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MN: Man intended hit-and-run near University of Minnesota campus; charged with murder
Submitted by: Mike DeArmond

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Bakdash allegedly said he was drinking at the Library Bar in Minneapolis and got into an argument with four people. He continued to argue outside with one man, who walked away.

The complaint says Bakdash got into his vehicle, went the wrong way on a one-way street and drove onto the sidewalk. He allegedly said he intended to hit and kill three of the pedestrians.

Submitter's note: Wait....does this mean we're going to ban cars now? Or require background checks?
 

UT: SWAT standoff at Lindon home ends peacefully
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"LINDON—SWAT teams and several police agencies responded to a west Lindon neighborhood after receiving reports of an armed man THOUGHT to be suicidal. Officers were told the man was POSSIBLY armed with a shotgun, so they alerted some neighbors to take proper precautions.

"When we got MORE team members here we started to evacuate as many houses as we could within the proximity of the TARGET." {emphasis added}
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Submitters note: No overreaction or abuse of "swat" teams (plural) here. He does absolutely nothing illegal, but here comes the county's massive paramilitary army (with their friends). I especially like how this presumed innocent gun owning CITIZEN, wasn't a man according to police, he's a target.

Ed.: Also a video.
 

LA: No limits to the law in NoLa
Submitted by: Mike DeArmond

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A federal justice report on policing in New Orleans since 2009 presents damning evidence of brutality, cop misconduct and systemic abuse of black citizens post-Katrina. The city’s jails are not far behind.

Something terrible lies at the heart of New Orleans - a rampant, widespread and apparently uncontrollable brutality on the part of its police force and its prison service. The horrors of its criminal justice system from decades before Hurricane Katrina and up to now lie somewhere between, with little exaggeration, Candide and Stalin's Gulags.

Submitter's note: Anyone think this is the exception?
 

WV: City asks judge to dismiss gun law challenge
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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Lawyers for the city of Charleston have asked a federal judge to dismiss a legal challenge to the city's 18-year-old gun laws.

Mayor Danny Jones, Police Chief Brent Webster and the city, through lawyer Ben Bailey of Bailey & Glasser, filed a motion in U.S. District Court late last month, asking Judge John Copenhaver to throw out a suit by the West Virginia Citizens Defense League.

The cities of Dunbar and South Charleston, in separate motions on April 15, have also asked Copenhaver to dismiss the WVCDL case, which seeks to overturn gun laws in all three cities.
 

FL: 911 call details how toddler fatally shot mom
Submitted by: R. Smith

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A momentary lapse in attention was all it took for a toddler to grab a loaded gun and fatally shoot his mother, a 911 call of the incident revealed Monday.

According to a man identified in the call as the 2-year-old boy's father, the boy grabbed the hand gun and before the man could get it away from the inquisitive child, the toddler had pulled the trigger.

The bullet hit Julia Bennett in the back, killing the 33-year-old Miramar woman.

"The little boy take it up off the ground. He squeeze it and he shot his mom," the unidentified man told a 911 operator on April 20. "I was trying to take the gun from him. I can’t believe it."
 

NC: Self-defenders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state legislature currently has a bill under consideration that would allow citizens with concealed-carry firearm permits to be armed in parks. Critics object to the bill because they contend that the presence of guns in children's recreational areas would compromise their safety. Keep in mind that those citizens with concealed weapons permits currently carry firearms in many places where children are present.

In the 15-plus years of the state's concealed-carry history, there have been no examples where the presence of legally carried firearms has posed a child/public safety issue.
 

MA: Annie, Get Your Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The sky hasn’t fallen and pigs still can’t fly. Reports from Goodwill Park are that the children are safe and well.

It’s been six months since Holliston native Mark Heavner opened Holliston Firearms on Washington Street and the hysteria with which some greeted his store’s arrival has dissipated into the simplest reality of commerce: a demand has been recognized and is being addressed. This might not sit well with those who try to direct the lives of others, but for citizens who understand and appreciate the Second Amendment, Heavner is providing a valuable service in a responsible and conscientious manner.

Ed.: With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.
 

Colt Cobra
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For roughly sixty years, from the mid-1920s to the mid-1980s, the small-frame short barrel .38 Special revolver was the mainstay of American detectives and plain clothes officers, bodyguards, and armed private citizens. To this day, Smith & Wesson sells more J-frame snubbies than any other handgun in their catalog and many people still rely on this type of gun for daily carry.
I have never been a fan of the .38 snubby as a primary weapon.
 

PA: House GOP brags about bills passed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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House Republican leaders are bragging about their productivity with the approval of 55 bills of substance in the first several months of the legislative session.

They refer to accomplishments beyond the mundane bills to name bridges and highways for an individual or designate special occasion days.

Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-28, Pittsburgh, highlights the passage of bills to change rules governing lawsuits, post state spending online, provide greater legal protection for exercising self defense, ...
 

AZ: Legislation pushes gun control issues back into spotlight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The issue of gun control has once again come to the surface, in light of several bills passed by the state Legislature before the session ended.

SB 1467, which would have permitted guns to be carried on the public right-of-ways of school campuses, and SB 1201, the "firearms omnibus" that would allow guns in public buildings, cleared both houses this session.

The governor vetoed SB 1467 because it was "poorly written," but has not given any indication on whether she will sign or veto SB 1201.

These pieces of legislation prompted fierce debate over where guns should and should not be allowed as well as the type of regulations that can be imposed on them.
 

8 tips on contacts with 'open carry' citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As with concealed carry, there seems to be a lot of hypothetical rhetoric in regards to threat situations of “what could happen?” versus “what does history show us has happened?” Is there a heightened state of criminal activity associated with open carry versus concealed carry versus no carry (other than the obvious firearms violation for school zone or whatnot)?

