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SAF Sues in New York to Void 'Good Cause' Carry Permit Requirement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against Westchester County, New York and its handgun permit licensing officers, seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of a state law that allows carry licenses to be denied because applicants cannot show 'good cause.'"

SAF is joined in the lawsuit by Alan Kachalsky and Christina Nikolov, both Westchester County residents whose permit applications were denied. Kachalsky's denial was because he could not 'demonstrate a need for self protection distinguishable from that of the general public.' Nikolov's was denied because she could not demonstrate that there was 'any type of threat to her own safety anywhere.' ..." ...
 

Why would Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore pledge servitude to a man who wants to ban their guns?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "'I pledge...to be a servant to our president...'"

"Gag me. And talk about having it exactly backwards."
 

Suppose You're Fond of Books . . .
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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You like their leather bindings, their fancy endpapers, the way they speak to you of other times and places, the way they feel in your hand. You like the way they smell. Naturally, you’re aware that books are dangerous. Over the long, sad, gory course of history, they’ve resulted in the slaughter of millions. Books like Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Das Kapital, Mein Kampf, even the Bible. But you have too much intelligence to blame the books themselves. You know that books don’t kill people. People kill people."

"They told you that people who read books kill people. Certain books are extremely dangerous. Racist. Inflammatory. Cook-books for terrorism. Anarchy. Violence. Something must be done!" ...
 

New Orleans indictments further vindicate Bellevue group's post-Katrina lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Five years ago, in the post-apocalyptic environment that was New Orleans following its devastation by Hurricane Katrina, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation moved quickly to intervene when local police officials – acting under color of law, but without any warrants, probable cause or true authority under Louisiana statute – announced that in the chaos and anarchy, private citizens would be disarmed."

"Now, one of the uglier aspects of this disaster has become clear with the indictment of several police officers for the shooting of several unarmed citizens.

"The police decided to suspend the Second Amendment, for everyone but themselves. ..." ...
 

GOA Lacks Credibility on 2nd Amendment Bipartisanship
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In order for the Second Amendment to be truly preserved, it must have support of both of our major political parties. That's evidenced by the fact that in the most Democratic Conresss a generation, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has not only been preserved, but has been enhanced, and we owe much of that support from pro-gun Democrats, including Harry Reid."

"Gun Owners of America has once again shown that it is unwilling to help make supporting the Second Amendment a bipartisan issue, and it is shameful. Shameful that Gun Owners of America, in the 2008 election cycle, spent less than 200 dollars supporting pro-gun Democrats. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Sebatian is an unapologetic NRA cheerleader.
 

NRA Elena Kagan ad links Obama & Sotomayor to anti-gun agenda & lies (video & transcript)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NRA's new anti-Kagan speaks softly but delivers a big wallop - a bulls-eye character assassination - that directly links to Sonia Sotomayor, and indirectly, to what is perceived as President Obama's agenda to disarm America."

"It has a 'Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me' theme focusing on labeling the testimony of Sonia Sotomayor, during her confirmation hearing, as merely the art of political deception - a lie and trickery - designed to carry out Obama's perceived plan to undermine the Second Amendment of the Constitution."

"Following is video of that ad and full transcription ..." ...
 

How quickly Sotomayor ate her words on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It has gotten to the point that politicians and other high-ranking government officials do not even flinch when they lie or make promises they do not intend to fulfill."

"The hypocrisy and outright deception of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a prime example. I don’t think it took three months for her to show that she did not intend to live up to the things she said at her confirmation hearing." ...
 

Impeach Sotomayor?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During her confirmation hearings, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was pressed about her views on the Second Amendment and the 2008 Heller decision recognizing the individual right to bear arms."

"'I understand the individual right fully that the Supreme Court recognized in Heller,' she testified. 'I understand how important the right to bear arms is to many, many Americans.' ..."

But that's not how she voted in McDonald, the recent Chicago gun-ban case ..."

"Sotomayor's testimony was lawyerly. She said she understood the individual right -- she didn't say she supported it. And she undersood that the the right to bear arms is important to 'many Americans,' but she didn't count herself among them. ..." ...
 

Nations open talks on world arms trade treaty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The world's nations opened negotiations on Monday on an arms trade treaty meant to regulate the $55 billion global weapons market and prevent guns from pouring into conflict zones and fueling wars and atrocities."

"One person every minute dies as a result of armed violence, and some 128 armed conflicts since the end of the Cold War in 1989 have led to at least 250,000 deaths each year, according to the Control Arms Campaign, an international advocacy group." ...

