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21 Questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Congress doesn’t need to hold hearings on this. They simply need to draft a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and ATF Director B. Todd Jones demanding truthful and complete answers. This is all it will take. If the AG and Holder will answer honestly, this will be soon be resolved for good."

"Congress, you game? Will you oversee what we have elected you to monitor? The Department of Justice has already told the Court they are not willing to investigate the allegations made against them. Will you help me? I am only seeking the truth."

"Here are twenty-one questions for Holder and Jones to get you started." ...
 

‘Vindictive prosecution’ subjects self-defense to ‘community standards'
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... "In the doctor’s case, Berberian revealed the standards he wants imposed when he argued Simon sought a confrontation and should have locked himself in his home (presumably making sure he could safely usher his wife in first). Berberian also criticized the number of firearms Simon owned, alleging that showed the doctor was 'hypersensitive,' and prone to using unlawful deadly force due to 'a victimization complex.'” ...
 

Congressman Honda still wants private citizens defenseless against rifle fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The pro-rights gun blog Guns Save Lives reported Monday that Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced a bill earlier this month that would impose a 10-year prison sentence for the 'crime' of a private citizen obtaining 'enhanced' body armor:" ...

"As mentioned above, not all body armor would be banned--just the 'enhanced' kind. Honda defines 'enhanced' body armor as that which is rated by the National Institute of Justice as Type III or higher. Generally speaking, Type III body armor is rigid, designed to wear over one's clothes, and expected to protect against many kinds of centerfire rifle fire ... In short, Honda wants private citizens shot with rifles to die." ...
 

Blacks, conservative movement have a long, rich history together
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The [NRA] ... swept through the south in its early incarnation, registering black members, teaching them the ins and outs of gun use and safety, pointing to firearms as a means of protecting their newly won rights after the Civil War. ..."

"And it was gun rights advocates and second amendment enthusiasts who stood shoulder to shoulder, at least the most honest and pure ones, with Black Panther groups and other black militant organizations throughout the 1960s against more establishment leaders and stalwarts such as Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson as they led the charge to pass gun registration laws on the state and national levels. ..."

"But far too often modern gun advocates are MIA when it comes to the black community." ...
 

Anti-gun journalists suddenly realize they need firearms to be safe in aftermath of shooting in France
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Anti-gun advocates, meanwhile, have always said the opposite -- that Americans do not have an inherent, constitutional right to 'keep and bear arms' (outside of an organized militia), even for self-defense. Many of these people are journalists, by the way."

"Now, however, a number of formerly anti-gun reporters and correspondents are beginning to realize the importance of the Second Amendment as they digest what happened to cartoonists and writers working at a satirical magazine in Paris, France, recently."

"Unarmed and unprotected by Paris police (who are also unarmed), many are now concerned with their own safety in the newsroom." ...
 

Firearms Industry Concerned About What Obama Will Do in Next Two Years
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The SHOT Show ... is the world’s largest gun show ... it’s intended for those in the trade, not the general public. Walking its almost 16 miles of booths is a near-marathon feat of endurance, and every mile exhibits more firepower than all the armies of the ancient world combined."

"But despite their formidable powers of self-defense, members of the firearms industry are a nervous lot — and not without reason. Two years ago, after Newtown and the 2012 election, the show anxiously awaited President Obama’s executive actions on gun control. ... This year, executive actions were back on the agenda: with the midterm elections now past, the industry fears there’s nothing to stop the president from indulging his anti-firearms instincts." ...
 

Debate on Gun Violence Limited by Either-Or Thinking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "We also see plentiful examples of various logical nightmares, from straw man arguments to special pleading to the infamous false dilemma (the either-or fallacy, or black-or-white thinking). An example of the latter is a poll by Lean Right America ..."

"It serves the interests of the gun lobby to paint the picture in such stark and simplistic terms, that the only option to gun violence is to ban guns. But it is a far from realistic portrayal. It is not the platform of the Democratic Party to ban guns outright, nor that of any major Democratic politicians, from Barack Obama on down, despite the suggestion created by the quote used above, that," ...
 

Bloomberg group ‘eats crow,’ faces lawsuit over erroneous gun sales claim
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group will apparently face 'swift and immediate legal action' from a Vermont gun dealer who says he was the victim of a 'fraudulent report' about on-line gun sales in his state, according to a press release issued Friday."

