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Assaulting the Ban
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In the gun control debate, labels are often misleading: The 'assault weapon ban' is no different, conjuring up images of machine guns, a view encouraged by the news media, which typically show machine guns in their stories on the ban. Yet, the 1994 federal assault weapon ban had nothing to do with machine guns, only semi-automatics that fire one bullet per pull of the trigger. Rebuilding semi-automatic weapons into machine guns is very difficult, as completely different firing mechanisms are used. It is easier to replace the entire gun than to re-engineer a semi-automatic gun."
 

The Democrats' Assault (on) Weapons
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"The Founding Fathers would have put it more starkly, in terms the National Rifle Association or Gun Owners of America have used. Chairman Mao was right: political power does grow out of the barrel of a gun."

"Guns in the hands of the people are both the symbol and the reality of ultimate power residing in their hands. What message has it sent, therefore, that leftist Democrats are almost rabidly determined on any pretext to take those guns, and with them the ultimate power of the people away?"
 

Dean spins out of control trying to please everyone and exhibiting no real integrity of his own
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Original title: Dean backer explains gun-control stance

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"An ally of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean tried Monday to assure activists in Davenport that Dean backs a menu of gun-control proposals, even as rivals continued to hammer him for comments he made over the weekend defending his position."

" 'He’s not a crazy man on guns,' U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., a Dean supporter, told two dozen people at the former Vermont governor’s Davenport headquarters."

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Isn't it comforting to know that elected United States representatives consider your constitutionally protected rights "crazy"?
 

What would a literal interpretation of the 2nd Amendment mean? (Blog)
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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Blogger Publicola (starts on the sixth paragraph down the page)

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"So why did they use the word 'arms' instead of flintlocks or muskets? Simple. They recognized that technology was changing, & muskets simply wouldn't encompass all that was necessary. In their time, in their own experience, muskets were the most common, but bayonets, rifles, pistols, swords, cannons, warships, knives, hatchets, grenades, tomahawks & other implements were used to wage war. The word 'muskets' would have been too limiting even then."

"The primary purpose of the 2nd amendment was to ensure that the citizenry would never be disarmed & helpless should a government, foreign or domestic, attempt to enslave or kill them. As such it was meant that the average citizen should be able to possess the arms typical of the common soldier that he/she might have to face. In the 1770's that meant, but was not limited to, a musket & bayonet. In the 1870's that would have expanded to include a lever action repeating rifle & in the 1970's that would mean an M16 (although I would argue that any ten rednecks I know armed with Garands could equal 100 regular troops armed with M16's any day of the week & twict on Sund’ys). In 2070 this might mean the phaser rifles of Star Trek fame. But the founders’ intent was clear: the people should be able to be armed equal to or better than the average professional soldier."
 

November 15-23, 2003 is "National Ammo Day"
Submitted by: awsmm
Website: http://www.geekswithguns.com

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"no point in taxing ammo sales when everyone in the country has enough spare ammo to last a couple of generations, right?"
 

New York Times Correction
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"Because of an editing error, an article on Saturday about the gun-control stance of Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, referred incorrectly at one point, in some editions, to the firearm he used on a pheasant hunt in Iowa. As noted elsewhere in the article, it was a shotgun, not a rifle."

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This doesn't change the fact that he's an enemy of freedom.
 

Oscar winner Michael Moore puts US President Goerge W Bush on the spot over terrorism...
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"WHY are you protecting the Second Amendment rights [Americans' 'right' to bear arms] of potential terrorists?"

"IN the days after September 11, the FBI began running a check to see if any of the 186 'suspects' the Feds had rounded up had purchased any guns in the months leading up to September 11 (two of them had)."

"When your Attorney-General, John Ashcroft, heard about this, he immediately shut down the search."

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The reference to the gun purchases is a red herring. None of the 9-11 hijackers used firearms.

And Moore's reference to the righs of "potential" terrorists gives you an accurate insight into his mentality that everyone is guilty until proven innocent.
 

NJ: Off-base in gun-purchasing approach
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"New Jersey is a perfect example of a state that has gun laws that have no effect on a criminal's ability to get whatever he wants."

"What has been labeled as 'progressive' gun control is arguably the most backward legal contraption ever created."
 

