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Gun-grabbing, sex-offending ex-rep Reynolds arrested on porn charges in Zimbabwe
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"The bottom line is, this convicted felon, a prohibited person who is disqualified by federal law from owning a gun himself, does not trust you with a gun. This ... thing, who based on results either cannot or will not control himself, demands to control the rest of us."
 

Dobyns case highlights continued ATF failures, corruption and abuse
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“U.S. Court of Claims Judge Francis Allegra [said] his assessment of ATF’s treatment of me was ‘wretched,’ their acts were ‘purposeful,’ derived out of ‘professional jealousy’ and ‘simply spiteful,’” Dobyns told visitors to his website yesterday. “Judge Allegra went on to say that during trial, witnesses testifying for the government had answered questions in his courtroom with ‘less than candor.’ That is a tactful way of saying they committed perjury, or for the rest of us laymen -- they lied.”
 

NY: Remington Arms announces factory in Alabama, sparks fears that it will leave New York
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The state’s oldest gunmaker announced Monday it will build a factory in Albama employing 2,000 people — raising fears the company eventually will leave New York.
Some Republicans blamed Gov. Cuomo and the tough anti-gun law he pushed through the legislature for the decision by Remington Arms to look outside New York to locate its new plant.
Cuomo aides and elected officials in the central New York town of Ilion, where Remington employs 1,300 people, said they have been assured the gunmaker is not moving any jobs out of state.
Remington has operated a plant in Ilion since 1816.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Legislation has consequences.
 

NJ Star Ledger Editorial Board Reveals Their Hypocrisy When It Comes To Guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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They’ve gone and done it again readers.
The New Jersey Star Ledger, on the verge of going out of business just 5 months ago, has once again shown their rank hypocrisy when it comes to anything having to do with the issue of firearms with the OP-Ed piece “Hey Wyoming, Butt Out Of Jersey’s Gun Laws”
 

NY: New York Gun Manufacturer Opts to Open New Facility in Alabama
Submitted by: Anonymous

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New Yorkers are losing some potential new jobs.
Remington Arms Co., which is based in Ilion, NY, is expanding and purchasing a facility in Huntsville, AL. The expansion is expected to result in jobs for more than 2,000 employees over the next 10 years.
The president of the union that represents most of the Remington employees in Ilion, Fran Madore, was concerned by the news, telling The Post-Standard Saturday that “It can’t be good.”
Under the New York SAFE Act, passed in 2013 in response to the school shooting in Newtown, CT, Remington can manufacture, but not sell, “assault weapons,” which contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition, in the state.
 

Anti-gun editorials demonstrate ignorance of press bias
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Yesterday’s editorial pages in three different newspapers, in California, Florida and Kentucky, regarding two important gun-related cases underscore for gun rights advocates why the mainstream press is no longer taken seriously by the firearms community, if not the public in general.
 

MI: Must See Surveillance, Mom Uses Semi Auto Rifle to Defend Children Against 3 Home Invaders
Submitted by: Guns Save Lives
Website: http://gunssavelives.net

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Wow, what a great story that highlights how semi-automatic rifles can be used for home defense. That rifle was definitely a great equalizer for a mother of two young children in Detroit when she was facing down three armed home invaders.
 

PA: Allentown cop fired by city council for public drunkenness
Submitted by: jac

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -
An Allentown cop who plead guilty to public drunkenness was fired by Allentown City Council Wednesday night.

Jeffrey Rush plead guilty earlier this month to charges stemming from a Sept. 23, 1013 incident.

Rush, while off duty, vandalized vehicles and window air conditioning units after leaving Candida's Bar in the 200 block of North Twelfth Street in Allentown.
 

Round Up (Tens of Thousands of) Gun Registration Scofflaws, Rants Hartford Courant Editorial Board
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A bit of miltary wisdom has it that you should never give an order you know won't be obeyed. Issuing such an order accomplishes nothing except to undermine your authority and expose the extent to which, no matter what enforcement mechanisms are in place, you rely upon voluntary compliance. But now that Connecticut's resident class of politically employed cretins has awoken to the fact that, in their state, like everywhere else, people overwhelmingly disobey orders to register their weapons, they're acting like this is a shocking revelation.
 

British media appreciates a good self-defense story
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What makes the DM most charming though, is their obsession with American politics and culture. It really seems like you’re reading the New York Post with a smattering of British-isms for a continental flavor. Today was no different. Early this a.m. headlining the “front page” of the Mail was this story: “Surveillance camera captures the moment mother opens fire on home invaders with assault rifle”

That article goes on to describe how “a mother-of-two opened fire with an assault rifle on intruders who tried to smash their way into her home.
 

