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Congress Told of More ATF Abuses, Reforms Suggested
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Tucson Police Lt. Michael Lara was among a panel of witnesses who told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is in need of serious reform." ...

"Lara purchased a handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) in 2003, planning to give it to a friend who was licensed by the Arizona State Police to carry a concealed weapon. One of the forms he completed as part of the purchase asked if he was the 'actual buyer' of the firearm. The 28-year law enforcement veteran read the definition of 'actual buyer' on the form and answered the question 'yes.'" ...

"'It just makes no sense to me why ATF would try to prosecute someone who had dedicated themselves to serving our community and who clearly did nothing wrong,' Lara concluded. 'It was obvious that there was no intent of wrongdoing.'"
 

Mayor Bloomberg testifies before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security (Yet another report)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"To protect all New Yorkers, we must not only root out and punish those who possess, use, and sell illegal weapons - and we are doing that more effectively than ever - we must also do everything in our power to keep guns out of the hands of those criminals in the first place. This requires us to look beyond our borders, because 82% of the guns used in crimes in New York City were purchased outside of New York State."

"HR 5005 would make it immeasurably harder to stop the flow of illegal guns across our borders and into the hands of criminals by offering extraordinary protections to gun dealers who knowingly sell guns to criminals, and depriving local governments and their law enforcement agencies of the tools they need to hold dealers accountable."

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Translation: to protect New Yorkers, who are disarmed by their tyrannical government, we must relieve everyone else of their Constitutional rights as well.
 

Statement by NSSF on Mayor Bloomberg's Comments Regarding Traced Gun Data
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The firearms industry dismissed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's comments at a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing today, saying there are good reasons why Congress does not allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to make available to the public sensitive information about sales records of guns used in crimes."

"The firearms industry supports HR 5005, a bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that would make permanent a prohibition against sharing traced gun data except for legitimate law enforcement purposes. Although Bloomberg criticized the legislation, a Congressional appropriations committee in 2005 said that releasing the information to the public would only jeopardize ongoing criminal investigations and could endanger law enforcement officers, informants and witnesses."
 

New York Mayor Bloomberg takes gun fight to Congress
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://WWW.NYSRPA.ORG

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted Congress on Tuesday for considering what he called a "God-awful piece of legislation" on guns. A congressman charged he was just trying to spur more lawsuits against the gun industry. Bloomberg went to Washington to speak out against a bill offered by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, which would make permanent a bar on federal authorities' sharing gun trace data with local governments; the governments had used such information to launch lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers.
 

Mayor Testifies To Congress In Favor Of Tougher Gun Laws
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://WWW.NYSRPA.ORG

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"Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent Tuesday in Washington D.C. making an emotional plea to lawmakers to crack down on illegal gun trafficking."

"Bloomberg testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee against what he calls a 'God-awful piece of legislation.'"

"The proposed bill would prevent law enforcement agencies from using gun sales data against dealers who sell guns later used in crimes. Bloomberg says such a law would lead to fewer convictions and more deaths nationwide."
 

Bloomberg Has Nothing but Harsh Words for a Gun Bill Before Congress (Alternate report)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg bluntly told a Congressional panel on Tuesday that a 'god-awful piece of legislation' before the House of Representatives would cripple the city's ability to combat gun trafficking and 'result in the shooting deaths of innocent people.'"
 

Ken's Commentary: Our Biggest Gun Problem? The NRA
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"By fueling paranoia, the NRA has convinced even non-members that ANY gun law is really a step toward having federal agents busting down doors to confiscate people's guns."

"The NRA has blocked efforts to end what's called 'straw sales': Buying handguns in bulk so they can then be turned around and sold to people who wouldn't otherwise be able to pass a background check."

"The NRA has stymied attempts to shut down the ability for anyone attending some gun shows to walk out with any weapon their money can buy without so much as having to show a drivers license."

