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What Won't Prevent Cleveland's Next 'Shooting Death'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "Does anyone really believe that if only Mayor Frank Jackson could ignore state law and implement his own citizen disarmament edicts that the bad guys still wouldn't get guns?"

"What about if we implement President-elect Obama's proposed 'assault weapon' ban? Or, as he wants to do, require 'child-proof' guns?"

"How about if we implement one-gun-a-month laws? Or require reporting lost or stolen guns? Or 'safe storage' laws? Or register guns? Or mandate a 'cooling off' period? Or ban handguns altogether, like they do in Chicago?"

"Questions like these have already been asked. The answers are already known, but they just don't serve the agenda of those who value your control over your freedom. ..." ...
 

The Little Red Hen … just a short work of fiction, nothing more
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Little Red Hen sat at her kitchen table cleaning her guns. The Remington 870 Express Magnum 12GA had already been cleaned and reloaded with 00 Buckshot and the AR-15 was next. ..."

"It'd all started the week before when she'd heard a knock on the door. When she opened the door the government Weasel on her front stoop informed her that he was there to collect some of her 'pie' to give to the Duck, Cat and Dog. Apparently they hadn't taken it well when she had refused to share her food with them ... 'When you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody!' the Weasel said, and when she protested further, he'd called in two Jack Booted Wolves who had forced there way into her home and ripped the door off of her pantry ..." ...
 

Guns have place in our society
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Curt needs to understand something about the Second Amendment. He seems to think that the 'Average Joe Blow' isn't who the creators of the Constitution were thinking of when they wrote that amendment. He thinks that a well organized militia was in reference to the National Guard, police, sheriff and military forces."

"Unfortunately, Curt, none of those entities existed when the Constitution was written. We had a very loose, disorganized military, but the rest of those you mentioned, were still to come. At that time and point in our country's history, the 'Average Joe Blow' was who kicked the British butts and created our sovereign nation. ..." ...
 

John Taylor Gatto: The Art Of Driving
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... What if I proposed that we hand three sticks of dynamite and a detonator to anyone who asked for them. All an applicant would need is money to pay for the explosives. You'd have to be an idiot to agree with my plan—at least based on the assumptions you picked up in school about human nature and human competence."

"And yet gasoline, a spectacularly mischievous explosive, dangerously unstable and with the intriguing characteristic as an assault weapon that it can flow under locked doors and saturate bulletproof clothing, is available to anyone with a container. Five gallons of gasoline have the destructive power of a stick of dynamite ... As long as gasoline is freely available, gun control is beside the point ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

Why Do We 'Keep and Bear Arms'? Part 2
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Did it work -- the Washington, DC, gun ban, that is?"

"The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, struck down the ban, holding that a) the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to keep and bear arms, and b) while the government may regulate the boundaries of the Second Amendment, the DC ban goes too far."

"The New York Times, in an editorial condemning the Supreme Court case, says: 'Thirty-thousand Americans are killed by guns every year -- on the job, walking to school, at the shopping mall. The Supreme Court on Thursday all but ensured that even more Americans will die senselessly.'"

"Really?" ...
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H/t to Buckeye Firearms Association.
 

Breaking News: A Victory for Kwan
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"We therefore conclude that the district court did not abuse its discretion in ordering a new trial to instruct the jury that the Government had to prove that Kwan had no other apparent legal purpose for the shoulder stock than to convert his unregistered pistol into an illegal short-barreled rifle.

"AFFIRMED."
 

The Anti-Gunner's Glossary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So if you're a gun owner, you need to know how they think, whenever you happen to get locked into a conversation with one of these knuckleheads. They have an indoctrinated philosophy about firearms that I like to refer to as the 'Anti-Gunner's Glosaary.' And it goes something like this:"

"ACLU: A wonderful agency dedicated to the protection of those persons the law would seek to put away. They also work aggressively against wicked homeowners who willingly shoot innocent intruders, without due legal process."

"ARSENAL: A pair of 22's and 50 rounds of ammunition."

"ASSAULT WEAPON: Anything from a slingshot to a bazooka." ...

