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  • September 29, 2010

    Anti-tax, pro-gun? Then you are a 'terrorist'-1


    Don't like being taxed to pay for wasteful government programs? Want to ensure your Second Amendment rights aren't infringed upon? Willing to attend rallies to peacefully and legally demonstrate how important these issues are to you?

    Then you -- yes, you! -- just might be a "terrorist."

    According to bulletins issued to the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security in April and June by the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, anti-tax and Second Amendment rallies staged in Harrisburg this year warranted "terrorism-alert" warnings.

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  • September 27, 2010

    Purple Heart winner gets black eye from VA-5


    Sgt. Wayne Irelan of Lavaca, Ark., re-enlisted in the Army National Guard after 9/11. He was deployed to Iraq, where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.

    He recovered from his physical wounds but remains under the care of the Veterans Administration for post-traumatic stress disorder. His wife, Lana, says he has never been violent, but because of the disorder, she has been appointed his fiduciary to handle his veterans' benefits and finances.

    Earlier this year, Irelan attempted to pay a rifle out of pawn. That's when he learned he is one of 170,000 veterans the VA considers to be "a mental defective" because they have a fiduciary handling their affairs and, therefore, are prohibited from possessing firearms.

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  • September 24, 2010

    Fight Our Wars, But You Can't Own a Handgun-10


    The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit challenging laws that prohibit 18-20 year olds from legally purchasing a firearm from a federally licensed dealer.

    The suit was filed on Sept. 7 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Lubbock against the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms. Some legal pundits say it could eliminate yet another unconstitutional prohibition from federal gun laws.

    The plaintiff is James A. DíCruz, 18, of Lubbock, a well-trained, lawful owner of both long guns and handguns, and a decorated competitive Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps marksman. According to the suit, when DíCruz visited Sharp Shooters, Inc., and asked if he was legally able to buy a handgun, he was told he couldn't.

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  • September 20, 2010

    New Bills to Fix ATFE-3


    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 14 staged a hearing on SR 941, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act, and the House Judiciary Committee will hold a similar hearing on its version of the bill, HR 2296, on Sept. 21.

    According to its sponsors -- Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Representatives Steve King (R-IA) and Zack Space (D-OH) -- the bills "would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena."

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  • September 14, 2010

    No Surplus of Absurdity-10


    Second Amendment advocates, gun collectors and historians are angry and confused at the Obama Administration's decision to block South Korea's plan to sell more than 100,000 surplus M1 Garand and Carbine rifles in the United States.

    The administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March. The decision was largely unnoticed at the time, but spurred angst last month when a state department official cited what many agree are spurious reasons for the decision -- namely, the government feared the guns "could fall into the wrong hands" and "accidents."

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  • September 13, 2010

    Shooters' Paradise-4


    This video (click here) isn’t in English but that doesn’t matter since it very clearly speaks in the international language of “cool.”

    The saddest part to me is that I nearly had a chance to shoot in this facility a year ago while doing a whirlwind tour of German makers. Before I had even seen the building my interest was at a fever pitch. Anytime someone tells you about a 300-meter indoor shooting range, that’s bound to happen. And that was before I heard about the indoor shotgunning.

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  • September 9, 2010

    Depotism by "Emergency" Edict-5


    In an emergency, such as a natural disaster, government's ability to "defend" its citizens is diminished. So, it makes no sense to limit citizens' ability to defend themselves.

    Except, apparently, in North Carolina.

    When North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed Executive Order No. 62 on Sept, 1, declaring a State of Emergency in advance of Hurricane Earl, she suspended the right of state residents to use or carry firearms outside their premises. For the second time this year, North Carolinian's Second Amendment rights were arbitrarily suspended by edict. In February, the town of King declared a state of emergency in response to an impending snowstorm, prohibiting the sale and purchase of firearms and ammunition.

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  • September 8, 2010

    Reid Between the Lines-4


    The NRA vowed in July that Senators who confirmed Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court would be held accountable in November's elections.

    It wasted little time following through with that pledge, announcing on Aug. 27 through its political PAC, the NRA Political Victory Fund (PVF), that it will not endorse Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) in his reelection bid.

    The announcement surprised some because of Reid's long-standing support for firearms and Second Amendment issues. He had supported Republican-sponsored amendments to strengthen individual gun-owners' rights, including the Coburn Amendment to allow loaded guns in national parks, the Thune Amendment to eliminate illegal state restrictions on concealed carry, and the Ensign Amendment to dispose of  the District of Columbia's unconstitutional gun laws.

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  • September 2, 2010

    Three Dead Bills -4


    The California Rifle and Pistol Association and other Second Amendment advocacy groups are calling the California State Assembly's rejection of three anti-gun bills on Aug. 30 "a huge win for gin owners" across the country.

    The three bills -- AB 1810, AB 2358, and AB 1934 -- "posed a fundamental threat to the rights of gun owners," the CRRA claimed in a Sept. 1 press release posted on "And there was no room for compromise any one of the bills."

    If enacted, AB 1810 would have required registration of rifles and shotguns in the same way handguns are now registered in California. Under current law, the information collected at the time of purchase of a rifle or shotgun (serial number, make, and model) is destroyed after the background check is completed. AB 1810 would have required that the make, model and serial number of the firearm, as well as the identifying information of the purchaser, be recorded and kept on file by the California Department of Justice.

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