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KS: Bill would allow guns in less-secure places
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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Residents authorized to carry a concealed handgun should be able to defend themselves if the government can't guarantee their safety, gun proponents say. That's the idea behind a bill that would allow people with concealed-carry permits to take their firearms into state or municipal buildings that don't have "adequate security measures" such as metal detectors and trained guards.

That means places like the Capitol, Intrust Bank Arena and college campuses.

"If they are going to strip me of my right (to carry a firearm) then they need to take responsibility for my safety," said Patricia Stoneking, president of the Kansas State Rifle Association.
 

AZ: New law bans stricter gun regulation by cities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Arizona communities will no longer be permitted to have gun regulations stricter than state laws.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday signed legislation which overrules any local ordinance which is more restrictive than those approved by the Legislature. And even in situations where the rules are the same, cities and counties could not have a penalty more severe than permitted by lawmakers.

Most immediately the law, which takes effect later this summer, would overrule regulations that some cities have against people having handguns in city parks. Instead, that would leave only state laws which spell out how far from a building someone must be to fire a weapon.
 

DC: DC Reversal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Judge essentially restores ban by upholding city's gun restrictions

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark 2008 Heller decision that recognized the individual's right to own a gun, it also conceded that reasonable regulations on gun ownership might be acceptable. On March 25, U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina essentially, and arbitrarily, reinstated the D.C. gun ban in everything but name by approving regulations that outlaw semiautomatic pistols, guns that can hold more than 10 bullets, and guns outside the home. Gun owners are required to store firearms unloaded, disabled and unusable.

Judge Urbina imposed these restrictions for "public safety."
 

IN: Concealed campus carry is still a bad idea
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A comment was posted to my article stating that the next step to recognizing our Second Amendment rights would be to allow students to carry concealed firearms on campus with the proper paperwork.

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Gun violence is a frequently studied issue, but the use of firearms in self-defense is often overestimated, according to David McDowall, the author of a study that assessed the use of firearms in self-defense from 1987 to 1990. In that study, McDowall reported that there were 258,460 incidents of firearm defense in the United States in that time frame. That’s 0.18 percent of all crimes recorded by the survey and 0.83 percent of violent offenses.
 

MO: Jennings Lawnmower Repair Store Owner Mows Down a Customer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ahmad Harris, the owner of Jennings Lawnmower Repair, shot and wounded a customer at about 10 a.m. Saturday morning after an argument escalated inside his store, located at 6502 West Florissant Avenue.

Harris reportedly told police that the customer came behind the counter to threaten him, then left the store. When he returned, Harris said the man reached toward his waistband as if going for a gun. That's when the shopkeeper unloaded three rounds in self-defense.

The customer was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and the St. Louis County Prosecutor has taken the case under advisement, with charges possible pending further police investigation.
 

CA: NRA And CRPA Submit New Letter Opposing Firearm Dealer Ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This ordinance is a modification of the [anti gun anti freedom group] Legal Community Against Violence’s (”LCAV”) model ordinance for firearm vendors. NRA/CRPA attorneys from the law firm of Michel & Associates, PC submitted a letter opposing the proposed ordinance. At the March 16, 2010 City Council meeting when the Council considered this ordinance, it, based on admonishments from Emeryville’s City Attorney that the City could avoid risk of a lawsuit threatened by NRA/CRPA in its letter by removing provisions regulating ammunition, the Council amended the ordinance to do just that. However, the City Attorney did not advise the Council, at least publicly, on the merits of NRA/CRPA’s position that remaining provisions are also unlawful.
 

Pro-gun ‘patriot groups’ plan dual rallies in Washington on disputed April anniversary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"Apparently Rachel Maddow only respects the Bill of Rights when leftists are using it," wrote Stewart Rhodes, the group's founder. "When those she hates (anyone she considers to be on the political right) want to simply exercise their constitutionally protected freedom of speech, assembly, and also their constitutionally protected individual right to keep and bear arms (while in full compliance with current Virginia laws), she screeches so loud you’d think they were going to conduct human sacrifices.

"And God forbid you ever do anything on April 19! According to Rachel Maddow, because the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 was on that date, you can no longer dare to meet or congregate on April 19 to celebrate your heritage or to honor those who fought for liberty back on April 19, 1775, or to do anything else, lest she and her fellow travelers equate you with Timothy McVeigh."
 

Obama Pushing Anti-Gun Radical Goodwin Liu as Federal Judge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Imagine a judicial candidate that is so far to the left that even Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, is hesitant to push him forward.

Imagine a liberal law professor that not only fails to meet the ABA's basic requirements for a federal judge, but is so green behind the ears that it appears the only reason he is being nominated to the federal courts is because he served as part of President Obama's transition team.

