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Ashcroft Announces Gun Purchase 'Initiatives'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Attorney General John D. Ashcroft announced plans yesterday to curb gun purchases by illegal immigrants and criminals while streamlining transactions for legal gun buyers.

Ashcroft ordered the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service to revamp their computer systems to identify noncitizens who try to buy firearms through federally licensed gun dealers.
 

UPI Report Links Kmart Money Woes To Pro-Gun Boycott
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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United Press International (UPI) has not exactly been friendly to gun rights over the years, but on the heels of Kmart’s announced bankruptcy filing in January, UPI carried a news item that seemed a bit surprising.

The UPI report suggested that a boycott of the department store chain by “Pro-Second Amendment activists... because of the vocal anti-gun activity of Kmart spokesman (sic) Rosie O’Donnell” had an impact on Kmart’s collapse.
 

Egyptian-American sentenced in 'Arms Export Violation'
Submitted by: Christopher A. Hamer

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Setenced to 2 1/2 years for "selling a Stinger missile, and laundering $350,000.00."

-- All nice and sociable, and then I look at the hell that Bob Stewart is going through...
 

MI: Mandatory jail term urged for 'illegal weapon possession'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus delivered a message to criminals Wednesday: mandatory jail time for illegal firearms.

Posthumus unveiled his Michigan Exile program, which would help put felons and violent juveniles behind bars for up to five years for possession of guns or ammunition. The plan calls for a mandatory one-year jail term for anyone illegally in possession of a firearm.
 

Loss of freedoms tend to happen incrementally rather than immediately
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"America’s greatness stems from principles of liberty such as freedoms of speech, association and religion. There are many potential threats to these freedoms, including government collection of biometrics, a technique of identifying people by scanning and quantifying unique physical characteristics such as facial structures, voice patterns and fingerprints."
 

IL: Residents oppose proposed gun law
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Several residents have told the Palatine Village Council that they oppose the village's plan to draft an ordinance requiring home-based gun dealers to have a local business license.

A village committee recently recommended that the village draw up an ordinance that would compel gun dealers to obtain a license, just like seamstresses, child-care workers, beauticians and other home-based businesses.
 

CO: Court upholds Denver gun law
Submitted by: Kevin Novak

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"These rights include the right to defend and protect lives, liberties, and property. They are recognized, not granted, by the Constitution and have their origin in nature independent of any express provision of law," Roy said.
 

Ashcroft to speed up gun-buyer background checks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Attorney General John Ashcroft moved Wednesday to accelerate background checks on gun buyers and directed that $141 million be spent to upgrade criminal-history records used to perform the checks.

However, Ashcroft insisted that law enforcement is 'prohibited' from using the records to investigate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington.

"For us to contravene that would be inappropriate", Ashcroft said of the law governing the National Instant Check System.
 

UK: Vicar denies gun allegations
Submitted by: Stuart Heal

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"A VICAR charged with firearm offences and questioned by police about allegations of indecent assault said today he had done nothing wrong.

"Mr Daggett said he brought the gun with him, along with the rest of his possessions, when he left the US in 1986. He said: 'When I found out about the stringency of the gun laws in the UK I should have got a licence for the weapon and I regret not doing so."
 

MO: 'Agents' arrest 50 in guns, drugs 'Sweep'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Federal, state and local "authorities" raided homes and other buildings in a large-scale drug and weapons "sweep" that led to at least 50 arrests.

Helicopters flew overhead as dozens of "agents" from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined state and local "police" across the town.

Residents of one neighborhood reported SWAT officers breaking down the door of one home at 6am.

KABA NOTE: Why do they call it a "sweep"? Because it's when they sweep truth, justice and liberty into the trashbin.
 

41 House Republicans Voted For Campaign Finance Reform
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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House Republicans voting in favor of Shays-Meehan campaign finance reform bill:

CA: D.Ose, S.Horn, M.Bono; CT: R.Simmons, C.Shays, N.Johnson; DE: M.Castle, M.Foley; FL: I.Ros-Lehtinen; IL: M.S.Kirk, T.Johnson; IA: G.Ganske, J.Leach; MD: W.Gilchrest, C.Morella; MI: F.Upton, N.Smith; MN: J.Ramstad; NE: D.Bereuter, T.Osborne; NH: C.Bass; NJ: F.LoBiondo, M.Ferguson, R.Frelinghuysen; NY: F.Grucci, B.Gilman, S.Boehlert, J.McHugh, J.Walsh, J.Quinn, A.Houghton; OH: S.LaTourette; PA: C.Weldon, J.Greenwood, T.Platts; SC: L.Graham; SD: J.Thune; TN: Z.Wamp; VA: F.Wolf; WV: S.M.Capito; WI: T.Petri

