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Saipan gun controls challenged to comply with current U.S. law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Guiding law is codified under N. Mar. I. Code, the Commonwealth Weapons Control Act. The rules are spelled out in detail, including another that seems ripe for challenge, a prohibition on anyone who is not a permanent resident from eligibility for the required identification card."

"The Mariana Islands case resulted in an unexpected dismissal requiring an amended complaint, Dean Weingarten of Gunwatch reported Tuesday. The case is being handled by Michel & Associates, which has posted all filings to date. Another lawsuit is proceeding separately, Gunwatch reported in December." ...
 

Jeff Knox: The Biggest Threat to Our RKBA – Amnesty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As we have been scrambling to counter threats like the Obama administration’s recent assault on common rifle ammunition, another, less immediate, but more dangerous threat has been looming and growing; the threat of amnesty for illegal immigrants . . ." ...
 

If You Care About Gun Rights, Teach Your Children Well
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As a teacher of high school English, I have rather a unique perch from which to observe the passing trends of American interest and life. All manner of things come up in our discussions of literature: drugs, relationships, the nature of men and women, parenting, you name it. But only rarely does the interest of teenagers turn to firearms, and even more rarely to the Constitution, particularly the Second Amendment . . ." ...
 

Gun prohibitionists target Miller; NW officials dis gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A group of self-described 'gun violence prevention advocates' has announced it will deliver a petition this afternoon to the Washington, D.C. television station where investigative reporter and author Emily Miller works, demanding that she be dismissed because of her pro-Second Amendment views, in what amounts to a direct assault on her First Amendment rights." ...

"The gun prohibition lobby would prefer that nobody speak for firearms owners. Perhaps that’s why they are after Miller, the former Washington Times senior opinion editor and author of ... [a] book [which] detailed Miller’s personal saga as she worked through a deliberately discouraging system in Washington, D.C. to obtain a city permit to keep a handgun at home ..." ...
 

Gun Control Lobbyist Forgets He’s Flacking for a “Grass Roots” Operation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One of the problems with hiring lobbyists to lie for you in a public forum is that eventually, they might slip up and tell the truth instead. Something along those lines appears to have happened recently during a hearing a Vermont Senate committee was holding on a gun control bill. Lobbyist Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, hired by the ironically-named group Gun Sense Vermont, was giving testimony, when he cut loose with the civilian disarmament version of a Kinsley gaffe: it turns out that Gun Sense Vermont needs to get its marching orders — 'national expertise' was the euphemism Wilkinson-Ray mumbled — from HQ in New York . . ." ...
 

5 Insanely Large Caliber Handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We love pistols and we love huge calibers. Why not mate the two for some true Frankenstein-like guns? These guns are ginormous. Just how we like them. Out of Thailand (above), a 1911 single shot 12 gauge pistol loaded with buckshot? How about . . ." ...
 

My Turn: When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called 50 years ago, I answered
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Fifth, I do believe Dr. King would have strong words to say on the increasing gun violence in our nation. We now have the highest homicide rate in the developed world. ... We have lost some 10,000 Americans to gun violence just since the Newtown shootings ... that’s more Americans that we’ve lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. But some of our elected officials are still more concerned with what the gun lobby wants than with what the vast majority of their constituents want. Without losing the Second Amendment right to bear arms, surely we could require background checks, make gun trafficking a federal crime and ban assault weapons. It is absurd for ordinary citizens to have as much or more firepower than police have." ...
 

The Gun Lobby Loves Freedom—But Apparently Not Free Speech
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The video is effective, capturing the reactions of people as they are disabused of the notion that owning a gun makes you safe and reminded that having a gun in your house just makes it that much likelier that someone in the house, by accident or on purpose, will shoot themselves or someone else. Apparently, the gun lobby thinks it’s, well, too effective, as Rachel Maddow reported on Friday. The official NRA affiliate in New York, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) is trying to use the law to criminalize this video and participation in it. They want the state to use laws meant to ensure gun safety to be used to persecute people for speaking out for gun safety. ..." ...
 

