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LA: Louisiana Bill Would Make You Show Your Guns Before Being Allowed to Buy Ammo
Submitted by: Steve B

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House Bill 8, introduced by Representative Juan LaFonta (D- New Orleans), requires any person selling ammunition to verify that the serial number of the gun for which the ammunition will be used has not been altered or destroyed. Only antique and war relic firearms would be exempt from this new requirement if they are rendered inoperable or if ammunition for these firearms is not available in the U.S. and not otherwise readily available through other means.
 

OH: UPDATE: Suspect Shot and Killed During Attempted Store Robbery
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A man was shot and killed Thursday night after an armed robbery attempt at a Portsmouth carryout. The shooter was a store clerk, the victim -- the intruder.

In a city that's now ground zero in a state war on drugs, it's kill or be killed.

Debbie Jewell says this time, for her fellow store clerk brother, there was no choice.

Police say around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, known drug offender Kenny Gibbs came into the 6th Street Carryout with hands in pocket and demanded the clerk get money from the cash register.

That's when police say a second armed employee came up behind Gibbs. His sister tells WSAZ.com's Randy Yohe that he said, "Drop your weapon."

Police say Gibbs instead turned and drew his gun, and the clerk fired multiple times.
 

Jim Bohannon Show explores 'Project Gunwalker' with writers who broke the story
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"This was a terrific opportunity to share the basic facts behind this huge scandal with a much larger audience, as Bohannon’s program is broadcast over 300 radio stations nationwide. "
 

UT: Utah's state firearm is a first
Submitted by: David Nelson
Website: http://www.stonewallshootingsportsutah.org/

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Utah is the first state in the country to have a state-designated firearm, after Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation recognizing the Browning M1911 as the official gun.

"The governor has said previously, and still feels, this isn't about a gun," said Herbert's spokeswoman, Ally Isom. "It's about honoring John Moses Browning and paying tribute to the man as an innovator and entrepreneur and someone who has given a lot to the state of Utah."

The measure, HB219, adds the M1911 semiautomatic pistol to the list of official state symbols, joining the blue spruce as the state tree; the elk as the state animal; the Bonneville cutthroat trout as the state fish; and the Dutch oven as the state cooking pot.
 

Everything You Need To Know About Concealed Carry For Women [video]
Submitted by: Brian Carey

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Ed.: A video about concealed carry options for women.

Submitter's note: Great video.
 

Glock Manual Safety Kit by Cominolli Custom
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"Cominolli Custom of Syracuse, NY has engineered a product for the Glock line of pistols that make it absolutely mechanically safe!"

"Walt, a retired military friend of mine, who has extensive experience with the Glock line of pistols answered my questions of how I can increase the safety of this fine pistol."

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Submitter's note: Not only is nothing ever "absolutely mechanically safe," statements like that are a distortion because the USER is actually the "safety." The USER is only safe if following proper gun handling rules. If you think you need a lever "safety" on your gun, to the point that you're going to hack up your Glock, then I don't want to be around you with guns. Relying on levers gets people killed.
 

FL: Facts about owning firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Can I legally carry a firearm in my vehicle, even though I don't have a concealed weapon permit?

A: According to Florida State Statute 790.25 (5) Lawful Ownership, Possession, and Use of Firearms and Other Weapons in a Private Conveyance, -- Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of Statute 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance (vehicle), without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. ...
 

GA: Rely on yourself, not APD, for protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Who exactly, I'd like to know, is the Atlanta Police Department protecting?

On March 2, a friend and I were harassed and assaulted by a man in Little Five Points who was either out of his mind, on drugs or both. He tailed us through the neighborhood, threatening to kill us, and eventually hit my friend on the shoulder with a skateboard, hard enough to leave a lump the size of a softball.

After we'd gotten to safety and calmed down, I called 911 to report the incident. I was put on hold.
 

CO: Lawmakers Look To Close 'Loophole' In Gun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"This is a private sell, there is no background check."

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Recently, Senator Michael Bennet's office was quoted by the Denver Daily News as saying, “To protect our kids and communities from the dangers of gun violence, we need to better enforce current laws and, where necessary, consider reasonable reforms in order to prevent dangerous and irresponsible individuals from taking advantage of any loopholes in the law.”

