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Bellevue gun rights groups help form international alliance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There seems little doubt that the next big gun rights battle will be on the global front, thanks to efforts by anti-gun governments to not only disarm their citizens, but also lobby at the United Nations to compel the U.S. government to ratchet down on our gun rights."

"Well, good luck with that! ... All of these guns that the gun control fanatics don't want us to have; we've already got them."

"Into this fray has stepped a new organization with strong involvement from two Bellevue-based groups, the [SAF] and [CCRKBA]. They are on the ground floor in the formation of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR), with offices soon to be located in Washington, D.C. and Vienna, Austria." ...
 

SAF announces new international gun rights organization
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has announced the formation of a new international gun rights advocacy group."
"The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) met last week in Nuremberg, Germany. Gun rights organizations and activists from several countries, including Sweden, Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and the United States attended. The group’s official slogan is 'Liberty and Security.'"

"SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, who serves as an IAPCAR director, just returned from the meeting, and he is encouraged that groups from other countries ... are also interested in joining.'" ...
 

Is it anti-Semitic to say so if gungrabbers really are 'bagel brained'?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "There's only one problem: the creator of the flier is JPFO. So to buy into Dresser's propaganda fantasy, we need to believe that the one civil rights group that not only says 'Never again!' but also points to the one way to ensure against genocide—and is headed by a Jew—is anti-Semitic!" ...
 

The Start Of A Trend?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pistol loaded, openly carried. Rifle unloaded, slung to rear. Bandoleer of magazines containing ammo. All in accordance with rules below. Please note that guidelines below are subject to final coordination with the Department of the Interior:"

"Participants and attendees are expected to know and abide by all applicable state and federal firearms laws. None of the information provided below is legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship is created by reading or relying upon this information. If you have questions, then you are expected to know the applicable state and federal firearms laws before attending the event." ...

"This is a lawful muster and protest to be, apparently, carried out on Federal land." ...
 

The Bagel Brained Jews of Baltimore are Bleating Vociferously
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For too long, Jewish liberals have led the cries for more and more 'gun control'. While common sense might point out that Jews should be the least likely group in America to advocated the disarming of a free society, people like these idiotic and dangerous Maryland politicians keep beating their perverse drum, calling for more and more gun prohibitions. See Baltimore Sun article. (archived page on JPFO)"

"JPFO is anti-Semitic? An unbelievable assertion. See this most appropriate cartoon response."

"From its inception, JPFO has 'targeted' victim disarmament advocates of any stripe. But we reserve a special indignation for those who call themselves Jews, but actually spit on one of the most fundamental tenets of our religion: the right to self defense and the defense of the innocent. ..." ...
 

When it came time to cover a Second Amendment story, this reporter decided it was time to face her fear of guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All too often, it is apparent in news articles involving the Second Amendment, guns, concealed carry, hunting and shooting rights, gun control, etc. that the writer is completely unfamiliar with the subject."

"When an Ohio radio show producer began working on a story about the U.S. Supreme Court case McDonald v. City of Chicago, she decided that she would not only use the suit as an opportunity to learn more about Ohio's firearm laws, but also as an opportunity to overcome her fear of guns." ...

"For more on Adoryan's learning experience, click here."
 

Tiger swings at Masters, but Elin may not be out of the woods
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tiger Woods announced yesterday that he will return to golf at the Masters. Tiger took some time off following revelations of infidelity. ..."

"The question that has been asked in one form or another following his car crash is, 'Did Elin attack Tiger with a golf club?'"

"So what should Elin do. Should she 'fess up', if she did in fact attack Tiger? After all, 1 John 1:9 says, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'"

"Wait, what does this have to do with gun rights? The confession mentioned above is confession to God. But, confessing to the police ... might bring a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence." ...
 

Why confusion reigns in wake of federal court ruling on Seattle lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Confusion seems to be reigning in the wake of a federal court ruling last week that the parks gun ban adopted by the Seattle Parks & Recreation Department under former Mayor Greg Nickels is constitutional."

