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CA: Man saves neighbors' lives, District Attorney calls him a hero
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"Above the sights of his .45-caliber pistol, Shahin Kohan said, he stared into the eyes of a man whose soul had left him."

"Before Kohan was Behnam Pazoki, grasping a kitchen knife still wet with his uncle's blood, yelling in Farsi and English, 'Kill me! Shoot me!' "

"Pazoki's uncle lay in the street, covered in blood and gasping out his last breaths. Another relative who tried to intervene also had been stabbed, and he and his wife were begging Kohan to fire, to save them."

"Kohan had fired two warning shots. He prayed police would arrive soon so he wouldn't have to fire a third, more telling, shot." ...
 

SAF Applauds D.C. Court Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Gun Industry
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"The Second Amendment Foundation today applauded the unanimous ruling by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals that dismissed a lawsuit against 25 gun manufacturers filed by the district and families of nine gun crime victims in the city."

"The lawsuit was filed in January 2000, but according to the opinion written by Associate Judge Michael William Farrell, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 required the court to dismiss the case."

"SAF founder Alan Gottlieb said the ruling was proper, and recalled that it was municipal lawsuits like this which led to passage of the federal legislation in the first place." ...
 

NSSF: District of Columbia Appellate Court Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Gun Makers
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"Earlier today, a unanimous (3-0) District of Columbia Court of Appeals upheld the May 2006
decision of District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Brook Hedges dismissing a lawsuit, filed in January 2000, by the District of Columbia and the families of nine victims of criminal shootings that occurred in the district. Writing for the district's high court, Associate Judge Michael William Farrell ruled that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), signed into law by President Bush in October 2005, required dismissal of the plaintiffs' lawsuit against 25 firearm manufacturers." ...
 

CA: SF gun rights upheld (A.P. version)
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SAN FRANCISCO — A city ordinance banning handgun possession in San Francisco will stay off the books, after a state appeals court sides with gun owners and upholds a lower court’s decision overturning the law.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday backed the National Rifle Association’s argument that the city can’t ban weapons because state law allows them. The ordinance was approved by voters in 2005, but has never been enforced because of the NRA’s legal challenge. Justice Ignazio Ruvolo wrote in the unanimous decision that the city’s arguments fail to “acknowledge that the ordinance will affect more than just criminals.”

He said it will also affect every resident who has not lost his or her right to possess a handgun.
 

JPFO Alert: BATFE can declare your double barrel shotgun a machinegun!
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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In our latest Talkin' to America interview with firearm designer Len Savage, you will learn of a new BATFE tactic to take millions of firearms from decent and lawful gun owners.

Stop what you're doing and listen to this interview now. The Talkin' to America page can be found here
http://www.jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/talkamerica.htm - where you will find links to the MP3 sound file and soon, also a PDF transcript.
 

UK: Deactivated guns to be banned by end of 2008
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LONDON (AFP) — The government said Thursday that it plans to ban deactivated firearms by the end of the year after a huge increase in the number of model and pellet guns that have been converted to fire live ammunition.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced the ban during a visit to Liverpool where 11-year-old schoolboy Rhys Jones was shot dead in August 2007 as he walked home from playing in a game of football.

The unprovoked murder shocked the nation and Smith said the ban would protect the public and give police the power to remove the 'black market' firearms.

The police believe there are an estimated 120,000 deactivated weapons in circulation across Britain. ...
 

OH: FBI to assist in investigation of Lima woman killed in deadly police raid
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"Sgt. Joseph A. Chavalia, 52, was identified by Lima Police Chief Greg Garlock as the officer who fired the shots that killed Wilson and injured her son, who was in her arms at the time. An autopsy showed Wilson was shot twice in the upper torso,..."

"During Friday's raid, police arrested Wilson's boyfriend, Anthony Terry, on a charge of trafficking in drugs. Police, who have not released any details about the events leading up to the shooting, said they found marijuana and crack cocaine in the house." ...
 

UT: Utah gun dealer punished for paperwork violation
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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... "I refer here to the sentencing of Utah gun dealer Westley Wayne Hill to one year of probation for selling a shotgun to the thug who perpetrated the Trolley Square murders last February--despite the fact that Mr. Hill conducted the required background check, which the thug passed."

