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Second Amendment Foundation Lawsuit (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Bellevue, Washington based Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the 'sporting purpose' restriction on behalf of London, England, resident Maxwell Hodgkins. Hodgkins is a United States citizen living abroad who returns to the United States on occasion. While here, the Second Amendment Foundation states Hodgkins can not purchase a firearm."

"More importantly, Hodgkins can 'receive' guns for 'lawful sporting purposes' but he is prohibited from doing so for lawful self defense while visiting the United States. This despite any state issued licenses or permits he may have acquired." ...
 

Plaintiff in Dallas Federal Lawsuit Says U.S. Gun Control Laws Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A United States citizen who now lives in Great Britain has joined with the country's leading gun owner rights organization in a federal lawsuit that says nonresident citizens are unfairly being targeted by existing laws that restrict gun ownership to those who live in the U.S." ...

"Hodgkins, a 31-year-old real estate broker, is asking for a legal injunction that would prohibit federal officials from enforcing several 'vague and ambiguous' gun control statutes. ..." ...

"The statutes in question ban the receipt, sale and purchase of firearms by U.S. citizens who claim legal residency outside the U.S. Expatriates cannot buy guns, and while they can receive guns for "lawful sporting purposes," they cannot do so for lawful self-defense while visiting the U.S. ..." ...
 

Why is the Second Amendment so crucial?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Many people view the Second Amendment to the Constitution as only for gun-nuts. Why should anyone care about it if they do not have guns? The answer is really quite simple: it is the perfect example of the government's willingness to infringe on rights. There is no better barometer for government involvement and ignoring citizens' rights than on gun issues. Why is that? Because the Constitution is direct in prohibiting the government from infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. You see, there are other areas of government where there is some gray area ... However, none of these areas has a constitutional amendment that expressly prohibits government infringement." ...
 

John Longnecker: 911 Busy Signal? Try Congress.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In Long Beach, California, several girls were beaten viciously by a group of people. The girls are white and they were reminded of that during the beatings. Some of the girls and bystanders reportedly got a busy signal when trying to call Police. A lot of that going around."

"In her November 8, 2006 piece in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Councilwoman Rae Gabelich encourages readers to 'Trust the process and know that the safety of all Long Beach citizens is our No. 1 priority.'"

"As many liberty enthusiasts understand, hers is an after-the-fact solution and not especially respectful of during-the-fact authority. In the interest of the constituents, this is counter-productive. No, oppositional." ...
 

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul: Americans want to have security at home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For most Americans, guns are not a political issue. People buy and own guns to protect their families, not to commit crimes. The truth is that even millions of Americans who support and vote for gun control own guns themselves, because deep down they share the basic human need to feel secure in their homes."

"The gun control movement has lost momentum in recent years. The Democratic Party has been conspicuously silent on the issue in recent elections because they know it’s a political loser. In the midst of declining public support for new gun laws, more and more states have adopted concealed-carry programs. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and last year’s hurricanes only made matters worse for gun control proponents, as millions of Americans were starkly reminded that we cannot rely on government to protect us from criminals. ..." ...
 

With 86 Percent of Voters Demanding Action, Cook County Strengthens Assault Weapons Ban Law (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement about the Cook County Board strengthening the county's ordinance banning assault weapons in Cook County:"

"'On Election Day, the people of Cook County sent a clear message about military-style semiautomatic assault weapons: They are not wanted or needed on American streets. The County Board listened to the voters, and moved to strengthen the ban on these weapons within the County limits. The Illinois State Legislature should listen, too, and pass a statewide assault weapons ban as requested by 86 percent of the Cook County voters on Nov. 7. Such action would set an example, too, for the new U.S. Congress." ...
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KABA Note: Once again Mr. Helmke is lying. The referendum specified 'military-style assault weapons' not 'military-style semiautomatic assault weapons' as he claims.
 

Do You Know If Your Friends Are Armed And Would It Matter?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I have a concealed weapons permit and I’ve carried a gun most of my adult life. I don’t usually let people know as I don’t believe that it’s necessary. I practice gun safety and follow all rules about how and where to carry and store it. I surely don't want to hurt anyone, and I don't go out looking for a reason to use it, but I realize that if I've made the decision to draw, it will end in one of two ways: The sight of it will defuse the situation, or I will have to fire. One of the most important things you need to know when carrying a handgun is that you will recognize a situation, make a split second decision, and be able to fire without hesitation." ...
 

Provision Authored by Senators Boxer and Feinstein Will Exterminate All Santa Rosa Elk and Mule Deer (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last month, President George W. Bush signed the 2007 Defense Authorization Act, which included an NRA-supported provision saving hundreds of elk and mule deer on Santa Rosa Island from the court-ordered extermination that was to begin in 2008 and be completed by 2011."

"However, yesterday, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein attached an amendment to the Military Construction Appropriations bill that will overturn current law and exterminate hundreds of healthy elk and mule deer on Santa Rosa Island, off the coast of California. This issue is not about public access or whether these animals should be hunted and by whom. Current law protects the Santa Rosa elk and deer from extermination and this amendment will require that the animals be exterminated by 2011." ...
 

