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BATFE Killing Idaho's Oldest Gun Shop (JPFO)
Submitted by: ChareltonHest
Website: http://atfabuse.com

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"Red's Trading Post in Twin Falls, Idaho, is the state's oldest gun shop, opened since 1936. In 2004, a routine BATFE audit revealed minor clerical errors. According to Red's, out of nearly ten THOUSAND firearms transferred between 1996 and 2004, the alleged error rate did not even reach 1%. Even the BATFE acknowledges these are minor paperwork errors -- there are no missing firearms and no willful illegal acts."

"And yet the BATFE has revoked the ability of Red's Trading Post to acquire firearms for resale, although they're still permitted to sell the firearms in stock ... for now. But that's not enough -- the BATFE wants to revoke Red's license permanently." ...
 

Gun Enthusiasts Mobilize in Blogosphere in New Era For Grassroots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A massive and seemingly mobilized online community has sprung among gun rights advocates readying for any possible action by the Democratic-led Congress to limit an individual's right to bear arms."

"While activity on gun issues has been light in recent years — no Million Mom march or action to renew the assault weapons ban that expired two years ago — an explosion of activity among Web loggers shows Second Amendment purists are anything but complacent with the new majority." ...
 

Josh Sugarmann: NRA Says "Boo!," Members Go "Eek!"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Interested in how cynical the National Rifle Association is in stoking its members' fears? A script reportedly for a video to be played by the organization at its Annual Meeting of Members coming to St. Louis this April offers a rare, if not unpredictable, insight. According to www.hoffmania.com, the script was shopped around New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago for voiceover talent and is intended to be the centerpiece of the convention."

"... Today's annual meeting is nothing more than a bellicose puppet show, sparsely attended by a small number of the NRA faithful ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: 54,335 members attended the 2006 meeting, almost 60,000 attended the 2005 meeting.
 

Jim Zumbo's anti-gun comments read into Congressional Record
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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... "

ASSAULT WEAPONS

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"Mr. LEVIN. Mr. President, the National Rifle Association leadership has stated repeatedly that a ban on assault weapons is ineffective and unnecessary. They assert that guns labeled as assault weapons are rarely used in violent crimes and that most people use them for hunting. However, despite these repeated assertions, the list of people speaking out against assault weapons continues to grow." ...

"We all owe Jim Zumbo a debt of gratitude for his forthrightness, his honesty and his courage. We must put the safety of our communities first by taking up and passing sensible gun legislation that includes renewing the assault weapons ban."
 

Guns, Sex, Lies, and Democrats
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Over the last few weeks, I've been writing about guns, lies, and the National Rifle Association--and a crusty old hunter converted to gun rights mouthpiece named Jim Zumbo. Today, I'm adding Democrats to my list. ..."

"In the days after I posted those two columns, NewWest.net hosted an incredible discussion in the comments sections. If you ever wondered what the debate over assault weapons and hunting, you can check it out here and here. Make sure you have a full cup of coffee."

"Out of this great exchange of ideas and accusations, plus heavy dose of name-calling, hundreds of comments, came a strong counterargument to my assertion that the Democratic Party has taken the issue of gun control off the table. ..." ...
 

Far-reaching Gun Ban Would Cripple The Second Amendment (GOA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Democrats are back in power and their anti-gun wing is trying to make up for lost time as far as gun control legislation is concerned. There are a number of bills that have been introduced already, but GOA will be there to meet every challenge."

"Right now, we need your help in beating back a reintroduction of the so-called 'assault weapons ban,' the infamous bill that outlawed many types of firearms based primarily on cosmetics, misinformation and scare tactics."

"The bill is HR 1022, and last month it was introduced by the Queen of Gun Control, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). Its 30 cosponsors comprise a list of the usual anti-gun suspects ..." ...
 

"Do we have "STUPID" stamped across our foreheads?"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the first, and for a great while the only, journalist to talk on the record with Jim Zumbo following his disastrous blog entry about semiautomatic rifles in mid-February, I was disappointed, but hardly surprised that Ray Schoenke would use the opportunity to attack the National Rifle Association and blame it for Zumbo's troubles ['Real hunters and shooters need to stand up to the NRA,' Times guest commentary, March 20]."

"The NRA did not, as Schoenke asserted, start the Internet frenzy against Zumbo. The NRA had very little to do with Zumbo's troubles, and Schoenke knows it." ...
 

