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Second Amendment Foundation Files Amicus Brief In San Diego County Gun Permit Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation has filed an amicus brief in a California case that challenges the constitutionality of discretionary gun permit rules adopted by officials in San Diego County, California." ...
 

Accurate Mexican crime gun reporting better late than never
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Three sources, the report continues, citing 'leaked diplomatic cables': U.S. foreign military sales, the Mexican government and Central America."

"This should come as no surprise to regular Gun Rights Examiner readers..." ...
 

Canadian gun dealing case has unintended revelations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Canadian Oliver King was sentenced yesterday in a Seattle federal courtroom to six years in federal prison for illegal firearms possession, unlawful dealing in firearms and associated offenses, reports about the case contained some unintended revelations." ...
 

FBI data proves anti-gunners wrong on crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Preliminary crime data from the FBI for 2010 adds more evidence that gun prohibitionists have been consistently wrong, and that more guns do not equal more crime, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"According to the FBI, all four violent crime offense categories show declines nationwide for 2010, with murder and manslaughter down 4.4 percent from 2009, robbery down 9.5 percent and aggravated assault down 3.6 percent. Forcible rape was down 4.2 percent. Violent crime declined in all four regions of the country. At the same time, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, firearm sales were up dramatically." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Why use cheap ammo to practice?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bob writes:"
""As a new(ish) shooter I have a question. Why would you practice with different ammunition at the range than you would use in a match? Doesn’t the different ammunition affect your accuracy and point of aim?"
"Well Bob, the answer is a little complicated, but basically boils down to cost. Step right in AH SAY step right in son, let me ‘splain this to ya . . ." ...
 

Question of the Day: Would You Open Carry?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If I’m carrying a gun, no one else needs to know about it. Living in an open carry state—within a proverbial stone’s throw of DC—has reinforced this belief. There are just too many stories of OC’ers being harassed. I don’t have time to be held up by local law enforcement called in by a gun-shy ignoramus. Spending the weekend in TN changed my perspective . . ." ...
 

Kids and Guns: When? How? and Why?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From as early as I can remember, there were guns in the house while I grew up. Back in the day, it was more common for guns to be in a closet or under a bed, as were the guns in my parent’s home. Now, responsible gun owners are expected to have their guns locked up and out of reach of children. I can understand why and I don’t disagree. The cost of a safe is far cheaper than the cost of a life. So if we all lock up our guns, how, when, and to what extent to we teach our children about guns, gun safety, and how to use them?" ...
 

Twenty-Gauge Super Slugs
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"Until recently conventional wisdom held that using a 20-gauge shotgun for deer hunting was a bad idea. The 20 gauge was something ladies and kids used only for its reduced recoil, and the Foster-style slug was the only option. The 20-gauge Foster slug has a ballistic coefficient of around .060, which is about as low as a conical lead projectile can get. Even though it leaves the shotgun with more than 1,600 ft.-lbs. of energy, by the time the slug passes the 100-yard mark it is down to about 625 ft.-lbs. And it drops like a brick—not exactly the performance of deer-hunting legends."

"Things have changed, though, and it could be argued that there are some very good reasons to use a 20-gauge slug gun for deer hunting. ..." ...
 

 

Colin Goddard Stops Making Sense. Again. Still.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you put manned metal detectors at all the entrances to all school buildings (including fire doors), you might have a case for banning guns on campus. Otherwise, what? How would a campus-wide prohibition against all guns—illegal and otherwise legal—make a university campus any safer? Seriously. I don't get it. But then I'm not arguing for collegiate 'gun free zones.' Unlike Colin Goddard, the comely, media-friendly survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre, who's made control his raison d'etre. It behooves Colin to explain how a gun ban helps rather than hurts student safety. From what I can glean from Goddard’s remarks at thenewsstar.com, his logic is a little . . . odd . . ." ...
 

WI Letter to the Editor: Concealed Carry = “Soft on Crime”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The passage of the concealed weapons law shows the administration is getting soft on crime. Now criminals will be able to carry weapons for crimes of opportunity, or planned, without fear of being arrested while going to the place of the act. Citizens and police will be put at risk when a crime of passion, anger or substance abuse rears its ugly head ..." ...
 

CT: Working To Reduce Gun Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Many have been affected in some way by the proliferation of gun violence, and in the spirit of reducing such tragedies, the head of a Connecticut advocacy group recently detailed measures for change and described what he called the politics of gun violence."

"Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said the 4,500 members of his group are not 'gun grabbers,' as opponents of their work might characterize them, but rather, advocates for keeping guns out of the hands of illegal owners and safeguarding guns in the home." ...
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Submitter's Note: Proliferation? To quote the great Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Violent crime has been trending down for the last two decades or so, sort of the opposite of "proliferation".
 

CO: Robber thwarted by a man and his gun
Submitted by: Adam Bennett

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"A would-be robber apparently brought a knife to a gunfight Tuesday night in northeast Colorado Springs." ...

"The victim, sitting in his car, acted as though he was reaching for his wallet. Much to the robber’s surprise, the man grabbed a semi-automatic hand gun."

"According to police, the robber ran away immediately ..." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Know What You’re Doing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Risk,' Warren Buffet said, 'comes from not knowing what you’re doing.' Applying that to armed self-defense does not mean you have to develop great marksmanship and gun handling skills. They’re useful and all, but they are not paramount. To 'win' an armed encounter you have to know your goal. I know: survival. Sorry, that ain’t good enough. There are simply too many options in a self-defense situation to try and formulate a plan—or react instinctively—based on the general thought 'I want to stay alive.' You have to break it down. There are three basic strategic goals. Choose one . . ." ...
 

The Battle of Viers Mill Village: Part Two.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Readers will recall my post the other day on the 'Battle of Viers Mill Village.' Several Irregulars sent in tips on where I might find more info on this skirmish of the armed citizenry versus the crooks. Most helpful was Scott, who found this article from the Baltimore Sun. I am running down clues on the surviving participants and will have more anon. The last paragraphs are interesting, demonstrating as they do that the whole 'only ones' attitude of 'authority' was not entirely a product of the last couple of decades." ...
 

Jerome Ersland's Shooting Of Would-Be Robber Sparks Debate (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The case of a white Oklahoma merchant recently convicted of killing an armed black teenager attempting to rob his store has sparked a national debate."

"To critics, 59-year-old pharmacist Jerome Ersland is a gun-toting vigilante who dealt out his own brand of murderous justice. To admirers, Ersland is a courageous and law-abiding hero whose actions were justified. The controversial case became even more volatile Thursday when a jury found Ersland guilty of first-degree murder for the 2009 slaying of 16-year-old Antwun Parker." ...
 

Dan Freedman: Why My Mexico Gun Running Story Didn’t Mention the ATF Gunwalker Scandal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Journalist Dan Freedman penned a post for houstonchronicle.com that analyzed Mexican gun smuggling—without once mentioning the fact that a large number of the guns chronicled in his report were firearms enabled by the ATF, in what has come to be known as the Gunwalker scandal. In ATF Death Watch 7: Like It Never Happened I accused Freedman of 'willful ignorance' in the name of promoting (or at least propagating) a gun control agenda. I emailed Freedman the link and asked him WTF." ...
 

More Whistle-Blowing Over Project Gunwalker?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There was an interesting post yesterday on CleanUpATF talking about pending congressional hearings and whistle-blowing. The post was from 'CovertOne' who appears to be a Special Agent in the field for ATF." ...
 

 

Misfire: Obama's Scandalous Secret Gun Control Agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thousands of guns have been sold to Mexican drug cartels under orders from the Obama Justice Department. Now that Americans have been killed by the department's failed operation, the White House is blaming law-abiding gun shops for its deadly scandal. But was that the administration's plan all along?" ...
 

'Project Gunwalker': Senator Grassley, check your email
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"John Richardson's superb No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money blog hypothesizes today about the possibility of a torrent of new 'Project Gunwalker' whistleblowers:"
"Word is that with the anticipation of Congressional hearings becoming a reality and ATF employees feeling some protection for the first time in their careers, the floodgates have opened." ...
 

Gunwalker dynamite from the Foreign Policy Ass'n! What if Agent Dodson hadn't talked? MOU with Mexico! "Whose interests stood to be served?"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kathleen Millar, writing at the Foreign Policy Association's Global Organized Crime blog, calls the Gunwalker Scandal 'Obama's Weaponsgate.'" ...
 

OR: The Oregon University System and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today’s Ol’ Dirty has a letter to the editor tackling an issue that has been oddly absent on this blog as of late: concealed carry on campus. In a letter titled, 'Students should have wider gun liberties,' undergraduate student Andrew Saldana attacks the Oregon University System’s illegal policy on firearms on campus while outlining the importance of students and faculty being able to protect themselves." ...
 

