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Another MAIG mayor in hot water

This time its Gordon Jenkins, of Monticello, NY, arrested for taking bribes and intimidating the witnesses. We need to bust MAIG for RICO violations! Where are DoJ’s Organized Crime Task Forces when you need them?…

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Huffington Post reporter shows his knowledge of guns

This is hilarious. ‘Nuff said….

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That’s strange. The theater had put up "no guns allowed" signs, after all

Court allows suit against Aurora theater, based on allegations of inadequate security. The court notes that it is only saying the issue is sufficiently disputed to require going to trial, not that either side might necessarily win….

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A thought on the indictment of Rick Perry

Patterico pretty well takes it apart, but I’d add a thought. One of the two charges is violation of a statute which penalizes anyone who "misuses" "government property, services, personnel or any thing of value." Sounds to me like it’s…

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Surprise….

Gun stores packed in St. Louis area. "He says nearly 100 percent say they are buying them for defensive purposes. "They’re buying AR-15s, home defense shotguns, handguns, personal defense handguns something for conceal carry." said King."…

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Steve Halbrook on Book TV

He’ll be presenting on "Are there lessons for us today from Nazi Gun Control?" on CSPAN-2, Book TV, this Sunday, August 17 at 5 PM EDT….

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Howard Nemerov is stepping down

Here’s his closing coulumn. "I began over a decade ago because I was one of those well-meaning liberals who believed the propaganda that we’d be safer in a disarmed society. I believed that gun owners were the problem. I believed…

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Bloomberg’s millions lose in primary against pro-gun sheriff

Dave Workman has the story. Use a load of money to buy mass media advertising … their methods are SO twentieth century!…

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Brady suit against online seller dismissed

Vesely v. Armslist, LLC (7th Cir. Aug. 12, 2014), as discussed by Prof. Volokh. A person was killed by a stalker who bought a handgun, from a private individual, illegally since they were not residents of the same state, via…

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CT: John McKinney defeated in primary

Just in, an email from CT Carry announcing the defeat of John McKinney in the governor’s primary. They describe him as an architect of the 2013 gun restrictions (I’m not up on CT politics and so cannot say). Here’s more…

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One more reason

Why I’d never join the Pompous Association of Empty Suits….

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Open letter from Jay Dobyns

Retired BATF agent. It’s a oft-repeated story. A corrupt LE agency will still have some honest officers who really want to shut down bad guys for the good of all. Here is how it deals with them. Now, if only…

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Prosecutors must have priorities

And we now know those of New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain. NJ has a diversion program for first offenders, which enables them to have their charges dismissed if they stay out of trouble for a time. McClain earlier allowed…

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Mowing the astroturf

Bloomberg group decides to annoy pro-gun candidates at the Iowa State Fair, offers "volunteers" free admission, parking, and food. Pro-groups suggest their members call it to RSVP and get free admission, parking, and food. Astroturf financed by millionaires is SO…

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911 gives advice….

Telling a woman whose house is being burglarized to "put the gun down." I like her response: I’ll put the gun down when I see the police."…

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Interesting article

"When a Psychiatrist Shoots to Kill". It’s by a psychiatrist….

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Clayton Cramer

Clayton, the pro-gun historian whose research among other things initiated the downfall of Michael Bellesiles, has had a stroke. It’s described as minor, weakness on one side of the body, but will require a month of rehab. You can contact…

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Missouri amends its guarantee of the right to arms

Yesterday it passed by a popular vote of 61%-39%. Pretty extensive changes. The right as guaranteed extends to ammunition and accessories (no magazine bans). Any restrictions are reviewed under strict scrutiny. The State must defend these rights and may not…

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"Terrorist watch list"

There have been proposals by antigunners to ban firearms receipt by those on the "terrorist watch list," which make this article quite relevant. Based on a "leak," it points out that: (1) Between 700,000 and 1.5 million people are on…

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RIP Jim Brady

He may have been on the other side, but by all accounts was a nice guy. I met him briefly in the Supreme Court elevator, coming back from the argument in Sheriffs Pritz & Mack v. U.S., and with some…

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Prof. Nick Johnson on the 14th Amendment & the right to arms

Right here. "So what do militia-fixated critics of the right to arms have to say about all this? Well, not much. Because if you aim to neuter the right to arms with claims that the amendment is only about militias,…

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Self-defense lanyard

One of these just came over the transom. It’s an interesting invention for those who live in or visit cities that essentially forbid you to carry anything like a weapon (Boston, as I recall, forbids even pepper spray, unless you…

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As expected….

DC moves for a stay of the injunction. It asks either for a stay pending appeal (which would last until any appeal is decided) or for one of 180 days, to give it time to draft a permit system. I…

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DC’s reaction to Palmer

Alan Gura’s blog post links to a pdf of a DC Police memo giving its reaction. Essentially: 1. DC residents who carry an unregistered gun can be charged with failure to register it, but not for carrying it. (By implication,…

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Palmer v. DC: a win!

Blog post and link to opinion here. District Court of DC rules that DC’s requirement for a permit to carry, combined with its refusal to issue such permits, is unconstitutional, and (2) so is its ban on issuing permits to…

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More on the PA hospital shooting

Story here It now appears that: 1) the murderer had a pocketful of ammunition, suggesting that, but for the psychiatrist shooting him and other staff jumping him, he would have gone on a killing spree. "We believe that Mr. Plotts,…

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Mercy Hospital shooting: bad guy with a gun stopped by good guy with same

Story here. The killer murdered a psychiatric case worker, and then was shot and seriously wounded by a doctor who was carrying a gun. The doctor was nicked by a shot from the killer, it’s not yet reported whether that…

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Prof. Brian Anse Patrick releases "Zombology"

A bit of background: the good professor is a CCW instructor and author of "The Ten Commandments of Propaganda," "The National Rifle Association and the Media: The Motivating Force of Negative Coverage," and "Rise of the Anti-Media: In-Forming America’s Concealed…

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Radley Balko on race and gun laws

A most interesting article. Among other things, he discusses a form of "sting" which has become very popular, and given rise to the concept of "sentencing entrapment." It goes like this: Federal agents recruit an informant and send him out….

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Beretta pulls out of Maryland

over its gun restrictions. "While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our…

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