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CCRKBA Tells Lieberman: 'Investigate ATF'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After Senator Joseph Lieberman released contents of his letter to Attorney General Eric Holder supporting a proposed long gun sales reporting requirement in southwest states, the [CCRKBA] today urged Lieberman to instead support an on-going investigation of the [ATF's] botched Project Gunrunner."

"In a letter to Sen. Lieberman, CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb reminded him that press reports and documents relating to Gunrunner indicate that the ATF 'abetted the movement of firearms into the illicit gun market, and ultimately to drug cartels in Mexico.' ..." ...
 

SAF Thanks NRA, CRPA For Effort To Enforce Its 1994 Assenza Case Victory
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation today publicly thanked the National Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association for sponsoring two new legal actions that seek enforcement of a case SAF won in 1994 against the City of Los Angeles regarding concealed carry permits."

"The case, Assenza v City of Los Angeles, resulted in a judgment against the city ... for the amount of $50,000."

"'We still have an enlarged photocopy of that check on our wall at the SAF office,' said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. 'The city has continually failed to live up to the court order that requires the Los Angeles Police Department to issue applications for concealed weapons permits.'" ...
 

Lieberman calls for more power for ATF while abetting ‘Gunwalker’ stonewalling
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Still, if Sen. Lieberman is so concerned about semi-automatic rifles wending their way from U.S. gun shops to Mexican cartels, perhaps someone ought to ask him why he’s not demanding full and open hearings into 'Project Gunrunner' allegations, and insisting on getting to the bottom of ATF management stonewalling accusations—before insisting on giving them yet more power over the very area where their own employees are saying they can’t be trusted."

"Oh, someone has? And some time ago?" ...
 

St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner honored by Coalition to Stop Gun Violence?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a frequent topic of discussion here at St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner. The biggest reason for that was summed up in a column last October:" ...
 

Another Year, Another Meaningless Brady Scorecard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's that time of year again -- the time when the Brady Campaign releases its annual scores and rankings, lavishing praise on state governments that infringe upon the rights of their citizens and scorn on those that respect the Constitution. This year, the occasion was met with about as much enthusiasm as that other spring ritual, the income tax filing deadline. If this is the first you're hearing of the new rankings, let's hope that's because the mainstream media has finally come to its senses about this annual publicity stunt." ...
 

Why can't we keep guns from terrorists?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns don't kill people. People kill people. But homicidal tendencies are not evenly distributed throughout the general population. Criminals, crazies and terrorists pose a heightened threat."

"That's why even those of us who strongly support the Second Amendment also support federal laws prohibiting the most dangerous among us from purchasing or possessing firearms and explosives1."

"There's one problem with what I've written above: The restrictions in place for convicted felons and the seriously mentally ill do not apply to those on terrorist watch lists. ..." ...
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1Submitter's Note: Speak for yourself Scooter; as far as I'm concerned, if someone can't be trusted with a gun, s/he can't be trusted without a custodian.
 

Ted Nugent: 'More guns equals less crime' (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Anybody that wants to disarm me can drop dead,' Ted Nugent tells CNN's Piers Morgan. 'Anybody that wants to make me unarmed and helpless, people that want to literally create the proven places where more innocents are killed called gun-free zones, we're going to beat you. We're going to vote you out of office or suck on my machine gun.'" ...
 

Thoughts From The Right Side
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "David Keene of the Washington Times says, 'no other organization has done more to protect the Second Amendment' than the National Rifle Association."

"Maybe David hasn’t heard of Gun Owners of America (GunOwners.org) or Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO.org), a conservative group founded by several Jewish Americans in Hartford, Wisconsin."

"While the overrated NRA gets most of the ink, some of its activities are questionable. Too often the NRA plays ball with the liberal establishment. The NRA sat on the sideline during the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination while GOA actively fought to defeat her, pointing out her support for gun control. The NRA sometimes backs the wrong candidate ..." ...
 

National Tactical Conference 2011
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tom Givens’ National Tactical Conference and Polite Society match finished up last weekend at the fabulous US Shooting Academy range in Tulsa. About 100 attendees picked from a smorgasbord of hands-on fighting classes, live-fire tactical shooting programs, and relevant classroom lecture. There was a smattering of military, and I’d guess about 15% or so police, with the rest of the student body and staff made up of armed citizens." ...
 

