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Rolling Stone pulls controversial Michael Bloomberg article
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Rolling Stone has removed an article about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that has drawn criticism from Colorado Republicans.
In the article, titled "Michael Bloomberg Isn't Afraid of the NRA," the former mayor says some of the state's districts are so "rural" that they may not have roads. ...
UPDATE (3:00 p.m.): Sources familiar with the incident tell us that Rolling Stone was scheduled to publish the piece on Monday, July 14, but accidentally published it early. Bloomberg press representatives alerted Rolling Stone to the mistake and it was taken down. The piece will be published again, in its entirety and without change, on Monday.
A cached version of the article can be read here.
 

ID: Idaho cop shoots, kills adorable black Lab named Arfee after mistaking him for aggressive pit bull
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An Idaho police officer shot what he thought was a lunging pit bull, but the owner says it was a black Lab named Arfee.
The owner, Craig Jones, was eating lunch at a nearby restaurant in Coeur d'Alene when the shooting happened and can't believe his best buddy is gone.
"This cop left a hole in both that can't be fixed," Jones wrote on Facebook. "If it wasn't for my desire to face him in court and strip him of his badge, I would probably be at the bottom of the lake."
Loud barking spooked a Coeur d'Alene police officer on Wednesday morning into shooting a dog sitting in the driver's seat of a parked van after a caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the area.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: The war on our pets continues.
 

FL: Miami-Dade Police Urge Residents To Arm Themselves After Possible Budget Cuts
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John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, has warned Florida residents to arm themselves because the police are not coming.
Speaking to WSVN News, Rivera said, “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves.”
The comments were made after Mayor Carlos Gimenez decided to cut $64 million from his 2014-2015 budget resulting in a possible loss of 600 police jobs to the county.
 

NY: ‘Cannibal cop’ released into custody of his mother after conviction overturned in stunning reversal
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The so-called cannibal cop is now savoring the taste of freedom after spending 21 months in jail.
Former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle walked out of Manhattan Federal Court with his family by his side on Tuesday, hours after a judge overturned his conviction on a charge of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. ...
Valle was released on a $100,000 bond, and ordered to stay on home detention at his mother's house in Queens.
Tuesday morning after Manhattan Federal Court Judge Paul Gardephe issued a bombshell ruling finding there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have convicted him in the sensational case last year.
 

NY: NYPD cop pleads not guilty to drunken off-duty shooting
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An NYPD cop pleaded not guilty Thursday in a drunken, off-duty shooting that seriously wounded a Westchester motorist.
Brendan Cronin, 27, of Yonkers softly said​,​ “I understand” after his lawyer spoke for him at his arraignment in White Plains on charges including attempted murder. ...
Cronin is accused of blasting 14 shots from his official police pistol at a car stopped ​next to the car he was in at a red light in Pelham shortly before midnight April 28.
Passenger Joe Felice, returning home from a recreational hockey game, was hit six times in the torso, arm and hand. ...
 

Heston, Guns and Booze: A Harvard Law Professor’s Strange Tale
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“I got a call immediately from Charlton Heston,” said Tribe. “He called me up and said, ‘Professor Tribe, I think we have a lot in common here’ – he was then the president of the NRA – ‘and I have a private plane waiting at Logan and an island that I would like to take you to. And we can discuss all of these things over some margaritas or whatever.”

Dramatic pause on Tribe’s part – but the private plane (or the booze) had nothing to do with it. “I said right away, ‘Whoa, Mr. Heston. I’m a great admirer of yours and I loved Planet of the Apes,’” he recounted on Tuesday. “‘But I don’t think we’re on the same page here. I’m in favor of strong gun safety regulations and rules that I think are consistent with the Second Amendment.’”
 

MA: Revised MA Gun Bill Creates Riff Among Gun Owners
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Pinto says that he has already seen a bevy of negative reactions to the passing of the gun bill and the seemingly passive reaction from many people who initially stood up against the gun bill. While GOAL and George Peterson – the lone Republican that voted in favor of the gun bill – have become seemingly lax on the bill, Pinto says himself, the NRA, and others are still vehemently against the bill.

According to Pinto, many members of GOAL have taken to social media websites, taking photographs of ripped up renewal applications for GOAL because they feel that they have been betrayed by the organization.
 

