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CCRKBA Challenges Mayors To 'Close Government Gun Loophole'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today called on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his colleagues in the 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' coalition to devote all their resources to closing the government gun loophole."

"The Washington Post this week revealed that between February 2002 and September 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 160 missing firearms. That is in addition to the 352 missing guns the FBI reported lost or stolen in a similar audit in 2002. The newspaper reported that at least 18 of those guns later turned up in connection with criminal investigations, and several had been used in armed robberies." ...
 

One Gun Per Month
Submitted by: Liberty Belles
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"The State of New Jersey is considering a bill that would limit handgun purchases to one per month. If passed, New Jersey would be the fifth state in the union to adopt such a policy. South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and California are the only other states with similar laws."

"Proponents of the bill claim that:"

"* There's no reason why anyone would want to buy guns in multiples."

"* Limiting handgun purchases will reduce crime, especially in areas where gang-related crime is up."

"* Handguns are the weapon of choice for young people." ...
 

Is the NRA Starting to Get It?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Last year, I posted a column critical of the National Rifle Association’s anti-habitat, anti-hunter policy, which is way different than anti-hunting policy. Other outdoor writers across the nation did the same. Now, I see a small sign that the most powerful lobby in America is starting to get it." ...
 

LA: Judge cites Nagin, Riley
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal judge has held New Orleans' mayor and police chief in contempt of court because a city lawyer repeatedly ignored deadlines for answering questions from two gun-rights groups that succeeded in stopping police from seizing guns from law-abiding citizens after Hurricane Katrina."

"In a written order Monday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rebuked Assistant City Attorney Joseph DiRosa for 'wholly unprofessional conduct' ..." ...

"DiRosa said he has now handed over the information to the plaintiffs ..."

"Meanwhile, Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan M. Gottlieb denied that DiRosa has handed over anything sought by his organization and the NRA." ...
 

NY: Man shot dead in alleged burglary attempt
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A man was fatally shot Wednesday night in southwest Rochester when he allegedly tried to burglarize a house on West High Terrace, according to Rochester Police Chief David Moore.

The man was found dead in the driveway of 198 West High Terrace after the homeowner called police about 8:30 p.m. to report that he had shot a burglar.

Moore said officers had taken possession of the gun used in the shooting and the homeowner was cooperating with investigators.

Moore said the victim could not immediately be identified.
 

MI: Man suffers fatal gunshot to the chest from armed homeowner
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"A 21-year-old Pontiac man who was shot by an armed homeowner when he allegedly forced his way into a home with two other men last month died early Tuesday from a gunshot wound to the chest." ...

"The 33-year-old homeowner told police he armed himself after hearing a loud noise when the men kicked in a door. The man shouted for the three to leave and when they ignored him and continued advancing into the house, he fired off two shots." ...
 

MN: Thief Sides With Shotgun-Wielding Farmer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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g a shotgun near a gasoline thief got support from the thief as he pleaded guilty to stealing gas and a car radiator."

"Kenneth Englund, 74, was armed with a shotgun on Oct. 15 when he confronted Christian Harris Smith and a woman at a vacant farm near Englund's home as Smith was taking gasoline from a vehicle."

"England then chased the pair while calling the sheriff's office on a cell phone." ...

"... As Smith entered his guilty plea, he spoke out in support of Englund.

"'I don't think he should be held responsible for, you know, anything involving any of these issues,' Smith said. 'I committed a crime and, you know, he did what he probably thought was right to ... resolve the situation.'" ...
 

UT: Trolley Square shootings intensify campus gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following the recent shootings at Trolley Square, a Senate committee passed a bill to restrict concealed weapons carriers on campus."

"Emotions ran high as members of the public who opposed Senate Bill 251 addressed the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Justice Standing Committee on Tuesday."

"The bill would restrict firearms from selected faculty offices on campus and allow students living in the Residence Halls to choose if they would like to share a room with a concealed weapons permit holder."

"The bill narrowly passed out of committee ..."

"Concealed weapons permit advocates said that without the help of an off-duty police officer, more fatalities could have resulted in Monday's shooting." ...
 

UT: Don't shred right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The tragic massacre that occurred Monday at the Trolley Square mall in Salt Lake City has impacted our entire community. My condolences go out to all of the victims ... The off-duty Ogden police officer, as well as other officers who later responded, who put their lives on the line to stop this madman, deserve our love and support for their selfless actions."

"But had there been another selfless hero present that night who was ready and willing to defend the lives of others with their lawfully concealed weapon, there may be fewer victims today. One can only hope that the anti-gun lobby doesn't turn this incident into a further catastrophe by vehemently calling for more gun control ..."
 

