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Key gun rights questions likely to go unasked at NRA meeting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As gun owners gather this weekend for the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, two events are scheduled to take place that will have lasting effects on politics affecting the right to keep and bear arms: This year’s meeting of members, and appearances by politicians of national stature, including one announced and several likely presidential contenders. Likely to go unchallenged and unchanged is NRA’s deliberate indifference to the one issue that has the potential to undo and reverse all legislative and judicial gains for gun rights won to date: Amnesty for illegal aliens followed up with a 'pathway to citizenship.'" ...
 

Right to Bear Arms? Gun grabbing sweeping the nation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "While Americans have the constitutional rights to keep and bear arms ...it is not just in California where guns are seized and destroyed illegally, attorneys charge."

"'This kind of below-the-radar bureaucratic gun confiscation is a growing Second Amendment and property rights violation problem, particularly in strict gun control states like California, New Jersey and Massachusetts,' said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the [SAF]. 'People can't afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars on legal fees to get back a $500 firearm.'"

"The [SAF]’s most recent case involves Rick Bailey ... whose entire collection of 28 firearms valued at $25,000 was seized by authorities because of an ongoing dispute with a neighbor." ...
 

Hypocrisy, Distortion and Lies, Or Just Another Day at Stop Handgun Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"John Rosenthal has his knickers in quite a twist. He’s the co-founder of Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence and is the man responsible for the iconic 252 foot long anti-gun billboard which used to face the Mass. Pike near Fenway Park. Unfortunately his craving for filthy lucre recently overcame his principles and he sold the parking garage where the sign was mounted. He thought he would be able to keep spreading his message (for free no less) as four media companies had agreed to donate space on 36 billboards to the cause . . ."

"Unfortunately…well, I’ll let him state his case (unless otherwise noted all quotes are from the SHV press release to which I won’t link):" ...
 

ATF Attorney on NFA Trusts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The surprise hit of the National Firearms Law Seminar (for me, anyway,) was the last presentation of the day by William J. Ryan, from the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Mr. Ryan’s speech came at the end of almost nine hours of lectures (including the luncheon speaker,) and I was internally debating whether or not I should bail out early to check out the outdoor concert and see if I could find a good pair of Lucchese roper boots from some of the nearby shops….but I am really glad I didn’t . . ." ...
 

Glenn Reynolds: Hold Property Owners Liable When They Ban Guns
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"Glenn Harlan Reynolds, of Instapundit fame, was the specal lunch speaker at the National Firearms Law Seminar yesterday at the NRA Annual Meeting. Professor Reynolds gave an interesting talk derived from an article he wrote for the Tennessee Law Review last year, 'The Second Amendment as Ordinary Constitutional Law.' He covered a variety of topics, but said one thing I thought really interesting (which I hastily scrawled on my napkin, so apologies if the wording is not exact): 'If a premises owner bars me from possessing a gun on those premises, he should be liable if I suffer as a result of it, as if he had done it himself.' . . ." ...
 

New from AAC: Eccentric Pistol Silencer, New Rimfire Cans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The biggest pain in the ass for pistol silencer owners is figuring out how to accurately shoot with the damned can attached. Most silencers obscure the sight picture for standard height sights, and the only options available are extended 'silencer' sights (which look ridiculous) or a laser sight of some sort. That’s one of the reasons that my nightstand gun (a SIG SAUER Mk25 with AAC Ti-Rant 9mm can) has a set of Crimson Trace lasergrips, so I can actually figure out where I’m aiming. AAC thinks they’ve got a better solution: the Illusion silencer." ...
 

Introducing the Cobalt Kinetics BAMF
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"Cobalt Kinetics is a company so new that their website doesn’t even work yet, but their rifles already look dead sexy. This is their entry level rifle: the BAMF. Not only does it feature a full-length aluminum free-floating handguard with a recessed muzzle, an appealing visual design, and enough rail space to make most people more than happy, but it also has something unique: not one but two forward assist buttons." ...
 

Remington Targets Women Shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'In the gun world, there are obvious women’s guns,' wkrn.com pronounces, without revealing which firearms qualify for the double-X chromosome set. It’s a good question: what IS a woman’s gun? We asked our readers that very thing last month in Question of the Day: Is There Such a Thing As A 'Woman’s Gun'?. Some 98 members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia weighed-in without obvious consensus, and a lot of obvious snark. Our friends at Remington hit the NRA convention in Nashville in search of answers . . ." ...
 

