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MI: Gun shopping and getting a permit - Women and guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Over the past few weeks, several women have been taking gun classes to learn first how to shoot one for personal protection, and take advantage of a July 2001 legislative change that makes it easier to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Patty Deifenbach, Janie Younger and I took the basic safety and personal protection classes needed to obtain the permit.

The class was taught by two National Rifle Association (NRA) certified instructors Allen Murray and Matt Rivette.
 

WI: Armed and ominous: We all may pack heat
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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It was nearly dawn when the state Assembly approved a bill last week allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons. You have to assume that most of its members were sound asleep with their foreheads accidentally pressing the "aye" buttons on the desks in front of them.

The argument that carried the day seems to be this: Criminals (the bad people walking around with guns) won't bother us (the good people walking around with guns) because they know they might get blasted.
 

CO: Keep who's packing public
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Once again, Colorado lawmakers are trying to seal public records on concealed-weapons permits and, once again, we have to say this is a bad idea.

Two years ago, Gov. Bill Owens agreed with us when he vetoed a bill to require state and local officials to withhold the identity of persons who have concealed-weapons permits.

Still, the idea won't stay buried. This time around, the provision has been attached to a broader privacy-rights bill offered by Rep. Mark Cloer, R-Colorado Springs.
 

MI: Try to keep guns out of bad hands
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Once expected to be a big political deal in 2002, Michigan's new concealed weapons law has faded as an election-year issue. If things keep going as they are, it probably won't become one. But there are a few nagging gun issues that still ought to be addressed.
 

GA: 'Gun owners in minority'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Lisa Dutton takes out her Ruger .357-caliber Magnum revolver a couple of times a year, makes sure it's not rusting and then locks it back up again.

"I've got bullets around, but they're so old I wouldn't use them," says Dutton, who bought the weapon several years ago after a burglary at her home in Stockbridge.

"As time wore on it didn't seem that important anymore," she said. "I unloaded it and put it under lock and key, and that's where it stays."
 

CT: Seize The Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Under state law, subjects of restraining orders have 48 hours to surrender any guns they own. Too often, that law is ignored.

There is no indication that police made any effort to determine if either man possessed guns and, if so, to seize them. That's inexcusable.
 

NJ: 'Protected class'?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"If federal agents are investigating a possible terrorist threat, they can seize records of personal purchases, listen in on certain attorney-client conversations, enter and search a home without telling the resident, and hold people without charging them with anything.

But apparently there is one class of citizens whose civil rights are sacrosanct, even in the face of an imminent terrorist threat - gun owners."

KABA NOTE: The author is WRONG. EVERYONE'S rights are sacrosanct.
 

Pilots Want Option for Guns, Mineta Opposed
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Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Monday that he is still opposed to arming pilots of commercial airliners, despite a recent survey showing that nearly 75% of the nation's pilots favor the move.

"I've expressed a personal opinion on this," Mineta said. "I don't feel that we should have lethal weapons in the cockpit. I believe that stun guns or tasers, as they're referred to, can be a possibility."
 

NRA Takes Dell's Side In Dispute With Gunsmith
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Stepping into the middle of a fiery debate, the National Rifle Association has declared that Dell Computer Corp. [NASDAQ:DELL] is not an enemy of gun owners.

In a message posted Friday at its Web site and faxed to some members, the nation's biggest gun lobbying organization weighed in on a dispute between a Pennsylvania gunsmith named Jack Weigand and the Texas-based computer maker.
 

Satire: Ten Good Reasons To Ban Guns
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"Guns reduce people's reliance on the Police and Government. This fosters a mistaken belief in 'rights'. No person has the right to question authority. No person should be less than 100% dependent on authority. This is fundamental to social order. Banning guns will help to establish the Order the authorities want. This is good."
 

AL: It's turkey time again
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Things seem to be rolling right on schedule for a fantastic opener to Alabama's turkey season, weather-wise that is, although we all know how that can change in short order.

If the prognosticators accurately hit the forecast nail on the head, there should be two options for today's outdoors opportunities: slim and none. Wind, rain and ice aren't favorable choices for anglers, hunters or hikers. Turkeys don't care for those elements, either.
 

'The great gun bazaar'
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"The United States is 'The Great Gun Bazaar,' according to a report from The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence that details how terrorists use weak gun laws to amass firearms." - Heidi Yewman, Clark County WA "Million" Mom March

Read more of Ms. Yewman's propaganda at: seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/satsoap.shtml
 

UK: Welcome to gun city 2002
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"We are sitting behind a busy pool table in the dingy annexe of a pub on the outskirts of Catford which, according to Chris, is one of the easiest places in the capital to buy an illegal gun..."
 

BATF "investigator" didn’t know he's a Militiaman
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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In the midst of a hearing in which Kentucky State Militia Commander Charlie Puckett gained some measure of "freedom" until his trial, a BATF "agent" revealed his immense ignorance.

Not only did the BATF "agent" portray his lack of real "investigation" into the Militia movement but the judge did as well. Neither of them knew that Militia service is conferred at both the federal and state level.
 

