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TX: Mesquite Officer in Drug Sting Pleads Guilty
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A Mesquite police officer caught on surveillance video slipping a packet of drug money into his pocket has pleaded guilty to theft.

A federal judge in Dallas on Tuesday accepted the plea from 42-year-old former Mesquite police Sgt. John David McAllister.

McAllister was in charge of a narcotics unit and his duties included helping transport confiscated drugs and cash. The FBI in December received a tip about McAllister possibly stealing drug money and set up a March 1 undercover operation.

McAllister, who'd been with a Mesquite officer for 22 years, resigned after being arrested March 3.

 

Lithuania: WWII machine gun found in mail (WITH PHOTO)
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Lithuanian customs and postal officials say they have found a fully functional machine gun dating from World War II, complete with ammunition, in a package at Vilnius International Airport.
Officials said Tuesday that the German-made MG-42 machine gun was found after scanning a suspicious 20-kilogram (44-pound) package posted in Lithuania and bound for Germany.
Customs spokeswoman Asta Mikeleviciute says it was the first time that customs authorities had ever uncovered such a parcel and an investigation has been launched.
No evacuation of the capital's airport was ordered, but authorities were placed on alert.
 

NY: Remington Arms expands again, creating 40 to 50 jobs
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The Remington Arms plant here is hiring another 40 to 50 employees, and is again doing so to fold manufacturing operations of another of its parent company’s operations in to the Hoefler Avenue facility.
 

FL: Armed Beauty Queen Fatally Shoots Intruder
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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When a burly ex-convict forced his way into a posh Florida home last week, he had no idea what awaited him -- a 25-year-old beauty queen with a pink .38-caliber handgun.

Meghan Brown, a former Florida pageant queen, shot and killed 42-year-old Albert Franklin Hill during a home invasion March 12 at the 2,732-square-foot house she shares with her fiance in Tierra Verde, Fla.
 

CO: Bad News – Colorado Constitutional Carry Is DOA
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"I’ve just heard that CO HB1205 has died in the Senate Committee For Military and Veterans Affairs. I guess we will have to continue to pay a $152.50 tax for the right to protect ourselves outside of our home.

Here’s to next year.

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Submitter's note: Here's the bad news from the state's website: leg.state.co.us

These senators were "undecided" http://www.ammoland.com/2011/03/21/colorado-constitutional-carry-in-senate-committee/ Politely thank them for supporting the bill and ask for a response if they didn't.
 

Lithuania: WWII machine gun found in Lithuanian mail
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Lithuanian customs and postal officials say they have found a fully functional machine gun dating from World War II, complete with ammunition, in a package at Vilnius International Airport.

Officials said Tuesday that the German-made MG-42 machine gun was found after scanning a suspicious 20-kilogram (44-pound) package posted in Lithuania and bound for Germany.

No evacuation of the capital’s airport was ordered, but authorities were placed on alert.

More than 65 years after the war, Lithuania and other East European countries continue to uncover large amounts of weaponry and unexploded ordnance.

 

Gunnies Take it on the Chin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a defeat for fiscal and Second Amendment conservatives, the House and Senate this week approved a short-term “continuing resolution” (CR) to extend the operation of the government for three weeks — until April 8.

The CR would continue to fund anti-gun ObamaCare, ATF’s illegal multiple sales regulations, ATF’s unlawful Project Gunrunner — and a litany of other unconstitutional provisions.
 

The Irrelevance of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But it should be understood that the Second Amendment confers no positive right. The Bill of Rights is an additional limitation on federal power to infringe upon gun rights besides the fact that no authority is granted to the federal government in its limited, enumerated powers to infringe upon them in the first place. If the Second Amendment didn’t exist, Americans would still have the natural right to keep and bear arms.

From a constitutional (and libertarian) perspective, the federal government has no authority to ban or regulate handguns, shotguns, sawed-off shotguns, rifles, assault rifles, extended-capacity magazines, high caliber guns and ammunition, automatic weapons, or bazookas.
 

