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NRA warns firearms dealers of anti-gun survey
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“[P]articipating in the survey in any way would give Dr. Wintemute credibility in the eyes of the anti-gun organizations that fund his efforts, which would only increase his chance of obtaining more money for more anti-gun research,” they add.
 

WV: Suit seeks to halt harassment of citizens carrying firearms in Wheeling
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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Two Ohio County men are challenging what they claim is a campaign of harassment by Wheeling police against citizens lawfully carrying firearms in the Friendly City.

The city of Wheeling, its police chief and three of its officers are named as co-defendants in a 41-count civil rights suit filed by Keith Owen Campbell, and his father, Larry A. Campbell. In their complaint filed in U.S. District Court on May 11, Keith, 45, and Larry, 70, both of Wheeling, allege the city violated, among other things, their Second and Fourth Amendment rights when officers detained Keith, and temporarily confiscated the handgun he was carrying without any probable cause.

According to their suit, the Campbells went to lunch at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Zane Street on Dec. 4. At the time, Keith was carrying in plain sight a .45 caliber pistol in a retention holster.
 

TX: Arlington PD Testing Unmanned Aircraft
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The Arlington Police Department is in the first part of its experiment in using unmanned aircraft to assist in law enforcement.
The department has been testing and evaluating two battery-operated, remote-controlled aircraft over a small, restricted airspace near Lake Arlington Dam, away from populated areas.
The aircraft are flown only for daylight operations and within a small, restricted airspace. The aircraft have to remain within the pilot's line of sight and fly 400 feet above the ground level.

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MI: Detroit Police officer on restricted duty after alleged gas station beating
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee has placed an officer on restricted duty and taken away his gun after the department launched a probe today into his conduct during a confrontation at a Detroit gas station that led to a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Godbee reviewed the incident, which was captured on a security camera and obtained by The Detroit News, and said based on his preliminary review, placed the officer on administrative restricted duty. The department's Force Investigations unit opened the investigation today after reading about the confrontation, which occurred in November 2009, and watching the video on The Detroit News website.
 

Craig Morgan’s Most Important Success Story
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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Tennessee born country music star Craig Morgan is famous not only for being a country music sensation but also for being a diehard outdoorsman whose hunting adventures are featured on the hit Outdoor Channel reality show All Access Outdoors.

In addition to his hit TV show and six Top Ten singles, Morgan is also extremely proud of the fact that he is an army veteran. Morgan, who served ten years on active duty, holds Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Air Assault qualifications.

In short, Morgan is an all-American success story. But recently he discovered that his biggest success was in teaching his children how to protect themselves.
 

NRA to Gun Dealers: Don't Respond to Anti-Gun Survey
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If you are a federally licensed dealer in firearms, you may recently have received a survey questionnaire from gun control supporter Dr. Garen Wintemute, of the University of California, Davis.

The survey asks dealers questions about their business, their reasons for being in the business, their support for gun control, and their customers.

has received hundreds of thousand$ from anti-gun organizations to conduct “studies” designed to promote gun control. Several of these so-called “studies” have tried to blame legal firearms dealers for the illegal use of guns, and proposed further restrictions on dealers' ability to conduct business. (You can see a list of past studies on his website, at ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/vprp/publications/
 

PA: Gabler Praises Castle Doctrine Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gabler issued the following statement in response to the signing:

“Signing of this bill into law is long overdue, but nevertheless welcome for those of us who have cosponsored this legislation from the start. Pennsylvanians deserve the right to protect themselves and should not have to be concerned with retribution, liability or lawsuit when confronted by an intruder or attacker who threatens to do obvious harm to their life or property.
 

WA: Everett cop fired over fatal 2009 shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last year, after Everett police Officer Troy Meade was found not guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a drunken man in a car, he told reporters, "I'm going back to work."

No, he's not. At least not in Everett.

