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Jennifer Freeman: Civil Disobedience
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Bush Administration does not want convicted felons to to lawfully own firearms. What if the convicted felon's only crime was the civil disobedience of an anti-Constitutional, anti-gun law?"

"There are thousands of anti-gun laws on the books, many of which have no relevance or influence on criminal behavior. Some of which are considered a felony if violated. The laws vary depending on your geographic location and there are laws at the city, county, state, and federal level, making it confusing for gun owners and law enforcement in some areas." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

Exclusive Paul Helmke Brady Campaign Interview (humor)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well, I normally wouldn't bust out this big of a story without a press release and a great deal of fanfare, but I was recently able to sit down with Paul Helmke and discuss what truly constitutes an 'assault weapon.' Following is a nearly complete transcript of our conversation:"

"HELMKE: *holding a spork against a copy of the Constitution* So, it is down to you. And it is down to me."

"LIBERTY: Let me explain-"

"HELMKE: — there’s nothing to explain. You're trying to reclaim what I’ve rightfully hijacked."

"LIBERTY: Perhaps an arrangement can be reached?"

"HELMKE: There will be no arrangement — *presses the spork against the 2nd Amendment* — and you’re destroying this …" ...
 

Anti-Gunners joining forces with a clear agenda
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"Gun Control organizations, The Brady Campaign and IACP are now joined by F-Rated Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), John Kerry (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Carl Levin (D-MI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) to attempt to close the so called Gun Show loophole. Acting ATF Director Michael J. Sullivan said President Bush has indicated he would support a measure in Congress to close that loophole"

"However at the largest gathering of Anti-Gun organizations, in which Sullivan was the key note speaker, they clearly laid out their plans:" ...
 

Michael J. Sullivan once again shows his true intent by association
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"Michael J. Sullivan keeps floating to the surface as one, who from all indications, is bound and determined to decrease the guns available to us, to establish an illegal database of gun owners, and now to fraternize with those organizations which clearly oppose our Second Amendment right. The latest example was brought to my attention by Ryan Horsley of Red’s Trading Post in a post where Sullivan is speaking to the IACP (International Associations of Chiefs of Police), served on a panel with noted anti-Second Amendment types, and has associated with the who-who’s of the anti-Second Amendment zealots." ...
 

Remington Model Seven Fireball
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"I'll tell you right up front that until recently I was never a big fan of Remington's Model Seven rifle. That skinny barrel combined with an action that handled only short cartridges was never my cup of tea. And the stock? Removed from the rifle it might make a perfect bat for a good game of stickball. The only handsome Model Seven to come out of the plant in New York was that spiffy Mannlicher addition brought on line around 1993."

"Nevertheless, over the past two years, the Model Seven ... has changed dramatically and made me its No. 1 fan. The stock is classic in design, the barrel is perfect for the host cartridge ... the new addition in .17 Remington Fireball is certainly going to find a place in my Suburban for serious woodchuck hunting." ...
 

Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols Continue to Win Law Enforcement Agencies
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ... announced today that it has recently received several orders for its Military & Police (M&P) polymer pistols. Most recently, Smith & Wesson received an order from the Colorado Springs Police Department to equip the city's officers with 500 M&P40 polymer pistols. Other sizeable agencies that have recently converted to the M&P pistol series include the Atlanta Police Department, Charlotte Police Department, and Syracuse Police Department. A total of 1,900 M&P40 pistols have been shipped to the Atlanta Police Department; 1,650 M&P40 pistols have been shipped to the Charlotte Police Department; and 500 .45 ACP M&P pistols have been shipped to the Syracuse Police Department." ...
 

West Virginia May Offer Gun Training in Schools (GunGuys)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yes, West Virginia is considering offering gun training, particularly for hunting, in classrooms."

"Why? Because the number of hunters is falling in the Mountaineer State."

"According to a January 31st Associated Press article:"

"Although it still ranks in the top six nationally for sales of hunting permits to nonresidents, West Virginia sold 154,763 permits to residents in 2006, a 17 percent decrease from 1997, according to the state Division of Natural Resources." ...
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Submitter's Note: Unsurprisingly the Joyce Foundation financed 'GunGuys' don't mention what the news article says in the first paragraph: The drop in hunting is leaving a hole in the state's budget.
 

New Brady Scorecard Shows Most States Lack Common Sense Gun Restrictions
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Officials in most states have done little to keep criminals and other dangerous people from easily obtaining guns, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The new redesigned scorecards are being released today for all 50 states."

