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  • Florida County Court Judge Off Target On The Right To Bear Arms

    08/15/2012 10:53:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 August, 2012 | Florida Carry
    Ft. Pierce, FL --( Today, St. Lucie County Judge Cliff Barnes denied all constitutional arguments to dismiss the case against Dale Norman, without written order. State v. Norman is the case of a law abiding concealed carry licensee who was arrested and prosecuted in Fort Pierce, FL for violating Florida nearly complete ban on Open Carry after his otherwise lawfully carried handgun unknowingly became unconcealed while walking. The denials were based, in part, on the courts findings that the statute is facially overbroad and is facially vague, but was not necessarily improper “as applied” in this case. This turns the...
  • Concealed Carry Is Under Attack in Wisconsin

    08/14/2012 6:27:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 August, 2012 | WGO Corey Graff
    Wisconsin --( The Wisconsin Department of Justice is trying to make it even more difficult to get a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons permit. There are already too many hoops to jump through just to exercise our rights. Now they want to increase the training requirements and make them permanent. If the rules become permanent, do you think these control freaks will ever be willing to loosen their grip when we try to pass Constitutional Carry? And not only that, but our state representatives are rolling over and appear unwilling to lift a finger to fight for gun owners. Meanwhile, the justice...
  • Bystanders help stabbing victim(TX CCW)

    08/14/2012 5:15:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 13 August, 2012 | Victoria Maranan
    DENISON, TX-Bystanders rushed to the aid of a Denison woman who was stabbed during an altercation Monday afternoon. The names of both people involved in the stabbing have been released. Denison police say 64-year-old James Livingston of Sherman allegedly stabbed 31-year-old Sarra Armstrong of Denison. Investigators said bystanders got involved in the incident trying to protect Armstrong from further injuries. It was a typical Monday afternoon for John Polonchak until someone ran into his automotive store saying a woman had just been stabbed. "I had a concealed carry permit so I grabbed my weapon, ran down the road, saw a...
  • Permanent Rules for Concealed Carry Law(WI)

    08/14/2012 4:25:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 14 August, 2012 | Kacey Persson
    MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - After almost a year without permanent rules, Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Law is about to get some. Officials say most of them are basic things taught in most gun safety classes. While law enforcement is generally in favor, many gun trainers say there's no need for new rules. Mike Shea, Gun Training Instructor says, "I would like the new proposed rules thrown out. We have rules that are in place now that are working so to go through and change things mid-stream like this doesn't make any sense." While Chief Tom Molitor of Green Bay Police says,...
  • Concealed-carry backers file petitions for ballot measure (IL)

    08/10/2012 8:00:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 9 August, 2012 | NA
    Cambridge, Ill. — Petitions were filed this week to place a “concealed carry” referendum on the ballot in the November election in Henry County. Jon Zahm of Osco, a Henry County Board member and co-chairman of the Constitutional Carry of Arms petition campaign, filed the petitions at the office of the Henry County Clerk in Cambridge. “This will allow the people of Henry County to express at the ballot box whether they support the right of an individual who is legal to own a firearm, to have the right to carry that firearm, open or concealed, for personal protection and...
  • New Haven Lawyer Arrested After Bringing Loaded Gun Into Dark Knight Screening(CT)

    08/09/2012 6:04:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 9 August, 2012 | Nicole Ball
    A 46-year old man and a licensed attorney was arrested Tuesday night in New Haven after police say he brought a loaded gun concealed in his waistband into a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Sung H. Hwang's lawyer Hugh Keefe told the Associated Press today that his client's arrest at Criterion-Bow Tie Cinemas at 86 Temple St., where he was found with a loaded gun in his waistband, was "baseless." Hwang is a well-known lawyer in New Haven and heads the Law Offices of Sung-Ho Hwang LLC at 1 Audobon St., New Haven. He is also an officer with...
  • Law Professor David Kopel Argues Colorado Gun Laws Have Saved Lives (VIDEO)