FL: Gunsmoke state: Another self-defense case tarnishes Florida
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida is fast becoming known for something other than sunshine, palm trees and retirees: now it is the place of senseless shootings and justice mocked. The responsibility for that rests with the state itself.

Nobody forced it to pass a self-defense law embodying the most extreme pro-gun ideology. In practice, its law is as close to a license to kill as anything James Bond could have thought up.
 

ND: Feds say reservation shooting was in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man accused in a shooting that left one man dead and prompted school lockdowns and closings in northeastern North Dakota acted in self-defense, federal authorities said Wednesday.

The federal investigation into the November killing of 29-year-old Joel Sherman on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation showed that homicide charges are not warranted, according to U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon.
 

CA: Judge upholds San Francisco gun magazine ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A judge on Wednesday upheld San Francisco's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets, the latest in long series of court rulings grappling with gun rights since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that gun ownership inside the home for self-defense purposes was a fundamental Constitutional right.

The National Rifle Association sought to strike down the ban, arguing that high-capacity magazines were covered by the Supreme Court's ruling.

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup disagreed, ruling that the city's law doesn't hinder self-defense and promotes public safety.
 

CA: S.F. wins ruling on high-capacity gun magazines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association challenged the ordinance on behalf of four gun owners and the San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association. Their suit argues that the measure violates the constitutional right of armed self-defense in the home, established by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 2008 ruling.

The lawsuit remains alive, but U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Wednesday denied an injunction against enforcement of the ordinance and said its opponents have not shown that it would significantly interfere with a law-abiding person's right of self-defense.
 

OK: House to vote on bill to allow guns in State Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The House floor will soon debate and vote on legislation that its author argues will allow Oklahomans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

A House committee on Tuesday gave the green light for a bill that would allow people to carry guns into the State Capitol if they have a permit to have a concealed weapon.
 

CA: Concealed weapon permits now easier to obtain
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Capt. Don Aguilar, who oversees the Ventura County sheriff’s concealed weapons permit unit, said there are several reasons someone would need to carry a weapon in public.

For example, a businessperson could carry large amounts of cash or someone could fear for their safety and can provide specific reasons why they are in danger.

“Maybe they have an active restraining order and are scared the person will seek revenge, or they work for the district attorney and have done several criminal cases and have gotten threats,” Aguilar said. “Whatever the reason, we always . . . prove its authenticity.”

Should the federal court’s decision be upheld, applicants will no longer be required to show good cause to carry a hidden firearm.
 

GA: Georgia Bill Would Lead To Guns In Airports, Bars, Churches, Elementary Schools, And Libraries
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state already has permissive gun laws that allow concealed carry in parks and public transportation. And the new bill seems to expand concealed carry to every conceivable place.

“It’s permeating through virtually every major public institution, virtually,” said Kathryn Grant, who heads the Georgia Gun Sense Coalition. “There aren’t any other spaces left.”
 

WV: Pending W.Va. bill would close gun rights gap
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A statement from the [NRA-ILA] said Swartzmiller's bill would clarify the distinction between hunters and shooters in the field and would allow shooters in or near the woods to be "protected from unnecessary interference by a Department of Natural Resources officer based solely on possession of a firearm."

HB 4431 would require a West Virginia DNR officer to have secondary evidence that someone carrying a firearm in the woods is actually hunting before asking to see a hunting license. Such secondary evidence could be anything from harvested game to hunting equipment, according to the bill.

Swartzmiller said he drafted the legislation in consultation with DNR officials and has their support.
 

ID: Idaho Senate backs right to carry guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Public colleges and universities in Idaho can no longer make their own rules when it comes to guns on campus.

The Idaho Senate voted Tuesday to grant college students the right to possess firearms on school grounds. It passed with a vote of 25-10 and guarantees one's Second Amendment right over the existing gun regulations of public universities.

The bill exempts dormitories and indoor venues seating more than 1,000 people and requires possession of Idaho’s new enhanced concealed weapons permit to carry a gun on campus. The permit is given to individuals 21 and over, and to those who have completed an eight-hour training course.
 

