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Lie Exposed: U.S Guns and Mexican Crimes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I believe that this whole Mexican Drug Cartel lie was perpetuated as a stepping stone toward the United Nations Small Arms Treaty passage in the United States Senate. It was one of those trial balloons that politicians are so fond of floating. In the end, Fox News and the NRA raised their fifty caliber pens and blew the rubbery beast out of the sky, as well they should have. But it took them a few months, and the notion is still out there, floating around, gathering more hot air and waiting to rise again, and believed by many who just never check the facts.
 

UT: National park gun ban to end soon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New rules will allow visitors to Zion National Park to carry semiautomatic rifles as they hike Angel's Landing.

Shotguns can accompany campers' Coleman stoves on Dinosaur National Monument's Split Mountain beach. Want your pistol on your hip while pitching a tent at Bryce Canyon National Park's Sunset Campground? No problem, as long as you don't actually pull the trigger.

On Feb. 22, the long-standing ban on guns in national parks and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-administered wildlife refuges will lift, thanks to an amendment Congress attached last year to a credit-card reform bill. The add-on requires parks and refuges to conform to state gun-carry laws.
 

Brady group’s Starbucks campaign should switch to decaf
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Imagine the turmoil that would erupt if a shrill lobbying effort were mounted against a well-known American business, demanding that this company refuse service to Muslims, or servicemen and women in uniform, or people with lip rings or tattoos, or some other identifiable group.

So, why should we allow an extremist group of gun prohibitionists to browbeat a Seattle-based company because it caters to armed citizens same as anyone else? The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has launched a campaign to force Starbucks to close its doors to legally- armed citizens exercising their constitutionally protected civil right to keep and bear arms.

Ed.: I rather like this op-ed by Alan and Dave.
 

Firearms OK for self-defense in national parks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The St. Augustine local news desk has learned that a new law will take effect on February 22nd concerning the possession of firearms and ammunition in national parks.

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The new law, passed last spring by an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate, will allow people to possess, carry and transport firearms in national parks, in accordance with state law.

However, many details remain to be worked out, according to the National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action.

Reports indicate that National Park Service officials are debating issues such as the definition of “federal facilities” — where firearms remain prohibited under a different federal law.
 

MO: Waldo Rapes, Other Crimes Lead to Spike in Firearms Training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As Kansas City, Missouri, Police search for a suspected serial rapist in Waldo, and police search for suspects in the robbery and killing of a man in the West Plaza area, some metro firearms instructors have started putting out advertisements with warnings like 'Crime All Around You' in the hopes of getting more people to sign up for conceal and carry firearms training.

"The problem with most self defense classes that I see is that you don't see a welterweight fighting a heavyweight," said firearms instructor Dusty Rhodes. "It just doesn't happen. A 100-, 150-pound woman is not going to win against a 300 pound guy."
 

TN: New bill would make it easier to carry concealed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In Mississippi, as in much of the country, it is getting easier to carry concealed guns.

With Senate passage of a bill this past week to allow handgun-permit holders to carry their concealed guns in most Mississippi parks, as well as in restaurants and other locations, it is becoming difficult to determine who can’t legally carry a firearm in the Magnolia State; except for convicted felons, of course.

The bill by state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, originally covered only parks. It was amended to let permit holders carry their guns in restaurants, bars and unsecured government buildings unless the owners of those facilities post notices barring guns.

The measure, Senate Bill 2153, now goes to the House.
 

VA: Virginia’s Restaurant Gun Ban Repeal Bill Up For Vote Tomorrow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Senate engrossed Senator Hanger’s restaurant ban repeal (SB 334) in the same form it left the Senate Courts of Justice committee last week. That is good news as there was no mischief done to the bill.

So, TOMORROW, February 16th, the Senate will vote on whether to pass the bill. This is the next major hurdle.

If you have not contacted your Senator to urge him or her to support SB 334, NOW IS THE TIME!
 

How does the second amendment really fight tyranny in the 21st century?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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John Longenecker's overall mission is to see safer streets, and he doubts they will come without official affirmation of who is the sovereign in this country: the electorate. Longenecker shows how gun control has been a vanguard for America’s boondoggles all of the country is now experiencing as one people, gun owner or not.

