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‘C’ grade for anti-gun Sheriff Brown by Calif. gun group should be an ‘F’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "... Because even though it’s not a good grade, a 'C' is a passing one. Santa Barbara gun owners who don’t know any better will vote accordingly, so what CRPA will end up doing, after seeing evidence of Brown’s betrayals of his earlier 'A,' and after meeting with NRA members he’s shafted, is help Bill Brown get reelected. The rating has the effect of being a de facto endorsement with plausible deniability and without any of the risks." ...
 

Judge Pulls Trigger On *Another* Gun Limit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed in two landmark cases that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to possess firearms, the Second Amendment Foundation has been confronting in court state and local rules which appear to be unconstitutional."

"The activist group already has opposed 'vague' gun bans in California, a $340 fee for owning a handgun in New York, New Jersey’s arbitrary gun laws, District of Columbia bans, Maryland’s permit demands and more."

"Its latest victory has come in Arkansas, where a federal judge ruled the state’s concealed carry licensing law that bans legal resident aliens from obtaining permits is unconstitutional." ...
 

Gun makers moving to more Second Amendment friendly states
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Some of the bluest of the blue bloods in the nation’s gun industry are looking at moving production from state’s that recently have passed stricter gun control laws, and the South is the hotspot."

"As Remington Outdoors Co. considered 24 states for a new firearms production plant, support of the Second Amendment was high on its criteria list."

"Remington announced in February it would build a $110 million plant in Huntsville. During the next decade, the plant is expected to create 2,000 jobs, company officials say." ...

"New York’s passage of the [SAFE] Act in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings is the major reason those Remington jobs didn’t settle in Ilion and went to Alabama, a union official told syracuse.com." ...
 

Washington Post editorial board advocates risking NJ gun dealers' lives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"... [T]he Washington Post editorial board argued Friday that the state of New Jersey should now mandate that the only handgun to be sold in New Jersey be equipped with 'smart gun' technology. Since the only one in production at the moment is the Armatix, that would be the only handgun they could offer for sale to private citizens. Never mind that it is chambered for the .22 rimfire, universally considered a very poor choice for self-defense. Never mind, even, that statistically, it should be expected to fail to fire once over the course of every 10-round magazine--Wa Po's editorial board wants it to be the only handgun on the market in New Jersey:" ...
 

N.J. lawmakers may rescind ‘smart gun’ law, report suggests
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"To hear veteran New Jersey firearms retailer Bob Viden tell it, the smartest thing to do about New Jersey’s so-called 'smart gun' law is repeal it, and according to a story in Monday's South Jersey Times, that idea is being kicked around by lawmakers in Trenton."

"Viden, speaking exclusively to Examiner via telephone Monday, said the way the current law, requiring 'smart guns' when they become available, was 'stupid the way they wrote it.' He said that if a repeal measure is introduced, he will travel to the capitol to testify in support."

"'Whether they develop a smart gun or not,' he said, 'I don’t care. I just don’t want to be forced to buy it unless I want it.'" ...
 

Don't forget the U.S. Territories
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The U.S. Virgin Islands is by far the most beautiful place I've ever lived."

"It can also boast the friendliest people living anywhere under the U.S. Flag, and some of the best cuisine."

"It certainly lives up to its 'America's Paradise' claim."

"The cobalt blue waters, white sugar-sand beaches and fantastic vistas seen in tourism brochures really do exist. However, what you won't find in the PR literature is anything about the islands' very serious violent crime problem, or the fact the territory has some of the strictest gun laws ever codified into statute, which preclude most Virgin Islanders from legally owning a gun." ...
 

Review Follow-Up: Accuracy Testing NAA’s Mini-Revolver (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A thorough gun review includes some formal accuracy testing. Unfortunately, I skipped that in the NAA Mini-Revolver review entirely. You see, my model Mini doesn’t really have a workable rear sight. Plenty accurate for minute-of-bad-guy out to about 10 yards, but nothing that can be lined up precisely and repeatedly to give any idea of how mechanically accurate the Mini actually is. Thankfully for us, North American Arms came to the rescue. They saw the review, told us that Minis are more accurate than most people would assume, and mailed me their laser sight to do some better testing . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson M&P9c
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Smith & Wesson was late to the Tupperware pistol party, but welcome. When Smith finally introduced the M&P line as their answer to the GLOCK juggernaut, the M&Ps sold like hotcakes. Police departments, competition shooters and the mass market bought the guns for their comfortable grip, eye-pleasing lines and American provenance. The compact version the 9mm M&P was a hit on the concealed carry market as well. With the introduction of the S&W Shield - a slimmer, more fashionable single-stack compact 9 – does the M&P 9c still rate? . . ." ...
 

