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PA: Pizza shop customer shoots two robbers, killing one

November 17, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A pizza shop customer armed with a gun shot and killed one robber and injured another as they tried to hold up the Pennsylvania restaurant, according to police. The shooting happened late Tuesday night at Porfirio's Pizza and Pasta, located in a shopping plaza in Levittown, about 25 miles northeast of Philadelphia. The customer took out a gun and shot both men after they allegedly pistol-whipped him, Middletown Police Chief Joe Bartorilla told reporters. One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect was taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately available." (11/16/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-pizza-shop-customer-shoots-robbers-killing-43568823  

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Gun control measures expected to win in four US states

November 9, 2016
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Reuters    

"Gun control-related ballot measures in four states are expected to pass on Tuesday, opinion polls showed, after gun safety advocates poured a massive amount of money into backing the initiatives. In Maine and Nevada, residents are voting on whether to mandate universal background checks for firearm sales, including private handgun transactions. If those two measures pass, half of all Americans would live in states that have such expanded checks. Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have already approved similar laws. Voters in Washington state will consider allowing judges to bar dangerous people, such as accused domestic abusers, from possessing guns. In California, a referendum would ban large-capacity ammunition magazines and require certain people to pass a background check to buy ammunition. The U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, and gun rights advocates fiercely contest any attempt to restrict it." (11/08/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-guns-idUSKBN13317Q  

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NC: Pizza Hut worker shoots, kills attempted robber

October 31, 2016
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Fox News    

"A Pizza Hut employee shot and killed a man during an attempted armed robbery after hours at the store early Sunday morning in west Charlotte, N.C., according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police. Officers were called about 1:38 a.m. to the Pizza Hut to a report of shooting and arrived to find Michael Renard Grace with a gunshot wound. Grace was pronounced dead on scene. According to police, three people entered the restaurant and were in the process of robbing the business when one of the employees fired his own personal handgun at one of the suspects. Investigators said a handgun was recovered at the scene that was being carried by the robbery suspect at the time he was shot." [editor's note: One to keep for the next time someone screams out about private guns never stopping crime - SAT] (10/31/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/31/pizza-hut-worker-shoots-kills-attempted-robber.html  

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FL: Some idiots plan to arm themselves for trick-or-treating because CLOWNS

October 31, 2016
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Fox News    

"Some Florida residents plan to take some extra precautions when they trick-or-treat with their children on Monday amid reports of creepy clowns scaring communities. Kimberly Kersey told Florida Today that she plans to carry a gun while taking her sons around her Palm Bay neighborhood after two men were arrested last week for allegedly threatening people while dressed as clowns. ... Pam Metz, of Titusville, said she plans to carry around a baseball bat on Halloween because she doesn't have a gun." [editor's note: On the one hand, it's a good idea to go armed in general, assuming you are sane and competent. On the other hand, if you have fallen for the clown panic, you are not sane and competent, you should probably not be going out at all armed or not, and you should probably be in diapers and on thorazine - TLK] (10/31/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/31/some-florida-parents-plan-to-arm-themselves-while-going-trick-or-treating-over-clown-concerns.html  

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NC: Pizza Hut employee shoots, kills attempted robber

October 31, 2016
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Atlanta Journal Constitution    

"A west Charlotte Pizza Hut employee is on leave after shooting and killing a man police said was trying to rob the restaurant early Sunday morning. Police identified the would-be thief as 28-year-old Michael Grace. Investigators said that just before 1:40 a.m. three people tried to break into the Pizza Hut on Freedom Drive. Officers said that the employee fired his personal handgun at Grace, who died at the scene. Police found the gun they said Grace was carrying when he was shot at the scene. The two other intruders ran away and have not yet been found." (10/31/16)

http://www.ajc.com/news/national/update-pizza-hut-employee-shoots-kills-attempted-robber-cmpd-says/rhcHjMFRf50C3SZHCLqCkP/  

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OR: Law providing immunity to frivolous litigation to gun dealers could fail

October 30, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A gun-violence victim’s family is hoping the mother of the man who fatally shot their relative will strengthen their case against two firearms dealers in an Oregon court. Kirsten Englund, a 57-year-old California woman, was fatally shot in April 2013 at a scenic overlook in Oregon while on her way to visit relatives. After 30-year-old Jeffrey Boyce killed Englund, he drove to northern California and carjacked two different drivers before police arrested him. Two months later, while awaiting his arraignment, Boyce killed himself in jail. On Thursday, the gunman’s mother, Diane Boyce, agreed to help the family with its wrongful death lawsuit against two retailers that sold her guns, despite originally being named in the lawsuit." (10/30/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/how-a-law-providing-immunity-to-gun-dealers-could-fail  