CA: Lawyer Shooting: And Nobody Had a Gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Nobody had a gun. This non-descript, middle-aged man confronted his attorney outside a California courthouse, pulled a gun and started shooting at him while the attorney bobbed & weaved behind a tree, and nobody else had a gun to stop the attack. It was a miracle the attorney survived with just face and shoulder wounds." ...

"Most viewers were mesmerized by the attack itself, and stayed locked onto it. When I viewed the film, my attention went to the bystanders, who mostly held their hands to their faces, screaming in terror. Not one of them tried to stop the attack, and why none of them had a gun."
 

NV: CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION: LV FBI used anti-terrorism law
Submitted by: Richter

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"The FBI used the USA Patriot Act to obtain financial information about key figures in its ongoing political corruption probe centered on strip club magnate Michael Galardi, federal authorities confirmed Monday."

"Investigators 'used a section of the Patriot Act to get subpoenas for financial documents,' said Special Agent Jim Stern, a spokesman for the Las Vegas field office of the FBI. 'It was used appropriately by the FBI and was clearly within the legal parameters of the statute.' " ...

"That list includes Galardi, the owner of Jaguars and Cheetah's topless clubs; his lobbyist, former Clark County Commissioner Lance Malone; former Commissioner Erin Kenny; County Commission Chairwoman Mary Kincaid-Chauncey; former County Commission Chairman Dario Herrera; and Las Vegas City Councilman Michael McDonald, who was defeated for re-election in June."
 

MN: Security guard may be charged in shooting of 16-year-old
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"A security guard who shot a 16-year-old boy suspected of stealing a car stereo at a St. Paul high-rise apartment building early Sunday may face criminal charges, police said Monday."

"The guard, Timothy Engle, 21, told authorities that the shooting was an accident. Engle, who works for Wolf Protective Agency of Coon Rapids, was taken into custody Sunday on suspicion of aggravated assault. Wolf officials declined to comment."
 

MN: Burzlaff has Volunteered as Gun Safety Instructor for 25 Years
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"Bill Burzlaff of Adrian has been volunteering as a gun safety instructor for over 25 years. He began volunteering in February of 1978, and has taught at least one class a year since that time." ...

"To become an instructor, the DNR sponsors a class for volunteers. The volunteers then remain certified by teaching at least one class annually. Instructors receive updates on the issues and methods that support the training programs."
 

Australia: Gun amnesty slow to trigger handover
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"ORANGE residents have been slow to respond to the current gun amnesty which came into effect on October 1."

"Since that time, only a small quantity of rifles and handguns have been surrendered." ...

"Sen Const Croker said in the past surrendered weapons had come from a variety of sources, including younger family members bringing in guns they found in the homes of elderly parents, or from owners where licences had lapsed."

"He said it was unclear why the amnesty had yielded a limited response but is encouraging anyone to come forward who may wish to surrender a gun or a knife."

"Weapons can be unconditionally surrendered at Orange Police Station or any other station in NSW until March 31 next year."
 

NM: Bosque Farms officer accused of accused of pointing gun at wife
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"A Bosque Farms police officer is accused of pointing his service handgun at his wife during a domestic dispute."

"Officials say Ronald Saavedra has been charged with aggravated assault on a household member." ...

"A criminal complaint says Saavedra and his wife, Kathleen, were arguing Saturday after she accused him of infidelity."

"Authorities say Saavedra’s stepson joined the argument and punched the officer in the head several times."

"The complaint says Saavedra walked to his police car, and his wife noticed his head was bleeding."

"The complaint alleges she grabbed a towel and walked toward him, but he pulled his handgun from his holster and pointed it at her."
 

UK: Let off for gun thugs
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"Gun-gang 'untouchables' operating as supergrasses for police in the West Midlands are getting off scot-free."

"Detectives are turning a blind eye to the actions of informants in exchange for information on other serious crimes, a hard-hitting report will reveal tomorrow."

"The controversial practice is said to be seriously damaging the force's war on gun crime in the wake of the New Year shootings of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare." ...

"MPs will demand the shake-up to ease mounting public concern after hearing how gun-toting crime barons in the city see themselves as 'untouchable' because they pass information to police."

 

UK: Mum tells of gun horror
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"THE mother of six-year-old shooting victim Makada Weaver woke up in hospital and said: 'I thought my little girl had been killed.' "

"Slipping in and out of consciousness, Valerie Weaver spoke about the terrifying moment that she, her son and Makada were gunned down in their home."