During his time as mayor of Denver, Governor John Hickenlooper was the only Colorado member of 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' according to the Colorado Independent.
 

CO: Constitutional Carry Bill Advancing in the Colorado Legislature but Faces an Uphill Battle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On March 2, House Bill 1205 passed in the Colorado House by a 20 to 15 vote. House Bill 1205, introduced by state Representative Chris Holbert (R-44), would allow residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit as long as they are legally eligible to purchase and possess a firearm.

The NRA strongly supports the constitutional right of Coloradans to carry for self-defense.
 

TX: Texas Concealed Carry On Campus Bill in Committee--Bill 354
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Tuesday, March 22, SB 354 by Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) will be heard in Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

SB 354 will stop colleges and universities from expelling student-CHLs for having their handgun on the property of their college or in their cars. It will also stop colleges and universities from terminating their faculty and staff for the same activity.

SB 354 goes on to remove the criminal penalty and allow CHL students, faculty and staff to have this option of self-defense with them in the buildings. Colleges can regulate storage for resident students and sporting events will still be off-limits.
 

White House Gun Summits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two problems: The President invited the NRA to the summits -- which declined to attend -- but neglected to extend invitations to other influential Second Amendment advocacy groups, such as the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said it was odd that the CCRKBA, nor its sister organization, the SAF, were invited to the meetings -- especially since it was the SAF's Supreme Court challenged that resulted last summer's McDonald v. City of Chicago ruling that solidified the Second Amendment's protection of an individual civil right.
 

CNN Contributor Avlon Invokes Reagan in Pro-Gun Control Column
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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John Avlon again attacked conservatives, this time on the gun rights issues, in a Thursday column on CNN.com. Avlon bashed the "bumper sticker policies" and the "reason-free activist crowd" of Second Amendment activists. The Daily Beast writer also invoked Reagan's past support of gun control measures in another attempt to sever today's conservative activists from the former president's legacy.
 

How The United Nations Endangers Your Firearm Freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At the end of this month, United Nations delegates will descend upon New York City to continue working out the details of their Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected to be released for ratification this summer.

Although the supposed purposes of that treaty might sound good, the reality behind the rhetoric is that it’s likely to contain a wide variety of schemes–from microstamping and gun registration to outright bans and confiscation--that could devastate your Second Amendment rights.

Worse yet, the whole notion of “global gun control” through international agreements appears to have the full support of the Obama White House
 

UT: Utah Beats Out Arizona to Become First State With Official "State Gun"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There's a winner in the race to become the first gun-crazy state to have it's own official state firearm -- and it's not Arizona.

Earlier this week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill designating the Browning model M1911 automatic pistol as the official state firearm, leaving Arizona in the hunt for -- at the very best -- a silver medal in the race for symbolic expressions of Second Amendment silliness.
 

CO: Loveland police settle suit with gun-carrying man
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"Without a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity that the officer could articulate when he acted, the police officer could not legally stop and search Mr. Miller or seize Mr. Miller's property," Boyle said in a news release. "The stop was not lawful."

"Mr. Miller was not breaking any laws. He didn't even appear to be breaking any laws." Boyle said. "Bill Miller was simply eating an apple and promoting both his homemade holster business and public awareness of the constitutional right to openly carry a gun."

The settlement stipulates that officers will receive training on the Second and Fourth amendments of the U.S. Constitution, addressing the right to bear arms and search and seizure.
 

OK: Governor supports open-carry concept
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Mary Fallin supports the concept of allowing Oklahomans to openly carry guns, her spokesman said Friday.

“I think we will wait and see what gets to her desk, but she supports the concept of open carry in general,” Alex Weintz, a Fallin spokesman, said Friday.
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Fallin campaigned on protecting Second Amendment rights.

Several measures in the Legislature deal with guns.

Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, on Tuesday secured passage of Senate Bill 129 that would allow anyone 18 or older to openly carry a gun. The vote was 36-8.
 

