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Gun Rights Group Rallies in Las Vegas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun rights advocates held a form of a victory rally to celebrate a new concealed weapons law signed by Nevada Governor Sandoval. Their next target is repealing Clark County's requirement for gun owners to register their weapons with local police."

"The sounds of gunfire ring out inside Discount Firearms and Ammo's gun range. But the sounds that bring the most attention here are outside the range, at a rally held by the citizen's committee on the right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

CCRKBA Calls For Special Prosecutor In ATF Debacle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following more than four hours of testimony before a House committee today by a U.S. Senator, government whistleblowers and relatives of a slain Border Patrol agent, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is calling for the immediate suspension, without pay, of all supervisors involved in a controversial gunrunning sting operation, including the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and his deputies, and the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate and determine who initiated this project and who approved it." ...
 

Anti-gunners counterattack Gunwalker by blaming gun laws, smearing Issa
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... "Ever eager for talking points to support the narrative their agenda demands, the 'Authorized Journalists' who have been absent from any presence in the Gunwalker scandal have been quick to latch onto this 'authoritative' treasure trove." ...
 

Social Networking & New Media for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The value of internet social networking and new media has exploded in recent years as more and more NRA members and gun owners are now using Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter."

"These online communities foster an important connection between their users, and allow distribution of user-generated content (like pictures, profiles, music, video, and text)." ...
 

Back Door Gun Control and Fighting Back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Back door gun control is the phenomena where an entity will enact a law that indirectly affects your right to keep and bear arms. It’s easier to pass legislation that harms Second Amendment rights when it does not directly require the citizen to surrender a gun."

"Examples of back door gun control are:" ...
 

Violence Policy Center apparently blames 'gun violence' on free enterprise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The funny thing is, 'grandpa's shotgun,' 'dad's hunting rifle,' and 'the proverbial six-shot revolver' all have a 'military pedigree.' Selling civilians firearms similar to (or even identical to) arms formerly or currently used by the military is as old as the gun itself. The AR-15 has been available to civilians for nearly 50 years (at least)."

"In other words, firearms functionally identical to those Sugarmann says have transformed the gun industry into a malignant 'death industry' have been available on the civilian market for decades. ..." ...
 

US Army Orders $16 Million in Nonstandard Ammo from ATK as "Bullet Crunch" Appears Imminent
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"Last week we told you guys about how cops in Jersey were coping with the pains of what’s shaping up to be a nationwide ammunition shortage ... Well, with troops just training for the Afghan and Iraqi theaters squeezing off over a billion rounds of brass a year (and remember that’s been for over 10 years now) and with the Red Dragon angling to get its crafty mitts on every piece of copper, lead and plastic that isn’t bolted down to American soil, it was inevitable that eventually even the Coalition Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan would feel the Bullet Crunch too (and that’s saying a lot because the US military ain’t used to feeling much)."

"Luckily for them and us, though, those add wizards in the war-room also invented the word 'improvise'." ...
 

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's innovation, and then there's beating a dead horse. A few firearms have fallen into this latter category, like John Moses Browning’s 1911 design. At over 100 years old, the 1911 has been done, redone, re-redone, and retro-redone ... I say that lovingly as an admitted '1911 guy.' More recently, the 'Modern Sporting Rifle' has begun to fit the same bill. When it comes to accessories, my Prada and Gucci-loving cube-dwelling co-worker has less choices than your average AR owner. Some observers have gone so far as to call the AR 'Barbie for men.' I couldn't possibly comment. But I can tell you this: Smith & Wesson have introduced another AR variant called the M&P15 Sport . . ." ...
 

Ruger Introduces Single Ten .22LR Revolver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ruger Single-Ten is a (you guessed it) ten-shot single-action .22LR revolver with a 5.5" barrel and 'Gunfighter' style grips ..."
 

Gun Carry and Ownership Linked to Heavy Alcohol Use. Or Not.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Another day, another biased Violence Policy Center (VPC) report/study. Yesterday, a supposedly desperate firearms industry was militarizing the 'most impressionable and ill-equipped to function in a complex society.' Today, it's a UC Davis study, which appears online in the journal Injury Prevention. Methodologically speaking, gun control crusader Garen J. Wintemute 'analyzed telephone survey results for more than 15,000 people in eight states' and concluded that 'The highest levels of alcohol abuse were reported by gun owners who engaged in dangerous behavior with their weapons. For example . . ." ...
 

