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‘She Knows How To Shoot’: Pizza Parlor Employee Wards Off 3 Armed Robbers

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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After Sarah Cherry’s father was robbed at gunpoint two months ago at an Arkansas Domino’s pizza store, the former Army military police officer began carrying a gun with her for protection to her job at the same restaurant.

Cherry had cause to use that gun — a .380 — Wednesday night when three armed men wearing hoodies stormed into the Blytheville eatery and shot at her during a robbery attempt.

“When she came around [to the front of the store], she didn’t know what was going on,” Cherry’s father, Clint Cherry, told The Daily Caller during a phone interview. “She came around front, and she shot.”

“She was defending the people more than herself,” Cherry added, noting that there were three or four other employees in the store at the time.

Cherry said his daughter fired three shots at the assailants.

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Every Sharpton business known has been dissolved for failure to comply with tax rules

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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So far, every for-profit enterprise started by Al Sharpton and known to National Review Online has been shut down in at least one jurisdiction for failure to pay taxes, a review of public records in New York and Delaware reveals.

Records show that Sharpton’s beleaguered for-profit entities often overlap and intertwine, some sharing ties with the reverend’s nonprofit organization, National Action Network. Their financial records are copious, confusing, and sometimes outright bizarre, and together, they depict persistent financial woes for Sharpton, who also personally owes New York State nearly $596,000, according to active tax warrants.

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Florida man builds gun range in yard, neighbors outraged

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) –

The Lakewood Estates neighborhood is filled with families and children. On any given day, you’ll see kids climbing trees and playing on swing sets.

That’s why news of a residential gun range did not sit well with neighbors.

“I don’t know if this idiot is going to start popping off rounds,” said Patrick Leary. “I’m furious.”

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Bob Lonsberry: GUN CONTROL IS NOT THE ANSWER

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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On Saturday, the police say, parolee Michael Morris dragged his ex-girlfriend halfway across the county – twice putting a gun to her head and threatening to execute her – before he crashed a birthday her family was holding and shot a half a dozen people, wounding some of them severely.

This was in Syracuse, New York, at an Irish bar in the old Irish neighborhood known as Tipperary Hill.

Twenty-two years old, out of prison in December after doing five years for a crime at 17 he committed while toting a stolen handgun.

On the plus side, the bar was able to hose out the blood in time for the Super Bowl. On the negative side, it all led to an anti-gun lecture from the liberal mayor.

Stephanie Miner, one-time co-chair of the New York Democratic Party, stood up, while some of the wounded were still fighting for their lives, and said that this situation demanded more gun control.

Which is insane.

 

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American Sniper vs. American Deserter

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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It was two years ago today that Chris Kyle, who survived four tours of duty in Iraq, was killed by a fellow soldier he was trying to help. Yesterday, I joined the millions of Americans who have made the pilgrimage to movie theaters to watch American Sniper. Like most of those millions who saw it before me, it was something I won’t soon forget.

After watching American Sniper, I could not help but think of the visceral reaction against Chris Kyle by public figures on the Left since the release of American Sniper and its resonance with the public. Michael Moore called Kyle a “coward,” Bill Maher described him as a “psychopath patriot,” while NBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin accused Kyle of having “racist tendencies” and further asserted that Kyle went on a “killing spree.”

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The Polygraph & Polygraph Countermeasures

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I discussed this subject briefly back in March during my interview with former CIA officer Lindsay Moran. As I was finishing the Moran article, I found this fascinating article about Chad Dixon, who was arrested for teaching polygraph countermeasures to people seeking federal employment.

I remembered seeing something about another fellow teaching polygraph countermeasures—a guy named Doug Williams, who wrote a book on the subject. Williams, a former police polygrapher, had significantly more experience with the polygraph than Dixon, and he openly advertised his services on the Internet. So I figured that if the Feds were onto Dixon, they were also onto Williams. (Unbeknownst to me, Doug had already been targeted by a sing operation, but he had not yet been charged with any crimes.)

I followed up on the intrigue by purchasing William’s book on polygraph countermeasures, and then I sent him an email asking if he was concerned about Chad Dixon’s indictment. Williams responded by sending me a copy of another book he had written, From Cop to Crusader, with a promise that he’d try to answer my questions. He suggested that I read his book first.

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An NYPD Unit Armed to Face Terrorists–and Protesters

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton intends to create a new unit of police officers specially trained to use heavy weaponry. They’ll be equipped with “extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and machine guns,” he said during a Thursday press conference. As a critic of militarized police forces, I must acknowledge that New York City and Washington, D.C., by virtue of their status as prime terrorist targets, can justify counterterrorism training and weaponry that would be absurd elsewhere, which isn’t to say that this heavily armed, 350-person squad is a no-brainer. It isn’t as if such a unit would’ve stopped the attacks in Boston or 9/11 or Oklahoma City—or the terrorist attack in Paris, or the ones some years ago in Madrid or London.

