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National parks gun ban may be eased
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The country's never-ending debate over guns is heating up again.

This time it's fueled by news the Interior Department may relax a 25-year ban on loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges, leaving the issue for states to decide. In a decision the National Rifle Association has applauded, the department announced it will issue a new set of rules by April 30.

"Under this proposal, federal parks and wildlife refuges will mirror the state firearm laws for state parks," said Chris Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist. "This is an important step in the right direction."
 

CO: Reason, not emotion, should rule the day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are a few subjects some people can’t discuss without becoming emotional. Firearms in the hands of citizens is one of those subjects. The most recent example of this phenomenon is occurring now as Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne is considering changing the law that bans possession of loaded firearms in national parks. Kempthorne wrote a letter to 51 senators who had contacted him last year about relaxing the decades-old ban that puts park visitors at risk from criminals and wild animals, saying he favors relaxing the ban. That’s a good thing; in 2006, national parks were the scenes of 11 killings, 35 rapes or attempted rapes, 61 robberies and hundreds of other violent crimes.
 

DC: Isn't self-defense common sense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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...[Barack Obama] seems to be on the same wavelength as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which in a decision last March said that "the protections of the Second Amendment are subject to the same sort of reasonable restrictions that have been recognized as limiting, for instance, the First Amendment."

But there is a crucial difference between these superficially similar formulations: The appeals court meant what it said, and Mr. Obama doesn't. Although the Illinois senator has learned to pay lip service to the Second Amendment, the details of his past and present positions on gun control suggest he neither understands nor respects the right to keep and bear arms.
 

NRA Trains Record Number of Law Enforcement Instructors for the Sixth Straight Year
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Since 1960, the National Rifle Association has supported law enforcement by providing firearms instruction to officers and training new firearms instructors through its Law Enforcement Activities Division (LEAD). To date, more than 50,000 instructors have been trained by the NRA. In 2007, the NRA trained 2061 law enforcement instructors, a new record. 2007 was the sixth straight year the NRA has topped itself in the number of law enforcement trainers they have trained.
 

An ACT to regulate . . . when called into actual service, "there shall be allowed to each . . . for the use of his horse, arms and accoutrements", Jan. 2, 1795
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"...Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That in addition to the monthly pay, there shall be allowed to each officer, non-commissioned officer, musician and private of the cavalry, for the use of his horse, arms and accoutrements, and for the risk thereof, except of horses killed in action, forty cents per day; and to each non-commissioned officer, musician and private, twenty five cents per day, in lieu of rations and forage, when they shall provide the same.

"Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That whenever the militia shall be called into the actual service of the United States..."
 

A Few Observations, "I need only mention the gunning act, which restrains the freemen and freeholders of this city from gunning on this island", Feb. 9, 1768
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"...and in order to prove that they have been guilty of the most glaring breach of trust, I need only mention the gunning act, which restrains the freemen and freeholders of this city from gunning on this island, and thereby deprives them of a privilege granted by his Majesty's charter*, which the assembly, in this singular instance, have assumed a power to disannul--And tho' individuals may have suffered from the too free exercise of this privilege, yet there could not be the least necessity for passing such an act, as the persons aggrieved could have obtained redress by law, against any one who should have been guilty of trespassing..."
 

General statement, HOW PRISONS USED TO BE RUN - PROFITABLY, Dec. 1st, 1808
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"J. General Statement

"Shewing the Cost of Articles bought by the Agent for Manufacture in the Penitentiary, of Tools and Machinery for carrying on the Factories, Cost of Rations, &c.-- Also the amount of Manufactured Articles delivered the Agents, and work manufactured for the Commonwealth, between the 1st day of December, 1807, and the 30th November, 1808, both inclusive, as well as the Stock on hand and the Amount charged the United States for the support of their Prisoners during the aforesaid period, viz: ..."
 

The Enthusiastic Patriot, "Full of this romantic Resolution, he provided himself with a short Gun", [1769(?)]
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"...Full of this romantic Resolution, he provided himself with a short Gun, which he carried under his Cloak; and, equipped with a Powder Pouch on one Thigh, and a Bag of Balls on the other, he fallied out in the Evenings, and as proper Opportunities offered he dispatched such as he knew to be incorrigible Offenders, to that Tribunal where he was sensible they could not elude Justice, and then returned Home full of that Satisfaction which is the sole Reward of public Spirit. As there was in Messina a great Number of these overgrown Criminals, the Cobler in the Space of a few Weeks, did very great Execution..."