LA: Guns on campus bill killed in committee
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"Legislation that would have allowed handguns on college campuses was quickly defeated Wednesday in a Louisiana House committee without any public testimony allowed because of a time crunch."

"House Bill 413 by Rep. Ernest Wooton, R-Belle Chasse, would have made it legal to carry licensed, concealed handguns on public college campuses in the state." ...
 

OH: Blackwell may seek GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, challenge anti-gun Sen. Sherrod Brown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In April we reported that two former BFA endorsees, Ohio Treasurer of State Josh Mandel (R) and Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin (R) are leaning toward a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012."

"We are now pleased to report that another former BFA endorsee is also considering a primary run." ...
 

Coalition Of Mexican And American Groups Seek To Ban "Assault Weapons" (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dave Kopel is interviewed by Cam Edwards on the efforts of Mexican and U.S. groups to have semi-automatic firearms banned in the U.S. According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, they are organizing a petition which they plan to present to President Obama." ...
 

71 Million Americans May have to Report Gun Buys to Feds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you’re one of the nearly 71 million Americans who live in the four southwest border states, some of your gun purchases could soon be reported to the federal government. If you don’t like that—and no gun owner should—read on, because this may be our first big head-on gun control battle against the Obama administration." ...
 

OH: Ohio bill in the line of fire, supporters stick to their guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two concealed carry bills have Ohioans up in arms over the possibility of allowing guns in bars."

"The bills, House Bill 45 and Senate Bill 17, would allow those with concealed carry licenses to bring their weapons into establishments that serve alcohol. This includes restaurants, stadiums and bars, the last of which is a main point of contention among anti-gun advocates." ...
 

IL: Fiscal Responsibility, Education Reform Highlight Verschoore’s Legislative Achievements
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After the legislative session adjourned on Tuesday, state Rep. Pat Verschoore (D-Milan) reflected on some reforms and accomplishments of the spring while vowing to continue to look for more ways to make cuts and trim the cost of government." ...

"In addition to reining in state spending, Verschoore fought to protect the Second Amendment Rights of law-abiding gun owners. He sponsored legislation to allow concealed carry in the state of Illinois and will continue to fight until Illinois joins the other 49 states in the nation in allowing law abiding citizens the right to carry concealed weapons for their own safety." ...
 

DE: NRA takes aim at Del. gun show bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill proposed by Gov. Jack Markell to require criminal background checks for firearm purchasers buying from private sellers at gun shows is a solution in search of a problem, critics said at legislative hearing Wednesday." ...
 

Amicus Brief Filed by International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association in NRA / CRPA Foundation Supported Lawsuit Challenging San Diego County’s Restrictive CCW Policies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "On May 30, 2011, the prestigious International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the Independence Institute joined in the Peruta appeal, filing a friend-of-the-court amicus curiae brief in support of neither party. ILEETA's brief points out the inadequacies of unloaded open carry ('UOC') as a self-defense strategy. The brief references some compelling videos, specifically made by ILEETA, that show under various situations why UOC is inadequate as a way to defend oneself. (See the videos here). The brief was authored by legal scholar and prolific writer, Professor David Kopel." ...
 

NRA, SAF Challenge Illinois Self-Defense Firearm Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation have both joined three Illinois residents and the Illinois State Rifle Association in challenging the state's prohibition of carrying firearms for self-defense."

"The suits were filed in two different U.S. District Courts in Illinois last month, after the Illinois State Legislature failed to pass legislation to restore the right to keep and bear arms to law-abiding citizens." ...
 

TSA Harasses Two Texas Wounded Veterans at Airport with War Shrapnel in their Bodies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TSA agents harassed two Texas Wounded Veterans trying to get on a plane. Where were these two wounded warriors going? They were going to a ceremony to honor them for their courageous service in defending America. One of the wounded warriors, a friend of mine who personally told me what happened, has bullet fragments in his leg. The other wounded warrior has shrapnel in his face."

"The TSA agents cornered them and bombarded them with repeated questions like, 'What are you hiding in your face?' The agents did not give the wounded warriors time to explain anything and went straight into accusing them of 'hiding' something in their bodies. ..." ...
 

