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WA: KOMO’s Carlson turns up heat on ATF’s ‘Gunrunner’ scandal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Seattle radio talkmeister extraordinaire John Carlson started turning up the heat on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Project Gunrunner scandal Monday during the final hour of his morning broadcast, taking specific aim at major news organizations for not covering the story.

Carlson, perhaps the Jet City’s most recognizable conservative talk host and commentator currently on the air, and whose father was a police officer, is also questioning how it was that Border Patrol agents working with slain agent Brian Terry last Dec. 14 were armed with beanbag rounds when they confronted several suspects ten miles from Nogales near the Arizona-Mexico border.
 

NJ: Police Force Nearly Halved, Camden Feels Impact
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Since the city laid off nearly half its police force in January, the mayor and police chief have tried to stay positive, with the police chief even suggesting that his leaner force will be a model for others facing similar circumstances.

But after the layoffs of 163 police officers, Camden is feeling the impact. Callers to 911 who report things like home burglaries or car break-ins are asked to file a report over the phone or at police headquarters; officers rarely respond in person. "If it doesn't need a gun and a badge at that location," officers are not sent, the city's police chief, J. Scott Thomson, said last week.

Ed.: Wow. That top photo makes Camden look like a third world country.

 

WV: Pistols: Strange craving
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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We can't understand why 4 percent have a strange craving to walk around with secret guns, armed to kill as they mingle among regular folks and families. Many among the 96 percent might be nervous if they knew. The pistol-carriers say they're doing it for self-defense -- but that seems unreal, because most people live their entire lives without being attacked.

Odder still, the 4 percent wield enormous political power in the Mountain State. Right-to-bear-arms advocates behave as if they're the majority. Legislators and other politicians fear the gun lobby and usually obey its every command.
 

FL: Motorists illegally detained at Florida tolls - for using large bills!
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Meet Joel Chandler, who just paid his $1.00 toll on the Polk Parkway with a $100 bill, he is not allowed to leave unless he provides personal info to the toll taker. The toll taker tells Chandler this is what happens when they get large bills. She says this is what they have to do.
Chandler says to the toll taker, "So I'm being detained?" She says yes sir.
It is a policy the Florida Turnpike authority instituted for people who paid with $20, $50 or $100 bills. After it happened once, Chandler kept testing the system and taped his encounters as he went through the toll booths.
 

‘Project Gunwalker’ now ‘an international incident’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/project-gunwalker-now-an-international-incident

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"The big question now? How will Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handle her end of things, now that State has been irrevocably dragged into Project Gunwalker?"
 

White House pleads ignorance to ‘Project Gunwalker’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Watch the exchange in the sidebar video player. And help raise the president’s awareness level if so inclined. That is if you believe the most powerful and one of the best-informed men on the planet is truly in the dark about a major scandal being reported on network news concerning his administration."
 

CCRKBA Visiting Miami to Say 'Guns Save Lives'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms will be visiting Miami to counter billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign of fear against the Sunshine State's firearms owners.

MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011, through FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

Bloomberg has teamed up with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to send a moving billboard truck around the country claiming that 34 Americans are "murdered with guns every day." CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb said Bloomberg's campaign "tells less than half of a story, so we're today setting the record straight in Florida."
 

TX: Officer in SUV incident shot driver in 2010 case
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An El Paso police officer who fired at an SUV driven by an ex-FBI informant on Thursday is the same officer who shot and paralyzed a young man during an off-duty traffic incident last year.
 

Homeland Security Considering Portable, Instant DNA Scanners
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A portable, breadbox-sized scanner could map out your body's DNA in less than an hour -- and the Feds want it added to the agency's tool bag.

The device is being studied in the research-and-development wing of the Department of Homeland Security, which provided a special small-business contract to Network Biosystems (or NetBio) to build it. The agency will use the scanner at first on asylum seekers and refugees -- but civil liberties guardians warned that the device has explosive potential for misuse.

Ed.: While cheap and fast gene sequencing hold great promise, this road is fraught with danger, and we must tread carefully.
 