OK: Packing Heat In Oklahoma
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Carrying a gun out in the open could become a reality in Oklahoma.

State lawmakers have shot down several gun proposals but one Senate bill still alive has some surprising opponents.

SB 129, sponsored by Senator Steven Russell R-Oklahoma City, would give anyone 18 years of age or older the right to openly carry a gun without a license or training.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports why the Oklahoma Rifle Association is saying no to the current proposal.

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The Oklahoma Rifle Association wrote a letter to state representatives opposing the open carry measure because it violates a federal age requirement of 21 to purchase guns.
 

FL: Santa Rosa to lift gun noise ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Howe has a 13-foot backstop and a steel plate to catch his rounds. He claims safety is always paramount.

"I've never handled a weapon in an unsafe manner, and won't let anyone in my presence do so, it's just the most important thing. Safety first," Howe said.

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"Yes, I can understand the noise can be an issue, however we did sound studies that gave decibel readings over in that neighborhood, and they were given to the county commission during a meeting, and those readings were less than the sounds of a lawnmower from the distance that they live from us," Howe said.

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House Bill 45 makes it a third-degree felony to not comply with one's right to bear arms.
 

ND: Proposed Bill Allows Employees to Keep Guns in Cars at Work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill in the legislature has taken an unlikely path, and a senate committee is taking the latest look. The bill would make it illegal for employers to forbid employees from keeping guns locked in their vehicles while at work.

The bill got a do not pass recommendation from the House committee that first looked at the bill, but passed overwhelmingly on the floor.

Basically the bill sets up a battle over property rights.
 

Armed American Radio Celebrates Its 100th Broadcast
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Armed American Radio Network hosted by Concealed Carry Magazine writer and co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Lessons from Armed America, Mark Walters was proud to bring Ted Nugent to Armed American Radio as special guest/co-host this past Sunday, March 20th.

Says Mark, “Last Sunday marked a special day for Armed American Radio as we celebrated our 100th broadcast! To make that milestone a little sweeter, AAR will also debut in five new affiliate cities and two new states during our 100th episode.”
 

TX: '66 UT sniper survivor against gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Both the Texas House and Senate now have bills to allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to carry their weapons inside campus buildings, even into classrooms. This comes just months after another shooting scare at UT, when another student brought an assault rifle to campus and eventually killed himself.

“I can see the angle of self defense and having it for protection,” Michelle Bowman said as she walked across the UT campus.

"If someone makes up their mind to come to the campus and shoot people, then obviously there's something wrong with them,” said Aaron Freeman, also on the UT campus. “Trying to shoot them back isn't going to help."

Ed.: If shooting back won't help, why do cops have guns?
 

MD: Brady center urges dismissal of lawsuit challenging state's handgun carry permit process
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A national gun control advocacy group weighed in Tuesday on a federal lawsuit that challenges Maryland's handgun permit laws, saying that the changes sought would be "bad law and even worse policy."

In an amicus brief, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence urges the dismissal of a lawsuit brought last year by the Second Amendment Foundation on behalf of Hampstead resident Raymond Woollard, a Navy veteran who was denied a renewal of his handgun permit.

Brady Center President Paul Helmke said in a statement that Maryland has "wisely rejected the gun lobby's agenda of 'any gun, anywhere for anybody.' Now the gun pushers want the courts to gut Maryland's laws and let virtually anyone carry a hidden handgun in public."
 

MD: Gun owners are not the problem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In response to the March 12 other voices column from Al Velasquez, law-abiding gun owners are not a problem.

States with shall issue carry permits are not a problem. Criminals are the problem, hence the quote, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." Only law enforcement is allowed to stop criminals and it fails at the personal level.

If it weren't for the control nuts we wouldn't need the NRA. Yes, there are gun abuses just as there are car abuses. This is not a perfect world and never will be. However, making it harder for honest folks to arm themselves cures nothing and prevents the God-given right of self defense.
 

