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Right to arms isn't only freedom 'progressives' want to eviscerate
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"These people really don’t care for freedom very much, do they? No wonder they want our guns so badly it consumes them."
 

NY: NYPD detective wanted reward from bogus gun tip: prosecutors
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That’s one costly false move.
An NYPD detective made up a phony tip about a gun being turned in to police so he could ​pocket a $1,000 reward, Manhattan prosecutors ​charged Thursday.
John Malloy, 46, worked ​in the NYPD’s Operation Gun Stop program, which offers cash rewards for information about illegal firearms, when he submitted an anonymous fake tip about the gun in November 2012.
The cop, who has since been suspended,​ even forged the signature of another detective, a supervising sergeant and an inspector to get the paperwork approved for the paltry payout​, prosecutors alleged​.
 

The Biggest Public Health Threat is Government
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"What's worth noting is the same government administrators endangering the public with real uncontrolled pathogens are doing their utmost to weaken the population's resistance to agents of deadly infection in the body politic."
 

FL: Appeals Court Determines Felony Gun Possession Blocks Stand Your Ground But Not Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Fourth District Appeals Court agreed with the state’s reasoning and said Hill’s possession of a gun blocked his Stand Your Ground claim. But then Hill’s lawyers tried a different tack. Again, they wanted to throw out the aggravated battery charge, but to do so they looked to a different statute. Actually, they turned to one that ‘Stand Your Ground’ amended.

Florida’s pre-existing self-defense law wasn’t scrapped when stand your ground passed. Lawmakers did remove the assumption a person should try to leave a threatening situation, but Rozelle says defendants still have to show they were justified in using force.
 

CA: Murder charge won't be filed against woman alleged to have fatally shot deputy husband
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A criminal grand jury has not returned an indictment against a Lakeport woman accused of shooting and mortally wounding her husband, a part-time sheriff's deputy, last December.

District Attorney Don Anderson said that means that a murder case will not move forward against 64-year-old Paula Ann Piveronas.

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He said Paula Piveronas claimed she was defending herself when she shot her husband.

“That was a big issue, whether it was self-defense,” Anderson said.
 

CA: Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Handgun Ban AB 1964
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“I wish I could say that we were shocked by the Governor’s irrational decision to sign AB 1964,” explained Brandon Combs, president of California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL). “Sadly, the status quo for elitist Sacramento politicians is to ignore the Constitution and act with blatant hostility towards our Second Amendment civil rights and sound public policy.”

“While we are certainly disappointed by Governor Brown’s support of AB 1964, we are also more committed than ever to fight every last attack on our right to keep and bear arms,” Combs concluded.
 

FL: Tortured gun law now protects armed felons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Second Amendment issues, Florida lawmakers are prone to legislate first and ask questions later. That's why the Stand Your Ground law was enacted with so many muddled provisions that the courts are still trying to straighten out.

The latest attempt came this week from the 4th District Court of Appeal, which said felons — who are prohibited from possessing guns — can still claim Stand Your Ground protections if they shoot somebody.
 

MA: Gun owners must focus on preserving their rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I'd like to publicly thank Jim Wallace, executive director of Gun Owners Action League, and his staff for their tireless efforts to kill H4121, resulting in replacement bill H4278.

Although H4278 is still not perfect, it's a far cry from the atrocity thrust upon us by Speaker DeLeo and a slap in the face to his delusions of grandeur. The message from Second Amendment supporters has been loud and clear -- the tyranny and power grabbing by our politicians can and will be stopped.
 

Congress going after kid’s shooting sports-branded clothing and colorful youth guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week Congress Democrats introduced a bill to outlaw the marketing of guns and gun brands to the country’s youth on clothes or by making guns that appeal to kids.

The ban which would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, will require warning labels on youth-sized firearms and ban child-sized clothing branded by shooting groups such as the National Rifle Association, or with of the logos of gun makers.
 

Federal bill to restrict the content of gun advertising
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There’s no doubt that there’s a problem with under-18-year-old gun criminals. But I’m pretty sure that few such criminals are drawn to guns because they’ve seen a gun-promoting stuffed animals. And I strongly suspect that they would affirmatively avoid any “gun with colors or designs that are specifically designed with the purpose to appeal to children.”
 

Gottlieb opens fire on ‘dueling initiatives’ as Mass. antis show intent
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Bellevue gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb, whose Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the front lines in a battle over gun rights in Washington State, unloaded on Initiative 594 yesterday during an interview with KTTH radio’s Ben Shapiro, warning that “The devil is in the details of 594.”

“People just read the words ‘background check’ and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll vote for it without knowing what’s in it’,” Gottlieb observed.
 

Petitions to Reform the National Firearms Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The rifle pictured above is completely legal. Take off the stock and the barrel, and replace them with the two inch shorter barrel and the pistol grip, and it is completely legal.

Leave the stock on, and put on the shorter barrel, and you have just committed a Federal felony with a potential ten year jail sentence.

The rifle pictured above is a single shot.

The two semiautomatic handguns and the revolver have more power, more capacity, and are easier to conceal, but their possession is constitutionally protected.
 

