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A look at Friday’s three gun cases in front of the Supreme Court…..


The Supreme Court on Friday will vote behind closed doors to accept three Second Amendment cases that could further define how minors, and adults, are allowed to carry a gun outside of their own homes.

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Two of the cases involve the National Rifle Association, and they are NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms  and NRA v. McCraw.

 

The question posed by the NRA in the first case is, “Whether a nationwide, class-based, categorical ban on meaningful access to the quintessential means to exercise the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense can be reconciled with the Second Amendment, the equal protection guarantee, and this Court’s precedents.”

The main questions posed by the NRA in the second case are 1) if the Second Amendment right to bear arms includes the right to bear arms in public, 2) if responsible 18-to-20-year-olds can bear arms, and 3) if 18-to-20-year-olds can bear arms in public.

As Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston wrote for us two weeks ago, in an analysis of the case basics, the “two cases [are] testing whether the federal government and the states can restrict the rights of minors to possess a gun outside the home.” But the NRA also wants a Court ruling on if  “the Second Amendment right to bear arms for self-defense in case of confrontation includes the right to bear arms in public.”

Denniston said that one of the reasons the Supreme Court could take the cases “is that, in both, the federal appeals court came very close to creating an entirely new category of individuals ineligible to ‘bear’ arms, merely because of their age.”

In both of the decisions at issue, the appeals court said it was “likely” that they were not protected at all under the Second Amendment, or under the separate parts of the Constitution that guarantee all individuals equal legal rights.

And a third case was added to the February 21 conference two weeks ago, Lane v. Holder, which is being mounted by the Second Amendment Foundation.

The question in the Lane case is, “Whether consumers have standing to challenge the constitutionality of laws regulating the sale of firearms.”

The Lane case confronts the issue of gun purchasers having a right to sue to challenge federal gun laws that restrict their options of buying guns from dealers in different states.

Since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago in 2010, it hasn’t accepted new cases about the rights of gun owners. The McDonald case extended the decision in the 2008 Heller decisions to the states.

In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court held that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense and it struck down a District of Columbia law that banned the possession of handguns in the home.

The Court’s acceptance of any of the three gun cases would be significant, and the cases probably wouldn’t be heard until its next term starts in October 2014. (The Court could say as soon as today or on Monday if it will grant the cases for arguments.)

It is request to the Court in the McCraw case, the NRA’s counsel claims that lower courts have deliberately stalled in following the Court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald.

“This massive judicial resistance to implementing this Court’s Second Amendment decisions is particularly acute in challenges to laws restricting the right to carry a firearm in public,” the petition says. “This case presents a prime example of this de facto rejection of Heller and McDonald by lower courts.”

And same claim is made in the NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms case.

“Jurisdictions have engaged in massive resistance to the clear import of those landmark decisions, and the lower federal courts, long out of the habit of taking the Second Amendment seriously, have largely facilitated the resistance,” counsel claims in that petition

In the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Lane case, the Justice Department is arguing that a Supreme Court review isn’t warranted. The state of Texas also wants their case denied by the Court and it is questioning the NRA’s standing in the case.

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BANG! SENATE SHOOTS DOWN GUN CONTROL…….


The Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate today shot down President Obama’s effort to control guns in a series of votes.

The votes were on amendments to a bill by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., advanced last week, 68-31, to the Senate floor for debate.

The first, and key, amendment was to expand background checks widely. It failed 54-46 under a requirement of 60 votes for adoption.

The White House has lobbied intensely across the country, including using emotional pleas from the families of victims of the Newtown school shooting. Obama administration officials had confirmed the president’s agenda was sinking. Reuters reported the frustration level was so high that press secretary Jay Carney took to the podium of the briefing room to urge senators to back Obama.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told the assembled body that Congress should be focused on “stopping violent criminals” but not “targeting law-abiding citizens.”

“The approach that is effective is targeting violent criminals while safeguarding the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” he said.

Cruz blamed the Obama Justice Department for failing to prosecute gun criminals, noting that of 48,000 felons or fugitives who tried to obtain weapons, only 44 were prosecuted.

The support just wasn’t there. Among the legislation that senators scheduled for vote was:

The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and others. It expands background checks to gun shows and Internet sales. It also authorizes $400 million to upgrade the national background check database. It failed 54-46 under a requirement of 60 votes for adoption.

