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The right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois has the worst gun laws of any state. Only police officers and the taxpayer-funded bodyguards for ex-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley have the right to carry a handgun outside their homes. Everyone else is out of luck - unless a pair of federal lawsuits filed last week succeed in arguing that the Second Amendment right to 'keep and bear Arms' means that people can actually bear arms in the land of Lincoln." ...
 

SAF challenges interstate handgun sales ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation [has] 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. The Supreme Court's 2008 Heller ruling struck down the District's handgun ban, confirming that individuals have a constitutional right to possess handguns." ...
 

SAF Adds Plaintiffs In Illinois Firearms Law Challenge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation announced this morning that it has filed an amended complaint in federal district court in Illinois, challenging the state's statutory prohibitions on the carrying of handguns for personal protection."

"Joining SAF in this amended complaint are Illinois Carry, a volunteer organization founded to educate the public about Illinois gun laws, and two more private citizens, Peggy Fechter of Carmi, and Jon Maier, a resident of Bloomington. Michael Moore of Champaign and Charles Hooks of Percy remain active plaintiffs." ...
 

Saying No To Self-Protection
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Saying no to self-protection seems to the modus operandi within corporate America. I put this down to risk managers making the calculation that it is cheaper to pay a death claim on a murdered employee than it to defend a lawsuit filed by a personal injury lawyer on behalf of a criminal."

"The latest case involves the Walgreen's chain of pharmacies." ...
 

Down Range Radio #213: Objective Gun Reviews (podcast)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This week, Michael bemoans the fact that he shot like a crippled manatee at the Pull for Kids benefit shoot in San Antonio last week. He blames it on the weather, which is, of course, a sad, sad attempt to cover up mediocre shooting! He also discusses why all objective gun reviews are not so objective after all and he wonders why the Phoenix airport should be such a pain in the butt about guns…"
 

'Gun control' pusher disagrees with MLK, says right delayed is NOT right denied
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Brady Campaign is very upset that the House Judiciary Committee voted (by a nearly two to one margin) last week against amending the offensively misnamed 'Patriot Act.' The proposed amendment, filed by Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL), would have even more egregiously defiled the concept of patriotism, in that the law would now authorize the trampling of the right to keep and bear arms without a conviction, an indictment, or even an arrest or formal charges:" ...
 

Q1 Handgun Sales Eclipse Rifle Sales. Again. Still.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thanks to liberalized concealed carry laws, handgun sales have ones again outpaced sales of long guns ..."
 

3-Gun Nation's Video Response To ATF's Definition Of Sporting (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Gun Review: The Walker Colt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Several States are attempting to follow the examples of Utah (Colt/Browning 1911) and Arizona (Colt Single Action Army) to name official State guns. A move is afoot to designate the Walker Colt as the official firearm of Texas. While surviving examples of the Walker Colt are rare, we can explore the firearm’s history and importance via the Uberti reproduction. First, the handgun’s genesis . . ." ...
 

From The Darkest Depths Of Uselessness: 100-Round AK Magazine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Even though most mega-capacity magazines have very limited utility for most gun owners most of the time, I’m not saying they’re all useless. I’m saying that this one is useless . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: One picture is worth a thousand words . . .
 

Ask Foghorn: What Makes a Good Trigger?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our fearless leader received an email from one of our readers."
"'It seems people are always complaining about this trigger or that, or talking up the smooth-as-butter qualities of some high-end revolver they’ve just acquired. I claim almost no idea of what to look for in a trigger, and what idea I can claim comes mostly from reading others wax rhapsodic (or vitriolic) about triggers they’ve known and loved (or didn’t). I'd love to see some relatively clue-ful TTAGer 'splain it all to me.'"
"RF has nominated me as our resident relative clue-ful gun guy. And so a series is born, starting with a little beginnner’s trigger talk . . ." ...
 

