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CT: Newtown families say they’re not associated with gun-grabbers’ concert

Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The families of 11 of the people killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are making it known that they have no association with a [victim disarmament] group behind a Tim McGraw concert in Hartford this summer. The July 17 concert is benefiting Sandy Hook Promise, an advocacy group that involves several victims' families and is at times wrongly assumed to speak for all 26 victims' families. The group's stated objective is to prevent gun violence [sic] and focus on mental health issues. In the statement issued Wednesday to The Associated Press, the 11 families said they wanted to clarify the issue for donors to the group who may believe they are directly supporting the victims' families." (04/22/15)

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/300920871.html

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TN: Haslam amends guns in parking lots law “to protect workers”

Fox News Fox News

"There's an arms race playing out in Nashville, where lawmakers have been fighting for and against the rights [sic] of workers to take guns to work. The Second Amendment spat began in 2013, when Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law the controversial 'Guns in Parking Lots' bill. But the original law, which stated citizens with permits to carry guns can keep them in their cars on company property even if the employer bars them, only protected citizens against prosecution, not firing. The Tennessee Firearms Association dubbed the law the 'Lose Your Job if You Commute Act.' Now, pro-gun politicians say they have fixed the law." [editor's note: No, you don't have a "right" to keep your stuff on someone else's property if they don't want you to. Not even if some politician says you do - TLK] (04/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwy5opw

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MN: Fairly quietly, House OKs silencers for guns

Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed four gun rights bills Thursday, including a measure that would allow [sic] residents to own firearm silencers, also known as 'suppression devices.' ... Another bill would end the requirement that holders of a permit to carry a firearm notify authorities before bringing their gun to the Capitol. ... A third would clarify that Minnesotans can buy and sell long guns in other states. ... A final bill would prohibit authorities from seizing firearms in the case of a declared emergency such as a tornado. It's uncertain whether gun-related legislation will gain traction in the Senate; DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said he has no interest in changing the state’s existing gun laws." [editor's note: It's an abomination that the politicians ever got to a point of thinking that any of this stuff is, or should be, subject to their whims at all - TLK] (04/16/15)

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/300221301.html

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CA: Army reservists accused of selling guns to undercover agent

The Washington Post Washington Post

"Two U.S. Army reservists in San Diego County were arrested Wednesday and charged with illegally [sic] selling guns, ammunition and body armor to an undercover federal agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel. According to a criminal complaint, Jaime Casillas, 22, and Andrew Reyes, 34, sold 10 guns, including four AK-47 assault rifles, and thousands of rounds of ammunition to the undercover agent. The complaint says some of the arms were military issue and others were bought in Texas and resold in California." (04/16/15)

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Norquist steps down from NRA board amid probe of Islamist ties

Fox News Fox News

"Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist is reportedly stepping away from NRA board of directors activities amid allegations of ties to radical Muslims. Breitbart.com and TheBlaze both reported Tuesday that Norquist, a powerful GOP figure, is distancing himself from the 25-member board a month after radio host Glenn Beck told his audience that Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, had initiated an investigation into Norquist for alleged ties to Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood." (04/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7y2myl

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CO: Republicans take aim at state gun laws

Fox News Fox News

"Republicans have one more shot Monday to change Colorado’s firearm laws, including two bills that would eliminate gun-control measures passed by Democrats in 2013. The GOP-controlled Senate has already passed legislation to repeal a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. They also passed and new background-check requirements for private gun sales conducted online and in person. Those laws from two years ago infuriated gun rights advocates and led to the recalls of two Democratic state senators, and the resignation of a third who was facing a recall effort." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/og8ttv5

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FL: Ocala police officer killed in firearms training exercise

News 13 Orlando

"Flags are flying at half-staff in Ocala after an officer was killed in an accidental [sic] shooting during a firearms training session Monday. It happened around 3 p.m. during the Ocala Police Department's firearms training at Lowell Correctional Institution's firing range, 11120 NW Gainesville Road." [editor's note: As always, NO SUCH THING as an accidental shooting. Someone was negligent. Maybe it wasn't the shooter. Maybe it was the range safety officer. Maybe it was the range designer. But neither weapons functions nor basic physics are unknown - TLK] (04/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfxceud

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PA: Man negligently shoots himself at Easter service

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Police and the district attorney are reviewing whether charges will be filed against a man whose gun accidentally [sic] fired during an Easter vigil Mass in central Pennsylvania. Altoona police aren't identifying the man who was grazed by the bullet about 11 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Officer Christy Heck says the gun's safety apparently was not on when the man stood up from kneeling, causing the gun to snag on his pants and fire." [editor's note: There is NO SUCH THING as an accidental discharge. When a gun fires, it's either intentional or negligent - TLK] (04/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ls3fh8z

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Sarah Brady, 1942-2015

CNN CNN

"Sarah Brady, who with her husband, James Brady, pushed for stricter [victim disarmament] laws, including the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention [sic] Act, died Friday, her family said. Brady, 73, died of pneumonia, the family said." (04/05/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/03/politics/sarah-brady-death/

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TN: Senate bill allows [sic] guns in parks … and at statehouse?

