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thumbJudge Napolitano: Ranch Rebellion Was Americans’ “Line in the Sand”

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Published on: April 15, 2014

Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox News to denounce the federal government’s operation against Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, asserting that BLM agents should have been arrested for seizing his property and that the case represents a “line in the sand” for Americans who have had enough of big government tyranny.

Napolitano said the feds were forced to back down because they had suffered a public relations nightmare, pointing out that Bundy lost his case in a federal court but that the case should have been tried in a state court.

“The federal judiciary should not be deciding what land the federal government owns,” said Napolitano, adding that the feds should have placed a lien against Bundy’s property to collect grazing fees and not conducted a raid backed up by armed agents to seize his private property.

“The government’s option is to take the amount of money he owes them and docket it, that is file the lien on his property….the federal government could have done that, instead they wanted this show of force,” said Napolitano, adding, “They swooped in….with assault rifles aimed and ready and stole this guy’s property, they stole his cattle, they didn’t have the right to do that, that’s theft and they should have been arrested by state officials”.

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Founding Fathers Made Sure Bundy Family Was Armed

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Published on: April 14, 2014


As tensions rose and a standoff ensued between Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and Cliven Bundy and his family on April 11th and 12th, one thing was evident: through the Second Amendment, the Founding Fathers guaranteed that Bundy could be armed to protect his life and property.

KLAS-TV described a meeting between armed federal agents and armed Bundy family members during one of the highest points of tension.

No guns were misused nor were any used offensively. However, guns were present because of our Founding Fathers’ forethought.

We do not have guns for the purposes of sporting or hunting–although guns are certainly fine tools for those activites. We have them, rather, because our Founding Fathers recognized a God-given right to keep and bear arms to protect our lives, families, and property. This right is not simply to provide protection from burglary or life-threatening attacks, but from tyranny as well–tyranny within or without our borders.

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Anti-Gun Scumbag’s Worst Nightmare: The Rise of Blue State Resistance!

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Published on: April 14, 2014

They’re burning registration forms! They’re rallying by the thousands. They’re pledging civil disobedience. They’re swearing to resist, to disobey, even if it makes them felons. They’re angry, they’re defiant, they’ve had it and they aren’t going to take it any more.

Who are they? No, they’re not 1960s draft resisters. They’re not anti-nuke activists or scruffy Occupy Wall Street protestors. Heck, chances are some of them actually work on Wall Street.

They are the gun owners of the bluest blue states. They’re the respectable men and women of the mid-Atlantic region. They’re people who have, in the past, submitted to the rules even when they didn’t like them — or at least kept their mouths shut about their non-compliance.

But not any more.

The spate of pointless blue-state legislation against “assault weapons” and standard-capacity magazines that followed the Newtown school shooting sought — as usual — to punish millions of people who didn’t commit the crime by registering or outright banning firearms that just happen to look scary to hoplophobes.

This time it didn’t work.

  • In New York, where owners of “assault weapons” have until April 15 to register them, thousands burned registration paperwork instead.
  • In Connecticut, the December 31, 2013 register-or-surrender deadline passed — and was resoundingly ignored by an estimated 85 percent of its intended targets. (And that’s despite the fact that, unlike New York, where it’s a misdemeanor, failure to register is a felony in Connecticut.) reported, “…officials and some lawmakers are stunned.”


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CuHomo, amid Moreland scandals, realizes he might lose the election in November

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Published on: April 14, 2014

After his worst week in office since becoming governor, Andrew Cuomo is now viewed for the first time by important Democrats as potentially vulnerable to Republican challenger Rob Astorino, The Post has learned.

The changing sentiment results from the extraordinary criticisms Cuomo received last week from corruption-fighting Southern District US Attorney Preet Bharara — because of the governor’s summary dismissal of his anti-corruption Moreland Commission panel — and from an assortment of “good-government’’ backers over his transparently phony plan for a severely limited system of publicly financed elections.

“It was a disastrous week for Andrew. He was being attacked all over town, and it appeared to be the culmination of not just weeks, but months, of eroding support for the governor from within his own Democratic base,’’ one of the state’s most influential Democrats told The Post.

“People are starting to say, ‘Hey, maybe Astorino has a chance in the race, even if it is a long shot,’ and a lot of people, Democrats, are starting to also say that wouldn’t be such a bad thing,’’ he continued.

