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Taxing Away Our Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you're a typical American, you pay more in taxes than you pay for your mortgage, car payment, and groceries combined. It wasn't always this way. Through most of this nation's history, government required only a tiny portion of American productivity. Now, we're asked to behave as if feeding bureaucrats is more important than feeding our own families or keeping a roof over our heads." ...

"Taxation is destroying many wonderful aspects of life in America. It's destroying our ability to save for our retirement, pay our children's medical bills, and get ourselves through hard times."

"It's also helping to destroy the First, Fourth, Fifth, and 10th Amendments to the Bill of Rights. Surprisingly, even the Second Amendment and our right to protect ourselves takes a hit from taxation." ...
 

Standing my ground
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Where does the right for someone to bear arms and to defend themselves cross the line with my right to not live in fear?"

"In Oklahoma, lawmakers are considering what is being labeled as the 'Stand Your Ground' bill, which gives greater legal protections to people who shoot or use other deadly force when threatened or attacked."

"With similar bills pending in Georgia, and one measure already passed in Florida, in its essence this bill expands where firearms can be taken and when they can be used with deadly force, clarifying existing laws on self defense."

"Other legislation pending includes efforts to allow judges, principals and even school superintendents to carry guns." ...
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Hollywood's call to arms
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"This year's Academy Awards are rife with do-good movies - but that doesn't mean the nominated flicks don't pack any firepower. Guns play a part in several of this year's biggest films."

"Of course, movies and munitions go back to the beginning of cinema (including old Nickelodeon one-reelers featuring mustachioed villains and 1903's landmark Western 'The Great Train Robbery')."

"Here's a few shots from this year's flicks in which guys hold guns:" ...
 

The Father of 100 Million Rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The designer of the most successful rifle ever made sat at a table in a quiet corner of the Kremlin. He was nearly 86 years old, but he retained the upright posture of the general he is. His pale blue gaze was firm and clear."

"Virtually everyone in the world has seen the firearm that bears his name, the AK-47. AK stands for 'the automatic by Kalashnikov,' the one-time Red Army sergeant who created its prototype at the opening of the Cold War. The number signifies 1947, the year the Soviet army accepted the prototype for mass production. With its short barrel, stock stained a brownish orange, and distinctive banana clip, the AK-47 and its derivatives long ago transcended their medium. ..." ...
 

The Gun Nut Survey (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the 12 days it was out there, we got over 2,000 responses to our Gun Nut Survey. Some of the results were flat startling. We learned that Remington rules the roost as far as popularity goes, that the highest-ranked handgun was designed before the First World War, and that our No. 1 big-game and deer cartridge is even older. But this nod to tradition aside, we found that most of you do not yearn for the good old days. You think modern guns are better, and you are perfectly happy to break with tradition if it results in a better firearm. We also learned that firearms hunters won’t cross certain technological barriers if it means violating their code of ethics." ...
 

CA: Colt: Fact or fiction?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dealing in antique and collectible firearms can most certainly be a crapshoot sometimes. Just ask local dealers Ann and George Mistal."

"Recently they bought a promising-looking revolver from a fellow, thinking the gun might be one of a rare Colt Firearms breed manufactured in the late 1830s." ...

"What it looked like they had was either number one or number seven of a limited model five-shot revolver ... that Colt himself could have built ..." ...

"Right on schedule, Fenn called with the bad news. 'It's a fake.'" ...

"At press time, a new wrinkle was introduced into this affair of the old Colt. The Mistals have received opinions from other experts who still consider the gun may be authentic. ..." ...
 

FL: Brevard homeowner kills intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A homeowner fatally shot an intruder Tuesday afternoon after the man had approached four homes and kicked in the front door of one home, police said."

"Melbourne resident Pete Frink told police he feared for his life when the man approached him 'aggressively' and 'irrationally' in his Colbert Circle home. He used a small-caliber handgun to shoot the man once near his rib cage, Melbourne police Cmdr. Jim Gibbens said in a statement." ...
 

Trinidad: Murder accused freed in stray-bullet killing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"IN THE midst of Jouvert celebrations four years ago an Arouca man discharged an illegal firearm twice while under attack, striking one of his attackers."

"A stray bullet, however, also killed an innocent bystander."

