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Bill aids illegal guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Another ludicrous piece of legislation that will hamper law enforcement officers in fighting gun violence has just passed in Congress and is on its way through the Senate."

"The bill, backed by the National Rifle Association, was approved Tuesday in the House of Representatives. It damages the authority of agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives to punish or stop irresponsible or criminally negligent gun dealers from making inappropriate gun sales." ...
 

NRA National Awards Honor Achievements of Clubs and Individuals
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The National Rifle Association's National Awards for the year 2005 were presented at a special ceremony ..."

"NRA President Sandy Froman presided. The NRA National Awards Program is offered as a part of NRA’s fall Board of Directors meeting."

"The NRA National Awards Program recognizes outstanding service of those who support the NRA in areas such as legislative affairs, club operations, youth programs, fundraising and others. Individuals and groups who are honored exemplify the diverse character of the Association. Winners might include a dedicated shooting coach running a youth program at his local club, a woman who works to bring shooting opportunities to other women, or a law enforcement officer protecting his community." ...
 

Indianapolis Store Owner Stops Armed Robbery (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Roscoe Parmley, a 76-year-old jewelry store owner, stopped two masked gunmen from robbing his place of business. ..."

"While numerous police officers arrived minutes after the incident, Indianapolis Police Chief Michael Spears admits that there is nothing they could have done to prevent this 'brazen' attack. Ohioans For Concealed Carry agrees. While law enforcement officers deserve our utmost respect for the commendable jobs they perform, those jobs usually involve solving crimes and not preventing them from being committed against the average citizen. It is the responsibility of every adult to defend their own lives ..." ...
 

AL: Clerk shoots would-be robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The clerk at Tommy's Quick-Stop on Dauphin Island Parkway said he saw his store was about to be robbed Thursday night when two men, one with a pistol in his hand, unsuccessfully tried to push open a pull-only door."

"Lay 'Bruce' Khat, 36, said he pulled his gun from behind the counter and shot at the men, hitting one of them in the shoulder, when they walked in with a gun pointed at his head." ...

"After one of the robbers was shot during the 9 p.m. incident, the pair ran out of the store ... said Officer Eric Gallichant, a police spokesman."

"Khat was not injured in the shooting and is not being charged, police said, because he acted in self-defense."
 

TN: Sevier man won't be charged in shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Sevier County Grand Jury decided this week a 72-year-old local man will not face charges for shooting at two former employees he allegedly caught trying to steal copper wire from his property early one morning."

"Robert Thacker ... said he caught Fred Manning and Wayne Hall ... on his property at 4 a.m. July 14. He tried to call police on his cell phone, and confronted the two men with a .22-caliber rifle."

"He said he planned to hold the men at gunpoint until police arrived."

"He said he fired a warning shot at Manning when the man made what he considered an aggressive move toward him, and that Manning and Hall dropped the pipe they were carrying and fled into a thicket." ...
 

AR: Prosecutor: No charges in shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No charges will be filed against a Lockesburg woman who shot her husband in the upper right thigh with a .38-caliber pistol, Prosecuting Attorney Tom Cooper said Thursday."

"Natallia Roberson, 43, of Lockesburg, allegedly shot her husband, Roy Roberson, 52, during an argument Sept. 22 at their home in the community of Penny Hill, about six miles south of Lockesburg."

"Sevier County Sheriff John Partain said the shooting started as a 'domestic dispute' and became a physical altercation involving the couple and Natallia’s son."

"Partain said the woman’s son had an mp3 player-recorder in his pocket and recorded the argument. The recording was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department as part of the investigation." ...
 

Literal interpretation of Constitution not practical
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "We hear the term 'right to keep and bear arms' from the right as frequently as we hear 'separation of church and state' from the left. They are equally wrong. The Founding Fathers did not have the luxury of, or the desire for, a standing army, so a well-regulated militia was necessary for the security of our young country. This is clearly and obviously no longer true, which severely impacts the relevance of the Second Amendment and is never mentioned by the pro-gun right." ...

"... It is no more logical to ban all handguns and hunting rifles than it is to justify private ownership of an Uzi or fight reasonable efforts to license guns and monitor their purchase." ...
 

WI: Gun lobby calls the shots with Sensenbrenner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner coddles gun dealers who coddle criminals."

"The suburban-Milwaukee Republican played a pivotal role in last week's passage by the House of a bill that law enforcement officials across the land warn would keep federal agents from shutting down rogue dealers."

"Sensenbrenner, who has bashed Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for the city's murder rate, is shirking his own responsibility to reduce that rate. He is thwarting law enforcement efforts to disarm outlaws."

"No, Sensenbrenner doesn't set out to help the criminal element. Rather, he sets out to help the National Rifle Association - which, in turn, seeks to shield from outside interference all gun dealers, including those who abet the criminal element." ...
 

One Year After Florida Law Took Effect, Six Dead, Two Others Wounded, and Killers Hoping to Walk Away Scot Free (BCPGV)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A year ago, when Florida became the first state in America to implement what the gun lobby calls the 'Stand Your Ground' law and what others called the 'Shoot First' law, opponents of the law said it would empower overly aggressive individuals to use more force than necessary, and because it could also weaken the criminal penalties against some individuals who ought to be punished severely for their actions."

