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Second Amendment Foundation Challenges Interstate Handgun Sales Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation today filed suit in U.S. District Court in Virginia challenging the constitutionality of federal and Virginia provisions barring handgun sales to non-residents."

"SAF is joined in the lawsuit by Michelle Lane, a District of Columbia resident who cannot legally purchase handguns because there are no retail firearms dealers inside the District." ...
 

DOJ to decide on Gun Rights Examiner FOIA appeal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The appeal was filed because ATF’s FOIA response was noncompliant with the specifications of the request as well as its own rules, and because the Grassley reaction to the reply demonstrates there is still revealing information that can be discovered." ...
 

Amtrak Officials Back Schumer's Proposal For 'No Ride List'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The officials at Amtrak have supported the asinine proposal by NY Sen. Charles Schumer to create a "no ride" list for Amtrak, despite the obvious fact that anyone could take out a train bridge or tracks without EVER BOARDING A TRAIN!"

"The proposed 'no ride' list as suggested by NY Sen. Charles Schumer (D) is foolish beyond belief, as the most significant difference between airplanes and trains is that airplanes fly high up in the sky and trains travel along a fixed path at ground level. ..." ...
 

April sees 15% increase in firearms sales checks over same month last year; 11th straight month over month increase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The April 2011 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 843,484 is an increase of 15.2 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 731,955 in April 2010." ...
 

How the Second Amendment Means Smaller Government Non-violently
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For decades now, I have cleared my throat and articulated a comparison I call The CPR Corollary. It is a comparison of moral purpose and public interest between a CPR-trained society and an armed society. It also answers questions of trust."

"The next inevitable issue is how the second amendment is supposed to keep government small. The implication is that it is force, but it is really something much more subtle and compelling." ...
 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns – A Reality Check
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have been doing a bit of research on [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg's group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns."

"They claim a membership of 593 mayors. Of these, 399 (over 67%!) are in only four states – New Jersey (40), New York (108), Ohio (71) and Pennsylvania(180). If you throw in California (21) and Florida (36), they account for 456 (over 76%) of their alleged membership." ...
 

247 on 'terror watch list' buy guns, terrorize no one with them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New York Times is, once again, waxing indignant about the fact that there is no federal law empowering the Attorney General to designate anyone he chooses a 'suspected terrorist,' and unilaterally deny his right to purchase firearms:" ...
 

Wisconsin Moves to Make Illinois Final Holdout on Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You’ve seen the map. That nasty red rights impingement zone smack dab in the middle of the country that looks like it’s about to cleave the U.S. in two. [Note: This map hasn't been updated to show Wyoming and Arizona as 'Unrestricted' carry.] The Wisconsin legislature has entered two bills that would legalize concealed carry in the land of cheese curds and badgers. Unlike last week’s failed bid in Illinois, the chances of a veto in Wisconsin are somewhere between slim and none…" ...
 

The Campus Carry Movement Stutter-Steps Across America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But the hiccup in Arizona hasn't stopped the movement to allow guns on campus gather momentum elsewhere. This year alone an astonishing 20 states have seen 'guns on campus' bills introduced (so far seven have failed)."

"The non-profit Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence points out that since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, campus-carry legislation has been stymied 51 times in 27 states. But they shouldn't sit back and breathe a sigh of relief just yet. In Arizona, Brewer has signaled that she'd consider future campus-carry legislation if it addressed her concerns." ...
 

The Cafe Constitution: #2, Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Constitution of the United States is not a café where one may pick and choose which items on the menu one prefers. The Constitution is what it is. These days it is popular to call it a 'living' document. Which means it is subject to the whims of political correctness, a judiciary and executive branch overstepping the bounds of the separation of powers, goofy world wide trends, and a statist belief that the individual is no longer capable of making decisions without the strong arm of the federal government pointing the way. The matter of the Second Amendment and its interpretation is a case in point. ..." ...
 

Self Defense Tip: Use Cover Wisely
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"How many police or military shows / movies have you seen where the good guys move into cover by hugging tight to the bumper of a patrol car, wall, or other barrier? Chances are, the answer is lots of ‘em. Today at Gunsite, we reviewed the effective use of barriers, obstacles, and cover when engaging a target. The lesson learned – the way they do it in the movies gets you dead." ...
 

Question of the Day: Bathroom Carry?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Just before I pulled my pants down in the restroom stall a disturbing thought entered my mind. If I sit down with the pistol still on my belt, the pistol would be easily accessible from the stalls on either side. Someone could grab it, run out, and race down the highway before I could even pull my pants up."

"Or shoot me with my own gun (provided they knew to switch off the safety)." ...
 