MO: Gun rights on the ballot in August
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Amendment 5 establishes the right to keep and bear arms as a quote "inalienable" right in Missouri -- or a natural right, unable to be taken away. The amendment, if passed, will repeal what's written in the Missouri Constitution for gun rights, and replace it with more defined language. This new language will make it more difficult for gun laws to be challenged in the state.

Dee Wampler is a criminal defense attorney in Springfield, and a former prosecutor. He spoke with KSPR about Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution, a section that has been in place since 1875.
 

Glock 42 and .380 ACP improvements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I think a lot of people have faith in .380 ACP, and that’s it’s a pretty well-accepted round for self-defense, even if it’s at the bottom end of the spectrum. The same improvements to bullet design that have made 9mm the dominant cartridge carry over to the smaller, lower-pressure round just fine.

And out of longer-barreled .380s it does even better, such as the Glock 42.
 

CT: Connecticut Bar Association’s Support of 2013 Gun Ban is Deplorable
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Connecticut Carry has been made aware that the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) has proposed to its members that the CBA wishes to file an Amicus, or ‘friend of the court’, Brief in the case of Shew v Malloy in support of the defendant, the State of Connecticut.

Ironically, the section of the CBA which has brought this topic for this called “Human Rights and Responsibility”, with their mission being:

“This section focuses on the enforcement, protection, and development of legal protections, which safeguard the rights of individuals”
 

Obama Administration Bans Import Of Popular Russian Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This week, the Treasury Department used authority delegated to it by the president, under Executive Order 13661, to sanction Russian gun maker Kalashnikov Concern (formerly Izhmash). In the United States, the manufacturer is best known for its popular Saiga rifles and shotguns. While ostensibly a measure to curb aggression by some in the Russian Federation, the move does bar from importation firearms that gun control supporters have long sought to ban. We of course recognize the important role that enacting sanctions can have in furthering legitimate U.S. foreign policy interests.
 

MO: Senate Leaders Applaud the Missouri Supreme Court’s Swift Decision on Constitutional Amendment 5
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senate Leaders are applauding the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling, calling it reassuring. The Court had been asked to consider whether the title and ballot summary for Constitutional Amendment 5 contained enough information for voters to make an informed decision. Today, the Court dismissed the case.

Senate Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said if passed by voters, Constitutional Amendment 5 would safeguard a citizen’s individual Second Amendment right and require the courts to use the highest level of scrutiny to uphold any restriction on these rights.
 

MA: Gun Advocates Clash Over Senate-Passed Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Gun Owners Action League - who was originally opposed to the bill and has worked with the Massachusetts legislature to change some of the amendments in both the Senate and House versions of the bill - has gone from strongly opposed to the original bill to very much in favor of the new version of the bill, something that has some gun owners upset.

“Amendment #6 corrected the bill to prevent the suitability clause from being applied to FID cards,” said GOAL in a post on their website. “The Senate saved this amendment for last, after hours of debate on the other 62 amendments a roll call vote was taken and the amendment passed by a 28-10 vote.”
 

MT: Rights Restoration Won't Get Felon a Gun in Mont.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Though Montana restores civil rights to convicted felons upon completion of their sentences, the 9th Circuit said the ex-cons are still not entitled to possess a firearm.

Frank Van der hule was convicted of sexual assault and four counts of sexual intercourse without consent in 1983. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was released in 1996. In 2003 he applied for a concealed weapons permit, but a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) examiner concluded that Van der hule should not be allowed to obtain a concealed weapons permit under Montana law and that he is precluded from purchasing or possessing a firearm under federal law.
 

CO: Hickenlooper Keeps Close Ties with Extreme Anti-Gun, Anti-Sportsmen Figures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, Governor Hickenlooper (D) was spotted having beers and playing pool with President Obama during his visit to Colorado.
The two anti-gun chief executives enjoyed a night out on the town, despite the desperate need for leadership in both Colorado and our country.
 

TX: Why are the sales for firearm silencers, suppressors on the rise?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Buying a gun legally these days can be a fairly quick process; it could take a few minutes. However, buying a silencer or suppressor, well, that’s a totally different ballgame. The approval process alone can take about 10 months.

Silencers don't come cheap – on the low end, around $300 and on the high end for about $1,700.
 

IL: Hey, Chicago: Detroit Police Chief Says More Guns is Good
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Chicago, Illinois is losing at least 3 to 4 citizens every weekend to violence with upwards to 25 shot. EVERY weekend. Chicago pols, the city’s police superintendent, and state Democrats say we need to ban guns to “fix” the problem. But the Detroit Chief of Police says an armed citizenry is making HIS city safer. Chicago could learn a lesson, here.
 

The Second Amendment Is Not Untouchable
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment has not always been the gun advocate's mantra, says Brennan Center for Justice president Michael Waldman, and therefore may not prevent reform. Waldman will be at the Center for American Progress at noon on Monday, July 21 to discuss his new book, The Second Amendment: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, $25) and the controversial past and future of the right to bear arms.
 

OK: New law impacts concealed carry requirements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Individuals interested in getting a concealed carry gun license could be impacted by a change to current certification requirements.

Oklahoma House Bill 2874, which goes into effect on Nov. 1, modifies the Self Defense Act, SDA gun safety training requirements by setting an expiration on certification.

Currently, training certificates earned through a CLEET certified instructor have no expiration.
 

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