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Gun threat against ‘Joe the Plumber’ warrants investigation
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"One does not know if 'Jerry Gregory’s' comment is merely rhetorical or if he’s serious, and if he actually has the motive, means and opportunity to carry out his stated intent. When a stranger threatens to shoot you, it’s probably not a good idea to automatically write it off as being frivolous, especially since it’s pretty obvious this guy is not in a joking mood and since that’s the kind of crazy talk dangerous loons might actually engage in. The person who made that comment sounds genuinely unhinged. Plus, if you need to end up defending yourself, it would help to have a record of a police report, just as legal protection in case the force needed to stop an attacker leads to his justifiable injury or death."
 

MI: Probation for cop in gun license case
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A former Clay Township police officer will serve a year and a half of probation and pay more than $16,000 in restitution for unlawfully granting pistol safety training certificates to 27 people.

Cierpial pleaded guilty to the charge April 28, the same day he resigned from the Clay Township Police Department.

In a December preliminary examination, witnesses testified they received concealed pistol license training certificates in March 2013 without receiving required firing-range instruction.

“As a law enforcement officer, your actions have reflected upon other law enforcement officers in the community,” the judge said.
 

TX: Officers Fatally Shoot Family’s Dog After Responding To Home’s Alarm System
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Round Rock police officers shot and killed a family dog after home’s alarm system was activated.
Hope Lane tells KVUE-TV that her granddaughter forgot to shut the front door all the way after leaving for school, causing it to blow open, tripping the alarm.
Two officers arrived to Lane’s home Friday, entering the house and shouting verbal warnings. Round Rock authorities say when they came upon the 120-pound Rottweiler named Bullet, the dog became aggressive toward them and made threatening actions.
That’s when, according to KVUE, the officers shot Bullet a total of seven times.
The dog was taken away by police by the time Lane got back to her house.
 

NJ: 2 Edison cops reprimanded for speaking publicly about manpower levels
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Two Edison police officers were slapped with reprimands for speaking at a town council meeting last month about low overnight staffing levels.
Patrolmen Jeff Diakunczak and Dan Boslet received oral reprimands and "buck slips," or minor disciplinary notes, after they criticized a decision by the police department's leaders to reduce minimum manpower levels. The policy change means that during a four-hour window in the early hours, the department could have as few as six officers policing the 32-square-mile town, down from eight. That endangers public safety, the officers argued.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: I would argue that news reports show that the cut improves public safety.
 

MI: 2nd Amendment Doesn't Bind Private Employer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Walgreen did not violate the Second Amendment when it fired a Michigan pharmacist who shot his concealed pistol in self defense during an armed robbery at his store, the 6th Circuit ruled.

Jeremy Hoven formerly worked for Walgreen as a staff pharmacist in Benton Township, a small town in western Michigan.
 

NRA Says It Was A Mistake To Call Texas Open Carry Gun Protesters ‘Weird’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Chris Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist, was interviewed on an NRA show Tuesday night.

Posting the criticism "was a mistake," he said. "It shouldn’t have happened. I’ve had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners. Our job is to effectuate policy changes that expands and protects our members’ right to self-defense."
 

NRA Apologizes For Calling Open Carry Protests "Downright Weird," Says Statement Was "A Mistake"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Cox went on to describe the NRA's official policy: "The National Rifle Association unapologetically and unflinchingly supports the right of self-defense and what that means is that our members and our supporters have a right to carry a firearm in any place they have a legal right to be. If that means open carry, we support open carry. If it means concealed carry, it means concealed carry. So unequivocally we support open carry, we've been the leader of open carry efforts across this country, the leader in opposing efforts to curtail the ability to carry firearms, and that's something we're proud of and we do every day for our members."
 

Target Corporation Needs to Demonstrate Better Gun Sense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tonight I learned that the Target Corporation has been dragging its feet in responding to the "open carry" activists that have used Target stores as part of their public arena in their sickeningly brutish displays of slinging long arm weaponry openly as a means of asserting their Second Amendment rights. The Open Carry Texas group, itself, refers to Target Corporation as "very 2A friendly," suggesting the stores are welcoming of their antics.
 

CO: Checking In On Colorado Town Where Guns Are Required
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last year, the small town of Nucla, Colo., thrust itself into the Second Amendment spotlight. It required all households to own a gun.

Supporters of the measure said it was a non-issue because most of the town’s residents owned a gun already. But opponents say it has not helped the town’s image.

Ed.: An audio story.
 

IL: Illinois Gun Owners – Stand Up To Cook County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Cook County’s attitude is that if you want your rights, sue us for them. Well, there are other ways we have to redress our grievances! Cook County is seeking statutory authority to reduce their pension responsibilities.

If they do not get that authority from the State of Illinois their budget will be severely impacted. Too bad!

Call your State Representative and State Senator and tell them to OPPOSE the Cook County pension deal until they leave our Second Amendment Rights alone.
 

Gun Control Logic That… Actually Makes Sense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, and Chicago have such low crime rates and the cops there need guns.

Washington DC’s murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to the strict gun control laws they have passed. Indianapolis’ murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control laws they have passed.

The statistics that show high murder rates justify gun control, but statistics that show increasing murder rates after gun control are “just statistics.”