"Mr. Hill supposedly made two mistakes. Since the thug (I have adopted a policy of refusing to repeat the names of the sick punks who commit these atrocities) was a resident alien, rather than a U.S. citizen, a second form of identification is required to complete a gun sale, and a line on the form documenting the sale is supposed to be filled out to note the secondary identification. Mr. Hill neglected to do this." ...
 

Thompson woos gun owners in S.C.
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"Fred Thompson is making a last stand in the Palmetto State and he’s counting on gun owners to deliver a high-profile victory to boost his foundering presidential campaign. It’s a rescue mission that cuts both ways as Second Amendment advocates are struggling to find a champion of their own in the Republican presidential primary field." ...
 

MN: Should ban on lead shot be expanded?
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"If the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seriously considers requiring upland game hunters to switch to non-toxic shot, it won't have the full cooperation of hunters and will run into heavy opposition from Federal Cartridge Co. and the National Rifle Association. The DNR discussed this possibility Saturday during at its annual roundtable in St. Cloud."

"Non-toxic (usually steel) shot is required for waterfowl hunting, and is also required for upland game hunting on some federal Waterfowl Production Areas across the state. A DNR official said he hasn't heard of any study saying lead is a serious problem for pheasants, grouse and other upland game. But Ken Varland, DNR regional wildlife in New Ulm, said no major studies have been done. It's possible wildlife are taking up lead in the field and dying before anyone sees them. No one really knows." ...
 

NC: Task Force Suggests Gun Permit Changes for Mentally Ill
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Raleigh — "A state law to make counties share what is now confidential information about mental-health commitments is one of nearly a dozen measures that a task force on college-campus safety has recommended."

"Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that measure Thursday along with the task force's 10 other major recommendations to help prevent campus violence and prepare for, respond to and recover from it if it happens on one of the state's 110 college campuses." ...

Submitters note: If they were really concerned with campus safety they would eliminate concealed carry prohibitions for concealed carry permit holders on college campuses.
 

NY: Vietnam Vet who's helped capture 30 burglars pleads to violation for helping stop another burglary
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - "An auto salvage yard owner charged with a felony for shooting out a suspected trespasser's car tire pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for $245 in fines and restitution."

"John O'Connor, a Vietnam veteran and small-town councilman, said he drove to his shop near the village of Honeoye late on Nov. 25 and came upon a trespasser who ran away. After alerting police, he then spotted another man in a car nearby and shot out a tire with his shotgun when the car roared off." ...

"O'Connor, 60, who was hit with a felony charge of third-degree criminal mischief, pleaded guilty Wednesday night to a violation. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay another $145 in wheel-and-tire damages to the owner of the car, who said she loaned it to Jarvis."

"O'Connor said he's caught at least 30 burglars over the last 30 years and turned them over to police but has never before fired his weapon in safeguarding his business in Richmond, a sparsely populated town 30 miles south of Rochester."

"If convicted of a felony, he could have drawn as much as 16 months to four years in prison, lost his business dealer's license and had to resign from the town council in nearby Canadice." ...
 

UK: Shadow Home Secretary says gun-related crimes "increased fourfold over the past decade"
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"The shadow home secretary, David Davis, today said government plans to ban deactivated guns by the end of the year would 'do little more than paper over the cracks'." ...

"[Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith] added: "We already have the tightest controls in Europe, but there is more we can do to remove the threat of gun crime."

"I have asked the Serious Organised Crime Agency to prioritise gun crime to ensure we are doing all we can to target the supply of guns, generate fresh intelligence and reduce the use of guns amongst serious organised criminals," she added." ...

"Davis said 'sustained action' was needed to tackle the other 99.6% of gun crime, which he said had increased fourfold over the past decade..."
 

IL: Chicago 911 Response Time Concerns
Submitted by: dwlawson
Website: http://www.chicagohandgun.org

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"The police left my house about 10 minutes ago. Between 5:30 and 6 this morning, while still dark, someone rang my doorbell and did not stay to be seen through the peephole. After the second time, I rang my husband on one phone line, and called 911 on another."

