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Does grandma slapping unruly teen warrant lifetime ban on guns?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Perhaps the Bradys could explain how rendering this frail little lady defenseless serves the interests of public safety? Of justice? Of basic human decency? ..." ...

Well, there's the problem right there...
 

Times Square car bomb attempt proves 'loophole' does exist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the near-tragic attempted car bombing in Times Square last Saturday evening, this column is compelled to do an inventory of the weapons that the alleged terrorist planned to use."

"He used ... a recently-purchased SUV, specifically a Nissan Pathfinder, purchased for a reported $1,300 without paperwork (or 'background check!') ... via an ad on eBay. Inside, authorities recovered two (2) five-gallon gasoline containers, fireworks, a timing device of some sort, three (3) propane canisters and more than 100 pounds of harmless fertilizer, which can be found at any home and garden store. ..."

"But wait a minute! That inventory list does not include AK-47s, AR-15s, .50-caliber sporting rifles or hundreds of rounds of ammunition purchased from a gun show ..." ...
 

Is the Brady Campaign a closet klavern of the Klan?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They opposed a landmark court ruling that struck down the handgun ban in [DC], a city with a predominantly black population."

"They later opposed legislation that would grant the District full voting rights in Congress, because the measure contained a provision expanding gun rights for those same citizens."

"They filed a court brief opposing a lawsuit filed against the City of Chicago's handgun ban by Otis McDonald, an African-American whose life story would make inspiring material for a movie."

"'They' are the leaders of the Brady Campaign ... and one is left to wonder how this bunch would have reacted to the plight of Robert Hicks, ... the last known surviving member of the Deacons for Defense and Justice." ...
 

Give Me Liberty Or...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I believe the political stars are aligning right now for the opening of a new front in the battle against our gun rights, via the election and work of an anti-gun president, the disarmament passions of the Washington elite and the [UN], the appointments of gun prohibitionists in the White House and Supreme Court, and the funding of an anti-Second Amendment movement by billionaire progressives ..."

"Last week, I discussed President Barack Obama's anti-Second Amendment record and his administration's goal to use dormant treaties and global agencies to loosen the boundaries and binds of the Second Amendment. I wish to expand upon the United Nations' participation a little further in this second part of my trilogy." ...
 

Murder as a Punchline
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The same theory of criminal conspiracy being applied to the prosecution of Michigan's Hutaree Militia would justify the arrest and trial of President Obama for conspiring to murder the Jonas Brothers. In fact, the case against Mr. Obama ... is far stronger ..."

"During the White House Correspondents Dinner last Saturday (May 1), Mr. Obama uncorked what his scribes doubtless considered to be a certifiable thigh-slapper regarding the president's power to murder human beings at whim:"

"'[Obama's young daughters] Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys [addressing the Jonas Brothers, who were seated in the room], don't get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming.'" ...
 

Guns and Ammo Excise Taxes Up 27 Percent In 2009
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to the Department of the Treasury's most recent Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection Report, firearm and ammunition manufacturers reported excise tax obligations to be $439.5 million in calendar year 2009, up 27 percent compared to 2008. The report shows that $120.5 million was due in taxes for pistols and revolvers, $148.2 million for long guns and $170.8 million for ammunition. Compared to calendar year 2008, collections were up 33 percent for handguns, up 34 percent for ammunition and up 17 percent for long guns." ...
 

Gun shows protesters take aim at the wrong target
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The scourge of violent crime is tearing apart our communities and often strikes in our poorest neighborhoods. Often, it is the children that bear the brunt of the violence and often live in terror because of their neighborhoods are under the control of violent gangs."

"Each day countless Ohioans in such neighborhoods are victimized due to their lack of access to the best self-defense tool ever devised – the firearm. But, it isn't just gun laws that are responsible for the success criminals have enjoyed over the last 30 years."

"Those among us willing to pass laws that empower thugs and murders have also used a vile smear campaign that vilified guns and scared many people aware from the best possible choice to keep them safe. ..." ...
 

Leupold Becomes NRA Foundation Annual Meeting Events Sponsor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Leupold & Stevens, Inc., America’s Optics Authority, has shown its support for the Second Amendment and The NRA Foundation by becoming the Official Event Sponsor of the 2010 NRA Foundation Annual Meeting Auctions, held May 13-14, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina."

