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NC: One killed in Johnston County attempted robbery
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"The owner, his son and two female employees were the only people in the store when a man walked in and displayed a weapon, Bizzell said. The man pointed the gun at the owner’s son. The owner came from a back room with a weapon."

"The two exchanged gunfire in the store. The suspect was shot but made it outside to his van, Bizzell said."

"The store owner, his son and the employees were not injured. [SHERIFF] BIZZELL SAID THEY WOULD HAVE LIKELY DIED IF THE OWNER WAS NOT ARMED." [emphasis added by submitter].
 

NJ: Gun Buyback Program Successful in A.C. and Pleasantville
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More than 511 firearms and other weapons were turned in during a gun buy-back program in Atlantic City and Pleasantville over the weekend, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.

"The program was a resounding success. We know we have taken more than 500 weapons off of the streets," Prosecutor Housel said.

On Saturday and Sunday, authorities collected 511 weapons, including four assault weapons, 257 handguns, 111 rifles and 97 shotguns. The remainder included other weapons such as BB guns. People who turned in the guns received a total of $29,730.

The program was funded by AtlantiCare and other sponsors and paid $100 for assault weapons, $70 for handguns and $50 for rifles and shotguns and a lesser amount for other weapons.
 

FL: Five years since Florida enacted "stand-your-ground" law, justifiable homicides are up
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Two men meet at a park one Sunday afternoon in September. One is playing basketball with his daughter. The other has a gun tucked in his pants.

The two men argue about a kid who's skateboarding. The man with the gun tries to enforce the rules. The other man lunges.

The unarmed man takes his last breath in front of his 8-year-old daughter. Two days later, authorities charge the gun owner with manslaughter.

Case closed? Maybe not.

If history serves, the gunman stands a very good chance in court. The case may not even make it to trial.
 

TX: Campus is no place for guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The issue pertaining to students being able to carry concealed weapons on campus has been a controversial topic for the last year and if considered and passed, it can cause numerous problems and safety issues.

Due to recent events, the issue has garnered more attention from the public. It is a tragedy that a student took his own life at the University of Texas - Austin earlier this month. It is evident that there is a real need to implement more security, campus police and safety precautions on campus grounds. Students should not have the right to carry concealed weapons in a learning environment where people should feel safe and secure.
 

KS: Kansans to decide gun, voting rights
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The rights of gun owners and people with mental illnesses will be decided by Kansas voters next month.

Two amendments seeking to clarify language in the state constitution are on the Nov. 2 ballot, referred to voters by state legislators. One amendment would establish that Kansas residents have an individual right to own a gun; the other would take away legislators’ authority to deny voting rights to the mentally ill.
 

PA: Corbett, Onorato Square Off In Debate
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Both say they would cut the size of the legislature and decrease expenditures without raising taxes. But they agreed on little else, such as the so-called Castle Doctrine, which would allow a person to defend themselves with deadly force outside their home.

"Anybody comes inside your home, you have a right to protect you and your family, and that means use deadly force. You have a right to protect your home. Your house is your castle. To extend it outside of the house, I do not support that."

"I would sign it. This has been hotly debated throughout the legislature. It deals with somebody using weapons for self-defense. It clarifies what really are existing rules out there in many court cases, but it puts it into statute."
 

SC: The sportsman as citizen/voter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Election day lies just over two weeks down the road, and the committed sportsman should also be a concerned citizen who votes. While common sense dictates considering a wider array of issues than just how a given candidate stands on outdoor-related matters, the views of a candidate on matters such as hunting, gun ownership, fishing, and trapping should certainly be a factor in voting.

If you are a hunter, for example, a careful look at what a candidate thinks about the Second Amendment is critical. That may be difficult to ascertain in the case of someone who is not an incumbent, but one way of finding out is by the good, old-fashioned way of simply asking the candidate or his campaign headquarters.
 

CA: Sacramento cops say musician shot troublemaker
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As they exited the building, the men touched one of several human-sized cat figurines belonging to a jazz band that was playing on the patio just outside the restaurant.

A band member told the men to stop it. At that point, a homeless man in his early 20s confronted the two men and they beat him, said Sgt. Norm Leong, police spokesman.

They punched a waiter who tried to intervene, knocking him to the ground, and then the two men punched the band member and backed off, Leong said.

But the two men again approached the band member, at which point he pulled a pistol and shot one of the assailants, Leong said.

...He said police will refer the case to the District Attorney's Office to determine if he shot in self-defense...
 