A proposal by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to swap the background check provisions of the existing bill. It would target those who lie on background check applications and raise access to information about those who have been found mentally impaired by a court. It failed 52-48.

The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and others. It would enable those who purchase guns for others to avoid a background check. It failed 58-42.

Concealed-carry reciprocity from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and others. It would treat state-sponsored concealed carry permits like driver’s licenses, making them valid across state lines. It failed 57-43

The Assault Weapons Ban from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and others. It targets hundreds of types of weapons for a complete ban. It failed, 40 to 60.

A plan from Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., to require a court order finding a person a danger to himself or herself or others before that person is banned from buying a gun. Failed 56-44.

The Large-Capacity Magazine Feeding Devices Amendment from Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.. It bans devices holding more than 10 rounds but creates a special class of citizen – the off-duty police officer – for exemption. Failed 46-54.

A plan from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., to penalize a state financially if officials publicly release gun ownership information.

And Sen. Tom Harkin’s plan to encourage suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

Far-left television personality Piers Morgan reacted to the votes.

“Imagine those Newtown family members at the Senate today – suddenly realizing their lawmakers don’t give a stuff about their dead children,” he said.

The Democrats were unable even to corral their own for the key vote on background checks, losing the support of Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Max Baucus, D-Mont.; and Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” called the vote a “damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington.”

The National Rifle Association said that the plan would have failed to reduce violent crime or keep kids safe in schools. But the group said it would continue to work on ways to prosecute violent criminals, fix a broken mental health system and protect children.

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Placing the Blame…..


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Thoughts on Gun control….by Kay Conklin (FB)


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News Alert:….NRA calls for armed officers in American schools


Head of NRA calls for armed officers in American schools

In his first extensive public remarks since the mass shooting at a Connecticut school last Friday, the head of National Rifle Association on Friday suggested that pressing for schools to be free of guns makes it easier for mass shootings to occur there.

“Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones, they issue press releases bragging about them … in doing so they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk,” said National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at a press conference in Washington, D.C.

In a press conference that was interrupted twice by vocal protesters, LaPierre also blamed “blood-soaked” movies and violent video games such as “Kindergarten Killers” for the Connecticut shooting.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he added.

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Connecticut gun laws among the toughest in the U.S….so what happened?


Supporters and opponents alike of gun control will point to this fact in the coming days: Connecticut already has some of the toughest restrictions on gun laws in the United States.

“In general, the laws here are pretty strict, and they’re working,” said Bob Crook, executive director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen. “But I don’t know of any law that would prevent someone like at Columbine or at Aurora or here in Connecticut from committing these offenses which are clearly psychologically based.”

In 2011, Connecticut was rated the fifth toughest by the pro-gun control Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence on a scorecard which gave points for each restriction the group favors.

To buy a gun, Connecticut law requires residents apply for a local permit, typically with the town’s police chief, have their fingerprints taken and submit to a state and federal background check with a 14-day waiting period. To buy a handgun, residents also are required to take a gun safety course.The state is also one of seven to have an assault weapons ban that specifically lists more than 35 semiautomatic and automatic weapons.

“We have some of the strongest gun laws in the country, but guns don’t respect boundaries any more than criminals do,”

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Political Comment……


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Report Urges New Bans on Firearms…Obama and thugs are waiting out the election….