"At this year's meetings, the 2010 National NRA Foundation Banquet and the 2010 Sportsmen’s Auction will feature hundreds of amazing products from companies all over the world. Attendees won’t want to miss the opportunity to bid on exclusive firearms, outdoor gear and hunts. Over $215,000 was raised for the shooting sports in last year's auctions and The NRA Foundation is expecting to surpass that mark this year." ...
 

Liu-dicrous Responses to Written Questions—Part 1
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Controversial Ninth Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu has submitted his initial set of responses to written questions that Senate Judiciary Committee members submitted following his recent hearing. ..."

"Let's start with Liu's failure to respond meaningfully to so many questions about his views on a range of constitutional questions ..." ...

"I must say that I find it highly implausible (even under the narrowest reading of the questions) that Liu, as an engaged scholar of constitutional law, has never 'expressed any view,' no matter how discreetly ... on such matters as ... whether the Court correctly decided prominent recent cases like ... the Second Amendment ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller (Sessions Q13.b). ..." ...
 

Praxis: Minimalist Preparedness for Latecomers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We've all thought about what to do for the large number of newbies who will likely show up at our door, when, as they say, the excrement hits the rotary oscillator. They will turn to us because we have thought things through and they haven't ... because we have seen things clearly and they will have just awakened to the fact, as Pete at WRSA says, 'We're screwed, there's going to be a fight, let's win.'"

"People need leadership in such a situation and you will be there to provide it. This is not to say that you should be responsible for equipping these folks. You cannot hope to. But I ran into a deal the other day that started me thinking about what minimal items a latecomer militiaman might require." ...
 

The people with guns will save everyone from the socialists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I've asked before, and, of course, neither the militia guys nor the hermits with the flintlocks can say, 'OK, you have your rifle.' Just whom do you expect to have to shoot first? A senator? A cop, Iraq vet and mother of three, come to take possession of your Pappy's old M-1? ... National Guard troops? IRS employee's lounge? Do you start shooting first, or just wave your piece and yell rebellion until somebody shoots at you first? Are you going to make a grand show of suicidal standoff and go down for the cause as a martyr, or become a guerrilla insurgent, call yourself Al Kading and join the snipers shooting U.S. Marines?"
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Submitter's Note: G-d forbid it ever comes to that, but I would go with D: None of the above. I would probably start with the journalists and media types who support the regime, because under Bill Clinton's revised rules of war in Kosovo the news media and other propagandists of the regime are legitimate targets.
 

NRA Favorites in Indiana Facing Defeat in Tuesday's Primary?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Indiana primary tomorrow, May 4, could result in some long-time NRA favorites in the GOP taking some serious hits."

"Most prominently, the NRA seems to have taken an 'anybody but Coats' approach to the Republican U.S. Senate primary for the open seat being vacated by Evan Bayh."

"On April 22, the 'National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund' sent out a mailer highlighting that 'only one' of the three leading candidates for the GOP nomination had 'cast anti-gun votes during his tenure in office.' In particular, the NRA is angry that 'In 1993, …then-Senator Dan Coats voted for the Feinstein Amendment to ban the purchase, sale and transfer of certain semi-automatic rifles… and for the ‘Brady Bill’….'" ...
 

Not just Mexico anymore--now it's Canada that wants U.S. citizens disarmed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Back in March, we discussed Mexican President Felipe Calderón's charge that the 'gun lobby' in the U.S. bears some responsibility for the brutal drug violence in Mexico. The thinking, evidently, is that if Americans couldn't legally exercise their Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms, Mexican narco-terrorists would stop machine-gunning each other (and anyone else unlucky enough to get in the way). That was just the latest installment in the saga of Mexican violence being used to justify attacks on Americans' gun rights."

"Today, though, it's from our northern neighbor that we hear that our right to the means of defending our families, our lives, our liberty, and our homes must be trampled." ...
 

CO: Pistol-packing neighbors nab Willits intruder (1)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 19-year-old midvalley man allegedly picked the wrong neighborhood to try to burglarize Sunday night."

"Two homeowners in the Willits neighborhood drew pistols to defend themselves against alleged intruder Nahum Obed Herrera of the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park, Basalt police Sgt. Roderick O’Connor said. One homeowner used a .38-caliber pistol to scare Herrera off when she heard him trying to get in her house, O’Connor said. The other homeowner used a 9-mm pistol to capture and subdue the suspect until police arrived a few minutes later."

