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DC: Arrest of Man In Wheelchair Raises Concerns
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Thousands of people have already viewed the video on YouTube. It was taken by a passer-by on Thursday afternoon. It has people questioning whether Metro Transit Police were justified in subduing the man who was in a wheelchair.
The incident happened at around 3 p.m. outside the U Street-Cardozo Metro Station. Metro Transit Police were on routine patrol at the station when they spotted the man in a wheelchair drinking an alcoholic beverage, according to Metro Spokesperson Steven Taubenkibel.
The officers asked him to leave the area but he refused, police say. The officers attempted to give him a citation. When he refused to cooperate, they told him he would be arrested, according to a statement issued by Metro.

Ed.: Also a video.
 

WA: Tacoma homeowner opens fire on burglars; 1 dead, 1 wounded
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Tacoma police are calling a fatal shooting self defense after a homeowner shot two burglars who were trying to break into his home, killing one burglar and wounding the other.

The incident happened around 4:40 a.m. Monday at a home in the 400 block of South 38th Street.

Neighbor Trudi Mann woke up to sounds of people arguing next door, then heard two gunshots.

"A little before four, I heard gunshots and at that point called police," she said. "It's scary. My kids are grown, but I told my son I'd be a little concerned. He keeps our garage really locked up."

Tacoma police said the homeowner was woken up by dogs barking. He had been a victim of burglaries recently and went outside to investigate.
 

New York congressman with mob ties proposed national handgun registration bill
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"A bill, HR 613, introduced by Congressman Anfuso, New York, in the Congress, would require everyone who owns a pistol to register it with the Director of the F.B.I. Every pistol would be registered separately, as to caliber, maker, serial number, number of cartridges held, and from whom the gun was obtained, plus 'Such other information as the director may by regulation prescribe.'"
 

WA: Concealed carry saves potential pitbull victim
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"If I didn't have my gun - I'd be dead right now," he later told KOMO News.
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A leisurely Saturday afternoon in the park quickly mutated into a real-life horror scene when three pit bulls attacked a man and his German shepherd without warning, police said.

During the unprovoked attack, the man pulled out his concealed weapon and opened fire, hitting one of the pit bulls and scaring off the others.

"If I didn't have my gun - I'd be dead right now," he later told KOMO News.

"It was an instant decision. It's not something I wanted to do. I love animals."

Kirkland police Sgt. Rob Saloum said the violent drama unfolded Saturday as a local man was playing catch with his 3-year-old German shepherd across from Juanita Bay Park, i
 

NY: Widower sues city for $15M after stalker's grisly murder of his wife
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The widow of a slain Queens woman whose heart and lungs were carved out during the grisly attack is suing the city for $15 million, claiming cops could have prevented her murder.

Yongwei Guo said his wife Qian Wu took out at least six restraining orders against accused killer Huang Chen in the years before her Jan. 26, 2010 slaying.

"They are supposed to protect us," Guo, 45, said through a translator. "These people were called to help. She called the police and they did nothing."
 

Ballistic effects 9mm through to .50cal
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Sequence of shots of increasing power to show the effects of different weapons. Originally filmed for a medical conference on the treatment of casualties in a 'Major Incident' situation.
Target is a 60 litre water filled plastic drum.
 

Why is ATF considering ‘early outs’ for experienced employees?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"With senior Agents retiring as fast as they can because of the Gross Mismanagement, why would the Agency be trying to encourage even more? Recently Mr. Melson stated in a town hall mtg that he was disturbed at the high number of veteran agents leaving the agency before mandatory and was looking into how to reverse that trend. Another lie?"
 

FL: Wave runner thief shot in head, police probing whether it was justifiable
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Police said he then jumped into the water and started walking along a concrete seawall onto the property. As he removed the family’s Wave runner, he was “confronted by the homeowner who armed himself with a shotgun in an attempt to protect his family,’’ the police affidavit said.

Investigators said the home is owned by attorney Jeffrey Davis, who was not home at the time of the attempted burglary. His son, an unidentified juvenile, and his wife, Yasmin, were home, police said. They told detectives that Muñoz indicated he was armed and that he planned to harm them. Neither Davis, nor Muñoz’s family would comment.
 

OH: Ohio fires up gun changes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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By the end of summer, Ohioans will be allowed to carry a gun into some bars and restaurants and at their side while operating a motor vehicle.

Supporters say it's about time.

Opponents say it's a bad mix.

Regardless, the law appears to be well on its way to the desk of Gov. John Kasich.

Two bills of similar import passed the Ohio House and Senate in recent weeks. Both allow people with permits to carry concealed weapons to take them into places that serve alcohol.
 

NE: Securing a Campus, Part Two
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After receiving an emergency call, it takes campus security at UNO about three minutes on average to respond. It takes another five minutes for the Omaha Police to reach campus. That means, it could take up to eight minutes before armed officers made it to campus for an emergency call. Eight minutes is a long time.