    08/04/2012 4:54:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 2 August, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    In a recent article written for the National Review, and then subsequently adapted for the Denver Post, David Kopel of the Independence Institute argues that post-Columbine gun reform in Colorado has saved lives. Given recent events, the shooting in Aurora, which left 12 dead and 58 wounded, it may be difficult for someone outside the gun community to accept Kopel’s argument. But a closer looks at the facts show that Kopel is, indeed, correct. The centerpiece of gun reform following the mass shooting at Columbine High School was the 2003 Concealed Carry Act. The law set up what is functionally...
  • 4th Circuit Delays MD’s Shall Issue Permit Change(MD)

    08/03/2012 5:23:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3 August, 2012 | Robert Farago
    “We’ve seen a huge outcry from the public demanding common sense gun laws,” Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence senior attorney Daniel Vice told Vice made his org’s claim on popular support upon hearing that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Benson E. Legg that “would have flooded Maryland’s streets with unregulated guns.” Translation: Legg tossed-out the Old Line State’s “may issue” concealed carry permitting process as unconstitutional. “A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Legg...
  • State Of Connecticut vs Duane Doutel Has Been Dismissed

    07/31/2012 12:31:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Connecticut Carry
    Norwalk, Connecticut --( Mr. Duane Doutel and his Attorney Rachel M. Baird appeared at the Norwalk courthouse (GA20) this morning for the newest leg of the ridiculous saga that has befallen Mr. Doutel. Mr. Doutel’s case was called first and a surprised and befuddled Magistrate tried to play catch up as the prosecution announced that they were willing to ‘nolle’ the charges after a year and five months. Attorney Baird made clear Mr. Doutel’s intent to see this trial through to a dismissal no matter what and that they had no plan to take a compromise like a nolle. The...
  • Larry Elder: How often are guns used in self-defense?

    07/31/2012 11:01:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 30 July, 2012 | Larry Elder
    About the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., rapper/actor Ice-T made more sense – and has a better understanding of the Second Amendment – than gun-control proponents. Asked by a London news anchor about America's gun culture, Ice-T said: "Well, I'd give up my gun when everybody does. Doesn't that make sense? ... If there were guns here, would you want to be the only person without one?" ------------------cut----------------------------- Suppose a guy goes to a baseball game. "Honey," his wife asks afterward, "who won the game?" The husband says, "The Dodgers scored four runs." What's missing? Obviously, the wife still knows nothing...
  • Self-defense eyed in downtown killing(MA)

    07/31/2012 10:13:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 31 July, 2012 | O’Ryan Johnson
    A man who shot and killed a Dorchester man in a downtown fracas early Sunday morning was licensed to carry his firearm, is cooperating with a police investigation and has not been charged with a crime, authorities said yesterday. “At this point in the investigation, it appears he may have acted in self-defense, and he has not been charged at this time,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s spokesman Jake Wark said about the unidentified shooter. Prosecutors said it appears two groups of people encountered each other at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the downtown area of Atlantic Avenue...
  • Too Many Guns in the U.S. -- or Too Few?

    07/27/2012 3:42:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies ^ | 27 July, 2012 | Carl M. Cannon
    A rampage shooting at the Youth With a Mission center in Arvada, Colo., the night before had taken two lives and left a third man critically wounded. The crime scene was 70 miles from the Colorado Springs campus of the New Life Church. But the killer had escaped into the snowy night, and one member of the congregation -- former Minnesota policewoman Jeanne Assam -- had an ominous feeling he might strike again. Acting on her instincts, Assam urged the church pastors to post volunteer guards -- some of them armed -- at Sunday services at the sprawling mega-church. And...
  • Gun laws do little in case of theater killings(WI)

    07/26/2012 8:48:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 23 July, 2012 | Eugene Kane
    In the aftermath of the Colorado movie theater shootings, I'm not going to argue about concealed carry gun laws anymore. We've been through all that here in Wisconsin. Like many workplaces, the building where I work in this concealed carry state has a sign on the entrance informing folks that no weapons are allowed inside. Some gun advocates think that's part of the problem. After all, folks like the orange-haired suspect in Aurora can read, too. Concealed carry became a buzz phrase on my social message sites after some learned Colorado actually does have a concealed carry law that allows...
  • Commissioner Rothschild: 'Second Amendment is a Restriction Against Government' (MD)

