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CT: Gun sales skyrocket
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With its sleek lines and light weight, an AR-15-style weapon is considered desirable as a home protection tool because it’s maneuverable.

It looks like a machine gun. But with models as light as six pounds, it can be leveled at an assailant without tiring the carrier. In the hands of an experienced marksmen, it’s highly reliable at hitting a target.

Local firearms dealers said they haven’t been able to keep that type of firearm on the shelves for months. Scott Hoffman said that since November he hasn’t been able to immediately fill orders for items considered personal weapons. He’s back-ordered in certain kinds of ammunition, too.
 

SC: Local sales of guns, ammo see sharp rise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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April was turkey hunting season, but instead of buying hunting gear, gun shoppers at Nichols Store in Rock Hill were loading up on home-safety pistols and self-defense rounds.

Sales at York County gun stores and pawn shops have as much as doubled since November's election of a Democrat for president, local gun merchants report, as customers fear tighter gun control measures could be on the horizon. And since then, the number of federal firearm background checks required to own a gun have surpassed previous years by 25 percent to 50 percent a month, FBI statistics show.
 

Sotomayor is hostile to civil rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sotomayor is also hostile to our Second Amendment rights. In Maloney v Cuomo, Sotomayor ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to the state and local governments. That opinion is so radical it is in direct opposition to the opinion of the far left Ninth Circuit Court. In Nordyke v King, the Ninth Circuit recognized the Second Amendment as a deeply held right embodied in the Constitution that transcends state law. They recognized the fact that the Fourteenth Amendment clearly says the Bill of Rights protects those basic human rights from the state and local governments as well as from the federal government.
 

UT: Utah journalists try free concealed-carry class
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Clark Aposhian, a registered lobbyist, firearm instructor and chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, and Rep. Curtis Oda, R-Clearfield, offered the $50 class free of charge to seven print and television journalists whose attendance qualified them for applying for the state issued permit (though the cost of that permit, for those interested in acquiring one, was the responsibility of the applicant). Aposhian, who regularly instructs law enforcement officers and security personnel on firearm handling, said drawing a weapon in self-defense is a last-resort scenario.
 

FL: Man claims shooting was self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Pensacola man says he shot another man in self-defense over weekend, according to a police report.

Trenton Copeland, 25, of Pensacola was wounded Saturday night outside Ram Tool & Supply in the 300 block of Davis Highway.

The report said Copeland argued with Keith Crosby over a woman.

Marquis Kyle, 28, Crosby’s cousin, told police he intervened in the argument because Crosby and Copeland were about to fight.
 

NJ: The Best Gun Salesman in the World - Obama
Submitted by: Larry

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President Barack Obama's mantra of change meant something positive to a majority of voters, but some local gun owners are afraid that change could threaten their Second Amendment rights and are applying in droves for concealed-carry permits.

Almost four people came in every business day through the first three months of the year, 252 in all, to either renew or seek a new permit to arm themselves discretely in public, according to figures from the Licking County Sheriff's Office.

During the same period in 2008, 107 people sought concealed-carry licenses, or CCLs.

"I'm expecting this year's renewals and original licenses to exceed 1,200," said Ken Richardson, who runs the sheriff's office concealed-carry licensure program.

When someone wants to acquire a CCL, which allows citizens to tote handguns in public, they must complete a 12-hour training course with a certified instructor like Linda Walker.
 

When Guns Are Outlawed...Only Government Will Have Guns
Submitted by: Larry

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If deaths due to war – what many currently believe is the greatest threat to life and limb – are included in the set, then still over 4 out of 5 violent deaths (83%) are the result of murder by the host government with the remaining 17% comprised by 11% war casualties and 6% civilian murder1. Yet, while totalitarianism, foreign invasion, and civilian crime – the primary historic threats to everyone's safety – all arise for a vast array of reasons, there is, fortunately, at least one thing that is proven to prevent or mitigate all of these to a very high degree: widespread gun ownership by the civilian population.

Therefore, if one cares about one's own personal safety or that for one's children, family, and neighbors, then there is no substitute for a well-armed society. This is not rocket surgery. A well-armed society is a civil society. A well-armed society is also a serious deterrent to foreign invaders and modern technology such as satellites, planes, missiles, and tanks has not changed that. And finally, most importantly, a well-armed society has never yet, not once, been the helpless victim of democide to any significant degree...
 

