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Leaked Snowden document suggests answer to gun blog question
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"While it tells us '[t]here are rules for which kinds of communications can be monitored -- for example, domestic communications are off limits, although communications from agents of foreign powers and suspected terrorists don’t count as domestic,' that last bit opens all kinds of doors, and the admission that '[t]he invocation of National Security trumps other rules' opens all kinds of concerns."
 

NJ: Bodyguard for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suspended for alleged theft from Cabela's
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CLIFTON, N.J. -
A New Jersey State Police trooper on Gov. Chris Christie's security detail has been suspended without pay after allegedly shoplifting from a store in Berks County.

Trooper William Carvounis tried to leave Cabela's in Tilden Township, near Hamburg, with $267.38 worth of merchandise, according to court documents.

The alleged theft, which was captured by the store's surveillance cameras, happened on Jan. 8, police said Monday. Carvounis was charged Jan. 9 with two counts of retail theft, one a misdemeanor; the other a summary offense.

His bodyguard's job, which brings in more than $95,000 a year, could be in jeopardy if the allegations are true.
 

Reporting Self Defense with a Gun To Law Enforcement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This week’s Law of Self Defense: Question of the Week comes from “Alliance Bean (@NerkBuckeye),” who asks:

“What’s your opinion on reporting to law enforcement when drawing your weapon to fend off an attack without witnesses? Any downside?”

This is a great question, one that I’m sure everyone who carries concealed has asked themselves at one point.
 

FL: Davis' mom was in Stand Your Ground movie before son's death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nine months before Jordan Davis was shot to death, a movie based on a true story called "Stand Your Ground: A Cry for Justice" had just wrapped.

That movie -- in a strange twist of events -- features Jordan Davis' mom, who plays a grieving mother whose son was fatally shot in a Stand Your Ground case.

The executive producer of the movie, whose son was the one acquitted of murder in that case, is speaking exclusively to First Coast News via Facetime.
 

GA: Legislative Efforts to Repeal Georgia's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Appear Unlikely in 2014
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Chances appear slim for legislative efforts to repeal Georgia’s “stand your ground” law during the 2014 legislative session. On Wednesday, a state Senate committee held a hearing on a bill seeking to do away with the law, but no vote was taken and another hearing has yet to be scheduled.
 

India: India has produced its first ‘woman-friendly’ gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A state-owned gun factory in India has created a handgun designed specifically for women that manufacturers say can “serve as a deterrence” against sexual attacks

For $2,000 U.S. dollars, women in India can purchase the light-weight .32 caliber revolver. Described as “ideal to fit a purse or a small hand bag,” the gun is marketed for its simple trigger and small size, according to the Times of India newspaper.
 

Constitution Check: What does it mean that there is a right to “bear” guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lyle Denniston looks at two Second Amendment cases under consideration at the Supreme Court later this month that would clarify questions posed by the National Rifle Association.
 

MD: Gun advocates rally in Annapolis
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hundreds of gun-rights advocates packed Lawyers Mall on Tuesday to remind Annapolis lawmakers that opposition to gun control remains strong.

“We are back and we will keep coming back,” said Greg Nolte, second vice president of the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association. “We are back and will keep coming back until Senate Bill 281 is repealed or overturned.”

Maryland passed SB 281, also known as the Firearms Safety Act, last legislative session.
 

IN: Students, faculty should be allowed to carry guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Part of The (Portland) Commercial Review’s response in its editorial that appeared Jan. 30 in The Tribune concerning state Rep. Jim Lucas’ House Bill 1048 legislation is that by allowing students or faculty to legally carry weapons it would encourage campus violence by the mere presence of a gun.
 

Leapers Signs On As Major Sponsor Of S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Michigan based Leapers, Inc., a company known for its uncompromising high standards in supplying sportsmen and women with shooting, hunting and outdoor gear since 1992, is the latest sponsor of the sold-out 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.
 

FL: State Lawmakers Seek End to Cooperating with Obama 'Gun Grab
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) introduced HB733 the Second Amendment Protection Act, which declares that no agent of Florida state or its political subdivisions "may participate with or assist federal agents in the enforcement of federal firearms laws, or provide material support of any kind to federal agents in the enforcement of these laws. The law would stipulate that state agents and/or contractors who knowingly participate in or provide support for the enforcement of federal firearms laws would be subject to dismissal."
 

KS: Is county really allowing us our 2nd Amendments rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There were no metal detectors or security people frisking you as you came in. Under the new Kansas law, I’m not sure they could legally ban concealed carry.

Again, on another level, I was present when our county commissioners passed a resolution supporting the Second Smendment and stated that Seward County employees would do nothing to restrict those rights.

Was that just a publicity stunt or did the commissioners really mean it?
 

Prof. Kopel on Colorado lawsuit: ‘I think it’s a strong case, that’s why we brought it’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At SHOT Show 2014, Guns.com had a chance to briefly catch up with Second Amendment luminary Prof. Dave Kopel.

For those unfamiliar with Kopel, he is an associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute, research director of the Independence Institute, and adjunct professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver University, Strum College of Law.