New from AAC: Modular Ti-Rant 45 Pistol Silencer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When I was over at the IWA show in Germany, something I noticed was that modular silencers were quite the thing. I thought we’d never see the likes in the USA due to the ATF and NFA getting in the way, but I may have spoken too soon. First the SilencerCo shotgun silencer sports removable sections to make your can as long or short as you need it that day, and now AAC has a modular .45 ACP pistol silencer that they are showing off with the same general idea. Instead of buying a long can and a short can to cover your various suppression needs, the Ti-Rant 45M can will cover all the bases." ...
 

‘You have to be ready to eliminate the threat’: Fearmongering and GOP groveling at NRA convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It’s the afternoon before the first day of the NRA’s annual conference at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Handguns, rifles and semi-autos are unpacked and hung in booths; scaffolding and stages are raised; one vendor grapples with a tragic routing mistake ..."

"Gruff avatars of American manhood scowl from posters hanging on the walls in the main showcase. Cowboys riding away in sunsets, soldiers, policemen, snipers and hunters. Charlton Heston posthumously clutches his gun, as promised. A sweaty, disturbingly ripped Founding Father poses against the American flag with a black semi-automatic rifle strapped to his back. Over 70,000 people are expected to attend." ...
 

GOP Candidates to NRA: Be Very Afraid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Life. Liberty. And the pursuit of any maggot who threatens them.'"

"Emblazoned across a Herculean sign hawking a tactical holster, these were the words that greeted me upon entering Nashville’s Music City Center on Friday for the National Rifle Association’s annual conference."

"But I was here for the actual big guns; a who’s-who of NRA brass and GOP hopefuls that the official convention program billed as 'one of the most popular and highly anticipated political gatherings in America'—the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum."

"Here, several of the Republicans auditioning to be their party’s nominee found a lot to agree upon, particularly the fact there is a lot to be afraid of out there." ...
 

Will the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Ever Stop Lying?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'They are coming to take your guns away!' That was the message from this past weekend’s annual NRA Convention. In fact, it’s the same message we have heard for years from the NRA. And just as it has been in the past, as it was this weekend, that message is a lie."

"No one in the Obama administration or any Democratic administration has ever tried to take law-abiding citizens guns away. Even when President Bill Clinton signed into law the assault weapons ban ... it 'grandfathered in weapons and ammo clips produced or purchased before the enactment of the ban.'"

"There are now nearly 300 million guns in the United States. It would be impossible to take even a fraction of those guns away from people. ..." ...
 

Gun laws put safety at risk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As we recognize the anniversary of the tragic shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom, I am frustrated, incredulous, sad and mad at the actions of our Kansas and Missouri legislators. In spite of the number of homicides, suicides and accidental shootings, these irresponsible representatives have eased gun laws."

"Citing the Constitution is disingenuous — clearly this was never the intent of the Second Amendment." ...
 

Father Of California Shooting Victim: Arming College Students Is ‘A Solution From The 18th Century’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Richard Martinez’s son Christopher was shot and killed in a shooting spree near the University of California Santa Barbara last May. The tragedy and Martinez’s call for “not one more” sparked a national conversation about strengthening gun control laws to prevent weapons from getting into the wrong hands."

"But while gun control groups have pushed for what they call common sense reforms, the National Rifle Association is attempting to move legislation forward to allow students on college campuses to carry weapons. Martinez, who knows firsthand the consequences of campus violence, told ThinkProgress these proposals will only exacerbate campus violence and incidents of sexual assault." ...
 

TN: Gun Safety Group Holds Rally in Nashville (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A gun safety organization wants to make it clear they’re not against guns. They’re against violence."

"Gun violence has changed Richard Martinez forever."

"'Christopher was our only child,' Martinez said."

"Martinez is one of the hundreds of members of Moms Demand Action, an organization focused on gun safety and background checks."

"'I am the mother of Jordan Russell Davis -a young man who was shot and killed,' Lucy McBath said."

"McBath’s son Jordan was 17. A gunman targeted him in Jacksonville, Florida. The gunman had a 9mm and fired 10 rounds into Jordan’s car."

"'Simply for playing loud music in his car,' McBath said." ...
 

SC: Legislators are failing constituents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It would be more than ironic if both chambers of the S.C. General Assembly vote to tighten laws on criminal domestic violence and neither bill actually becomes law."

