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NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Salutes Sen. Schumer for His Support of Remington Arms Co.
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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NYSRPA is pleased to hear that Remington Arms Co. will be expanding their business at the Ilion plant to include the Bushmaster line of AR-15 style rifles. As the nation's oldest gunmaker, the Remington name has been synonymous with quality firearms for almost 200 years. Senator Charles Schumer has long been a strong supporter of the Remington facility and we were tickled pink that through his tireless efforts and inspirational leadership New York State will be the new home of "the black rifle."
 

FL: Former Florida Police Chief Facing More Charges
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Prosecutors filed six new felony charges against the arrested former police chief behind a scandal in Windermere. Daniel Saylor, 44, is accused of covering up the child sex abuse case involving his buddy.
Meanwhile, Windermere's mayor says more than one gun is missing from the police department's evidence locker, as well as numerous other pieces of evidence in criminal cases. He found out Tuesday when he got an FDLE report that's very critical of former chief Daniel Saylor's handling of evidence.
Saylor is accused of destroying evidence in a child sexual battery case involving his good friend, Scott Bush.
 

FL: FDLE: Guns and drugs missing from Windermere Police Department
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Guns, drugs and money routinely disappeared in recent years from the evidence locker at Windermere Police Department, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement audit has found.

The extensive, systematic loss of evidence is the latest development in a corruption scandal that has soiled Central Florida's wealthiest community since Police Chief Daniel Saylor's arrest in January on charges of blocking a child rape investigation.

"We are doing everything we can to assist the Windermere Police Department in locating the guns that are unaccounted for," FDLE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks said Tuesday afternoon. "The extreme number of missing items is almost unheard of – we have frankly never seen anything this flagrant before."
 

MS: Pearl, MS store manager kills 1 robber, wounds another; both heavily armed
Submitted by: Jeff Pittman
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One alleged would-be robber is dead and another is critically injured after a store manager shot them during an attempted robbery of the business Tuesday afternoon.

Pearl Police Lt. Butch Townsend said that the two men were heavily armed, carrying "several, several weapons" - most of them handguns. "They didn't come to play," he said.
 

TX: Man fatally shoots area woman's ex-boyfriend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After an effort to reconcile their relationship, the woman's ex-boyfriend allegedly tried to force his way into her home on Apple Hollow Lane, Harris County sheriff’s deputies reported. The woman and her current boyfriend were inside the home watching television around 7 p.m. The ex-boyfriend was banging on the front door and the woman opened the door to avoid the man from damaging it. Deputies say the man came in the home and attempted to fight the woman's current boyfriend, who produced a pistol and shot the unarmed ex-boyfriend more than once. According to police, he said it was in self-defense.
 

NY: NY court to hear case of missed police evidence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The trial judge refused to let defense lawyers cross-examine the sergeant about the unknown bystanders, who he overheard saying the injured man pulled the knife — not suspect Kenneth Hayes — but did not question because he was busy securing the scene.

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A midlevel court divided 3-2 in rejecting Hayes' appeal.

He was also found guilty of weapon possession in the scuffle with Charles Shell, although Hayes claimed self-defense.
 

WI: Countdown to Constitutional Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While the Wisconsin legislature debates the budget, gun owners prepare for their own protests if movement is not swift to repeal Wisconsin’s ban on carrying concealed weapons.

In the wake of the chaos broiling over in Madison, WGO leadership engaged in talks with legislators to support constitutional (Vermont-style) carry.

Such a bill would not require any permit, fees, background check, fingerprinting or the establishment of criminal databases to carry a weapon for self-defense.

If you can legally buy the gun, you can carry it, said WGO.
 

SIG SAUER Introduces the 2011 Competitive Shooting Team
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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SIG SAUER, Inc., the leading manufacturer of commercial, law enforcement and military firearms, is pleased to introduce the 2011 Team SIG SAUER competitive shooting team, led by Team Captain Max Michel, Jr.

The 2011 team features some returning shooters and welcomes two new faces to the squad. The team’s main disciplines will be United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) action pistol, 3-gun and Steel Challenge events.
 