Misreading a Landmark Gun Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The March 10 editorial 'Dangerous Ruling' -- decrying the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit requiring the District to respect Second Amendment rights -- rested on a mistaken view of the Supreme Court's 1939 decision in United States v. Miller. The Supreme Court characterized the 'militia' as ordinary citizens 'bearing arms supplied by themselves.'"

"The court never questioned that Jack Miller enjoyed an individual right to arms. The court asked only whether a sawed-off shotgun was a type of gun whose possession was guaranteed to Mr. Miller by the Second Amendment." ...
 

Gun Owners, Child Molesters, and the Free Press
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Roanoke Times is the latest newspaper to discover that just because something can be done does not mean it should be done." ...

"... It is written (by Christian Trejbal, who by the look of him has never brushed up against a gun owner in his life) in a continuous 'gotcha' tone featuring numerous asides about 'gun toters', and 'packing heat'. Trejbal misstates the legal basis of the paper's action, in a manner that suggests he doesn't understand it ..."

"Nor does he reveal any understanding of why an individual might choose to carry a weapon or any other issues not pertaining to the rights of the press. He refuses to acknowledge that possessing a concealed carry permit does not necessarily mean that you're carrying a gun ..." ...
 

Wharton: Guns-rights crowd misfires in targeting columnist
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"I met Jim Zumbo about 30 years ago, during a canoe trip on eastern Utah's White River. He was a Vernal-based Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist starting to pursue an outdoor writing career."

"Our paths would cross many times, mostly at outdoor writer meetings. And, though we might have disagreed on topics such as wolf introduction in Yellowstone, I respected him."

"That is why I was saddened to see him lose his television show and longtime gig as Outdoor Life's hunting columnist over comments made in a blog." ...
 

Repeal the 2nd Amendment? The anti-gun left in panic over the Parker decision (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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... "The melt down from the leftist elites and the anti-gun lobby has been predictable in the wake of [the Parker] ruling. ..."

"... I must admit I was surprised to see an article in The New Republic by Benjamin Wittes that took a completely different stance than the other alarmists. You see Mr. Wittes realized something that the others had not. The Second Amendment might actually mean what it says. But his solution to dealing with it meaning what it said was, to put it mildly, disturbing to me."

"Wittes wrote:"

"'It's time for gun-control supporters to come to grips with the fact that the amendment actually means something in contemporary society. For which reason, I hereby advance a modest proposal: Let's repeal the damned thing.'" ...
 

NE: NP woman shoots intruder
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A 37-year-old North Platte man was shot several times and killed early Wednesday morning after he reportedly forced his way into a mobile home at 2801 West 19th."

"According to Lt. Rick Ryan of the North Platte Police Department, a call came in at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday from the 2800 block of West 20th, reporting shots being fired in the area."

"Ryan said Tiffany Howell, 19, told officers that she had shot an intruder but didn’t know if he was alive. After shooting the man, she reportedly fled through the back door and went to a neighbor's house." ...
 

NC: Attempted Armed Robbery Reported at N.C. State
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N.C. State police are investigating an attempted armed robbery.

Investigators said a car with three men inside approached two students crossing Dan Allen Drive.

According to campus police, the man in the backseat showed the students a gun and demanded money. The students ran and told police they heard a gunshot before the car sped away.

Authorities said the students are OK. Police are looking for a small, white car, possibly an older model Ford Escort.
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Submitter's Note: Victim disarmament zone. But that didn't stop the miscreants from having guns.
 

OH: Elyria's Midway Mall Removes "No Guns" Signs (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have been asked to write an account about my experience in changing management’s opinion and policy on posting “No Guns” signs on the doors at Elyria's Midway Mall in Elyria, OH so others might learn from the way I handled the situation."

"I was asked by Daniel White, OFCC Director-At-Large, to verify that the Midway Mall had indeed posted signs on the doors as reported by a member in the forums on the OFCC web site. He asked me if I would be willing to talk to someone about their policy if the doors were in fact posted." ...
 

Anti-Gun Republicans Can Not Win in '08 (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In my own humble opinion, and in the opinion of many smarter than me, the Republican Party absolutely can not win with Rudy Giuliani (or any other anti-gun candidate) as their man in 2008. The GOP needs to re-evaluate what true Conservatives want and run as fast as they can from the mistakes that have been made recently by Republicans in increasing the size and spending of the government to unprecedented levels, skirting the Constitution and the protections that lie therein, and thinking they should be legislating morality." ...
 

