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NC: Man Who Shot Intruder Found Not Guilty Of Murder
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"A man who says he shot a man while defending his apartment against intruders has been found not guilty of murder."

"Officials say the case has brought the little-known 'defense of habitation' statute into play for perhaps the first time in Durham."

"Kennis Thaxton shot 18-year-old Abdullah Ali Helms twice in the back in June 2002, killing the teenager. He says Helms and another man barged into his apartment and that he thought Helms was going for a gun."

"The defense of habitation statute says homeowners may use any degree of force to prevent an illegal intrusion into their residences or to oust an intruder. But homeowners have to fear for their physical well-being or believe the intruder will commit a felony."
 

UK: Family Condemns Businessmen's 'Cold Blooded Killers'
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"The family of two Asian businessmen gunned down in a row over a parking space today condemned their 'cold blooded' killers."

"Amarjit Singh, 52, and his nephew Rajinder Singh, 35, were shot dead with an Uzi-style machine pistol in broad daylight after a dispute over parking behind a hotel they ran in Forest Gate, east London on August 29 last year."

"In an emotional statement today Gurdeep Singh, brother of Amarjit and uncle of Rajinder, paid tribute to the dead men and called for public help in catching their murderers."

"He said: 'My family have been devastated by this cold-blooded act that I can only describe as horrific.' "

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Wasn't the gun ban supposed to stop the killing?
 

UK: Man had gun used in gang shoot-out
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"Sean Stewart was chased by a police helicopter as he and his cousin, Joseph Pitkin, sped through Peterborough in a stolen car."

"Detectives believed they were members of an East London gang which had arranged a showdown with rivals."

"The confrontation, in January 2002, ended in a hail of gunfire and one man was seriously injured after being shot twice."

"The following month, Stewart and Pitkin were under police surveillance as they drove along Dickens Street."

"CCTV footage from the swooping police helicopter showed a pistol being thrown from the car at the Boongate roundabout."

"A self-loading .25 Colt, wrapped in a woollen sock, was later recovered from the middle of the roundabout."
 

NY: Police Blotter from "Gun-Free" New York City
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41st PCT.

FEB. 14th – Police officers were forced to fire at a man who not only fired at them, but also previously shot another person. Armed with two guns, the 46-year-old man had just shot a 24-year-old man in the face when three officers from the local Anti-Crime Unit arrived on the scene.

42nd PCT.

FEB. 11th – A 28 year old man was arrested after he was found in possession of a hand gun.

43rd PCT.

FEB. 11th – Two guns were taken off the street along with a 22-year-old male.

44th PCT.

FEB. 11th – Two police officers were injured as they chased a suspect who had just shot a man.

 

UK: Streets are getting meaner
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"Chief Constable Steve Green has taken the bold step of showing what his officers are up against - by publishing a report which is normally reserved for police top brass. And while it shows overall crime is falling, and detection rates are up, the report also highlights an upsurge in the most violent types of crime. Drugs and guns cast a huge shadow over the positives contained within the report. Mr Green says the public needs to know the everyday problems facing his officers. That was why he presented the report - which has been vetted for sensitive information - to the Notts Police Authority this week. He points out that much gun crime is confined to the armed criminals who choose an illegal way of life. But it touches on many aspects of crime which affect us all. It reveals how young women are continuing to be drawn into a world of prostitution- and how the sale of drugs is an ongoing problem across the county. The report also highlights a rise in racist and homophobic crime."
 

Kenya: Gunmen Execute City Firm Director
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"An insurance company boss was dragged out of his car and shot dead in cold blood by gunmen in Nairobi as his two children watched in horror."

"Mr Mathenge, the managing director of AonMinet, was sprayed with bullets execution-style by four gunmen early yesterday morning. He was driving his two children to Riara Primary School."

"The gunmen then jumped into their vehicle and sped off the same way they had come."

"Mathenge was pronounced dead on arrival at Masaba Hospital."

"Nothing was stolen from him and his terrified children were unharmed."

"Meanwhile, police inspector was yesterday shot dead by suspected gangsters at Gitaru bus stop in Kiambu."
 

OR: Salem boy arrested for bringing guns to school
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An 11-year-old boy was arrested for bringing two guns to school, authorities said.

Police said the boy brought the guns to Four Corners Elementary School in Salem to show a friend.

On Thursday, the boy, whose name hasn’t been released, arrived at the school with a non-functioning 22-caliber handgun, an empty pistol magazine and numerous rounds from various caliber handguns.