"When burglars caught me by surprise just over a year ago, this was, according to responding law enforcement personnel, the probable method they had used: to ring my (then unfunctioning) doorbell first, and then to break in at leisure if they felt no one was home. Trouble was, I was home at that time. I was home this time, too."

"During the approximately half hour that I waited, this morning, for officers to arrive after my call, my husband and I both heard the doorbell ring again, twice." ...
 

GOA weighs in on the BATFE Reform Act
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
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The NRA is supporting the new BATFE reform act and encouraging members to contact their representative to cosponsor it. NSSF is urging gun owners to contact Congress to support it.

Gun Owners of America addresses the specifics of the bill which is here in it's entirety. Here is GOA's analysis:

The bill contains a number of relatively minor pro-gun provisions which we have championed for many years.

However, the bill also contains, for the first time, “civil penalties” for federal firearms licensees (FFL’s).

The bill’s supporters tout the introduction of “civil penalties” as a good thing –- arguing that this allows regulators to take action against errant FFL‘s short of license revocation. ...
 

The Coming National ID Card
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"Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964, will have to get more secure driver's licenses in the next six years under ambitious post-9/11 security rules to be unveiled Friday by federal officials." ...
 

WV: Concealed carry classes offered
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"Ohio and West Virginia residents will be able to get a concealed carry permit by attending the Concealed Carry Class sponsored by Mountainstate Machine & Gun LLC." ...
 

UT: Utah gun owners go armed at airport
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"Utah gun-owners say they have a right to carry their weapons at the Salt Lake City International Airport as long as they stay out of secured areas."

"The airport has signs at the terminal doors warning against bringing weapons on the premises, The Salt Lake City Tribune reports. But the signs cite a Utah law that allows weapons in public areas."

"Gun-rights advocates have asked the airport to remove the signs. But the airport says they will stay in place..."

"Under Utah law, people with concealed-carry permits can take their guns, hidden, to all public places, while most other adults can bring weapons that are openly displayed." ...
 

Korwin: Anti-Rights 'National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Act' Re-Written
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"Major Abuses Gone, President Signs HR 2640; Path to rights-restoration included"

"Without fanfare or advanced notice, the incredibly dangerous anti-rights National Instant Criminal Background Check System gun law drafted by the Brady group and its allies, HR 2640, has been rewritten by attorneys coordinated by the National Rifle Association."

"The new bill, though not perfect, is a giant leap ahead of the highly controversial first draft. The improved bill was passed by Congress in a surprise last-minute vote before Christmas recess, and signed into law on January 8, 2008, by President Bush."

"Key points are summarized below." ...
 

Senators push to allow guns in national parks
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WASHINGTON – "Led by Idaho Republican Mike Crapo and Montana Democrat Max Baucus, 47 senators are pushing the Bush administration to allow gun owners to carry firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges."

"The lawmakers have signed a letter asking Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to lift Reagan-era restrictions that prevent citizens from carrying readily accessible firearms onto lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."

"The current regulations, developed in the early 1980s, 'infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners who wish to transport and carry firearms on or across these lands,' the senators wrote." ...
 

"it is necessary that all parties should go well armed", May? 1879
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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The Library of Congress; American Memory, "...1,400 second-hand six-shooters for sale. Also 1,100 double-barrel shot guns and 1,000 winchester rifles! . . . it is necessary that all parties should go well armed", May? 1879 ...
 

"These rifle huggers want grand collections of firearms that could blow your arms and legs off"
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GUN PROHIBITIONIST QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"These rifle huggers want grand collections of firearms that could blow your arms and legs off and penetrate your skull."

Read the entire letter to the editor to see more bigoted slurs against people who choose to exercise a basic human right. The letter is nothing more than overt hate speech thinly masked as social commentary aimed at the heart of your rights.
 

Turnaround on guns?
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"What a tragedy that it required the deaths of 32 people in Blacksburg, Va., to persuade the National Rifle Association and others of a similar mindset to endorse some reasonable restrictions on firearms ownership. But that's essentially what happened, and the results speak for themselves. The bill signed this week by President Bush is most notable simply for being a broadly supported form of gun control, a topic that's been left off the nation's agenda for nearly a decade." ...
 