"The controversy involves an Everytown for Gun Safety report titled 'Hiding in Plain Sight.' The report, according to The Blaze, alleged that investigators found more than 1,000 online gun sale advertisements from unlicensed sellers, suggesting that no background checks would be performed on the buyers. Included in that list were 49 advertisements posted by legally licensed firearms retailers, including Crossfire Arms, LLC in Mt. Holly." ...
 

Rules for Them, and Different Rules for You If You Have a Gun
Submitted by: Robert Morse
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"Some anti-rights activists are sure the rules don’t apply to them. They have armed bodyguards while they want to make sure you’re disarmed. Simply stated, the rich gun-grabbers have one set of rules for them, and a different set of rules that apply to you. Listen to what they say and see what they do."

"Jonathan Romans is an active member of both anti-self-defense groups Moms Demand Action and the [CSGV]. He often comments on their pages. Mister Romans called for harassment and violence against law abiding gun owners. He said,"

"'..when a stranger enters a public place armed, ask to see his permit. If he produces one, cross your fingers. If not, then tackle him, or shoot him, because then it will not be too late.'" ...
 

Nullification Season: 200 State Bills and Counting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "'State governments are learning they can simply say to the feds, 'You want this program, you do it, we aren’t going to help,' Boldin said. 'The beauty of this strategy is in many situations, the feds just don’t have the manpower or resources to get the job done without help from the states. They depend on the states for pretty much everything,' he continued."

"'States have the power to virtually shut down most federal programs within their borders simply by saying, 'No!' We generally call these acts nullification, but some disagree. We don’t really care what you call it, though, as long as the end result is the same – stopping the federal government from doing things they shouldn’t be doing.'"
 

Bill to Restore Second Amendment to Corps Land Introduced
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has introduced legislation(pdf) to remove federal infringments on second amendment rights from lands controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). From the press release:"

"The bill seeks to make firearm regulations consistent across federal lands by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) property. ..." ...
 

Huckabee Lets Loose on Gun Control Liberals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ... does not like people who do not like guns."

"In his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, the ordained Baptist minister and son of the south says, 'Clearly, city slickers who are more afraid of guns than of the criminals who might use them have a serious mental condition rendering them incapable of critical thinking.'"

"Huckabee, who recently left Fox News, has long defended the Second Amendment. ... 'I’m a hunter. I hunt ducks, deer, and turkey and have also hunted antelope in Wyoming and pheasant in Iowa. But the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting. [It’s] about preserving all the rights we possess as citizens.'" ...
 

Gun rights hanging in the balance?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last week, Dudley Brown of the National Association for Gun Rights and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners sent out a lurid email warning readers against an Article V Convention of the States:"
"'The truth is, if those pushing an Article V Constitutional Convention ever succeed, ALL of our freedoms protected by the United States Constitution — including the Second Amendment — would be put on the chopping block!' – Dudley Brown"
"Brown is concerned about the dangers of a 'runaway convention' and calls for email recipients to write or call legislators and lobby them to remove their names in support of an Article V convention. ..." ...
 

2nd Amendment Threatened In Obama's Trade Plans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Giving President Obama fast-track authority to conclude an international trade agreement is like playing Russian roulette with six bullets in the chamber, says one of America’s leading gun rights organizations."

"Gun Owners of America is blasting a congressional proposal that empowers Obama to unilaterally negotiate international agreements as 'a 'bait and switch' scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.'"

"House and Senate committees are currently preparing to hand Obama so-called 'fast-track' trade promotion authority. It would enable the president to unilaterally negotiate the TransPacific Partnership, a trade and global governance agreement with the U.S. and 11 other nations bordering the Pacific Ocean." ...
 

NRA steps up push for Sunday hunting
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"The National Rifle Association plans to step up its campaign for Sunday hunting during the upcoming Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., the nation’s largest gathering of hunters, anglers and campers."

"As the expected 200,000-plus enter the nine-day show, officials said a banner promoting Sunday hunting, along with other pro-hunting material, will be available to encourage outdoors men and women to lobby state legislatures."

The effort is growing nationally, but states like Pennsylvania still ban Sunday hunting. 'We live in an era when a lot of people aren’t confined to a five-day work week,' said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. 'Sometimes it’s hard to find time to hunt.'" ...
 

