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The Self Defense Files: Long live the shotgun squads
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Before political correctness swept over the land like a red tide, many citizens found ways of defeating criminal violence that were, shall we say, ingenious. Today, nearly all Democrats, many Libertarians, and the squishy-soft Republican leadership would rise up in arms if the shotgun squads returned.

But they were once an integral part of the law and order cycle of many cities...

by Robert A. Waters
 

European 'Security Officials' Call for Crackdown on Small Arms
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is calling for stricter efforts to reduce small-arms imports and exports. The OSCE said a tougher crackdown on small arms is "necessary to prevent weapons from getting into the hands of organized criminals and terrorists."

Members of the OSCE recently met in Vienna, Austria, to discuss their respective laws in an effort to reduce small-arms trafficking, secure stockpiles, and promote destruction of small arms.
 

OR: Buying a Gun May Soon Be Illegal
Submitted by: Anonymous

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PORTLAND -- It might soon be illegal to purchase a gun in Oregon.

Regulations recently passed by the Oregon Legislature require business owners to fill out paperwork anytime they sell or transfer ownership of a gun. Without the form, the sale is illegal.

The law go into effect at midnight Tuesday, but Oregon gun shop owners say that they have not yet received the new paperwork.
 

AK: Committee Approves Bill to Amend Right to Carry
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Senate Bill 242, which seeks to amend Alaska’s Right to Carry law so that permits from all other states would be honored, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week on a 5-0 vote. Existing law charges the Department of Public Safety with determining and publicizing which states currently meet Alaska’s criteria for recognition. DPS inaction is what led to the introduction of SB242.
 

Veto It: Bush should dis McCain and say no to Shays-Meehan
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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So, campaign-finance reform passed the House, putting it on a clear path to becoming law.

This is odd, since I thought that rich special interests had a hammer-lock on Washington and could bribe their way into getting whatever legislative outcome they wanted.

Actually, the problem with Washington, as last night demonstrates, isn't money, but a whole host of deeper maladies, all of which are represented, not banned, by Shays-Meehan...
 

GA: Both sides of aisle yield to (pro-)gun amendment
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Sen. Phil Gingrey's (R-Marietta) amendment, which passed 48-2, would make it explicit that legally owned weapons would not be confiscated.

After the vote, the two acknowledged that, with an election looming, they could not afford the appearance of voting against gun rights.
 

Reality education on guns (Response to Ratner column)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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On Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, Ellen Ratner, in her WorldNetDaily column Liberal & Proud, wrote on the subject of "Reality education: Guns and sex." I will comment only on the guns portion of her column.

Ms. Ratner and I agree on one point: Education is necessary to save lives. Second Amendment Sisters advocates firearms education, not only for school-aged kids, but for gun owners as well...
 

CO: Senate dodges reality
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The Senate Judiciary Committee couldn't have picked a worse time to kill a sensible bill that would have brought equity to Colorado's crazy-quilt local concealed-weapons policies.

With many term-limited sheriffs near the end of their tenures, it's iffy whether permits they issued remain valid. Law-abiding citizens who believe they legally can carry concealed may suddenly find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
 

IL: Justices want their guards to carry guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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State Supreme Court justices, who began using guards and taxpayer-funded cars last fall, are now asking for the guards to carry guns and make arrests.

Court spokesman Joe Tybor refused Thursday to comment on the legislation or explain why the guards should have more authority. He did say the court's plan to improve security was in the works before Sept. 11 but was implemented sooner because of the attacks.
 

MD: Restoring rights to guns planned
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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State lawmakers are considering legislation that would return gun rights to Maryland residents — like former "Citizen of the Year" Donald G. Arnold — who lost them because of minor or old convictions. Key lawmakers are trying to restore gun rights of residents who lost them, recognizing that some laws the General Assembly approved have snared law-abiding gun owners.
 

Pilots packing guns? U.S. to open study
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Linda Pauwels, an airline pilot, is an "anti-gun" mom who keeps her two young children away from violent video games and television shows.
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Yet if the U.S. government allows pilots to pack a pistol to defend the cockpit against hijackers, Pauwels says she will get a gun and explain to the kids that she needs it for work."...
 

Women With Guns Go Shopping
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The SAS Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce the 2002 Shop ‘n Shootsm weekend, being held on April 13th and 14th. Competitive shooting events will start at 9:30am on Saturday, April 13th, with instructional shooting on Sunday, April 14th, at the Frankenmuth Conservation Club in Frankenmuth, MI. When attendees are not shooting, they will have the opportunity to shop either the quaint stores of Frankenmuth or the outlet stores at Birch Run.
 

UN Conference on 'Illicit Trade' in Small Arms and Light Weapons
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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What are small arms and light weapons?