The Tennessean

"When Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey called House Clerk Joe McCord Wednesday morning and told him the state Senate approved an amendment to allow [sic] guns at the state capitol, McCord didn't believe him. 'No, I thought it was an April Fools' joke,' McCord said, smiling. McCord was not alone in his surprise: in addition to Tennessee senators approving a bill to quash local bans on guns in parks, they passed an unexpected amendment that allows [sic] people with gun permits to take guns into the state capitol and capitol complex. The Senate voted 26-7 on the amended bill; although a vote of approval sends the measure a step closer to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk, an amendment like the one added Wednesday could cripple the bill." (04/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nxsvssc

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AZ: Pols nix bill repealing victim disarmament in government buildings

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle

"The Arizona Senate rejected a bill Monday that would have allowed [sic] gun owners with concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons into public buildings. Republican lawmakers have been pushing a suite of proposals intended to expand [sic] the rights of Arizona gun owners. House Bill 2320 by Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, was designed to require public establishments to allow permit-holders to carry their firearms inside or mandate that security guards and metal detectors be added at entrances."

http://tinyurl.com/qa6yyaw

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MT: Utility lobbies to stop referendum recognizing gun rights

Fox News Fox News

"Lobbying lawmakers for a rate hike is one thing, but now Montana’s biggest electric and gas utility is battling to block a referendum on expanding gun rights. Publicly regulated NorthWestern Energy contends the measure would make it harder to keep their workplaces weapons-free. But the Montana Shooting Sports Association accuses the utility of sticking its nose into a political debate where it doesn’t belong. 'NorthWestern is opposing a bill that has nothing to do with their corporate mission delivering electricity to its customers,' the group’s Gary Marbut told FoxNews.com Monday." (03/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nohmo26

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NJ: State drops gun charge against retired teacher with flintlock

Fox News Fox News

"A New Jersey prosecutor Wednesday dropped the felony gun charge against a retired schoolteacher who was arrested last year when authorities discovered an unloaded, 300-year-old flintlock pistol wrapped in his car's glove compartment. 'I'm very appreciative that they exercised their discretion here and did the right thing,' Evan Nappen, the attorney representing Gordon Van Gilder, told The Daily Journal. The Cumberland County prosecutor said the state will exercise 'prosecutorial discretion' in the case, but warned others about the laws pertaining to firearm possession, even if the gun is an antique. Van Gilder had faced 10 years in prison and the loss of his state pension if convicted." (03/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6nd6fu

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NC: Homeowner faces weapon charge after shooting two home intruders

Daily Mail [UK]

"A homeowner who shot two intruders who broke into his home has been charged with gun possession. Harold Williams, 42, of Fayetteville, North Carolina shot the two men, Roy Lee Hawk, 27, and Martize Douglas, 23, who said they were armed, as they forced their way into his home on Friday evening. ...Police said the homeowner is a convicted felon and is not supposed to be in possession of a gun -- he has since been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hawk and Douglas have been charged with breaking and entering, common law robbery and felonious conspiracy." (03/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n3lpopt

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CT: Sandy Hook victims’ families file frivolous lawsuit against other victim’s estate

KDVR Fox 31

"Families of children killed at the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have filed lawsuits against the estate of the shooter’s mother, saying Nancy Lanza was careless and negligent in leaving a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle unsecured in her home. Adam Lanza, 20, used the assault rifle to kill 20 first-grade students and six adults in Newtown on December 14, 2012. The younger Lanza was mentally unstable and used his mother’s Bushmaster to kill her before he went on the rampage at the school, and then killed himself. ... Nancy Lanza is believed to have had insurance on [her] home worth more than $1 million." [editor's note: The law firm behind this suit, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, is also behind the frivolous suit against the makers of the gun Lanza used. In other words, they are ghouls dancing atop the kids graves for money - TLK] (03/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k6dp6lr

