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Bloomberg’s support of Cochran puts gun groups on spot to justify ‘A’ ratings
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "That said, of more immediate shared concern for NRA and GOA should be what they intend to do now that Bloomberg has thrown his support behind Cochran. Will GOA modify its grade, and come up with compelling reasons for doing so? Will NRA rescind its endorsement and back challenger McDaniel? Will they do it now, today, and make their voices heard loud and clear, for maximum impact, and to help counter an influx of Democrat crossover voters?" ...
 

Memo to Moms: There Is No Such Thing As a Gun-Free Zone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Those whacky Moms Demanding Action for Gun Sense in America (or the complete opposite thereof). They’re running a #offtarget campaign to bully Target into banning firearms in their stores. To that end, members are posting pics to prove they didn’t spend their money at Target. Is it me or are the action-demanding Moms telling Target to f#ck off? Anyway, as well-intentioned as their efforts may be, they’re deeply and completely misguided. Their demand – that Target become a 'gun-free' zone like Costco – would leave customers defenseless against armed predators. Two things about that. First there is no such thing as a 'gun-free' zone . . ." ...
 

Google Search Data Shows AR-15 Searches Far More Popular Than Searches For Moms Demand Action
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Polls, statistics, and public opinion surveys are all methods that politicans attempt to use to show what the American people want."

"However, anyone who has ever worked in marketing can tell you one of the truest measures of where the public’s interests lie is to look at historical search engine data."

"Google Trends is a great tool that lets you analyze the popularity of search terms of a period of time." ...
 

Kill Privacy -- Kill Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Gun rights have long been my heart's cause. As with many of you, my line in the sand is drawn around the right to own and use firearms. But it's the Fourth Amendment, not the Second, that I keep as my email signature."

"The Fourth, with its assumption that our private information and private possessions belong to us and can't be taken by government without wrongdoing on our part plus rigorous due process on government's part, is even more vital than the Second."

"Without privacy, there will ultimately be no gun rights. Just as the Second Amendment protects all the rest, the Fourth protects the Second.*" ...
 

I’m A Mom Who Almost Demanded Action
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Every now and again as I’m moving wet laundry from the washer to the dryer, I hear the now familiar tinkle of metal on metal. Another empty shell casing forgotten in a pocket. I pause and reflect on how I came to this place of understanding and tolerance; not for my son’s lack of emptying his pockets before putting his clothes in the washer, but for understanding and appreciating how that casing ended up in his pocket to begin with." ...
 

Emanuel pushes gun control while Chicago runs red
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this month insisted that his brand of gun control should spread nationwide, but this past weekend’s Windy City body count – with six dead and more than 20 wounded, according to this morning’s Chicago Sun Times – does not instill public faith in his strategy."

"In the eyes of gun rights advocates, Emanuel is just one more gun prohibitionist whose ideas have no foundation in reality. Indeed, as this column has reported recently, prominent gun control advocates have admitted that their ideas don’t work." ...
 

Maybe I’m Confused
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Remember when we were at lunch and you said how if there had been anyone carrying firearms at the Aurora theatre shooting that the body count would have been doubled? You couldn’t be more condescending when I objected, throwing the old argument 'I’ve never needed a gun yet, and I never will' in my face. That was the last time we went to lunch together, though not of my choosing. Who’s the enlightened one here? . . ."

"I live in a 'shall issue' state, but you felt the need to question me for half an hour about my level of experience with firearms before signing my license to carry application. Unless I suddenly started talking to imaginary people in your office, you were required by law to sign it. Who’s afraid of whom?" ...
 

Gear Review: Telor Tactical T-Fit Ankle Holster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The problem with ankle-carry: you have to take a knee (or hop around on one leg) to reach your piece. That can make getting your gat, and then moving and shooting, difficult. If you’re young and athletic it might not be much of a problem. If you spent your youth jumping out of planes, helicopters and/or trucks; if you played sports, or just generally have bad knees or a bad back, ankle-carry might not be for you. On the other hand . . ." ...
 

