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Grassley charges U.S. attorney undermined Fast and Furious whistleblower
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“'U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke leaked a sensitive document to the press regarding a whistleblower who had come forward with allegations of gunwalking … he leaked an internal memo regarding Fast and Furious suspect Jaime Avila to the New York Times, and … he lied to Deputy Attorney General James Cole,' Grassley’s release charges, adding. 'The document leaked to Fox News was deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that it was not provided to Congress, except in a secured room at department headquarters.'”
 

Inspector General report paves way for Burke disbarment
Submitted by: David Codrea
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“Having become a liability to his highly-placed former political patrons, and cut off from earning a livelihood doing that which he has spent his career lifetime at, perhaps he’ll have incentive to open up on what more he knows about upper level Justice Department cognizance of Fast and Furious.”
 

Important Update to Perazzi Story
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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The bottom line is, I went through an extraordinary level of verification on this story before publishing it.

If it turns out that it is, as the press release states, "completely devoid of any foundation," that means someone went to extraordinary lengths to create and perpetuate a hoax story, and to draw me and others into it, and to smooth entry by using credible people.
 

Report says prosecutor behind 'Fast and Furious' leak
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A former top Justice Department official in Arizona leaked an internal memo from a federal agent who had criticized the politically charged "Fast and Furious" gun trafficking operation, a government report found.
Dennis Burke, who was U.S. Attorney for the state, admitted to senior Justice Department officials in 2011 that he had leaked to the media the memo written by John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to the Justice Department inspector general's finding on Monday.
The IG report said the leak was an apparent attempt to undermine Dodson's credibility.
Burke resigned after making the disclosure.
 

Unique purse popular for females with a concealed carry permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With no easy way to carry their licensed, concealed weapons, some women were leaving their guns behind.

But a new style of purse hitting store shelves is changing that. A local retailer tells NEWS9 the purse has become a very popular product.
 

Mandatory Firearm Insurance is the Newest Ridiculous Proposal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While we should not be surprised by now at the ridiculous proposals rolled out by our government, the gun insurance proposals springing up around the country nevertheless cause a face palm from any rational thinker. The new gun bill proposal in D.C. would mandate purchasing a $250,000 liability insurance policy. The DC Council is currently considering the proposal, which would mandate coverage for negligent and intentional acts not taken in self-defense, with the intention that it would provide compensation to individuals whose person or property was in some way injured or damaged as a result of the use of a firearm. Gun insurance proposals are ridiculous, something easily seen once thought through for longer than the lifespan of a mayfly.
 

AL: Bill allowing employees to stow firearms in cars while at work heading to governor for signature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill allowing gun owners to stow their firearms in their car while they work has been approved by the Alabama House of Representatives and is waiting for Gov... Robert Bentley for an expected signature.

The bill would allow those with a valid Alabama gun permit to keep firearms in their vehicle. It also provides for those with hunting licenses to store an unloaded rifle or shotgun in their vehicles while at work.

Ed.: The bill also does other good things--happy news for all those that live or travel through AL.
 

The Gun Lobby’s Concealed Weapon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Meanwhile, the pro-gun moderates see a new opportunity in the dead background-check bill: They want to turn a revived bill into one that further expands rights for gun owners.

Gottlieb didn’t respond to a request for comment from FRONTLINE. But a close colleague at the Second Amendment Foundation, Joe Tartaro, said that Gottlieb would also be involved with any new iteration of the bill.

Richard Feldman, a former NRA lobbyist who was shunned by more hardline gun-rights supporters for compromising with President Bill Clinton on child-safety locks,* said he’s also getting involved.
 

Koch Brothers, Please Buy the L.A. Times!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Consider this December 1993 editorial in which the paper effectively urged the repeal of the Second Amendment:

"You will not feel safe, your children will not be safe, until there are almost no guns on the streets and in the homes. No guns, period, except for those held by law enforcement officers and a few others, including qualified hunters and collectors. ... We must, as a nation, move toward a very different model, one that presumptively bars private citizens from owning a firearm unless they can demonstrate a special need and ability to do so. ... We think the time has come for Americans to tell the truth about guns. They are not for us; we cannot handle them. They kill people, our children included...."
 

NJ: Avalon Golf Club to Host June Meeting of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On June 19th 2013 the regular monthly meetings of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) will be held for the 1st time in Cape May County.
 