"O'Connor said Herrera is lucky the incident ended peacefully." ...
 

CO: Pistol-packing neighbors nab Willits intruder (2)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "After fleeing when confronted by Manges, Herrera allegedly ran to another street in Willits and entered the garage of another house. ..." ...

"After allegedly stealing items at the second house, Herrera proceeded to a third house and attempted to get inside, O'Connor said. The homeowner heard the commotion and got his 9 mm pistol to investigate. The man, while his wife called authorities, said he saw the intruder run next door. The man saw the intruder flee when officers arrived, and he went in pursuit, O'Connor said. The armed homeowner snuck up on the intruder, who was crouched behind a tree. The man pointed the gun at the intruder’s head and warned him to stay put, O’Connor said." ...
 

IN: Armed homeowner stops drunken invader
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A homeowner held an intruder at gunpoint early Sunday when he awoke to discover the intoxicated man had wandered into his Greenfield home."

"Richard Johnson, 38, awoke to the sound of voices around 5 a.m., according to police reports. Moments later, he saw a man n later identified as 40-year-old John McGraw of Arizona n walking past the bedroom door of his home in the first block of West Michigan Street."

"'He just came through the back door,' Johnson said. 'I forgot to lock it. I hardly ever use the back door.'"

"McGraw proceeded into the house, and that’s when police say Johnson grabbed a handgun and chased after him." ...
 

MD: Jewelry store owner may have shot would-be robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jewelry store owner in Kensington who tried to defend himself from armed robbers Tuesday afternoon fired at least one round from his own gun, and could have hit one or both suspects ..."

"The store owner is in his mid-70s ..." ...

"Two suspects reportedly entered the store. At least one of them showed a handgun, [police spokesman Sgt. C. Thomas] Jordan said."

"A scuffle followed. The store owner also was armed with a gun, according to police. He received non life-threatening injuries during the scuffle, and was taken to a local hospital, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for the county's Fire and Rescue Service."
 

SD: Gun shots chase away suspected burglar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man shot at a person breaking into his home in the 500 block of East Highway 1416 near Box Elder on Saturday night ..."

"The sheriff’s office and Box Elder police responded to the homeowner’s call reporting the incident about 10:30 p.m. He told police he fired two shots at someone forcibly entering his home ... The homeowner also told police he was not trying to hit the intruder but force the person out of his home ..."

"No items were stolen from the home; but law enforcement received a call of a nearby burglary ... before the 10:30 break-in, Graves said. Law enforcement believes the two incidents are related because items taken from the residence on Line Road were found near the East Highway 1416 residence ..." ...
 

SD: Pizza delivery man shoots at his attackers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A pizza delivery man was attacked and injured Sunday night by two assailants, but he fought back, firing a pistol at them, according to a news release by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a call of shots fired at 1980 Country Road about 10 p.m., where they found Scott Parsons, 28, who reported he had been attacked while making a pizza delivery in the area.

Scott's injuries were not life-threatening, and he was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Authorities say they have no confirmation that anyone was hit by Parsons' gunfire.

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Rapid City Police Department are investigating the incident.
 

UT: Man shoots dog defending his own dog
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A woman and her dog are recovering Saturday after being injured in a confrontation that turned into a shooting."

"Unified Police say neighbors ... inadvertantly took their dogs out at the same time late Friday night, and the dogs began to fight."

"That's when one of the neighbors pulled out a gun and shot the other dog."

"'You can protect your animals with the use of a firearm,' said Lt. John Barker of the Unified Police department. 'That's mainly from years and years ago, for farmers, like for their sheep or something like that, like if a pack of dogs attacks them, then they could use deadly force.'"

"The man did have a concealed weapons permit." ...
 

FL: Homeowner’s Warning Shot Scares Off Suspected Burglars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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An Orlando man refused to be a victim when two armed men broke into his home Monday night.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports the suspects forced their way into the man's home on Epson Oaks Way.

News 13 was told the homeowner and his family ran to a bedroom, where he pulled out a gun and fired a warning shot.

That was enough to scare off the two suspects, who fled the home empty handed.
 

MI: Lapeer County homeowner shoots at home invasion suspects
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One home invasion suspect was shot in the leg and two others were arrested following an incident Friday morning in Lapeer County."

