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Ashcroft Tightens Gun Checks but Limits Use of Data
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft moved Wednesday to close "gaps" that have allowed "untold numbers" of illegal residents to buy guns, but he stood firm in his opposition to a potentially powerful tool: allowing the FBI to determine if terrorist suspects have purchased weapons.

"Ashcroft vowed to shore up a problem-plagued system for checking gun purchases that has allowed illegal residents nationwide to purchase guns from licensed dealers, even though such purchases are banned by federal law."
 

If Ashcroft Is Serious ... He Needs To Do More
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March today "commented" on Attorney General John Ashcroft's new gun crime and gun records initiatives, and challenged him to take the additional, "common-sense" steps "necessary to ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of criminals and terrorists."
 

VPC Denounces Ashcroft's Weapons Proposals
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The anti-gun Violence Policy Center said Attorney General John Ashcroft's proposal to bar felons, illegal aliens and others from getting firearms is aimed at speeding up gun sales -- not in protecting the public safety.
 

'War on drugs' can't be won says U.S. lawman
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The only way to end the war on drugs is to legalize them, says a U.S. sheriff who was once a frontline warrior in the "battle."

Bill Masters of Colorado's rural San Miguel County has been sheriff -- an elected position -- for 22 years.

Sheriff Masters, 49, and the father of four, has won a certificate of appreciation from the Drug Enforcement Administration and even helped bust a former town marshal on drug charges.
 

CA: 'Almost 1/2 of L.A. County gun owners don't store guns safely'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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About half of the county's gun owners with young children do not store the weapons safely in the house!!!

A "telephone survey" by the county's "Department of Health Services" "found" that "45% of gun owners in 8,000 households interviewed did not lock the weapons in a gun cabinet or container."

Data from 1999 show 19% of deaths of people under the age of 20 in Los Angeles County were by gunshot. The national average is 12%.

KABA NOTE: What the "report" doesn't say is that most of those "under 20" who died were teenagers involved in gang and illegal drug activity, not because of how weapons were stored.
 

NY: Under the Gun
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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6th story on page

SHE'S been in the forefront of gun control legislation, but Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) seems to have nothing against shooting innocent pheasants. Lowey has mailed out invitations to a March 11 shoot at a Maryland estate. It's bring your own shotgun and a check for $2,000 made out to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee...
 

Gun Grabbers Sink Further
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Two thousand and two continues to look grimmer and grimmer for anti-gunners. In yet another negative ruling for gun-grabbers, the Georgia Court of Appeals has dismissed a suit by the city of Atlanta against gun manufacturers and trade associations. The court put it very simply saying that only the STATES have the right to regulate firearms.
 

Reno 'Speaks'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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That paragon of [KABA NOTE: disgrace and incompetence], former Attorney General Janet Reno, disapproves of the way her successor, John Ashcroft, is doing his job. Speaking to university students in Minnesota Monday, Miss Reno suggested that Mr. Ashcroft had questioned the patriotism of critics of the Bush administration's conduct of the war on terror. "It is important that we bring people to justice according to the principles of our Constitution."

KABA NOTE: Where was Reno with the Constitution when the babies were burning during the Waco massacre?
 

'Standoff' Leads to Misdemeanors plea
Submitted by: Christopher A. Hamer

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Should be entitled "Stormtroopers can't see straight, or shoot straight."

Only casualty.. an innocent T.V. and some Civil Rights, thanks to a nosy neighbor who doesn't understand "go the hell away"This guys life is worse than when he started.
 

Owner questions cop's need to shoot dog
Submitted by: Christopher A. Hamer

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--Wrongful use of a firearm, in the hands of those who should know better.

 

240 Anti-Constitutionalists Voted for Campaign Finance Reform
Submitted by: Stan Jordan

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This is a record of the anti-constitutionalists called Congressmen and women who voted for and against campaingn finance reform.

We should let them all know how we feel about their votes. They swore to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign or domestic.

