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Supreme Court sidesteps politically charged gun rights case
Submitted by: Lyndell Rottmann

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"The Supreme Court disappointed gun owner groups Monday, refusing to consider whether the Constitution guarantees people a personal right to own a gun."

"The court has never said if the right to 'keep and bear arms' applies to individuals."

"Although the Bush administration has endorsed individual gun-ownership rights, it did not encourage the justices to resolve the issue in this case involving a challenge of California laws banning high-powered weapons."

"Many other groups wanted the court to take the politically charged case, including the National Rife Association, the Pink Pistols, a group of gay and lesbian gun owners; the Second Amendment Sisters; Doctors for Sensible Gun Laws; and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership."

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Curious as to why an administration that asserts itself to be a friend of gun owners and a friend of the Second Amendment would keep silent on this critical issue.
 

SCOTUS denies certiorari
Submitted by: Richard Smith

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There was no explanation and no reason why the Supreme Court would deny a hearing to a case that had as much merit as Silveira. A simple "DENIED" tells us in what regard these so-called "justices" hold the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Take a look at some of the other cases SCOTUS will be hearing. It should tell you where their judicial priorities lie.
 

Does it matter if right to bear arms is individual or collective right?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal Monday to consider whether the Constitution guarantees Americans a personal right to own a gun upholds the status quo of gun control."

"The case, a failed challenge to California's assault weapons ban, has stoked the long-running debate whether gun ownership in the United States is an individual or collective right."

"By leaving intact the California law, the justices declined to review a San Francisco appeals court decision that said individuals have no right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. Instead, the appeals panel said individuals had a right to weapons for the purpose of maintaining effective state militias." ...

" 'As a practical matter, this California case changed nothing,' said Chuck Michel, an attorney with the California Pistol and Rifle Association. 'We assume that, sooner or later, the United States Supreme Court will acknowledge the Second Amendment creates an individual right. What we need to be careful about is where the line needs to be drawn on government regulation: Somewhere between semiautomatic weapons shipped to your door and a complete ban.' "
 

Gun Banners Celebrating Tyranny
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'The action of the United States Supreme Court today in denying review of the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Silveira v. Lockyer repudiates the extremist gun lobby and others who view the Second Amendment as a weapon against reasonable gun laws,' said Dennis Henigan, Director of the Brady Center's Legal Action Project. 'It remains true that never in our nation's history has a federal court struck down a gun law on Second Amendment grounds.' "
 

Authorized User Firearm Partnership (Taurus Press Release)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The partnership has been formed to address the long sought response to the quest for a firearm that will instantly and reliably recognize authorized operators of the equipment. The new handgun will use the patented Dynamic Grip Recognition biometry authorizing technology owned by the New Jersey Institute of Technology." ...

"The new handgun will incorporate the Metal Storm O’Dwyer VLe Technology in a platform to be built and integrated by Taurus with the NJIT proven Dynamic Grip Recognition biometry. Recognizing the specific grip exerted by various individuals, the NJIT system will allow each firearm to be programmed so that pre-authorized users will be able to instantly operate the firearm."
 

Gun lawsuit won't solve real problem
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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The business of gun manufacturing, like any other enterprise, is to produce and sell products. What happens as a result of those sales is not their responsibility, so long as the sales are legal.

"Following that argument, manufacturers of automobiles, knives and even hammers would be held liable for murders caused by their products."

"The real liability here lies in the hands of the gun collector who is alleged to have sold the gun to Furrow, an ex-convict prohibited from purchasing weapons." ...

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No, the real liability here lies with Furrow. A law-abiding citizen engaging in a voluntary transaction with another should not be held liable for the illegal actions of said other.
 

Is Keeping A Gun In Your Car Worth The Risk?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A fugitive behind bars and a little girl in the hospital. Their images represent the highs and lows experienced by many this week, and though their circumstances were night and day, both are connected by the choice to store a gun in the car."

"Despite the very real danger of an accident like that of 3-year-old Casey Hendrix, Sheriff Kent Henson says carrying a gun is worth the risk."

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If Dr. Peebles hadn't had a gun in his van, Scott Eizember would likely still be at large.
 

The Limits of Gun Ownership
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Gun-rights advocates aren't the only people who believe that individuals should be free to own guns. Even gun-control advocates usually specify that they aren't trying to ban all guns."

"But most activists on both sides of the gun issue say there must be limits on gun ownership."

"Why?"

"So that guns don't fall into the 'wrong' hands."

"But if a law could keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be virtually no violent crime at all. Just pass a law specifying that bad people can't own guns and the problem of gun violence is solved."

