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SAF Files Briefs in CA Microstamping/Magazine Disconnects Supreme Court Case

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Published on: July 8, 2014

Responding to the court’s request for additional information in the Second Amendment Foundation’s long-running case of Pena v. Lindley, a lawsuit challenging the state handgun roster requirements that include microstamping and magazine disconnects, a supplemental brief filed yesterday by attorney Alan Gura that included an additional declaration by Lawrence G. Keane, secretary and general counsel to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI).

Keane is also senior vice president and general counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). In his statement, Keane told the court that, “To date, I am not aware of a single handgun manufacturer worldwide that has produce a functioning, commercially available semiautomatic pistol designed and equipped with ‘a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol’ etched or otherwise imprinted in two or more places on the interior surface or internal working parts of the pistol…”

“It is important for the court to understand that the microstamping requirements now included in California’s law simply cannot be met,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We are delighted and grateful that a reliable and knowledgeable representative for SAAMI and NSSF has weighed in.”

Keane’s detailed brief reinforces earlier documents submitted by Glock, Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger.

“Our challenge to California’s statute now includes important support information from recognized experts,” Gottlieb observed. “Clearly, our arguments are backed up by facts and technical information that shows the state’s requirements are not simply unreasonable, but cannot possibly be met any time in the foreseeable future. In short, California has passed a law for which compliance is impossible.”

The case was originally filed in 2009 as a challenge to California’s regulation that arbitrarily bans handguns based on a roster of “acceptable” handgun models approved by the state. The revised case addresses microstamping, which has made it even harder to legally purchase a handgun in the Golden State.

Retarded Chi-Town Top Cop Blames “Lax Gun Laws” in Chicago for Gun Crime! (Laugh Till You Cry!)

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Published on: July 8, 2014

Chicago’s police superintendent lashed out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend that saw more than 60 people shot and nine killed in a city already known for frequent shootings.

“There has to come a tipping point where this changes,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday of the violence. “The illogical nature of what’s happening here — that government can intercede and prevent this from happening is overwhelming. And I refuse to think otherwise in a great country like America that we can continue to allow this to happen — not just on a state, but on a federal level.”

McCarthy said the violence unraveled a string of successes by police in suppressing gun violence this year. The city saw 21 shooting incidents on Sunday alone, he said, although three of them may have been self-inflicted.

“These offenders need to be held fully accountable for violent behavior to prevent them from ending up back on the street too soon,” he said, adding, “There’s too many guns coming in and too little punishment going out.”

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Lib Newspaper The Guardian: The real reason gun control is failing

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‘We’re going to be very, very data-driven,’ says a former Obama poll nerd turned consultant for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown. But the data so far shows a disconnect. Photograph: Louis Lanzano / AP

The Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety announced on Monday a new gambit for creating pressure on candidates to move, finally, in the direction of stricter gun laws: the group will offer them a survey. Everytown – one of several sane competitors playing the long game against the National Rifle Association’s stranglehold on violence in America – will make politicians put their positions on firearm restrictions, however convoluted, on the record. As the head of the organization, which has $50m in Bloomberg backing to the NRA’s untold millions, pronounced: “Now we’re going toe-to-toe with the gun lobby.”

This has the feel of a good idea, because it is one – one already employed, simply to opposite effect, by the NRA itself. Everytown isn’t offering a counterweight to the NRA’s rating system, it is duplicating it … just without the grades. What information could an anti-gun voter would find in the Everytown questionnaire that the NRA hasn’t ferreted out itself? It will tell you who to vote for as surely as a National Right-to-Life rating will direct a voter concerned about preserving the right to choose.

The NRA’s ratings are a symptom of its success, not the cause. And the idea that voters are just waiting to vote against pro-gun candidates – if they only knew who they were – badly misdiagnoses the disconnect between gun-control activists and Americans in general. It’s that very disconnect that put meaningful gun legislation into legislative free-fall. To address the gap, activists such as those at Everytown need to redraw focus away from the infrequent horror of mass shootings and get voters to recognize the daily tragedies of gun violence. A taller order, but just as necessary: make clear that the gun violence is not about violent people with guns – it’s about guns, period.

The real audience for the NRA’s ratings aren’t voters but the candidates themselves. They are a measure of how much financial support the candidate can expect from the NRA itself and its membership. In that regard, Bloomberg’s millions may function similarly for Everytown … and its ratings may have the same disappointing results.

