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Lesser-known SAFE Act lawsuit raises unique points and risks for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Still, it’s fair to ask why a second lawsuit is needed ..."

"That’s because he’s already been through the legal process in Razzano vs. County of Nassau ('Razzano I'). Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s office sicced the cops on him after an animated meeting over immigration issues, and they confiscated his legally registered weapons--nine rifles, 15 handguns, and his fiancée’s handgun. They revoked his pistol license three weeks later over his 'suitability.' In other words, an American citizen, with no criminal charges against him, no convictions, no mental health diagnoses, no adjudication of any kind, was stripped of his supposedly Second Amendment-guaranteed rights essentially because he exercised those promised in the First." ...
 

A Law Enforcement Perspective: Justifiable Need and the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you’re a New Jersey resident who wants to practice the 'bear' part of the 'keep and bear arms' protected from government infringement by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, good luck. To obtain a concealed carry permit – itself an infringement on Americans’ gun rights – New Jersey citizens must show 'justifiable need.' They have to convince the State of New Jersey that there’s a specific and credible threat against their person. A simple desire to protect your life, loved ones and your community from potential harm won’t cut it. And so some eight million Garden State residents are denied their natural, civil and Constitutional right to bear arms. On Friday . . ." ...
 

Children And Guns - An Iowa Fail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "My son was lucky. He was legally allowed to handle firearms in Virginia. We took him to the range. He shot a variety of firearms - rifles, pistols, machine guns and shot guns. He has had his own eye and hearing protection since he was in elementary school, and he received his first Mossberg Plinkster when he was approximately 9."

"Children in Iowa aren't so lucky."

"A recent press report tells the tale of little Natalie Gibson, who was asked to leave a Polk City shooting range last week, because legally - at 8 years old - she was not old enough to practice with the pistol she had been shooting for the past three years."
"The range's gunsmith told them a state law "no one knew about" has surfaced ..." ...
 

Kevin Brittingham: Quick-Attach Silencers are Dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It seems like every silencer manufacturer has their own silencer mount/flash hider thing. AAC has their 51-tooth adapter, Gemtech has their lug-based mount and Surefire has their odd smooth muzzle brake. It’s a necessity in a world where silencers are expensive and the regulatory rigmarole surrounding them is so tedious as to make babies cry, where people generally buy one silencer and use it on all of their guns. But that’s not the world that Kevin Brittingham, founder of AAC and new head of SIG’s R&D envisions . . ." ...
 

Body Armor Primer: Guns and Bullets vs. Kevlar and Plates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When the subject is body armor, you can’t avoid the topic of Kevlar. This synthetic fiber has completely changed the way of development of body armor, once it appeared on the market. Kevlar is incredibly lightweight, while five times stronger and harder than steel. It doesn’t corrode or rust, while effectively absorbing vibration. Kevlar is expensive, though, due to the work with concentrated sulfuric acid that’s used in its production. Only a few online websites such as www.safeguardclothing.com offer soft Kevlar panels in their armor to the public nowadays . . ." ...
 

IWI Wanted to Sell 6,000 Tavors in US in 1 Year – They Sold 15,000 in 9 Months
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Apparently IWI wasn’t aware of how popular bullpup rifles are in the United States."

"According to a report from last month, the Israeli company IWI hoped to sell 6,000 civilian version Tavor rifles in the USA in one year. As of March, they had sold 15,000 in jsut 9 months." ...
 

SIG SAUER’s Silencer Guys: Bigger Really Is Better
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ethan Lessard was the silencer guru at Advanced Armament, but he quit around the same time that Kevin Brittingham was fired. For the last two years he’s been working for SIG SAUER’s R&D department, developing awesome stuff like the MCX and their suppressors. And as Ethan says, 'I’m done with inch-and-a-half silencers' . . ."

"With silencers, it’s all about the gas volume. The point is to capture and cool down the expanding gasses ... before they exit the can, and to be able to do that effectively you need a container with the appropriate volume. Slim silencers work, but they heat up quickly and become ineffecive. By making a larger diameter silencer, you can have a shorter overall length and still get superior performance." ...
 

New From Crimson Trace: Laserguard for GLOCK 42
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Mouse guns and snubbies practically beg for a laser. With sight radiuses (radii?) approximately the length of the average 14-year-old’s attention span, hitting anything at much more than bad breath distances can be, well, hit or miss. That doesn’t mean that a good laser won’t benefit a larger pistol, though. So now, as you knew they would, Crimson Trace is out with one of their best-in-class Laserguards for the larger-than-mouse gun GLOCK 42. Press release after the jump . . ." ...
 

Where The Astroturf, Uh, Blooms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg reinvents himself as the face of the 'gun control' movement. Unhappy with the weak results of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action, he tries to create a 'grassroots movement' from the top down."