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KABA Note: Ken says the big, bad NRA boogie monster is responsible for all of America's ills, but they're the ones fueling paranoia? Pot. Kettle. Black.
 

More spew from Ken: Just Who Is This Gun Law Supposed To Protect?
Submitted by: News Director

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"Congress is now looking at a bill that, as I read it, effectively says Seattle cops can't check with, say, police in Los Angeles about whether a gun used to kill someone here was illegally sold by someone down there."

"A better example might be that if this measure had been on the books back in 2002, authorities in Maryland would not have been able to trace the gun used by the D.C. sniper back to a gun store here in Washington State."
 

CO: Moffat shooting ruled self-defense (Follow up)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A Moffat County man was shot and killed Sunday night by his former girlfriend’s son in a domestic dispute that Craig police called justifiable self-defense."

"Mario Cruz Vigil, 60, was shot twice after he broke into a home at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police."

"Police Chief Walt Vanatta said Vigil was armed with a .30-30 caliber rifle and had threatened the homeowner, Josh Jackson, 33, and his 9-year-old son earlier in the day."
 

FL: Resident Shoots Masked Man In Alleged Self-Defense
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Lee County Sheriffs Office says 43-year-old Todd Rasmussen was investigating a suspicious noise in the backyard of his residence when he discovered a man dressed in dark clothing and a mask."

"Twenty-two-year-old Corey Rasmussen says he and his dad were confronted by the man who was holding some kind of weapon."

"Authorities identify the man as 35-year-old Michael Frazzini. Reports say Todd Rasmussen was standing about seven feet from Frazzini when he was shot in the chest."
 

CA: Off-Duty Deputy Is Killed
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"An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was killed outside a Long Beach home Tuesday in what Sheriff Lee Baca said may have been an accidental shooting."

"Maria Cecelia Rosa, 30, a six-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, may have inadvertently discharged her own service weapon as she was placing equipment in her car before work, Baca said. But the case remains under investigation and homicide has not been ruled out, he said."

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Submitter's Note: But they are the only ones professional enough to possess these dangerous weapons.
 

OR: Phoenix PD chief arrested, suspended
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"Phoenix Chief of Police Bob Kershaw was arrested Tuesday on felony tampering and forgery charges after investigators determined he altered a police report to absolve his son — a Phoenix police community service officer — of criminal charges."
 

UK: Witnesses describe Spotlight gun attack
Submitted by: News Director

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"A GUNMAN dressed in black fired several shots into a crowded dance floor before shooting a security man dead at point blank range, a court heard."

"Bristol Crown Court heard how panic ensued at the Spotlight nightclub in West Croydon, where visitor Rufus Edwards was shot dead on the dance floor and security coordinator Mark Warmington was shot at the front door."
 

UK: Gun gang pounce to steal cash from shop
Submitted by: News Director

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"GUN-WIELDING robbers forced two shopworkers into a toilet as they robbed a Coventry newsagents."

"It happened as two men were opening Mills Newsagents in Kenpas Highway, Styvechale, Coventry, at 4.55am on Monday."

"Now police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward."
 

Don't be flip about gun rights; they may be needed
Submitted by: News Director

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"What I found to be most poignant about Mr. Hannick's comments was not just what he was saying, but the fact that elsewhere in the newspaper was an article about a photographer who was forced to take pictures for the Nazis at Auschwitz ..." ...

"This was and is reality, not some philosophical nonsense by some science-fiction writer."

"If the Germans' forefathers had had half the insight ours had, that young girl might still be alive today, along with millions of her countrymen." ...

"I recommend that Ron Miller, before he trivializes our Second Amendment rights, get his head out of his science-fiction books and look at the reality of history, both past and present."
 

NY: Two City School Kids Suspended For Bringing Loaded Gun To School
Submitted by: News Director

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"Two 12-year-old Brooklyn students were suspended from school Wednesday after authorities say they brought a loaded semi-automatic weapon to class."

