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TX: Dallas Officer Accused of Car Burglary
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A Dallas police officer is accused of breaking into cars and burglarizing them while on duty and in uniform.

The department confirmed that a long-time veteran of the force has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs probe.

Dallas police spokesman Lt. C.L Williams said police have not arrested the officer because "there is no verifiable evidence that he committed a crime."

Sources very close to the case say that a Northeast Patrol officer is facing allegations that he broke into at least four vehicles over the past four months while on duty.

 

OK: While DC fiddles, Oklahoma burns for open carry
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-washington-dc/mike-stollenwerk

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. . . Oklahoma State Representative Sue Tibbs (R - Tulsa) and the rest of the Oklahoma House Republican Leadership has been working to block open carry reform by any means possible.

Tibbs bottled up a House version of the open carry bill by amending it to limit the right to open carry to people who have paid for permits to hide their guns - and - also require voters to approve the idea. . . . “This ballot question is phrased to fail – it’s a setup,” says Russ Cook, Vice-President of OK2A . . . “Voters who do not believe in the Second Amendment will vote no, and most gun owners will also vote no because of the licensing/registration requirement,” explains Cook.
 

MA: Testimony: Sgt. Scott Brown consistently denied pulling gun
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Framingham Police Sgt. Scott Brown repeatedly denied pointing a gun at an unarmed man last year, Deputy Police Chief Ken Ferguson testified Friday.

Brown, 38, of Mendon, is on trial on charges that he pointed a gun at Jorge Correia on April 29, 2010, in the parking lot of EZ Storage, 501 Cochituate Road.
 

NV: Rape victim to urge lawmakers to allow guns on college campuses
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She survived a horrific attack at the hands of a serial rapist, but she's hoping her story will help change the law and keep others safe.

Amanda Collins was one of the victims targeted in a string of attacks in and around the University of Nevada Reno campus. While her attacker, James Biela, has been sentenced to the death penalty, she still fears for others.
 

NY: Cry of ‘Gun!’ Is Claimed in Fatal Shooting of Fellow Officer
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Nassau County police officers who witnessed the fatal shooting of a fellow officer last weekend said that the victim was wearing his badge and that they did not hear the officer who shot him identify himself or yell anything before firing, the president of the Nassau police union said Monday.
 

OR: Oregon House votes to make gun records private; bill moves to Oregon Senate
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Concealed handgun license holders would become anonymous under a bill approved by the Oregon House on Thursday.

House Bill 2787 prohibits public bodies from releasing information that identifies who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. The proposal cleared the House by a wide margin, 42 to 18.
 

Australia: Queensland police 'over-reacted' in tasering 17-year-old girl
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QUEENSLAND Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett had effectively admitted that officers over-reacted in tasering a teenage girl in Toowoomba on Wednesday, a former policeman and politician says.

Former police sergeant and Labor MP Peter Pyke said statements to media by Mr Barnett saying that the distressed 17-year-old was intent on self-harm, that she was tasered within 40 seconds of police arriving, and that she suffered a bloody wound to the head added up to an admission of over-reaction.
 

Abbie Cornish discovers love of guns shooting new movie
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Actress Abbie Cornish has revealed that she “totally fell in love” with guns while filming her new movie Sucker Punch.
 

VA: Franklin Co. Man Charged With Bringing Gun on School Property
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A Franklin County man has been charged after the sheriff's office says he brought a gun onto school property while hunting.
 

ATF's Mexico gun problem
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"Fast and Furious" is the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' sting operation that allowed hundreds of weapons to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. It is also a pretty fair description of the reaction in Mexico to the possibility that a U.S. government operation contributed to the lethal mayhem south of the border.
 

Canada: A law-and-order model for Stephen Harper: 310 million Americans packing heat
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More fun with figures: In the six years before 2010, 108 million Americans applied for gun permits. After perfunctory background checks, 106 million of them qualified, including Jared Loughner. We can assume most of them have already bought or will soon buy guns. Presumably, if anyone ever gives it a moment’s thought, they just kinda hope or maybe pray that none of the 106 million is a criminal or too unstable.......

But when you’re fighting for the right of Americans to be free – as demonstrated by their right to carry concealed deadly weapons to protect themselves from other free Americans carrying concealed deadly weapons – the jihad never ends. Here is the NRA agenda over the past year:
 

Self defense and lethal force handled differently by states
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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States allow residents some form of self-defense when threatened. Thirty-one states have some form of the Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground law as of May 2010. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have adopted Castle Doctrine statutes. Others, such as Pennsylvania, are considering Stand Your Ground laws.
 

PA: How would the Castle Doctrine apply to recent Franklin County slayings?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The defendants in two of Franklin County's recent homicide cases argued at trial that they acted in self defense. How might Pennsylvania's proposed Castle Doctrine have applied in their cases, if at all?

The case of Chad Kirby

Kirby, 39, was charged with both voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the August 2009 shooting death of Andy Santos Buttermore, 35.

According to testimony during the October trial, Buttermore had repeatedly threatened to kill members of Kirby's family. He allegedly continued to break things outside Kirby's Lindsay Lot Road home before smashing a window with a baseball bat.
 