Apparently they don't consider themselves enemies.

KABA NOTE: Contact your U.S. Officials Here
 

CO: Concealed-gun law clears House panel
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Sheriffs in Colorado would be required to issue concealed-carry handgun permits to people over 21 who pass a background check under a controversial measure approved by a House committee Thursday.

House Bill 1242 was approved on a 5-4 party-line vote by the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee less than 24 hours after a similar bill was killed by a Senate panel. The four Democrats on the committee voted against it.
 

TN Firearms Assoc. Accused of selling out 2nd Amendment and Veterans
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Tennessee Firearms Association Executive Director John Harris has been instrumental in killing a bill introduced by Representative H.E. Bittle (R-Knoxville) which would have exempted honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces from paying private instructors $65.00 to $250.00 for firearms training necessary to obtain a Tennessee carry permit, according to the Rights Education Fund.

KABA NOTE! Check out our rebuttal and defense of TFA: Castigating a Gun Rights Leader for Doing the Right Thing?
 

TX: Attention CHL Holders and CHL Instructors
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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On February 26th at 10:00 a.m. in Room E2.010 of the Capitol Extension in Austin, the Texas House Committee on Public Safety will hold a hearing on interim charge number one: "Study current laws relating to the possession of weapons, including but not limited to the administration of the concealed handgun laws, and interactions among state, local and federal laws concerning firearms. Make any appropriate recommendation to enhance the efficiency, consistency and clarity of the laws."
 

'Reality' education: Guns and sex
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Hate may not be a family value, but I have to admit that there are still a few things that I hate. Here are the two that top my list: handguns and unsafe sex. I hate them because they destroy lives, and the victims could fill Yankee Stadium many times over. Not just those killed by bullets and AIDS, but also those who are maimed for life or paralyzed, or prematurely pregnant, or forced to mother kids while still a teenager."

by Ellen Ratner - White House correspondent and bureau chief for Talk Radio News; Washington bureau chief and political editor for Talkers Magazine; and news analyst at FOX
 

Airline Security, a No-Win Situation
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The 9-11 disaster and subsequent shoe-bomber fiasco have triggered a frantic campaign to tighten airline security. Major media players are doing their patriotic duty by minimizing the unfortunate side effects, but personal horror stories are circulating by word of mouth and propagating freely on the Internet.
 

IN: Marion Co. Prosecutor: Carry Your Derringers Correctly
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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If you must own a derringer, the Marion County prosecutor would prefer that you learn how to carry it properly.

In response to an accidental shooting at an Indianapolis restaurant in January, Prosecutor Scott Newman talked about the safe handling of derringers -- small, short-barreled pistols -- at a news conference Thursday at the City-County Building.
 

NJ: Gun 'safety' advocates rally in capital
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Groups advocating stricter state gun control rallied on the State House steps yesterday to urge lawmakers to pass so-called "smart gun" legislation.

"Friends, we are gathered here together on Valentine's Day, the day when we celebrate love, to say that we so love our children that we urge, we ask, we demand, we request, we beg that our legislators finally do what's right for our kids and pass the childproof handgun bill."
 

New Kit Spots Suspects Who Have Fired A Gun
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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A new kit developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories will allow police officers to immediately determine if a suspect recently fired a gun.

"Police don't have anything today that can tell them instantly whether someone has fired a gun or not," said Greg MacAleese, chief executive officer of Law Enforcement Technologies, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colo.
 

APHF Gun Control Poll
Submitted by: John Rich

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The American Police Hall of Fame (APHF.org) has a weekly poll asking:

"Should gun owners be licensed and fingerprinted by the government?"

To cast your vote, go to the bottom right-hand corner of their homepage (link above) for their poll.
 

CO: Weapons permit bill dies in Senate
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Legislation that would have created a statewide system for issuing permits to carry concealed weapons was shot down on a 4-3 vote Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It came as no surprise. Sen. Ken Chlouber, R-Leadville, chief sponsor of the bill, said it was at least the ninth time he has tried to get the measure passed.
 

