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Federal Court Says Self-Defense Ban by States is Constitutional
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"States can not only ban guns, they can ban self-defense. That's what a court just ruled. And we're told it is the 'conservative" position.'"

Also:
* CA .50 caliber ban upheld
* Olofson appeal rejected
* Ohio concealed carry in restaurants bill introduced
* Alerts from Oregon and Nevada
* The latest from my fellow GREs
 

Will U.S. Gun Rights Go the Way of England's?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Based on then-Senator Obama's voting record regarding gun rights, our current president could arguably be considered the most anti-gun president in our nation’s history. That, along with an anti-gun Congress, the United States could be headed for more tyranny."

"As Scott McPherson of The Future of Freedom Foundation pointed out, similar to the right expressed in our Second Amendment, the English have a right to bear arms as expressed in English Declaration of Rights (1688). Nonetheless, in 1997, handgun ownership was completely banned."

"Given the leftist atmosphere in U.S. politics currently, alongside the wiggle room that Justice Scalia left in the Heller decision ... we could be in trouble." ...
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Submitter's Note: Will U.S. gun rights go the way of England's? Not while I breathe.
III
 

The Tiller murder, and the fragility of liberty
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Department of Homeland Security's 'right-wing extremist' report has been extensively discussed (here, for example). The outpouring of public outrage at the blatant political bias inherent to subjecting citizens to heightened scrutiny as possible 'terrorists,' simply because their political views make some people nervous, eventually forced a badly needed--if rather hollow--apology from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano."

"The murder Sunday of abortion doctor George Tiller has prompted some to suggest that there was nothing out of line about the DHS report." ...
 

Abortion Doctor's killer was Militia, really?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In yesterday’s piece, I clarified how the very first Militia of the United States is protected under United States Code Title 10, Section 311 as a legitimate armed body of persons who does not answer to the Commander-in-Chief. I mentioned that this irks liberals and anti-gun, anti-liberty types. I mentioned that you are the first Militia in this country, and how you as a questioning citizen who supervises government is mischaracterized and even defamed brazenly by media. I mention often that defamation is a weapon of the left as part of our double-standard. ..."

"I got mail noticing the same defect in the article: what militia? Name one." ...
 

Entryism: Why and How Collectivist Extremists Seek to Infiltrate Popular Movements
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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... "Well, folks, here we are in the first decade of the 21st Century and the same collectivist maggots who crawled out in the last decade of the 20th are showing up again, trying to attach themselves to popular movements. Back in my Benedict Arnold period, we communists called this 'working the Popular Front.' Today, some refer to this as 'entryism.'"

"As I am very busy at the moment, I think the easiest way to explain this is to let one of the maggots explain the process to you himself." ...
 

Predicting the anti-gun response to restaurant carry bill
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Yesterday, the bill to remove Ohio's ban on self-defense while dining was introduced. If passed, this bill would allow a lawful citizen with a concealed handgun license (CHL) to remain armed while eating in a restaurant that serves alcohol as long as that person was not drinking. Soon, we'll see the typical responses from the anti-gun, anti-freedom crowd."

"Usually the first attack on legislation like this is that they claim this will result in people getting drunk, getting into fights, and that will lead to shootings. Of course, they neglect to explain why this doesn't happen in the other thirty-nine states that do allow restaurant patrons to remain armed." ...
 

WI: Homeowner captures burglar, holds suspect at gunpoint
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Town of Ripon man held a burglar at gunpoint after he caught the suspect inside his home, warning 911 dispatchers that if the intruder even flinched, he would shoot."

"'I got my burglar here right now. I got him at gunpoint,' the man told a 911 dispatcher after he captured the intruder ... 'Get them out here fast. You don't get somebody out here quick, this guy's going to die.'" ...

"... the homeowner, 68, arrived home to find lights on inside his house just after 1 a.m. Friday. He parked his vehicle, armed himself with a handgun and confronted the burglar, who had apparently been removing items from the home and was going back for more ..."

"The homeowner can be heard on the 911 recording telling the intruder to 'Get down on the floor!' ..." ...
 

TX: Pistol-packing patron shoots robbery suspect
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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"A 77-year-old Korean War veteran fired one round Monday, wounding one of two masked men suspected in the robbery of a game room ..." ...

"The veteran, Robert Hays of Texas City, was thrown to the ground, and then a suspect went through his wallet, [Texas City PD Capt. Brian] Goetschius said."

"'The 77-year-old concealed gun permit carrier drew his .38-caliber revolver and shot one of the crooks,' Goetschius said. 'The crook immediately fell to the floor, and he dropped his gun and he lost a shoe.'"

"The men fled through the back door with an unknown amount of cash, and at 1:18 a.m. police were notified of a man suffering from a gunshot or stab wound checking himself into Clear Lake Regional Medical Center." ...
 

KY: Pastor encouraging people to bring guns to church
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Church shootings have been in the headlines for the past few years, so when a local church announced that it is asking people to bring guns to church we wanted to know why."

"Most people consider church a sanctuary, a place of peace. But recently, church shootings have been in the headlines. ... Despite this news, Ken Pagano, pastor of New Bethel Church in Valley Station, is encouraging people to bring their guns to church on June 27."

