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SAF Lawsuit Defends Rights of Citizens Living Abroad, Challenges 'Sporting Purpose' Restriction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal court in Ohio, challenging the 'sporting purpose' limitation for firearms sales in this country, and supporting the constitutional right of American citizens living abroad to legally purchase firearms while in this country."

"SAF and co-plaintiff Stephen Dearth of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, a native citizen of the United States, are represented by the law firms of Gura & Possessky (Virginia) and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (Ohio)."

"SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb said 'there is no 'sporting purpose' limitation on the right to keep and bear arms in the language of the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

Concealed weapons a threat - to ignorance
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Lots of kids, when very young, worry about monsters under the bed. Even when Mom or Dad comes in to reassure them, the kids may still worry. But as they get older, they begin to check under the bed themselves. And eventually, after many monster-free nights, they figure out that the danger is purely imaginary and they stop worrying."

"You would think by now that gun-control supporters would have made the same progress on one of their most fearsome demons: the licensing of citizens to carry concealed firearms. But they seem to be trapped in a recurring nightmare that exists only in their minds." ...
 

Gun Control: Civil Society?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Those two campaigns have now come together to bring the strength of both communities, the disarmament community, and the women's rights communities together in order to stop armed violence against women ... the women’s rights movement has too often not realized the importance of taking away the weapons.'"[1]

"So says Rebecca Peters, director of International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), based in London ..." ...

"Ms. Peters' career in gun control got its start in Australia, where she was an important contributor to that country’s current gun ban.[2] By 2005, the rate of sexual assault in Australia increased 36% from its pre-ban 1995 rate ..." ...
 

Parks are for peace, not concealed guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Let's see how many reasons there are to carry a concealed weapon into a national park."

"Perhaps you might encounter a rattlesnake or some other potentially deadly critter that would pose a threat. Perhaps you were with an argumentative acquaintance who had pushed you to the limit in a discussion over, well, gun control. Perhaps a little paranoia had set in since you climbed out of bed that morning and you thought you needed a concealed weapon to ward off any attackers - real or imagined."

"Surely there are others, but none of them are particularly legitimate. Yet, outgoing U.S. Sen. George Allen wants to put a cap on his one-term career in the Senate with legislation that would let visitors carry a concealed weapon into a national park." ...
 

Journal of the House of Representatives, "To guard against the assumption of all powers which encroach...", Aug. 3, 1846
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...The general proposition that the federal government does not possess this power is so well settled. . . .that it is not deemed necessary to reiterate the arguments by which it is sustained. Nor do I deem it necessary, after the full and elaborate discussions which have taken place before the country on this subject, to do more than state the general considerations which have satisfied me of the unconstitutionality and inexpediency of the exercise of such a power...."

"...The whole frame of the federal constitution proves that the government which it creates was intended to be one of limited and specified powers...."

"... it is safer and wiser to appeal to the States and the people...."

 

TX: Homeowner shoots invader who flees with cash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police are searching for a home invasion suspect who was shot by an east Montgomery County homeowner early today."

"The homeowner fired several shots at the masked gunman when the suspect fled on foot after taking money from the homeowner and two female family members ..."

"The aggravated robbery happened about 12:30 a.m ... The suspect confronted the homeowner outside the home and demanded money. The suspect then forced the 61-year-old homeowner inside the house and demanded money from the other two women, ages 59 and 38, police said."

"Investigators believe at least one bullet from the homeowner's pistol struck the suspect because he left a trail of blood, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Dan Norris said." ...
 

NY: Shotgun blasts stop home invasion
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"An old farmhouse in a residential part of the Town of Newburgh near Orange Lake was the scene of a wild home invasion in which ski-masked intruders were turned back by shotgun blasts that ripped through walls and panicked neighbors."

"Police were called ... Monday night around 8 p.m. in response to reports of gunfire. The owners of the house, a couple in their 20s, said at least three men ... burst through their backdoor, pistols drawn. One gunman held the man to the ground, while the others headed upstairs, where the couple's tenant rents a room."