TX: Gun Control: Brady Misfires on Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The proposed Castle Doctrine law being considered in the Texas legislature is getting the typical Brady Campaign treatment. An examination of their tactics is a good study for any state considering the law." ...

"Brady came out against Castle Doctrine because of its impact on criminals:"

"'The law only changes things for the bad guy,' Mr. Ragbourn said. 'The good guys already had the law on their side.'1"

"If Castle Doctrine 'only changes things for the bad guy,' a reasonable person would support it, so why is Brady complaining? They continue with misleading partial-truths in an attempt to convince us this law is unnecessary, when Mr. Ragbourn states: 'case law already allows people to defend themselves.'2" ...
 

The Sheperd's Heart/Be afraid - be very afraid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I know you think it's a bit early to be talking about the elections scheduled for 2008, but I think we need to get started now if we are to have any serious effect on the outcome."

"Gun enthusiasts beware! There are a large number of gun control politicians out there looking for an opportunity to wage war on supporters of the Constitution of the United States."

"Like many others, I believe that gun control legislation violates the letter as well as the spirit of the United States Constitution. ..." ...
 

OH: Passing good legislation - Lessons learned, Part II (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday we reviewed many of the things we did right last session as HB347 worked its way from a bill to a law. Today we are going to take a crucial look at ourselves and see where we can improve."

"Areas where Buckeye Firearms can do better:"

"We were not able to adequately target specific districts. ..." ...

"Stay informed. Legislators are still getting phone calls asking them to, 'vote to override Governor Taft’s veto on HB347.' They already did. ..."

"It has come to our attention that there were a couple of threats made to a legislator days before the Senate override vote. These are damaging to our efforts. ..." ...

"We are not big enough. We need to work with gun stores to help us ..." ...
 

CO: Fortify 'make my day'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After a couple of weeks of stalling by opponents, the state House on Wednesday voted 34-30 to expand Colorado's 'make my day' law so that a strengthened right to self-defense would apply not only to homes but also businesses."

"It's a useful extension of a statute that's been on the books since 1985. We hope Senate Democrats will ignore appeals from most (but fortunately, not all) of their colleagues in the House and pass this clear improvement in the law." ...
 

John Francis Mercer to the Public, "it is time now you should be undeceived", Oct. 8, 1783
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...If wealth, dignity and power create influence, and confer advantages on an individual, where an union of force extends the protection of law to the meanest member of society, and guards his rights from violation; we may conclude it a truth, (clear as the light) that they are essential to the welfare of nations, over whom there is no coercive hand of authority to enforce the dictates of reason, and compel obedience to the decrees of justice...."

"...The subtle but degenerate successors of those Romans who rested the defence of their rights on the firm basis of power, and scorned to shelter them under the mean artifice of intrigue (become now a divided prey to numberless petty tyrants)..."
 

John Adams to President of Congress, "Now what power have any of these but what the people please to allow them?", June 2, 1780
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...There is nothing that the people dislike that they do not attack. They attack officers of every rank in the militia and in the army; they attack judges, governors, and magistrates of every denomination; they attack assemblies and councils, members of Congress, and Congress itself, whenever they dislike their conduct..."

"...consider the constitution of the militia. The militia is, in fact, the whole people; for, by the laws of every State, every man from sixteen to sixty years of age belongs to the militia--is obliged to be armed, to train . . . The officers are chosen by the men . . . It is this very militia which forms the body of voters who annually choose the members of the assembly and the senators and governors..."
 

ATF Officials Who Challenged Director Moved to Lower Posts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two senior officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who opposed many questionable management and spending decisions by the agency's former director are being moved to lower-ranking positions effective Thursday, officials said." ...

"The transfers are widely seen within ATF as demotions. They come seven months after the sudden departure of Carl J. Truscott, the former director, who clashed with Domenech and other senior executives over spending and management practices."

"An inspector general's report issued after his departure showed that Truscott ... engaged in a wide-ranging pattern of questionable expenditures on a new ATF headquarters, personal security and other items. ..." ...
 

NY: Shot cop furious at Betrayal of Badge
Submitted by: jac

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"Officer Andrew Suarez isn't sure what burned more - the bullet that ripped into his neck or the betrayal of a fellow cop accused of trying to cover the alleged shooter's tracks." ...

"Melendez-Rivera, a domestic violence officer in Brooklyn's 81st Precinct, and her husband moved into her childhood home in May 2003 - a house now worth $1.9 million in Park Slope's booming real estate market. But the mismatched couple appears to have tried to hide their love from the law."

