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Jersey City gun ‘buyback’ illustrates character of characters behind it
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "I’ve run into this Comey character before—he’s the one who said pump action shotguns were 'assault weapons,' so I guess it’s no surprise that now he’s telling us that semiauto MAC-10 variants are 'street sweepers.' And I also note he’s getting press for this 'buyback' with Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healey, another of Bloomberg’s criminal Mayors Against Guns who obstructed justice, resisted arrest, was nude and drinking on his porch, engaged in disorderly conduct..." ...
 

Why We Win: on the Travel Channel (video available)
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"Take a famous New York Chef, give him a hit TV show on the Travel Channel, send him and his crew out to the Ozarks, and what happens?"

"He gets all gun nutty."

"First he cleans a squirrel and eats squirrel pot pie and some bow hunt venison. Then he goes gigging for fish, which turns out to be more dangerous than hunting. Then there is an unsuccessful raccoon hunt. Duck hunting and duck cooking. And finally, just because that is not enough, some tin cans get shot to end the show." ...
 

Friends, (Gun) Owners, Countrymen . . . Lend me Your Ears
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As I've mentioned here before, I was a professional musician long before I was a shooter. ... As such, I make a part of my daily bread with my ears. And just like a dancer that needs to protect their legs or a visual artist that needs to protect their eyes, I’m fairly fanatical on protecting my ears. In fact, I carry a pair of hi-tech earplugs with me just about all the time. Unfortunately, last Saturday night, I forgot them. And that was the night I attended the reunion of a local 60s band at a downtown night spot. From 9PM ’til almost 1AM, I was in a relatively small, enclosed space, getting bombarded with loud noises. And the result of my little adventure got me to thinking about shooting and ear protection." ...
 

Swiss Special Forces Ditch Their SIGs for Glocks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Swiss Army has announced (via Glock) that their Special Forces will no longer be carrying the SIG P220 or SIG Pro pistols. Following an evaluation process involving three independent elements of the Swiss Army, the mountain nation’s spec ops unit selected the Gen4 Glock 17 and Gen4 Glock 26 ..."
 

ATI Offers Entire Line of B&D 37mm Launcher Products
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"American Tactical Imports is proud to announce that they are offering the entire line of Bates & Dittus (B&D) products."

"B&D is a relatively new company that brings exciting products to the industry. B&D specializes in 37mm launchers of several varieties including a pistol configuration (SML-37) and the new under barrel launcher (UBL-37)." ...
 

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Choosing the Right Self-Defense Ammo
Submitted by: PGP GunWorks
Website: http://www.pgpgunworks.com

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"I’ll be the last person to claim that I'm a ballistics expert or some brilliant physics engineer who knows the ins and outs of ammunition design. However, I don't own a TV (haven't owned one in 10 years) and when I'm not training or shooting or spending quality time with the wife, I'm reading up on various aspects of personal protection."

"And this includes ammunition information which is a deathly boring (but important) topic. And to save you the pain and suffering I've gone through reading boring books and articles about self-defense ammo, here's what you need to know in a nutshell." ...
 

Desert Tan ISSC MSR Mk22 Rifle Now Shipping To Distributors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ISSC-Austria, exclusive importer and distributor of the M22 range pistol and the Modern Sporting Rifle MK22, announce the arrival of the MK22 in Desert Tan on U.S. shores."

"The highly anticipated MK22 was first announced in April 2011 and Distributors and Dealers have ordered the entire year’s production run. The MK22 in Desert Tan will be at a store near you by end of July, early August." ...
 

Guns On Campus: Another Perspective
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We've talked here before about the 'guns on campus' issue. Adults in the higher education environment do so (or want to) primarily for two reasons: a hedge against 'school shooting' horrors, and for routine protection against muggers, rapists, etc. who consider 'gun free zones' to be safe game preserves in which to hunt human victims."

"Here, however, is a third good reason. It comes verbatim from one of my graduates, who spends his days at a major institution of higher education as a grad student and researcher, in a letter he sent to a state senator:" ...
 

Marine awarded for heroic actions taken as a CCW-licensed college student
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Military.com is reporting that Ensign Sean Barner, from Stone Mountain, Ga., was recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions on May 3, 2009."

"Barner protected at least ten lives when he intervened and stopped two armed assailants during an attempted robbery and then provided immediate medical assistance by applying tourniquets to one of the gun shot wounded victims."