Moms Demand Action Announce Another Exciting Non-Win!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Bloomberg owned and operated Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are trumpeting their latest victory. Or so they say. Whenever the hoplophobic harridans announce a 'win' it’s best to take the news with a large grain of salt. Remember their Staples and Starbucks non-win wins? Neither retailer prohibits firearms in any of their stores in states where conceal carry is legal. And the announcement they’ve extracted from Jack in the Box is no different. Here’s the Moms’ email blast . . ." ...
 

Washington Post: NJ Should Mandate “Smart Guns” Now
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The majority of firearms owners are not against 'smart guns' per se. They’re against mandatory 'smart guns.' In specific, the New Jersey law mandating that all guns sold in the Garden State must be electronically locked (except to a pre-programmed user or users) three years after 'smart gun' technology becomes commercially available anywhere in the U.S. Aside from the loss of consumer choice, the PoTG fear . . ."

"that the NJ law is a slippery slope to a complete ban on “dumb guns.” They also worry that the law will go national. And they’re concerned that the government and/or criminals will be able to use the technology to render firearms inoperative. All legitimate concerns." ...
 

Editorial Describes America Through the Eyes of an Anti-Gunner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Well, it’s nothing especially new in the realm of anti-gun propaganda, but the Washington Post 'Morning Mix' section on Thursday reprinted yet another screed by a big city newspaper against U.S. gun culture."

"The reprinted article followed a template familiar to anyone who is engaged in the gun debate in America.
  • It reminded readers of past highly-publicized gun crimes.

  • It depicted President Obama shouting himself 'hoarse' over the need for action on gun control.

  • It made the expected public health analogies, calling gun-related crimes an intractable 'malignant tumor.'

  • It indicated that no place in the U.S. is free of firearms, be it 'campuses of universities and high schools, department stores and even churches.'" ...
 

NRA is not a well-regulated militia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The annual goat show referred to as the NRA convention has concluded. The way it went lends substance to my view that the driving purpose of the NRA is not to preserve our Second Amendment entitlements but to protect the 'guns, guns, more guns' mentality of its spoiled-brat membership. As reported in several media accounts, the biggest attractors at the convention were the assault-rifle displays. Concurrently with the convention, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre was back at it, claiming that these gun-control measures would violate the Second Amendment: Restrictions on magazine capacities. Universal background checks. Bans on assault rifles." ...
 

CO: NRA shows true colors on gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "The Legislature, with the support of the governor, recently pushed legislation that would clarify who is dangerous enough to be held for mental health treatment against their will and who should be sent to emergency psychiatric care. Of course, who is eligible to possess a firearm also figures into this process."

"Yet, even a scaled-down version of the legislation drew heavy opposition from those who called it a 'backdoor attempt at gun control' by the government." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well maybe if the bill hadn't removed provisions for a jury 'trial' and included people who voluntarily sought treatment for temporary mood disorders, we wouldn't find it so threatening.
 

Police/Media Hoax on Jack in the Box Open Carry Story?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The widely reported story that Jack in the Box employees locked themselves in the freezer because they feared open carry activists is almost certainly a hoax. The event was reported to have happened at a Jack in the Box in the Dallas Fort Worth area."

"This video report by NBC5 reporter Ken Kalthoff shows Irwin Harris saying that they entered the restaurant and were served without any fuss. He said they ordered, received their food, and left."

"The police told NBC5 that the employees then went into the cooler for protection. That seems a little odd… lock yourself in the freezer *after* the armed men act politely, pay for their purchases, and walk out? ..."

"Open Carry Texas has more. ..." ...
 

