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New York’s Bloomberg, Kelly Both Wrong on Right (SAF)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New York’s liberal Mayor Michael Bloomberg ... and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly recently began promoting a national campaign to push New York’s gun control laws in every state in the country."

"Bloomberg evidently sees this campaign as a way to elevate his political status, and earn national name recognition. Kelly seems to be along for more than just a ride, remarking that, 'We have the toughest gun laws in the country right here in New York City, and I think they’re eminently reasonable.'"

"Here’s a little advice for Bloomberg ... and Kelly, who wants to spread his 'reasonable' gun laws across the map: Better stay east of the Mississippi River, perhaps east of the Appalachian Mountains and definitely north of the Mason-Dixon line." ...
 

Alito Misleads Committee on U.S. Gun Laws, Says Brady Center (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In an exchange with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Judge Samuel Alito, in defending his dissent in U.S. v. Rybar, 103 F.3d 273 (3rd Cir. 1996), mislead the Senate Judiciary Committee about the content and history of federal gun laws, according to Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In his Rybar opinion, Judge Alito wrote that the federal machine gun ban amounted to an unconstitutional exercise of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause." ...
 

Create an e-annoyance, go to jail
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime."

"It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity."

"In other words, it's OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name. Thank Congress for small favors, I guess." ...

"'The use of the word 'annoy' is particularly problematic,' says Marv Johnson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. 'What's annoying to one person may not be annoying to someone else.'" ...
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Submitters note: Get ready for the government to go after posters on this site as we annoy almost every liberal on earth. Note that the penalty for this crime is 2 years and yes they will take the guns.
 

Not the Same Old Doctors and Guns Article (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Politicians, scientists and the American public have now accepted gun-control as a failed social experiment resulting in the proliferation of concealed-carry laws nationwide. The medical profession, however, stands as one of the few remaining special interest groups that still believe in disarming law-abiding citizens without regard for the clear public health benefits of gun-ownership." ...
 

Guns to Defend Against Rape
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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... "In Australia, where the private ownership of firearms is so restrictive as to be almost completely banned, women with no means of self defense are being raped by Islamo-fascists. These rapes may very well have been the catalyst for the Sydney riots in mid-December 2005. And while the mainstream media claimed that the Sydney riots were racially motivated, they neglected to point out the motivations for a serious pattern of rapes committed against western women. Even FOX News, who established itself as the news source for conservative and patriotic Americans, failed to point out the connection. Perhaps this is because Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal owns 5.46% of voting shares of FOX's parent company, News Corp." ...
 

GA: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Police are investigating a shooting at a Henry County home.

Ralph Merrell Morgan told police he discovered 41-year old Michael Ray Young trespassing on his property yesterday at 502 Rustic Road in Stockbridge.

The 39-year old Morgan claims when he confronted him, Young brandished a stick.

Police say Morgan then shot Young several times with a pistol.

Young was taken to Henry Medical Center where he died of his wounds.

Police are investigating the shooting, but no charges have been filed.
 

TX: Garland jeweler shoots at robbery suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Garland jewelry store owner thwarted a Tuesday morning robbery after shooting at the gunman." ...

"Store manager Claude Rizk said when he approached the suspect near the display cases at the front of the store, the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at him."

"Upon facing the gun, 'all I could think of was my little girl,' Mr. Rizk said."

"Seconds later, Mr. Nasr, who is a trained marksman, fired three shots at the suspect through a glass window in the store's jewelry repair room. The man ran from the store and fled in a white 1990s-model Cadillac with paper dealer tags and a broken right taillight."

"Mr. Nasr said he used a .40-caliber Glock pistol that his girlfriend gave him for Christmas." ...
 

TX: Texas' Concealed Handgun Law - 10 years later
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When the Texas Concealed Handgun Law took effect in 1996, pundits and naysayers predicted anarchy. Any minute, there surely would be mass violence as armed Texas citizens began roving the streets, settling arguments with gunfire. Certainly, several proclaimed, within a year there would be blood in the streets as Texas returned to the days of the Wild West."

"Ten years later the facts paint a different picture. Texas under the Concealed Handgun Law isn't the Wild West, but the Mild West. No recurrent shootouts at four-way stops, no blood in the streets."

"Quite the contrary, Texans are safer than before."

"But why are we safer? Why did the fears of the naysayers fail to materialize?" ...
 

