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What Have YOU Done for Heller?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"I've made a few appeals now about supporting Academics for the Second Amendment in their work to draft an amicus brief on behalf of the Heller case."

"... Who thinks it's fair that, in addition to doing all the research, writing, and production work, costs such as additional attorney fees, printing expenses, filing fees, travel and lodging expenses, etc., ought to come out of their pockets as well?"

"... If [we] sent them the cost of a box of ammo, they'd be well on their way to recovering most of their costs. If you then took it one step further and sent a link to this plea to your gun owning friends, we'd be able to make them completely whole."

"Gratitude is important. Don't you think we owe these men at least this much?" ...
 

MT: Billings man who fired pistol in self-defense released
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Billings man who was arrested after firing a pistol in a tavern parking lot has been released from the county jail."

"Justin Swanz, 26, was freed about 10 hours after his arrest early Tuesday when county prosecutors sent the case back to police for further investigation. ... but Swanz claimed in an interview Wednesday that he fired the pistol in self-defense." ...

"Swanz told The Gazette on Wednesday that he fired once into the air as six or seven men advanced on him in the parking lot following a confrontation inside the bar. Swanz said he fired the Taurus .44 Special revolver once."

"'They were going to beat me up,' Swanz said. 'I had no choice but to fire that shot in the air. It was total self-defense.'" ...
 

WI: District attorney ponders charge in fatal shooting (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, Burnett County District Attorney Ken Kutz felt that charges would be filed within the week against Kyle Huggett who shot and killed John Peach on the night of Sunday, Jan. 20, as he was entering Huggett's home, apparently enraged over something said in text messages that two were exchanging earlier in the evening." [link added]

"But formal charges have not been filed as of yet."

"Kutz is waiting for a toxicology report to determine if alcohol or other drugs were in Peach’s system, and also a record of the text messages the two men exchanged. Kutz said he still plans to charge Huggett, but the exact charge is still to be determined." ...
 

WV: Panel OKs school gun safety classes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Sen. Billy Wayne Bailey, D-Wyoming, said Tuesday he's not pandering to pro-gun voters with a bill he's sponsoring to mandate hunter safety classes in public schools (SB9)."

"'I don't have to pander to the pro-gun lobby. Look at my record,' said Bailey, a candidate for secretary of state. He said he has consistently received A+ ratings from the National Rifle Association during his years in the state Senate." ...
 

SD: Why Does Campus Gun Bill Feel Wrong?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill passed resoundingly by the South Dakota House Monday would allow people to carry guns on the campuses of the state's public universities."

"The measure, HB1261, is no doubt a product of last year's Virginia Tech slaughter ... Proponents of the measure say allowing students, faculty and others to carry guns might help deter such actions, or at least give potential victims a fighting chance to defend themselves."

"With that in mind, the bill makes sense."

"So, why doesn't it feel right?"

"Perhaps it's because the idea of a law allowing guns on campus simply seems like a recipe for igniting more violence and disaster, not deterring it." ...
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Submitter's Note: Funny, these are the same shrill THE SKY IS FALLING shrieks that the antis trot out every time 'shall issue' laws are proposed or expanded.
 

SAF, CCRKBA Ask Candidates to Sign 2008 Presidential Gun Rights Pledge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today are transmitting to each of the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates the '2008 Presidential Gun Rights Pledge.'"

"In a letter to the candidates, SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb and CCRKBA Executive Director Mark A. Taff note, 'It is not enough for a candidate for this nation's highest political office to merely mouth 'support' for the Second Amendment. Whoever occupies the presidency must be someone who holds the Second Amendment to be as important to individual liberty as all the other tenets of our Bill of Rights.'" ...
 

Gun Owners Won't Accept McCain and Conservatives Should Not Either
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following is being issued by the Gun Owners of America:"

"'John McCain has actively worked against the Second Amendment and self-defense during his time in Congress. He also has been a spokesman for gun grabbers during state initiative campaigns,' said the three top officers of Gun Owners of America ..."