In eight minutes, shooting victim Vicki Kaspar had already been fatally shot, and the shooter was miles away from Millard South. In eight minutes, eight people had been killed at Von Maur, and the shooter had already taken his life. So what would happen if there was an active shooter on campus at UNO?
 

WA: In self-defense: Kirkland pit bull incident probably a ‘good shoot’
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The weekend shooting of an aggressive pit bull at a Kirkland park appears to fall well within the guidelines of self-defense under this state’s statutes, and the incident has ignited a furious debate about dangerous dogs.

The case, according to Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue, underscores why his organization fought to nullify Seattle’s illegal parks gun ban. The State Court of Appeals is now mulling that case. Joining SAF in that lawsuit were the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the National Rifle Association, Washington Arms Collectors, and five local residents.

Ed.: Dave also comments on the Tacoma self-defense shooting.
 

WA: Seattle crime: Fewer homicides so far this year
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With eight days left in May, Seattle police have investigated only three confirmed homicides so far this year — half the number committed in the city during the first five months of 2010.

Based on an analysis of Seattle crime statistics for the past five years, roughly one-third of homicides in any given year are committed between January and May. If the trend holds true this year, Seattle could potentially see a single-digit homicide rate.

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The third Seattle homicide of 2011 is a probable self-defense case, though prosecutors have not formally declined to file charges.
 

MN: Moving forward, let's not be led by fear
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rampant home intruders who should be shot. Fraudulent voters who must be stopped. Same-sex couples whose simple desire to love and be loved somehow threatens that right for others.

Really want to keep us safe? A gun bill designed to expand citizens' ability to use deadly force in self-defense is not the answer. Horrific stories about strangers invading our homes make news not because of their frequency, but because of their rarity. Police officers and prosecutors vehemently oppose the bill because they know the truth about violence: Far more often than not, the bogeyman is us. Family members and partners, propelled for myriad reasons to a snapping point, are those who harm us.
 

SAF, Calguns Sue Over California 'Assault Weapons' Law Arrest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns Foundation have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in California, seeking to have the state's definition of so-called "assault weapons" declared unconstitutionally vague.

Joining SAF and Calguns in the lawsuit is Brendan John Richards, an Iraq combat veteran who served as a U.S. Marine, and whose arrest and six-day incarceration in the Sonoma County jail – and subsequent dismissal of all charges – was the catalyst for this legal action. Named as defendants are California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the California Department of Justice, the City of Rohnert Park and police officer Dean Becker.
 

MI: What gun control?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The NRA is full of wealthy people who have the power to potentially make changes as far as gun control laws in our communities. While none of the gun laws they support state anything illegal, there is not any evidence that they protect citizens, either. They believe that it is okay to bear arms because it is in the Constitution, but in today’s society, is the Second Amendment of the Constitution still relevant? I feel the members of the NRA could care less about the lives being taken within our communities. Yet, this problem is much bigger than the NRA.
 

White House 'strategy' on Project Gunrunner documented
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A document linked to a news story about the controversial Project Gunrunner may prove to be the "smoking gun" in the Obama administration's attempt to distance itself from the operation, according to a team of Second Amendment advocates.

Gunowners of America President Larry Pratt says that the official U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobaco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, document linked on MSNBC suggests a coordinated effort between the bureau, the Department of Justice and the White House.

"In the Gunrunner document, they talk about the need to have policies that are consistent with policies directed by the White House and the Department of Justice," Pratt explained.
 

OR: Oregon Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana Patients Have Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Great news from Oregon’s Supreme Court (as compared to SCOTUS!) regarding personal responsibility and liberty in ruling for a medical cannabis patient who was denied their full Second Amendment rights simply because they use cannabis.

Ed.: It'd be great if that's what the Court said, but unfortunately it didn't. She has a right to a concealed pistol permit, *not* the right to actually possess a gun.
 

NC: Grass Roots North Carolina Needs Gun Show Volunteers for Winston/Salem Gun Show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Represent GRNC at the Next Winston/Salem Gun Show

GRNC needs volunteers to host the tables at the next Winston/Salem Gun Show to be held the weekend of May 28 & 29 in the Education Building at the LJVM Coliseum.

This is an essential outreach to promote GRNC. It’s also an opportunity to connect with fellow pro-freedom citizens! Volunteer some time, it is a rewarding experience.
 

CA: Gun control that won't
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What if we passed a gun control law but it led to more people carrying guns on our streets? That may be exactly what happens if a bill passed last week by the California Assembly becomes law.

AB 144 would prohibit the carrying of visible firearms in California cities. It was inspired by the spectacle of gun-rights advocates showing up last year at Starbucks shops with their handguns prominently displayed. That's legal, as long as those guns are unloaded.
 

CO: Gary Chavez ID'd as dead man in possible self-defense shooting on Xanadu Street
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At this point, the Denver Police Department continues to characterize a Saturday night shooting at 5545 Xanadu Street as an act of self-defense. Now, however, we know the identity of the man who died in the incident.