"It would be infuriating in light of convincing evidence that current laws are inadequate ..."

"But unless the House and the Senate manage to get on the same page, it is possible that things will stay where they are."

"Both the House and the Senate are to be commended for moving forward to address the scourge of criminal domestic violence. The Senate passed a bill in February that toughens penalties for criminal domestic violence and restricts gun ownership for those who have been convicted." ...
 

NRA rallies posse, warns of Clinton 'gun bans, ammo bans, anti-gun judges'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fresh from beating back the administration's bullet ban, the NRA's top executives said Saturday that the group is bracing for further anti-gun moves by the lame duck president and warned that Hillary Clinton's gun control efforts as president would make President Obama 'look like an amateur.'"

"Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, told the group's annual meeting, said, 'Obama says he's not going anywhere for the next 650 days. Well, we have news for the president, neither are we.'" ...
 

Six takeaways from the NRA convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A pack of 2016 Republicans made their pitch for president Friday before the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville, blasting the Obama administration for what they described as an erosion of freedom while punctuating their remarks with sharp enthusiasm for Second Amendment rights."

"The contenders also used the principles behind gun rights to fire off criticism of President Barack Obama's handling of national security, further signaling the influential role that foreign policy is expected to have in the presidential election."

"More than 70,000 people descended upon Music City to attend the convention, but tickets to see the candidates speak in a five-hour long forum was limited to about 5,000 people." ...
 

National security at the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"At the [NRA]'s annual meeting Friday, a parade of 2016 contenders delivered their odes to the Second Amendment. But the best speeches ... focused on national security, not just personal security."

"Former Texas governor Rick Perry (R) ... declared:"
"There are two types of thinking in American politics today — the delusional thinking of the left, epitomized by our president, where criminals obey gun law, where terrorist nations will put down their arms to obey a nuclear agreement, where radical groups like ISIS are not religious in nature. The rest of us subscribe to reality-based thinking, ... where radical nations should not be appeased but opposed, where the best defense against crime is an armed citizenry. ..." ...
 

Leaders of the National Rifle Association warn members of looming gun-control efforts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Leaders of the National Rifle Association have cited the new Republican majority in the US Senate as evidence of the gun rights group's clout, but warned of looming gun-control efforts in the final term of President Barack Obama - and even tougher action by his potential successor Hillary Rodham Clinton."

"Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president and CEO, in his members' meeting speech called on Congress to enact a law allowing people with handgun carry permits to be allowed to be armed anywhere in the US, arguing that nobody 'should be forced to face evil with bare hands'." ...
 

Hillary Clinton: Gun owners’ worst enemy, NRA’s greatest weapon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, made it perfectly clear Saturday morning during a rousing speech before members at the annual meeting here in Nashville that a Hillary Clinton presidency ... will be bad news for the Second Amendment"

"'Our Bill of Rights will not be Hillary’s new server,' he said, 'to be wiped from the pages of history.'"

"It was a biting allusion to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s revelation that she had erased an untold number of 'personal' e-mails from her personal server; documents that Congress wants in its investigation of the Benghazi debacle. Today, Clinton is reportedly announcing her candidacy for president ..." ...
 

National Rifle Association convention attracts more than 70,000 to Nashville
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"More than 70,000 attendees descended upon Nashville this weekend for the 2015 National Rifle Association (NRA) convention. The convention exhibited hundreds of products from every major firearm company in the country. But the event went far beyond the convention’s displays. Celebrities and politicians popped up for both announced and unannounced appearances and concerts began each day around noon and ended in the early hours of the next morning." ...

"Sophomore Sahil Batra is one of the many young people who volunteered at the meetings and exhibits this weekend. As a runner at the convention, Batra helped various exhibitors move items as needed, which he said allowed him to see all sides of the convention." ...
 

Ben Carson STILL Trying to ‘Clarify’ His Stance on Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One of possible GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson’s problems is his mixed message on the Second Amendment. In some discussions he seems to be for restrictions and in others says he is 100 percent supporting of the right to bear arms. And this weekend at the NRA convention Carson is again trying to 'clarify' his stance on guns."

"Over the past year, neurosurgeon Carson has said things that brought criticism from gun rights advocates and caused some to even wonder if he knows how guns even work."

"Only a few weeks ago, for instance, Carson told Glenn Beck that he felt that guns should be restricted in urban areas but not rural areas. He also felt that Americans have no right to semi-automatic weapons." ...
 

