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Robert Farago is the Publisher of The Truth About Guns (TTAG). He started the site to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

Florida to Get Open Carry ?

TTAG reader Zach writes:

“When state and federal courts have considered severe restrictions or bans on open carry they have been struck down. When they have considered restrictions or bans on concealed carry they have been upheld. I wondered why it was 31 states allow the unlicensed open carry of handguns and even more if you include long guns (as in Texas) while concealed carry was illegal (the carry permit providing an exception to the ban on concealed carry). I found out that . . .

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LAPD Arrests Rapper Tiny Doo for Encouraging Gang “Gun Violence” [NSFW]

“Among the 15 suspected San Diego street-gang members charged in a string of shootings is Brandon Duncan, an aspiring rap singer,” latimes.com reports. “Duncan, 33, who raps under the name Tiny Doo, is not accused of providing the guns or being present at the nine shootings that terrorized a neighborhood where the Lincoln Park gang has long used violence to protect its turf. Instead, prosecutors are going after Duncan over something else: His latest album.” The move by the newly formed Gun Violence Prevention Social Intervention Unit is part of the LAPD’s recent campaign to promote gun safety at the street level. “The First Amendment doesn’t protect incitement to violence,” Lt. Obfusco told the Times. “Neither does it protect gang bangers spreading their message of criminality.” Just kidding. Or predicting. Either way, here’s the real deal . . .

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Canadian Judges Reclassify Air Rifles as Firearms

Yes, yes, I know . . . Lewis & Clark fed their party and amazed the locals with their lethal Girandoni air gun in the early 1800’s. But that doesn’t change the fact that an airgun is not a firearm per se. Of course, “firearm” is also a legal term. Our neighbors to the north have a thing about guns – especially unlicensed, unregistered and unrestricted guns. And so a panel of judges decided that an air rifle is a firearm – regardless of the firing system or the feet per second rate of the ejected pellet. Air rifles are now subject to the same gun control laws bedeviling firearms-owning Canadians. Or are they? Apparently, the legislature’s going to sort it all out. Of course, the Parliament and Premier won’t add any additional regulations for air guns while they’re at it, right?

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Ferguson Protesters Warming-Up for the Big Reveal [NSFW]

“The protests in Ferguson, Mo., on Friday night grew larger than previous days’ gatherings of protesters, despite the rain and cold weather,” nationalreview.com reports. “Police officers used a megaphone to ask protesters to leave the street outside the Ferguson Police Department or they would be arrested. In this video, protesters responded by chanting ”F— the police” and shouting “We don’t give a f— about your laws like you don’t give a f— about our lives.” And there you have it. Or will. Soon. Which won’t be this weekend, according to foxnews.com. [h/t PetitionForRedress]

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BREAKING: Florida Ambush Leaves One Deputy Dead, One Wounded

Crime scene (courtesy tallahassee.com)

“A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another Saturday when they responded to the scene,” foxnews.com reports. “A Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby heard the shooting, threw on his bullet-resistant vest, grabbed his gun and ran to the house. The officer shot the suspect dead. The wounded deputy was saved by his vest and his injuries are not believed to be serious.” The crime evokes memories of  Webster, New York murderer William Spengler; the Bushmaster-equipped killer took out two firemen after Spengler set his house on fire. It also comes on the heels of the Pennsylvania ambush and manhunt triggered by cop killer Eric Frien. TTAG likes to keep armed police honest but that doesn’t stop us from cautioning cops: be careful out there. [h/t JR]

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Quote of the Day: Judges Slam ATF Stash House Stings Edition

Judge Otis T. Wright (courtesy cbsla.com)

“Society does not win when the government stoops to the same level as the defendants it seeks to prosecute. Especially when the government has acted solely to achieve a conviction for a made-up crime.” – Judge Otis D. Wright II quoted in Judges question ATF stings that lure suspects into fictitious stickups [via msn.com] [h/t JM]

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New DHS Immigration Rules on Deportation: Gun Offenders Not Top Priority

Deputy Michael Davis (courtesy ojjpac.org)

The President of the United States is, by his own account, a Constitutional scholar. So when he repeatedly claimed that the Constitution tied his hands on U.S. immigration policy, you’d be forgiven for assuming he knew what he was talking about. No policy changes were possible. Turns out he was against them before he was for them. And now, thanks to a DHS memo unearthed by washingtonexaminer.com, we learn some of the devilish details of the President’s hands-on immigration U-turn. We can contemplate the new policy detailing which illegal immigrants get booted and which undocumented proto-Americans get to stay – even if they’re convicted of a crime. Turns out that . . .

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CT Office of The Child Advocate Sandy Hook Slaughter Report Calls for Gun Control

Adam Lanza (courtesy pbs.org)

The Connecticut’s Office of The Child Advocate has released its report on Adam Lanza (AL). The reports look at the care given the spree killer before he murdered 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It starts with a call for gun control. “The conclusion cannot be avoided that access to guns is relevant to an examination of ways to improve the public health,” the authors assert. “Access to assault weapons with high capacity magazines did play a major role in this and other mass shootings in recent history . . .

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It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: KS Woman Set On Fire Edition

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“Wichita police say a woman was sexually assaulted, hit on the head, and set on fire Monday night in Fairmount Park,” stlouis.cbslocal.com reports. St. Louis, eh? While the mainstream media’s busy gawking at the Gateway City’s surging gun sales (ahead of the Michael Brown grand jury ruling), the daily affront of criminal predation continues. Yes, there’s less of it, statistically speaking. But what do stats mean when you’re being raped, beaten to death and set on fire? If the antis can wave the bloody shirt to argue for civilian disarmament, The People of the Gun can use this story to defend firearms freedom . . .

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Question of the Day: How Long Does It Take You To Get To Your Gun?

Home carry, people. Home carry. Because when seconds count you’re self-defense firearm is — how far away? As yesterday’s Defensive Gun Use of the Day proved, the time it takes to bring your firearm to bear on the bad guy or guys can be the difference between life and death. To drive the point home (so to speak), please time your gun retrieval process for us. Unload your home defense firearm, safety check it, safety check it again and replace it its usual location. Time how long it takes you to go from your front door to your bedroom, gun safe, wherever your gat may be, and back to the front door. Keeping the firearm pointed in a safe direction. I made the sprint in 29 seconds, from a standing start. [Dr. Petit was lying on the sofa when two felons broke into his basement, climbed the stairs and beat him senseless with a baseball bat] Post your result below.

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Memo to Gun Rights Advocates: Open Carry Now!

MDA Anti-Open Carry demo (courtesy charlotteobserver.com)

“Members of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action delivered more than 72,000 petitions to Harris Teeter’s Matthews-based headquarters Thursday morning, asking the company to ban openly carried guns in its stores,” charlotteobserver.com reports. Why’s that? “You don’t have to have training or a permit to open carry in stores,” North Carolina Advocacy Lead for MDA Christy Clark told the Observer. And? How many open carriers have murdered people while open carrying? None that I can find. And if I could find any, how would that compare to the number of murderous criminals carrying illegally? But that’s not what’s important here. What gun rights advocates need to understand . . .

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