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Libtards at Washington Post Quietly Correct Justice John Paul Stevens’s Grievous Error about Gun Laws

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Published on: April 14, 2014

Last week, former Justice John Paul Stevens penned an op-ed for the Washington Post on “The Five Words that Can Fix the Second Amendment.” The piece is actually an excerpt from his new book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. In the book, Stevens suggests some changes that would ratify his view of cases in which he stridently dissented, such as Citizens United and Heller.

Stevens’s dissent in Heller, the case in which a 5-4 Court held that the Second Amendment conveys an individual right to own guns even for those not part of a militia, is largely re-hashed in his Washington Post op-ed. In addition, there is, or was, a glaring error that the Post has since corrected sub rosa, that is, without acknowledging at the bottom that the piece was edited. As Josh Blackman originally reported, and thankfully preserved by excerpting, the first version contained this error:

Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered automatic weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents.

As Josh and others noted, not only were automatic weapons were not used at any recent high-profile mass shooting, they’ve been essentially illegal in the U.S. since 1934 and since 1986 they’ve been almost impossible to come by. Justice Stevens also repeated his error a few paragraphs down:

Thus, even as generously construed in Heller, the Second Amendment provides no obstacle to regulations prohibiting the ownership or use of the sorts of automatic weapons used in the tragic multiple killings in Virginia, Colorado and Arizona in recent years.

When you view the piece now, however, the words have magically disappeared. But they have not, apparently, disappeared from Justice Stevens’s book, which went to press with those errors. I don’t have a copy, but I checked by searching the inside of the book on Amazon for the word “automatic.”

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NY “SAFE Act” AR-15 Registration Deadline is Tomorrow – Our Lawsuits March Onwards…

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Published on: April 14, 2014


Tomorrow, April 15, the year-old “SAFE Act” will require gun owners to register any firearm that falls within the anti-gun Legislature’s new definition of a semi-automatic “assault weapon,” or risk becoming a felon. The NRA actively opposed this egregious legislation last January while it was being rammed through the legislative process by Governor Anthony Cuomo (D) within a 24-hour period without any public input or committee hearings. Your NRA continues to vigorously oppose this law.

The implementation of the SAFE Act has been plagued with problems, and many of its provisions have either been overturned by the courts or suspended. In December, the District Court for the Western District of New York struck down the seven-round magazine capacity limit saying it is arbitrary. Also, the portion of this law dealing with background checks on ammunition purchases, which was set to go into effect in January, was suspended because the State Police have no means of completing such checks.

Over the last year, the vast majority of county legislatures across New York have adopted resolutions condemning the SAFE Act, and many sheriffs have gone on record in opposition to the law, saying they refuse to enforce it. The State Police have failed to disclose how many people have complied with the law’s registration requirement to date. The speculation is that their failure to release this information is directly correlated to the embarrassing figures that such a revelation would reveal. Despite the overwhelming opposition to the new law, the New York Assembly, just days ago, defeated legislation in committee to either completely and partially repeal the SAFE Act.

This law does nothing but go after law-abiding gun owners, turning hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers into potential felons. Cuomo has attacked law-abiding citizens while failing to address violent crime or public safety. The NRA is providing significant support to the litigation by our state association, the New York Rifle and Pistol Association. NRA attorneys have also submitted an amicus brief in the lawsuit, challenging the constitutionality of this draconian law.

NY Assault Weapon Database Deadline to go into effect at Midnight as planned.

SCOPE had hoped to report a Preliminary Injunction from Federal Court today from a law suit which argued the Constitutional Grounds of the NY SAFE Act.
The Injunction was not granted.


Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Leonard D. Wexler: Oral Argument re; Motion for Preliminary Injunction held on 4/14/2014. Plaintiff(s) represented by Robert James La Reddola, Esq. and Steven M. Lester, Esq. Defendant(s) represented by Susan M. Connolly, Esq. and David A. Tauster, Esq. Parties arguments heard regarding Plaintiffs Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 4/1/2014 (docket entry 5 ). For reasons stated on the record, the Court hereby administratively closes this case, without prejudice, while Plaintiffs counsel pursues an action in State Court. Plaintiff may file a Motion to Reopen Case within sixty (60) days after a final judgment is entered in State Court. Proceedings concluded. (Court Reporter Stephanie Picozzi.) (Russo, Eric) (Entered: 04/14/2014)”

The translation is that the federal court held that the action is dismissed without prejudice and the plaintiffs are to re-file in state court, since this is a lawsuit about state procedures and the constitution has not been violated yet in illegal searches.

NOTE: The court realizes that the searches could be illegal but there have been no victims yet.