"Unfortunately, things don't work out that way in the real world."
 

Transforming Public Opposition to Reckless Lawsuits into Legislative Reality
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"The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research asked Americans whether they agreed or disagreed with the following statement:

"Companies that make guns should be held financially liable if judges or juries find that their products were used to commit a crime."

"The response was overwhelming—78% disagreed, while only 18% agreed. Unlike many other issues we face, the notion that these grievous lawsuits against the industry are wrong generally makes sense to most Americans, including some people who may support other items on the gun ban lobby's agenda." ...
 

NRA still on target with gun magazine aimed at women
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The National Rifle Association's newest publication, a 75-page magazine written for its growing female membership, has been such a hit since it premiered last January within the organization that Wal-Mart began carrying it on nearly 10 percent of its newsstands nationwide this month. And over the next two months the nation's largest retailer will expand its sales, featuring Outlook in more than half of their 2,900 stores." ...

"NRA officials say Outlook grew out of a demand by its female membership, a population that is growing, although the organization says it has no exact statistics."
 

CO: Pit bulls kill woman, injure 2 men in Elbert
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"A pack of roaming pit bulls neighbors say have been aggressive in the past mauled a woman to death Sunday morning and injured two men, the Elbert County Sheriff's Office said." ...

"The dogs attempted to jump in the bed of the truck and nearly made it when Baker started yelling, screaming so loudly that neighbors a quarter-mile away heard the shouts. He hollered for his mother to call 911 and for his 16-year-old son, Cody, to grab a gun."

"Cody shot at the dogs with a 12-gauge shotgun, blinding one, knocking one down and disorienting the third."

"The distraction was enough for Baker to jump down, grab his truck keys from the driveway and climb into the cab of the pickup. He drove it close enough to the house to scurry inside, he said."
 

OH: Man Gets Probation For Taking Gun In Hopkins
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A homeless man convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was sentenced Monday.

A judge sentenced Robert Igoe to two years controlled probation in a 24-hour supervised group home, NewsChannel5 reported.

Airport security officials said Igoe had a loaded gun and a backpack full of ammunition.

Prosecutors said the gun was loaded with one bullet in the chamber. There were 40 other rounds of ammunition in Igoe's backpack.

Police found 20 other rounds of ammunition, but it was for a different gun. Igoe admitted he had another gun, but claimed it is in police custody.
 

OH: Ohio draws bead on bill similar to Michigan concealed-gun law
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Since the Michigan law that made it easier for citizens to carry concealed handguns took effect in 2001, the number of permit holders has nearly doubled and crime has dropped."

"Backers of a bill that would give Ohio a similar law say the result - more armed law-abiding citizens and lower crime - could happen here."

" 'For over 40 years, Michigan’s per capita crime rate has exceeded Ohio’s; the new [data] proves all that has changed,' said Jim Irvine, chairman of OFCC PAC."
 

AZ: Mesa expected to OK gun auction guidelines
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"The Mesa City Council is expected to approve guidelines today for selling seized firearms, a move paving the way for the weapons to be auctioned to licensed gun dealers." ...

"In April, the council voted 6-1 to reinstate gun auctions. The move reversed a 1998 city policy requiring all firearms confiscated by police to be destroyed unless they could be used for law enforcement, donated to museums, or returned to the owners if the guns were stolen. Before 1998, police auctioned seized firearms to gun dealers." ...

"But the move has angered gun control advocates who said firearms confiscated by police will end up back on the street. ..."

 

MD: Fate of military arms part of larger gun issues
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"With a federal prohibition on sale of military-style semiautomatic rifles set to expire next year, gun control advocates in the Maryland legislature plan to push for a state ban during the legislative session that begins in January."

" 'I doubt very much that Congress will reauthorize the federal ban,' said Delegate Neil Quinter, Howard County Democrat."

"He and state Sen. Rob Garagiola, Montgomery County Democrat, plan to introduce companion bills in the House and Senate to ban weapons they say serve no legitimate purpose."
 

MA: Should the Seekonk police have to give back Bob Silva's guns?
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"For more than a year, Silva has been on a mission. He wants the police to return his rifle, pistol, a belt of ammunition, bullets, and several personal items. He needs the guns, he says, for protection."

"Silva has written to politicians and bureaucrats, claiming that Seekonk officers violated his civil rights when they entered his 34 School St. house last year to take his stuff. The reply letters have piled up like blanks. From the state attorney general's office, the Bristol County district attorney's office, even the American Civil Liberties Union, the answer was always, sorry, we can't help you." ...
 

MN: Analysis: Police Database May Not Abide by Records Law
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"A state-run police database may be violating privacy protections in state records laws by, among other things, sharing information about who holds handgun permits..."