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VA: Mom shoots intruder who broke into home while baby was asleep: “It’s either him or me”

WTRK News

"A man is in the hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries after police say he was shot while breaking into a Newport News home. 'It was either him or me,' said Allie. 'I have my daughter to protect.' Allie wasn't going to let anyone hurt her daughter. ... 'Someone started banging on the door and messing with the door knob,' said Allie. 'He was screaming like, 'Let me in baby, we are okay let me in, they are out to kill me,' I looked through the peephole and I didn't recognize who it was, so I latched the top lock, ran to the back, called 911 and got my gun.' ... Allie says while she was grabbing the gun, she heard a crash and saw the man had forced his way in, breaking through a window in her daughter's playroom. ... She shot the intruder twice. One bullet went through his hand and into his stomach, the other hit his groin. Police say the 25-year-old man is in the hospital recovering but when he's out, he could face a burglary charge." (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pz2a9uo

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ATF abandons plan to ban popular rifle ammo

Chattanooga Times Free Press

"Amid an onslaught of criticism, the Obama administration has dropped plans to ban a popular type of rifle ammunition that can pierce a police officer's protective vest if fired from a handgun, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday. More than 80,000 people have commented on the proposal to ban certain types of 5.56 mm, or .223 caliber, ammunition since the agency announced its proposal last month. An ATF spokeswoman, Ginger Colbrun, said the vast majority of comments were critical of the proposal. Objections also came from 291 members of Congress -- majorities of both the House and Senate." (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qft3shw

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TX: Man uses gun to protect pregnant wife, son from home invasion suspects

KTRE 9 News

"A Wells family is recovering after a harrowing home invasion incident early Monday morning in which a man fought to protect his pregnant wife and young son from two suspects. ... 'The first thing I wanted to do was get my son out of his room and get him with my wife and get them locked up in a bedroom while they're were on the phone with 911,' [Kevin] Budro said. When Budro saw the intruder, he got his gun and started to shoot. 'My son's room was right there 10 feet from where the intruder was standing,' Budro said. 'I had no mercy at all. I did not care. If I had gotten my hands on him, I don't know what would have happened.' At that point, the suspect ran out the back door and into the woods behind the home. After Budro followed him, he realized that there was a second suspect who wanted to do him harm. ... Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies determined that the second suspect tried to slit Budro's throat open, but the home owner defended himself with his arms." (03/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oaz7eyc

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LA: Intruder dead after early-morning home invasion

WAFB News

"One man is dead after police say he was shot and killed as he and another man broke into someone's home. It happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Kimbrough Street. This is off of Shreveport-Barksdale Highway. Shreveport police say one of the masked intruders was armed with an AK-47, and as one of the men turned a corner in the home, the homeowner shot him. Police say illegal drugs were found inside the home, which they believe was a motivating factor in the robbery." [editor's note: And "child services" is in on it because of the drugs; would anyone put up with this kind of victim blaming if it was a rape case? - TLK] (03/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l2p3dsq

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FedEx refuses to ship Defense Distributed’s “Ghost Runner” CNC mill

Wired

"The new generation of 'maker' tools like 3-D printers and milling machines promises to let anyone make virtually anything—from prosthetic limbs to firearms—in the privacy and convenience of his or her own home. But first, those tools have to get to customers' homes. That's going to be difficult for at least one new machine with the potential to make homemade firearms, because FedEx is refusing to deliver it. Last week FedEx told firearm-access nonprofit Defense Distributed that the company refuses to ship the group's new tool, a computer controlled (CNC) mill known as the Ghost Gunner." [editor's note: FedEx alludes to apparently non-existent "legal issues," and almost certainly ships CNC mills every day ... this one just happens to be marketed to gun enthusiasts - TLK] (02/24/15)

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/fedex-mill-untraceable-firearms/

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NC: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder

WCNC News

"Catawba County deputies said two burglars broke into the home on the 7400 block of Riverbend Road in Claremont around 9 a.m. The suspects broke a window around the back of the house and came in through the basement. Meantime Bruce Fox heard the men entering his home and got a 12 gauge shot gun. Fox called police but the men came after him. 'Subject kicks in the door leading into the hallway, he comes down the hallway toward the homeowner and the homeowner fires one shot with the shotgun striking the subject in the chest,' said Sheriff Coy Reid, Catawba Co. Sheriff Reid said Fox will likely not be charged, but the case will turned over to the district attorney. ... As of Monday evening deputies were still searching for the other burglar who ran away from the scene." (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mzl3gsa