Debates in the Convention of the State of NO. Carolina, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution: Cont'd.
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://gunshowonthenet.com/index.html

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"...This clause, with the clause of elections, will totally destroy our liberties. The subject of our consideration therefore is, whether it be proper to give any man, or set of men, an unlimited power over our purse, without any kind of control. The purse-strings are given up by this clause. The sword is also given up by this system. Is there no danger in giving up both?..."

"...but in a matter of this magnitude, which concerns the interest of millions yet unborn, suspicion is a very noble virtue..."

"...Every gentleman must agree that we should not build a superstructure on a foundation of villains. . . . our representatives will be mere villains. . . . but large batteries are often taken by small arms...."
 

TED NUGENT's Siganture Guitar Doubles As 'A Precision Firearm'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Ed Roman's Quicksilver Guitars, the world's largest guitar store & builder of custom guitars, today announced that the company has completed the custom design, development and construction of a new custom guitar for world famous rocker, hunter and statesman Ted Nugent."

"Ted Nugent, known for his hard hitting rock 'n' roll, as well as his strong support for the right to bear arms, his conservative lifestyle and love of his country, is one of Ed Roman's primary influences. 'We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with Ted again and to produce this truly unique instrument and piece of rock 'n' roll history,' said Ed Roman, founder of Ed Roman Guitars. 'Not only is this a top-of-the-line guitar, it is a precision firearm. ...'" ...
 

U.S. Senate moves to repeal Santa Rosa Island hunting provision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Senate has passed legislation that would repeal a new law allowing big-game hunts to continue on Southern California's Santa Rosa Island."

"The measure was added by Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to a military construction spending bill being completed by the Senate during Congress' lame-duck session. It would overturn a a Santa Rosa Island provision that was part of a defense programs bill signed by President Bush last month."

"That provision, sponsored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, overturned a federal court settlement mandating that deer and elk on Santa Rosa Island be removed by 2011." ...
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Submitter's Note: 'Removed' is a euphemism. What they really mean is 'slaughtered'.
 

TN: Armed state senator foils alleged burglary by teens
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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State Sen. Tim Burchett says he foiled a burglary of his warehouse on Wednesday and held the suspected teenagers at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

The Knoxville Republican said the warehouse where he keeps old motorcycles and parts had previously been burglarized and he was trying to catch the perpetrators by staking out the woods nearby, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on its Web site.

The teenagers had broken off the lock and were about to go inside when he confronted them with his pistol.

"I got four of them. One got away," Burchett said, although deputies told him the fifth was arrested.
 

WI: Bill to address look-alike gun problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Next year, the Wisconsin Legislature may approve a bill making it a felony to point a look-alike gun at a law enforcement agent."

"Senate Bill 656 would make it illegal to point anything that may be perceived as a weapon at law enforcement officers."

"'Senate Bill 656 is all about taking the guess work out for the officer,' said Beloit Police Chief Sam Lathrop. 'It's possible some of the facsimiles look every bit as real guns.'"

"According to Beloit Police Capt. Bill Tyler, it's hard to determine if a gun is real especially during stressful conditions or poor light conditions." ...
 

OH: Senate committee hears testimony on media access loophole (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This morning, Wednesday November 15, Buckeye Firearms Association submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Civil Justice supporting the portion of HB9 that would allow a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holder to protect their personal information from the media."

"While this bill is generally an 'open records' bill, there was a floor amendment added to the bill before it passed the Ohio House (by 93-1 vote!) that would close media access to some CHL personal information." ...
 

IL: Mayor Morrissey joins Mayors Bloomberg, Daley in support of Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Rockford Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey joined New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in the first Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition Regional Staff Conference Oct. 26 in Chicago. Attendees were senior city officials from 22 Midwest cities who came together to discuss the national fight against illegal guns. The regional conferences were announced earlier in October in Boston when Mayor Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the expansion of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition to 109 mayors in 44 states across the country." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Assoc. endorsees to fill House leadership posts in next session (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hannah News Service is reporting that the House GOP caucus has anounced its majority leadership positions for the upcoming 127th General Assembly."

"Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased to report that, to a person, each and every official in the majority leadership for the 127th General Assembly in the Ohio House is a multiple-time endorsee of this political action committee." ...
 

GI Pleads Guilty In Iraq Rape-Slay
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping an Iraqi girl last spring and killing her and her family pleaded guilty Wednesday and will testify against the others."

"Spc. James P. Barker agreed to the plea deal to avoid the death penalty, said his civilian attorney, David Sheldon. Barker has already given investigators vivid accounts of the assault."

"The killings in Mahmoudiya, a village about 20 miles south of Baghdad, were among the worst in a series of alleged attacks on civilians and other abuses by military personnel in Iraq." ...
 

NC: Peele hearing expected Thursday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The wait is almost over for a former Raleigh police officer fighting to get her job back.

Michelle Peele was fired after she admitted to shooting and killing a man she says was trying to steal her personal car. She was off-duty when the shooting happened and says it was in self-defense.

But a police department policy prohibits firing into moving vehicles. She took her case to the Civil Service Commission but the hearing was continued twice.