The day before, the student brought a different hand gun to school--that gun was loaded and working, police said.

Investigators searching the student's Salem residence found the two weapons and additional guns.

The boy's access to the guns is part of a pending investigation.
 

DE: Castle tries to extend assault-weapons ban
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"Rep. Mike Castle has introduced legislation that would extend the ban on assault weapons for another 10 years and close a loophole that allows people to buy firearms at gun shows without undergoing background checks."

"The ban is set to expire in September and Castle said he fears criminals with Uzis and AK-47s will be out on the streets again unless the law is extended."

"The Republican congressman, who introduced the bill Wednesday with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., acknowledged he faces an uphill battle in the House, where GOP leaders don't want to bring the bill to a vote. The National Rifle Association, a major contributor to conservative Congress members, strongly opposes the legislation."

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As do millions of American citizens who understand that the ban was useless. Even the CDC couldn't find evidence that it was effective.
 

Sako's Rimfire Hunter - A quality .22 from a famous name in bolt actions
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"One of my all-time favorite hunting rifles was a Mannlicher-style .308 Sako carbine that I used through the 1970s and '80s. It delivered honest minute-of-angle accuracy with loads it liked and was a joy to carry afield. I killed a lot of deer with that little 6 1/2-pound carbine before swapping it in an ill-advised trade."

"I visited Sako's Riihimaki plant a few years ago and was highly impressed with the attention to detail the workers displayed. Manufacturing standards are extremely high, and the employees are justly proud of the fine rifles they make."

"When I recently tested Sako's Finnfire Hunter, I learned the same exacting standards applied to Sako rimfire rifles."
 

LA: Trooper Who Shot Girlfriend Resigns From Force
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A state trooper involved in a fatal shooting in Metairie last month has resigned from the force.

Heath Schumacher remains under administrative investigation for the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend, Tamatha Osbourne, 33. He had been on leave during the investigation.

Col. Henry Whitehorn, head of State Police, has said it appears that Schumacher's relationship with Osbourne violated agency policy. Osbourne was a drug informant.

Authorities said Schumacher killed Osbourne at a Metairie apartment complex on Jan. 11, but claimed it was in self-defense. No charges have been filed.

Schumacher told investigators that Osbourne first pointed a weapon at him and fired. Authorities found two semiautomatic handguns at the scene.
 

CA: Self-defense 101 for the ladies
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"The Stanleys said there are five areas on the body that women can strike to immobilize their attackers: the eyes, throat, ears, nose and groin. The couple demonstrated different techniques from each area. Stanley told the women that if an attacker puts his hands on their shirt lapels, they should stick their fingers in his eyes to temporarily blind him and give them enough time to escape."

"Stanley advised the women not to put their hands on the attacker's arms, because he could easily overtake them in that position."

"The Stanleys said the self-defense move probably most effective for a woman to perform on a man is the knee blow to the groin."
 

MN: Gun immunity bill
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I'm changing my name to "Gun Dealer." I can't wait — nobody will be able to sue me, even if I sell sniper rifles to criminals. All I'll have to do is say "oops, I lost the guns," and I'll be immune in court. Finally, my dream will be realized — personal responsibility for everyone but me.

I wish this were a joke, but it's not. It's legislation before the U.S. Senate right now, with almost 60 NRA shills on board, including Sen. Norm Coleman. Call Sen. Mark Dayton today at 202-224-3244 to urge him to filibuster.

HEATHER MARTENS

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NOTE: Heather is a member of "Minnesotans Against Being Shot", "Repeal Conceal" and "Citizens for a Safer Minnesota" and a regular contributor to the Pioneer Press.

This would partially explain her lack of comprehension and reading skills, as well as paranoia about this piece of legislation.
 

IL: Prosecution: Policeman may have been doing 100
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"A prosecution expert testified Thursday that an off-duty Oswego police officer may have been going at least 100 mph when he lost control of his car and crashed on Orchard Road last fall."

"Lorenz is accused of speeding while intoxicated in an accident that injured fellow Oswego police officer Pat Wicyk early on the morning of Nov. 9, 2003."

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But these are the guys who should be allowed to carry concealed nationwide, while the rest of us are defenseless, right?
 

UT: House Passes Bill Allowing University Students to Carry Concealed Weapons
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"The Utah House has passes a measure intended to overturn the University of Utah's campus gun ban but which critics say is ambiguous about the rights of private property owners to turn away gun-toters."