"SECOND AMENDMENT: This was obviously some sort of clerical error. ..." ...
 

Give the Gift of Safety This Holiday Season: Keep Your Loved Ones Safe Year Round with LockSAF
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In case you haven't yet discovered the perfect gift for your firearm-bearing father, brother or husband, or for the woman in your life who just can't get enough jewelry, your answer has just arrived in a 9 gauge steel box."

"The LockSAF PBS-001 is designed to protect and give quick access to firearms, jewelry and other valuables. Easy to program and use, it takes one press of a button and a programmed fingerprint to open. Up to 10 fingerprints can be programmed and even if the battery runs out, the fingerprints will still be there when you replace the battery. Four pilot holes in the bottom panel make it easy to mount inside a drawer, a wall, or to any flat surface. ..." ...
 

Post-Election Skyrocketing Gun Sales Prompt BioDefense Corporation's Warning of Increased Potential for Bio-Chemical Assaults, Such as Anthrax, or 'White Powder' Hoaxes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'A disturbing increase in reports that gun sales are dramatically increasing now that the presidential election is over indicates that other forms of intentional mayhem such as bio-chemical assaults might also increase,' said BioDefense Corporation ( http://www.biod.com), producers of the new MAIL DEFENDER complete mailroom security solution." ...
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H/t to Sebastian who observes "Apparently the folks at BioDefense Corporation think citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights are terrorists waiting to happen"
 

Legal flaw may restore gun rights for some
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thousands of former gun owners who have a misdemeanor conviction for assaulting or threatening a spouse or girlfriend could have their gun rights restored because of a flaw in federal law."

"That prospect grew more likely yesterday after the Supreme Court gave a skeptical hearing to a government lawyer who argued that a crime of domestic violence should result in a loss of gun rights." ...

"... last year, a U.S. appeals court in Virginia cast doubt on the reach of the law. Its judges decided that the federal gun ban did not cover misdemeanor convictions involving assault or battery at home. Instead, it said the federal ban applied only to persons who were convicted under a state's domestic violence law. ...
 

Post-election spike in gun sales? No big deal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The press has been full of reports in recent days of gun shop owners across the country claiming sales have climbed dramatically since last Tuesday's election. Said owners attribute this supposed spike to Barack Obama's election ..."

"... I am highly skeptical of the sales claims ... Gun dealers have long believed it will gain them more sales if they rouse the press by claiming a huge spike in sales due to some major event (9/11, Katrina, Pelosi's ascension as Speaker of the House, Britney and Justin's break up). ..."

"But, the news is that it's a mainly just a sales technique. Nothing for the non-gun owning majority of us to be concerned about." ...
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As David Codrea points out running out of inventory when customers still want more is a helluva "sales technique".
 

Fox Business: Gerald Celente Predicts Revolution [video]
Submitted by: Pastor Guest
Website: http://www.stepstowardthemark.com

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Submitter's Note: Unintended consequences of Obama's election?
 

AL: Shot teens attended Vigor, police say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two teens shot during a robbery attempt Friday apparently followed their victim to his home after seeing him withdraw money from an ATM miles away ..."

"Seventeen-year-old Antonio Austin was killed in the confrontation. Nineteen-year-old Robert Howez was shot in the back ..."

"Howez will face a charge of first-degree robbery upon his release ..." ...

"Barber declined to identify the 60-year-old man who was the alleged robbery target, saying the man does not currently face criminal charges in the shooting, which has been characterized ... as a case of self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: Another 'child', tragically killed by gun violence, at least in Brady-land.
 

Appeals court: Jury, not trial judge, gets to decide credibility of evidence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For seven years Naomi Johnson has tried to prove she killed Terry Boulwen in self defense, and the Ninth District appeals court in Beaumont will let her keep trying." ...

"McKeithen and Kreger held that Jefferson County District Judge Layne Walker improperly withheld from the jury an instruction on self defense." ...

"McKeithen and Kreger held that a defendant has the right to an instruction on every issue of evidence."

"This right remains, Kreger wrote, 'regardless of whether the evidence is strong, feeble, unimpeached, or contradicted ...'"

