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CCRKBA Applauds Ohio Senate, State Gun Rights Groups for Veto Override
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today offered its congratulations to the Ohio State Senate for overriding anti-gun Gov. Bob Taft's veto of concealed carry reform legislation, by a vote of 21-12."

"In overriding Taft's veto, Ohio has effectively become a state in which residents will enjoy the benefits of preemption, meaning that local governments can no longer adopt differing, and often contradictory, firearms regulations. CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb called the vote 'a common sense move that will eliminate confusion among private citizens and peace officers.'" ...
 

Gun Control: Brady Campaign Continues Hallowed Tradition
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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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? [sic] 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." ...
 

Smith & Wesson Expands Military & Police Pistol Series With .45 Caliber Model
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ... today announced that it will expand its Military and Police (M&P) Pistol Series with the launch of the M&P45, a .45 ACP model, at this year's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show ..."

"The M&P45 is the newest addition to the company's growing M&P Series of advanced design polymer pistols ... Michael F. Golden, Smith & Wesson's President and CEO, said, 'During the development process of the M&P Series, it became evident that numerous law enforcement agencies prefer a sidearm chambered in the powerful .45 ACP cartridge, and one that incorporates the same performance and safety features we designed into the entire M&P family of pistols. ...'" ...
 

NM: Family members: Victim prone to violence (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 20-year-old man shot and killed by his father Sunday night had several scrapes with the law, and family members said he had a history of domestic violence, according to police and court records."

"The father -- 71-year-old Juan Romero -- still had not been arrested as of Monday night as police continued to investigate claims that the son -- Juan G. Romero -- somehow threatened the father and the father shot in self-defense, said Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Stan Mascareñas." ...
 

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Condolences to the Survivors of Chicago's Citicorp Tragedy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Jennifer Bishop, Illinois State Director of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement:

"Last Friday's tragedy at the Citigroup Center was a sad reminder of what can happen when an armed person becomes overwhelmed with rage. Our sympathy and condolences go out to the families of all of the victims of this terrible, terrible incident.

"Illinois, and America, must continue to combat our shared gun violence problem. And all of us, as members of the American community, need to be vigilant about listening for the signs of a potential tragedy that can be headed off before there is bloodshed."
 

Paul Helmke: Members, Maine and Mayors
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Meeting with Members of Congress, keynoting an event in Maine, and joining with mayors from around the country to honor the memory of U.S. Conference of Mayors President (and long-time mayor of Dearborn, Michigan), Michael A. Guido, have kept my schedule busy since Thanksgiving."

"Now that the lame-duck session of the 109th Congress has ended, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is gratified that none of the bad bills advanced by the gun lobby this year became law."

"I still don't understand how someone can argue that 'all we need to do is enforce the laws on the books' and then focus their lobbying efforts on weakening those laws." ...
 

OH: Ohioans for Concealed Carry Applauds Historic Preemption Legislation & Gubernatorial Override
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Today the Ohio Senate voted 21-12 to override Governor Bob Taft's veto of Ohio House Bill 347, joining the Ohio House's decision to override last week. This is the first time an Ohio Governor's veto has been overridden since 1977."

"Ohio will now join forty-three other states that preempt all gun laws to the State level or higher, making their application consistent statewide. Research has shown that of the many assault weapon bans enacted across the State of Ohio, only three criminal convictions have ever taken place. Further, local governments can only enact minimal fines and short misdemeanor jail terms. ..." ...
 

OH: Ohio lawmakers override Taft gun law veto
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Ohio Senate voted today to override outgoing Gov. Bob Taft’s veto of a bill that would wipe out local gun laws, marking the first time in 29 years the Legislature has rejected a gubernatorial veto."

"The GOP-dominated Senate voted 21-12 to override the Republican governor’s veto. Three Republicans voted against overriding, and three Democrats voted in favor of an override, including the attorney general-elect Marc Dann of Youngstown. The House, also controlled by Republicans, voted to overturn Taft’s veto last week."

"Taft, who is leaving office in a few weeks, has said the bill exceeded its goal of cleaning up Ohio’s concealed weapons law because it pre-empts about 80 local gun laws. ..." ...
 

OH: Tremendous Victory for the Second Amendment in Ohio
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A few minutes ago, the Ohio Senate voted 21-12 to override Republican Governor Bob Taft's veto of a bill to reform Ohio's gun laws. The Ohio House had previously voted 71-21 to override the veto of House Bill 347. Because both houses achieved the necessary 3/5 majority, the bill will become law in 90 days."

"Today's vote ... is the first time since 1977 that a veto of an ordinary bill has been overridden."