Praxis: The Militiaman's Load. What "Wrong" Looks Like. Fight light and live. (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Ran into a member of a local community defense unit yesterday at the hospital. He recognized me from the gun shows and started up a conversation about preps and equipment. He has a couple of guys who are into 'do it like Uncle Sam does it' and asked for my advice on how to cure the gear disease. Difficult, I said, but not impossible. First, I told this promising young unit leader to look up this video:" ...
 

America's 10 Biggest Constitutional Myths
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So if we accomplish nothing else, let's at least have some fun, discussing the Constitution to divert ourselves from disaster ..."

"Here are my top ten:
  1. Conservatives believe only in 'original intent' and others believe in a 'living Constitution,' meaning whatever they want.

  2. The Founders wrote the Constitution to restrain Congress and limit its powers.

  3. The 'Unitary Executive' means all unclaimed federal power flows away from Congress and to the President.

  4. The Constitution does not provide for separation of church and state.

  5. Corporations have precisely the same First Amendment rights as natural persons.

  6. The Second Amendment was 'intended' to make government 'fear the people.'" ...
 

Ted Nugent: ‘Guns deter crime’
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Rocker and activist Ted Nugent has spoken passionately about gun possession in the U.S., insisting it is his right to bear arms because pistols 'equal less crime.'"

"The outspoken musician is an avid gun fan and is open about his ownership of firearms."

"And Nugent is adamant guns have a place in American society because statistics allegedly prove crime rates are lower in areas where residents are armed." [emphasis added] ...
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KABA Note: So has anyone ever seen a journalist put the "allegedly" qualifier on an anti-gun statistic?
 

NY: Neighbor details harrowing encounter with gunman in Staten Island shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Many times we are told by gun enthusiasts that in such situations that if the victim has a gun he or she could pull the gun and shoot the perpetrator. This sequence of events happened so fast that I could hardly react, and when I realized that God spared my life I did what any sensible person would do; I ran ..."

"I am convinced that following statement will stir the anger of the NRA and its supporters. CITIZENS OF THE U.S., IT’S TIME TO DISARM AMERICA, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I am not referring to the disarmament of our armed forces. ... Neither am I referring to the police. they have to defend us from the criminals and our enemies within our borders. ... The idea of having citizens carrying concealed weapons, it’s just 'nuts.' ..." ...
 

NY: Residents want their guns ... NOW!
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Just when you thought the statewide budget cuts couldn’t get any worse, apparently, thanks to the slashing and burning going on in Albany, your neighbor may be going to sleep tonight without a loaded gun in the nightstand." ...

"In a nutshell (nut being the operative word here) before your crazy Uncle Charlie can get his hands on some deadly firepower the state wants to do its homework and make sure Charlie hasn’t spent any time institutionalized. Seems like a good idea to me." ...
 

WV: Who pays for not building prisons?
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"The Charleston Gazette’s editorial board overlooks the people who are maimed or murdered as the board whines about spending $29,000 a year per criminal to keep them locked up."

"It’s only money." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yet, the soft-on-crime, anti-gun Charleston Gazette continues to think we're just a bunch of "paranoid gun nuts."
 

WA: Capitol Hill Progressives Cheer Gun-Toting Neighbor Who Saved Them From Scary Burglar
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"A terrifying burglar has been preying on Seattle's hippest 'hood lately. This person (or persons) apparently has no fear of entering people's homes while they sleep and stealing their s**t before they wake up. Fortunately, at least one Capitol Hill resident packs heat." ...
 

Love and death, Chicago style
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois is a beautiful state with a great history, but it is a state that is dragged down by the ridiculous liberal politics and policies of the Chicago area and its suburbs. The liberals and progressives of the Chicago area have kept the rest of the citizens of Illinois from having a right to carry firearms for their defense for too long. Recently the liberals also made it safer for criminals in Illinois to kill without fear of like retribution from the state. That was a terrible mistake as that piece of feel-good progressive legislation cost a thirty-six year old woman her life in mid April." ...
 

FL: Drivers in West Palm, Delray shot in 'bump and rob' attacks (video available)
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"There's a new crime in town. It's called the "bump and rob." And local law enforcement is increasingly worried over drivers being victimized."