Firearms designed for personal use are considered small arms. Examples of these include revolvers, self-loading pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Light weapons are designed for use by several persons, serving as a crew, and these include heavy machine-guns, some types of grenade launchers, portable anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns, and portable launchers of anti-aircraft missile systems.
 

UK: Vicar On Gun Charge (Update)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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A Church of England vicar has appeared in court accused of keeping a loaded handgun at his home.

He was remanded on conditional bail to reappear at the court on March 18.
 

Heritage Fund Raises $37,700 in SHOT Show Auctions
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Fund raised $37,700 in auctions at the 2002 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The auctions, which were conducted online, drew bids on eight unique and highly collectible sporting items, including the Frederic Remington-themed Art of the American West Collection.
“This year’s SHOT Show auctions were a tremendous success thanks to our bidders and the generosity of those who donated items for auction,” said Dave Miles, NSSF licensing & merchandising manager.
 

The Rifleman Cometh - and He's Not Turning Back
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The Courage to Be Free - By Charlton Heston

"Charlton Heston is an odd political duck -- a Hollywood legend and Bill of Rights absolutist who is despised by most liberals and loved by most conservatives. His rejection by the left is made the more interesting because of his early and outspoken support of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a time when Hollywood shunned King and would not hire blacks for so much as stagehand work. Heston is also civil toward homosexuality -- so long as it's not wagged in his face."
 

Germany: Workplace Shooting
Submitted by: BobL

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A German man went on a shooting rampage in a German office and a high school, because he was fired.

-- I lived in Germany for a year, and shot twice a week at the local gun club. he gun laws are a Brady wish list: 3-day class, written and shooting test, registration, purchase and ownership limits, "assault weapons" banned outright, "may issue" concealed carry, mandatory safe storage, self-defense (with or without a gun) almost completely illegal...

Funny, but it didn't stop this guy.
 

Do arms threaten life -- or protect it?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Gross, a NJ lawyer, is a committed gun-control activist, his views stiffened by Sept. 11. 'One of the more effective steps against terrorism would be to limit access to guns, not make it easier to purchase them and carry them into public places,' he says.

However...

'If you have grown up in New York, only criminals and police have guns,' Hassler says. "...The whole issue is largely urban vs. rural.'
 

IL: Gun Rights Advocates Available to Discuss Firearms Issues
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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In the wake of the September 11th attack on America, the public's attitudes toward self-protection and private firearms ownership shifted dramatically. The panelists will discuss how this shift in attitudes is manifesting itself in Illinois, and how law-abiding Illinois firearm owners may impact the outcome of the upcoming primary elections.

PANELISTS: Joseph P. Tartaro, Richard A. Pearson, James M. Vinopal

WHEN: Thursday, Feb.21, 4:15pm

WHERE: Diplomat West Banquet Hall, NW Corner of Route 83 & North Avenue, Elmhurst, IL
 

'Militias for Dummies'
Submitted by: Andy Kellett

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--This great article on the Michigan Militia web site explains in *very* elementary terms the basics of our Constitutional Republic and what the real militia is all about. Entertaining for knowledgeable readers and educational for those with little knowledge about the militia.
 

Banking Industry Wants to Quash Privacy in Name of 'Security'
Submitted by: Ken Ross

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[Not KABA related, but it does affect your right to privacy.]

Bank lobbyists are pushing for federal aid to overturn consumer privacy laws on the grounds that they impede attempts at "trapping terrorists."
 

[Federal] Airport Screener Falls Asleep, Holds Up Air Traffic
Submitted by: Rodney L. Hendrix

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Early morning flights out of Louisville International Airport were delayed Tuesday so a thousand passengers could be rescreened because a security employee was reported to have fallen asleep, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

--Oh yes, these imbeciles were just federalized this week. Typical. Your tax dollars hard at work. Don't you 'feel' safer now?
 

Clerk foils robbery try; off-duty officer arrests 2
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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A feisty store clerk foiled a weekend robbery attempt, and a determined off-duty Cheektowaga police officer nabbed two suspects, Cheektowaga police reported Monday.

The incident began at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday, when a would-be robber entered the Kwik Fill station at 2493 Broadway and threatened to blow the clerk's head off, Lt. Cheryl Rucinski said. No weapon was shown, but the thief had his hand in his pocket, as if he had a gun....
 

Immoral, fat, lazy, stupid
Submitted by: Rodney L. Hendrix

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"A general Dissolution of Principles and Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than the whole force of the Common Enemy. While the People are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their Virtue they will be ready to surrender their Liberties to the first external or internal invader. ... If Virtue and Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great Security." - Samuel Adams
 

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