"The tenant grabbed a shotgun and fired several times, police said, narrowly missing his landlord. It is unknown if any of the intruders were hit." ...
 

FL: No charges filed in shooting
Submitted by: Daniel Sloan/Student

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"No charges have been filed in the shooting death of a 47-year-old man shot by his ex-girlfriend Tuesday."

"The shooter Marilyn Caraway, 53, who called 911 shortly after 6:30 a.m., told Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies she shot Johnny Ray Clark, of Pensacola, in self-defense."

"'We certainty have to look at the case to determine whether or not it was (self-defense),' said Sgt. Mike Ward, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. 'It's probably going to be a while before we know.'"

"Ward said once Sheriff’s Office investigators complete their investigation it must be reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office." ...
 

PA: Store Owner Single-Handedly Fights Four Armed Robbers
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Police said a local mini-mart owner fought back during a robbery attempt, putting three of the five culprits in the hospital.

Police said a group of men pulled their guns after Germantown store owner John Lee told them to pull their hoods down.

Lee grabbed his own gun and shot three of the four suspects inside the Musgrave Street and Chelten Avenue store before they could target him.

He found the fourth gunman hiding in the back of the store.

"I found out he had a gun on him, so I beat him up pretty bad," Lee said. "Kicked them hard; I gave them a lesson."

Police did not release the suspects' name or medical conditions, but said they were all suspects in other robberies, too.

Police arrested them and a fifth suspect who was waiting outside in a getaway car.
 

SC: Lynchburg man who shot father found not guilty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Lee County man accused of shooting his father has been found not guilty.

It happened back in July at Mister C's in Lynchburg.

Authorities say Charles Nelson, Sr. and Charles Nelson, Jr. got into a physical fight, when the son shot his dad.

Both men were taken to the hospital.

The defense argued that Nelson, Jr. shot his dad in self-defense.
 

TN: Crime-fighters display different attitudes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The extraordinary coincidence of two elected public officials in Knox County using their own firearms to thwart crimes and assist in the apprehension of suspects this month deserves comment."

"No sooner had the furor over Knox County Commissioner Greg 'Lumpy' Lambert’s defense of his person and property by pulling a pistol on a suspected robber in his business died down to a dull roar when state Sen. Tim Burchett used a pistol to stop a burglary at a warehouse he rents."

"Burchett’s actions, in staking out the previously burglarized warehouse bordered on the comical, or would have, except for the realization that law enforcement has neither the resources nor the inclination to prevent burglaries." ...
 

OH: Cleveland CHL-holder defends lives; Plain Dealer mum (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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... "Since Plain Dealer editors believe so vehemently that Ohioans have a "right to know" their neighbors' self-defense choices and private, personal information, and since they feel so strongly that an individuals' status as a CHL-holder is a legitimate public interest, and, one would certainly expect that when a Cleveland CHL-holder and business-owner uses his firearm to defend himself and his patrons, that the newspaper would see such an event as newsworthy, right?"

"WRONG." ...
 

OH: House Bill 347, Sweeping Firearms Law Reform Bill, headed to Governor Taft (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association

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"The Ohio Senate today passed Amended Substitute House Bill 347, a sweeping firearm laws reform bill. The House overwhelmingly passed substantially the same Bill this past Spring by an overwhelming, veto-proof majority. The House voter today to concur with the Senate's changes, and the Act is now headed for Governor Taft's desk."

"The Bill dramatically improves firearm laws for gun owners and law enforcement in Ohio, including fixes the most severe problems that have become apparent since people began obtaining concealed handgun licenses in Ohio." ...
 