ID: Forced To Pay Security Fee For Gun-Rights Event, Students Demand Refund
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Boise State University took unconstitutional actions by charging security fees to a student group that hosted a Second Amendment event featuring the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision, the students allege – adding they want their money back.

The students are supported by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which jumped into the fray last week, following the lead of several Idaho groups. FIRE told the university in a letter that it violated the First Amendment rights of BSU’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter.
 

CO: Butt Out, Bloomie
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Some sore losers just don’t know when to pick up their billion-dollar marbles and go away. Far, far away.

I’m looking at you, Michael Bloomberg.

The former New York City mayor mouthed off about my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs and my friends in nearby Pueblo in Rolling Stone magazine this month. He snidely bashed our neighborhoods as backwater holes “where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.”
 

TX: Man Who Shot at Cops During No-Knock Raid Acquitted on All Charges
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After a 9 hour deliberation, a jury has found Adrian Perryman, not guilty on all four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

The incident that led to the charges against Perryman happened during the pre-dawn hours of October 26, 2010 in San Antonio, TX.

SAPD’s tactical response unit was executing a no-knock search warrant. The occupants in the house at the time were Perryman, his girlfriend Rebecca Flores, and Flores’s 3 year old grand daughter Savannah.
 

FL: Crist Says He Can’t ‘Take My Eye Off The Ball’
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Crist also said after the event that he thinks the state should take another look at the “stand your ground” self-defense law, citing concerns that people who instigate altercations could use the controversial law in defense. The law says people can use deadly force and do not have a duty to retreat if they think it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.

“That (law) definitely needs to be reviewed, in my opinion … reviewed and fixed,” Crist said.
 

Study: Murder, Violent Crime Fall as Concealed Carry Rises 130 percent
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A study released by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows the murder and violent crime rate has fallen significantly while concealed carry in this country surged 130 percent.

According to the CPRC, concealed carry permit holders in the U.S. rose from 4.6 million in 2007 to 11.1 million during the time period of 2007 to 2013.

And during that span, as more Americans got permits to carry guns with them for self-defense, the murder rate fell from "5.6 to 4.4 per 100,000." This is a 22 percent drop.
 

Rand Paul is Reframing the Gun Debate on Capitol Hill, By Bringing DC Into the Mix
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“Both Congress and Supreme Court have recognized the Second Amendment protects the rights of individuals, including those who are not members of a militia or engaged in military service or training, to keep and bear arms," Paul's office said in a released statement.

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The Bipartisan Sportsman Act is a popular one in the Senate, and is a piece of legislation that Democrats in battleground states are hoping could win them moderate votes. So if Paul's amendment ends up making it into the final draft, there is a good chance it could still pass then Senate, and then sail through the Republican controlled House.
 

USSA TV – Teenage Hunter Faces Cyber Bullying
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Join USSA’s Kali Parmley as she delves deeper into the the cyber bullying attacks made against Texas teen, Kendall Jones

After Kendall posted photos of her recent African Safari Hunting trip on Facebook, she was the target of animal rights terrorist and death threats.

Ed.: A video story.
 

AL: Target not in Alabama gun groups’ crosshairs
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Alabama gun groups don’t plan any demonstrations inside Target stores like those seen in Texas, and some even argue those protests were “counterproductive” to the open carry cause.

Target last week asked its customers not to carry firearms into its stores, including in communities where open carry — when the gun is visible, instead of concealed — is permitted.
 

MA: Both Gun-Control and Gun-Rights Advocates Pleased with New Gun Restrictions, Weirdly
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The Massachusetts affiliate of the National Rifle Association called it “a great victory for the Second Amendment.” Jim Wallace, the executive director of The Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, had similar feelings: “I’m not jumping up and down and saying, ‘Yahoo,’ but we’re OK with it,” he told the Globe. “We’re pleased with the last-minute changes.”
 