All Hail Fatherland Security
Submitted by: Alan Glenski

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All Hail Fatherland Security ... Has the time come to shoot the bastards?

--Liz Michael goes over the major ongoing tyrannies that we are subjected to and warns of the inevitable response.

In fact the response is already happening.

But is it accelerating? (my question)
 

NY: Westchester County Executive wants to raise gun fees
Submitted by: Jacob J. Rieper, NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The cost of owning a gun would climb in Westchester County under a wish list of bills that County Executive Andrew Spano may ask the state to enact this year.

The proposal does not say what Westchester would charge, but notes that Nassau County, which has a special exemption to set its own fee, charges $200 for a five-year license. In Westchester and the other counties, the fee is now $10 for a five-year license.
 

MO: Senator wants fine for access to weapons
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Missourians who carelessly leave weapons around when children are present would be fined $500 under a bill heard Wednesday by a Senate panel. The legislation, known as the "Children’s Firearm Access Prevention Act," would punish those who allow children under the age of 17 to have easy access to weapons and ammunition. Under the bill, people could face fines when they know, or should have known, that a child could gain access to their weapons.
 

NJ: Collector guns couldn't be sold
Submitted by: Evan Nappen, Esq.
Website: http://www.evannappen.com

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2nd story on page

"Smart Gun" bill bans collector guns, including Charles A. Lindbergh's Colt Detective Special revolver and Ernest Hemingway's Colt Match Target Woodsman Semiautomatic Pistol and 100's of other guns even the federal government officially recognizes as "curios and relics."
 

Leftists Plan Protests Against NRA-H&R Block Promotion
Submitted by: Anonymous

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An organization aligned with a left-wing coalition of animal rights, homosexual and abortion advocacy groups is targeting one of the nation's largest tax preparation services for its promotion with the National Rifle Association.

The group Gun Industry Watch, a student group affiliated with the Alliance for Justice, is planning to protest the H&R Block company because the tax firm has teamed up with the NRA.
 

Campaign Reform Opponent Vows Fight
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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It's not a question of whether but how Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will seek to sidetrack the campaign finance reform bill that passed the House this week. He may filibuster, he may go to court or he may do both.

McConnell's position does come with political risks, but he doesn't believe the issue is overly important to voters.

KABA NOTE: Visit his site and tell him just how important this issue is and that you are behind him 100%! http://www.senate.gov/~mcconnell
 

FEC Chairman: Shays-Meehan 'Unworkable' and 'Unenforceable'
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman David Mason: "the Shays-Meehan bill would make it more difficult to achieve consistent, fair, and, yes, vigorous enforcement of campaign finance laws. Furthermore, certain significant provisions of Shays-Meehan are so complex, so vague, or so broad as to be unworkable, or unenforceable."
 

Congress Shows Its Arrogance—Again
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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Congress has once again shown America its true nature is characterized by a flagrant and arrogant contempt for the Constitution, their sacred oath of office and the people they are morally obligated to serve.

There is no other explanation or excuse for those that voted for the "Campaign Finance Reform Bill." In reality, this bill is the First Amendment Violation Act of 2002 and these politicians know it.
 

Homeland 'Security' Conference Promotes Government 'Unity'
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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Government "leaders" from around the state will gather 2/20/2002 in Sacramento, CA, to hear from experts on homeland security and learn what information technology solutions are available to "counter security challenges."

"Cross agency and jurisdictional cooperation is a must to make homeland security a reality."

Cognos (Nasdaq:COGN), MapInfo (Nasdaq:MAPS), Oracle (Nasdaq:ORCL), Symantec (Nasdaq:SYMC) and Veritas (Nasdaq:VRTS) are all major participants in the event.

--Contact the companies' executives and give them a piece of your mind.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? — Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836

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