"He wrote, 'This statutory mandate is designed to insure that the jury, not the trial judge, will decide the relative credibility of all the evidence.'" ...
 

Solomon Islands: Crocodiles a problem in gun-free Solomon Islands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Peace in the once troubled Solomon Islands is having a tragic side-effect as crocodiles are attacking unarmed villagers."

"As a result the international police force in the Pacific nation has gone crocodile hunting and in the last couple of days has killed 11."

"The country suffered ethnic conflict in the late 1990s on its main island of Guadalcanal which only ended in 2003 ..."

"Under the peace deal most Solomon Islanders surrendered their fire arms - leaving them vulnerable to crocodiles."

"Last week on the Russell Islands a 10-year-old girl was taken and killed by a crocodile." ...
 

OH: Seven violent attacks in seven days at The Ohio State University campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Often when the issue of safety on campus arises – typically due to news of a violent attack on or near campus like this one, the media and educators assert that they are shocked because 'campus is supposed to be a safe haven' from violence. ..." ...

"The problem is that violent individuals could care less about the wishes of civilized educated people to be left alone – it's like lions hunting at watering holes on the African savannah – the criminals go where the soft targets are."

"Federal law already prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from possessing a handgun, even for lawful self defense ..."

"Older students, faculty, and staff are also prohibited from carrying firearms to defend themselves by Ohio law. ..." ...
 

PA: City council OKs stolen gun law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gun owners take note: The Pottsville City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday making failure to report a stolen firearm a crime."

"Under the new ordinance, gun owners have 24 hours to report a missing weapon, under penalty of a $500 fine. Second-time offenders face a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail."

"'Unfortunately, sometimes you have to pass rules to make stupid people make the right decisions,' Councilman Dave Eckert, who believes the new law will act as a deterrent to illegal gun traffickers, said Monday." ...

"One of those in opposition is Scott Thomas, who serves on the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania. Thomas believes it’s unconstitutional for Pottsville to pass any gun law." ...
 

Two More Military Units Assigned for Homeland Security
Submitted by: Larry

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"Northcom has announced that two more U.S. military units will be assigned for domestic homeland security missions, bringing the total number of combat ready service members operating inside the U.S. to around 4,700, as fears grow about the increasing militarization of law enforcement."

"The announcement follows the controversy surrounding a September 8 Army Times report ... which revealed that the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, fresh from combat duties in Iraq, would be operating inside America for tasks including 'civil unrest and crowd control,' a detail that was later denied by Northcom despite the concession that forces would be armed with both non-lethal and lethal weapons as well as having access to tanks." ...
 

CA: Off-duty Galt officer arrested for public intoxication in Lodi
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An off-duty Galt police officer was arrested in Lodi on suspicion of public intoxication this weekend, according to Lodi police officials."

"Jose Jesus Ramirez, 22, of Lodi, was arrested shortly after 5:30 p.m. near a School Street bar in Downtown Lodi, Lt. Virgil Monroe said."

"Ramirez, who allegedly flashed his badge at two teens during a verbal dispute regarding a seat on a bench, spent several hours in the jail's drunk tank. He and a 21-year-old friend, who was also arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, were both released from custody after sobering up." ...
 

NY: Schenectady police officer arrested for third time
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Schenectady Police Officer John W. Lewis was arrested Monday for the third time in seven months, this time accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife."

"Lewis ... was charged with third-degree stalking and second-degree aggravated harassment, both misdemeanors. He is accused of threatening Allison Fitz Lewis, his former wife, three times last week and a fourth time in August ..."

"In a telephone conversation with his ex-wife Saturday, Lewis allegedly told her he would be at her house every night and, if she were not there, he would go looking for her."

"'He further stated that if he found her with someone, he was going to kill whoever she was with and kill her,' the court paperwork reads." ...
 

AL: Officer charged with DUI, resigns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Fort Payne police officer resigned Monday after being charged with driving under the influence following a four-wheeler wreck Saturday night that happened while he was off duty."

"According to Fort Payne Assistant Police Chief Mike Grant, Lt. Will Clark, 37 of Fort Payne, turned himself in to DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies Monday morning. Clark was later released on $1,500 bond."