TN: Tenn. Lawmaker Proposes Second Amendment Tax Free Holiday (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Tennessee lawmaker has filed a bill that would create a Second Amendment Tax Free Holiday during the first weekend of September."

"State Senator Frank Niceley has proposed the idea to sell guns, ammunition and hunting supplies tax free during the weekend."

"'TWRA dues are the highest, higher than any state around us, and they're wanting to go up again this year, so I thought, give our sportsman some tax relief and stimulate some business that weekend,' said Senator Niceley." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma lawmakers hope to lure gun makers to state
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A bill at the Oklahoma Legislature this upcoming session has set its sites on luring new gun manufacturers to the state by making Oklahoma-made weapons exempt from federal laws."

"Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, has introduced a bill for the 2015 session that would exempt guns manufactured in Oklahoma from federal laws, as long as the weapons remain in the state. Senate Bill 10, or the Firearms Manufacturer Relocation to Oklahoma Act, would essentially place guns manufactured in Oklahoma exclusively under state law." ...
 

CO: Gun bills return to the Colorado Capitol, but this time from the GOP
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"It's appropriate that Monday is Groundhog Day because the legislature is going to hear a slew of gun bills that will bring back memories of 2013."

"It's too early to know whether drivers will circle the Capitol, horns honking, or whether a plane will fly overhead with a message for Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, all of which happened two years ago. But among the seven bills to be presented by Republicans, three will try to overturn some of the most debated measures of that session, which involve ammunition magazines and background checks." ...
 

TX: Gun debate turns wild in first 2 weeks of Texas Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Texas gun debate has gone wild, wild West."

"A confrontation between gun owners and a state lawmaker who later was given a state security detail. Panic buttons installed in legislative offices. Guns made and displayed at the Capitol gates."

"What many thought was a slam-dunk in the Republican-controlled Legislature — allowing the open carry of handguns in Texas — turned into a tempest in the opening weeks of the session. And its chances of passing seemed to further diminish when one of the state’s most outspoken conservatives flip-flopped on whether it’s even a priority issue." ...
 

OK: Proposed Oklahoma higher education laws target guns on campus, seek more scholarship money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Lawmakers filed fewer bills that pertain to higher education this year, but more of those bills are about guns, said Hollye Hunt, legislative liaison for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education."

"'I’m still reading bills ...' Hunt said ... in a report to the regents. The gun bills are 'the only ones we’re going to have major heartburn with.'"

"Among those bills are proposals to:"

"Allow faculty members with a valid handgun license to carry the weapon on campus if they notify the president."

"Allow anyone with a valid handgun license to carry on campus, with the exception of someone who has had a violent incident in the past."

"Require private institutions to allow licensed gun owners to carry on campus." ...
 

7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The 7th Circuit federal court of appeals will hear a case against a local ban on some common rifles, handguns, shotguns, and magazines. The city of Highland Park, notorious for its anti-second amendment laws, passed an ordinance that requires residents to turn in, modify or remove the banned items from the city. ... The ordinance includes very broad boilerplate language. Some claim that the ordinance was lifted from the City of Chicago."

"The definitions are broad and cover most semi-automatic rifles, and a fair number of pistols and shotguns. Highland Park has a very low crime rate, so it is hard to justify the ban as having any practical effect, except to anger second amendment supporters and to make a symbolic statement." ...
 

CT: Gun Control Opponents Fail To Scuttle Malloy Judicial Appointee
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"Legislators handily approved a former state representative's appointment as a Superior Court judge Friday, despite strong opposition from the NRA and other gun rights groups.

Auden C. Grogins, a Democrat who represented Bridgeport in the General Assembly for six years, was nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy." ...

"Grogins had drawn criticism from gun control opponents, who flooded members of the legislature's judiciary committee with letters objecting to her record. Several expressed concern that Grogins would base her legal judgments not on the law but on her political ideology." ...
 

OR: Background check battle to erupt in Oregon; are polls misread?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Statesman-Journal in Salem yesterday reported that the battle over so-called 'universal background checks' is about to erupt again, and backers are touting the results of a poll – paid for by Americans for Responsible Solutions – as support for new legislation."

