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Demanding Moms ‘go postal’ on Rand Paul amendment to USPS bill
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"In the absence of rational contributions to bring to the table in terms of real solutions to criminal violence, perpetuating myths, lies and insults against those they hate, and stirring up virtual mobs of ignorant and angry fellow travelers, is really all these people have -- except for Michael Bloomberg’s money, of course."
 

CA: CA APPS program wrongfully seizes guns again...
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The state of California has the APPS program which is designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, the mentally ill and people who have restraining orders against them. Unfortunately this program doesn't work well, and a Bakersfield man found several police officers at his door without a warrant. When they left, they took all his guns even though he was legally allowed to own them.

Read more to learn about what happened.
 

NJ: Fight gunfire with guns in crime-plagued Newark: Opinion
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New Jersey faces an epidemic of violent crime, threatening the safety of each New Jersey resident. ...
Current attempts to lower the crime rate have failed. ...
The definition of a criminal is a person who disregards the law. Strict gun control laws and gun-buyback programs don’t affect criminals’ behavior. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
While Newark’s solution for curbing the murder and crime rate is restricting and banning guns from law-abiding citizens, the real solution, yet to be enacted, is allowing law-abiding citizens to be armed. Law-abiding residents must be able to take responsibility for their own personal safety.
 

CA: Long forgotten pot bust, bureacratic screwup prompt agents to seize California man's guns
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Michael Merritt had all but forgotten about the pot bust way back in 1970 when state agents came knocking on the door of his Bakersfield, Calif. home.
The agents, from the state’s Department of Justice, started peppering the 61-year-old avid hunter with questions about the guns he owns. Then they told him to hand them over.
“I didn’t know why they were here,” Merritt told FoxNews.com of the Nov. 5 incident. “Then it hit me in a flash. They were here to take my guns and I didn’t know why.”
 

Crazy things Americans tried to take on planes in 2013
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Guns, grenades, human skull fragments and a pepper spray disguised as a lipstick -- just a few of the things confiscated by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers from travelers in U.S. airports last year.
In TSA's recent blog post: TSA Blog Year in Review: 2013, TSA blogger Bob Burns reviewed some of the dangerous or unusual items officers confiscated in 2013 as well as some of the creative ways passengers tried to hide them. ...
The key message the blog wants to impart is: passengers can't fool TSA officers.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Imagine! These crazy Americans actually believed they lived in a free society!
Norman Minamata's legacy continues!
 

TX: Protecting the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This week, the House passed legislation that protects our Second Amendment rights and ensures that public lands can continue to be used for hunting and fishing. With my support, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 3590) passed the House by a vote of 268 to 154.
 

TX: Wendy Davis’s Non-Campaign
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Texas’s dexterous gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis this morning announced that she was henceforth to be known as a friend of those who, in the inimitably bemused words of the Associated Press, wish to carry a “six-shooter on the street . . . on their hip, in full view, while in public.” At this revelation, the cynics among us chuckled heartily.
 

Nearly 50 Mayors Abandon Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Group; Will Media Report?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Wednesday, Mayor John Tkazyik explained in the Poughkeepsie [N.Y.] Journal that he and almost 50 other mayors have dropped out of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG).

The reason they left? They all felt Bloomberg was using the organization to trample on the Second Amendment rather than to push for the stricter enforcement of existing laws.
 

WA: Concerns about humorous T-shirt go too far
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An incident at one of our middle schools in Milton-Freewater has been brought to my attention. It seems two teachers took exception to a T-shirt worn by a student.

The shirt had a cartoon of a bear holding a rifle, and the caption was “I support the right to arm bears.”

This cartoon seems, no more than anything, to be poking harmless fun at our Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Ed.: R.I.P. Mr. Weis.
 

OR: Oregon Senate considers expanded background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, appeared before Oregon legislators on Thursday to speak in favor of expanded background checks for gun sales, as Republicans contended the Democrat-proposed legislation is "political posturing" as Oregon's May primary nears.
 