The Terrorists You Don't Hear About
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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While the public's attention is focused on the prospect of more terrorist acts by Islamic fundamentalists, the terrorists who have posed the greatest threat to property, to scientific inquiry, and to medical research in America are still at large. And they are bragging about their accomplishments!
They are the members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF).
 

An armed campus: the goal of a new generation of woman activists
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"I regret that this - the unhindered right to carry a gun - is a galvanizing issue in a movement that was originally about equal educational and economic opportunities and control over our own reproductive systems.

It is as though the women's movement has finally turned in upon itself." - Susan Reimer
 

Line up, boys, and roll up your sleeves...
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Did anyone else read to the bottom of Wednesday's front page story on the Florida firm that seeks FDA approval to start embedding personal ID chips under our skin?
The sales pitch of Applied Digital Solutions is based on convenience and "improved security," of course. Just allow them to scan the little subcutaneous chip -- smaller than a grain of rice.
 

WV: Legislative Update (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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HB 4315—which corrects an inconsistency within the current Right to Carry law that prohibits lawful carry permit holders from carrying concealed during hunting season—was approved by the House Judiciary Committee. Please contact your Representative at (304) 347-4836 and urge him to support HB 4315 when it comes before them next week for a floor vote.
 

NYC: NYPD's Prepping for War
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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n the two months since he became top cop for the second time, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has launched a virtual revolution in a department long tied to tradition, all in the name of fighting terrorism.

He has brought a federal touch to the municipal force with the appointment of a retired Marine Corps general and a former CIA official, and he has hired an outside consultant to assess the department's response to the World Trade Center catastrophe.
 

CA: Legislative Update (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Primary Election Day is Tuesday, March 5. Please go to the polls and support pro-gun candidates. NRA members should have already received a list of NRA-PVF endorsed candidates for the primaries, but if you have not, or you have misplaced the list, please call NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.
 

The British Perspective: Dell falls foul of pro-gun lobby
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The USA's awesomely powerful pro-gun lobby is taking aim at Dell, after the patriotic Texan, PC maker, refused to take an order from a prominent American pistolsmith.

Jack Weigand, president of the American Pistolsmiths Guild, was told by Dell that the company had refused to complete his order for a notebook, following the company's post September 11-screening policies. The reason? The name of Wiegand's company, Weigand Combat Handguns inc., failed the screen.
 

Canada: cases show gun control laws won't prevent mass shootings
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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In April 1999, a 14-year-old boy entered his high school with a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle and shot two students, killing one of them. Another example of how our scandalously lax gun control laws foster senseless bloodshed? Actually, no. The shootings took place in a small town in Canada, which has far stricter gun-control laws than we do.
 

GA: BB Guns Targeted by Anti-Gun Forces
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Urban legend has turned to reality in a suburban Georgia community where fun and games that led one child to lose an eye has forced local lawmakers to curb horseplay with BB guns.

A recent ordinance passed in Alpharetta, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, has outlawed the use of BB guns, pellet guns and paint guns for children under the age of 16 unless under adult supervision.

Supporters say kids have been roaming the neighborhoods, killing cats and maiming each other with the so-called toys.
 

CA: Republican options in California vote
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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When California Republicans vote in Tuesday's primary, they will face a much less difficult choice for their party's nomination for governor than they had just a few weeks ago. Until recently, liberal Republican Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles, was running ahead of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in the polls, while conservative Republican candidate William Simon was trailing well behind both.
This presented an all-too-familiar dilemma for Republican voters:
 

Pilots Union Petitions Govt. for Cockpit Firearms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The nation's largest airline pilots union filed a petition with federal officials on Friday seeking new rules that would allow pilots to carry firearms inside aircraft cockpits.

The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents 64,000 pilots at 45 North American airlines, filed a formal petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation calling the arming of pilots a deterrent to hijackers.
 

Ridge says arming pilots 'doesn't make a lot of sense'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Homeland Security Director" Tom Ridge says pilots should not be allowed to keep guns in cockpits to thwart hijackings.

'I don't think we want to equip our pilots with firearms,' Ridge said in an interview. 'That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.'

White House officials say Ridge's view "reflects the thinking of President Bush," who has not commented publicly on the issue.
 

Transportation secretary opposes pilot firearms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta opposes pilots' demands for firearms to defend the cockpit against hijackers but would support stun guns that use an electric current to temporarily incapacitate an attacker, Saturday's Los Angeles Times reports.

When the user is properly trained, "I think that stun guns are the way to go," Mineta said in an interview with The Times, the first time he has taken a position on the emotionally charged issue.
 

Secret Service agents brawl outside bar
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Four off-duty U.S. Secret Service agents fought a crowd of locals in a San Diego area bar brawl on the day Vice President Dick Cheney began his four-day California tour, an agency spokesman confirmed Saturday.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday that an agent bit off the tip of a man's ear in a fight outside the Daley Double bar. The fracas involved about 15 locals, and was triggered by agents making "rude comments" to a local woman, the newspaper reported.
 

MI: Gun law proviso unclear to cops
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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A new state ruling may require police reservists to file for concealed weapons permits, prompting some police departments in metro Detroit to seek further clarification as to whether they are illegally carrying weapons.
They may staff police desks, helping out with administrative work. Some ride with police officers on night patrols.
 

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