There’s Hope for America Yet
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The above graphic is from Smith & Wesson’s investor presentation [via businessinsider.com]. I’ve already written a post about the business side of the gunmaker’s recent results. I’d like to highlight a different aspect here: the fact that personal/home protection is the number one reason people buy a firearm - despite the fact that violent crime continues is historic decline. Gun control advocates paint gun sales in general and the personal protection purchase rationale in specific as a sign . . ." ...
 

Jesus Would Ask Parents if They Kept Guns Before Allowing His Children to Play At Their House. Apparently.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'ASK encourages parents to simply ask if there are guns in the homes where their children play (such as at friends’ or family members’ homes),' Rev. Susan Russell writes at huffingtonpost.com. 'Just as it has become common to hear parents asking about nut allergies or how the children will be supervised, parents can take an important step to ensure the safety of their children simply by asking: 'Is there an unlocked gun in your home?' Personally, I’ve got no problem with that – unless its a ruse by an anti-gunner to find out if you’re a gun owner. And probably not even then. If that’s the way they roll, so be it. It’s the next bit that I wonder about . . ." ...
 

A Student Fears America’s Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "There’s another joke that goes like this: since 2009, there have been, on average, two mass shootings in the United States every month (with mass shootings referring to the murder of four or more people by firearm in a single incident). According to the FBI, those shootings account for less than 1 percent of all firearm murders in the country."

"Despite President Obama’s poor record on gun control, an area in which he has made little to no significant progress, his administration has been continuously charged with assaulting gun owners’ Second Amendment right to bear arms since he took office. Those accusations, though fictitious, have caused gun sales to skyrocket in recent years." ...
 

Gun nuts are terrorizing America: The watershed moment everyone missed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Here is a truth so fundamental that it should be self-evident: When legitimately constituted state authority stands down in the face of armed threats, the very foundation of the republic is in danger. And yet that is exactly what happened at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch this spring: An alleged criminal defeated the cops, because the forces of lawlessness came at them with guns — then Bureau of Land Management officials further surrendered by removing the government markings from their vehicles to prevent violence against them." ...
 

FL: Gun lobby pushing ‘open carry’ law for Florida
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Dale Norman was packing heat. No doubt about that."

"On February 19, 2012, Norman strolled down Federal Highway in Fort Pierce with his .38-caliber pistol stuck in a holster on his belt."

"It was clearly visible. A sight alarming enough that a passerby called 911. A few minutes later a patrol car pulled up to the 23-year-old gunslinger on the sidewalk just outside the Peking Chinese Restaurant."

"The young man was busted for a misdemeanor, a violation of Florida Statute 790.053 which prohibits 'any person to openly carry on or about his or her person any firearm or electric weapon or device.' For gun nuts, Dale Norman had just become their very own Rose[sic] Parks." ...
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All he has are childish insults that barely disguise his impotent rage.
 

NRA Freestyle | NOIR Episode 7: “Our Responsibility” (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Owning a gun is just cool."

"Ask our favorite gun enthusiast and he’ll tell you 'they’re sexy, fun entertaining, empowering and fascinating.'"

"But the most important part of being a gun owner is understanding the responsibility that comes with it."

"In NOIR Episode 7 'Our Responsibility' Colion and Amy discuss the responsibilities of gun ownership in self-defense and recreation." ...
 

'Blind Gunslinger': A Fascinating Look at the First Totally Blind Person in the U.S. to Obtain a Concealed-Carry Permit (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Carey McWilliams found himself in the national spotlight when he became the first totally blind person in the U.S. to obtain a concealed-carry permit in 2001. Since then, he has battled critics who argue he should’ve lost his Second Amendment rights along with his sight."

"In a fascinating profile piece, VICE traveled to North Dakota to meet the “blind gunslinger” and his wife in person." ...
 

Great new titles for summer reading
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Summer means travel, relaxation and the companionship of a can’t-put-it-down book or two, or more likely several. The landslide of summer titles will continue into September, when the multibillion-dollar publishing industry will begin releasing its marquee titles in time for the holiday gift-giving season." ...