"U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman delivered her ruling in a case filed against the city by Kent attorney Robert Warden. He had sued the city on Second Amendment grounds, which some legal analysts have privately suggested was premature because the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether the Second Amendment is incorporated to the states and local governments through the 14th Amendment." ...
 

'No guns for negroes,' Chicago-style
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"About a month ago, I wrote about a bill pending in the Illinois House of Representatives, HB 6123, ostensibly intended to make it more difficult for members of 'street gangs' to acquire guns. Many would call that a laudable goal. Actually, as I said last month, I think the seemingly commendable nature of this legislation is the point--to be able to accuse opponents of the bill as 'wanting to arm gangbangers.'"

"The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) points to a much more ominous issue with this proposed legislation:" ...
 

Meet Otis McDonald
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I spent part of yesterday with Otis McDonald, the lead named plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago, now under deliberation by the United States Supreme Court. When the [SAF] mounted this challenge to the Chicago handgun ban, they could not have made a better choice. Mr. McDonald is your quintessential hard-working, self-made American."

"Beginning life as the son of a sharecropper in Mississippi, he served in the United States Army, spent thirty years working for a university, and is now trying to finish his life in peaceful retirement with his spouse. However, the Chicago neighborhood where he has owned a home since the 1970s has been increasingly blighted by ... the sort of punks who harass and harm the elderly ..." ...
 

Second Amendment March's Skip Coryell Speaking at New Hampshire Liberty Forum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Second Amendment March Founder, Skip Coryell, will be speaking at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum in Nashua, New Hampshire this weekend along with such notable speakers as Judge Andrew Napalitano, Representative Dan Itse, and Jacob Hornberger."

"When not speaking, Skip will be at the Second Amendment March booth spreading the word and signing copies of his books. Second Amendment March literature and merchandise will be for sale at the booth all weekend long."

"For speaking times and a schedule of events go to www.freestateproject.org" ...
 

Gun Nuts and Bolts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My friend, Bob Terrell, recently brought me an article from the March 10 issue of the San Angelo Standard Times, because it contained an article that is extremely offensive to Americans. ..."

"... Mr. Thomasson, while articulate and engaging, is dumber than a trigger guard. And I say that with the utmost respect."

"Mr. Thomasson entitled his garbage 'The several varieties of gun nuts.' Right away it's obvious that this guy has no idea what he's talking about. As evidence for this statement I submit that anyone who would write that line doesn't like guns to begin with, and the only reason for a sane, rational human to dislike inanimate objects is because he doesn't know anything about them." ...
 

Blaming guns for childhood obesity?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The forcible citizen disarmament lobby, apparently finding itself on shaky ground Constitutionally, is increasingly relying on 'public health' arguments to support its agenda of onerous gun laws. Manifestations of this trend run the gamut from 'studies' linking gun ownership to suicide, to ... research into whether teenagers carrying guns and drinking alcohol increase the risk of 'gun violence.'"

"Give the gun prohibitionists some credit, though--they certainly are creative. Recently, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Sue Ontiveros came up with what might be the most . . . novel 'public health' argument against guns--that guns are forcing kids to become couch potatoes. ..." ...
 

True Colors: Why Can't Brady Campaign Get Starbucks' Gun Policy?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For quite some time now, I have tried to understand why The Brady Campaign insists on picking a fight with Starbucks over something that should not be a big issue. The claim found at the bottom of this latest article describes the Campaign as seeking 'to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies' and I have long failed to see how that goal is not accomplished here."

"We have two coffee houses, Peet's Coffee and Starbucks, each with a different policy about customers carrying guns. Now, it seems sensible to me that those customers who feel that Peet's no-gun policy creates a safer environment would buy their coffee there, those who felt that Starbucks had the right idea would buy their coffee there ..." ...
 