"Valerie, 35, was shot four times as she tried to save Makada and 19-year-old Adrian."
 

UK: Gun attack on Norwich estate
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"Senior police last night resolved to keep gangland style gun crime out of Norfolk after shots were fired at a man and woman through the door and windows of their Norwich home."

"The couple had to dive for cover after someone knocked on the back door of their terraced property in the Mile Cross area and then opened fire in the terrifying late night incident."

"They are said to have two small children, but fortunately they were not in the house when the attack happened at 10.05pm on Sunday."

"Drive-by shootings and the use of firearms by criminal gangs are a fact of life in big cities in Britain, but other than replica weapons, guns are very rarely used by criminals in this county."
 

TN: Packing heat to protect yourself
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"The Tennessee Department of Public Safety says nearly 21-thousand people in Shelby County carry concealed weapons, and that number includes some very influential people."

"In Municipal court in Germantown, the honorable Judge Raymond Clift is presiding. As a judge and a lawyer, Clift gets a first hand look at crime, and he's not taking any chances with his own safety. Judge Clift said, 'I've got a model ten military and police Smith and Wesson 38 Special with a five inch barrel.' "

"And Judge Clift is not alone. An Action News Five investigation found more than a dozen elected officials in Memphis and Shelby County are licensed to carry concealed weapons." ...
 

MO: Council approves gun range ordinance
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"Although the Jefferson City Council did not vote on a proposed no-smoking ban on Monday night, members did approve a new ordinance making room in the city for potential firing ranges."

"City Attorney Nathan Nickolaus said the bill changes two things in city law: it alters a rule that says guns can't be discharged within city limits and it sets regulations for target ranges, shooting galleries and gun clubs."

"Under new rules, business owners planning to open gun clubs, skeet shoots and target ranges could obtain conditional use permits from the city's Board of Adjustment. The permits could be obtained in RU (rural use), C-2 (general commercial) and M-1 (light industrial) zoning districts."
 

WI: Weapons laws not matching hype
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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" 'I have never encountered a (threatening) event that involved an individual with a gun permit,' said Minnesota's Hennepin County Sheriff Pat McGowan, whose county includes about 25% of the state's population."

"For now, he and other officials from neighboring states say, Wisconsin residents should take a deep breath and get past the emotional claims - claims that the Legislature is either poised to be the next pawn of the NRA, or on the verge of giving citizens the right to defend themselves, their families and their property."
 

TN: Judge Dismisses Headlight Flashing Citation
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A Williamson County judge has dismissed a Franklin police citation against a man who warned other drivers of a speed trap.

He flashed his lights at them.

Harley “Bill” Walker says it cost him about a thousand dollars to appeal a City Court judge’s ruling against him.

County Judge Russ Heldman yesterday ruled Walker was right about the citation violating his free speech guarantees.

Officer Chris Marlowe wrote him a ticket for interfering with a police officer’s duties on August 14th.

The Franklin city police chief has now written a memo to officers, telling them not to cite drivers for flashing their lights in warning.

Heldman invited appeal of his ruling, saying it’s an issue scholars may want to investigate.

For his part, Walker is pleased to win his case, but says he’ll flash only his brights next time. He says the only way Marlowe knew he was flashing his lights was because his tail lights were going on and off.
 

MI: Police: Bar Owner Kills Two Robbers With Single Shot
Submitted by: Steven Brown

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"Two suspected robbers are dead after a former police officer and owner of a Detroit bar fired a single shot, Local 4 reported."

"Police say the 49-year-old woman who owned the restaurant -- a retired Detroit cop who was a former member of Mayor Coleman Young's security team -- tried to hold the suspects in the parking lot until police arrived. But when the two men attempted to speed away, and nearly ran over one of her employees, she fired a single shot that apparently struck both men, according to police."

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That's the height of efficiency.
 

CA: 4 dead, 3 wounded in shootings on I-10
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"Four people were found dead and three others injured on Tuesday morning along Interstate 10, according to state highway patrol officers."

"Details of the incident were sketchy, but Department of Public Safety spokesman Frank Valenzuela said officers first got calls about a multiple-vehicle accident outside Casa Grande and later received calls about a shooting."

"When officers arrived, they found four people shot to death at the scene." ...

"Three assault weapons were recovered from the Caravan, officials said."

