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CCRKBA Calls for Independent Investigation of In-Flight Gun Mishap to Prevent Cover-Up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today is calling for an independent investigation of an in-flight discharge of a pistol carried by an armed U.S. Airways pilot to prevent any whitewashing, cover-up or scapegoating in the incident."

"CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said the incident is alarming because of allegations that the pilot may have been following strict Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules when the mishap occurred. Those rules came under fire today from the Airline Pilots Security Alliance (APSA), which represents thousands of commercial airline pilots." ...
 

Woolrich Joins NHF Day Effort
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Woolrich, the original outdoor clothing company and a brand long supportive of sportsman-based conservation, has officially joined the renaissance of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The company has offered a sponsorship package to help return the federally recognized holiday to its early glory. 'Woolrich is committed to helping ensure a future for the American traditions of hunting and angling,' said Tim Joseph of Woolrich. The movement to energize the 35th annual commemoration, set for Sept. 23, 2006, is being driven by Wonders of Wildlife, the National Fish and Wildlife Museum and Aquarium based in Springfield, Mo. Partners include NSSF, which founded NHF Day, The Outdoor Channel, Bass Pro Shops, Realtree and Woolrich. ..."
 

Sanetti Named President and CEO of NSSF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation's Board of Governors has announced that Steve Sanetti has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of NSSF, effective May 1."

"The Board of Governors began the search for a new president and CEO following its annual meeting in late February."

"Sanetti is well known throughout the firearms industry, having spent 28 years with Sturm, Ruger and Company as an executive and general counsel, and been a member of the NSSF Board of Governors and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) Board of Directors." ...
 

On a Fateful Anniversary, Remembrances in More Than 50 Communities Across America to Urge Common Sense Gun Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"On Wednesday, April 16, the first anniversary of the terrible tragedy that took 32 innocent lives at Virginia Tech, local citizens in more than 50 cities and towns across America will participate in events to remember that tragedy - as well as all victims and survivors of gun violence - and call on Congress to act to strengthen the Brady background check system by closing the gun show loophole." ...
 

Steigerwald Q&A: Second Amendment optimism
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Fans of gun rights and scholarly defenders of the U.S. Constitution alike were left pleased and optimistic by what they heard U.S. Supreme Court justices say March 18 during oral arguments for a case challenging Washington, D.C.'s, sweeping, super-strict gun law."

"The plaintiff in District of Columbia v. Heller argues that D.C.'s ban -- which essentially makes it illegal for private citizens to own handguns at all or possess rifles that are assembled or unlocked and ready to use -- violates the Second Amendment."

"Robert Levy of the Cato Institute agrees. ..." ...
 

OH: Maintain gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AS THE U.S. Supreme Court ventures into the thorny political thicket of gun rights in America, its deliberations should be rooted in the 21st century, not the 18th." ...

"No sane public purpose would be served if the court manipulates the wording of the Second Amendment to infer that Americans have an unfettered right to carry guns. The amendment says no such thing."

"Moreover, while many people in the early days of the nation did carry weapons, they were single-shot muskets and not the rapid-fire Glock 9s or AK-47s that are the firearms of choice of modern-day criminals." ...
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Submitter's Note: And the First Amendment applies only to quill pens and manual printing presses?
 

CT: State gun bills should be spiked
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy says the Bill of Rights guarantees Americans' 'general right to bear arms,' chances are very good the tone and direction of the long national debate over gun laws is about to change radically." ...

"It's good that justices finally will rule the Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to bear arms, but their desire to offer guidance ... may prove problematic ..."

"With the gun debate changing so dramatically, it makes sense for Connecticut lawmakers to shelve the two unreasonable gun-control bills under consideration. The first would mandate serial numbers on bullets, the second, firing pins that stamp a code on the shell cartridge." ...
 

MA: Second guessing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Danvers Fish and Game Club is just off of Route 114 ... It's roughly 100 acres of pretty New England woods where members can come to shoot bullets and arrows at different types of archery and shooting ranges."