"The incident made national headlines, and sparked calls for legalizing concealed carry on college campuses. A BuckeyeFirearms.org article about Barner's actions, and lamenting the fact that Ohio's college students are not allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights, became one of the most-read articles in BFA history." ...
 

Investigators Say They've Been Monitoring Former OBN Agent for Awhile
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to court documents, agents have been tracking a number of people, including an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agent, involved in a secret scheme of smuggling firearms into Mexico."

"Right now former OBN agent 29-year-old Francisco Javier Reyes is the only one facing federal charges, but recently unsealed court documents showed a number of people were involved."

"Reyes busted more than his fair share of people for smuggling drugs during his three years on the force, but now he stands accused of smuggling guns to Mexico."

"Court documents revealed [ATF] agents recovered dozens of assault rifles heading to Laredo, Texas and traced several of them back to Oklahoma, and ultimately to Reyes." ...
 

Exclusive: Story of central ‘Operation Castaway’ figure in his own words
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "This correspondent has established communications with Crumpler, currently doing time at a federal corrections facility, after being approached by a friend of his ..." ...
 

Demand Gunwalker Accountability
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Most of the larger national media outlets are doing their best to ignore the Gunwalker scandal ... Those who know about the outrageous project should be demanding answers and accountability."

"The recent hearings in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA), showed clearly that agents of the ATF and other agencies, working with the approval from the highest levels of the Department of Justice ... actively conspired and facilitated the sale of some 2000 or more rifles to suspected illegal firearms traffickers and then intentionally allowed those guns to continue in illicit channels with no attempt to track, interdict, or disable them. ..." ...
 

Issa not losing sight of anti-gun attitudes of 'Gunwalker' principals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Then last night, Rep. Issa was on the NRA News show 'Cam and Company,' with Cam Edwards and Ginny Simone, talking about the scandal. It's very much worth watching in its entirety, but the short (1 minute, 5 seconds) segment in the sidebar video is especially interesting, in that it shows that Issa has not lost sight of the fact that those political appointees at the top of this debacle have a long, well known history of hostility to gun rights. ..." ...
 

Third Fast & Furious hearing scheduled next Tuesday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congressman Darrell Issa’s office has just announced that a third hearing probing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive’s botched Operation Fast and Furious is scheduled next Tuesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform."

"The hearing will convene at 10 a.m. (that’s 7 a.m. PDT for all of the Pacific Northwest gun rights activists who are watching this case unfold). You will be able to click here for more hearing information and to watch a live stream of the hearing on Tuesday." ...
 

Pawlenty: I don’t hunt from a helicopter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tim Pawlenty visited a handgun instruction facility here today, telling reporters the visit was in part to showcase his commitment to gun rights."

"'It's not government’s place to further limit or impinge upon those rights,' Pawlenty said of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees citizen rights to own guns." ...
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Submitter's Note: "No further infringements!" What a ringing endorsement of Second Amendment freedoms. But what would you expect from a Governor who signed a 'shall-issue' permit to carry law, then refused to direct the Department of Public Safety obey the law's plain requirements for recognizing permits from other states (reciprocity). Even after promising the Gun Owners' Civil Rights Alliance leadership that he would fix the problem in return for their support in his 2008 re-election bid.
 

VA: Virginia Citizens Defense League 2011 Candidate Surveys Out Now
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The VCDL 2011 Candidate Survey was mailed to all the candidates for Virginia Senate and House of Delegates in the upcoming Party nominating processes (Primary, Mass Meeting, Convention, etc) to be held over the next month."

"Please contact *all* the candidates in *YOUR* District by BOTH email AND phone:"

"THANK the candidates who answered the VCDL Candidate survey for responding (those with a double asterisk (**) before their name) – Politely, but firmly, urge those candidates who have not answered to answer the VCDL Survey" ...
 

NC: Homeowners gun rights expanded through law
Submitted by: PGP GunWorks
Website: http://www.pgpgunworks.com

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"The idea that a man’s house is his castle dates back to 17th century common law in England."

"But the so-called 'Castle Doctrine' was recently expanded in North Carolina after a rare moment of bipartisanship at the N.C. General Assembly last session."

"Gun rights advocates in the state lobbied for the expansion of the doctrine, which permits homeowners to defend themselves against intruders without fear of arrest." ...

"But critics say a broad interpretation of the law could equate to a pardon for homeowners who unnecessarily use deadly force." ...
 

CA: San Juan won't allow guns in city parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A San Juan Capistrano rule than bans guns in city parks will continue, even if it makes the city vulnerable to lawsuits by people claiming constitutional rights, the City Council decided Tuesday night."