Hillary Clinton Running for President. Her Views on Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If it was a surprise to you that Hillary Clinton was about to launch her presidential campaign, then I’d like to welcome you back from your year-long Australian outback walkabout. Hillary has been the assumed front-runner for the Democratic nomination since Barack Obama tagged out on his presidential elections, and today she has finally officially announced her candidacy. As a reminder to our readers, here’s a quick run-down of Hillary Clinton’s history with firearms." ...
 

Reported Sunday jump by Hillary will have ‘em fired up at NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Guardian’s Friday report that Hillary Clinton will formally announce her candidacy for president tomorrow is very likely to fire up tens of thousands of [NRA] members gathering this weekend in Nashville, but they won’t be cheerleaders for the former Secretary of State."

"According to The Guardian’s report, Clinton will officially announce her run via Twitter 'while en route to Iowa.' If you were to ask anyone here in Nashville attending the NRA convention, they might suggest she will be making that trip on a broomstick."

"During yesterday’s Leadership Forum ... Clinton was definitely the common target of concern. Gun owners see her as a serious threat to the right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

As American As Apple Pie
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"In the last few days, two contenders for the GOP presidential nomination said the Second Amendment, with its promise that the people shall never be disarmed, was an obstacle to over-reaching or tyrannical government."

"Ted Cruz called the right to keep and bear arms a 'fundamental check on government tyranny,' while Ben Carson stressed that 'if the government ... ever became tyrannical, and wanted to dominate the people, the Second Amendment guarantees the people the means whereby to defend themselves.' Another prominent Republican, Bobby Jindal, alluded to this important role in an interview with Breitbart, and Donald Trump also spoke out recently on the roll[sic] of armed citizens in crime fighting." ...
 

Bloomberg’s Gun Control Agenda May Hurt Hillary’s Campaign
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"Hillary is set to announce her presidential run today."

"At the same time, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding one of his anti-Second Amendment events and the NRA is holding its annual meeting. Hot Air reports:"
"The well monied former New York mayor and head honcho of Everytown for Gun Safety is holding his own event in Tennessee to focus attention on politicians who aren’t willing to sign on to ever increasing restrictions of the rights of gun owners." ...
 

2016 Republican hopefuls slam Obama, vow to defend gun rights at NRA convention
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"An invigorated National Rifle Association tested the mettle of potential 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls and ramped up for an expected battle against Hillary Rodham Clinton — though the gun rights group said it also will keep a watchful eye during President Obama’s final years in office."

"And in speeches at the NRA’s annual convention this weekend, the candidates did their best to fire up the attendees." ...
 

Donald Trump Speaks on National Reciprocity at the NRA 2015 Annual Meetings
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"Will Donald Trump run? Will he be the one to tell the current occupant of the White House, 'You're Fired!'?"

"And what does The Donald think about your Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA)?" ...
 

Ammo protection bill has lots of names but not much chance
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"Congressman Patrick McHenry says his effort to block the federal government from future ammunition bans continues to gain momentum."

McHenry ... introduced what he calls the Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act last month."

"The bill, HB 1365, now has 41 co-sponsors and has been assigned to a House committee."

"McHenry introduced the measure after the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sought to ban certain types of rifle ammunition in February."

"And while the ATF scrapped its call for a ban of the M855 ammunition used with the AR-15 rifle, McHenry said he believes President Barack Obama will ask the federal agency to impose other restrictions on guns or ammunition." ...
 

MS: Mississippi Passes Off-Body Constitutional Carry (video available)
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"'Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill that would allow residents to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel without a state-issued license,' wreg.com reports. While I’m against off-body carry on principle (safety), the Hospitality State is doing its level best to be hospitable to its residents’ gun rights. The same bill lowers the permit from $100 to $80, and drops the renewal fee from $50 to $40. Yes, I know: we Constitutionalists don’t need no stinkin’ permits! But it enables reciprocity with other states and, besides, when was the last time the government reduced a tax? More good news . . ." ...
 

TN: Tennessee guns in parks bill proving controversial
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"What started as simple legislation to expand concealed carry rights to public parks in the state has earned the attention of national gun control groups and risks a veto from Republican Gov. Bill Haslam."

"The proposal was introduced to the state House in February and passed by a 65-21 vote on March 30. In its journey through the Senate, the measure passed on April 2 by an easy 26-7 vote, but picked up an amendment to include striking the gun free zone at the State Capitol, which the House in turn rejected."

