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  • Holding purveyors of anti-gun junk science accountable?

    01/12/2012 5:57:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 January, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    An article last month in the Conducive Chronicle raised the question of civil liability for publishing studies (or enabling their publishing) that support the "wrong" side of the climate change debate--or even making involvement in such studies illegal (emphasis added): Which raises the question: if these studies are largely designed not to shed light on climate change, but to create doubt and confusion to delay greenhouse gas regulations, why is it legal, and do those deliberately spreading misinformation face liability? Entrance into the debate about anthropogenic climate change is obviously far beyond the scope of St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner,...
  • Bill could prevent 'open-carry' gun owners from facing criminal charges

    12/27/2011 7:15:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 26 December, 2011 | Ladd Brubaker
    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill proposed for the 2012 Utah Legislature would prohibit a person who is lawfully carrying a firearm in public from being charged with non- firearm related crimes such as disorderly conduct or disturbing the operation of a school. HB49, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, states that, “… in the absence of additional threatening behavior, the otherwise lawful possession of a firearm … whether visible or concealed” would not in itself constitute a violation of various criminal statutes. The statutes specified by the bill also include failure to leave a higher education campus when ordered,...
  • Calguns Foundation – 2011 Year in Review

    12/27/2011 6:52:36 AM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 26 December, 2011 | Brandon Combs
    California --(Ammoland.com)- I know that our fundamental right to keep and bear arms for self-defense is important to you. This individual liberty ensures that we have an opportunity to protect our lives and those of our loved ones should the need arise. We Californians are all too aware of the many infringements of this enumerated right that regular, law-abiding people like us face on a daily basis, yet it’s for this very reason the road to freedom runs through the Golden State. 2011 was a notable year for gun rights and our culture of respect for the constitution. Over the...
  • Officials try to roll back rules for concealed carry(WI)

    12/09/2011 1:43:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    badgerherald.com ^ | 6 December, 2011 | Ilona Argirion
    A legislative committee approved a bill that would suspend several of the Department of Justice emergency rules for concealed carry, including the rule requiring a minimum time for training. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Legislature Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules held a meeting regarding the training requirements to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon and passed the legislation suspending several of the DOJ’s emergency rules by a 6-3 majority. The next step for the bill will be to head to the Legislature for approval. The committee recommended in the legislation that parts of the DOJ’s emergency rule...
  • Rubio and Coons Team Up on AGREE Act

    11/17/2011 4:38:05 PM PST · by bthockey · 6 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 11/17/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) have teamed up to create the "American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act," more simply known as the AGREE Act. This legislation focuses on policies that both Democrats and Republicans have proposed and endorsed. After all the gridlock in Washington, it looks like this bill, sponsored by Rubio and Coons, might actually start creating jobs in our horrible economy. I commend both Rubio and Coons for taking the first step to introduce a true bi-partisan bill that can be passed by both houses of Congress and the White House. What is in the...
  • Inhofe condemns Uganda's "harsh" anti-gay bill

    10/29/2011 7:39:38 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Red Dirt Report ^ | October 28, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Responding to Red Dirt Report's October 27, 2011 story "Uganda, The Family and the reintroduction of 'loving punishments," U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., offered the following statement, sent to this reporter on Friday: "I do not, nor have I ever, supported or condoned this legislation. It is my hope that Uganda will abandon this unjust and extraordinarily harsh legislation," Inhofe said. As we reported in the aforementioned story, the Ugandan parliament is re-examining a bill in committee that would take a very hardline against homosexuals in Uganda. The bill, first introduced in 2009, was met with international...
  • No Firearms Training = No God Given Rights in Wisconsin

    10/20/2011 4:15:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 October, 2011 | Corey Graff, Wisconsin Gun Owners
    Wisconsin --(Ammoland.com)- A single mom. Two kids in the backseat. Grocery shopping went fine, but the man approaching their car has a gun and is about to turn the parking lot into a scene straight from hell. Thankfully mom has a gun. Wait a minute, no she doesn’t. She doesn’t have the gun … because according to State Rep. Garey Bies and a small group of self-righteous elitist do-gooders in the gun community she doesn’t have … “enough training.” Too late. Many gun owners talk a good game about concealed carry training and boast endlessly about what they want to...
  • Ditch Tax System? That's Fair, Group Says