Meade has been fired from the Everett Police Department, according to documents released Thursday by the City of Everett. Meade had been placed on paid administrative leave the day after the June 10, 2009, shooting and never returned to work.
 

CA: California Rifle and Pistol Association Monthly Report for June 2012 [video]
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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CRPA Executive Director and President’s Monthly Report for June 2011
 

WI: Add facts to guns debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In my 15 years of practice as a pathologist, I never attended an autopsy in which the victim was a criminal who died at the hands of someone protecting himself. I have, however, attended dozens of autopsies in which someone has committed suicide, suffered an accident or has been killed by a family member.

Ed.: That'd be because the right to keep and bears arms for self defense was non-existent in Wisconsin until around last year.
 

OH: New Rules for Vehicle Carry: The Other Half of SB17
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ohio Senate Bill 17, which was signed into law by Governor Kasich on June 30, eliminates a good portion of the complexity of vehicle carry, while still addressing the safety of the licensee, police officers, and the public at large. The new rules in SB17 therefore are a welcome upgrade to the state’s firearms laws. (But remember: SB17 will not become law for at least 90 days after the bill was signed—check ohioccw.org soon for an exact date.)
 

CA: Concealed weapons: Want to be legally armed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I was visiting with a gentleman in a restaurant today and he said that it is much easier to get your carry concealed weapon (CCW) permit now that Jon Lopey is sheriff. So I thought I would see how easy it really was. I went into the place where you apply for a permit. As soon as I said that I would like to have an application for a CCW permit, their attitude changed right away – like I was a wanted crook that had already robbed the bank.
 

WI: Wisconsin to Approve Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Politician's Republic of Illinois is now the only state that doesn't recognize the Second Amendment.

Wisconsin will be the 49th state to permit the carrying of concealed firearms when Gov. Scott Walker signs into law a bill that passed the state's house and senate with strong majority votes.

Once Walker signs the bill, Illinois will be the last state which refuses to recognize the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
 

Firearms Industry Warns Retailers of Anti-gun Survey
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for America's firearms industry -- is urging extreme caution should retailers decide to participate in a firearms licensee survey being distributed by anti-gun researcher and activist Garen Wintemute and his colleagues at the University of California at Davis. A letter accompanying the survey, signed by Dr. Wintemute, claims the aim of their research is to better understand "the unique perspective of firearms licensees on important social issues and the firearms business itself."
 

WY: More than 100 new Wyoming laws take effect today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One new law that passed the Legislature by a near-unanimous vote expands where people in Wyoming are allowed to use deadly force in self-defense.

Under Wyoming’s “castle doctrine” law, first passed in 2008, a person is presumed to act in self defense when using deadly force against someone who illegally forces his or her way into the defender’s home.

The modifications passed this year expand that presumption to include “any structure designed for overnight accomodation,” such as buildings, trailers, campers and tents.
 

WY: Concealed-carry gun law goes into effect today in Wyoming
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A law that allows Wyomingites to carry concealed weapons without permits goes into effect today.

The new law, strongly supported by gun rights advocates, received the overwhelming endorsement of the Legislature last winter.

Wyoming joins Alaska, Arizona and Vermont in allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns without undergoing background checks or firearms training.
 

WA: Brady to appeal manslaughter conviction in Onalaska shooting case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Brady claimed self-defense, saying he considered the McKenzies to be intruders. Brady testified that his home, which was being remodeled, had been the victim of several burglaries including one earlier in the day. He testified that he found his tools and other property set out as though someone would be coming back to collect them.

Blair noted that the jury ruled Blair did act in self-defense against Johanna McKenzie and found him not guilty of first-degree assault.
 

SC: Good riddance, gun tax break
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Legislature failed to advance comprehensive tax reform this year, but it did approve one sensible tax measure: eliminating the tax-free holiday for guns.

The idea is cockeyed to begin with, and simply irresponsible in a year when the budget is cut to the bone.