Barack Obama Wants to Replace U.S. Constitution with PRO-stitution [spoof]
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While PRO-stitution document is incomplete, certain parts have been leaked out by anonymous sources. The Bill of Rights is still there but with some changes. Free speech has been redefined as the right to free expression and assembly, provided that the message is limited to only those messages approved by the newly created Minstry of Truth. The second amendment has been changed to, "the existence of a militia no longer being of any service to the federal government, the right to bear arms is now abridged and limited to any use that is not deemed to threaten the power of the federal government."
 

Move Has a Lot More Plastic Guns Than We Realised
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Almost every one, apparently.

We've done our best to keep you up to date with the rapidly-changing world of PlayStation Move accessories, from Lego-looking submachine guns to fairly hideous plastic pistols, but it turns out there's more plastic guns than we realised. A lot more.

Site iWaggle3D has trawled the 'net to locate every plastic gun under the sun, turning up no fewer than 13 shooting attachments in every style imaginable, from customisable rifles to alien-styled pistols.
 

HI: Man defending self from woman with toothbrush found not guilty
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But Sloper said jurors should find Nahoopii not guilty if they believed his testimony about what happened that night. Amandola already had smashed Nahoopii's phone, breaking it into three pieces, Sloper said. As Amandola was throwing the toothbrush, the right-handed Nahoopii said he put up his left hand, which hit the right side of Amandola's nose, Sloper said.

He argued that Nahoopii acted as a reasonable person would when faced with a "crazy wahine chucking stuff at you."

"Does it matter that she's a smaller woman? No," Sloper said. "His arm goes up, he strikes her, he breaks her nose. One self-defense hit, it was over. This is not domestic violence.

"What he told you makes sense with the physical evidence."
 

Massachusetts and California Federal Judges on the 2nd Amendment
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On October 14th, Judge Marrianne B. Bowler of Massachusetts ruled that the Second Amendment does not preclude laws or actions which are not "...tantamount to an absolute restriction on plaintiff's right to possess firearms in his home."

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California has a 1923 law which provides a mechanism to carry a loaded handgun for the purpose of self-defense, but Peruta was arbitrarily denied the license because the Sheriff claimed that Peruta was neither a resident nor could show "good cause;" Peruta brought his Civil Rights lawsuit in the Southern District of California (9th Circuit).
 

SD: Ted Nugent fires up tea party supporters
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The freedom Nugent and others expressed Saturday was the right to bear arms, which Nugent said was fundamental to being an active citizen. Nugent said he cares so much about that right that he does not allow anyone to be in his band, hunt with him or even drive his bus without first being a member of the National Rifle Association.

“I’ve fixed everybody in my world,” he said. “Have you?”

He praised the tea party as a long-overdue uprising, key to defeating what he referred to as “Barack Obama and his Mao Tse Tung fan club” in November and beyond.
 

NJ: N.J. Assembly advances legislation aimed at better protecting domestic violence victims
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One measure in the three-bill package would impose tougher bail conditions for those accused of violating domestic violence-related restraining.

The others would extend protections for domestic abuse victims who have had to break leases and create a self-defense justification — in some cases — for victims who use force to protect themselves from abusers.
 

Gun Rights and Islamist Terrorism
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Law-abiding Americans must have the opportunity to get and use the guns they may need to protect their lives from maniacal Islamist terrorists.

Recent news reports make this quite clear to anyone not blinded by political correctness.

According to these reports, an Al Qaeda-affiliated magazine is urging individual Islamists in the United States to attack and kill as many Americans as they can in public gathering places.

Inspire, an Internet magazine, even calls on Islamists to shoot up customers in downtown Washington, D.C. restaurants so they can murder federal workers and other Americans. The New York Daily News and The Washington Times reported this.
 

IL: Jury: Man murdered owner of dog that urinated on his lawn
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The panel convicted Charles J. Clements, 69, of 530 Landau Road, of second-degree murder for the death of Joshua Funches, 23.

But the jury rejected a more serious charge of first-degree murder against Clements, signaling they concluded that at the time he shot Funches, Clements thought he was acting in self-defense but that his belief was unreasonable.

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Clements then confronted Funches about the dog's deposit and then followed him down the street. Clements said in court filings that Funches threatened him, swore at Clements' wife and then hit Clements in the face.

Ed.: A 23-yo. decks a 69-yo., and it is unreasonable for the 69 yo. to defend himself?
 

NY: Aubertine receives highest rating from gun rights group
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The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association has given State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine its highest score of an “A” for his defense of our Second Amendment Rights.

The Shooter’s Committee on Political Education on Friday night presented Aubertine with the 2010 SCOPE Appreciation Award for his work in the Senate.

The news comes on the heels of the senator receiving the endorsement of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund.