President Obama has been largely silent about gun control during his first term, but many gun owners have expressed concerns that he would address the issue if he is re-elected and no longer constrained by re-election worries.
Gun control advocates who have also stayed relatively quiet during Obama’s first term are already coming forward. The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research has issued a new report whose recommendations include the regulation of gun designs and banning “problem drinkers” from owning firearms.
The Insider Report disclosed in April that Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference that Obama “intends to destroy the Second Amendment” during his second term.
LaPierre said: “All of our Second Amendment liberty, all of the rights we’ve worked so hard to defend, all of what we know is good and right about America — all of it could be lost if Barack Obama is re-elected.”
And he asserted that Obama has not pursued an anti-gun agenda during his first term because of a “political calculation” aimed at NRA supporters and gun owners who might oppose him in his re-election bid.
In its report, the Johns Hopkins Center, an arm of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said “there are enormous economic costs associated with gun violence in the U.S.,” claiming that firearm-related deaths and injuries resulted in medical and lost productivity expenses of about $32 billion in one recent year — as well as around 30,000 deaths and more than 335,000 injuries a year.
The Center’s “Case for Gun Policy Reforms in America” argues that the Second Amendment doesn’t prevent lawmakers from strengthening gun laws that are already on the books, CNS News noted in an article about the Center’s report.
Among its recommendations:
Increase the number of “high-risk individuals” who are prohibited from possessing guns by extending the ban on firearms ownership to people convicted of misdemeanors involving violence, people who committed felonies as juveniles, and alcoholics and problem drinkers.
Raise the minimum age for buying a gun from 18 to 21.
Regulate gun sales between private individuals who are not licensed gun dealers. The Brady Law requires prospective buyers to pass a background check only if they are purchasing the gun from a licensed firearms dealer.
Boost regulation and oversight of gun sellers.
Eliminate so-called “right-to-carry” laws, which allow individuals who are not legally barred from possessing firearms to carry concealed weapons in public either by making it easy to get a permit to do so or by not requiring permits at all. The laws “do not make us safer and likely increase aggravated assaults,” the Center argues, rejecting research that shows just the opposite, CNS News observed.
Regulate the design of guns. “Not all firearms are created equal,” the report states. “Aside from ammunition capacity, other characteristics of firearms that are relevant to public safety include how easily the gun can be concealed, and how prone it is to misfire or fire unintentionally.”
Reintroduce the now-expired 1994 ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he does not favor “new pieces of legislation” on guns – “or making certain guns illegal.”
President Obama has called for enforcing the laws already on the books and for reintroducing the ban on assault weapons.
Obama’s strategy, according to the NRA’s LaPierre, is to “get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearm freedom erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution.”

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Warning: Scam Targeting Shooting Instructors……


Several different pro-gun websites have reported a scam that seeks to take advantage of unsuspecting shooting instructors.

According to Shall Not Be Questioned, the Pennsylvania-based firearm blog, the scam involves an email from a person claiming to be from Japan (or another foreign country) who is looking for firearms classes for his family or a group of people during an upcoming trip to the United States.

Here is a version of the email:

Greetings,

I want to book for 2 weeks firearm training, 1 or 2 hours each day Monday to Friday (morning or evening hours) for a group of 10. We will be coming to your country for one month vacation/holiday from 28th Sept. 2012 and in line with our plans we will require 2 weeks firearm/safety training in your place just for the experience as we require no certificate at the end of the session and also to make our stay fun. We have been working for months without vacation so would want to add some fun to our upcoming vacation as this training will also help us in overcoming the fear of gun generally as most members have not touched a gun before.

The sessions should basically be a fun training experience for my group, please let me know if you can organize the training for us from your field of profession so i can finalize arrangements with my group and get back to you with more clear and specific details. Also confirm if you can arrange one on one exercise for us each day or if its better in group.

Awaits your email.

Changi Wong

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The con artist then attempts to dupe the firearms instructor into giving him personal information, such as the instructor’s bank account info for a “wire transfer” or, in the case of Joshua Wander, a NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator in Pittsburgh, the con artist negotiated a price for the training – $450 – and then sent Wander four different money orders for $875.21 each, totally more than $3,500.
The goal was to trick Mr. Wander into depositing the faux money orders into his bank account and then having him send back the difference in real money to the con artist. It’s an old scam, but one that – for one reason or another – continues to work.

Fortunately, Mr. Wander caught on right after he received the money orders.

The National Skeet Shooting Association and the National Sporting Clays Association warned people of similar scam in the past:

A few months ago, NSCA (National Sporting Clay Association) informed instructors and clubs of fraudulent activities targeting NSCA Certified Instructors around the country. This week, we have learned of other instructors and clubs who have been targeted with similar schemes.

The instructors and clubs tell us they are being contacted through email by someone who is supposedly setting up a shooting event for a corporate group. Some of the reports say the person claims to be from England.

The person inquires about booking instruction for the group, including guns, ammunition, and other equipment, adding up to thousands of dollars. Some of the emails ask for the instructor’s bank account information so he can wire the payment to the bank, while others ask the instructor to handle some US payments on behalf of the group, with a promise to send a money order.
So, please spread the word about this scam. Be sure to tell those trainers and instructors who have their names and contact information published to be wary of emails from foreigners looking to book range time for groups or families.

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5 Must see videos….NRA


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