"Grant said he accepted Clark's resignation before his arrest."

"'Will did come in and resign,' Grant said. 'He's been treated basically like anyone else. We wish him the best.'" ...
 

PA: Homecoming Forum: Accusations of Police Racism, Excessive Force
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"At last night's Homecoming forum at Kehr Union, students testified to President Soltz and other university administration about their experience at the Homecoming dance held on Nov. 1st. There was unanimous agreement among the students who spoke that the police force was excessive and racially motivated."

"Countless bystanders at the dance were sprayed with mace, as confirmed by students who spoke at the forum and by a mass email sent to the campus community by President Soltz."

"Students also spoke about forcibly, sometimes violently, being forced out of the Kehr Union and surrounding area with night sticks and guns." ...
 

MA: Officer facing assault charge in Hinsdale
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A part-time Hinsdale police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman who had called the police for assistance at her home in 2005."

"W. Rodney Maloney ... was arraigned yesterday ... He pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance and ordered not to have contact with the 50-year-old victim."

"The victim told investigators that she had made a call to the Hinsdale Police Department ... Maloney ... allegedly asked the victim if she was single and 'lonely.' Maloney then asked the victim 'if she would like to be taken care of like she had never been taken care of before,' and he allegedly grabbed her hand and rubbed it on the outside of his pants ..." ...
 

DC: D.C. Police Lead Nation in Shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department has shot and killed more people per resident in the 1990s than any other large American city police force."

"Many shootings by Washington police officers were acts of courage and even heroism. But internal police files and court records reveal a pattern of reckless and indiscriminate gunplay by officers sent into the streets with inadequate training and little oversight, an eight-month Washington Post investigation has found." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks if this is what the Brady bunch mean by "home rule"?
 

Tony Blair's bodyguard triggers Israeli airport panic when gun goes off by accident
Submitted by: motoboy

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"Tony Blair's bodyguard caused a major security scare at an Israeli airport yesterday when his gun went off by mistake."

"The police special protection officer was unloading his gun prior to boarding a plane to London with Mr Blair when he accidentally fired into the ground."

"No one was injured in the incident, but Israeli security guards and police rushed to the scene and detained him."

"An initial investigation revealed that the incident was due to an error by the bodyguard."

"Airport Authority spokeswoman Maayan Malkin said: 'One of his bodyguards accidentally fired his gun and the bullet hit the ground.'" ...
 

Canada: 106 B.C. police officers guilty of misconduct in past 2 years: CBC investigation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sexual advances to superiors' wives, drunk driving and consorting with criminals are among 106 proven cases of misconduct of municipal police officers in B.C. over the past two years, CBC News has learned."

"Eight of the officers were to be fired but resigned before their disciplinary proceedings began or ended, according to a report by the British Columbia Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner."

"CBC News requested that the office compile the data to find out how many police officers in B.C. conducted themselves inappropriately on the job. The figures include various municipal police forces in the province but not the RCMP." ...
 

Gun Owners Stockpiling Over Fear of Democratic Weapon Bans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Handguns and rifles are flying off the shelves at Ted Sabate's gun shop ..."

"And while it's not uncommon for gun sales to spike when the economy takes a downturn, Sabate says that's not what he's hearing from customers. According to Sabate, gun enthusiasts are stockpiling because they say they're afraid the incoming Democratic administration will impose new gun bans."

"'People are afraid that if there's another ban imposed ... they won't be able to buy them at all,' Sabate said. 'So they want to get something now ...'"

"Sabate's shop is not alone. In gun shops across the country, federal background checks are up 9 percent nationally over the last year, suggesting gun sales are increasing as Inauguration Day nears." ...
 

Stock Up on Firearms Now, Before Obama Takes Over
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Only hours after Obama was declared president-elect, his web site ... outlined his agenda on firearms. He plans a permanent Brady Bill ban ... on military look-a-like semi-auto firearms and magazines, and 3 other restrictions on private firearms ownership directly drawn from the Brady Campaign ... wish list."