NSSF On The Feinstein-Schumer-Whitehouse "Report"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued a so-called report on Monday blaming American guns for the violence in Mexico. Frankly, I think it was timed to draw media attention from the Gunwalker hearings that started that afternoon."

"The National Shooting Sports Foundation has responded to that report and takes apart their numbers. Rather than showing 70% of guns being traced from Mexico to the U.S., it actually shows a decline in the number of American firearms being traced by Mexican authorities." ...
 

Fox Hypes Bogus Theory That ATF Operation Meant To Lay Groundwork For Stricter Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Continuing its pattern of hyping ridiculous conspiracy theories to attack the Obama administration, Fox News baselessly suggested that the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious was deliberately designed to go badly in order to justify stricter U.S. gun laws. In fact, even a report prepared for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) refutes this theory." ...
 

PA: Legislator shouldn't advocate armed revolt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More than a year ago, I went out on a very long limb and said something nice about a local politician. Believe it or not, I do that sometimes." ...

"But now I'm wondering if some of the bricks in [Rep.] Perry's load haven't fallen off the wagon."

"Because Perry said something a couple weeks ago that has brought me up short. I've spent two weeks pondering his comment, trying to figure out a way to give him the benefit of the doubt." ...

"This is what Perry was reported as having said for a May 30 story in the Allentown Morning Call: 'We must be able not only to hunt but to protect ourselves from an overbearing government that does not do the will of the people.'" ...
 

WA: Attacker fought off with knife.
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... "Detectives believe Parker broke into a home at NE 43rd Avenue and NE Siskiyou Street in Portland's Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood at around 3 a.m."

"Police said the homeowner was awakened by Parker, grabbed a knife, and fought the suspect until he was able to stab him."

"The homeowner's daughter was also attacked. According to police reports, she was struck by a cast iron frying pan and suffered a fractured skull." ...
 

U.S. agents slam gun sting effort on Mexico border
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"U.S. firearms agents told lawmakers on Wednesday they were instructed to only watch as hundreds of guns were bought, illegally resold and sent to Mexico where drug-related violence has raged for years." ...
 

"Fast and Furious" a "Catastrophic Disaster" -- Border agents criticize weapons program (video available)
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... "Chair of the Committee, Darrell Issa (R-CA),released three emails by ATF officials discussing the program. The committee is investigating who at ATF and the Department of Justice knew and authorized the program."

"Rep. Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released a report on 'Operation Fast and Furious,' which says border patrol and ATF agents were told to 'surveil' weapons and not interdict. It also said agents warned of devastating consequences, including criminal activity, but supervisors ignored their warnings." ...
 

At hearing about ATF program, Issa mutes witness for promoting gun law reforms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The head of the House Oversight committee muted one of his invited witnesses on Wednesday for testifying in favor of tougher gun laws."

"Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said an ATF official's promotion of gun reform fell 'outside the scope' of the hearing and 'would not be considered valid testimony.'" ...
 

Top Agency Officials Knew of Disputed Gun Program
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"Knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious, a controversial border security strategy that allowed guns to be shipped illegally into Mexico in an effort to track them to drug cartels, went to the top of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to evidence released on Wednesday at a House Oversight Committee hearing."

"The operation, which began in 2009, came under fire after two guns linked to it were found at the scene of the killing of an American Border Patrol agent, Brian A. Terry, in Arizona in 2010. Members of Mr. Terry’s family testified at the hearing." ...
 

Fast & Furious Explodes: Issa calls operation ‘felony stupid’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today called 'Operation Fast and Furious' an effort that was 'felony stupid' and he promised that those responsible would be held accountable."

"Almost immediately after the hearing, Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, called for an independent prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the scandal. He also demanded that all supervisors, including the acting ATF director, be suspended without pay." ...
 

Gunrunner: ATF Director Melson ‘very much in the weeds’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was 'very much in the weeds' on the way his subordinates conducted Operation Fast and Furious, to the point that he allegedly could watch suspected illegal gun transactions on a live feed to his office."

"That was one of the many allegations made today by Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. ..." ...
 

