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Holder says 'gunwalking wrong'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "He guesses that's the term? Like this is all new to him? ..."

"Left unsaid is whether stonewalling when people reporting to him have done it is wrong or acceptable. Perhaps we're meant to guess. "
 

Should Bans Against Carrying Concealed Weapons Be Lifted On College Campuses?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Should permitted faculty and students have the right to carry a concealed handgun on college campuses? Right now once someone qualifies for a permit they can carry a concealed handgun with them virtually anywhere in a state except for a few designated gun-free zones. Prominent among those 'protected' areas are universities and schools. Yet, twelve states, including two large ones, Texas and Florida, are currentlly engaged in the debate over whether to end these bans." ...
 

Our inviolable right to self-defense
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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... "The Founding Fathers of the United States indicated their acceptance of, and based the United States Constitution on, the concept of natural rights. For the purposes of this discussion, it doesn't matter if you believe in God or not. Most deists and theists believe rights are God-granted, while others believe natural rights come from nature. Natural rights exist regardless." ...
 

Poll Reveals Most Voters Oppose Additional Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to a recent poll, conducted by Zogby International and The O'Leary Report, and reported on Townhall.com, since the tragedy in Arizona, Americans' support for their Second Amendment rights show no signs of weakening." ...
 

Author says kids' book on guns conveys 'positive message'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Back when my kids were young, I was required to pull a shift now and then in our parish nursery, supervising the tots at play while their parents attended Mass."

"Given the venue, and the times, the toys in the nursery were aggressively anti-violent. Nothing remotely resembling a gun was allowed on the premises. Nonetheless, the boys - always the boys - found ways to shoot at each other. ..."

"Pow! Pow! Pow!"

"So, maybe trying to ignore the ubiquitousness of firearms in American culture is the wrong approach."

"Maybe it's about time somebody wrote a children's book like 'My Parents Open Carry.' If they're going to carry guns, they may as well learn how - and why. Right?" ...
 

It’s a Good Thing America Has A Second Amendment and I Don’t Smoke Dope
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I’m not suggesting that a firearm gives me the personal courage to speak out—although I gotta put my hands up on that one. I’m saying that the R2BA created and protected by the Americans who came before me ensured the journalistic liberty I enjoy today. They couldn’t be intimidated with the threat of violence (much) because they could defend themselves. Eventually, these giants upon whose shoulders I perch created a gun-toting proxy—known as a police force—to do it for them. but the underlying principle has not changed." ...
 

Weirdness In Wisconsin
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "One item on the table for the crippled Wisconsin legislature this year is shall-issue concealed carry, which would end a longstanding situation in which only Wisconsin and one other state, Illinois, have absolutely no provision for law-abiding citizens to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public for defense of self and others. ..."

"They say the third time is the charm, and with Doyle gone and gun-friendly Scott Walker now in the Governor’s office, it was thought that concealed carry would be a fait accompli this year. But will it pass now, in times of budget crisis so great it calls the world’s attention to Wisconsin? Where will funding for the licensing bureaucracy come from?" ...
 

Things Are Quirky In Albuquerque
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just spent a few pleasant days in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gun laws there are strange. 'Open carry' of handguns has long been legal there, but concealed carry didn’t become lawful in NM until the 21st Century."

"There are some unique laws in New Mexico. A lawyer friend tells me it's illegal to carry any deadly weapon except a handgun, the latter either openly or – with a permit – concealed. This means it’s technically illegal to carry a pocket knife. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover this until late in my stay. Fortunately, the law is not widely enforced." ...
 

Firearms Coalition endorses Linda Walker for NRA Board of Directors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Each year 25 of the 75 regular director seats comes up for election to 3-year terms along with the 76th director, who voters attending the Annual Meeting select for a one-year term."

"There is little chance of any injection of new blood in this year's election. ..." ...
 

