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Seattle Mayor's Plan Disregards State Law, AG Opinion Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A draft proposal issued Friday by Mayor Greg Nickels outlining his scheme to ignore state statute and state legislative authority over firearms regulation amounts to a slap in the face against more than 250,000 Washington state residents, the [CCRKBA] said in response."

"'We’re going to review this draft proposal line-by-line,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'but even a cursory glance at the document released Friday by Mayor Nickels shows that he has chosen to arrogantly ignore the State Attorney General's opinion. State statute clearly limits municipal authority, and the Nickels plan suggests he is attempting to be a little too clever in trying an end-run around the law.'" ...
 

An Appropriate Response
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "Yet throughout, Osiecki has been one of the 'only ones,' a person deemed by the state more trustworthy to carry a gun than you and I ..."

"And special privileges and immunities, that is, the super citizen status, extend beyond being trusted with a gun. Osiecki only served a tenth of his drunk driving sentence, and tried to use his position to get all charges dropped 'as a 'professional courtesy.' And after an armed 'domestic altercation' in his home, Osiecki still retained a weapon on the job and had 'at least two handguns in the house.'" ...
 

Media Resource on So-called 'Assault Weapons'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Over the last several weeks, hundreds of stories have appeared nationwide about increasing firearm sales due to gun owners' concerns that President-elect Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress will pass legislation limiting the Second Amendment rights of Americans."

"Firearms retailers report that many firearm customers are interested in buying semi-automatic rifles that have a military look to them. There is much confusion among the public and the media about how these rifles function and about their legitimate uses for target shooting and hunting. Often incorrectly referred to as semi-automatic 'assault weapons,' they are the type of firearms that President-elect Obama has indicated he would seek to ban ..." ...
 

Psychiatry as an Arm of the State (audio)
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Submitter's Note: Lew Rockwell interviews Dr. Thomas Szasz, a psychiatrist who explains that psychiatry developed around 300 years ago as an arm of the law. The of purpose of psychiatry is to get rid of unwanted people. Listen to this podcast and keep in mind that we can lose our gun rights if judged as "mental defective"; that the FBI keeps (and is expanding) its Mental Defective File.
 

The Heller Gun Decision Week 20 and Beyond--Who Will Be Secretary of State and US Attorney General?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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... "The last thing that a President needs is an appointee who has legal issues or any surprises. The NRA had a field day in attacking Richard Mell as a hypocrite for failing to reregister his guns and then sponsoring a local ordinance to make himself 'legal'. If Obama appointed someone to an office with Mell type issues the NRA would go full blast on that. It is not unreasonable to avoid that issue upfront by asking questions. There is a reason for the nickname 'No Drama Obama'." ...
 

Message To President-Elect Obama: After Heller, "Build A Bridge To Moderates" With Common Sense On Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke released the following statement today ..."

"'Earlier this week we released the results of a poll on the gun issue ... Before discussing the responses that may come as a surprise to some, I wanted to highlight the analysis of Rob Green, a principal at PSB, who evaluated the new political status of gun violence prevention after this election:'"

"'These findings suggest that sensible gun legislation provides a unique opportunity for the new Administration to build a bridge to moderate voters in both parties. It is no longer plausible for opponents of gun legislation to assert that gun laws will somehow lead to a total gun ban.'" ...
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KABA Note: And exactly why is that 'no longer plausible'?
 

PA: Homeowner Shoots and Kills Burglar
Submitted by: jac

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The sleeping resident was woken around 1030pm last night after hearing a strange noise in the downstairs of his home in the 1900 block of Montrose Street in South Philadelphia.

After finding an open window on the first floor of his two story row home, the resident started to search the rest of the property from top to bottom, and was startled to find a male hunched up in the corner of a spare bedroom.

The resident pulled his gun and a violent struggle ensued between the robber and resident. During the struggle the robber was shot.

The burglar, a male in his 30’s, was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The homeowner was not injured and will probably not face charges.
 

Barack Obama's Chief of Staff is Sarah Brady's 'go-to' guy' - a 'good friend' of gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Judging by our email InBox, there are at least a few gun owners who refused to believe the warnings Second Amendment defenders like the [NRA] and Buckeye Firearms Association offered about what a Barack Obama administration would mean for gun control. If they didn't believe the evidence provided by his record ... maybe they'll believe a woman with a 23 year history of support for the most radical gun control efforts in our nation's history."