The benefit to such a squad is its ability to respond to an attack like the ones in Mumbai or Nairobi, where heavily armed gunmen seize a building with many hostages. The cost is the danger that the militarized unit will be turned on U.S. citizens.

Alas, that worst-case scenario seems to be Bratton’s plan. The unit, dubbed a Strategic Response Group, is “designed for dealing with events like our recent protests, or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris,” Bratton declared, giving no sign of recognizing that one of those things is unlike the others.

The NYPD has a history of violently suppressing protests.

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D.C.’s “Permitting Process” Shows Need for Congressional Intervention

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Published on: February 3, 2015

The first information regarding how the District of Columbia permitting process is working in practice reached the public this week. To say that the city is dragging its feet would be putting it lightly.

According to the Washington Post, a total of 66 people have applied for carry permits, comprised of 34 residents and 32 nonresidents. Eight permits have been granted and 11 applicants have been denied, meaning that 47 applications are pending. While the average wait time for response has not been made public, the city began taking permit application of October 23, 2014. Under many concealed carry regimes, states are required to issue a permit within a certain, reasonable, time frame.

District officials have displayed a certain level of pride in how onerous their concealed carry permitting process is, noting that they modelled it after the constitutionally dubious schemes of New Jersey, New York, and Maryland. The District’s concealed carry instructions and application make clear that the city’s regime requires documentation “showing a special need for self-protection distinguishable from the general community as supported by evidence of specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life.” Alternatively, the city might deign a person worthy of a permit if their “employment [is] of a type that requires the handling of large amounts of cash or other highly valuable objects that must be transported on your person,” or they need “to provide protection of a family member who is physically or mentally incapacitated to a point where that family member cannot act in defense of himself or herself, or his or her property.”

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson appears to have supreme faith in the D.C. local government’s ability to divine an individual’s private need for self-defense. Responding to comments that the current process is unconstitutional, made by the attorney whose case forced the city to establish its meager permitting process, Mendelson stated, “He must be thinking that everybody should be able to carry a firearm. There is nothing in the law that prevents anyone from applying. . . . The law was designed to weed out those who don’t have a need to carry.”

The Post piece goes on to quote D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie, who states, ”while I do not support the right of an individual to carry a hidden pistol, it appears that our recent legislation to regulate concealed guns is working.” If the D.C. City Council’s goal is to unconstitutionally encumber the right to bear arms for lawful self-defense, then the law is certainly working.

This prevailing authoritarian mindset in D.C. government is exactly why the “Second Amendment Enforcement Act” (SAEA) is so important. The SAEA is federal legislation that overrides the D.C. City Council’s authority to regulate firearms, by shifting that authority to the U.S. Congress. The legislation is analogous to state preemption laws restricting municipalities from creating an unnavigable patchwork of local laws. In addition, the legislation would remove much of D.C.’s current firearm laws, such as its restrictions on ammunition, and the ban on popular semi-automatic firearms. The D.C. city government’s perpetual disrespect for the Second Amendment–their mockery of a concealed carry regime being only the most recent offense–demands this measure to protect the rights of its residents and visitors.

Do D.C.’s Gun Control Laws Exempt Those Who Support Gun Control? Signs Point to “Yes.”

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Late last week, Judicial Watch along with the website Legal Insurrection made new headlines in the curious non-prosecution of NBC’s David Gregory, with their release of the January 2013 arrest warrant affidavit for the former Meet the Press host. Despite the open and shut case for charges laid out in the document, on January 11, 2013, the D.C. Office of the Attorney General announced its decision not to prosecute Gregory, insisting, “Prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia.”

The affidavit stems from Gregory’s conduct during the December 23, 2012, edition of Meet the Press. While interviewing NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, Gregory retrieved a 30-round AR-15 magazine and used it as a prop in an attempt to add drama to his lame accusations. The performance earned Gregory significant negative attention, including that of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, as standard capacity AR-15 magazines are banned in D.C., where the show is filmed.

NBC was well aware of this fact. The affidavit makes clear that prior to filming, NBC employees contacted both BATFE and D.C. police to inquire as to the legality of displaying a 30-round magazine on their program. A representative from the D.C. police made clear that possession of the magazine would be illegal, stating in an email, “possession of high capacity magazines is a misdemeanor under Title # 7 of the DC Code, I would suggest utilizing photographs for their presentation.” This straightforward warning was ignored.

