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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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Philadelphia settles class action suit

Joshua Prince announces that a class action brought by himself and two other attorneys has settled. It challenged Philadelphia’s disclosure of private carry permit information. Philadelphia disclosed information regarding appeals from initial denials or revocations online, despite a State law…

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iphone ballistic app

Right here. Not that I know much about apps — I’m happy with a smartphone that will take calls, check email, and once in a great while call up a browser. I’d settle for the first two….

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Can’t infringe the Second Amendment, try the First instead

Rep. Robin Kelly (bought, or at least leased, by Mayor Bloomberg) proposes a ban on firearm advertising directly at children or their parents, such as prohibitions on brand name t-shirts and caps "marketed for children," and a ban on firearms…

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Media fad issue: Florida no-retreat and felons

Background: of course felons are generally forbidden to possess firearms. But if put in reasonable fear of death or great bodily injury, they have the same right to self defense as has anyone else. Then there comes the rare case…

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Lord Byron comes to mind…

Jersey City, NJ. Man wanted for murder ambushes and murders officer. His wife responds with ""He should’ve taken more [officers] with him," and ""Sorry for the officer’s family. That’s, you know, whatever." They even built a memorial for the killer,…

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California’s latest

Video here. California already had, if I recall correctly, handgun registration (in effect), State as well as Federal background checks, a 15-day waiting period, one gun a month rationing, no carry (open or concealed) without a "may issue" permit, and…

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Massachusetts’ latest

I don’t know what to file this under — an example of where the other side wants to go, or an example of how newspaper stories are written by cut and paste of slogans that have been used and re-used…

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Amicus brief in ACLU challenge to gov’t data harvesting

Here’s an interesting article on its brief, filed by John Frazer of Virginia. "Our brief in the ACLU matter argued that the government’s broad interpretation of its authority to collect information from private entities could effectively override legislative protections for…

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NJ law: young mother facing 3 years’ hard time

Shaneen Allen, a 27 year old mother of two, carried a pistol and a PA permit in her car — but she wound up being stopped in NJ. Now she’s looking at three years mandatory, no probation or parole….

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Case on restoration of rights

US v. Indelicato, 97 F.3d 627 (1st Cr. 1996). The Gun Control Act technically doesn’t forbid felons to possess guns; it forbids those convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year’s imprisonment, or of one expressly denominated a…

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Another "only I am professional enough to use this gun" moment

Officer shoots at dog, instead hits boy….

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Rolling Stone on how to defeat the NRA

It’s good for some amusement. The only good points are ones that have been used for decades… never let a good crisis, or victim, go to waste, and exploit them quickly. The rest shows a profound misunderstanding of the gun…

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Remington 700 trigger suit settled, recall likely

Captain’s Journal has the story….

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NSA historical note

From Dick Morris’ book Power Plays: "In the spring of 1967 [presidential candidate] Nixon asked her [Anna Chennault, widow of General Chennault] to be his advisor on Southeast Asian affairs. As Herbert Parmet writes, ‘cables intercepted by the National Security…

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Proposal to dissolve BATF

The proposal is being floated by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). I assume it’s focusing upon the enforcement operations, presently in Justice. There may be a good case for transferring the industry operations to Commerce, as I heard proposed in the…

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Mayor Ray Nagin takes the dive

Former New Orleans mayor (and former poster child for Mayors Against Illegal Guns) just got ten years in prison on his corruption conviction. The judge "departed downward" from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which would have called for a 15-20 year…

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Suit challenging Ohio State U gun ban

Complaint here. It’s brought by Students for Concealed Carry and Ohioans for Concealed Carry. The campus code forbids possession of firearms or ammunition "even if otherwise permitted by law," plus placing other restrictions upon possession (interestingly, the code for residence…

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Chicago to pay nearly $1 million to NRA in fees

The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has awarded NRA $940,000 in attorney’s fees against Chicago. I’m think SAF also has a motion for fees pending, so the full price tag hasn’t yet been rung up….

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UW study: gun violence linked to violent subgroups

It may seem obvious, but it’s handy to have hard proof of this. "People hospitalized with a firearm injury are 30 times more likely to return to the hospital with another firearm injury than people hospitalized for other reasons. And…

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Interesting self-defense case

Richardson v. State, Mississippi Supreme Court, discussed over at the Volokh Conspiracy. Defendant was menaced by a guy who have moved in, became increasingly violent, and boasted of having been convicted of robbery and murder, of killing an informer in…

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Get out of line in this restaurant and they don’t call a bouncer

It’s Shooters’ Grill, appropriately located in Rifle, Colorado….

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SWAT teams as public charities?

I find this story troubling. ACLU was seeking to compile data on how often SWAT teams are called out in Massachusetts. It found that about 3/4 of LE agencies in the State organize their SWAT teams under "Law Enforcement Councils,"…

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Here’s a fundraiser worthy of attention

Right here. I would’ve contributed, but they’ve already taken the $5.61 donated and mailed it to the needy recipient….

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Nice close of the 2013 Term

The 2013 Term is drawing to a close (I think some opinions are due to be announced Monday) and it seems to be ending quite nicely, with two opinions on Con law which are 9-0s (rare at the end of…

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Nice close of the 2013 Term

The 2013 Term is drawing to a close (I think some opinions are due to be announced Monday) and it seems to be ending quite nicely, with two opinions on Con law which are 9-0s (rare at the end of…

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Prof. Nick Johnson on the right to arms

"Undermining Our Conversation About the Right to Arms." I esp. enjoy its ending: "Meanwhile, and perversely, federal power is deemed to be nearly boundless. We recently heard top Senators and Representatives say that Congress unquestionably had the power to force…

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