The Brady Bill and The Assault Weapons Ban both went into effect in 1994. They are the reason for the decrease in violent crime rates that have been on the decline since 1991.
 

IL: Quincy citizens now have access to a gun range
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Set your sights on this. A new gun range has open it's doors in Quincy.

"Well it kind of started with the conceal and carry class and found out there really isn't any place for people in Quincy to shoot. If you own land you got a place to shoot but if you don't there isn't any place close for people to shoot," Mark Dempsey, owner of RKBA Gun Range, said.

Conceal and carry class sizes have grown since the law went into effect January 1, 2014.
 

Searching for Rationale in the Irrational – The Complexity of the Response to Tragedy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We are again in the wake of another public tragedy. This latest horror, which claimed six innocent lives in southern California, has brought about the predictable calls for gun control and limitations upon the Second Amendment.

I, probably like you, find myself back in the same place, in the same unenviable position of defending the Second Amendment and trying to inject some thoughtful conversation into an emotionally charged situation.
 

Why we need a federal knife registry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On the subject of public safety President Obama once said, “No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe. But if there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.”

It’s with this philosophy in mind that I’m encouraging lawmakers at the federal level to adopt legislation that would expand bans on certain knives, mandate universal background checks on all knife purchases and/or transfers and create a nationwide registry of knife owners.

Ed.: Presumably satire from guns.com
 

LA: NOPD meets with citizen group French Quarter Minutemen
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After several media reports by WDSU, the New Orleans Police Department asked to meet with the founder of the French Quarter Minutemen.

An armed volunteer organization recently formed to reduce violent crime in the French Quarter by providing escorts to service sector workers.
 

3D printed gun maker Cody Wilson defends freedom to print guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Cody Wilson, 26, founded Defense Distributed in 2012 for the explicit purpose of demonstrating how 3D printers can produce working plastic handguns as well as replacement parts for existing rifles.

Wilson, a former student of the University of Texas School of Law, posted the plans for his Liberator gun online for anyone to download. Although the US government forced him to remove the plans last year, the Genie was already out of the bottle. The CAD drawings had been downloaded tens of thousands of times.
 

WA: Big money rolls into gun control campaign; who is ‘anonymous donor?’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday’s latest “kickoff” of the Initiative 594 campaign in Seattle reportedly brought in a $1 million pledge from Nick and Leslie Hanauer – prime bank-rollers of the gun control effort so far – along with what the Seattle P-I.com reported was “a six-figure pledge from an anonymous donor,” and that is troubling to gun rights activists.

When an issue threatens to erode what they consider are not only firearms rights but privacy rights, “six-figure” pledges to that campaign should not be anonymous. It’s an age-old principle held dear by the press: The public has a right to know.
 

NRA backtracks, apologizes for criticizing Texas group’s open carry tactics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With scrolling stars in the background, the National Rifle Association retracted its criticism of open carry activists in Texas on June 3.

The NRA’s top lobbyist Chris Cox appeared on Cam & Company, the group’s news show, to discuss the statement that it released on May 30,where it called certain tactics of some “downright foolishness.” He claimed that the commentary piece was written by a staffer who slipped in his personal views on the issue.
 

Spring Wishes for the Well Armed Woman
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Spring is in full swing, and with graduations, weddings, vacations and everything else happening in your life, I marvel at your energy!

What is most impressive is that even with all that you have going on, you make sure to prioritize your training and growth as women shooters.
 

FL: Florida Carry wins suit against Eastern Florida State College
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida Carry, Inc., has won another court victory against a state school that wouldn't allow staff and students to keep a firearm secured in their vehicle while attending class.
 

NRA clarifies sharp 'open carry' criticism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When "open carry" groups take their message to parking lots and sidewalks, they say they're fighting for gun rights.

What they didn't expect is to have to defend themselves from "friendly fire."

"You grow up to revere the NRA, almost like it’s a grandfather," said Tov Henderson of Open Carry Texas. "They’re the vanguards of the the Second Amendment."

All it took to set off this firestorm was a web article by the NRA-ILA, the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association. A staffer described, in a May 30 opinion piece, the walks with rifles out in the open as “downright scary” and "downright weird."
 

U.S. House of Representatives, Who Voted Pro-gun?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The vote was on a Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) amendment to H.R. 4660, the Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill.

Both Representatives hold an “F” rating with Gun Owners of America.
Their amendment would add an additional $19.5 million to pay states to turn in more names to the federal gun-ban (NICS) list.
 

Gabrielle Giffords group targets 2014 races
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Americans for Responsible Solutions, the super PAC founded by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, announced Tuesday that it will invest millions of dollars in seven Senate races and four House races across the country, bolstering candidates — including two Republicans — who support stricter gun laws and are facing tough elections.
 

CA: APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Beginning in 2007, California officials began accumulating names from court records, medical facilities and lists of known or wanted criminals, and then cross-referenced them against the federal background check system for gun-buyers. The list is updated every day.

The Armed and Prohibited Persons Program, known as APP, was originally billed as going after dangerous people, but for the most part, with some exceptions, lately has not been aimed at the dangerous of society.

California is the only state to use a program like APP, which cross references five databases to find people who have legally purchased handguns, shotguns, and rifles with people banned from owning or possessing firearms.
 

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