Will Smart Guns Actually Save Lives?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The real power of smart guns would come in the future. If the technology becomes ubiquitous, says Rosenwald, then whole new realms of possibility present themselves. If a radio signal from a watch is needed to turn the gun on, then an overriding signal from outside could be used to turn it off. “The company also has technology that would render guns inoperable if they approached electronic markers — for instance, near a school,” he says.

 

FL: Critics say adding duty to retreat would better Florida's 'stand your ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In April 2005, as legislators moved closer to passing a bill that would become known as Florida's "stand your ground" law, then-Rep. Dan Gelber proposed a simple, 54-word amendment.

The gist: If you're attacked and you can safely escape without killing someone or risking death yourself, you should.

"It may be somebody that deserves it," Gelber said Wednesday. "But at the end of the day, if you can walk away safely or resist the impulse to kill, I think you ought to."
 

CA: O.C. Sheriff eases rules for carrying a concealed weapon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Orange County Sheriff loosened requirements Wednesday for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit in light of a recent federal appellate court decision that deemed many urban counties in California to be overly restrictive in saying who can and can’t carry a concealed weapon.

Local applicants seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon now only have to say they need one for self-defense or personal safety. Previously, applicants were required to prove “good cause,” a standard that typically limited concealed weapons in Orange County to people who carry large sums of cash or valuables, or who could prove an existing mortal threat.
 

GA: Sweeping pro-gun bill clears Georgia House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill that proposes more than a dozen changes to the state’s firearm laws passed the Georgia House Tuesday by a margin of 2 to 1.

House Bill 875 cleared the House by a vote of 119-56 after lawmakers debated the bill for more than two hours.

“I’m very pleased with the passage of this bill,” Rep. Dustin Hightower, (R-Carrollton), one of the bill’s sponsors told the Times-Georgian.
 

CA: Sheriff Gore to Appeal Ninth Circuit, Or Not?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Immediately after the the historic Ninth Circuit ruling that the second amendment right to bear arms extended outside of the home, it was reported that an appeal to an “en banc” panel of 11 justices would be in the works.

Ed.: A good synopsis of the current conflicting statements and status of a request for an en banc review of Peruta.
 

MO: Study indicates Missouri’s spike in murders result of repeal of permit, background check law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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And Frady isn’t the only one who questions the details of the study either. Gun rights advocate and author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” John Lott feels that the details of the study have been handpicked in order to reach the desired outcome.

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“There is research on these universal background checks across all the states… it show no benefit in terms of murder rates from these laws. The question the media should ask is: why pick one state when there are so many states with this law? Not only isn’t it the right way to do research, it is pretty obvious to anyone who has looked at the national data that Webster picked that one state to report because it was the one that gave him the result that he wanted.”
 

Massachusetts’ Markey revives ‘smart gun’ debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey today announced that he will push legislation requiring that all new firearms be “personalized” as his panacea to so-called “gun violence,” which is yet another revival of the “smart gun” debate that has raged off and on for years.

Critics will quickly argue that the technology is faulty at best, as they have done here and here.

Markey, according to the Boston Globe and Associated Press, called on President Barack Obama to add $10 million to his proposed budget to cover “gun violence research,” which presumably includes money to further development of personalized gun technology.
 

UT: Utah considers law to increase SWAT raid transparency
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Following controversial raids by the state’s SWAT teams in recent years, Utah is now poised to vote on a police reform bill that’s almost unlike any other implemented in the United States.

According to the Washington Post, a new SWAT transparency bill has unanimously passed the state Senate’s Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee. The proposal, which requires police agencies to report on the details of their SWAT activity every year, will head to the Senate floor for a vote.
 

OR: Grand jury won't indict man, self-defense cited
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A grand jury has refused to indict an Eastern Oregon man in a killing that investigators concluded was likely self-defense during a robbery attempt, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The case involves Timothy Allen Kelly, 22, of Irrigon, who called a narcotics officer to surrender six days after 25-year-old Daniel Leonard Dechand of Hermiston died on Feb. 4 of gunshot wounds.
 

NJ: Second Amendment Bigot Bryan Miller Calls Gun Owners ‘Terrorists & Gangsters’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last week rabid gun grabber Bryan Miller of Heeding G-d’s Call decided that the ONLY people that need more than 10 round magazines are “domestic terrorists and gangsters.”

Well, that’s good to know. Normally, we’d chalk this up to just another crazy gun bigot, which Miller definitely is. However, this particular gun bigot sat in a room with NJ Senate President Sweeney last year and helped write S2723, the Omnibus Gun Law from Hell.
 

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