"In a letter to supporters, Sarah Brady praises Obama's choice for Chief of Staff, and calls the NRA F-rated Rahm Emanuel a 'good friend' of gun control who served as her 'go-to' guy' in the White House during efforts to pass the Clinton Gun Ban." ...
 

Eric Holder on Firearms Policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this year, Eric Holder--along with Janet Reno ... co-signed an amicus brief in District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief was filed in support of DC's ban on all handguns, and ban on the use of any firearm for self-defense in the home. The brief argued that the Second Amendment is a 'collective' right, not an individual one, and asserted that belief in the collective right had been the consistent policy of the U.S. Department of Justice since the FDR administration. A brief filed by some other former DOJ officials (including several Attorneys General, and Stuart Gerson, who was Acting Attorney General until Janet Reno was confirmed) took issue with the Reno-Holder brief's characterization of DOJ's viewpoint." ...
 

After Columbine, [Attorney General nominee] Holder Wanted 'Reasonable Restrictions' on 'How People Interact on the Internet'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Danny Glover notes that in the aftermath of the Columbine killings, one of then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder's responses was to seek government restrictions of speech on the Internet.

"The court has really struck down every government effort to try to regulate — we tried with regard to pornography. It is going to be a difficult thing, but it seems to me that if we can come up with resasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations on how people interact on the Internet that is something the Supreme Court and the courts ought to favorably look at."

I guess when you've decided the Second Amendment is optional, I guess it's easier to conclude the one right next to it is optional, too.
 

The consequences of Waxman ousting Dingell
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Losing Rep. Dingell as the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee does not bode well for American industries, but there is another ominous reason to fear Henry Waxman's ascent to the Chairmanship. Dingell was generally a steadfast pro-Second Amendment voice during his long tenure in the House, where he helped defeat several gun control laws proposed by his more liberal colleagues."

"Michael Barone gives us a nice summary of Dingell's pro-gun views from an account of his primary fight in 2002. The left needs to be reminded that it was Dingell, not President Bush, Wayne LaPierre, or some other fire-breathing right-winger who first coined the term 'jack-booted thugs' in reference to abuses of power by agents of the BATF. ..." ...
 

Would-be appointees quizzed on guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"President-elect Barack Obama's transition team is asking potential appointees detailed questions about gun ownership, and firearms advocates aren’t happy about it."

"The National Rifle Association has denounced the move, which has already led one Republican senator to consider legislation aimed at ensuring a president can't use an applicant's gun ownership status to deny employment."

"It's just one question on a lengthy personnel form — No. 59 on a 63-question list — but the furor over the query is a vivid reminder of the intensity of support for Second Amendment rights and signals the scrutiny Obama is likely to receive from the ever-vigilant gun lobby." ...
 

Eric Holder Was a Gun Control Nightmare
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Barack Obama's nomination of Eric Holder for attorney general will not sit well with advocates of Second Amendment rights — Holder has consistently championed stronger gun-control measures."

"As deputy attorney general in the Bill Clinton administration from 1997 to 2001, Holder 'was a strong supporter of restrictive gun control,' according to The Volokh Conspiracy ..."

"He advocated federal licensing of handgun owners, a three-day waiting period on handgun sales, rationing handgun sales to no more than one per month, banning possession of handguns and so-called 'assault weapons' by anyone under age 21, a gun show restriction bill that would have ... the power to shut down all gun shows, and national gun registration." ...
 

WA: Nickels expects December start to city gun ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association

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"Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels expects to introduce a city rule change in December that would ban all guns from city buildings and parks, despite objections from state officials and gun-rights advocates."

"City staff released a draft of the proposed change to reporters Friday, which shows a change in line with statements Nickels made following a nonfatal shooting at the Northwest Folklife Festival in May."

"The administrative change, which would not come to a City Council vote, would ban concealed weapons from city-owned property. Roads, sidewalks and most parking areas would not be included." ...
 