TN: Prosecutor: Gunfight after Chattanooga concert was murder, not self-defense
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"Rheubin Taylor II, the Hamilton County attorney's son, did more than just protect himself in a downtown gunfight that killed a man and wounded two others after a music festival, a prosecutor told jurors at the start of Taylor's trial."

"Taylor and the other accused gunman, Timothy Beasley, are being tried separately in the June 9, 2003, shootings. Taylor, 23, contends he fired in self-defense after he was threatened and gunshots struck his car as a crowd of people left the Bessie Smith Strut."

"Special prosecutor Mike Taylor ... told jurors during opening statements Monday, 'This is not a case of self-defense.'"

"The prosecutor ... described the violence as 'two men engaging in a gunfight on a crowded street.'" ...
 

MD: Belated news of weapons arrests upsets Catonsville parents
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"News that a Catonsville High School student and his personal assistant were arrested on weapons charges Dec. 1 came as a belated surprise to Lauren Holtzman, whose son attends the school."

"The news was disturbing, she said, but what bothered her more was first learning about it a week later from a neighbor."

"'How come I had to hear it this way?' Holtzman said, adding that school officials should have notified the parents."

"But school officials didn't notify students, either, according to 17-year-old Alex Schreiner, a senior at Catonsville High."

"'Our school makes a huge deal about snow stuff and small incidents, like air conditioning. But when it comes to this, they don't tell us,' he said. 'I think it's a pretty big deal.'" ...
 

OH: A Good Kind of School Shooting (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Ron Hood (R-91) of Ashville has introduced HB460. This legislation allows schools to 'offer a course in firearm safety and marksmanship.' The course would be taught by a certified instructor, covering a list of required topics, and any additional criteria established by the school district. Students who complete the course would receive a certificate of accomplishment." ...
 

Canada: Students pay for shooting teacher with toy gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The gun was a toy and the pellets were plastic, but the consequences were quite real for two Virden high school students accused of shooting a teacher in the head."

"The shooting happened when a group of students were seeing a movie as part a school outing on the last day of class in December, Fort La Bosse School Division superintendent Jaclyn Evaschesen said yesterday."

"As some of the students were walking back to school from the theatre with a teacher, the accused students drove by in a vehicle and one of them pointed a toy pistol out the window and fired."

"The teacher was reportedly struck in the forehead with a pellet, but not seriously injured." ...
 

MS: Jury votes for gun ban near schools
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite some grumbling from the crowd, the Concordia Parish Police Jury adopted a 1,000-foot ban on the discharge of firearms near schools, and acknowledged a decades old 500-foot ban near inhabited dwellings."

"The jury held a public hearing on the gun issues in response to an incident in which a deer stand was placed dangerously a school. The board first proposed the 1,000-foot ban, which was fine with the 20 or so present, then brought up the 500-foot ban. Those present expressed concerns that they wouldn’t be able to shoot alligators or snakes, or even be able to sight their rifles, near their parish homes."

"The debate proved fruitless, however, as it was later discovered that the 500-foot ban had already been on the books ..." ...
 

IN: Police Say They've Recovered Stolen Rifle, Vest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State police say they've recovered a semiautomatic rifle and a bullet-resistant vest that were stolen from a detective's unmarked vehicle last week, but authorities still are looking for several other items that were taken from the vehicle."

"The rifle and the bulletproof vest were found in Benton County, which is northwest of Lafayette, state police said Tuesday."

"Information on how the items were found and whether an arrest was made wasn't immediately released."

"Theft happened late on Jan. 4 or early on Jan. 5 while the state police detective's vehicle was parked outside his home on Indianapolis' west side, authorities said." ...
 

FL: Bill That Would Ban Using Stun Guns On Children Hits Snag
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A pair of bills that would prohibit police and others from using stun guns on children 16 or younger are in trouble after their sponsor failed to appear before a legislative committee Tuesday."

"The Senate Education Committee postponed the bills and chairwoman Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, said she was unsure whether they would be brought up again. The bills were filed after police officers drew criticism for using stun guns against children, including an elementary school pupil." ...

"'The problem with the bill when we discussed it previously -- and sheriffs will tell you -- is that you do not know what age a child is,' Lynn said." ...
 

LA: On using reasonable force
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To be sure, I am a layman in matters of law enforcement. However, this should not disqualify me or any other layperson from offering insights into the use of deadly force by policemen in some of the cases which have been publicized in recent months."

