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Police State Europe
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“'She said further terror attacks on the UK were inevitable unless the country became a ‘'police state,’ the report continued. That means being able to protect themselves as government policies devolve their culture into chaos will not be an option for ordinary people, as a 'monopoly of violence' remains the exclusive province of the state."
 

Vanderboegh warns against ‘delegitimized’ government at Texas rally
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“'Now let me show you who some members of law enforcement think is the enemy, who they train daily to engage and kill,' he announced as a poster portraying a stereotypical militia member was handed up to him to show the crowd. 'This is a target used by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.'"
 

Can’t shoot what you can’t see
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
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One thing I learned from my time in Vietnam was light control. The VC would wait in the pitch black darkness waiting for some fool to light a cigarette and give away his position. I can see the same problem in a house. I am a burglar. I hear you get up and then I hide. I see your flashlight before you even enter the room where I am hiding. Now I am waiting for you with the advantage. .......
 

New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg, last surviving WWII vet in the Senate, dies at 89
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Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who cast more votes than any other U.S. senator from New Jersey, died Monday after complications from viral pneumonia.
Lautenberg died at 4:02 a.m., at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He was 89 years old. ...
He was also a prominent voice for increased gun control even as many fellow Democrats distanced themselves from the issue. He wrote the 1996 law that prohibits domestic abusers from purchasing firearms, and called for closing the so-called gun show loophole to strengthen background checks. In fact, the last votes he cast in the Senate came in April on various gun control amendments.
 

NE: School Says Deaf Boy’s Name Sign Looks Too Much Like A Gun
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You can’t make this stuff up. The good news: 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer, who is deaf, knows how to sign his name. The bad news: His school says his hand sign looks too much like a gun and has asked him to change it.

The school, in Grand Island, Nebraska, is forcing Hunter to change the way he signs his name, because they say his gestures violate their weapons policy. Lunacy reigns supreme, America.

Hunter’s personalized name sign is a registered sign with Signing Exact English – a modified form of American Sign Language – and involves extended index fingers that the district says resembles a gun. “We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,” said a School spokesperson.
 

Philippines: Bishops on gun license: No, thanks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The government considered the welfare of priests – who, for authorities, remain “in imminent danger” – when it allowed them to carry firearms outside their houses under the newly signed Republic Act 10591.

Catholic bishops, however, gave this legal provision the cold shoulder, stressing that priests, as "men of peace," shouldn't own firearms.

Republic Act 10591, which President Benigno Aquino III signed last May 29, classified priests as among those “under actual threat” or “in imminent danger.” The law allows only such persons to carry firearms outside their houses.
 

ME: Maine Anti-Gun Bills Halted in State Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two misguided anti-gun bills, LD 265 and LD 267, were defeated on first reading in the Maine Senate yesterday.

LD 265, defeated by a 15-20 vote, would repeal an important self-defense measure enacted in 2011, which prohibits an employer from banning an employee with a valid Permit to Carry Concealed Firearms from keeping a firearm in the employee’s vehicle as long as the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible. LD 267, defeated by a 16-19 vote, criminalizes private transfers by mandating background investigations for all firearm transfers performed at gun shows.
 

NJ: New Jersey Senate Approves Remaining Anti-Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday, the New Jersey Senate passed multiple dangerous gun control bills.

Some of these bills will now go to the Governor for his consideration, while others will be returned to the Assembly for concurrence with Senate amendments.
 

NJ: NJ2AS Twitter Campagin – Christie Tweets, Veto New Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As many of you probably know, the NJ Senate has passed the new NJ gun laws we have been fighting.

Our next step is to encourage Christie to VETO these new bills. We will be sending the following Tweets to Christie and NJ GOP. As always, copy and paste the entire Tweet several times a day.

Please continue with the #FIXTheNICS campaign. This is in addition to our regular Tweets.
 