WA: WSP jars gun dealers, sets off firestorm, ATF ‘not consulted’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A detective with the Washington State Patrol ignited a firestorm yesterday when licensed gun dealers across the Evergreen State received a letter asking for documents listing sales of any AR-15 rifle over the past nine months, along with the names and personal information of people who bought those guns.

According to the letter, the detective is “investigating a missing/stolen AR-15.”
 

TN: TN bill to allow gun rights on campus spurs objections
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After the Virginia Tech campus shootings, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds asked his students what they'd do if an armed gunman burst into their own classroom.

The students eyed Reynolds, a constitutional scholar and second amendment expert who blogs nationally at Instapundit.com.

"Well," they said, "we just assumed if someone did that, you'd blow them away."

Now, a bill before the Tennessee legislature might allow professors, theoretically, to do just that. State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, has introduced legislation that would allow state university and college employees with carry permits to take guns onto campus.
 

MD: Ammo Clip, Gun Dealer Bills Dead
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-rights advocates can rest easy after a House panel this week killed some of the most controversial firearms proposals facing the General Assembly.

The House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly voted to squash a pair of identical bills that sought to cut in half the number of bullets a detachable magazine can carry. The panel also voted down a bill that would have given state police broad authority to regulate gun dealers.
 

CT: Gun enthusiast of convenience
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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President Obama recently penned an op-ed on gun-control for The Arizona Daily Star. The piece was interesting for its sensible content, but also was another example of Mr. Obama advertising his centrist credentials for 2012.

The president took pains to make sure his readers were aware of his belief "that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms." To this end, he pointed out that in May 2009, he signed legislation making it legal for licensed gun owners to carry firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges.
 

MD: Jury awards $11.5M to family of man killed by Prince George's police officer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Prince George's County jury has awarded $11.5 million in damages to the widow and son of a man fatally shot by a county police officer in 2008.

The month-long civil trial came to a close Wednesday, with the jury ruling that off-duty police officer Steven Jackson acted with malice, not in self-defense, when he shot and killed Manuel de Jesus Espina inside a Langley Park apartment complex where Espina lived and Jackson was working as a part-time security guard.
 

NC: Balance gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In contrast, the state law prohibiting concealed weapons in bars and restaurants is well founded. The state has a vested interest in keeping firearms away from places that serve alcohol, despite laws that make it a crime to drink while carrying a gun. Just as the state continues to fight those who operate a motor vehicle after drinking, it need not condone potentially putting a deadly weapon within reach of the irresponsible.

Ed.: The state also doesn't prohibit people from driving to restaurants and bars simply because alcohol is served there, in efforts to combat drunk driving, because that'd just be *silly*.
 

NY: Law-abiding gun owner tripped up by law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mr. Jesse Banke — the student who was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for entering the Finger Lakes Community College campus with a gun in his car — passed his background investigation and was issued a New York state pistol permit.

Observing the intent of the gun-free zone rule, his firearm was locked in his private vehicle and not carried on his person. Mr. Banke should have the right to self-defense going to and coming home from collage.

A firearm locked in a private vehicle is no danger to school faculty or students and unfortunately, no danger to a criminal intent on doing harm to anyone at FLCC.
 

OK: Residents Express Concern On Bennett Open-Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Oklahoma residents expressed doubts about a potential Open-Carry Law proposed by Rep. John Bennett.

Bennett's bill initially proposed that if people felt threatened or in danger, they can carry guns openly.

“I'm pro veteran and pro gun, pro Second Amendment so I put the two together and ran them as a bill,” Bennett said.

But inside the Capitol on Wednesday, Bennett's bill was struck down.
 

FL: On concealed weapons, listen to what the sheriffs say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the wake of slain police officers, we always see an outpouring of community support.

Yet when area sheriffs come out against a bill that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to openly carry guns, some choose to deride the sheriffs' opinions and law enforcement officials in general.
 

AZ: Guns Save Lives Truck--Volunteers Needed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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To counter Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) roving billboard that spews out anti-rights propaganda, the Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org/) has a “GUNS SAVE LIVES” truck touring the country to reveal the truth – that guns save lives.

The Guns Save Lives truck will be in Phoenix on March 24, and they are asking for volunteers to help them spread the word.
 

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