"'We support the Second Amendment around here,' says Dan Marino, who was comparing the weight and size of different arrows with his friend, Phil Bean ..."

"Like a lot of local gun owners, Marino and Bean were watching last week as the Supreme Court heard arguments in The District of Columbia v. Heller ..." ...

"Massachusetts is often credited with having some of the toughest gun control laws on the books and it’s not clear what, if any, effect the Supreme Court’s decision will have on those laws. ..." ...
 

TX: Woman Shoots Robber, Husband During Home Invasion
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A woman shot and killed an intruder and accidentally wounded her husband in a northeast Harris County home invasion ..."

"... a couple found themselves staring down the barrel of a gun in their apartment ... shortly before midnight."

"A man had just broken into their apartment and was making demands."

"According to investigators, he wanted cash and drugs, and made the couple remove all their clothing."

"Then, gunshots rang out. However, the would-be robber wasn't the one squeezing the trigger ..."

"'The husband got into a physical altercation with the suspect,' Harris County Deputy A.J. Kelly said. 'The wife was able to retrieve a handgun that they had up in the room and she fired shots, striking and killing the suspect.'" ...
 

GA: GCO Asks Valdosta to Repeal Parks Ban
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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In January, GeorgiaCarry.Org asked the City of Valdosta to repeal two sections of its ordinances. One bans carrying firearms in city parks and the other regulates the sale of firearms in the city. Despite repeated follow-ups to the city manager, GCO has not received a response. GCO now has sent the city a letter advising the city of GCO’s intentions to sue the city. Both letters may be viewed here.
 

GA: GCO Settles Parks Ban Case With Union City
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org has settled its lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court against Union City. GCO sued Fulton County and several municipalities in Fulton County that banned carrying firearms in their parks. Union City has repealed its ordinance and agreed to pay GCO its costs in bringing the lawsuit. Defendants remaining in the case are Fulton County and the cities of Atlanta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and East Point.
 

GA: Atlanta Responds to GCO's Motion for Summary Judgment in Parks Ban Case
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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The City of Atlanta has filed its response to GeorgiaCarry.Org’s motion for summary judgment in a case in the Superior Court of Fulton County. GCO is suing Atlanta and several other Fulton County entities over ordinances banning the carrying of firearms in parks. In its response, Atlanta claims that its ordinance is a reasonable regulation on the discharge of firearms. Atlanta also claims that its ordinance is consistent with Georgia’s public gathering law. A copy of Atlanta’s response may be viewed >here[.pdf].
 

FL: State House says yes to guns at work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Florida residents could pack guns along with their briefcases as part of their workday routine, under a controversial measure endorsed by the Florida House on Wednesday."

"With little debate, the House gave the gun lobby a major victory by passing a bill allowing employees to take their guns to work, as long as the owner has a permit and the weapon is locked in a car."

"The guns-at-work bill forced the Legislature's Republican leaders to choose between two core constitutional principles: the right to bear arms and private-property rights. Each is advocated by powerful and deep-pocketed interests: gun groups and big business." ...
 

NY: Statement by Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn on Proposed Nassau County Ban of Gun Coloration Kits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"'I applaud Nassau County for taking steps to implement a ban on gun coloration kits that is similar to the ban New York City put in place two years ago. Police officers have a hard enough job as it is without having to worry about whether a person with a pink gun is carrying a toy or a deadly weapon. Putting our officers in that position is beneath any self-respecting business owner - and make no mistake, it could lead to terrible tragedies. I thank County Executive Suozzi and Police Commissioner Mulvey for taking this important step to protect the safety of their officers - and of all residents.'" ...
 

OK: Oklahoma Lawmakers Say Student Guns Can Stop Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Oklahoma lawmakers have a plan to prevent violent outbreaks at colleges: let students carry guns."

"The state's House of Representatives voted March 13 to allow students and employees who have law-enforcement or military backgrounds, or who undergo training, to carry concealed weapons on public campuses. If the measure is enacted, Oklahoma will be the fourth state where collegians can be armed legally, as a result of legislative, court or administrative action in the past five years." ...
 