MA: UMass Law School student charged with possession of AK-47 assault rifle
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A first-year UMass Dartmouth Law School student has been suspended after police arrested him this week on charges of illegally possessing firearms, including an AK-47 military assault rifle, in his Dartmouth apartment.
 

NE: Ex-cop to fight ruling, firing
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A former Omaha police sergeant is fighting a judge’s ruling in an alleged road rage incident as well as his termination from the department.

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Harrison initially was charged in Sarpy County Court with two misdemeanors, reckless driving and assault, after Bellevue police alleged he pulled a gun on a motorist who had reported him for reckless driving.
 

NE: Neb. educators oppose letting teachers have guns
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A proposal to let Nebraska teachers and school staff carry guns in response to last month's fatal Omaha school shooting actually would make classrooms more dangerous, education and law enforcement groups argued Wednesday.

The Nebraska Association of School Boards, the Nebraska State Education Association, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's police chief and an association of private colleges in the state all told lawmakers at a hearing the proposal was a bad idea.
 

NE: Lincoln man loses lawsuit against officer
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An Omaha officer has won a federal lawsuit filed by a Lincoln man who he held at gunpoint while other officers made a drug arrest.

Officer Paul Milone (mih-LOHN') had been sued by Ricky Beenblossom (BIN'-blos-uhm), who alleged that his civil rights were violated.

Beenblossom testified that he went outside after he heard what sounded like a fight in front of his Lincoln house in July 2008. He says an officer pointed a gun at him and demanded that he come out and get down on the lawn.
 

NE: Nebraska senator proposes gun safety law
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The Nebraska Legislature's Judiciary Committee has a number of issues on its plate including gun control. Last week, the committee heard LB512 by Senator Mark Christensen of Imperial. This bill would improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS. This bill would allow federal authorities to access mental health records provided by Nebraska State Patrol. And incorporate those records into the system. Right now, the federal government can only access criminal records
 

Revelations prompt review of firearms sting
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Newly released U.S. records and declarations by a government whistle-blower appear to support allegations that government agents allowed hundreds of firearms to be smuggled across the Arizona border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
 

NY: Jury hangs on manslaughter charge against NY cop
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A former Eastchester police officer who accidentally killed a friend is facing the prospect of a second trial after a jury in Westchester County deadlocked on a manslaughter charge.

Jurors spent five days trying to reach a verdict in the 2009 shooting involving officer James Pileggi. A judge declared a mistrial Friday.

Pileggi was showing a friend the laser sight on his pistol when the gun discharged. A bullet hit the friend in the throat.
 

NY: NYPD officers will not be charged after gun battle with 'Swiss cheese man' shot 23 times
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Soto, 23, was killed by a police bullet and Alvarez, 24, was shot 23 times.

Last week Alvarez, nicknamed the 'Swiss cheese man' after surviving the gunfire, was cleared of all criminal charges in the case
 

IA: Iowa Bill Could Compel Gun Carriers to Take Breathalyzer or Lose Permit
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A new bill advancing through the Iowa Senate would compel gun owners to take a breathalyzer test if an officer suspects they're intoxicated while armed.

Under the proposal, anyone who declines would automatically forfeit their firearm permit.
 

Canada: Cops crack down on fake guns that shoot real bullets
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Police say that converting replica guns and starter pistols into real weapons could become a problem in Canada, following the arrest of a 67-year-old man in B.C. on charges linked to a case of gun conversion.

While handguns are closely regulated in Canada, starter guns -- the kind used in 100-metre track races – and gun replicas are not.

Many don't have serial numbers and they are difficult to keep track of. Still, converting them into real weapons able to fire bullets is easy, police say.
 

CA: Loaded Open Carry gets an unexpected and unwitting ally
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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She did. The Chief Federal Judge for the Southern District of California explicitly stated in her decision that we have the right to openly carry a loaded firearm in public. She went on to say that she could not rule on the constitutionality of California Penal Code 12031 requiring one to keep his firearm unloaded until one was in grave danger because neither party in the suit challenged that statute.