    10/19/2011 6:36:26 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 7 replies
    Bob Martin doesn’t mind paying taxes. As a pharmacist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, the Lake Hallie resident said he is paid a good salary and is glad to pay taxes. But, he said: “I shouldn’t have to pay someone $400 to do them.” Martin said the Fair Tax Act of 2011 would change that, revitalize the nation’s economy and spur the creation of thousands of jobs, if not more. The Fair Tax is still a tax, and it wouldn’t affect state income taxes. But instead of paying a federal income and payroll tax, people would pay what...
  • Rep. McCullough leading review of Oklahoma’s gun laws

    10/07/2011 9:38:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    tulsabeacon.com ^ | 6 October, 2011 | NA
    For the first time in at least a decade, state lawmakers met to review the status of Oklahoma’s gun laws in an effort to maximize citizens’ rights. “We are conducting a serious, thoughtful examination of Oklahoma’s gun laws,” said state Rep. Mark McCullough, a Sapulpa Republican who requested the study. “Our goal is to develop responsible proposals for expanding the right to carry firearms in self-defense.” During the study, members of the House Public Safety Committee heard testimony from Oklahoma City University law professor Michael O’Shea, a nationally recognized expert on the Second Amendment; Miles Hall, owner of H&H Gun...
  • Oklahoma Lawmakers Move Toward Open Carry Of Guns

    09/23/2011 6:53:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    news9.com ^ | 20 September, 2011 | Michael Konopasek
    OKLAHOMA CITY – If Oklahoma becomes an open-carry state, people will be able to carry a gun on display for everyone to see. It's an issue state lawmakers are setting their sights on once again. A group of lawmakers is studying the idea before pulling the trigger on a new law. The study included both law enforcement officials and gun industry leaders. It was an opportunity for lawmakers to learn more about the pros and cons of allowing Oklahoma to become an open carry state. Supporters are hopeful that this time around a law will be signed. Paul Isenberg is...
  • Bill would clarify grizzly self-defense rights

    09/14/2011 11:43:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Capital Press ^ | September 14, 2011 | Sean Ellis
    BOISE --Idaho's congressional delegation introduced legislation today that would amend the Endangered Species Act to clarify that people have the right to defend themselves and their families from grizzly bear attacks. The legislation is in response to the well-publicized case of Jeremy Hill, a north Idaho man who was charged last month with violating the ESA for killing a grizzly bear on his property in May. Hill said he believed he was defending himself and his family. While the U.S. attorney later dropped all federal criminal charges, Hill agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. Grizzly bears are listed as threatened...
  • S. Korea to raise reward money for reporting spies, spy ships ($500K)

    08/07/2011 3:49:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/06/11
    2011/08/06 10:01 KST S. Korea to raise reward money for reporting spies, spy ships SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will sharply raise the amount of money given to people who report spies and spy ships as part of its efforts to raise peoples' awareness toward national security threats, the government said Saturday. The Ministry of Justice said a preannouncement of legislation has been made that will revise current rules regarding rewards so a maximum 500 million won (US$467,700) can be given for information on spies, and 750 million won for people who report spy ships.
  • Felony or Felony Stupid: It shouldn’t be Rewarded

    08/04/2011 6:21:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 25 July, 2011 | Jeff Knox
    Representative Darrel Issa (R-CA) referred to the activities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Operation Fast and Furious as “felony stupid.” Others have suggested that the plan was intentionally designed and cleverly crafted to bolster statistics in support of stricter gun control laws. Whether the operation was just stupid or intentionally criminal, it was clearly bad behavior on the part of ATF and Justice Department (DOJ) and such bad behavior should not be rewarded. Some members of Congress, Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in particular, want to reward ATF and DOJ’s criminal stupidity with...
  • Obama's twitter barrage loses him 37,000 followers

    07/29/2011 11:44:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:17 AM on 30th July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama alienated 37,00 twitter followers last night with scores of tweets urging followers to contact their local Congressman over the debt deal. With his approval rating sitting at an all-time low of 40 per cent amidst the debt crisis, tens of thousands of Americans unfollwed the President to avoid the deulge. The president’s staff sent a total of 118 tweets asking his followers to write their Republican lawmakers to demand a compromise on debt legislation. The first tweet read: 'The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know....
  • Congress Moves ahead on Gun Legislation