"'This is for anybody that believes in second amendment rights. And that is the buttress to first amendment rights,' said Pagano."

"Pagano, a concealed carry instructor who served in the Marine Corps, is holding what he calls an Open Carry Celebration." ...
 

OK: Legal defense fund set up for Ersland; attorney gets guns
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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"Friends and supporters of pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland of Chickasha have established an account at a local bank for anyone wanting to contribute to Ersland’s legal defense."

"Ersland, 57, was charged with first-degree murder last week after he shot one of two teen-agers trying to rob the Oklahoma City pharmacy where he worked. Prosecutors say Ersland was justified in the intial shot ... but he crossed the line into murder when he pumped an additional five shots into the youngster while he lay unconscious on the floor. ..."

"Meanwhile, Ersland said Monday he's given his guns to his defense attorney."

"He told Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure at a hearing he's given every weapon he owns to defense attorney Irven Box." ...
 

NJ: Princeton Gun Scare Ends With 4 in Custody
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Princeton University was in lockdown after a person holding what appeared to be a handgun was spotted on campus, school officials said. The lockdown lasted for nearly an hour."

"Police took four juvenile suspects into custody just before 11:30 a.m. None of the four suspects were students. One had a dark green toy gun in his waistband that school officials said could have been mistaken for a real gun."

"The four kids were apparently rummaging through some sort of trash dumpster and told cops that's where they found the toy gun, police sources told NBCNewYork.com. One of the juveniles picked up the fake gun, put it in his belt and started walking away with the other three kids when a woman spotted the gun in his waistband and called police. ..." ...
 

SC: Sanford's Priorities: Nix School Funding And Reform, Allow Guns At School
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) has been waging a months-long war against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, refusing to apply for $700 million in federal stimulus funds, most of which would go to improving South Carolina's failing schools." ...

"Now the governor has taken action on two bills that show where his priorities really lie: He vetoed a bill reigning in predatory payday lending, and signed a bill allowing loaded guns on school grounds." ...

"The gun law Sanford signed allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to leave a gun in their car while parked at a school so that, according to the bill's sponsor, teachers can more fully exercise their rights:" ...
 

NY: State Senate Leaders Bar NY State Rifle & Pistol Assn. and Other Pro-Gun Groups From Microstamping Meeting
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The State Senate is currently considering legislation that would require microstamping technology on all semi-automatic handguns sold in New York State. ... The [NYSRPA] and other pro-Second Amendment groups have long opposed this legislation as impractical and an economic burden on firearms manufacturers and owners. The technology is easily defeated by the criminally-minded, and research conducted in California when it was considering similar legislation showed that the imprinted serial numbers were illegible about half of the time."

"On June 3rd State Senate leaders held a meeting with the company that is the sole source of microstamping technology, and with anti-gun individuals and groups ... Pro-Second Amendment groups that tried to attend this meeting were barred at the door. ..." ...
 

TN: House votes to override veto of guns in bars bill
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Tennessee House members voted on Wednesday to override the governor's veto of a bill to allow handguns to be carried in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol."

"The House voted 69-27 against the veto. The Senate is expected to vote on the matter Thursday."

"The final version of the bill previously passed the House on a 66-23 vote. All but one of the new votes for or against the measure came from lawmakers who were absent on the previous vote."

"Nashville Rep. Beth Harwell, who was the only Republican to vote against the veto override Wednesday, previously abstained." ...
 

WA: Is Mayor Nickels Backing Off On Gun Ban?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels might be having second thoughts about moving forward with his controversial 'dangerous weapons' ban. The executive order would effectively prohibit the possession of firearms on most city-owned properties. The ban has naturally drawn the criticism of Second Amendment rights groups and also Attorney General Rob McKenna, who has stated that it violates state preemption statutes."

"In March, we wrote that the Mayor's office was still planning on following through with the ban, with it taking effect 'sometime in May' ..." ...

"The Mayor's office has been vague on the issue, saying simply that an announcement hasn't been made yet. ..." ...
 

NY: Ball supports Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Assemblyman Greg Ball ... knocked another one out of the park today, for New York's sportsmen and law-abiding gun owners, as he brought with him representatives from the [NRA] and [NSSF] to a microstamping demonstration and press conference hosted by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel ... at the State Police Headquarters in Albany."

"Although the event was held at a public building and Assemblyman Ball was invited by Schimel, members of the manufacturing sector and other second amendment advocates were not invited. Amazingly, Ball's guests were actually refused admittance to the event. ... Ball pointed out the hypocrisy of today's event and why this measure infringes on the rights of law-abiding gun owners." ...
 

NY: Kimber Mfg., Inc. Opposes Microstamping Legislation Proposed by NY State General Assembly
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Given what is known today about microstamping technology, Kimber Mfg. is opposed to the microstamping legislation proposed by the NY State General Assembly."

"Microstamping is a patented technology which purportedly allows a manufacturer to laser-engrave a firearm's make, model and serial number on the firing pin of each firearm. Independent study of this technology has been unable to substantiate its efficacy. In fact, studies have shown that the technology is flawed and requires further testing, analysis, and evaluation."

