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Preaching to the Choir
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "To begin with, I reject the premise that just because someone agrees with gun rights they have earned the right to be considered choir members. That’s right, I said 'earned.'” ...
 

ATF proposes expanding ammo bans using law enforcement protection rationale
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "'This 'sporting use' strategy was used before,' author and attorney Richard Stevens documented. 'The Nazi Weapons Law (18 March 1938) forbade importation of weapons under substantially the same test.' Additionally, the intent of founders in drafting the Second Amendment makes no such exception to allow 'sporting purpose' infringements, particularly by the federal government." ...
 

Why anti-gun activists love to ask “why”
Submitted by: mynameisfoxtrot.com
Website: http://www.mynameisfoxtrot.com

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"As a gun blogger and author of several firearms related books, I get a lot of questions from friends and family. These folks don’t always share my views, and may disagree with my politics or ideals, or perhaps the value I place on the 2nd Amendment. They typically ask the same sorts of questions, and I thought I’d address them below."

The most common question that always comes up is simply 'Why?' Why do you need 'assault weapons'? Why do you need a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds? Why do you feel you should even own those dangerous guns? The list goes on and on, but the overall tone and message is basically the same." ...
 

CHL: License to carry or license to kill?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"For better or worse, American Sniper, the film based on the life story of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, has prompted vibrant discussion among both supporters and skeptics of the Iraq War, where Kyle saw four tours of duty. The film has also raised questions among Second Amendment advocates and opponents alike, regarding the wisdom of open carry and even concealed handgun licenses, and if individual gun ownership is a license to carry or, to the extreme, a license to kill." ...
 

Bloomberg pressure kills release of video documenting racist remarks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "'Occasionally somebody says something, and they just don’t want it out in public, and that’s a prerogative of whoever we’re collaborating with,' Masters admitted, making an interesting word choice. So rather than uphold his station’s mission statement and values that declare 'Just solutions are only possible with the active participation of, and free flowing communications between, literate citizens and their organizations,' Grassroots TV has decided to put those aside this time." ...
 

Let’s rethink Second Amendment ‘rights’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"One would think that God gave us the Second Amendment. Every single political debate on gun control is prefaced by some variation of 'I believe in our Second Amendment rights' right up there with the Bible and Jesus."

"Spouting this poppycock is a necessary prerequisite to entering a debate on the subject. It is also a practical necessity for any politician running for office."

"The Second Amendment does plainly state that, 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' The Supreme Court has consistently ignored that modifying phrase beginning, 'A well-maintained militia being necessary;' so,we have been saddled with the interpretation that anyone can have any weapon her or she wants." ...
 

Bloomberg to Aspen Institute: Don’t Distribute The Footage Where I Said Let’s Take Guns Away From Minorities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is asking the Aspen Institute not to distribute footage from his appearance last week, which included remarks about minorities and gun control. Both Aspen and Grassroots TV, who recorded the event, are going to honor the former Mayor of New York’s wishes (via Summit Daily):" ...
 

Eric Holder’s Latest Attempt To Curtail The Second Amendment Failed Miserably
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"According to recent reports, a measure outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder hoped would restrict Americans’ access to certain firearms was struck down by a federal judge."

"A Washington gun rights organization, the [CCRKBA], petitioned the court to overturn a nearly 50-year-old law prohibiting individuals from purchasing certain guns across state lines. Holder argued against repealing the Gun Control Act of 1968 ..."

"The act targeted only handgun sales, allowing the interstate purchase of shotguns and rifles. The purported impetus behind the restriction was an effort to make obtaining firearms more difficult for potential assassins or rioters." ...
 

Bills nullifying federal gun bans get approval in Montana, Arizona
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"State legislatures this week in at least two states advanced measures aimed at halting current or future federal laws affecting the Second Amendment."

"In Montana, the state House passed a bill by a 58-42 vote Monday to prohibit enforcement of new federal weapon and magazine bans in the state, sending it to the Senate for consideration. Meanwhile, lawmakers in an Arizona Senate committee gave their stamp of approval to similar but more expansive legislation in a 4-2 vote Tuesday. In each case, votes were largely along party lines with Republicans casting for and Democrats against." ...
 

Over 100 Congressmen Want 10-Round Cap on Ammo Magazine Capacity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In her best George III imitation, Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) is coming for your ammunition."

"Esty’s proposed legislation caps magazine capacity at 10 rounds."

"'Think of the damage that someone could do in the U.S. Capitol with 30 rounds,' insisted Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a vocal proponent of the bill."

"Esty’s H.R. 752 would 'prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.' Currently, the bill benefits from the support of 107 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats."

"Esty insists that the number of co-sponsors for her legislation has 'doubled since last year.'"

"'The support is growing,' she said. 'The momentum has not stopped.'" ...
 

Waugh submits bill to allow conceal carry permits across state lines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen. Steve Waugh (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) announced the filing of his first bill Tuesday to a group gathered outside of the State House in Annapolis for the annual 2A Day rally, a gathering for Second Amendment rights."

