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WA: Judge in Seattle case: 'Plaintiffs have right to carry under federal, state constitutions'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A King County, WA superior court judge threw some haymakers into a ruling that strikes down the City of Seattle’s illegal ban on guns in city parks, granting not only a summary judgment request from the plaintiffs, but also issuing a permanent injunction against the city ..." ...

"Judge Catherine Shaffer did not mince words in her order, part of which was handwritten and issued from the bench ..."

"'The court finds that the plaintiffs have a clear legal or equitable right to carry firearms under the federal and state constitutions,' she ruled."

"The judge also noted that the 'court finds that there is no genuine issue of material fact on which reasonable minds could differ.'" ...
 

SAF, NRA Victory: Court Strikes Down Seattle Park Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A King County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association, striking down a ban on guns in city parks because it violates Washington State's long-standing preemption statute."

"Judge Catherine Shaffer ruled from the bench that the gun ban, adopted under former Mayor Greg Nickels, violates Washington's law, which placed sole authority for regulating firearms in the hands of the State Legislature. That law was adopted in 1983 and amended in 1985, and has served as a model for similar laws across the country." ...
 

Rights versus regulation - part one
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"This article is the first in a series that will look into the relationship between our right to keep and bear arms and the legislatures' ability to regulate this right."

"What does the Right to Keep and Bear Arms amendment in Wisconsin Constitution serve to accomplish?"
"The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose. Art. I, § 25 (enacted 1998)"
"Some argue that this Amendment protects an absolute, unrestricted God given right to keep (own) and bear (carry) arms (guns). They say that to regulate this right in any manner, would unjustly infringe upon the rights that are being protected by the Constitution. ..." ...
 

NRA-ILA ALERT: Second Amendment March On Washington Scheduled
Submitted by: Michael Brennan

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

There will be a Second Amendment March in Washington, D.C., on April 19, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees will gather on the northeast corner of the Washington Monument grounds at 10:00 a.m., and the entire event will take place there (due to logistics, the event will be more of a "rally" than an actual march).

The event is sponsored and coordinated by the organization "Second Amendment March," whose stated mission is, "to galvanize the courage and resolve of Americans; to petition our elected officials against establishing anti-gun legislation; and to remind America that the Second Amendment is necessary to maintain our right to self defense."
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Submitter's Note: NRA alerts its members about the Second Amendment March April 19, 2010
 

America's militiamen resurgent since Obama election
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The men file silently down the narrow snow-covered path, each in winter camouflage, eyes forward and rifle ready."

"This is not a unit of the US armed forces or the National Guard, the dozen or so men are members of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia (SMVM), regular citizens banded together, they say, to defend their country, neighbourhoods and, above all, the US constitution."

"Since the election of Barack Obama as the country’s first African-American president, membership in the militia has doubled.[sic]" ...
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Submitter's Note: The militia as defined by the 1956 Militia Act comprises all male citizens between 18 and 45. Perhaps the author meant volunteer militias?
 

The Most Liberating Word
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "We are routinely told that the government ruling us rests on the 'consent' of the governed. 'Submission' is a more appropriate term.

"Think of it for a second: How often does the State recognize our right to withhold consent? Are those in the State's employ generally willing to accept 'no' as a final answer, or do they generally treat it as an act of criminal rebellion?"

"In myriad ways, from the smallest imposition to the most grotesque mass murder, agents of the State treat non-compliance as justification for the use of potentially lethal force. ..." ...
 

Are gun prohibitionists singing a new tune?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Remember when licensed concealed carry (don't get me started, for now, on the offensiveness of licensing the fundamental human right to bear arms) laws first started speading from one state to another? Remember the sky-is-falling fear mongering about the 'wild west,' and 'blood in the streets'--shootouts over parking spaces, etc.?"

"With only two states completely outlawing concealed carry for private citizens (and one of those 'allowing' open carry), the dire warnings have proven utterly false, as one law enforcement or justice system official after another has been forced to admit." ...
 

Anti-Starbucks campaign affirms fear, loathing and bigotry of anti-gun lobby
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The on-going campaign against Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee for not banning armed citizens from their stores has won the cash-strapped and attention-starved Brady Campaign a brief return to the spotlight, but it has also afforded the public one more chance to understand why this gun prohibitionist group, and its allies, are losing credibility and relevance."

"The Starbucks story is certainly getting attention, but perhaps not the kind that the Brady Bunch had hoped for when it launched this new campaign. Refreshingly, newspapers and television reporters are providing plenty of balance, at least in the Puget Sound region, perhaps because of an active open carry movement ..." ...
 

A liberal goes shooting
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"There is a fascinating adventure recounted by a self-confessed gun-control liberal on the Huffington Post: He went shooting! Beau Willmon says he is against guns, yet found that he jumped at a chance to go shooting at the LA Gun Club with some friends who were going. He suspects his desire to go along grew out of his darker side, fed by violent video games. They rented an array of guns from pistols to rifles to shotguns and traded around so everyone had a chance to shoot each one. He admits to several things in the article that are revealing peeks into the liberal mind." ...
 

