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MI: Hunting/shooting 101: Where can I shoot an IDPA style match?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I “survived” the stage, and rescued my son! Afterwards the RSO’s would give advise on how to correctly run the course offering you tips on your tactics and complimenting things that you did right.

All the RSO’s were friendly and professional and did an excellent job keeping the action going, food and beverages were available for the shooters as well as having shade available from the sun.

I would recommend this shooting and this range to any shooter wishing to have a good time and learn good techniques with their handgun.

Now where can you do this?'
 

WV: Mason County man fatally shoots his son
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State Police say a Mason County man is claiming self defense after fatally shooting his son during a dispute in his New Haven home.

Troopers said Lyman Greenlee fired a single shot at his son Charles Scott Greenlee, 35, of Point Pleasant. The incident happened about 10 p.m. Friday, said Trooper A.D. Wooton, the investigating officer.
 

10 questions for Sotomayor that probably won't be asked by Senators
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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9. Do you believe that the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution affirms the individual citizen's right to own and keep firearms? Do local laws that hamper the ability of citizens to utilize all the tools of effective self-defense violate the concept delineated in the Second Amendment?
 

VA: Others speak on handgun measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pete Jennings is a 40-year National Rifle Association member who moved here from New Jersey in 1994 and now lives in Huddleston. One day some years ago, the retired salesman was mugged in Brooklyn.

That's one of the reasons Jennings, 74, applied for a concealed-carry permit shortly after he moved to this area. To meet the gun competence requirement in Virginia's concealed-carry law, he completed a two-day course in Roanoke that included live-fire training.
 

Sotomayor and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor recently held that the Constitution does not protect the right to keep and bear arms against infringement by state and local governments. Her defenders maintain that she was merely applying settled precedent, which only the Supreme Court itself is authorized to reconsider. This is a half truth that conceals more than it reveals.

Last year, the Supreme Court resolved a longstanding debate by holding that the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms includes the right of American citizens to have weapons for personal self defense. Accordingly, the Court struck down a D.C. statute that outlawed the possession of handguns.
 

I’ll Take The Tenth
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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On the Northern Alliance Radio Network broadcast yesterday, Ed and I talked with Minnesota State Representative Tom Emmer (the interview is in the second hour of the UStream webcast). Emmer is seeking the GOP nomination to run for governor in 2010. But he wasn’t on the show to campaign - not just yet. He was there to promote his latest legislative initiative, House File 2376 - also known as the Firearms Freedom Act.
 

NY: Busy year for local gun investigators
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Since its conception more than three years ago, the Troop B State Police Gun Investigation Unit has seized hundreds of guns connected with local crimes. The unit, like others across the state, was formed in January 2006 following a spike in violent crimes involving the use of illegal firearms, several of which were connected to the deaths of troopers.
 

GA: GA's AG joins amicus brief asking to bind Second Amendment on GA [pdf]
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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Georgia, through its Attorney General, Thurbert Baker, joined an amicus brief urging the Court to hold that the Second Amendment binds the states. AG Thurbert Baker has supported the right to bear arms in previous federal cases as well, including Heller v. DC.

Odd, through, in that current law in Georgia states that the Second Amendment does not apply to Georgia (Brewer v. State, 281 Ga. 283 (2006)). Maybe the state's opinion will change soon. Therefore GA residents please contact Attorney General Baker and voice your support for his action.
 

GA: Letter to editor in response to crime in gun-free zones
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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GeorgiaCarry.Org member Michael Silver had a letter to editor printed in last Wednesday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"Tech ban creates victims"

"Former Vice President Walter Mondale once observed that “gun bans don’t disarm criminals; gun bans attract them.” The string of robberies within Georgia Tech’s gun-free zone once again demonstrates the truth of Mondale’s observation. Georgia’s gun laws create defenseless crime victims. Despite being considered adults for most matters, those under 21 are prohibited from carrying handguns. Carrying a weapon at a school is a felony, even if your intention is self-defense. These prohibitions provide a government guarantee of safety for the criminals."

