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SAF, NRA slam U.N. arms treaty as Dems push new gun control scheme
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two national gun rights organizations currently monitoring international gun control efforts, including the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, drew lines in the sand Thursday against a proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, while anti-gun Congressional Democrats push a new gun control measure in 'the other' Washington."

"SAF's activities at the U.N. this week further bolster the Washington State-based group's growing prominence in the gun rights community, guaranteed by last year's McDonald v. City of Chicago Supreme Court victory, and now on an international scale." ...
 

Canadian anti-gunner reveals much about prohibitionist mindset
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Vancouver Sun is reporting – perhaps inadvertently – what neighboring Washington State gun owners have long suspected, that in the eyes of a gun control advocate, all guns are potentially bad and need to be controlled." ...
 

June sees 12.8% increase in firearms sales checks over same month last year; 13th straight month over month increase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The June 2011 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 679,840 is an increase of 12.8 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 602,908 in June 2010. ..."

"This marks the 13th straight month-over-month increase in NSSF-adjusted NICS figures." ...
 

Koenig On Grip (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Doug Koenig knows a thing or two about pistol shooting. In this video for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Doug talks about what he considers the proper grip for shooting."
 

Gun(smith) Review: Wild West Guns “Marlin 1894C Rescue Project”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The much-troubled Marlin 1894C has been my project gun since early May, when the backordered and pricey 'diamond in the rough' arrived at my FFL guy’s door. With a misfit stock, mangled screw heads and the world’s worst trigger pull, it was a big disappointment. About the only things 'right' about it were its quick handling, beautiful blue finish and surprising accuracy potential. Potential I was determined to explore . . ." ...

"So I sent the Marlin to Wild West Guns of Anchorage, Alaska for a few modifications to smooth out the action and the trigger, a few rugged replacement parts, and a few cosmetic repairs."

"Let’s see how they turned out:" ...
 

TTAG at AAC for Factory Tour, Range Trip
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Advanced Armament Corp. makes silencers (suppressors), assorted gun parts, and the .300 AAC Blackout round that claims to make all your suppressed .30 cal dreams come true. ... They’re flying me down next weekend to experience it in all it’s glory as well as play with, and I quote, 'the largest machine gun collection on the east coast.' And I want you, our readers, to come along with me . . ." ...

"What do you want to know about AAC? What questions should I ask on your behalf? Which boxes should I attempt to stuff under my shirt as I am escorted off the premises for being too inquisitive? Ask and ye shall receive."
 

Gun rule will create necessary complication for cartels
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gunrunners looking to buy high-powered rifles in bulk have found the U.S. to be pretty accommodating. Multiple purchases of semiautomatic weapons can be made without attracting the attention of the law."

"It’s not surprising then that business is booming for trafficking networks along the border. Thousands of battlefield weapons have moved through the U.S.-to-Mexico pipeline, with many ultimately landing in the hands of drug cartels." ...
 

Push for Gun Control Treaty Continues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But the preamble aside, the scope of the treaty is what’s most damaging. Though negotiations will continue for another year, some provisions are certain to be contained in the final draft."

"The ATT will, at the very least, require gun owner registration and microstamping of ammunition. And it will define manufacturing so broadly that any gun owner who adds so much as a scope or changes a stock on a firearm would be required to obtain a manufacturing license." [emphasis added]

"It would also likely include a ban on many semi-automatic firearms (i.e., the Clinton gun ban) and demand the mandatory destruction of surplus ammo and confiscated firearms." ...
 

United Nations target for NRA president Wayne LaPierre
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The United Nations received a warning from the NRA not to attempt to interfere with American Citizens' right to keep and bear arms."

"National Rifle Association Executive President Wayne LaPierre addressed the UN and took aim at the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that it is currently negotiating. LaPierre addressed a number of concerns about the proposed treaty and its effects on the constitutional rights of Americans." ...
 

Gunwalker; A Criminal Enterprise by Federal Law Enforcement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When agents sworn to uphold the law are directed to ignore, and in fact encourage, violations of the law, you know something is seriously wrong."

"When it’s the Department of Justice doing so across all Federal Law Enforcement Agencies and the Department of Homeland Security, it’s time and past time for a serious house cleaning to include prosecutions of Federal Officials under RICO." ...
 

How can the BATFE be trusted to uphold laws?
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... "In an apparent attempt to divert attention from the blatant violations of federal law that allowed many hundreds of firearms to be sold (Operation Fast and Furious) to prohibited persons and illegally transported to a foreign country without their knowledge or permission, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced an illegal registration scheme."

"This is an astonishing development when the very agency that will be charged with the administration of the new regulation was responsible for permitting the felonious sale and transportation of firearms to Mexico." ...
 

Amid Fast and Furious probe, Democrats push new gun control bill
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"The debate surrounding gun control laws has reignited following the Fast and Furious investigation, and the latest volley was launched Friday."

"Two House Democrats introduced a bill that would make the trafficking of firearms to known felons or someone intending to commit a felony a federal offense. The bill, put forth by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), was drafted in response to testimony from law enforcement agents, who have said current law leaves gaps in enforcement against straw purchasers who often supply drug cartels with weapons." ...
 