"Two-thirds of all states score less than 20 points out of 100. Almost half of all states score 10 points or less out of 100." ...
 

MA: Turn Your Media BS Filters Up To 11
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"WCVB (Channel 5 - Boston) is running their investigative report on illegal firearms trafficking. The teaser video has footage from a gun show intermixed with that of an interview with (presumably) a local gang member discussing how easy it is to get guns on the street."

"And, it looks like they've hired Michael Moore to do their editing."

At one point, the video is stitched together to make it appear as though there's a gangbanger with gloves on and his face wrapped in a bandanna actually attending a gun show, handling firearms, and offering a dealer $2,500 cash for a semiautomatic handgun." ...
 

MO: Burglar Shot In Struggle With Resident
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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A man who lives at a house on East 79th Street came home and saw three men in his home stealing his belongings, Kansas City police said.

He grabbed one of them, who had a gun, and during the struggle, shots were fired.

All three of the men ran away, but one of them was hit.

He got as far as a nearby corner, where he ran into a restaurant and asked for help.

Adrian Gardner, an employee, called 911 and then the shot man passed out on the floor.

Medics and police arrived, and the man was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Police were still looking for the other two men.
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KABA Note: It would be better to have your own gun that to count on the BGs to bring one for you.
 

VA: Rockbridge County man shoots gun wielding home intruder
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A Rockbridge County man says he was forced to shoot a gun wielding home invader late Wednesday night."

"Rockbridge County sheriff R.W. Day confirmed Alan Gould Jr. shot the intruder in the arm with a .44 caliber Magnum revolver."

"Day said the case is still under investigation but preliminarily it appears Gould acted in self defense." ...

"The twist to this story is Alan Gould is a convicted felon and is legally not allowed to have a gun in his home."

"Police in Amherst County caught Gould with cocaine and a gun last April." ...

"Gould said the drugs and gun weren't his. He said he was hanging out with the wrong crowd."

"Day said that part of the case was still under investigation as well and charges against Bowling are pending."
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Endorses Barclay For State Senate
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the oldest and largest advocacy group of its kind in New York, today announced their endorsement of Assemblyman Will Barclay for the vacant seat in the 48th State Senate District."

"'Our members in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Oswego Counties need a strong voice in the State Senate like Will Barclay,' said Thomas King, President of NYSRPA. 'Will is the only candidate in this race who can stand up to the downstate, liberal agenda that seeks to take away the constitutional rights of responsible gun owners.'"

"'I thank the NYSRPA for recognizing that my voting record has always protected safe gun ownership, proper training, and the enjoyment of shooting sports,' Barclay said. ..."
 

NY: Locals vocal in support of Ron Paul
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is on the Web and in the money, fueling a passionate, sign-waving, door-to-door campaign effort in the region as Super Tuesday looms next week."

"It’s a bit like a long-distance romance. Paul, a congressman from Texas, will not be campaigning here. In fact, he isn’t spending any of his war chest in the state."

"'It's a smart decision not to spend here,' says Schenectady attorney and Paul supporter Warren Redlich. Redlich says the candidate knows he isn't likely to win the delegates in this winner-take-all state."

"But the effort goes on."

"Last weekend, volunteers set up a booth at the gun show at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Paul is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment." ...
 

'Gun show loophole' closure goes nationwide
Submitted by: Kurt "45superman" Hofmann
Website: http://armedandsafe.blogspot.com

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"I've been writing a bit lately (with more here) about the recent efforts (all of which have died screaming) in Virginia to close the mythical 'gun show loophole.' Now, everyone's favorite citizen disarmer, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), along with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), is trying the same thing on the federal level." ...
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KABA Note: 45superman found the bill, it is S.2577. No text yet, but you can go to the Library of Congress Thomas website and search by the bill number. Eventually they'll have to post the text.
 

SC: Gun Laws Bring Protesters, Counter-Protesters to Statehouse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Protesters at the South Carolina Statehouse calling for tougher gun laws Wednesday attracted counter-protesters who are against more restrictions on gun rights."

"The first group was part of ProtestEasyGuns.com, a grassroots effort that was formed after the Virginia Tech shootings, during which 32 people were killed. The protesters wore ribbons in the Virginia Tech school colors."