"The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on Castle Road in Deerfield Township shortly after 6 a.m. Friday after the 73-year-old homeowner told police three suspects were in his house."

"One of the suspects approached the man, who brandished his shotgun, according to the sheriff’s office."

"The suspects believed the home was unoccupied, and after encountering the homeowner, they fled. One suspect was shot in the leg by the homeowner." ...
 

TX: Bennett Estates homeowner shoots intruder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This release comes from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office:"

"Friday morning around 7:30 a.m. a homeowner at 14079 Calhoun Road in the Bennett Estates subdivision in East Montgomery County was awakend by his girlfriend who said that she believed that someone was in the home."

"The homeowner armed himself and began to search the residence. During the search he saw someone run across one of the rooms. Knowing the person was not his girlfriend the homeowner fired one time from his handgun."

"The intruder was shot one time in the side."

"The intruder was identified as the estranged boyfriend of the homeowner’s girlfriend." ...
 

FL: Bank Customer Stops Knife-Wielding Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An armed robbery at a Titusville bank Friday night was thwarted by a customer, police said."

"It was the second incident in as many days in the area that a Good Samaritan had taken down a bank robber."

"'I should have blown him away,' said David, who asked not to have his last name released."

"He was a customer at Riverside Bank when a man held up the place with a knife."

"When the robber ran out, David said he chased him through the mud in his socks and caught him."

"'I split him like a piñata,' David said. 'There were $20 (bills) all over the place.'"

"David had his .357-caliber Magnum on him. He said his concealed weapons permit and right to carry a gun are very important to him." ...
 

NE: Dad fires at son's assailant
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After a man was shot and critically injured in front of a west Omaha house early Friday, his father fired back at the assailant." ...

"Bryan J. Hall, 30, was shot at least twice in his abdomen while talking with a man on the porch of the house where Hall lives with his father and grandmother." ...

"... Hall was talking with a man on the front step who reportedly said he was having car trouble and needed help. Eventually, Hall told the man that he needed to get to bed. That's when the man shot Hall."

"Hall's father, Richard Hall, had retrieved his .22 rifle earlier because he was suspicious of what the man truly wanted. When Richard saw the suspect pull a gun, he fired the rifle at the suspect. ..." ...
 

DE: Neighbor shoots out alleged burglar's tire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 30-year-old Maryland man had his tire shot out as he was fleeing from a Millsboro area home he had allegedly broken into." ...

"The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on Bethel Road."

"A neighbor saw activity at his next-door neighbor’s home and called the neighbor at work to make sure no one was supposed to be there, Newton said."

"When the victim told his neighbor that no one was supposed to be in his home, the neighbor retrieved his shotgun and went over to the house and confronted the burglar."

"Donaway ran out of the house and got into his car and was trying to drive off when the neighbor fired a round into his left tire, Newton said." ...
 

NE: No gun charge in shooting
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"City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said Tuesday that he won't pursue a concealed weapons charge against the former security guard cited for shooting and killing a masked man at a Walgreens checkout counter." ...

"... [P]olice had cited [McCullough] for carrying a concealed weapon."

"Conboy said that after viewing a videotape of the incident and police reports, he decided not to prosecute the ticket."

"'We have to be able to conclusively prove the gun was not capable of being seen,' he said. 'If it's capable of being seen, technically, it's not concealed.'"

"The police did their job in issuing a citation, Conboy said, and it's up to his office to determine if there's enough evidence to be able to pursue a conviction." ...
 

Armed Citizens In The News
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Armed citizens are much in the news of late. Here, we see Afghan civilians trained in marksmanship and patrol tactics by the US military routing Taliban terrorists from their villages."

"A short time-frame apart, two separate bank robberies in Florida are each foiled by armed citizens with concealed carry permits, and armed with their own handguns."

"In Omaha, Nebraska an armed robbery team comes out second to an armed citizen, who drew a Smith & Wesson Military & Police .40 pistol, killing a perpetrator armed with a sawed-off shotgun and capturing a second robber. ..." ...
 

FL: Crist goes independent to win Florida Senate race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'People above politics'. This is the headline that greets visitors to Governor Charlie Crist's campaign site. Crist, the governor of Florida, recently surprised many with his decision last week to leave the Republican Party and run for US Senate as an independent." ...