CO: Sen. John Morse recalled: First Colorado legislative recall
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Petition signatures filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office are more than sufficient to recall state senator John Morse (D). The recall is the first recall of a Colorado legislator in the state’s history.

The Recall Morse committee filed over 16,000 signatures, more than double the required number.
 

IA: We need new gun control laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since then, there have been no mass shootings and the decline in total gun deaths has accelerated. The rate of firearm homicide, which was decreasing by 3 percent per year, decreased by 7.5 percent after the new laws.

Authors of the article, Simon Chapman and Philip Alpers write: “The U.S. gun lobby argues that because people (not guns) kill people, gun control will not reduce gun deaths.” The Australian experience shows the contrary to be true.
 

MT: ‘Castle doctrine’: Right to use force, does it include killing the intruder?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That old adage that a person’s home is their castle is something that Montana law treats as sacred.

The lengths that a person can go to protect one’s home stretches much further than what one can do on a public street. This goes as far as using deadly force inside the home, even at the slightest hint of harm.
 

CCRKBA, SAF reveal ‘real war on women’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If there is a war on women – as liberals alleged last year about conservatives during the election campaign cycle – it is part of a broader cultural war that discourages gun ownership and armed self-defense, a message that is delivered in a short new video announced today by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and its sister organization, the Second Amendment Foundation.

Ed.: The video is available at the linked article.
 

DC: NRA Submits Testimony Opposing Mandatory Liability Insurance Bill for Gun Owners in D.C.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is an affront to law-abiding gun owners–you are not required to carry insurance to exercise any other constitutional right.

It is economically discriminatory–insurance is expensive and such a mandate could make firearm ownership even more unattainable for average law-abiding D.C. residents who have an inherent right to self-defense regardless of income.

No insurance company will write a policy to cover the intentional or criminal misuse of a firearm. Since the insurance policy B20-170 seeks to mandate does not exist, this could lead to an all-out gun ban in the District of Columbia.
 

Canada: Canada not among 60 countries signing landmark treaty on world arms trade
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Given the fact the U.S., with its strong pro-gun lobby, will sign the treaty makes Canada’s position all the more depressing, Dewar said.

“This is an important global issue. This is about preventing more conflict. And so it shows you how far behind we are, that this government is living in the past,” Dewar said.

“They will not recognize the present circumstances nor the future of how we avoid conflict. And so it is embarrassing. It’s unfortunate.”

Word that the U.S. — the world’s largest arms dealer — would sign is critical, but the treaty’s ultimate strength rests on support by all major arms exporters and importers.
 

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Investigate "Stand Your Ground" Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has approved an investigation into the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. The organization will decide whether the law that 24 states currently follow, has racial bias.

Focus was put on the law following the killing of Trayvon Martin by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012. He was not arrested immediately after the incident and later plead self-defense, citing the "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force in instances where they feel threatened.
 

FL: Trayvon Martin family attorney can be deposed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump can be deposed, according to an appeals court ruling Monday.

The judge in the case originally ruled that defense attorneys for George Zimmerman could not question Crump regarding Witness 8, the friend Trayvon Martin was on the phone with the night he was shot in February 2012.

The appeals court, however, ruled that limited questioning can take place.

The defense team is interested in what Crump knows about Witness 8 and statements she has made to the media and to attorneys.

New details discovered earlier this year contradicted sworn statements Witness 8 already made.
 

U.N. arms treaty a direct threat to American gun ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Arms Trade Treaty directly threatens the Second Amendment rights and privacy of American gun owners. Article 12 of the treaty “encourages” signatory nations to compile “records” of all “end users” of firearms imported into their county — and to supply this sensitive personal information to the government of the exporting country.

In other words, if you bought a shotgun made by an Italian manufacturer, the U.S. government would keep a record of your purchase and provide your information to the Italian government. This is gun registration on an international level, plain and simple.
 

GA: Heath speaks on guns and violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last December, after a long day of work, I could think of nothing more important than going home and hugging my kids tightly.