"Hilarity ensues."

"Gun owners’ civil rights advocate Miguel Gonzalez is an émigré from Latin America. He has seen first-hand how registration flows into confiscation and then into tyranny, citing Cuba and Venezuela. His commentary on Bloomberg and the anti-gun movement in general can be found here: http://gunfreezone.net/wordpress/." ...
 

Brady Campaign Almost Gets it Right on “Gun Safety”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Now that Mayor Bloomberg has dumped $50m into his new NRA-fighting gun control group, ye olde Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence is living in the shadow of Everytown. No matter. All for one, and one gun for no one. Or something like that. Anyway, I’m not entirely against the theme of this campaign. If you’re worried about unsecured firearms at your kids’ friends home, ask about unsecured firearms. First amendment and all that. HOWEVER, here’s the real trick to keeping your kids safe around someone else’s firearms: teach them what to do when they encounter a gun. My take: muzzle control is everything. Obviously . . ." ...
 

‘Everytown’ anti-gunners plan Indy demonstration countering NRA convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Indiana-based founder of a national gun control group that is part of Michael Bloomberg’s 'Everytown for Gun Safety' lobbying effort announced today that she will lead a demonstration against the National Rifle Association this Saturday as the organization gathers in Indianapolis for its 143rd annual meetings, according to the Indianapolis Star." ...
 

Daily Digest: What I Learned In School Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"MAGPUL is now shipping their new PMAG 25 LR/SR for rifles chambered in .308/7.62. The new mags have all the standard features of the Gen3 PMAGS you’re used to, including the slim floorplate and the dot matrix area for marking. The mags feature a 25 round capacity and a window, and are designed for ammunition that falls within SAAMI specs for overall length. For shooters that prefer to shoot ammo that exceeds the SAAMI specs, such as match ammo, a design to accommodate the longer rounds and still drop free from 'all but the smallest of mag wells' is coming in the fall of this year . . ."

"Tarpon Springs, Florida will soon be home to a sprawling, multifaceted gun range facility, if developers have their way. ..." ...
 

Forward Observer
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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#1 Spring 2014 issue.

Includes:

Rise of the Patriot Blogosphere
Bugging Out with Your Family
Interview: Patriot Photographer
Communications 501
Stealth, Speed & Silence
Liberty vs Guerilla Street Artists
UW in Mountainous Terrain
Riots: Disasters in Waiting
 

TX: Determined robber gets shot, flees with money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Just after 9 o'clock this morning, a man entered Lisa's Beer and Wine in Dallas, Texas armed with a chrome handgun. Why chrome? Because if you're going to rob a place, do it with style."

"The robber demanded money and the clerk started handing bills from the register. The robber then demanded the clerk open the safe and the clerk told him that the store doesn't have one."

"Convinced there was no safe, the robber decided he needed some smokes. Instructing the clerk to get down on his knees, the robber reached up for some smokes."

"This is Texas so wouldn't you know it, there's a gun under the counter. When the clerk was ordered to his knees he was able to reach the gun and shoot the robber as he grabbed cigarettes." ...
 

Do Guns Save Lives? Here’s How These High-Profile Conservatives Plan to Prove Definitively the Answer Is ‘Yes’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Author, economist and researcher John Lott announced on Wednesday that he is creating a new research center to 'advance the scientific understanding of the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime and public safety.'"

"The Crime Prevention Research Center will seek to educate the 'public, journalists and policy makers' by countering 'bogus' anti-gun studies with 'high-quality peer-reviewed academic studies.'" ...
 

AL: Meet the Alabama legislator who really, really loves his guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Alabama state Rep. Steve Hurst (R) really loves his Second Amendment rights — so much so that when he walked in a recent parade in his Talladega district, his pickup truck pulled a massive revolver behind it."

"It gets even better: The revolver is actually a barbecue. Hurst bought the gun-shaped barbecue about a year ago, he told the Montgomery Advertiser." ...
 

GA: Georgia Governor To Sign ‘Unprecedented’ Gun Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will sign a controversial gun bill Wednesday in Ellijay at a ceremony and luncheon that’s expected to attract many supporters and double as a Second Amendment rally."

"The so-called 'guns everywhere' bill will allow firearms in many churches, bars and government buildings. The bill will also bar sheriffs from asking someone with a gun if he or she has a license. Under the new bill, schools would have the option of deciding if teachers or administrators should be armed. The state will also have to report within 10 days Georgians’ involuntary commitments to hospitals." ...
 

David Kopel: How the First Amendment helps explain the Second
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In an upcoming Second Amendment symposium hosted by the Tennessee Law Review, law professor and Second Amendment scholar David Kopel will unveil his article entitled 'The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment,' an in-depth look at how courts have used legal precedent related to the First Amendment to help render decisions on the Second."