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FL: Kaine cries crocodile tears at site of massacre made possible by policies he supports

September 27, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine made an emotional visit to the Pulse nightclub, the site of the Orlando massacre, Monday along with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was gravely injured in a 2011 shooting. ... As the visit ended, a visibly emotional Kaine walked up to reporters. He cried as he whispered into the camera. 'This is a weird thing to say but I always hoped that the Virginia Tech one would be the worst one ever ... as bad as that was, I hoped that nothing would ever eclipse it but, such as life we got work to do so,' said an emotional Kaine." (09/26/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tim-kaine-makes-emotional-visit-orlando-massacre-site/story?id=42374413  

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VA: Gun rights activists sue Couric over film edits

September 13, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Virginia gun-rights activists have filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of a documentary over an edit they say misrepresented the activists' response to a question. The segment in Under the Gun shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Activists can be heard on audio of the exchange responding to Couric's question almost immediately. Couric was executive producer of the film. She said in a message on the film's website in May that she regrets that the edit was misleading and that she didn't raise her initial concerns about the segment 'more vigorously.' Couric's spokesman didn't immediately respond Tuesday." (09/13/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/09/13/gun-rights-activists-sue-couric-over-film-edits/90320696  

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WV: Police officer fired for not shooting man with unloaded gun

September 13, 2016
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Fox News    

"A West Virginia police officer who refused to shoot a man holding an unloaded gun was fired for not pulling the trigger, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Then-Weirton police officer Stephen Mader was let go after a May 6 incident in which he said he tried to talk Ronald D. 'R.J.' Williams Jr. out of harming himself. 'I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and deescalate it,' Mader, an ex-Marine, told The Post-Gazette. 'I knew it was suicide-by-cop.' Mader said even though he didn’t know Williams Jr.’s gun was unloaded at the time, the man had the gun at his side and was not pointing it at the officer. He also knew that he had been called to the scene because of a domestic disturbance and Williams Jr. had only threatened to hurt himself." [editor's note: This cop needs to get hired somewhere else, IMMEDIATELY! - SAT] (09/13/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/13/police-officer-fired-for-not-shooting-man-who-had-unloaded-gun.html  

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FL: Bureaucrats use Pulse nightclub massacre as pretext for $150k bribe demand

September 11, 2016
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South Florida Sun Sentinel    

"The security company that employed Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen was fined $151,400 Friday for falsely [sic] listing psychological testing information on more than 1,500 forms that allowed employees to carry guns. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services imposed the fine after discovering G4S Secure Solutions had listed the name of a psychologist who no longer practiced as the screener on Mateen's form and those of many others over a 10-year period." [editor's notes: The screenings WERE conducted, but by another psychologist. It was a paperwork error, not an intentional false filing. And any requirement to consult, report to, or jump through hoops for, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the matter of bearing arms is clearly unconstitutional - TLK] (09/09/16)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-orlando-shooting-fine-20160909-story.html  

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WA: Grandstanding AG proposes ban on guns that look scarier, but are no more deadly than, others

September 8, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"Spurred by the recent killings of three teenagers in Mukilteo, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will propose legislation next year to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in Washington. Ferguson announced his proposal Wednesday, flanked by the parents of a fourth Mukilteo victim, who was seriously injured, as well as dozens of Democratic legislators and officials." (09/07/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/state-ag-proposes-assault-weapons-ban/?utm_source=The+Seattle+Times&utm_campaign=04be201974-Alert_BREAKING%3A_State_attorney_general_proposes_as&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5beb38b61e-04be201974-122462773  

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NH: How one group is curbing gun suicides

September 5, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"As the longtime owner of a gun store, Ralph Demicco is passionate about his firearms. At the modest ranch house he built himself outside the rural New Hampshire town of Hooksett, he keeps a collection of rifles, shotguns, pistols, and antique weaponry, including two cast-iron cannons that he stores in the barn beneath an oval wooden wall plaque inscribed with the Second Amendment. On special occasions, he wheels out his beloved cannons (replicas of Dutch and British models) and fires off thunderous shots that reverberate through the New England woods the way they might have in the Revolutionary War 240 years ago. Mr. Demicco, a barrel-chested man with a sweep of graying hair, maintains a 200-yard firing range at the back of his property where he practices his marksmanship. His three sons learned to shoot here. One son later followed him into the gun business." (09/03/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0903/How-one-group-is-curbing-gun-suicides  

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Court: Medical marijuana patients don’t have rights