The Dam Breaks. Oh, Gunwalker, where is thy sting? Melson and his popcorn. The meeting of Obama's Gunwalker capos & "a goin' jessie."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For those who have been paying attention, the Gunwalker conspirators' cover-up has been reduced to a tattered piece of underwear ..."

"First, the testimony of the ATF agents at the hearing today demonstrated that there was no 'sting', thus there could not have been a 'botched sting.' What there was, it seems, was a program to encourage straw purchases and smuggling, but no 'sting' by any known meaning of that word. Which begs the question, why? Issa, nettled by Cummings' complaints of a 'political agenda' responded by asking if the entire purpose of allowing large numbers of weapons into Mexico didn't itself serve a political purpose? Meaning, of course, further restrictions on American firearm rights. Precisely." ...
 

Mexico drug war: US sting 'let cartels buy guns'
Submitted by: Mike the Limey

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"Hundreds of US guns were bought, resold and sent to Mexican drug cartels in an Arizona sting operation while US firearms agents were ordered not to intervene, Congress has heard."

"Three firearms agents said they were told to track the movement of the weaponry, but not to make any arrests." ...
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Submitter's request: Please contact the BBC & point out how flawed the 70% allegations are.
 

The National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act – HR 822
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NRA-ILA would like to draw your attention to pending federal legislation that needs your immediate action."

"U.S. Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) have introduced vital legislation that will enable millions of concealed carry permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside of their home states." ...
 

CA: Barkley: Repeal 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mike Barkley is a former member of the National Rifle Association."

"He has carried a 45 Smith & Wesson as protection against wild boars and mountain lions on his family’s Northern California ranch."

"And he knows what crime is like having owned and managed an apartment complex where he lived for nearly two decades in East Oakland."

"Now the Manteca resident is seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress with his primary campaign platform being the repeal of the Second Amendment and any pre-existing doctrine of natural law, common-law or laws under state constitutions that allow the right to keep and bear arm." ...
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Submitter's Note: Mike if you do manage to get this done please stop by my house personally to get my weapon, and I promise you I'll let you have it.
 

OH: OH General Assembly passes SB17 (Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix) and HB54 (Restoration of Rights); Kasich will sign!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Editor's Note: This story was updated as information became available."

"The Ohio General Assembly has passed Senate Bill 17, sponsored by Senator Tim Schaffer (R), which will allow citizens who hold a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a firearm in restaurants. To do so, license holders may not consume any alcohol and must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to OpenCarry.org, 42 states (including every state that borders Ohio) allow non-drinking license holders to carry firearms in restaurants." ...
 

OH: HB263: New bill bans private gun show sales and creates gun registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'So what's to guarantee me that, you know, any one of the members in this chamber who hold a concealed carry wouldn't shoot me in the head?' - Representative Tracy Maxwell Heard in floor debate over HB45, May 11, 2001"
"With that one ignorant statement, Rep. Tracy Heard (D-26) apparently proved to the radical gun ban lobby that she was the perfect choice to carry water for proposed legislation that would effectively end gun shows in Ohio." ...
 

OH: Bill Allowing Guns in Bars Awaits Governor's Signature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A measure that could be signed into law soon would allow licensed owners to take their handguns into bars and restaurants providing they don't drink any alcohol."

"The measure has caused controversy, especially among opponents who argue it will lead to a potentially deadly mix of liquor and firearms. On Wednesday, Governor John Kasich said he wants to see the final version of the bill before he commits to signing it." ...
 

NC: North Carolinian’s Act Now To Pass Castle Doctrine & Parks Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the shell game characterizing the North Carolina legislative process, a modified HB 650 passed the Senate Judiciary II Committee today and heads for the floor for the floor for its Second and Third Readings, quite probably tomorrow."

"With the legislature likely to recess on Friday, time is short. YOU MUST RESPOND IMMEDIATELY." ...

"Sadly, HB 650 – and your rights – face a threat not from legislators, but from the efforts of an organization ostensibly dedicated to defending the Second Amendment. Below is an open letter to North Carolina gun rights supporters – but equally vital to gun rights supporters everywhere – which explains the problem." ...
 

SWAT Team Mania: The War Against the American Citizen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The militarization of American police--no doubt a blowback effect of the military empire--has become an unfortunate part of American life. In fact, it says something about our reliance on the military that federal agencies having nothing whatsoever to do with national defense now see the need for their own paramilitary units. Among those federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions are the State Department, Department of Education, Department of Energy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service, to name just a few. ..." ...
 

