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Salon Writer and Former “Gun Lover”: Repent!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I spent five years as a videotape editor at CNN, watching reporters put plate spinners to shame. I emerged from the experience with a profound understanding of how easy it is to appear objective while pushing an agenda, sometimes unconsciously, sometimes intentionally and deviously. So when I read the salon.com article A gun lover sees the evils of gun culture: White supremacists, Obama haters, and me, my first instinct was to call bullsh*t. It simple doesn’t ring true. For one thing, there’s this . . ." ...
 

Recent headlines underscore myth of UBC as crime-fighting tool
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "What’s the common thread in all of these cases? No background checks. A stolen gun in Seattle didn’t change hands legitimately, and neither did all the firearms sold to criminals by that guy in Monroe. Guns stolen from a single Michigan Police Department certainly aren’t involved in legitimate commerce, especially when used by a clumsy teen in an apparent drug rip-off." ...
 

Civil Rights Group Announces Commitment to Billy Johnson's "Protecting Liberty" Documentary Film Project
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Firearms Policy Coalition announced its support of a new documentary film, Protecting Liberty, helmed by noted Second Amendment gun rights commentator and experienced filmmaker Billy Johnson."

"Johnson, whose AmidsTheNoise YouTube channel instantly revolutionized civil rights-focused video commentary, decided to take on the project after contributing to NRA News for over a year."

"'The media-fed misperception that we are less safe, and that guns are the cause, has been used repeatedly to deny our Second Amendment rights,' explained Johnson. 'It's time we take an honest look at the true state of violence in America, what causes it, and what we are doing to decrease it.' ..." ...
 

GA: Bystander with concealed carry gun foils carjacking (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns are used to deter and foil crime, but this reality eludes many gun-grabbers. Typically, the media also ignore such stories, enabling the grabbers to continue in their delusion that gun control will diminish violence, when all it really does is disarm the law-abiding."

"I find it very encouraging that the CBS television affiliate in Atlanta aired the news report embedded below. Perhaps the fact that dramatic surveillance video showed the victim being driven away while clinging to the hood of her car and the hero bystander pursuing with his gun drawn had something to do with it. ..." ...
 

GA: Would-Be Robber Doesn’t Make It Out Of His Victims’ House Alive
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"According to a recent WXIA report, six individuals were inside a Newton County, Ga., apartment when a suspect attempted an early morning break-in Friday. Police reports indicate the incident occurred at roughly 2:35 a.m. when one of the women inside the residence ventured out into the complex hallway."

"Upon stepping outside of the apartment, the victim reportedly met 30-year-old Quintavious Reed, who then pushed her back inside in an apparent attempt to rob the residents. Unfortunately for him, however, he was not the only individual at the scene with a firearm. At least one of Reed’s victims was also armed and was able to pull out his gun and shoot him." ...
 

Brownells Is Coming to Nashville – See Us at NRA Show Booth #1800
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Brownells will make its 67th consecutive 'NRA Show' appearance at the upcoming 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, taking place at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, April 10-12, 2015. Brownells looks forward to greeting the more than 100,000 expected attendees in booth #1800 – located just inside the central main entrance."

"A number of exciting things will be happening in Brownells’ booth, including the opportunity to grab Brownells souvenirs and get tips from one of Brownells’ famous Gun Techs." ...
 

TN: NRA to bring guns, politics and over 70,000 visitors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Likely the most well-known and influential defender of Second Amendment rights will hold its national convention in Nashville next weekend, bringing with it tens of thousands of gun enthusiasts, presidential hopefuls and a short boom for local tourism."

"Planners expect the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting & Exhibits, which will last Friday through Sunday, to draw more than 70,000 people, which compares with 80,000 music fans a day expected for the four-day CMA Music Festival downtown in June." ...
 

Presidential hopefuls to take the stage at NRA convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In four days, the nation's biggest Republican players will take the stage as part of the NRA's national convention."

"At a political forum Friday, many of those seeking the Republican nomination for president will speak on the issue of constitutional rights."

"The banners are already up. By the end of the week, supporters from across the country will gather together at the Music City Center." ...
 

State GOP lawmakers working to roll back gun restrictions after midterm wins (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Conservatives emboldened by election victories are working to roll back gun restrictions in several states, while those on the other side of the debate are claiming success elsewhere in passing initiatives related to gun background checks."

"On the pro-gun spectrum, for example, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback last week signed a bill to allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons in the state without training or a permit."

"Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb told Fox News, 'I think the voters spoke pretty loud and clear in November and elected a pretty pro-gun rights Congress as well as many statehouses across the country and we're seeing now lots of bills being sponsored...'." ...
 