"Senate Bill 48 passed 56-14 Thursday and now returns to the Senate for concurrence on an amendment, after which it would go to Gov. Olene Walker. Opponents of the measure are hoping she will veto it. ..."

"The measure was drafted after a judge ruled last summer that the University of Utah can decide whether legally concealed weapons are allowed on campus. The ruling came in a lawsuit by the university seeking to have its gun ban upheld."
 

MI: Library vote upholds decision to OK guns, but ban wooden shoes
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"The Herrick District Library Board on Thursday voted to amend its prohibition on firearms in the library to conform to state law, which allows residents to carry concealed weapons with a state permit." ...

"Board members had expressed frustration with having to accept guns in the library at the January meeting, but concluded the library rule had to be changed to meet state law."
 

Senate agreement on handgun safety locks sets stage for battle
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"Democrats who succeeded in adding a handgun safety lock measure to a GOP-championed gunmaker lawsuit immunity bill are trying to drum up support for requiring background checks on gun show sales and for renewing the assault weapons ban."

"They will determine this weekend whether they have enough votes to add the amendments to the legislation."
 

UK: Man held over city robberies
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"A MAN has been charged over a series of terrifying armed raids in Cambridge."

"Darren Russell, from Wickford, Essex, was charged with four counts of robbery and three counts of possession of an imitation firearm."

"The robberies were between January 9 and 20. On January 9, an employee at the Baker's Oven in Bradwell's Court was threatened by a man with a knife and a gun-wielding raider escaped with cash after a raid at the Thresher store in Mill Road on January 18."
 

MO: Today in Kansas City: Shots and stabs at art
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"More than 80 pieces provided by more than 36 artists and other participants from nine states make up the curious selection of art, artifacts and propaganda designed to examine the meaning of weaponry in our culture."

"Objects for perusal include glycerin soap guns; Hello Kitty bullets; a windmill of toy shotguns; silhouetted prints of toy soldiers; a pistol floating in a suitcase, both made of tape; and a rocking chair whose hot pink and bright green upholstery sports printed pistols and daggers."
 

Assault Weapons Ban Expires This September
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"On the steps of the Supreme Court Building in Mineola Feb. 23, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and Senator Charles Schumer launched an 'all-out push' to get President George Bush to stand by his word. They publicly urged him to support the re-authorization of the 1994 assault weapons ban, written by then-Congressman Schumer and passed in the wake of the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting massacre."

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Oh, don't worry. He'll support your petty ban. But you'll have to get it through Congress the honest way, not as a political piggy-back, attempting to ruin another bill.
 

MN: Deputy chief suspended; denies allegations
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"Three top Minneapolis police officers, including a deputy chief, have been suspended with pay as a criminal investigation began into their handling of a high-profile case." ...

"Ngo was shot while doing plainclothes surveillance Feb. 25, 2003. After Ngo called for help, an officer who was among the first to respond mistook Ngo for the suspect and shot Ngo at least six times with an MP-5 submachine gun."

"On Wednesday, McManus apologized to Ngo for a long-circulating rumor that Ngo shot himself to avoid Army Reserve duty. ..."
 

MD: Statement from Senator Giannetti - he will not support Maryland's "assault" weapons ban
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"During my information gathering, I spoke with a wide array of law enforcement officials. ...the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, the State's Attorney for Anne Arundel County, the Sheriff of Prince George's County, the Sheriff of Anne Arundel County, the Chief of Police for Prince George's, and the Chief of Police for Anne Arundel. I also sought the confidential advice of the head of the state Fraternal Order of Police, and, finally, just yesterday, I spoke with the Superintendent of the State Police..."

"I also held meetings in my office with gun safety advocates and gun advocates alike, including representatives of CeaseFire Maryland, the NRA, Tripwire, and other organizations." ...
 

NH: Put teeth in the law: Guns in schools truly criminal
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"...when we begin talking about real guns capable of taking life or causing serious injury, we agree with county attorney Jim Reams that the state Legislature should think about making possession of a gun at school a criminal act. Current federal law regarding guns at school reiterates other weapons laws and requires states and school districts to have guidelines in place, but, ultimately, puts most of the responsibility for keeping weapons out of schools on the backs of educators. We believe our law enforcers need legislation with some teeth."

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And do you also believe that the criminals will follow said law?
 

MO: Concealed/Carry Permits 'On Hold'
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"While the high court ruled, 5 to 2, to uphold the constitutional ability of the General Assembly to authorize concealed guns, it also determined that the law does not have to be enforced in four counties where it was shown to impose an unfunded mandate under the state's Hancock tax-lid amendment." ...