More facts about 1868 model Springfield
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"The April 22 Herald and News story," Object lessons: U.S. Springfield Rifle" was of historic interest. The rifle depicted was the U.S. Model 1868 .50-70 "Trapdoor" single-shot rifle: Third Allin conversion."

"Erskine Allin was master armorer at the national armory in Springfield, Mass. The venerable trapdoor Springfield in both .50-70 (1866) and .45-70 (1873), respectively, were U.S. Army standard until adoption of the smokeless powder Krag-Jorgensen bolt action magazine rifle in 1892 of Norwegian design." ...
 

Gun regulations can help save lives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Owning a weapon capable of killing 32 people in less than 10 minutes, as [the VA shooter] did, is unquestionably a privilege. Nobody is infringing upon the right of a mentally stable, law-abiding citizen from lawfully purchasing a firearm. In actuality, legislators are taking a proactive stance in preventing dangerous people from acquiring firearms and using them against innocent people. Let’s commend our lawmakers."
 

President Calderon: Expiry of U.S. Assault Weapons Ban Caused Mexican Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Unlike your humble reporter, someone at bloomberg.com watched Charlie Rose interview Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Apparently, Calderon repeated his thoroughly debunked but politically expedient claim that “drug-related violence is being fueled by illegal imports of U.S. guns that have surged since a ban on assault weapons ended in 2004.” That’s the agit-prop recap provided by Mayor Bloomberg’s homies, who are never influenced by the boss’s gun control agenda. Here’s the Mexican’s misegos, straight from the horse’s . . . mouth . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: I suppose if you are El Presidente! you can ignore inconvenient fact
 

FL: Could pediatricians be banned from trying to prevent gun injuries?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NRA has successfully lobbied for a Florida bill the Governor is expected to sign that will block pediatricians from asking parents if they own a gun."

"Proponents say the question and documentation of the answer in a patient's medical record is a Second Amendment infringement." ...
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Submitter's Note: There is nothing in the law that prevents pediatricians from providing information aimed at preventing gun injuries, they just can't ask if there are guns in the home.
 

WI: Rifles and shotguns are fine, but outlaw handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m very disappointed that the Madison city attorney’s office dismissed the charges against the gun-toting nuts."

"This concerned the five handgun-toting nuts who entered a Culver’s restaurant last fall in Madison to order a meal. ..." ...
 

MI: Worker with a gun turns the tables on bandits at Walgreens
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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"They wore masks."

"They wore gloves."

"They brandished handguns."

"But there was one thing two robbers didn't anticipate when they barged into a Benton Township Walgreens drugstore early Sunday and tried to march workers into the back room: A worker already in back carried a handgun and knew how to use it." ...
 

Obama on border today; can he explain Holder’s ‘Gunrunner’ discrepancy?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While President Obama is down on the border today talking about immigration reform, will anyone ask about a serious discrepancy in Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony before Congress last week, during which he claimed to have not known about the Project Gunrunner controversy until a few weeks ago." ...
 

Brady Campaign whitewashes ‘Gunrunner’ in new ‘report’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The anti-gun Brady Campaign is out today with a new report about police officer slayings that, according to critics, contains a virtual whitewash of the Project Gunrunner scandal."

"The Brady report calls revelations about the case “unconfirmed and disputed” while using the death of a Border Patrol agent linked to the gun trafficking case to call for further restrictions on semiautomatic firearms and retail gun dealers." ...
 

'Project Gunwalker': What Obama will NOT talk about in El Paso today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While attempting to walk that fine line (immigrants' best friend/border's strongest guardian), one aspect of his administration that he certainly cannot afford to talk about is 'Project Gunwalker.'" ...
 

OH: Ohio's Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix (HB45) and Restoration of Rights legislation (HB54) scheduled for vote in House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R) has scheduled two pieces of pro-gun legislation for a vote in the House on Wednesday afternoon, May 11."

"The action comes a month after the Ohio Senate passed SB17 (Restaurant & Carry Carry Rules Fix) by a 25-7 margin, and SB61 (Restoration of Rights) by a 27-5 margin, and follows weeks of intense grassroots activism by Buckeye Firearms Association, the National Rifle Association, and the Ohio Liberty Council." ...
 

IL: Concealed-carry bill on hold: Gun legislation fails to get House votes
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"New legislation allowing state residents to carry concealed weapons has stalled in the Illinois House of Representatives, but sponsors plan to bring the bill forward again later this month." ...
 

IL: Unes says concealed carry not dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Although concealed carry legislation was defeated on the House floor, State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) promises to remain steadfast about this issue important to so many of his constituents." ...
 

TX: Sonogram bill, eminent domain, handguns in cars and the budget
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today’s column is a unique one after one of the fullest weeks of the session. ..." ...