CA: California Sutter County Supervisors Vote to Hold Off on Considering Proposed Anti-Hunting Ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) representatives attended the meeting, pointed out problems with the proposal, and urged the Board of Supervisors to not take the proposed action. After considering the impacts on hunting brought to their attention at the meeting, the Supervisors agreed to work with NRA, CRPA, and the hunters those associations represent to work to protect hunting on the Feather River levees. The Board voted to delay the proposal’s consideration to allow input from hunters rights groups.
 

Yes, Violence Can be the Answer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yes, Casey could have done a ‘50s-style duck-and-cover. Hey, kid, don't you know you should just cower and curl up into a ball? And, for sure, violence is never the answer...except with the Nazis, Mussolini, and Napoleon; during the American Revolution, the Barbary Wars, and the Battle of Tours; and when stopping the criminals during the North Hollywood Shootout, University of Texas Tower Shooting, and incidents every single day in which someone, somewhere uses physical force to thwart a crime. It's never the answer -- except, sometimes, when you actually have to deal with reality.
 

OK: Vaughan Praises Passage of Pro-Life, Pro-Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Rep. Steve Vaughan today praised lawmakers for their overwhelming support of two bills he authored to honor the sanctity of life and Second Amendment rights.

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House Bill 1511 designates June 28, the anniversary of the day the Supreme Court upheld a challenge to the Chicago gun ban, as Second Amendment Day. The legislation passed by unanimous vote.”

“I was proud to see such support from my House colleagues,” Vaughan said. “Now, I hope the Senate will show the same support of these two bills.”
 

WA: South King Fire and Rescue changes gun policy | Public may now carry on district property
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to revise a longstanding gun policy for employees and the public. The revised policy still prohibits South King employees from carrying guns while on the job.

The legality of the policy had been questioned in recent weeks by members of the public and attracted the attention of gun enthusiasts. Three men attended the meeting openly carrying guns/pistols. ...

Fire Chief Al Church said the policy was revised after the district reviewed similar policies held by the cities of Federal Way and Des Moines. He said that no threats — legal or otherwise — had been made against the department, but that the policy had been talked about on pro-gun websites.
 

CA: Students should carry guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A non-profit organization called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus has taken the initiative to push for legislation allowing concealed weapons on campuses.

“States with the most relaxed concealed-carry laws also happen to be among the safest,” said W. Scott Lewis, a board member and spokesperson for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

He points to Colorado State University, which has allowed concealed weapons on campus for 10 semesters now without incident. He said the same is true for nine state universities in Utah where weapons have been allowed in university classroom buildings since 2006.
 

TX: Grand jury declines to indict murder suspect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, a Lubbock County Grand Jury declined to indict an Anton man for murder. Members heard the case against Cruz Aldaco, 43. He was charged with murder in the March 7th shooting death of Taris Knight, 31.

Authorities say Aldaco and Knight were fighting at home near 26th Street and Avenue N at the time of the shooting. The grand jury decided there was not enough evidence to proceed to trial.

Grand jury deliberations are not public. Prosecutors could only tell us that self-defense issues arose.
 

TX: UTB students speak about 'guns on campus' bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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People who walk onto the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College grounds are greeted by a sign posted on the doors which states that weapons are prohibited on campus.

However, if proposed House Bill 750 is signed into law the sign will need to be removed or at least changed.

That is because the proposed bill would allow those with handgun permits to carry their weapon on campus.

"People do really dumb things when they have the opportunity to,” student Mark Treviño said. “I think if we allow weapons then petty, small grudges can turn into something big."
 

MI: Author says kids' book on guns offers 'positive message'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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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. With interlocking building blocks shaped into an "L." With their hands (forefinger as barrel; thumb as hammer). Even with graham crackers chewed into vague gunlike shapes.

Pow! Pow! Pow!

Ed.: I remember those graham cracker guns. :-)
 

MI: Navigating gun laws in Michigan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This story came about from a recent experience I had purchasing a 20 gauge shotgun at Cabelas.

I'm not an expert in the purchasing of guns in Michigan. The intent behind this article is to give some insight in what it takes to purchase a gun.