News of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy was everywhere that day-TV, newspaper, social media and general conversation. When a parent sends a child to school or when a teacher goes to work, it is assumed both will return home safe and sound at the end of the day.
 

TX: Open Carry Rally and March Triggers Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A run in between a Fort Hood soldier and the Temple Police Department triggers an open carry rally and march...and a strong desire to protect second amendment rights.

On March 16, Amy Master Sergeant CJ Grisham and his son were walking down Airport Road in West Temple.

He had a loaded assault style rifle strapped across his chest. While Grisham had the right to carry a firearm, a person called police out of concern after seeing the weapon in public.

Grisham's son recorded video on his phone of police confiscating his dad's weapon and taking Grisham into custody.
 

IL: Illinois Drone Nullification Gets Final Approval, Heading to Governor’s Desk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An Illinois bill restricting drone spying to the point of near extinction now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.

If signed into law, SB1587 would prohibit law enforcement angencies from using unmanned drones to gather evidence or other information without a warrant in most cases.

The House overwhelmingly passed the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act 105-12 on May 30. The Senate gave its approval 52-1 in April and quickly concurred with two House Amendments the day after House passage. SB1587 now moves on to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.
 

NY: SAFE Act draws opposition at forum
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More than 200 “citizen patriots” got a call to action to fight the SAFE Act, New York’s gun-control law, Monday night at a TEA New York-sponsored forum.

“It’s you guys who are going to make a difference,” Steve Aldstadt, state president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, or SCOPE, told the crowd packed into the Shannon Pub in the Town of Tonawanda almost like it was St. Patrick’s Day.

The SAFE Act, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law in mid-January in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, puts restrictions on guns and ammunition.
 

Defiant Kerry vows to sign UN arms treaty despite opposition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that the United States will be signing on to a controversial United Nations Small Arms Treaty. Kerry said that President Barack Obama will affix his signature to the treaty at the earliest opportunity, despite intense continued bi-partisan opposition to it.

“We look forward to signing it as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily,” Kerry announced. He referred to the treaty as “an important contribution to efforts to stem the illicit trade in conventional weapons, which fuels conflict, empowers violent extremists, and contributes to violations of human rights,” according to Fox News.
 

Rumor Control: Ammo Shortages Revisited
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Other rumors concern acquisitions of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security and a number of smaller agencies. Much of this concern stems from a misunderstanding of the size of the U.S. ammunition market. While the amount of ammunition some agencies have sought to buy seems impressive at a glance, it’s far less so when spread out over a multi-year contract and over the tens of thousands of armed federal agents who engage in regular firearm training and qualification. And even if federal agencies bought all of the ammunition for which they’ve recently solicited proposals, it would still amount to only about three percent of total domestic ammunition production.
 

WV: Some Anti-Gun Rules Simply Crazy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Anti-gun craziness in public schools seems to be increasing. It ought to be upsetting to any reasonable person, not just to those worried about Americans' Second Amendment rights.

Many West Virginians remember the ludicrous situation in March, when a 14-year-old boy was suspended from school - and arrested - in Logan County. His offense, ironically, was refusing to turn a National Rifle Association "Defend Your Rights" shirt inside out, at a teacher's order. A few days later, about 100 of his classmates showed up at school wearing the same type of shirt.
 

WV: Now, You Can't Ban Guns at the Public Pool
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For 20 years, Charleston has been an island of modest gun restrictions in a very pro-gun rights state. But its gun laws - including a ban on guns in city parks, pools and recreation centers - are now likely to be rolled back, the latest victory in a long-standing push to deny cities the power to regulate guns.

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"I don't see everyone with a concealed carry permit deciding to go to a pool and carry a gun," said Democrat Mark Hunt, a state delegate, "So what if they do? They're law-abiding citizens."

Charleston's mayor said he has a plan if somebody brings a gun poolside: "We're going to close down the pool."
 

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