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Father and Son Gun Sale Supports National Rifle Association Foundation
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"GAMO, a world leader in the production of top quality accurate airguns and ammunition, announces that the sale of every Special Edition National Rifle Association (NRA) Father and Son precision airgun will directly benefit the NRA."

"GAMO is offering two Special Editions: the Special Edition NRA Nitro 17; and the Special Edition NRA Recon."

"'The Special Edition NRA Nitro 17 is a well-balanced .177 caliber air rifle that has everything a shooter could want," Lou Riley, Vice President of Operations and Finance for GAMO, said. "A single cock of the gun gives the shooter speeds of up to 1,000 feet per second.'" ...
 

NY: Grand jury refuses to file charges in fatal shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A grand jury has refused to file charges against a Syracuse man accused of shooting at his neighbors after a running feud."

"One man was killed and two others were wounded when 22-year-old Jasper Lemon Junior opened fire with a .22-caliber rifle from an upstairs window of his home last June."

"Lemon was freed from jail after authorities dropped murder, attempted murder and weapons possession charges."

"Prosecutors say after evaluating the evidence, the Onondaga County grand jury panel concluded last week that Lemon was justified in his conduct and acting in self defense." ...
 

NY: Man cleared in shooting, but paralyzed victim sues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ten months ago, a shot sounded in a ramshackle house just behind City Hall following a heated argument between two men. The argument was in Chinese."

"The intensity of that night has lingered between the two men: The shooter, Simon Shing Lee, who called police immediately following the shooting, claimed self-defense, and was cleared in August by an Orange County grand jury that could not find enough evidence to indict him."

"And the victim, Jiu Li, a man labelled the aggressor by his shooter and witnesses, will be paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of his life."

"Last week, Jiu Li filed a lawsuit against Lee claiming that, contrary to the findings of the grand jury, Lee shot him in 'an intentional assault.'" ...
 

PA: Woman Still Gets Jail In Self-Defense Drug Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Pittsburgh woman cleared of shooting and killing a man who stole her stash of crack cocaine was sentenced on Tuesday to 1˝ to three years in jail for illegally carrying a gun."

"Karena Dorsey had faced a maximum of seven years in jail. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the 19-year-old Homewood woman apologized on Tuesday and asked for a second chance."

"In August, an Allegheny County judge found Dorsey not guilty of homicide, but convicted her of possessing a firearm without a license." ...
 

Philippines: Philippines to arm civilians amid growing security threats
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Faced with escalating hostilities from communist rebels and a volatile Muslim insurgency in the south, the Philippine government is planning to recruit and arm civilians to help maintain peace and order in the country. Under the government's strategy, the armed civilian militias would become 'force multipliers' in the fight against insurgency, terrorism and crimes by gathering intelligence, serving as back up to troops and conducting community patrols."

"The plan brings new meaning to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's call for stronger cooperation between a vigilant public and government security forces." ...
 

WI: Milwaukee Alderman Calls for Police in Schools After Sexual Assault on Teacher
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"A student is facing sexual assault charges after allegedly groping a teacher at Milwaukee's Madison High School...and a local alderman responds."

"Alderman Bob Donovan is asking for Milwaukee Police to staff an officer at MPS schools in the aftermath of the incident." ...

"This incident follows a series of events at MPS ..."

"MPS has moved to spend an additional $1,000,000 on security aides at schools ... calls go for Milwaukee Police to deal with problems at MPS schools about twice a day."

"Alderman Donovan is calling for that $1,000,000 to go for officers instead of aides."
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Submitter's Note: Let the teachers carry handguns: save money, save lives
 

NY: Mike to permit holders: 'pack' it in
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The city should slash the number of people who are allowed to carry concealed weapons, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday."

"'We've taken a look at it to see whether we couldn't have fewer,' Bloomberg said. 'I can tell you one thing: We will keep it to as a minimum as we possibly can.'"

"Bloomberg added that he has asked Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to tackle the issue."