"The demonstration was organized by Joanne Hafter of Irmo, whose daughter, Lizzy, was shot and killed in 2006 by a man who had stolen a gun. The owner of that gun had not reported it stolen. Hafter wants state lawmakers to pass a law requiring gun owners to notify police if a gun is lost or stolen." ...
 

GA: Some Georgia Lawmakers are Trying to Expand Gun Owner Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some in Georgia are trying to expand the rights of gun owners. The state house passed a bill Thursday that would allow Georgians to carry guns at bus stops, churches, and even restaurants that serve alcohol."

"A nationwide advocacy group says Georgia state officials aren't doing enough to crack down on gun violence. New scorecards released Thursday by the 'Brady' Campaign say Georgia scores just 9 out of 100 points in it's efforts to limit violence. Some lawmakers, of course, disagree. Critics say Georgia is failing to protect it's citizens and is too lenient in giving guns to the wrong people." ...
 

VA: VA Sen. Edwards' Gun Show Loophole Proposal No 'Compromise:' Senator Has Rejected Two Previous Versions of Bill in Committee, Siding With Gun Lobby
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Virginia Senator John S. Edwards (D-Roanoke) made headlines this week when he unsuccessfully attempted to reopen debate on the Gun Show Loophole issue during a Senate Courts of Justice Committee hearing. Sen. Edwards promoted his proposal as a 'middle ground everybody could embrace' and derided those who he claimed wanted to use the issue for 'political reasons.' His motion to reconsider failed by a 3-10 vote, with all but one of the committee's Democrats voting against it." ...
 

AZ: Sun Devils could be packing heat under bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Campuses like ASU may no longer be gun-free zones if a bill proposed in the state legislature is passed into law this session."

"Senate Bill 1214 ... would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a firearm on the campus of any state school, college or university. The bill was introduced to the Arizona Legislature on Friday."

"Currently, criminal charges could not be filed against someone who brought a gun to the ASU campus — but there would be other ramifications, such as suspension or expulsion for students, ASU Police Cmdr. Jim Hardina said."

"'Technically, it's not illegal to have guns on campus,' Hardina said. 'But it's a University policy issue.'" ...
 

MD: Lawmakers Mull Public Use Of Tasers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The public use of Tasers is up for debate in Annapolis."

"Police officers carry Tasers to temporarily sideline suspects while many consumers carry them for self-defense. But some in Annapolis say they're a threat to public safety." ...

"A bill under consideration in the General Assembly prohibits the general public from owning or using one."

"'The intent of the Taser bill is to remove as many of them from the street and to keep as many as them off the street as we possibly can,' said Delegate Talmadge Branch, D-Baltimore city." ...

"'You don't want any kind of criminals or any kind of individual that's not in their right mind with a Taser or a stun gun in their hand,' Branch said." ...
 

OH: Castle Doctrine: Interested party hearing in Senate brings out the gun ban extremists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wednesday was another great day for pro-gun, pro-self-defense, and good people of Ohio. SB184, known as Castle Doctrine, received a third hearing and the anti-gun, anti-self defense, anti-crime victim social do-gooders had their say. While anyone would have a hard time explaining and defending their view of the world, the people they choose looked more inept than ever."

"Jeremy Burnside represented himself as speaking on behalf of the Ohio Association for Justice ... but made no mention of his extremist anti-gun advocacy. Burnside set a new example for 'how not to present a case.' Senators Grendell, Faber, Stivers and Mason took turns asking questions while Burnside screwed himself deeper and deeper into a nonsensical hole." ...
 

OH: Rep. Bruce Goodwin's HB450 restores gun rights to young troops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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State Representative Bruce Goodwin (R-74) has introduced legislation that would restore gun rights to members of the armed services or the Ohio National Guard who are between the ages of 18 and 21.

The bill would allow these servicemen and women to purchase a handgun if the person has received firearms training.

Under current state law, even the young men and women who are asked to fight and die for their country are subject to a gun control law which has failed to achieve its goal of reducing crime committed by young offenders.

Click here to view the single-page legislation, House Bill 450.
 

CA: Former officers convicted in home-invasion robbery trial
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"Two brothers who worked as police officers were convicted Wednesday of participating in home invasion-style robberies staged to look like legitimate law enforcement raids, prompting the judge to say that the case underscored the need for aggressive outside oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department."

"'I've never heard testimony like I've heard in this case,' said U.S. District Court Judge Gary A. Feess, who has practiced law since 1974 and was appointed to the federal bench 12 years ago."