The decision not to prosecute Gregory, coupled with the city’s vigorous prosecutions of others who have harmlessly violated technical provisions of the District’s onerous gun laws, is rife with elitism and hypocrisy. NRA agrees that Gregory did not pose a threat to public peace or order by displaying a common firearm magazine during his cheap media stunt. Yet neither do any other of the peaceable Americans who possess and use these magazine for legitimate purposes and who officials of D.C. are all too eager to smear and prosecute as violent criminals.

Gregory’s treatment by then-D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan reveals something important about both men and how they exercised their professional roles. As a law enforcement official, Nathan was willing to put politics above equal treatment under the law. As a Meet the Press “journalist,” Gregory not only failed to challenge the power structure in D.C., but was such a useful tool to District officials that the law was deemed not to apply to him. Both men should be ashamed of themselves.

Momentum Shifting Against Operation Choke Point?

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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When last we reported on the ongoing scandal that is Operation Choke Point, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had issued a report condemning the participation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the program. Earlier, the same committee had faulted the Department of Justice (DOJ) for its actions in pressuring banks to sever or avoid business relationships with legitimate industries that are considered politically objectionable, including firearms and ammunition sales. Internal investigators at both FDIC and DOJ had also launched their own probes into allegations of abusive practices under the guise of Operation Choke Point.

Since then, a series of events has helped further apply the brakes to this ill-conceived scheme, with some observers hopeful that a turning point has been reached.

First, a Wisconsin gun dealer reportedly captured audio tapes of his conversations with employees of his credit union, in which they acknowledge they were terminating his account because of pressure from federal regulators who objected to the nature of his business. The recordings appeared to substantiate the central criticism of Operation Choke Point: that it is seeking to deny entire lawful industries of access to banking services, rather than specific bad actors within those industries.

On Wednesday, Loretta Lynch, current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was questioned about Operation Choke Point by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) during Lynch’s confirmation hearing to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General. Lynch confirmed that she was “generally familiar” with the program, although she claimed not to have been involved in its creation or implementation. She also pledged, if confirmed as attorney general, to listen to any concerns Sen. Lee had about the program and to work with him on addressing any adverse effects the program might have on persons lawfully exercising their Second Amendment rights. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) had also raised concerns about the program during a January 7th meeting with Lynch. The prospect of a new attorney general replacing self-professed “activist” Holder could portend a shift in DOJ’s approach to this program.

The same day, the FDIC issued an internal memorandum to supervisory staff requiring that any recommendations by examiners to terminate a customer’s deposit account must be made in writing, vetted by legal staff, and discussed with bank managers. According to a report by the Washington Times, “The memorandum makes it very clear that ‘reputational risk’ alone is not enough reason to end a client’s banking account.” Rather, the written recommendation must cite laws or rules that are being violated. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri), who has been leading the charge to curb Operation Choke Point’s excesses, characterized FDIC’s move as an acknowledgement of wrongdoing.

Also on Wednesday, FDIC publicly issued a Financial Institution Letter that beneficially addresses several issues relevant to Operation Choke Point. The letter begins by “encourage[ing] insured depository institutions to serve their communities” and recogniz[ing] the importance of the services they provide.” Second, it specifically encourages “institutions to take a risk-based approach in assessing individual customer relationships rather than declining to provide banking services to entire categories of customers, without regard to the risks presented by an individual customer or the financial institution’s ability to manage the risk.” The letter further instructs that “[f]inancial institutions that can properly manage customer relationships and effectively mitigate risks are neither prohibited nor discouraged from providing services to any category of customer accounts or individual customer operating in compliance with applicable state and federal law.” The letter concludes by providing contact information for the FDIC’s Office of Inspector General, which handles complaints of abuses by the agency, as well as its Office of the Ombudsman, to which institutions may confidentially complain that publicly-stated policies are not being followed.

Only time will tell whether these developments signal the end of Operation Choke Point’s abuses and overreaching. Certainly they are encouraging signs, and we will continue to report on further developments.

Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act Introduced

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U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) recently introduced S. 263 and H.R. 578, which are designed to protect the rights of gun owners on lands owned or managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This legislation would help end the patchwork of firearm laws and regulations that govern different federal lands managed by different federal agencies.

On May 12, 2009, legislation was passed that greatly reduced restrictions on the possession of firearms for self-defense on National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System lands. Under this legislation, rules governing carry on those federal lands incorporate the laws of the state in which the lands are located. This greatly expanded the places where law-abiding Americans can legally carry firearms for self-defense. However, that change in the law did not include millions of acres of recreational land managed by the Corps. The Corps owns or manages over 11.7 million acres, including 400 lakes and river projects, 90,000 campsites and 4,000 miles of trails. This legislation would reverse the Corps’ policy and restore the right of law-abiding Americans to possess firearms on Corps lands.