"Rivera told his parole officer when the couple moved in together that his wife was a security guard, and Melendez-Rivera backed up the lie, a law enforcement source said."

"Otherwise, parole officials would have alerted the NYPD that one of their officers was associating with a convicted felon, a violation of the NYPD administrative guidelines." ...
 

TX: Fear and loathing in Kingsville, Texas
Submitted by: Bill Donohue

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"A group of Kingsville, Texas, citizens now plan to pursue action against their city for permitting the Army to use live ammunition during an exercise in their town known as Operation Last Dance." ...

"Some residents said they were terrified when helicopters swooped into town from the Army Special Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, last Monday night. One helicopter hit a telephone pole, which started a fire and horrified residents who saw it happen."

"At least eight helicopters are reported to have participated in an assault exercise using live ammunition and explosives very close to innocent bystanders who were not warned of the planned action." ...
 

HI: More people in Hawai'i apply for gun permits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Applications for firearm permits in Hawai'i are setting new records, and law enforcement officials are concerned more guns are being stolen and more are being used by drug dealers."

"A total of 8,695 private firearm permit applications were processed in Hawai'i in 2005, the latest year for which numbers are available. That was an increase of 27 percent over 2004 and the highest number since the state began keeping count in 2000, according to the state attorney general's office." ...
 

KY: "An armed America is a polite America"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"RICHARD PARKER has a problem with his 50-calibre sniper's rifle, but firepower isn't it. Made by ... Accuracy International, the rifle's cigar-sized bullet reputedly slams into distant targets with more force than Dirty Harry's famous .44 Magnum at point-blank range.

"'With the right ammunition,' muses Parker, an amiable 57-year-old marketing executive from Indiana, 'you can take out a tank.' Accuracy isn't the problem either: Parker can hit a skull-sized target at 2000 yards."

"No, his problem is this: where do you fire a weapon of such heart-stopping power and range that American gun-control advocates believe it poses a serious threat to post-9/11 national security? Answer: Knob Creek Range in Kentucky ..." ...
 

WI: Let people vote on automatic weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Let's bring the Second Amendment into the 21st century, shall we? Some 200 years ago, muskets were in use. And they had to be built by gunsmiths. And it is my understanding that they are extremely expensive to construct and assemble."

"Let us decide what kind of weapon is suitable for hunting and target practice."

"A one- or two-shot limit should suffice. Let us eliminate automatic firearms all together — those that can quickly murder many people."

"Perhaps target shooters could take up golf or bowling. I don't know how many people are murdered with bowling balls or golf clubs, but it can't be very many."

"Put the amendment to a national referendum. I am convinced that it will pass." ...
 

KS: Area businesses, stores ban concealed weapons despite licenses
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Little white signs displaying a crossed-out handgun have been cropping up around Manhattan since last month following the state's adoption of concealed-carry laws. The signs render the properties off-limits to concealed weapons."

"The Personal and Family Protection Act, which became law on July 1, 2006, allows for the licensed carrying of concealed weapons but not everywhere." ...

"Sara Van Allen, marketing manager for Manhattan Town Center, said the building is a family environment, and as such, the owners decided to ban concealed weapons in the entire mall."

"'It's for the safety of our shoppers,' Van Allen said." ...
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KABA Note: Tell that to the shoppers at Trolley Square in Utah, where the shooter's rampage was halted by one of those guns you despise, Sara.
 

CA: On firearms and sportsmen
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Dear editor, I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with an item in your Outdoors column from Feb. 2 ('Guns and the sportsman')."

"As the outdoor columnist with a weekly column about sportsmen and sportsmanship, your section on guns and the sportsman was very poorly written and damaging to the sportsman/shooters' cause. Hunting is not the only sport that uses firearms. Millions of other sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy many different forms of shooting competitions. Your statement about the guns that sportsmen don't use shows a major lack of knowledge and responsibility to other sportsmen." ...
 

VA: Let's take gun issue out of the line of fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Time for a cease-fire. And time to put a damper on the guns-at-School-Board-meetings nuttiness that began almost two years ago when a guy brought his legally owned pistol to a York County School Board meeting."

"Both sides in this duel are blasting away at nothing."

"According to news reports, the easily excitable gun-control crowd became apoplectic after gun-rights advocate Chet Szymecki showed up at a 2005 board meeting with a gun on his hip." ...

"After Szymecki's appearance, school officials stomped their feet and demanded a law that would prevent anything like this from happening again in the Old Dominion." ...
 

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