Not voting at all (which is just as bad) were:

AL: B.Riley, CO: J.Hefley, NJ: M.Roukema, OH: J.Traficant(D), TX: K.Brady, WY: B.Cubin
 

Feds to police airports; 'Trusted-traveler' ID to be tested
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The federal government will hire thousands of armed law enforcement officers in coming years to patrol the nation's airports, the new undersecretary of Transportation told USA TODAY this week.

In an interview days before the Transportation Security Administration takes responsibility for aviation security Sunday, its leader John Magaw also said he was skeptical about a 'trusted-traveler' ID card. But the administration will test the concept, possibly with members of Congress, he said.
 

SD: Committee Approves Right to Carry Bill
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Earlier today, February 8, the Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved HB 1129, which seeks to establish reciprocal agreements to allow Right to Carry permit holders from other states to lawfully carry firearms concealed in South Dakota, and vice versa.
 

Campaign Finance Pro-gun Amendment Fails
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Yesterday, we alerted you concerning the debate on so-called campaign finance "reform" -- H.R.2356. Here’s how the debate turned out:

The NRA-supported Pickering Amendment, which would have protected the free speech of those wishing to communicate for or against issues pertaining to the Second Amendment by defending Second Amendment discussion from the free speech restrictions of H.R.2356, failed on a 209-219 vote.
 

GA: Atlanta Gun Industry Suit Dismissed
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The Georgia Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit by the city of Atlanta against gun manufacturers and trade associations, saying that only states have the right to regulate firearms.

The appeals court's ruling Wednesday overturned a lower court decision that allowed the city to sue 14 gun makers and three trade associations, alleging they are "negligent in designing, distributing and promoting firearms and fail to warn of their danger."

KABA NOTE: Also see the USNewswire report
 

MT: Gun-friendly Democrats trying to shake anti-gun image
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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Attention gun enthusiasts: Should a well-armed, campaigning donkey knock on your door this election season, worry not. He isn't there to pry votes from your cold dead fingers.

Hunting for political support, Montana Democrats are trying to shake their party's anti-gun image. They're opening booths at local outdoors shows. They've made the right to bear arms a part of their party platform. And they've endorsed Montanans' right to hunt, fish and recreate on public lands.
 

Permits for Explosives Proposed
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Hoping to thwart terrorist attacks," two senators want to require people to obtain permits before they can get explosives.

"Most Americans would be stunned to learn that in some states, it is easier to get enough explosives to take down a house than it is to buy a gun, get a drivers' license, or even obtain a fishing license,' said Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis.
 

Anti-gun groups blast H&R Block for dealing with NRA
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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A strategic partnership between the nation's leading tax preparer and the gun lobby is drawing criticism from Gun Industry Watch, a project of Alliance for Justice.

H&R Block and the National Rifle Association have entered into an agreement whereby H&R Block will make a donation to the NRA any time that an NRA member has his or her taxes prepared by the company.
 

VPC Disputes Claim Terrorists obtained weapons from CIA
Submitted by: Christopher A. Hamer

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More cerebral pablum from the Alphabet soup group.

Trying to apply today's standards to a transaction 25 years ago under a different political climate.

Silly sheeple, tricks are for politicians...
 

VA: Virginia is for (gun) lovers
Submitted by: John Fansler

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During a meeting last week to debate the merits of allowing Virginians to carry concealed handguns into bars, some permit holders packed heat as they sat in the committee room in the General Assembly Building.

-- Oh My... :) So what's the problem with guns in the Capitol? The unstated premise of this article is that the lives and safety of our political representatives is far more important than the lives and safety of mere proles.
 

Emory can wait no longer: Historian is under investigation
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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Emory's investigation could cost Bellesiles his tenure, the academia's equivalent of a lifetime job guarantee. In announcing the probe, Emory Dean Robert A. Paul issued a written statement saying "questions remain concerning his research."

-- Bellesiles is toast. Even the liberal academic community can no longer cover up his willful lies.
 

CO: 'Columbine parents' debate gun permits
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Columbine parents faced off at the state Capitol Wednesday over the "issue" of handgun concealed-carry permits.