"'If you want a gun permit, you should have to really show that your life is in danger, and that having a gun will protect you, will improve the chances of you surviving,' the mayor said." ...
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KABA Note: And since Mayor Mike believes that guns are more dangerous to the owner and ignores all contrary evidence, that will be tough to show.
 

NY: Price of Illegal Guns Soaring Here In Wake of Anti-Gun Campaign
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The price of illegally acquired guns has been rising in the city since the mayor began his campaign against 'the scourge of illegal guns' in January, a police source said."

"Many handguns are selling for about $200 more than they were, averaging about $700 to $1,000 apiece, the source said. Rifles are selling for about $300 more, averaging between $1,200 and $1,500, the source said."

"The black market for guns operates like any other market, experts said yesterday, meaning that when pressures are put on supply or demand, prices tend to rise."

"'It's a commodity like any other commodity,' a former agent and manager at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, William Vizzard, said. ..." ...
 

Brady Campaign Endorses New York Candidates
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation's leading gun violence prevention organization, today announced its support for several candidates in New York's general election." ...

"We're very pleased that New York has such strong supporters of common-sense gun laws running for office,' said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign. 'These candidates know how important it is to keep illegal guns off the streets and they're committed to fighting the good fight to keep our families and our communities safe.'"
 

MT: Tester, Burns both back gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They may not agree on much, but when it comes to guns and gun rights, Republican Sen. Conrad Burns and his Democratic challenger Jon Tester seem to have found some enthusiastically shared common ground."

"Both men are gun owners and say they have fired guns in the last month — Tester a Winchester .30-.30 and Burns a .30-06."

"Both men say they oppose any kind of gun control and they are willing to talk about what, exactly, that means to them."

"Burns: 'I support the Second Amendment. Period.'"

"Tester: 'I believe in our Second Amendment freedoms and the right of every law abiding American to keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

NY: Andrew Cuomo on the Role of the Attorney General
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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... "Q: How will you allocate resources in those areas of the attorney general's office that overlap jurisdiction with federal agencies? ..." ...

"One area in which Washington has failed us is gun violence. Instead of trying to prevent the problem, they have made it worse by giving immunity to gun manufacturers and dealers for their bad acts. As attorney general I would look at suing bad apple gun dealers and work with law enforcement and local officials around the state to prevent gun violence." ...
 

NY: Democratic State Senate Candidate Andrea Stewart-Cousins Endorsed by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Democratic State Senate candidate Andrea Stewart-Cousins today was endorsed by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, adding to the growing list of advocacy groups, local organizations and community leaders supporting her candidacy and the call for change in Albany." ...
 

MO: FROM THE TRAIL: Convention, Mehlman, McCaskill on the stump (last story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican Sen. Jim Talent has been benefiting from the support of the National Rifle Association, which has been running radio ads touting his candidacy. Now, Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill has gained the support of a new hunter's and conservation group."

"The American Hunters and Shooters Association on Wednesday announced its endorsement of McCaskill and said it had begun running statewide radio advertisements touting her while criticizing Talent. ..." ...

"The group's president ... said the association has no problem with Talent's support of the Second Amendment right to bear arms, but favors McCaskill partly because of her support for the preservation of federal lands that allow hunting." ...
 

MI: Gun owners group endorses Rep. Angerer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners has endorsed Rep. Kathy Angerer, D-Dundee, in her bid to be re-elected ..."

"The political action committee chose to support her after reviewing questionnaires and voting records and interviewing legislative leadership."

"'I am honored to have the support of the MCRGO, a group dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment, strengthening gun safety and ensuring nobody takes guns away from law-abiding citizens,' Rep. Angerer said in a written statement. 'Hunting is both a way of life and a pillar of our economy in Michigan. I look forward to working with the MCRGO to protect the Second Amendment and our citizens' right to bear arms.'" ...
 