Per the Attorney Robert LaReddola, He told SCOPE “In sum, the court cited to legal precedent on statutory interpretation of a state statute which precluded him from granting preliminary injunction but referred us to state court. The interpretation required is among other things, the meaning of ineligible to possess a license. We will be bringing the state action forthwith and then return to federal court. ”

This is not a major set back as Plaintiff may file a Motion to Reopen Case within sixty (60) days after a final judgment is entered in State Court.

We will keep you posted.
Meanwhile if anyone gets a visit from the Police to collect your weapons without a search warrant please contact SCOPE.

If the NY SAFE Act is ever to make it to the Supreme Court, this ruling would be a necessary step in that process.

SCOPE will do everything in it’s power to keep you informed of all developments in the fight for our rights.

New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They’re on the City’s Payroll!

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Published on: April 13, 2014

Some of New York’s most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law. Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple? Not really. This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India’s strict firearm regulations.

On March 10th, NYPD Officer Manny Encarnacion was arrested when officials at the airport in New Delhi discovered three rounds of ammunition in his baggage. New York City’s NBC affiliate reports that Encarnacion had been to the shooting range before his trip and put three rounds into a jacket pocket. Encarnacion later packed that jacket, forgetting that it contained the ammunition. Since his arrest, he has not been allowed to leave India and faces charges that could land him seven years in prison.

Encarnacion’s detainment has turned into somewhat of an international incident between officials in New York and India. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed support for the officer and suggested that the Indian government may have had an ulterior reason for the arrest. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, in which he states, “This excessive act by the Indian government is clearly politically motivated,” and alleges that the incident is retaliation for the December 2013 arrest of an Indian official in New York. The New York Daily News reports that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has also lent his support to the stranded officer, remarking, “I would hope that India, a country that we have a good relationship with, would not stoop to the petty level of making a political pawn of this decorated NYPD cop and veteran.”

These three staunch gun control proponents apparently don’t have a highly-developed sense of irony or of their own breathtaking hypocrisy. New York City has been engaged in a longstanding effort to persecute travelers that mistakenly violate the City’s unusually harsh firearm laws or commit the “offense” of believing an out-of-state permit will be recognized in New York. These visitors often face a felony charge that mandates a minimum three and a half year sentence if convicted. The persecution of these peaceful and otherwise law-abiding persons who, like Encarnacion, pose no threat to public safety, is entirely politically motivated.

Year after year, dozens of travelers unfamiliar with New York’s byzantine gun laws have been arrested at New York’s Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, even when complying with a federal law designed to protect those lawfully transporting unloaded firearms. The City is aware of the federal law, but treats it as an “affirmative defense” to be raised before a court. In other words, the attitude of the mayor and police department for those who stand on their rights under the federal law is to arrest them for technical violations of local regulations and then let the accused, “Tell it to the judge.” Even if the case is later dismissed, as it often is, the traveler is still subjected to an embarrassing, inconvenient, intimidating, and expensive ordeal.

A June 9, 2013 New York Times article cites a number of incidents where overzealous enforcement at New York’s airports has ensnared travelers, ranging from the case of a military wife and mother to that of a professional football player. Martin D. Kane, a defense attorney who has handled these types of cases described for the Times the treatment a mistaken traveler can expect, stating, “They’re locked up the same as anybody else on any other felony charge… . People’s lives are really, really disrupted, as you can imagine.”

An Associated Press article from March tells a similar story, placing the number of travelers charged at the New York airports in 2013 at 25. Illustrating the significant difference in flexibility exhibited by New York officials in Encarnacion’s case versus that of the average traveler, Queens Executive District Attorney Robert J. Masters told the AP, “There is, frankly, an element of irresponsibility… . They’ve travelled. They realize that licenses are different around the country… . They still have this fear, even though this is the safest big city in America, and they think, I’m going to bring the gun with me just in case.”

New York City visitors unfamiliar with local laws don’t fare any better outside the City’s airports. A January 27, 2012 South Bend Tribune article chronicles the story of former Marine Ryan Jerome, who was arrested in 2011 while in line at the Empire State Building after he attempted to check his pistol with a security guard. Jerome had erroneously thought that his Indiana carry permit was valid in New York. The Marine spent 48 hours in jail following the arrest. After several months of legal wrangling, Jerome plead to a misdemeanor and was sentenced with a $1000 fine and community service. Another notable case is that of Meredith Graves, a nurse and Tennessee tourist who was arrested following an attempt to check a pistol with security at the 9/11 Memorial.

