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GUN RUNNER EXPLODES

SHOWDOWN AT THE RAYBURN BUILDING
On 15 June, three panels of witnesses testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA). The hearing was notable, not only because it gave the family of Customs and Border Patrol agent Brian Terry a chance to have their voice heard, but it featured a bombshell.

ARE THE WALLS FALLING IN ON ATF’S PROJECT GUNRUNNER?

In the June and July issues of SOF, we exposed the ATF Project Gunrunner fiasco that deliberately allowed a number of guns to be “walked” into Mexico. ATF and the Obama administration were stonewalling efforts to get answers about the program. However, determined bloggers like David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, and veteran journalist Dave Workman were able to publicize facts about the case, and point Congress in the right direction to investigate the controversial program.

AWARDS FOR EFFORTS

LETTER ON PROJECT GUNRUNNER

Jim Norrell nailed it in his "Project GunRunner" article (July 2011 American Rifleman). The very idea that the Mexican drug cartels are dependent upon mom-and-pop corner gun shops in the US for their firearms is so far-fetched as to be ludicrous. I watched Greta van Susteren and the regional BATF supervisor discussing, in the Arizona desert, how "90% of the drug cartels guns came from US suppliers," as they stood beside a table of firearms. I nearly fell out, as prominently displayed on the table were a 1919 Browning machine gun, a Barrett .50 BMG, and a stack of AK-47s.

ALAN KORWIN: Phoenix Sued For Censoring Gun-Safety Ads

The Goldwater Institute today filed a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix, alleging unconstitutional suppression of free speech. The city in October last year had censored a set of gun-safety-training advertisements posted under contract by TrainMeAZ LLC, a coalition of members of the firearms industry. (Goldwater's announcement is at the end of this email.)

DUMB GUN LAWS IN NEW YORK

From the perspective of a long time Second Amendment activist, I have been forced to conclude that New York has some of the most Draconian and dumb gun control laws. Admittedly, there is competition from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. They also have some real dandies when it comes to ineffective and stupid laws involving firearms.

SOF ENDORSES NRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Once again SOF is endorsing a list of candidates for the NRA Board of Directors: