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CO: 1st Annual Colorado Tactical Firearms Training Seminar & Competition
Submitted by: United Shooter's Association
Website: http://www.unitedshootersassociation.com

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This fantastic event will include two days of tactical training followed by a special competition utilizing the skills you have just worked on. Along with the great training, United Shooter's Association has secured some great prizes for the winners. These awards include an M&P pistol and an AR15! An amazing opportunity to receive world class training from Force Options USA and top notch awards! Registration includes all training, competition as well as food and drink.
 

WA: Detective files $2.5 million claim against Pierce County
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A Pierce County Sheriff's detective who has been banned from the prosecutor's office filed a $2.5 million claim against the county Friday, claiming she can't do her job.

Detective Glenda Nissen said she's paying the price for backing the political opponent of Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

"If I could take back and year and a half and not have a political opinion, I'd probably be OK," said Nissen.

Nissen admits she criticized Lindquist's plea bargains and press conferences to Lindquist's own secretary and in a never-published letter to the local newspaper.

"He's running his office out of fear for purposes of making sure people promote him and no other. She was a supporter of his opposition," said Joan Mel
 

OH: Ohio Set to Allow Concealed Guns in Bars, Restaurants
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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Ohio is on the verge of allowing people with concealed-carry permits to take their firearms into many facilities that serve alcohol, including bars, restaurants, and sports stadiums.
 

SD: Tourists hurt in Hill City's staged Western shootout
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Three tourists were injured Friday night when a simulated Western shootout in Hill City went dangerously awry.
The three individuals, who had been watching the shootout, were injured by the guns involved in the simulation. Their injuries were described as not life-threatening; they were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for treatment.
Brian Mueller, chief deputy in the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, declined Friday night to comment about the particulars of the incident nor speculate how a demonstration that normally involves blanks turned dangerous.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Think blanks are harmless? Do a search for Jon-Erik Hexum.
 

SD: Old West 'shootout' accident leaves many in disbelief
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Business owners on Hill City's Main Street are used to the sound of gunshots ringing out in the early evening. Multiple times every week during the tourist season, the Dakota Wild Bunch Reinactors would stride out onto the pavement and wage a mock gun battle to entertain the crowds and raise money for charity.
So when Friday's Old West gun show went wrong, it took people a while to notice. ...
Three spectators -- all of them out-of-state tourists -- were injured and were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital. By Saturday evening, both Jose Pruneda of Alliance, Neb., and John Ellis of South Connellsville, Penn., had been discharged. The third victim, Carrol Knutson of Birchwood, Minn., was listed in fair condition.

 

NY: Father's Day tragedy: 22-year-old dad, Anthony McRae, gunned down in night of citywide gun violence
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Bullets flew across New York City late Saturday and early Sunday, as vicious gunfire left two men dead and 15 people injured in Brooklyn, Queens and Harlem.
Seven separate shootings bloodied Brooklyn alone, including fatal fights in Brownsville and East New York, where a 22-year-old Queens father died.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Hey Mike, ever read the New Testament?
Matthew 7:5 "Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye."
How's that MAIG farce working for you?
 

In lieu of prison, bring back the lash
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Suggest adding the whipping post to America's system of criminal justice and most people recoil in horror. But offer a choice between five years in prison or 10 lashes and almost everybody picks the lash. What does that say about prison?
America has a prison problem. Never in the history of the world has a country locked up so many of its people. We have more prisons than China, and it has a billion more people than we do. Forty years ago America had 338,000 people behind bars. Today 2.3 million are incarcerated. We have more prisoners than soldiers. Something has gone terribly wrong.
 

AZ: Americans live under tyranny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We live in a tyranny in the United States. That may seem too dramatic for some, yet I am not sure we may call it anything else.

The Indiana Supreme Court recently ruled that homeowners may not stop police officers from entering their home with or without a valid reason.

The Texas state House passed a law to make it a crime for TSA to molest Americans before boarding planes, but the U.S. Department of Justice threatened Texas with establishing a no-fly zone over the state, causing the legislation to be removed before the Texas state Senate could vote to pass it.
 

NV: ATF lets guns go to Mexican cartels
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Well, it is current and is the product of our present President and his Justice Department. Code named “Fast and Furious” it was designed and is a program intended to allow thousands of firearms to be bought in the U.S. and illegally shipped across the southern border into Mexico. Why, you might ask? My question exactly since it looks like several of the weapons were used to murder a Justice Department employee working for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Mexico.

At present the Justice Department is refusing to present documents subpoenaed by Congress. The secret plan is out and the Justice Department is scurrying to hide the information, diffuse the political fallout, and cover a few backsides that might be vulnerable criminally.
 

WA: Zoning issues halt plans for Benton County shooting area
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hopes of turning an informal target shooting area off Ayres Road at the far southeast end of Benton County into a properly managed shooting facility have been shot down.