While the newfound ability of de Blasio, et al., to recognize an honest mistake when they see one strikes us in this case as typically self-serving, we can agree with them on this much. India’s detainment of Encarnacion, whether motivated by politics or a severe intolerance for the NYPD officer’s undoubtedly honest mistake, is an injustice. The charges should be dismissed, and he should be swiftly returned to the U.S.

Yet this incident should serve as a lesson to New York officials about how even harmless, well-intentioned travelers can inadvertently run afoul of an unfamiliar jurisdiction’s gun laws, especially when those laws are unaccustomedly broad. The lesson is even more important when the violation results in no harm, and the law is enforced despite extenuating circumstances or legal protections to the contrary. In the future, de Blasio and his prosecution-happy cohorts should ensure the understanding and consideration they have shown to Encarnacion is also extended to other law-abiding travelers who find themselves in similar predicaments when visiting New York City itself.

NRA Opposes Administration’s Plan to Broaden Reach of Mental Health-Related Gun Bans

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Published on: April 13, 2014

On Monday, NRA filed formal comments in opposition to a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to expand the categories of persons prohibited under federal law from acquiring or possessing firearms because of having been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental institution.” The proposal is commonly referred to by its BATFE docket number, 51P.

NRA shares the goal of keeping firearms out of dangerous hands. Its comment notes, however, that existing federal law on this issue casts a wide, undifferentiated net that snares masses of mostly harmless individuals with a much smaller group that may present an increased risk of violence. The comment cites numerous sources that express the nearly universal opinion of mental health professionals that mental illness is not highly correlated with, predictive of, or frequently causally related to violence. It also cites reports from mental health professionals, the FBI, and the Secret Service that acknowledge the futility of creating an accurate “profile” of persons who have no history of violence but present a risk of future harm.

NRA’s comment additionally underscores the importance of the rights affected by these lifetime prohibitions, the wide range of state and federal procedures that potentially trigger them, and the difficulty (or outright impossibility) of prohibited persons achieving restoration of rights, even after full recovery. Under existing federal regulations, a person who experienced a temporary reaction to a traumatic event or who has trouble handling household finances may well be treated the same as a violent psychopath. Not only is this unjust and stigmatizing, it creates disincentives for those who need mental health treatment to seek it, increasing whatever risks are associated with untreated mental illness.

NRA’s comment explains in detail how 51P would worsen these problems. The proposal, for example, conflicts with federal appellate court precedent, which interprets the antiquated term “mental defective” in a much narrower way than BATFE does. It also disregards cases that recognize the fundamental rights protected by the Second Amendment cannot be abridged without adequate due process. NRA’s comment exposes the flaws in the justification BATFE provides for 51P, including the way it cherry picks case law and bits of legislative history that support a broad reading of the federal statute while ignoring other precedent that supports a narrow reading.

Recognizing that scientific knowledge of mental illness has progressed and now undermines the Gun Control Act’s broad prohibitions on the mentally ill, NRA urges BATFE to defer action on the rule and to wait for Congress to reexamine the issue in light of modern medical understanding of the link between mental illness and violence. The comment provides a number of guidelines for statutory reform, including provisions aimed at swifter, more accurate, and readily-accessible diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. It also suggests that individualized risk assessment may be a more effective means of protecting public safety than bans that affect large categories of people.

Finally, NRA’s comment offers specific recommendations for regulatory reform under the current statutory scheme. It advocates for more specific due process protections and individualized findings of dangerousness, expanding opportunities for restoration of rights, and interpreting the statutory terms in light of what they meant to the Congress that passed them.

Pussification of the USA: Zero-Tolerance Policies Now Exploited by Enterprising Bullies

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There is a long history of school administrators behaving like bullies when enforcing the irrational zero-tolerance policies that have ensnared scores of students. A recent case out of Vernon, N.J., however, suggests that the hysterical enforcement of these policies in some schools has reached a level where an actual peer bully can exploit zero-tolerance to torment a victim.

This latest incident began as Glenn Meadow Middle School seventh grader Ethan Chaplin was holding a pencil with a pen cap on the end while in class. Accounts of how Ethan was holding or gestering with the writing implement differ, but school officials were alerted to the matter after a student sitting behind Ethan shouted, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie.” According to News 12 New Jersey, Ethan contends he had been bullied by the same student earlier in the day.