The latest from Proceso Digital: ATF did not inform Honduran government of "walked" firearms. (translated from original Spanish)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In Honduras, the Ministers of Defense and of Security, Marlon Pascua and Oscar Alvarez, said they had no idea that there was present in this Central American country the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) which had organized an operation to infiltrate guns into Honduras using the same tactics of 'Operation Fast and Furious' in Mexico." ...
 

Issa on Lou Dobbs (video story)
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NRA to Fight Obama's Southwest Gun Control Push
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"Scoffing at the idea that Mexican drug lords will fill out federal gun purchase documents, the NRA tells Whispers that they are launching a legal offensive against a new rule requiring Southwest gun dealers to report sales of more than one semiautomatic rifle like the popular AK-47 target gun."

"National Rifle Association officials say that the rule, from the [ATF], will be appealed the minute the agency sends the demand letters to dealers ..." ...
 

Obama’s Quiet Guns Crackdown
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... "Administration officials told Newsweek and The Daily Beast that starting as early as next week, Obama will begin a series of changes designed to tighten regulations and penalties under current laws—bypassing a fight in Congress with the pro-gun National Rifle Association in the process."

"The changes will include:
  • Strengthening the national electronic system by collecting new information to make background checks for handgun buyers simpler and faster ...

  • A new reporting requirement that federally licensed gun shops report any person who tries to buy two long-arm weapons near the Mexican border over a five-day period.

  • Tougher sentencing guidelines for straw buyers ..." ...
 

Text Of Maloney-Cummings-McCarthy Gun Control Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The text of the Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act of 2011 is below. This is the newest gambit by certain Democrat members of the House Oversight Committee to use Operation Fast and Furious as a means to push for more - and superfluous - gun control laws. As I noted in my post about their press release, every illegal act that they are trying to cover is already covered by other Federal laws. Having this law in place would not stop the smuggling of arms and certainly wouldn't have prevented the ATF from engaging in gunwalking." ...
 

Memo On Talking Points For New Gun Control Bill
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"Below is the point-by-point 'explanation' of the Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act. What makes this more interesting is that the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have included their talking points as well. By doing so, they are explicitly telling the world - and those of us in the gun community - how they plan to push this bill. They are also essentially writing the editorials for their supporters in media." ...
 

Tools?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Carolyn McCarthy say they want to give ATF more tools to stop smuggling and straw purchases. More tools? Reading their release you can't help coming to the conclusion that the only tools in question are the aforementioned representatives."

"Straw purchases are already illegal. Smuggling of arms is illegal under the Arms Export Control Act as Dave Hardy makes clear. Possession of a firearm (or ammunition) by a felon is a felony in and of itself. If a drug cartel or other organization is conspiring to buy guns by using straw purchasers, you have RICO as a tool to combat it. This bill is nothing but a means to get some airtime ..." ...
 

House Appropriations Committee Republicans protecting gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two days ago, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman reported that the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to [an] appropriations bill that would block funding for implementation of the newly emplaced (but long anticipated) requirement that southwest border gun dealers report multiple rifle sales. ..."

"Congressman Rehberg's amendment, at a time when every dollar in the federal budget is brutally fought over, would save not only the funding for that program, but also the costs of defending the new, unconstitutional (and blatantly illegal, under the very terms of the Gun Control Act of 1968) against promised legal challenges from the NRA and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)." ...
 

WI: Constitutional Carry Legislative Session Recap
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "After last fall’s elections, Wisconsin Carry decided that given the pro-gun composition of the incoming legislation, a shall-issue type bill was a virtual certainty."

"We took a position to put all of our effort into striving for a more freedom minded, smaller government, lower taxes form of carry called Constitutional Carry."

"I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my perspective on this new law, what was accomplished in the past year, and Wisconsin Carry’s plans for the future." ...
 

VA: Isle of Wight deputy pleads no contest to sex charges
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"An Isle of Wight Sheriff's Deputy will spend four months in jail after pleading no contest to six charges of sexual abuse of a minor."

"Ronald Carwile, 49, of Franklin took the plea bargain Tuesday in Southampton County Circuit Court. He was charged in March 2010 with two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 15 years of age and four counts of sexual abuse of a child under 15 years of age, third or subsequent offense — all misdemeanors." ...
 

MT: Complaint Against Montana Shooting Sports Association President Dismissed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You may remember that following the 2009 legislative session, Helena Mayor and lobbyist for the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (MSPOA), Jim Smith, filed a complaint against me with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (CPP)." ...

"Now, the question remains, what about Smith and his false complaint? Has he broken any law about filing false complaints with a government agency? Has he committed slander with the intent to damage my reputation? ..."

"Why did Smith file the complaint in the first place you ask? Here is my best guess. ..." ...
 

TX: ICE officer leaves gun in Bush airport bathroom
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"Houston police and federal officials are looking into how a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer left his gun inside a restroom at Bush Intercontinental Airport." ...
 