"Supporters aim is to set common rules for international arms sales -- from rifles to fighter planes -- to replace a patchwork of national laws riddled with loopholes that make it easy to buy weapons for conflicts." ...
 

Lindsay Lohan poses as a gun-licking nun in shocking poster for new movie
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"Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to shocking and judging by stills and posters recently released for her next movie the troubled starlet intends to keep fanning the flames of controversy."

"A new poster for Machete, directed by Robert Rodriguez, shows Lohan posing as a nun, in full habit, licking the barrel of a gun."

"A still from the movie has also been released showing Lohan's character, The Sister, pointing a handgun at the camera."

"In the ultra violent action drama, out September 3, Lohan plays April Benz, an avenging socialite with a penchant for guns.
In one scene Lohan goes topless while swimming in a waterfall with Alicia Rachel Marek, who plays her mother." ...
 

Does anyone even read NY Times editorials?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I ask the question because I suspect that most Americans are unaware of the lunacy they could be enjoying. Consider the last few weeks:" ...
"On June 28, the Times wrote that 'the Supreme Court disregarded the plain words of the Second Amendment and overturned the District of Columbia's handgun ban, deciding that the amendment gave individuals in the district, not just militias, the right to bear arms.' The Second Amendment, of course, reads: 'The right of people in militias to keep and bear arms…'" ...
 

FL: Fake FBI agents try and break into home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A Cooper City family awoke to the sounds of three men posing as FBI agents on Wednesday.

The three men were caught on home surveillance video.

They were all wearing t-shirts with the words FBI on them and had fake badges around their necks.

A father, mother and three children were all inside, when the heard the men say "FBI, police! Open up!"

The mother called the real police and the father grabbed his gun.

The father fired a warning shot and the three men took off running.

The families front door was damaged by the intruders.

The suspects are still on the loose.
 

Keep gun rights in place
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns can be dangerous, so local and state governments have every right to ban their ownership by Americans, some Supreme Court justices have said."

"That is not how the Constitution works, as a slim majority on the high court ruled this week. The Second Amendment says Americans have a right to "keep and bear arms" - so they do, the court ruled in a case that overturned Chicago's ban on handgun ownership."

"Our nation's Founders were well aware guns can be misused. If you think today's street gangs are a fearsome threat, think about Native Americans who were able to use 19th-century muskets to terrifying effect against pioneers." ...
 

Not much of a trade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Conservatives were ecstatic when the Supreme Court recently held in McDonald v. Chicago that Chicago's gun ban is unconstitutional based on the Constitution's Second Amendment. The court held, for the first time, that the amendment restricts state governments as well as the federal government."

"Chief Justice Earl Warren, if still living, would no doubt also be ecstatic because McDonald confirmed the Warren Court."

"The court's conservative bloc confirmed in McDonald a Warren Court doctrine that angered many Americans. Provisions of the Bill of Rights were applied, for the first time, by the Warren Court to the states by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. ..." ...
 

Court upholds your right to self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There was a time when most families had guns in their homes. It was when the frontier was still wild. When families had to hunt for food. When the sheriff was too far away to stop an imminent attack. Times have changed. Now, only about a third of U.S. homes have at least one. The need for guns has decreased. But it is not gone."

"I found it refreshing that the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overturn Chicago’s 28-year-old gun ban ..." ...

"Growing up in the Chicago suburbs ... I was used to locking doors on cars, houses, the family business, etc. ..."

"So I could understand Chicago, with high crime rates, wanting to implement a gun ban. ... However, that has not stopped people from shooting each other. ..." ...
 

Second amendment has been infringed by government
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago upheld an individual's right to privately own a handgun in Chicago. This decision reflected a similar ruling two years ago when the court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia."

"However, the McDonald decision effectively guaranteed the constitutional right to own a firearm to everyone in the United States (most already have that right even though they may not know it). As a result, the court has opened the door to additional constitutional challenges to gun control." ...
 

Swirling Array Of Gun Constitutional Issues At The Federal And State Levels Overwhelm The Senses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"First and foremost we finally have some clarity from the United States Supreme Court on the Second Amendment and an individual citizen’s right to bear arms!"

"The decision in the McDonald case ... is, make no mistake about it, a landmark decision that will transform the issue of gun ownership. In addition, the coupling of this decision with the Heller decision ... provides for an amazing level of clarity on such a controversial issue." ...

"As is usual, the anti-gun spin doctors were out within minutes trying to minimize the impact of this decision on the gun control movement. ..." ...
 