Get me a decaf, non-fat dark cherry mocha and a Glock, please
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A growing grassroots movement across the United States is seeing public meetings of armed citizens gathering together just to prove their right to gather in public with weapons. I'm sure many Canadians are appalled by the very thought, but there really isn't anything wrong with a bunch of people standing around in a park with holsters on their hips. What's provoked the controversy has been the increasing number of these meetings that are occurring in those shrines to urban leftism — Starbucks coffee shops."

"Symbols matter in politics. Rightly or wrongly, Starbucks coffee shops have indeed become synonymous with lefty, latte-swilling urbanites ..." ...
 

Starbucks, Guns and Property Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The controversy over guns and Starbucks provides us with an opportunity to understand the relationship between gun rights and property rights."

"The gun-control crowd is upset with Starbucks because the chain is permitting people to openly carry firearms into its stores. They say that this is carrying the right to keep and bear arms too far."

"On the other hand, some gun-rights advocates are claiming that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of people to keep and bear arms in Starbucks."

"As a private business, Starbucks has the right to operate its business any way it sees fit. If it wants to permit people to bring weapons into the store, that is its right. That's what private ownership entails." ...
 

Thoughts On Insurgencies....
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week I got to talking with a co worker about insurgencies. Also I prioritized watching and really enjoyed a recent episode of FRONTLINE where a reporter spent 10 days with the Taliban. Based on these two things I have some thoughts on insurgencies in Iraq ... and Afghanistan as well as elsewhere."

"-First insurgents need to blend in with the population be it in a rural or urban setting. Of course their neighbors know what is up but they will not tell the occupiers. Insurgents out in a non typical for the area heavily armed compound never have a happy ending. However just another house or farm which has the normal comings and goings (versus say 30 military aged males) is not going to get noticed." ...
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Will NRA Declare War On U.S. Air Force Over Gun Registration?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Is the gun lobby going to wage a political war now with the United States Air Force, claiming the service is denying soldiers and airmen their 'Second Amendment rights'? And since the NRA routinely says that registering firearms is the first step to confiscating all guns, is the gun lobby accusing the Air Force of 'disarming' itself? (Kind of a funny image actually)."

"It's quite a rhetorical trap the gun lobby has put itself in, don't you think?"

"According to a statement by Carl Bergquist, Air University Public Affairs on March 15th:"

"'MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Registering a firearm with the appropriate authorities on Maxwell-Gunter is required in order to bring a firearm on base.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Not surprising that no one at the 'Freedom States Alliance' was in the military for long enough to know that when you stop being a civilian, you give up all sorts of civil rights. Oh, and the NRA isn't involving itself in any way shape or form; this is just a straw-man thrown up by the antis.
 

FL: Best way to get our lawmakers' ear? Pack heat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gay people need to get guns."

"It's the quickest way they can rise above second-class citizenship in Florida."

"Nothing activates state lawmakers more than pleasing the National Rifle Association. If our state lawmakers were made to wear NASCAR-style jumpsuits to display their sponsors, the NRA's logo would be plastered all over them."

"This explains why we have a state law, over the objection of many big businesses, that allows Floridians to bring their guns to work[sic]."

"It also explains another shoot-'em-up law that removes the 'duty to retreat' from any confrontation, giving Florida gun owners greater license to fire at people they consider threats both on the streets and in their homes." ...
 

WV: Shameful: Sales tax holiday is a political gimmick and needs a veto
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Gov. Joe Manchin says legislative passage of a bill waiving the 6 percent sales tax on the purchase of guns and ammunition during the first weekend each October — on the final night of the session, no less — 'gives me heartburn. That's pure heartburn.'"

"'I can't look at children in the eye, and struggling families in the eye, and all these people in the eye and say, 'I'm sorry we couldn't help you, but, by God, if you want to buy a gun, we can really take care of you,' the governor added."

"This legislative stunt should give everyone heartburn. In fact, it should make them sick." ...
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KABA Note: Hey Joe, you forgot to bring up the puppies and kittens that will be hurt by this . . .
 

Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution of American Citizens: A Desired State Policy
Submitted by: Larry

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"On March 4th, 2010, Senator John McCain [R-AZ], Senator Joseph Lieberman [I-CT] and eight other co-sponsors introduced Senate Bill 3081, the 'Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010.' This atrocious piece of legislation if passed would allow the military to detain and interrogate U.S. citizens indefinitely and without benefit of trial simply based on suspicious activity! Of course, the USA PATRIOT Act and the Military Commissions Act are already in place, and allow for egregious behavior by government against the citizenry, but this legislation takes it a step further." ...

"... let me preface my remarks by saying that I fully understand that this bill has simply been introduced ..." ...
 

AK: Woman shoots, wounds ex-boyfriend
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anchorage police say a man upset by child custody issues was shot by his former girlfriend at her home."

"The woman told police that 31-year-old Tommy Robert Thomas at 12:14 a.m. Monday entered her home ... acting aggressively."

"When he refused to leave, she fired a warning shot into the floor."

"Witnesses say he moved toward the woman and she shot him twice, striking him in the leg and his side, just under his armpit."

"Thomas underwent surgery and is expected to survive."

"The shooter and two visiting friends were taken to police headquarters for questioning."

"Detectives have not filed charges but the case has been forwarded to the district attorney for review. The name of the shooter was not released."
 

OH: Attempted robbery thwarted by armed citizen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the third time in a week an armed citizen has stopped an armed robbery, this time without a shot being fired."

"Erick Tehoke, who had just gotten his concealed carry license three months ago, was approached by a would-be robber while sitting in his SUV after making a withdrawal from a Columbus ATM. When the robber demanded his money, Tehoke drew his handgun and the robber fled." ...
 

FL: 2 Charged In Connection With Home Burglary, Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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..."... a 911 caller reported that her husband had shot an intruder. They said Maureen Cassidy told them that she woke up when she heard a noise. She said she exited her bedroom and observed a male intruder in the home. She returned to the bedroom, she said, and woke up her husband, Charles."

"She said her husband then retrieved his handgun, a Smith and Wesson 9-mm, and stood in the doorway of the bedroom, where he observed the male intruder walking toward him."

"Police said they were told that Charles Cassidy shouted to the intruder, 'Stop. I have a gun.' He said that the intruder continued to walk toward the bedroom area, at which time he fired one round from his handgun, striking the intruder in the hip area." ...
 

This may be why they call the stuff 'dope'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The shootout earlier this week in the Kirkland-area home of a medical marijuana grower has cast a light on self-defense in this state, even when it involves individuals who may be involved in activities that garner a sneer from some people."

"Medical marijuana activist Steve Sarich was in his home in the pre-daylight hours Monday morning when three or four people burst in. One of them fired at him with a shotgun loaded with birdshot and he was wounded slightly, according to the King County Sheriff's Office. Sarich returned fire with a .22-caliber pistol and hit at least one of his attackers seriously. He may have hit a second individual, and detectives are apparently working on that." ...
 

OH: Changes to concealed carry come under fire
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"New legislation introduced in the Statehouse this week would allow concealed-carry licensees to pack heat in restaurants and bars."

"Senate Bill 239, sponsored by Sen. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, and a fellow Republican from the Dayton area, also would remove existing restrictions on how handguns can be carried in a vehicle. Sen. John Carey, R-Wellstone, is listed as a co-sponsor."

"Schaffer said existing law handcuffs, sometimes literally, well-intentioned Ohio gun owners and the language is excessively wordy. As it stands, the statute governing Ohio's concealed-carry law is three times as long as the Declaration of Independence, he said." ...
 

IN: Ind. Gov. Daniels signs bill barring employers from banning guns on workplace property[sic]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a bill that lets workers keep guns locked out of sight in their vehicles while parked on their employers' property."

"Daniels cited the rights of gun owners under the Second Amendment and the Indiana Constitution in signing the bill Thursday. He also noted its broad support ..."

"The law takes effect July 1."