Law and Order and Guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"One person's 'reasonable and sensible' gun laws aren't always another's. So when Rudy Giuliani recognizes that the Second Amendment guarantees people the right to bear arms subject to 'reasonable and sensible' laws, it really doesn't tell us much. Yet one thing is for sure though: Giuliani is hardly a 'strict constructionist' on constitutional matters, at least when it comes to the Second Amendment. It is a long ways from 'shall not be infringed' to 'shall infringe whenever Congress has a 'reasonable and sensible' justification."' ...
 

NJ: New Jersey Court Recognizes Second Amendment And Holds That It Trumps Gun Forfeiture Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a landmark written opinion filed February 27, a New Jersey Superior Court recognized the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and held that a citizen’s Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms cannot be involuntarily waived under a New Jersey firearms forfeiture law." ...

"... the appellant was denied re-issuance of his Firearms Purchaser ID card based on his consent to relinquish firearms seized in a domestic dispute in 2000. In 2004, New Jersey enacted a law barring Firearms Purchaser ID cards to any person whose firearms have been seized and not returned."

"... the appellant did not know that his prior consent to relinquish his firearms would subject him to permanent loss of his Second Amendment rights ..." ...
 

NJ: Council aims to crack down on hunting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An ordinance developed by township council aims to ensure the safety of township residents from a hunter's stray bullets that may reach their property." ...

"Eisenhuth [of New Jersey's Fish and Wildlife] further explained to council on a topic that he feels council would not be considering when limiting the range of hunting in the township."

"'To eliminate hunting, you may soon start to have a problem with the deer population,' said Eisenhuth, 'A similar ordinance passed in Princeton Township, and the township ended up hiring a special company to capture and administer euthanasia at around one hundred dollars per deer.'" ...
 

TX: Texas castles don't need moats
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man's home is his castle and he should be allowed to defend it to the hilt."

"So says a bill approved this week by the Texas Legislature and sent to Gov. Rick Perry's desk." ...

"The expansion of the castle doctrine offers reasonable protection for Texans. Granted, some critics say it could lead to shootings in a crowded mall. Let's not jump to premature conclusions."

"Many critics said the same thing about Texas' concealed handgun carry law, that it would result in shootouts among people packing heat under their jackets."

"It hasn't happened."
 

IL: Off-Duty Cop Caught On Tape Beating Bartender
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"A woman was injured during a frightening attack and it was all caught on tape. The attacker was an off-duty Chicago police officer who has now been charged. ..."

"Shocking surveillance video shows off-duty Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate, 38, a 12-year veteran of the force, brutally beating a female bartender."

"He punches and kicks her."

"'He was drunk in a bar. She refused to serve him anymore so he went behind the bar and threw her around like a sack of potatoes,' said Attorney Terry Ekl who represents the alleged victim." ...

"'The Chicago Police Department made a unilateral decision that they were going to charge him only with a misdemeanor without telling the State's Attorney's Office,' said Ekl." ...
 

IL: Chicago policeman accused of beating female bartender (another view)
Submitted by: jac

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"An off-duty police officer in street clothes was caught on video by a bar surveillance camera beating up a female bartender half his size, authorities said."

"Anthony Abbate, a 12-year veteran of the Chicago force, was charged with aggravated battery and placed on leave pending an internal investigation in the attack February 19 as several bystanders watched, department spokeswoman Monique Bond said Wednesday. She said Abbate is expected to be fired."

"The video from Jessie's Short Stop Inn Tavern, shown on television around the nation, shows the 250-pound Abbate shouting at the 115-pound bartender, then walking behind the bar and punching, kicking and throwing her to the ground." ...
 

CA: The Right To Carry A Concealed Weapon Killed By Republican Sheriff’s Association
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of my critics inquires whether I support a 'shall issue' policy on permits to carry loaded, concealed weapons – as opposed to the current law that permits 'may' be issued by County Sheriffs ..."

"I do support such a policy."

"In the late 1980’s I staffed legislation that would have moved California to a 'shall issue' state. The bill was authored by Speaker Pro Tem Frank Vicencia. It was late in the session, so Assemblyman Vicencia amended a bill in the Senate. It was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee then Chaired by William Lockyer, subsequently chosen leader of the Senate, then Attorney General of California. Lockyer's Committee supported the bill. Lockyer voted for it." ...
 

NM: Park ranger enters plea in fatal shooting at Elephant Butte
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former New Mexico State Parks ranger has pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a man in a dispute over a campsite fee ..."

"Clyde Woods ... remained free on bond after entering his plea Wednesday in state district court."

"District Attorney Scot Key ... said he will seek a seven-year sentence, the maximum allowed."