“I’ve always been a supporter of our second amendment rights and always will be,” Aubertine said. “As a gun owner and sportsman myself throughout my life, I know that this is a fundamental issue for all of us here in Central New York and the North Country.”
 

IL: 104th District race: Basic similarities, ideological differences
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Speaking last week to a group of social workers at the Danville Public Library, the two candidates to succeed veteran state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, in the 104th House District came across as near carbon copies.

"We're both pro-life. We're both in favor of the Second Amendment and carry laws. We're both pretty good guys," Democrat Michael Puhr, a Danville alderman, told the group. "We differ on ... I'm a Democrat, he's a Republican."

Later, in an interview, Republican Chad Hays of Catlin said essentially the same thing.
 

WI: Q&A with Jeremy Thiesfeldt
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The policy differences between us are rather stark, truly a difference between conservative and progressive liberal. We have become too dependent on government. Government has entangled itself in areas external to constitutional intent of the Founding Fathers.

My opponent, based on his presentation at the 2010 Law Day in Fond du Lac, does not share our Founding Fathers' vision. I believe the Second Amendment is expansive rather than restrictive. My opponent believes in expansive gun control. I believe we have certain unalienable rights, but there should be no "right" that mandates my fellow citizen to provide for me. My opponent believes rights are given to citizens by the government.
 

MO: Personal Tasers ban might become Second Amendment issue
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If Columbia voters decide on Nov. 2 to outlaw Taser use in the city by approving Proposition 2, private residents as well as law enforcement would be prohibited from using them.

Tasers and stun guns are available for private use, and they can be purchased at sporting goods and electronics stores for $50 to $360, depending on the model.

Because they are sold as self-defense weapons, a ban on Tasers and similar devices could violate the Second Amendment, which has been interpreted to guarantee individuals the right to keep and bear arms for lawful uses such as self-defense.
 

NC: For Our Children, It's Time to Choose
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If Republicans make errors, and they will, they will err on the side of the right to bear arms. Democrats will err on the side of firearm confiscation. Republicans may trim welfare a bit too much for some, but Democrats will err by making welfare so pervasive that personal initiative will be destroyed.

In the end, Democrats will be loyal or at least sympathetic to the policies of bigger government, higher taxes and social justice through redistribution of wealth. Republicans will be loyal or at least sympathetic to lower taxes, smaller government and a society where God remains a present in the "public square."

Ed.: I'm sure our readers can point out Republicans that erred on the side of more gun control.
 

NH: NH man shoots self in leg after buying gun at show
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Police in New Hampshire say a 23-year-old Manchester man had to be hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a friend's gun shortly after attending a gun show.

Manchester police Lt. James Soucy said Michael Hunter and 23-year-old Andrew Shelley each bought two guns at a show in Manchester on Saturday.

Police said the men drove to Shelley's apartment and that Hunter shot himself with Shelley's .40-caliber handgun outside of the car while trying to locate the gun's safety.

Ed.: I forget, is it 'Always' or 'Never' let the muzzle cover things you don't want to shoot?
 

WI: Freedom Rally draws 500 in search for information
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There were almost as many hip-holstered guns as there were American flags flying at the Southern Wisconsin Pre-election Freedom Rally on Janesville’s north side on Saturday.

In the end, it wasn’t just about guns. Or taxes. Or the nation’s health care system.

Or even “tea,” really.

About 500 people turned out for the rally, which was behind Verlo Mattress off Highway 14.

The event included issue-oriented information booths and speeches from local, state and national politicians running in the November midterm election.

Organizers of the Freedom Rally are members of the Southern Wisconsin Patriot Alliance, a group of activists associated with the “taxed enough already,” or Tea movement.
 

OH: Concealed-carry license comes with limitations
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You had to pay for and pass a 12-hour class that included two hours on the shooting range. Then you headed to the county sheriff’s office, where you were fingerprinted, photographed and given a license that faintly resembled a traditional laminated driver’s license.

That license entitled you to carry a concealed weapon either on your person or in your vehicle.

But as fast as the concealed-carry class rosters grew, so did the number of places prohibiting concealed-carry licensees to enter with their handguns. Nearly every business and restaurant posts the “No firearms permitted” sign by the front entrance.
 

NJ: Author John Lott to Keynote New Jersey State Rifle Association Banquet
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Renowned author, economist, and Fox News Contributor John Lott is scheduled to be keynote speaker at the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC).

The combined Annual Meeting Banquet and Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction on Saturday, October 23 starting at 6:00 p.m. ANJRPC is the official NRA State Affiliate in New Jersey (www.anjrpc.org).

Autographed copies of the newly-released third edition of Lott’s famous book, More Guns, Less Crime, will be available for purchase at the banquet.
 

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We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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