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TX: How much for burritos? Man fires BB gun in protest
Submitted by: R. Smith

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A Taco Bell customer enraged that the seven burritos he ordered had gone up in price fired a BB gun at an employee and later fired an assault rifle at officers before barricading himself in a motel room, police said.

As the restaurant's employees and customers hit the floor Sunday, the manager called police and, when officers arrived, the angry patron fired several shots at the police cars, San Antonio Police Sgt. Chris Benavides said.
 

MI: Man shot in groin while cleaning guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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They say two men were cleaning and working on handguns when one of the guns went off. Thomas Gaudette III was shot in the groin area, the bullet stuck in his leg. He was rushed to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City with critical injuries.
 

FL: Bill Would Allow Guns To Be Carried Uncovered
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Florida, gun owners can't holster their guns outside of their clothing, but that could change if a piece of legislation turns into law.

It's called "open carry" and it's drawing plenty of attention from advocates and opponents alike.

Charles O'Meara of Shoot Straight, a firearms store, thinks the law would scare those who don't own guns and create opportunities for crime.
 

MI: Fatal Flint Shooting May Have Been Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But Joubran’s son did use a gun. Flint police told TV5 two people came in the door on a mission to rob Jules Market, but Edmund Joubran, who works at his parents' business, fired before the robbers could.

"One guy came around the corner and showed my son his gun,” said Joubran. "As he's handing him the money, he pulls out his gun and shot him. Its hard on him because he shot someone.”

Police said one of the two robbers struck by the bullets died on his way to the hospital. Police said the other robber is wounded and still on the run.
 

TX: Guns on-campus don’t make any sense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Do you think that carrying a weapon is going to magically stop these acts from happening?

It could only make matters worse. Who’s to say that student A would or would not pull out there gun as a joke and it accidentally fires off and someone across the yard gets hit.

Who’s to say student B receives a failing grade and pulls there gun on to their teacher to change their grade.

Ed.: Who can say if college students know the difference between 'there' and 'their'?
 

AL: Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend In Self Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Mobile man will be taken to jail once he gets out of the hospital.

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office says Rex Thompson kicked down the front door of his girlfriend's home on Moffett Road in Semmes. She shot him in the left hand in self defense.
 

MS: Suspect found not guilty of murder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Shelton Myers slowly brought a hand to his brow, then bowed his head at the defendant's table where he sat.

Then, after wiping his eyes, Myers gazed toward the spot in the courtroom where only moments before he had heard the verdict that absolved him of murder in the 2006 shooting death of James Roy Holder in Lumberton.
 

TX: LPD: Lubbock man stabbed while attacking older man with tire iron
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lubbock police on Monday continued investigating a stabbing after they say a man defended himself against an attacker with a tire iron.

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Sgt. Jonathan Stewart said investigators believed Chapman went to 50-year-old David Rincon’s house to confront him and then started assaulting him with a tire iron. They believed Rincon stabbed Chapman in self-defense.
 

CO: Colorado Constitutional Carry in Senate Committee on Tuesday 3/22/2011
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This Tuesday the Constitutional Carry bill (HB1205) will be heard in the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

This bill has already moved out of the House, but to reach the Senate floor it needs to first pass through this committee.

Take the time to join Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and help us pass Constitutional Carry in Colorado.
 

Bill Introduced In U.S. Senate To Block Unauthorized Record Keeping on Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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S. 570 — “a bill to prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloging the purchases of multiple rifles and shotguns.”

The bill would prohibit the use of federal funds for a multiple sales reporting scheme proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment with similar language. That amendment to an omnibus spending bill, offered by Representatives Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), passed the chamber (277-149) with broad bipartisan support.
 

MI: If Tasers become legal in Michigan, some worry about misuse and unnecessary firings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill is in the state Senate to allow Tasers under the state's concealed-carry permit law.