    07/27/2011 4:11:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    kgoam810.com ^ | 27 July, 2011 | NA
    Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON ) -- It’s already written in the Constitution's Second Amendment, and now Congress is addressing new legislation that will revise regulations regarding citizens' right to bear arms. If passed, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bill would increase the number of legally-owned handguns on American streets and lower the conceal-and-carry restrictions on those weapons. The new bill would make it legal across all states for out-of-state visitors to conceal and carry firearms, so long as they are permitted to do so in their home states. This would essentially make the conceal-and-carry laws of California, Illinois, and New York obsolete.
  • New Arizona Firearms Laws Effective July 20th

    07/22/2011 8:09:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 20 July, 2011 | AZCDL
    Catalina, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- The 2011 Legislative session started on January 10th and ended on April 20th. With pro-rights majorities in both chambers and a Governor that signed Constitutional Carry into law in 2010, the passage of pro-rights legislation looked encouraging. Four bills, three in the House and one in the Senate, were filed early that dealt positively with some form of Campus Carry. However, after an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords at a political gathering in Tucson on January 8th, some alleged “pro-rights” state legislators revealed that they were willing to take any position on any issue for the sake...
  • Federal Act Could Limit Environmental Lawsuits, Awards

    06/30/2011 5:49:28 PM PDT · by girlangler · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Sierra County Sentinel ^ | 6/24/11 | Etta Pettijohn
    Federal Act Could Limit Environmental Lawsuits, Awards By Etta Pettijohn The practices of two environmental groups best known for suing federal agencies to end logging, grazing, mining on public land and to hamstring wildlife agencies could be halted if legislation sponsored by western Congressional members becomes law. The Government Litigation Savings Act, introduced to Congress in late May, would amend the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). Supporters say it would not, as some critics of the measure claim, reverse the opportunity for disadvantaged plaintiffs to recoup legal fees as recourse against government actions. The EAJA, passed in 1980, was...
  • New York's Marriage Scam

    06/28/2011 10:17:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2011 | Bill Murchison
    Marriage in New York State, by act of its legislature, and in spite of everything you've always heard, is for everybody, and every combination of everybodies. Except, you know what -- it's not. And, what's more, won't ever be. For all the legislature's grandeur and power, and the fervent encouragement of The New York Times, no aggregation of human beings enjoys the power to redefine marriage. What New York has done, amid much trumpeting and self-congratulation, is create a secular-political institution and give it, spuriously, the name of marriage, according to whose regulations two men may join themselves to each...
  • New state air-gun law worries Fairfax(VA)

    06/06/2011 5:01:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies · 1+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 6 June, 2011 | Leah Fabel
    The use of BB guns and other air-powered weapons will soon be legal on private property throughout Virginia, angering Northern Virginia officials whose constituents live in heavily populated areas. "For our area, it is insane," said state Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax. "It's one thing to do this in any rural area, but to allow it in a suburban or urban area like much of Northern Virginia?" "Pneumatic weapons" - from paintball guns to pellet guns that shoot at 1,000 feet per second -- have long been treated as regular firearms under Fairfax County's code. Their use is generally prohibited in...
  • Nazi Legislation for a "Judenrein" (Jewfree) California: Banning Judaism

    06/03/2011 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/3/11 | Pamela Geller
    Last week I posted on a clearly antisemitic piece of legislation in San Francisco and Santa Monica banning the Jewish religious tradition of circumcision. Judenrein in Sunny Southern California: Banning Male Circumcision. America, this is getting very, very ugly. Male circumcision is significantly healthier with or without the important religious significance. The Islamic practice of female genital mutilation (cutting off the clitoris) is sick misogyny. To equate the two is officially legislating Jew-hatred. Any doubt this was motivated by hatred and racism? Zombie over at PJM: Proof that S.F.’s circumcision ban is anti-Semitic As you may have heard by now,...
  • FR exclusive: Press Ignores Unprecedented Unconstitutional use of Autopen to Ratify Legislation

