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Scotland: War on knives 'may boost gun crime'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The Scottish Executive's crackdown on knife crime could lead to a rise in the use of guns, a government adviser has warned.

Justice department officials have been told of a possible influx of illegal firearms into the country a result of the high-profile campaign to get knives off the streets.

Ministers have introduced a series of measures to make it harder for criminals to carry knives, including a licensing scheme for the sale of non-domestic knives and tougher sentences for people caught carrying bladed weapons.
 

SC: Gun law fails to keep firearm out of hands of psychiatric patient
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Sandrea Ruff can't understand how the man who killed her daughter was able to buy a handgun just one day after checking himself out of a psychiatric hospital. Federal law bars handgun sales to anyone committed to a mental institution or declared mentally ill by the courts. But the law largely relies on an honor system, trusting gun buyers to tell the firearms dealer if they had been committed. Beating the system can be as simple as checking the wrong box on a form.
 

NY: Spitzer wants written tests for pistol licenses
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Spitzer has also proposed legislation requiring anyone applying for a gun license to complete a firearm safety course and pass a written test. "In a State that requires future drivers to take two tests before driving a car, we should at least require the same of future gun owners before owning a lethal weapon," he told supporters at the Delaware Avenue YMCA in Buffalo.
 

CA: A narrow ruling cuts a broad legal swath - Agencies are barring the public from hearings
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Steven Garcia is the Los Angeles police officer who fired 10 shots at Devin Brown, a 13-year-old boy who died as a result. The case attracted intense scrutiny, the city's Police Commission ruled it improper and it ultimately cost taxpayers a $1.5-million legal settlement.

And yet, when Garcia last week faced an administrative hearing into allegations of misconduct arising from that 2005 shooting, the charges were considered in secret. That is a sharp departure by the Los Angeles Police Department, which has historically opened such hearings to the public.

Hearings were conducted in private because officials believe they are required to exclude the public under an August ruling of the California Supreme Court.
 

VA: Victim's family looks set to get $990,000 -- unarmed man shot and killed by Richmond Detective
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Under a tentative agreement with the city of Richmond's insurer, the family of Verlon Johnson will get $990,000 to dismiss a federal civil-rights lawsuit over Johnson's shooting death by a police officer.

The lawsuit alleges that the officer who shot Johnson in May 2002, David Melvin, violated Johnson's civil rights. The lawsuit also claims that the Richmond Police Department's training and policy on the use of deadly force was defective and led to Johnson's death. Melvin was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge in February 2004.

Steven D. Benjamin and Betty Layne DesPortes of Richmond represent the family. "We're very happy with the settlement on behalf of the wife and five children of Verlon Johnson," Benjamin said.
 

Defending the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe describes the perpetual need to protect these Constitutional rights, saying:

“The Second Amendment is America’s original homeland security measure. You have the right to defend yourself, your family, your community and your nation, whether from criminals or terrorists. ... In times of crisis, many think the answer it so strip honest men and women of the right to protect themselves from the lawlessness and criminal predators who see such times not as disaster, but as an opportunity.
 

SC: Would Tougher Gun Laws Decrease Violence?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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In Richland County alone, there have been ten murders in the past eleven days. So far the only connection is that a gun was used at each crime scene.

But some are asking if there could be another link? Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says he believes there's a correlation between the murders and South Carolina's gun laws.
 

FL: Lawyer faces concealed weapon charge
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A Lake City lawyer faces a felony weapons charge after Baker County authorities said he carried a loaded 9mm handgun into the county courthouse when he arrived for a domestic violence injunction hearing.

Sgt. Charles Ross, who is in charge of courthouse security, said the attorney said he carried the weapon because of threats against him in Columbia County.

Ross said the attorney kept asking authorities to give him a break because he was a lawyer.

"He, more than anyone else, should know better," Dobson said. "This is a serious matter."

 

NY: CCRKBA to Bloomberg: 'Self-Defense isn't a Privilege, It's a Right'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today responded to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest outrage -- suggesting that citizens in his city don't need gun permits -- by reminding the anti-gun rights mayor that "self defense isn't a privilege, it's a right."

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"There goes Mikey again," CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb declared. "He still thinks there's a Bill of 'Needs' instead of a Bill of Rights. Where did he get the arrogant notion that people need to ask him to exercise their rights, especially the right of self-defense?
 

OR: Vote: Our future depends on it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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For many years, Republican office seekers have sought support among members of the National Rifle Association by telling them that the Democrats want to take their guns away. As one of the most effective lobbies in the country, the NRA has maintained that an armed citizenry was a bulwark against the rise of a despotic government.