IN: No Charges Filed For Death Of Man Found Beaten
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Brian Brothers threw the fatal punch, but Prosecutor Richards decided that since the fight happened in Brothers' Huntertown home last May, he acted in self-defense. After he claimed 36-year-old Paul Michalik, who is gay, punched him first.
 

OK: Control guns or people who possess them?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Recent mass killings have renewed calls for control of the weapons that were used in these and similar killings. But in discussions relating to guns, should we be concerned about trying to control guns or the individuals who possess them?

Past efforts at gun control have only met minimal success. Perhaps that is because it was approached in the wrong way. We had efforts to control the manufacture, sale, and distribution of weapons but that approach was probably the most controversial and least likely to succeed.
 

VA: Still concerned, despite 2nd amendment support
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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My concern is not the right to bear arms, but the kind of arms folks are bearing and how they are bearing them. When I sit down in a fast food restaurant or walk into my local bank and the person next to me has an automatic pistol strapped to their hip, I want that person to be a law enforcement person. And if someone wants to hunt legally, they need not require a closet full of AK-47-like weapons.
 

WI: Constitutional Carry Plainly Explained and Defended
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Concealed carry is coming to Wisconsin.

It is an absolute certainty that before the current legislative session is complete, a concealed carry law will be passed and the governor will sign it.

Such legislation has passed the legislature before, but has always fallen victim to the governor’s veto pen. Not this time around.
 

ID: Packing for school
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The old saying, "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns," rings true for North Idaho College student Chad Carroll.

Carroll, 38, supports House Bill 222, proposed legislation that would prohibit Idaho colleges and universities from banning guns on their campuses, except in undergraduate dormitories.

"In the event that a person with malicious intent comes into my classroom with a gun, I'd feel better if I were sitting next to a responsibly armed citizen with a concealed weapons permit," Carroll said. "People will break laws. That leaves the average citizen unprotected."

Idaho House members approved the guns-on-campus legislation by a vote of 41-28 last week...
 

WV: Fourth Circuit Denies Qualified Immunity in Mistaken SWAT Raid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A couple other points here. First, I still wonder why gun rights groups like the NRA aren't more disturbed by the ubiquitous use of SWAT teams. Here, the fact that the Bellotte's were legal, registered gun owners was used as justification for the violent, volatile entry into their home. It isn't the first time this has happened. You'd think that's something that might concern Second Amendment acitivists.

Second, the police were right. Tametta Bellotte did immediately go for her gun when the SWAT team entered. But not because she's a cop-killing, child pornographizing criminal. As it turns out, she was innocent. She went for her gun because she thought her life is in danger.
 

AZ: Gun legislation goes too far
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Legislature is considering an omnibus guns bill that would trample private-property rights and put new financial burdens on state and local budgets.

It would ignore the long-standing consensus among Arizonans: There are some places where firearms just don't belong.

Senate Bill 1201 is so sweeping and so murky that legal experts can only guess how it would play out. One point is certain, though: It's ripe for lawsuits.

The Senate has already approved this dreadful measure. The House should reject it.

The bill would require guns to be allowed on public property and at public events - unless the facility took extraordinary and expensive security measures.
 

FL: Gun bills hit wide of the mark
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Northwest Florida residents, politicians and lawmen are discovering that gun-rights proposals such as the Legislature’s “open carry” bill may carry something else: unintended consequences.

In Santa Rosa County, elected officials are warily eyeing legislation that would penalize any local government that tries to impose almost any kind of gun control. It threatens to upend a noise issue that everyone thought was settled two years ago.
 

IL: Releasing gun owners’ names a bad idea
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It seems as if Illinois likes being the exception when it comes to gun laws.

The Land of Lincoln is currently one of two states without any kind of concealed carry policy, and if Attorney General Lisa Madigan has her way, the state will be an exception in another category.

Last week, Madigan ordered the Illinois State Police to release the names of those Land of Lincoln residents authorized to own handguns. Citing the public records law, Madigan believes that the 1.3 million Illinoisans that have been certified to own a gun with a Firearm Owner’s Identification card should be identified.
 