County officials said the state's Growth Management Act and a related King County court ruling prevent them for allowing a shooting range on land zoned for agriculture. Ag lands must be preserved only for ag-related uses, according to the 2000 case, King County v. Growth Management Act Hearing Board.

"We used to have shooting ranges and even race tracks allowed in our zoning ordinance until 2007, but we had to take them out. And it wasn't something we did lightly," said Michael Shuttleworth, county planning director.
 

CA: Bill seeks to expand color requirement for some firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A proposal to curb officer-involved shootings by ordering BB and air guns to look less like Glocks and Berettas is drawing fire from makers, sellers and users of a wide class of weapons.

Law enforcement leaders from Los Angeles want the state to add "airsoft" guns powered by air, gas or springs – those that shoot BBs, plastic pellets or paintballs – to the list of semi- and nonlethal weapons that must have a brightly colored exterior.
 

OH: Guns In Bars
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Arizona, the state where both residents and politicians are most hungry for free and open gun ownership, is the same place where politicians and judges and little school girls are shot in rapid succession at sidewalk gatherings, and a Marine Veteran who served two tours in Iraq, with no criminal record, was recently shot dead in his home by police who believed he was a drug dealer, but failed to find any evidence of this after firing 71 bullets at the man, striking him 60 times. Thank God he had time to tell his wife and four-year old boy to hide in the closet before the police opened fire.
 

IA: Mason City gun shop adds 40% more display space
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hart Brothers South in Mason City has added close to 40 percent more space to display guns and accessories, according to owner Kemlin Hart.

Business has been good and steady since the business opened 10 months ago, Kemlin said, so the wall at the north end was knocked out, providing space for rows of long guns plus soft cases with storage underneath. This allowed the showing of 20 percent more long guns, including camouflage guns to go with camo clothing.
 

AZ: New Arizona gun laws to take effect soon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun advocates were shocked in April when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed bills that would have relaxed restrictions on guns in public facilities and on college campuses.

While those measures failed, four less-controversial gun bills will take effect July 20.

The bills involve hunting within city limits, concealed-carry licensing, carrying firearms in wildlife refuges and firearm rights for those who have been rehabilitated from mental illness. All four either modify or repeal existing state statutes.
 

NY: State Senator Smith Announces Gun Buy-Back Program
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State Sen. Malcolm Smith announced implementation of the P-3 Gun Buy-Back Program from the steps of City Hall on Father’s Day. P-3 refers to the public-private partnership between the city and the private sector.

“Saturday you heard about eight individuals who were shot in Brooklyn, and from last week until now, there were a total of 14 shootings in New York. Obviously we have a challenge,” Smith said.
 

WA: State isn’t so dangerous after all
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to a June 15 letter, “Washington scores low on guns safety,” Heidi Yewman, a board member of the Brady Campaign, says Washington is a “dangerous place to live when it comes to guns.” If you consider murder rates, according to 2009 FBI data, there were 101 people murdered in Washington by someone using a firearm. When using the FBI numbers (which I would trust much more than those of an organization whose stated goal is to get rid of guns) the murder rate by someone using a gun is 1.63 per 100,000, which places us at 15th out of 50 states.

Interestingly enough, in Washington, D.C., which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, the rate is 18.84 per 100,000, more than 8 points higher than any other state.
 

FL: State law ranks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Until this session, the nearly 25-year-old state [pre-emption] law was on paper only, with no penalties for counties that insisted on approving their own gun ordinances.

The new legislation comes with stiff penalties: Each official could personally face a $5,000 fine for knowingly and willfully continuing to approve local gun restrictions. They could be liable for civil penalties up to $100,000, and they are banned from using tax dollars to mount a defense — the practice in previous challenges around the state.
 

WI: Conceal Carry Under Attack From "Tyrant of Madison" Mayor Soglin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ultra-Liberal Madison Wisconsin Mayor Paul Soglin has issued a statement indicating his disdain of the new conceal carry bill, and his intent to subvert the will of Wisconsin voters by restricting the carrying of guns in Madison.

Trying to enforce his will upon the residents of Madison, The former 60's radical Mayor Soglin stated that he will sign an ordinance that will not allow anyone to carry concealed weapons on private property unless the carrier has written permission from the owner of the property.
 

OH: Governor to approve changes to concealed carry law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Governor John Kasich is expected to sign a bill in to law that would allow Ohioans with a concealed carry permit to take them in to bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

But opponents fear it will set a dangerous precedent. Michelle Burchett, a manager at Bill's Place of Mahoning Avenue believes that guns and alcohol don't mix, "My thoughts are that it is just asking for trouble, and I think that it is pretty ironic that you can bring a gun in to a bar, but you can't smoke in a bar. It's unbelievable."
 