"'The Second Amendment: A Biography' by Michael Waldman (Simon & Schuster, $25, 272 page): As the national debate over gun laws continues, the president of the Brennan Center for Justice walks us through what is generally agreed to be the most misinterpreted and contentious article in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. ..." ...
 

ID: Naked man enters home, poops on floor, gets held at gunpoint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "After startling the couple the intruder, identified as 25-year-old Matthew Coomes, hurried to another bedroom and put his shorts back on." ...

"Tricia's husband grabbed his handgun and yelled, 'Get out of my house, now!' but Coomes didn't respond."

"Tricia's husband put the gun to Coomes' head and told him, 'I said, get out!'"

"That got his attention and Coomed started to slowly walk out at gunpoint as the husband called 911. 'He's like, 'There's a guy in my house. I'm going to shoot him, you better get a cop here now,' according to Tricia."

"He left the house but not the property. When police arrived and took control of the scene that's when Tricia and her husband realized that Coomes had run amok inside the house ..." ...
 

PA: Quick Acting Female Store Clerk Shoots and Kills Armed Robber With One Shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The clerk behind the counter at Stan’s Health Foods has not been formerly identified, but it is believed the clerk was a 46 year old woman who had previously worked in law enforcement, including a stint with the Secret Service."

"When a man entered the store wielding a 6 inch hunting knife, the clerk kept her composure the entire time. It seems she was willing to let the suspect get away with some cash, but when he put the hunting knife to her chest, she wasn’t having any of it."

"She immediately drew her firearm and fired a single shot, striking the suspect in the chest. ..." ...
 

OH: Hair salon owner hears intruders, grabs a phone and a gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The owner of Studio 154 Family Hair Care was at the business around 5 o'clock yesterday morning (June 23rd) to work on some plumbing issues the building had been experiencing."

"He heard noises and realized there were multiple people attempting to break into his salon and called 911." ...

"The owner shot a 17-year-old in the leg while his buddies fled the scene. Police caught up to the two accomplices as they arrived on scene and placed them into custody. The wounded teenager made it to a nearby house and the residents called police to come get him." ...
 

Self Defense Map
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The map below shows all of our stories geo tagged on a map. Many stories do not give the exact addresses for obvious reasons, but we try to get the points as close as possible with the information provided." ...
 

Hillary Clinton: Pro Gun People Are Terrorists, Not Entitled to Viewpoint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Hillary Clinton hasn’t said that she’s running for the Democrat Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but lately she’s been going out of her way to make sure that gun owners know what a Hillary presidency would be like for them."

"On Monday, during an interview on CNN Newsroom, Mrs. Clinton made clear that at age 66, she still hasn’t outgrown the zealotry of her youth. With anger characteristic of the political fringe, Mrs. Clinton said of gun control opponents, 'We cannot let a minority of people–and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people–hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.'" ...
 

Rand Paul Seeks To Prevent 'End-Around' On Gun Companies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has filed an amendment aimed at protecting Second Amendment rights by preventing two federal agencies from pulling an 'end-around' on gun and ammunition manufacturers and sellers."

"Paul is seeking to amend the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for the 2015 budget to prevent any funds given to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or Department of Justice (DOJ) from targeting gun and ammunition companies."

"In Paul’s amendment, filed Thursday evening, the FDIC will not be allowed 'to classify the sale or manufacture of a firearm or ammunition as an activity involving risk.'" ...
 

NV: Another ‘background check’ measure filed, this time in Nevada
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Associated Press and San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that another gun control lobbying group, this one based in Nevada, has launched a petition campaign to expand background checks, this time in the Silver State."

"It was predictable; indeed this sort of thing was predicted months ago by Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and point man for Washington’s Initiative 591, a measure that would require Evergreen State background checks to comply with a uniform national standard. It’s up against Initiative 594, an 18-page gun control scheme pushing so-called 'universal background checks' that is backed by a Seattle-based group of wealthy elitists." ...
 