GA: Police in Ga. shut down girls' lemonade stand
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"Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn't have a business license or the required permits." ...
 

TX: Cop appears to take swing at handcuffed suspect (video available)
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"A Houston police officer was caught on camera Thursday taking a swing at a handcuffed robbery suspect. Eyewitness News investigates these shocking images captured by SkyEye 13 HD. And now the police chief is responding." ...
 

FL: Cop offered favors for oral sex from teen prostitute, detectives say
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"Investigators say a Haines City police officer repeatedly received oral sex from a teenage prostitute — while in uniform — and agreed to give her pimp 'special favors' in return."

"The officer, 25-year-old Demetrius Lamar Condry was arrested on Thursday. He resigned from the police department upon his arrest, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office." ...
 

WA: 2 police officers accidentally injured at Auburn Gun Range
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"Two police officers were injured in an accidental shooting at a gun range in Auburn on Thursday afternoon, the Auburn Police Department reported." ...
 

NY: Public Safety Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Fatal DWI
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"A uniformed Town of Hempstead public safety officer has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving charges after allegedly killing a pedestrian he struck with his patrol vehicle in East Meadow late Thursday night." ...

"Officers who responded to the scene said Core, a public safety officer for 11 years earning $70,000 annually, had slurred speech, glassy eyes and failed sobriety tests."

"Core’s attorney, Lloyd Nadel, said he was told Cotto had checked himself out of the hospital earlier in the evening against medical advice and was crossing the street in the middle of the block and not at a crosswalk." ...
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TX: Officer relieved of duty after punching suspect
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"Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland confirmed a uniformed policewoman who punched a handcuffed robbery suspect in the face on Thursday has been relieved of duty during an internal affairs investigation."

"The incident was filmed by a news crew, and the video was brought to McClelland's office for review." ...

"The incident is the latest in a string of alleged brutality and serious criminal behavior by HPD officers that have surfaced during McClelland's tenure. In March 2010, a surveillance camera outside a storage center filmed a group of HPD officers kicking and punching a teenaged burglary suspect who had surrendered. McClelland fired eight officers." ...
 

DC: D.C. officer accused of sexually abusing 3 women
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"A D.C. police officer has been indicted on sexual abuse charges."

"A nine-count grand jury indictment charges Larry W. Seay with second-degree sexual abuse while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and fourth-degree sexual abuse."

"Seay, 37, is accused of using a gun while forcing sex acts upon three women in 2006 and last year. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer." ...
 

OH: The Ohio State Trapshoot – going strong and getting better
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"The Ohio State Trapshoot just completed the 125th annual state shoot and the sixth year at the Cardinal Center grounds near Marengo, Ohio. The previous grounds were in Vandalia until they were constricted by the City of Dayton for the never quite profitable airport expansion. Dayton's greed and ultimate loss has turned out to be a boon for the shooting sports in Ohio."

"The Ohio State Trapshooting Association (OSTA) and Cardinal Center continue to expand the competitive shooting program and events. ..." ...
 

DC: Guns Could Soon Be Sold at Police Stations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For several months now, it's been even harder to purchase a gun in the District than our draconian regulations allow. Make that impossible: The one guy licensed to sell guns in the District, Charles Sykes, lost his lease and is no longer able to operate."

"That could be a problem for the District, legally speaking. In May, gun owner Michelle Lane and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a case in U.S. District Court alleging that D.C.'s effective prohibition on registering new guns violates her right to bear arms. ..."

"On Wednesday, Mayor Vince Gray said that he wasn't comfortable having any D.C. government agency handling gun sales, but that he might allow them to lease space in government buildings ..." ...
 

OH: Shots open National Rifle and Pistol Championships at Camp Perry
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"The Fremont News-Messenger is reporting that the 2011 'First Shot' Ceremony at the NRA Rifle & Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio was a first in more ways than one - the July 11 event marked the first time the National Rifle and Pistol Championships had two 'first shot' shooters at the opening ceremony." ...
 

MO: 'Buy car, get free gun' offered by dealership (video available)
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"Down economic times are calling for creative ways to move new cars off the lot. That's why Premier Auto Outlet is taking a shot at a new way to stay on target."

"'Any vehicle that is purchased between now and the end of the month, they get a free gun of their choice, within the price limit,' said Premier owner Wayne Lewis. 'You get to have a little toy, a little fun.'" ...

"Customers can choose from a handgun or a shotgun. A gas gift card is available for those who don't need the gun." ...
 

WI: Local law enforcement comments on 'concealed carry'
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"Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Senate Bill 93, the concealed carry legislation, Friday afternoon, July 8 in Wausau. Wisconsin will join 48 other states which permit citizens to carry concealed guns." ...

"Byron Miller"

"Barron Police Chief Byron Miller is cautiously optimistic the law's implementation come November will go smoothly: 'The only concern I have is that people carrying concealed guns have the proper qualifications,' he said."

"Mark Petersen"

"'No comment until I see the final version of the bill that was signed into law,' said Chetek Police Chief Mark Petersen. 'I'll say this as a general opinion: I am against arming untrained citizens. The training is a big part of it.'" ...
 

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