot you right between the shoulders,' King told KCCI." ...
 

An ATF agent's indictment. "ATF DIDN'T make every effort to 'interdict' these guns or they WOULD HAVE been interdicted."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "We (the field) have formally, officially and sometimes unofficially attempted to encourage Director Melson, DD Hoover and their predecessors to restore the integrity of the agency. We have asked them to demand leadership from our executives, and to control and reign in Chief Counsels Office and corrupt and unethical practices. So here we are. Mr. Melson can no longer pretend to be in charge or have ANY say so in our Agency's future. Mr. Traver sits silent as if he has NO IDEA any of this is going on. So what happens? EXACTLY what is supposed to happen, Congressional oversight." ...
 

‘Project Gunwalker’ protest can help kill ATF’s long gun reporting proposal
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "It’s clear by now that informing the public on the implications of 'Project Gunwalker' is not (yet) a media priority. That’s why it’s up to those who have been following this story to continue calling attention to it, and here’s another way to do that..." ...
 

THE EDITOR'S COLUMN: Facts top feelings, change views on gun issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AFTER reading through reporter Taylor Dungjen’s front page story today on the relatively trouble-free growth of concealed carry of handguns in Ohio, I have to admit I was wrong."

"Back in 2004, when Ohio’s law allowing licensed concealed carry of handguns was adopted, I was among the opponents who thought it would make public shoot-outs common and fill the streets with blood." ...
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Submitter's Note: Holy Smokes! They're gonna throw you out of the Newspaper Editors' Guild if you start allowing facts to inform your opinions!
 

MN: GOP creating imaginary controversy to play hero
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The GOP gets what it wants using guns as political catnip. It gets predictable outrage plus media attention distraction. The GOP's 'best shot' brochure, in support of Republican House District 5B candidate Paul Jacobson, missed the proverbial broad side of the barn ('Gun ad for Republican candidate on Iron Range has DFLers up in arms,' Feb. 8)" ...
 

Rep. Denny Rehberg Sponsors Legislation to Allow Import of Legal M1 Semi-Automatic Rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, sponsored legislation to compel the State Department to allow the importation of 857,470 lawful M1 semi-automatic rifles into the United States. The rifles were relics from the Korean War, which are being sold by South Korea in an effort to raise money for its military. These rifles would be made available to the public as well as to museums and historical societies." ...
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Submitter's Note: These weapons are already explicitly lawful to import, so who's going to make them follow this law?
 

Gun Owners of America Activists Win Three Key Battles in Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"GOA recently warned you that anti-gun Democrats might attempt to attach gun control restrictions on the bill to reauthorize funding the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)."

"These proposals included a ban on high capacity magazines, restrictions that would end gun shows and, potentially, stripping millions of gun owners of their rights by placing them on 'watch lists' without any due process of law."

"At this point, it appears that your efforts to counter these disastrous proposals with GOA-backed initiatives have backed the gun grabbers into a corner, and we are optimistic that their plans are stymied for now." ...
 

New Congress takes first whack at D.C. gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The first concrete attempt to undo city gun laws has hit the congressional hopper: Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have introduced the 'Second Amendment Enforcement Act,' which is largely the same as a measure that failed to gain support in the previous, Democratic-controlled Congress." ...
 

Federal Agency Bans Lead Ammunition for Depredation Hunting of Birds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Citing the need to prevent lead toxicity hazards to wildlife, the Federal Government's primary wildlife management agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service (FWS) has banned the use of lead ammunition for hunting nuisance birds. The decision was published by FWS as a final rulemaking action in the Federal Register." ...
 

TX: You may soon find guns in school board meetings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Select people may soon have the right to carry concealed hand guns into school board meetings."

"Legislators are trying to pass a bill that would allow school board members and superintendents to carry a concealed hand gun just in case anyone's safety should ever become compromised." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Anyone's safety"? I guess only minions of the Leviathan count as people any more.
 

IL: Concealed carry permits up for vote in IL House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Soon Illinoisians may be able to carry a concealed gun. State Representative Pat Verschoore said passing a bill to allow concealed carry permits in Illinois may be a long shot. But he said it's your second amendment right to carry a gun."

"Verschoore said once Wisconsin's governor signs a similar bill, Illinois will become the last state without some form of a concealed carry law." ...
 