It's scheduled to resume Thursday.
 

DE: Witnesses: Man Killed By Officers Never Threatened Police
Submitted by: jac

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"Six witnesses said the Virginia man who was shot and killed by a police officer last week never threatened the police."

"Derek Hale, 25, was gunned down ... on Nov. 6. He was given multiple shocks with Taser guns, then was killed by three bullets in his chest."

"A contractor working next door, Fred Mixson, said that Hale was not a threat and didn't deserve to be shot. The 'News Journal' said four people working with Mixson confirmed his account, but only Mixson was interviewed by authorities."

"Hale was a Marine who served tours of duty in Iraq ... He was described as a 'person of interest' in a drug investigation ..."

"Wilmington police said last week that Hale was shot because an officer feared for the safety of his fellow officers."
 

NY: Jackson mayor pleads to firearms charges
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Frank Melton, who has taken a hard stand against the city's rising crime rate, pleaded guilty to weapons charges Wednesday in a deal with prosecutors that lets him stay in office and out of jail."

"The mayor stood and acknowledged the agreement more than 90 minutes after his trial on the charges was to start. A jury had already been seated."

"Melton, 57, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for carrying a weapon into a church and a park, and no contest to a reduced charge on what had been a felony count involving a gun on a university campus." ...
 

David E. Petzal's Gun Nut Quiz
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We think it's a safe bet that few people in this world know as much about guns, bullets, and shooting as our rifles columnist, Deputy Editor David E. Petzal. After all, he's covered the subject in our magazine for decades. But maybe you think you're a better man for the job? Then prove it, by taking his 20 question quiz."

"After answering each question you'll be able to see the percentage of quiz-takers that got the question right, as well as the number of people who've answered the question so far. And, of course, you'll find your score. You get to test your gun knowledge against the best gun writer in the country. We get to figure out how many of you can tell a breechblock from a breach cloth. So get cracking!" ...
 

OH: Lantern safety guy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I define self-defense as "first-aid for violence." Just as in a medical emergency, a violence emergency will happen quickly and without much, if any, warning."

"Unlike falls and heart attacks, even the most stupid criminals usually have enough brains to choose a particular time and place to commit their crime. That venue will almost always be in their favor and not to your convenience. You will be on your own, and your attacker will not have heard about the new crime law passed last session." ...
 

UT: Bill would boost funding, staff for gun permits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Lawmakers have begun grappling with background check delays caused by Utah's hugely popular concealed-weapons program."

"Rep. Curt Oda, R-Roy, is calling for the fees collected for concealed gun permits to go directly to the Bureau of Criminal Identification, rather than to the general fund. Oda called the present system a 'hidden tax increase.' The interim Law Enforcement Committee approved the measure today and moved it forward for consideration in January's session." ...
 

ID: Greenleaf City Council approves amended gun ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Greenleaf’s City Council has unanimously approved a new civil emergencies ordinance."

"The original draft drew attention from across the nation becuase it recommended that Greenleaf residents possess and know how to use a firearm."

"The city council approved an amended version last night."

"Mayor Brad Holton says in keeping with the Second Amendment - the ordinance recommends that those people who do own firearms receive the proper training."

"Also, a section of the ordinance called 'prepare to care' recommends keeping 96 hours worth of standby supplies in case of an emergency, such as a dam break near Greenleaf." ...
 

KS: Attorney General Releases Concealed Carry Sign Regulations
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A new set of regulations for signs prohibiting concealed handguns in businesses and organizations are out today."

"The design features a black silhouette of a gun on a white background, surrounded by a red circle, with a red slash through it -- the concealed carry equivalent of internationally known signs for 'No.'"

"Signs must be at least eight inches by eight inches with the graphic at least six inches in diameter. If the sign is bigger, the graphic must be proportional. And no text can be within an inch of it."

"The signs have been a point of contention since Legislators overrode Governor Sebelius' veto in March to enact the concealed carry law." ...
 

KY: Rifle Shoots Season-High Against Alaska-Fairbanks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Murray State rifle team shot a season-high aggregate of 4641 out of a possible 4800 in its shoulder-to-shoulder match against Alaska-Fairbanks today at MSU's Pat Spurgin Rifle Range. The Racers also fired a season-high air rifle score of 2346 out of a possible 2400, and shot just two points below their season-high in smallbore with a 2295 out of a possible 2400."

"Alaska-Fairbanks -- perennially one of the highest-ranked teams in the nation -- fired an aggregate of 4670 to win the match." ...
 

IL: Gun club holds handgun/rifle, bowling pin and tin can shoots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Hancock County Gun Club held a combination Handgun and Rifle Target Shoot Sunday, Nov. 12."

"Participants shot handguns with the off-hand, unsupported, at 50 yards. Rifles were shot with the off-hand, unsupported, at 100 yards. There was a total of 200 points possible." ...

"The Hancock County Gun Club held a Shotgun Bowling Shoot Sunday, Nov. 5."

"Shooters try to knock over bowling pins using shotguns instead of bowling balls. It's a lot harder than it sounds since the bowling pins don't fall easy to slugs or buckshot." ...
 

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