NSSF Voting Member Scholarship Program Seeks Applicants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Employees of companies that support the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the highest level can apply for education aid through the NSSF Voting Member Scholarship Program."

"NSSF is accepting applications for scholarships now through July 1, 2011." ...
 

Gun Review: ArmaLite AR-50 50 BMG Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s beauty in functionality. If something fulfills a specific purpose and works flawlessly then it’s a work of art. Some might say the ArmaLite AR-50 .50 BMG Rifle is an ugly duckling because of its industrial appearance. To me, it’s a beautiful swan . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Browning Buckmark Camper
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I decided to buy a new .22lr pistol, I knew exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something well-built with a decent sight radius that would eat range ammo all day long. A .22 pistol that’s like a Leatherman multi tool, good for just about every job. Self-defense (yes), practicing shooting fundamentals, target work, plinking or helping a new shooter get started. The obvious choice: a Ruger 22/45." ...

"But a funny thing happened after leaving the forum. When I picked a 22/45 up it felt wrong in my hand. Not at all comfortable. ..." ...
 

Why You Don’t Need One of Those New Mini-9 Handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Without a doubt, the crop of new mini-9 handguns is the gun industry’s biggest craze. Back in the fall of 2006, Kel-Tec brought us the first mainstream affordable mini 9mm in the shape of the PF9. We are now awash with similar offerings from Ruger, Kahr, Diamondback Arms, Kimber, SIG and more. I know these mini-9s are cool-looking. They’re lightweight, easy to conceal (single stack) and the provide the punch of 9mm. Without a doubt, the gunmakers producing mini-9s are making a lot of money selling these hamster guns to the public. But—" ...
 

3 ways to control gun violence, says Brady Campaign CEO
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun violence can be better controlled with three steps, according to a national leader on the issue."

"There need to be tougher gun laws, local law enforcement needs to be strengthened and there should be restrictions on civilian access to high-powered weapons with extended magazines, Paul Helmke, CEO of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said today at an event held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga." ...
 

ATF Phoenix ‘Gunrunner’ shakeup as Lieberman backs long gun reports
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The management shakeup at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Phoenix field office is bigger than just a change in the top man as this column reported yesterday."

"And now Sen. Joseph Lieberman has entered the fray with a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that critics, including National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea, consider something of a whitewash of the agency's Project Gunrunner fiasco." ...
 

Grassley asks Holder to expedite answers to Gunwalker questions
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'Historically, the Justice Department generally takes five to eight months to respond to QFRs,' he acknowledged. 'However, because of my ongoing investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), I would appreciate receiving responses to questions on this topic much sooner.'" ...
 

NY: NY-26: Jack Davis, Get Your Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I spent the morning with Jack Davis, the Tea Party candidate ... for this open seat. ... As we discussed the issues on which Davis and the Tea Party movement were simpatico, he mentioned the Second Amendment, then stopped and jumped over to the corner of his office where his model Winchester rifle was sitting." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma CareerTech educators hope Fallin will veto gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CareerTech leaders who want to stop a proposal to allow guns on their campuses are pinning their hopes on a veto by Gov. Mary Fallin."

"House Bill 1652 passed the House with a 75-5 vote Tuesday. The measure is expected to pass the Senate on Wednesday."

"The proposal would allow concealed-weapons licensees to leave their guns inside locked cars on CareerTech campuses or to carry them to other areas with permission of the CareerTech superintendent - the same rules that apply to college campuses." ...
 

OH: Kasich's enemies happy to offer advice on how he can supposedly gain support by turning his back on gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With both the House and Senate having passed similar versions of Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix legislation, the media now know their anti-self-defense editorial and biased news-coverage campaign has failed, and their hopes for stopping the bill up in the House have withered. Instead, the new focus is on encouraging Republican Governor John Kasich to go back on the commitment he made to voters during the campaign by vetoing the legislation." ...
 

IL: Federal Lawsuit Takes Aim At Illinois’ Ban On Concealed Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two private citizens and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have filed a Federal lawsuit challenging Illinois’ prohibition of the carrying of firearms for self-defense."