"In addition, Kimber is unaware of any study or findings that show microstamping technology to be an effective means of reducing the criminal misuse of firearms." ...
 

GA: Planning Commission suggests denial of firing range changes
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"The Bartow County Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend denial of proposed changes to the zoning ordinance that targeted firing ranges."

"The unanimous vote came after a public hearing that lasted almost two hours ..."

"The proposed changes would not only impact new firing ranges, but those already in existence. Facilities would require a minimum lot size of 100 acres. Additionally, ranges would have to be oriented so that firing is not directed toward residential properties within 2,000 yards and restricts the number of people allowed to fire at one time. ..."

"According to County Attorney Peter Olsen, the existing facilities would have six months to comply with the ordinance changes or face closure. ..." ...
 

ATF screws over vintage airplane collector: Premonitions of Absolved?
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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Well, I went out to buy a Birmingham News today and what do I find on the front cover?

The Feds have seized a vintage airplane because the ATF has a paperwork issue. Another John McClain moment.

Gun owners to aircraft collectors: "Welcome to the party, pal!"

You know, one of the themes in Absolved is that there are no obsolete weapons, only obsolete tactics. Has the ATF internalized that fear already? Are they having premonitions of Absolved? Do they see Charlie Quintard in their sleep?

Or is it just the dimwitted ATF chickensh-t paperwork/rule confusion default position?

Yeah, probably that. At least until the book comes out. ;-)
 

Taser Torture as Summary Punishment for "Non-Compliance"
Submitted by: Larry

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"The official rationale for issuing Tasers to police officers is that the electro-shock devices represent a 'non-lethal' alternative to the use of a firearm in dealing with situations that threaten the life or safety of an officer or innocent bystanders."

"In practical terms, however, the Taser ... has become an instrument of 'pain compliance.' In unadorned terms, this is summary punishment through torture for those who pose no threat to anyone, but who refuse to cooperate instantly with orders issued to them by police officers."

"The recent arrest of 72-year-old Austin grandmother Kathryn Winkfein, who was assaulted with a Taser during a traffic stop, illustrates this perfectly." ...
 

GA: An Atlanta police officer supports the right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I received a letter from a friend, and I thought it would be helpful to share some of it here in this column, because it relates an Atlanta police officer's support for the right to bear arms. Many times it is assumed that all or most police officers are against the right to bear arms. In my experience, this is completely untrue. Many people also assume that rural police officers support the right to bear arms while urban police officers do not. Last week's column involving a rural sheriff's department and today's column involving the most urban police department in Georgia will hopefully challenge this assumption." ...
 

IL: We Need More Resignations!
Submitted by: Larry

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"The incident of Chicago police felony assault described in Mr. Griggs's post directly resulted in the resignation of Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline. He was ashamed of himself and his department."

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if every public official overseeing abuse of power would resign -- after firing all the abusers? Talk about a leaner government!" ...
 

IL: Heroic Chicago Cop Repels Bar Assault - Not!
Submitted by: Larry

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"Two years ago, Chicago Police Officer Anthony Abbate ... was caught on video delivering a drunken beating to a 115-pound female bartender named Karolina Obrycka."

"After the drunken Abbate ... was told that he was cut off for the evening, he became foul-mounted and abusive and threw a garbage can." ...

"Infuriated, Abbate threw Miss Obrycka to the floor and pummeled her mercilessly ..."

"Abbate is a bully, which means he's also a coward. At his trial, Abbate permitted his attorney to frame the incident as a matter of self-defense: Yes, this rugged, heroic street cop was simply trying to fend off the aggressive behavior of a woman less than half his size." ...
 

Business is Booming
Submitted by: Larry

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"President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter heralds yet another victory for gun-makers. Yes, you read that right."

"Let me explain."

"While most investors have been rightly focused on the crisis in the markets and economy lately, some Americans have been focusing on other political issues, namely the Second Amendment."

"They wonder, will the Obama Administration and new Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor put the right to bear arms in jeopardy? Clearly, many think so, as evidenced by an increase in gun sales and an associated rally in gun stocks." ...
 

OH: Lima News Editorial: Concealed carry without problems
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Lima News has published an editorial addressing the latest spike in applications for Ohio concealed handgun licenses, and also in the overall success of the program to date."

"The editorial begins by noting that 'critics of concealed carry legislation have been silent of late in Ohio, and with good reason. People who legally carry are responsible, law-abiding citizens who mean to protect themselves, not to harm other people.'" ...
 

IL: Chicago area reacts to handgun ban ruling
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"There's mixed reaction on Wednesday night to a federal appeals court ruling that upholds handgun bans in both Chicago and Oak Park."

"The ruling came from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, one step below the Supreme Court. Experts say the basis for upholding the bans is simple -- it is not for the lower court to decide."

"It's a shot through the view that all local gun bans should fall in light of the Supreme Court's ruling last June. ..."

"The [NRA] said it will appeal."

"'The Seventh Circuit got it wrong ... As the Supreme Court said, the second amendment is an individual right that 'belongs to all Americans',' said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist ..." ...
 

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