Claiming they had no choice but to act on the taunt, school administrators removed Ethan from school and forced him to undergo a lengthy mental and physical evaluation before he could return. Describing the evaluation to one news source, Ethan’s father, Michael Chaplin, stated, “The child was stripped, had to give blood samples (which caused him to pass out) and urine samples for of all things drug testing… . Then four hours later a social worker spoke to him for five minutes and cleared him. Then an actual doctor came in and said the state was 100 percent incorrect in their procedure and this would not get him back in school.”

Following a public outcry, Vernon Township School District Superintendent Charles Maranzano defended the school district’s actions. Maranzano told The Huffington Post, “When a student misbehaves or displays actions that are non-conforming or don’t meet our expectations, it causes us some concerns.” While stories like Ethan’s are unfortunately all too common, the use of invasive medical procedures is a new escalation of what is already one of the most shameful fronts in the cultural war on guns in America, aimed as it is on harmless youth displaying normal childish behavior.

This is just the latest incident illustrating the importance of legislation introduced in Florida and Oklahoma aimed at curbing the abuse of zero-tolerance policies. The Florida legislation, HB 7029, known by some as the “Right to be Kids” Act, states:

Simulating a firearm or weapon while playing or wearing clothing … that depict[s] a firearm or weapon or express[es] an opinion regarding a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment … is not grounds for disciplinary action or referral [for prosecution].”

The legislation still allows for school officials to discipline pupils when their actions substantially disrupt the school environment.

With at least some students now aware that they can exact misery on their classmates by accusing them of zero-tolerance policy violations, remedying the hypersensitive status quo has never been more important. School districts should exhibit common-sense when dealing with cases of ordinary childish behavior to prevent their students from becoming the victims of bullying … be it from peers or overzealous school officials.

82 House Democrats want Obama to Ban Imports of “Military-Style” Firearms

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President Obama has been asked to stop the importation of what 82 House Democrats believe to be “military-style firearms” such as the AK-47. They want to stop gun crime in Mexico. Maybe they would be more successful at stopping gun violence in Mexico if they fired Holder and revamped the ATF.

The ban “would require no congressional action as the President has very broad authority under the 1968 Gun Control Act to prohibit the importation of firearms and ammunition unless they are generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”

Led my Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and John Conyers Jr. (D-MI),they sent a letter to President Obama “urging him to renew enforcement of the ban on imported military-style firearms that was previously enforced during the H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.”

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Big Blue Machine The rise and fall of New York’s Tammany Hall

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The modern Democratic party has a bit of a history problem. The oldest political party in the world regularly celebrates Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners, yet both men are hardly taken as role models by today’s left-leaning Democratic party. Both were slaveholders, with Thomas Jefferson possibly fathering children with one of his slaves. Andrew Jackson, meanwhile, is further tarnished by his policies of Indian removal and forced relocation.

They are an uncomfortable reminder that, for much of its history, the Democratic party was the party of slavery, racial segregation, and white supremacy. That both Jefferson and Jackson were also skeptical of a strong centralized federal government only adds to the awkward position of these two flawed politicians in the Democratic pantheon.

Another black mark on the historical Democratic party has been the various corrupt political machines that governed American cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries (although, to be fair, there were some Republican machines as well). None is more famous than New York’s Tammany Hall—specifically, the Democratic party machine of Manhattan. And no Tammany figure is more notorious than William M. Tweed. Boss Tweed and Tammany have long been synonymous with graft, corruption, kickbacks, vice, stolen elections, and even violence. Tweed is still defined by the caricatures of him as an overweight, greedy schemer, as drawn by Thomas Nast.

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Shocking Allegations Show Harry Reid, Chinese Company Behind Nevada Ranch Standoff

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As a family in Clark County, Nev. continues to face an onslaught of heavily armed federal agents determined to kick them off of their ranch, reports have surfaced that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might be behind the entire ordeal.

The ranch, which has been in Cliven Bundy’s family for more than a century, is ground zero for a growing showdown between federal authorities and individual rights activists. Despite attempting to silence protesters by limiting them to so-called “First Amendment areas,” law enforcement personnel, legislators, and militia members are heading to the site in droves to express their outrage over the Bureau of Land Management’s show of force.

In an apparent effort to cover its tracks, the BLM has reportedly removed documents from its website showing that the move to kick the Bundys and their cattle off of the land was at least in part due to the fact that their presence impeded development of solar energy on the land.

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Reid and his eldest son, reports indicate, were integral in the support and/or implementation of a $5 billion solar plant being built in the county by a Chinese company.

Officially, the federal agency has suggested they are only after Bundy because his cattle are a threat to an endangered species of tortoise. That narrative, however, fell apart in the opinion of many critics when it was revealed the agency itself has engaged in the widespread slaughter of the animal.

