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Gun Review: Kahr CM9
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The current trend seems to be to “upsize” some of these compact, frequently .380 ACP firearms, into 9mm-chambered pistols. We’ve seen the introduction of the Ruger LC9 and SIG P938, for example, as well as the very recent introduction of the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield.

Kahr Arms has been making compact pistols for self-defense for more than 15 years. For the past decade, Kahr has made a gun for the ultra-compact 9mm pistol niche: the PM9. More recently, Kahr introduced the CM9, which could be described as a budget-friendly PM9.
 

FL: Shooter in Trayvon Martin case gets new fundraising site
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George Zimmerman's lawyer has launched a new website to raise money to pay for legal defense costs and living expenses for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the Florida shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
 

FL: Lawyers: 'Stand Your Ground' law becoming more common defense
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On a sticky summer night in 2010, William Siskos tucked a .22-caliber Ruger in his waistband and walked to a home on Ligonier Road in Spring Hill.

There, in the front yard, he met Joe Kasbach for the first time. In the nine months before that night, Siskos had been dating Kasbach's wife. An argument broke out almost immediately. Within minutes, authorities say, Siskos pulled his gun and fired a round into Kasbach's abdomen. The 46-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital.
 

FL: As supporters rally, woman asks for new trial
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As supporters rallied outside the Duval County Courthouse, attorneys for a woman convicted despite her claims of self-defense were told Monday they could argue for a new trial.

Last week, Marissa Alexander was found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault after she fired a gun during a confrontation with her now-ex-husband inside their home in 2010.
 

FL: Jesse Jackson’s false sermon on Trayvon Martin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Civil rights icon Jesse Jackson took to the pulpit and the classroom in Miami to sermonize and implore African Americans to vote and to turn the death of Trayvon Martin into action.

“There are lessons in this tragic matter of Trayvon Martin’s death,” Jackson said at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church on Sunday. “It defines white and black in this season -- that racism is alive and doing much too well.”

So are half-truths and distortions – if Jackson’s speech is any measure.
 

Terrorist Threats, Guns, and American Security
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The FBI and DHS warn Americans about terrorist threats. An armed citizenry can protect the United States.

Ed.: Video story.
 

OH: Concealed carry: Why the uproar?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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April 8, 2012, marked the anniversary of a law that affects the lives of more than 270,000 Buckeyes.

Ohio’s concealed-handgun license law turned 8 years old on that Sunday afternoon.

Notably absent from the festivities were blood in the streets, Wild West reenactments and an epidemic of accidental gun injuries. To understand the significance of this event and why today it seems completely unremarkable, simply Google “Ohio concealed carry 2003” and prepare to be astonished.
 

Harvard History Professor Needs a History Lesson
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The article has over 1,000 words on the history of the Second Amendment, some of which makes for an interesting read. However, a history professor who doesn’t understand Supreme Court decisions is not the best source for summaries of them. LePore claims that the word “arms,” as used in the Second Amendment, means “military weapons.” But in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the court said “The 18th-century meaning (of ‘arms’) is no different from the meaning today. . . . The term was applied, then as now, to weapons that were not specifically designed for military use and were not employed in a military capacity.”
 

FL: Florida Carry Appeals Absurd Activist Judge’s Court Decision On Parking Lot Gun Bans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On November 11th, 2011 we filed for a Temporary Injunction to protect students’ Right to Bear Arms in their own vehicles, as recognized under Florida law, while the case is pending. After months of waiting for a ruling, we notified the court that this issue should be treated as a priority case. Florida Circuit Court Judge Lawrence P. Haddock immediately issued an order that was published April 4th, 2012. He simply signed the defense’s suggested draft order denying the injunction and then dismissing the case.
 

FL: Lawmaker's panel urges restrictions on Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police should have the right to arrest people who claim to have killed someone in self-defense. And people who use deadly force must have been in imminent danger to use Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law to justify a killing.

-- Those are among the key recommendations of a panel of experts led by Florida Sen. Chris Smith, an ardent critic of the law, which allows individuals to use deadly force when they feel threatened.
 

When is your home your castle? Should you stand your ground?
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We've been talking about "Stand Your Ground" laws for a few weeks now in light of the Trayvon Martin case. CNN profiled four cases where such regulations and situations have been factors. In earlier discussion, readers talked about the laws themselves. Comments have started drifting toward the mechanics of self defense and deterring attackers.
 

MI: Guard Your Castle or Flee?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Stand Your Ground laws, Guarding Your Castle laws and self-defense laws have all come into question because of Florida's Trayvon Martin case. Because of that we want to educate you about Michigan's laws in this area.

We are not encouraging people to buy guns, or to not buy guns--- and certainly not to shoot people. We just want you to better understand the law, because it's not like this hasn't happened in the Lansing area.

Last January, a man was shot dead after forcing his way into a home in the Georgetown neighborhood. And earlier this year a homeowner shot at burglar as he was running to get out. Those two cases are the basis for tonight's first scenario.
 

AL: Stand Your Ground
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Legal Analyst Mark McDaniel has handled hundreds of cases involving self-defense claims. He said Alabama and Florida's laws are nearly identical.

"In self-defense in Alabama and Florida it says a person can use deadly physical force if he reasonably believes the other person is using or about to use unlawful deadly force against him," said McDaniel.

Richard Hornsby, a Florida attorney, says the Stand Your Ground Law will be front and center if the Zimmerman case goes to trial.
 

MO: Prosecutor files charges in deadly home invasion
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The terrified homeowner was on the ground with a gun pressed to her head. She managed to shoot the burglar.