AK: Capital site, pension change set House candidates apart
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Wardman is an amateur radio operator and a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association. He volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children and serves on the Alaska CASA Program board of directors." ...

"His opponent, Republican incumbent Carl Gatto, says moving the capital would be too costly and would displace a lot of state employees. But he does favor moving the four-month legislative session. ..." ...

"A self-proclaimed 'strong supporter of the Second Amendment,' Gatto is a member of the NRA."

"He supported the 'castle law,' which broadened the state's self-defense laws, allowing for the use of deadly force in certain situations outside the home." ...
 

WI: Reid will fight for safety, traditional values, businesses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am running for Congress to give Wisconsin families a better tomorrow for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren. It is time for real representation in Washington, and for over 37 years Dave Obey has proven to be out of touch with the people of our district and our values." ...

"Some of our favorite pastimes in Northern Wisconsin are shooting sports. That is why, as a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), I am proud to have received an 'A' rating for this year’s election, and why I will be a strong defender of the Second Amendment."
 

OH: DeWine campaign debate: Who delivers more votes — the NRA or editorial boards? (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Columbus Dispatch is outlining some of the major obstacles Senator Mike De-Wine is trying to overcome as he seeks re-election to the U.S. Senate against Democrat Sherrod Brown. Close to top on the list is, of course, the Senator's long history of anti-gun rights votes." ...

"The Dispatch goes on to remind readers that as a member of the House, DeWine supported the Brady Bill ... When he ran for the Senate in 1994, the Dispatch notes that DeWine backed a ban on the sale and production of some semi-automatic firearms."

"Unlike many in-state and even Congressional races this year, the race for Senate in Ohio continues to offer nothing but lose-lose choices for those who vote their gun-freedoms first. ..."
 

NY: Pataki Signs Gun Law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Governor George Pataki signed a bill into law that will make New York the toughest state in the nation in punishing those who carry loaded, illegal handguns."

"Possession of a loaded, illegal handgun will now be a felony, with a minimum term of three and a half years in prison."

"'We will be safer for it,' said Pataki."

"Previously, says Pataki the offense was treated as a misdemeanor."

"'It was absurd,' the Governor said."

"New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who came to Albany for the bill signing ceremony, praised Pataki and the legislature for approving a measure he said would save lives." ...
 

NY: Taking aim at gun crime (another view)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In an effort to further lessen the number of crimes committed in New York State, Gov. George Pataki signed a bill yesterday that would increase penalties for carrying a loaded illegal firearm."

"'You carry an illegal loaded gun, you're going away for a good long time,' said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attended the signing in Albany. Bloomberg has toured the country speaking out against illegal guns and founded a coalition of mayors that seeks to reduce them."

"The new law raises the minimum mandatory sentence to 3 1/2 years. The previous minimum was one year, though 40 percent of first-time felons convicted last year did not receive that minimum because of a loophole in the law, according to the Department of Criminal Justice." ...
 

MA: Maine Lawyer After Dressing As Bin Laden
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"A Maine attorney ... was arrested on Tuesday after he dressed up as al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and waved a fake gun at traffic."

"Police in South Portland, Maine, arrested Thomas Connolly, 49, of Scarborough, Maine, and charged him with criminal threatening. He was released on bail, local officials said."

"Lt. Todd Bernard said the police department received calls about a man wearing Middle Eastern garb and a bin Laden mask and carrying fake dynamite standing along an interstate highway. When police arrived, they saw Connolly holding a gun." ...

"In a phone interview, Connolly said he'd been trying to protest a planned change in local tax rules." ...

 

MS: Shaw ex-officer gets 20 years for manslaughter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Shaw police officer pleaded guilty to manslaughter this week, just one day before he was to be tried for murder in the 2005 slaying of an Indianola woman."

"Mark Highbaugh had been charged with murder in the death of Alberia L. Jack but escaped the more serious charge when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday in Sunflower County Circuit Court. His murder trial was to begin Tuesday."