MO: St. Louis police board nixes gun buyback program with tie vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Board of Police Commissioners on Wednesday shot down Chief Daniel Isom's request to fund a repeat of last year's gun buyback that took more than 500 firearms off the street." ...

"... board President Chris Goodson said he was against the idea because last year's buyback didn't prevent this year's rising murder rate."

"'I'm trying to understand what the benefit is,' he told Isom. 'If it's to reduce crime, it doesn't seem to have an effect.'" [emphasis added]

"Board member Vincent J. Bommarito agreed. 'I think it's a waste of money,' he said." ...
 

IL: Alert: Cook County, IL needs help
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Larry Suffredin and his cohorts on the Cook County Board are up to their old tricks again."

"In order to justify passage of gun control ordinances designed to close all gun shops and ban and confiscate most guns owned by citizens of the county, the Cook County Board is conducting a telephone poll where callers can vote for or against the gun control ordinances."

"Like everything else in Cook County, this poll is probably rigged. So, it's very important that you do the following:"

"1. Call 1-312 -603-6400 and select Option #1 when prompted. At the next prompt, select Option #1 again. Then, when prompted to vote on the gun control ordinance, press #2." ...
 

NY: City police officer charged in gun-waving incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Northeast District police officer has been charged with three counts of menacing in connection with an incident early Feb. 16 outside the Town Ballroom in the 600 block of Main Street, The Buffalo News has learned."

"Officer Mitchell J. Thomas, 38, of Montcalm Street, is accused of pointing and waving a gun, Buffalo police reports said."

"Thomas, suspended from duty without pay last Friday, was booked on the three charges Wednesday morning after an investigation by the department's Professional Standards Division. He is a 10-year veteran of the force." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

TX: Cops mistake motorist's phone for gun; close road
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Part of an interstate was shut down briefly Thursday morning after authorities responded to reports of a motorist holding a gun to his head — but it was actually a cell phone."

"A driver had noticed a car on the side of Interstate 20 west of Fort Worth and thought the man inside had a gun to his head ... An officer who was sent there also thought the man had a gun ..."

"A tactical force of the Parker County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies responded and determined that the man's sport utility vehicle had broken down and that he was holding a cell phone." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

IL: Chicago Photographer Arrested Again - CPD on the Warpath
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We checked back in with Mike Anzaldi, the freelance photojournalist who was arrested by the Chicago Police Department October 22 at a crime scene. Thinking we’d hear about the status of his arrest, we were shocked to learn he'd been arrested again - and the second offense is even more outlandish than the first!"

"As we posted before, Anzaldi was arrested and his equipment was confiscated, and about 500 images were deleted from his memory card, when the Chicago police decided that he wasn't allowed to film a crime scene from a neighbor's private property. He was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest and his status hearing is set for November 19." ...
 

NC: Deputies will be disciplined after tasing pallbearer
Submitted by: clell

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"Five members of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office will be disciplined after undercover deputies zapped a pallbearer with a Taser at his father's funeral ..."

"One of the five facing disciplinary action is Chief Deputy Ed McMahon, who was in charge of arresting Gladwyn Taft Russ III when the 42-year-old man attended his father’s funeral on Saturday. Also, two lieutenants and the two undercover deputies who arrested Russ will be disciplined for their poor timing caused by miscommunication ..."

"Family members reported mourners were so alarmed by the arrest as pallbearers loaded the casket into the hearse that they fled the funeral before Russ' 70-year-old father, Gladwyn Taft Russ Jr., was buried ..." ...
 

New Zealand: Shots fired in Bolger's plane when PM
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A diplomatic protection squad police officer once shot a hole in the side of an airborne plane carrying former Prime Minister Jim Bolger, it has been revealed."

"The DPS guards the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, usually keeping a low profile."

"But the decision to completely surround incoming Prime Minister John Key on election night with a tight ring of officers has raised questions about its tactics."

"In a discussion panel on Radio New Zealand this week, Mr Bolger's former chief press secretary Richard Griffin said some officers were extremely gung-ho and one had once shot a hole in the side of an airborne plane carrying the Prime Minister." ...
 