"Waugh’s bill, which has 15 additional cosponsors, seeks to allow reciprocity for conceal carry permits across state lines."

"'Any permit, any state, just like a driver’s license,' Waugh said at the 2A Day rally." ...
 

UT: Democrats favor withdrawal of concealed weapons bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A decision by a state lawmaker to withdraw a bill that would loosen the requirements for carrying a concealed weapons drew sighs of relief from two Democratic women activists."

"However, a member of the National Rifle Association said the bill did not go far enough in affirming Second Amendment rights." ...
 

OK: Bill would allow some to carry guns into Oklahoma Capitol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Oklahoma legislator says anyone with a license to carry a handgun should be allowed to take the weapon into 'the people’s Capitol.'"

"'It’s our God-given right and our constitutional right,' said Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, who has filed legislation to allow weapons to be brought into the Capitol building."

"Bennett’s bill has been assigned to the House Public Safety Committee but has not been set for a hearing."

"A similar bill was approved in the House Judiciary Committee last year, but the proposal did not reach the full House." ...
 

CO: Why Colorado concealed carry law should be left alone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I firmly support our Second Amendment rights. And I agree with your editorial that Colorado’s current concealed-carry system need not be dropped, as Senate Bill 32 would do, but my reasons differ."

"Your editorial uses the usual mantra of anti-gun rhetoric: 'minor but prudent safeguards,' etc. Those are issues that other laws cover. I believe that the current system actually protects concealed-weapon carriers by exposing them, during the permitting process, to rules and laws regarding the carry and use of deadly weapons. Uninformed gun owners could easily run afoul of these laws and be in big trouble." ...
 

ID: Idaho Senate panel studies concealed guns bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Senate State Affairs Committee has introduced a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons outside city limits in Idaho without a permit."

"Republican Sen. Marv Hagedorn from Meridian told the panel Friday that his bill would also remove a rule that lets state legislators carry concealed guns without a permit."

"Currently, Idahoans are allowed to hunt or fish without a concealed weapons permit." ...
 

OK: Senators, universities at odds about guns on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In all 50 U.S. states, citizens have a right to bear arms. But those rights usually come to an end when stepping onto a college campus."

"In Oklahoma, a letter of consent from the president of a university is required to concealed carry on campus. Now, several state legislatures are attempting to change that rule for universities. Oklahoma is no exception."

"State Rep. John Enns (R-Enid) and Sen. Ralph Shortey (R-Oklahoma City) have authored bills in each house this session that would allow concealed carry on college campuses for students and faculty." ...
 

OR: County needs to adopt 2nd Amendment resolution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Since the start of the 2015 Legislative session, several anti-gun legislators have been rumbling about passing more restrictions on the Second Amendment, starting from closing the gun show loophole to a universal background check for every personal gun transfer, including those between family members."

"The worry is that tracking every transfer of arms would drastically affect the way family heirlooms pass from one generation to the next. The more apprehensive believe it is a backdoor avenue to an all-out gun registration, ..."

As a preemptive strike against the deluge of more gun laws, several counties ... are considering adopting resolutions or ordinances opposing any more obstacles to the ability of self-protection. ..." ...
 

ID: Idaho Gun Laws: Can Towns and Cities Make Local Rules?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Though Idaho is very much a gun-friendly state, there are still a number of laws concerning gun purchases, ownership, and use. Cities, towns and counties in Idaho are not allowed to pass any laws regulating sales, ownership, possession, transfer, storage, carrying of any firearms. The state is in full control of its gun laws."

"One organization, Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, is now working with certain Idaho counties, through the Preemption Project. They have worked with 14 counties to help them comply with Idaho gun laws."

"The results have shown that the local governments are willing to cease or adjust their laws to comply with the state. However one local town, Coeur d’Alene, was not willing to change its laws." ...
 

WV: Firearms Bills Being Considered by West Virginia Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Lawmakers have introduced more than 20 bills dealing with firearms this session, and a few already have seen support and consideration in the Legislature."

"The House of Delegates this week approved a bill sponsored by Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, which allows those with a concealed carry permit to keep a firearm in their car when on the campus of the state Capitol Complex. The bill has been sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration." ...
 

ID: Concealed weapons bill to take next step forward
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A new concealed weapons bill will be introduced in the Senate State Affairs Committee today, while the constitutional carry bill is still awaiting a hearing in the House."

"Greg Pruett,president of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, said his constitutional concealed carry bill may still have a chance for a hearing this session."

"'There is a misconception that the two bills are competing,' Pruett said. 'The chairman (of the House committee) wants to make sure they are not competing before moving forward.'" ...
 

GOODBYE GREENTIP? ATF Seeks To Ban Common SS109/M855 5.56 Ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Via TWANGnBANG this morning comes the news that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, And Firearms wants to reclassify common SS109/M855 5.56 NATO ammunition as “armor-piercing” and ban it from import, manufacture, or sale."

"The cartridge had previously been classified 'exempt' from the ban on so-called 'armor-piercing' ammunition."