"Circuit Court Judge Ashley Hines accepted the plea and sentenced Highbaugh to 20 years." ...

"At the time of the shooting, Highbaugh was an officer with the Shaw Police Department. He was arrested by members of the Indianola Police Department." ...
 

SC: Gun owners beware
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Everyone who believes in the right to keep and bear arms needs to pay close attention to what I'm saying. If Republicans lose control of the House and Senate, our right to bear arms will be in serious jeopardy."

"If you doubt what I'm saying, get the November issue of American Rifle. In it, you'll read about Nancy Pelosi and her desire to become speaker of the House. If this happens, she will have the power she needs to push her gun control agenda. She is not alone in this quest. ..."

"Please go to the polls next Tuesday and vote for the pro-gun candidate. Don't allow our Second Amendment rights to be taken away."
 

CA: Mayor Mulls Canceling Halloween Party
Submitted by: Howard Nemerov

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"Mayor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he was considering canceling the Castro district's annual Halloween festivities in the future after a shooting wounded nine people and left another person injured in the ensuing panic." ...

"City officials had made a visible effort to ramp up security at this year's event, which had been marred by violence in the past. Plans were in place to cut off the festivities at 11 p.m. and at least 500 police officers patrolled the streets."

"More than 100 sheriff's deputies were also posted at entrances to confiscate alcohol and weapons. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: But this is California! People can't legally carry guns around in public! How could this happen?! Next year's San Francisco referendum: Should we ban Halloween?
 

PA: Attention voting sportsmen and women
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As in every election there are many important issues. One that should be seriously considered in the upcoming election is our right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment there has not been a great deal of press on this issue, but there is quite a lot going on in the background in the anti-gun camps all across the country."

"... We all need to encourage our fellow hunters and gun owners to vote and to pay attention to the candidates stand on this issue."

"The events that happened in New Orleans with respect to law abiding gun owners is only an example of what the anti-gun lobby has as an agenda. ..." ...
 

NJ: Healy: Blood on Bush's hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Enraged about the proliferation of illegal handguns, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy yesterday laid the brutal slaying of a Heights deli owner at the doorstep of President George W. Bush."

"'You should be down in (Washington) D.C. asking George Bush why he hasn't controlled the outrageous proliferation of handguns,' Healy barked at a reporter asking what the city had done to make city residents safer. 'It cries out for a federal cure." ...

"The mayor ticked off local initiatives he's pursued to stem gun violence, namely his gun buy-back program and an ordinance that prohibits the sale or purchase of more than one handgun within 30 days." ...
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Submitter's Note: So he admits that gun buy-backs and purchase limits are useless.
 

NJ: Shopkeepers know minding the store is risky business
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The murder of Fidelina A. Claros has shocked and saddened fellow deli owners in the Heights. But they are hardly panicking."

"Pramod Patel - owner of Kathy's Deli on Reservoir Avenue and a victim of two gunpoint robberies - said robbery is another cost of doing business."

"'When they come in here (the robbers), I say 'Take it, Take it,' Patel said. 'I let them do whatever they want.'"

"Patel said he sees police driving around the area all the time, and Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy is a regular customer. But he doesn't think more police officers could have saved Claros's life."

"'They can't put a cop on every corner,' Patel said." ...
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Submitter's Note: So in a state which received an 'A-' from the Brady Campaign, store owners know that robbery is a cost of doing business.
 

GA: NRA won't take fall for violent crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Atlanta suffers from a rate of violent crime about four times the national average; murders take place in the city at a rate about five times the nation's average. The reasons Atlanta's crime statistics remain stubbornly high are many and persistent, but criminologists and law enforcement experts know that none of them is the fault of the National Rifle Association."

"Yet last week, Atlanta police Chief Richard Pennington was at the National Press Club in Washington offering sound bites and photo ops with the anti-gun lobby organization, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, blaming the city's sorry crime statistics on the NRA." ...
 

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