GA: Georgia’s Gunning Effect—And, Why I’m Finally Speaking
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Yesterday I was rudely and unhappily reminded that I live in a state where a bare 5 percent minority rules: when we showed up to exercise, two city of Atlanta employees, their salaries funded by my tax dollars, were not teaching children how to swim, protecting small lives as lifeguards or, at the very least, cleaning public locker rooms; they were instead rifling through my gym bags to look for concealed weapons. In other words, my tax dollars—and chances are, if you’re in the 95 percent of non-gun-toting Georgia residents, your tax dollars, also—are now paying the salaries of people who will spend most or all of their working time conducting searches for concealed weapons!
 

FL: Another ‘stand your ground’ dismissal
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The decision means Mobley’s case will set legal precedent in Florida. Legal experts have long seen the case as a key test of the controversial law, which eliminated a citizen’s “duty to retreat” before using lethal force in the face of a deadly threat or great bodily harm.

Critics say the 2005 Florida law, and similar ones across the country, promote a shoot-first vigilante culture that allows criminals a pass on justice.
 

MO: Maplewood man acquitted of murder charges
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A St. Louis County jury on Thursday acquitted a Maplewood man of murder in a shooting last summer in Webster Groves.

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Charles L. Barberio IV, one of Harris's lawyers, said that Harris fired in self-defense after he was attacked by a group of people.
 

VA: Prosecutors: No charges in shooting death of Richmond man
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Prosecutors say the shooter, who killed a South Richmond man, was acting in self-defense and will not face charges in the death.

Dominque S. Mangram and two others were fighting outside the Steve's Food Mart on Hull Street Road on June 23, when shots rang out. Mangram was shot and killed. A 21-year-old was also shot, but survived.
 

TN: Changes to Tennessee's Gun Law
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The bottom line for employers is that they are still permitted to prohibit employees from bringing guns on their property – in their vehicles or otherwise – under this amendment. This amendment does not change the rights of private property owners to restrict or prohibit the presence or possession of guns on their property. The only purpose of the amendment is to clarify what legal versus illegal gun possession is in Tennessee, again, for purposes of criminal prosecution of the same – it does not have any effect on employers' rights to post "no guns" notices on their property and to enforce such policies against all those who enter the same, including employees.
 

KS: Kansas goes a little gun crazy with its Second Amendment Protection Act
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The concept would be laughable if there weren't so many people taking it seriously.

The idea is that states have the right under the 10th Amendment to unilaterally reject federal laws on issues not expressly reserved for the federal government in the Constitution. It's an old idea — it had a lot of currency among segregationists during the Civil Rights era — and has been debunked by the Supreme Court.
 

FL: Scott's, Crist's Second Amendment credentials examined
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A spokesman for Crist said Wednesday that the former governor maintains his belief in the Second Amendment, but favors "sensible gun safety steps" to keep communities and children safe.

"For example, he believes we should get military-style assault weapons and high-capacity clips off the streets and institute tougher background checks to keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands," Kevin Cate, a spokesman for Crist, responded in an email.
 

KS: Brady Center, Kansas' Second Amendment Protection Act, Unconstitutional
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“Courts have recognized for years that states cannot just declare ‘null and void’ federal laws they do not like or wish to enforce,” said Jonathan Lowy, Director, Legal Action Project, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Just as Southern states were not allowed to opt-out of federal civil rights laws, the Constitution does not allow Kansas or any other state to nullify federal gun laws that protect Kansans and all Americans from gun violence,” added Lowy.
 

NJ: Daily Beast: Christie Has Moderate History on Gun Control
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was lauded by conservatives after his July 2 veto of a gun control bill to cap magazine rounds but in the past, the Republican held a moderate stance when it comes to gun rights over the years, The Daily Beast reported.

Christie's move to veto the bill, despite the pleas of two parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, came days before Christie heads to Nashville, Tennessee, this week for the annual Republican Governor's Association convention, The Daily Beast said.
 

WA: Open Carry Advocates to Walk in Bellingham Pride Parade
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Let’s unpack this a bit. First, I believe that it is incredibly insensitive for open carry advocates to insert themselves into an event like this. After years and years of very real threats, intimidation and violence from those around them, the LGBTQ community is finally able to walk down the street of their hometown without fear.

Other communities still face bomb threats and violent attacks on the LGBTQ community in an attempt to silence their pride festivals. So to have people come to this event and brandish high-powered firearms is more than a little alarming for many attendees.
 

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