"One of the reasons courts do this, Kopel observes ... discussing the article, is because both Amendments are similar in that they 'safeguard natural, pre-exiting human rights,' i.e. the right to free expression and the right to self-defense."

"In one part of the article, Kopel highlights the common 'interpretive principles' that the two amendments share, which include:" ...
 

GA: Bibb County deputy in jail on multiple charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Bibb County Sheriff's Deputy facing multiple charges after he was arrested Friday night, is out on bond. The Bibb County jail website shows Deputy Curtis Ryan Willis was released Saturday evening before 6, on a $4,380 bond."

"He's charged with misdemeanor stalking, making harassing phone calls and a felony charge of identity theft fraud when using or possessing identifying information concerning a person." ...
 

TN: MPD Officer Charged With Sexual Assault (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Memphis police officer is facing sexual battery charges for what a woman says he did to her in the back of his squad car."

"We first told you about allegations against Officer Meekos Evans in February."

"Now the case has moved from investigators to the courtroom."

"Investigators say Officer Meekos Evans pulled over a 30-year-old woman at East Wind drive and Raines Road in Whitehaven for a minor traffic violation February 11th."

"When she told him she didn’t have a driver’s license, she says he turned the traffic stop into an unwanted sexual encounter." ...
 

NY: #myNYPD Twitter campaign backfires, promotes photos of police brutality instead of positive encounters with public
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"An exercise in social media outreach turned #epicfail Tuesday when users flooded the Twittersphere with some of the NYPD’s most infamous moments of brutality."

"The NYPD, through its Twitter page, innocuously asked people on to post pictures of themselves interacting with New York’s Finest — complete with the hashtag myNYPD."

"But instead of happy pictures of cops posing with tourists and helping out locals, Twitter erupted with hundreds of photos of police violence, including Occupy Wall Street arrests and the 84-year-old man who was bloodied for jaywalking on the Upper West Side earlier this year." ...
 

IL: Chicago Supt. McCarty says ‘No magic formula,' but wants more gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following a bloody Easter weekend in Chicago, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy seemed self-contradictory yesterday when he told the CBS affiliate there is 'no magic formula' for reducing the violence, but told the NBC affiliate that 'We need help with the gun laws.'"

"Gun rights advocates might be justified in asking the Windy City’s top cop, 'Which is it?' Published reports put the body count at eight or nine dead – including a murder-suicide involving a man and wife who were both law enforcement veterans – and 'at least 44 others' wounded." ...
 

CA: Badges, Guns Stolen During LAPD Football Game With San Diego Officers (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns and badges were among the items stolen during a burglary in Boyle Heights that occurred amid a charity football game between two teams of public safety officers, authorities said Monday."

"The thief or thieves struck in the locker room area Saturday, during a game ... between an LAPD team and a San Diego-area team, according to Sgt. Gabriel Lara of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: So much for tough California laws stopping criminals from getting guns.
 

VA: Virginia Gun Owner Being Unfairly Prosecuted In NJ For Accidentally Bringing A Gun Into The State
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"A Virginia CHP holder, Guy Ackerman, inadvertently brought a handgun with him into NJ."

"He discovered the gun in his car and rather than leave it in there with valet parking, he took the unloaded revolver to his room and locked it in the room safe. The valet had noticed the gun when it was in the car and told the police, who arrested Guy and charged him with unlawful weapon possession – a felony in NJ."

"The prosecutor is refusing to allow Guy an option to avoid jail time, an option that is normally available in such cases."

"Guy is really in a tough spot. If he takes the prosecutor’s current 'deal,' Guy will spend one year in prison before being able to apply for parole. If denied, he will have to serve up to three years. ..." ...
 

‘Fixing’ the Bill of Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"To the editor: I see, on your Sunday editorial page, there is a proposal to 'fix' that pesky Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights."

"Here’s my 50 cents on the nasty Third Amendment. You see, I was in the U.S. Army for many years. I can tell you how lousy the quarters were at times while citizens lived in fine houses. Now, we have a new para-military force (Homeland Security) rising. They will need adequate quarters. Since they are not soldiers per se, I think we should 'fix' the Third Amendment to allow Homeland Security to quarter themselves among the people they are protecting." ...
 

OR: Patriots to host Second Amendment forum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Amid concerns about the growing presence of gun control legislation in Oregon, the Central Oregon Patriots are inviting residents to participate in a Second Amendment forum."

"The forum, which will take place on Thursday evening at Bowman Museum, will focus on informing people about the gun control legislation considered by Oregon lawmakers." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order. — Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942. (Source: "Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuehrer's Headquarters 1941-1942", Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaeum Verlag, Bonn, 1951).)

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