    05/27/2011 8:44:38 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 24 replies
    Prior to 0bama's act yesterday, no US president has used an autopen to sign legislation into law (there is no evidence of this prior to yesterday - likely because noone but a president with no proof he is Constitutionally qualified would be so cavalier about signing a bill into law). You would think a real journalist would investigate and highlight this fact as incredibly problematic (especially a journalist who formerly hated the Patriot Act when it was Bush's legislation). All TSA-type actions (that are lawful only by virtue of the Patriot Act) performed in the period between the old law's...
  • CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST - REPRESENTING FL DISTRICT 22 WEEKLY UPDATE - MAY 16, 2011

    05/16/2011 3:28:28 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 56 replies
    Congressman Allen West ^ | May 16, 2011 | SeekTheTruth
    Dear Patriot, Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans - a very fast-paced week, and here we are for our weekly update to you all. I must share a "Sense of the Congressman" at this time. This is the last week of high school for my oldest daughter Aubrey Elizabeth. She will be graduating from Archbishop McCarthy and going on to attend Nova Southeastern University to begin her pre-med studies. I just want to take the time to express to all how proud I am of my daughter in this accomplishment. Likewise, my youngest daughter, Austen Brianna, will...
  • Obama Signs Legislation To Make Supplements and Alternative Health Remedies Illegal

    05/15/2011 9:01:04 AM PDT · by Windflier · 95 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | September 14th, 2010 | James Williams
    Right through the back door, while everyone was focused on the gulf oil spill, Barack Obama gave his signature to legislation permitting the U.S. Government to outlaw supplements and alternative health treatments. That means that the supplements you take and therapies you use to keep your body healthy, can now be made illegal by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Obama quietly gave permission for Codex Alimentarius - the United Nation's worldwide plan for food standards - to take effect in the U.S. via Executive Order 13544 of June 10, 2010....
  • FLASH – permitless carry passes Senate 30-20(MT)

    04/28/2011 9:06:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    MSSA ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s permitless carry bill, HB 271, has passed the Senate with a vote of 30-20. More properly said, the Senate has concurred in the conference committee report on HB 271 by a vote of 30-20. The conference committee version only affects concealed carry INSIDE the city limits of an incorporated city or town. Concealed carry outside city limits (99.4% of Montana) has not required a permit since 1991. Open carry inside city limits has never required a permit in Montana. The CC version of HB 271 allows a person to carry concealed (“wholly or partially covered by clothing or wearing...
  • Other Gun Rights Measures Gaining Traction In Congress

    04/27/2011 5:17:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    onlygunsandmoney ^ | 26 April, 2011 | John Richardson
    Much attention has been placed on HR 822 – National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act – and rightfully so. It now has 171 co-sponsors and, hopefully, will have more after Congress gets back from its district “work” break. Besides this bill, there are a number of other gun rights measures starting to gain traction in Congress if measured by the number of co-sponsors. HR 58, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which was introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) now has 93 co-sponsors including a number of Blue Dog Democrats. Under current law, you are allowed to purchase a long gun at...
  • The SaVE Act: Trading Liberty for Security on Campus

    04/26/2011 9:48:57 AM PDT · by MNDude · 1 replies
    The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, introduced in the Senate by Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey requires schools to include incidents of alleged sexual violence in their annual crime reports and to develop and distribute (to students and federal authorities) policy statements outlining their sexual violence prevention programs and procedures for addressing allegations of assault, stalking, and other violent acts. The SaVE Act implicitly assumes the guilt of students accused of sexual violence or stalking and ensures that guilt is fairly easy to establish. It requires schools to employ the lowest possible standard of proof -- a preponderance of evidence...
  • Democratic congressman aims to disarm all but the rich

    04/22/2011 4:28:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | 21 April, 2011 | Howard Nemerov
    One gambit of gun banners is to promote “sensible gun laws” that increase firearms costs, ensuring that fewer Americans can afford guns. Yesterday, Congressman Mike Quigley (D, IL-5) announced his “TRACE (Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement) Act.” Ostensibly, this will “give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) a greater ability to identify the source of illicit guns and choke off the supply to traffickers.” TRACE requires: * “A second, hidden serial number on every gun”. * “Maintaining background check records for 60 days”, instead of the current 24 hours. * “gun dealers to perform inventory checks to report...
  • Senate Introduces Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