"Garth Williams was subsequently charged with murder but on Monday the State conceded that there was no evidence to sustain the charge against him." ...

"A man identified as Nigel 'Plaits' Devoux came toward Paipal, snatched a beer bottle out of his hand, broke it on a culvert, and attacked [Garth] Williams."

"Two gunshots were heard and Paipal saw Devoux bleeding from an injury to his right shoulder and Andy Williams on the ground bleeding from an injury to the head." ...
 

TN: Teen Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A loaded gun was found at a Nashville high school Wednesday.

A 17 year-old freshman was taken into custody for having the loaded .22 caliber revolver at Whites Creek High School.

School Resources officers made the arrest after another student alerted a teacher.

The gun along with some marijuana was found in the teenager's coat pocket. He told the officer he was carrying the gun for protection.
 

FL: Guns at work bill does not pass after heated debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislators and business leaders could not reach an agreement on a proposed bill that would have allowed employees to keep firearms in their vehicles at work."

"A tentative compromise two weeks ago had suggested that house bill 129 was on the track to passage, but Wednesday, a one and a half hour debate led to the bill being temporarily postponed."

"When it came down to the specific language, no agreement was reached, said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who had sponsored the bill."

"'I feel very strongly about property rights and about my responsibility for safety, but I also care deeply about the second amendment,' he said."

"Some opponents saw the outcome as a defeat for the NRA." ...
 

FL: Florida Guns-At-Work Bill Shot Down by Business Leaders
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The National Rifle Association received a stinging rebuke today in a committee of the Florida legislature when a bill it backed -- HB 129 -- that would make it a felony for Florida businesses to bar guns from the workplace was withdrawn by its sponsor for the second time in a month." ...
 

KY: Kentuckians Would Get Right To Shoot Intruders Under New Legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Legislation that would provide legal protections to Kentuckians who shoot intruders who force their way into homes passed a legislative committee Wednesday.

State Representative J.R. Gray of Benton is sponsoring the legislation on behalf of the National Rifle Association.

The measure passed the House Judiciary Committee and was sent to the full House for consideration, despite efforts by opponents to derail the measure.

Democrat Kathy Stein of Lexington said it sends the wrong message to Kentucky. She added that it sounds like people are being encouraged to shoot first and ask questions later.
 

MI: Debate over 'deadly force' legislation intensifies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The debate over Michigan's gun and self-defense laws is intensifying.

Bills in a state Senate committee would give law-abiding people more self-defense rights against criminals in certain situations, including away from home.

Gun control groups say the bills are reckless and could create a public safety hazard.

The bills would establish a presumption of reasonable fear of death or injury when a law-abiding person uses force in certain circumstances. [emphasis added]

People who are threatened would have no duty to retreat and would be able to meet force with force in situations such as a home invasion.
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Submitter's Note: Presumption of innocence: what a novel legal concept!
 

MI: Opposition to Michigan 'Shoot-to-Kill' Bill Grows
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"As some states consider expanding the right to use deadly force in self-defense, a group of gun-control advocates yesterday asked Michigan lawmakers to defeat a bill that would eliminate people’s legal 'duty' to avoid a threat to oneself by walking away or seeking refuge. Instead, people would be allowed to use lethal force against anyone they can later demonstrate they believed was threatening their life." ...
 

CA: S.F. gun ban finds support is scarce
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"On Thursday morning, a lawyer with the city attorney's office will try to convince a judge that a voter-passed initiative banning handguns and restricting other firearms is allowed by state law."

"But save the four members of the Board of Supervisors who placed it on the ballot last November, the ordinance appears to have few prominent friends, even among national gun control advocates."

"Mayor Gavin Newsom all but disowned it just before Election Day. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, strong advocates of assault-weapons bans, have taken no position on the San Francisco law. Of four national gun control groups, only one, which is based here, has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief supporting it." ...
 

GA: Georgia Bill Would Allow Guns in Company Parking Lots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A new piece of legislation introduced in Georgia may confound some security directors wanting to keep guns fully out of their facilities and off their campuses."