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OH: Woman shoots, kills intruder

Columbus Dispatch

"A woman shot and killed an intruder who had just smashed through the front window in her Franklinton home about 5 this morning, Columbus police said. The intruder had already been chased out of a house across the street, where he had broken in through an unsecured back door, said Sgt. David Sicilian, supervisor of the third-shift homicide squad. At the first house, he was confronted by a resident and dove out a second-floor window, Sicilian said. That resident watched him crawl across the street to the woman's house at 107 N. Guilford Ave. After he entered through the window, he encountered the woman, who had been sleeping on the couch with a loaded gun, Sicilian said. She fired. The man died at Mount Carmel West hospital." (02/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lulflfr

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TX: Suspected home intruder shot in head by apartment resident

ABC 13 Eyewitness News

"A man is in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head after an attempted home invasion. It happened at an apartment complex on Hollister in northwest Houston. The resident of one of the apartment units told police a man broke the bedroom window and began crawling inside. The resident then grabbed his gun and shot the intruder in the head." (02/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mm8wc5h

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MI: Would-be burglar shot after being caught by homeowner

Fox 17 News

"[A] homeowner in the 800 block of West VW Avenue [in Schoolcraft Township, Michigan] was shaken to attention when he heard 'loud knocking and the front door handle being rattled.' ... the homeowner heard the sound of glass breaking. It was then he saw one of the men standing inside his home. The homeowner shot the subject at this point -- sending the other would-be burglar running away from the residence. The fleeing suspect was caught and arrested. The suspect with the gunshot wound was taken to a local hospital to be treated." (02/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5uqwfz

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VT: Hundreds pack statehouse to oppose victim disarmament bill

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle

"Hundreds of Vermonters have packed the Statehouse to debate legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers and impose other new firearms restrictions. The Senate Judiciary and Health and Welfare Committee are hearing testimony alternatively from supporters and opponents of the legislation, though opponents in the hall appear to outnumber supporters." (02/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nj6f6gy

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A politician speaks a (partial) truth

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who is running for president of Poland but from a tiny minority party, told a TV interviewer that if every Jew had had a gun before World War II the Holocaust would never have happened. (H/T CB for the heads-up) Well, we know that already, don't we? But it's apparently so startling to the Times of Israel that they have to go out of their way to try to prejudice readers against him and his positions twice in one tiny article." (04/22/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1163

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What our enemies want

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

"Many Americans distrust the NRA and they have been accused of being America's foremost proponents of gun control. I have no doubt that Victim disarmers will be happy to simultaneously condemn the ATF for selling out and create/deepen a divide between the NRA's leaders and its members and other pro gun groups. The real problem is that Congress needs to do a whole lot of repealing. They need to repeal the sporting purpose test, they need to repeal the 1933 NFA, and most importantly, they need to repeal the War on Drugs. Simply by doing this last they can end so many of the gang related killings over drug distribution that our national murder rate would probably be cut in half." (04/19/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle818-20150419-04.html

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Modern handgun ammo

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

"News reports OFTEN have guys emptying magazines towards each other missing their intended targets in a big hurry. The guy who hits first wins ... or more accurately, Loses a lot less, because nobody actually wins a gunfight. Everyone is wounded to some degree. Caliber matters as does ammo. Modern construction like Hornady's Critical Defense has changed the caliber equation. 9mm is now where .40 was a few years ago. 38 Special and even .380 have become effective defensive ammo. I wouldn't have said that about them until recently, though .38 sufficed for a long, long time." (04/17/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/04/17/modern-handgun-ammo/

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Supposed study on violence omits violent people

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Why would a study about anger management issues and access to firearms leave out a portion of the population known for having anger management issues and access to firearms? The only reason I can come up with is that gun control advocates don't want to ruffle the feathers of police officers because they know police officers are necessary to enforce any form of gun control. Therein lies the fallacy of gun control. Gun control requires guns to enforce and it is therefore not about controlling access to firearms but monopolizing it. If you want to study the affects of anger and firearm access you can't omit police officers." (04/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nszw4ar

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Banish it, vanish it, boot it!