"...This Story, however Strange, is exactly true . . . "What if the Cobler of Messina should revive?" ..."
 

In Council, "That the Owner of each Fire Arm which shall be received for the Colony, shall prove the same at his own Risque", Nov. 4, 1775
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"...all Fire Arms which shall be offered them for Sale, and manufactured as aforesaid . . . to apply to the Council for a sufficient Sum wherewith to pay for such Fire Arms..."

"...That the Owner of each Fire Arm . . . shall prove the same at his own Risque, by four Inches and a half of Powder . . . in Presence of one of the Committee aforesaid, or in Failure thereof, before the Commissary. And it is hereby recommended to the Committee of Correspondence, and Selectmen of each Town in this Colony, to apply to the Manufacturers of Fire Arms in their respective Towns, and afford them all necessary Encouragement, and to post this Resolve, that the Inhabitants of each Town may promote this salutary Measure..."
 

NY: S.A. Broaches Concealed Carry
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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At yesterday’s Student Assembly meeting, Mark Coombs ’08, director of elections, and Ahmed Salem ’08, an S.A. representative at-large and chair of the Cornell College Republicans, presented Resolution 17, which calls for “Concealed Carry [of weapons] on Campus.” Although the resolution was originally brought up as “new business,” members of the S.A. approved a motion to move the resolution to “business of the day.” This meant that members would have the opportunity to vote on the resolution yesterday, rather than waiting a week, as is the rule with “new business.”
 

WV: Bill triggers guns-privacy debate
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There are more than 2,800 people licensed to carry concealed weapons in Cabell County, and as of now their names are a matter of public record.

But a proposal in the West Virginia Legislature aimed at closing those records still had some life as of Friday.

The five-year weapon permits allow many law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed pistol or revolver. Those names are recorded at the Cabell County Courthouse and open for public review.

House Bill 4026, which would limit access of that information to the permit holder, his or her attorney, guardians and law enforcement agencies, was placed Friday on the House's Special Calendar.




 

NY: Museum exhibit in Brooklyn on police shootings draws fire from police union
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Police union officials were outraged over the broad strokes artist Dread Scott used to paint cops.

"You could fill this entire museum with people of all races and ethnicities whose lives were saved by the very police that this art exhibit vilifies," Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said.

"Police guarantee the right of free expression to everyone, even to people who obviously do not appreciate the risk and sacrifice we make for them."

Museum founder Laurie Cumbo defended presenting Scott's work. While about 30% of the Fort Greene museum's funding comes from city and state tax dollars, she noted that taxpayers also fund the NYPD.
 

WV: School hunting class attracts NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Senate Majority Whip Billy Wayne Bailey never dreamed his idea of teaching West Virginia youngsters to hunt as an elective school course would travel so far. But it has done just that. So much distance has come between a plan he and Sen. Shir-ley Love, D-Fayette, concocted a decade ago it has caught the attention of the National Rifle Association.
 

Senator McCain, so what is your stance on Maximum Mike and the ATF?
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With the raid on Cavalry Arms by the ATF the other day, the question turns to a certain Arizona Senator who is running for President. McCain, in the past has alienated much of Second Amendment supporters and now needs their vote. It was McCain's own constituents that were harassed and in the state of Arizona the number of firearms dealers has dropped 75% since 1994. The Senator has not addressed the confirmation of Acting ATF Director Michael J. Sullivan, whose confirmation has been held up for continuing to eliminate dealers which Congress has rebuked them for.

If you recall the NRA refused to endorse Bob Dole in 1996
 

PA: Friends of NRA local chapter plans banquet
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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On March 29, the NEPA Chapter of the Friends of the NRA will hold its 16th annual banquet at Convention Hall in Pittston Township. The event will raise funds for initiatives including firearms education and safety, shooting range development, and conservation education and research. According to Carl A. Mozeleski, chairman of the NEPA Chapter, half of the money raised will be spent statewide on projects that encourage responsible firearms ownership and use. The rest of the money will be used to underwrite similar programs nationally. “Since the Friends of NRA’s inception in October 1992, committees like our have raised more than $100 million for these programs, mostly at banquets similar to ours,” Mozeleski said in a release.
 

TX: Kmart/Sonic Raid followup: Judge denies city's request to drop suit
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A federal judge has declined another city request to end the 10 lawsuits filed by people arrested in a 2002 Kmart street racing raid.

It's the second time U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas has ruled that the lawsuits can go forward.

Without settlements, a joint trial is set for April 14. Other plaintiffs already settled with the city.