Incendiary Image of the Day: Turnabout is Fair Play Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "You want irony? You know how Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Shannon Watts says the massacre at Sandy Hook inspired her to work for civilian disarmament? Same thing here, only opposite."
"[Tammy] Koontz and [Carson] Davis said they became more active in the open-carry movement after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a 20-year-old fatally shot 20 children and six staff members."

"'Children, by law, are required to go to school, and those are gun-free zones,' Davis said. 'Anyone who is a responsible adult should be able to carry in school. The likelihood [of shootings] would drop to zero.'" ...
 

An Open Letter to Greg Herman-Giddens on Gun Trusts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Dear Greg,

Maybe we got off on the wrong foot. Since you took the time to read my article, I took the time to read yours and I come to the following conclusion: we’re not going to get along. We’re not going to get along because your article is right for a few reasons and very wrong for a many more reasons. Lets start from the top . . ." ...
 

AR: Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Responding Cops Don’t Shoot Two Concealed Carriers Who Shot the Bad Guy Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"One of the arguments against 'allowing' Americans to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms: if they use their guns for self-defense the police – and other armed good guys – won’t be able to separate the good guys from the bad guys. Bullets will fly in every direction, taking more innocent lives than if everyone just left everything to the police. It’s the 'logic' Gun Victims Action Council jefe Eliott Fineman used against me in a recent debate . . ."

"Fineman couldn’t provide a single example of any such a ballistic cluster you-know-what. And now we can provide an example where it didn’t happen, despite the fact that not one but two civilians took out a third gunman ..." ...
 

IL: Man kills home invasion suspect in St. Clair County (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A 72-year old man defending his home fired one shot at a man who broke down his back door Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Cahokia. The suspected burglar fled the house but collapsed and died on the driveway in the 2100 block of Imbs Station Road."

"The St. Clair County Sheriff`s Department is investigating the crime as a residential burglary. Under Illinois law the crime will not be classified as a home invasion. Intruders must know someone is at home when they break-in for the crime to be identified as a home invasion." ...
 

GA: Armed Homeowner Faces Intruder Who Bit His Ear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A Georgia resident is lucky that he was not hurt or killed during an altercation with an intruder on Thursday night."

"The homeowner, Wayne Milner, said he armed himself after hearing strange noises coming from his bedroom."

"Milner, who was armed, confronted a teenage intruder who was going through his wife’s jewelry."

"Milner escorted the suspect, at gunpoint, to the kitchen of the home, so he could call the police."

"At some point during the incident, the suspect tried to gain control of the gun and a brief struggle ensued. During the altercation, the suspect actually bit Milner in the ear."

"The suspect was able to temporarily escape, but was apprehended by officers who responded to the call quickly." ...
 

NC: AR-15 for home defense?!? You don't say!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"It was 9:45 yesterday morning (May 12, 2014) when Jonathan Haith says he woke to a light knock on the back door of his Henderson, North Carolina home. The next sound wasn't so gentle as Jonathan heard what he called 'a loud bang in the laundry room area'."

"It was an intruder kicking in the door."

"Jonathan responded to the startling noise by reaching for the AR-15 he keeps under his bed for home defense. Crouching low as he moved through the house with his rifle, Jonathan encountered a male armed with a 9mm handgun and shots were exchanged."

"'He shot first, I shot second,' Jonathan said. 'He missed and I reckon I connected.'" ...
 

GA: Why I Carry: Mob in Savannah, GA Brutally Attacks Family of 8, Including Women and Young Children
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Occasionally, it’s important to take a look at crimes that did not result in a defensive gun use in order to remember why we carry, everyday."

"In this case, a family of 8, including 2 adult males, 2 adult females and 4 young children were attacked in a well traveled tourist area of Savannah, GA." ...

"I’m guessing this story would have turned out much different if Jim and his brother in law, a combat veteran, had been armed."

"This also makes a case for standard capacity magazines and carrying more than 1 with you at all times. ..."
 

Nigeria: Nigerians for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Dear Governor Shettima,

We are writing you openly, that the people see and know you were advised openly. You have waited and watched your people being picked off like hens in a pen for the past four years. You have relied on and waited for the State security services to protect life and industry in your state of four years, but your people are dying now even faster than before . . ." ...
 