KS: Kansas moves to enact law on lobbying on gun issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kansas legislators are close to approving restrictions favored by the National Rifle Association on the use of state tax dollars to promote or oppose gun-control measures or to lobby local, state or federal officials on the issue.

The Senate approved the measure Friday on a 31-6 vote. The House could consider it as early as Monday, and its approval would send the measure to Gov. Sam Brownback. The Republican governor is a strong gun-rights supporter but hasn't said publicly whether he'd sign the measure.
 

MI: Using concealed weapons for self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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George Zimmerman, Jodi Arias, and Oscar Pistorius are just a few names in national headlines allegedly for murder claiming it was self-defense.

If you carry a concealed weapon when do you have the right to defend yourself? Joe Marzec, owner of JM Trucking, says he does a lot of trucking in “pretty shady areas.” Standing at 6’4, this truck driver has had his fair share of unpleasant encounters while doing deliveries. So far he’s been able to avoid situations from taking a turn for the worst, but admits they’re nerve-racking.
 

CO: NRA Supports Lawsuit Against Gun Control in Colorado
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association is proud to support a lawsuit filed today in federal court by 55 Colorado county sheriffs, the firearms industry trade association, several firearms retailers, individuals with disabilities and other parties which challenges the State of Colorado’s recently enacted gun control laws.

“The National Rifle Association, the many plaintiffs in this case, and the law-abiding gun owners in the state of Colorado know that the recently enacted gun control laws are unconstitutional,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
 

FL: Florida Gov. Rick Scott should be fired up to sign this reasonable gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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HB 1355 would prevent individuals who voluntarily commit themselves for mental illness treatment — but then quickly check out — from buying a firearm.

The bill would require their names be submitted to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System database, where they would remain until a doctor says they are no longer a danger to themselves or others. At that point, they may apply to have their names removed from the database.
 

IA: Gun control measures stall in Iowa Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Iowa, however, advocates on both sides were left disappointed.

At least 10 bills directly addressed firearms. Most died in committees. One made it to the floor for a vote in the House, where it passed and then died in the Senate.

"Can either side claim victory? I would say no," said Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, a railroad engineer and gunsmith. "It's reality in a Legislature with two parties in charge."
 

FL: George Zimmerman's father says he's 'disgusted' with Florida judicial system
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The father of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, posted a letter online, saying he's "disgusted with Florida's judicial system."

According to the letter, dated May 16, signed "Robert Zimmerman" and posted on a website named RobertandGladys.com, the Zimmermans asked for more time to prepare for their son's trial and for more funds "to provide an effective defense."
 

GA: Heath: ‘It’s not simply just the NRA’s job to protect our rights, it’s ours’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Georgia State Senator Bill Heath (R-Bremen) shared his thoughts today to select media about the attacks that continue against the Second Amendment of the Constitution in Georgia and on the national level and why the right to bear arms is as valid today as it was over 200 years ago.
 

CO: Jefferson County Commissioners consider banning open carry of guns in certain buildings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But opponents of the ban say it’s not good policy.

"It's a slippery slope when you start letting people's subjective reactions determine public policy," said Second Amendment attorney Robert Wareham, of The Law Center P.C.

Wareham is an open carry advocate who says that emotional reactions to weapons are no reason for the government to take away rights.

“If somebody is shocked that I’m exercising my constitutional right, all of a sudden that right needs to be infringed,” he asked. “That’s just a philosophy that I disagree with.”

Additionally, Wareham says the proposed ordinance gives the sheriff or his designee the authority to determine which buildings the ban will apply to.

Ed.: There will be a public hearing, so show up!
 

NJ: Court upholds Texas man's conviction in N.J. gun case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Texas man arrested with 21 guns in his car while passing through New Jersey four years ago will remain in prison after an appeals court on Monday upheld his conviction in a case that could wind up in front of the state Supreme Court.

Dustin Reininger is serving a five-year sentence with a three-year minimum before he's eligible for parole.

A jury convicted him in absentia in 2010 on several weapons counts including illegal possession of shotguns, rifles, hollow-point bullets and a high-capacity magazine after police found him sleeping in his car behind a bank in Readington early on the morning of March 20, 2009.
 

VT: Vermont 2013 Legislative Session Adjourns with No Bad Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State lawmakers wrapped up their 2013 legislative session earlier this week in Montpelier with good results for Vermont NRA members.