We now have a government that can arrest any American citizen that the president has declared to have aided a terrorist organization, detain that individual without due process, try them without showing any evidence against them and imprison them as long as the president wishes.

Ed: Letter half-way down the page.
 

IA: Vote to uphold and defend Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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What do these people have in common: Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.), Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. Kerry (D-Mass.), Rep. Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep Waxman (D-Calif.)? They are anti-Second Amendment. Let’s not be fooled.
 

TX: Representing the Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The growing power, disobedience and unrepresentative mentality of the government must be checked, and as citizens, it is our duty to change the system through peaceful means. If we do not work for change now, it will be much more difficult to do so in the future.

In the words of Michael Badnarik, the 2004 Libertarian presidential nominee, "If the First Amendment doesn't work, the Second Amendment will."
 

New Zealand: NZers own one million guns - police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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New Zealanders own over one million guns as well as anti-tank projectors, grenade launchers, machineguns and military-style semi-automatics, police gun-ownership statistics show.

But police say that people have nothing to fear because New Zealand has a good gun-safety record.
 

OH: Rifle Drops 4,542 to 4,467 Decision to Akron
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The Ohio State rifle team lost 4,542 to 4,467 to Akron in a home meet Saturday. The Buckeye scarlet team shot 2,215 in smallbore and 2,252 in air rifle. Akron posted a 2,249 in smallbore rifle and 2,293 in air rifle. OSU's Kelly Lake (Jr., Harrison, Ohio) scored a team-high 573 in air rifle for the Buckeyes while Staci Collins (So., Waterford, Ohio) and Steven Nozaki (So., Hilo, Hawaii) shared team-high honors in smallbore rifle at 559. Akron's Julie DeBrita posted a 578 in smallbore rifle and she and Megan Reinking shared team-high honors in air rifle at 577.
 

TX: UTEP Rifle Tops UMKC, Falls To Ole Miss
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The UTEP rifle team defeated Missouri-Kansas City, 4523-4490, then fell to Ole Miss, 4538-4564 at the UTEP Rifle Range on Sunday. They came in third against TCU and Nevada at UT-Austin last weekend.
 

CO: The real Bill Ritter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As a prosecutor, Ritter harassed and villified gun owners--particularly those who took the time, effort and expense to carry concealed, loaded guns."

"For example: Near the end of Ritter's reign, a senior citizen was driving in downtown Denver when another driver flew into rage. The road-rager pinned the man in traffic. Then she and a male passenger exited her car and approached the senior citizen."

"... 'This man, under attack and fearing for his life, grabbed his handgun from the glove compartment. The attackers saw the gun and took off running before the man even aimed it.'" ...

"Befitting Ritter's gun philosophy, he charged the senior citizen ...with felony menacing for pulling a weapon. The attackers weren't charged. Soft on crime? In this case, Ritter was positively pro-crime, pro-criminal." ...
 

MS: Robber Shot by Store Clerk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A man allegedly attempting armed robbery at a local pawnshop was shot in the head by a store employee Monday morning.

The man is in critical condition at a local hospital.
Three subjects entered Old South Pawn Shop on St. Catherine Street around 10 a.m., Police Chief Mike Mullins said.
 

NH: Tobacco and firearms: Preserving liberty in NH
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Last session's signature gun legislation, a bill to allow citizens to use deadly force if they feel that their lives are in danger, also is about freedom rather than safety. The law now requires citizens to attempt to flee before defending themselves with, if necessary, deadly force.

Opponents of the bill say it would lead to bloodbaths. That's the same thing they said about concealed carry laws.

The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition has a voter guide, online at www.nhfc-ontarget.org. Gun Owners of New Hampshire has one as well, www.gonh.org. They are well worth checking out.
 

OH: School shootings should make us prioritize our values
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Our nation came about as a direct result of an armed struggle with a repressive, foreign government.

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More than 200 years later, we are fairly well invested in our democracy. Besides its romantic appeal, the Second Amendment does not in any way serve its original intent. Owning an assault rifle will not in any hypothetical situation do much to overthrow the most powerful military in the world, should it be deemed necessary to overthrow our own government.

Ed: I would suggest the author consider the effectiveness of small arms and improvised munitions against the best trained and equipped army on the planet as seen in Iraq.
 

Gun Control on the Back Burner
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Some of the worst abuses of government force in recent years were precipitated by technical and victimless gun-law violations. For example, the BATF claimed that the Branch Davidians possessed machine guns without paying the required federal tax and filling in the proper registration forms. So a tax case worth less than $10,000 led to a 76-man helicopter, machine gun, and grenade assault on a home in which 2/3 of the occupants were women and children. Dave Kopel and Dr. Michael S. Brown, Prohibition Fever, NationalReview.com

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