"His anti-gun attitude is not a surprise to anyone other than those who believed his campaign rhetoric alleging support for their Second Amendment rights. Both he and Vice-President Elect Biden have a long history of votes against those rights ..."

"Increased sales of threatened firearms no more represents 'panic' buying than does stocking up on batteries, etc., when a hurricane threatens."
 

Guns sales surge after Obama's election
Submitted by: Nunn O'Yerbidness

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"Bernie Conatser has never seen business this good."

"The owner of a gun shop in the Washington suburb of Manassas, Virginia, Conatser said sales have doubled or tripled the numbers he racked up in late October. Saturday, he said, he did as much business as he would normally do in a week."

"'I have been in business for 12 years, and I was here for Y2K, September 11, Katrina,' Conatser said, as a steady stream of customers browsed what remained of his stock. 'And all of those were big events, and we did notice a spike in business, but nothing on the order of what we are seeing right now.'"

"Weapons dealers in much of the United States are reporting sharply higher sales since Barack Obama won the presidency ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Not really news, but note how the report of increased gun sales is filed under "crime"...
 

Gun-Shop Business Booms in Advance of New Administration
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun shops and gun shows are running out of inventory as Second Amendment enthusiasts prepare for Barack Obama to become the new president."

"Firearms shop owners say that gun owners are afraid that the president-elect ... will try to pass tough gun legislation. They want to get guns while they still can."

"Red's Trading Post ... saw a surge in sales right before the election."

"'When Obama's lead in the polls was getting higher, right in the middle of hunting season, I cancelled all my orders for hunting rifles and pump-action shotguns. ... People were buying anything semi-auto(matic); anything that was a target of the assault-weapons ban last time,' [said] the store's manager, Ryan Horsley ..." ...
 

A Need for Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the election of Barack Obama has come, for many people, a renewed realisation that the world is a very dangerous place; that we are still in the middle of a war against fanatical killers who deliberately target civilians. ... The economy is likely to increase the slide on which it's been ... thus [leading] to higher crime rates. Moreover, with the Democrats in charge of House, Senate and White House, it's almost certain that they’ll make serious attempts to strip away our Second Amendment rights, preventing us from defending ourselves from the dangers around us. Lawbreakers aren't known for their sportsmanship ..."

"It's no wonder that so many people have considered buying a gun lately ...
 

NRA: Obama's election spawns 'gun run'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association predicts the election of Barack Obama is going to pose a serious threat to the Second Amendment rights of American citizens."

"Numerous reports around the U.S. indicate that citizens have been racing to purchase both guns and ammunition before Obama takes office next year. On Election Day, a Cheyenne, Wyoming, gun store set a one-day sales record -- then broke that record the next day. The Franklin Gun Shop outside Nashville sold more than 70 guns on Election Day. It was the biggest sales day since opening its doors eight years ago."

"The day after Obama was elected, the owner of a shop outside Salt Lake City sold nine assault weapons ..." ...
 

OH: Gun and Ammo Sales Shoot Higher
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All across the country, including here in Youngstown, gun and ammunition sales have shot through the roof in the week since Election Day."

"'We've had a constant barrage of customers wanting to purchase semi-automatic firearms, stuff that was banned in the Clinton administration, they're looking to buy it again', says Mike Miller of Miller Rod & Gun in Boardman Township."

"Gun owners are apparently concerned a newly elected democratic President, with a democratic majority in Congress, could return us to the gun control laws of the mid nineties, specifically, the assault weapons ban signed by President Clinton." ...
 

PA: County gun sales up after election
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the week since Barack Obama won the presidential election, Lancaster County gun dealers have seen a spike in business."

"Gun shop owners and managers here attribute the surge in gun purchases to the election of Obama, who has said while he respects Americans' Second Amendment right to bear arms, he also favors 'common sense' gun laws."

"Joe Keffer, owner of The Sportman's Shop, ... said he's had a steady flow of customers since Nov. 4."

"'There has been a very significant increase in business,' Keffer said. 'Even prior to the election, more people were buying guns. ...'"

"However, when Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in the election, Keffer said some people got nervous." ...
 