"For all intents and purposes, Crist appears to remain a conservative in name, is strong on national defense, a 'proven tax cutter,' a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, a candidate who strongly opposes the government-run health care plan ..."

"All of these views put Crist squarely in line with the conservative segment of the Republican Party, and make it even more puzzling that Crist would move from such a base of support, to a more independent status." ...
 

IN: Hoosiers Voting With Specific Issues in Mind in Primary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Voters heading to the polls for today’s primary in Indiana say they aren’t seeing the lines they saw during the 2008, when there was a presidential election. ..." ...

"One of the handful of voters this afternoon at Jeffersonville's Wilson Elementary School was Donny Brison, who says he looked at candidates' views on the second amendment to help him decide who to vote for."

"'I believe in, obviously, all the amendments, but without the second one all the rest of them can fall,' he says. 'If we don't have that right to freely keep and bear arms that God has given us, then if we allow the government to take that away, what else are they going to take away after that?'" ...
 

NE: State Treasurer tv ads
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two of the three Republican candidates for state treasurer are touting their link with state government on television ads that began this week."

"Only Tom Nesbitt doesn't mention specifically that he was former head of the Nebraska State Patrol in an ad that portrays him as not a politician and someone who can be trusted to watch over tax dollars."

"Sen. Tony Fulton's ad says as a state legislator he balanced the budget and fought for tax relief. It shows several pictures of him with Gov. Dave Heineman ..." ...

"Don Stenberg notes his service as state attorney general and offers his philosophic credentials: pro-life, opposes federal takeover of health care and bailouts, supports Second Amendment rights." ...
 

Guns and Voting Rights reveal new cracks in the District
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's been over a week since the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House scuttled D.C. voting rights. Much has already been bleated about this. ..." ...

"Glomming onto the legislation a bi-partisan rider amendment that would have gutted the District's restrictive gun control laws proved to be the bill's Achilles Heel. Skittish House Democrats - like amendment co-sponsor Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS) - elected from rural, culturally conservative districts have been eager for a chance to go on the record shoring up their Second Amendment cred as they face a cantankerous electorate this fall and this legislative Frankenstein offered those Members a vehicle to do that." ...
 

Longtime Gun Control Politicians Pushing Gun Owner Blacklist Bills in Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite their patriotic-sounding name—the 'Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009'—H.R. 2159 by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and S. 1317 by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) aren't intended to contribute to the war on terrorism."

"Instead, they're intended to give the executive branch of the federal government the arbitrary power to stop loyal Americans from exercising their constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms." ...

"... Since ... 1994 [federal law] has expressly protected a prohibited person's right to be told why he is prohibited. The bills ... would allow an attorney general to deny gun purchases based upon secret information, or upon no information whatsoever." ...
 

Senate Should Dump Phony Terror Cloak Bill, says Gun Law Expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'A Senate committee considering a phony anti-terrorism bill should dump it and consider instead legislation to enable citizens to defend themselves against terrorists,' gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today."

"A former [NRA] editor, Snyder is Public Affairs Director of the [CCRKBA]." ...

"'While the bill is short-titled the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009, this is a phony designation,' said Snyder. 'It actually is a dangerous proposal to eviscerate or eliminate the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms. The bill actually is a cloak over an ideological anti-American gun owner agenda.'" ...
 

OK: House approves open carry of firearms bill
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"Oklahomans soon may have the right to openly carry guns in public after the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to allow the practice."

"The House voted 74-24 for the bill giving the estimated 97,000 Oklahoma residents with a concealed-carry permit the right to carry firearms openly. The measure has already passed the Senate and heads to Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who has not indicated whether he will sign it." ...
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Submitter's note: I'm betting that this so called "pro gun" governor, who just got through vetoing the Oklahoma made firearms bill, will veto this, and say at the same time how much he supposedly supports the 2nd amendment
 

OH: Attorney General Cordray announces Ohio concealed carry reciprocity agreement with Nebraska
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorney General Richard Cordray today announced a new reciprocity agreement with the State of Nebraska. Ohio now has agreements with 19 other states. Nine states allow Ohioans to carry there without an agreement. All together, an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) allows persons to carry in 28 states including Ohio."

