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VA: Senate bill would allow concealed weapons in places alcohol is served
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Virginia lawmakers are expected to pass a bill that would allow anyone with a concealed-carry permit to bring their guns to restaurants that serve alcohol.

Restaurant patrons may soon be allowed to bring concealed weapons along when they go out to eat.

Restaurant managers do not like it because they don't expect most customers to embrace the idea of bullets and booze. But the combination is exactly what will be allowed in Virginia if Senate Bill 334 passes.

"I just don't think there's any reason for it to tell you the truth," said Manny Caralivanos, Kelly's Tavern.
 

The Muslim Menace
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When you read Geert Wilders' speech, consider how many of the incidents he speaks of would never have happened in any part of the United States where individuals assume responsibility for their own physical safety. We may still suffer a bit of thuggery here and there—Acorn, Barack Obama's Praetorians, for example—but it loses most of its effect where, instead of dialing 911, people can reach for a 1911A1.

...we must see to it that the first ten amendments to the Constitution, ... commonly known as the Bill of Rights, is enforced energetically and stringently, as the Founding Fathers intended. To any extent that our freedom of conscience is not fully protected by the First Amendment, it will be protected by the Second.
 

Federal ban on guns in parks ends
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Courtesy of a rider attached to a new credit card reform act that went into effect this week, gun owners now can bear firearms in federal parklands where the weapons previously were forbidden.

“The key point is that this will bring national parks in line with state laws,” said Greg Zeman, chief of protection for the Apostle Islands National Park.

But those laws vary considerably from state to state.

For instance, federal parks in Wisconsin, such as the Apostle Islands, still won’t allow visitors to carry concealed firearms, in keeping with state law.

In contrast, national parks in Minnesota will allow people to carry concealed firearms, as long as the bearer has the necessary permits in hand.
 

CA: Armed homeowner stops violent home invader
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A San Bernardino County, California man reportedly used his gun to stop a woman who was using a brick to break in to his home.

Police say that the home invading woman used a brick to break out a window at the man's home, prompting him to call the police. The homeowner also reportedly warned the home invader that he had a gun. Undeterred, the home invader reportedly stuck her head through the window, causing the homeowner to fear for his safety and the safety of his family, police say. The homeowner reportedly fired one shot in self defense, striking the home invader and ending the attack.
 

GA: Georgia's National Parks are no longer gun free zones
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This means that Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 13 other National Parks and Historic Sites, and 9 National Wildlife Refuges in Georgia will no longer deny the basic human right of self defense - but only while visitors are outside. The National Park Service has been aggressively training its rangers on the law banning firearms at federal facilities and will be applying that law to keep firearms out of visitor centers and rangers' offices, although they will not take action against firearms in lodges and some other buildings. In Savannah, Fort Pulaski officials say there are strict guidelines for those who carry firearms. "If they don't obey those rules, they will be punished."
 

DC: Guns: Not Just for the Home Anymore
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Washington Post has an interesting profile of longtime libertarian activist and fighter for gun possession rights, Tom Palmer. Palmer was one of the original plaintiffs in the Heller case, which vindicated the Second Amendment by overturning D.C.'s ban on handgun ownership. (Palmer was booted from the case for technical standing reasons before it reached the Supreme Court.)

Palmer is now one of the plaintiffs in a new legal challenge to still-existing D.C. laws that prohibit the public carrying ("bearing," as in "the right to keep and bear arms") of your gun in D.C.
 

Supreme Court returns, firearms regulation and detainees on agenda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Also upcoming on the court's agenda before it finishes hearing oral arguments at the end of April:

-- Whether the Second Amendment applies to attempts by states and cities to regulate firearms. The justices ruled in 2008 that the amendment guarantees an individual's right to own a firearm for self-defense. But the decision in Heller v. District of Columbia applied only to the federal government and its enclaves such as the District.
 

Ideology to Die For
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"But as a progressive, I would sooner lay my child to rest than succumb to the belief that the use of a gun for self-defense is somehow not in itself a gun crime."

Morally speaking, I have no problem with anti-gun ideologues who wish to place themselves in peril by waiving their rights of self-defense. You almost have to respect someone who is willing to die for his beliefs. But when he decides that others should also die for his beliefs the real trouble begins.

There are actually a lot of Doug Van Gorders in the world. In fact, there are whole organizations of them. The Brady Campaign for Gun Control is the first that comes to mind.
 

CA: Homeowner shoots intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A homeowner hearing someone trying to break into his house early Saturday morning yelled at the intruder he had a gun, according to sheriff’s deputies responding to the call of a burglary in progress in the 10300 block of Maple Avenue.

The would-be burglar, later identified as Jennifer London, 23, broke out the front window and stuck her head through.