Many readers responded to a Sunday story on the issue, commenting about fears of Tasers being misused or even fired because someone else annoyed or angered a Taser owner.
 

A gun control compromise for everyone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is high time for a gun control compromise that will satisfy the philosophies of those across the ideological spectrum.

Since liberals favor gun control and conservatives are against it, just take away all the guns from the liberals. That way, if there is ever a conflict like the 2000 election that cannot be resolved peacefully, the right will win because we will have all the guns.

This could lead to fantastic policy developments.
 

IL: FOID vs. FOIA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the purpose of a firearm owner’s identification card.

The FOID is not the state of Illinois giving a citizen the right to purchase and own a gun. This right is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The FOID card, with its background check, is only to ensure that a gun buyer has not committed a crime that would justify revoking that right to “keep and bear arms.” FOID cardholders have proof they are not felons. It may be the non-FOID holder that should be suspect.
 

OR: Oregon Would Recognize Concealed Handgun Licenses From Other States Under New Law Adopted by House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) from other states would be recognized by Oregon officials under legislation adopted by the Oregon House of Representatives today. House Bill 2792 was adopted by the House on a vote of 40 to 17. The measure was drafted by State Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer, Newberg, St. Paul)

“Your Second Amendment Right should not stop at the state border,” said Thatcher. “CHL holders in other states have taken the steps necessary to get these licenses. This legislation will be especially beneficial to those who travel out of state.”
 

CO: The cost of a hidden gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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La Plata County Sheriff Duke Schirard has mixed feelings about a House bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

On one hand, the permitting process helps deputies know whether someone might be carrying a weapon – for example, during a traffic stop or when responding to a residence.

On the other, the permitting system doesn’t deter would-be criminals from carrying a concealed weapon, he said.

“If a person is dead set on carrying a weapon for any nefarious purpose, he’s probably going to carry it,” Schirard said.
 

FL: Locals mixed on 'open carry' gun legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Even if signed into law, local gun store operators do not believe the proposed “open carry” bill will result in a return to the Old West when citizens routinely strapped guns to their waists.

Last week, the state Senate and House criminal justice committees approved bills intended to protect licensed concealed-weapons carriers who inadvertently show their weapons. The two similar bills are now being discussed in their respective judiciary committees and could eventually go before the full Senate and House for approval.
 

FL: Santa Rosa to lift gun noise ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Facing a potential $5 million state fine, Santa Rosa County is set to consider lifting a law that has kept a private firing range in a neighborhood near Gulf Breeze quiet for two years.

The Santa Rosa County Commission voted unanimously this morning to place an emergency ordinance on the agenda of Thursday's regular that would reverse a 2-year-old noise ordinance that had helped residents who said the firing range was causing constant noise and posing a safety hazard.

A pair of bills currently before the Legislature -- HB 45 in the House of Representatives and SB 402 in the Senate -- would allow the state to impose a $5 million fine against any local government that tries to regulate almost any aspect of guns and ammunition.
 

The Second Amendment should be protected
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Being from Illinois and a proud representative of twenty of Illinois’ counties, I have a keen interest in the debate that is currently taking place in my home state. Recently, a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) was denied by the Illinois State Police to release publicly the private information of the 1.3 million Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card holders in the state. In response, the Illinois Attorney General issued a directive mandating that the State Police make this information public.
 

WA: Concerns, complaints pile up over WSP gun dealer letter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Evergreen State firearms retailers are still reeling over a letter they all received from the Washington State Patrol asking for detailed information on all AR-15 rifle sales from last July until now, and a conversation with Spokane’s White Elephant today revealed that WSP investigators apparently had no concept of the amount of work they were asking retailers to do.

Instead of supplying dealers with a specific serial number for the missing firearm, according to a White Elepehant spokesman, WSP is looking for a specific name that may pop up as dealers go through their records.
 