"According to The Associated Press, Illinois residents Michael Moore of Champaign and Charles Hooks of Percy, along with the SAF, filed the suit on May 12, eight days after a measure that would have allowed residents to carry concealed weapons failed in the State Legislature. Moore is a former corrections officer and Hooks is a farmer ..." ...
 

TN: Ex-MPD Officer Sentenced for Transgender Beating, Tax Evasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Memphis Police officer Bridges McRae was sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion and violating the rights of transgendered woman Duana Johnson. McRae will also serve two years supervised release and a $200 fine." ...
 

GA: Ex-deputy pleads guilty to touching 3-year-old
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator whose job was to look into allegations of misconduct within the agency pleaded guilty Monday to sexual battery involving a 3-year-old girl."

"Former internal affairs investigator Michael D. Nix, 44 ... entered the guilty plea for a felony charges of sexual battery and false statement."

"Nix will serve 10 years of probation for the two charges and pay $3,000 plus court costs. ..." ...
 

MS: Two Hattiesburg police officers fired for using excessive force
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two Hattiesburg police officers have been terminated from the department and a third suspended following a series of internal administrative hearings on two separate incidents of misconduct." ...
 

CA: Mission SFPD Officers Videotaped in Apparent Theft from Julian Hotel
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Five Mission Station officers are shown on surveillance video taking what appears to be a laptop and a camera from the Julian Hotel, an SRO hotel near the 16th Street BART station, according to a press release issued by the Public Defender’s Office today."

"Says the press release:"

"The footage stems from a Feb. 25, 2011 illegal search and drug arrest by Mission Station officers Ricardo Guerrero, Reynaldo Vargas, Jacob Fegan, Christopher Servat and Adam Kujath." ...
 

CO: New Allegations Against Local Police Officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "When a search warrant of Carrier's home was executed, investigators say they found DVDs containing pornographic content located next to Carrier's bed. The DVDs involved both male and female juveniles between 8 and 12 years of age. There were also allegedly nude pictures of children found on his laptop computer." ...

"Local boys are now coming forward alleging inappropriate conduct."

"Carrier was a school resource officer at Horace Mann Middle School and the school's wrestling coach confirms Carrier was a volunteer coach for the wrestling team." ...
 

AZ: Tempe Officer Accused of Stealing Evidence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Tempe Police detective who worked undercover has been arrested on suspicion of credit card theft, tampering with evidence, forgery, burglary and theft."

"Elliot Campbell, an 11-year veteran of the force, is facing 15 counts." ...
 

ND: Viral Video Officer Suspended (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Wahpeton Police officer who arrested a teen who was videotaping him earlier this month has been suspended."

"Officer Dustin Hill has been suspended for five days without pay beginning May 13. He will also be required to take forty hours of remedial law enforcement training ..." ...
 

NV: Police Adapt in Age of Viral Videos
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"These days, just about everyone carries a camera. It's not just news crews that capture images for the world to see. Among the viral videos of flash mobs and giggly kids, there are thousands that feature police officers, and not always in the most attractive light."

"It goes without saying that videos showing routine police contacts, thousands of them everyday, don't generally end up on you tube. Instead, it's the out-of-the-ordinary encounters that go viral."

"And while most of those are shot by folks who just happen upon a scene, some frequent posters go looking for law enforcement." ...
 

NJ: Acting Newark police director Samuel DeMaio vows changes, shrugs off controversy
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"Samuel DeMaio has big plans for a city facing big problems."

"Two weeks after being named Newark’s acting police director, DeMaio has already made a major change to the often-criticized internal affairs bureau, revived the department’s mounted and motorcycle units and hatched a plan to rehire nearly half the 162 officers laid off last year."

"But as DeMaio unveiled a series of strategies aimed at improving the department’s future, questions have surfaced about the past — the department’s and his own." ...
 

IN: Ind. Sheriff: If We Need to Conduct RANDOM HOUSE to HOUSE Searches We Will
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"According to Newton County Sheriff, Don Hartman Sr., random house to house searches are now possible and could be helpful following the Barnes v. STATE of INDIANA Supreme Court ruling issued on May 12th, 2011. When asked three separate times due to the astounding callousness as it relates to trampling the inherent natural rights of Americans, he emphatically indicated that he would use random house to house checks, adding he felt people will welcome random searches if it means capturing a criminal." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: How appropriate that he wears a brown shirt.