If you can imagine such a leftist candidate, then you would be thinking of Goodwin Liu, the President's recent nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
 

Mexico: Heavily-Armed Cartel Attacks Mexican Army
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At the end of March, troops of a major drug cartel launched a series of attacks on military personnel and installations in a half dozen cities in the northern Mexican states of Nueva Leon and Tamaulipas. Fortunately, things did not work out as the narco-thugs had hoped. At least 18 of them are now taking the kind of siesta from which there is no awakening and, at last count, only one Mexican soldier was injured.

Contrary to the notion that the cartels depend on semi-automatic rifles bought illegally in the United States, the cartel conducted its attacks with a variety of weapons that cannot be legally bought anywhere in our country.
 

CO: CU awaits gun ban decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Valerie Stoyva cringes at the idea of allowing concealed carry permit holders to bring guns on her University of Colorado campus.

‘‘I would like to feel safe — and know that people are not carrying guns on campus,’’ said Stoyva, who is earning her teaching certificate at the Boulder campus. ‘‘It’s impossible to know the psychology of others.’’
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On the flip side, Susan Wiersma, an incoming freshman from Laramie, said she believes students have Second Amendment rights and should be able to carry guns on campus if they’ve passed appropriate background checks.

‘‘I think that if they have a permit, they have the right to carry on campus,’’ said Wiersma, who said she doesn’t feel the need for a gun for herself.
 

America's Gun Culture: A Tale of Two Neighbors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Much of the National Rifle Association’s current agenda in federal and state legislatures is aimed at expanding Americans’ ability to employ lethal force with a firearm in self-defense, which they assert is a “fundamental, God-given right.” This agenda includes weakening the requirements to obtain a concealed handgun permit, expanding the number of places (public and private) where concealed handguns can be carried, and enacting “Shoot First” laws that remove an individual’s duty to retreat from potentially violent confrontations. “When seconds count, the police are minutes away,” is the mantra frequently heard from self-defense proponents in the gun “rights” community.
 

TX: Texas Tech students hold silent protest for concealed carry on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This week some Tech students will join the national "Empty Holster Protest." Students will wear their empty holsters into classrooms all week to push for changes in legislation that would allow them to carry in classrooms.

"Students for Concealed Carry on Campus" was created after the Virginia Tech shooting. Members say carrying their handguns is for self defense.

"God forbid something like that happens here at Texas Tech but we do have other incidents and things that being able to carry on campus would prevent," says Peter Farr, Tech campus leader for Concealed Carry on Campus.
 

MI: Poll - Concealed weapons on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Carrying a concealed weapon at NMU is illegal, however, some students are protesting against this law by carrying empty holsters on their belts.

The students think they should have the same rights as the rest of the public.

Do you think students should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon on campus? Answer in the poll below and tell us why you voted the way you did.
 

VA: Students Demonstrate To Change Concealed Handgun Rule
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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t's a silent protest for their rights, but to these students it's more about their protection.

Kevin Garris, President of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus says, "People that want to carry concealed weapons on campus are following the law."

Garris is trying to change James Madison University's administrative policy regarding carrying concealed weapons on campus.

"If you look particularly at JMU, a lot of people say guns and alcohol don't mix. I totally agree, but the alcohol and drinking and partying isn't taking place on campus. That takes place off campus where people can carry if they so choose," says Garris.

The students who want to carry on campus, don't carry a gun if alcohol is anywhere near.
 

Courts making interpretive error on gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court handed down an errant interpretation in District of Columbia v. Heller, exacerbating the misconception that the Second Amendment grants individuals the right to own firearms. Not the first time the Supreme Court has erred: the triumph of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka doesn’t happen unless the Supreme Court first gets it horribly wrong in Plessy v. Ferguson.

Now the Supreme Court threatens to compound the damage by literally opening the floodgates of insanity. It seems America is losing its collective mind: rabid opposition to healthcare reform and a clamor for more guns.
 

The Speech Sarah Palin Should Give to the NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is imperative that Sarah Palin get this speech immediately.

Dear Sarah: Here is the speech you should give to the NRA when you address its national convention on May 14th. I sincerely invite you to ask me for any and all evidential material you might need to make you confident in these declarations.

Fellow NRA members, thank you for inviting me here today.

How does it feel to be part of what our deceitful adversaries sarcastically call “the gun culture”?

Did you know that we are also part of an even larger group? It’s a not-so-secret society. It’s called “The Freedom Culture”.
 

OH: Ohioans For Concealed Carry Fun 'n Gun a great success
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Saturday, April 3 over 100 people gathered for the Sixth Annual Ohioans For Concealed Carry Fun 'n Gun fundraiser!

This year, the event was again hosted by the Tactical Defense Institute in West Union, Ohio. John Benner and his staff were joined by Randy Bueche and a team of International Defensive Pistol Association competitors to help OFCC make this event a great success.

The day started out with a beautiful morning, though dark clouds and gusting winds threatened to dampen the fun in the afternoon but we got lucky and the rain never came.
 