"Bruce Teschner, 58, was killed Aug. 23, 2005, during a confrontation in which he refused to pay a $14-a-night camping fee and refused to leave the park."

"Woods contended he acted in self-defense. He said Teschner turned and made a motion as if he were pulling a weapon."

"However, witnesses said Teschner was running away when he was shot." ...
 

PA: Video Catches Philadelphia Officer Shoplifting
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"As if Philadelphia police don't have enough problems with crime and the criticism they've taken for the increasing number of homicides, now they seem to have a problem with allegations of a shoplifting police officer."

"The alleged incident reportedly happened at a Rite Aid at American and Lehigh in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon and was all caught by a surveillance camera."

"Sources told NBC 10 News that an on-duty officer in full uniform was in the store when someone reported he was shoplifting." ...
 

MA: Remember the "Buyback" Program?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Michelle Malkin's latest piece, 'The Witch Hunt Against Gun Owners,' reminded of Boston Mayor Tom Menino's ridiculous 'Gun Buyback' program ..."

"The last attempt before 2006 at a 'gun buyback' program in Boston took place in the mid 1990s. Those who turned in guns were given $50, no questions asked."

"Guess what happened."

"Criminologists found that some people used the buyback money to buy newer guns."

"Shocking!"

"To explain the city's 'retooled' position on the gun buyback program - offering gift certificates rather than cash - police department spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll noted that it was '(the city's)responsibility to explore every possible avenue in our efforts to decrease violent crime.'" ...
 

CA: Backup for Cavala on Gun Control from California's Leading Legal Expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"[Editor's Note: We drew a lot of comments on Bill Cavala's article of March 20 being noted on many anti gun control sites. Here is a fuller fleshing out of the law and a rebuttal to many of the comments previously posted.]"

"I was asked by both Dr. Cavala and Mr. Russo to add whatever legal analysis to Judge Silbernman’s opinion that has already filled up many legal journals, blog sites, and other venues for the analysis and discussion of public issues." ...
 

NY: V.S. rifle team wins state title
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The Valley Stream District Rifle Team completed its historic season in storybook fashion, defeating rival Clarence High School to win the New York State Championship at West Point, N.Y., on March 3."

"Led by the sharp-shooting of South juniors Nick Novello and Stephen Zawislak and the strong scoring of Central seniors Jen Bertha and Mike Supple, Valley Stream fired record-breaking scores in one of the most impressive performances in state history."

"After finishing a distant third to Buffalo's Clarence High School at last year's championships, Valley Stream knew they would have to be at its best to capture the state crown. ..." ...
 

NY: Gun shop aims at city, but misfires
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Of all the gun shops being sued by Mayor Bloomberg, only one dealer is demanding to see evidence that New York City has suffered financially because of mayhem inflicted with illegal firearms."

The demand by an attorney for Bob Moates Sports Shop in Virginia was promptly rejected yesterday by a federal judge, who advised the lawyer to buy a newspaper."

"'You can pick up the newspaper any day and there are people being killed on the streets of New York,' said Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein." ...
 

CA: ATF Arrests Two Linked to Compton Gun Store Accused of Knowingly Selling Guns to Felons
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"Two Southern California men were arrested this morning on federal charges that allege they sold firearms and ammunition to straw buyers who were purchasing the weapons on behalf of convicted felons and other prohibited persons, announced John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)." ...
 

CA: ATF Announces Contact Number to File Claim for Firearms Seized at Compton, Oak View Gun Dealers
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"Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Los Angeles Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today the establishment of a contact number for citizens who had firearms at the gun dealers Boulevard Sales & Service in Compton and American Hay & Mercantile in Oak View, Calif."

"Subsequent to a federal court seizure warrant, ATF took possession of all the firearms at the two gun dealerships after arresting two Southern California men who worked at Boulevard Sales & Service on charges of selling firearms and ammunition illegally." ...
 

UK: U.K. School Kids Strap on Stab-Proof Vests as Knife Crime Soars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ashgar Jilow used to sell stab-proof vests to nightclub bouncers and security guards at his London military surplus store. Now his clients are kids as young as 10 who fear they're going to be knifed at school or on the street."

"'Some of them are so tiny the vests don't even fit under their school uniforms,' said Jilow, 55, who sells about three of the 120-pound ($230) vests a week. 'Parents don't know what to do to keep their kids safe.'"

"Every week in London 52 teenagers are victims of knife crime, according to the Metropolitan Police. A child is stabbed to death in Britain every two weeks and knife killings outnumber gun homicides three to one ..." ...
 

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