GA: Past year's killings marked by lack of guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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William Valentine Jr. begins trial this week in Clarke County Superior Court on charges that he beat another man to death with a toilet lid, one of several murders over the past year that didn't involve the typical weapon - a gun.

Athens-Clarke police can't explain why so many victims were bludgeoned, choked or stabbed to death, but some experts say it's probably because the killers didn't plan the attacks and just used whatever weapon was available as they lashed out in rage.
 

WA: Gun rights faulted falsely
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The problem with Mexico is that it’s a corrupt, repressive narco-state, not that our Bill of Rights gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms.

Do the Democrats also think that Mexico’s drug cartels are acquiring their machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, surface-to-air missiles and other anti-aircraft weaponry from Bob’s Bait and Sporting Goods in Pima, Ariz.?
 

Farewell to the Fourth Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the other ruling, the Indiana Supreme Court (Barnes v. State) said people do not have the right to resist police officers entering their homes illegally. Resistance, notes Whitehead, can be as simple as saying, “Wait, this is my home. What’s this about?”

If governments are permitted to slowly erode the Fourth Amendment and the public won’t resist, then not only that amendment, but others protecting speech, religion, the right to keep and bear arms and who knows what else could be in jeopardy.
 

Philippines: Gun club underscores firearms safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Firearms, the “last line of defense” in home protection and self-defense, can kill or seriously injure. As such, gun owners should treat it with care and constant vigilance to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.

And when time does come for one to draw his gun against an attacker, it is imperative he fully knows the weapon and how to properly use it.

Such was the main thrust of discussion when members of Stronghand One Gun Club and guests gathered for their first general assembly at the Stronghand Shooting Range in Quezon City.
 

Senators see gun control as anti-terrorism strategy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senator Lautenberg so far this year alone proposed three gun control bills including one co-sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez, also of New Jersey. The "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Criminals Act" is co-sponsored by Senators Durbin, Feinstein, Levin, Reed, Schumer and Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrats all.

But, a top Republican lawmaker rejects the notion that Congress should re-examine the nation's gun laws after al-Qaida urged Muslims to attack America by exploiting loose firearm rules.

Ed.: More like Senators see anti-terrorism as an anti-gun strategy.
 

A Drug-War Plan Goes Awry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For the local gun merchants who cooperated with the feds and for some of the ATF agents in Arizona, the plan was dubious from the start. An estimated 2,000 of these guns disappeared over the 14-month period of Fast and Furious, and the agents who testified said that this contradicted everything they had learned about never letting a gun "walk"—that is, be taken by a suspicious purchaser without following him and finding out where it went.

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Agents say that their concerns, expressed to supervisors, were rebuffed. There was even a threat of dismissal if they didn't get with the program.
 

CO: Veterans Administration: We Won't Take Your Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Grand Junction VA wants to clear up a common misconception that's been circulating among some of its patients. Administrators tell us they've had several vets concerned their personal firearms will be confiscated if they tell a nurse they are feeling depressed. But, that's not the case at all.

Spokesman Paul Sweeney tells us the VA has no way of knowing if a person even owns guns, let alone the authority to take them away.

Ed.: Tell that to all the brave men and women that lost their civil right to keep and bear arms because of the VA.
 

WI: Campuses aren’t safer with more guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We are two extremely lucky people. We lived through the horrific experience of being the targets of a pair of students who, in separate crimes, carried guns into college classrooms at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, and at Northern Illinois University on February 14, 2008.

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Wisconsin lawmakers believe the way to deal with such campus violence is to allow college students to bring loaded, hidden guns onto campuses. This provision is part of the concealed carry legislation that passed the state Senate and is set for a vote Tuesday in the state Assembly. This bill is so extreme and poorly written that it also allows loaded guns in bars and allows someone to fulfill their training requirements online.
 

NY: Taking guns off the streets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One day after a Schenectady teenager was buried after being shot to death, people rallied Saturday to get illegal guns off the streets of the Electric City.

It’s the same program that appears to be successful in Albany.

Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church runs the program in Albany with the help of the Albany police and the district attorney’s office. They’ve collected hundreds of guns, no questions asked. In exchange, the person dropping off the gun gets a gift card to Crossgates Mall.

Now, Muller wants to repeat that success in Schenectady.
 

Help Promote Gun Safety on Facebook
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Promote Gun Safety is looking for help from members of the public to help spread gun safety awareness to everyone. Turner asks: "If you support the use of gun safes and gun locks, and believe that guns should only be handled responsibly, please go to our fan page and click like to spread the word.”

Promote Gun Safety reminds it’s visitors that there are still over 3.3 million households where guns are kept loaded and unlocked. Turner protests that "it is incredibly dangerous - the best thing you can do for your family is to keep it locked and secure.”
 

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