UK: Army gun nut
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AN ARMY sergeant allegedly let loose a burst of fire from an AK47 after he was hauled before a disciplinary hearing, it emerged yesterday."

"The colour sergeant was appearing in front of a warrant officer at Gibraltar Barracks in Blackwater, Surrey."

"The officer is believed to have ordered the sergeant to end an 'inappropriate' relationship with a female soldier."

"The sergeant is alleged to have reacted furiously and reached into a bag and produced the rifle."

"He is said to have fired off an automatic burst of at least 20 live rounds which left bullet holes in the walls of the office." ...
 

WV: Fear Fuels Gun Sales Locally
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Buy now or pay later, that is the message from gun rights advocates to anyone wanting or needing a gun in the wake of Obama's victory."

"Fears that President-elect Obama will strip away Second Amendment rights are fueling gun sales."

"Before you ever even step foot into Classic Jewelry and Loan, the message is loud and clear. The sign reads, 'Get your guns before Hussein Obama does!'"

"'I mirrored what the NRA is putting out there which is fact-based. President Obama is against the right to carry guns. He's against any semi-automatic guns. He's actually against anyone under 21 owning a gun,' said Rich Blakeman, owner of Classic Jewelry and Loan." ...
 

VA: New president should not push for gun control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"One of the concerns about a Barack Obama presidency has been his stand on gun control. Specifically, many gun rights advocates worry that President Obama would push for more stringent gun control, although Sen. Obama has denied that would be the case."

"This fear is probably one of the reasons the applications for concealed weapons permits in Virginia, and in Franklin County, have increased in recent months. People apparently want to get the permit while they still have the right to do so."

"We certainly hope Pres.-elect Obama will not push for more gun control, although a traditionally liberal agenda usually includes that provision." ...
 

SC: 'Second Amendment' Sales Tax Holiday is Nov. 28-29
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"South Carolina will waive the state's sales and use tax on purchases of handguns, rifles and shotguns during the first annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Nov. 28-29."

"The 48-hour tax break on firearm purchases begins at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 28 and continues through midnight Nov. 29. The tax exemption also applies to any local sales and use tax."

"The tax break does not apply to accessories such as ammunition, black powder, holsters, archery supplies and similar items. It also does not apply to the sale of antique or collectible handguns or handguns that do not fire a fixed cartridge." ...
 

OH: Hunters Helping Others
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An article in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer called Hunters helping to fill food banks talked about 'the Hunters Feeding the Hungry program, developed in 1989 by Safari Club International, and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry' programs which are intended to help feed the less fortunate by providing an outlet for hunters to donate game meat."

"In these tough times, helping others is more important than ever, and hunters are in a unique position to directly help feed the hungry."

"'We donated almost a ton of venison to Cleveland area food banks in 2007, and hope we can top that amount this winter,' said Safari Club chapter official Mike Samsel, who owns Samsel Supply Company in Cleveland. ..." ...
 

Finland: Finland's weapons register full of errors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The national daily Helsingin Sanomat reports that the national weapons register is rife with mistakes and inaccuracies."

"The Interior Ministry's weapons register is outdated and highly inaccurate. Many mistakes were made when the register's data was converted from file cards to an electronic registry in 1992. Already before this, White Guard rifles, for example, have been registered with a type number instead of a manufacture number. 'For God's sake, in Finland we have many Parabellums whose serial number has been marked as 1916, 1917 or 1918, for example, because it reads so on the side of the weapon. In reality that number is the year it was made,' says ... a firearms salesman from Hamina." ...
 

UK: Man 'carefully planned' his chainsaw death after losing eviction battle with developers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The last resident in a block of flats due to be demolished cut his own head off with a chainsaw to highlight the 'injustice' of being asked to move out, an inquest heard today."

"Desperate David Phyall, 50, plugged the electric chainsaw into the mains and attached a timer to the socket."

"He then wrapped sellotape around the machine's trigger to secure it in the 'on' position and tied the handle of the saw to a table leg to hold it steady."

"Mr Phyall rested the saw on his neck and waited for the timer to go off."

"The Black and Decker chainsaw sliced through his neck in an instant but kept going for a further 15 minutes." ...
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As David Codrea points out, thank heavens they have gun control there!
 

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