IA: Legislature mulls lowering gun age
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Twelve-year-olds could potentially shoot a handgun in Iowa if a bill in the state Legislature passes.
On Jan. 30, a House subcommittee passed the bill, which would lower the legal age that minors may use a handgun under supervision.

Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville, said he expects the bill will have to go through a long process and jump through many hoops before it comes to fruition.

The next step, he said, will be for proponents of the bill to discuss whether the legal age should be lowered from 14 to 12 or be done away with altogether.

“There is quite a ways to go,” he said. “You can absolutely be a proponent of the Second Amendment and gun ownership and still have disagreements on whether the age should be 14, 12 or zero.”
 

GA: Despite Past Issues, New Gun Bill Loosens Restrictions on College Campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill seeking to loosen gun carry rules in Georgia's bars, churches, and college campuses cleared a House committee Thursday.

After two days of packed hearings and emotional testimony, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted in favor of House Bill 875. It would expand gun carry areas to bars, churches, and some government buildings.

Additionally, police would be prohibited from arresting college students who are licensed to own a gun and caught carrying on campus. A violation would be treated as a simple misdemeanor and result in a $100 fine.
 

ID: Bill Would Eliminate Concealed Carry Exemption for Elected Officials
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Idaho’s elected officials shouldn’t be given special exemptions to carry concealed weapons, one lawmaker told the House State Affairs Committee Thursday.

Elected officials instead should be treated the same as any other resident and go through the permit vetting process, said state Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, while introducing a bill that would eliminate the exception.

Idaho is the only state to allow any person in an elected position — from school board member to state senator — to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

Ed.: Rather than repealing this exception, how about extending Constitutional Carry to all Idahoans?
 

It will take unified force to stand up to NRA on gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-control proponents must begin to speak with one voice to really make themselves heard. They also must raise funds and have a disciplined membership to remind office seekers that what they may lack in money for political contributions is more than made up for at the ballot box.

In addition to changing the political climate, gun-control advocates must realize that the problems facing virtually all states can only be solved by federal legislation. Strict state gun-control laws, no matter how tight, as in Massachusetts and New York, are watered down by the loose or virtually nonexistent ones in other states.
 

OR: Kelly brings gun control road show to Oregon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Nine days after appearing before the Washington state House Judiciary Committee to push for so-called “universal background checks,” former astronaut Mark Kelly – husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords – was in Salem, Ore., today to support similar legislation in the Beaver State.

Kelly spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, supporting SB 1551, an “updated” version of a bill that was tried last year but, as the Statesman Journal noted, it failed to get a vote. There is some dispute whether this is the same measure with some tweaks, or a different bill, but that will be sorted out.
 

Numerically Challenged Journalist Michael Allen Wages Weak Attack on NRA, Kleck
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Allen, about as good at math and criminology as he is at journalism, wondered, “How could 2.5 million self-defense incidents happen each year, which would be more than 20 times the number of people being shot?”

The answer, as Allen would have known if he had read the Kleck-Gertz study like Professor Wolfgang did, is that in most self-defense uses of firearms, no shots are fired. As Wolfgang explained, “Defensive gun usage, as reported in the current study by Kleck and Gertz, includes mostly robbery and burglary, in which offenses there is little ‘mutual combat’ compared to homicides.”
 

PA: Fatal irony: A gun calamity may have led to new gun permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Guns and paranoia seem to go together as much as guns and ammunition. Just as the presidency of Barack Obama boosted national gun sales amid fears that a new age of gun control might dawn — it didn’t — gun owners appear susceptible to any perceived threat. The evidence is as close to home as Allegheny County.

Sheriff Bill Mullen announced this week that his office issued 20,708 concealed-carry gun permits in 2013, a 31 percent increase over the previous year when 15,797 permits were issued.
 

TX: Wendy Davis’ New Found Support for Open Carry Proves TX Gov. Race All About Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Texas Democrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’s johnny-come-lately support of Open Carry in the State of Texas proves what we have said all along–the 2014 Texas gubernatorial election is a referendum on guns.

Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has known this all along. Thus, while Davis spent the last two months running on abortion–and then trying to plug holes in the dam of her personal bio–Abbott was assuring Texans that the debate on gun control was settled in 1791, when the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.
 

IN: Push for stricter gun laws is misguided
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Stephen Dunlop, in his Jan. 31 letter, suggests that the legislature “eliminate the self-defense claim ...when the defendant initiates the event” is misguided. To conclude that the Trayvon Martin case was improperly decided suggests that Dunlop knows the facts better than the jury that sat through days of testimony.
 

TX: Man Charged in Lawton's 9th Homicide of 2013 Found Not Guilty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kitchens admitted to the act, however he told police he shot Moore in self-defense.

The jury had the option to give kitchens a lesser charge of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

After three hours of deliberation last night the jury found Kitchens not guilty.
 

FL: Florida Carry Files Lawsuit Against Eastern Florida State College
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Eastern Florida State College policy prohibits weapons anywhere on its four campuses, with the following stated in the college’s governing policy manual and in the Student Code of Conduct:

“Students may not possess weapons while on college property (law enforcement officers excluded.) Weapons are defined as firearms, knives, explosives, flammable materials or any other items that may cause bodily injury or damage to property.”

To be clear, there is no rehearing or appeal on the merits of the decision pending in any court.
 

KY: General Assembly to Consider Loosening Concealed Carry Rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The current process of acquiring a concealed carry permit can take a few months. The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday gave overwhelming support to a bill that could make permitting almost immediate for those covered by emergency protective or domestic violence orders. Madison County Senator Jared Carpenter says each case would be up to the judge’s discretion. “This bill would allow it to be expedited to where they can get it much quicker based upon the judge recommendation. If a petitioner has had an E P O issued, they have the ability to ask the judge to grant them a concealed carry for the time up to 90 days and it allows them to have that protection,” said Carpenter.
 

GA: GA lawmakers deliberate "stand your ground" repeal bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill to repeal Georgia's "stand your ground" law has been introduced to a senate committee, but according to WSB Radio, it appears to have little chance of passing during this legislative session.

The law says a person has no duty to retreat, and has the right to "stand their ground" by using force if they believe they're under physical threat.

Democratic State Senator Vincent Fort sponsored the bill, urging committee members to repeal the 2006 law.
 

CA: California Gun Law Assailed as Back-Door Ban Awaits Court Ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Sacramento, a federal judge may decide as soon as next week whether the state’s microstamping requirement, which took effect last year, constitutes a de facto ban that violates the right to bear arms. The ruling may spur appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 2008 upheld individuals’ right to own handguns, calling them the “quintessential self-defense weapon.”

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U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat, heard arguments on Dec. 16 on both sides’ request to rule on the legality of California’s gun regulations.
 

KY: Concealed Weapon Legislation Aimed At Domestic Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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People considered at risk in domestic situations may soon have access to additional protection.

Kentucky’s General Assembly is being asked to approve legislation loosening restrictions on concealed weapons. The current process of acquiring a concealed carry permit can take a few months.
 

KY: More Gun Legislation Introduced in Frankfort
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 283, sponsored by state Representative James Kay (D-56), would clarify certain aspects of Kentucky’s charitable gaming statutes and afford groups like the Friends of NRA the opportunity to host more events throughout the state. HB 283 would also streamline the reporting process for those on the charitable gaming license.

Senate Bill 88, sponsored by state Senator Dan Seum (R-38), would strengthen the already existing statewide firearms preemption statute by preventing local boards of health from regulating any part of a firearm or ammunition.
 

FL: 'Pop-Tart' school-gun bill clears first hurdle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida lawmakers are working to keep students from getting in serious trouble for "simulating a weapon" with harmless objects like their fingers, Pop-Tarts or Legos.

State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, said the proposed bill is designed to bar "overreactions" under zero-tolerance policies designed to keep weapons out of public schools.

The bill cleared by a state House panel on Wednesday would bar school districts from suspending students for "brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item" bitten into the shape of a weapon or "possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of plastic snap-together building blocks."
 

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