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Note that no actual description of the firearms was given, but they were automatically classified as "assault" weapons. Had they been in the possession of the police, they likely would have been described as "high-powered rifles."
 

NM: Targeting gun laws
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Department of Public Safety has finally issued the concealed carry firearm regulations - all 13 pages of them."

"Our worst fears, about what DPS might come up with, have been realized. These aren't rules. These are obstacles. In effect, they make it so difficult to qualify for a concealed carry permit that I doubt few, if any, will succeed. Unless these rules are overhauled and simplified."
 

AZ: Pizza deliveryman gunned down at west Phoenix apartments
Submitted by: George Combs II

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"Avni Dobratiqi, a Domino's Pizza delivery driver was gunned down on Sunday, November 2, 2003 as he returned to his car after a delivery to a west Phoenix apartment."

"Detectives say they have a sketchy description of the shooter: A 17-year-old black male, about 5-5 and 115 pounds, who fled the scene on a BMX bicycle."

"Dobratiqi, reportedly a native of Albania, had money on him. He was 33 years old."

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Domino's Pizza has a strict disarmament policy for its drivers. This man's blood is on their hands.
 

WI: Wisconsin Senate Must Pass CCW and Jim Doyle Should Sign it, Says CCRKBA
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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today urged the Wisconsin State Senate to pass Senate Bill 214, legalizing concealed carry for law-abiding citizens."

"CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb and Executive Director Joe Waldron also urged supporters of the measure to flood Gov. Jim Doyle's office with telephone calls and e-mail, demanding that he sign this important personal protection measure."
 

AZ: County to landowner: You will rent to us
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"Citing eminent-domain laws, an Arizona court has forced a landowner to continue renting space to Maricopa County even though the municipal government failed to agree to terms to extend the lease."

"Orsett/Columbia Ltd., the owner of a strip mall in West Valley, Ariz., has been leasing space to the county for the Peoria Justice Court since 1989, reported the Arizona Republic. The lease expired in July, and the landowner wanted a five-year lease extension. The government, however, only wants the space for two more years and took the issue to court to force the company to comply with the county's demand."
 

NC: Three More States Recognize North Carolina Right To Carry! (NRA Alert)
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Three more states have been added to the list that recognize North Carolina Right-to-Carry, bringing the total to 19. The most recent additions are Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. For a full listing of State Right-to-Carry reciprocity, please visit www.NRAILA.org
 

The difference between 'socialism,' 'sharing'
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"A person who cannot discern voluntary "sharing" and something redistributed by force or the threat of coercion -- including the taxes collected to pay her own government salary -- has no ethical compass. Such a person is at best astonishingly ignorant and unperceptive. She should not be allowed anywhere near impressionable children."
 

FL: Restroom camera spurs suit
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"A Fort Lauderdale man claims the Wilton Manors Police Department violated his civil rights when officers videotaped him using a public restroom at a park."

"Police charged the man, 34, with indecent exposure and held him in jail for 22 hours last May. City attorneys dropped charges six months later, his suit claims."

"The suit was filed in August under the name John Doe, to protect the man's privacy. This week, U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages upheld the man's right to pursue his civil rights claims."
 

Free-speech, other groups file briefs opposing Patriot Act
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"A coalition of 20 immigration, civil rights, free-speech and publishing groups are taking aim at the USA Patriot Act."

"The coalition, which includes the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, filed legal briefs in U.S. District Court in Detroit yesterday opposing the law's sweeping investigatory powers."

"The coalition described the Patriot Act as the latest in a long line of abuses of rights in times of conflict. Their filings are aimed at supporting a lawsuit filed in Detroit in June by the American Civil Liberties Union and a number of Muslim and Arab groups."
 

UK: Teenage gun nut had no motive for shotgun attack that left 200 pellets in cop
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"A TEENAGE gunman wearing a camouflage jacket blasted a cop inside a police station."

"The sawn-off shotgun attack which almost killed PC John Cunninghan, 53, was 'bizarre and unique', the High Court in Glasgow heard yesterday."

"Paul Murray, 19, walked into the city's Shettleston police station, where the officer was on duty."

"PC Cunningham said, 'Oh my God,' as Murray fired both barrels of the gun, shooting the officer in the chest."

"Murray dropped the gun before leaving the station."
 

MI: Gun permit rules too stringent, lawsuit claims
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"Gun advocates sued the Kent County Gun Board on Monday, saying its requirements for concealed-weapons permits go beyond what state law intends."