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"This weekend, the crack reporting team of Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea (the bloggers who broke the Fast & Furious scandal) revealed another scandal-to-be. Or perhaps we should say 'scandal that should be' since chances are this one will get swept under the rug, its significance ignored. They're reporting that the NRA made a deal to save the ATF's bacon." (04/13/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1080

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It prints money

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"It's not very often that a politician who supports gun control proposes a gun related bill that I support. The planets must have aligned though because Rosa DeLauro, some politicians from Connecticut, is putting forth a bill that is meant to eliminating semi-automatic rifles with aesthetically offensive features. Instead of banning them outright though DeLauro's bill would give gun owners who turned in their aesthetically offensive rifles a sizable tax credit ..." (04/08/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/04/08/it-prints-money/

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Montana governor Bullock vetoes anti-commandeering bill: Ignorant of the law, or a liar?

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

"Either Montana Gov. Steve Bullock doesn't understand the constitutional relationship between his state and the federal government, or he's a liar. On Friday, Bullock vetoed a bill that would have prohibited state and local agencies in Montana from enforcing any future federal gun laws. ... Bullock vetoed the bill, saying it 'puts law enforcement officers in the position of violating laws they have sworn to uphold.' To put it bluntly, Bullock is full of crap. It does no such thing. The governor vetoed a similar bill in 2013 and gave the same reason. He was wrong then. He's still wrong now." (04/01/15)

http://bit.ly/1GgzR5y

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Your bigotry sucks. Mine, on the other hand …

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"Quite a few TZP posts since the first of the year have looked at bigotry against Jews. It's dangerous. It's growing. And unfortunately it's no surprise. But there's one good thing about hatred of Jews: decent, educated human beings in the Western world know how wrong and deadly it is. There are other kinds of bigotry, on the other hand, that are becoming acceptable. Worse, they're becoming especially acceptable to the very people who ought to know better: young, well-educated Americans." (03/31/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1034

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“Gun control” compromise, part 2

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"The next time you hear someone calling for a ban on normal capacity magazines -- usually, but not always, suggesting to limit them to 10 rounds maximum -- ask if, in exchange for that violation of your liberty, they'd be willing to compromise. ... In exchange for a magazine limit would they then be willing to get rid of all 'laws' against carrying guns with the limited magazines, or revolvers with a capacity equal to or less than this arbitrary number of rounds?" (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh4pmox

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The importance of concealed carry on campus

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess

"Imagine you're on campus in an enclosed, public space, perhaps a movie theater or school library, when a stranger whips out a gun and threatens to shoot. What do you do? In this moment, you face very few options. You could dial 911, but the potential shooter might notice. If you have a gun, you may be able to bargain with or injure the attacker at an opportune moment -- if your campus allows concealed carry. Maybe you don't have a gun with you, but someone else in the same room does and is prepared to help. However, what if you're on a campus that has banned concealed carry? These campuses instead advise students to 'gather weapons' such as 'desks, keys, shoes, belts, (and) books' and then 'mentally prepare' an offensive attack." [editor's note: "Bargain with or injure?" No! If that's your mindset you shouldn't go armed -- you're more dangerous to yourself and innocent others than you are to an assailant. When "a stranger whips out a gun and threatens to shoot," aim center mass and do your best to kill him. Don't carry and don't draw unless you are prepared to do that - TLK] (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oc5tvqn

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Status report: States tell feds to pound sand

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

"Even though the ATF has, at least temporarily, backed down on a proposed M855 ammo ban, gun rights advocates should be alarmed. More of this should be expected moving forward, that is, more gun control no matter who you elect to Congress. In Arizona, however, a bill that would effectively block in practice any additional restrictions on the natural right to keep and bear arms has already passed the state Senate by a 17-12 vote, and is due for further consideration in the state House in the near future. A similar bill passed the Montana legislature and is going to Gov. Steve Bullock's desk, and another in Tennessee is up for a do-or-die vote in committee this week."

http://tinyurl.com/qdb2thk

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Salon and silencers

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by SeaWolf

"I also find it simply fascinating that before the regulation of suppressors, when you could buy them off the shelf at a hardware store with nary a thought, during the days of the very active and powerful mafia, as well as the prohibition era crime lords, Mr. Zaitchik doesn't treat us to an overview of the many crimes committed by people with silenced weapons, perhaps because this dearth of crimes simply doesn't exist. It never existed then and it doesn't exist now. It's still quite possible to get or make silencers with ease if they're desired, and I'm sure if there's a criminal demand for them, then there is a criminal black market for suppressors you don't have to make at home, which of course provides the usual bug bear with most gun laws, they don't really do much of anything useful." (03/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle814-20150322-04.html

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JPFO, you’re breakin’ my heart. TZP? Now that’s another (much happier!) story.