"Daniels said lawmakers in the future might want to clean up some 'ambiguities' in the law that could invite lawsuits. He was referring to provisions that exempt some employers including schools, child care centers, domestic violence shelters, and some utilities and chemical plants."

"Opponents say the law can lead to workplace violence."

 

IA: Law would take away guns from domestic violence offenders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Convicted domestic violence offenders in Iowa could lose their right to own guns and ammunition if the governor signs a bill into law ..."

"A person accused of domestic violence who has a protective order placed against them can be required to relinquish their firearms temporarily ..." ...

"'When we know that guns in the hands of abusers have killed Iowans every year and not just victims but children and bystanders, it makes sense,' said Cathy Van Maanen, Plymouth County Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence (CSADV) outreach coordinator." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yes, because someone bent on murder won't dare break a gun law, right? Of course, if s/he can't get a gun, maybe a buck's worth of gas will do the job.
 

IL: Legislation to Ban Assault Weapons Moves Forward
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation to ban assault weapons passed through an Illinois House committee Wednesday, a week after several concealed carry bills did the same."

"Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation banning all Illinois residents from 'knowingly' owning, selling, manufacturing, purchasing and possessing assault weapons, including certain weapon attachments. The House panel approved his initiative on a 7-to-4 vote." ...
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Submitter's Note: You can see the bill here. It bans the usual suspects by name, and cosmetic features, then adds some twists like banning any pistol which is "a semi-automatic version of an automatic firearm". So would that include Glocks[video], plus any other pistol with a full auto version?
 

OK: Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act rejects federal controls
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Sen. Randy Brogdon has won Senate approval for the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act. The measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support - a vote Brogdon says mirrors the values of most Oklahomans."

"The Senate approved Senate Bill 1685 on a vote of 39 to 3."

"'As a private citizen and as a state senator, I believe it is important that we guard against the continued erosion of the Bill of Rights, including the right to protect ourselves and our families,' said Brogdon ... 'This legislation reaffirms our Second Amendment rights.'"

"Under [the bill], no firearms or ammunition manufactured in Oklahoma and remaining in the state could be subject to any federal regulations ..." ...
 

OR: Excessive force: police dog that bit wrong man
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"Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns says excessive force was used in a case in which a police officer let his dog go after a man who turned out to be a homeowner, not a prowler."

"Moments before police arrived at his home last November, Tim Crossan had been fighting with the intruder who crawled through an open window while fleeing police. Then Crossan found himself bitten three times by a police dog while the intruder escaped." ...

"[Chief] Kerns said the officer 'shared some of the responsibility' for releasing the dog before positively identifying the target. But on a broader level, the chief says the case exposes problems in the department's K9 policies and training. ..."
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Submitter's Note: It seems wrong to be surprised, but I am surprised by a Chief with the willingness to say "We messed up" instead of "The officer followed procedure." And I respect him still more for not hanging the officer out to dry, but admitting that there was a training issue and that it would get fixed.
 

Welcome to America, where you have the right to flip a bird to a cop
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"When Robert J. Ekas decided to exercise his right to free speech, he didn't open his mouth."

"He hoisted his middle finger."

"His single-digit protests, aimed at Clackamas County (Ore.) sheriff's deputies last year, resulted in verbal showdowns, traffic tickets and, ultimately, a federal lawsuit." ...

"Ekas, 46, a retired Silicon Valley systems analyst turned mathematician who lives in the Clackamas area, claims the traffic stops were acts of retaliation that violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights. He also wants the court to rule that the Sheriff's Office fails to discipline employees who 'chill citizens' ... free speech rights.'" ...
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H/t to LRC Blog.
 

BATFE Guilty of More Arrogant Behavior -- Seizes Toy Guns
Submitted by: Michael McNulty
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), apparently unable to distinguish between real guns and replicas, seized a shipment of 30 toy guns in a February bust at the Port of Tacoma in Washington." ...

"It was [their] realism that led CBP agents to seize the shipment ... and to call in the [ATF] for a closer look."