Other than declaring the state's strong adherence to the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, it's effect has been to deprive the state of much-needed sales tax revenue.

And anyone who knows South Carolina knows where it stands on gun rights, gun tax holiday or not.
 

DC: Washingtonians semi-independent on Independence Day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We denizens of the District are free to own firearms. Thanks to Dick Heller, who pressed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, we can avail ourselves of the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, so long as they are legally registered, and we keep them at home. This has turned out to be a good thing, proven by the fact that gun violence has not increased as a result of the less restrictive regulations; nor has anyone been hurt because of the misfire of a legally registered firearm.
 

Dems to spin Fast & Furious probe into gun-control rally
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After yesterday’s news of the deal between Senators Pat Leahy and Charles Grassley to get documents and testimony from ATF chief Kenneth Melson on Operation Fast and Furious, it seemed as though Democrats might finally take the scandal of the gunrunning fiasco seriously. Alas, Elijah Cummings and House Democrats appear uninterested in abuses of government power, incompetence, and potential cover-ups at AFT and the Department of Justice.

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Why, yes! The right response for Congress to a fiasco where the ATF and DoJ refused to stop guns from flowing over the border is to give them more power to stop American citizens from buying guns in the first place!
 

The Way Forward
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Needless to say, these three points are absolutely valid, true, irrefutable ... and futile. They are the equivalent of believing that flowers and fruits would thrive in the desert if only it rained. They would, but it won't. Americans have not, and will not, reduce their overall consumption of drugs; they will not repeal the Second Amendment or reinstate the assault-weapons ban, which was introduced in 1994 and lapsed 10 years later; and the case against hypocrisy has always been overstated.

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On weapons, there are two problems in addition to futile Mexican posturing. First, firepower is fungible. Even granting that most arms used in Mexico come from the U.S. (in fact, only the traceable ones do)...
 

WI: Concealed Weapons Could Potentially Be In Play At Lambeau
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What could make the NFL's thinnest-skinned fans even more cordial and enjoyable?

Letting them bring guns to the stadium, of course.

What. . .you thought that headline was a parody? Oh, no. . .it most certainly is not.

Wisconsin is expected to become the 49th state that allows concealed carry. That means adults with permits and proper training can bring a concealed hand gun into public buildings and state parks but what about Lambeau Field?

"I don't know enough about Wisconsin's specific law to know if the stadiums are exempt or not or can be exempt," said Stadium district Executive Director, Pat Webb.
 

WI: Castle Doctrine Self-Defense Bill Introduced in Wisconsin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yet there is another movement sweeping across our land that should also cause great rejoicing.

At this time, 38 states have some level of Castle Doctrine self-defense law. While some are more comprehensive than others, all are of significant benefit.

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Take courage fellow citizens. The pendulum of freedom is swinging back from the rights of the law breakers and violent attacker to the rights of the law-abiding and conscientious citizen. Call your legislators, in Wisconsin, to support AB69 and SB79 with the inclusion of protection “any place you may legally be.”
 

USA Gun Dean Launches Judeo-Christian Right of Self-Defense Blog
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"We're inaugurating on this Fourth of July weekend the Gun Rights Policies blog," John Snyder announced here today. (www.GunRightsPolicies.org)

Snyder is the Gun Dean, according to Human Events.

"Our Declaration of Independence proclaims that our rights and freedom are God-given," Snyder added. "This is the historic basis for our American commitment to our individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms."
 

Senate Gives in to Major GOA Demands on Cover-up Protection Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously stripped the Cover-Up Protection Act (S. 679) of provisions which would take the jobs of officials like Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich and exempt them and their successors from Senate confirmation.

You may remember that Weich was the cover-up specialist who testified before Congress two weeks ago, doing his best to dodge and deflect any questions relating to the disastrous Operation Fast and Furious.

The Senate also voted to reinstate the requirement for Senate confirmation of Weich’s Legislative Affairs counterparts in all of the other cabinet departments as well.
 

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