"So much so, they are warning Palm Beach County residents that if you are driving on the road between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and another car bumps you from behind, do not get out of your car." ...
 

Gunrunner Update: DEA keeping ATF guns; Who is Uriel Patino?”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A tempest is brewing in Phoenix, AZ today as agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration are reportedly refusing to turn over an unknown number of firearms recovered in a drug bust last month to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, even though at least one of the guns traces back to the controversial Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast-and-Furious."

"That gun allegedly was bought by a Gunrunner suspect in November 2009." ...
 

DEA Agents Refuse To Turn Over ATF Guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"In an Arizona drug bust last month the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration confiscated more than druga. Federal agents accidentally came upon two giant garbage cans filled with assault rifles, and they just uncovered some of those guns that had been in the hands of the drug runners once belonged to their brother agency, the [ATF]."

"The federal drug agents discovered the AK-47-type assault rifles wrapped in cellophane and hidden inside two giant trash barrels. Agents believe the confiscated weapons were heading to drug cartels in Mexico. Problem is, a serial number on at least one of the weapons traces back to the ATF." ...
 

AZ: "Straw" gun buyer indicted by feds…is this part of ATF’s Project Gunrunner?
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... "A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a 25-count Superseding Indictment against Jose Sauceda-Cuevas, 31, of Sinaloa, Mexico, on a variety of gun trafficking charges. The indictment alleges two separate Conspiracies to Make a False Statement in Connection with the Acquisition of Firearms, eight substantive counts of False Statements, five counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, five counts of Illegal Alien in Possession of a Firearm and five counts Felon in Possession of a Firearm." ...
 

Congressman Bob Gibbs Introduces the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On May 12, Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced HR 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act."

"'Today, I am proud to introduce HR 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act and continue my commitment to preserve the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,' said Congressman Gibbs. 'HR 1865 would protect law-abiding individuals' civil right to bear arms on lands owned by the Army Corps of Engineers.'" ...
 

CA: Impassioned, Portantino And Peers Can't Get Their Facts Straight With AB 144
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the ongoing civil rights saga that is AB 144's path through the California State Legislature, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino's crusade against law-abiding citizens in the Golden State has now reached a fevered pitch. Seeing an energized, motivated, and growing opposition in both the Legislature and in public opinion, Portantino's efforts to deny law-abiding Californians their basic, fundamental, and enumerated 2nd Amendment Rights has reached a tenor of heated desperation and near-delirium. ..." ...
 

WI: Legislature Discussing “Concealed Carry” Options
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Over the next few months, the State Legislature is likely to put the finishing touches on a long-standing discussion in Wisconsin – whether or not law-abiding individuals should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm."

"A concealed carry proposal was passed by the legislature several years ago and vetoed by ex-Governor Jim Doyle, and then fell one vote short of a veto override in the State Assembly. Wisconsin is one of only two states that do not allow any sort of concealed carry rights." ...
 

NC: North Carolina House Tackles Massive Pro Gun Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"HB 650 On Wednesday, the NC House Judiciary C Committee took on House Bill 650, 'Amend Various Gun Laws.'"

"Thanks to the efforts of Sponsors Mark Hilton (R-Catawba, GRNC ****), Steven LaRoque (R-Greene, Lenoir, Wayne, ****), George Cleveland (R- Onslow, ****) and Kelly Hastings (R- Cleveland, Gaston, ****), plus the leadership of Rules Chairman Tim Moore (R- Cleveland, ****) and Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Meckleburg, ****), the bill is likely to receive a committee vote next Wednesday."

"Gun rights supporters should immediately e-mail these courageous legislators with thanks."

"... if passed, it will go far toward reversing the creeping encroachment on gun owners’ rights perpetuated in previous sessions of the legislature ..." ...
 

OH: Restoration of Rights bill (SB61) scheduled for sponsor testimony in House committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Tuesday, May 24, the House Committee on State Government and Elections, which is chaired by BFA 'A' -rated Rep. Bob Mecklenborg, will hear sponsor testimony on Sen. Jason Wilson's (D) SB61, which will align Ohio law with federal statutes regarding the restoration of rights to Ohio firearms purchasers. The hearing will be held at 1:30pm in Room 116." ...
 