DC: Mayor Gray against DC bill that would take away gun from people with temporary restraining order (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The D.C. Council and the mayor are at odds over a proposed law that would take guns away from people who have a temporary restraining order against them."

"D.C. already has the strictest gun control laws in the country. But the city council's latest proposal is being blocked from the least expected person: Mayor Vincent Gray."

"'I can't approve it in its current form,' he said. 'That's without question.'"

"It is already against federal law to have a gun if there is a permanent restraining order against you."

"Councilmember Mary Cheh's bill tackles that timeframe before a registered gun owner has a chance to defend himself against an accusation of violence in court." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yeah, that whole "presumption of innocence" thing is such a pain!
 

FL: Florida's new "warning shot" law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the 'warning shot' bill into law last Friday, as if there were any doubt that he would. Strategically, it made sense for Scott’s re-election bid, because no Crist supporters were going to switch their support to Scott if he didn’t sign it. A lot of gun advocates, though, would have stayed home from the polls if he hadn’t toed the NRA’s line." ...
 

NY: Rick Santorum To Tell 50,000 NY 22 Voters to Support Tenney
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former Senator Rick Santorum participated in a last minute robo-call pitch for Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. Citizens United Political Victory Fund, the political action committee arm the group Citizens United, told Syracuse.com it will finance the Santorum robocalls ..." ...

"'Claudia is a principled conservative leader who will make a great member of Congress: She'll go to Washington to fix what's broken, not join the club,' Santorum says. 'Claudia is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-small business. If you think Washington isn't working for you and your family, stop sending the same people to represent you. Claudia Tenney is a reformer, and will be a breath of fresh air in Washington D.C.'" ...
 

MA: MA Advocates Demand Gun Bill Rewrite After Talk with Speaker DeLeo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"After an hour long conversation with Speaker DeLeo and a successful second amendment rally last week, Jim Wallace – the Executive Director of the Gun Owners Action League – is calling now more than ever for a rewrite of House Bill 4121, 'An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence.'"

"The bill, which was sponsored by DeLeo, advocated for stricter regulations in regards to gun purchases, FID cards, background checks and more. Rather than saying that the gun bill should be completely ripped up, Wallace says that the bill should be amended so that all can be in support." ...
 

LA: 9 Questions for Zach Dasher, the Other ‘Duck Dynasty’ Family-Backed Candidate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Zach Dasher, a nephew of 'Duck Dynasty' TV star Phil Robertson, has announced he’s running for Congress in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District." ...

"You also say that you’re a 'strong supporter' of the Second Amendment. Any thoughts on the best way to prevent these horrifying mass shootings?"

"We need people to love one another. And you can’t legislate that type of morality. When you remove God from your country, evil things happen. I think politics is downstream of culture. This is a cultural problem. You’re not going to be able to fix that legislatively. I think that it would be a good idea to arm teachers. I think it would be a good idea to allow people to protect themselves. ..." ...
 

Straw Men Can't Buy Guns (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The case focuses on the “straw buyer” concept where one person purchases a gun for another. Abramski was charged under 18 U.S. Code § 922. Lund opines that the Court misinterprets the law in the Abramski case; “so it’s therefore a new law.” Lund does not necessarily think this case says anything about the Court’s view of gun control or the Second Amendment."

"Lund feels that the result in this case was not what Congress had in mind when it passed the statute used to convict Abramski. Lund notes that both men would have been legal purchasers. The other man, Abramski’s uncle, could have bought the gun himself. Abramski was a 5-4 decision which drew a strong dissent from Justice Scalia." ...
 

Judge acknowledges Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Very few politicians, no matter how rabidly hostile they are to private ownership of firearms, are willing to risk not claiming to 'support the Second Amendment.' Anti-gun politicians, in other words, would rather transparently lie about such support, than acknowledge that they would dearly love to gut the Constitutional guarantee of a fundamental human right.