Several anti-gun bills were introduced in Vermont this year, but none of them advanced beyond committee. NRA members did a tremendous job of contacting their state legislators to express concerns about legislation that would attack the Second Amendment, and your telephone calls and e-mails made the difference.
 

CO: Sheriffs sue their own state over gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a deliberate move to catch gun control activists off guard, an organization representing Colorado sheriffs in a lawsuit over a series of recently passed gun control laws abruptly announced the filing of the suit in federal court today.

“We did that deliberately,” David Kopel, an attorney with the Independence Institute, which is handling the case, said. “We wanted to catch our opponents who support gun control off guard.”
 

WI: Weapon class makes participants feel more comfortable with weapon, law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Monica Anaya hasn’t decided if she will buy a handgun or other type of self-defense weapon such as a Taser.

And if she does, she’s not certain she will carry it.

But she is sure that the information and experience she obtained during a concealed-carry weapon class at the Outdoorsman was enormously helpful.
 

CO: Spruell part of 2nd Amendment suit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell stood with 17 other uniformed sheriffs Friday in a packed lobby of a Denver office building to announce a Second Amendment lawsuit against Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The sheriffs, plus 36 other sheriffs who didn’t attend the announcement and several other plaintiffs, claim that two gun bills Hickenlooper signed in March are unconstitutional.

The bills require background checks for private gun sales and ban the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Plaintiffs say they violate the Second and 14th Amendments to the Constitution.
 

CO: Guns Mandatory Now in Nuda, Colorado
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The tiny southwest Colorado town of Nucla is one of the first in the state to pass an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory — with certain exceptions.

The Nucla Town Board last week passed the ordinance requiring residents to own firearms, but it has exceptions for heads of households who don’t want to participate or who cannot legally possess a gun.

According to the Montrose Daily Press (http://tinyurl.com/alwg3a3), Nucla’s ordinance passed by a 5-1 vote. It was inspired by a law requiring gun ownership — with some exceptions — recently enacted by the northern Georgia town of Nelson.
 

CO: A definitive review of Colorado gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-control opponents who raised a hue and cry during the recent legislative session, claiming their constitutional rights were under attack, have taken the next step and sued Colorado in federal court. And while their lawsuit offers several serious arguments (as well as several weak ones), we'd be quite surprised if the new statutes were struck down.

In fact, if Colorado's new gun-control laws are beyond the pale, it's hard to see how any meaningful legislation regulating the possession and transfer of guns could pass muster.
 

NJ: New Jersey Democrat’s Gun Control Package Advancing in Trenton
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The shameless plotting of gun control advocates in Trenton was caught on tape last week when a live microphone in the Senate Budget Committee was left on.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg was part of a conversation discussing gun confiscation. This recording has been posted on YouTube and has garnered national attention. Undaunted by the negative public reaction, New Jersey Senators continued to push forward with their anti-Second Amendment agenda.
 

WA: Snohomish, Pierce County transits say no to gun control ads
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Transit groups say three new ads from Washington CeaseFire are just too controversial and they won't allow them to be placed on local buses.

Nearly 200 of the ads are running on the outside and inside of buses in King County, but you won't find it running on any buses in Snohomish or Pierce County.

"It's bad government on their part, quite honestly," said Ralph Fascitelli, president of Washington CeaseFire.

Gun control group Washington CeaseFire tried to put the ads on buses in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties, but only got the green light in King County.
 

MO: Missouri Businessman Offers Free Land to Gun Companies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Missouri businessman recently made an offer that some firearms companies may find hard to refuse: Free land to relocate or expand. John Negri made the announcement earlier this month on “America’s Voice Now,” a local talk radio program.

Negri has made available three separate parcels of land for any firearm or accessory manufacturer or distributor that wants to relocate from states such as New York, Connecticut, Colorado and most recently Maryland, all of which have passed gun control regulations in conflict with many company’s products.
 

TX: Appeals court upholds age limit to carry handguns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association had brought the suit on behalf of three teenagers against the state of Texas for denying adults under 21 from getting a license. But the court said that the Second Amendment does not confer a right to carry weapons beyond the home, and therefore the law was within the Legislature's authority.
 

WA: Double standard at work on anti-gun Metro bus ads?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Washington Ceasefire’s second annual effort to push personal disarmament by running advertisements on transit buses in King and Snohomish counties has hit a snag, according to Sunday’s edition of the Seattle Times, and Monday morning, the issue was raising eyebrows and questions of balance.
 

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