The Denver coroner's office has ID'd him as Gary Chavez, 51. Cause of death: a "penetrating gunshot wound of the abdomen."
 

VA: Women Taking Aim: More Women Buying Gun
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"I was a victim of a crime. A rape crime," says a woman who wants to go by the name 38-Special-K (not her real name). But a .38 Special is her weapon of choice. And she knows how to use it. 9NEWS NOW caught up with "38 Special" at Sharpshooters in Lorton.

"It's like putting on lipstick. It's just part of my make-up."

"38-Special" is a member of the Meet-Up group Shooting Divas of DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia).

"I was quite scared of guns. They scared me to death," says 38-Special.
 

MT: No charges to be filed against Ronan-area man who shot grizzly
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No charges will be filed against a Ronan-area landowner who shot and killed a female grizzly bear that had killed chickens on May 14.

It was one of two grizzlies killed in Montana that weekend.

Pablo Espinoza, chief of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Fish and Game Department, said Monday that authorities determined the death of the grizzly was a justifiable self-defense shooting.
 

TX: Texas Range Protection Legislation on the House Floor Tuesday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In recent years, a disturbing trend has developed which serves to undermine safe and responsible gun ownership and use. Frivolous lawsuits are being filed against sport shooting ranges and their owners, often in an attempt to shut down a safe range so the land can be sold to developers. Lawsuits have been brought based on fraudulent claims alleging bullets leaving the range property often from many miles away.

Such suits are groundless but even a frivolous lawsuit threatens the existence and operation of these small businesses. The overwhelming cost and legal fees tied to a frivolous lawsuit are precisely why years ago the Texas Legislature passed legislation to protect firearm manufacturers and dealers.
 

LA: Concealed hand gun permits popular in Caddo
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It's no secret, the people of Caddo Parish like their guns. To better protect themselves, many have decided to carry a concealed hand gun on them at all times. But, before someone is allowed to do that, they must first get a permit from the state.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff's office offers a course that is required of anyone looking to carry a concealed weapon. They say those classes are regularly at capacity and on occasion, additional class have been offered to handle the overflow.
 

WY: NRA gives Sweetwater County money for targets
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The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office plans to use a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation to buy steel targets for a public shooting range south of Rock Springs.

Sheriff Rich Haskell said the grant of nearly $11,000 will go to purchase targets that will react to being shot. He said they're designed for use with handguns and rim-fire firearms and will be useful in self-defense training.
 

WA: Tacoma homeowner shoots 2 men breaking into garage
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Tacoma police say a homeowner apparently fired in self-defense when he shot two men he caught breaking into his garage.

Spokesman Mark Fulghum told KIRO-TV the man was defending his property early Monday when he held the men at gunpoint and protecting himself when they both charged at him.
 

Second Amendment Foundation Adds Plaintiffs In Illinois Firearms Law Challenge
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The Second Amendment Foundation announced 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.
 

Bill aims to block sales of guns to terror suspects
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On what basis? Some members worry that restrictions on gun rights for anyone – even suspected terrorists – will erode the Second Amendment. But the King/Lautenberg bill clearly targets only those on terrorism watch lists, and it establishes a procedure so that individuals can challenge any purchase blocked by the FBI in error. In other words, if someone gets on a terrorist watch list by mistake, his right to bear arms will only be delayed, not denied.

Others who voted against the amendment raised the possibility that preventing an individual from purchasing a firearm will tip him off that he’s on a watch list.
 

Congressional Leaders Agree to Renew Patriot Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senator Paul argued in his May 23 floor speech that the Fourth Amendment is a key constitutional amendment that undergirds many of the other rights protected in the Bill of Rights:

Many conservatives argue that well they love the Second Amendment. Some liberals say they love to be able to protect the First Amendment. If you don’t protect the entire Bill of Rights, you’re not going to have any of it. If you want to protect your right to own a gun, you need to protect your gun records from the government looking at your gun records and finding out whether you’ve been buying a gun at a gun show.

You need to protect your privacy. If you want to protect the first amendment, you’ve got to have the Fourth Amendment.
 

GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation Announces First Ever Ladies-Only Match
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The GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) has announced that it will hold the Palmetto GLOCK Girl Shootout, the first ever ladies only match on May 28-29, at B.E.L.T. Training, in Reevesville, SC .

GSSF is an organization of GLOCK, Inc. that stages indoor and outdoor competitions for GLOCK owners throughout the United States.

Open to all GSSF ladies, the Palmetto GLOCK Girl Shootout is the vision of Lisa Marie Judy, an NRA certified instructor, SC Law Enforcement Division CWP Instructor and owner of B.E.L.T. Training, LLC. Judy’s goal is to offer female shooters the chance to compete against their lady peers in an otherwise male dominant field.
 

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