"The adult who police say the gun belongs to is under arrest." ...

"Police say the weapon belonged to the boyfriend of one of the student's mothers. He faces charges of reckless endangerment and weapons possession."
 

DE: Just what are they thinking? (Letter)
Submitted by: News Director

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"HB 359, the Concealed Weapons Bill, is no more needed by Delaware than would a Sales Tax Bill actually help our economy. It is not clear to me why Rep. Hudson has offered this bill, but, I do know that Rep. Atkins' assertion that this somehow has to do with the Second Amendment is bogus. I also would want Rep. Joe Booth to know that receiving a permit to carry a concealed weapon is too important to 'Just make it a swifter process.'"
 

TX: Gun lessons learned at police academy
Submitted by: News Director

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"Whether to shoot or not was the major lesson taught by Sherman police officers at last week’s session of the Sherman Public Safety Police Academy."

"Students also got a chance to shoot the department’s Taser guns while waiting for their turns at the paintball guns used. It was the resounding lessons they learned that were as important, said two of them."
 

MI: Annual gun show gets new home
Submitted by: News Director

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"After a 26-year run on the campus of Lake Superior State University, the Chippewa County Shooting Association's annual gun show has basically outgrown its former home." ...

"The Quality Inn and Conference Center will host this weekend's gun show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday."
 

PA: Gun Unit about to grow, focusing on perpetrators of gun violence
Submitted by: News Director

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"The city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are pounding out an agreement to allow some city detectives to investigate and arrest throughout the county, officials said yesterday."

"County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said the agreement would place five city detectives on a newly created Gun Unit. That unit consists of eight prosecutors, plus county sheriff's deputies, county police and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, he said."
 

Australia: Businessman to face gun charges
Submitted by: News Director

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"A 57-year-old Ulladulla businessman is due to appear in Nowra Court in May to face firearm charges."

"The man was arrested at his business yesterday morning after a 12-month investigation by police officers attached to a firearms trafficking squad."

"The man was taken to the Ulladulla police station where he was charged with six offences relating to selling and possessing firearms."
 

NC: Feds hope to reduce illegal gun purchases
Submitted by: News Director

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"Federal prosecutors in Raleigh today announced a new effort to reduce illegal purchase of guns in North Carolina."

"The program, called 'Don't Lie for the Other Guy,' is designed to educate firearm retailers on how to detect and deter potential straw purchases and to raise public awareness about straw buyers — people who buy guns for someone who can not legally do so."
 

MI: Jr High student brings loaded gun to school
Submitted by: News Director

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A loaded gun was found Monday morning at Ionia Junior High School in the locker of a 12-year-old student.

Ionia police say school administrators contacted police, who removed the gun. Administrators say the student had not threatened anyone with the gun, and there was no evidence of any plot to use it against students.
 

On Anniversary of Reagan/Brady Shootings, Brady Campaign to Announce Long Term Plan to Combat Illegal Gun Trafficking
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will announce plans to focus on illegal gun trafficking over the coming years and detail a campaign to impact the criminal gun marketplace at a news briefing Thursday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Press Club, 14th and F Streets N.W., Washington, D.C. The briefing will be in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club. Jim and Sarah Brady will participate by telephone and take reporter's questions."
 

FL: Gun advocates take aim at bill for businesses
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the battle over whether businesses can stop people from bringing guns on businesses' property, the gun advocates appear to be losing."

"The latest draft of the measure would prohibit businesses from barring workers and visitors from leaving guns in a parked vehicle unless it is 'reasonably necessary for the safety and welfare' of employees, visitors or the general public. It doesn't define 'reasonably necessary' or indicate who would decide what it means."
 

KS: Local reaction mixed to new gun law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Richard Riedel, who has taught hunter safety classes since 1970, said he was pleased that Kansas passed the Personal and Family Protection Act. The bill will permit Kansans to apply for licenses to carry concealed guns." ...