These guns keep our children safe
Submitted by: Jarheadsgt

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Allegedly the CRC's justification is to keep kids from becoming child soldiers in third-world countries. No argument from me. Afghanistan could use some lessons in raising kids.

But if the U.S. ratifies the CRC, then we must accept the UN's position to "believe, teach and promote the idea that all private gun ownership is dangerous for children, and children have the right to grow up in a community that is free from all guns"
 

Liberty Logistics: Is the Ammo Shortage the Result of a Government Conspiracy or an NRA Marketing Campaign?
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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Courtesy of Wretched Dog we have this link to Powder Valley from Rawles' survivalblog.com site:

At this time we are not taking any new backorders for primers that are not listed here. We currently have over 50 million primers on backorder. If you currently have a backorder in place your order will be processed as primers become available. Once we begin receiving more primers from the manufacturers and are able to begin filling current backorders we will update the website.

And Powder Valley is just one little company selling primers and other reloading components.
 

Weekend Update: Bathroom Cops, Gun Disablers and Sonia Sotomayor
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"I'd like to revisit three stories we've discussed recently and share some new information and observations."
 

How cops see themselves (#2). National Police Memorial Week and El Monte, California.
Submitted by: Larry

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Meanwhile, in Kicking Up a Stink Over California Incident (the "incident" was a cop kicking a prone man in the head after he had already surrendered, and then high-fiving his buddy-cop after; hence the cutesy title), Dean Scoville is outraged by the outrage, and openly longs for the good old days of "you can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride:"

There is one thing the cop is unquestionably guilty of: Working in the wrong era.

There was a time when post pursuit ass-kickings were obligatory. Cops knew it, suspects knew it, and there are enough old timers on both sides of the fence that will verify the assertion when I say that what this officer did was NOTHING compared to what would have happened in another place and time. This might account for why back in the day punks thought twice before running. Nowadays, they’ll flip off a cop and run for the hell of it with little fear of reprisal (unless, perhaps, it’s El Monte PD doin’ the pursuin’).
 

GA: Cost of Georgia Firearms License to increase
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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The cost of a Georgia firearms license is increasing beginning July 1, 2009. The GBI has announced that the cost to be fingerprinted for a firearms license will be going to $40. Now, it is $19.25, which is the cost that the FBI charges when the GBI forwards the fingerprints to them. The GBI has been waiving its fee. Beginning July 1, the GBI will stop wiaving its fee and increase it to $20.75, which means that the total cost will be $40.

This is yet one more reason to push for passage of GA HB 615, which will eliminate fingerprinting at renewal time and also provide for a lifetime firearms license option, keeping the costs down over your lifetime. Fingerprinting is not necessary to keep the license NICS exempt.
 

In His Sights
Submitted by: Larry

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No one really expects business to increase 60 percent in a worldwide economic crisis. Unless, of course, you own a firearms store, online ammo shop, or lease a booth at the regional gun show, in which case business is exploding.

Brad DeSaye’s family has been selling guns and ammo since 1946, when his father Joe opened J&G Rifle Ranch in Montana. The business moved in 1977 to Prescott, Arizona, renaming itself J&G Sales. Specializing in guns and ammo for “sportsmen, law enforcement and firearms enthusiasts,” J&G has thrived through multiple wars, recessions, and national panics. But sales have never been as high as they are at the moment, DeSaye says. “Business is probably triple more than normal,” he tells TAC. “It’s unprecedented.”
 

Two pharmacy robberies, two different outcomes
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Recently, two pharmacies in two different states experienced attempted robberies. In both cases, the pharmacist was able to secure a handgun, kill one robber, and successfully protect both co-workers and property. In one case, the police chief quickly announced the shooting justified. In the other, the district attorney filed first-degree murder charges against the pharmacist. The two cases provide what firearms instructors call a “teachable moment.”
 

Once Upon a Tea Party . . . An early example of Vanderboegh political fiction.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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13 years ago, I wrote (this) suggesting that 4473 parties might be an effective tactic in blunting federal registration/confiscation schemes. . . Today, I would write this a bit differerently. In fact, that's exactly what I'm doing with Absolved . . . One thing that has changed is the technology. As Anon wrote below . . .

Since taking, destroying or disrupting the enemy's assets are so important, it makes me wonder whether the most important weapon a resister has is his rifle, or his computer. The tyrants run the government electronically. A bug in the system can do alot more damage than many rifles.

