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Relatives of criminal shot trying to hold up Waffle House demand 'gun control'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“Tamika McSwain is Williams' cousin and said more training is needed before someone is given a CWP,” the Fox report relates. “McSwain said her family was disappointed that Harrison wasn't charged in the shooting and says her family is still considering pursuing other legal action against him.”
 

CT: Connecticut Gun Commission Exhibits Mental Issues of Its Own
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“The latest bizarre proposals, presented under the auspices of the Orwellian-named Subcommittee on Firearms/Ammunition, Best Practices/Protocols and Violence Reduction, are numerous, bureaucratic, unwieldy, terminally politically correct, and frankly, pretty stupid. As far as concerns for gun owners, they boil down to two big showstoppers: They want to '[r]equire that any shell casing for ammunition sold or possessed in Ct. have a serial number laser etched on same for tracing purposes,' and '[t]hat a mental health suitability screening process be developed for anyone seeking a license to sell, purchase or carry any type of firearm in Ct.'”
 

OR: Oregon Police Say Independence Day Weekend is 'No Refusal Weekend'
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Police in Oregon have dubbed the upcoming Fourth of July weekend a "No Refusal Weekend."
While most Americans associate Independence Day with freedom, it also means that mandatory blood tests for motorists will be required by the Eugene, Springfield and Oregon State police (video below).
If drivers refuse to take an alcohol breath test, police will quickly obtain "blood draw warrants."
These warrants will allow police to take those who refuse to take a breathalyzer to a jail, medical facility or mobile bus, where a medic can perform a blood test, notes KEZI.
 

MA: Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws
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As part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s recent report on police militarization, the Massachusetts chapter of the organization sent open records requests to SWAT teams across that state. It received an interesting response.
As it turns out, a number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These LECs are funded by several police agencies in a given geographic area and overseen by an executive board, which is usually made up of police chiefs from member police departments. ... Some of these LECs have also apparently incorporated as 501(c)(3) organizations. And it’s here that we run into problems.
 

CO: Federal Judge Upholds Colorado Gun Control Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A U.S. District Court judge ruled on Thursday that a trio of gun control laws passed last year by the Colorado Legislature does not infringe on 2nd Amendment rights – although the way she phrased her ruling makes it sound as though she’s anticipating a bitter public reaction.

Marcia Krieger, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, predicated the basis for her ruling on precedent laid down by other courts – most notably the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, which relied on an innovative interpretation of the “well-regulated militia” qualifier contained in the 2nd Amendment.
 

VA: ECPI denies student’s Second Amendment club request
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A student in Virginia Beach says his attempt to start a Second Amendment Club on campus at ECPI University fell flat, leading to heated call for change online. The school says people don’t know the whole story.

Right now gun rights websites are supporting Patrick Winslow’s fight to start his club, but the university claims it’s rooted in misinformation. 10 On Your Side got to the bottom of the debate that has so many people up in arms.
 

FL: Sorry, NBC: You Owe George Zimmerman Millions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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NBC should be held liable for the editing of George Zimmerman’s 911 call in ways that made Zimmerman appear to be a racist.

In a grotesque and apparently malicious act of misreporting, NBC, in multiple broadcasts, aired doctored, heavily edited versions of the 911 call, misleadingly moving around Zimmerman’s words like a Rubik’s Cube. The result gave a false impression of the tragic incident in which Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and it exposed Zimmerman to the hatred, scorn and contempt of millions of viewers.
 

CA: Los Angeles Looks to Expand Gun Regulation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Los Angeles is looking to follow in the footsteps of two Northern California cities that enacted gun bans on possessing large-capacity ammunition clips that have stood up to Second Amendment challenges so far.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office revised a proposed ordinance to mirror large-capacity magazine bans in San Francisco and Sunnyvale that have withstood Second Amendment challenges in two Northern California District courts, Deputy City Attorney Brian Sottile said.
 

Google to Block Firearm, Ammunition, Gun Accessory Ads
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Beginning in September, Google plans to block firearm, ammunition, and gun accessory ads.

According to Google Support's "Dangerous Products or Services" page, the company "[wants] to keep people safe both online and offline, so [they] won't allow the promotion of some products or services that cause damage, harm, or injury."

Included in the dangerous products for which ads will be blocked are "Guns & Parts." This covers "functional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense, or combat."
 

MO: Court should send dangerous gun amendment back to Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Amendment 5 would add ammunition and gun accessories to constitutionally protected status. It would make these new rights “unalienable,” and require the courts to apply “strict scrutiny” to any challenges to gun laws. This last part is hugely significant, as it could lead to existing prohibitions against dangerous felons from possessing guns to be tossed out. A judge in Louisiana, which recently passed a similar amendment, already made such a ruling.

Ed.: Except that Amendment 5 *specifically* notes it doesn't apply to violent felons.
 

CO: Federal Court Upholds Colorado Gun Control Restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday in a case filed by NSSF, Magpul Industries, firearms retailers and others, a federal court judge ruled that Colorado’s ban on standard-capacity ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds and mandatory background checks on private firearms transfers do not violate the Second Amendment.
 

Letter to House speaker demands vote to address gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the wake of recent shootings in Portland, Ore., Las Vegas, Nev. and Santa Barbara, Congress members Carol Shea-Porter (D-New Hampshire), a member of the House's Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), the task force's chairman, led a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signed by 163 members of Congress demanding a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence.
 

CO: Colorado Resuarant Encourages Customers And Employees To Carry Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One restaurant in Rifle, Colorado is living up to its name: customers are invited to bring their guns to Shooters Grill, reports the Post Independent.