VA: Gun dealers, hunters speak out on amendment scares
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Local gun dealers have reported soaring firearm sales in the wake of Barack Obama’s election as president."

"Bill Crawley, owner of Bill's Guns in Gretna, said sales began to increase the day after the election and have been rolling ever since ..." ...

"Hunter Jerry Dawson of Hurt said he's not worried about his Second Amendment rights and wished people wouldn't panic."

"'People are panicking for nothing,' he said Monday."

"Dawson said Obama has more pressing issues than firearms to deal with, such as the economy."

"He also said assault weapons are not high on his priority list as a hunter. Dawson does a lot of bow hunting and said assault weapons are not practical to use for hunting." [links added]
 

AK: Armed and nervous in Alaska
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On the neatly stacked ammunition shelves at the Alaska Shooters Supply is a sign: 'There is no such thing as too much ammo.'"

"But in recent days, there has been concern about too little."

"Over the past week, ammunition has been selling by the pallet-load at the shop. Guns, particularly military-style weapons, are a hot ticket."

"And high-capacity magazines were selling so well, the Boniface Parkway shop ran out the week of the Nov. 4 election."

"That's no coincidence. Fear of stiffer gun laws after Barack Obama's successful presidential bid and a Congress with a larger Democratic edge is prompting gun enthusiasts across the country to stock up in record numbers." ...
 

IL: Local gun sales jump since Election Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Store owners say local gun sales have jumped in the last month."

"The shift in the federal government is causing people to buy up in case Democrats restrict firearm sales."

"Firearms are flying off the shelves at Presley's Outdoors ..."

"The store has easily doubled the number sold since last month. The biggest push, it says, came right around election day."

"'I think the Obama situation has got a lot of people scared- whether it's right or wrong. But we've had an inundated amount of people looking for handguns, long guns, whatever. It's just been crazy,' said Tim Presley ..."

"Although Brian Parkinson is shopping for his next duck hunt, he shares the concern that's causing people to flock to gun counters." ...
 

FL: Gun sales booming after Obama win
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun shop owners all over Lee County are reporting high sales since Barack Obama won the presidency a week ago."

"Gun owners are known for their tough image. But now, some are first to admit they're a bit worried."

"'They're scared. They're perfectly scared,' said James Black, manager of Tactical Weapons in Fort Myers."

"Black says sales have spiked."

"'I'd say they've gone up 50-percent in sales just here alone,' he said."

"Some say they fear Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress will try to restrict gun possession."

"Obama has proposed restoring a ban on assault weapons, a ban first implemented in 1994 that has since expired." ...
 

MO: Going for the guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun enthusiasts are stocking up on firearms out of fears that a Democrat-led administration will result in tougher gun control."

"Last month, as polls showed a Barack Obama lead, background checks for gun purchases jumped by 108,000 compared with October 2007 ..."

"Jerry Sharr said gun and ammunition sales have increased significantly since October." ...

"Business is good, but the gun owners may be getting ahead of themselves in an effort to buy weapons before January."

"According to Mr. Obama's official Web site, the president-elect doesn't plan on taking away hunters' weapons or a homeowner's line of defense. The administration says it would ... support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent." ...
 

AZ: Gun sales boom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not all Lake Havasu City gun stores have experienced the run on guns reported by gun outlets across the nation last week."

"Store managers at two stores, R-Guns on McCulloch Boulevard and Big 5 Sporting Goods, which only sells rifles and shot guns, said Monday that sales haven’t been higher than last year."

"Still, there are worries about the future of the shooting sports among the mainstream in the local gun community, said Marlene Duncan, president of the Lake Havasu Sportsman Club." ...

"Peter Hamm, communications director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Monday that gun sales typically increase before the holidays, but that much of the surge reported in the media is due to marketing." ...
 

MI: Gun sales soaring
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun sales are up across West Michigan, and gun enthusiasts say the spike in sales is directly related to Barack Obama being elected president."

"Some are afraid the new President-elect and the Democratic congress will make buying guns difficult with tought new laws." ...

"Sheila Hoekstra has been helping women buy guns, and learn to shoot them for years, but numbers are up so much recently she may have to start teaching her class twice a month."