"Both those assertions have proven true. In five highly questionable Florida deaths, the law is being used by killers in efforts to avoid conviction for a crime, and one of those deaths predated the law by almost a year. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Using this "Brady Logic", if some drunken slob beats his wife to death and claims it was self-defense, all self-defense claims should be prohibited.
 

IN: Gun laws leave GOP, NRA with blood on their hands
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Our son Steven was shot and killed by a graduate student who refused to accept the rejection of a former girlfriend. Steven rushed to Susan's aid and was shot by the stalker who then shot Susan and himself." ...

"Suddenly, three gifted students were dead, cheated from a bright future and taken from their families forever. And why? The presence of a gun made all the difference."

"Had the gun been absent, the event would have remained an angry confrontation, and three gifted people would still be alive." ...
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KABA Note: University policy prohibits possession of firearms by students and staff everywhere on campus.
 

PA: Pennsylvania needs to toughen gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The senseless shooting death last Sunday of little 5-year-old Casha'e Rivers, who was hit by a stray bullet ... in North Philadelphia, had to send a message to Pennsylvania lawmakers that the state needs to toughen its gun laws."

"The shooting of a Good Samaritan on Long Lane in Upper Darby, who came to the aid of a robbery victim, had to wake up the state’s politicians."

"The close to 300 murders that have occurred in Philadelphia this year obviously have had an effect on the state’s legislators."

"Wrong!"

"This past week, Pennsylvania lawmakers shot down numerous proposals aimed at toughening the commonwealth's gun laws."

"The main question is why?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Um, because they don't work?!?
 

IN: Student brings guns to school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The word character waves on students as they come and go to Lawrence North High School. But the word around the school today was quite to the contrary." ...

"Police say a 15-year-old student brought two semiautomatic pistols to school on Thursday, one with live ammunition." ...

"While school officials say there is no reason to believe students were ever in danger, we spoke to a concerned parent off camera about his son's reaction to the incident."

"'He was so desensitized to the whole thing. It wasn't that big of a deal. When I was a kid, if you brought a knife to school the whole school knew about it and you were vilified,' the parent said." ...
 

NJ: Custodian brought unloaded rifle to school, official says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A school employee is accused of bringing an unloaded rifle into the Dwight Eisenhower Middle School, according to a letter sent home with students Friday.

The worker, identified only as a night custodian, also is accused of bringing bullets into the school at another time, Superintendent Brian J. Betze said in the letter.

The incidents occurred after school hours "and not when children were present in the building," said Betze, who said such potentially dangerous circumstances "will not be tolerated."

"Upon Board of Education approval," he said, "the worker will no longer be permitted on school property and will face other legal consequences."

Additional information about the allegations was not immediately available.
 

CA: Local legislators draw wrath of NRA for gun positions
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Marin may be on par with the rest of the state in terms of annual gun sales, but gun advocates see it as hostile territory."

"The National Rifle Association has given 'F' grades to both U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein as well as Assemblyman Joe Nation, D-San Rafael, and U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, for their attempts to ban assault weapons and cheap handguns, among other things."

"Gun owners reacted so strongly to Nation's 2003 attempt to ban dove hunting that he pulled the proposed legislation after alarmed hunters saw it as the first step toward a referendum on hunting in general."

"Failure, at least for Woolsey, is a badge of honor." ...
 

FL: Fla. deputy shoots self showing off gun
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A sheriff's deputy showing a handgun to friends at his birthday party accidentally shot himself in the face, killing himself, authorities said Saturday."

"Matt Barnes, 26, told guests at the Friday night celebration his .45-caliber revolver was not loaded, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. He pulled the trigger around 10:30 p.m., authorities said, and was pronounced dead at the scene."

"Barnes, who had been a deputy for two years, was off duty at the time of the accident. ..." ...
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KABA Note: No, an accident would have been if it had fallen and gone off, killing him. This was sheer negligence.
 

NJ: DWI, weapons charges for suspended jail officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A suspended Hudson County corrections officer slammed his truck into a wall late Thursday night in Jersey City and was charged with drunk driving and illegally possessing a gun, officials said yesterday."

"Sgt. Dominick Reale ... was arrested after he crashed his pickup truck ... and was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hollow-point bullets, reports said." ...

"Less than two weeks ago, Reale was suspended for 20 days for 'neglect of duty' from his job at the Hudson County jail in Kearny, where he is a housing unit supervisor ..."

"Reale had his handgun at the time of the crash, but he was not authorized to have it because of the suspension, police said." ...
 

WY: Officer shoots self in leg in dog attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lander police officer responding to a report of a dog biting a child on Thursday was himself attacked by two dogs and accidentally shot himself in the leg before shooting and killing both animals."

"Sgt. Duane Kaiser of the Lander Police Department was listed in stable condition at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper Friday evening, a staffing coordinator at the hospital said."

"Lander Police Chief Dave Hockett told The (Riverton) Ranger newspaper that Kaiser lost his balance when he was attacked by two dogs. A bullet from Kaiser's 10-mm pistol shattered his right femur, Hockett said."