Now Jackson County prosecutors have charged his alleged accomplice with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree burglary.

Dominique D. Richardson, 20, faces the murder charge because Missouri law allows accused accomplices to be charged with murder when a death occurs during the commission of a felony.

The homeowner acted in self-defense and did not face any charges, authorities say.
 

Schimel’s Anti-Gun Rant Shows Desperation For Relevance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But Schimel’s not done. Her new “common sense” crusade involves standing in front of a “Gun Violence Prevention Mural” (no doubt every bit as effective as a candlelight vigil) “located outside of Brower Park, a notorious location for gang activity and gun crimes.” No, she’s not there to confront and eliminate the violent criminals. She’s there to make it more difficult for her constituents to legally protect themselves from them by “call[ing] on State Senator George Maziarz to withdraw his ‘Stand Your Ground’ legislation (S.281).”
 

IN: Indiana Senate Race Critical to Gun Owners and Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We are one week away from the Indiana Primary Election and the possible election of one of GOA’s top target candidates, Richard Mourdock, and the defeat of Barrack Obama’s favorite Republican Senator Richard Lugar.

Lugar is so liberal he can’t even be called a RINO — Republican In Name Only.

He’s been a disaster on the gun issue, voting to destroy the Second Amendment so many times in his thirty-five years as a Senator, it would take a book to chronicle his bad votes.
 

NE: GOP candidates for U.S. Senate talk gun control
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The Nebraska primary election is two weeks from Tuesday. In possibly the highest-profile race in the state, four Republicans are battling to see who will run against Bob Kerrey for the U.S. Senate.

In light of the February shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, KETV NewsWatch 7 asked the GOP hopefuls about their views on gun control.
 

NC: An experiment: Guns in a park, no disasters
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Thus, the informal survey was hatched as an intellectual exercise. There were a few quizzical stares in camp and along the Appalachian Trail, but a dozen or so entertained the question.

"You don't really think you'll need that for little black bears, do you?" a worried novice camper asked about the .357.

"It's not for bears," I replied.

Awkward silence. "Um, enjoy your hike."
 

CO: Where campus concealed carry stands in Colorado
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Citing the challenges of implementing state law that regulates handgun permits, the Colorado General Assembly passed the Concealed Carry Act (CC) in 2003 to alleviate widespread inconsistencies within the state.

CC provides that law-abiding citizens are authorized to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense in all areas with specific exclusion for public elementary, middle, junior or high schools, or other public building or venues restricted by federal law. There is no exception for college campuses.
 

CA: Family Members Demand Justice For Teen Gunned Down On 18th Birthday
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Five days after a young man was gunned down after celebrating his 18th birthday, his family is demanding that his shooter, who has not been charged, be brought to justice.

Friends and family of Jacob Green gathered outside the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office on Monday, demanding Jacob’s shooter be charged. However, authorities say they are still trying to figure out if the shooter acted in self-defense.
 

WA: There are Victims and Survivors, and 'Welcome to Hell!'
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On Friday Seattle Weekly's Rick Anderson posted about the eight stand-your-ground shooting incidents by homeowners in the Seattle area since January. As Anderson pointed out, apparently there is bad gun violence and good gun violence: Police and the mayor last week raged against a spike in deadly crime-related shootings on the street, while gun-rights activists have been cheering a jump in self-defense shootings at home.

Illustrating this point, and noted earlier this week, gun-rights columnist Dave Workman thinks the recent accidental shooting deaths of several children were balanced out by the increased body count of home intruders.
 

Right-to-Carry Amendment Passes in U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy & Water Appropriations
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During consideration of the fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water Development Related Agencies Appropriations bill this week, U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) offered an amendment to allow a law-abiding citizen to legally possess firearms on Army Corps of Engineers Water Resource Development lands.

The amendment passed by a voice vote.
 

Spanish Gun Rights Group Joins IAPCAR
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The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) added the National Arms Association of Spain (ANARMA) as a new member of the international gun rights association working to protect and expand the right to keep and bear arms around the globe. ANARMA joins 19 other groups from 10 countries on five different continents that represent millions of firearm owners and citizens concerned about civilian arms rights.

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Julianne Versnel, director of operations for the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) established IAPCAR to serve as a vehicle to unify arms rights groups against international threats to the human right of self-defense and the legitimate use of guns.
 

New Gun Rights Group Claims that War on Drugs Degrades Constitution
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Former National Rifle Association spokesman and American Shooting Sports Council Executive Director Richard Feldman has formed a new gun rights group -- the Independent Firearms Owners Association -- that will not only push for pro-Second Amendment policies, but lobby for marijuana legalization.

Strange mix?

Not so, writes Feldman in a recent Daily Kos blog.
 

NV: Senator Heller Steadfastly Opposes Nomination of Anti-Gun Judge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Heller met with Judge Cadish last week and issued the following statement:

“I respect Judge Cadish and believe she has had many great accomplishments in her career. However, I cannot support her nomination as a federal judge. I believe an individual citizen has the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and cannot in good conscience support a nominee whose commitment to the Constitution’s Second Amendment is in doubt.”
 

NC: North Carolina Senate Ok’s Hearing For Restaurant Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I met with staff for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger recently, and I want you know that the thousands of calls, emails and postcards you have sent, demanding a committee vote for restaurant carry in House Bill 111, are having an impact: We now have a green light for a committee vote on the bill.

But don’t let up now, immediately call and email Senator Phil Berger at (919) 733-5708 and Phil.Berger@ncleg.net. Thank him for promising a hearing on HB 111, and remind him that you will be monitoring the bill’s progress via Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.
 

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