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AZ: ABC15 Phoenix links walked guns to local crime
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Weapons linked to a questionable government strategy are turning up in crimes in Valley neighborhoods," Lori Jane Gliha of ABC15 Phoenix reports.
 

WY: Wyoming Joins the Ranks of Constitutional Carry
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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While Wyoming has never regulated the open carry of a firearm, concealed carry was regulated and required a permit issued by the state. But not anymore. Wyoming’s ‘Constitutional Carry’ bill went into effect today propelling Wyoming into the elite group of states that allow citizens to carry a concealed firearm without requiring a permit in order to do so.

However, the bill wisely preserves the existing permit system for those who wish to avail themselves of the benefits offered by the state issued permit such as ...
 

UT: Animal-control officer resigns after forgotten dog dies
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"A Smithfield animal-control officer has resigned after a dog he forgot about {emphasis added} died of dehydration or exposure.

The dog’s owner, Paula Purser, wants criminal charges filed against the officer.

"I just kept having these dreams she was locked in somewhere and could not get out, and just kept having the same dreams every night," Purser said."

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Submitter's note: What? He wasn't immediately arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty like you or I would be? I'm shocked I tellz ya.
 

WA: Yakima police captain in sex scandal reinstated
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A Yakima police captain who was demoted last year for having sex with two female sergeants will be reinstated to his rank with back pay and benefits.

A Yakima police captain who was demoted last year for having sex with two female sergeants will be reinstated to his rank with back pay and benefits.

KAPP reports an arbitrator determined last month that the discipline against Rod Light was not warranted because the police policy at the time did not specifically prohibit the type of relationship he had with the sergeants.

The Yakima City Council decided Wednesday not to appeal the decision.

Mayor Micah Cawley says the policy has been revised to make it clear that sex between supervisors and subordinates is unacceptable.
 

OR: Portland officer shoots man in Southwest Portland with live round, not less-lethal beanbag
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A Central Precinct officer mistakenly shot a suspect with a live round instead of a less-lethal beanbag on Thursday morning. The man had reportedly been acting in an intimidating manner at a Southwest Portland park. Callers told police the man appeared intoxicated and armed with a knife.

The officer thought he was firing less-lethal beanbags at the suspect, who was not complying with police commands. In fact, the beanbag shotgun had been loaded with lethal shotgun rounds, Portland police said at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The suspect was hit by five pellets in the hip and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening wounds, police said.

The officer who shot the rounds, a 15-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave
 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wants to Take Away Your Guns Before Al Qaeda Gets Them
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his little outfit “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” are at it again. Hoping to gain traction for what has heretofore been an absolutely pathetic gun control campaign, Bloomberg is rolling out all the stops by trying to scare us into thinking Al Qaeda agents are buying their guns at U.S. gun shows.

I’m not kidding: Bloomberg’s latest television ad contains clips of an American-turned-Islamist advising his comrades to buy their weapons at U.S. gun shows.

The ad is very, very sloppy, and full of factual errors. Like when the Islamist says, “You can go down to a gun show and come away with a fully-automatic assault rifle.” I’m sorry, but that’s just not true.
 

WA: Lakewood officers' widows file claim against Department of Corrections
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The widows of two of four slain Lakewood police officers have filed a damages claim that accuses the Washington Department of Corrections of bungling its supervision of Maurice Clemmons.

"This was an offender from Arkansas who wanted to come to Washington. Washington agreed to take him, but as part of that agreement, Washington was supposed to supervise him and they didn't do that," attorney Jack Connelly told 97.3 KIRO FM's Ron and Don Show.

Listen to Jack Connelly's interview

Clemmons was eventually jailed and charged for raping a child and assaulting a police officer.

Connelly said while Clemmons was incarcerated, the state of Arkansas issued a warrant in October allowing him to be detained in jail until his trial.
 