In the 2012 cycle, the NRA saw a miserable return on its investment in electoral spending – the percent of its money that wound up on the winning side of an election was less than 1%. Now, that number is not as heartening to gun-control supporters as it sounds. The group spent most of its money, $7m of $11m, against Obama, and much of the remaining $4m challenging the Democratic incumbents who rode Obama’s coattails.

But this is the hard lesson that Everytown and its supporters might learn from the NRA’s bad bet: There are remarkably few single-issue gun voters. In fact, according to Gallup, just 2% of Americans think guns are the most pressing national problem, which doesn’t even mean that 2% of Americans think there should be more gun control. Since 2001, the percentage of respondents who think the main problem with our gun laws is that they’re too strict has gone up from 9% to 16%, and the number who think they aren’t strict enough has gone down, from 39% to 31%. The past decade has seen lurid, saturating coverage of mass shootings that’s made us more aware of them than ever – even if they’re not actually more common. And people are less sure that we need more gun control.

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Meet Buttcrack John Walsh, CNN’s New Anti-NRA Advocate (They Have No Pro Gun Advocate)

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Published on: July 8, 2014

John Walsh, the host of CNN’s new primetime series “The Hunt,” looks set to replace Piers Morgan as the cable network’s in-house gun control advocate.

“We have a serious problem with guns in this country, and we refuse to address it,” Walsh, the creator and host of “America’s Most Wanted,” told reporters on Monday. “The NRA solution to arm every grammar school 80-year-old teacher with a gun is absolutely ludicrous.”

Walsh also said that Vice President Joe Biden had agreed with his claim that politicians are “scared s–less” of the NRA.

Walsh says he once told Biden, “’90 percent of Americans are for a responsible background check for a gun, and you know what this Congress has done? Not voted on it, not brought it to the floor, not introduced a bill… They’re all scared shitless of the NRA, aren’t they?’”

“’John, every one of them,’” Biden replied, according to Walsh. “‘Because the NRA will run a tea bagger against you. … They’ll put 5 million bucks against you.’”

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FLASHBACK – Senator On Tape: Obama Told Me He Refuses To Secure The Border Until We Pass Amnesty (Video)

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Published on: July 8, 2014

On June 18, 2010, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl told the audience at a North Phoenix Tea Party town hall meeting that during a private, one-on-one meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, the President told him, regarding securing the southern border with Mexico, “The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” [Audible gasps were heard throughout the audience.] Sen. Kyl continued, “In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”

Sen. Kyl also said he reminded President Obama that the President and the Congress has an obligation, a duty, to secure the border.

CuHomo allegedly ordered Kathy Hochul to stay ‘under wraps’ (His Lieut. Gov is Pro Gun)

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Published on: July 7, 2014

Cuomo allegedly ordered Kathy Hochul to stay ‘under wraps’

Where in the world is former US Rep. Kathy Hochul?

The one-time Buffalo-area congresswoman known for her strong support of gun ownership rights and her fervid opposition to giving state privileges to illegal aliens has all but disappeared from public view since Gov. Cuomo picked her in May as his running mate for lieutenant governor.

Key state Democrats told The Post that Cuomo has ordered Hochul “kept under wraps,’’ in the words of one, to prevent her more conservative views from upending his re-election campaign among liberal New York City Democrats, especially Hispanics.

“No extended interviews, no press conferences, no TV or radio appearances, no nothing. It’s like she’s under lock and key,’’ said a senior elected Democrat.

Hochul, who received a top rating from the National Rifle Association when she ran for Congress and strongly opposed former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s efforts to grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens when she was Erie County clerk, was chosen by Cuomo as part of his aggressive effort to win over Western New York voters.

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Police Claim Insulting Them On Facebook Is A Crime Since It Could Incite Cops To Violence (Police State)

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Smith posted two comments, subsequent to those quoted above, which read:

Fuck the fucking cops they ant shit but fucking racist basturds an fucking all of y’all who is racist[.]

Fuck them nigers policy bitchs wat the you got on us not a darn thing so fuck off dicks[.]

There was no allegation, and no evidence at trial, that Smith was in physical proximity to Arena police when he posted his comments.

Based on Smith’s comments, the State charged Smith with disorderly conduct and with unlawful use of a computerized communication system. Smith moved to dismiss the charges on First Amendment grounds. In opposing Smith’s motion, the State argued that Smith’s Facebook comments were not protected speech because they were fighting words. The circuit court denied Smith’s motion…. The jury found Smith guilty on both counts….