"Now, facing a conference committee, the governor is making it known that he may oppose it should it reach his desk." ...
 

OR: "I can’t function as a normal human being."
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"'But I can tell you that if I go two days without taking my medication, I can’t walk in the door of this building. I can’t get up in the morning. I can’t take a shower.'"

"These are the words of Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, who says she suffers from 'major depression.' Hayward also claims that both she and her husband 'own weapons.' Certainly this has the potential to be a volatile combination and it is our hope that Hayward is getting adequate treatment and that the 'weapons' she keeps in her home are not accessible to her. (Based on her comments she almost certainly would be denied a concealed handgun license anywhere in the state.) But apparently Hayward believes that her disability should be projected onto gun owners in Oregon." ...
 

TX: Texas Senate Gives Campus Carry OK; Moves to House
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"The State of Texas is closing in on a policy requiring state-funded colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on their campuses. Senate Bill 11 was approved on March 18, along party lines with all 11 Democratic members in opposition to the bill."

"According to a statement distributed via email by San Jacinto College District Chancellor Brenda Hellyer, during the 2013 state legislative session, the legislature passed a law allowing guns to be stored in a locked vehicle. Other than this one exception, it remains unlawful and a third degree felony to possess and bring a weapon onto any of San Jac’s campuses. Firearms, whether loaded or unloaded, may not be brought into college facilities or displayed to others." ...
 

OR: Oregon gun bill no panacea, but may deter some crime (video available)
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"A bill to expand Oregon's background checks on gun purchasers should become state law. However, the legislation is neither as good nor as bad as people claim."

"Here are five reasons why:" ...
 

SC: Lawmakers wary of domestic violence gun ban because of political risks
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"Rep. Chip Limehouse is proud of his high rating by the National Rifle Association for supporting the Second Amendment, and it certainly doesn’t hurt when he’s up for re-election in a state known for guarding gun rights."

"Yet the Charleston Republican believes a gun ban keeping convicted batterers from having firearms is needed if the state is going to stem an epidemic of domestic violence." ...
 

IN: Critics take aim at proposed gun ban in Clarksville
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"Clarksville Town Court Judge Jimmie Guilfoyle is pursuing a ban on guns and other weapons from Town Hall because he thinks it’s the right thing to do, regardless of the political consequences — and judging by the reaction of some Clarksville residents, there very well could be consequences."

"For the second time in less than a month Monday at a council work session, Guilfoyle presented his recommendations for upgrading security at Clarksville Town Hall, including the purchase of a walk-through metal detector and metal detecting wands, the hiring of additional security personnel and the passage of an ordinance that would ban weapons from the building." ...
 

WI: Walker aims to repeal 48-hour waiting period for handguns
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"Scott Walker's political operation said today he would sign legislation to repeal a 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases as the guv told the NRA's national convention 'it's about time' the country had a president who understood defending the Second Amendment was 'not optional.'"

"Meanwhile, Dems questioned Walker's authenticity on gun rights, pointing to a 2002 concealed carry bill that he opposed."

"GOP lawmakers have introduced legislation that would let federally licensed firearms dealers transfer a firearm once they have received notice from the state Department of Justice that the purchaser is eligible to own a gun." ...
 

TN: Tennessee’s new employee parking lot gun law was the right move
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"Tennessee legislators passed a new Second Amendment rights bill which was signed into law by the governor this week. It’s a rather unusual law, if only for the the specific scenarios which are covered. Referred to as the 'Guns in Parking Lots' law, it’s a companion piece to a related bit of legislation which was enacted last year. The previous law decriminalized the storing of weapons in the automobiles of employees while parked on the employer’s property even if said employer had posted a rule forbidding weapons on the premises. But after review by the state Attorney General, it was noted that the employee could still be fired for violating the rule, even if they wouldn’t be prosecuted in court." ...
 

Gun carry suit 'back to square one'
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"The law concerning who can carry concealed weapons in California is once again in limbo."

"It’s been more than a year since a divided panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that self-defense is reason enough for law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms ... Now, that decision has been put on hold, as a larger panel of judges within the same court prepares to rehear the case in June."

"'We’re really back to square one,' said Senior Deputy County Counsel James Chapin. He’s helped defend the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s long-standing policy on concealed-carry permits since the lawsuit challenging it was filed in 2008."