The Senate Judiciary Committee killed a bill 4-3 that would have required sheriffs and police chiefs to issue permits to qualified residents.

The committee also killed a bill 4-3 that would have restricted police chiefs and sheriffs from issuing permits to people living outside their jurisdictions.
 

MI: Detroit officer killed in traffic stop shoot-out
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Police officer killed, shot with own gun, unclear as to if perp was armed before.
 

Canadian air marshals learning how to shoot guns on planes
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Canada's new air marshals are being trained to know where to shoot bullets without de-pressurizing airplanes, says Deputy RCMP Commissioner Garry Loeppky.

Mr. Loeppky revealed the information before a recent meeting of the Senate Security and Defence Committee, which is approaching the end of its detailed study of Canada's national security.
 

NH: Woman handcuffed and arrested for late video rental
Submitted by: Andy Kellett

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[The Libertarian Party warns that as laws expand, each of us becomes a criminal in some small (or large) way on a daily basis.]

LP Party Press Secretary George Getz said, "Yes, it's easy to make jokes, but this is a case study of how, in a society where politicians can't stop writing laws, everyone eventually becomes a criminal -- even if your only 'crime' is forgetting to return a video."
 

ID: Law enforcement officials add Tasers to their resources
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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In an effort to increase the use of "non-lethal" weapons on criminals, Boise police officers will begin using electronic stun guns this summer.

The canary yellow Taser M26 guns may look like toys, but they pack enough wallop to drop criminal from as much as 21 feet away, Boise Police Chief Don Pierce said.

The list of non-lethal weapons Boise police currently use includes pepper spray, batons and ammunition like bean bags and foam rounds.
 

Campaign Finance Amendments Rejected
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Among amendments to the campaign-finance bill considered on Wednesday, the House...

* Rejected, 237-188, a proposal by Armey that stated that nothing in the bill could violate the First Amendment.

KABA NOTE: If this first rejection doesn't tell the goal of "Finance Reform", nothing does.

The House also....

* Rejected, 219-209, a proposal by Armey to suspend restrictions on soft money advertising for matters pertaining to gun control.

* Rejected, 237-185, a proposal by Armey to suspend restrictions on soft-money advertising for matters pertaining to civil rights.
 

DC: Cops build 'surveillance' network
Submitted by: WildWest

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“In the context of Sept. 11, we have no choice but to accept greater use of this technology,” says Stephen Gaffigan, who heads the Washington Metropolitan Police Department project."

"The police say they are aware of privacy concerns and plan to stop far short of the level of constant surveillance the technology allows."
 

MI: U.S. wants cannon used as lawn ornament
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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LUDINGTON, Mich. - It's not your ordinary lawn ornament. Since 1947, Henry Marek has kept a World War I-era cannon in his front yard.

Marek obtained the cannon in 1942 for $25 as scrap from the Work Projects Administration. Over the years it has become a Mason County landmark.

But a Defense Department worker happened to notice the cannon last week, knocked on Marek's door and told him that the cannon is government property. That means it could be seized and destroyed.
 

VA: House Spouses open fire at range
Submitted by: Anonymous

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This year, 15 wives of House of Delegates members - most of them in stylish pantsuits - ruffled a few feathers by lining up and opening fire at a South Richmond firing range. Two delegates' husbands rounded out the House Spouses.

Booms from .357s and .45s blended with the bangs from .22s and the rattle of an Uzi machine gun as the House Spouses braved their fears and inexperience and zeroed in on the bull's-eyes at D&P Shooting Range on Midlothian Turnpike.

KABA NOTE: We hope these participants all vote pro-Second Amendment...
 

Will it be guns or butter?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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This November, women decide, What do the people want: Guns or butter?

This year's congressional elections will hinge on that question. Or so believe the political consultants and party insiders for Republican and Democratic candidates.

At last month's meeting of the Republican National Committee, one of the president's key men told an audience that George W. Bush's handling of the war against terrorism would be a great launching point for GOP congressional campaigns.
 

The media that couldn't shoot straight
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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On Jan. 16, 2002, a law student at Virginia's Appalachian School of Law shot and killed the dean, a professor and another student, while wounding three others.

How did the shooting spree end?

According to the Los Angeles Times, "Other students tackled [emphasis added] the gunman minutes after he stalked through the tiny campus of the Appalachian School of Law where he wounded three others during the shooting spree." The New York Times also said that other students "tackled" the man.

(In truth, they stopped him with their LOADED GUNS.)
 

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