San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s deputies said the resident feared for his family’s safety and fired at the suspect causing her to flee.

She was located a short time later with a bullet wound to her chest and was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Amazingly, the bullet passed through her body without hitting any vital organs or arteries, according to investigators.
 

Update: Concealed Gun Holders Kill 9 Cops, 130 Others Since 5/07
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Concealed handgun permit holders have killed at least nine law enforcement officers in addition to 130 private citizens (including 14 shooters who killed themselves after an attack) since May 2007 according to the latest update of Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of such killings. The web site, located at http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm, is updated monthly to include new fatal shootings since May 2007 by concealed handgun permit holders and any changes in the legal status of permit holders facing criminal charges.
 

NV: Bill Would Allow Tracking of Nevada Gun Owners Movements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The legislature is considering a means of “revenue enhancement” that would make privacy for CCW holders a huge problem. This is the exact same bill that was rejected by the legislature last year.

InsureNet is lobbying for this bill so they can install 1,000’s of camera or “scanners” on nearly all of Nevada’s public roads. If it passes it would allow InsureNet, to photograph/scan every license plate on our roads. This data would be scanned and analyzed by InsureNet for the purpose of catching uninsured motorists. It’s a nice premise but it comes with some serious problems.
 

VA: Lax gun laws overlook possibilities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association’s website says that while concealed carry permits are not granted to minors, convicted felons or domestic abusers, it is “very simple for trustworthy, law-abiding people to obtain one quickly and cheaply.”

The Association’s wording is naïve, plain and simple. In 2006, Charles Carl Roberts IV murdered five Amish students in Lancaster County before turning the gun on himself. Although seemingly a sick individual, Roberts had no record of mental instability. It is unreasonable to assume or expect that everyone interested in carrying a concealed weapon will continue to be a “trustworthy, law-abiding” person after the purchase of his handgun.
 

TN: Tennesseans packing heat in higher numbers these days
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tennesseans are packing heat in higher numbers these days. The number of people in Tennessee with permits to carry handguns increased by 23 percent from January of 2009 to January of this year.

In the Tennessee counties of the Tri-Cities region, the average increase of permit holders in the past year was 24 percent, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Ken Potter attributes this increase to multiple shooting events in the news. He teaches hand gun carry permit classes in both Carter and Unicoi Counties, and says those stories always elicit the same response, a desire for self-defense.
 

McDonald v. Chicago: Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Counsel, Stakeholders to Discuss Upcoming Supreme Court Handgun Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, attorneys for the city and other stakeholders will brief the media on McDonald v. Chicago in advance of oral arguments before the Supreme Court early next month. They will be joined by others with a direct stake in the outcome of the case: mayors, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, medical professionals and the families of gun violence victims.

The event will be held on Tuesday, February 23, at 3:00 p.m. in the Broadcast Center Main Studio on the fourth floor of the National Press Club. A conference line is available for those who wish to call in – NOTE NEW NUMBER: 1-888-438-5453, pass code 1048285.
 

"We Didn't Want Some Montana Militia Man As the Poster Boy For the Second Amendment"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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McDonald v. City of Chicago challenges the city's 28-year-old handgun ban, which remains standing after a similar law in the District of Columbia was overturned almost two years ago in the case of D.C. v. Heller. Virginia attorney Alan Gura--who previously argued the Heller case before the Supreme Court--selected the plaintiffs in McDonald through a meticulous process. With financial backing from the Second Amendment Foundation, Gura conducted e-mail, phone, and face-to-face interviews with about a dozen Chicagoans.
 

WA: Firearms legal as of today in Mt. Rainier and other national parks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The primary response to the new law, according to Young will be one of education. Rangers will approach visitors with firearms to make sure they understand the laws regarding possession and answer any questions others may have. He feels sure there will be visitors unaware of the change in law who will be surprised to see guns carried openly.

"Whether there are significantly more weapons being brought into the park remains to be seen. There's weren't people lining up at the entrance this morning with firearms."
 

WY: House OKs concealed weapons bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday passed legislation under which a permit would no longer be required to carry a concealed weapon in Wyoming.

If passed, Wyoming would become the third state, after Alaska and Vermont, to allow conceal-carry without a permit.

The bill, House Bill 113, passed 42-15. It now advances to the Senate, where it will be taken up as soon as the end of the week. But although the bill has Senate sponsors, Senate Majority Leader Jim Anderson, R-Glenrock, said the proposal will "probably be received with more scrutiny on the Senate side" than in the House.
 

OK: Firearm freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An Oklahoma lawmaker is one step closer to getting a controversial gun law passed. According to House Bill 2994, most ammunition, firearms or firearm accessories manufactured in Oklahoma and kept in Oklahoma, would be under state law and would not be subject to federal regulations.