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

"A few days ago I wrote about everybody being wrong when they predict the future. Count me among the everybody. When JPFO’s board sold out to Alan Gottlieb's Second Amendment Foundation last year, it was a foregone conclusion that Aaron Zelman's great Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership would be nerfed beyond all recognition. That required no psychic abilities. But I also predicted that SAF would come right out and make some gestures toward keeping and building a lively, hard-hitting JPFO. They'd fix up the ghastly website, I said. Maybe they'd announce some new project. Create a new look. Something to say, 'See, we're serious about continuing what Aaron built.' In other words, they'd make JPFO at least look attractive for a while before letting it slide into irrelevance. I was wrong. It's been six months now and there has been nothing but deterioration and neglect." (03/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5ddket

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Do NJ “gun laws” go too far?

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Sorry, trick question. Of course, all 'gun laws' go too far. And, for the record, that has almost nothing to do with the 'second amendment' or safety or reducing actual violent crime. The fundamental question that isn't being asked, most of the time anyway, is why there should be any government 'control' of an inanimate object. The gun control people insist that more and more 'laws' are needed to save lives, to reduce violent crime, and to give the police better ways to achieve this. I can't see any basis for this idea in the facts available." (03/19/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7060

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NJ gun laws that made man a felon for a paperwork violation “need serious reform”

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Not that New Jersey needs another poster child for reform of its stupidly written and oppressively applied gun laws, but Steffon Josey-Davis has been conscripted to the cause anyway. The one-time armored car driver was arrested for carrying his legally owned pistol in his car. By all accounts, it was an innocent act, and certainly a harmless one. That's why the judge let him off with probation after a guilty plea to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. So now Josey-Davis is a convicted felon at home instead of a convicted felon behind bars. Which is better, but still insane. ... even in Jerseystan, Josey-Davis's accidental transportation of a loaded pistol in his glove compartment rises to the level of criminal 'seriousness' only if he doesn't have a carry permit, by the prosecution's own telling. So it's a paperwork violation. If you have the right piece of paper, it's all good. If you don't, it's a life-changing felony." (03/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pznpoap

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Concealed carry and responsibility

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"The first rule of concealed carry is don't advertise. Don't people know what 'concealed' means? ... Second, if you are drunk, you are quite possibly a bigger danger if you pull out your gun than whatever you think you would be protecting others from. It all comes down to responsibility. You are responsible for what you do -- good or bad. So weigh your actions carefully." (03/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhlcgbz

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Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe? But even if it is — what then?

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"The bottom line lesson is one we all know: Self defense can't be delegated. Europe's Jews will ultimately have to protect themselves. But how? Without a honored right to bear arms, they're caught between being bankrupted by hiring security or fleeing to Israel -- a nation that will welcome them right into the most dangerous region of the world. Europe's governments may promise to protect them and may even make token efforts in that direction. But seriously? You think 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you' is going to work magic for the safety of Europe's Jews?" (03/16/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=880

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The elephant in the parlor

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"Somebody has to say it. Everybody has been dancing around it nervously for weeks, each and every one of them desperately afraid of ... what? I don't know exactly what: the plain truth, I guess, political and historical. We all speak so easily about the highly abstract reasons for respecting the Second Amendment -- to keep an overly ambitious (but hypothetical) government in check. How? Through the ability to put great, big .69 caliber holes right through the pretty red coats of King George's Imperial Stormtroopers. This, however, as the slimy and disgusting predatory left is so fond of constantly reminding us, is no longer the Eighteenth century. How true. The coats in question are no longer red, they're fashionable camouflage. And the bullets through them are not .69 caliber, they're .22s. Yet the fundamental principal behind the Second Amendment is exactly the same as it always was. We uppity peasants and serfs get to keep our peace, freedom, progress, and prosperity only at the cost of constantly being able to neutralize the forces of Authority in the field." (03/15/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle813-20150315-02.html

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Pop gun tart

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"America is often said to be a land of second chances. Just not for 7-year-olds. At least, not when they're in the public school system. Back in 2013, a boy then in second grade in Anne Arundel, Maryland, was suspended for two days for what was deemed a 'gun-related' offense. It was also a Pop Tart-related offense. No, he didn't shoot a Pop Tart; he bit his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun. There's a dispute as to whether he then pointed the high-calorie weapon at the ceiling or at other students. Either way, unless the strawberry filing was piping hot (it wasn't), there wasn't really anything to fear. Still, school officials pretty much freaked out." (03/12/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/03/12/pop-gun-tart/

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“Gun control” is illegal

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"As you may know there are legislative morons in states surrounding Colorado (where I live and am writing this), and a handful of extremely stupid cops in southern Colorado, who are hysterically, insanely outraged that the good voters of this state decided to exercise their rights and to override federal law to make marijuana legal to grow, process, transport, sell, possess, and consume. My guess is that they want their very profitable prohibition back, and for everybody to turn in their weed. They even claim that the recent legal transformation was unconstitutional, because it contravenes federal law. Out here in the wild west, they didn't have the cojones to mention the United Nations, which also opposes marijuana. What none of these pisswits seems to understand is that there there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that allows the government to decide what plants it likes and which it doesn't like, and to go around with machineguns and vicious dogs, attacking individuals who disagree with them. Under U.S. law, power like that simply doesn't exist. There was a time when even politicians realized this." (03/08/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle812-20150308-02.html

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Bureaucracy or Congress: Pick your poison

Voices of Liberty
by Christopher Salas

"Government has the power to completely control the lives of people. It can steal your money, regulate you out of house and employment, or in extreme cases, end your life. But there is another entity that can do just as much damage and often unbeknownst to the citizenry: the Bureaucracy. Just this past week can serve to remind us of the overreach and goals of bureaucracy. First, we have the recent FCC ruling regarding net neutrality. The FCC has taken it upon themselves to correct a problem that doesn't exist and might not in the future. Secondly, the BATFE is proposing a reclassification of a type of ammunition used in the popular Ar-15 style firearm; this reclassification will likely end up banning this type of ammunition." (03/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puu7lne

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Gun owners no longer willing to take it lying down

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has long prohibited towns and cities from enforcing local firearm ordinances that impact the ownership, possession, transfer or transport of guns or ammo. But gun-rights groups have long complained that scores of municipalities ignored the 40-year-old prohibition by passing their own, piecemeal gun control enactments, which rarely got tested in court, The Associated Press reports. So a new state law went into effect in Pennsylvania at the start of the year, making it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge such illegal local ordinances. And it seems to be working." (03/04/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2436

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Cowardice

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol

"Not too long ago a few Islamic extremists took it upon themselves to murder ten staff members of the controversial French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, for showing an unflattering cartoon of their beloved Muhammad. This wasn't the first time that the paper found itself clashing with radical Muslims for petty insults against their prophet. This time the clash resulted in a blood bath. There are two things about this incident that really make my blood boil. One of them is the murderous band of cowards who probably wouldn't have the gonads to pull the same thing in a country where people are allowed to pack heat. What infuriates me even more are the people who seem to justify the actions of these nutjobs while blaming the victims." (03/01/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle811-20150301-06.html

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Herd immunity to violence

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"There may be more than one reason why gun violence has plummeted over the past two decades. But one must be this: as Americans have accumulated more guns per capita than ever before, as more households possess guns than ever, the 'celerity of punishment' (that old Benthamite term for swiftness of bad repercussions) has increased, nudging the marginally criminal to choose to commit fewer violent crimes. Making society safer. ... It's herd immunity, only to violence." (02/26/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/02/26/herd-immunity-to-violence/

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Good news and bad news from Colt

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"I am delighted beyond words to report that the Colt corporation has had an epiphany of some kind, and is bringing the legendary 1903 back in its all-steel splendor in an age of plastic pocket guns. As I've said many times before, there are lots of guns (like the .40 and 10 mm and the .45) that are more effective, but if there were one of these small wonders in every purse and pocket in the land, a government like Obama's would feel a need to start constructing reservations for burglars, muggers. and rapists so that they don't go extinct." (02/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle810-20150222-04.html

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Gun control — leaders and followers

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"[J]ust maybe, all the efforts to refute the claims of the gun control leaders is pretty much a waste of time. Seems to me that countering a negative, especially with people who have little or no information or sense of the positive, is not a productive endeavor -- especially as it becomes more and more clear that none of this is ever going to make them 'safe.' The question being asked more and more is, 'safe from whom?' What might happen if we turned all of our attention, energy and money into activities directly related to individuals, looking for people to talk to, one to one, taking them to the range, offering to teach them how to defend themselves and their children in personal, real life terms?" (02/22/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6981

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Gun control, death, and the drug war