SI Swimsuit Model Julie Henderson Kisses an FN SCAR (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Is Washington Post helping ATF circle wagons on ‘Gunrunner’ scandal?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Is the Washington Post providing cover to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the probe of an unfolding controversy regarding 'Project Gunrunner' and an off-shoot of that operation in Arizona dubbed 'Fast and Furious?'" ...
 

Attorney General Eric Holder Tap Dances Around Gunwalker Scandal (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is off the fence: letting guns 'walk' into Mexico is a bad, bad thing. So . . . why did he allow it? ..."
 

Mexican politician calls for extradition of ATF 'Gunwalkers'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Moreover, the point intended to encourage the federal Executive to request the extradition of U.S. agents who executed the program, for having committed the crime of trafficking in arms against the Mexican government...'" ...
 

House Judiciary Committee Republicans want answers from Holder on Gunwalker
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Of significance for all Americans: Why is there no similar letter from the Democrats on the committee?" ...
 

A Journalist's Guide to 'Project Gunwalker-Part Two
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Examiner.com article character limits preclude adding more updates to the Journalist's Guide to Project Gunwalker. This is a continuation of updates from this column and Sipsey Street Irregulars beginning with March 9, 2011. It includes contributions from regional Gun Rights Examiners." ...
 

ATF Gunwalker Scandal Update
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "What has this to do with gun rights in Arkansas?"

"Plenty."

"The ATF is pushing for more documentation on sales of more than one firearm in the border states. This policy could easily spread to Arkansas, simply by the stroke of a pen by an ATF official. The ATF has also been using these hundreds of firearms to bolster the number of 'traced' guns; Attorney General Eric Holder is using these numbers in an attempt to reinstate the failed Assault Weapon Ban. These bogus numbers have been used by the liberal press and the anti-gun groups to hammer the public into submission, but we must not let this happen." ...
 

Central figure in ‘Gunrunner’ controversy refuses to talk to Examiner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "George Gillette, assistant special agent in charge in ATF’s Phoenix field office, returned a call placed by this column to get his perspective on what appears to be a growing scandal that is now being covered by CBS, Fox News, the Washington Post and others. But he cut the call short rather than respond to a question about the reported ATF gathering Monday."

"Gillette said he was not at the meeting, could not discuss any details and quickly ended the call. There are unconfirmed reports from several sources that Gillette has hired an attorney; one of the issues he could have put to rest." ...
 

Motive behind 'Project Gunwalker' needs closer look
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Still, though, as gratifying as it is to see the mass media on the case, there is one vital angle they seem to this point to have missed completely. So far, the major press outlets seem to buy the BATFE/DoJ spin--that this was a perhaps ill-considered, but still honorably intended, effort to bring down at least one major Mexican drug syndicate. The notion that the main objective was to 'pad' the statistics about Mexican 'crime guns' coming from the U.S. civilian market ... seems hardly to have occurred to most of the media. That's odd, because with only a little bit of thought, the 'we had hoped to take down a whole major drug organization' idea looks quite implausible. Mr. Codrea explains:" ...
 

Halligan and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Later today the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. My colleague Carrie Severino summarized the case against Halligan in this post, and Ed Whelan has written a series of posts that are available here."

"Since Ed and Carrie’s entries were published, it has come to my attention that Halligan has a very troubling record of dismissing the Second Amendment while embracing discredited legal theories favored by trial lawyers." ...
 

CA: Suit challenges discretion in issuing gun permits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The nationwide debate over liberalizing gun laws spilled into a federal courtroom in Sacramento on Thursday as gun-rights groups challenged how much discretion California's law enforcement officials have in issuing concealed weapons permits."

"Gun-rights advocates argued that county sheriffs, who handle most such permits, must issue them to anyone who completes a training course and has no mental health problems or criminal background." ...
 

FL: Some sense about guns at college
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two weeks ago, Robert Cowie appeared before a Senate panel debating open carry law, which would remove restrictions on where guns can be carried by those with permits." ...
 

ID: Committee advances campus firearms measure
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In its second day of hearings, the House State Affairs Committee advanced a measure by an 11-8 vote that would allow firearms on public college campuses."