"The council voted 3-1 against Councilman Derek Reeve's proposal to change the rule to allow people to carry unloaded guns in city parks. ..." ...
 

Do Your Senators Oppose UN Gun Grab?
Submitted by: PGP GunWorks
Website: http://www.pgpgunworks.com

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"The good news is that 30 Senators have signed onto a letter opposing any UN treaty that infringes on the Second Amendment."

"The bad news is that a global small arms treaty could still pass unless more Senators come out in opposition." ...
 

[U.S. Senate] Oppose UN Arms Trade Treaty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The United Nations is planning on its Arms Trade Treaty being finalized in 2012, after this mid-July saw another session of talks of the Third Preparatory Committee on the ATT. The UN's ATT final agreement negotiations set for four weeks next summer will be under slightly different rules of 'consensus' rather than a majority vote. With over 100 arms-control organizations in attendance and lobbying hard this year, a consensus for the ATT will easily be reached." ...
 

TSA Agent Cracks Timothy McVeigh Bomb Joke to Passenger
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... "After I passed the screening with no incident, the TSA screener quipped that 'I guess you’re not a member of the Timothy McVeigh Fan Club.'"

"Now, if I had made a joke about Timothy McVeigh while waiting in the TSA line, I’d end up in a holding room somewhere. Shouldn’t TSA take airline security as seriously as they force us to?"
"Odd, isn’t it? The Consumerist decided to contact the TSA and got a response. TSA didn’t deny the incident, but said it would take action:" ...
 

BATFE Will Take Step Towards National Gun Sales Registration – NRA Will Take BATFE To Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The administration’s decision, supposedly aimed at the trafficking of U.S. firearms to Mexican drug cartels, follows findings by Congress that the BATFE, in 'Operation Fast and Furious,' knowingly allowed straw purchasers to buy five, 10 or 20 firearms in single transactions and transfer them to higher-level gun traffickers working for the cartels. Disapproving of the new sales reporting scheme, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said 'It is the height of hypocrisy for the Obama administration to restrict the gun rights of border state citizens, when the administration itself knowingly and intentionally allowed guns to be trafficked into Mexico.'" ...
 

NJ: Newark settles First Amendment lawsuit against police force for more than $50K
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Roberto Lima, editor of Newark’s Brazilian Voice newspaper, was awarded $55,000 plus legal fees in response to a civil suit he filed for wrongful arrest in 2008. Lima claimed Samuel DeMaio asked Gerald Carlos, a photographer for the newspaper, if he had a 'green card' after Carlos discovered a body in the East Ward in 2007."

"Lima also claimed DeMaio ordered officers at the scene to seize Carlos’ camera and later handcuff him at a police precinct to stop him from publishing photos of the body in the newspaper." ...
 

OH: Canton, OH Police Officer threatens to execute license holder, crush his head in over failure to notify
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://OhioCCW.org

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... "... William exited the vehicle with his driver's license in the same hand as his concealed handgun license. He held it up for the officer to see, and the officer said, 'Why are you having that?' This gave William the opportunity to say, 'I have a CCW, and...' The officer then said, 'Do you have a gun?' William answered yes, causing the officer to grab it from William's waist."

"At this point, William was handcuffed and put into the police cruiser. The officer then started to berate William, stating: 'I should blast you in the mouth right now ... I'm close to caving in your head.' ..."

"The remainder of the threats, including executing the licensee for 'being stupid' must be seen in the video to be believed"
 

WV: City to settle police abuse lawsuit for $70,000
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Officials are finalizing a settlement, stemming from a 2010 lawsuit filed by a Belpre man alleging abuse by Parkersburg police." ...

"... Ratliff alleges he was placed under arrest for public intoxication after Officer Nathan Deuley noticed him urinating in a parking lot. The suit alleges during the arrest a struggle ensued, and Ratliff was the victim of unnecessary or unreasonable force. The suit also maintains Ratliff, still in handcuffs, was again assaulted in the parking lot of the police station by several officers."

"According to the suit, Ratliff was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for treatment. While in the emergency room Ratliff was handcuffed and shackled to his bed and was again assaulted by officers ..." ...
 

PA: Judge approves settlement in Punxsutawney cruiser death case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal judge Tuesday approved the settlement of a lawsuit the family of a Punxsutawney man brought against the borough after he died in the back seat of a police cruiser."

"Stephen Obbish ... died sometime during the four hours that arresting officer Detective Brian Andrekovich left him in the back of a police car." ...
 