MN: Hoffman bill targets home intruders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One local politician has her controversial agenda locked and loaded at the Minnesota Legislature."

"District 10 Senator and conservative Republican Gretchen Hoffman has sponsored a bill that would put into law a version of what is known as the 'Castle Doctrine,' or 'Stand Your Ground.'"

"This defines the right of homeowners to not only shoot an intruder in self defense, but the right to shoot them if they believe 'in good faith' the situation could lead to bodily harm."

"The bill would also extend those rights to other places outside of the home, such as vehicles, SUV’s, yards or tents." ...
 

IL: Senate approves keeping FOID card names secret
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Holders of Firearm Owner’s Identification cards need only Gov. Pat Quinn's signature before their names are safe from public-records requests."

"The Illinois Senate Friday approved a measure to exempt those records from the state’s Freedom of Information Act." ...
 

Secret Service Interrogates a 7th Grader Without Parental Consent!
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"A Tacoma seventh grader faced federal interrogation at school for what he posted on his Facebook page. His mom said it all happened without her knowledge or permission." ...
 

Oops! Official Secret Service Twitter Account Bashes FOX News
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... "'An employee with access to the Secret Service’s Twitter account, who mistakenly believed they were on their personal account, posted an unapproved and inappropriate tweet,' Special Agent in Charge Edwin M. Donovan said in a statement to ABC News. 'The tweet did not reflect the views of the U.S. Secret Service and it was immediately removed. We apologize for this mistake, and the user no longer has access to our official account.'" ...
 

ATF Death Watch 5: Three months before the shooting rampage, campus police asked federal firearms agents to see whether they had any firearms information on Loughner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It’s funny peculiar that gun control advocates focused on spree killer Jared Lee Loughner’s extended magazine after he shot Congresswoman Giffords and killed six others. Their fixation is like a drunk looking for his keys under the streetlamp because the light’s better. The real issue: why was this lunatic—sorry, deeply mentally ill person walking the streets? azcentral.com is sharing the fruits of its successful legal effort to force Loughner’s alma mater, Pima Community College, to release over 250 emails mentioning the murderer. And guess who was in on the intersection between an obviously dangerous, erratic individual and guns?"

"The Phoenix division of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). ..." ...
 

KY: POLICE: Man stole cop car, made traffic stops (video available)
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"Louisville Metro Police say a young volunteer who was interested in a career in law enforcement went too far when he allegedly stole an official police vehicle and used it to make unauthorized traffic stops." ...
 

TX: 1 Austin Police Officer Fired, 6 Suspended After Party
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"One Texas police officer has been fired and six others are on suspension after a patrol car wreck and a DWI charge following a house party." ...

"Sgt. Wayne Vincent, president of the Austin Police Association union, says Hamilton will likely appeal his firing." ...
 

AZ: Blame for the January 8 shooting?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "[The Tucson shooter] is a pathetic loser who is also an attention whore. He tried desperately to get attention in PCC classes. It worked, but then he was kicked out of PCC. He made those idiotic, asinine YouTube videos. When those failed to garner the attention he craved so desperately, he decided to do something much worse. And, it worked. He’s the center of attention, and he’s having the time of his life. Don’t believe me? Look at his mugshots. In both the PCSO’s mugshot (the one where he’s wearing a white T-shirt) and the Feds’ mugshot (the one where he’s dressed in yellow) he’s smiling…yes, he is actually smiling." ...
 

KY: POLICE: Thieves drove car through J-town gun shop (video available)
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"Police have arrested two men they say drove a stolen vehicle through a Jeffersontown, Ky. gun shop and stole several firearms." ...
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KABA Note: Another way for criminals to avoid those pesky background checks. Obviously we must immediately close the Car Show loophole.
 

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There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people had not been "brainwashed" about gun ownership and they had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazi's. — Theodore Haas, former prisoner of the infamous Dachau prisoner concentration camp

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