Is Obama signaling that someone will be tossed under the bus?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In an interview last night with reporter Jorge Ramos of Mexico’s Univision network, President Barack Obama not only denied prior knowledge of “Project Gunrunner,” he also indicated that someone will be “held accountable” for what has turned into a major scandal that is already producing collateral diplomatic damage.

Obama told Ramos that, “First of all, I did not authorize it. Eric Holder, the attorney general, did not authorize it.”

To which Ramos quickly reacted: “Well, who authorized it?”

“We don’t have all the facts,” the president replied. “That’s why the (Inspector General) is in business.”
 

WA: WA State Patrol issues mea culpa letter over AR-15 flap
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Washington State Patrol has issued a mea culpa letter that acknowledges the agency “clearly caused concern” among Evergreen State firearms dealers over a request that they provide names, addresses and other information about every AR-15 sale since last July 1.

The letter (see complete text below) comes after more than 200 messages flooded the voice mailbox of a WSP detective who was working on the case of a missing AR-15 rifle that – as this column suggested here – was a WSP-owned rifle. The WSP letter has been reproduced on the Seattleguns.net forum here.
 

FL: Should UT’s Campus Remain a ‘Gun-Free Zone’?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Momentum builds in a national campaign, as almost a dozen states prepare to give college students and professors the right to carry guns in the classroom and around campus.

According to The Associated Press, more than half the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. Much similar to the bill that arose in 2009, the final decision will be left up to the University and the discretion of the staff.
 

MT: Concealed weapons carry bill clears Senate committee
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.
 

Gun controllers strike again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But their disdain for the rule of law hardly ends there. If they had their way, liberals would revoke people's right to own guns. On that issue, however, the state Constitution is unambiguous: "Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state." The U.S. Constitution, as written by the founders and clarified now by three recent Supreme Court rulings, protects people's right to own guns and use them for lawful purposes such as self-defense, hunting and target shooting while limiting all governments from infringing upon those rights.
 

NH: Gun control debate reaches Keene State campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Constitutionally speaking, students on public college campuses have "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" as granted in the Second Amendment. The federal government cannot prohibit citizens from carrying firearms, nor can the institutions funded by it. Private colleges, however, are exempt as students freely choose to attend private institutions, knowing beforehand their policies and procedures. Students attending private colleges have the freedom of choice, and may choose an institution with firearm policies that they agree with.
 

NH: New bills may affect gun policy on college campuses across New Hampshire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When crossing the Granite State's lines, it now may be safer to assume that everyone in New Hampshire is carrying a firearm, after the state house passed HB 330 on Tues., March 15, permitting most citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a license in the state. But despite persistent efforts by New Hampshire lawmakers to liberalize current gun laws and create new legislation that could overrule standing New Hampshire collegiate regulations, which prohibit firearms on campus, 87 percent of students and faculty at Keene State College are still in opposition to these pro-gun initiatives, according to a random survey.
 

Concealed Carry -- Its Your Right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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America has come a long way from its 17th century founding. Massachusetts and Virginia had laws requiring travelers to be armed. In Massachusetts, congregants had to be armed.

That all changed, though, over the next couple of centuries when states began imposing massive amounts of gun control. These restrictions turned countless Americans into mandatory victims, and many innocent lives were lost as a result.

But now, we are ever so slowly inching our way back to removing the mountain of prohibitions on being armed in public. Prior to this year, three states had stopped requiring law-abiding citizens to first get a permit to carry firearms concealed in public.
 

WA: Washington State Patrol on Fishing Expedition with Gun Dealers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association has learned that the Washington State Patrol (WSP) has sent a letter, apparently to every firearms dealer in the state of Washington, as part of an investigation into “a missing/stolen AR-15.”

The WSP has requested an incredible amount of information regarding dealer’s sales and acquisitions of AR-15’s and lower receivers over the last nine months.

They want names, dates of births, addresses and more… from the past nine months! A statewide search through a mountain of information for ONE missing/stolen AR-15?
 

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