"The proposed bill, GA House bill 998, which has been reviewed and rewritten/substituted by the House Committee on Public Safety, allows licensed gun owners to legally bring weapons into the parking lot as long as the weapons stay locked in the vehicle. The bill also would give the person or business owner of the parking lot civil immunity from the presence and/or use of the gun ... The law is specifically written to supersede and repeal any previous legislation or company policies that would have prohibited bringing a weapon in a car onto a business' campus." ...
 

CT: Funding hampers gun control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Cutbacks in law-enforcement funding and new federal restrictions on investigative information appear to be adding to confusion in Connecticut over the source of guns being used in a new wave of urban crime."

"State and local officials admitted last week that they don’t know where all the guns are coming from that are being used in what some called an 'epidemic' of violent crime in cities around the state." ...
 

MI: Officer stable following gun shot [aka negligent discharge']
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mount Pleasant Police Officer Ron Langworthy accidentally shot fellow officer David VanDyke in the foot Tuesday afternoon."

"VanDyke suffered minor injuries to his foot in the shooting, MPPD said in a press release. ..."

"MPPD Director of Public Safety William Yeagley said the incident occurred around 3 p.m. when the two officers were in the squad room of the MPPD."

"Yeagley said Langworthy was unaware there was ammunition in the weapon." ...

"According to Glock, the pistol’s manufacturer, there is no such thing as an accidental shooting with a Glock like Langworthy’s."

"Glocks are manufactured with a 'Safe Action' system where shots are fired only when the trigger is pulled ..." ...
 

UT: Hearing scheduled for accused ex-cop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 31 for Art Henderson, a former Lehi police officer accused of trying to kill his former police colleagues, his estranged wife and her boyfriend." ...

"Henderson is accused of firing several rounds toward the vehicle of his estranged wife and her boyfriend while pursuing them in his pickup truck on Jan. 27."

"He then allegedly rammed his truck into their car twice and shot the boyfriend with a handgun in the leg and abdomen."

"After Lehi police officers arrived, Henderson grabbed a rifle and began shooting at them, hitting the windshield of one of the patrol cars, police said." ...
 

India: Delhi Police framed accused, says court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The acquittal of Manu Sharma and eight others in the sensational Jessica Lal murder case will be seen as a black spot on the credibility of Delhi Police with the Court pointing fingers against it for "framing" the accused."

"Pulling up the Delhi Police and investigating officer Surender Sharma for shoddy investigation of the case, Additional Sessions Judge S L Bhayana said instead of collecting evidence properly it 'framed' the nine men who had to face the seven-year long trial." ...

"'The police had decided to fix the accused in this case even though there was no evidence available with them about his (Manu's) involvement in the case,' the court said ..." ...
 

PA: 76ers aim for fewer guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Philadelphia 76ers and police officials Tuesday announced a program aimed at curbing gun violence by exchanging tickets for guns."

"The one-week program opens Wednesday. Anyone can bring a working gun into a city police station and exchange it for a voucher good for a pair of tickets to an upcoming 76ers game, no questions asked." ...
 

AR: Firing a handgun an experience writer won't forget
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Firing a handgun for the first time was a fun experience that I likely won’t forget."

"I tried to remain calm and collected, and tried not to shoot anybody."

"But nobody shot like Wyatt Earp that day. I give credit to the cold hands and four inches of snow and ice on Feb. 18."

"That day I spent about six or seven hours taking Rogers Police Cpl. Kelley Cradduck’s concealed weapons course. About 15 people took the course on that snowy Saturday morning."

"Some elected not to drive down the dangerous hill to the Rogers Police shooting range. These four or five planned to come back in order to complete the course." ...
 

CT: Sturm Ruger CEO to Retire on February 28
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"William Ruger Jr. will retire as chairman and chief executive officer of Sturm, Ruger and Co., marking the first time in the 67-year history of the firearms manufacturer that a Ruger has not led the company."

"Ruger announced last week that his last day will be Feb. 28." ...
 

IN: Gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Now that we are all sick of hearing about Vice President Cheney using his buddy as a target backstop, I’ve decided it is time to use my bully pulpit and offer a few comments from someone who at least has one or two clues about guns, hunting and firearms safety."

"First off, we did like that fact that Mr. Cheney belatedly admitted to the error of his ways. After all, as he contritely explained, he was the one who pulled the trigger. This indeed is the bottom line in all firearms accidents: guns do not operate of their own free will."