NJ: Rulings shouldn't lead to undoing of laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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To begin, the court explicitly limited its ruling's extent, writing (per conservative Justice Antonin Scalia) that: "Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." The court stated that the right extended only to "possess a firearm" for "self-defense within the home." That's a firearm, singular, and in the home, only. Hardly the broad right for which the gun lobby and its patrons in the gun industry hoped and pro-gun zealots falsely claim.

Ed.: SAF, et alia, have a carry suit against NJ pending, hence Ceasefire NJ's bed-wetting.
 

FL: Gun lobby out-jerks Tobia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But today, I must stand behind Tobia and his lonely, principled vote against a terrible bill, one that would ban doctors or their staffs from talking to patients about guns, imposing massive fines if they take notes. The bill passed, but the March 8 vote made Tobia a target of the famously strident gun lobby, which has royally out-jerked him.

"It sacrifices First Amendment rights without adding Second Amendment rights," said Tobia, who represents much of Melbourne, Palm Bay and the South Beaches. "It's big government."
 

GA: Women aiming to learn
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Melinda Horne knew how to shoot a gun before taking the local sheriff's office's Firearms for Females class, but she wanted to learn more.

Her family owned guns when she was growing up, but she found that men typically have more chances to learn about guns than women, Horne said.

"We just don't seem to have as many opportunities to be around firearms," she said.
 

WA: Ask victims about gun need
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The ultraliberal, anti-gun Spokesman-Review and its columnists Doug Clark, Dave Oliveria and Gary Crooks (columns, March 13) are having a field day ridiculing “backwards” Idaho for proposing that college students be allowed to carry firearms on campus.

While Idaho’s proposal is probably way over the top, self-defense is certainly no laughing matter. Indeed, our Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment for defense of self and nation.
 

ID: Idaho lawmakers revive guns-on-campus push
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers who have revived a push to allow firearms on Idaho's college campuses may have engaged in a game of "ready, fire, aim" by not clearing it with the governor first.

The governor's opposition three years ago helped torpedo a nearly identical bill.

"He had concerns then, I believe he has concerns now," said Sen. Curt McKenzie, a Nampa Republican behind the 2008 effort to allow concealed weapons on campuses.
 

TX: Workers could have guns in cars at workplaces under legislative proposal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow workers to drive onto company property with guns in their vehicles.

The measure has won approval in the Texas Senate by a 30-to-1 vote and is pending before the Texas House. Schools would be exempt.

"We don't call it guns at work. We call it the commuter safety bill," said Alice Tripp, legislative director for the Texas State Rifle Association, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association.

She noted that 13 states have enacted similar legislation.
 

MI: Capitol panel should reconsider sign ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You can't carry a protest sign into the Michigan Capitol.

But you can take a gun. Firearms are permitted, both those that are openly carried and those concealed by a person with a license.

That contrast speaks to the need for the Michigan Capitol Committee to update its rules on signs at the Capitol.

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He said the ban is needed because signs can injure people in a jostling crowd and also can damage decorative paint on the historic structure's walls.

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The ACLU has suggested a policy that protects free speech rights by allowing signs that aren't made of materials such as plywood and by limiting the size of signs.
 

AZ: Obama's stance on gun-law fixes is no stance at all
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Political self-interest must never trump public safety - and yet President Obama is dancing delicately around the fringes of life-and-death gun-control issues rather than facing them down. This is not leadership.

Obama's call in the Arizona Daily Star last week for better firearms enforcement fell far short of the kind of common-sense, middle-of-the-road reforms that are needed in this country - and that also, ironically, generally prevail in public opinion polls.
 

OK: 'Open carry' measures advancing; one likely to be approved
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Then there's Senate Bill 129 by Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, which has passed the Senate and is now in a House committee. It would have to return to the Senate for final passage if it passes the House.

Russell says the law would allow anyone 18 or older who is legally allowed to have a gun to openly carry it; no training or permitting would be necessary. The measure also would prohibit open carry in locations where guns already are banned, such as some private businesses and public facilities and college campuses.

Thankfully, Russell's measure would require that openly carried guns be contained in holsters. So at least we wouldn't have to worry about some guy's gun slipping through his waistband and down his pant leg.
 

NJ: Unconstitutional laws must be discarded
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a result, New Jersey is now facing federal lawsuits that will eventually force it to revamp its firearms laws and come into line with the rest of the country. It would seem a simple remedy is right before us -- except for certain members of the Legislature who, as I was told by a senator, are so blindly wed to their anti-firearm ideology that they simply "do not care how much money they waste; they will fight any changes until a judge orders them to do otherwise." This would mean an unfortunate step backward for taxpayers who may be forced to fund the state's defense of the indefensible.
 

NRA Calls Out NY Times
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a recent editorial, The New York Times called the National Rifle Association’s refusal to meet with President Barack Obama on gun control shameful, and said the decision “shows disdain for the well-being and safety of the public.”

The Times has never been shy about its contempt for gun owners and Second Amendment freedom; however, the Times owes an apology to New Yorkers for refusing to promote a common-sense program that has been very successful in preventing violent crime.
 

WI: Obama lacks audacity on gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And the president’s tender approach was promptly met with a slap in the face from the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre: “Why should I or the NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?”

Undeterred, the White House wants to keep casting the president as the voice of sweet reason in the midst of terrible people who, as Obama put it in his op-ed, “shout at one another.”
 

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