The recent allegations of Reid’s hand in the Bundy attack are bolstered by the fact that his former senior adviser also served as the director of the BLM. According to reports, Reid successfully redrew the endangered tortoise’s protected habitat to benefit a donor, indicating his concern is more about his political and financial future than the well-being of this reptile.

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thumbRand Paul: Pilots need to Be Armed While Flying Commercial Jets (Video)

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Scumbag Al Sharpton became a mob rat in order to dodge drug charges says new report

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The Rev. Al Sharpton may claim he wore a wire for the feds because he had been threatened by the mob — but a new report says he turned rat to save himself after a federal drug sting.

The FBI “flipped” the bombastic reverend after agents confronted him with a surveillance video showing him discussing cocaine with an ­undercover agent, The Smoking Gun Web site said Wednesday.

During that March 1983 conversation, Sharpton wore a cowboy-like hat that was garish even by the rabble-rousing preacher’s 1980s standards.

He later showed up at a Manhattan apartment for another meeting that June with the agent, who was posing as a “former South American druglord seeking to launder money through boxing promotions,” the report said.

Instead, Sharpton was met by G-men who were not undercover — and who showed him the “drug” video, the Web site said, citing a source familiar with Sharpton’s secret FBI file.

“The panicked reverend agreed — on the spot — to cooperate with federal agents,” The Smoking Gun said.

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Failed Obama Budget Would have Laid Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry (GOA Report)

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Published on: April 10, 2014

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Last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before a House appropriations subcommittee on behalf of his department’s proposed budget for FY2015.

Apparently, Holder didn’t think anyone would read his written submission, because he all-but-admitted that Obama intends to implement a Universal Gun Registry by executive fiat.

He also asked Congress to help fund so-called “smart gun” technology, which would prevent a gun from firing unless the shooter is wearing an accompanying bracelet or ring.

“Smart guns” are a dumb idea

Given that “smart gun” technology only works about 80 percent of the time — according to the New Jersey Institute of Technology — gun owners almost universally consider this a “dumb” idea.

Even police have rejected the “dumb gun” approach for themselves.

Currently, there are no such guns on the market in the United States. One gun store did briefly offer an Armatix .22 caliber earlier this year, but public outrage forced them to pull the handgun from the shelves.

Holder pushes a Universal Gun Registry

This year’s Obama budget shows how the administration is trying to quietly create the infrastructure for a universal gun registry.

In proposed “Program Increases” for the FBI, Holder has this to say:

“This program enhancement will double the capacity of the existing NICS [National Instant Check System] system. These expansions are vital in ensuring that the NICS system can support a Universal Background Check requirement, which is expected to double gross NICS transactions.”


It may have escaped the Attorney General’s notice, but the Democrat Senate defeated his Universal Background Check requirement.

So, in effect, Holder’s asking for $100 million and 524 personnel to implement a program Congress rejected.

But that’s not all.

Holder seeking more ATF agents to copy to 4473 forms

In the section on ATF “Program Increases,” Holder demands $51.1 million and 255 agents and other personnel for enforcement and inspections.

In case anyone has forgotten, these are the people who are going to the FFL’s in connection with “annual inspections” — and physically copying all the 4473′s and bound book entries. GOA has reported on these efforts before, and one can read first-hand accounts from gun dealers here and here.

So under Holder’s proposed budget, many more 4473′s would be copied and fed into ATF’s de facto registry.

At the same time, Obama’s illegal Universal Background Check — implemented, presumably, by executive fiat — would ensure every gun transaction would have to go through an FFL. And this, of course, would guarantee that every American gun owner would have a 4473 which can be copied.

Think about it. With Republicans expected to take the Senate this fall — and Obama stymied legislatively — he has every incentive to go “full tyrant.” And that, apparently, is exactly what he intends to do.

But we have no intention to sit back and let Holder take away our Second Amendment rights. We have drafted legislation to prohibit ATF from copying 4473′s — and to require it to destroy any 4473′s it currently has.

UPDATE: GOA recently alerted you that an import ban on certain ammunition could be forthcoming from the ATF. Well, it’s official now — the ATF just declared that Russian-made 7N6 5.45×39 ammo is armor piercing. This lawlessness represents another reason that Congress needs to cut the ATF’s budget.

ACTION: Contact your Representative. Demand that the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill contain language to prohibit ATF from compiling a national gun registry by copying and retaining the 4473′s of every American.

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