"After hearing the news Thursday, Sheriff Toelke initially directed his staff to prepare to start processing applications for concealed gun permits next Tuesday."

"He changed his mind after he was contacted later Thursday by other sheriffs in the St. Louis area who are reluctant to start issuing permits until the Hancock Amendment issue is clarified."
 

MD: Lawmaker Will Vote Against Gun Control Bill
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"A Democratic senator considered the swing vote on a proposed Maryland ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns said Friday he will vote against the gun-control bill."

"Sen. John Gianetti, a Prince George's County resident whose district also includes part of Anne Arundel County, had been under intense pressure from both sides of the emotional gun-control issue."

"Gianetti said he decided to oppose the bill for several reasons, including his feeling that "you're not going to see safer streets" if the bill became law."
 

MO: Individuals must complete required steps to carry concealed weapons
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"Even with the new law in effect, individuals cannot carry a concealed weapon until they complete the necessary legal steps."

"To be allowed to conceal a weapon, Missourians must obtain a concealed gun permit through their local sheriff's department."

"Sheriff Dan Bullock said they should be ready to begin accepting applications Monday morning."
 

MO: Some sheriffs begin issuing concealed gun permits; many others wait
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"At least two rural sheriffs began taking concealed gun applications Friday, but many others were taking a wait-and-see approach on how to implement the new law."

"By noon Friday, the day after the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the Legislature's right to legalize concealed guns, sheriffs in Carroll and Lincoln counties had together processed about 15 applications."

"But many other sheriffs -- in rural and urban areas alike -- were waiting for advice on how to interpret the second part of the court's Thursday ruling, which said the law amounted to an unconstitutional, unfunded mandate on counties."
 

OH: Ohio Attorney General Works To Clarify Concealed Carry Law
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"When Ohio's concealed weapon law kicks in there are going to be plenty of places you can not carry a gun."

"It is likely that list is going to include a lot more places than those you have already heard about."

"The law restricts guns from places like schools, libraries and where alcohol is served."
 

GA: Guns in Schools Prompt Town Meeting
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"A second gun brought to a DeKalb County school -- one of which was fired accidentally -- is prompting a community-wide meeting." ...

"Garry McGiboney, who oversees student safety for DeKalb County schools, says one of the boys apparently brought the .25-caliber weapon Wednesday to show it off. He was handing it to the other student when it fired in a
boys' bathroom near some classrooms."

"School system police arrested the students, charging the teens with possessing a gun on school property and illegally discharging a weapon." ...

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What, exactly, will this meeting accomplish? Guns are already prohibited on school grounds, and that doesn't seem to stop them from being brought there. What's next - strip searches?
 

Democrats finally see light on gun control
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"The Democrats' bosom buddies in the media establishment have been leading them down the primrose path to defeat for about 30 years now, which is how long media liberals have been proclaiming that the American public strongly favors gun control."

"The Democrats spent three decades swallowing that line of propaganda and suffering the consequences. They didn't wake up and realize they were being duped until the last presidential election."
 

Who will get your vote?
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"We got a president who used fear and patriotism to help bring about some of the most intrusive, potentially freedom-crippling measures like the Patriot Act and CAPPS 2." ...

"We got a president who claimed he was a friend of the Second Amendment, but would cheerily sign an 'assault weapons' bill into law and make it permanent." ...

"...The only way things are going to change in this country is if every person votes their conscience – if every conservative patriot gets the courage to cast aside the stale career politicians, who betray them year after year. Otherwise, if you 'hold your nose and vote for George 'Patriot Act' Bush,' you will deserve what you get – more of what makes you want to hold your nose in the first place."
 

Amendments proposed for gun bill
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"Debating a bill to give the gun industry broad immunity from civil lawsuits, the U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected a proposal that would have guaranteed families of victims of the 2002 Washington area snipers could pursue their cases in court." ...

"Instead the Senate backed an amendment, 59-37, saying the sniper cases could go forward — if they meet the strict definition of a permissible suit under the bill. Gun control groups have released analysis by prominent lawyers saying the legislation would throw the sniper cases out of court."
 

PA: Study finds Pa. gunshot hospitalizations drop, but unclear why
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"The number of gunshot victims admitted to Pennsylvania hospitals dropped by a quarter from 1997 to 2002, but the amount that hospitals tried to charge for treating their injuries practically doubled, according to a new state report."