Yes, exactly. Anyway, enjoy, but remember I wrote this in 1996. Things are different now. They are, in fact, more dangerous.
 

NY: This gun proposal misfired
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Guns bring out the worst in people. Or at least the on-going acrimonious, polarizing debate over gun control seems to. Finding a middle ground that preserves our constitutional rights and traditions in terms of gun ownership and use while addressing changing public safety needs driven by increased street violence remains increasingly elusive, nationally and regionally. Moving toward a wider public consensus on what to do about guns in America is getting harder, not easier. That should concern us more than it does.
 

Enter the Dragon--Thanks to Citizen Disarmament
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"It appears the only options for self defense are 'throwing rocks and yelling "Hoohh Hoohh"' and 'carrying a 6-foot-long stick...for protection.'"
 

GA: GCO files motion for summary judgment in false arrest case
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org filed a motion for summary judgment in the federal lawsuit against two Paulding County deputies who arrested a GCO Member on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. The deputies admitted that he was carrying the firearm openly and not concealed, and that he was legally licensed to do so, but they arrested the GCO member anyway because people complained about him carrying a weapon.

GCO's position is that the deputies had no authority to make a forcible stop, much less arrest the member.
 

GA: More gun crimes in Gun Free Zones
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"A hooded man with a handgun appeared . . ." and "The March 30 incident was one of five times that Georgia Tech students were robbed at gunpoint in a two-week period."

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"That fact came alive again this month when a Georgia Tech student was shot during a carjacking and a Georgia State student was shot during a kidnapping . . ."

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Submitter's note:`The expert in the article put it best: "If you have city campuses, you have an available, consistent pool of victims."

It is time for this armed victimization of students in Georgia to come to an end. Armed, violent criminals need to know that robbing students around a college campus could be hazardous to their health. Georgia's HB 615 will allow law abiding adults to defend themselves.`
 

IL: Mayor supports CCW "pilot" for Peoria
Submitted by: Jack D

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PEORIA — Mayor Jim Ardis wants to see a push for Peoria to become a pilot city for statewide concealed-carry legislation that would allow people to carry guns in a responsible manner, he said Thursday.

Very unlikely that this will happen, but it could generate some dialog.
 

MA: Menino rejects "assault" weapons for local cops.
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Boston Police Department wants to arm neighborhood patrol officers with high-powered military assault weapons, but the mayor doesn't think it's such a good idea.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino said Friday he will not approve a police department plan to put semiautomatic M-16 rifles in the hands of regular patrol officers. But Menino says he's open to giving them to "specialized units."

The police recently obtained 200 M-16s free of charge from the U.S. military and had planned to give them to dozens of officers for their patrols after training them to use the rifles.

Submitter's note: Ever hear of a 'semi-automatic' M-16?
 

NY: Governor’s gun proposal off target
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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In a cleverly-worded press release, Gov. David Paterson gives the impression that the proposed gun legislation he delivered to the Legislature earlier this week would protect gunowners while at the same time keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. But when you read between the lines, there is absolutely nothing gun-friendly about the proposal.
 

GA: Fortunately this student was armed
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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A Morehouse college student was armed when home invaders entered, robbed, and started to rape. He heard one home invader ask another how many bullets he had. After checking, the other answered that he had "enough."

Guessing that enough meant more than the ten needed to shoot everybody in the house, a college student pulled his gun. He shot one of the armed home invaders who was preparing to rape his girlfriend. That home invader is now dead. The second criminal escaped rather quickly.

One student risked his life to keep others alive. Yet many Georgia politicians ... and most of the media ... continue to demand that we only allow the criminals to have guns at college.
 

Gang-Bangers On Both Sides of the "Law"
Submitted by: Larry

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According to LAPD Detective David Espinoza, "I understand the gangs really love this cop. I understand the clothing has hiding places for contraband, guns and dope. Things that can hurt our real cops on the street." (Note well that even here the first priority is "officer safety.")

What makes all of this unbearably ironic, of course, is the fact that Richard Rodriguez, the 23-year-old suspect on the receiving end of Fierro's kick, is a suspected gang member who was observed flashing "gang signs" during the half-hour pursuit that led up to the videotaped incident.

As noted previously, retired Deputy Sheriff Dean Scoville, a contributor to Police magazine, believes that Fierro's only offense in this matter was to live in a time when it's supposedly considered bad form to be seen assaulting an unresisting suspect.
 

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