NRA’s Colion Noir Gets Racist Hate on Facebook, ThinkProgress Pens Hit Piece on His New Webshow
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Colion Noir seems to get more than his fair share of hate from the anti-gun left. I guess they just can’t handle the fact that a well-educated, 'hip', young black man can also be a gun rights supporter. I guess it just breaks the thought process in their brains and leaves them with nothing but the ability to hurl insults."

"Noir posted the following screenshot of a Facebook post that called him out in a decidedly racist manner. Isn’t this the kind of hate speech that the left regularly rallies against? I guess that’s only when it fits their agenda."

"Liberal leaning ThinkProgress also published a report on Noir’s new webshow ... I’d call the article a hit piece, but hit pieces usually include some facts logical thought."

"Here are some quotes," ...
 

The NRA Just Created Its Own Netflix To Convince Young People That Guns Are Cool
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The NRA would like you to meet Colion Noir. He’s the host of their new show, Noir, which premieres May 11 on NRA Freestyle. Noir is just one of the new shows the NRA plans to launch ..."

"About two months ago, the NRA announced a partnership with Noir who, as an African-American millennial, isn’t the typical NRA spokesperson, thus the basis of his appeal. Since Newtown, the NRA has made a mission of winning over more non-white supporters. ..." ...
 

Racist ThinkProgress Asserts Colion Noir *Must* Have Been Manufactured By The NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"If you listen to the assertions made by ThinkProgress’s Jessica Goldstein, Colion Noir was manufactured by the NRA virtually overnight in an effort to con minorities into supporting gun rights."

"Does that sound like too harsh a criticism of Goldstein’s rant? Judge for yourself."

"Goldstein seems to believe that it is impossible that Noir could exist without someone else creating him. The incredible depths of racism exposed in her thought patterns are terribly disconcerting. She shows the depths of her dark fantasies by imagining precisely how he was created… by the demonic old white men that run the NRA, no doubt." ...
 

NY: Gun control, residency at issue in GOP battle|Congressional candidates fight over gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The two Republican candidates for the 21st Congressional District seat are getting heated over gun control."

"Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny traded barbs over who supports gun control in New York more."

"Doheny started the fight when he issued a statement calling on Stefanik to sign the SCOPE pledge to repeal the NY-SAFE Act." ...

"Stefanik, 29, responded to Doheny's claims that she is not opposed to the SAFE Act by noting that she has been to several rallies against the legislation — including one in Plattsburgh — since last year, while Doheny was nowhere to be found." ...
 

NC: GRNC-PVF Wins Most Races…But NRA Malfeasance Keeps Anti-Gun Sheriff In Office
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) Political Victory Fund made an excellent showing in the May 6 primary elections of the 42 districts targeted, with 27 wins, 14 losses and one candidate ... winning but with less than 40% of the vote, mandating a run-off."

"Particularly sweet were victories by pro-gun incumbent Larry Pittman (Cabarrus), who had been targeted by leadership for standing up for gun owners, and the win of an open seat in Catawba by founding GRNC board member Jay Adams. ..." ...

"Unfortunately, gun owners lost a chance to unseat anti-gun Sheriff Bill Schatzman in Forsyth County when Schatzman apparently responded to GRNC-PVF mailings and calls against him by whining to (and receiving an endorsement from) the NRA." ...
 

ID: Chris Troupis: Idaho needs an advocate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I agree with the Editorial Board's conclusion that I am a passionate candidate with a sharp legal mind and the full-spectrum experience that could get me elected in any number of states. But I disagree that my opponent is 'right for Idaho,' because at this critical time, Idahoans desperately need an advocate who will stand with them against an oppressive federal government."

"After 12 years as Idaho attorney general, my opponent no longer identifies with the people he was elected to serve. He has a history of getting it wrong time and time again. Some examples are his ... his actions in the Heller case, joining with New York, Chicago, and Massachusetts to deny our Second Amendment rights. ..." ...
 

The President’s Surgeon General Nomination & Firearms Research
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"When Vivek Murthy was nominated as the next U.S. Surgeon General, proponents of the Second Amendment responded very negatively to the choice."

"The prospect of a Surgeon General who has demonstrated strong anti-gun sentiment is just one more demonstration of the intent of our government to disarm us."