"The bill makes a variety of changes to Ohio's Shall Issue law for concealed handgun licenses. It explicitly prohibits local governments from creating no-carry zones, except in places where state law already forbids carryings. ..." ...
 

OH: Governor's Veto of Ohio Statewide Preemption Legislation Overridden (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Both the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives voted to override Governor Bob Taft’s (R) veto of House Bill 347."

"Thursday, December 7, the State House voted 71-21 to override Governor Taft’s veto of this crucial piece of legislation. Today, the State Senate voted 21-12 to sustain the override, with three Democratic Senators voting in favor of the measure. This is the first time in twenty-nine years that the Ohio legislature has overturned a Governor’s veto." ...
 

VA: Albemarle County, Virgina Board of Supervisors Discussing Possible Shooting Ban Options (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a 'work session' Wednesday, December 13, at 3:00 P.M. in the Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, McIntire Road."

"The purpose of this 'work session' is to continue the discussion of possible shooting ban options. The Board of Supervisors Staff has prepared six 'Alternative Proposals to Regulate the Discharge of Firearms.' Among the possible options presented are: possible definitions, exceptions, and regulatory options and six alternatives for the Board's discussion. Each alternative has a brief analysis of advantages and disadvantages. If the Board reaches consensus on an alternative approach, the County Attorney will then draft an ordinance ..." ...
 

OH: A (long overdue) GOP slap at Taft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following is Buckeye Firearms Association's response to today's Toledo Blade Editorial. Responses in red type."

"EVEN in the waning days of his administration, Gov. Bob Taft 'can't get no respect.' (Respect is earned, not given. He’s had 8 years to earn it; the lack of it at this stage is well earned.) Leaders of his own party in the state House, and probably the Senate, are poised to hand him a striking legislative defeat on concealed-carry as a parting gift. (Absurdity is often dealt with firmly.)" ...
 

NE: Committee's decision moves conceal-carry to full council
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A proposal to repeal the city's current ordinance prohibiting concealed weapons came out of the city's Public Property, Safety and Works Committee Monday with no recommendation." ...

"At their August meeting, the committee voted to uphold the ordinance and voted to hold the issue of the state's new Concealed Handgun Permit Act in committee." ...

"Some questions arose regarding if the new state law superseded the current city ordinance. Existing state law 15-255 gives cities the power to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons and LB454 did not change that statute." ...
 

NC: Grand Jury: Deputy's Indictment In Teen's Slaying A Mistake
Submitted by: Doug Huffman
Website: http://www.scfirearms.org

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"A day after authorities announced that a former New Hanover County deputy had been indicted in the shooting death of a Durham teen during a raid on a Wilmington home, members of the grand jury now say the indictment was a mistake."

"The grand jury never intended to charge Cpl. Christopher Long with second-degree murder, but the foreman checked the wrong box on the indictment, authorities said Tuesday." ...

"Long, 34, told investigators he mistook the sound of a battering ram officers were used to break open the front door to the house as gunfire."

"Strickland, who was unarmed, died of a gunshot wound to the head." ...
 

NY: Who knew legal guns posed tracking problems that were so vexing?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"As if trying to keep illegal handguns out of New York were not problem enough, the state has let thousands of legal guns slip through the cracks, thanks to an administrative black hole chronicled in The Journal News and LoHud.com reports Sunday and today: There's no systematic way of accounting for the guns of permit holders who have died." ...
 

NY: Judge, county official duel over gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A war of words over how changes to gun permits are made has erupted between Deputy Westchester County Executive Larry Schwartz and state Supreme Court Justice J. Emmett Murphy after Murphy signed off on an Ossining man's request to have his pistol permit amended, without waiting for a recommendation from county police." ...

"In a Dec. 8 reply, Murphy ... says his action came in response to complaints from fellow pistol enthusiasts who say applications for permit changes 'are being denied by county personnel right at the counter, and rejected and returned without being forwarded to the Court as required by law.'" ...
 

NJ: Cop convicted of sex assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Woodbridge police officer faces at least a decade in prison after his conviction yesterday on charges he sexually assaulted a teenage boy over a three-year span."

"It was the second conviction of Douglas Karlson, 47, on charges related to sexual abuse of teenagers."

"In July, the Old Bridge resident was convicted of official misconduct and three counts of child endangerment for using his position to win the trust of a 15-year-old girl and taking hundreds of seminude photos of the teen. He has been jailed since the July conviction."

"After he learned of that conviction, the now-26-year-old male victim abused by Karlson went to police. The assaults started when the victim was 14." ...
 

NY: Louima: How many have to die?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police brutality survivor Abner Louima had a message yesterday for the cops who gunned Sean Bell down on his wedding day: 'We are not target practice.'"