"To shore up their dubious Second Amendment 'street cred,' they often cite their love of hunting. Thus we the voters are subjected to tales of Hillary Clinton's hunting prowess ... photo ops of John Kerry in his brand-spanking-new hunting duds, and Mitt Romney claiming to have been a lifelong hunter ..." ...
 

Judge rules that the 2nd amendment doesn't protect hunting
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"'Fudd' isn’t exactly a term of endearment:"
"Fudd: Slang term for a 'casual' gun owner; eg; a person who typically only owns guns for hunting or shotgun sports ... These people also generally treat owners/users of so called 'non sporting' firearms like handguns or semiautomatic rifles with unwarranted scorn or contempt."
"Fudds are generally uninterested in the Second Amendment, and are therefore the favorite of anti-gun politicians and the news media, like this collection of Fudds in a recent Jamie Tarabay article used to attack the [NRA]. They could generally care less about fighting for gun rights, because they assume that their guns are safe."

"How is that working out for you now, Elmer?" ...
 

NY: Knicks’ Raymond Felton Avoids Jail in Gun Possession Case
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"Raymond Felton has reached a plea bargain with prosecutors that allows him to avoid jail, agreeing to plead guilty to a felony gun possession charge in return for a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service, his lawyer, Jim Walden, said." ...

"Walden said Monday that the district attorney had no proof Felton had used the gun to threaten his wife. 'Ray never pointed this gun at anyone, used it against anyone, or threatened anyone with it,' he said. 'Any statement to the contrary is pure fiction.'" ...

"... He had faced seven years in prison on the top weapon possession charge, and he will still have a felony record after his plea." ...
 

NE: Deputy fired, arrested after revealing gunshot wound was from himself, not assailant
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"A Richardson County Sheriff's deputy was fired and arrested Friday after an investigation revealed he lied about a gun-shot wound."

"According to a news release from the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua Nincehelser was charged with staging the events of June 9, when he reported he had been shot by an unidentified assailant."

"Law enforcement agencies spent the next day searching Southeast Nebraska and parts of nearby states, looking for a silver or tan Dodge Neon associated with that morning's reported shooting on County Road 717, a quarter mile west of U.S. 75 and about 5½ miles northeast of Humboldt." ...
 

AZ: Glendale police: Officer arrested in prostitution sting
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"A Phoenix police officer was arrested Thursday in a human-trafficking and prostitution sting conducted by the Glendale Police Department, an official said."

"Lt. John Geroulis, 51, was arrested on suspicion of soliciting prostitution and sexual abuse after he reportedly made unwanted sexual contact with an undercover Glendale detective, according to Sgt. Jay O'Neill, a Glendale police spokesman."

"Geroulis was a 25-year veteran of the department and retired on Thursday ..." ...
 

MS: Daniel Snyder gets 1 year in prison in hit-and-run death of Ocean Springs teen (updated, with poll)
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"Pascagoula police officer Daniel Snyder was sentenced Friday to 1 year in prison and five years post-release supervison for the hit-and-run death of Ocean Springs teenager Kaytlynn Brann last February."

"Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Dale Harkey also fined Snyder $2,000, ordered him to reimburse Brann's family for all funeral costs and also ordered Snyder to undergo evaluation for alcohol abuse." ...
 

AR: Former police officer pleads guilty to sexual assault
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"The Sebastian County Prosecutor has confirmed that former Fort Smith police officer Billy Rowe pleaded guilty Friday to 5 counts of sexual assault in the 2nd degree."

"Rowe was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl five different times. Police said at least one of the incidents happened while Rowe, 31, was on duty as a patrol officer." ...
 

ID: University Liberty Group Says School Charged Extra For Pro-Gun Speaker
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"A conservative student group at Boise State University says students’ free speech rights were trampled when school administrators required the gratuitous and costly hiring of extra security personnel when a gun rights speaker visited the campus."

"BSU’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) invited Dick Heller — the former Federal police officer whose 2008 Supreme Court victory cleared the way for handgun ownership in [DC] — to speak on the school’s campus last month."