UT: Utah Senator Robert Bennett sides with ATF over gun dealers
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Utah Senator Robert Bennett, who has a B rating from GOA and an A rating from the NRA, responded to a constituents request to oppose Acting ATF Director Michael J. Sullivan's nomination to Director with the following letter which was written by Natalie Cook (202) 224-5444, who is one of the Senator staffers.

Utah has lost 73% of its gun dealers from 1994-2005. Here the Senator touts his support of the Second Amendment but then adds:

"However, gun shops and dealers have a serious responsibility to follow federal gun regulations."

Senator, I would like to respond to that statement with one word...Duh!! Of course we have a serious responsibility, I am not aware of a dealer who doesn't take this seriously...
 

NC: "Completely safe technology" leads to another death at police hands
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"...a 36-year-old Fayetteville man died after he had been initially stunned by a Fayetteville police officer’s Taser." ...

"Two years ago, a Bladen County man died after being hit with a Taser." ...

"In October 2005, Richard McKinnon suffered serious burns when he was shot with a Taser." ...

"Most recently, three people died in Canada over a few weeks at the end of 2007, one in an incident at an airport caught on video." ...

" 'It’s a completely safe technology,' he said, talking on condition that his name not be used. 'If you remember with the pepper spray, pepper foam — those raised the same concerns.' " ...
 

Mother warns community about 'Nazi' home invasion
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The mother of an 11-year-old boy abducted by SWAT team members and taken to a hospital after he was bruised while horsing around is warning members of her community of the "Nazi" tactics she endured, including a statement from the officers that her "rights" were "only in the movies."

The case involves Jon Shiflett, who injured himself while trying to grab the handle of a door on a car his sister was driving. He slipped and fell to the pavement, hitting his head. His parents treated him for the injury and rejected paramedics' demands that they be allowed to take him to a hospital.

Nearly 36 hours later, SWAT team members broke into the family home in western Colorado near New Castle and took Jon to a hospital, where a doctor said the family should keep ice on his bruise, exactly the treatment the family already had been providing.

Tina Shiflett, Jon's mother, has written a letter to the editor to a local newspaper, the Post Independent, "to awaken, alert and appall any who read it and hear the bells ringing."

"A fully armed SWAT team broke into our home, slammed my children to the floor face down with their hands behind their backs and shoved a gun in my daughter's face and handcuffed her…" her letter said.

In a separate letter to WND, she elaborated a little more fully. ...
 

TN: Memphis Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Toy Guns
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"Some guns are obviously a toy, others aren't. Either one could get someone killed if pointed at someone, and that's the point of one Tennessee lawmaker who says he wants to get rid of all toy guns."

"Last year's killing of a West Memphis teenager by a police officer prompted the idea of a toy gun ban from Memphis Assemblyman John DeBerry."

"Police said DeAunta Farrow pulled a weapon, which they later learned was a toy."

" 'Representative DeBerry, I think, has the right idea trying to ban these guns that look so real.' said West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert."

"It IS hard to tell the difference." ...
 

NE: CCRKBA Backs Proposal to Ease CCW Rules for Military Stationed in Nebraska
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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today announced its support for legislation introduced by State Sen. Mark Christensen that would amend the state's concealed carry law to provide a residency exception to non-resident military personnel stationed in the state."

"CCRKBA Field Rep. Timothy Tyrrell said this measure will benefit service men and women who have taken an oath to defend the country, and
want to have the means to defend themselves and their families while on duty in the Cornhusker State." ...
 

IN: Police: Homeowner Shot, Beat Would-Be Burglar
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INDIANAPOLIS -- "A man shot and beat someone who was trying to break into his home on Indianapolis' east side early Thursday morning, police said."

"Police said Donald Robertson, 53, was asleep just after midnight when he was awakened by the sound of breaking glass."

"Robertson grabbed a shotgun and went outside, where he found Chester Burkett, 43, breaking one of the home's windows, police said."

"Authorities said the two men struggled with each other, and Robertson fired his shotgun. Police said Robertson told them he wasn't sure if he'd hit Burkett, so he struck the would-be burglar several times with the butt of the shotgun." ...
 

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