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NJ: Camden police last year drew the highest number of excessive-force complaints in the state.
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... a new, county-run police force took over in Camden, with the promise of making its officers trusted community guardians, not just law enforcers.
Yet since that shift in May 2013, the number of excessive-force complaints has nearly doubled, from 35 after the takeover that year to 65 in 2014 — the most in the state. Even the combined total of Newark and Jersey City — the state’s largest cities, which have hundreds more officers — was below Camden’s. ...
The American Civil Liberties Union is struck by another statistic: zero. That’s how many excessive-force complaints authorities in Camden have upheld against officers in recent years.
 

MI: As gun advocates rally outside Michigan Capitol, lawmakers debate guns inside schools
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Gun owners and advocates rallied outside the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday, openly carrying firearms and celebrating their 2nd Amendment rights.

A handful of Republican Senators — including Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, Mike Green, Rick Jones and Dave Hildenbrand — addressed the enthusiasts...

Later Wednesday morning, the Senate approved a series of bills that would modify the definition of firearms to exclude BB guns and Airsoft guns, a change that could make them easier to purchase.

The bills passed by wide margins but sparked a debate over recent open-carry controversies, including an incident in Ann Arbor, where parents and staff were taken aback when an owner carried a firearm into a choir concert at a public school.
 

2016 Presidential Field on Guns and Liberty
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I also had the opportunity to meet with some of the announced and potential 2016 presidential candidates. (No, Hillary Clinton was not there, but I assume you know her position on guns and Liberty!) They each delivered brief remarks regarding their record of support for the Second Amendment, and below I have provided links to each speaker’s comments.
 

NH: NH Gov Sides With Moms Demand, Will Veto Pro-2nd Amendment Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On April 29 New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan pledged to veto Senate Bill 116–legislation to repeal the requirement for a concealed carry permit in that state.

Her pledge to veto came the very day on which Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was delivering “hundreds of postcards” urging her to veto.

According to the Union Leader, Hassan likes her state’s gun laws the way they are. She said her state has a strong “tradition of common-sense gun laws” focused on “ensuring the Second Amendment rights of our citizens while helping to keep the Granite State one of the safest states in the nation.”
 

Astroturf: The Anti-Gunners’ Playing Field
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun owners have become all too familiar with two unfortunate facts of life in 21st-century America.

First, we know the mainstream media is not interested in reporting the facts when it comes to the Second Amendment.

Second, Everytown for Gun Safety’s Michael Bloomberg, and like-minded anti-gunners, will stop at nothing to destroy our freedoms. This alliance of ignorance and deceit employs distortion and even outright lies to pursue the ultimate goal of destroying private gun ownership.
 

OK: Ban on carrying automatic knives lifted
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Carrying a switchblade knife will no longer be illegal in Oklahoma under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, the Associated Press reported.

The bill by freshman Republican Rep. John Paul Jordan of Oklahoma City, repeals a 1950s ban on carrying an automatic knife, described under state law as “a knife having a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife.”
 

NC: Gun owners! Urgent update. Call the House Leadership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The summary is simple. The bill takes away a person's right to possess a gun or ammo if someone has taken out a civil "no-contact" order against the person. Recently, in our neighborhood one of our neighbors took out such an order against another neighbor in a dog dispute. Anyone can take out such an order against anyone whether there is just cause to do so or not.
 

CO: Caldara's push for 30-round ammo magazine limit shot down by Republican legislators
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Any chance for a late bill to double the ammunition magazine limit to 30 rounds this year appeared to disintegrate when GOP state Rep. Patrick Neville revealed Wednesday that 26 Republican legislators have signed a letter opposing the idea.

The letter to Independence Institute president Jon Caldara, who has championed the 30-round limit in a high-profile media campaign, urges him to advocate instead for a full repeal of the 15-round limit passed in 2013 with no Republican support.
 

PA: Gun rights advocates rally in Diamond Park
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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About 50 people who gathered in Diamond Park Saturday had at least one thing in common: they believe that everyone should have the right to bear arms.

