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Offer to rescind N.J. ‘smart gun’ mandate reeks of deception
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "... Why would anyone trust her not to push for a return to mandatory edicts as soon as she thinks it’s an opportune time to take back that which she never had any intention of permanently giving up?" ...
 

Poll: People Hate Living in Anti-Gun States, 50% Would Move
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I’m generally pretty pleased with the results that Gallup comes up with. They do a fairly good job of asking accurate questions and properly analyzing the results, and as such I try to use their numbers if at all possible. So when Gallup released the above image, they no longer had just my interest — they had my undivided attention. The map comes from a recent survey of Americans asking them if they liked living in their current state, and if they would leave given the opportunity. The results were pretty clear: those states that scored highest on the Brady Campaign’s rankings of gun control fealty also scored the worst in terms of driving the people who live there to leave . . ." ...
 

Is Montana slaying being exploited to attack self-defense, castle doctrine?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The April 27 slaying in Montana of a German exchange student, whose funeral yesterday in Hamburg drew hundreds of people, has ignited a new battle over self-defense and the so-called 'castle doctrine' in the Big Sky Country, and a Missoula man stands charged with deliberate homicide in the case."

"The story has played out in the pages of the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic newspapers, and has become an international tragedy. The father of 17-year-old Diren Dede was in Missoula last week to take his son’s body home, and he was critical of America’s 'gun culture.'" ...
 

Supreme Court Wasn’t Serious about the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"... [T]he more interesting (and consequential) decision issued today was the Court’s denial of review in Drake v. Jerejian ... In Drake, the lower federal courts upheld an outrageous New Jersey law that denies the right to bear arms outside the home for self-defense ... and today the Supreme Court let them get away with it."

"... Although the Supreme Court in Heller declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual constitutional right, lower federal courts with jurisdiction over states like Maryland and New York have been 'willfully confused' about the scope of that right, declining to protect it outside Heller’s particular facts (a complete ban on functional firearms in the home). ..." ...
 

TTAG Exclusive: Kirsten Joy Weiss Loves Her Mother (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"My mom is 90 years old. The chances that I’ll take her to the range for some quality trigger time are about as good as the chances that I’ll take Erin Heatherton to Schmidt Family Barbecue for 1/4 pound of lean. Actually less. (The chances not the brisket. No one can eat less than 1/4 pound of Schmidt’s barbecue.) My Mom is an anti-gunner. “How’s your thing going?” is about as close as we get to discussing firearms. I’m glad that Kirsten’s Mom doesn’t share my mother’s antipathy to ballistic excellence. From what I’ve heard of Mrs. Weiss, she’s a wonderful woman who’s pleased as punch about her daughter’s vocation. ..."
 

Don Kates – Second Amendment Centerpost
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Don Kates is a catalyst in the chemical reaction of criminology and Second Amendment constitutional law scholarship."

"More than most people, Kates efforts were responsible for the reconfirmation of that individual right by the United States Supreme Court."

"Kates is the intersection of a stereotypical college professor (which he is) and a rabid activist (which he might deny). Yet his intelligent perspective on the relationship between humans and government shows that the two are not mutually exclusive and that, in the area of arms, they are positively united." ...
 

Trulock chokes for sporting clays (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Trulock is a go-to name for chokes for hunters of all types of game, but the company is also in the sporting clays game. It’s developed a line of extended and extended ported chokes for shotgun games that promise tighter patterns for more wins."

"They’ve got two close-range chokes in cylinder and 'Skeet 1,' which is improved cylinder, two mid-range chokes in modified and 'Skeet 2,' which is light modified, and three longer-range chokes in improved modified, full and extra-full." ...
 

DDupleks zinc cannonballs for your shotgun (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Remember the last time you went hunting and that buck had the nerve to hide behind thick foliage? Or the time that doe peeked out from behind a tree decked out from head to hoof in level III kevlar? You had to pack up your gear and head home, knowing your shotgun was useless, even armed with slugs. Next time Bambi tosses on some trauma plates, show her humankind’s superiority by sending a 1.1-ounce Zinc slug from DDupleks sailing through her vest, landing her in your fridge." ...
 