"All told, there were 1,518 hospital admissions for gunshot wounds in 2002, including assaults, self-inflicted and unintentional wounds, according to the report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council..."

"That number was down 26 percent from 1997, when there were 2,056 hospital admissions. While the number of those patients who died rose from 7.6 percent to 8.5 percent, the statistics didn't include people who were treated and released from emergency rooms, or those who died there."
 

Gun company names new chairman
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"Smith & Wesson's parent company named a new chairman Friday to replace James Joseph Minder, who resigned after it was revealed that he had been convicted of a string of armed robberies and a prison escape in the 1950s and 1960s."

"Minder, 74, of Scottsdale, Ariz., will remain on the board of the famed gun company." ...

"G. Dennis Bingham, 57, who has been an adviser to a Minneapolis business valuation and real estate appraisal firm, was elected to replace Minder as chairman."
 

NC: Groups use First Amendment rights to express Second Amendment
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"Jamie Duncan and Aaron Von Gilder sat in front of the Belk Tower last Thursday afternoon passing out flyers and telling anyone who would listen about the Second Amendment."

"The two were there as part of the first annual UNC Charlotte 'Don’t Be A Victim Week,' a joint-effort of the UNCC College Republicans and the campus chapter of the National Rifle Association."

"[Don’t Be a Victim Week] was the brain child of the NRA, but executives from the College Republicans and the NRA helped with the program,' said Duncan, vice-chair of the College Republicans."
 

New York Times whines that Bush wants a bill devoid of poison pill amendments
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"President Bush has long been on record supporting two crucial gun-control measures: the renewal of the assault weapons ban, which has been the law for 10 years, and a new law to close the loophole that shady dealers can use to slip weapons to buyers at gun shows. For an equally long time, he did nothing to back up his words. Now, in the early days of his re-election campaign, Mr. Bush has finally acted. He has stepped in at a critical hour in an attempt to kill both of those vital laws and promote instead a plan to grant unreasonable immunity from victims' damage suits to reckless gun dealers and manufacturers."
 

NY: Gun buffs blast pistol permit plan
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"Pistol permits are the next target in Gov. George Pataki's search for new revenue."

"Right now, a lifelong pistol permit costs between $3 and $10. A permit is required for anyone who wants to own a handgun in New York."

"If Pataki has his way, pistol permits will expire every five years, and getting a new one will cost $100 per gun – more if people own multiple guns."

"Can you hear handgun owners locking and loading? They are not amused."
 

Can't pass gun control on its merits? No problem. Just act to remove your enemies from the Senate debate on the issue
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"The Brady Campaign to [Eradicate Gun Ownership] Prevent Gun Violence this morning delivered a complaint to the Senate Ethics Committee, arguing that Senator Larry Craig has 'impermissibly acted in his capacity as a Senator to further the interests, including the financial interests, of an organization for which he serves as a member of the Board of Directors.' "

"Senator Craig (R-ID) is the Sponsor and Senate Floor Manager of the bill before the Senate that would provide broad immunity from civil litigation to gun manufacturers, gun dealers and trade associations in the gun industry. As a trade association under the definition of the bill, the National Rifle Association (NRA) would benefit from the legislation. Senator Craig serves on the Board of Directors of the NRA." ...
 

Friday Morning Summary of action
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
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TriggerFinger.org has been posting daily summaries of activity on the gun liability bill, including activism links for the next day's activity. If you need a single place to go in the morning to find out what you should tell your senators to do that day, this is it.
 

Here's The Truth About The U.S. Tax Code And Your Guns...
Submitted by: GUNED.COM
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"Our firearm freedoms have become nothing more than controlled commerce under the empowerment of the United States Internal Revenue Service. That's right, a separate private industry with a sole purpose to impose and subject taxes, fines, penalties, confiscation, and imprisonment."

"We have said for years that the tax man is the greatest threat to the private ownership of firearms, but was anyone listening? The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has had the plans set, and is implementing more regulations for the eventual dismantling of our country's firearm heritage."
 

UT: House reaffirms stance on gun bans
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"Showing what one representative called 'no reluctance to restate their positions,' the Utah House on Thursday reaffirmed the Legislature's authority as the only body that can create or change gun policy".

"On a 59-14 vote, the House passed SB48, which now goes to Gov. Olene Walker."

"If she signs it or allows it to go into law, the bill will serve to remind state colleges, universities and other public schools that only lawmakers can ban concealed weapons permit holders from carrying their guns on campuses."
 

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