Team 26 for Newtown -- Why we ride
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following the tragic shootings at the Sandy Hook School on Dec. 14, 2012, I founded Team 26 and rode with a group of 26 cyclists from Sandy Hook to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. We rode to honor the memories of the 20 precious 1st graders and six dedicated educators, including my daughter's former 3rd grade teacher, to raise awareness of the epidemic of gun violence, and to press Congress to act."

"Looking back, it is clear that at that time we were riding as much for ourselves -- to kick-start our own healing process and to help Newtown move forward." ...
 

Are Gun Control Advocates Just Throwing Troll Bait Now?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun control advocates lost at the federal level after the horrific Sandy Hook shooting. They’re now focusing at the state-level, trying to emulate the success of the gay marriage movement. Given that Republicans represent the most state legislatures since 1920 and two-thirds of the governorships, I doubt this shift will be successful. In essence, gun control is dead. The movement may make some inroads in states that are already notoriously anti-gun, but it’s probably not going to expand in the foreseeable future (which is a good thing)."

"So, with nowhere to go, the gun control advocates have resorted to abject insanity and shaming to get their points across." ...
 

Christie talks guns, pensions, states' rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gov. Christie described his political philosophy, including his beliefs that Second Amendment and other individual rights are derived from God, in front of a crowd Tuesday that included several people he grew up with."

"At a town-hall-style meeting in a packed community center in Morris County, the Republican governor - who said he would decide on a 2016 presidential campaign in 'the next three months' - responded to a question from a gun-rights supporter by saying his authority to change existing state laws was limited."...
 

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Says He Would Consider Revisiting State Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gov. Chris Christie said he would consider revisiting New Jersey’s strict gun laws if he had a Republican-led legislature."

"In response to a question about his support for the Second Amendment, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that New Jersey’s Democrat-led Legislature has sent him only bills that further restrict these rights, many of which he has vetoed."

"'Send me a Republican legislature. And with a Republican legislature you’ll have a governor who will respect, appropriately, the rights of law-abiding citizens to be able to protect ourselves,' Mr. Christie said about the Second Amendment when asked a town hall meeting in this Morris County township." ...
 

AL: Scott Beason talks charter schools, gun rights in Auburn visit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Beason also spoke to the group about protecting Second Amendment rights, quoting George Washington and Samuel Adams – who he quipped were 'right-wing conservatives' – along with Florentine historian Niccolo Machiavelli on the right to bear arms. He described the issue as 'very near and dear to my heart.'"

"'We have people that just believe you don’t have a right to defend yourself,' Beason said."

"He contended those who argue against the Second Amendment have not handled a gun, do not understand how to use the weapon and do not 'appreciate history.' Beason also questioned a bank security guard’s right to be armed, while he said a mother could not legally carry a gun to protect her children." ...
 

Congress target Federal 'chokehold' on gun sellers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking to task the [FDIC] and its involvement with Operation Choke Point, the federal program that lets banks deny business to outlets that deal in guns and ammunition."

"The FDIC is the main agency in charge of regulating the nation’s ... financial institutions."

"Critics of the program say it’s an underhanded way of dinging the Second Amendment without having to go through Congress because it hits at the lifeline of certain businesses perceived as unsavory by politicians in power. Specifically, opponents say the feds press financial institutions to abstain from dealing with gun companies, ammunition dealers and the like and in certain cases, cut off their funding and access to services." ...
 

TX: Strap 'em If You Got 'em: Texas Set to Allow Guns on Campuses and Open Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The gun-friendly state of Texas is poised to become more strapped than ever."

"Though the first months of its legislative session were dominated by armed rallies, threats, and heated confrontations ... two fast-tracked pro-gun bills sailed out of the Republican-dominated State Senate last week — one allowing concealed handguns on campus and the other permitting concealed handgun license holders to openly carry handguns throughout Texas. They will now be considered by the State House."