"The BATFE was at least knowledgeable enough to discern that the guns in question were, in fact, not real guns. The case should have ended right then and there. After all, the agency has authority only with respect to the importation of real guns. Toy guns fall no more under BATFE jurisdiction than teddy bears.
However, a little technicality like lack of jurisdiction was not enough to keep BATFE off the case." ...
 

GA: Animal Farm in Atlanta
Submitted by: Larry

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"A loud banging on the door pried Rob Rudnick from sleep's insistent embrace shortly before 7:00 the morning of March 10."

"When he opened the door to the Carrollton, Georgia warehouse that serves as unofficial headquarters for Neal Horsley's gubernatorial campaign ... 'the first thing I saw was a SWAT shield and a bunch of machine guns pointing at me,' Rudnick recalled to Pro Libertate."

"Within minutes, Rudnick, Horsley, and campaign volunteer Esther O'Toole were lying handcuffed, face-down on the floor with machine guns pointed at their backs. ... Before the end of the day, he and Esther O'Tool'e husband Jonathan ... would be behind bars, charged with making 'terroristic threats' against the life of 'Sir' Elton John." ...
 

MO: Missouri State Highway Patrol targets church safety
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"The Missouri State Highway Patrol targets church safety in a new program offered to congregations across the state."

"'Unfortunately, it (church) used to be a safe haven,' said Sergeant Dale Moreland. 'That's not necessarily the case now.'"

"Moreland says the new program lays out guidelines for securing buildings, and having church members prepared to handle intruders."

"'They probably need to get someone trained in some hand-to-hand combat or get trained on the use of mace,' Moreland said. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: MO state law prohibits carrying firearms into a place of worship without the permission of the minister or other persons in place of authority.

KABA Note: Moron-*ahem*!-Moreland forgot to mention vomiting.
 

CA: Drivers: Tire loss city's fault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Newport Coast resident Meghan Marcum was driving home down East Coast Highway on a rainy night last month when she felt the front left tire of her 2003 Honda Civic give out."

"When Marcum got out of her car, she discovered that her left rear tire was also flattened." ...

"Marcum and at least two other motorists had their tires spiked Feb. 27 by a tire-deflation device that police use to slow fleeing suspects. ..."

"The device had fallen out of a Newport Beach police officer's Chevy Tahoe after he forgot to shut the back door, according to a police report." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks: "Why should the tax cows have to hoof the bill?"
 

GA: Sheriff: Ex-Captain Taped Grenade To Inmate's Neck
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A former captain with the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office is accused of taping a stinger grenade to an inmate’s neck, officials said.

Grier Smith, 34, of Barnesville, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the July 2007 incident.

Officials said Smith was captain of the sheriff’s patrol division at the time and is now charged with aggravated assault and violation of his oath of office.

Stinger grenades are widely used as a crowd management tool by law enforcement in correctional and jail facilities against non-compliant or riotous inmates.

Experts say improper use of a stinger grenade can result in death or serious bodily injury.
 

CA: Officer claims cover-up in ex-chief's crash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Riverside police officer is accusing the department's acting leader of helping cover up Chief Russ Leach's Feb. 8 crash in his city-issued car."

"Chris Lanzillo, a former president of the Riverside Police Officers Association, filed a claim March 4 seeking an undetermined amount of damages."

"In the document, amid broad charges of retaliation and discrimination because of his union activities, Lanzillo alleges that on Feb. 8, then-Assistant Chief John De La Rosa was 'complicit in ensuring that potential criminal conduct was ignored' when Leach was pulled over."

"De La Rosa referred a call Friday to the city attorney's office, which declined to comment, citing two ongoing investigations into the chief's crash." ...
 

IN: State trooper leaves his loaded handgun at Lowe's
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Indiana State Police say a trooper will remain on duty while officials review details of an incident in which he left his loaded handgun in the restroom of a Lowe’s home improvement store."