"'Of course, the dogs were still coming, so he shot them,' Hockett said. He said both dogs were killed. He described them as 'mutts.'" ...
 

PA: Sportsman, gun owner will vote for Carney
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have been a life member of the National Rifle Association for 29 years and a hunter for nearly 40. The integrity of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is as important to me as it is to the thousands of other sportsmen that reside in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional district."

"On election day, the NRA wants me to vote for Congressman Don Sherwood, but I just can't." ...

"When it comes to firearms expertise, Chris Carney stands in no one's shadow, including Don Sherwood. Chris didn't become a weapons instructor for the Dept. of Defense National Intelligence Support Team because he hates guns. ..." ...
 

MI: Concealed carry process changing
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Applying for a permit to carry a concealed weapon will become more complicated after Saturday."

"Because of a change in state law requiring that the fingerprints taken as part of the application process be taken electronically, the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department will no longer do the fingerprinting. Instead, starting next week applicants will have to go to the Adrian Police Department to be fingerprinted, adding a step to the process." ...
 

NC: Gun owners graying in WNC, nation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With five guns inside his house, 68-year-old Jess O'Strander feels pretty safe."

"Not that he would worry without them."

"'I live in Fletcher,' he said. 'The only crime is if you’re going six miles over the speed limit.'

"For rougher areas, like those along the 16-hour drive to Michigan he makes four times a year to see his children and grandchildren, he keeps a .22-caliber pistol in his car’s console."

"Americans 65 and older now make up the age group most likely to own guns." ...

"Throughout the 1980s, more than half of survey respondents in their 40s consistently reported living in households with guns. That has sunk to an average of 38 percent this decade while seniors dropped less, to 42 percent." ...
 

SC: Palmetto Gun Club honored by NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Palmetto Gun Club of Charleston was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Club Award during the National Rifle Association's national awards program held last month."

"The NRA noted that the club has provided multi-discipline shooting sports options for its members, which include: high power rifle, smallbore rifle, cowboy action shooting, pistol and more. The club hosts two Regional Smallbore Prone events, the Rimfire Benchrest Association's National Benchrest Championships, a major Single Action Shooting Society Cowboy event, the South Carolina State IBS Benchrest Championships and assisted with running an NCAA Sectional in Air Rifle." ...
 

VA: All about the Second Amendment (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am the person who addressed the Newport News City Council concerning the 'no weapons' signs in libraries. I am the Hampton Roads area coordinator for the Virginia Citizens Defense League."

"I take exception to Tamara Dietrich's article ('Idea of taking guns into a library should be shot down fast,' Sept. 24). Her opening sentence sets up the absurdity of the balance of her article by saying it's not about the Second Amendment any more. That is exactly what it is about. The Second Amendment recognizes a right, not a privilege."

"The main point I made to the City Council was not so much about guns in libraries, but rather that the city of Newport News is obliged to observe verbatim compliance with state law. ..." ...
 

KY: Nutty fall last year means scads more deer now
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"Kentucky's deer herd is ballooned this year with a crop of young whitetails that was bolstered by last autumn's massive acorn yield."

"'We've got a lot of deer out there - there's especially a lot of young deer,' said Tina Brunjes, biologist and big game coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources."

"Brunjes said the official population estimate for Kentucky's deer herd is 900,000, but don't hold her to that."

"'That's probably a pretty conservative number,' she confided. 'It could be quite a bit higher.'"

"What has happened is that the large existing population was especially prolific in its production of youngsters this past spring." ...
 

MI: Dove hunting issue has been hijacked by out of state groups
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owner
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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... "The Humane Society of the United States says this fight is only about preventing dove hunting in Michigan, even though the federal government classifies the mourning dove as a migratory game bird, and 40 states already have an active dove season. During the campaign, the group has said this is not about other forms of hunting, but I believe that is just a smoke screen to hide its real agenda, which is to end all forms of hunting." ...
 

Malaysia: Four men assault two policemen, escape with their firearms
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"Four men assaulted two policemen on crime prevention patrol in Taman Petaling Utama, Old Klang Road and escaped with their firearms - an MP5 automatic rifle and a revolver."

"In the incident which occurred about 10.45am Friday, the men escaped on two motorcycles when one of the policemen collapsed in a semi-concious state on Jalan PJS 1/51."

"However, about four hours later, a man in his 20's surrendered himself at the district police headquarters."

"State deputy CID chief ACP Abdul Rahman Hussin said police have established the identities of the suspects and have mounted a manhunt for them." ...
 

Ireland: Gardaí arrest four in relation to firearms offences
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Gardaí in Limerick have arrested four men in connection with firearms offences.

Two 21-year-olds, an 18-year-old and 41-year-old were arrested in the Moyross area of the city this morning.

Two rifles and two sawn-off shotguns, as well as a quantity of ammunition, were seized in the swoop which is part of Operation Anvil, the Gardaí's drive against illegally-held firearms.

The men are being questioned at a number of garda stations around Limerick and can be held for up to 72 hours.
 

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