"When Ohio's concealed carry law went into effect more than six years ago, it called for our Attorney General to negotiate reciprocity agreements with other states that have similar laws. Our AGs have done a good job being proactive in reaching out to other states for such agreements." ...
 

IL: Democrats Look To Toughen Gun Laws Before Session's End
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Democrats are hoping to push through new restrictions on carrying and selling guns before the legislative session ends this week. One bill would ban people from buying a gun and selling it to someone else. Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Tom Mahoney said gang members often bought guns that way, with tragic outcomes. Democrats also pushed for tougher restrictions on carrying cases and manufacturing semi-automatic weapons.

Republicans uniformly opposed the measures in committee. They say the restrictions will limit the rights of people who want to buy and use gun legally. Nonetheless, the bills are on their way to the House floor. They'll still have to be approved by the Senate before going to the Governor's desk.
 

CA: Happiness is a . . . loaded firearm!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Of what use is an unloaded gun when it is needed? Our forefathers, those wise men responsible for the laws that gave Americans freedom ... knew mankind's penchant for controlling others for their own nefarious purposes."

"Thus, they added the Bill of Rights, ... including the Second Amendment ..."

"Ever since, there have been groups and individuals who have tried to abort and change that law that is there to protect the government, the country, and people from those who would do harm."

"Current California law allows citizens to carry a pistol in an open holster in public. Lori Saldana, an Assemblywoman from San Diego, would ban this practice even if the gun is unloaded. ..." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma Gun Owners Could Soon Carry Firearms In Public
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Concealed carry may soon give way to open carry in Oklahoma."

"A law that would allow gun owners to carry firearms in public has passed the Senate and House, and is now awaiting the governor's signature."

"House members voted overwhelmingly in favor of open carry, but some lawmakers still have problems with it."

"The U.S Shooting Academy specializes in training new gun owners. They teach conceal and carry classes, and if the governor signs the measure, will preparing those who wish to open carry."

"'Certainly I'm a strong supporter of the second amendment and carrying guns in general,' Mike Seeklander, U.S Shooting Academy, said. 'From a training perspective though, we're wary of open carry.'" ...
 

NY: Piece offering! Turn in your gun for cash this weekend
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Praise the lord and pass the ammunition — and the guns to, if you got 'em."

"Praying to stave off a summer of violence, Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes is once again holding a 'cash for guns' day at six Brooklyn churches."

"Residents are encouraged to drop off guns — with no strings attached — at any of the participating sites for a $200 bank card that can be used to buy merchandise or for cash at any ATM."

"... Those who wish to turn in their weapons should bring the firearm in either a paper or plastic bag or a shoe box. ..."

"Rifles and shotguns will also be accepted, but only for $100 each. BB guns and air pistols will be purchased at $20 apiece." ...
 

PA: Phila. Police Officer Charged With Murder
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A Philadelphia police officer is facing murder charges in connection with a shooting Sunday evening in South Philadelphia.

26-year-old police officer Rudolph Gary was off-duty when police say he shot and killed his former brother-in-law, 22-year-old Howard Williams.

It happened on the 1800 block of Hoffman Street, when neighbors say Gary's girlfriend was shot with a water gun.

Witnesses say Gary then began arguing with Williams. They say he went to his truck, got his gun and shot Williams several times.

Two other people were also injured.

Gary has been suspended with intent to dismiss by the police department. And the district attorney's office has formally charged Gary with murder and other related offenses.
 

CA: Off-duty deputy stops knife attack at Calif Target
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... "Grant grabbed his duty weapon, identified himself as a sheriff's deputy and ordered the woman to drop the knives..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who comments:

"Great job on his part, and I mean that sincerely. He acted like a true hero."

"And it's nice to see the headcase was ultimately 'persuaded' to act rationally."

"Thing is, and the reason this is an 'Only Ones' story: Good luck to anyone without connections in SoCal being 'permitted' to carry the most effective means of said persuasion."

"The shoppers are damn lucky the deputy was there." ...
 

MI: Police officer crashes on way to investigate gun-toting pedestrian
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"A township police officer and a Meals on Wheels driver were being treated at area hospitals after their vehicles collided as the officer responded to reports of a woman walking down the street armed with handguns." ...

"Other officers in the area caught up with the woman, who had returned to a home and was refusing to come out to talk to the officers ..."

"The officers managed to coax the woman out of the home and recovered two handguns without further incident ..."