Democrats: Get A $2,000 Tax Credit For Turning In Your Assault Rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Congressional Democrats have a grand scheme to make America’s streets safer; incentivize people cannibalize to their Second Amendment rights for tax credits. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) will introduce the Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our Streets Act, which will do just that (via the Hill):"
"'Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense,' DeLauro said. 'There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield.'" ...
 

Huelskamp shoots bullet ban target with AR-15
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) visited Godfrey’s Indoor Shooting and Archery Ranges Thursday in Junction City. Equipped with his custom-made targets for the occasion, he borrowed an AR-15 and shot the target. It said 'BACK DOOR BULLET BANS.'"

"This is a reference to any kind of ban on ammunitions promulgated by Washington D.C. bureaucrats, like the attempt to ban a popular bullet for gun enthusiasts." ...
 

Crapo introduces new gun legislation (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Nationally over 12-million acres of land is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and in most cases it's clear guns are not allowed on that property, which is what the senator is now setting out to change."

"'I've introduced legislation to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing a ban on the legal use and carrying of firearms on the properties they manage,' said Crapo."

"Senator Crapo said he's dealt with similar issues in the past." ...
 

CA: California measure could allow sheriffs, chiefs to ignore recent gun rights win
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A bill is working its way through the California state legislature that would allow police agencies to circumvent a recent win in the courts in how sheriffs consider carry permit applications."

"The proposal, currently in the state assembly, would allow county sheriffs to establish agreements with local police chiefs to process carry license applications. The practice, which gun rights advocates paint as an unofficial ban on issuing permits by sheriffs, was found illegal by a state court last January." ...

"Stone’s measure, AB 1134, would legislate away the court’s finding that local sheriffs should not join in an agreement with police chiefs in their county for the processing of permit applications." ...
 

MD: Howard council votes to table bill banning guns in county buildings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Howard County Council has put on hold a bill that would ban guns in county buildings."

"Councilmembers voted unanimously Monday night to table the bill, which is sponsored by Democrats Calvin Ball, Jen Terrasa and Jon Weinstein and would prohibit guns in county-owned buildings. The legislation makes exceptions for active and retired police officers, as well as people who need to carry guns while on county business, such as armored vehicle guards making a delivery."

"Ball said after the voting session that giving the bill some extra time creates 'an opportunity to continue having a community conversation about the issues raised.'" ...
 

TX: House Panel to Weigh Private Property, Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With the Legislature almost certain to loosen restrictions on how and where people can carry handguns this session, a House committee Tuesday will consider streamlining the process for businesses to ban guns on their private property."

"House Bill 2405 by state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, would make it possible for any business owner with an internet connection and printer to obtain a 'no guns' sign."

"The bill creates a standard design for signs to ban handguns from a place of business — a 'pictogram that shows, on a white background, a handgun drawn in black ink within a red circle and diagonal red line across the handgun' — and calls for a printable copy of the sign to be available on the Texas [DPS] website." ...
 

KS: Couture-Lovelady: A closer look at constitutional carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Kansas House took up a bill I have been working on for some time last week and the Governor in a ceremony and press conference in his office signed the bill."

"... The bill would allow the concealed carry of firearms without a permit, commonly referred to as 'constitutional carry.'"

"Current law allows Kansans to carry a gun openly without a license and concealed with a license. ... This bill is about trusting Kansans and removing the barrier of having to request permission from their government to exercise a constitutional right. No more tests – No fees – No paperwork – No fingerprints in the government database – No expiration dates on your rights – No license. Just free exercise of the Second Amendment." ...
 

TN: Haslam 'concerned' about guns-in-parks bill, weapons in Capitol provision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The state House Monday night refused to go along with a Senate amendment on a guns-in-parks bill that would allow handgun-carry permit holders to also carry their weapons into the state Capitol."

"Whether the Senate agrees, however, remains to be seen. At this point, it's likely to wind up in a House and Senate conference committee where a majority Republicans will hash out their differences." ...
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Submitter's Note: Don't forget to take their poll!
 

MO: Tensions flare as Missouri GOP brings gun debate to cities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Conservative lawmakers this year are taking the push to strip limits on owning and carrying guns from rural areas to urban Missouri, the latest front for debate on gun rights in the state that comes months after voters further enshrined gun rights in the constitution."

"Momentum to pass measures expanding access to firearms has been building for years, and Second Amendment supporters in August were dealt a big success with the passage of a state constitutional amendment. That change - Amendment 5 - declares the right to keep and bear arms is 'unalienable' and that laws restricting gun rights are subject to 'strict scrutiny.'" ...
 