Ed.: Also a video.
 

OR: Gun bill hearing to draw crowd
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill to expand background checks for firearms sales is expected to draw a large, emotionally charged crowd to the Capitol this morning.

Testimony is scheduled from national gun control advocate Capt. Mark Kelly. He’s the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, who was shot in the head at an Arizona campaign event in 2011. The gunman killed six people and injured 13 others during the attack.
 

UT: Utah 2A Supporter Finally Prevails in Legal Fight Over Protective Order
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Clark Aposhian, an outspoken second amendment supporter, was arrested on domestic violence charges on May 27th, 2013. At the time, I thought it was likely a false accusation.

As a prominent constitutional rights activist who ran a business teaching concealed carry courses, in the middle of a custody dispute, Aposhian was clearly at risk of being hit with a domestic violence restraining order.

Such an order would take away his second amendment rights for an indeterminate period, and divert enormous time, resources and energy away from his political battles, right when they were needed the most, in early 2013.
 

SC: Constitutional Carry Considered in South Carolina
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 2012 a constitutional carry bill died in a subcommittee in South Carolina. In 2013, constitutional carry was taken on the road, and received major grassroots support.

That bill, S115, made it to the full committee, and is still alive. In 2014, constitutional carry is bottled up in the South Carolina Senate Judiciary committee meeting. WLTX reports:
 

MA: Mayor Walsh joins coalition of mayors for gun reform
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After Boston saw eight gun-related homicides in January, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday that he will be joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national coalition founded in 2006 by former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
 

CO: Colorado Democrats Vote Down Proposal to Remove Gun Permit Requirements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Colorado Democrats continue to hold the line against Republican attempts to roll back gun restrictions, voting again to turn down a proposal removing permit requirements to carry concealed weapons.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 on a party-line vote Tuesday to reject the bill from Republican Rep. Jared Wright. The bill would have removed the requirement to obtain a permit in order to carry concealed handguns.
 

OH: 'Guns & Ammo' Columnist Was Right — and Paid the Price
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When a magazine’s troubles make it to the front page of the New York Times business section, it’s officially a media story.

By then, however, I already was writing this column.

Guns & Ammo is a slick monthly that I flip through while I’m waiting for prescriptions to be filled. Conceal/carry pistols and assault-style rifles are popular features.

The magazine shares the National Rifle Association’s take-no-prisoners approach in the firefight over gun control, and that helps explain why the December issue left Guns & Ammo badly bruised by a nasty recoil.
 

MT: Democrats deserve anti-gun rep
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Gun control advocates believe in mandatory mental health screening for those who purchase guns, something the NRA fully supports.” With a false statement like that, it is a wonder why Andre Zollars thinks Democrats get a bad rap for being anti-gun. Please source where that came from. I can’t find where the NRA believes this. Democrats have a well-deserved reputation for being anti-gun, however. They continually prove it every time this subject comes up. They claim they just want a few “common sense” laws, meaning to give up your right to own a gun or freely use your Second Amendment rights.
 

TX: Wendy Davis supports open carry law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned by many cities in Texas. But the state's next governor could change that.

Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed "open carry" law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public.
 

CT: Connecticut Firearms Owners To Appeal in Shew v. Malloy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Just one day after receiving an adverse ruling from the lower federal court on their Second Amendment challenge to Connecticut’s new firearms law, the plaintiff-firearms owners and organizations filed a formal notice of their intention to appeal the ruling.

In addition to following the U.S. Supreme Court precedents in the renowned cases of Heller and MacDonald, the lower federal court deciding the case was bound to follow recent precedents of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.
 

NY: N.Y. gun group fighting against SAFE Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s membership has exploded from 22,000 to more than 41,000 in the last 12 months. It is not coincidental that the NY SAFE Act was passed just prior to this unprecedented explosion of interest in the state’s premier firearms watchdog group.

The Association, headed by NRA Board member Tom King, is the nation’s oldest — and now largest — National Rifle Association affiliate. It has answered the public support by vigorously fighting ($475,000 in court costs so far) the SAFE Act.
 

WA: New playbook, same goal: Masking gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While maybe a half-million people will line Seattle’s streets today celebrating the Seahawks Super Bowl win, a “webinar” offered by the Progressive Majority Action Fund will provide tips to gun control proponents, including those in the Pacific Northwest, on how to push their anti-gun agenda.

The 90-minute webinar – an online seminar – begins at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern. It is being described as “a lively and interactive discussion about how to argue for gun legislation” led by Bernie Horn, “one of the lead lobbyists for the passage of the Brady Law and the federal ban on assault weapons.”
 

SC: South Carolina Governor Haley Will Sign Gun Law Reform
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has said that she will sign the gun law reform, Bill 308.

The law has been widely touted as a “restaurant carry” bill that removes the state restrictions on people with concealed carry permits carrying their defensive firearms into establishments that serve alcohol.

Second amendment supporters have argued that they should be able to eat at the same restaurants as other citizens, without discrimination by the government. The new law will prohibit legally armed citizens from consuming alcohol while in these establishments.
 

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