KABA Note: Added to the SCOTUS ruling in Kentucky vs. King which said that officers who "smelled marijuana", knocked and announced and heard what they thought was someone destroying evidence, were okay to enter a dwelling without a warrant.
 

AZ: Arizona Man Jose Guerena Shot 60 Times During SWAT Raid
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"A sheriff's department in Arizona is investigating exactly what happened during a SWAT raid that left a former Marine dead -- shot 60 times."

"... 26-year-old Jose Guerena was asleep after working an overnight shift on May 5 when his wife heard noises outside their house at around 9:30am."

"She woke him up. He told her to hide in a closet with their four-year-old son, and then he grabbed his AR-15 rifle to see what the trouble was."

"Moments later, SWAT officers opened fire in Guerena in his kitchen with 71 bullets, hitting him 60 times ..."

"Initially the Pima County Sheriff's Department said Guerena fired on officers first, but they have since retracted that. ..." ...
 

Canada: Woman suing police after home seized in gun search
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... "Now the teen’s mother is seeking damages because she and her other three children were forced to stay with neighbours after police seized her rented townhouse for almost three days without a warrant. ..."

"The mother testified Tuesday that they weren't even allowed in to get toothbrushes, fresh clothes or medication for their dog." ...
 

Ban gun shows, assault weapons (first letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regarding your editorial concerning guns and a safer society, we can't disagree with any content. However we believe you fell short of total solutions of controlling gun shows and banning assault weapons."

"We advocate a total ban on gun shows — why are they necessary? There are a sufficient number of licensed gun dealers to satisfy those truly in need of a weapon. Second, why does anyone really need an assault weapon? ..." ...
 

Gun shows not the problem (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Your editorial on gun control was ill informed to say the least. In the first place, the Brady lobby is just a lobby like the National Rifle Association. Please check on the comparative number of members of both organizations before you cast aspersions based on some sort of progun political conspiracy theory. The plain fact is that gun owners are just better organized." ...
 

Check gun buyers (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is a pleasure to see the Times focus on one group that seems to be ignored when the issue of guns is debated: law-abiding victims of gun violence, whether it be law enforcement officers or your typical citizen who end up taking a bullet from a gun criminal."

"One can attend gun shows, and if you are a felon attempting to buy a few handguns, you may do so without a criminal background check that uses the Justice Department's database ..." ...
 

It's not so easy to buy a gun (fourth letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is a tragedy when a law enforcement officer is killed. It is also a tragedy when an ordinary citizen is killed. If armed officers are being killed, what chance does the ordinary citizen have? Unless one has a concealed weapons permit, I would say his chances are slim."

"As far as so-called assault weapons are concerned, they are used in less than 2 percent of all violent crimes, from every report that I have read. ..." ...
 

FL: New Floridian law flawed
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"All the trouble started when the American Academy of Pediatrics released their guidelines; topics suggested to be discussed by physicians and their patients. This list is designed to counsel parents on creating a livable and safe home environment and to provide them with ways to avoid preventable accidents. ..."

"Plus one more, the one that pissed everyone off: 'Do not keep guns in your home. Guns, especially handguns, should be removed from the environments where children live and play.' Then, to make matters worse, a doctor in Florida refused to provide care to a patient who wouldn't disclose information about firearms in their household." ...
 

AZ: Dinner-auction serves as annual fundraiser for FNRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 2011 edition of the annual Friends of NRA dinner-auction took place on April 30 in the exposition building at the Pinal County Fairgrounds and, as usual, the attendees had a great time visiting with like-minded friends, playing the dozens of raffle games, bidding on items in both the silent and live auctions and enjoying a steak dinner." ...
 

IL: Concealed carry may pass in Illinois, but shouldn't without safeguards
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"Illinois may well be the last state standing when it comes to saying "no" to citizens being able to carry guns on their person - right now Wisconsin is the only other - but one gets the sense that it will happen eventually." ...
 

NH: Class teaches women to handle guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Denise Bergeron said she loves teaching women how to safely fire a gun and enjoy exercising their Second Amendment rights."

"Bergeron teaches Women on Target, the National Rifle Association's program designed for women who have never handled a firearm before."

"She will teach a class Saturday at the Pelham Fish and Game Club." ...
 

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