"State police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz says the off-duty trooper, whose name hasn’t been released, was still inside the store Saturday evening when he realized his 9mm Glock handgun was missing."

"Galaviz says the trooper retraced his steps and notified store managers, but an employee by then had found the weapon and turned it over to Fort Wayne police." ...
 

OH: Ohio's lone gun ban lobbyist says 'this whole fear thing' is to blame for record increase in CCW licenses
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"Despite suffering legislative loss after legislative loss over the past several years, Toby Hoover, seemingly the lone voice of Ohio's anti-gun movement, continues her crusade to destroy gun rights in Ohio."

"In her most recent comments, published by the Mansfield News, Hoover accused the pro-gun movement of using a culture of fear to foist concealed carry on Ohioans. ..." ...

"... it must be said that [Ms. Hoover's] attempts at revising history are simply pathetic."

"Over the years, few media personalities have done more with an agenda a fear than Hoover, whose 'Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence' who once sent a press release entitled 'OHIO'S KIDS AT RISK OF BEING SHOT' ..." ...
 

IL: Ralph Conner, head of CORE Chicago, ends a life of entrepeneurism and service
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"Illinois gun owners who knew Ralph W. Conner are remembering him as a friend this week after he unexpectedly passed away on Saturday at the age of 61. According to the Heartland Institute's press release, Mr. Conner's funeral will be held in Maywood, IL on Saturday, March 20. See Heartland.org for more information."

"Conner, former President of Maywood, Local Legislation Manager for the Heartland Institute and head of the revitalized Chicago chapter of the Congress Of Racial Equality(CORE), was a busy man who seemed to buzz from project to appearance to essay to interview at an impossible pace, but he was focused and eloquent advocate for the right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

WA: Will the village idiots select Seattle’s new police chief?
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"The other day, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat did a marvelously sarcastic column on how Seattle might be selecting its next police chief."

"Headlined 'It takes a village to find a police chief,' Westneat's verbal dig struck right at the heart of the Northwest's liberal enclave, and probably hit several nerves. Mayor Mike McGinn has appointed a 26-member committee to find a new police chief, and considering the mayor's devotion to fighting a legal challenge to the illegal parks gun ban enacted by his predecessor, Greg Nickels, it would be no surprise to learn that one of the committee's priorities is to find a hoplophobic top cop who thinks only police should have guns." ...
 

OH: Headline: "Women a 'driving force' in Ohio handgun sales"
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"The Mansfield News-Journal is reporting that the influx of new concealed handgun licenses comes as the image of the average gun owner -- a middle-aged man -- is changing."

From the story:"
"At a recent gun show in Mansfield, where venders peddling everything from flak jackets to military meals ready-to-eat gave the event the feel of a survivalists convention, more than a few women milled around among the scores of men buying or looking."

"'Since the CCW permits, more women are getting their CCW permits than men,' said David Holden, 43, owner of an East Canton gun shop and one of the show's sellers. 'Women are the driving force in the gun sales.'"

"It wasn't always so." ...
 

MI: Big gun coming to Dundee
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"Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, will be among those speaking during an NRA Mega Weekend event being held Friday through Sunday at Cabela's, the giant outdoor equipment store in Dundee."

"Mr. LaPierre is among nearly a dozen speakers who will discuss current and proposed gun laws and issues during the three-day event, which is expected to draw hundreds of gun enthusiasts and Second Amendment advocates." ...
 

The Meaning of the Second Amendment
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"Open carry laws in the State of Wisconsin have gotten a lot of attention lately, most recently from the BBC. In a column titled 'Armed and ready to shop,' posted by the BBC on March 11, North America editor Mark Mardell recounts his experience following Nick Clark and Kim Garny as they go about their daily business in the Milwaukee area while openly bearing arms on their hips." ...

"The story, though, is not so much to be found in the BBC’s coverage of open carry, but in the reader reactions to the story. The comments posted by readers almost uniformly demonstrate a lack of understanding of the Second Amendment." ...
 

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