That is judge speech for "Please challenge the constitutionality of that law." That was in December, this is March, nobody has taken the judge up on her invitation, thus far.
 

PA: State Senate poised to vote on increasing use of deadly force
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state Senate today is set to vote on a bill that would expand the parameters of when residents can legally use lethal force.

Companion bills working their way through the House and Senate would remove a clause from the law known as the "castle doctrine" that compels people to retreat in the face of lethal danger.

The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, said Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County.

"Right now, they have a requirement to run first, literally," said Perry, who sponsored the House bill. "We want to change that to stand in support of the law-abiding citizen."
 

PA: House Committee Approves "Castle Doctrine" Self Defense Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The latest version of the so called Castle Doctrine is on a fast track. The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted 21 to 1 to pass the House version of Castle Doctrine legislation. House Bill 40 was introduced by state Representative Scott Perry (R-92).

HB 40 will now move to the House floor for consideration.

Ed.: HB 40 is actually Stand Your Ground legislation.
 

MI: Michigan Self-Defense Legislature Allows More Powerful Pepper Spray
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Although this is not a firearms issue, per se, it is a question that we see often and is relevant to self-defense: Pepper spray. Michigan law was recently changed (December 22, 2010) to allow citizens to carry “full-strength” 10% formulation pepper (OC) spray.
 

Test Bullets For Yourself
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Most of us want to know if the ammo we've chosen for self-defense will perform like we want it to out of our chosen handgun. While ammo makers use expensive, high-grade ballistic gelatin in which to test their bullets, what is the average Joe to do?

Fortunately, it's easy to do your own testing with a bucket and some wet newsprint. Typically, the results I get when using newsprint understate penetration by about an inch and overstate expansion by an insignificant margin.
 

OK: Make my day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Business owners may be asking customers more than the typical, "May I help you?" if house bill 1439 passes. They might be asking customers, or rather robbers, to "make their day."

Rep. Steve Vaughan, Dist. 37, proposed the bill that will give business owners and operators rights similar to homeowners when it comes to self defense.

"People have the right to protect themselves," Vaughan said. "They have that right. But the point is, that you're going to have protection against getting sued for protecting yourself."

Vaughan's legislative assistant, Cody Boyd, said the bill passed the judiciary committee unanimously, and is awaiting hearing on the house floor.
 

IL: State need not keep FOID card ‘secret’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Never have we seen the kind of fury as that which followed the Illinois Attorney General’s ruling that names of firearm owner identification card holders are public information under Illinois law.

Letters to the editor, online comments and incalculable discussion elsewhere seemed unanimous in their judgment: Attorney General Lisa Madigan had put every lawful gun owner and FOID card holder in danger with this ruling.

If the Illinois State Police release these names — and it is only the names in question; no other information would be made public — criminals swiftly would descend on FOID holders’ homes in search of weapons to steal, went the prevailing argument.
 

IA: Castle Bill Moves Forward in Iowa [video]
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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NRA-News is a valued partner that continues to cover breaking gun rights news with a new and improved short video format in the “NRA News Minute” videos.

Cam Edwards talks to Iowa State Representative Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, the bill’s sponsor, about the advancing Castle Doctrine bill in Iowa.
 

VA: Virginia Tech stands firm on firearms policy
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Virginia Tech is standing pat on its current firearms policy despite legal challenges to gun restrictions on college campuses
nationwide.

In Virginia, universities may prohibit or place restrictions on the carrying of firearms on their own campuses. Tech’s policy is outlined in its policies and procedures, saying that individuals on campus, in campus buildings or attending sports events are prohibited from “carrying, maintaining or storing a firearm or weapon.” .
 

Impossible Shots with Ted Gundy and Gibbs 1903A4 sniper rifle [video]
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WWII Sniper Shoots old and new rifles 1903A4 and new custom Remington 700 at 1000 yards! One Shot, One Kill.
 

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