Longenecker’s core message has always been that the health of the Second Amendment is the primary indicator of the overall health of the nation, and he reveals encyclopedic instalments of just how and where in his regular online column at Examiner.com
 

IA: Winter pushes some Iowans to a new low
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It sounds bizarre. At first you think you've clicked onto The Onion Web site when you read about it.

You're almost waiting for someone from an anti-snow-shovel group to call for more stringent shovel-control laws, including background checks for snow-shovel buyers.

Which would be followed by several rounds of responses from the shovel lobby:

- Prohibition didn't work for alcohol in the 1920s and it won't work for snow shovels, either.

- Outlaw snow shovels and only outlaws will have snow shovels.

- Rather than pass more shovel regulations, why not just enforce the hundreds of shovel laws already on the books?
 

VA: Gun bills advance in House of Delegates
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Republican-dominated House of Delegates advanced a slew of Second Amendment-related bills yesterday.

They ranged from a bill that would repeal the one-gun-a-month limit on handgun purchases, to shielding applicants for concealed-weapon permits, to protecting some Virginia-made guns and ammunition from potential federal regulation.

In all, about a dozen gun bills cleared a preliminary hurdle in the House yesterday and are up for a final vote today.

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William, sponsor of House Bill 49, argued that the rationale for the state's one-gun-a-month law, enacted in 1993 under then-Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, has been "neutered" because of technological advances.
 

OH: Obama dislikes the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Regular readers of this paper might remember a letter I wrote that was printed on the day before the last presidential election. That letter was my third attempt to getting a letter printed that would accurately explain Mr. Obama's dislike for the Second Amendment of The Constitution of the United States. The last paragraph of that letter follows:

"If Obama wins the election, I suspect that he plans on signing a United Nations treaty banning nearly all privately held firearms. This will let in United Nation troops to do the dirty work, and Mr. Obama and family will be guarded with taxpayers' money for the rest of their lives. Forgive them Lord for they know not what they do."
 

Obama The Pro-Gun President?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But does inaction like this equate to support for guns? ... But I believe he’s making a mistake to do so.

After all, President Obama has been a mite busy to worry about guns at this time, don’t you think? Immediately upon entering office he tackled healthcare, the Olympics, multiple bailouts, the economy, a take over of the auto industry, the laying low of Wall Street and the banking industry, and now even fat kids and gays in the military, not to mention two wars (because he hardly mentions them himself). That is quite a full dinner plate, there, wouldn’t you say?

Just because Obama hasn’t had the time to go after our gun rights doesn’t really mean he isn’t inclined to do so. There’s only so much time in a year, to be sure.
 

WA: Seattle's Ban on Guns in Parks Struck Down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A huge victory for gun advocates, as a judge has struck down a law that bans guns in parks in Seattle. On Friday the judge ruled that the law violates Washington state's long-standing preemption statute, which says that only the state, and not local municipalities, can set gun laws. Seattle's new mayor, Mike McGinn, now wants to change that law so he can reinstitute the ban.
 

IA: Iowa aims for conceal and carry standardization
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new bill being considered would make a lot of changes to current regulations for acquiring a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Currently, each county has its own standards for getting a gun permit and it's under the discretion of the local sheriff to grant the permit.

Monroe County Sheriff Dan Johnson says he believes people should have the right to carry, and if they pass the requirements, he will grant them.

Supporters of the new legislation say Iowans that pass a background check and proper training should have the right to carry.
 

OK: Honoring veterans, protecting gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As far as legislation goes, the first of my bills for this session was up in the public safety committee this week. House Bill 3157 would protect Oklahoma citizen’s second amendment rights. What this bill does is protect Oklahoman’s right to bear arms.

There has been a lot of talk from the current federal administration about additional gun registrations and potential arms confiscation. My bill states that even if an international treaty or a federal government law is put into effect that would require this, that we as a state would not require that of our citizens. I believe the founders of our great nation had great wisdom in allowing citizens to bear arms.
 