OH: Ohio Senate Passes General Law To Regulate Firearm Ownership, Fix CCW Law Flaws (PRO)
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://www.peoplesrights.org

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"The Ohio Senate passed, by a vote of 19-10 after long, heated debate, Sub. HB 347. Some changes were made, but all anti-gun and anti-pre-emption amendments were defeated or tabled. The bill now goes to disgraced, anti-gun Governor Bob Taft for signature. Previously he has said he would veto the bill, but in recent months he has been silent on the issue of this law-enforcement endorsed citizen safety legislation." ...
 

OH: Ohio Legislature Passes Sweeping Firearm Preemption & Concealed Carry Legislation (OFCC)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry announced its support today for Ohio Substitute House Bill 347 after the Ohio Senate passed the bill by a 19 to 10 vote and sent it back to the Ohio House for concurrence."

"'Finally after nearly three years of Ohio having a concealed carry law, license holders will actually be able to carry a firearm concealed in their motor vehicle,' said Jeff Garvas, president of Ohioans For Concealed Carry. 'This will end the justifiable fears that law-abiding citizens have of being charged with a crime because a traffic officer decides he didn't like exactly how you were trying to carry your handgun in plain sight to satisfy the vague law.'" ...
 

OH: Proposal would kill ability of cities to regulate firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ohio Senate is expected to vote on a gun bill today that would strip cities of the power to regulate firearms issues and let permit holders conceal their weapons while traveling in vehicles."

"The bill would negate more than 80 local gun ordinances in Dayton and 19 other communities, including assault weapons bans, local permit rules, and regulations that hold adults liable if kids get access to their firearms, said Toby Hoover of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence." ...

"... But Sen. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana and chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, said it's impractical for gun owners to have to keep up with a patchwork of local laws." ...
 

NY: Bloomberg's Blunder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg's decision, in the midst of the crisis over the shooting of Sean Bell, to turn to the Reverend Al Sharpton is one of those errors that he is going to have to deal with as he contemplates a campaign for the presidency in 2008. New York City itself will no doubt survive the mayor's faux pas, because the fact is that police shootings in this city are among the lowest per capita of any big city. And the idea that the leadership of the police department is somehow racist, or even indifferent to the sensitivities of the minority communities in this city, is going to be hard even for the critics of the police to credit. But the mayor's reputation as a leader in a crisis, that is something that takes a long time to earn ..." ...
 

UK: Ex-pc jailed for bingo hall plot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A FORMER police officer who concocted an elaborate plot to steal from a bingo hall by claiming that he was on a covert operation has been jailed for four years."

"Matthew Brakewell, aged 29, of Bridge Bank Road, Smithy Bridge, told staff at the Gala bingo hall in Bradford that he was a detective on an undercover mission and, when he was caught, aimed an imitation gun at two police officers." ...

"Bradford Crown Court was told that Brakewell, who served in the Greater Manchester Police and the Isle of Man forces, had got away with a similar scam at the Mecca Bingo Hall in Rochdale on 22 September." ...
 

UK: Dad stands firm over toy gun incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AN Ilminster father has claimed police were over the top when they confiscated a toy gun from his 12-year-old son at Victorian Night."

"... officers confiscated a toy gun when they saw a boy firing it in the town centre. The move came as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Ilminster."

"This week, the boy's father, Jason Miles, contacted the News to say he stood by his remark on the night that the action was 'pathetic' ..." ...

"Mr Miles added: 'I strongly support the police in their fight against anti-social behaviour, but these lads were just playing cops and robbers with toy guns and that's as far as it goes. It was pathetic for acting like this with a toy gun.'" ...
 

NE: Concealed carry OK in county
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Although the city has maintained its prohibition of carrying concealed weapons within city limits, those who qualify will be able to carry a concealed handgun in Platte and other area counties."

"The Public Property, Safety and Works Committee, a committee of the City of Columbus, voted to keep an ordinance banning concealed weapons in August and discussed the state's new Concealed Handgun Permit Act but voted to hold the issue in committee."

"The act, LB454, passed by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman, will allow people to carry concealed handguns in Nebraska beginning Jan. 1, 2007. ..." ...
 