"The survey was conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group, described by the newspaper as 'a left-leaning firm whose CEO has worked for both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.' However, the newspaper also noted that 'the public support shown in the poll more or less tracks with national trends.' The story also suggested that 'could be overstating Oregonians’ support slightly.'" ...
 

NJ: 'The Gun Show': Passage Theatre presents a unique and gripping experience about a potent issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you’ve ever owned a gun or shot one — and especially if you have strong opinions about gun ownership — you must see EM Lewis’ provocative presentation, The Gun Show, a Passage Theatre Company production at The Mill Hill Playhouse through Feb. 8."

"But let’s say you’re among most Americans who fall into neither camp. Although you’ve never seen a real gun, you know guns from movies or TV shows. Or at least you think you do. You don’t know what to make of the polarized fringes to the far right or the far left. The NRA, the Second Amendment, the mass shootings, the calls for tighter gun-control laws — everything is a blur."

"This show is aimed (no pun intended) right at you too. ..." ...
 

WA: Seattle Times: Do as we say, not as we do
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"When the Seattle Times yesterday published an editorial applauding the ban on open carry in the visitors' galleries of the House and Senate chambers, and then in public hearings, it warned readers leaving comments that there would be 'No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech…'"

"This was after the Times editorial, in the second paragraph, alluded to 'a group of knuckleheads, openly armed to the teeth.' While that may be what a some people, even in the firearms community, think of the folks whose actions precipitated the ban, a newspaper that doesn’t practice what it preaches probably should not pontificate about what is in the best public interest." ...
 

KY: Ky speeds up process for gun permits
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"Kentucky gun owners can obtain concealed-carry permits faster under a new online application process that critics view as dangerous but others say pays heed to Second Amendment rights."

"The process requires state police to either issue or deny a license within 15 days of receiving an electronic application — down from the 60-day processing period allowed for paper applications."

"Supporters, including the National Rifle Association, say the change improves access to concealed-carry permits at a time when demand is high. Kentucky issued more than 59,500 permits in 2013, compared to 10,900 in 2004." ...
 

NY: Buffaloed in New York – A Right Treated As A Privilege Makes An Easy Target for Revocation
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"During a press conference in November, Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda of Buffalo, N.Y., announced that his department had 'started a program where … we’re cross-referencing all the pistol permit holders with the death records ...' ..."

"The plan rightly enraged many as being overbearing. Fortunately, in the weeks since the announcement was made, we haven’t heard of any grieving survivors whose doors have been kicked down ..."

"Whatever the Buffalo PD may have in mind with this particular operation, it illustrates what can happen when the most basic and well-established of Second Amendment-protected rights—having a handgun in the home for self-protection—is subject to licensing and registration. ..." ...
 

KS: Kansas on the hunt for firearm makers
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"Kansas lawmakers look poised to loosen the state’s gun rules yet again."

"After already broadening rules about locations where Kansans can go with a firearm in their belt or purse – and challenging local authorities wanting to ban guns in certain places – legislators now want to waive training requirements for the concealed-carry crowd."

"It’s but the latest in a mounting series of gains against gun control in the state."

"Gov. Sam Brownback hopes that an increasingly firearm-friendly environment helps draw gun makers and jobs to the state." ...
 

WA: Permits for concealed handguns rise in Clallam, Jefferson counties
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Join a random group of 10 people — in line at the supermarket, say — and chances are one of them has a concealed-pistol license."

"As of January, the state Department of Licensing reports, 10,940 people on the North Olympic Peninsula have gone to their local law enforcement agencies, met the application requirements, passed the background check and paid the $52.50 to carry a hidden handgun."

"'There's been a steady increase,' said Sheriff Bill Benedict, the top law enforcement official in Clallam County whose office issues the Peninsula's largest number of pistol licenses."

"'When gun control was being debated, people were eager to get their permits.'" ...
 

AR: Woman who banned Muslims from gun range as 'safety' measure claims business is booming
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"A woman who banned all Muslims from her shooting range in Arkansas, US, claims that business is booming since she took the decision as 'a matter of public safety'."

"Jan Morgan now has a Facebook page followed by more than 125,000 people and posts articles including lists of 'verses from the Koran [that are] evidence that Islam is clearly and concisely evil'."

"The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has written to the Attorney General Eric Holder accusing Ms Morgan of breaking constitutional laws forbidding racial and religious discrimination." ...
 

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