    04/21/2011 9:35:44 AM PDT · by greatplains · 20 replies
    EHS Today ^ | 04/15/11 | Laura Walter
    "On April 14, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., along with Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and others, introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 to upgrade the nation’s system for managing chemical safety and protect communities from toxic chemicals." (snip) "In addition to overhauling the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the act would: *Require EPA to identify and restrict the “worst of the worst” chemicals, those that persist and build up in the food chain; *Require basic health and safety information for all chemicals as a condition for entering or remaining on the market; *Reduce...
  • Home Stretch – final push needed(Montana Constitutional Carry)

    04/19/2011 7:20:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    MSSA ^ | 18 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Home Stretch – final push needed April 18, 2011 The Legislature will adjourn this coming week. We have several bills in some sort of limbo that need a final push. Here’s the wrap-up. HB 271, permitless carry. Senate concurrence with the conference committee report will come before the Senate on Second Reading tomorrow (Monday). See my previous email about HB 271. All senators need to be urged to vote to acceptthe conference committee report on HB 271. SB 371, ammunition component manufacture. SB 371 was amended in the House to restore two incentives for manufacturers that had been stripped in...
  • Texas Gun Laws Open Carry

    04/16/2011 7:01:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    opposingviews.com ^ | 15 April,2011 | Mark Berman
    Texas is a traditionally rough-and-tumble state that has some of the most permissive guns laws in the country. But you may be surprised to learn that it is illegal to carry a gun openly there. Texas is one of just seven states -- the others are Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma and South Carolina, plus Washington, D.C. -- that does not have an open-carry law. Gun advocates are trying to get the state legislature to pass an open-carry law, but so far it has been unable to do so. "It's shocking that Texas, with its history of rugged individualism...
  • Arizona Senate Passes Proof of Eligibility Legislation; One Step Closer To... Got Papers!?

    04/13/2011 12:24:58 PM PDT · by patlin · 41 replies
    ObamaRelease YourRecords ^ | April 14, 2011 | ObamaRelease YourRecords
    The Arizona legislation just passed HB 2177 in the Senate and it now moves on to the Arizona House and then to Gov... reported that passed 21-9, however, specific vote count not confirmed yet
  • Rep. Hunter pushes 11th-hour anti-self-defense measure; Hearing Wednesday(WA)

    04/13/2011 4:45:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 April, 2011 | Dave Workman
    A bill that would strip Washington citizens of a unique self-defense protection is being fast-tracked by its sponsor, anti-gun State Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48th District), who unveiled the measure on Saturday and has it scheduled for a hearing before the House Ways & Means Committee – which he chairs – on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Olympia. Both the National Rifle Association and Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are furiously alerting their members. CCRKBA is issuing a press statement that calls the move “an outrage.” Both alerts have the names, phone numbers and e-mail...
  • Self-defense bill sees support in Alaska Legislature

    04/11/2011 5:30:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    newsminer.com ^ | 9 April, 2011 | Christopher Eshleman
    JUNEAU — The state House on Saturday easily cleared a plan to clarify — or broaden, depending on who’s talking — people’s right to defend themselves with deadly force. It would expand the explicit (in state law) right to use lethal force to apply anywhere someone has “a right to be.” Proponents say it will assure everyone in Alaska he or she does not need to back off if they find themselves in a dangerous situation and want to fight back with a lethal weapon. Rep. Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon and a co-sponsor, said the change would send two messages. To...
  • Freedom to choose … beer!

    03/31/2011 9:24:18 AM PDT · by Publician · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 29 | Ben Terris
    The National Beer Wholesalers Association is pushing hard for something they claim is "states rights" but will take away my right to drink the beer I want!
  • Packing Heat In Oklahoma

    03/23/2011 4:51:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    fox23.com ^ | 22 March, 2011 | Abbie Alford
    Carrying a gun out in the open could become a reality in Oklahoma. State lawmakers have shot down several gun proposals but one Senate bill still alive has some surprising opponents. SB 129, sponsored by Senator Steven Russell R-Oklahoma City, would give anyone 18 years of age or older the right to openly carry a gun without a license or training. FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports why the Oklahoma Rifle Association is saying no to the current proposal. The uproar with lawmakers first started on campus, college students and faculty member should be able to carry guns. Those proposals were shot...
  • Gun law pre-emption fine bills advance