"And then there's Frank Kukuk, a retired school superintendent who lives near Jarbalo." ...

"Kukuk said he would prefer guns be in the open."
 

For those intent on Usurpation, here is food for thought:
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined..."

"The right of self-defense is the first law of nature..."

"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected..."

What part of 'Shall NOT be Infringed' is NOT understood?
 

CT: News from the state Capitol
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Workers about to lose their jobs at U.S. Repeating Arms in New Haven asked Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Tuesday to intervene and stop the plant's planned shutdown on Friday that will eliminate 186 factory jobs."

"The Herstal Group, a Belgian manufacturer, says it will close the Winchester firearms factory that for nearly 150 years has produced the rifle called 'The Gun that Won the West.'"
 

NY: NYAGV applauds Mayor Bloomber's testimony today against HR 5005
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), New York's leading state-wide grassroots gun violence prevention organization calls on Congress to reject efforts by the gun lobby to limit law enforcement access to ballistic trace information. HR 5005, introduced by Mr. Smith of Texas would prohibit law enforcement from receiving complete ballistic trace data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)."

"HR 5005 mimics language included in recent years in the ATF appropriations bill that restricts law enforcement access to crime
scene ballistic trace information. The bill allows for access to the information only as it relates to a specific criminal case. Police Officers attempting to solve gun trafficking crimes need access to all trace information to be able to put together gun trafficking patterns."

"This bill keeps critical forensic information from law enforcement. ..."
 

Canada: Miller blames U.S. gun laws, launches job project
Submitted by: News Director

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"With Toronto's homicide numbers keeping pace with 2005, which was dubbed 'The Year of the Gun,' concerns that the city may be experiencing a repeat are being downplayed by Mayor David Miller, who blames guns from the U.S. and a lack of opportunities."
 

CA: Gun scare sends SJ elementary school into lock down
Submitted by: News Director

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"A San Jose elementary school went into code red this afternoon after a parent spotted a group of juveniles playing with a pellet gun on a sidewalk outside the school and notified authorities, San Jose police reported today."

"Administrators locked down Norwood Creek Elementary School, located at the base of Mount Hamilton in the east San Jose foothills, for about 20 minutes fearing that the gun was real."

"When police arrived, however, they discovered that about eight juveniles were target practicing using a pellet gun to fire into a box, Sgt. Nick Muyo said today."
 

South Africa: Gun owners urged to renew their licences
Submitted by: News Director

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"POLICE have again issued an appeal to all firearm owners who fall in the first birthday category to apply for the renewal of their firearm licences before Friday, March 31."

"Some, however, say the proposed new amendments to the Act by the Minister for Safety and Security, Charles Nqakula, have clouded the issue."

"Police spokesman Superintendent Priscilla Naidu said all gun owners whose birthdays fall between January 1 and March 31 have until Friday to submit their application to renew their licences under the new Firearms Control Act."
 

NJ: Open the books on gun-running
Submitted by: News Director

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"New Jersey has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. But other states, including next-door Pennsylvania, have lax laws. This enables guns to illegally flow across this state's borders and into the hands of gang members and other criminals, to kill, wound and intimidate New Jerseyans."

"The gun lobby doesn't want that kind of information documented, however, lest Americans be informed about the dimensions of the problem. So the Republican Congress enacted a law that forbids the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to make public data on gun trafficking. ..."
 

FL: Big business aims for compromise on gun bill
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"Big business outgunned the National Rifle Association in a long-running skirmish Tuesday over a bill allowing employees to keep weapons locked in their cars while at work." ...

"Since Florida has issued concealed weapons licenses to law-abiding citizens for nearly 20 years, the NRA contended that banning guns from locked cars was an infringement on the Second Amendment. But the business lobby said forcing employers to allow workers bring their guns to work - even in the parking lots - was an intrusion on private property rights and the employer-employee relationship."
 

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