Gear Review: BCM Gunfighter Grip – Mod 3
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Are you looking around for something to do for your AR-15? Or are you building a new one? In either case, for the pistol grip, you should check out the Bravo Company Manufacturing’s Gunfighter Mod 3 grip. It definitely makes for a great upgrade to a standard A2 style grip . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Black Rain Ordnance NY Legal AR-15
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"My native state of New York is a beautiful place. I spent my summers in the Adirondack mountains during my high school years working as a counselor at a summer camp, and the beaches on Long Island are pretty nice too. But the politics and the politicians are ugly as sin. Not satisfied with their existing 'assault weapons' ban they decided to take it up to 11, mandating that any semi-automatic firearm with more than one 'evil' feature are now illegal. Black Rain Ordnance took that as a challenge, and has successfully neutered an AR-15 rifle to the point where it is still 100% legal for sale in the Empire State. They call it the BRO-PG5-NY. But the question is whether the result is still a usable rifle . . ." ...
 

Another Post About Shannon Watts After Which I Will Have to Delete Dozens of Comments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I make no apologies for [metaphorically] targeting Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Shannon Watts. Charting every misstep in her endless campaign of civilian disarmament is fun, educational, politically important and, yes, profitable. More than that, thanks to an obsequious mainstream media, Ms. Watts is America’s most prominent and therefore dangerous anti-gunner. But there are times when I tire of removing obscenities aimed in her direction – however much I understand the anger and frustration engendered by her anti-gun agitprop. This, however, is not one of them. At least not until the comments section. The following email, you see, is all about the obscenity . . ." ...
 

Smart Guns, Dumb Gun Advocates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"There’s a saying in the Second Amendment world: Outlaw guns, and only outlaws will have guns."

"It's a clever slogan, to be sure. But it only works if the gun rights community doesn’t diminish its credibility by undermining its professed role as a bunch of law-abiding citizens determined to use firearms only to protect themselves and their homes. Which means it might not be so good for public relations to threaten someone with murder if he chooses to sell a gun that has extra security attachments." ...
 

Gun advocates protest sale of smart gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "I’d like to buy another gun, but this time, I would like to buy one of those new smart guns. ..." ...

"Now there is a smart gun called Armatix iP1. If that gun is more than 10 inches away from an RFID chip worn on a wristwatch, it will not fire."

"Now I see some problems with that. ..." ...

"But isn’t that my choice? If I want to decide to buy one of those smart guns — taking the chance that it will be inert at the moment that I need it unless I have my watch on — isn’t that my choice and my choice alone? Seemingly not. Andy Raymond, owner of a gun store in Baltimore, who was intending on selling the Amitrax iP1 pistol, has abandoned the decision to stock those guns for fear of reprisal. ​..." ...
 

CA: Drunken man shot by homeowner after trying to enter the wrong house (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "... the drunk man first went to the front door of the home, where the homeowner ... tried to calmly explain to the 41-year-old man that he was at the wrong house."

"... But when the man broke down a side fence and then tried to break a back sliding glass door, the homeowner – who was there with his wife and 11-month-old baby – armed himself and told his wife to call 911."

"When the man, who was described as being over 6 feet tall with about a 250-pound build, started making verbal threats as he continued to try to make his way through the sliding glass door, the homeowner – fearing for his own safety and the safety of his family – shot the man, striking him in the leg once." ...
 

WA: Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Another Day, Another DGU Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"TTAG reader CW writes:"

"'So, this defensive gun use [via thenewstribune.com] won’t win any tactical awards. Nor did the homeowner display any ninja training. Nor did he need to be an 'operator' or have his drag classified. But this is how most DGUs go, and hence go unreported in statistics. No shots were fired, no one was hurt, and presumably another tweaker is off the streets.' Check it out . . ." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Keep Your Distance! Unless You Don’t (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "I’m not an IDF soldier (nor a Palestinian) and I don’t play one on the Internet. But it’s clear that the Israeli soldier’s efforts to exert dominance over the Palestinians were ill-timed and ill-advised. Regardless of the history of the two men or their people, he made some serious tactical errors." ...
 

NC: Is NRA lying to members, or does it not remember its own alert?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Earlier this week, GRNC documented assertions that incumbent Forsyth County Sheriff William Schatzman obstructed issuance of concealed handgun permits and imposed arbitrary requirements on applicants in violation of state law."

"Apparently in response to GRNC Political Victory Fund mailings against Schatzman, on Monday the NRA endorsed Schatzman ..."