September 1, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a government ban that prevents medical marijuana card holders from buying guns, Fox News reported. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers nine Western states including California, Washington and Oregon, ruled the federal ban is not in violation of the Second Amendment." (08/31/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/294002-court-upholds-gun-ban-on-medical-marijuana-card-holders  

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TX: Paxton sues Waller County over courthouse gun ban

August 31, 2016
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Houston Press    

"After warning Waller County officials that he'd make them get in line with state law if they didn't do so of their own volition, on Tuesday morning Paxton followed through. He filed a lawsuit against Waller County to force county officials to comply with the state's open carry laws and allow guns into the Waller County Courthouse." (08/30/16)

http://www.houstonpress.com/news/state-ag-ken-paxton-sues-waller-county-over-courthouse-gun-ban-8717656  

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FL: Intruder shot after Tampa resident spies him on home surveillance phone app

August 30, 2016
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Tampa Bay Times    

"A burglar was shot Tuesday after the occupant of a home spotted him remotely on a mobile surveillance app and called her father to go investigate, police said. ... The resident, Jordan King, wasn't home at the time but received a text message from a mobile phone application alerting her of movement in the house .... King, 25, was able to pull up a live surveillance video feed on her phone and spotted a man in her bedroom with socks on his hands rifling through her belongings. King called 911 and her father, 54-year-old Jerry King, who lives nearby, went to investigate. ... King told investigators Stewart had something in his hand that 'put him in fear,' according to a news release. He fired one shot, hitting Stewart in the upper torso." (08/30/16)

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/intruder-shot-after-homeowner-spies-him-on-home-surveillance-phone-app/2291510  

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MN: Gun buyback program a dud, say legal owners

August 30, 2016
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Fox News    

"A Minneapolis gun buyback program targeting weapons used in street crimes may be shooting blanks, as detractors said a Saturday collection mostly took in antiquated, unused or homemade arms from legal owners and did little to thin the firearm supply actually available to dangerous criminals. Two Minneapolis locations collected about 150 firearms Saturday, but both exchanges were forced to shut down several hours early when officials ran out of Visa gift cards -- $25,000 worth, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. And at least some of that money helped finance the purchase of even more guns. One anonymous gun owner told WCCO he received $200 in gift cards that he planned to use to buy a new firearm. That man said he didn’t think the program was serving its intended purpose." (08/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/29/minnesota-gun-buyback-program-dud-some-legal-owners-say.html  

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TX: UT-Austin students snatch up free dildos for gun protest

August 25, 2016
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Texas Tribune    

"Students, alumni and spectators eagerly snatched up more than 4,500 donated dildos Tuesday evening at the University of Texas at Austin, preparing to assuage their frustration over a new state law allowing handguns to be carried on public university campuses. Cocks Not Glocks, a protest group formed last fall, is urging students and others to openly carry the sex toys around campus, offering a multicolored counterpoint to the concealed weapons that holders of handgun licenses can now legally carry inside UT classrooms and most buildings." (08/23/16)

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/08/23/students-distribute-4500-sex-toys/  

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CA: Gun rights advocates file suit challenging open carry restrictions

August 18, 2016
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Fox News    

"Gun-rights advocates filed a sweeping new legal challenge Wednesday to California’s open-carry restrictions -- arguing a recent court decision effectively denies residents 'their fundamental rights to bear arms' and contradicts a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment. Plaintiffs say the case, Flanagan v. Harris, is a 'direct response' to a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that preserved a California county sheriff’s restrictive policies on carrying a concealed weapon. Considering the state’s additional restrictions on carrying a gun openly in public, plaintiffs argued in their new lawsuit that they have been 'completely barred from exercising their right to bear arms, in any manner.' The suit contends, 'the Supreme Court has made clear that the right to bear arms cannot be completely foreclosed.' The plaintiffs include gun owner and resident Michelle Flanagan as well as the California Rifle & Pistol Association." (08/18/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/18/gun-rights-advocates-file-suit-challenging-california-open-carry-restrictions.html  

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Secret Service: We played security theater games over Trump’s 2nd Amendment comment

August 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments. 'There has been more than one conversation' on the topic, the official told CNN. But it's unclear at what level in the campaign structure the conversations occurred. The campaign told the USSS that Donald Trump did not intend to incite violence, according to the official. 'No such meeting or conversation ever happened,' Trump tweeted in response to CNN's report." [editor's note: So much stuff to go after Trump over, and the Democrats think they win votes by pretending that support for the right to keep and bear arms is evil or treasonous? Clinton's proxies make a sack of hammers look like a Ph.D. candidate - TLK] (08/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/10/politics/trump-second-amendment/  