OR: Oregon committee advances bill expanding gun-sale background checks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Despite staunch opposition from gun-rights activists, an Oregon Senate committee advanced a proposal Monday that requires background checks before any private gun sales that don't involve close relatives."

"The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure requiring gun buyers and sellers who aren't related to appear in person before a licensed dealer who can run a background check through the Oregon State Police." ...
 

TN: House strips Capitol amendment from guns bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday there are 'major concerns' about the guns-in-parks bill and its Senate amendment allowing handgun-carry permit holders to go armed on the Tennessee Capitol grounds, but wouldn’t say whether he will veto the bill."

"Meanwhile, the House on Monday night rejected the Senate’s guns-on-Capitol-grounds amendment, setting up a potential confrontation with the Senate. The bill goes back to the Senate, where senators will have to decide whether to strip the amendment or stand their ground and send it back to the House a second time. Both have to pass identical legislation before it goes to the governor." ...
 

OH: Akron police officer charged in attack on man outside Playhouse Square hotel
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"An Akron police officer has been charged after police said he attacked a man outside a Playhouse Square hotel after a police fundraiser event."

"Adam Campbell, 28, of Uniontown, is charged with felonious assault, according to Cleveland Municipal Court records. The victim in the attack is listed as Steven Crupp, 31, who was jumped by three men outside the Wyndham Hotel March 29, after a Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund black-tie fundraiser." ...

"Crupp said he was jumped by a man wearing a tuxedo in front of the hotel just after midnight. Cleveland police Monday identified that man as Campbell and obtained a warrant for his arrest, according to a sworn affidavit." ...
 

IN: IUPUI officer suffers minor injuries after accidental discharge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) police officer was taken to Eskenazi Health Friday night after he accidentally discharged his weapon." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: See, this is why you can't have a gun on college campuses!
 

FL: Ethics complaints filed against 10 Florida police chiefs in gun bill crossfire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A gun rights group has filed formal complaints with the Florida Ethics Commission over questions of whether nearly a dozen public college and university police chiefs testified against gun bills on the public’s dime."

"At the heart of the matter are questions brought by Florida Carry, a Second Amendment organization in the Sunshine State that supports, along with others, a series of bills currently in the legislature that would allow concealed carry on the state’s school grounds. The group argues that the chiefs in question, who testified against the bills, did so inappropriately and not as registered lobbyists." ...
 

D.C. Gives Up Defending Total Ban On Carrying Firearms, Shifts To Defense Of Near-Total Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On April 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the 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. ..."

"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. Shortly after the ban was held unconstitutional last July, the D.C. council adopted a temporary law that makes it all but impossible to get a license to carry a concealed pistol. ..." ...
 

NJ: How Christie can make N.J. gun laws more lenient
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"At a recent town hall meeting in Whippany, Gov. Chris Christie was asked if he would make N.J. the 48th state to recognize the right to carry a firearm for self-protection. He replied that although he supports the Second Amendment, it would require an act of the legislature to change the law."

"N.J. offers a permit to carry a handgun but the statute requires you to demonstrate 'justifiable need' to be granted such a permit. The definition of 'justifiable need' is so onerous that qualification is nearly impossible. Interestingly, this definition of 'justifiable need' is not found in the statute. The definition of 'justifiable need' is found in the administrative code which was written and adopted by the executive branch." ...
 

NJ: NJ State Senate Pres To Gun Owners Initiating Recall: ‘Bring It On’
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"New Jersey state senate president Stephen M. Sweeney has three words for gun owners who have initiated a recall effort against him–'Bring it on.'"

"According to the Courier-Post, New Jersey Second Amendment Society president Alexander Roubian said the recall effort 'has been three years on the making.'"

"He says it began after Sweeney promised gun owners he would not let a 'high capacity' magazine ban come to the Senate floor, then did an about face and allowed the bill to come to the floor after visiting with parents from Sandy Hook Elementary." ...
 

TX: Local officials brace for loose open carry laws
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"Local authorities, while supporting the Second Amendment and the state Legislature, have concerns about what two proposed bills to loosen open carry restrictions mean for San Angelo. As the bills reach the House, university officials are preparing for life with guns on campus."

"Senate Bill 17, passed by the state Senate in March, would authorize the open carrying of handguns in Texas by anyone with a license, so long as the weapons are kept in shoulder or belt holsters."

"A second gun-related measure, Senate Bill 11, removes criminal prohibitions for possessing concealed handguns on the campuses of public or private institutions of higher education by those licensed to carry a concealed handgun." ...
 

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