"The Multiple Jurisdiction Network Organization is a collection of millions of police 'contact' records that 175 police agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin have agreed to share and jointly pay for." ...

"The system is unusual. While it is used by state agencies and run by state employees on state-owned computers, it is technically owned by a private nonprofit group -- the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. Some people who have been targeted because of the database say it has allowed their privacy to be invaded."
 

SC: Clinton opens firing range
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"It took more than five years, but the Clinton Police Department has opened its own firing range, a move department officials say will save the city time and money."

"The $11,000 facility is on 40 acres of city land about a mile outside Clinton."

"It was built through a federal program using members of the U.S. Army's 391st Engineering Battalion based in Greenville."
 

UK: Armed robbers strike again at the Total station
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"ARMED robbers have committed the fourth hold-up, in Runnymede, within three weeks, sparking more fears for late-night store workers."

"Two masked men held up Trident Garage Petrol Station, in Guildford Road, Chertsey, at around 4am, on Thursday, November 20, when they threatened a member of staff with a handgun, and stole 400."
 

Australia: Gun amnesty: 40 handed in to police
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"SEVEN weeks after the State- wide gun amnesty was announced 40 guns have been handed in to Bathurst police."

"The amnesty began on October 1, with rifles, sawn-off shotguns and hand guns among some of the weapons surrendered at Bathurst Police Station."

"The amnesty is also being run in conjunction with a national buyback scheme which runs until March 31 next year."

"Under the amnesty any gun can be handed in to police, no questions asked."

"Licensing officer for Chifley Local Area Command Constable Barry Cash said people can either present the guns at the police station or contact Bathurst Police on 63328699 to get assistance with the collection of the firearm."
 

Australia: Pen-gun man sentenced
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A MAN found in possession of a homemade pen-gun was yesterday sentenced in a Perth court to nine months of community service.

Mark Anthony Weir, of suburban Waikiki, today pleaded guilty in Rockingham Court of Petty Sessions to one count of possessing an unlicensed firearm.

Police charged Weir, 35, on Friday after executing a search warrant at his Waikiki Hotel room and finding the 15cm gun and a quantity of .22 calibre ammunition.

He was ordered to perform 75 hours of supervised community service, including counselling, a court clerk said.
 

UK: Man allegedly fired a handgun in a residential area
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"Anthony Winchester appeared at the city's sheriff court today following the alleged incident, said to have happened on Saturday in Bedford Avenue."

"Winchester, of 25D Bedford Avenue, faces a total of six charges including possession of a banned weapon and ammunition."

"He denied all the allegations and was released on bail pending trial next month."

"He is accused of possessing a handgun and six 8mm bullets, without firearm certificates. He is also accused of having a banned weapon and prohibited ammunition."
 

South Africa: Campaign to Curb Firearm Crimes
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"The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo has achieved considerable success with the curbing of firearm related crime in the province in recent months."

"Provincial spokesperson Colonel Frans Mojapelo confirmed on Friday that 2 000 firearms and 1 500 items of equipment, confiscated during recent investigations into in-transit heists and armed robberies, were destroyed earlier in the week."

"Provincial Police Commissioner Calvin Sengani and other senior officers attended the destruction process, which saw all the items reduced to masses of twisted metal."

"Colonel Mojapelo said efforts to reduce the possession of illegal firearms would continue to form the main thrust of the anti-crime campaign."
 

UK: Cabbie robbed at gunpoint in gun-free UK
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"Taxi driver Asif Hussain today told how he was robbed at gunpoint in a terrifying late-night attack."

"The nightmare began when the 28-year-old picked up two men from the Elmwood pub in Beech Avenue, Sherwood Rise, at around 11pm."

"The men asked to be taken to Bestwood but as the Hackney cab passed Nottingham City Hospital, in Hucknall Road, the back-seat passenger produced a handgun and struck the back of Mr Hussain's head with it."

"The gun remained pointed at the married father-of-three as he was told to take the men to Cairns Close, Bestwood."
 

FL: Critic of gun law will have her say
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"Pauline Shelton desperately wants Florida's 10-20-Life gun law modified. That is the message she is prepared to bring to three state lawmakers at the annual Citrus County Legislative Delegation meeting Thursday." ...

"Not that the issue isn't one with greater repercussions than the case of her son, 20-year-old James Christopher Shelton. In late August, a judge sentenced the young man to 111/2 years in prison for a series of burglaries in Citrus County."

"In one break-in, Shelton stole a gun. Under the 10-20-Life law, he will be required to serve a minimum mandatory 10-year sentence for arming himself during the crime."
 