“We encourage it, and the customers love that they can come here and express their rights,” Lauren Boebert told the paper. “This country was founded on our freedom. People can come in carrying their gun, and they can pray over their food.”

Even the staff is armed, with waitresses taking orders while carrying handguns in holsters strapped to their legs.
 

FL: One Way Florida’s “Warning Shot” Bill Could Help Marissa Alexander
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A couple of days ago I posted up a piece re: Florida’s passage of its “warning shot” bill and the prospects for that bill helping the case of Marissa Alexander.

Florida’s just-signed “warning shot” law unlikely to help Marissa Alexander

I neglected, however, to point out one particular facet of Florida’s new law that could potentially–not reasonably, but potentially–provide some benefit to Alexander. So, I’ll cover that here.
 

CO: Colorado gun-control laws ruled constitutional despite these arguments against them
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger has ruled that Colorado's controversial gun laws don't violate the constitution in a judgement Dave Kopel, who assembled a lawsuit endorsed by assorted businesses and dozens of Colorado sheriffs, has already pledged to appeal.

In May 2013, shortly after the suit was filed, Kopel detailed his arguments for Westword. Here's a look at why he believes the state's ban of all magazines that can hold more than fifteen rounds and a requirement for universal background checks on gun purchases are unconstitutional, as well as Krieger's reasons for deciding otherwise, supplemented by photos, two videos and three original documents, including the just-issued ruling.
 

Meet the new, even more affordable Ruger 9E pistol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ruger has just announced a new full-size 9mm, the 9E. Rooted in the design of the successful SR9, the full-size 9E is a simpler design and priced to move. It fills the gap left in Ruger’s catalog after they discontinued the P-series. If you’re a Ruger fan and looking for a backup or are a would-be gun owner on a budget, read on.
 

Is Obama Provoking Rebellion?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Is President Obama provoking rebellion, asked gun rights expert John M. Snyder here today “It’s quite possible he is,” Snyder continued. “That seems to be the opinion of Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.”

Last weekend, Gov. Jindal said he could “sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American dream for our children and grandchildren.”
 

NY: Marchione, Tenney honored by Second Amendment rights group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Shooter's Committee on Political Education (SCOPE), for her "strong record of protecting the Second Amendment," especially her opposition to the SAFE Act.

"SCOPE naming me a Legislator of the Year for 2014 is an incredible honor and something that I truly cherish and appreciate," Marchione said. "The Second Amendment is America's first freedom and I am proud to stand with the millions of patriotic, law-abiding gun owners who believe in liberty and support the Constitution of the United States.
 

CO: Colorado Gun-Control Laws Are Constitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kreiger found that Heller shows that though a citizen has the right to keep a gun for self-defense, the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to choose the type of gun they use for self-defense.

In the context of this case, Kreiger applied Heller by stating that the law banning high-capacity magazines does not take away a person's right of self-defense with a gun, it merely limits what kind of gun one can have or what size magazine one can use with certain types of guns.
 

GA: Ga. schools resist arming teachers despite new law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option to arm teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer and creates more problems than state lawmakers intended to solve.

A string of attacks at schools and colleges in California, Oregon and Washington state hasn't swayed education officials who say bluntly that they don't believe guns belong in schools.

"We could give (teachers) all the training in the world as to how to a shoot a gun, but knowing when to shoot poses a major problem," said Steve Smith, superintendent of the Bibb County School District. "The folks we work with day in and day out don't have that."
 

ATF Backs Down on Gun Sale Reports
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For nearly three years, federally-licensed firearms dealers (“FFLs”) in southern border states have been badgered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) to report sales of two or more rifles to the same person during any consecutive five-day period. Purporting to need this information to stop arms trafficking in and out of Mexico, ATF issued so-called “demand letters” to require indefinite reporting of multiple rifle sales by thousands of dealers, treating the independent FFL businessmen as though they were government employees.
 

WA: A debate about gun initiatives I-591 and I-594
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Confused about the two state initiatives coming in the Nov. 4 election about gun control and gun rights? Check out our editorial board interviews with supporters and opponents of Initiative 591 and Initiative 594. TVW produced video of the interviews.

Initiative 591 would prevent Washington state from background checks for gun buyers that are stricter than the national standard. Here is the text of Initiative 591. Supporters of I-591 want to eliminate potential laws that would make it harder to buy a gun.

Initiative 594 would require background checks for buyers at gun shows and some private transfers. Here is the text of Initiative 594. Supporters of 594 want to make it harder to buy a gun in Washington state.
 

WA: Is Seattle mayor mimicking Bloomy group’s exaggeration, misrepresentation?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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More than half of Seattle’s criminal homicides last year did not involve firearms, yet Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s focus, including his remarks last night to a community meeting in the South End, has been on gun control, and one wonders if he has taken a page from Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” playbook to exaggerate the city’s violent crime problem by misleading his constituents and misrepresenting history.

To anyone familiar with crime in Seattle and other similar-sized cities, it might appear so. Yet statistics indicate that suggestions of Seattle being caught in an “epidemic of violence” as the mayor implied Wednesday, do not pass the smell test.
 

NC: Immigrant Demands Concealed-Carry Permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Under state law, Veasey and other legally resident noncitizens can carry a concealed firearm only on their own property, and are not allowed to obtain a concealed carry permit, the complaint states.

Veasey apparently asked anyway but the Granville County Sheriff's Office confirmed in October 2012 that she was ineligible for a concealed carry permit.

"She was told not to bother applying because her application would be denied on the basis of citizenship and the money for the application fee would be wasted," according to the complaint.

Veasey and the co-plaintiff Second Amendment Foundation, of which she is a member, say the North Carolina law violates the Constitution.
 

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