"You can read the letter, ATF Framework For Determining Whether Certain Projectiles Are 'Primarily Intended For Sporting Purposes' Within The Meaning Of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C) at the ATF web site." ...
 

IL: What does graphic video of Pasco police shooting tell?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Today’s Seattle Times coverage of the aftermath of Tuesday’s fatal shooting of an unarmed Hispanic man in Pasco, which was captured clearly on a graphic video that has gone viral on YouTube, may tell different stories, depending upon one’s political perspective towards police and the use of force."

"The only important question will be whether the use of lethal force was justified. The video may provide the answers, or simply raise more questions. It is definitely an important piece of evidence, despite the fact that it has now been widely circulated all over the Internet. The fatal shooting has already sparked a protest in Pasco." ...
 

OK: Ex-Deputy to Stand Trial in Sexual Battery Case
Submitted by: jac

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... "The records show that one count each of sexual battery and outraging public decency were dismissed during the hearing. But Nuckolls was ordered to stand trial on two counts each of sexual battery and indecent exposure. Prosecutors added one of the indecent exposure counts on Friday."

"Nuckolls has pleaded not guilty to the charges."

"Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted at least two women while on duty. He resigned shortly after his arrest in September." ...
 

CA: 4-year-old boy’s leg amputated after mauling by police officer father’s K-9 partner
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"A 4-year-old boy had his lower leg amputated after being attacked by his father’s police dog, according to a neighbor who helped save the child from the attack at a Hesperia home, KTLA reported."

"The incident occurred Sunday at a home where Rialto Police Department Officer Michael Mastaler lives with his family and his K-9 partner, a lieutenant with the department confirmed."

"Mastaler had returned home from a weekend training session with the dog, a Belgian Malinois named Jango, when he put the animal in the backyard and went upstairs to change clothes, believing his son was safely inside playing video games, police said."

"Minutes later, neighbors heard the child screaming." ...
 

IL: Legal suppressors may come to Illinois
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Illinois, ruled as it is by the political power of Chicago, is not a state that comes immediately to mind as being 'pro gun.' The last state in the union to permit any form of concealed carry, and even then needing to be dragged kicking and screaming into doing so by the federal courts, and still ending up with the most restrictive 'shall issue' permitting system in the country, Illinois ensures that advances for the recognition of gun rights are always hard won." ...
 

NJ: New Jersey Second Amendment Society Supports Black History Month Diversity Shoot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) Supports Black History Month Diversity Shoot"

"When: February 19, 2015, 6pm to 8 pm"

"Where: Gun For Hire, 1267 McBride Ave, Woodland Park, NJ 07424- 50 Yard Range"

"Cost: Range fees $25 per hour; rental and ammunition extra; eye and ear safety gear provided"

"Tony Simon of Simon Says Train, is a NRA certified instructor and host of the Black History Month Diversity Shoot." ...
 

NJ: If you’re a gun owner, and you live in New Jersey, I have one suggestion: Move.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"New Jersey, or New Germany, as my friend from the Garden State likes to call it, just ruined another innocent man’s life. Steffan Josie-Davis is the latest victim of New Jersey’s archaic gun laws."

"Steffan was just a young man trying to make an honest living. In 2013, Steffan was working as an armed security guard. As you might expect, the security company provided him with a handgun – a 9mm Smith and Wesson - for work."

"According to the article, Steffan was in his garage inspecting some of his gear before work when his 6-year-old sister came into the garage. Not wanting her to see the gun, Steffan placed it in his glove compartment. However, before he left, Steffan forgot to remove the gun from this glove compartment." ...
 

TX: Dallas Morning News Publishes Article on Open Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As second amendment supporters appear close to reforming Texas law to remove some of the restrictions on the open carry of modern handguns, the Dallas Morning news has published an article, just before the crucial vote on the issue."

"The Dallas Morning News has an editorial policy against open carry reform."

"While this is to be expected, it illustrates that the media has a great effect on the outcome of political decisions. The article seems designed to lessen the force of one of the most important facts of the open carry movement: most states already have it, and do not have problems." ...
 

TX: Open-carry crowd’s bullying proves the need for licenses, training to carry firearms in Texas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Anyone listening to the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee public testimony for and against two Senate bills to allow the licensed concealed carrying of handguns at public colleges and the broader licensed open carrying of handguns Thursday must acknowledge that passionate, sometimes even rational arguments exist from all perspectives."

"One must admit some pretty stupid arguments also exist, mostly from obsessed gun activists, much to the chagrin of more grounded Second Amendment advocates. For instance, the right to carry a firearm is not 'god-given' but comes from the Second Amendment — unfortunately, the most ambiguous of the Bill of Rights." ...
 

NJ: New Jersey gun laws ripe for challenge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The Nazis would be proud of New Jersey authorities for dreaming up such a clever gun control scheme. The bottom line is that New Jersey residents have no Second Amendment rights, only heavily regulated government-issued privileges. It’s long overdue for the state of New Jersey to be taken to court." ...
 

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