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Twenty-five year old Terry Gillenwater will not be holding up any more pharmacies. That's because he was shot dead while committing an armed robbery at the Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, West Virginia. Gillenwater entered the pharmacy wearing a mask, pulled out a gun, and aimed it at the people behind the counter. What he didn't know was one of those people, pharmacist Don Radcliff, had a concealed-carry permit and was armed. Radcliff immediately took out his pistol, aimed it at Gillenwater, and fired, hitting him three times and killing him." (02/23/15)

http://fff.org/2015/02/23/gun-control-death-drug-war/

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Behind every blade of grass

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"I have always believed there ought to be a 'People's Rifle' of some kind, a weapon of moderate power that could be used to good effect by anyone, man, woman, or responsible child, to defend themselves, their homes and families, and their country, neighborhood by neighborhood, something like the ultra-user-friendly M1 Carbine issued by the military in World War II and Korea, only manufactured for a better cartridge (it would't be hard) like 10mm Auto. These guns would be distributed without record around the country like surplus cheese, in partial reparation for the soul-grindingly constant threat we have endured for over 60 years of a government scheming to disarm us. But while I was theorizing, an amazing sociological event was occurring. Gun-wise Americans had exploded in their numbers, and they had clasped the bizarre little Stoner carbine that their sons and brothers and fathers carried in Vietnam, somewhat fragile and failure-prone, and cursed with a massively ineffective cartridge, to their bosoms, overcome many of its failings, and made it their own. The 'People's Rifle' I sought was already here, and it was called the AR-15." (02/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle810-20150222-02.html

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If this be cowardice, be glad we’re cowards

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"Last week one of TZP's blog posts drew this response via Twitter: 'We ARE a nation of cowards. Proof: Holder is still breathing.' The comment came from a long-time, much-respected freedomista. What follows is not in any way a knock on him. Anybody who's been around the freedom movement, watching for decades as high-level rights-robbing criminals go unpunished, knows the frustration that drives statements like that. But I've been dispatched by the rest of the TZP crew to say a few words about future comments that may go over the line, over the top, or around the bend." (02/19/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=709

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Dear Mr. Bloomberg: Gun control hurts minorities

The Canal The Canal
by Jose Nino

"Gun control has always been a hot button issue in the United States and has generated all sorts of media disinformation and hype. Despite all the noise that the media, politicians, and other advocates of gun control make, various studies have demonstrated that gun control is a very ineffective means of negating crime. What is often overlooked in this heated discussion is the racist origin of gun control itself." (02/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mr4la2x

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Open carry vs concealed carry

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"Here's why I prefer open carry -- or at least why I wish coproaches wouldn't murder me for open carrying here in the 'surprisingly' anti-gun state of Texas: Concealed carry is uncomfortable. I have never been able to find a CC holster that is the slightest bit comfortable -- and by that I mean one which doesn't actually constantly hurt. I have tried several styles and even created my own. They all suck -- with the cheapest actually sucking slightly less. I have adopted unconventional methods for the time being, but am always adjusting and experimenting. When I lived in more free areas I open carried most of the time. I would still CC when the situation called for it (often doing both), but having options is always better." (02/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppkx457

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Make Britain safer: Bring back handguns

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Kate Andrews

"In truth, there is no explicit correlation between gun control laws and murder rates between countries (Switzerland and Israel 'have rates of homicide that are low despite rates of home firearm ownership that are at least as high as those in the United States.') It is the case that handguns used in crimes in the UK have doubled since they were banned in 1997. Guns can't account fully for the drop in crime throughout the 20th century, nor can they account fully for the rise in violent crime over the past 100 years, but there is no doubt that accessibility to firearms has worked as a successful deterrence against criminals in progressive societies and that bans have ensured that any handguns in England are only falling into criminal hands." (02/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m884kxo

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Pakistani teachers have guns; US teachers have whining

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reeed

"What are public school teachers doing in the US to protect themselves and their students from psychotic killers? Expelling students for chewing a slice of pizza into a gun shape and then congratulating themselves on how incredibly enlightened and intellectually superior they are. Instead of whining and hand-wringing like an American public educator one Pakistani female teacher said 'Whoever kills innocents, God willing I will shoot them.' The higher education minister in the provincial government is quoted as saying that its Cabinet supports the arming of teachers as a logical measure. It's virtually impossible to find any but the smallest rural school district in the United States agreeing with that assessment. 'Logic,' it seems, is in dangerously short supply in America's city and suburban schools." (02/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ktm2du2

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/16/15

Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by

"Alan Gura joins us for a discussion on gun rights. Now that the Second Amendment has been upheld as an individual right, what's next for gun laws in America?" [Flash audio or MP3] (02/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mzh83vj

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Chapel Hill murders

The Cagle Post
by Kevin Siers

Cartoon. (02/13/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/02/chapel-hill-murders/

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