TN: Gun carry may still be legal in Tennessee restaurants serving alcohol
Submitted by: Mike stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-2782-DC-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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Recent rumblings from legislative circles in Nashville suggest that gun rights backers Representative Curry Todd (R-Collierville) and Senator Doug Jackson (D-Dickson) are planning to legislatively override a judge’s opinion holding that the definition of “restaurants” in the exception to Tennessee’s general ban on gun carry is “unconstitutionally vague." . . .
But some question the common assumption that Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman's “void for vagueness” ruling makes it illegal to carry guns in Tennessee restaurants today. . . . Tennessee Attorney General Cooper's Office declined the Examiner.com’s repeated requests to say whether the Chancery Court’s ruling makes it illegal to carry guns in alcohol serving restaurants . . .
 

A Nation Without A Country, Part IV - A Civilized Secession
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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Part Four in Tom Baugh's six-part series on what freedom-lovers will face in the near future....
 

WA: Neighbors, target shooters at odds over Sultan gun range
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SULTAN — A controversial shooting range might wind up in the line of fire on Wednesday.

The Snohomish County Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing to discuss turning an east county gravel pit into a no-shooting area at the request of neighbors.

If the pit is closed, the council may solve one problem as it creates another.

“When we try to shut everything down, folks just move to another location,” County Councilman Dave Somers said. “The ultimate answer is to have a facility that’s safe and open to the public.”
 

NE: Loosening gun laws for self-defense unnecessary, critics argue
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LINCOLN — Law enforcement officials shot holes Thursday in a proposal that would give citizens more legal leeway to defend themselves with a gun, saying it was unnecessary and would increase shootings.

“We have enough people in the state killing each other. This will make it easier,” Howard County Attorney Bob Sivick said. “I don’t think that’s good public policy.”

Sivick and a deputy chief of the Omaha Police Department both testified in opposition to the measure, LB889, introduced by State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperia
 

WA: Hearing on gun trial court costs set for Feb. 26
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A Longview man who was found not guilty of assault after he drew his gun on four downtown Longview nightclub employees will have to wait until Feb. 26 to find out how much money the state owes him.
 

Bloomberg told no gun show stings in W.Va.
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Now hold the phone, Mr. Post—either illegal sales were conducted, in which case your guys participated, or they weren't."

"Which is it?"
 

Review: Tactedge 4X32 Mini CQB TS Mil-Dot Scope
Submitted by: david wolfe

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A few months ago I decided to add a rifle scope atop my Bulgarian AK-74. After extensive shooting and accuracy testing the rifle and the it's 5.56x45mm cartridge, have proven to be significantly more accurate and flat shooting than my other AK's chambered in 7.62X39.

By adding an optical site, I could extort all the accuracy available from this platform. I wanted something compact and preferably with mil-dot illuminated reticle - for under $75.

After some research, I selected the Tactedge 4X32 Mini CQB TS Mil-Dot Scope. According to the description it was exactly what I was looking for, and at $45.70 within my budget.
 

CO: Gun-Control Activists Seek 'Nerf' Guns Ban
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The Second Amendment faces the grave danger of going into extinction as powerful gun-control activists engage in a legal battle to ban 'Nerf' guns from public-settings.

The Washington Times reports that, "it was a rough week for gun rights in colorado. First, Colorado State University voted to ban concealed firearms on campus. Then, the University of Colrado went a few steps further and cracked down on another nefarious threat: Nerf guns."
 

OH: Bulletproof Blackberry bails out boyfriend
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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On Saturday, Feb. 6, Anthony Holtvogt, 24, was in a Dayton area Fricker's restaurant with his girlfriend and some other friends. According to reports, as they were leaving his sleeve got tangled in his coat and he looked down and saw the slide on his .32-caliber handgun was pulled back. He reached down for the gun and it went off, the bullet striking his girlfriend in the leg.
 

Armed defense at Front Sight: Mastering basic handgun skills
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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As the second in the series covering Front Sight Training Institute’s Four-Day Defensive Handgun course, we examine handgun skills, including Dry Practice, presentation from the holster and After Action drills …
 

IL: Ruling reinstates Drew Peterson gun charge
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JOLIET, Ill. — An appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision to dismiss gun charges against former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson.

The Illinois Third District Appellate Court ruled that Judge Richard Schoenstedt erred when he dismissed the gun charges against Peterson in 2008 after prosecutors refused to hand over key internal documents.
 