"Calling the 50-shot barrage that felled Bell 'outrageous,' Louima said the NYPD has to change the way it conducts undercover operations in black neighborhoods. 'How many people have to die?' he asked."

"But Louima, whose beating and sodomizing by cops in 1997 horrified the city, made it clear he was not criticizing the entire department."

"'I cannot judge all of the Police Department by one action,' he told the Daily News. 'We know most of our policemen are good. But they have a duty to train their officers and make sure this doesn't happen.'" ...
 

Australia: Payout to woman for gun terror upheld
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"MEMO to NSW police: do not pull guns on elderly mothers in their garages in the middle of the night without having a very good reason. Chasing their speeding sons does not count."

"It happened to Dorothy Ibbett, 75, who ended up on the wrong end of a police pistol in the early hours of January 23, 2001."

"Yesterday five High Court judges unanimously upheld an award of $100,000 compensation for the assault and trespass inflicted by police." ...
 

UK: Army gun smugglers sentenced
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three soldiers were jailed and thrown out of the Army after admitting charges relating to a money-making plot to smuggle guns out of Iraq."

"A court martial heard how non-commissioned officers from the Yorkshire Regiment bought cheap pistols on the Iraqi black market and smuggled them back in Army vehicles to Germany."

"Once back at base the guns were then sold to other soldiers."

"Yesterday, four soldiers who either bought or hid weapons at their base in Germany admitted their role in the scam last year and were sentenced at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire." ...
 

UK: DNA 'should be taken from babies'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"DNA samples should be taken from babies and stored on a database to help in the fight against crime, a senior police officer said yesterday."

"Commander Dave Johnston, Britain's most senior murder investigator, said the information could be used to both to solve and prevent crimes."

"He also suggested samples could be taken from people when they renewed their passports and from migrants arriving in the country."

"Johnston told The Sun: 'As well as solving crime, it would really make someone think twice about committing crime if they knew their DNA was on a database.'" ...

"Johnston also suggested that DNA could be taken from people when they die to 'cleanse' the records." ...
 

MS: Firearms use is most often legal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The letter writer ("More gun laws require hard facts," Dec. 7) who felt that unbiased data were needed relating to firearms use in this country need go no further than the Internet.

Just Google "gun use statistics."

The most interesting thing to be learned is that guns are overwhelmingly used for lawful and self-defense purposes rather than crime and accidental shootings!

Noel Funchess

Cleveland
 

NY: N.Y. Amish Man Robbed At Gunpoint
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Police say two men armed with a .50 caliber muzzleloading rifle held up an Amish buggy driver and made off with a pipe, tobacco and flashlight." ...
 

OH: Time Warp: Miss-Led writes as though the past two years never happened (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For those of you who are unfamiliar with Miss-Led (the name I gave Toledo Blade op-ed writer and anti-gun bigot Marilyn Johanek in 2004), allow me to catch you up to speed:"

"She has called Ohio concealed carry 'legislated lunacy' - a 'worst-case scenario when road, work, or play rage finds a trigger within easy reach.'"

"She has called gun owners 'misguided ideologues with aggressive tendencies'." ...

"And those were just her nice moments."

"Two-years of experience having proven her so throughly wrong about concealed carry in Ohio seems not to have phased Miss-Led one bit. Consider her latest op-ed, in which she turns her attention to HB347..." ...
 

Canada: Montreal college shootings reignite fierce battle over gun control in Canada
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When killer Kimveer Gill walked into Dawson College armed with three weapons, he unleashed a shooting rampage that left one student dead and hundreds of others facing a lifetime of fear."

"Gill also triggered a new round in the near-constant battle over gun control in Canada."

"Survivors and parents swelled the ranks of gun-control groups while opponents pointed out that the controversial gun registry failed to stop the deadly rampage."

"The gunman’s mother would also like to see changes." ...

"She would like semi-automatic weapons, like the ones her son owned, to come under more rigorous control and she'd like some measures to deal with mental illness." ...
 

NC: Two students charged for gun at school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A dispute between two high school students over a parking space involved a gun at North Mecklenburg High School."

"The students were arrested in the parking lot and have been identified by police as Christopher Fonseca, 18, and Quinton Withers, 18."

"Police say that Monday, they pointed a gun at another student as he was driving a short distance from the school. Police say the victim immediately returned to school and told the school resource officer about the incident. Police waited for Fonseca and Withers to return to school Tuesday morning. When they got to school, police searched the car and found a 32 caliber pistol in the trunk." ...
 

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After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. — William Burroughs, 1992

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