"- Michael Silver, Smyrna"
 

GA: GCO Files Motion for Summary Judgment in MARTA Case
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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In its federal lawsuit against MARTA for detaining people seen carrying firearms and violating the Privacy Act, GeorgiaCarry.Org has filed a motion for summary judgment on the Privacy Act portion of the case. MARTA officials have admitted that they asked for GCO member Christopher Raissi’s social security number without telling him 1) whether disclosure was mandatory or voluntary, 2) by what statutory or other authority the number was requested, and 3) what uses would be made of it. MARTA also has produced documents showing that it has stored Raissi’s wrongfully collected SSN in at least four different places within MARTA’s records. A copy of the brief may be viewed here.
 

GA: Court of Appeals Reinstates Case Against Atlanta
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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The Court of Appeals of Georgia has reinstated GeorgiaCarry.Org’s case against the City of Atlanta over Atlanta’s illegal ordinance banning firearms in parks.

The Superior Court of Fulton County had ruled the ordinance illegal and enjoined its enforcement, terminating the case. Because GCO had other claims pending against Atlanta, however, the Court of Appeals ruled that the Superior Court could not have ended the case.

The order may be viewed here.
 

Political opposition is not a hate crime
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Concealed-Handguns-What-is-it-all-about

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...legislation quietly making its way through Congress would give the White House power to categorize political opponents as hate groups and even send Americans to detention centers on abandoned military bases.
 

GA: Local commissioner limits firing ranges
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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"Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown at his monthly meeting Wednesday approved a new version that will restrict the hours of existing ranges."

"The new draft requires ranges to operate between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Shooting will not be allowed at night or on Sundays."

"This will cut my business in half," [Creekside Firing Range owner] Harris told Brown.

Submitter's note: The Sunday prohibition will prevent weekend training classes and competitions, although the county's Law Enforcement range is exempt from these rules. Even in a very pro-gun community with a Republican in a leadership position, your gun rights can be endangered by the actions of anti-gun activists and local officials.
 

F.B.I. Agent Arrested in Gun Case
Submitted by: John Bates Thayer

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An F.B.I. agent in El Paso has been arrested and charged with dealing guns, some of which ended up being used in gunfights between the authorities and drug dealers in Mexico, law enforcement officials said. The agent, John T. Shipley, was indicted Wednesday on charges he dealt firearms without a license for more than two years, buying the weapons from dealers on the Internet and then reselling them to unidentified buyers. Mr. Shipley sold more than 50 weapons, the indictment said. Some were recovered after shootouts between the Mexican Army and drug dealers in Chihuahua on March 8 last year that left seven dead, officials said. Mr. Shipley has been suspended without pay since March 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
 

AK: Palin appears on gun rights radio talk show
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Gun rights enthusiasts welcomed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as she made an appearance Friday on a radio talk show, whose callers included rock n' roller turned avid hunter Ted Nugent. Palin spoke on the Michael Dukes' "Firearms Friday" show on KFAR radio in Fairbanks. She was in Alaska's second largest city to sign a gun rights bill and several resolutions.
 

Guns N' Grosses: Arms Makers Fall Back From Obama Surge
Submitted by: Larry

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Gun fanciers have loaded up on 15-round pistols and military-style rifles since the November election of a Democratic Congress and a president partial to gun control.

The fear of a renewed federal ban on assault weapons has boosted the revenues and shares of gun makers Smith & Wesson Holding and Sturm, Ruger.

Southport, Conn.-based Ruger saw earnings quadruple in its fiscal first quarter from a year ago, rising to about $6 million, or 30 cents a share, on revenue of $64 million. Smith & Wesson's earnings doubled in its fiscal fourth quarter, to $7.4 million, or 14 cents a share. The Springfield, Mass., company's revenue was up 20% to $100 million.
 