Rich Wilson, a retired police officer who lives in Center Township, and Firearm Owners Against Crime organized the Second Amendment rally to tell residents of their constitutional rights, distribute information about proposed legislation and tell people ways they can take action.
 

VA: Fatal shooting of Richmond teen by Creighton resident ruled self-defense
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The fatal shooting of 16-year-old Alex Jackson has been ruled as justified, according to the Richmond Police Department, in consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

At approximately 12:23 a.m., March 27, police were called to the 2100 block of Creighton Road for a report of a shooting. At that location, they discovered Jackson’s body lying on the ground outside a residence.
 

NH: House approves repealing concealed handgun permit requirement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A person would no longer be required to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in New Hampshire, under a bill the House passed Wednesday, but Gov. Maggie Hassan said she would veto it.

Senate Bill 116 would repeal the requirement to obtain a permit from a local law enforcement official to carry a concealed pistol or revolver.
 

Review: STI Nitro 10 Pistol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For those who run in pistol competition circles, STI International is a familiar name. Although the company started out as a custom component manufacturing venture, its popularity led to the production of complete pistol lines for tactical, self-defense, hunting and target shooting applications. Well known for its modular polymer and steel 2011 double-stack frames and custom pistol components, this Texas-based manufacturing company also offers a variety of high-quality single-stack 1911 pistols.
 

An Open Letter to The Maryland Governor about Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are many things about Maryland that needs fixing, but if the last week is any indication, the state’s complete and utter disregard for the Second Amendment should be at the top of that list. The fact that you had to activate two thousand soldiers to patrol our streets in order to protect people and their livelihoods, while a city burned from fires lit by thugs, is proof that Maryland’s gun control laws have gone way too far.

Maryland’s absurd gun control scheme makes it impossible for the true first responders, those who happen to be in the immediate line of fire (we civilians), incapable of protecting ourselves.
 

On The Gun Control Conversation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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McGraw pushed back, giving a statement to the Washington Post explaining his intent: "As a gun owner, I support gun ownership. I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety — most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can't imagine anyone who disagrees with that."

He said he had seen firsthand how the Sandy Hook tragedy affected families and felt their pain. One of McGraw's band members has friends who lost a son in the Dec. 14, 2012, incident in which 20 students and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School were gunned down in a mass shooting.

Ed.: Third story down.
 

MO: Defining violent felonies can't go far enough
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"Let's fix the problem by adding a list of offenses" is the mantra of Rep. Kevin Austin, R-Springfield.

Unfortunately, it appears that Mr. Austin's proposed legislation, HB 1220, would create new and unending problems when listing what is to be considered a "violent felon" under state law. There happens to be a perfectly good definition available from a federal court already.
 

NC: Police worry prank SWAT calls could lead to deaths
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When Woody Woodworth's wife told him someone was lurking in the dark outside their Apex home, he armed himself in self-defense.

"She's like, 'There's people in the yard dressed in black, scurrying around,'" Woodworth said.

After spotting two men behind a tree, Woodworth grabbed his gun.

"I grab my shotgun and I head down the stairs," he said. "I headed down the front stairs and they're like, 'Put the gun down. It's the SWAT team.'"
 

DC: DC Shifts from Defending Total Ban on Carrying Firearms, to Defense of Near-Total Ban
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On April 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted D.C.’s motion to voluntarily dismiss an appeal of the ruling that held the District’s ban on carrying a firearm outside the home for self-defense was unconstitutional.

The District’s decision not to continue the appeal ends one of the last outright bans on carrying firearms in the United States. While this marks the end of the District’s total ban, those wishing to lawfully carry firearms in D.C. still have a long way to go before all law-abiding individuals have a legal means of exercising their right to bear arms in the District.
 

Team Never Quit Frangible Hollow Point & Training Ammo – How Does It Stack Up?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Team Never Quit (TNQ) has put out a new line of ammunition to the market.

Marcus Luttrell, and his SEAL and other elite operator buddies, as well as many operators have a statement used often in their business – “Train like you fight.”