"It now heads to the full House of Representatives for a vote with a 'do-pass' recommendation. The bill would curtail the power of administrators to restrict students, faculty, staff and visitors from carrying firearms — either openly or by people with concealed weapons permits — on Idaho’s public university and college campuses." ...
 

NC: Handgun debate obfuscates common sense issue while lawyers ignore (and violate) established constitutional law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Representatives of the Beaufort Patriot Tea Party traveled to Raleigh Wednesday (3-10-11) on their weekly jaunt to 'Petition their government for a redress of grievances' and in the process, among other things, sat in on the House Judiciary Committee as it debated HB 111—Handgun permit valid in restaurants and parks. After over an hour of wrangling over Democrat amendments to weaken the bill, the committee approved it and it now goes to the full House for debate and a vote, but only after the Democrats were successful in obfuscating the bill." ...
 

ID: Bill to allow guns on college campuses faces strong opposition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"By an 11-8 vote, House Bill 222 is one step closer to becoming law. The House State Affairs Committee voted Thursday to send to the full House, a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on Idaho's public university and college campuses, except in undergraduate residence halls." ...
 

OK: Bills altering state’s carry, conceal gun laws pass committees, House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Several bills concerning gun legislation that would alter the state’s carry and conceal laws passed committees last week." ...
 

NY: Republican Leader Brian Kolb receives much-deserved recognition
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"New York State Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb has been awarded the “Man Of The Year” award from the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association. This prize is in recognition for his tireless leadership during the fall campaign season, when substantial gains were achieved by the Republican Assembly Caucus." ...
 

FOID data publication has nothing to do with government accountability
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "One point to be made here is that when the Associated Press submitted the request for that information, keeping the government 'accountable' was far from their minds. Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard (sponsor of the senate bill to protect the confidentiality of the FOID data), in a letter to the Chicago Sun-Times, explains:"
"The Associated Press, which has requested the list be made public by the state police, has admitted they wanted the list to see which sports stars, celebrities and politicians are in possession of firearms for publication." ...
 

IL: Gun owners rally for concealed carry rights (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thousands of gun owners implored Illinois lawmakers to change their tune on gun legislation at a Thursday rally in Springfield."

"The Illinois State Rifle Association sponsored the rally at the state capitol in Springfield." ...
 

IL: Thousands of gun owners rally at Capitol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Capitol was loaded Thursday with gun owners who are demanding their rights to carry concealed weapons."

"Thousands showed up at the Illinois State Capitol to voice their support for two measures working through the Legislature." ...
 

IL: Gun owners rally for rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A wave of yellow is poised to wash over the Capitol this afternoon during the Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day."

"'It's a gathering of gun owners in the state of Illinois to speak to their legislators one on one about the Second Amendment rights,' Illinois State Rifle Association president Donald Moran said."

"'We'll flood the Capitol, and everyone will be wearing yellow shirts and yellow caps, so they’ll know who we are.'" ...
 

Traver wrong choice to lead ATF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"President Barack H. Obama has nominated Andrew Traver to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Traver is currently agent in charge of ATF's Chicago office and has been involved with numerous anti-Second Amendment activities. For example, he has, with the help of NBC Chicago, portrayed legal self loading rifles as fully automatic machine guns and has called on Congress to outlaw thousands of legally owned target, hunting and home defense firearms. The damage Traver — or someone like him — could do to our Second Amendment rights would take years to repair." ...
 

OR: Judge refuses to separate city of Portland from suit against Police Sgt. Kyle Nice
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"The city of Portland today unsuccessfully asked a judge to dismiss the city as a defendant in a pending civil lawsuit against Sgt. Kyle Nice and his employer stemming from an off-duty traffic encounter." ...

"... Attorney Greg Kafoury, representing motorist Neil Ruffin, said Nice asserted his authority as an officer that day by showing his badge, pulling his gun and telling 9-1-1 'I'm a police officer.'" ...
 