Court ruling protects gun-owning rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment, protecting the right to bear arms, applies to the states, too, not just the federal government. This decision is good news for Wisconsin, which has a long and proud tradition of hunting and gun ownership." ...

"I applaud this decision, which is huge news for gun owners. As Congress and the Supreme Court face questions in the future about the right to bear arms, I will keep working to defend citizens' rights in communities across America. Wisconsin's tradition of safe gun-ownership is a model for the nation, and I will continue to fight for strong Second Amendment protections for all Americans."
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Submitter's Note: Despite Russ's glowing assurances, WI is one of 2 states that do not have lawful concealed carry, and until a few years ago although open carry was not unlawful, it was a good way to get gang tackled and charged with 'disorderly conduct'.
 

Guns out of Heller
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago decided by a 5-4 decision that you have a right to a handgun in your home. However, the legal groundwork for that decision was laid two years ago in the landmark case of the District of Columbia v. Heller. ..."

"In this case, the majority held that the Constitution protected the individual's right to own a gun. They determined the Second Amendment essentially acted like a doomsday clause, wherein if society (police, etc.) could not prevent violence and could no longer protect the population, then the individual had the right to keep and bear arms for protection of family and home. The decision discussed the following issues." ...
 

Harry Reid Must Go
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun Owners of America is backing Sharron Angle in the United States Senate race in Nevada, and we have compiled a list of 42 reasons why Harry Reid MUST be defeated."

"This is one of the top races in the country and one WE MUST WIN!"

"If any gun owner or sportsman has any doubt if Reid is pro-gun or anti-gun, just read the 42 Reasons to Defeat Reid, then decide."

"Harry Reid will spend $25 million in his campaign to try and defeat Sharron Angle. I urge every pro-gun American to send Sharron Angle $25. If 1 million pro-gunners across the country do this, she will match Reid’s campaign war chest and WE WILL WIN!"

"So please, click www.sharronangle.com and click on 'donate' to make a contribution." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association endorses Rob Portman for U.S. Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) is pleased to announce our endorsement of Rob Portman for United States Senate in the 2010 general election."

"Portman previously served as a Congressman from the Ohio Second District, Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget, and also as Trade Director. His record on Second Amendment issues is solid."

"... The Portman record stands solid for gun owners and is in stark contrast to opponent Lee Fisher's life-long pursuit of gun control, plus Fisher's service on the Board of Brady Campaign (Handgun Control Inc)."

"Additionally Portman has a personal involvement with firearms and hunting. Both have been passed down in his family." ...
 

Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Improvement Act Moves Forward in the Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), joined by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and a bipartisan group of senators, offered the Firearms Fairness and Affordability Act of 2010 (S. 632) ... Earlier this week, the House passed (412-6) the Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act (HR 5552)." ...

"... This legislation corrects a longstanding inequity in the Internal Revenue Code by permitting firearm and ammunition manufacturers to pay the federal excise tax payment on a quarterly basis, like other industries that support conservation through a federal excise tax. Currently, manufacturers pay this tax on a bi-weekly schedule, forcing many manufacturers to borrow money to ensure on-time payment. ..." ...
 

IA: West Burlington Mayor Trousil responds to NRA and IFC members
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the face of growing criticism over West Burlington's 'Chapter 30' ordinance that bans the carry of firearms in municipal buildings, Mayor Hans Trousil continues to be defiant. The NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition have begun campaigns for members to contact the West Burlington city council in an attempt to get the illegal Chapter 30 removed from West Burlington's books. Mayor Trousil has been responding to NRA and IFC members with a blanket canned response that deflects, but does not defend, Chapter 30. Here are some of the salient points of Mayor Trousil's response letter:" ...
 

MA: Off-duty cop Tasered by other in neighborhood fracas
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"Two police officers were in Haverhill District Court yesterday — not as prosecution witnesses, but as defendants in late-night fracas during which one off-duty officer Tasered the other."

"Lawrence Patrolman Daron Fraser ... was charged with domestic assault and battery and assault on a pregnant woman outside her home in Haverhill Tuesday night."

"Kingston, N.H., Patrolman Joshua Wallar ... who subdued Fraser with a Taser issued by his department, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon."

"Haverhill Deputy Police Chief Donald Thompson said Wallar is not authorized to use a Taser in Massachusetts. ... 'He (Wallar) is not a police officer in Massachusetts. He's a civilian,' Thompson pointed out." ...
 

NC: Deputy and woman facing drug charges in Stanly Co.
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"A deputy with the Stanly County Sheriff's Office and a woman in which he lives with are both facing a variety of drug-related charges following a three-week investigation." ...