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thumbNY State is targeting pro constitution groups and threatening arrests! (Video)

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Published on: July 7, 2014

Here in NY groups like Oath Keepers, NYR, NY2A Grassroots, Scope, and 3%ers are being labeled as violent extremists, domestic terrorists, and revolutionaries, and being threatened with incarceration though we have committed no crimes (other than speaking the truth).

Court orders Chicago to pay NRA’s legal fees (Suck That Rahm!)

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A federal court is ordering the city of Chicago to pay the National Rifle Association nearly $1 million in legal fees.

The NRA had challenged a Chicago law banning gun sales within the city limits that a federal court ruled unconstitutional in January.

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No criminal charges for sheriff’s deputy in 13 Year Old With Toy Gun Shooting Death

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Published on: July 7, 2014

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it will not file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement that investigators concluded Deputy Erick Gelhaus “fired his weapon in response to what he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat of death to himself or others.

“As such, he was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others, and no basis for seeking criminal charges exists,” Ravitch said in the statement.

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Stand Your Ground: Protesters Divert 3rd Round of Buses from Murrieta

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Published on: July 7, 2014

Demonstrators opposed to illegal immigration stood their ground again at the Murrieta Border Patrol station on Monday, where U.S. Border Patrol had been scheduled to transfer a third round of buses, with approximately 140 illegal aliens aboard in total, transferred from overcrowded Texas detention facilities.

For a third time, the buses were rerouted to the San Ysidro, California Border Patrol station, near the U.S.-Mexico border, for processing. The demonstrators gathered in areas to the north and south of the Murrieta station after law enforcement blocked off the road near the station itself. Many told Breitbart News they considered their stand a success, since buses scheduled for Murrieta are avoiding it as long as demonstrators remain.

The anti-illegal immigration protests Monday brought out new, first-time demonstrators and onlookers from many different backgrounds–from young enlisted Marines to legal immigrants from Germany, Mexico, and Central America. Karen Siegemund of Rage Against the Media, comedian and author Evan Sayet, and radio host Kender Macgowan made it out as well.

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82 Shot Over July 4th Weekend in “Gun Restricted” Chicago!

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Published on: July 7, 2014

For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood.

It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers.

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thumbBLACK AMERICANS in Murrieta Confront Pro-Illegal Immigrant Supporters (Video)

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A group of black Americans speak out in Support of protecting our women and children in America before worrying about the rest of the world (Raw News Video Unedited). This occurred at the Murrieta California Border Patrol Station July 4th, 2014. Debate starts around the 1:40 mark in the video. Language not approvable for younger children. Their are people chanting trying to drown out all debate and discussion. Reporter Ernie White.

Patriot Militia group heading to Texas border (‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’)

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Published on: July 6, 2014

A group that identifies itself as a coalition of “Patriots” has put out a call for people to go to the Texas-Mexico border and help with a citizen militia operation called “Secure our Border – Laredo.”

A spokeswoman for the group, Denice Freeman, said the operation is a call for civilian militia members — both armed and unarmed — to voluntarily guard private property in the Laredo area and other Texas locations where owners feel threatened by “drug cartels and from gangs, particularly the MS-13 gangs,” a Salvadoran-based gang that is considered among the most dangerous in this country by law enforcement.

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Activists Struggle to Loosen Gun Laws in Mexico (Mexico Needs Their Own Version of the NRA)

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Published on: July 6, 2014

Members of self-defence groups wait for their turn during the registration and ballistics test at the Coalcoman community in Michoacan State, Mexico, on April 28. (ENRIQUE CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

Luis Merino may be the loneliest gun rights activist in North America.

Like a kid in a pastry shop, he gazes longingly into the display cases of 9mm handguns and sleek semi­automatic rifles here at the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, the only gun store in this entire country. Run by the Mexican military, it restricts purchases of such models to police departments.

“The ones we can buy are over there,” Merino said, pointing across the store to the deer rifles and small handguns, no larger than a .380 caliber.

Yet Merino has gotten little traction trying to marshal a campaign for looser gun laws through his Facebook group, Mexico Armado (Mexico Armed).

“I’ve tried to contact congressmen, senators. They never respond,” said Merino, a Mexican military veteran who works as a private security consultant. “At this moment there are few of us, but when we have built a movement and we have votes, they’re going to have to pay attention to us.”

If, to some, the relatively lax gun laws in the United States seem to be out of whack with those of other industrialized nations, frustrated activists such as Merino say Mexico’s tight regulations are even further out of whack with his country’s heavily armed reality.

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