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FL: Woman dead after police officer negligently shoots her during publicity stunt

August 10, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"A woman is dead after she was accidentally [sic] shot by a Florida police officer in a citizen training academy roleplay scenario gone wrong. Mary Knowlton was one of two participants randomly selected from a group of 35 for a shoot-don't shoot simulation during a two-hour training Tuesday at the Punta Gorda Police Department, Chief Tom Lewis told reporters at a press conference." [editor's note: There are two ways a gun can be fired by an adult: Intentionally or negligently. "Accidentally" doesn't exist as a category of shootings by adults. And "citizen training academy" is governmentalese for "publicity/propaganda operation" - TLK] (08/09/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-woman-fatally-shot-citizen-training-accident-article-1.2744982  

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NV: Pokemon Go player stops mid-game to shoot man trying to rob him

July 26, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Two men who tried to rob a group of people playing Pokemon Go ended up getting shot by the busy trainers. An attempted robbery on Pokemon Go players -- who were in a Las Vegas park that has become popular with players because it is a good place for catching Magikarp -- ended in a shootout when one of the trainers pulled out his own gun and shot the robbers. ... an armed man and a driver pulled up in an SUV and demanded they handed over the things they had, police said. One of the Pokemon players had a concealed carry permit that lets [sic] him carry a gun -- which he then pulled out and shot at the would-be robber." (07/26/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pokemon-go-trainer-stops-mid-game-to-shoot-man-trying-to-rob-him-a7156806.html  

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MA: Healey, in latest grandstanding for future gubernatorial bid, makes up new victim disarmament law

July 21, 2016
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Reuters    

"Massachusetts will ban the sale of 'copycat' assault-style [sic] weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. The move takes effect immediately and is part of stepped-up enforcement of Massachusetts'[s] ban on military-style assault [sic] weapons, she said in a statement. ... Healey's statement said gun manufacturers made versions with minor tweaks to various parts of the weapon. Copycat guns are sold, for example, without a flash suppressor or with a fixed instead of folding stock. Under Healey's notice, a weapon is a copy or duplicate if [Healey thinks she can get some attention for screeching that it's a copy or duplicate]." (07/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/massachusetts-guns-idUSL1N1A61YX  

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OH: Cleveland police union asks Kasich to suspend 2nd Amendment because REASONS

July 18, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association is asking the governor to suspend state law allowing the open carry of firearms for the duration of Republican National Convention. Alarmed by the succession of deadly police shootings, including Sunday's deaths in Baton Rouge, police union president Steve Loomis said he is appealing to the governor to declare an emergency. He said the state's open carry law is making the job of securing the convention 'much more difficult.' ... 'Somebody's got to do something' Loomis said Sunday. 'What we have now is completely irresponsible.' Gov. John Kasich does not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws, spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach said. Under Ohio law, legal gun owners can carry firearms in plain sight." (07/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/17/cleveland-police-union-weapons-ban-governor-john-kasich/87223128  

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IL: Lawsuit claims gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents

July 14, 2016
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Fox News    

"Kenneth and Colleen Shults want to permanently welcome a foster child into their Fairmount, Ill., family, but claim in a federal suit filed this week they are being forced to surrender their Second Amendment rights to do it. Already parents of three, the couple is in the process of formally adopting a daughter through the state foster care system and is fighting Department of Children and Family Services rules they say severely restrict their gun rights. The couple charges that the firearm restrictions aimed at safeguarding foster children violate their constitutional rights and threaten their ability to keep their family safe. 'Our family has always owned and used firearms,' said Kenneth Shults, 37, who is a firearms safety instructor and a machine shop manager. 'No foster parent should have to forfeit their constitutional rights in order to be a foster parent.'" (07/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/14/illinois-gun-restrictions-unfairly-target-foster-parents-lawsuit-claims.html  

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New Black Panther Party bringing arms to Cleveland

July 12, 2016
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Reuters    

"The New Black Panther Party, a 'black power' movement, will carry firearms for self-defense during rallies in Cleveland ahead of next week's Republican convention, if allowed under Ohio law, the group's chairman said. The plan by the group this weekend comes as police in Cleveland brace for an influx of groups that plan demonstrations before and during the presidential nominating convention. During the attack last week in Dallas that killed five police officers, law enforcement officials said demonstrators carrying rifles led them to initially believe they were under attack by multiple shooters. Several other groups, including some supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, have said they will carry weapons in Cleveland." (07/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-police-blackpanthers-exclusive-idUSKCN0ZS1Z7  

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