    03/22/2011 5:22:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    palmbeachpost.com ^ | 21 March, 2011 | LILLY ROCKWELL
    TALLAHASSEE — A bill backed by the National Rifle Association that strengthens financial penalties against cities and counties for enacting tougher gun laws than the state requires gained momentum on Monday. Committees in both the Senate and House voted to approve the bill, which takes an existing law that prevents local governments from pre-empting the state's gun laws and adds financial penalties between $5,000 and $100,000. The financial penalty was reduced from the originally proposed $5 million through an amendment to both chambers' version of the bill. The proposal (SB 402, HB 45) was not without critics, who blasted the...
  • While DC fiddles, Oklahoma burns for open carry

    03/21/2011 3:17:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    D.C. Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 March, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Despite the US Supreme Court's striking down of the District of Columbia's handgun ownership ban in 2008, residents and visitors to the nation's Capital continued to be denied the fundamental right to carry handguns in public, either concealed, or openly. This issue is both under litigation and being scrutinized by a restless Congress. But while DC fiddles for any right to carry, Oklahoma burns for open carry. Oklahoma is one of only 7 states banning the open carry of properly holstered handguns in public. Last week the Republican dominated Oklahoma Senate passed SB 129, a bill to, like most states,...
  • So Who IS Invited to the President’s Gun Control Pow-Wow?

    03/18/2011 10:36:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 16 March, 2011 | Robert Farago
    Anyone remember when President Obama invited Republicans to a sit-down on health care? The Prez proceeded to dominate the “discussions,” completely ignored Republican suggestions and rammed through one of the largest and most unpopular pieces of legislation in United States history. That’s just one example of the President’s bogus bi-partisanship: the Commander-in-Chief’s desire to appear centrist without actually being centrist. Is it any wonder that National Rifle Association jefe Wayne LaPierre greeted Obama’s invitation to meet with the Prez and gun control groups to discuss current gun laws with his own invitation to the President to fuck off and die...
  • Kansas Attorney General Opinion - localities cannot ban open carry!

    03/16/2011 1:13:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    OpenCarry.org ^ | 11 March, 2011 | DEREK SCHMIDT
    March 11, 2011 Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued an opinion that concealed carry permit holders can legally open carry a firearm with state preemption of local city ordinances and county resolutions. In addition to preemption, cities and counties cannot make open carry laws that require firearms to be unloaded while carrying and those municipalities may only regulate unlicensed open carry not licensed permit holders on property open to the public. A grass roots organization, Open Carry Kansas, requested the opinion through Kansas Legislator, Representative Lana Gordon, District 52 of Topeka. Open Carry Kansas appreciates the support of the Kansas...
  • Going against God

    03/13/2011 7:44:02 PM PDT · by kathsua · 2 replies
    Hutchinson News ^ | 3/13/11 | DOUG GAYER
    President Obama's decision to subvert the law and usurp the prerogatives of the Federal Judiciary by declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional should be cause for great concern for Bible-believing Americans. The president announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend DOMA. By deeming the Defense of Marriage Act to be indefensible and unconstitutional, President Obama has once again exposed his willingness to subvert the checks and balances at the heart of our Constitution. This, in spite of the fact that DOMA has been in federal law since 1996 - and has withstood many...
  • Republicans face another Obama roadblock on health care

    03/12/2011 12:34:05 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 12, 2011 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, AP
    President Barack Obama once promised that negotiations over his health care overhaul would be carried out openly, in front of TV cameras and microphones. Tell that to the White House now. Republican congressional investigators got the brush-off this past week after pressing for details of meetings between White House officials and interest groups, including drug companies and hospitals that provided critical backing for Obama's health insurance expansion. Complying with the records request from the House Energy and Commerce Committee "would constitute a vast and expensive undertaking" and could "implicate longstanding executive branch confidentiality interests," White House lawyer Robert Bauer wrote...
  • Montana, Arizona and Tennessee Take the Lead on Broad-Based Nullification

    02/28/2011 5:34:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Post & Email ^ | February 24, 2011 | JB Williams
    (Feb. 24, 2011) — As the battle for states’ rights heat up across the country, Montana and Arizona have leaped out into the lead by introducing the first broad-based State Nullification Reaffirmation Act designed to return the power to the people and their states and rein in federal government abuses of misinterpreted power. The Model Legislation was researched and created by the Constitutional Justice Division of Wyoming-based United States Patriots Union. This model legislation aims to reaffirm and reassert broad-based sovereign state’s rights under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution by providing both the constitutional grounds and...
  • Herman Cain To CPAC: 'Stupid People Are Ruining America' (VIDEO)