The answer appears to be “not really.” Regardless of opinions or beliefs, there is not a spike in criminal activity associated with merely carrying a firearm. The same is true of concealed carry. It is always the intent of the person, not the firearm, that matters.
 

Charter Arms Proud to Host Second Amendment Rights Figure at NRA Meetings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Charter Arms is proud to support a central figure in today’s legal struggle to protect and defend Second Amendment rights in the United States, especially during the upcoming meetings of the National Rifle Association in Pittsburgh, PA,. Dick Heller, a Washington D.C. resident whose 2008 victory in the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed his right to own a firearm in the nation’s capital, will be at the Charter Arms exhibition booth #4119 to meet attendees of the NRA Annual Meetings; and to display a commemorative firearm manufactured by the skilled American craftsmen of Charter Arms recognizing the historic Heller decision.
 

GA: Mayor Johnson supports legislation to close loopholes in gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Joined by mothers who had sons murdered and by police officers who have dodged bullets in the line of duty, Savannah Mayor Otis Johnsn on Monday urged Savannahians to support tougher gun background checks.
 

NC: In defense of the rifle auction
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Thank you, Frederic Burton and Irene Roberts-Smith for sharing your historically challenged view of our country. Obviously your limited comments are a result of either the propaganda spewed at our institution of higher indoctrination or at least graduates of a public educational collective.

Mr. Burton’s comments, “Why are they auctioning an assault rifle?” reveal his ignorance of the Second Amendment. The word “arms” defined in the 1768 Military Dictionary: “Arms are all sorts of weapons used in offense or defense; such as sword, hanger, espontoon, bayonet, firelock, carabine and pistol.”
 

GA: Down Here, People Just Like to Shoot Stuff
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For the most part, since we moved down here from New Jersey six years ago, I have resigned myself to the realities of life in a "red" state: the bumper stickers equating abortion with mass murder, the local politicians competing to see who can devise policies more malicious to illegal immigrants, the Palin and even old "W" stickers plastered all over the SUVs and pickup trucks.

But I can't get past the guns. They're everywhere -- worn on holsters in plain sight, stashed in cars, advertised out front of all manner of businesses, from mom-and-pop gas stations to Walmarts.

It just wasn't like this up North [Ed.: NJ]. Gun ownership was a private matter, adjudicated by your conscience and your comfort level.
 

MI: Read the full document of Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph Sheeran's dismissal of Bay City man's stun gun case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last week, Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran made a controversial decision in dismissing a local man's felony weapons charge on the grounds that the state law he allegedly broke violates the Second Amendment.

Sheeran on Thursday dismissed a charge of possession of a stun gun or Taser against Dean S. Yanna, 41, of Bay City. The charge is punishable by up to four years in prison.

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Michigan is one of six states to totally ban stun guns and Tasers.
 

AZ: Arizona Governor Brewer vetoes guns on campus bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Along with criticizing the lack of definition for the term “public right of way”, Brewer said “educational institution” could easily be argued to include K-12 campuses.

Arizona University presidents are all relieved that the bill was vetoed. Those who supported the bill said it would improve campus safety.

Brewer now has to decide on a new bill, SB1201, which would require state and local governments to either allow guns in public facilities, or secure them with metal detectors and armed guards.
 

CCRKBA 'Guns Save Lives' Billboard Truck to Be in Pittsburgh
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 mobile "Guns Save Lives" billboard truck is visiting Pittsburgh, PA during the National Rifle Association's annual convention in that city.

The Guns Save Lives campaign is CCRKBA's response to anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, who have sent 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 setting the record straight in the Keystone State."
 

FL: Gaetz gun bill to muzzle Santa Rosa ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With likely passage Tuesday in the Florida House of a bill prohibiting local governments from regulating firearms, some Santa Rosa County residents are worried that a noise ordinance that quieted a makeshift gun range on Soundside Drive near Gulf Breeze will be repealed.

They also are not happy with their new state representative, Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach, who they say ignored their concerns about the impact of his legislation.
 

TN: Haslam, Ramsey line up against guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Supporters of the measure say they would leave it up to administrators to ban guns on campus as long as they are willing to guarantee the safety of students and staff. Haslam called that standard unrealistic.

"It's very hard on a campus — or in a lot of other situations — to guarantee anybody's safety," he said. "So that language is worrisome."

Ed.: They don't want to be responsible for your safety; they just want to make sure you can't look out for your own safety.
 

OK: Gov. Mary Fallin signs legislation expanding Oklahomans' self-defense rights to workplaces
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The bill expands a person's right to use deadly force when in fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm, extending that right from their home to their place of business. The bill takes effect on Nov. 1.

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In 2006, lawmakers passed legislation that expanded self-defense rights from the home to other places, including someone else's home, a vehicle or a street corner.
 

AZ: Police: Fatal Stabbing was Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say the deadly stabbing of a teenager in Glendale was self defense and the suspect was released from custody.

Three people were stabbed when a fight broke out at a home near 57th Avenue and Union Hills.
 

FL: Shooting in Palm Bay deemed 'self defense'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An Easter Sunday shooting incident was determined to be an act of self defense, police said Monday.

The victim, John Smith, 43, will face charges involving kidnapping, burglary and battery. He is in stable condition at a local hospital. Once Smith is medically cleared he will be arrested for the criminal charges following a domestic related confrontation that led to the shooting.
 

IL: OK concealed-carry law now
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For far too long, the citizens of Illinois have been denied the most basic of human rights — the right of self-defense. This has been done mostly by the Chicago anti-self-defense movement through the use of illegal infringement laws such as the recently overturned decades-old Chicago gun ban. If dangerous utopian ideas like this had really worked, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities like them should have been the safest cities in America. I rest my case!
 

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