ME: Pay attention when chitchat turns to ammo shortages
Submitted by: Larry

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Now, I do take the ammo shortage talk with a grain of salt, as I do all discussion of TEOTWAWKI. Given the freak-out scenes at Christmas when stores don't stock enough Wiis, we are not a people known for having any sort of acquistion patience. An "ammo shortage" might mean the Wichita Wal-Mart was down to five boxes of .22s on May 6, for all I know.

But I sit up straighter when chatter on the Internet reaches critical mass and especially when it overflows into the sacred milieu of the ladies' luncheon. At this point, unarmed as I am, I don't really care about ammo shortages per se. I'm concerned that others do -- and enough to talk about it.
 

WA: Teen who mistook hiker for bear gets 30 days
Submitted by: Paul

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A 15-year-old teen hunter who killed a Sauk Mountain hiker he mistook for a bear has been sentenced to 30 days in juvenile detention and 120 hours of community service.

Tyler J. Kales, of Concrete, apologized to the victim's family at Friday's sentencing and said he hoped they could forgive him.

The hiker, 54-year-old Pamela Almli of Oso, was killed Aug. 2 on a popular hiking trail north of Seattle. Kales, then 14, was hunting with his older brother, then 16.

The victim's sister, Gail Blacker, told the teen that "in one second you destroyed everything."

Kales was convicted last month of second-degree manslaughter with a firearm.
 

Report: Bush surveillance program was massive
Submitted by: Larry

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Not enough relevant officials were aware of the size and depth of an unprecedented surveillance program started under President George W. Bush, let alone signed off on it, a team of federal inspectors general found.

The Bush White House pulled in a great quantity of information far beyond the warrantless wiretapping previously acknowledged, the IGs reported. They questioned the legal basis for the effort but shielded almost all details on grounds they're still too secret to reveal.
 

NY: New kind of 'arms race': Pace of pistol permit applications quickens
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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When Jeff Decker turned 25, he applied for — and was granted — the right to carry a gun. “I did it to celebrate my right as an American citizen,” the Kingston resident explained. “When I turned 25, I started thinking about it, and it seemed like the appropriate thing to do.” Decker, who said he doesn’t actually own a handgun, is one of a growing number of people across the region and the country becoming licensed to carry such a weapon.
 

New Zealand: In New Zealand, 'Reclassification' is Another Word for Gun Ban
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"The CliffsNotes version: If your previously-designated 'sporting configuration' semi-automatic rifle has a pistol grip, it will now be reclassified as a 'military-style semi-automatic.' The previous A-class license 'law-abiding' New Zealanders obtained will no longer be good enough."
 

Report and Small Arms Survey Mask Anti-Gun Agenda
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"'Authorized journalis' Jonathan Tirone has served his anti-gun employer, New York mayor and 88% Bloomberg LP shareholder Mike Bloomberg well. Master must be pleased."
 

WI: Militarism, Mob Violence, and Martial Law — In Microcosm
Submitted by: Larry

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46-year-old Crivitz, Wisconsin resident Vito Congine is a former Marine and Iraq combat veteran who wants to open an Italian supper club. His desire was thwarted by the local village board, which seems perversely determined to demonstrate that government — at all times and at every level — is an inexcusable impediment to human happiness and prosperity.

In mid-June, to express his frustrations and lament his impending bankruptcy, Congine began flying a U.S. flag upside-down in front of the building he wants to turn into a restaurant. There is no state law or village ordinance forbidding the use of a flag — that is, a piece of private property — in that fashion. But this didn’t stop that local police from trespassing on Congine’s property, stealing his flag, and threatening a neighbor with arrest shortly before last Saturday’s July 4th parade.
 

NY: Attorney General: re-formed Yonkers SPCA handed out invalid peace-officer badges
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The New York attorney general is charging that a group of area residents reconstituted an animal-cruelty prevention group simply to give people peace-officer shields so they could carry guns and "masquerade" as police.
 

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