"And, looking into his past, it is easy to understand why."

"Dr. Murthy believes that firearms violence should be viewed as a public health problem. That is, firearms violence would be treated as a disease. Using the medical science of epidemiology, firearms would be observed for patterns that might help to detect the sources and possible cures of the illness of violence." ...
 

U.S. House Appropriations Bill Passes Without Anti-Gun Amendments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"On Thursday, May 8, 2014, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the FY15 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill."

"This bill contains a number of pro-gun general provisions and will now head to the U.S. House floor for consideration."

"During the mark up of the bill, multiple anti-gun amendments were offered. Fortunately for gun owners, all were defeated. ..." ...
 

House DoJ funding bill debate highlights Democrats' anti-gun fanaticism
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "The justification we have always been given for the reporting requirement, dubious as it is, is that it will (somehow) curtail the rampant violence associated with the illegal drug trade in Mexico. How that squares with the Department of 'Justice' deliberately 'gunwalking' so-called 'assault weapons' across the border, without even telling the BATFE's own own attaché to Mexico, has never been explained. As little sense as that makes, though, it's at least far less ridiculous than justifying the sales reporting requirement with breathless fantasies of it somehow stopping someone from 'mow[ing] down an innocent crowd.'" ...
 

NJ: Garden State Problems: New Jersey Senate Passes Two New Gun Control Bills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The New Jersey Senate today passed two bills that have to do with gun control. As we previously reported, the backroom fix in Jersey is in. The deal was made that if a magazine capacity bill, which would lower legal magazine capacity to 10 in NJ passed, then a bill to 'protect' gun owners while transporting weapons in their car would also be passed."

"However, this is a poor tradeoff even if it was a legit deal. The bill does virtually nothing to fix NJ’s poor, anti-gun transport laws." ...
 

OK: Fallin’s hissy-fit veto binge may cost her big-time this fall
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Gov. Mary Fallin’s 'temper tantrum,' as it was dubbed last week by State Rep. Mike Brown, embarrassed members of her own party, and for good reason. If voters are savvy enough to understand the retaliatory nature of the vetoes she let fly, she may have blasted a hole in her own foot." ...

"The veto most outrageous to fellow Republicans was on a bill to shorten the waiting period on background checks certain firearms and peripherals. Fallin characterized this bill and others as 'meaningless' in the face of more pressing business. And while there may indeed be more critical matters at hand, Fallin risked alienating legions of Second Amendment and gun loyalists, not to mention the NRA, with the stroke of her pen." ...
 

KS: OMG! Guns on Campus! In Kansas! OMG!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'I honestly don’t think the average citizen is psychologically prepared to use deadly force,' Chris Hoover, director of University Police and Safety at Emporia State University, tell hutchnews.com. 'They go through their 8 hours of training (required for a conceal-and-carry license) and think they’re ready to handle the situation. But the reality is, most trained police officers aren’t even prepared to handle that sort of situation and they go through far more extensive training.' Mr. Hoover is bitching because Kansas passed legislation 'allowing' guns on campus by 2017 – and he doesn’t like it. Not one bit . . ." ...
 

NH: Spotted in the Wild: A Pro-Gun Democrat!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The last few years have not been kind to pro-gun Democrats. In fact, you kinda wonder why a gun owner would belong to a political group whose party platform declares that the 'right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation' and calls for 'reinstating the assault weapons ban.' And if that wasn’t enough to keep any liberty-loving gun-owning American for voting for the party of Andrew Jackson – and it really should be - the post-Newtown background check bill submitted by the formerly NRA A-rated Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin should do the trick. Then again, where there’s life there’s hope . . ." ...
 

NH: Politicians Trying To Silence New Hampshire Firearms Coalition – Action Needed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"After we have successfully stopped the anti-gun bills being pushed through the State House, the Anti-Gun Elite are now trying to silence us!"

"Clearly, success comes with a price."

"This past week, the “Election Law” committee voted SB120 Ought To Pass and this bill is scheduled for a full vote in the House on!"

"Senate Bill 120 is the ultimate 'Incumbent Protection Act'."