"Both the sheriff's office and the NC State Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation into the matter."

"The SBI concluded its investigation on Wednesday and sheriff's deputies arrested Simpson and Tonya Lynette Benton, who both live on Highway 138 in Norwood."

"They were each charged with Trafficking in Schedule III (Hydrocodone) which is an Opiate Derivative, Conspiracy to Traffic in Schedule III (Hydrocodone), and Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule III Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone)." ...
 

MA: Mass. Bay Transportation Authority employees clueless about photo policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the latest installment of transportation officials not knowing their own photography policy, a group of university students entered a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority station to take photos, only to be told it was forbidden."

"However, the MBTA policy on photography, which is clearly stated on its website, states that non-commercial photography is allowed ..." ...

"But according to the photographer whose name is Elizabeth, the MBTA employee informed them she had undergone training three years ago and learned that 'all photographic activity on MBTA property was strictly prohibited.'"

"The fact that Elizabeth pulled up the policy from the MBTA website on her cell phone did nothing to change their opinion." ...
 

Canada: Alta. RCMP officer charged with killing wife had rocky marriage: Family
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"Rajpinder and Tirth Sehmbi were in a nine-year arranged marriage that was shaky from the start, say family of the Edmonton-based RCMP constable facing charges of second-degree murder." ...

"'Even his job didn't help him,' [a close relative] said. 'We are all in shock. They both needed counselling. The frustration for so long kept building.'"

"'I wish I could do something, but it's too late now.'"

"Rajpinder was found dead in her Edmonton home early Saturday morning. Her officer husband was arrested after her body was found." ...
 

FL: ACLU petitions court to get man's guns returned from Broward Sheriff's Office
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"The [ACLU] is petitioning a court to help an 85-year-old man get his guns back from the Broward Sheriff's Office." ...

"Weinstein said he agreed to surrender his [weapons] for safekeeping after authorities insisted on it." ...

"Mila Schwartzreich, assistant legal counsel for the Sheriff's Office, said her agency has no choice but to keep Weinstein's weapons. She said the Sheriff's Office is not objecting to returning the guns, but needs a court order first."

"'Legally, we're bound to hold them until then,' she said. 'It's not that Mr. Weinstein is a bad person or we feel people shouldn't possess firearms. For him, it was a distressing time.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Guilty until proven innocent, eh?
 

MT: Gun control tough sell in MT
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Robert McKelvey, the director of Montanans Against Gun Violence, quotes the Illinois Gun Council Against Handgun Violence as viable proof that the Supreme Court is hell bent on limiting the extent of the Second Amendment’s defense of America’s right to bear arms!"

"This latter organization is well-known to pro-gun and anti-gun supporters alike as the right arm of one Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who stated his position and that of his Illinois supporters when he stood up at a rally against the Second Amendment of our Constitution and screamed, 'No guns ever in the hands of the people of America!' (For the doubters among the readers, this tirade was carried on television over most of California at the time the incident happened.)" ...
 

FL: No mystery here
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I find it amazing that so many people seem to think the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were handed down on ancient tablets. They believe we need a prophet to interpret them and a linguist to translate."

"These documents were written by men in the prime of life and with full public cooperation. They were debated and changed, edited and finally voted on by statesmen. And these documents weren’t the only things they wrote. The Founders wrote explanations of every phrase, every paragraph."

"A little research reveals just how far we have veered from the Founders’ original intent."

"One example is the Second Amendment. ..." ...
 

FL: Armed citizenry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regarding 'Laws must change' (letter, July 11), the meaning of the Second Amendment is clear if a person does some basic reading of the many articles and letters written by the amendment’s authors. The phrase 'well regulated' is not meant to mean closely monitored and controlled by the government, but properly working. ..."

"As to who the militia are, Patrick Henry said: 'The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.' Trenche Cox ... wrote: 'Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? … The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.'" ...
 

IA: W.B. stands by city's gun ban: NRA opposes restriction for municipal buildings, saying it's too broad
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"City officials here are sticking to their guns and will not consider changing their ordinance banning the carrying of firearms, except for law enforcement, in municipal buildings and city-owned property."

"The stance comes despite a strongly worded letter sent by the National Rifle Association, chastising the city's eight-year-old ordinance."

"Mayor Hans Trousil said the media ... failed to mention the local city law has been on the books since 2002." ...

"The NRA ... said in its letter the city's ban 'contradicts the plain terms of Iowa's firearms pre-emption law and may implicate Iowans' constitutional rights.'" ...
 

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