    02/12/2011 10:12:38 AM PST · by pissant · 24 replies
    TPM ^ | 2/12/11 | Jill Rayfield
    Former pizza chain CEO, tea partier and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain closed out CPAC on day two, declaring that "the American Dream is under attack," and that "stupid people are ruining America." Cain said that the American Dream is being attacked by what he calls "the -ations" -- legislation, regulation, and taxation. He continued that Republicans need to repeal and replace health care reform, and also "throw out" the "messed up tax code" and replace it with a new system. The "objective of the liberals is to destroy America," he Cain continued, but "if you can get...
  • Helpful website for tracking bills in VA General Assembly

    01/26/2011 5:56:28 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    I have found this to be a very usesful website each Jan - Mar when the Virginia General Assembly is in session. See http://leg1.state.va.us/ Here, you can look up VA bills by bill number, by delegate/senator, by date submitted and by subject. Also, it lists all emails for members and lists the committees.
  • Delay! Delay! Delay!

    01/09/2011 4:51:38 PM PST · by BobNative · 13 replies
    Various Sources | January 9, 2010 | BobNative
    The Tucson events of yesterday are tragic and despicable...
  • Five New Years Resolutions for the New Congress

    12/30/2010 9:05:51 PM PST · by MikeMerritt · 2 replies · 3+ views
    Right Across the Atlantic ^ | 12/30/2010 | Michael Merritt
    A New Year approaches. Along with it comes a brand new Congress. There are many things Congress needs to do next year. However, I believe there are five that are of the utmost importance; things that the new Congress should make New Years Resolutions.
  • Florida Senate To Introduce Statutory Legislation Against Federal Healthcare Mandate

    12/28/2010 7:51:05 AM PST · by SterlingSilver · 8 replies · 3+ views
    Orlando Political Press ^ | December 28, 2010 | Tom Tillison
    Today, Carey Baker, recently acquired aid/consultant to Senator Haridopolos (President of the Florida Senate), announced through a FaceBook post that state FL State Sen. Rene Garcia will be filing a statutory version of SJR-2 Health Care Freedom Act. (similar to the Virginia legislation) This announcement is a clear victory for the tea party movement in the state, which is now being recognized as one of the most active, well organized in the nation. It also indicates a strong show of respect toward the movement by state lawmakers.
  • Congressional Republicans Sink to ‘New Low’

    12/18/2010 10:46:39 AM PST · by John Semmens · 34 replies · 1+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 18 December 2010 | John Semmens
    Both the White House and Congressional Democrats are upset about Republican plans to require that bills be read before being voted on. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the read-before-passing strategy “a new low in this nation’s history. What they’re doing with the START Treaty, foe example, is both unconscionable and unconstitutional. Anyone familiar with the Constitution knows that the President is granted the power to make treaties. The Senate’s role is to ‘advise and consent.’ There is no need for them to read the treaty. There is no Constitutional authorization for them to hold a treaty hostage with this kind...
  • Critical Pedestrian Safety Legislation Moves to White House for President's Signature

    12/16/2010 1:12:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/16/10 | American Council of the Blind
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 841, The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, legislation that will provide blind, visually impaired, and other pedestrians greater security when traveling in close proximity to hybrid or electric vehicles. "The passage of this legislation is momentous and marks over two years of vigorous advocacy by ACB membership that has resulted in consensus by the blind community, auto industry, and Congress," stated Mitch Pomerantz, President of the American Council of the Blind. "The silent nature of hybrid and electric vehicles, coupled with their growing popularity, presents a dilemma....
  • One nation, under too many laws (I never read a better OpEd.)

    12/12/2010 11:50:05 AM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2010 | Philip K. Howard
    America is choking on laws of our own making. Once a law is in place in the United States, it's almost impossible to dislodge. Our political class assumes that, after a law is forged in the crucible of democracy, it should be honored as if it's one of the Ten Commandments - except it's more like one of 10 million... --snip-- Sunset laws have been proposed from time to time, and they were a domestic priority for President Jimmy Carter. "Too many Federal programs have been allowed to continue indefinitely," he wrote to Congress in 1979, "without examining whether they...