"This bill is designed to specifically make it hard for grassroots organizations to report on how the NH Senators and Representatives are acting or voting in both committee and on the floor." ...
"SB120 is designed to shut us down and prevent us from telling you the inside story regarding the anti-gun actions of the politicians in Concord." ...
 

NJ: NJ Senate passes bill to further limit size of gun magazines
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"A bill to further restrict the allowed size of ammunition magazines in New Jersey is now just one step from reaching Gov. Chris Christie’s desk."

"The state Senate today voted 22-17 to pass the bill (A2006), which would allow only ammunition magazines that can hold up to 10 rounds, down from the 15 rounds currently permitted." ...

"Under the ammunition magazine bill, gun owners would have 180 days to “transfer, render inoperable, or voluntarily surrender” 15-round magazines. Retired law enforcement officers would be exempt." ...
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KABA Note: So much for "equal protection under the law" . . .
 

Court Case Challenging DC’s Complete Ban of Gun Carry is Being Illegally Held Up in the Courts (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"What’s the old saying? Justice delayed is justice denied?"

"As many of you are surely aware, Washington DC was forced to lift its complete ban on gun ownership following the Heller decision by the Supreme Court. ..."

"... However, new laws ensured that carry outside of the home remained illegal. Enter the Second Amendment Foundation and a lawsuit to change that." ...

"Taking into account all of the above facts, it’s extremely strange that the court case challenging DC’s lack of a carry option has been repeatedly delayed over the last five years. We aren’t talking about getting delayed in appeals, or waiting for a Supreme Court date. The lower courts still haven’t issued any rulings on the case." ...
 

DC gun carry rights case blocked in court
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"Washington, D.C. is the only place in the country where no one is allowed to legally carry a gun outside the home."

"District residents are trying to challenge the law in court, but the justice system has denied them due process. The almost five-year delay in Palmer v. District of Columbia is so extreme that some suspect political games."

"In August 2009, Tom Palmer and three other D.C. residents filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that said the total ban on carrying firearms -- open or concealed -- violated their Second Amendment rights."

"On Tuesday, Alan Gura, the attorney for the Palmer case, filed a second writ of mandamus with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking it to force the lower court to issue a decision." ...
 

Second Amendment Foundation Wins Permanent Injunction in Challenge to Arkansas CCW Law
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"The Second Amendment Foundation has won a significant victory on behalf of legal resident aliens in Arkansas, with a federal district court there declaring the state’s citizen-only concealed carry licensing law unconstitutional, and granting a permanent injunction against its enforcement on behalf of a man named Martin Pot ... a citizen of the Netherlands." ...

"The lawsuit ... challenged the Arkansas statute because it 'completely prohibits resident legal aliens from the concealed carry of guns, in public, for the purpose of self-defense. ..."

"'This is yet another victory in our effort to expand Second Amendment protections in the United States,' said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. ..." ...
 

WA: Pay attention to Spokane case if you own guns, smoke pot
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"A trial scheduled to begin today in Spokane has some serious implications, especially for residents of Washington and Colorado who may smoke pot recreationally or ingest it for medical reasons, and own or possess firearms for hunting and personal protection, because under federal law, the two do not mix." ...
 

Daily Digest: Cops & Robbers Edition
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... "A police officer in Sumter, SC recently showed that 'serve and protect' isn’t just a catchphrase on the fender of his car. A 13-year-old boy called police after fighting with his mom, saying he didn’t want to live there with his family anymore. Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to that call, and told the boy that having a roof over his head was a good thing. But then he discovered that the teen didn’t even have a real bed to sleep on, or really anything else in his bedroom. He’d been sleeping on an air mattress ... Officer Acerra decided he could personally make a difference in this case, and a few weeks later he showed back up at the house with a bed, a desk, a chair, and even a Wii game system that someone had donated ..." ...
 

KY: London Police Chief Resigns
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"The London Police Chief has resigned just a few weeks after his ex-girlfriend said he stalked her."

"Chief Stewart Walker was suspended with pay after a woman who used to live with him filed for an emergency protective order." ...
 

GA: Rockdale deputy arrested on family violence charge
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"A Rockdale deputy is facing an internal investigation ... after a fight with his wife at Walmart led to an arrest for battery and family violence charges ..."