FL: Gun law pre-emption fine bills advance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill backed by the National Rifle Association that strengthens financial penalties against cities and counties for enacting tougher gun laws than the state requires gained momentum on Monday.

Committees in both the Senate and House voted to approve the bill, which takes an existing law that prevents local governments from pre-empting the state's gun laws and adds financial penalties between $5,000 and $100,000. The financial penalty was reduced from the originally proposed $5 million through an amendment to both chambers' version of the bill.
 

Should the FBI Know How Many Guns You Own?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The “library records” provision of the so-called Patriot Act could also be known as the “gun records” provision, because it also allows the FBI to seize the forms you use to buy guns.

This infamous provision, Section 215, is a direct assault on your Fourth Amendment rights because it allows the FBI to obtain personal information about you, without a warrant and without your knowledge.

Section 215 is set to expire in May, along with two other provisions. But Congress will probably renew these provisions unless it hears from YOU.
 

OK: Anti-Gun Sue Tibbs’ Forces Hobson’s Choice on Open Carry with Trick Ballot Question
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s bad enough for state Representative Sue Tibbs (nominally an R) to oppose restoring the right to open carry in Oklahoma and want to punt to voters’ opinion via ballot question.

But it’s ‘below the belt’ politics to push a gun rights ballot question on voters when the only available answers are . . . anti-gun!
Oklahoma Sue Tibbs Anti Gunner

29 states allow open carry in public without any license, generally at age 18. But Sue Tibb’s House Bill 1796 asks voters only whether to restore the right to open carry in Oklahoma to those citizens over 21 years of age who have paid for a license for the privilege to conceal a sidearm
 

TX: Thousands visit Capitol to advocate for legislative, budget priorities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the bills passed by the Senate this week is Senate Bill 321, which would prevent employers from adopting policies to deny certain Second Amendment protections to their employees.

This bill allows employees who wish to store legally owned firearms in their locked vehicle in the parking lot of their workplace. This allows employees to exercise their Second Amendment rights to and from work without limitation because of workplace parking policies. The measure passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 30 to 1.
 

U.S. Rep. King: Introduces BATFE Reform Act H.R. 1093
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Washington D.C.- Congressman Steve King (R-IA) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 1093, the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act of 2011." The legislation reforms badly broken regulations which currently allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to place unnecessary burdens on firearms dealers, law-abiding gun owners, and federal agents. King introduced the legislation with Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA).

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The National Rifle Association has announced its support for King's legislation. Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action issued the following statement following the bill's introduction:
 

ID: Guns On Campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would take away the right of Idaho public universities and colleges to regulate their firearms policies has passed the Idaho State House of Representatives.

House Bill 222, which Idaho House State Affairs Committee voted to introduce on March 10, now moves on to the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee, and if passed there, will go on to the Idaho State Senate.

HB 222 would make it legal to carry guns on campuses, openly or with a concealment permit. Public colleges and universities in Idaho would no longer be able to regulate their firearm policies, except in undergraduate student housing.
 

MN: Theft a prime source of illegal guns on Minneapolis streets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The report from the police homicide inveistigation shows that five shell casings found at the crime scene likely match a test casing provided by the maker of a .40-caliber pistol stolen from a St. Louis Park gun store.

Just a few weeks before the shooting, on Dec. 8, 2009, St. Louis Park police officers responded to an early morning alarm at the Frontiersman gun store, along a frontage road near Louisiana Ave. and Interstate 394.

The arriving officers found a back door pried open. Thieves stole 18 handguns, including a .40-caliber Springfield Armory XD40 semi-automatic pistol. The XD40 is a compact, high-end gun that stores sell for about $500.
 

IA: Linn County OKs new weapons policy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Linn County supervisors have approved a policy that allows people with county-issued permits to carry concealed firearms on most county-owned property.

The Gazette says the Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the policy on a 4-1 vote. It bans guns carried openly, and all guns will be prohibited at the county courthouse, jail and the juvenile justice center.
 

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