"'John McCain's so-called 'Straight Talk Express' will derail if he attempts to con gun owners into thinking that he is really their man. If he had wanted the support of gun owners, and conservatives in general, McCain should have thought about that before chalking up his long string of unacceptable votes and initiatives." ...
 

GA: Gun Owner Rights Expanded
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 2008 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has definitely gotten off to a busy start. In just three weeks of floor action and committee meetings in the House of Representatives, we have ... expanded the rights of gun owners ..." ...

"We adopted a measure last year ... to allow licensed gun owners with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to carry their guns anywhere in their vehicle ... The House made further amendments that also allow those same gun owners to carry their concealed weapons in parks, historic sites, and recreational areas. I do want to point out that this measure only applies to those individuals who are licensed by the state to carry a concealed weapon." ...
 

SD: House passes bill allowing guns on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Students will be allowed to carry firearms on public college campuses under a bill that passed, 63-3, on the House floor Feb. 4. House Bill 1261 is designed to give college students their second amendment rights, according to the bill's sponsor Rep. Thomas Brunner, R-Nisland."

"'We're not suggesting that students carry guns. We're clarifying the law that says these college students are adults and have the same rights as all citizens,' Majority leader Rep. Larry Rhoden, R-Union Center said."

"Joel Dykstra, R-Canton, also supported the measure. 'What we're talking about is a fundamental principal of the American constitution,' he said." ...
 

UT: Utah Senate votes for fewer restrictions on where guns allowed
Submitted by: MACpistol.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"Business owners wouldn't be allowed to prevent employees or customers from storing guns in their vehicles as long as the weapon is hidden and properly stored, under a bill the Senate approved Wednesday."

"Senate Bill 67 is sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain. It passed in the Senate 23-4 and will now be heard in the House."

"Madsen says his bill is intended to keep gun owners safe while they commute to work or drive around town. He says some people feel vulnerable to attack if they can't have a gun nearby." ...
 

NY: Gun Owners 1, Post-Star 0
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The battle lines have been drawn this week between the gun owners, specifically the holders of concealed carry permits, and the Glens Falls Post-Star."

"The score for honesty and integrity is gun owners 1, Post-Star, 0. In fact, The Post-Star has actually lied to the public in their scramble to abandon an ill-conceived and ill-advised plan."

"Now that The Post-Star has been caught with its proverbial pants down with their initial plan to publish on their website a database of all pistol permits holders in Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties, they became righteously indignant and fell all over themselves in denials and contradictions. ..." ...
 

MSM Gives Brady Gun Banners The Stage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently, the anti-Second Amendment group, The Brady campaign to Prevent gun Violence, came out with another of their 'scorecards' where they rank states according to how bad or good gun laws there are -- according to their anti-gun reckoning, of course. Upon its release, the MSM warmed up its anti-gun machine and began touting this 'scorecard' as if it were gospel. Headlines blared how 'good' a state was because it restricted guns or how 'bad' it was if it ranked as a state with fewer restrictions on guns according to Brady. Of course, all this assumes straight out that this Brady organization 'scorecard' is the correct view of guns, as if they are correct in their assessment. And their assessment is that guns are bad. Period." ...
 

FL: Tracking bullets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Violence is on the rise and police are being gunned-down with assault weapons."

In the state of Florida you must have a license to carry a gun, but not to buy bullets to fill those guns."

"Currently there is no law in the State of Florida that tracks bullet sales and our team of producers found that it's quite easy to get their hands on some dangerous ammunition."

"In a world protected by the second amendment our team went undercover at local gun shows. It’s a place where anyone can handle and purchase all kinds of pistols, rifles and even assault-style weapons, if you pass a background check and register with the government." ...
 

PA: Chief says Philly can cut homicide rate in half
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just weeks into the job, Philadelphia's new police chief harbors ambitious plans to cut the city's murder rate in half." ...