"The new hearing puts the Sheriff’s Department in a unique position." ...
 

Bad Police are Small People with Big Guns and Over-Inflated Egos
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"We often give caveats to our criticisms of police in order to shield ourselves from counter-critique. We often wrap our condemnation of rogue cops by saying, 'No. Not all cops are bad.' These obligatory disclaimers are, in their own way, part of the problem. We are afraid of saying what we know to be true for fear of being seen as too radical or harboring hatred of the police. Well, you can think what you want: so long as the police forces around the United States allow small men with big guns, Napolean complexes and over-inflated egos to serve as police officers, we will continue to see the endemic police brutality that is so normal in our nation." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Police are not expected to "protect and serve" individuals. They are expected to "protect and serve" communities.
 

CA: FBI to probe forced San Francisco jail-fighting allegations
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"The FBI is investigating allegations that San Francisco sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between jail inmates and told the inmates to lie if they needed medical attention."

"Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced the independent probe Friday, and a representative from the FBI confirmed the investigation in an email to The Associated Press. The department's internal affairs unit and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating as well." ...
 

MI: Detroit cop accused of robbery maintains his innocence (video available)
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"Two Detroit Police Department drug unit members were released on $10,000 unsecured bond Thursday after being indicted and accused of robbing and extorting people while on duty."

"Lt. David 'Hater' Hansberry and Officer Bryan 'Bullet' Watson were arraigned in federal court on charges that include robbery conspiracy. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in federal prison." ...
 

KS: Who will forgo gun training after Kansas law takes effect?
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"Mike Miller knows his way around guns."

"So the training course required to get a concealed-carry permit in Kansas seemed to him, at first anyway, like a time-wasting technicality."

"A box to check off on a form."

"But that cocky skepticism vanished during an eight-hour class that dwelled far less on shooting skills than on the weighty legalities and liabilities that come with firing a deadly weapon."

"Questions like: When does justifiable homicide cross the line to murder? What are the legal limits of self-defense?" ...
 

MA: MA Gun Control Advocates Score Own Goal
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"'Massachusetts saw a spike in the number of its highest capacity gun licenses last year,' bostonglobe.com reports, 'despite the passage of a sweeping gun control bill that aimed to make the state’s already strict gun laws even tighter.' Yup. Writer Catherine Cloutier assumes that Americans exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is a bad thing. And that laws that that infringe upon that right should lead to less citizens keeping and bearing arms. Admittedly, that is the point. But once again, the law of unintended consequences – the principle which elevated President Obama to Gun Salesman of the Decade – apply in The Bay State. Here’s how that went down . . ." ...
 

CO: Colorado gun allies split over compromise on increasing magazine limit
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"A gun battle at the Colorado legislature over ammunition magazine limits pits Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, against the state's most strident gun-rights group, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners."

"The two groups were allies in 2013 ... Now, Caldara is furious that the gun group opposes a possible compromise that would increase magazine limits from 15 to 30 rounds." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks: Does anyone think a "compromise" would have been offered if it hadn't been perceived as a necessary skin-saving political move?

Why turn down the heat and give those bastards a pass? You know they'll only be back at your throats when they think they can get away with it.
 

CO: Gun Showdown Creating Gut Check Moment for Colorado GOP
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"The 2013 State Legislature passed historic gun control legislation that set a multitude of political events in motion."

"We’ve seen State Senators recalled, a popular Governor pushed to the brink in a re-election campaign, and now we are seeing two organizations with major influence in Colorado’s GOP creating a gut check moment for Colorado Republicans."

"Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, led by Dudley Brown, has become a bigger player in Colorado politics over the last two years."

"RMGO pushes a very purist point of view when it comes to gun laws, and many other conservative issues, refusing to compromise and doing what it can to punish any equivocators within the GOP."

"On the other side is the Independence Institute ..." ...
 

NY: Sportsman expo still succeeds despite SAFE Act woes.
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"It’s been called the first sign of spring, and as the 29th annual Massena Rod and Gun Club Inc.’s Sportsman’s Expo enjoyed its final day at the Massena Arena Sunday, the sun burned overhead to accent the coming of warmer weather."

"More than 70 vendors and 1,600 people had taken part in the expo by 11 a.m. Sunday, and the event has continued to succeed as the club’s major fundraiser, but not without change."

"Club organizer and lone employee Carolyn Dowdle has helped make the expo an environment that goes beyond sportsmen." ...
 

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