In 2005, the judge ruled that the police plan that led to the mass arrests was unconstitutional. In a scathing opinion, she called HPD tactics to detain and arrest people who were not observed violating the law "an unjustified, almost totalitarian, regime of suspicionless stops."

Original KABA Entry (08/20/2002)
http://tinyurl.com/2vb3cc
 

NY: Gun Crazy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The Valentine’s Day massacre at Northern Illinois University has evoked expressions of horror and sympathy and familiar questions about the killer’s motives and mental health. Atrocities like these make Americans feel angry and perhaps helpless. Our political leaders are not helpless. They could match public shock with prompt, concerted and effective action to make mass shootings a less frequent fact of American life. But neither party’s leaders have shown any sign of stepping up their responsibilities. The latest campus carnage barely caused a ripple in presidential politics, where conventional wisdom dictates against actively advocating more stringent gun control laws.
 

WV: More concealed weapons permits issued each year
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More and more people are seeking permission to carry concealed weapons in Cabell County, according to an initial count from the Sheriff's Tax Department.

The department's records indicate Cabell County has submitted more approvals to the state clearinghouse each year dating back to at least 2004.

In fact, last year's tally more than doubled the amount of permits submitted to the State Police in 2004. Records show at least 329 permits were submitted in 2004; 475 permits in 2005; 546 permits in 2006 and 672 permits in 2007.

The Sheriff's Department said those records account for first-time permit holders and others renewing their five-year permit.

 

AZ: Beijing native Shi aiming for spot on air pistol team
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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There probably will be other Olympic chances for Jay Shi, only two years into his shooting career. But none that would take him to Beijing, his birthplace. Shi, of Gilbert, and John Zurek of Phoenix are among 10 viable candidates to make the U.S. Olympic team in air pistol during trials today through Monday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
 

NY: Concealed carry law should be very limited
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Ms. Pettie's letter advocating a concealed carry gun law (``NIU shooting shows need for concealed carry law,' YourViews Feb. 21) offered a few valid points, as do most letters on either side of this debate. I won't argue too hard against her opinions because I share some of them. At the risk of alienating 50 percent of my friends, I offer my own thoughts.
 

NY: Gun safety class offered in Henrietta
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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A Firearms Hunter Safety Course will be offered this week at Gander Mountain, 300 Jay Scutti Blvd., Henrietta. The class, which is free, will be given from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Advance registration is required. For more information, call (585) 424-4100 or go to gandermountain.com.
 

After shootings, national student group pushes for right to carry concealed weapons on campus
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Along with books, laptop and cell phone, there is something else that Jeremy Clark thinks is essential to bring to class: his gun. The Villanova University law student said the sickening spate of campus shootings, from Virginia Tech to Northern Illinois University, left him feeling vulnerable without his Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun. "If I'm in a classroom where a shooting is taking place, I'd like a chance to be able to defend myself," said the 29-year-old Army veteran from Bethlehem, Pa., who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 

IL: Trips to NIU just won't be the same
Submitted by: Shabby

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Although there have been many school shootings in this country, the hideous events at the Northern Illinois University campus were the closest to us. When Virginia Tech happened, we were all in shock, but that happened there. The NIU shootings happened here. What a difference. Now, we have the issue of violence and mental illness and guns and the fragility of life - right in our own backyards. Now we are forced to examine those issues and to mourn their deadly combination.

Submitter's note: Another educated idiot is heard from!
 

Magpul Industries [video]
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Ed.: This is an impressive little piece of engineering.

Submitter's note: Innovations like this are why Bush chickened out on the "individual right" interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.
 

Second Amendment? It's worth defending
Submitted by: Shabby

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It can't be denied guns are dangerous. But, when handled properly, guns provide the security we're entitled to as citizens. According to "The Second Amendment Primer" by Les Adams, the Second Amendment to the Constitution reads, "A well, regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Submitter's note: Story was written by a High School Senior.
 

WA: Police: Man Gets Shot to Avoid Work
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What happened to faking a cough? Sheriff's detectives in Franklin County said a man had his friend shoot him in the shoulder so he wouldn't have to go to work.
When he first spoke with deputies, Daniel Kuch, of Pasco, told them he'd been the victim of a drive-by shooting while he was out jogging Thursday. But detectives told KONA radio that Kuch later acknowledged that he asked his friend to shoot him so he could get some time off work and avoid an upcoming drug test.
The friend, Kurtis Johnson, of Burbank, has been arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment. Kuch was booked into the county jail and is expected to be charged with false reporting.



 

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