Hardcore
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Don't get me wrong, as far as policemen are concerned, I believe that most of them are honorably doing their jobs to protect us from criminals. They have families and a legitimate concern for the society in which they live. Yet, where are these men and women when the 'bad' cops do their business? Where are the responsible cops when the Pima County SWAT shoots the crap out of a veteran? Are they quiet because they are also guilty of rigging evidence, of lying under oath, of fraudulently filling out warrants, of lying on their resumes? Let the first honest cop point the finger at the rest. Or, are there any left? And, if not, then what the hell is there to wait for?" ...
 

CA: Retired sheriff's deputy and wife sentenced in stolen La Puente towing fees
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"A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of stealing $454,000 in towing fees from La Puente was sentenced to three years in state prison. His wife received 12 months of probation for failing to pay taxes on the money."

"Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Dyer pleaded no contest to a felony count of 'public officer crime' in April. His wife, Lydia Dyer, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of filing a false tax return." ...

"In April, prosecutors agreed to drop seven additional felony counts against Dyer and five felony counts they had filed against his wife in exchange for the no contest pleas." ...
 

MD: MTA warned: Let photographers shoot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland put the Maryland Transit Administration on notice Tuesday that it intends to file suit over the conduct of transit police in ordering Fussell and another photographer to stop taking pictures. ..."

"'Photography is expressive activity that is protected by the First Amendment,' said ACLU staff attorney David Rocah. 'If you are legally present, you have a right to take photographs.'"

"Rocah said the ACLU raised the right to take photographs in 2006 after an officer ordered one of its staff members to stop filming at a station. He said the ACLU chose then to try to resolve the issue amicably — a decision the attorney now calls an error the group will not repeat." ...
 

CO: Former State Trooper, Granby Cop Found Guilty In 'Sexting' Case
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"A former Colorado state trooper and Granby police officer has been found guilty of 'sexting' with a 16-year-old female high school student."

"A jury found Jose Sanchez, 36, guilty of enticing the student to send nude photos of herself to him via a cell phone and also of possessing nude photos of the girl." ...
 

IL: No jail for ex-Streamwood cop in beating
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"James Mandarino, the former Streamwood police officer convicted in late March of beating an unarmed motorist with a baton, was sentenced today to 30 months of probation and 150 hours of community service."

"Mandarino was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct stemming from an incident in 2010. ..." ...
 

IN: South Bend pays to settle excessive force suit
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"The city has agreed to pay $48,000 to settle a nearly four-year-old excessive force lawsuit filed against a police officer."

"In the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2006, Charles and Michelle Heritz had returned from a wedding to their home in the 1100 block of South 33rd Street, when they started arguing."

"Here’s an account, agreed to by both parties, of what happened that night, according to court records:" ...
 

AZ: Impossible, Polio Victim Tells Phoenix Cops
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"After Tasering, kicking and hitting a man in the head with flashlights while calling him a 'wetback,' Phoenix police officers falsely accused him of assaulting them and running away, but the man can't fight or run at all because he is paralyzed on one side of his body from childhood polio, he says in a civil rights complaint." ...
 

CO: New Complaints Filed Against Police Officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The child sex abuse case against Colorado Springs police Officer Joshua Carrier now could have as many as 11 victims."

"Five potential victims are filing complaints against Carrier. That adds to six alleged victims already involved in the investigation. Carrier is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He also is accused of inappropriately touching children and of possessing child pornography." ...
 

CA: SCOTUS Makes It Official: California A Failed State
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"The controversial US Supreme Court decision (pdf) that could ultimately force California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates is more than a shockingly broad exercise of judicial power. It is also an official declaration by the highest constitutional authority in the land that California meets the strict test of state failure: it can no longer enforce the law within its frontiers."

"Let there be no mistake: when you produce so many criminals that you can’t afford to lock them up, you are a failed state. ..." ...
 

MO: Independence Police Shoot At Concrete Alligator (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An alligator caused a lot of commotion for one Independence man Sunday when three Independence police officers shot at his concrete lawn ornament." ...
 

Gun Review: MilKor M32 MGL Shoulder-Fired Grenade Launcher (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When you absolutely positively have to blow something up, accept no substitutes. Opt for a shoulder-fired grenade launcher. South Africa’s MilKor produces a fine example of the breed: the M32 semi-automatic shoulder-fired grenade launcher. At the risk of losing any claim of journalistic objectivity, the moment a MilKor company rep handed me a loaded M32 was one of the happiest moments of my life . . ." ...
 

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