"Feess then disclosed to jurors that he is also the judge who oversees the federal consent decree imposed on the LAPD in the wake of the 1999 Rampart corruption scandal."

"'People may now have an understanding of why we have that decree,' he said." ...
 

NY: New York Police Detective Charged With Forcing 13-Year-Old Runaway to Work as Prostitute
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"A police detective and a woman forced a 13-year-old runaway to work as a prostitute at parties around the city, telling her that if she tried to escape the officer would make her sell herself on the streets, prosecutors said."

"Wayne Taylor, 35, and Zelika Brown, 29, were arrested on charges of kidnapping, promoting prostitution, assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the Queens district attorney's office said Wednesday."

"Taylor, a 14-year New York Police Department member assigned to the housing bureau, was suspended without pay, the department said. Both he and Brown pleaded not guilty Wednesday." ...
 

Kenya: Policeman shoots lawmaker in crime of passion
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"A policeman shot and killed an opposition lawmaker Thursday in what authorities say was a crime of passion over a woman. But machete-wielding protesters convinced it was an assassination clashed with police, leaving at least three dead."

"The fighting interrupted talks aimed at calming a nation gripped by violence since a disputed election a month ago."

"At least one person died and 21 people were injured in this western city after the lawmaker's death. In Eldoret's main hospital, bloody trails led to overcrowded wards where bandaged victims shared dirty mattresses on the floor because there weren't enough beds." ...
 

WV: W.Va. May Offer Gun Training in Schools
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"A significant drop in the number of hunters in West Virginia has left a hole in the state's budget, and one lawmaker thinks he has a solution: allow children to receive hunter training in school." ...

"Seventh- through ninth-graders could opt for instruction in topics ranging from survival skills to gun safety, but the weapons would have dummy ammunition or be disabled. Sen. Billy Wayne Bailey, who introduced the bill this month, doesn't envision students firing real guns during class time."

"'It's a way to take this kind of education in the classroom and make it more convenient for young people,' said Bailey, a Wyoming County Democrat." ...
 

Colombia: Thugs, beware! Osama is on patrol
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In Colombia, a man who is the spitting image of Osama bin Laden has taken to patrolling the most dangerous neighbourhoods of the capital, Bogota, to prevent crime.

He walks around with a dog and a stick and believes his presence on the streets could help cut prostitution and drug-dealing.

Called Fernando Aguirre, he knows nothing about his father who left the family when he was eight months old, so he often jokes that the world's most wanted terrorist could even be his father.
 

New Zealand: Knife thrown in domestic dispute
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A woman has undergone surgery to remove a knife embedded in her head.

She was flown to Wellington from Palmerston North after the knife was thrown at her by a man in a domestic dispute on Friday morning.

Sergeant David Clifford says it is believed the woman's injuries are not life threatening.

A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
 

New Zealand: Businessman stabs tagger
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"The lawyer for the man charged with murdering a teenage tagger says his client's life will never be the same again."

"Still in shock, Bruce Emery fronted in court on Thursday as his lawyer requested a psychiatric assessment."

"Pihema Cameron was only 15 when he was stabbed to death in Manuwera last Saturday night."

"Police allege the self employed Manurewa businessman chased and stabbed Cameron to death after he was caught tagging his garage."

"'He tells them to go away, he chases after them. There is a scuffle and within in a minute or two he finds himself in a position where he now faces the most serious charge imaginable,' defence lawyer Chris Comeskey says." ...
 

Canada: No handgun ban, stockwell Day says
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Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day is flatly rejecting calls for a ban on handguns, saying the Conservatives government's support for more police on the streets, and tougher laws as yet unpassed, are already putting a dent in gun crime.

Day said yesterday his government's approach – including "increased (police) boots on the street" and a plan to kill the long-gun registry – has already significantly cut the number of victims of gun crimes "notwithstanding some very tragic incidents in Toronto."
 

UK: Home on the range
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"It is difficult to spend a single day in America without encountering the subject of guns, the laws that govern them or the people that are so pro or anti their use."

"... Despite the fact that shooting is a hobby and that the majority of gun enthusiasts are a law-abiding bunch, the fact that a potentially psychotic person could land their hands on a firearm with relative ease seemed a consequence above and beyond the question of personal choice."

"But then I did something stupid. I actually went to a gun range. And I had a good time. This is not a 'how I went to America and came to love guns' type proclamation. Instead it is an acknowledgement that the argument is far more complex than I believed." ...
 

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