"Many businesses around the state have policies prohibiting firearms in cars on their premises. But those policies violate employees’ Second Amendment rights."

"On Tuesday, the House passed legislation that further affirms our Second Amendment rights by allowing employees to retain firearms in cars, thus allowing Texans to responsibly provide personal security. It now heads to the Senate." ...
 

WI: Proposal would allow concealed carry after two hours of instruction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"People could carry concealed firearms in Wisconsin if they receive at least two hours of training and obtain certificates issued by private instructors under a bill circulated Tuesday by Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford."

"Two other Republican lawmakers already circulated a pair of measures that would legalize concealed carry last week, but those bills have been widely criticized by law enforcement officers and Democrats who say they raise public safety concerns. Neither of the earlier bills would require training, and one of them, often referred to as 'constitutional carry,' has few requirements and no licensing or permitting system." ...
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Submitter's Note: Looks like our side is finally learning from the antis: introduce a bill that scares the cr@p out of them, then introduce a less scary "compromise" bill, with what you were trying for all along.
 

PA: Gun groups urge 'Castle Doctrine' broadening
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dick Bayer came all the way from western Pennsylvania to the Capitol on Tuesday to deliver a simple message to state lawmakers: He doesn't want them telling him that he can't shoot pigeons." ...

"Bayer was one of about 200 people who gathered on the Capitol steps to rally in support of a pair of bills that would expand the so-called "Castle Doctrine," which gives Pennsylvania citizens the right, under certain circumstances, to use deadly force in self-defense. The rally was sponsored by a statewide coalition of gun-rights groups." ...
 

Puerto Rico Intermediate Appellate Court Apparently Recognizes a Second Amendment Right to Carry Guns in Public Places
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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... "... If I am reading decision correctly (and my Spanish is imperfect) intermediate appellate court is essentially converting Puerto Rico’s statute into a shall issue statute through its reading of statute, i.e. if applicant state’s that he is in fear for his safety, permit to carry must be issued, as long as individual is not a prohibited person." ...
 

Obama’s ATF: Too busy gun smuggling to arrest criminals?
Submitted by: Howard Nemerov
Website: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/author/howardnemerov/

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"A new report from Syracuse University researchers notes that the Obama administration fails to prosecute violent criminals who most likely contribute to gun-related violence. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is supposed to investigate and arrest those who violate federal gun laws (e.g., felons in possession, straw purchasers)." ...
 

Investigate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Brian Terry — a U.S. Border Patrol Agent protecting our southern border between Arizona and Mexico – was brutally gunned down by Mexican drug runners."

"Brian Terry’s MURDER was supposed to give the gun-grabbers another statistic — 'proving' the need for more funding and more anti-gun agents for the out-of-control [ATF]."

"And with any luck, they hoped, it would also allow anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder to set the stage for a new, PERMANENT 'Assault Weapons' Ban."

"But that was BEFORE news broke that the BATFE had been sitting on its hands for years while it watched Mexican gangs use 'straw purchasers' to buy firearms in the U.S. and then walk the guns over the border." ...
 

WA: Feds raid Gig Harbor home in search of rock star's cyberattacker
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"A nationwide hunt for cyberattackers on a rock star's website brought federal agents to a home in Gig Harbor with guns drawn." ...

"According to a federal warrant, federal investigators say they traced the attack to a house in Gig Harbor. And last week, before dawn, federal agents raided the Lantz family." ...
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KABA Note: A pre-dawn, paramilitary raid against a suspected hacker? Seriously? What is wrong with these people? A polite knock on the door at 10AM wouldn't suffice?
 

SlutWalk comes to Seattle after cop’s rape comment
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... "SlutWalk, a series of provocative street protests triggered by a cop’s dunderheaded rape comment in Toronto, is making its way to Seattle this summer, after erupting in Boston, Dallas and Asheville, North Carolina."

"The protests are a collective shout against the Canadian police officer, who had said women should avoid dressing like 'sluts' to avoid being raped or victimized. The officer, who made the comments to students at a safety forum at York University, has since apologized." ...
 

PA: More carry concealed guns -- Permit requests increase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nearly one in 11 Snyder County residents has a permit to carry a concealed weapon."

"The steps to obtain a five-year permit to carry a concealed weapon or keep it in a motor vehicle are fairly easy, as long as the applicant doesn’t have a criminal past or bad reputation." ...
 

WI: Blaska's Blog asks unconcealed gun-hater Stu Levitan how it feels to be called a racist
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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... "Stu’s painful betise exposes three stereotypes formed, most likely, in the pre-Cambrian summer of love, born of youthful ignorance and one too many bong hits. It is a worldview reinforced ever since by the tenured academy and its accomplice, the mainstream news media." ...
 

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