    07/26/2012 8:25:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 26 July, 2012 | Kym Byrnes
    Patch readers across the region spoke out, to the tune of more more than 340 comments, when it was reported Tuesday that a U.S. District Court judge declared Maryland's gun permitting process unconstitutional. The ruling will relax the handgun permitting process in Maryland. "People believe the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms. Actually, it protects their fundamental right to keep and bear arms," Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild told Patch. "Our forefathers understood that arms provide citizens with the means to secure their lives, their liberty, and their property." On Monday, Judge Benson Everett Legg...
  • Gun owners give input about concealed carry at Pewaukee public hearing(WI)

    07/26/2012 7:50:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 25 July, 2012 | Staff
    PEWAUKEE- Thousands of people across our state have permission to conceal handguns, but many gun owners sounded off at a public hearing Wednesday concerning restrictions for permit holders. Less than a year after Wisconsin set its sights on concealed carry, authorities are now asking the public to weigh in on permanent rules and regulations. In just nine months, more than 118,000 people signed up for concealed carry permits -- using temporary rules that are soon to be made permanent. Authorities used a public hearing to discuss changes to the existing guidelines including: limiting class sizes and defining training, which right...
  • Oral Arguments Presented in Illinois Right-to-Carry Case

    07/25/2012 7:57:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 July, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( In perhaps the clearest case in the country addressing the right to bear arms outside the home for self-defense, oral arguments took place June 8 in Chicago, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Shepard v. Madigan involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and trained gun owner with no criminal record, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. Unfortunately, she has no legal way to do so in Illinois as soon as she steps away from her home or place of business. The National Rifle...
  • Gun permits on the rise nationally and in Nebraska

    07/25/2012 6:54:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 25 July, 2012 | Sabrina Ahmed
    Across the country, more people are interested in buying guns since last Friday's mass shooting. We did some checking, and here locally, to see if that's the case. And it looks like the numbers say yes. After such a horrific event last Friday, Nebraskans are looking for their own ways to feel safe. Many people are turning to owning their own guns. Applications for permits to purchase guns have increased by 43 percent since Friday, compared to the same time period last year. That means an average of 10 permits per day have been applied for to purchase guns. Also...
  • Maryland concealed carry permit rules to relax next month

    07/25/2012 2:04:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 24 July, 2012 | Tricia Bishop
    It will become a lot easier to obtain permits to conceal and carry guns in Maryland as of Aug. 7 under a court order filed Tuesday by a federal district judge. The order signed Monday by Judge Benson E. Legg gives state officials two weeks to implement his March ruling striking down a requirement that concealed carry applicants show a "good and substantial reason" to transport a firearm. -------------------cut-------------------- The shift comes amid nationwide concerns about access to guns, after a well-armed shooter inexplicably opened fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., last week, killing 12 people and...
  • One Grandma’s Firearm Adventures

    07/24/2012 4:12:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 24 July, 20112 | Sandra Bockhorst
    I won’t pretend to know all there is to know about guns, but I have been around guns all my life. I remember my father hunting deer and pheasant, and he had 3 or 4 guns while I was still at home. We were allowed to shoot the 22 under supervision, which I believe is a good thing for kids. They should know how a gun works, how they should be handled and respected. My late husband had a couple but he never hunted or shot. One of the guns was a 22 that belonged to his grandfather. None of...
  • Breaking News in Maryland on Concealed Carry

    07/24/2012 4:04:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 24 July, 20112 | Sebastian
    Judge Legg has issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of the requirement of needing a “good and substantial” reason to obtain a permit to carry in Maryland. The injunction is to be effective in 14 days. Maryland Shall Issue talks about what this will mean for Maryland residents. In theory, this should render Maryland a shall-issue state, but in practice there are probably ways the Maryland State Police can stall. This will be appealed to the Forth Circuit Court of Appeals, and they could side with the state. Nonetheless, this is excellent, excellent news. Kudos to the Second Amendment Foundation...
  • Colorado professor starts petition to ban concealed carry after Aurora shooting