"'A lot of ladies are wanting them for home protection,' said Hoekstra, who is a shooting instructor for the Southern Michigan Gun Club."

"Hoekstra also hears from a lot of ladies who are worried than an Obama administration will take their guns." ...
 

VA: Gun sales on the rise in Virginia
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Many Virginians are flocking to gun stores. Everything from assault rifles, to pistols are flying off shelves." ...

"'This is a Galanti Sporter. It has a folding stock, plus it has a 30 round magazine,' said David Hancock."

"It's an assault rifle[sic]. Now one of the more popular guns for sale at Bob Moate's Gun Shop. In fact, store owners across Virginia are having a hard time keeping them in stock." ...

"Perry DeMay is a sports-shooter and card carrying member of the [NRA]. He says the economy is driving gun sales."

"'We're in a very bad economy at this time, and people are in fear, and maybe they want some home protection ...' said DeMay."

"DeMay says President-elect Obama is a friend to gun owners."

"'I am completely confident in President-elect Obama protecting my Second Amendment right to own and bear firearms,' said DeMay." ...
 

AK: Barack Obama hastens gun, ammo sales; Sarah Palin first in line?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What's happening in Alaska undoubtedly is happening throughout rural America. Gun sales are brisk, particularly for military-style weapons, because people are concerned about stricter gun laws after Barack Obama becomes president and Congress begins leaning more to the left."

"The Anchorage Daily News today ran a story under the headline 'Armed and nervous in Alaska.'"

"Jack Murray, owner of Alaska Shooters Supply, is quoted: "Obama is the best gun salesman we've had in the last 50 years." Murray added that the day after the election, he sold more guns than in any single day in 21 years. 'I was crying all the way to the bank,' he said." ...
 

TX: 'Certain Guns Only Belong on the Battlefield'
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"TylerPaper.com asked readers Monday what they think about the sudden upsurge of gun sales locally in the wake of last week's Presidential election."

"'I think people are completely overreacting,' Chad King wrote in a reader comment he submitted. 'It's funny to me that people are buying guns that they fear are going to be taken away from them. That makes absolutely no sense. ... Republican or Democrat, we all have to agree somewhere in the middle that certain guns only belong on the battlefield and serve no purpose in the hands of children and criminals.'"

"Gun shops across the nation are reporting record sales in the immediate aftermath of last week's election, and at least one Tyler gun shop is seeing the same trend." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma voters approve 4 state questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oklahoma voters constitutionally secured their right to hunt and fish and provided a boost to the state's growing wine industry by overwhelmingly approving state questions in Tuesday's general election."

"Voters easily approved all four state questions on Tuesday's ballot by double-digit margins, based on results from nearly half of the state's precincts."

"State Question 742, which adds a new section to the Oklahoma Constitution declaring that all Oklahomans have the right to 'hunt, trap and fish' subject to reasonable regulation, was approved with 80 percent of the vote." ...
 

NY: Man, 55, Is Shot to Death Delivering Meals for Charity
Submitted by: Erwin de Leon

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"A man delivering food to the homebound elderly was shot and killed in the lobby of an apartment building in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Monday morning, the police said."

"Whether the shooting was part of a robbery was not immediately known. The victim, Imonil Aminov, 55, worked as a deliveryman for the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, which brings food to Brownsville and East New York through the city’s Department for the Aging, said Aileen Gitelson, chief executive officer of the Jewish Association." ...
 

China: Rising gun crime in gun control capitol of the world
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"The Wall Street Journal is reporting that The People's Republic of China is seeing an increase gun crime despite some of the strictest gun laws in the world."

"From the story:"
"China's weapons laws are among the world's toughest. Its blanket ban on private ownership of rifles, pistols and even gun replicas is a core tenet of social policy. Still, a gun culture is taking hold."

"China may be freer from gun crime than many nations, and official statistics show overall crime on a continuous down trend. Yet, these days, reports about gun crimes turn up as often as several times a week even in the tightly controlled state-run media. The reports are often brief, without much follow-up as cases progress." ...
 

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