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GA: Oglethorpe County Considers Gun Crackdown
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Gun owners soon might not be allowed to fire their weapons inside Oglethorpe County's growing number of subdivisions, a sign of the county's changing demographics. The Oglethorpe County Commission is expected to pass an ordinance today banning the discharge of firearms inside the neighborhoods. The change comes as Oglethorpe County grows from a mostly forested county to a more developed one. Lee Carmon, planning director and general counsel of the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center, says "These kinds of ordinances tend to go hand-in-hand when you get increased development."
 

OH: Is the Ohio GOP (finally) getting the message from gun owners?
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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On August 17, 2005, as a second conservative Republican announced his intention to contest the anti-gun Senator Mike DeWine in the GOP primary, a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer quoted OhioGOP spokesperson Jason Mauk as saying his party's commitment to the liberal DeWine remained solid:

"Senator DeWine has our full support and endorsement," Mauk said.

Fast forward December 2006, just weeks after voters fired DeWine and refused to elect other anti-gun Republicans to statewide office, and Mauk is singing a decidedly different tune.
 

IL: Let People Defend Themselves, Second Amendment Group Says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The concealed carry legislation -- a response to Friday's deadly shooting in a downtown Chicago law office -- will be introduced in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly early next year, ISRA said.

"One has to wonder how the outcome may have differed had any of the law office staff been trained and licensed to carry a defensive firearm," said ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson.
 

NY: Jury Deadlocked In NY Samurai Sword Murder Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Six men and six women failed to find a verdict against Zachary Gibian, 20, who murdered his stepfather with the sword, and claimed it was self-defense after suffering years of sexual abuse.
 

Jamaica: Man accused of killing neighbour released
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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It was reported that the men got into a heated dispute after Mr. Wright requested that Mr. Smith move his vehicle which was blocking the entrance to the yard they shared.

During the dispute both men reportedly pulled knives and wounded each other.

Mr. Wright was treated for his injuries while Mr. Smith died in hospital.

In his submissions to the court, defence attorney Christopher Townsend argued that the prosecutor failed to present any evidence to disprove his client's contention that he was acting in self-defence.

The magistrate agreed and freed Mr. Wright.
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, "...and that Liberty which renders the enjoyment of them secure...", July 8, 1775
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"...We trust, however, that Laws which deprive as of every Blessing but a Soil that teems with the necessaries of Life, and that Liberty which renders the enjoyment of them secure, will not relax our Vigour in their Defence...."

"...We might here observe on the Cruelty and Inconsistency of those, who. . . . endeavour to deprive us of the means of defence, by their Interposition with foreign Powers, and to deliver us to the lawless Ravages of a merciless Soldiery. But happily we are not without Resources...."

"...The civil Government is overturned, and a military Despotism created upon its Ruins. Without Law, without Right, Powers are assumed unknown to the Constitution...."
 

South Africa: 'Police opened fire on us without warning' South Africa
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Two paramedics who responded to a distress call during a fatal domestic argument have accused the police of shooting them without warning - and then trying to cover it up by removing evidence.
 

Your article was inaccurate!
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"According to this [Centers for Disease Control] survey, 37% of the domestic violence is against men. . . . 10.8% of the women but only 4.1% of the men used a knife on the victim. 21.6% of the male victims were threatened with a knife, while only 12.7% of the women were so threatened. 43.2% of the male victims were hit with a hard object capable of causing serious injury, while this was true of only 22.6% of the female victims. When all serious forms of domestic assault were added together, as many assaulted men as women were seriously assaulted."
 

OH: Don't override veto of gun law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The state Senate could make a statement to soon-to-be- former Gov. Bob Taft, at the expense of home rule powers in Ohio. Barring a surprise, senators will follow state representatives in overriding the first veto from a governor since 1990. If they do, they will wipe 80 local gun laws off the books. The state House of Representatives overrode Taft's veto of a gun bill within hours after it received the veto last Thursday. The Senate could vote to override the veto as early as Tuesday. Taft correctly vetoed this bill that lawmakers beholden to gun advocates jammed through the Statehouse in a lame duck session. They shouldn't take away the right of certain municipalities to approve local gun laws if that's what their residents want.
 

NC: Gun club fired up over hobby
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Officers of UNC's Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club grew up firing guns. Club president Dax Dixson, of Pikesville, started target shooting when he was 4 and, as a teenager, began entering competitions for firing military surplus rifles. Vice president John Houston, of Garner, said he was like "the little kid from the movie that always wanted a Red Ryder," which is a popular type of BB gun. And on the Pinnacle farm where Dwight Springthorpe grew up, hunting was used for pest control. "You can't let the coyotes eat the sheep," the UNC sophomore said. The three aim to share their interest with other Carolina students through the rifle and pistol club, which was formed last fall.
 