"At the outset, let us clear the scene by saying we all agree that each policeman has the right to defend his life and limb as well as the persons and property of the people whom he serves. The only question is by what means and in what manner should that be done." ...

"Rivaled by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in notoriety, the New Orleans police have put themselves on national and international exhibit by showing a disdain for any reasonable force ..." ...
 

NC: Claims against city dismissed in beating
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A judge has dismissed the claims against the city of Durham filed by a man who was taken into custody and beaten by a police officer."

"Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed Jesse Lee Dixon's suit against the city... The judge's ruling left in place the case against the officer. Dixon sued over a June 2002 incident in which authorities said former police officer Michael T. Aultman handcuffed Dixon and drove him to a spot downtown where the officer beat Dixon with a baton. He pointed his pistol at Dixon and told him to never tell what happened, authorities said."

"In 2004 Aultman pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury. He left the police force in 2002." ...
 

TN: 'Backroad bandit' confesses
Submitted by: Wildfire

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"A former police officer who confessed to robbing several banks in this area has been sentenced to 83 years in prison."

"Keith Edward Glenn, 50, of Old Hickory, went before Federal Court Judge Aleta Traugher last week with his guilty plea to four bank robberies and was sentenced to 83 years and ordered to pay $225,782 in restitution, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Vines." ...
 

Philippines: AWOL cop nabbed over unlicensed gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who has gone AWOL was arrested by the police for illegally carrying an unlicensed gun on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City."

"An initial report reaching the Quezon City Police District-Police Station 6 in Batasan Hills identified the suspect as Rodel Hepiga, 38, of Kalayaan C, Barangay Batasan Hills, QC."

"Hepiga has been listed as Absent Without Leave (AWOL) based on PNP records."

"Police said operatives from Station 6 were conducting surveillance operations along Commonwealth Avenue at around 6 p.m. when they spotted the suspect carrying a .45-caliber pistol without the necessary permit." ...
 

Papua New Guinea: Cops released
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TWO policemen in Enga province facing willful murder and attempted murder charges were released on bail by the Mount Hagen National Court yesterday."

"The two — Inspector Felix Nebanat and First Constable Paul Pani — each face one count of murder and 29 counts of attempted murder in connection with attacks on school children in Porgera, and the ambush of policemen in Laiagam."

"The willful murder charge relates to the shooting dead of three students in Porgera, while the attempt murder relates to the injuring of students in Porgera Primary School and policemen at a roadblock in Laiagam." ...
 

Haiti: UN admits civilians may have died in Haiti peacekeeping raid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The UN has for the first time admitted that a number of innocent civilians may have become "collateral victims" and killed during a controversial raid by peacekeeping forces in Haiti. The admission will likely add to the tension inside the capital city, Port-au-Prince, already wracked by violence and chaos – and the recent suicide of the UN military commander - as it prepares for a crucial election."

"The summary of an internal inquiry, passed to The Independent, says a number of people may have been caught in crossfire between UN peacekeepers and armed gang members, headed by a well-known leader, Emanuel 'Dread' Wilme. The report claims that UN troops fired only in self-defence." ...
 

NC: Some residents fret over violence on buses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Camille Johnson thinks the city of Durham is handling bus security just fine." ...

"Shalandra Baines, a 21-year-old housekeeper and student at NCCU, said she feels 'pretty safe' on the No. 8 bus she takes three or four times a week. Baines said when it comes to public safety, some personal freedoms need to be curtailed."

"'I can see how bringing a weapon onto a bus might be just for self-defense,' Baines said. 'But other people's lives matter too. Everyone takes these buses ... you can't just think about yourself.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: If government can curtail them then they are 'privileges', not 'personal freedoms'.
 

NY: Gun safety course offered Saturday (first story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A handgun safety course will be offered 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Salmon Creek Sportsman's Club on the Scipio/Venice Town Line Road in Scipio.

The course will be taught by members of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office and will fulfill the safety course requirements for pistol permit applicants in Cayuga County.

Anyone interested in learning more about firearms safety is welcome, not just pistol permit applicants. A $10 fee will cover the course and lunch. The course will run between five and six hours.

To register, contact the Cayuga County Sheriff's Training Office at 253-3935 and leave a message with your name, telephone number and when and where you can be contacted to confirm your attendance.
 