    07/23/2012 3:50:57 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 42 replies
    A professor in the Aurora area has started a petition to repeal Colorado’s Concealed Carry Act, in light of the recent mass-shooting that took place last week.Professor Chad Kautzer launched the online petition at in an effort to help “protect the health and safety of University of Colorado employees and students.” Earlier this year, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned CUD’s ban on concealed weapons, ruling that Colorado’s Concealed Carry Act applied to college campuses. Now students who meet the state’s qualifications to carry a concealed weapon can do so on campus. “University campuses are places of work and study,”...
  • Concealed carry permits on the rise locally(KS)

    07/23/2012 6:01:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 21 July, 2012 | James Jordan
    NEWTON — More and more people are getting permits to carry concealed weapons, both around the state and in Harvey County. According to figures released by the state attorney general, there were 12,408 permit applications in the just finished fiscal year of 2012, up from 9,148 in 2011. Since the law was enacted in 2006 allowing concealed carry in Kansas, there have been more than 44,000 permits issued. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said he has noticed an increase locally in people wanting permits to carry concealed weapons. “We are getting about 15 applications per month,” Walton said. “Just this...
  • No Concealed Carry Allowed in Aurora, Co? (Scene of Shooting)

    07/20/2012 11:02:14 AM PDT · by Errant · 26 replies
    Asking yourself why no concealed carry permit holder was present to stop the shooter? Maybe this is why: Aurora, Co 1. "Dangerous weapon" includes firearm 2. Revocation of license for furnishing a firearm to a minor or someone under the influence. 3. Window displays cannot include firearms with barrels less than 12 inches long. 4. Unlawful to carry concealed "dangerous weapon" 5. Unlawful to discharge firearms, unless by law enforcement on duty or on shooting range. 6. Unlawful to possess firearm while under the influence of intoxicant 7. Unlawful to have loaded firearm in motor vehicle. 8. Unlawful for a...
  • Cinemark doesn't allow CCW

    07/20/2012 8:46:30 AM PDT · by drbuzzard · 111 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 7/20/2012 | Robert Farago
    “Headquartered in Plano, TX, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry with 459 theatres and 5,181 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of March 31, 2012,” their website reports. Cinemark owns the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, scene of last night’s mass shooting. Cinemark doesn’t allow anyone other than law enforcement officers to carry legal firearms in their theaters. (more at the site)
  • GAO: 8 million CCWs; Feinstein spins report to oppose nat’l reciprocity

    07/19/2012 6:43:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Dave Workman
    The Government Accountability Office has just issued a report on concealed carry in the United States that says there are at least 8 million active concealed carry permits, and anti-gun California Senator Dianne Feinstein immediately said the report is proof that national CCW reciprocity would endanger the lives of police and private citizens. Gun Rights Examiner obtained a copy of the 90-page GAO document, which details differences in state requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit or, as they are called in Washington State, a concealed pistol license (CPL). Late Thursday afternoon, the Department of Licensing told this column that...
  • Feinstein: Concealed Carry Gun Bills ‘Dangerous’(uberbarf alert)

    07/19/2012 3:32:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Feinstein press release
    New GAO report demonstrates reciprocity gun legislation would endanger lives of citizens, law enforcement Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the results of a new GAO study she requested on concealed carry legislation that underscores the dangers of gun reciprocity legislation introduced in the Senate. The bills require states to recognize gun permits issued by other states, including those with weaker gun control policies. The two concealed carry reciprocity bills (S. 2188, S. 2213) require nearly every state to accept the concealed carry gun permits issued by other states—regardless of the permit standards in either state. Senator Feinstein has placed...
  • Hands Up:' 'Can't I'm holding gun weed in sagging pants' pockets

    07/17/2012 12:56:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies ^ | 17 July, 2012 | NA
    THIBODAUX – Maybe it was the weight of things in his pants that caused them to sag enough to get a policeman’s attention. A 16-year-old was walking in the middle of the road with his pants drooping below his underwear when an officer approached him. Police said the officer several times told the teen to take his hands out of his sagging pants and hold his hands up. He refused, so the officer did a pat down, allegedly finding a handgun and five bags of marijuana. That’s when the boy tried to run but pants falling down his legs made...
  • Knowing Unlicensed Possession of a Gun in Public Required for Punishment Under Minnesota Law