Anti-gun lunacy continues
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"We ought to be used to the stories by now — 'Student suspended for toy gun'; 'Boy Scout tool nets student suspension'; 'Tweety Bird key chain cause for expulsion.' Still, when we read of a fourth grade student being hauled into a school prinicipal's office because his LEGO policeman figure is carrying a two-inch long plastic rifle, it is hard to resist the urge to pull at one's hair in reaction to the sheer idiocacy of the adults who do such things. This latest example of a grown-up appearing to be a simpleton in front of a child, took place at Public School 52 in Staten Island, NY." ...
 

Pro-gun Facebook fan page sabotaged by anti-gun Brady Center?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On December 4, 2009, Buckeye Firearms Association launched a Facebook fan page. Within two months, we grew to over 4,400 fans who were hungry for pro-gun news and information."

"On February 8, 2010, our Facebook fan page vanished. No warning. No reason given."

"How could this happen? We have only one clue: The day before, our Facebook fan page administrator had the audacity to post a pro-gun message on the Brady Center's anti-gun fan page."

"Did the Brady Center sabotage our page? We have no proof, but you can be the judge." ...
 

Baugh: A Nation Without A Country, Part II - The Second Shot
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"In the previous article, we laid the foundation for discussing secession in the real world. As you may have noticed in your daily travels, the real world is populated by leeches who enjoy things just the way they are. As much as we would like to imagine our fellow man rising up to join our ranks to ensure liberty for ourselves and posterity, recent history shows us that this just isn’t so ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Part II of Tom Baugh's challenging assessment of what freedom-minded folks face and what that might mean....
 

Appleseed Project gaining momentum training new generation of riflemen
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"The Appleseed Project is garnering more and more interest and growing rapidly."

"For those not familiar with it, Appleseed is a grassroots movement to bringing back the fading art of the rifleman, which they define as 'a marksman capable of hitting a man-sized target from 500 yards away' with nothing but a rack grade rifle and sling. ..." ...
 

GA: 3 Shot During Robbery At Vacant Fulton Home
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Police said two electricians were lured to a vacant house in south Fulton County and shot Thursday afternoon." ...

"... a man called two electricians from two different companies to the home. When the first electrician arrived, the suspects robbed him, then shot him in the leg."

"Police say a short time later, the second electrician arrived."

"'The second electrician to arrive on the scene did not know the first electrician was in trouble,' said Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester."

"The suspects then shot the second electrician in the leg. That's when the electrician pulled out a gun and shot the suspect in the head, according to investigators. The alleged robber was taken to the hospital in critical condition."
 

McGlowan damage control on guns does more damage
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Tea Party champion Angela McGlowan's nascent political campaign is struggling to overcome a self-inflicted and gaping wound. The Mississippi congressional hopeful has sent out an email in an attempt to explain statements she made last August to radio host Paul Gallo."

"What did she say?"

"Listen for yourself." ...
 

NC: Congressional hopeful hosts 'machine gun social'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sweet tea, eastern North Carolina barbecue and submachine guns."

"For a congressional candidate, Tim D'Annunzio knows how to get to the heart of the Tea Party Nation in this part of the country."

"D'Annunzio, a staunch believer in the rights of law-abiding citizens to maintain and bear arms, staged a 'machine gun social' Thursday night at Jim's Gun Jobbery and Indoor Range in Fayetteville."

"The 52-year-old D'Annunzio, of Hoke County, is one of at least five Republicans seeking the nomination for the 8th Congressional District seat held by Democrat Larry Kissell of Montgomery County."

"By adding $25 to D'Annunzio's campaign kitty, supporters got the opportunity to fire an Uzi or an MP-5 submachine gun." ...
 

MD: Gun owners in the cross hairs
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The gun grabbers are at it again in Maryland. Next month, the state's House Judiciary Committee will initiate hearings on legislation forcing firearms enthusiasts to register with the state government before they can exercise their Second Amendment rights."

"The plan, drafted by Delegate Samuel I. Rosenberg, Baltimore Democrat, and Sen. Brian E. Frosh, Montgomery County Democrat, would mandate that citizens carry a special license while conducting any number of routine transactions involving a gun." ...
 

OK: Local Rep. Osborn believes bill would protect gun owners' rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"To protect citizens' Second Amendment rights, state Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle, has filed legislation to protect Oklahomans from having any mandatory gun confiscations or additional registrations."

"'The bill came out of committee and was approved yesterday,' Osborn said. 'It will go to the house floor next week and then on to the senate. I feel pretty confident it will pass, because in Oklahoma there is a strong belief in the Second Amendment and in our right to bear arms. I don't see any big roadblocks.'"

"House Bill 3157, by Osborn, says Oklahoma citizens are not required to participate in any international, state or federal firearms registration program and cannot have any lawfully owned firearm confiscated." ...
 

WY: Life Or Death For Wyoming’s Firearms Freedom Act
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Although the house has passed this bill to committee, the committee chairman, keith gingery, is essentially pushing this bill to the side by refusing to put it on the schedule."