"On the gun issue, Ramsey said he accepts Pennsylvania's right-to-own laws. But he believes large cities need the ability to set restrictions and demand stringent background checks to weed out criminals and the mentally ill."

"In Washington, Ramsey enjoyed a virtual ban on handguns that is now the subject of a Supreme Court challenge."

"'I think reasonable gun laws are really what we need,' Ramsey said. 'Nothing's going to be absolute. The only people that obey laws are law-abiding citizens.'" ...
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GA: Former Hardeeville Police Officer Charged
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A former Hardeeville police officer, sworn to uphold the law, is in trouble with the law himself.

Tony Pollen is charged with misconduct in office and embezzlement. Investigators say he took cash bonds during traffic stops and then pocketed the money between June of 2006 and March of 2007.

The arrest is a result of an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. He is now out on bond.

Pollen was a Hardeeville police officer for nearly three years before he resigned in March of 2006. This makes the second former Hardeeville officer charged with this crime.
 

IL: Chicago officer indicted on gun charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Chicago police officer has been indicted on gun charges.

Sean P. Ryan is accused of selling a semi-automatic assault rifle to a gang member who is a convicted drug dealer. Ryan is also accused of selling that person four magazines of ammunition.

Investigators say this happened in December of 2005.

Ryan is a decorated officer. He has been relieved of duty.
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

GA: Former Officer Charged In Missing Wife's Death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Authorities have charged the husband of missing Walker County 911 dispatcher Theresa Parker with murder in her death."

"Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said authorities arrested Samuel Parker, 52, Monday morning at his home."

"Wilson said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI assisted deputies in making the arrest." ...

"Police said Parker had been fired from his job as sergeant for the LaFayette Police Department after authorities found explosives in his locker at work."

"Parker has maintained his innocence in his estranged wife's disappearance."

"The couple was in the process of getting a divorce when the woman disappeared." ...
 

Australia: Coast police officer charged over Glock theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A SOUTHPORT police officer has faced court charged with stealing a gun from a Gold Coast police station."

"It is alleged Senior Constable Chris Curtain stole the Glock pistol from the Surfers Paradise police station in 2001."

"He was believed to have been working in training and education at the station at the time, but had also served as a uniform officer on the Coast for several years."

"Sen-Const Curtain was charged with stealing with circumstance of aggravation and possession of tainted property after an investigation by the police service's Ethical Standards Command." ...

"A QPS says the officer had been 'suspended without pay until the completion of the matter'."
 

Australia: Serving police officer charged with rape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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POLICE have arrested and charged a serving police officer with raping a woman in the western suburbs in January.

The officer, 27, from the southern suburbs, was also charged with one count of theft.

Police allege the offences occurred between 10.23am on January 27 and 6am the next day, while the officer was off duty.

He has been suspended from duty and bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court at a date to be set.
 

IN: Second Amendment not applied by Court to states
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "To say that owning a firearm is protected to the same extent that free speech is protected is absolutely incorrect. At ratification, the bill of rights only checked federal power. ... After the ratification of the 14th Amendment, the United States Supreme Court began to 'incorporate' certain provisions of the Bill of Rights to the states, through the due processes clause. This is why today we may claim our right to free speech is protected ... Unfortunately for your firearms enthusiasts, the Second Amendment has never been incorporated. This means you have no federal constitutional right to own a gun. Many of us can now sleep soundly at night knowing speech is more protected than guns."
 

WY: Rangers fear firearms on Jenny Lake shores
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Park rangers this week joined retired National Park Service employees in protesting an attempt to loosen restrictions on carrying firearms in national parks."

"... The letter targets a measure that would prohibit the secretary of the interior from enforcing regulations that require guns in most parks to be unloaded and stored."

"The letter attacks an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla ..."

"Today's rules don’t prohibit visitors from bringing guns into national parks, as some people believe, the letter states. Existing rules that require most guns to be unloaded and stored are sensible and were enacted 'to prevent the poaching of wildlife and to ensure visitor safety.'" ...
 

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