GA: Resident wants guns allowed in our parks
Submitted by: Ed Stone
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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Coweta's ordinance that prohibits firearms at recreation facilities might be in violation of state law, claims a local resident who wants it repealed.

The county's rule, which prohibits the possession of firearms "on or about Coweta County recreation facilities, sports fields or any surrounding areas being property of the county," is in clear violation of the state's preemption statute, said Ed Stone of Senoia, an attorney and former law enforcement officer.

The state's preemption statute, O.C.G.A. 16-11-173, states that "the regulation of firearms is properly an issue of general, state-wide concern."
 

OH: Constitution says gun rights belong to 'the people'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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To believe his claim that the amendment only protects the National Guard, one would have to believe that "the people" in the amendment somehow refers to the federal government (since the Guard can be federalized with one stroke of the presidential pen) while "the people" in other amendments references an individual right.

You would also have to conclude that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to give the government "rights" when the founders saw rights as the province of individuals.

That is why no reputable legal scholar even argues the states'-rights position, for to do so is to claim one of the 10 amendments comprising the Bill of Rights exists to delegate the government power rather than recognize rights.
 

The very essence of our democracy marks a birthday on Friday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Friday marks the 215th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

Perhaps the most quoted in this list are the First and Second Amendments. The First Amendment, of course , is the one most referred to because it establishes our rights to free speech and free press. It allows us to assemble to discuss, curse, praise or give suggestions to our government. And it specifies that government will not prescribe a religion for the citizens.

The Second Amendment allows us to bear arms.

These two amendments have been embattled almost since their inception as interpretations have been made about their intent.
 

DE: More guns for guards? Plan would allow rifles, shotguns for security officers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Some Delaware security and armored car guards could soon be permitted to carry rifles and shotguns during certain emergencies if a new rule is passed in the state.

The Use of Rifle and Shotgun Rule, proposed by the Delaware Board of Examiners of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies, would allow security and armored car guards to carry rifles and shotguns when authorized by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner or Col. Thomas MacLeish, superintendent of the Delaware State Police.
 

NC: Toy pistols can have deadly results
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Ten times this year Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have seized so-called “airsoft” pellet guns from students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools or school buses.

“Airsoft” guns fire plastic pellets and are used primarily in “war games” much like paintball guns.

CMPD crime prevention officers say the guns are dangerous because even seasoned officers can’t tell the toy guns from the real thing.
 

PA: Four killings put 2006 total over '05 top
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A weekend of gunfire that killed three men in Kensington and another in Fairhill pushed the city's 2006 homicide tally beyond last year's total, police said yesterday.

With 21 days remaining in the year, the city has had 384 homicide victims, four more than in all of 2005.

Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said yesterday he was disheartened by the numbers, but noted the problem is not confined to Philadelphia.
 

Lawyers, Guns And History
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Second Amendment was back in the news last week. In Washington, there was yet another hearing in a high-profile lawsuit brought to challenge the District of Columbia's sweeping prohibition against handguns. And from New York came word that the city’s aggressive approach toward gun sellers was paying dividends even as it generated controversy. The usual rhetoric, on both sides of the issue, was issued by tribunes convinced all in the righteousness of their particular cause.
 

El Salvador: [Catholic] Church for El Salvador Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Archbishop Fernando Saenz affirmed the Salvadorian Catholic church views favourably the Arms Law reform recently approved by Antonio Saca s government, noted local press Monday.

Saenz considered the law modification appropriate reducing the spaces in which carrying firearms is legal and said he hopes the new measures benefit Salvadorian society.

"I think it is advantageous to reduce carrying weapons as much as possible," noted the catholic hierarch although he did not rule out the possibility for the citizens of carrying them for self-defense.
 

NC: Deputy charged with murder in Strickland shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Cpl. Christopher M. Long has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 1 shooting death of Peyton Strickland, District Attorney Ben David said today.

Strickland, 18, was shot in the head and right shoulder area and fatally wounded Dec. 1 in the house he lived in at 533 Long Leaf Acres Drive. Strickland’s death is attributed to a gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
 

NM: Police: Dad shoots, kills son
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Romero and witnesses told police that Romero shot his son, Johnson said.

Romero was not arrested Sunday night. “We’re exploring self-defense at this time,” Johnson said.

Neighbors on Avenida Linda reported they heard a gunshot followed by screams and voices calling for towels. One neighbor said she called police after hearing the disturbance.
 

NE: Businesses weigh opinions on concealed carry law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The new law allowing Nebraskans to carry concealed handguns takes effect in just weeks, and many establishments must soon decide if they will allow the weapons on their premises.

The law already lists several places where concealed handguns will not be allowed, but those not mentioned can choose to post signs banning them as well.

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When the stylists at Dream Team Hair Care heard about the upcoming conceal and carry law, they weren't thrilled with the prospect.

“Anybody could walk into my business with one and I am just not comfortable with that. People in here I have got to protect,” said Tami Frazier with Dream Team Hair Care.
 

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