MN: Good Question: Can You Shoot A Home Intruder?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our homes are our castles and most of us would do whatever it takes to defend our families. So when a Twin Cities man found a burglar prowling around his bedroom Tuesday morning, he didn't hesitate to grab a rifle and fire."

"That shot killed the intruder, which left some WCCO-TV viewers wondering: When is it OK to take the law into our own hands?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Defending yourself and calling 9-1-1 is not 'taking the law into your own hands'.
 

MD: Gunmen Pose As Police, Force Way Into Home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Baltimore city police are looking for four gunmen who posed as police officers to force their way into a home downtown.

It happened in the 600 block of Mosher Street at about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police said one of the gunmen shot a 26-year-old man in the back and right arm as he tried to jump from a second-story window in order to escape.

He is listed in good condition at Shock Trauma, officials said.

Police said the gunmen also pistol-whipped several occupants before fleeing without any money or property.
 

KS: Shooting range issue remains undecided
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Joseph and Cheryl Nave's plans to open an outdoor shooting sports facility remain in limbo."

"At a hearing Monday to consider the Nave's request for a special-use permit, Leavenworth County commissioners referred the request back to the county's planning commission."

"The planning commission again will consider the Nave's request for a permit at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. The planning commission earlier recommended to the county commission that the Naves' request be denied." ...
 

NC: Gun-Waving Sermon Lands Pastor in Pokey
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The pastor of a Mount Airy church accused of brandishing a gun as part of his sermon is free on bond after being charged with possession of a firearm by a felon."

"Jerry Wayne "Dusty" Whitaker, 58, of Mount Airy, was convicted in Virginia in 1990 of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm during drug trafficking." ...

"In September, Whitaker reportedly brought a handgun and a shoulder holster to a service."

"'He was driving home his point,' Scearce said. ..."

"Whitaker said the gun was a toy prop."

"'I use parables,' he said. 'Once I pretended to be a blind man with a cane, glasses and can with coins. Why didnt they arrest me for impersonating a blind man?'" ...
 

OR: LUBA dismisses neighbor's gun range lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state Land Use Board of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit last week brought by opponents of a proposed gun range north of Bandon."

"Last May, Gary and Jean Dorall of Pioneer, Calif., who also own a home on Seven Devils Road, filed the suit challenging the merit of an agreement between the gun range developers and Coos County."

"Opponents, most of whom fear the noise generated from the gun range, proposed for Whisky Run Lane, will ruin the peace around their rural homes, hoped LUBA would dissolve the agreement forcing the county and Tioga Sports Park Association to begin anew."

"But on Nov. 21, LUBA said the agreement was not a final land-use decision and, therefore, outside LUBA's jurisdiction." ...
 

Canada: Liberals take safe road on social policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Eradicating child poverty and controlling guns are high priorities for Liberal party activists." ...

"The convention is being held in downtown Montreal, not far from the Dawson College shooting tragedy earlier this year."

"In that incident, 25-year-old Montreal Kimveer Gill walked into the school Sept. 13 carrying several weapons, including a 12 gauge shotgun and a 9 mm pistol. He opened fire, killing one woman and wounding 20 others, before killing himself."

"Several delegates made reference to the incident during discussions of toughening gun laws."

"The resolution that is going to the full plenary would ban semi-automatic weapons."
 

UK: The knife culture of our city's streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TEENAGERS have revealed the shocking extent of knife culture in Leeds after admitting carrying weapons for protection while out on the city's streets."

"Peer pressure and the need for protection has pushed teenagers to arm themselves, a weapons awareness session organised by Leeds Council's Youth Offending Service was told."

"Youngsters spoke of carrying meat cleavers or craft knives for protection ..." ...

"Jim Hopkinson, of Leeds Youth Offending Service, said: 'Up to four per cent of young people carry knives at some time and they always say it's self defence. But there are legal consequences and also if you did get involved you would cause significant harm.'"
 

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