    07/17/2012 6:34:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 16 July, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that for one to be found guilty of possessing a firearm illegally, prosecutors must prove that the individual was aware that he/she was breaking the law. The case, State v. Ndikum (Minn. July 11, 2012), involved a Minneapolis immigration and family law attorney, Christian Chi Ndikum, who was arrested for bringing his loaded Ruger revolver into the Hennepin County Family Justice Center in early September 2009. Ndikum told local authorities that he had no idea that the gun was in his briefcase; his wife testified that she put the gun in the bottom...
  • Crowd Gathers to Support Alleged Shooter(VA)

    07/16/2012 6:24:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Litsa Pappas
    Was Rudolph Dean, Jr. acting in self defense when he reportedly shot at another man in January in Rockingham County? Several people in the Valley say he was and now they want justice. More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to get Dean out of jail on bond. Dozens of those people gathered in Court Square Wednesday to voice their concerns. Cindy Carr took the podium to talk to the community about why they are upset. Carr said Dean used his gun in self-defense and should not have to stay in jail for that before his trial. She said...
  • Six Places You Can’t Concealed Carry (but really should be able to)

    07/14/2012 6:00:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Brad Kozak
    I was leaving work the other night, and it dawned on me, I really wish I had my gun on me right now. Lest you think I was being a bit paranoid, the job I’m speaking of is my work as a professional musician, playing at a club. For my solo act, I’ve got to pack and move a P.A., guitars, keyboard, and assorted effluvia, loading these expensive pieces of equipment in and out every gig. It usually works out that I’m one of the last guys out of the venue, hence the desire for a gun. The loading areas...
  • A shot at concealed carry law(IL)

    07/13/2012 4:22:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | DeWayne Bartels
    Morton, Ill. — Another shot in November at passing legislation approving concealed carry in Illinois is what State Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, is hoping for. Unes was appointed to co-chair the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force this past legislative session. The 23-member task force was created under the passage of House Resolution 550. Duties and findings The task force’s duties included analyzing data from states that have concealed carry laws with the specific intent to evaluate how the enactment of concealed carry would benefit public safety in Illinois. “The task force has completed formal meetings. A final report is...
  • Knowing Unlicensed Possession of a Gun in Public Required for Punishment Under Minnesota Law

    07/12/2012 4:03:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    So holds yesterday’s State v. Ndikum (Minn. July 11, 2012). It’s a statutory construction case, akin to Staples v. United States (1994), and not a constitutional case. But because the decision whether to read a required mental state into a statute — here, the decision whether a ban on “possess[ing] a pistol … in a public place … without … a permit to carry” applies only to knowing possession — often turns on a judgment about whether the underlying conduct is the sort of unusual and especially dangerous activity that the legislature can be presumed to have criminalized on a...
  • Black Women and Guns in Texas

    07/12/2012 3:48:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    I saw a couple of people (including InstaPundit) citing this Utne Reader article, which reports that “Texas Department of Public Safety data show that the fastest-growing group of concealed handgun owners in the state has been, for at least five years, black women” (and also tells the story of the author, one of those black women). And, as I always like to do, I decided to check the statistics for myself. I don’t think the race and sex of who owns guns and who has carry licenses is particularly important for evaluating concealed carry laws, but such demographic phenomena still...
  • Concealed carry law: Is it working?(WI)

    07/12/2012 3:32:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Robert Hornacek
    Every day, about 300 applications pour in to the Department of Justice headquarters in Madison from people who want a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Jamie Besaw is one the people planning to get a permit. "We have five daughters," Besaw said. "I'd like to feel like that I can protect me and my family and my kids. That's the biggest thing." He and about two dozen people recently attended a concealed carry training class in Shawano County. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says right now, most applications are being turned around in less than two weeks. "What we're...
  • Lucas Co. sheriff's deputies proven to be unaware of certain provisions in Ohio's CCW law