NY: Assembly Bills Target Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol announced Monday the Assembly passed a comprehensive package of bills aimed at stopping the type of gun violence that has taken the lives of some 7,000 New Yorkers since 1999." ...
 

VA: Police buy gunmaker's new line
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Smith & Wesson has announced the first sale of its new military pistols to a police department."

"The Patrick County, Va., sheriff's department was the first law enforcement customer for the new Smith & Wesson M&P 40 pistol. The sheriff's department is buying 32 of the pistols for detectives and deputies, replacing pistols made by Beretta."

"Patrick County Sheriff David E. Hubbard said yesterday his small department in rural Virginia evaluated several weapons before choosing the new Smith & Wesson firearm. He praised the new gun's ease of handling, safety features and low recoil." ...
 

DC: Press Conference to Announce Citywide Guns Aside Campaign on Wednesday Jan. 11, at the National Press Club
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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... "The D.C.'s City Council presented a resolution to proclaim the month of January 'Guns Aside Month' in the District of Columbia introduced by Council Member Adrian Fenty (Ward-4). Guns Aside is an initiative under the auspices of ROOT (Reaching Out to Others Together), Inc. to directly address the epidemic of gun violence occurring in our city and throughout the nation." ...
 

NY: State police build ballistic database
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The tiny scratches, scars and imperfections on a bullet casing are barely noticeable to the naked eye, but they can provide crucial evidence."

"The Combined Ballistic Identification System gives police another tool to use in their investigations. The database keeps track of handguns and the unique markings they leave on bullet casings. So if investigators find a casing at a crime scene, they might also know from which gun it was shot." ...
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KABA Note: Of course it is frighteningly simple to 'salt' shell casings picked up at a local range at your crime scene.
 

NY: New York Bill Controls Ammunition Sales
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"New York lawmakers have introduced a bill to put severe restrictions on ammunition sales."

"Members of the Assembly Rules Committee recently introduced AB 9083. It requires retailers to remove ammunition from displays and store it in locations accessible only to employees, similar to controlled substances like pharmaceuticals or tobacco products. Customers would be prevented from browsing and comparing brands and loads."

"Assembly Bill 9083 is strikingly similar to a California bill that was recently vetoed. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance joined the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and other organizations in urging the October 7, 2005 veto of California’s AB 996." ...
 

India: The pepper way to self-defence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"LOOKING at the increasing crime graph, especially against women, Unisafe Technologies, a Delhi-based company, has come up with a self-defence pepper spray made with the extract of red chillies. The company claims that these affect the attacker’s senses within a second. The product, branded as 'Knock Out', was launched today at Popular Electronics, a showroom at Dugri."

"Company officials say Knock Out will be available across 3,000 outlets in Ludhiana, which include chemist shops, auto accessory stores, electronics goods showrooms, general stores etc. The company launched the product for Punjab today." ...
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Submitter's Note: I like Oleg Volk's take on the subject.
 

UK: A hard lesson to learn
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CHILDREN as young as nine will be allowed to handle high-powered weaponry to scare them away from gun crime."

"Armed police are to take rifles into the classroom as a shock tactic to frighten youngsters."

"Officers hope its 'hard-hitting' campaign of taking guns into schools will scare children away from gangs."

"The specialist Matrix team will work with pupils from the age of nine upwards."

"In October, the ECHO revealed how children as young as five were caught with BB guns, while some between 10 and 14 were parading handguns, and 15 to 19-year-olds were using shotguns."

"Today the founder of the Merseyside charity Mothers Against Guns backed the new scare tactic scheme." ...
 

MS: NRA-Backed Ross-Doxey Self-Defense Bill Introduced in Mississippi (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today, Mississippi Senators Charlie Ross (R-Brandon) and Ralph Doxey (R-Holly Springs) introduced the NRA-supported 'Castle Doctrine' self-defense bill with 30 Senate co-sponsors. The Ross-Doxey Bill (SB 2426) is based on Florida’s 2005 landmark self-defense law."

"'Law-abiding Mississippians are off to a good start this year with the introduction of the Ross-Doxey self-defense bill,' NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox stated. 'Mississippi courts have consistently recognized the 'stand your ground' principle - both inside and outside the home - since the late 1800s. The full burden of the criminal justice system should fall on the criminal and not on the victim, and this bill would codify it into law.'" ...
 

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