"Now, the NRA is justifying this endorsement by telling members who complain about the endorsement by, among other things, telling people Schatzman supports the repeal of our Jim Crow-era pistol purchase permit system. Unfortunately, that is either a lie or utter incompetence. The NRA, in one of its own alerts last year on House Bill 937, targeted Schatzman using his own words." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma State Senate not planning to override gun rights veto
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Last week, when this column reported that the Oklahoma House had voted overwhelmingly to override Governor Mary Fallin's veto of the gun rights bill HB 2461, a similar vote in the Senate seemed inevitable. The Senate's original vote on the bill, after all, was 46-2. Failure to obtain the 32 votes for the required 2/3 majority would thus mean that 15 senators would have to decide to submit to Governor Fallin's little temper tantrum."

"Now, though, the Tulsa World reports that the Senate Republican 'leadership' has no plans to take any vote at all:" ...
 

FL: Mostly wins for gun supporters during 2014 session
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The 2014 Florida legislative session was another success for gun owners and the National Rifle Association, but one battle is still being waged."

"Major wins came in the form of the "warning-shot" bill, which protects people from mandatory sentences when they threaten to use a weapon in self-defense, and the "Pop-Tart" bill that keeps children from being punished for playing with imaginary guns or wearing clothing with images of firearms."

"The biggest loss was legislation to extend carry and conceal privileges[sic] during a declared state of emergency."

"The bill was killed, in part, by a late push from the Florida Sheriffs Association." ...
 

BREAKING: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear NJ “Justifiable Need” Concealed Carry Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'In a major announcement this morning, the Supreme Court refused to hear Drake v. Jerejian,' reason.com reports. 'At issue was New Jersey’s Handgun Permit Law, which requires applicants to prove they have a 'justifiable need' before local officials will issue a handgun carry permit. Unlike those states that maintain a ‘shall issue’ permit regime, where applicants are required to satisfy a clear list of objective criteria, such as . . .'" ...
 

SCOTUS declines to take Drake challenge to New Jersey CCW law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The U.S. Supreme Court this morning denied certiorari in a case challenging the arbitrary nature of New Jersey’s concealed carry permitting scheme, leaving gun rights activists fuming and convinced the high court is afraid to address the issue of carrying firearms outside the home for personal protection."

"The court does not give a reason for the denial, but this leaves a gaping hole in the Second Amendment’s affirmation and protection of the right to keep and bear arms, activists argue. It is the third time the high court has turned down an opportunity to review a concealed carry case, thus leaving open the question about how restrictive a state’s regulation on bearing arms can be." ...
 

US Supreme Court refuses to consider gun-rights case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms in public."

"It comes amid a rumbling and divisive debate between pro- and anti-gun lobbies after several high-profile shootings or massacres in recent years." ...

"John Drake, who operates an ATM business, was challenging a strict New Jersey state law that requires people wanting to carry a handgun outside the home to demonstrate a 'justifiable need.'"

"Backed by the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA)1, Drake argued that his employees need to be able to defend themselves because they are carrying large sums of money." ...
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Submitter's Note: 1That actually would be the Second Amendment Foundation, not the NRA.

Morons.
 

Strict N.J. rule on gun permits stands, as Supreme Court refuses case (+video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case that many analysts believed might have delivered another landmark Second Amendment decision expanding gun rights in the United States."

"The court took the action in a one-line order without further comment. It affirms lower court decisions upholding a New Jersey gun permit statute that critics say is too restrictive."

"The question in the case was whether the New Jersey gun regulation violated a fundamental right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense."

"The issue arrived at the high court at a time of heightened public concern about the prevalence of guns in US society and a seeming stream of mass shootings at schools, job sites, and other public places." ...
 

Supreme Court gun rights decision is a major blow to firearms activists (Report)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The recent Supreme Court gun rights decision is seen by analysts as a major loss for gun rights activists who argue that the Second Amendment of the Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms, supersedes any state or local law. On Monday, The [AP] explained that the Supreme Court let stand New Jersey's requirement that gun owners demonstrate a justifiable need in order to carry firearms in public, turning away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed outside the home."

"CNN also shared insight on the Supreme Court gun rights decision and their report stated that the justices without comment let stand a state law which mandates that local police and a judge first approve such gun permits. ..." ...
 

Bust the myth that police are the 'Only Ones' who can be trusted with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "The phrase ['Only Ones'] was too perfect not to use, especially compounded with example after example of police officers receiving special exemptions from gun laws binding on 'ordinary citizens' ... But because of their employment, we see officers getting nationwide concealed carry, exemptions for possession and use of firearms forbidden to the masses, enjoying the ability to 'lawfully' go armed into so-called 'gun free zones' where the rest of us are forbidden, and the like."

"Perhaps we should first see if police are better trained and more proficient with a firearm than, say, you." ...
 

NY: Officer James Whalen resigns from Mount Kisco Police Department after pleading guilty to hitting ex-girlfriend (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Mount Kisco police officer has resigned after pleading guilty to punching his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the face."

"James Whalen, a 20-year veteran of the Mount Kisco police force, pleaded guilty in April to attempted assault and harassment for the December attack." ...
 

NY: Off-duty NYPD officer arrested in New Rochelle shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An off-duty NYPD officer was charged with reckless endangerment after he was accused of firing his gun during an argument outside a New Rochelle apartment building early Saturday, police said."

"The officer, Jarmarie Flowers, 25, was involved in a dispute outside the Carrington Arms complex at 33 Lincoln Ave. around 1:15 a.m., police said. He was accused of pulling out his semiautomatic handgun and firing several rounds in the air, police said." ...
 

WA: Pasco officer already on leave could face new criminal charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Pasco police officer on administrative leave for lying to investigators is facing possible new charges that he tried to solicit a suspected prostitute."

"A Herald review of hundreds of police department documents and text messages show Zachary Fairley also was demoted from sergeant for sending nude pictures to county dispatchers and group texting derogatory comments about co-workers."

"Police department records show Fairley isn't the only Pasco officer in trouble for inappropriate text messaging."

"An internal investigation found four officers formerly assigned to the Tri-Cities Regional SWAT Team exchanged racist, homophobic or inappropriate text messages, documents show." ...
 

MA: Off-duty state trooper charged with drunken driving after crash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"An off-duty state trooper was arrested and charged with drunken driving and carrying a gun while intoxicated after crashing his car in North Andover early this morning, seriously injuring his passenger, police said."

"Trooper Dale Jenkins crashed his personal vehicle ... while off-duty. His male passenger suffered severe injuries and was rushed to a Boston hospital ..."

"Jenkins was treated for injuries at Lowell General Hospital and released to the North Andover Police Department, which is handling the crash investigation."

"Jenkins has since been relieved of duty and his license to carry firearms has been suspended ... He was carrying a personally-owned handgun at the time of the crash, not his department-issued weapon ..." ...
 

PA: Ex-Concord cop pleads no contest to stealing drugs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Concord K-9 police officer who resigned after being arrested and charged with stealing prescription drugs from the elderly pleaded no contest to five counts in Contra Costa Superior Court on Friday and received a sentence of 2½ years."

"... Matthew Switzer will spend six months in County Jail, with the other two years of his sentence suspended pending his successful completion of a licensed, secure residential drug-treatment program."

"'This negotiation gives him a fighting chance to beat his addiction', said Harry Stern, Switzer's attorney ..."

"'This gets the point across that what he did was wrong, and that being a police officer did not place him above the law,' said deputy district attorney Barry Grove. ..." ...
 

PA: Glenn Oesterling, former police officer, pleads guilty in store shoplifting case (video available)
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"A former corporal for the Amity Township Police Department has pleaded guilty to one count of retail theft."

"Glenn Oesterling was sentenced to two years probation following the plea in Montgomery County court."

"Oesterling twice shoplifted from the Giant Food Store in West Pottsgrove Township, near Pottstown, last year, said authorities, who noted that he had his three children with him both times." ...
 

FL: NRA Says the Florida Sheriffs Association Has Declared War on Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A bill that would've allowed people to walk around with concealed guns -- even if they do not have concealed weapons permits -- during riots or natural disasters was killed in the Florida Legislature last week."

"And the NRA is upset."

"... SB 296 would have made it cool for anyone -- ... so long as he or she had a clean criminal history -- to carry a concealed weapon during riots or natural disasters that require immediate evacuation." ...

"The Florida Sheriffs Association helped kill the bill."

"... Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri called it 'insane.' Trying to keep the peace during a stressful and chaotic emergency evacuation would likely be more difficult if more people were running around with guns ..." ...
 

NY: NY SAFE Act meeting set today in Smithville
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The North Country Friends of the Second Amendment will hold an informational meeting on the New York Secure Ammunitions and Firearms Act at 7 p.m. today [May 6, 2014] at the Smithville Fire Department, 13727 County Route 63." ...
 

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