TX: Former Fort Worth Cop Back In Jail
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"A former Fort Worth police officer suspected of sexual assault is back in jail and accused of sexually assaulting four more women while on duty." ...
 

WA: Yakima officer quits during sex investigation
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"A Yakima police officer accused of groping a woman more than a year ago has resigned."

"... [T]he decision by Gary Garbrandt prevents the possibility of his being fired." ...
 

WA: Seattle paying $974,000 for police damage to home
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"The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $974,000 to compensate a family for damage to their home that was hit by dozens of tear gas canisters as police were searching for the man who killed four Lakewood police officers." ...
 

PA: Ex-cop convicted in heroin scheme
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A fired Philadelphia police officer was convicted Friday in a scheme to steal 300 grams of heroin during a fake traffic stop in North Philadelphia using his patrol car."

"A jury in U.S. District Court found Mark Williams, 27, guilty on drug and robbery charges. He faces a sentence of 10 years to life, prosecutors said." ...
 

TX: Bryan Officer Admits to Indecent Exposure
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"A Bryan patrol officer was arrested today by College Station Police for indecent exposure."

"42 year-old Adam Lamar Brooks, of Anderson, TX, has been on administrative leave since Tuesday, in anticipation of a warrant being issued." ...
 

LA: New Orleans Cop Smacks Video Camera Out of Man's Hand (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A New Orleans police officer violently smacked a camera out of the hands of a man as he was videotaping them making an arrest."

"Ritchie Katko, 30, was standing several feet away from a group of officers making an arrest when one of the officers turned to him, stormed up to him and yelled, 'get out of here' before smacking the camera out of his hands."

"Katko picked the camera back up and continued recording." ...
 

MO: Millions seized by KC police soon could return to former suspects
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"George Ricketts’ life crashed in April 1996, when 13 police officers and an FBI agent searched his house and seized money and cars, convinced he was a drug dealer."

"But even though an appeals court later threw out his conviction, he never was compensated for losing all that stuff, including cash and a certificate of deposit together worth $129,482, jewelry worth about $700, a laptop and a BMW."

"That may be about to change." ...
 

OH: Retired Police Officer Sentenced for Attempted Rape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"He took an oath to protect and serve, but a retired Cleveland police officer and convicted sex offender will be spending a long time behind bars."

"53-year-old Robert Bonness pleaded guilty to 25 counts, including attempted rape, pandering child pornography and possession of criminal tools." ...
 

AR: Former deputy from Arkansas to face rape charges there
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Washington County, Ark., sheriff’s deputy charged with the rape of a family member in Arkansas has been returned there to face the charge." ...
 

MN: Gun rights: a moving target
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Michelle walked toward Bill's Gun Shop carrying a black handbag in one hand. In the other, inside a secure case, was the black handgun she borrowed from her father."

"The self-described 'hippie' was there because she felt she had no choice. The man in prison for stalking her is set to be released later this month and made it clear in a recent court hearing that he knew where she worked and planned on paying her a visit." ...
 

Mexico: Absent Police Chief Is Fired in Mexico, Ending an Experiment
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"An experiment in law enforcement in a drug-ravaged border town ended Monday when the 20-year-old police chief was fired after failing to turn up for work."

"The police chief, Marisol Valles García, a college criminology student, had been hired in October after nobody else would take the job. To avoid provoking the drug gangs warring for control of the area, she did not carry a gun or wear a uniform, and made it clear that she would leave major crimes to higher authorities." ...
 

TX: Asylum Requests Put U.S. in Tough Spot
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"Journalist Emilio Gutierrez and thousands of other Mexicans seeking asylum in the U.S. want protection they say their government can't provide. But, for the U.S., granting such requests carries practical and political risks."

"Mr. Gutierrez, who accuses the Mexican military of threatening him, is part of a growing community of asylum seekers, largely centered around El Paso. The latest is Marisol Valles, the former police chief of Mexican border town Práxedis G. Guerrero, who fled to the U.S. last week from the town where her predecessor had been beheaded by drug traffickers." ...
 

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