"The YAL students say they were required to pay $465 in last-minute fees for additional security and police officers on campus after school administrators said that they feared members of the community would try to open carry at the event." ...
 

PA: Perry County residents happy with commissioners' decision on firearms-license information sharings (video available)
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"Jim Lucas thought it was a Second Amendment issue at first, but the more he thought about it, the more this issue seemed to come down to privacy for him."

"If people have a license to carry a concealed firearm, they are entitled to that information being protected, the Shermansdale resident said."

"And John Hefenfinger said he also believes sharing the names of applicants for licenses to carry concealed firearms with anyone other than law enforcement officials is a bad idea — and a potentially dangerous one." ...
 

TX: Friends of NRA banquet coming to Cleveland Civic Center
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"The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (GCCOC) is partnering with the Friends of the NRA to host the 2014 Sam Houston Patriots Banquet and Auction."

"The event will be held on June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Civic Center, located at 210 Peach St."

"Each year, the Friends of the NRA group uses this annual event to raise funds for the National Rifle Association. Fifty percent of the funds raised at the Southeast Texas events stay in Southeast Texas and are used specifically for grants that promote shooting sports and activities." ...
 

CA: Concealed-weapon permit classes are filling up
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"Chad Osuna leveled his handgun and squeezed the trigger."

"Pop!"

"The gold, spent casing somersaulted in the air; a trace of smoke leaked out of the gun’s chamber. Then Osuna fired again, enlarging the ragged hole in the chest of the human-shaped paper target hanging 5 yards away inside Evans Gunsmithing Shooters World in Orange."

"When Osuna and another man finished shooting, they returned to a classroom crammed with 23 other students waiting to take their turns on the range – a live-fire test required to obtain a California concealed-weapon permit. The mid-week evening course, offered by Gregory Block, was full." ...
 

MO: Ignite Church pastor addresses criticism following rifle giveaway (video available)
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"Ignite Church in Joplin has been facing some heat after hosting a rifle giveaway over Father's Day weekend."

"Some Joplin residents are stirred up about the two 15-AR sport rifles given away."

"'It's crazy because in the Bible it says 'Thou shall not kill' and now they're giving out permission to give out guns and everything,' said a Joplin resident."

"'I think it's great,' said Brad Wiese, Springfield resident. 'I think it's awesome that we have the freedom to do that and that those guys now have the necessary tools to protect themselves.'" ...

"Supporters say it is taking advantage of Second Amendment rights."

"Opponents say other prizes would have been better suited for a church giveaway." ...
 

WA: ‘Not be infringed' is also very clear
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"I read the Friday letter about firearms, 'Strict control does work' and 'Writer provided rest of the story.' Both complain about cherry-picking from the Second Amendment, and proceed to do just that. They like the phrase, 'well regulated militia' and apparently think no further reading is required. ..." ...
 

NY: Richmond County Tea Party Patriots to host forum on 2nd Amendment, SAFE Act
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"Repeal of the New York SAFE Act will be among the topics when the Richmond County Tea Party Patriots group hosts an educational forum on Second Amendment gun rights on Wednesday."

"The forum will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Berkinow Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd., Sea View."

"Speaking will be Stephen J. Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, a pro-Second Amendment advocacy group." ...
 

IN: Constitution protects individual’s right to own guns
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"Andy Ray, in his June 20 letter ('Andre Carson right to push for tougher gun laws'), may believe that Rep. Andre Carson is right to call for stricter gun control, but he does so with reasoning that shows his ignorance of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions."

"In the 2008 Heller v. District of Columbia and the 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago decisions, the court affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right. ..." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal constitution... The power to impose a license tax on the exercise of these freedoms is indeed as potent as the power of censorship which this Court has repeatedly struck down... a person cannot be compelled 'to purchase, through a license fee or a license tax, the privilege freely granted by the constitution.' —MURDOCK V. PENNSYLVANIA 319 US 105 (1942)

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