State representative John Enns, who authored the bill, wants the measure put in place before the Federal Government creates new gun laws.
 

CA: California town to start charging $300 for calling 911 [video]
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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You better hope you are not incapacitated. Because your neighbors are going to let you die before they call for you.

Submitters note: Dial 911 and die, and now PAY (again). Taxes + user fees = tyranny. Note how it is geared to push everyone to buy the $48 per year "subscription"
 

OR: Oregon gun owner alert: The heat is on for SB 1064
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"SB 1064 reverses the gains we made in fixing an error in Oregon law...Please, as quickly as possible. Contact your Senator and House Rep with the simple message, NO ON SB 1064."

Special action alert needed for Tuesday, Feb. 23. Please forward to your gun owner friends in OR and ask them to IMMEDIATELY contact their reps via the link provided.
 

Baugh: A Nation Without A Country, Part VI - Stacking the Deck
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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A third key litmus issue is gun rights. I’m sure I’m speaking to the choir here. And not just those weapons which are currently OK for us to own. We need to unroll the carpet quite a bit here. The concept of a militia isn’t just for farmers and pitchforks, it is for all the modern equivalents of pitchforks and muskets, too. See this article for more ideas about how to give the local kids something useful to do away from the Nintendo.

Submitter's note: The final part of Tom Baugh's sobering series.....
 

PA: FBI investigates allegations webcam used to monitor student
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(CNN) -- The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that a Pennsylvania school official remotely monitored a student at home, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told CNN on Saturday.
 

National ‘Take a gun hiking’ Day
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Beginning today, law-abiding gun owners can possess guns in national park and forest lands. But the anti-rights movement is pulling out their propaganda guns in an attempt to confuse and disparage gun owners.
 

Reactions: Is Tenure a Matter of Life or Death?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Amy Bishop's rampage has led some observers to call for "conceal carry" laws to be applied to universities, on the grounds that college campuses would be safer places if more people carried firearms and could stop shooting sprees in progress."

"As the blogger David Codrea wrote on February 13, quoting a student at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Gina Hammond: 'I'm scared to go back to school. However, if they were to allow me to carry my pistol on campus, I would not be as scared. ... I'm sorry that nobody in that room had a pistol to save at least one person's life.'"
 

Review: Bulgarian AK-74 NDS-2 Rifle, 5.45x39
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I first became interested in the Bulgarian AK-74 NDS-2 Rifle, 5.45x39 after reading about the 5.45x39 AK variants in Boston's Gun Bible. Over the years I've owned and shot an assortment of AK's chambered for 7.62x39 and to be honest non have impressed me with accuracy attained.

While the AK-47Bulgarian AK-74 NDS-2 Rifle, 5.45x39 is as reliable as anything made, I don't consider 6-12 inch 100 yard groups to be acceptable performance. Maybe for military suppressive fire tactics, but not for a lone survivor or small survival group.
 

PA: Official: FBI probing Pa. school webcam spy case
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The FBI will explore whether Lower Merion School District officials broke any federal wiretap or computer-intrusion laws, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation.
 

CA: Tracy Residents Now Have To Pay For 911 Calls
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Tracy residents will now have to pay every time they call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency.

But there are a couple of options. Residents can pay a $48 voluntary fee for the year which allows them to call 9-1-1 as many times as necessary.

Or, there's the option of not signing up for the annual fee. Instead, they will be charged $300 if they make a call for help.

Ed.: And you thought calling Europe was expensive. This doesn't seem to apply for police or fire calls, but maybe the article is wrong.

"A $300 fee and you don't even want to be thinking about that when somebody is in need of assistance," said Tracy resident Greg Bidlack.

Residents will soon receive the form in the mail where they'll be able to make their selection. No date has been set for when the charges will go into effect.
 

Camp-Fire? Guns Now Legal in National Parks
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"'When you are at a campfire and people are getting loud and boisterous next to you, you used to have to worry about them quieting down. Now you have to worry about when they will start shooting,' Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, told the Associated Press."

"Defenders of the new rule like David Codrea counter that the rule won't legalize murder or poaching."
 

CO: Sheriff won't jail violators of campus handgun ban
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Across the U.S., most public universities ban students and faculty from carrying concealed handguns on campus. Colorado State University has, up until now, been one of the few exceptions to this rule. The university's board of directors voted to pass a ban on carrying concealed weapons last year.

The region's county sheriff, Jim Alderden, says if the CSU policy is put into place, he will not jail anyone found guilty of violating it.

"What CSU is trying to pass is a policy," Alderden says. "And their position is that the university policy trumps state law and the U.S. Constitution."

Many Colorado State University students seem to oppose laws that restrict their rights to carry a concealed weapon.
 

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