    07/11/2012 9:53:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 10 July, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    Demand for out-of-state licenses proves need for passage of HB495 by Chad D. Baus Although Ohio's concealed handgun license law has been in place since April 2004, it appears the folks at the Lucas County sheriff's office are just now discovering some of the finer details of the law. From The Toledo Blade: Lucas County sheriff's deputies recently responded to a call of a man with a gun. What they encountered took some sorting out: The jogger was a local man with a gun under his shirt who produced an Ohio driver's license and a concealed-carry permit issued from the...
  • Open Carry thoughts(Guns)

    07/11/2012 9:20:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 10 July, 2012 | Richard L Johnson
    Open carry of firearms in the United States is a source of regular debate among Second Amendment advocates. Some people see open carry as a social or political statement, while others merely see it as a convenient way to carry a self defense tool. Depending on who you talk to, you can get anything from zealot-like support to Brady-ish condemnation of exposed carry. Even if you don’t personally think open carry is a good idea, I believe there are some good reasons to consider it. For example, in some states obtaining a concealed weapon permit is not a reasonable option,...
  • Missouri – Gov’s Signature Deadline Approaching for Pro 2A Bills

    07/11/2012 4:11:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 July, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( NRA-backed House Bill 1647 and Senate Bill 489 must be signed by Governor Jay Nixon (D) by July 14. If enacted into law, these bills will represent a significant advance in the preservation and protection of Second Amendment rights of Missouri’s residents. Please contact Governor Nixon TODAY to express your support for these important pro-gun bills. House Bill 1647, championed by state Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-20) and state Senator Mike Kehoe (R-6), contains several self-defense improvements important to Missouri’s gun owners. HB 1647 lowers the Right-to-Carry age requirement from 21 to 18 years old for active duty...
  • Land of 100,000 gun carriers(MN)(barf alert)

    07/08/2012 4:53:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies ^ | 8 July, 2012 | LARRY OAKES
    One in 40 Minnesota adults now has a permit to carry a handgun, and there's no consensus on whether we're safer. It's become another thing Pat Cannon makes sure he has on him each morning before heading out the door of his south Minneapolis bungalow. Wallet? Check. Keys? Check. Handgun? "Actually, the gun usually goes on with the pants," said Cannon, who tucks his loaded Ruger .357 Magnum revolver into a holster he conceals inside his waistband. He positions it far enough forward on his right hip so that he can drive comfortably, but far enough back so that the...
  • Judge: Zimmerman was going to jump bail with other people’s money [B.S. Reasoning]

    07/06/2012 5:43:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/5/12 | Frances Robles
    A judge said Thursday that George Zimmerman appeared to be preparing to flee when he transferred funds out of his name just before his bond hearing, but his plan was “thwarted.”
  • Rise in concealed weapons permits showing no signs of slowing(WA)

    07/02/2012 3:40:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 30 June, 2012 | Amy M.E. Fischer
    The number of concealed weapons permits issued in Cowlitz County has surged by 300 percent in the last six years, keeping pace with a statewide trend seemingly fueled by a rising fear of criminals and gun control legislation. Last year, 1,097 more permits were issued in Cowlitz County than in 2006, according to the state Department of Licensing. Statewide, the number of permits has jumped by nearly 64,000. These figures include renewals of the five-year permits. Many other states are reporting a sharp uptick in concealed weapons permits, among them Ohio, Iowa, Florida and Texas. A spike in concealed weapons...
  • Armed passerby saved woman from brutal attack near downtown Athens(GA)

    07/02/2012 8:33:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies ^ | 22 June, 2012 | Joe Johnson
    Dennis Terry decided to take a different route to the post office Thursday morning, and it’s a good thing he did. While driving on College Avenue near downtown Athens, he saw a man and woman struggling over a bag. When Terry stopped and backed up to see what was going on, he saw the man punch the woman, knocking her to the ground as she still clung to the bag. “I had the windows up but I could hear the first lick he hit her with because it was so hard,” Terry said. Terry didn’t think twice about what to...
  • Athens crimes stopped by armed residents(GA)