The question is how to do this in terms of ammunition in the civilian world.
 

OR: Klamath sheriff slams lawmakers over gun control bill
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The sheriff of Klamath County is mincing no words when it comes to a proposal before state lawmakers to expand background checks for private gun sales.
 

Common thread in Aurora, Lacey: Gun control failures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the murder trial of accused mass killer James E. Holmes continues today in Colorado, court proceedings against the 16-year-old who faces charges for firing a couple of shots at North Thurston High School Monday has begun, and coverage of both cases lacks a single mention of the common thread they share: Gun control law failures.

Holmes, facing a possible death penalty if he is convicted of multiple murders, is a text book example of the futility of gun control to prevent such crimes. He passed multiple background checks. The crime scene, a theater in Aurora, was a so-called “gun-free zone.”
 

CA: Requests to Carry Hidden Guns Skyrocket in Santa Clara County
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Just south of Spartan Stadium, a concrete shoebox sits near a parking lot full of vehicles festooned with Ron Paul and NRA bumper stickers. The sound of gunfire snaps loud and crisp, ricocheting off of cinder blocks and out the door to a couple of shaded picnic tables. Walking up, it’s difficult to avoid blinking every time a round cracks. Welcome to the Santa Clara Valley Rifle Club.
 

NC: NC House delays action on gun bill with budget addition
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A bill that would loosen gun laws in North Carolina got a longer lease on life Wednesday night, when an N.C. House committee voted to add a $20,000 appropriation to the measure.

That means the bill will make it past the “crossover” deadline Thursday, under which a non-fiscal bill must pass at least one chamber to be considered. The gun proposal is now a fiscal bill and can get a House vote later this year.
 

National Rifle Association Uses Baltimore Riots To Promote "Stand Your Ground" Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association used riots in Baltimore to promote controversial "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws by citing an article from conservative website Breitbart.com that claimed such laws "are an antidote for brazen in-your-face attacks on city streets."

In fact, several pieces of academic research indicate that "Stand Your Ground" laws increase the incidence of homicides. More generally, research has shown that allowing guns to be carried in public increases crime, particularly aggravated assault. "Stand Your Ground" laws have also been criticized due to research indicating that the laws are applied to minorities in a disparate manner.
 

TN: Home Invader Killed By Armed Homeowner In Tennessee
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A thug with a long record of home invasions (PDF) had his career abruptly terminated in Tennessee when a homeowner with a gun found his mark with a single shot:

A homeowner shot and killed an intruder who broke into their East Knox County residence on Wednesday morning.

According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the homeowner living at 1001 Randles Road woke up to the sound of broken glass from the front window.

Deputies say the he fired one round from a gun, from the bedroom to the living room.

The intruder, later identified as James Melvin Vinson, 40, was struck and fell backward onto the porch, according to preliminary reports from deputies. Vinson died as a result of his injuries.
 

Guns and money: Calls mount to probe NRA finances
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A leading national gun safety group, joined by members of Congress, is calling for investigations of the National Rifle Association’s fundraising practices and finances in response to a Yahoo News investigation published last week.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has launched a nationwide petition campaign asking the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate “violations of federal law” by the National Rifle Association.
 

PA: Pa. lawmakers to host concealed-carry seminar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pennsylvania state Rep. Paul Schemel and state Sen. Richard Alloway II will co-host a concealed-carry seminar on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Waynesboro Fish and Game Club at 10205 Fish and Game Road in Waynesboro.

The free event will give area gun owners information on Pennsylvania's firearms laws.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Some of the worst abuses of government force in recent years were precipitated by technical and victimless gun-law violations. For example, the BATF claimed that the Branch Davidians possessed machine guns without paying the required federal tax and filling in the proper registration forms. So a tax case worth less than $10,000 led to a 76-man helicopter, machine gun, and grenade assault on a home in which 2/3 of the occupants were women and children. — Dave Kopel and Dr. Michael S. Brown, Prohibition Fever, NationalReview.com

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