TX: Gun Saint Society Honors Fort Hood Police Heroes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Fort Hood, Texas police Sgts. Mark Todd and Kimberly Munley this week wore St. Gabriel Possenti Society honor medallions presented by Society Founder-Chairman John M. Snyder here at the American Police Hall of Fame (APHF) during its Law Enforcement Officers of the Year banquet.

On November 5, Todd and Munley responded to a call at Fort Hood shortly after a suspect had fatally shot 13 people and wounded 31 others. They apprehended Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, and likely prevented other deaths and injuries. Munley is still recovering from injuries received during the incident.
 

IL: More guns equals more gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I am a retired federal law enforcement officer who worked on gun-trafficking cases. My 20-year-old brother, Michael, was killed in an armed robbery on the CTA in 1972 when he was coming home from Loyola University. I have known several friends who were shot or killed with guns. I strongly support Chicago's handgun ban.

Under Chicago's gun ordinance, about 15,000 guns are seized and then melted down each year from individuals who were illegally carrying them in their cars or on the street. Many were involved in gang activity, assaults or domestic disturbances. Chicago citizens and police are better off with these guns destroyed. If these handguns were left in circulation, some no doubt would have been turned against us.
 

Just Over 24 Hours Away – Second Amendment March Money Bomb
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As you know, the Second Amendment March in Washington, D.C. is a mere two weeks away. As a final push toward our goal, on April 7th we are running a one-day fundraising tool called a “Money Bomb”.

We have all heard the saying, “Freedom isn’t free”. Of course, that phrase means that the freedoms that we enjoy today are the result of the blood, sweat and tears of our forefathers and mothers who pressed onward in the face of great hardship — continuing to stand and fight for what they knew to be right — to create these United States that we call home. Freedom ISN’T free. It requires the willingness to remain vigilant, to take action, and to make sacrifices when necessary to ensure freedom for our children and our childrens’ children.
 

DC: District of Columbia continues anti-gun agenda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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During his presidency in the early part of the 19th Century, Andrew Jackson famously challenged the United States Supreme Court to try and enforce a ruling with which he disagreed. The high Court, absent any physical means to force a commander in chief to obey its order, could do little in the face of Jackson’s defiance. The government of the District of Columbia in 2010 is emulating Jackson’s defiant attitude. The issue involves the extent to which law-abiding citizens in the nation’s capitol – which has long been a city that believes the safest citizenry is a disarmed citizenry – may possess a firearm in their own home.
 

GA: Gutting the 2nd Amendment imperils freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I don’t drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.

I don’t hunt.

I’ve never fired a weapon and never intend to do so.

With all of that said, I consider attempts to gut the words of the Founding Farmers in the Second Amendment as an assault on our collective freedom.

Those 27 well-chosen words are what set us apart from other people.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The vast majority of guns rights advocates have no qualms with efforts to keep automatic weapons out of circulation or to establish reasonable gun control standards.
 

The Hutaree Militia Raid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Could Madison be any clearer? He (and the rest of America's founders) emphatically expected the militia of the "several States" to be universally armed against the potential encroachment on liberty by the central government, meaning: the citizenry must at all times be prepared to use their arms against any aggressive nature of the federal government to trample their freedoms.

This, of course, reinforces the founders' intent, that the 2nd Amendment protected the right of the people to keep and bear arms for the express purpose of providing the citizenry with the capability to repel (with violence) any assault against their liberties by their own federal government.
 

AZ: Bills sought by Ariz. gun-rights activists signed
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law two bills supported by gun-rights activists.

One of the bills signed Monday would broaden the state's current restrictions on local governments' ability to regulate or tax guns and ammunition. One specific provision bars local governments from prohibiting a person with a concealed weapons permit from possessing a gun in a park.

The other bill declares that guns manufactured entirely in Arizona are exempt from federal oversight and are not subject to federal laws restricting the sale of firearms or requiring them to be registered.

Submitter's note: No mention of the "Vermont carry" bill of course.
 

CA: What are your rights when authorities knock on your door?
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A local woman said the Kern County Sheriff's Department and a local bail bondsman violated her civil rights by forcing entry into her home, and she caught it all on tape. A local bail bondsman and attorney who are not affiliated with this case says it was illegal.
"The bail enforcement agent came from behind her like he may have went through a window which is against the law," Glenn Pierce of Gotta Go Bail Bonds said. "He basically broke into her house."
Pierce has worked in the business for thirteen years and was stunned by the youtube video of sheriff's deputies and a bail bonds enforcement official forcing their way into a local woman's home.

 

India gives further evidence on universal futility of 'gun control'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"So aside from well-heeled and connected government functionaries flaunting their 'exotic' possessions, how are things working out for the masses?"
 

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Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. — James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 46 at 243-244.

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