    07/02/2012 7:32:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 1 July, 2012 | AP
    ATHENS, Ga. — Three people in Athens have recently used firearms to interrupt crimes, leading police to say it’s preferable to call 911 if possible.
  • Dueling editorials on HB495 expose difference between logic and emotion, facts and fallacy(OH)

    07/02/2012 5:07:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 29 June, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    Two northern Ohio newspapers have recently published editorials on House Bill 495, which was passed out of the Ohio House on June 13 by a 59 - 28 margin. The contrast between editorials by The Lima News and The Cleveland Plain Dealer addressing passage of the bill, which seeks to reform Ohio concealed carry law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and continue a trend toward making Ohio law similar to other states, could not be more stark. First, from The Lima News editorial entitled "Gun bill would align Ohio's law with other states": When Ohio passed a...
  • A request from Steve Newton on the Health Care Mandate

    06/28/2012 9:34:45 AM PDT · by Steve Newton · 23 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2012 | Steve Newton
    I have a special request for everyone.
  • Detained for Open Carry, Portland, Main

    06/28/2012 6:42:56 AM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 5-26-12 | boyscout399
    It's good to know your rights!
  • Follow-up: Bass Pro Shops responds to Editorial (and publishes concealed carry policy

    06/27/2012 8:55:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Aaron Samsel recently published an editorial by long time writer David LaPell about a string of customer complaints regarding Bass Pro Shop’s concealed carry policy. The article concerned carriers being asked to check their arms before entering the store and it created quite a stir online with folks messaging us coming from across the country both verifying and refuting Mr. LaPell’s insinuations that Bass Pro Shops policy, whatever it was, appeared to be arbitrarily enforced by employees depending on the store location and also not readily available to him in print. Well, Bass Pro Shops responded immediately and, as you will...
  • Missouri: Implementation of HB 1647 in Jeopardy!

    06/26/2012 7:20:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Contact Governor Nixon and Urge Him to Sign HB 1647 Into Law House Bill 1647, which was passed by both chambers of the Missouri legislature last month and currently awaits Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) signature, has once again come under attack. The Missouri Press Association is working with Missouri Prosecuting Attorneys to undermine your rights by pushing for Governor Nixon to veto this common-sense Right to Carry legislation. Don't let the media and power-hungry prosecutors win this battle. If they do, HB 1647 will not become law, and law-abiding citizens and our active duty military will lose! Contact Governor Nixon...
  • 10 States Debating Guns on Campus

    06/25/2012 11:23:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 24 June, 20112 | Staff
    Last year was a banner year for proponents of gun carrying on college campuses. No fewer than 23 state legislatures saw bills introduced that would allow either faculty or students, or both, to bring firearms onto school grounds. The vast majority of the lawmakers in these states declined to change their current laws on the subject. Rather than giving up the fight, supporters of college carry laws have been rejuvenated by recent school shootings and have brought the issue back around in 2012. In these 10 states across the country, the great debate rages on. 1. Virginia: Looser campus carry...
  • 10 States Debating Guns on Campus

    06/25/2012 10:44:13 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 24 June, 20112 | Staff
    Last year was a banner year for proponents of gun carrying on college campuses. No fewer than 23 state legislatures saw bills introduced that would allow either faculty or students, or both, to bring firearms onto school grounds. The vast majority of the lawmakers in these states declined to change their current laws on the subject. Rather than giving up the fight, supporters of college carry laws have been rejuvenated by recent school shootings and have brought the issue back around in 2012. In these 10 states across the country, the great debate rages on. 1. Virginia: Looser campus carry...
  • Wrigleyville Man's Throat Slashed in Random Attack(IL)

    06/23/2012 6:42:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies ^ | 22 June, 2012 | Phil Rogers and Lindsay Smith
    Michael Schmidt says he has no idea why a man he passed while walking his dog Sunday night turned around and attacked him. "He came up behind, put his left arm over my chest, took his right arm, and slashed my throat from left to right," Schmidt explained. The attack happened at about 11 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of West Byron Street. As Schmidt gripped his throat, he said his attacker just stood there for several seconds, watching his victim bleed profusely. "He just had this sneer on his face. I think he was amazed that I didn't...