Some people think purchasing a firearm is way too difficult, while others believe it’s way too easy. Well, there’s one thing for certain; this is a long article, and that should say something.

I’m not here to promote or condemn the gun laws in Michigan. I’m merely here to go over the rules and regulations so that the general public is more informed. An informed reader can make decisions about firearms much better than one who bases opinions on assumptions and misinformation.
 

CCRKBA 'Guns Save Lives' Event Scheduled Thursday in Phoenix
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms will hold a special media event featuring the rolling "Guns Save Lives" billboard on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of 200 East Van Buren Street and N. 2nd Street outside the Arizona Republic newspaper.

Appearing at the event will be CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who will be discussing the benefits of firearms ownership, and what gun prohibitionists are trying to hide with their current effort to scare the public into supporting additional restrictions on gun owners.
 

TX: Many students relieved Texas gun laws not mandatory for private schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights have been an issue in America since its origins. Two hundred years later, the American public still disagrees on the Second Amendment's right to bear arms and its implications.

Texas State Legislature recently proposed legislation that would allow people with concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) to carry guns onto college campuses. However, guns cannot be carried inside buildings.

The new law mandates public universities to comply, but allows for private universities to decide whether to uphold the law or not.

"I'm glad SMU is a private institution and is therefore not bound to this law," sophomore Katrina Leshan said.
 

Gun Group Against Bill to "Improve" Background Checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, has issued the following statement concerning legislation to “improve” the National Instant Criminal Background Check System:

When it comes to supporting commonsense measures that will help keep firearms out of the hands of those prohibited by law from possessing them, America’s firearms industry takes a backseat to no one. For example, members of the firearms industry have long-supported an instant background check for retail firearm purchases – this support predates the introduction of the Brady bill.
 

CO: Concealed weapon permit bill shot down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He joined a parade of supporters who testified before a Senate committee Tuesday for a bill that would have made it unnecessary to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Despite impassioned pleas from Tapio and others who shared his point of view, the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed HB1205 on a 3-2, party-line vote.

The bill made obtaining a permit in order to carry a concealed weapon optional.

Under current law, county sheriffs are authorized to grant concealed weapon permits at a price of $152.50 to applicants who have taken gun-safety training courses.
 

FL: More guns less crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The knee-jerk reaction of some people to stop crime with guns is to ban guns. However, the reality is that gun bans simply stop law-abiding people from owning them.

A criminal out to do a robbery with a gun isn't going to be deterred by a no-gun sign on the door. Gun bans leave the law-abiding citizen vulnerable. Criminals know this.

While law-enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, it's impossible to protect all 18 million Floridians at all times.
 

FL: [Student] Senate resolution shoots down firearms on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The resolution states that firearms on campus present a grave safety concern and that arming students would make campuses more dangerous.

The reading of the resolution incited a variety of feedback from student senators.

Senator Stoner spoke in favor of the resolution.

"I was given my first gun when I was a 11. I am an avid supporter of the right to bear arms. But there is no logical reason why guns should be allowed on campus," he said.

Senator DeLoach stated that there are students who oppose the resolution and that banning guns would not effectively prevent a school shooting.
 

MT: Concealed carry in cities bill clears Senate committee, other gun measures stopped
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A measure to allow people in cities to carry a concealed gun without a permit is moving through the Senate.

Republican Rep. Krayton Kerns' House Bill 271 cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. The bill was amended to require completion of a training course to carry without a permit.

Two of Kerns' other measures, allowing silencers when hunting and concealed carry into prohibited places like bars and banks, were stopped in the committee.
 

Federal Sting Operation May Have Led To Patrol Agent’s Death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Several lawmakers have called for a thorough investigation of Project Gunrunner, a sting operation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) that may have led to an American agent's death.

According to CBS News, the goal of Project Gunrunner was to track down leaders of Mexican drug cartels by allowing illegal gun trafficking across the border. Officials hoped that by following the sale of military weapons, they would identify some of the high-level members of these criminal organizations.
 

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