IL: Illinois Under Pressure to Recognize Right of Self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With Wisconsin only days away from being the 49th state to enact legislation that allows for the concealed carry of firearms, pressure is growing for Illinois to finally concede to its citizens the right of self-defense enshrined in the federal constitution.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (left) stopped a legislative initiative earlier this year that would have established a system of concealed carry permits when he threatened to veto any such bill that would have come to his desk. However, in the aftermath of the decisive action taken in late June in Wisconsin’s legislature, it is far from certain such a threatened veto by Gov. Quinn could succeed now.
 

WY: Wyoming Hearts the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Always encouraging - another victory for the Second Amendment.
 

NC: Castle Doctrine is now state law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In my first state House session, I fought for jobs, education, lower taxes, less spending, public health and safety, and other conservative issues; I also fought for Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens and I was a primary sponsor of the main Second Amendment bill.

Citizens with conceal carry permits should not be convicted if they place a carry-out order and forget to remove the firearm before picking up the food at a restaurant that serves alcohol. It is illegal for conceal carry permit holders to use drugs or alcohol while carrying.
 

AZ: More Guns From ATF's 'Fast and Furious' Used in Crimes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Weapons linked to the federal government’s controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-running sting have turned up at four crime scenes in Arizona in the communities of Glendale and Phoenix. The four guns are connected to drug cases in Phoenix and Glendale, Phoenix television station ABC 15 reported.

“Fast and Furious” backfired with deadly results, prompting calls for shake-ups at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and in the Justice Department. Under the program, ATF agents allowed weapons to flow across the border in a scheme targeting Mexican drug cartels.
 

NM: Grandfather, grandson may sue after altercation with Doña Ana Sheriff's Deputy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A grandfather and his 8-year-old grandson may sue the county for being ordered out of their car at gunpoint on a rabbit-hunting trip earlier this month.

Las Cruces attorney Jeff Lahann is asking for unspecified damages for what he describes as "negligence, assault, battery, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, abuse of process, negligent infliction of emotional distress and excessive use of force," according to a tort claim notice filed Thursday.

The county has a policy of not commenting on threatened or pending litigation, but the boy was reportedly "pointing a rifle outside of the car" in a residential area, an officer is heard saying in a dash-cam video recorded by the sheriff's office -- a claim Lahann disputes.
 

Porsche 911 in the Line of Fire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An American owner of a Porsche 911 decided to donate his car to charity in a remarkable and perhaps even quintessential American way.

After the engine and the entire cooling system of the German sportscar failed, the owner wasn’t in the mood for the $ 20,000 repair job. It was concluded that the 911 was in no shape to be used in racing or sold off for parts. Therefore the owner decided to donate his car to a fundraiser event.

The 911 was sacrificed by the Commonwealth Second Amendment, a Massachusetts based non-profit dedicated to preserving and expanding the rights of gun owners in the northeast of the United States.

Ed.: Two videos of the Porsche being shot to heck.
 

The Ever-Expanding Commerce Clause vs. “Libertarian Anti-Government Activism”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lazarus is correct that conservatives and libertarians have been battling over legal ideas for the past few decades, but unless my calendar was printed incorrectly, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, two landmark Supreme Court victories won by libertarian lawyers using libertarian legal arguments, both predate the Tea Party movement and its electoral success. In those two cases, the libertarians won by citing the text and history of the Second Amendment and the 14th Amendment, respectively. Since when is relying on the Constitution’s explicit guarantees of individual liberty an example of “anti-government activism”?
 

Don’t blame the NRA for the ATF’s weakness
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Most reasonable people would process these facts and alarming lack of competence and conclude that the ATF needs less power and that the NRA should be commended for its vigilant pursuit of the truth surrounding the ATF’s gun-running operation. But not The Post.

As for gun owner “paranoia,” there would be less reason for worry if The Post ceased its anti-Second Amendment campaign. After all, the paper railed against the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision affirming Americans’ individual right to keep and bear arms, and it advocated for the draconian laws that robbed D.C. residents of their Second Amendment rights.
 