Stay Classy, TSA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... 'Female opt-out!' A female agent led me to a table where she set my bags and then skeptically asked if I knew what the pat down involved. Yes, indeedy ... 'Do you want to do this somewhere private?' No, thank you. The agent calmly explained what she was going to do before she performed each part of the procedure, and very briskly but thoroughly went through the pat-down. The whole thing was over in a matter of minutes and was a completely professional experience."

"Or it was, until a male TSA agent walked behind us and hollered: 'Hey, I thought she was mine! I was gonna do her!'"

"And that, buddy, is exactly why I'm opting out instead of standing in the see-through picture machine. Thanks for validating my choice."
 

Why No One Should Ever Trust the ATF: There Is No Iron River
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The ATF promoted and exploited the idea, lining up in front of Congress, begging bowl in hand, singing Take Me to the River. And they scored. Four new field offices! Dozens of new agents! After spending decades in stasis, watching the FBI double in size and whole new federal law enforcement agencies arise from the ashes of 911, Uncle Sam wrote a check to the ATF. The deeply unloved agency finally had its day in the sun."

"Only Project Gunrunner was built on a lie." ...
 

GA: Ex-APD officers indicted for lying to FBI
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... "Elton Augustin and Eric W. Jones were released on unsecured bonds following their first court appearance Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The two officers are accused of giving false statements last August concerning their employment at a unnamed night club located near Lincoln and Pryor streets downtown." ...
 

OR: Oregon State Police detective's gun disappears from restroom
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... "Later, after leaving the hospital, it dawned on the detective that she left her handgun -- a black Glock Model 22 semiautomatic, in a holster -- in the lavatory. State police, assisted by hospital security, looked for the weapon, interviewing staffers and visitors."

"But the sidearm had skedaddled." ...
 

NC: Former Durham deputy pleads guilty to embezzlement
Submitted by: jac

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"A former Durham County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling nearly $100,000 from the department's funds for undercover drug operations."

"Former Lt. Derek O'Mary pleaded guilty to 25 counts of embezzlement and will be sentenced later. Prosecutors dropped charges of obstructing justice and possessing cocaine." ...
 

WA: SPD Officer From Stomping Video Recorded Flipping Off Suspect
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"That same Seattle police officer who was videotaped in April as he kicked and said to a Latino detainee that he would 'beat the f***ing Mexican piss' out of him has been caught in another embarrassing situation."

"KIRO Team 7 Investigators recently acquired additional videotape of Seattle Police Department gang detective Shandy Cobane behaving badly." ...
 

OR: Redmond Shocker: Police Lieutenant Arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Since Dec. 30 Redmond Police Lt. Larry Wayne Prince, 48, has been on paid administrative leave. Now, after nearly a month-long criminal investigation, he's behind bars. Prince was arrested in Coos Bay for official misconduct, first degree theft and forgery." ...

"Locals wondered if a member of the police force could be accused of selling the station's guns, what else could be going on?" ...
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H/t to Kevin Starrett by way of David Codrea. Kevin notes: And yesterday we had “Ceasefire Oregon” testifying that license holders can’t be trusted.
 

NC: Raleigh police probe likely won't be criminal case
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"Speaking about a Raleigh Police Department internal investigation involving officers reportedly accused of having sex with a prostitute, Wake County’s chief prosecutor reiterated Thursday that he does not believe criminal charges are likely in the matter."

"'Based on what I saw of the evidence, I didn’t think this warranted criminal prosecution,' District Attorney Colon Willoughby said. ..." ...
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KABA Note: So soliciting a prostitute is no longer a crime in NC?
 

WY: Get a grip -- and who’s the idiot with the gun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I like guns! I like the way they look and the way they smell and the way they feel. As a result, I own far more firearms than I need ..." ...

"However, what I'm not comfortable with is people carrying concealed weapons when they're not thoroughly trained and properly permitted. Yet just today I received an e-mail from the National Rifle Association headed, 'Wyoming: NRA-Backed Legislation Proceeds After Senate Committee Approval.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Another "big but" supporter who believes that other people are irresponsible and need Big Brother to ensure they act properly. To answer the title question: He's "the idiot with the gun[s]".
 

CA: Does oversight result in prevention?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Since the Tucson shooting, the Community Voices page has been filled with letters concerning the 'lack of gun regulations.' Perhaps letter writers like Daniel and Mary Lynch, Jan. 23, would care to peruse: ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/Cfl2006.pdf[.pdf file]. It's 59 pages long." ...

 

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