"Gingery has opted instead for miller's hb-28, a drastically watered down version of hb-95 with no teeth."

"If you do not voice your opinion — prior to 8:00 Am tomorrow morning — this bill will not even be heard in committee! It will be dead on arrival."

"It is crucial that your email gets in before 8:00 Am tomorrow morning!!!"

"To further this end, we’ve devised a form that can be filled out quickly. It will send your personal email to all members of the judiciary committee, and as well, speaker of the house colin simpson simultaneously." ...
 

VA: Va House panel endorses repeal of gun-buying limit
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Virginia's ban on buying more than one handgun a month would be repealed under a bill that passed a House committee on Friday."

"The Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee voted 15-6 to advance Del. Scott Lingamfelter's bill to a vote in the GOP-controlled House, where it is likely to pass."

"Supporters say lawmakers have carved so many exemptions into the law that it was no longer effective. Since the legislation was passed in 1993, legislators have exempted the state's 214,000 concealed carry permit holders, all law enforcement and corrections workers, those whose guns were stolen within a month of purchase and other groups from the ban. It does not apply to rifles or shotguns." ...
 

NY: Gun-owning population gaining influence
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"It was three weeks ago that I described here a rally that had taken place in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. By some estimates, including my own, some 2,000 gun owners showed up to make a statement to their elected representatives. Two thousand gun owners overflowed the Well to voice their concern about Albany's belief that gun violence can be controlled by penalizing lawful gun owners. That showed the depth of the discontent." ...
 

WY: Bill to allow concealed firearms passes Wyo. House
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Wyoming residents could carry concealed guns without a state permit under a bill that advanced in the Legislature on Thursday with a 52-6 vote in the House of Representatives."

"Under existing Wyoming law, people must obtain a state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon. The state requires training and background checks and has issued more than 10,000 of the permits."

"Forty-eight states allow people to carry concealed weapons and all but Alaska and Vermont require permits. Legislation is pending in Arizona that would allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit." ...
 

CA: The Green Gestapo Is Here
Submitted by: Larry

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"... During their recent visit, one of Newman's friends, Larry Chrisman, posted an advertisement for Newman’s ski tuning service on the otherwise vacant bulletin board."

"Neither of them thought more of the matter until a few days ago, when an armed, truculent Sylvan Socialist (that is, SS) troglodyte named Paul Zohovetz materialized on Newman’s doorstep in full battle array. ... He had traveled more than fifty miles to threaten Newman with a citation for posting a commercial flier without the specific permission of the SS."

"As is often the case in such situations, the foul-tempered armed functionary began to harass Newman about matters that had nothing to do with the flier." ...
 

KS: Woman leads rifle group
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Patricia Stoneking's life path seems to have taken a natural flow."

"The Bonner Springs resident naturally got involved with firearms through her family of hunting enthusiasts; she naturally found a role as activist for firearms that led her to lobby the Kansas government to change laws; and she naturally made a career out of educating people about proper firearm use."

"Advertisement Each milestone has led her to where she is today - the first woman to be elected president of the Kansas State Rifle Association and the first president to hold the position for three consecutive years."

"Stoneking, a Shawnee native, first held a gun at age 8. It was a BB gun that her father gave her." ...
 

MN: Playing politics with our outdoor tax dollars
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In November of 2008 we, the citizens of this great state voted on a bill that was called the Lessard-Sams bill, which was to enhance our Minnesota Heritage by improving the habitat for game, fish and wildlife and also help clean up our water, enhance our parks and the arts. This was a long time coming for former Senator Bob Lessard who had championed this cause for many years."

"There is a move on in the State Legislature to divert part of the 33 percent funding for game, fish and wildlife projects to other interests. ..."

"This is an attempt to divert funding for metro area and non-game, fish and wildlife 'pet' projects. ..." ...
 

IN: Why concealed carry laws are good public policy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As a retired law enforcement officer, I am astonished at the editorial supporting Mayor Greg Ballard's anti-Second Amendment stance ..."

"The Star takes the position that allowing concealed carry in city parks has not been shown to increase safety. Concealed carry increases safety in any venue where it is practiced. If Mayor Ballard cannot personally guarantee the safety of patrons of city parks, he has neither the legal nor moral right to deny them the right of self-protection."

"The Star further states that there is no guarantee that 'law-abiding' persons would not misuse their guns ...' The fact that such incidents never seem to occur would support the premise that concealed carry is good public policy." ...
 

MI: Michigan Militia Prepares for Action (with video)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A year into the Obama administration, some people are more worried than ever that private gun ownership is in jeopardy. Members of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia are ready to fight to keep their weapons."

"It's a Wednesday night in February, and 22 men and one woman are gathered at Mayberry's Restaurant in Farmington Hills. They're all Caucasian. Some are middle-aged, out of shape; others are in their twenties, and fit."

"This is the militia's monthly business meeting. It's also recruitment night." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"There's no legitimate use for a gun like this." --Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline, brandishing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at a news conference (Chicago Tribune, "Special unit hauling in guns, drugs" by Glenn Jeffers, January 29, 2004)

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