TX: Man mistakenly arrested for burglary of his own home faces jury on charge of resisting arrest in same incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Angelina County jury today will consider the fate of a Lufkin man who is charged with misdemeanor evading arrest for a March 2009 incident in which he was mistaken for a burglar in his own home." ...

"Before Davis left the stand, Deaton asked a few follow-up questions to reiterate his feelings that his client had been wronged."

"'So he’s been shot with pepper balls and sprayed in his own living room in the eyes, right?' Deaton asked."

"'Yes,' Davis said."

"'My client wasn't armed and he was in his own house, in his own bathroom?' Deaton continued."

"'Yes, sir.'" ...
 

TN: Two Jackson police officers indicted on federal charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and Jackson Police Chief Gill Kendrick announced this afternoon the indictment of Jackson police officers Marvent Brooks and David Dreblow on federal charges. Brooks and Dreblow are accused of violating the civil rights of a robbery and shooting victim ..." ...

"... While [the officers] searched the residence during the investigation, Brooks found $1,256 under the victim’s bed, the release said."

"Brooks asked the other two officers if they wanted some of the money. Officer Dreblow agreed, and the third officer refused, according to the indictment."

"The indictment charges that Brooks and Dreblow later divided the money between themselves ..." ...
 

MO: Bullet found in fanny pack landed Liberty man in Bahamas jail
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... "Lapp, 48, of Liberty, was heading home Friday from a Boy Scout scuba trip when the .32-caliber bullet turned up inside his fanny pack in Freeport, Bahamas. He was arrested, charged with possessing ammunition and sent to a jail in Nassau."

"'I was flabbergasted,' Lapp said."

"He thinks he must have left the round in the pack after a hunting trip."

"'I broke the law, and it was very, very unfortunate. I had no plans to do that,' Lapp said. 'I would have never done that intentionally.'"

"The bullet passed undetected through security checkpoints when he flew out of Kansas City International Airport and when he stopped in Nassau." ...
 

IN: Reserve police officer accused of having sex in public pool
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"A reserve police officer has been accused of having sex at the Roberts Park Family Pool in Connersville."

"Sunday, about 25-people looked, and then looked again, hardly able to believe what they were seeing."

"'I've seen a lot of things, but this was a little bit more than what we would ever expect,' eyewitness Brian Davison said."

"What they were seeing, according to police, was a 39-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman having sex right there in the pool." ...
 

IL: The First Civilian Certified To Teach Chicago Firearm Permit Class
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Colleen Lawson, one of the plaintiffs in McDonald et al v. Chicago et al, is now officially the first civilian to be state-certified to teach the Chicago Firearm Permit class." ...
 

DC: D.C.’s fix: Set up a gun shop in police HQ
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The District has cleared the way for its lone licensed gun dealer to set up shop in police headquarters, an unusual short-term fix to a problem that has left the city with a de facto ban on handguns and vulnerable to lawsuits by gun rights groups."

"Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Wednesday that the city's zoning commission approved an emergency proposal that allows Charles W. Sykes Jr., the city’s sole federal firearms licensee, to open his CS Exchange business at Metropolitan Police Department headquarters on Indiana Avenue in Northwest." ...
 

AZ: Arizona CCW Permits On The Decline
Submitted by: PGP GunWorks
Website: http://www.pgpgunworks.com

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"After the passage of Constitutional Carry in 2010, CCW permit applications and renewals began to slow down considerably."

"In July 2011, the number of active permits reported by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) was less than what they reported in June. Will we now see a steady decline in CCW permits as fewer apply or renew?"

"Time will tell." ...
 

ME: Maine employers face new "take your gun to work" law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Many employers have policies that prohibit employees from carrying firearms and other dangerous weapons onto company property, including parking lots. Beginning September 28, 2011, however, Maine employers will have to modify these polices to comply with a new concealed weapons law." ...
 

NJ: NJ2AS Presents Internationally Known Firearms Training Consultant Rob Pincus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Meet and speak with Rob PincusWednesday Evening August 17, 2011 at 7:30PM At American Legion Post 129 on 2025 Church Road In Toms River, New Jersey"

"Don’t miss this opportunity to see Rob and hear his perspective on the right to keep and bear arms. ..." ...
 

DC: Sykes To Move Gun Business Inside MPD Headquarters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During a press conference this morning, Mayor Vince Gray revealed that the District's gun drought will soon be broken: Charles Sykes, the only person registered to sell and transfer guns inside the District, will soon open up shop inside the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Department." ...
 

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