MT: Petty Creek residents cautious during manhunt
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"Up here, neighbors get together to play dominoes. They exchange vegetables from their gardens, and watch each other's places when they're away."

"'It's really mellow, as you can see,' Melissa Wilkinson said, glancing out her back window as a couple of spike mule deer cavorted in the meadow. 'We love it, and everybody else does, too.'"

"'And then Dopey comes flying into the mix with his guns blazing and whatever the hell he's doing.'"

"'Dopey,' allegedly, is David Burgert, the ex-felon who continued Tuesday to elude authorities after a two-day manhunt in the mountains of western Montana." ...
 

MT: Massive manhunt in Montana for militia head David Burgert; ex-Marine is armed, 'extremely dangerous'
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"Montana authorities are on a manhunt for an 'extremely dangerous' former militia leader who triggered a shootout with cops and fled into the wilderness with a cache of weapons."

"David Burgert, 47, a former head of a violent anti-government militia group, traded gunfire with Missoula County deputies along a logging trail after a slow speed car chase near Lolo, Mont., on Sunday, cops said."

"The Marine Corps dropout and backwoods survivalist started the 30-mile pursuit after cops tried to pull him over for driving wildly at a rest stop, authorities said." ...
 

PA: Ex-Philly cops get at least 10 years in drug plot
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"A pair of former Philadelphia police officers have been ordered to spend at least 10 years in prison after being caught trying to rob a drug dealer." ...
 

WA: Man sues female jail counselor over sexual abuse
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"A Tacoma man has sued a former King County youth counselor, four years after the female counselor sexually abused him when he was incarcerated as a teen in a juvenile facility."

"The counselor, Flor-Mari Crisostomo, was sentenced to six months in jail in 2009, after pleading guilty to one count of custodial sexual misconduct. Prosecutors said Crisostomo had plied the victim with candy and phone privileges in exchange for sex at the King County Juvenile Detention Center in 2007." ...
 

NY: Suffolk County ECO Named "Officer of the Year" by the NYS Rifle And Pistol Association
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"New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Liza Bobseine of Suffolk County has been named New York State ECO of the Year by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA)."

"'In a short period of time, ECO Bobseine has proven to be a vital asset to DEC's Division of Law Enforcement and is very deserving of this recognition,' Commissioner Martens said. 'Her dedication to the state's natural resources, outdoors and education of the public both on and off duty are to be admired.'" ...
 

TX: West Texas sheriff guilty of retaliating against nurses; faces up to 10 years in prison
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... "Winkler County Sheriff Robert L. Roberts Jr. was convicted of two counts each of retaliation and misuse of official information, both felonies, and two counts of one misdemeanor charge of official oppression. He faces up to 10 years in prison." ...
 

NY: Long Island cop Garrett Mannerz arrested for allegedly forcing woman to grope him at traffic stop
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"A Long Island cop was arrested Wednesday for forcing a woman to grope him in exchange for letting her and her pals out of a traffic ticket, authorities said." ...
 

AZ: Tucson SWAT Team Cleared in Killing of Ex-Marine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Pima County Sheriff's Department SWAT team that gunned down a former Marine in his Tucson home during a raid in which no drugs were found was cleared Tuesday of any wrongdoing in the incident. ..." ...

"In statements to investigators after the raid, SWAT team members said the raid on Guerena's home was part of a probe into 'possible drug running, home invasions, and potential homicides.'"

"But the only actual -- as opposed to potential -- killing has now been ruled not a homicide. Jose Guerena died at the intersection of Second Amendment rights and paramilitary policing. He isn't the first, and he certainly won't be the last." [emphasis added]
 

FL: Ted Nugent to speak at county GOP event in October
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ted Nugent, the outspoken rock 'n' roll musician known as the 'Motor City Madman,' will be the keynote speaker at the Alachua County Republican Party's upcoming Black Tie and Blue Jeans BBQ, which has become a big-time annual event for Republicans across Florida, the party chairman announced Wednesday."

"Along with his hits like 'Cat Scratch Fever,' Nugent is known for his unabashed passion for hunting, the Second Amendment and conservative politics." ...
 

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