Friends Of NRA Reaches $400 Million Milestone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The NRA Foundation’s Friends of NRA program is proud to announce that they have drawn 2.5 million attendees to their events and grossed more than $400 million since the program’s inception in 1992.

“Reaching these goals would not have been possible without all the hard work of everyone involved in Friends of NRA,” said Kyle Weaver, Managing Director of Field Operations.
 

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
 

Canada: Course on guns changed my mind
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Until a few weeks ago, the only things I knew about guns were from police reports and violent movies.

I had never picked one up, been near one or heard the echoes of shotgun blasts. And quite frankly, I was pretty afraid of them.

I know the Chinese invented gunpowder, but firearms have never been standard in my family.

In fact, guns have been the source of several heated arguments between my boyfriend Dave, who often heads home to Kincardine to shoot guns with his friend. They don’t go hunting, but rather shoot targets — puddles, broken TVs, frozen hams — often with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. It’s just what you did if you grew up in the country.
 

The Insidious Semantics of ‘Gun Control’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Gun Control” advocates fall into only two categories: the Liars and the Ignorant.

There is no third category.

The Liars invent the lies. The Ignorant believe the lies and repeat them.

Truly fervent “gun control” advocates are quite often mentally ill. Their most common clinical symptoms, projection and denial, are barely below the surface.

Because they often entertain a warped contempt of other human beings, they don’t trust themselves with guns, so they would prohibit firearms to all. They also entertain a primitive superstition about an inanimate object: “Guns are bad! Guns kill people!”
 

VA: Man acquitted of double shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Suffolk man was acquitted by a jury this week on malicious wounding charges.

Jimmie Lee Belcher Jr., 50, was found not guilty of two counts each of malicious wounding, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and shoot/stab in commission of a felony.

Belcher was accused of shooting two men on Ben Street in the early morning hours of Sept. 26. But the jury agreed with the argument of Belcher’s attorney, who contended he shot in self-defense.
 

House Committee Continues Investigation of Cartels’ Ability to Obtain U.S. Weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-rights advocacy group, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, released a statement saying that the Cummings committee has a singular goal of deflecting public attention away from the Justice Department’s horrible mishandling of a gunrunning sting that has flooded Mexico with guns.”

Alan Gottlieb, Bear Arms chairman, went on to say that “‘Operation Fast and Furious’ is a product of the Obama administration, and Cummings is running interference for the White House and Attorney General Eric Holder.
 

Gun debate: reason versus emotion?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Not so much. If you take a look at those Court decisions, they offer up a great deal to be critical of. In Heller vs District of Columbia, the Court said that some control measures were fine. All that decision did was prevent an outright ban like DC had before the decision. However, New York City’s laws are well clear of that. You’re allowed to carry a gun…if you can get an extremely hard to obtain license. No total ban there.

The battle to protect our Second Amendment rights is far from over, so we must remain vigilent. We must also continue the debate or else find ourselves suddenly shut out of the conversation.
 

WI: Concealed guns at Lambeau Field a concern: Fan’s take
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The NFL prohibits fans from carrying guns into any stadium. However, they could be prohibited from enforcing their own policy on Lambeau Field. The NFL doesn't own the stadium, therefore can't impose their anti-gun policy. Pat Webb, the stadium's executive director, stated, "I don't know enough about Wisconsin's specific law to know if the stadiums are exempt or not or can be exempt."

I couldn't imagine some murderous incident occurring at Lambeau Field. Then again, fools flock around the country. No one would have predicted Columbine High School. Foolish things happen when anger persists.
 

OH: Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs bill allowing concealed guns in bars
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday signed a bill into law that gun owners will probably love, especially those who have permits that afford them the luxury of having concealed weapons.

The Republican, who was last seen on the links with President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, approved the measure that allows gun owners in the Buckeye State to bring their concealed weapons into establishments that serve alcohol, as well as into licensed establishments including shopping malls, nightclubs and sporting venues.
 

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