"Officers took the woman to an area medical facility for mental health treatment, Grant said."

"'That was a dangerous incident,' [said Brownstown Police Detective Lt.] Grant said."
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KABA Note: It was dangerous and they should arrest the hoplophobe who called 9-1-1 on a woman who was not breaking the law. To quote the Westland MI Police Department "it is legal in Michigan for a person to carry a pistol in public as long as it is carried with lawful intent and not concealed."
 

SC: South Carolina Sheriff Accused of Dealing Drugs From Police SUV
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"A South Carolina sheriff dealt drugs from his police SUV and when state and federal agents gave him a list of possible drug dealers in his county, he immediately started calling to tip them off or extort money to get them off the list, according to the FBI."

"The FBI tapped then-Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin's phone starting in March, and caught him saying he was going to arrange for a traffic stop on a drug dealer, take some of the cocaine he expected to find for himself and use the rest as evidence, according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent released Monday." ...

"The FBI agent detailed 17 phone calls between Melvin, other defendants and unnamed people who dealt drugs or helped with the investigation. ..." ...
 

PA: Pittsburgh Officer Charged With Choking, Attacking Motorist
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"An off-duty Pittsburgh police detective is charged with choking a fellow motorist and threatening him with a gun after a minor collision along the Parkway East."

"Police said Det. Bradley Walker, 43, kicked another driver's car then broke a window to reach in and grab the man by the throat in an apparent road rage incident Saturday night in Pittsburgh."

"Walker is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and other crimes. Channel 11 News has confirmed that if Walker is convicted of aggravated assault, a felony, he will lose his job and city pension." ...
 

GA: Atlanta police: cop molested minor
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"Atlanta police have arrested one of their own for child molestation."

"The police department's child exploitation unit arrested officer Bernett Collins on counts of molestation and exploitation of a minor, sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes and violating his oath of office ..."

"Collins is an 8-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, and was assigned to the Zone 1 precinct."

"The charges stemmed from a two-week investigation by the police and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office ..."

"Collins was placed on administrative leave without pay and taken to the Fulton County Jail to await trial."
 

NY: Syracuse University student leaders want gun show loophole closed
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"Syracuse University student government leaders are calling on federal officials to close a loophole that they say allows criminals to buy guns at gun shows."

"The Syracuse University Student Association says the loophole allows people to purchase guns at gun shows nationwide without having background checks done."

"Students, SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor, and political representatives are expected to attend a news conference at 9 a.m. today in the Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center."

"They will be joined by the New York State coordinator for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a group founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg." ...
 

NC: Handguns response
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"To The Editor: This is a response to Paula Bakule's letter of April 27. Unfortunately, it is indicative of a misunderstanding regarding the issue of the Second Amendment versus 'gun control.' Gun control would only take guns from law-abiding citizens, exposing us to more crime."

"Statistics show violent crime has decreased while gun ownership has increased. Guns aren't made to shoot people — people shoot people. Guns are enjoyed by sports enthusiasts, hunters and to protect ourselves and our homes against criminals."

"Every citizen has the right to protect himself against harm from others. There are those who want to steal from, assault or rape the vulnerable of society. ..." ...
 

WY: Hospital gun ban brings 'no' vote
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"To the editor:"

"Because one person made a mistake with a handgun in the West Park Hospital emergency room the hospital has now put up signs banning firearms in the hospital."

"This is basically the same type of situation the Brady anti-gun people use to try to disarm the public. WPH has no armed security personnel so the honest armed public is to their benefit should some nut cause a problem with a handgun."

"We who carry concealed legally are honest, decent people just as the folks who carry in the open and believe in our Second Amendment rights." ...
 

NY: Pistol permit applications on the rise in Oswego County
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"Oswego County Clerk George Williams delivered some startling news to the legislature's Community and Consumer Affairs committee ..."

"Pistol permit applications have increased sharply ..."

"During the entire year of 2008, the county clerk's office handed out 208 pistol permit application packets. Of those, 67 were returned. For 2009, 428 application packets were handed out and 110 were returned."

"As of [April 22], 400 application packets were given out and 142 have been returned. That is more than double the number of pistol permits issued for 2008. 'Something's on the move,' Williams said, adding that other county clerks in the state are seeing the same trend. 'It's scary.'" ...
 

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