TX: Man flees after shooting alleged burglar breaking into car
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Houston police want to question a man they say took the law into his own hands, and shot a burglar in southeast Houston Saturday morning.

It happened around 4am at the Belvedere Apartments on Elrod near Garland. Investigators say a resident at the complex saw the man breaking into his car and shot him.

The suspect was able to climb into another car where an accomplice was waiting, but half a mile down the road they crashed.

The accomplice fled the scene, as did the man who shot the suspect. Now police are looking for both, and say the shooter may not face charges.

"They may feel they did something wrong, but there's certain elements in the state law that cover protection of property and life during nighttime hours and we just want to talk to him," said HPD’s Rick Moreno.
 

MO: Bad Cops Bounce from City to City
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"Family members phoned for help after a bloody Elliot Smith arrived home one night 14 months ago and said a cop had shot him."

"It was the first that St. Louis police had heard about the incident. Their officer, Stanley Davis, hadn't called it in, although he later said he had exchanged shots with a fleeing man."

"Smith walked away with no prosecution; Davis walked away with no job."

"Soon, Davis was carrying a new police badge - for Moline Acres. That lasted, the city's police chief said, until Davis got caught with stolen property."

"After he was forced to resign, Davis landed on the force in Beverly Hills, a tiny north St. Louis County municipality. He later resigned but still holds a police license entitling him to work for any department in Missouri."

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Sure, I would really like these cops to come to my rescue .... NOT!!!!!!!!!
 

OH: Governor's Mansion Defense Walk: 'No Wonder He Doesn't Care'
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Behind the security cameras and tall iron gates, behind the stone walls and State Trooper Guard House, Bob Taft lives in a mansion the likes of which few Ohioans will ever see, let alone live in."

" 'No wonder he doesn't care about what we have to go through as defenseless citizens,' one Walker observed while gazing through the thick arbor borders of the estate. 'He probably can't remember a time when he didn't have armed guards and high security protecting his family 24-7.' "
 

UK: Police Concern over Stun Gun Trials
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"Police officers have expressed concerns about the reliability of a 50,000-volt stun gun which is being piloted by five forces, it emerged today."

"The Taser gun has been fired six times during the first six months of a trial, an Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) spokesman said."

"Neither the suspect nor the officer suffered serious injury in any of the incidents, he added, and the device was thought to have significant 'deterrent effects'."

"But Acpo’s Paul Acres, the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: 'Some officers brought to our attention issues about the reliability of the Taser technology and the training package currently available.' "
 

OH: Investigators Unable to Link Highway Gun
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"Investigators trying to find out who is responsible for a string of highway shootings said Sunday they have found no link between the shootings and similar incidents elsewhere."

"The first of the 11 vehicle shootings, on a five-mile stretch of the interstate that circles Columbus, took place in May, but most occurred in the last two months. Authorities did not connect the cases until a woman was killed Tuesday; she was the only person hit in the shootings."
 

NY: Free Gun Locks
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State police are giving out free gun locks this holiday season. The gun locks are being given to people who can't afford to buy them on their own. The idea is to prevent gun accidents with children.

"I think that we can all think of some type of incident where a child has been playing with a weapon they found, whether inside their home, or a friend's home, or maybe they find it somewhere it's not supposed to be and they play with it," said Capt. Francis Cootz, NYS Police.

The locks are available in limited supply at state police barracks. "Project Childsafe" is a national program with grant money from the Department of Justice.

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Free? It's paid for by taxpayers' money.
 

NV: Local Families Keep Kids Safe With Gun Locks
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"As you prepare to spend time with your family, you might want to think about what hidden dangers might lie inside their homes. 40 percent of American households with children have guns. Even if you don't, that means that your neighbors or one of your child's friends probably do. In 2001, a child or teen was killed every eight hours in a gun related accident or suicide. Here in Nevada, 30 children or teens died in 2001 in gun related incidents." ...

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More discredited VPC propaganda being spewed by a compliant media. Email this "journalist" with the facts: kchambers@kvbc.com.
 

NJ: Manufacturer joins 'smart gun' initiative
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"Officials at the New Jersey Institute of Technology said efforts to develop a 'smart gun' have taken another step forward after a weapons manufacturer signed on to the production process."

"A Florida-based company intends to design a handgun that would incorporate technology under development by the school and another partner that would allow only certain users to fire the weapon."

"New Jersey was the first state in the country to pass such a law last year when it required the technology to be used in all new handguns sold three years after the state attorney general determines that a smart-gun prototype is safe and commercially available."

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If it's so smart and safe, why the police officer exemption?
 

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