"This touches on the key concept behind using firearms: individual responsibility. If anything bad happens, it isn’t an accident. Rather, it is the direct result of a negligent act ..." ...
 

AR: Snow doesn’t stop concealed weapons class
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"About four inches of snow and ice didn’t stop Cpl. Kelley Cradduck from teaching a weapons course here on Feb. 18."

"The public information officer for the Rogers Police Department said that at least 12 people did not show up who had registered for the six-hour course."

"Four women and 10 men came for class in the upstairs training room of the police department on the snowy Saturday morning. This reporter took the class as well. 'You’re not trained to be a ninja in here,' he said about the course." ...
 

Follow up on article by Chris Christoff on Detroit Free Press (blog)
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"Well, it appears Mr. Christoff has replied to my response, (linked in the headline). And what follows is his reply as well as my response to Mr. Christoff', (which I must admit is more honorable than most. For most of the seemingly Anti-Gun crowd do NOT respond);"

"Well, I would ask you…"

"Have you ever been the victim of violent crime? Have you ever been confronted by a criminal, obviously intent upon causing you or loved ones, harm? Have you ever seen the victim or a rape? A murder? A beating? A maiming? And taken part in the sufferings of a victim of crime?" ...
 

Olympics: Biathletes see double with Barnes sisters
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"About the only difference between biathletes Lanny and Tracy Barnes is their bib numbers. The 23-year-old identical twins from Durango, Colo., have shooting and skiing styles that are nearly indistinguishable to the casual observer -- and often to their coaches, too."

"And, of course, they look alike, which explains why the opposition will see double in Thursday's women's 4x6km relay, when the Barnes twins make up half the U.S. entry." ...
 

WI: Hunting? Sure. Kids hunting? Hmm.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I offered to write a column on lowering Wisconsin's hunting age to 8, an editor asked me what position I would take. The state Assembly has passed a measure to do so, and the issue will likely be taken up by the Senate."

"Don't know yet, I replied."

"I hunt, am a member of the National Rifle Association and was initially inclined to go along with the idea. Eight is a good age to introduce a kid to hunting and fishing."

"Introduce is the operative word. ..." ...

"My thoughts on hunting are like my approach to fishing. Would you place an 8-year-old with a high-powered rifle in a tree stand? My goodness, no."

"But would you take an 8-year-old out squirrel hunting with an air rifle? I don't have any problems with that. ..." ...
 

UK: Terror as thieves pull off £40m robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Detectives in Kent are hunting an armed gang who posed as police officers to kidnap a security manager and his young family in a £40 million robbery."

"Last night, a Securitas depot manager was pulled over by what appeared to be a police car as he left work. As he got into the car he was handcuffed and taken hostage by members of the gang dressed as police officers."

"At the same time, his wife and young son were being visited at their home by other members of the gang also posing as police. They too were taken hostage." ...
 

Australia: Queenslanders reassured on guns – for now
Submitted by: Haddock
Website: http://www.servicerifle.com.au/qmrcabout.htm

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ALMOST 10 years on, memories of the tragic Port Arthur massacre remain so deeply etched in the Australian psyche that any increase in gun ownership would be regarded by most people as cause for concern.

Police Minister Judy Spence moved yesterday to reassure Queenslanders that the national gun laws are working and that while the number of registered firearms has increased, they have done so under much tighter controls. There are now fewer licensed firearms owners who hold, on average, three or four firearms each, the Minister said, including primary producers and sporting shooters. Police, she said, know exactly who has weapons and that they are stored safely.
 

Canada: Mayors make call to ban replicas
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"A dozen of the GTA mayors and regional chairpersons meeting at The Briars Resort in Jackson's Point Friday unanimously endorsed a call for a ban on replica handguns."

"The move comes after a bylaw forbidding children under 18 from having replica guns in a public place was approved by Scugog Township last month." ...

"Scugog Mayor Marilyn Pearce told her colleagues at the meeting the move comes in response to an increasing problem with replica guns being used in robberies in Durham Region."

"Another incident involved two teens firing off a pellet gun near a high school to which police responded, she said."

"Police would have no way of knowing if the gun they were facing was real or a replica, she said." ...
 

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