The NRA fully supports S. 263 and H.R. 578 and appreciates Sen. Crapo and Rep. Gibbs’ leadership on this important issue.

Please contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor and support S. 263, and please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor and support H.R. 578.

You can contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative about this important legislation by using the “Write Your Lawmakers” tool at www.NRAILA.org, or by phone at (202) 225-3121.

DEA Contemplated Mass Surveillance of Gun Show Attendees

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Recent revelations about a proposed federal law enforcement program might have some friends and families drawing lots to decide who drives to the next gun show.

Criminals rarely obtain guns from gun shows. A Department of Justice survey of state and federal inmates, found that only 0.7 percent of those polled had acquired a firearm that they possessed at the time of their offense from a gun show. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop at least one federal official from suggesting that the sophisticated tools of the modern surveillance state be turned on unsuspecting gun show attendees.

Documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the American Civil Liberties Union reveal that, in 2009, the Drug Enforcement Administration contemplated using License Plate Readers (LPRs) to track vehicle traffic from gun shows. A highly redacted email from an unknown DEA official suggests the program was past infancy, and stated, “DEA Phoenix Division Office is working closely with ATF on attacking the guns going to [redacted] and the guns shows to include programs/operation with LPRs at the gun shows.”

ACLU correctly points out the danger of such technology in an article on their website, explaining, “An automatic license plate reader cannot distinguish between people transporting illegal guns and those transporting legal guns, or no guns at all; it only documents the presence of any car driving to the event. Mere attendance at a gun show, it appeared, would have been enough to have one’s presence noted in a DEA database.”

The proposed program is even more disturbing when placed into the larger context of the Justice Department’s ongoing general license plate tracking program. A January 26 article from the Wall Street Journal explains the broad contours of DOJ LPR surveillance. The piece states, “The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists.” The authors go on to explain the wide availability of the collected data, writing, “Many state and local law-enforcement agencies are accessing the database for a variety of investigations… putting a wealth of information in the hands of local officials who can track vehicles in real time on major roadways.” They further note that this national database “allows any police agency that participates to quickly search records of many states for information about a vehicle.”

According to a January 27 Wall Street Journal article focusing specifically on the gun show surveillance proposal, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart told the paper, “The proposal in the email was only a suggestion. It was never authorized by DEA, and the idea under discussion in the email was never launched.” Further, the article stated that DOJ officials were quick to deny any BATFE involvement in the LPR scheme. However, as has been made clear by the events of the last two years, public statements by federal officials regarding the scope of federal surveillance activities should be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism.

DEA’s proposed indiscriminate gun show surveillance places an unacceptable burden on the privacy of law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights and even smacks of firearm registration. Further, such tactics infringe upon rights protected by the First Amendment. Gun shows are far more than just shopping opportunities for gun buyers. They are also community gatherings that often serve as venues for political expression and organizing. As such, they are subject to the First Amendment’s rights of freedom of association and to peaceably assemble and should be free from government activity that could chill free and open participation.

In recent years, the unfettered growth of the surveillance state has become an increasing threat to the privacy of gun owners, and NRA recognizes this challenge. That’s why in early 2014 NRA filed a friend of the court brief in a case challenging the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of phone and internet data. The brief contended that the data collection program is unconstitutional on First Amendment freedom of association grounds, and that it violates statutory prohibitions against compiling gun ownership records. Likewise, NRA is investigating the recent DEA revelations and will continue to work in this area to ensure the privacy of all gun owners.

European Police: Gun Control Not Working, Jihadists Have Us Outgunned

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Police armed with pistols in heavily gun-controlled European countries are realizing a hard lesson fast–jihadists with no respect for the law are side-stepping gun control and stockpiling weapons that will give them the upper hand in confrontations with officers.

Europol chief of staff Brian Donald says there were two “large seizures” of firearms–particularly “assault weapons”–over the last two weeks and more seizures are expected as investigations and tracking continues.

According to TIME magazine, this is indicative of the reality European police face. Regardless of the gun control laws passed/implemented, jihadists are able to arm themselves just as those who attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters on January 7 were armed.

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De Blasio picks Silver pal to help with city’s 2016 DNC bid (Corruption Strong in NY)

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A week after he defended Sheldon Silver following the disgraced Assembly speaker’s arrest on corruption charges, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday officially named a developer at the center of that scandal to help the city’s bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Big-time political donor Leonard Litwin was on Hizzoner’s 119-member list for the convention host committee, even though Litwin’s luxury apartment-rental company, Glenwood Management, is tied to Silver’s alleged dirty deals.

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