"RCSO Deputy Chad Edwards Stuarte, 26, and his wife Amanda Marie Stuarte, 24, were both arrested on battery and family violence charges on Saturday, May 3." ...

"At home, the verbal fight escalated into a physical one. Both parties agreed that Amanda Stuarte struck her husband first. Amanda Stuarte later told NCSO deputies that she had struck Chad once and he had hit her several times. Chad Stuarte told NCSO deputies that his wife had hit him several times and he had struck her once"

"However, their injuries appeared to indicate both parties had been hit multiple times." ...
 

ID: Idaho State Police trooper suspended without pay
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"An Idaho State Police trooper has been suspended without pay as authorities investigate accusations he engaged in criminal activity in two northern Idaho counties in 2013." ...

"Howard faces charges of grand theft, petit theft, and possession of an untagged deer involving acts authorities say occurred in Kootenai County."

"He's also charged with forgery, title fraud and grand theft for actions authorities say occurred in Bonner County." ...
 

CA: Former Burbank police officer sentenced to 30 months in federal prison
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"A former Burbank police officer was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty to lying to investigators during a probe into an alleged scheme involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband."

"Anthony Valento, 44, pleaded guilty in March to one count of making false statements to federal authorities about his relationship with the woman, Gayle Bassett, while the FBI was investigating allegations brought forth by her estranged husband, Jeremy Bassett, that the pair was seeking money from him in exchange for attempting to drop criminal charges filed against him." ...
 

MN: Ex-Minnesota sheriff's deputy sentenced to 33 years for sexually abusing boys on fishing trip
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"A former Mille Lacs County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for sexually abusing several boys on a fishing trip."

"Aaron Heuer (hire) was sentenced Thursday in Otter Tail County. Under a plea deal, Heuer admitted he inappropriately touched four boys, ages 8 to 10, while volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp near Henning last summer." ...
 

The Firearms and Fashion show: A soft intro to the shooting world
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"A bar on the far north side of Chicago, in a town called Edison Park, hosted the second annual Firearms and Fashion show Saturday night."

"The event is a collaborative effort by two local companies – AlphaGirls, a self-defense training and gear company, and Nickel and Lace, a designer and concealed-carry clothing company for women — that acts as a conduit to soft sell the concepts of self-defense and shooting sports to women." ...
 

PA: Should guns be allowed on PA state-owned college campuses?
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"If you have a son or daughter in college, you already have enough to worry about."

"Parents are always concerned for their kids safety… so now add guns to that worry."

"For the past year, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has been debating whether to implement a policy to allow or ban guns completely on college campuses."

"FOX43 investigated the battle against the second amendment and why that argument remains in a stalemate."

"It’s a war that colleges will undoubtedly deal with for years to come."

"Should faculty, staff, and students been allowed to pack heat on campus?"

"'This is a running debate across the country,' says Kenn Marshall, a spokesman for the [PA] State System of Higher Education." ...
 

TX: Texas Gun Store Marquee: ‘I Like My Guns Like Obama Likes His Voters…’
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"A gun store outside of Houston, Texas went for some LULZ with its front marquee this week, at the expense of its characterization of President Barack Obama’s electoral demographic."

"The sign out front of Katy, TX’s Tactical Firearms reads, 'I like my guns like Obama likes his voters: undocumented.'"

"Tactical Firearms changes its sign every week, and the one-liners usually come from the staff. According to the owner, this week’s sign is reference to the fact that Texas does not require firearm registration. 'Thank god for our First and Second Amendment rights,' he said in a statement to local news agencies. 'It’s meant as a joke. It’s meant to be funny.'" ...
 

MT: Injecting Rational Thought Into the Montana Stand Your Ground Debate
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... "Because of item #3, I’ve done a bunch of research into the castle doctrine concept. You will be interested in what I’ve learned. The earliest reported legal case I’ve found that was decided according to the castle doctrine was in 1330, AD. So, the castle doctrine concept is AT LEAST seven centuries old. The first mention of the concept I can find in Montana law was in the Revised Montana Statutes of 1879, during Montana’s territorial days – before statehood. So, the castle doctrine was not something MSSA and I created in 2009 with our HB 228, which we called our 'Self Defense bill,' although we did tweak it just a bit." ...
 

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