"'We have seen a realignment of the legislature in the state,' Andy Pelosi, the executive director of the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, told VICE News. 'Texas has now become fertile ground for the gun lobby to push their agenda.'" ...
 

TN: Guns in trunks bill scores walkover victory in Tennessee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Both chambers of the Tennessee legislature gave wide approval Monday to a measure that will allow employees to sue their employer if they are fired for storing a gun in their car while on the job."

"The measure is a clarification to a law passed last year allowing concealed carry holders to store firearms in the trunks of parked cars, even if it is against the property owner’s wishes. However, subsequent opinions by the state attorney general left the interpretation of whether an employer could discipline an employee found to store a firearm in their vehicle." ...
 

CO: Aurora bans open carry of guns at municipal center
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Aurora City Council has approved a ban on the open carry of firearms at the city's municipal center."

"The Denver Post reports councilmembers approved the ban during a study session Monday. On two previous occasions, people with guns visibly strapped to their belts attended the Council's meetings."

"Councilman Bob LeGare, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, says he respects the Second Amendment but has little patience for people who are trying to make a show by disrupting city operations." ...
 

AR: Concealed-carry transfer bill fails to pass vote in House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Legislation that would require people who hold out-of-state concealed carry licenses to transfer those licenses within 30 days of becoming an Arkansas resident failed in the Arkansas House of Representatives on Monday."

"House Bill 1884, by Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, was voted down 39-20, with many conservative members of the House abstaining. Hammer said he wouldn't take the vote personally but that he would feel safer knowing the person sitting next to him had to go through the same concealed handgun training he had." ...
 

VT: Bickering erupts over motives on gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A lobbyist’s comments late last week to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have launched a new round of attacks against the group Gun Sense Vermont and frustration for lawmakers looking to advance a gun bill in the Senate." ...

"'We need to get national expertise on this before we can approve it,' Wilkinson-Ray said."

"Sears appeared to be surprised that Wilkinson-Ray wanted time to study the changes."

"'So you have to get a hold of the national organization? Is that your testimony?' he asked."

"Opponents of S.141 have seized on the comments, insisting they prove that Gun Sense Vermont is not a Vermont-based grass-roots group. ..." ...
 

TX: Texas Legislative Update: Reduced “Gun-Free Zones” and Caliber Qualification
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee met today and heard a variety of bills. Two bills of note, the aptly designated HB308 which would expand current CHL holders to carry in churches, hospitals, amusement parks, etc. ... 'guns everywhere' bill, and HB284 which would change the minimum caliber from .32 to .22 to qualify with for s CHL. HB284 had no opposition. Several people testified for it. HB308 had the usual moms, Dems and Docs forecasting doom and gloom and blood running in the streets . . ." ...
 

AZ: Arizona Senate committee approves firearms legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Senate committee has passed two firearms bills broadening and protecting the state's Second Amendment rights."

"House Bill 2320 by Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson requires public places such as libraries to allow permit-holders to carry firearms or establish security guards and metal detectors."

"House Bill 2431 by Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff creates a state compact that prevents member states from passing firearms transfer laws more restrictive than federal law." ...
 

FL: Bill to further limit residential gun use dies in committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A bill prohibiting backyard shooting ranges was rejected at its first committee stop in the Florida House on Tuesday."

"The bill, filed by state Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, would have made it a misdemeanor to fire a gun on a residential property in many cases. Though supported by several local governments in Florida, including the cities of North Port and St. Petersburg, the influential National Rifle Association opposed the measure and it failed to secure enough votes to advance in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee." ...
 

SC: House panel backs domestic violence bill, but rejects gun ban
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"A S.C. House committee endorsed a domestic violence reform bill Tuesday after voting down an effort to take away the gun rights of those who abuse a spouse or partner."

"Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee called a gun ban amendment offered by Rep. Beth Bernstein, D-Columbia, flawed and unnecessary. They also raised a number of concerns with a bill that came about after months of debate and testimony on domestic violence as lawmakers seek to stem the tide of women killed by men in the Palmetto State." ...
 

FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression 'mass shooting' incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar."

"The bureau's annual reports tabulating and classifying a wide range of crime throughout the nation have been historically free of politics, but John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the latest statistics contain numbers that are misleading at best and deliberately fudged at worst. Lott believes the numbers may have been presented to overstate for political purposes the true risk of being a victim of random gun crimes." ...
 

PA: Police officer charged with homicide
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"A Susquehanna Valley police officer is being charged with criminal homicide." ...

"At a Tuesday morning news conference, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said that Mearkle deployed her Taser before shooting a round of shots while Kassick was on the ground and unarmed. The DA says there is video from the Taser that shows Mearkle firing shots. Afterwards, he says she tried to perform CPR on Kassick."

"Court documents show that Mearkle said she fired because Kassick would not show his hands and she thought he was reaching in his jacket for a gun." ...
 

Legally Armed America Names Laura Evans as New Director of Marketing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Legally Armed America Inc., the pro-gun network of companies dedicated to preserving the Second Amendment and enriching the shooting sports lifestyle, announced today that visionary marketing executive Laura Evans has joined the corporation as Director of Marketing."

"In this role, Evans manages the marketing and sales operations of Legally Armed America and it’s two divisions, Legally Armed Marketing+Media and Gun District." ...
 

HI: Gun Ownership Falling in Hawaii
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The recent firearms sales surge isn’t so recent. It started in the months before President Obama took office. If you recall, the anti-gun mainstream media attributed the dramatic surge to OFWG racist paranoia. Still do, in fact. Anyway, since then, gun sales have risen and fallen – but mostly risen. A lot. Polls 'reveal' that gun ownership has remained steady, but the polls are wrong – as we’ve explained numerous times. As states restore Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms – making it easier to obtain concealed carry licenses and suchlike – more and more Americans are keeping and bearing arms. Where they aren’t they aren’t. To wit, Hawaii . . ." ...
 

WV: Shades of gray
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a measure to overhaul West Virginia gun laws was the responsible course of action on an issue that creates passion among state residents no matter what their political leanings."

"We say that not because we are anti-gun, but because carrying a gun also brings with it tremendous responsibilities on the part of the carrier."

"We were happy that the Legislature reworked the measure to raise the age at which one could legally carry a concealed weapon from 18 to 21."

"We weren’t particularly pleased that the revised version of the bill also eliminated the training component that’s required now in the concealed carry permitting process." ...
 

FL: Parent of college-bound child worried about gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While there appear to be at least three gun bills dancing through the NRA-controlled Florida Legislature, as a parent about to send a child off to a state university I am most concerned about the one that will allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus."

"It's irrational, but as you point out in your editorial, a dozen university police chiefs and a dozen university presidents are no match for the NRA's Marion Hammer. Nor for that matter are Florida citizens like me who support the chiefs and presidents." ...
 

OH: Ohio open carry marchers die in head-on collision (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Four members and supporters of a high-profile Richmond-area firearms rights group were killed in an early morning crash Friday near Dunkirk, Ohio."

"Jason Spitzer, Stephen Kim, David Alexander Armstrong, and Jimmy Higgins, who were all members of the group The Right To Bear Arms RVA, were killed in the crash when their car collided with a tractor-trailer. They were on their way to meet with another gun rights advocacy group, the Hell’s Saints, for an open carry walk in Detroit." ...
 

MI: Open-carry guns create nettlesome issue for schools
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A state legislator is pushing for a new law to prevent gun owners from openly carrying their weapons in schools and other gun-free zones — a topic surrounding the Second Amendment."

"The legislation may not be the solution for those able to carry a gun, but it may be for those concerned for student’s safety."

"A woman spoke out during Monday night’s Brighton Area Schools Board of Education meeting on behalf of several concerned residents who wanted to make sure the open-carry law wouldn’t become an issue in the Brighton district, as it recently has in Ann Arbor." ...
 

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