"Filed in Kent County Circuit Court by the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners and on behalf of a Wyoming man, the suit names Sheriff Larry Stelma and County Clerk Mary Hollinrake. The group is targeting the board's use of forms that require a statement certifying an applicant's mental health, and a list of previous addresses and name changes."

Kent is the only county in the state to require from applicants a mental health statement signed by a licensed health care professional, coalition members and state police said." ...
 

MD: Man Kills Self With Gun Taken From Police Cruiser
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"A man killed himself with a shotgun taken from a police cruiser he drove away in despite being handcuffed, state police said Tuesday."

"Mark Haas, 24, was arrested along with another man about 7 p.m. Monday night in Port Deposit. He was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the Port Deposit municipal police vehicle but was able to drive away when the town's police chief stepped away from the cruiser momentarily. The pair had been arrested for resisting arrest after a handgun was found in their vehicle, state police said."
 

UK: Gun terror of girl, 4
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"Masked raiders carrying a gun, a knife and baseball bats threatened a four-year-old girl with the firearm during a violent robbery on a village store."

"The child was in the One-Stop shop in Wooburn Green with her mother when the gunman pointed the weapon at her. He told her to "look away" as he stood near the door preventing the three staff and eight shoppers leaving."

"The raider, who was also armed with a baseball bat, was part of a gang which attacked a shop assistant during the raid at 4.50pm on Thursday."
 

WI: Badger Poll: Wisconsin opposes weapons bill
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"A recent poll conducted by the University of Wisconsin Survey Center in Madison indicated that most Wisconsin residents oppose allowing people to own and carry concealed handguns."

"The Badger Poll found that of the 511 residents randomly selected to take the survey, 69 percent said they oppose a proposal 'to allow people who can legally own handguns to carry concealed weapons in most public places.' "
 

MI: Michigan's Concealed Weapons Law
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"On Wednesday the state Assembly will debate a revised concealed weapons bill. The Senate passed the bill last week after making some changes to the Assembly's version. If the Assembly approves the changes, the bill goes to Governor Doyle, who is threatening to veto it."

"Three of our neighboring states-- Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan -- already have such a law in place. Like the Wisconsin proposal, people in Michigan need a permit to carry a concealed weapon." ...

"A woman who deals with all the permits in Menominee County showed us it involves fingerprinting, a background check, a gun class, hundreds of dollars in fees, and final approval from an appointed 'gun board.' "
 

WY: Deputy kill airman in domestic dispute
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"A Laramie County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a U.S. Air Force sergeant Friday who the sheriff's department says was threatening his wife with a knife."

"The incident was the second fatal officer-involved shooting in the state this week. Early Tuesday, two Campbell County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man in Wright who allegedly pointed a shotgun at one of them, according to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)."

"The Air Force identified the Laramie County shooting victim as Staff Sgt. Justin Adams. He was 27."

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But of course, only law enforcement and members of the military should have access to firearms.
 

CA: Man Charged With Shooting Lawyer Outside Courthouse
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"A Thousand Oaks man accused of shooting a lawyer outside the Van Nuys court complex -- an attack videotaped by news crews -- was charged Tuesday with attempted murder."

SURVEY
In light of the Van Nuys courthouse shooting, do you think there should be tougher gun control laws?

[ ] Yes, it's too easy to get guns.
[ ] No, I believe in the right to bear arms.
[ ] Undecided.

As of 9:50 EST, 60 percent of respondents voted "NO," while 38 percent claimed it was too easy to get guns.
 

Jury nullification is now before the US Supreme Court
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"As an attorney and a libertarian I am urging the nation's highest court to recognize jury nullification, also known as jury pardon and jury veto."

"During my legal career, I have often been asked if jurors can overturn bad laws. The askers fear compulsory jury duty to convict defendants accused of vices (gambling, prostitution, drugs) or other non-violent charges (tax non-payment, gun possession)."

"The fear has risen because many non-violent consensual acts now carry mandatory sentences of 10 years and even life in prison. Jurors are not told that their verdict will result in a non-violent defendant with no prior record going to prison for a decade or more. The jurors won't know what they have done and if they find out, then they might become ill."

"Most courts hold that jurors do not have the right to acquit in defiance of the law, though courts recognize that jurors have the power to do so, and that nothing can be done about jury nullification when it happens."
 

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