TN: Police: Man pulls gun during knife fight, faces no charges
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No charges have been filed against a man accused of bringing out a gun during a knife fight.

Officers arrested Matthew Dressler on Friday at a Wal-Mart in Maryville.

According to investigators, the 26-year-old picked a fight with another customer inside the store. At some point, Dressler pulled a knife
 

WV: Don't try gun stings here, West Virginia pol Kessler warns Mayor Bloomberg
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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West Virginia has a message for Mayor Bloomberg: Don't come 'round here to buy our guns. A legislator there wants to ban the type of undercover stings that Bloomberg has used to showcase illegal gun sales in other states - and throw the mayor's investigators in jail if necessary. "It's for us to handle within our own borders," said state Sen. Jeffrey Kessler, who is running for governor in 2012. "We jealously guard our gun rights, and we're vocal advocates for the Second Amendment."
 

OR: Oregon cop kills 2 women, self
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SALEM, Ore., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- An Oregon sheriffs sergeant allegedly shot and killed his ex-wife and her friend, and wounded a third woman before turning the gun on himself, officials said.

Jeffrey Grahn, 46, of Clackamas, Ore., entered a Gresham bar Friday and fatally shot Charlotte Grahn, 47, and Kathleen Hoffmeister, 53. Victoria Schulmerich, 53, of Gresham, Ore., was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition, the Salem-News reported Sunday.

Grahn was hired by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Feb. 1995, and promoted to patrol sergeant in August 2003, said Detective Jim Strovink, of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
 

CO: Gun Ban Could Be Added Next Week
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State could join most public universities in the U.S. by banning concealed weapons when it meets again next week in Pueblo.

The Board of Governors asked leaders at both schools in December to draft a proposed ban, following a request by Ft. Collins teachers in November of 2008 that administrators consider such a ban.
 

WA: Judge: Seattle gun ban is illegal
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SEATTLE -- The law has sided with gun rights advocates who took the city of Seattle and former Mayor Greg Nickels to court over the city's gun ban.

King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer on Friday ruled in favor of the plaintiffs - the Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens' Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Washington Arms Collectors, National Rifle Association and five individuals - and declared the city of Seattle's gun ban at public places is in direct violation of Washington state's firearm pre-emption law.

In issuing the ruling, Shaffer wrote, "Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation's Rule/Policy Number P 060-8.14 ("Firearms Rule") violates Washington law and on that basis, is null and vo
 

NE: Christensen's 'Castle Doctrine' still in committee
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A man's home is his castle -- whether the intruder has a weapon or not.

That's the feeling of Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial, who is hoping his bill, LB 889, dubbed the "Castle Doctrine" bill, will stay alive in the state legislature.

The bill would strengthen Nebraska's self-defense laws. Under his bill, The Castle Doctrine would allow the right to use firearms when protecting yourself, family, and others while in your home, with the philosophy also extending to the place of work and vehicle.

Also..

LB 1033 would amend the law by adding "registration" after the terms "ownership, possession, or transportation," and prevent cities and villages from requiring registration of concealed handguns of permit holders.
 

TX: DPS Trooper Charged with Intox Assault in CS
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A DPS Trooper stationed in Grimes County has been arrested. College Station Police charged 25-year-old David Wayne Hartley with intoxicated assault with a vehicle following a multi-vehicle accident Saturday night.

CSPD said officers responded to the area of University Drive and Polo Road around 10:20 p.m. for a roll-over accident involving five vehicles.

Sgt. Katie Reiter said Hartley was behind the wheel of a maroon GMC Sierra that was driving erratically and headed west on University from Texas.

Officers said Hartley did not appear to be hurt and refused medical treatment. They said Hartley could not provide specifics about the accident. The Hempstead resident was released from jail Sunday on a $7,000 bond.

 

CO: Campus no place for gun culture
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Violence erupted on campus again. This time, though, the guilty party was the presumed-to-be-responsible adult, the teacher, the authority figure, the parent of four, the person who should, as some would have it, keep a gun in the desk drawer in case a student comes to school intent on, as they say, doing a Columbine.

I know. You're about to raise your hand — or slam down the paper — in disgust.

I know. And I even understand, at least somewhat.
 

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