FL: House cravenly caves in to NRA
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"The National Rifle Association does not take no for an answer, and the Florida House meekly surrendered Wednesday. Without a word of debate, lawmakers voted to give gun owners an absolute right to take their weapons to work and to the store. By caving in to the NRA after two years of holding firm, legislators trampled on the rights of private property owners. A similar bill has been filed in the Senate, and it probably will be left to Gov. Charlie Crist to restore sanity and veto this affront to public safety."

"The House bill bans private or public employers from prohibiting workers or customers from keeping guns locked in their cars. It primarily benefits employees with concealed weapons permits ..." ...
 

Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans
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"Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban."

"But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur."

"With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces." ...
 

NH: Former officer charged with stealing police scholarship money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A former Jaffrey (New Hampshire) police officer has been charged with stealing from a police association fund that helps the families of fallen officers.

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte says 41-year-old Michael Prince is charged with stealing more than $1,600 from the Jaffrey Police Association, which raises money for scholarships and to aid families of fallen officers.

Prince was the group's treasurer before he resigned from the department last year.
 

NY: Nassau bill may shoot down neon-colored guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Nassau County is taking aim at neon- and other custom-painted handguns that officials say endanger police, who may think they are harmless toys."

"The controversy over the brightly colored but lethal weapons erupted last week after news broke that a Chippewa Falls, Wis., company was producing the 'Bloomberg Collection EZ Camo Kit' - a paint kit that can turn pistols into fashion statements." ...

"When confronted with a firearm, police officers have to make split-second decisions about whether to use deadly force or not ... If they hesitate - even briefly - because they think the gun a person is brandishing may be fake, they could lose their lives." ...
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KABA Note: So how many licensed handguns have been pointed at Nassau cops?
 

AR: Trooper Suspended, Reassigned
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A state trooper who arrested a Stephens Media reporter in December at the scene of a Maumelle house fire has been suspended for two days and transferred out of the Highway Patrol Division of the Arkansas State Police, a state police spokesman said Wednesday."

"Trooper Tom Weindruch, 33, was suspended without pay Friday and Monday and was transferred to the Administrative Services Division in Little Rock, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said."

"Weindruch, who had been assigned to the Highway Patrol Division’s Troop A in Little Rock, also will be ineligible to compete for a promotion or receive special assignments for one year. He did not appeal the disciplinary action, Sadler said." ...
 

OH: County Sheriff’s office begins concealed carry license renewals
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Four years after issuing the first concealed carry gun licences, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is beginning to do a brisk business renewing them."

"Those who in April 2004 obtained CCW licences, which permit the holder to carry a gun anywhere not prohibited by law, including in a vehicle, may apply for renewal beginning 90 days before to 30 days after its expiration date."

"Robert Johnson, 49, of Dayton was one of several who stopped by Tuesday to renew his license at the the CCW desk of the Greene County Sheriff's Office ..." ...
 

NY: State police to distribute 1,000 free gun locks
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"State police at Clarence, in conjunction with four local insurance agencies, plan to distribute 1,000 free gun locks and gun safety information to local residents in Erie County, the agencies announced Wednesday."

"The gun locks and safety tips are being given to community residents through Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearm safety education program. The four insurance agencies, led by Floss Agency, are all part of the EMS Group of agencies." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"Some people think that the Second Amendment is an outdated relic of an earlier time. Doubtless some also think that constitutional protections of other rights are outdated relics of earlier times. We The People own those rights regardless, unless and until We The People repeal them. For those who believe it to be outdated, the Second Amendment provides a good test of whether their allegiance is really to the Constitution of the United States, or only to their preferences in public policies and audiences. The Constitution is law, not vague aspirations, and we are obligated to protect, defend, and apply it. If the Second Amendment were truly an outdated relic, the Constitution provides a method for repeal. The Constitution does not furnish the federal courts with an eraser." --9th Circuit Court Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, dissenting opinion in which the court refused to rehear the case while citing deeply flawed anti-Second Amendment nonsense (Nordyke v. King; opinion filed April 5, 2004)

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